GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KKCO) Pregnancy is more than nine months of preparation for adding a new life into the world. It is also a time in which women need to make sure they are taking care of themselves and their babies-to-be, health experts say.
"We have to remember that when you're pregnant, you're not just going through pregnancy," said Patty Kandiko, a certified nurse and midwife. "You're growing another human being."
A local non-profit, Birth Smart, hosted a Belly Talk seminar Saturday for expectant mothers who want to give the best possible starts to their little ones.
"With my first I did a lot of extra classes and ended up having a natural delivery, so I'm looking for that as well this time," said Amanda Lee, an expectant mother who attended Belly Talk.
Health experts recommend pregnant women get 30 minutes of exercise a day to stay active in preparation for the delivery room.
"Labor is hard work and you need to train for it," Kandiko said.
Expectant mothers should consume 300 extra calories a day to support their pregnancies and look to increase their intake of all nutrients, said Kandiko.
"We want to make sure when you do have those extra 300 calories that they’re good nutritious calories and not just empty calories, so things like cheese, proteins, nuts," she said.
Birth Smart representatives said nutrition and exercise are key to successful pregnancies and they are looking to promote healthy lifestyles for both moms and babies.
"Those are things that can really help moms shape their pregnancy and start their baby out on the best foot," said Laurel Ripple-Carpenter, a board member for Birth Smart.