Exercise during Pregnancy

It is a common misconception that during the 9 months of pregnancy, exercise is not allowed, or that it even can be dangerous to a pregnancy. As long as your pregnancy is a healthy pregnancy (and if you are concerned about a work-out affecting your pregnancy then please seek medical advice) then exercise is most probably one of the most beneficial things you can do throughout your pregnancy – even if you have never exercised before! Pregnancy is a great time to begin and heres why…

 

1. Fights Fatigue

Fatigue, one of the most common symptoms of pregnancy (I mean you are making another human here, if that’s not tiring, then I don’t know what is!). Starting as early as 4 weeks and for some lasting right up until week 40 the chronic, intense tiredness can be a true downer on a daily basis. Already well known to be a fighter of fatigue, new research shows that the cure may be as simple as doing a small amount of exercise every day (even if it is the last thing you feel like doing). Even better, new research shows the best type of exercise to combat fatigue is low – intensity exercise. So if pregnancy fatigue has hit you hard and you really don’t feel like a torturing workout at the gym, it actually can be as simple as lacing up your trainers and going for a walk round the block! 

2. Prepares you both mentally and physically for birth

Having strong muscles can greatly ease labour and delivery, why? The strength helps them to push the baby out more effectively. Being able to manage your breathing, having a healthy heart etc. all plays a massive role in pain endurance during labour and in the case of a long labour (hopefully not the case) exercise massively aids by teaching the body pain endurance. In other words, a stronger, fitter, pregnancy equals to a stronger, fitter woman during labour.

3. Bowel Movements

A really unspoken, yet ever so common (and ever so uncomfortable) symptom of pregnancy is constipation. Exercise increases movement in the intestines, therefore increasing bowel movements. 

4. Relieves the aches and pains

A pregnant woman’s body is growing another human, and alongside that other human, with all the other extra baggage, like the placenta, amniotic fluid, increased blood volume, totals to a minimum of an extra 10kg of weight that her body has to carry around with her. In turn, this extra strain can cause all types of aches and pains, especially the back. Exercise increases the strength and posture of the back,  butt and thighs by toning them up, making carrying that little baby love around just that much easier!

5. Activating that lubricating fluid

Due to hormonal changes the joints throughout the body become much looser which in turn may cause joint ‘wear and tear’. Exercising helps activate the lubricating fluid in the joints, keeping them in tip top shape!

6. Promotes a healthy weight gain

Exercising during pregnancy ensures that less fat weight is gained. With less excess fat gained during the period of pregnancy it means that post birth you can be on your way to getting that pre-pregnancy body back much quicker than if you hadn’t exercised at all!

Changes for tomorrow!

How often do we really think about the health of our future? By future, I mean thed next 10 years ahead of us. D0 we ever think about how today’s actions will affect us come a decade? I dont think I ever did. Then all of a sudden I started realising how time flies and how the last 10 years have just flown by so quickly. Some memories feeling like they were only yesterday and some feeling like a whisper of smoke. The more I thought about it the more I realised that there are some small changes that we could make today (even if we don’t feel like they affect our every day) in order to have a healthier, happier tomorrow. So down below I’m linking the changes I’ve made or I plan on making in my 20’s in order to have a healthier 30’s. 

Enjoy the video! And comment below the changes  y o u  are making for your future!

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Quality > Everything 

Life always gives us a second chance, it is called tomorrow.’ – let’s start Monday with a coffee and a quote.

I so believe in this quote and my favourite tomorrow is always M O N D A Y’ S. I always feel like I can start fresh and free on a Monday and erase any mistakes I made the last week… All in order to push to a better me. So to start our week off, below I’m adding in the link of why quality is vital. And by quality, I’m a foodie, so of course I mean the quality of food. However, take this as no joke, because really, something as simple as the good we consume can have a much bigger impact on the productivity of our week than many of us realise.

