Lifestyle expert Elizabeth Mayhew joined me this morning to share the top mommy must haves for both new and expectant moms, and offer her most important health tip for all new moms.
Lifestyle expert, Elizabeth Mayhew. Image courtesy of Twitter.com/ElizabethMayhew
Candace Rose: What are some of the must haves every new or expectant mom needs?
Elizabeth Mayhew: "Well, this is a very exciting time, no doubt. There's a lot to learn. The number one most important thing is your health and your baby's health. You really want to start even if you're just thinking about becoming pregnant or wanting to become pregnant or if you're pregnant you want to take a prenatal vitamin. It is super important. Any doctor is going to tell you prenatal vitamins before you even think about it. So, the one I recommend is the Centrum Specialist Prenatal Vitamin mostly because it has dual action. It not only provides the necessary vitamins that you need to maintain your every day health as a mother, as a parent; but it also supports your baby's growth and development during pregnancy. It has key vitamins and nutrients like folic acid which helps with fetal develop, DHA for healthy brain and eye development, and of course calcium for bone and teeth development. So like I said, you should take it even before you think about becoming pregnant. If you are pregnant it's a must and you take it actually even after you're pregnant. So for more information you can go to the Centrum Facebook page and like Centrum Vitamins, and you can find out more information about the prenatal vitamins, plus you can get some really great coupons as well."
Candace Rose: What can moms do to prevent or treat stretch marks?
Elizabeth Mayhew: "Yeah, so stretch marks are the unfortunate side of pregnancy; you have this cute baby but often times you are left with the stretch marks. The one thing you can do is use something called Bio-Oil. Bio-Oil has vitamin A and E which we already know is good for your skin, and it also has something called purcellin oil – it's kind of the secret ingredient of Bio-Oil, which helps absorb and restore moisture in your skin. It actually acts almost like a sealant to hold the moisture in. Bio-Oil is actually from South Africa and it's the number one selling product in this category to help with stretch marks and scars in 11 different countries, so that's pretty incredible. Bio is also something that you can use way beyond your pregnancy. It's great to moisturize your skin, really good for dry cuticles and you can even put some of it on your hands and just smooth away flyaways- so many uses. For more information you can go to Bio-Oil.com."
Candace Rose: Do you have any additional tips or information you'd like to share?
Elizabeth Mayhew: "Listen, when you are pregnant; when you've had a baby the number one most important thing is sleep – not only taking your vitamins and taking care of your skin – but you really must sleep. Science shows time and again that sleep is important not only to maintain a healthy weight but also just to keep up your cognitive abilities and if there's one thing I can tell you is when your baby naps you should nap as well. Don't use that time to catch up on your emails, you really want to maintain your health; that's what we're talking about today is your health because that is after all super important to your baby's health."
Candace Rose: Where can viewers go for more information?