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!)
-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!