So take a peek at the link and have a great week! See you on the blog tomorrow! Ox

Positivity ✨

Goooood morning my chocolate lovers, so there’s a saying that goes ‘Either you run the day, or the day runs you’. I like to run my day, so I start it  P O S I T I V E. How do you like to start yours?

Kisses and a great day my chocolate lovers!!

It’s all about the Genius! 

For my chocolate lovers who have been waiting in anticipation for what’s to come on the blog, then I have good news, the wait is nearly over…Monday will see the launch of a new project taking place in collaboration with Life of a Chocolate Girl

So get ready, it’s going to involve a lot of fitness, food and more importantly Genius…who can guess what the project will be?!

Shake up a protein on Monday morning and I’ll catch you here on the blog! 

⭕️❌⭕️❌⭕️


Simply pink with a hint of Asian. 

I left you guys on my last blog post thinking about what kind of nude colour I was going to choose for my pedi, in the end, after not much thought and a lot of work I had to catch up on, I chose a fresh, light, pink – more specifically cappuccino by E.mi. Although a nude colour, in contrast to my dark skin it actually turns out maybe not so nude but more pinky, simple, simply pink – take a look💗 
Pedicure courtesy of Sublime Boutique by Florentina Cinos, Cluj-Napoca, RO. 

Oh my potato! Sweet Goodness…

Today’s blog post is going to be dedicated to potatoes. Sweet potatoes, to be more exact. And why, over here at the Moldovan household we love them! 

Some sweet facts about the SWEETPOTATO 

  • Sweet POTATO (Ipomoea Batatas), although called potato, is only distantly related to the potato (Solanum Tuberosumand is not a member of the nightshade family.
  • In many english speaking parts of the world, sweet potatoes are also called yams, however, they are distinctively different in their botanical properties from a genuine yam – so don’t get them confused!
  • The origin and domestication of the sweet potato is thought to be either in central or south america. In central america, sweet potato was domesticated at least 5000 years ago, whereas in South America, peruvian remnants date the sweet potato back to 8000 BC, so a very long time!
  • The correct spelling is in fact ‘sweetpotato’ – yes, it’s one word, so cool right?!
  • It is one of the oldest vegetables known to mankind.
  • The first Europeans to taste sweet potato were those who were on the voyage with Christoper Columbus in 1492, he then bought them back over to his home country England.
  • It is now grown in more developing countries for it’s health properties than any other root crop.

 

Now more importantly, why I   L O V E  sweetpotato and why it is found daily in my diet..

  • It has a superior ability to raise our Vitamin A levels.
  • It is a standout antioxidant food, containing the major antioxidant beta-carotene.
  • Anthocyanin and other colour related pigments highly present in the flesh means that this tuber is a great anti-inflammatory ingredient.
  • They are a good source of vitamin C, which means that not only is it great for immunity but this vitamin also plays a crucial role in tooth formation, digestion and blood cell formation.
  • They are naturally so sweet, hence make the perfect dessert if you are on a diet, however, they do not cause blood sugar spikes as the natural sugars are slowly released into the blood stream – therefore no fatigue/weight gain issues after eating your sweetpotato dessert!
  • Naturally high in magnesium, potassium and Vitamin D, the essential minerals for moods, energy and overall health.
  • Complex carbohydrate, the reason I love this complex carbohydrate better than any others is that it is a SWEET complex carb. So instead of eating brown rice, or wholewheat pasta, or even oatmeal (which without any add ons is not sweet at all), I can eat sweetpotato, get my sweet fix and my carb intake for the day, just perfect.
  • They are super versatile, you can eat them roasted, boiled, steamed, microwaved, fried, deep fried, mashed, you can literally do anything you want with them. Although they are sweet, it doesn’t necessarily mean that it has to be eaten as a sweet item or in dessert form, there are endless recipes to eat it in savoury form too!

 

Boost your health, stick to your diet and savour the goodness of the sweetpotato!