Thinking of trying for a baby? Or perhaps, adding a new little one to your family? If so, Mommy needs to make sure she is well taken care of both mentally and physically. I have partnered with Diapers.com to share with you my top 7 Ways to Prepare Your Body for Pregnancy!
1) Prenatal Vitamin – One of the first things my midwife told me, was to start taking prenatal vitamins, even though I wasn’t pregnant yet. She said that it would help make sure I received the right amount of nutrients I needed, as well as the baby. Prenatal vitamins come in all sorts of yummy styles and flavors, making it hard to choose. After comparing all the percentages, the one I chose for myself was the One A Day Prenatal 1. With 800mcg for Folic Acid (very important) as well as healthy Omega-3 Fatty Acids all in one convenient pill, I felt it was the best choice for me.
2) De-Stress – There is nothing more jarring to your body, both mentally and physically, than stress. It can cause ulcers, acid reflux and many other serious conditions. Even though it can be hard to do, try to eliminate as much stress from your life as possible. Also, try putting yourself in a new lighter, happier frame of mind by positive visualization. Just think… you are trying to have a baby! Woo hoo!! Some of the things we stress out about, when you really think about them, aren’t really that important. To sum it up… try not to dwell on negativity.
3) Relax – We all get caught up in the busyness of the day. It’s inevitable, and it happens to all of us now and then. Sometimes more often than we would like to think. However, now is the time to take some time out for yourself. After all, if you are trying for a baby, your “free” time is going to become “baby” time. Enjoy quite snuggles with your significant other on the couch while watching some TV, read a good book, or go out to the movies.
4) Eat Healthy – It’s time to step away from the fast food and put down those oversized pieces of chocolate cake! Eating healthier alternatives will help to give your body the true nourishment it needs to support you and your baby during pregnancy. Empty calories always taste great, but they always leave you hungry and coming back for more anyway.
5) Get Enough Rest – Everyone needs a good night’s sleep. In my opinion, the best medicine to fight off colds and illness is sleep. If you are trying to get pregnant, you don’t want your body to be worn down from staying up all night and going to work early in the morning. You need to take care of yourself and don’t forget… once you get pregnant… growing a baby is a lot of work for your body. There’s a lot going on, and it really tires you out. By giving yourself as close to a good 8 hours of sleep a night that you can, your body and mind will be recharged and ready to start the next day, refreshed.
6) Track Your Cycle – This will help you to know when your primo time is to try and have a baby. My best advice is to keep track of your cycle for 3 months. This will help you to get an idea of how long your periods are. My midwife told me that your best time to get pregnant is from day 10-16. She said that’s generally the time when a woman ovulates, which will increase your chances of becoming pregnant as long as you are trying. If you don’t want to track your cycle, you can use the help of an ovulation kit! This is a simple urination test that will tell you when your LH level is surging so you know when it’s a good time to try for that baby!
7) Don’t Give Up Hope – Trying for a baby takes time. Sometimes you hear stories from friends how it happened for them almost right away, and then others say it took a few years. These both tend to be the extremes and know that everyone is different and every body is different. You can’t predict if this is going to be the month for you, you just have to have hope and keep your attitude up. Some say, which I believe this too, is to act like it is going to happen. Don’t be pessimistic about it, even after a few months of trying. It’s hard not to, but my midwife told me that it takes most women a year of trying to become pregnant. It will happen for you when the time is right and when you see that positive pregnancy test, you will be over-the-moon ecstatic that you are going to be a Mommy!
I am not a doctor, nurse, midwife, or any other professional resource and I encourage you to consult your health-care professional for personalized care that can only be given by your Primary or OBGYN. These are tips that I wanted to share with you, as they had helped me prepare for pregnancy and are not intended to replace doctors’ care and information.
I wish you the best of luck and know that when the time is right, you will be holding a beautiful little bundle of joy in your arms! Just think of all the cute little clothes and the gifts for mom that you will receive at your baby shower and all the fun to ensue. With so many adorable items on the market, you are going to be one happy shopping mama!
Disclaimer: I received compensation for this blog post. However, all opinions and thoughts expressed are my own.