You want to have a healthy pregnancy and a healthy baby? That’s great!
The journey to motherhood is magical, and the process to getting there can be extremely enjoyable for a variety of reasons. Many pre-expectant mothers assume the act of getting pregnant is as simple as having unprotected sex – and for some, it really is that easy! For others, an extreme lifestyle change is necessary in order to better conceive, as well as understand when the fertile window is.
Before you start planning for your baby, make sure you’re trying under the ideal conditions. This helpful checklist can help you get prepared for the harsh body changes of pregnancy, as well as help you get pregnant in the first place.
Pre-Pregnancy Checklist (The Woman Edition)
- Let’s Get Moving – If you didn’t exercise before, now’s the time to start. You want to start growing your child in a healthy environment. For you, this is exercising 30 minutes a day. For your baby, this is the womb of a mother who is taking care of her physical well-being. Also, you don’t have to focus on weight loss. This exercise routine should be geared towards getting fit and your blood flowing properly.
- Start Eating Better – You’re going to have to keep two things in mind with your pre-pregnancy diet. One is obvious: start eating better. The other tidbit of advice, however, is one pre-expectant mothers don’t often think about. It’s important to consider your portion control. Eat foods rich in vitamins and minerals, and also don’t overeat. You’ll be eating for two once you become pregnant, so cut down on that potential weight gain. Also consider swapping animal protein with vegetal protein: a study from researchers at the Harvard School of Public Health found infertility chances decreased by 39% when making that swap. Last but not least, be careful about what you eat. Some fast food may contain chemicals that can cause infertility.
- Reduce Stress – While stress is something you experience on a daily basis, it might be counterproductive when you’re trying to get pregnant. So consider looking into practices to bring your stress levels (i.e. cortisol levels) down, such as meditation, relaxation, deep breathing, yoga, etc.
- No Laptops On Your Laps – Studies have shown that having your laptops on your laps, i.e. close to your uterus, can be detrimental to your conception plan as the heat generated can affect fertility in a major way.
- Include Folate In Your Diet – You can do this both by eating foods rich in folate (like leafy greens such as spinach, romaine, arugula, and broccoli), but also by taking a folate vitamin supplement once a day. Why folate? Because it’s found to improve ovulation and the quality of your eggs. And, by the way, it is also a good supplement for men, as a research from the University of California Berkeley’s Public School of Health found that the chances of abnormal sperms in non-smoking men who had high folate intake reduced by 20%. What’s not to like!
- Consult Your Doctor – Don’t just trust the information you find on the internet – and isn’t that ironic? While it is important to conduct research and use my articles to help you discover more about your health, the Internet shouldn’t be a substitute for consulting a real medical professional. Arm yourself with credible information THEN discuss it with a doctor. And then, if you want additional natural support, contact me! 😉
- Go A Step Further – It’s important to know your genetic makeup before going through with getting pregnant. A preconception screening can alert you to your family history and ethnicity’s likelihood for having a baby with high-risk disorders.
- Protect Your Gums – Many pregnant women don’t know pregnancy raises the likelihood of gum disease, but it’s true. Before getting pregnant, protect your gums as much as possible by scheduling a trip to your dentist for a consultation. Also, start flossing. And as a way to protect your gums and teeth even further, consider oil pulling with coconut oil, as it’s an amazing anti-bacterial, and there’s no contra-indication for pregnant women.
- No More Caffeine – If you’re addicted to Starbucks or a nice cup of coffee in the morning – or even if you’re a soda junkie – it’s time to start cutting back. If initially you want to reduce instead of removing, limit yourself to one cup of coffee or one soda a day. Then progressively reduce your consumption further until you’re having those only very seldom.
- No Smoking or Alcohol – This should be a no brainer. Don’t smoke or drink while pregnant, but also quit smoking and drinking before you get pregnant. These SIDS and defect-causing practices can be cut off before getting pregnant to keep the overlap period small – after all, the more you smoke and drink during the early stages of pregnancy, the more at risk your child is.
- Start Thinking Money – How much money do you have to spend on a baby? Do you have a room ready? Is your house big enough? Start thinking about how much a baby actually costs and save up ASAP.
- Don’t Forget Pets – If you have a pet prior to getting pregnant, asses your animal’s willingness to get along with other small creatures in your home. If you couldn’t get another dog without your own getting aggressive and territorial, how do you think it will act with a baby around?
Did you know that the cycle of the potential egg that will be fertilized is 90 days, and that the quality of the egg will determine whether you stay pregnant? What have you been doing so far to improve your chances of conceiving, that is not mentioned above?
Do you need more support?
Part of my Radical Wellness mission is to help you increase your chances of conceiving. You now know that it takes between 3 months to a year to prepare your body for pregnancy, and perhaps you’re not familiar with the specific nutrition, supplements and lifestyle recommendations that can help you get there. If you’d like help on your journey, I’d love to support you. When you register today for a Radical Wellness Wakeup Call session, a 60 minutes deep dive with me, you will get an individualized action plan that will help you reach your goals! Click here for details.
And, if you feel after the call that you would actually like longer-term support, know that the price of the session can be redeemed towards the 90 or 120 days support programs.
I know investing in your health may feel like a luxury. But the health of your future child is worth all the efforts. As future mother, wouldn’t you want all that you can offer to your child, even before he/she is born?