If you are wondering how to prepare your body for pregnancy, then you’ve come to the right place!
I’ve been through pregnancy once already and I learned a lot that I am excited to share with you!
Devin and I are very excited to start trying for another baby after our wedding this September!
That’s almost a month away, so I’m starting to get my body ready now.
There is a lot you can do to prepare your body for pregnancy. Below you will find everything I am doing to help increase my chances of having another healthy pregnancy.
Easy things that you can do to!
How I’m Preparing My Body For Pregnancy
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Eating A Well Balanced Diet
You should always eat a well balanced diet of whole grains, fruits, veggies, lean meat, and dairy.
That being said it’s extra important to fuel your body with healthy foods while you’re pregnant, for your health and for the growth and development of your baby.
Creating good eating habits before you get pregnant can help you maintain a healthy diet throughout your pregnancy.
It also may help you get pregnant faster because eating healthy has been linked to higher fertility in both women and men!
It’s not always easy eating healthy. Especially when life is busy and if you already have children to take care of.
Making a list of healthy foods to buy before I go groceries shopping helps me make sure I get more of the good stuff and less of the junk.
And having healthy recipes available to follow also helps me stay on track when I just don’t know what to make.
Foods That Can Help You Get Pregnant Faster
There are even foods that are linked to increasing your fertility.
I would really love to have a spring or summer baby so i’ll be eating these foods in hope of getting pregnant fast.
Whole Wheat Bread
Weaning Off Caffeine
It’s recommended that you drink no more than one cup of coffee a day when you’re pregnant and cutting back on caffeine can also help you get pregnant faster.
This ones hard for me because I love my morning cup of coffee. I usually only drink one cup a day, but I’m trying to go for a smaller mug rather than the biggest one in our cupboard.
Taking Pre-natal Vitamins
We all know that we should be taking a prenatal vitamin while we are pregnant, but did you know that you should also be taking them while you’re trying to conceive?
According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, by taking 400 micrograms of folic acid for at least one month before you conceive and during your first trimester, you can cut your chances of having a baby with neural-tube defects by 50-70 percent.
So make sure you take a prenatal vitamin that contains folic acid (most do, but make sure you check)
I don’t like swallowing a huge pill everyday so I’m taking these! They’re so good, I actually look forward to taking them!
I gained a whopping 60 lbs during my first pregnancy! But, as of last week I am finally back down to my pre-pregnancy weight.
It took me a year and a half and I DO NOT want to gain it all back during my second pregnancy.
So, I am trying to get in the habit of going for a jog with Alexa in our jogging stroller at least every other day and doing some moderate weight training and floor exercises.
By getting in the habit of exercising now it’ll be easier for me to keep it up while I’m pregnant, and hopefully keep off excessive weight gain.
Taking A Trip To The Dentist
Definitely not something I am looking forward to, but I am going to make an appointment to go to the dentist before I get pregnant.
Hormonal changes caused by pregnancy increase your risk for gum disease, so it’s important to maintain good oral health.
Plus if you need to get any dental work done or x-rays, it’s best to do that before you get pregnant.
Taking Care Of My Mental Health
Being pregnant takes a lot out of you. Taking care of a newborn, takes a lot more.
Hormonal changes and sleep deprivation can take a toll on your mental health.
After Alexa was born I suffered from terrible anxiety and panic attacks.
At the time I didn’t really understand what was going on, and I suffered. Now, looking back I know there were things I could have done to make my situation better.
Before you get pregnant I strongly suggest you talk to your husband am let him know that you could be extremely emotional after giving birth and that there’s a possibility these emotions could lead to postpartum depression and postpartum anxiety.
Giving him a heads up could help him understand and be more supportive when the time comes.
Also, if you have anything in your life right now that is causing you stress you should find a way to resolve it before you get pregnant.
To help avoid the overwhelming emotions I felt throughout and after my first pregnancy I’m looking into some natural ways to alleviate stress to get and keep my mind in a good place.
Natural Ways To Alleviate Stress
Yoga is a great way to de-stress, and it makes a great addition to my exercise regimen as well. I find instructional videos are relaxing and easy to follow.
Some people find relief squeezing a stress ball. And a lot of woman use them while they’re in labor as well.
Lavender is an essential oil used to alleviate anxiety.
Lemon Balm Tea
This tea has a calming effect and is safe to drink during pregnancy.
- Eat A Well Balance Diet
- Lower Your Caffeine Intake
- Take A Prenatal Vitamin With Folic Acid
- Exercise Regularly
- Visit Your Dentist
- Take Care Of Your Mental Help
By following the same steps I’m taking, you too can easily prepare your body for pregnancy and increase your chances of having a health baby.
How do you prepare your body for pregnancy? I want to know in the comments below!