You’ve decided that you want to have a baby. Just like preparing for a triathlon, a figure competition, a piano recital, or a big presentation, you have to prepare your mind and body for this amazing creation to take place. Like these other events, you can’t just snap your fingers and have it all magically happen. Are you ready?
A HEALTHY MIND
For conception to successfully occur, not only is timing a huge consideration, but your mind has to be in the right place. If all you think about is baby, baby, baby, you might be placing too much thought and effort into it. The more you stress about having a baby (will it happen?did it happen? oooh the waiting! am I going to get my period? what will I do if it doesn’t happen this time?…), the less likely your body will be receptive to the fertilized egg. You don’t want your baby’s first moments in your body to be surrounded by stress.
Relax. Enjoy the baby-making process. Make sure to laugh often (which releases feel-good hormones in the body). Meditate. Get outside and enjoy nature. Do yoga. Get acupuncture. Breathe. Get enough sleep. All of these are proven methods to lower your stress hormones and make it easier to conceive.
A HEALTHY BODY
In addition to a healthy mind, you need to have a healthy body that is willing and able to handle a pregnancy. A healthy body starts with one that is at a healthy weight. If you are more than 10% over or under your recommended weight, it alters your reproductive hormones enough to make it more difficult to conceive. So, if you’re thinking about getting pregnant, then start making healthy eating and exercise a priority. And don’t forget to take a daily prenatal vitamin, just in case it happens sooner than later.
We talk so often about the importance of healthy eating for a healthy mind, body, and spirit. Eating clean, organic, whole, colorful, unprocessed foods fills your body with the vitamins, minerals, fiber, antioxidants, and phytochemicals it needs to maintain your energy, youth, beauty, and health, both inside and out.
- Listen to your body and feed it when it’s hungry and stop when it’s full.
- Fill your plate with a rainbow of colorful fruit and veggies that are organic, locally grown, and in-season.
- Choose lean proteins, like Omega-3-rich wild Alaskan Salmon (while it’s still in season), fish, chicken, tukey, beans, tofu, and nonfat Greek yogurt.
- Make sure to include whole grains, like quinoa, millet, teff, amaranth, and corn.
- Healthy fats, like avocado, flax seed, nuts, seeds, olive oil, and fish oil are vital to a healthy body and fetal brain development.
- Stay hydrated with water, green tea, and herbal teas. Stay away from artificially sweetened beverages, as well sugary drinks, alcohol, and too much caffeine.