My husband Todd and I are excited to be expecting our first child, a little girl, in less than two months. Health and wellness has been a focus of mine throughout my pregnancy. As a marketing and communications professional, my baby and I have flown over 40 flights together. Doing prenatal yoga in my hotel room and targeting a goal to walk 10,000 steps a day have helped me stay active and in shape while traveling.
As a professional coach, I work with people to increase their leadership effectiveness. While our focus is on enhancing their skills in the workplace, I think it’s important that they develop healthy practices that support their mind, body and spirit. I practice what I preach, so I sleep eight hours a night, integrating regular meditation into my day and most importantly, I eat a balanced diet of veggies, lean protein, fruits and nuts.
Being pregnant, one of the most common things people say to me is, “enjoy eating for two.” I don’t take this as a license to indulge in whatever I want. Pregnant ladies only need an additional 300 calories a day to support the growth and development of a healthy baby. I make smart choices in what I feed my growing girl. Pistachios contain more protein than most other nuts and are a delicious snack. Two servings of pistachios a day is an easy way to add nutrients my baby needs to thrive.
Todd and I enjoy scuba diving and adventures. He even asked me to marry him when we were 85 feet underwater during a scuba dive in Belize. We have had dive adventures in Central America, Hawaii and explored the waters of Micronesia. We have been face to face with 13 foot hammerhead sharks in the Bahamas. While we hope our water baby has the same love for traveling, adventure and the ocean as we do, most importantly, we hope to raise her with happy and healthy habits!