20 WEEKS TO BLISS

YOUR 20-WEEK GUIDE TO A HAPPIER PREGNANCY

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WEEK

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MONDAY

Fitness: Kneeling Side Reaches, 10 reps on each side

In a side-kneeling position, reach your top arm over your body and extend your top leg out and away from your body. On the start of your exhale, slowly round your spine, drawing your top elbow and knee towards each other (they do not have to touch: the goal is to round your back). Inhale to lengthen back out. Do 10 reps; then switch sides.
Credited: Erica Ziel, Knocked-Up Fitness

TUESDAY

Superfood of the Day: Hummus

Hummus is packed with protein and low in fat. This superfood helps moms lower their glycemic levels when paired with a higher glycemic food, such as crackers or bread.

WEDNESDAY

Meditation: Write to Your Baby

Pull out your journal or notebook paper and jot down some notes, or write a letter. This is a beautiful practice that allows you to share your thoughts and feelings or hopes and dreams for your soon-to-be newborn.
Credited: Elyse Falzone, Awaken Your Soul

WEDNESDAY

Yoga: Warrior I, Warrior II

Warrior I - Strengthening your legs and giving your spine a slight twist are both highlights for this pose. For some, labor can be a long process, but if you have strong muscles, you’ll tend to notice you can go longer without total exhaustion. Keeping your hips facing forward allows the spine to experience relief. Take a few big deep breaths in this pose. Lift your arms and chest to the sky and find strength.
Warrior II - Increase your stamina, as well as open your hips, with this pose. Your full body engages as you move through Warrior II. Feel your power, and own your beauty and strength. Make sure your front knee is stacked over your ankle, creating the best stability possible.
Credited: Elyse Falzone, Awaken Your Soul

THURSDAY

Fitness: 30-Minute Walk

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Taking a walk out in nature brings a calm, loving energy to your system. You and your baby will feel it. Look at the flowers, smell the air, and feel the breeze. When you awaken your senses, your body comes alive and rejuvenation occurs. Walking for just 30 minutes during your pregnancy will help keep your heart strong and muscles toned.

FRIDAY

Beauty: Natural Nail Polish

Brands to use while pregnant are Scotch Naturals, Acquarella, and Honeybee Gardens.