It is an exciting time of life to prepare to get pregnant, and some people rush into the decision without considering how their health will impact their conception. The truth is that your health before conception can have an impact on the baby’s development and wellness during the pregnancy, and your overall health can also affect your ability to conceive.
So, if you are thinking about getting pregnant, then there are a few things that you should do to prepare your body:
Popping a few prenatal vitamins won’t be enough to help you overcome a bad diet. Your baby deserves to have high quality levels of nutrition, and the only way that you can ensure this nutrition is by watching what you eat.
The dietary rules are simple: increase your consumption of organic fruits and vegetables, grass-fed meats, legumes, nuts, and seeds. At the same time, stay away from processed foods and other unhealthy convenience foods that you can find at the grocery store. You need to make sure that you are getting as much nutrition as possible from every calorie that you consume.
One good way to boost your nutrition levels is by drinking fresh vegetable juice and green smoothies. Green vegetables are a great source of folate, which is especially important during your first trimester of pregnancy. Increase your consumption of these foods before you get pregnant, to ensure that your folate levels are good before conception.
Don’t confuse folate with folic acid. They both are often used interchangeably, but “folic acid” actually refers to the fully oxidized synthetic compound used in dietary supplements and in food fortification, while “folate” refers to the substances naturally present in foods.
Fresh vegetable juices and other natural remedies can be used to cleanse your body and help you overcome any toxic buildup that might be present. Toxins are all around us, and over time the toxic load can really add up. These toxins can be especially harmful to a growing baby, so you need to cleanse as much as possible before getting pregnant.
Think about decreasing your toxin exposure by reducing the use of toxic beauty and household products. At the same time, use natural remedies to flush the toxins out of your body and cleanse your major organs. For example, trying drinking a glass of warm water in the morning, with the juice of a freshly squeezed lemon and a few drops of Stevia mixed in. When you use this habit first thing in the morning, you can flush your digestive system and cleanse any built-up toxins.
When you are ready to conceive, make sure that you stop using birth control a few months before conception. You need to give your body time to balance out and get rid of the chemicals and hormones in the medication. Also, talk with your doctor about any other types of medications that you might be using, because certain drugs can increase the risk of birth defects.
It is also important that you avoid the use of over-the-counter medications as well. Whenever possible stick with natural remedies instead of medications.
If you are consistent with the dietary goals mentioned above, then you will experience healthy weight loss. It is a good idea to drop the excess weight before conceiving, because obesity can lead to more birth problems. Obese mothers have a higher risk of gestational diabetes, high blood pressure, and other health issues.
You should try to get within 15 pounds of your goal weight. By dropping the weight before conception and maintaining healthy eating habits while you are pregnant, you will increase the likelihood that you can avoid gaining too much weight during the pregnancy.
Keep in mind that you should avoid losing too much weight though, because being underweight can also have a negative impact on the pregnancy. In fact, underweight women commonly experience fertility problems or they might be at risk for pre-term labor.
Increase your activity levels before conception, and maintain healthy fitness levels during the pregnancy as well. Avoid extreme sports, and stick with moderate exercises instead. Physical activity will strengthen your body and help you maintain a healthy weight. At the same time, exercise during pregnancy is beneficial to reduce aches and pains during the pregnancy.
By implementing a good fitness routine before conception, it is much easier to maintain these habits after you are pregnant. You will also experience a boost in energy, improved mood, stress reduction, and better sleep patterns.
Have you heard of Candida Albicans? Well, if you haven’t, listen up. It is the most common type of yeast infection found in the mouth, intestinal tract and vagina, and it may affect skin and other mucous membranes. When you body’s natural pH balance is upset, the Candida can grow out of control, creating a systemic problem. Good healthy bacteria and a properly functioning immune system are essential when fighting this stubborn infection.
Candida can decrease your chances of getting pregnant and affect fertility by making your cervical mucus thick and hostile to sperm. Women who have Candida overgrow may have difficulty detecting egg white fertile cervical mucus, especially if they experience recurrent yeast infection.
If you have been trying to get pregnant with no success for some time, you may want to consider healing the gut and testing for Candida. Avoid refined carbohydrates, sugar, and alcohol. These all contribute to the growth of Candida. Adding probiotic foods can effectively kill the Candida in your system. It’s best to discuss this with your physician and I recommend seeking a Functional Medicine Practitioner. There are many ways to fight and prevent Candida overgrowth.
Many women start thinking about their health after they find out that they are pregnant, but you should be proactive to improve your health before the conception occurs. As a result, you will prepare your body to nourish and grow your baby, to increase the likelihood of good health for both the mother and baby.