Thinking About Getting Pregnant?
Posted by Arja on May 25 in Women's Health
Preparing your body for pregnancy, childbirth, and the postpartum period is one of the best things you can do to have the healthiest baby possible. Most people sit up and take notice when the pregnancy test says positive, but there are things you can start doing in the months leading up to conception that will help you and your partner have a healthy pregnancy.
Food for Thought.
It takes 3 months to grow healthy eggs and sperm, so the ideal time to start preparing for a healthy pregnancy is at least 3 months prior to conception.
You can also increase your overall fertility through applying healthy nutritional practices (in both the mother and father) that can help regulate cycles, balance hormones, and increase chances of implantation.
But why does what I eat now matter so much? I’m not even pregnant yet.
Studies have shown that developing fetuses are very sensitive to the mother’s nutritional status prior to and during pregnancy, but that the consequences of deficiencies may not actually show up until much later in life.
This nutrient programming is setting up the blueprint that will be used to grow your healthy baby. A developing fetus relies on its mother to fulfill nutritional requirements. It’s best to adopt habits that will not leave you nutrient deficient, and you definitely don’t want to enter pregnancy already lacking in critical nutrients like iron, B12, calcium or folic acid.
It’s not complicated. With my help and guidance we’ll help you:
• Adopt a healthier diet.
• Make lifestyle changes that reduce stress and change your relationship with food.
• Teach you how to chart your cycle and recognize basic fertility indicators.
• Focus on nutrients that play an important role in fertility and pregnancy for both men and women.
If you’re considering getting pregnant in the next 3 months or more, now is the perfect time to evaluate your current health status, address hormonal imbalances, and get you thinking about how nutrition can help you have a healthy pregnancy, healthy baby, and set you up for the postpartum period as well.