5 Ways To Prepare For Pregnancy

Thinking about getting pregnant in the near future can be an exciting, yet overwhelming, experience.  There’s the anticipation of building your very own family, filled with the worry of what if’s & wonder about where to even start.

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Whether it’s your first, second or fourth pregnancy, I’ve got 5 ways to help prepare you for the journey ahead. Knowing every woman’s journey to motherhood looks different, I’ve made these steps simple, customizable & realistic. Wherever you’re at in the process, I’m here to help!

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5 Ways To Prepare For Pregnancy

Step 1: Assess your current health status to better understand your potential for pregnancy!

When seeking to become pregnant, it’s important to understand your starting point. What’s your health status? Is your bloodwork normal? Are you within a healthy BMI? Are you taking any medications or supplements that my be contraindicated during pregnancy?

First, schedule an annual visit with your doctor.  Bring your partner & have a conversation around the following:

  • discuss timing & birth control options
  • share any upcoming travel
  • discuss medications or supplements you may be taking
  • ask for routine blood work (be sure to watch the webinar to learn what labs to discuss!)

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Step 2: Take a quality prenatal vitamin ~3 months out to help ensure your body has adequate nutrients for pregnancy.

Not all prenatal vitamins are created equal, and some woman have unique needs.  A few key nutrients to look for in a prenatal supplement  include:

  • Active Folate (5-MTHf)
  • Choline
  • Gentle Iron (bisglycinate)
  • DHA
  • Vitamin D

 

Choosing the right supplement should be a top priority, which is why I wrote an entire blog post on this topic.  Be sure to check it out!

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Step 3: Limit your exposure to environmental toxins to support fertility.

Toxins & other endocrine disruptors present in the environment can put a damper on your fertility.  These contaminants can be found lurking in your daily environment and everyday products including:

  • Cleaning supplies
  • Furniture
  • Packaging
  • Beauty Products
  • Water
  • Air

 

Do your best to minimize your exposure & safeguard your family by implementing a few of these technique below:

  • Switching to natural cleaners
  • Choosing smarter beauty products
  • minimizing exposure to air pollutants
  • Use a water filter

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Step 4: Reduce & manage stress to help improve your odds of conception.

This one is probably something you’re already well aware of. Chronic stress negatively affects many aspects of health, & fertility is no exception. Make an effort to reduce your stress.  A few tips for managing stress:

  • Daily relaxation/meditation
  • Making time to exercise
  • Schedule time for self care

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Step 5: Eat more “fertility-friendly foods!”

I get this question so often – “what can I eat to help me get pregnant?”  While there’s no magic bullet for getting pregnant, there are some foods that are positively associated with fertility. I wrote an in-depth blog post on this exact topic, so be sure to give it a read!

 

Here’s the short list of foods you can start to include now:

  • Salmon
  • Full Fat Dairy
  • Berries/Antioxidants
  • Whole Grains
  • Plant proteins

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There you have it, 5 ways to prepare for pregnancy. Make sure to grab the 30 minute webinar to dive deeper into this topic!

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