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PREPARING YOUR BODY FOR A HEALTHY PREGNANCY

June 4, 2019

If you are planning to conceive in the near future, these following tips will help you get pregnant quickly, recover easily postpartum, and help your baby be the healthiest possible. Whether it’s your first child or third, preparing your body before conceiving can make a world of difference!

Currently, we are wanting to bring another little one into this world. Here are the things I am doing now to prepare my body for the healthiest pregnancy possible.

Begin taking a high-quality Prenatal Vitamin

It wouldn’t be a pregnancy tip blog if I didn’t include this. Ideally, you should be taking a prenatal vitamin at least a month before conception. The first month of pregnancy is critical for neural tube development of your baby and the nutrients should be already in your body.

The BEST affordable high-quality prenatal vitamin I love (and I have tried dozens) is called Mama Bird Prenatal Multivitamin 

There are so many prenatal vitamins on the market claiming they are the “best,” but what’s special about this brand is:

  • It doesn’t have that nasty smell or after taste
  • Has a unique vegan formula of probiotics and digestive enzymes
  • Mama Bird Prenatal Multivitamin is free of soy, yeast, fish/shellfish, sugar, preservatives, artificial colors and flavors, nuts, GMOs, and dairy/lactose.

Clean up your diet

Alcohol

Before getting pregnant with my first, I quit alcohol for 10 months before conceiving then not a drop until after he was born. While this might be a little extreme for me now, I have limited my glass of wine to maybe just twice a month. I can feel a huge difference in my body and it feels good to know that when we do conceive, toxins will have been eliminated.

Smoking

Stop doing it. It’s hideous for your health and now you have another life that is fully dependent on you to be healthy, so start the potentially long process of quitting now.

The Dirty Dozen

While eating everything organic can be expensive, at least commit to buying organic of the Dirty Dozen. These are the 12 foods that were found to have the most pesticide residue. They are:

  1. Strawberries
  2. Spinach
  3. Kale
  4. Nectarines
  5. Apples
  6. Grapes
  7. Peaches
  8. Cherries
  9. Pears
  10. Tomatoes
  11. Celery
  12. Potatoes

For more information about the 2019 Dirty Dozen List click here.

Eating fresh fruit and vegetables daily will half your risk of miscarriage!


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Eliminate the Toxins

Although you may not realize it, there are many toxins in everyday products that women use every day. It’s important to learn what ingredients are carcinogens and which brands you can trust. Make sure to download your FREE 20 Toxic Household Ingredients to Avoid (PDF) and read up on the toxins in your home and how to avoid them

While entirely eliminating toxins may be impossible, it is pretty easy to limit your exposure to them. Toxins can build up in your system, so you want to remove them from your routine as much as possible when you are preparing for pregnancy.

Get in the best shape possible

While calorie restriction is not advised during this time, working out and getting strong is highly recommended. Find a workout that you enjoy and can commit to doing at least 3-5 times a week.

Women who exercised for 55 min, 3 days a week, were 34% less likely to require an emergency cesarean”?

– British Journal of Sports and Medicine

Track your cycle

Knowing your what cycle you are in can be the missing piece in trying to get pregnant.

When I first read Taking Charge of your Fertility, I was stunned by all that I didn’t know about my body. I knew when I had my period but had no idea about each phase, cervical mucus, temperature, and what it all means.  I wanted to remove my IUD and be able to find a natural way of either avoiding or encouraging pregnancy. This book gave me my motherhood and womanhood.

Most women have a clear sign of when their period is starting but rarely do they know about ovulation, how long the sperm lives, and when the optimal time is to get pregnant by recognizing all the signs their body signals.

Taking your temperature or tracking your ovulation for several months before conception can give you an edge on knowing exactly what day you can conceive. Knowledge is power!!

Drink Tons of Water

We follow a “gallon a day” motto in our family. Ever since I have been consistent on drinking a ton of water throughout the day, I have seen a huge difference in my health, weight, and energy. Having enough fluids will also help your cervical mucus stay healthy so it can support the sperm.

Limit Stress & Relax More

Maybe I am just crazy but when its time to get pregnant I find myself taking pregnancy tests all the time and being disappointed when I am not. Even though conceiving was easy for me the first time, I get all worked up that this one might be different. This thinking pattern is not healthy or productive.

I am practicing breathing more, not caring about the little things, and affirming to myself that when he/she is ready, they will come.

Try to identify exactly what triggers your stress throughout the day. Maybe its the dishes in the sink, your job, or a relationship. Understand the dishes won’t run away. If a bath will be better for your mental health, take one!! If your job is bringing you stress, talk to your spouse about working part-time. A relationship gets to you, take a pause and some distance.

Tips such as getting more sleep, better time management, and relaxation techniques will all help relieve stress.

Repeat Mantras like:

“I am fertile and ready for my baby.”

“I patiently wait for my baby to arrive.”

“I can’t wait for that excitement I will feel when I read, ‘pregnant’ on that test.”

“It will feel so amazing to experience my baby growing inside me.”

“I am preparing my body for an easy healthy pregnancy.”

“I take care of my body now knowing that soon it will be the home for my baby.”

 

I hope you enjoyed these tips. If you have any ways you are preparing your body for pregnancy, I would love to hear them. Don’t forget to follow me or reach out on IG!!! -> @plantingseedsmamma

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