Preparing for a pregnancy and expanding the family is an exciting and important time in any couple’s life. Reflecting on my past experience, I’ve decided to approach this new chapter with a balanced mindset, making some positive changes along the way. Join me in this blog post, as I share the five key adjustments I’m embracing to enhance my well-being and prepare myself for a nourished pre-conception and pregnancy. Particularly as we now know just how important the first 1000 days are in a baby’s life on their future health and development (and this includes the 3 month period before conception!!) If you’re seeking support on your own journey, keep an eye out for the valuable insights I’ll be offering throughout!
Prioritizing Thorough Blood Tests and Nutritional Deficiencies: To ensure a healthy start, I’ve committed myself to undergo thorough blood tests and address any nutritional deficiencies before conception. Having discovered my vitamin D deficiency during my last pregnancy, I now understand the significance of starting with optimal levels. By taking proactive steps to correct deficiencies, I aim to provide the best possible environment for my future baby’s development.
Optimising my Diet and Supplements for my individual health concerns: Recognising the impact of thyroid function on pregnancy, and dealing with postpartum thyroiditis I am taking measures to support my thyroid health in this preconception period. I am also aiming to reduce the risk of gestational diabetes during my next pregnancy. While certain risk factors may be beyond my control, I firmly believe that a well-balanced diet, coupled with appropriate supplements, can contribute to stable blood sugar levels and overall well-being throughout pregnancy. And at the very least, my dietary changes will support whatever is thrown my way.
Striking a Balance with Ovulation Tracking: Oh, the wonders of technology! Ovulation testing kits, temperature tracking, and keeping an eye on cervical mucus have all been incredible tools on my fertility journey. But, let’s be honest, obsessing over them month after month can lead to unnecessary stress. So, I’ve decided to use these methods as friendly guides, not as the be-all and end-all. After all, a relaxed mind and body are a lot more conducive to fertility & pregnancy health than increasing my anxiety.
Moderating Coffee Intake: Coffee, oh sweet nectar of energy! Last time, I went on a full-blown decaf spree, bidding farewell to my caffeinated friend. But this time, I’ve decided to find a balance. I’m happily reducing my coffee intake while still enjoying one cup a day from my beloved coffee machine. Life is all about savouring the little joys, right?
Journaling & yoga: In the whirlwind of pregnancy, postpartum recovery, and early parenthood, I found solace in journaling and practicing yoga. However, as life got busier, these self-care activities gradually took a back seat. Now, as I embark on another pre-conception journey, I recognise the importance of incorporating these activities into my daily routine. By journaling my thoughts and practicing yoga regularly, I intend to nurture my mind, body, and spirit, allowing for a more balanced and fulfilling experience.
As I dive headfirst into this joyful pre-conception journey, I invite you to join me in embracing these five changes and set yourself up for success as well. Together, we can create a nourishing foundation and give our health and the health of our baby the best possible start.
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