If you are planning on hearing the pitter-patter of little feet anytime soon, the optimal situation is to be your best, healthiest self before you give life to another. Whether children are on your radar soon or the farthest thing from your mind, if pregnancy is even possible, it is never too early to start preparing your body for it.
Pregnancy or no pregnancy, the actions listed here will certainly make you look better, improve all your numbers (cholesterol, blood pressure, etc.), give you energy and help you feel great, too! And, here is an added bonus -- should a pregnancy occur, your body will bounce back so much faster, too, after the baby is here and be in the best shape for motherhood and give your child the brightest chance.
And, if you need further convincing, check out this post on epigenetics to see the powerful effect you and your actions can have on future generations and their health.
Body Prep For A Future Baby
Find a scale. Get to a healthy weight before getting pregnant if possible. Achieving a healthy weight before pregnancy and staying within your doctor's guidelines for weight gain during pregnancy can decrease the risk for complications during and after pregnancy for you and the baby. Being overweight or obese before pregnancy increases your risk for conditions like gestational diabetes and preeclampsia as well as neonatal complications for the child.
Those baby pounds are a lot easier to peel off, too, if you are at a good weight for your height before you get pregnant and don't go too much over your doctor's guidelines for adding weight during the pregnancy.
Clean up your act. Clear out these unhealthy habits:
- If you have not already, toss the cigarettes and quit smoking.
- Lay off the pretty cocktails, or at least discuss that with your doctor.
- Avoid fish with higher mercury levels as this can be harmful to a baby's developing nervous system. Here is information on that.
- Watch your beauty supplies. Now is the time to consider going organic or at least researching how your current ones stack up against this list of chemicals to avoid.
- Familiarize yourself with the clean 15 and dirty dozen with regard to pesticide on foods.
- Avoid unnecessary antibiotics to keep your microbiome of your digestive system in its best shape.
Don't forget Daddy. You future daddies need to take care, too. Many of these same healthy lifestyle changes listed above apply to you as well. And, for even more specific information, here is a link regarding fertility and how to best prepare your body for fatherhood as well.
More Pregnancy SourcesIf you do become pregnant, here are some great sources to check out to get you started and help you and keep you in the most healthy baby-creating shape:
- I really enjoy this blog and the writer and her colleague just released this pregnancy book on the topic of fertility and creating a healthy and holistic pregnancy.
- I wish these had been available, too, when I was getting ready to have a baby.
- And, you may want to bookmark these as well.
- I have not been pinning long to this board, but lots of healthy pregnancy ideas and links all here.
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- Best to shop wisely for those healthy meals you are creating.
- Watch your toxin overload by cleaning out a room used everyday.
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