PREPPING FOR PREGNANCY

In the United States almost 50% of pregnancies are unplanned. If you are one of the lucky ones who has time to plan ahead there are several tips to prepping your body for pregnancy. Most of these tips are routines that you will want to carry into your pregnancy as well.

The healthier we are physically before pregnancy, the better the environment to maintain a healthy pregnancy.

start taking a prenatal

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Folic acid is a B vitamin that every cell in your body needs for healthy growth and development. Taking it before and during pregnancy can help protect your baby from neural tube defects.

This is also the time to start taking prenatal vitamins. The baby’s neural tube which becomes the brain and spinal cord, develops during the first months of pregnancy, possibly before you can even know you are pregnant.

DHA in your diet

DHA is one of the most important things in the beginning of pregnancy.

You can consume it in your diet by______

Supplementing DHA is especially vital for vegetarians and vegans.

see your doctor

Check up:

Andy big nutritional deficiencies? Are your vaccines and immunizations up to date? Discuss family history. Some prescription drugs can produce side effects with your baby. Major vaccines to check up on are chicken pox and measles. If you are obese, have diabetes, asthma, or high blood pressure then ask your healthcare provider if they will explain to you any special care you might need during pregnancy. Discuss when you will get off birth control. Know that you can literally get pregnant immediately after discontinuing birth control – so make sure you are ready. Tell your healthcare provider about any medications or supplements you are taking. Depending on the product, your healthcare provider might recommend changing doses, switching to something else or stopping the product before you conceive.

Talk to your doctor if you are taking prescription drugs and if they would harm your baby.

healthy weight

Getting to a healthy weight before you get pregnant. No dieting during pregnancy.

Obese mothers face increased risk of high blood pressure, gestational diabetes, oversized babies, and Cesarean section.

Too thin = at risk of experiencing fertility problems, preterm labor, low baby birth weight, and becoming anemic.

start an exercise routine

We all know we should be moving our bodies, but now is the best time to start making a regular exercise routine. Being physically active when you’re pregnant can help relieve pregnancy aches and pains. It can boost your energy, help your sleep, improves mood, and help you cope with stress.

reduce your stress

It’s time to find your thing. What makes you feel calm? Baths, walking, reading, yoga, meditation?

There are countless ways to reduce your stress and now is the time to find something that truly makes you feel calm.

Massages, essential oils, lavender scented candles, gardening, yoga, whats your think?

Baths, nature walks, breathing exercises, journaling, painting

sleep

It’s no secret that sleep isn’t the easiest thing when you’re pregnant and especially once that bundle of joy is actually born.

Adopting a nighttime routine to get you to a calm place before you are carrying a child will greatly benefit your sleep schedule.

Listen to your body and know how much sleep you need. It’s time to adopt a sleep schedule.

eat more whole foods

Just like taking a prenatal vitamin it’s essential to ramp up your nutrient stores by eating whole foods that are nutrient dense.

Dark leafy greens, protein, antioxidant rich berries, healthy fats, and non-starchy vegetables should be the foundation of your daily diet.

It’s also important to wash your produce. Ecoli on greens

cut the processed carbs

Once you start eating nutrient dense foods it’s easier to let go of the crappy stuff.

stop smoking

A woman who smokes is less fertile and faces and increased risk of miscarriage, still birth, preterm delivery, and having a low birth weight baby. Children of mothers who smoke are at higher risk for many health problems including SIDS.

lets talk about alcohol

Remember when I said half of all pregnancies are unplanned – here is where alcohol can get a little scary.

drink more water

It seems basic but it’s one of the most overlooked easy ways to be healthier.

If you find plain water boring try adding fruit or herbs. But you need to get used to drinking water because it’s something you will need to habitually do throughout your pregnancy and especially if you are planning on breastfeeding.

If you are dehydrated you can __________

clean your home routine

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TAKEAWAY

The fact that you’re even thinking about prepping for pregnancy puts you off on a great start.

Start off by taking a prenatal, visit your healthcare provider, and eat nutrient dense foods. As you start removing some of the offenders from your diet, lifestyle, and home routines