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8 Hidden Reasons to Stay Motivated

Ways to Rediscover Your Drive for Health

Pregnancy can be an intimidating experience, yet our friends, our family, and sometimes people on the streets tell us that everything will be fine and that pregnancy will be a great experience. Here are a few reasons why they are right, and why you should keep working towards having a healthy baby, even when you are tired of adding up vitamins, tired of trying to exercise, and tired of following everything the doctor suggests.

Here are 8 of our 'hidden' motivating reasons to stay healthy during your pregnancy. Use one or all of them to keep the fire burning inside you.

1. Confidence

How did it feel after that first walk around the block? Or when you first went to the doctor and heard the words "healthy baby?" The more and more you accomplish toward pregnancy health, the more you'll believe in yourself and your abilities as a mother.

2. Make the week easier

Ever felt like a week was taking forever? Like it feels like Friday, but it's only Tuesday? Your feet are swollen, everything is aching, and you just want to shout "Will this ever end?". Concentrate on smaller chunks of time instead of the all-too-intimidating 40 weeks. Think of little steps that you can take to get your baby the stuff it needs. The week will not only go faster but be more enjoyable.

3. Gives you purpose

Every once in a while, we need a good reason to get out of bed. Here is your biggest reason, right in front of you. Eat the healthy breakfast that's going to jump start your day, or walk to the driveway and grab the newspaper. Keep caught up on your doctor's appointments. When you're motivated, you have a reason to do what you do.

4. For your kids

And your grandkids. And their kids, too. The healthier you are, the healthier your baby will be, and the better able you'll be to watch your kids grow and spoil your grandchildren. The fun doesn't end once you've given birth. You'll need even more energy for the years to come, so why not start the momentum of being concerned for your health now?

5. The 'wow' effect

Picture this: Walking into a store, running into a friend, their eyes light up. "Wow, you look great!" If you are working hard during your pregnancy to stay healthy, it will show. The healthier you are, the more confident you'll become. That pregnancy glow will be obvious. You're going to be a great mom, and everybody knows it. Watch the "Wows" add up.
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