10 Steps to Help Successfully Prepare Your Body for Pregnancy
Original article by Asiyah Muhsin-Thomas
Making the decision to have a baby is by far one of the most serious and life changing decisions you’ll ever have to make.
While it can be stressful, and at times overwhelming at the thought of the laundry list of things you need to do in order to be prepared, it doesn’t have to be.
Before you begin shopping for baby clothes, planning baby showers, and designing the nursery, you must first conceive. Your body is your temple and it will need special care to be as healthy as possible when trying to have a baby.
I’ve outlined a few tips that can help you successfully prepare your body for pregnancy. Take a look…
1. Follow Your Doctor’s or Midwife’s Orders
When you begin the journey towards planning a pregnancy, it’s a good idea, actually it’s a great idea to schedule a routine checkup with your OB/GYN or Midwife.
This will help you gain full access to your current state of wellness and make any changes necessary before you begin trying to conceive.
Be sure to follow their suggestions and orders. You made the informed decision to choose that provider because they fit your needs and desires.
Make sure to allow them to help you through this time by following through. If anything is confusing to you, be sure to ask for clarity. They are there to help you.
2. Seek Emotional Support
You have a great support system in place, or maybe you don’t.
Either way make it a priority to get the emotional support you need, in the way you need it.
What does that mean?
It means that you must figure out what you need to help you through this time. This is a major step in your life, even if you already have other children.
Each new pregnancy presents a different set of circumstances. Seek the help you need to make sure you are supported emotionally, spiritually, and physically.
4. Tone Your Uterus
Be sure to check in with your healthcare provider first and get the all clear that your body in shape to welcome a future pregnancy. Particularly your uterus.
The uterus or womb is where all the magic happens. It may need some assistance in getting into optimal shape for conception and pregnancy.
One of the best ways to tone your uterus is by drinking Red Raspberry Leaf Tea. Red Raspberry Leaf has been shown to increase blood flow to the uterus and aids in toning it in preparation for pregnancy.
Once you conceive it is recommended that you stop drinking the tea until late in pregnancy (37 weeks+) as you prepare for the birth. Check out this great article by Natural Fertility Info to learn more about it.
5. Join a Yoga Studio
Absolutely yoga! Yoga is a wonderful art which also provides amazing healing for the body and mind.
Look for a restorative yoga class. Restorative yoga does exactly that.It aids in restoring mind, body, and soul.
Sounds like just what you need right?
Local studios often offer great deals for new students. You may even be able to take a few classes free!
6. Increase your H2O Intake
Water! Water! Water!
We need it to survive. Water has to ability to cleanse our bodies of toxins and impurities.
Hands down, it is essential to increasing fertility and aiding in preparing your body for carrying a baby. Drink as close as you can to a gallon per day.
Add fresh fruit to your water to flavor it a bit and add a hint of natural sweetness.
7. Eat Fertility Boosting Foods
This isn’t always the fun part.
Changing up your diet? I know the struggle!
Slowly begin to incorporate fertility boosting foods into your diet.
These will help your body physically prepare to conceive.
Some foods to think about are: whole grains, fruits and vegetables, lean meats/beans, and low fat dairy.
8. Take a Whole Food Based Multi/Prenatal Vitamin
Don’t wait until you conceive to begin taking a prenatal vitamin. As soon as you are ready start trying, go by a jar or two.
A good multi/prenatal vitamin is made from whole food sources. Typically vegetables and fruits. Take them as directed on the label.
If you’re forgetful, set a reminder on your phone. Here’s a great prenatal vitamin that is all natural and sourced from whole foods.
9. Get to Your Ideal Weight
Being significantly underweight or overweight can negatively affect your fertility.
Studies show that women who are underweight take four times as long to get pregnant as women within their ideal weight class.
On the other hand, women who are overweight may have insulin resistance, meaning that too much insulin circulates in the body, disrupting menstruation.
Seek help to get your weight under control. This doesn’t have to be scary. When you feel overwhelmed, just remember why you are doing this.
Healthy mama, healthy baby.
10. Stop Trying to Have a Baby
I know this sounds contrary and very weird.
It’s actually very simple: Stop trying.
Make the changes you need to make, get the support necessary, and stay in close contact with your healthcare provider.
Once you put these things in place, STOP! Live your life! Smile! Think happy thoughts.
We all know a watched pot doesn’t boil. Don’t become so consumed with trying to conceive (TTC) that you lose yourself or the loving relationship with your spouse.
Take time to enjoy every moment of every day. You’re doing the work. Let your mind rest and wait for it to happen.
You’ll appreciate this mental break once you have that beautiful baby.