Trying to conceive? Studies show that you can impact your body’s ability to get pregnant and have a healthy pregnancy.
Schedule an appointment with your healthcare provider to identify and treat any issues that could affect your pregnancy.
Eating before and during pregnancy is more about quality, not quantity. Eat more highly nutritious foods and decrease foods high in fats and sugars. The foods you eat today are the building blocks for your baby tomorrow.
Help your future baby grow a healthy mind with beans, eggs, nuts and seeds, olive oil, Alaskan wild salmon (or any other cold water oily fish), yogurt and kefir, whole grains, spinach, collards, kale, broccoli, prunes, raisins, blueberries, oranges, red bell peppers and tomatoes.
You should take a prenatal vitamin with at least 400 micrograms of folic acid everyday to prevent the most common birth defects: Spina bifida or anencephaly.
Being underweight or overweight puts you at risk for a number of pregnancy complications so achieve a healthy weight before you get pregnant. Stabilize for at least 3 to 6 months before trying to conceive at your healthy weight.
Deep breathing, progressive relaxation, mindfulness exercise, and transcendental meditation can all help you relax. A positive mental health and a strong network of social support, including your relationship with your partner, will help you stay resilient through the stresses of pregnancy and parenting.
Infection and inflammation pose perhaps the biggest threats to a healthy pregnancy. Reduce saturated and trans fats from your diet, and eat more whole grains, fruits and vegetables that are loaded with antioxidants.
“Go green” with as many common household products as possible to avoid potential reproductive and developmental toxic byproducts.
Men contribute about half of the baby’s genetic materials. Sperm DNA can get damaged by tobacco, alcohol, drugs, caffeine, diet, medical conditions and environmental toxins. Since men continue to make new sperm, if they take good care of themselves for 3 months, they can replace a lot of the damaged goods with healthy sperm. Encourage your man to see his healthcare provider preconception too.
Start our 10 healthy practices while trying to conceive so when you do get pregnant, your body will be ready for baby.