Planning to get Pregnant? Plan to Get Healthy!

healthy2 Everyone is always talking about what you should and should not do and what you should or should not eat when you are pregnant, but what about pre-pregnancy? I for one, want my body in tip-top shape before we even think about “not trying” to have a baby. I’ve done a lot of research on this topic and thought I’d share some of the dietary and lifestyle changes I’ve read about: (*keep in mind, I picked these tips up from various sources- my doctor, books, magazines, websites, my mom and seemingly knowledgeable girlfriends. Don’t rely on me alone- check with your own expert resources!)

Tips for a Healthy Pregnancy!
-Drink lots of water (at least 8 glasses a day)
-Exercise (of course when you do get pregnant, consult a physician about maintaining that exercise program)
-Cut out alcohol (a glass of vino every once in a while with dinner is ok, or at least in my house it is!)
-Don’t smoke!
-Get lots of protein (fish, beans, eggs… if you are having trouble getting pregnant, cutting out red meat may help)
-Plan ahead for your hair (you don’t want to get your hair colored in the first trimester- or ever if you are a worry wort like me)
-Set up a doctors appointment and let him/her know your trying and ask about prenatal vitamins
-Set up a dentist appointment – get a check-up and cleaning
-Decrease stress – maybe take a yoga class
-Minimize your saturated fats and refined sugar intake
-Eat more mono saturated fats like olive oil and eat less trans fats that are found in fast food and baked goods
-Eat lots of veggies (broccoli, brussel sprouts, and cauliflower have been said to lend to healthy fertility)
-Minimize or cut out caffeine
-Starting reading up on pregnancy so you’re ready when it happens!

I may be taking this “get my body healthy for baby” thing a little to far – but hey, that can’t be bad, right? I have gone as far as trying to switch to all organic  – not just food, my make-up too (it’s sort of an expensive goal, I’m taking it day by day, grocery store trip by grocery store trip). Basically my entire lifestyle changed when I decided I wanted to become a mom. Once I sorted out all of the healthy changes I could make to my life to prepare for child bearing, I realized – this should probably just be my new healthy lifestyle forever. Deciding to have a baby is a great reason to live a more health conscious life – but truly YOU are enough of a reason to treat your body like the temple it is. Planning to get pregnant? Plan to get healthy!  Not planning to get pregnant? Get healthy anyway – for YOU!

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4 Responses to “Planning to get Pregnant? Plan to Get Healthy!”

  1. Sharon June 17, 2009 at 9:42 am #

    Its amasing how much babies make us want to become a better person…even before they are born! =)

  2. bessie.viola June 17, 2009 at 2:20 pm #

    These are all great steps – getting healthy beforehand is so important. I completely second the notation about dental cleaning – I had to have my teeth cleaned in my second trimester, and it was quite uncomfortable (due to increased blood volume, I’m guessing?) Next time we are expecting, I’ll try to schedule the dentist appointments to avoid that time!

  3. Aetna Dental Plans June 22, 2009 at 8:26 pm #

    Thank you for writing and sharing this. It

  4. beth - total mom haircut June 24, 2009 at 11:51 am #

    This is great – and it doesn’t stop either! Because after you have a baby then you want to make everything in your home as healthy and safe as possible. I feel like I’ve been on this mission for nearly 5 years, but there’s always more that can be done. Taking it one day at a time/one trip at a time makes a lot of sense:)