So you’ve decided that you want to get pregnant. But where do you start? Well if you’ve read my previous post about where to start, then you know the decisions that need to be made prior to conceiving. But once those decisions have been made, what then?? Well that’s where the Preconception Checklist comes in handy!
#1 Mindful Eating of Whole Foods
You have to be aware of what you’re putting into your body. Not only does proper nutrition help to fuel our bodies but it can also help to correct and prevent some complications with your health.
Having a healthy relationship with food going into pregnancy is an incredibly helpful, powerful tool to have in your toolkit. Cravings can be a hard thing to navigate, especially when the body isn’t in balance, so having the resources to ease those is huge.
Mindfulness is the capacity to bring full attention and awareness to one’s experience, in the moment, without judgment. Mindful Eating brings mindfulness to food choice and the experience of eating.
Mindful eating helps us become aware of our thoughts, feelings, and physical sensations related to eating, reconnecting us with our innate inner wisdom about hunger and satiety.
#2 Stress Reduction
Stress seems to be all anyone is talking about, but that is because we are just now beginning to see how devastating the effects are of chronic stress on all aspects of our health.
When the body is constantly under this stress, it goes into survival mode and either decreases or shuts down the work that non-vital organs and systems are doing. Not only is reproduction not vital to your personal survival, but the body wisely assumes that if the person is undergoing such continuous stress it likely is not a good time to have a baby.
The tough thing here, too, is that it doesn’t take very much stress to do this. A small amount of stress, as long as it is chronic, is enough to throw off your system. Often we don’t even realize it! Chronic stress not only affects fertility, but it also increases digestive issues, decreases the function of your immune system, increases anxiety and depression, and about a million other things.
For the sake of your future family, but also very much so for YOU, learning to manage your stress is crucial.
When we can get the stress under control, all systems in our body can run smoothly, opening the doors to an easier conception. And also a healthier baby! Win win.
GET THAT STRESS UNDER CONTROL, GIRL.
#3 Change Your Mindset
We know how powerful mindset is for all things. Our thoughts create our reality. Obviously you can’t will yourself pregnant without all of the other pieces in place, but negative thinking and the stress it creates can sometimes keep you from conceiving.
If you tell yourself something and create a huge amount of stress around it, the chances of it happening are going to increase. (Ex: Getting pregnant is going to be hard.)
Mindset is not the only thing that will make or break your fertility, but it is a very important part of the equation. This is a really difficult topic for some, especially those that have been trying to conceive for a long time so I want to make sure you know that it is important to give yourself some grace and patience around this. Not only will shifting your mindset be helpful for conception, but it will have positive impact on all areas of your life.
OUR THOUGHTS CREATE OUR REALITY AND DESERVE YOUR TIME AND ATTENTION!
#4 Detox Your Lifestyle
Not many people are aware of how toxic their environment is and how it is impacting their health. The pesticides on our produce, the plastics that surround our food, the chemicals in our cleaning and beauty products, the list goes on. The scariest part is that we pass these toxins to our baby in
utero and also through breastmilk. A 2009 study by the Environmental Working Group found 232 toxic chemicals in the umbilical cord blood of newborns. Yikes! I know it is scary and stressful but keep reading…
These chemicals are called Endocrine Disrupting Chemicals, and they alter and wreak havoc on our hormonal system. Not only are environmental toxins creating or worsening major health problems for women like endometriosis, PCOS, and painful periods, EDCs also affect the long term health of the child. Learning disabilities, reproductive issues, cancer, diabetes, and heart disease are some of the long-term effects.
Toxins are coming at us from all angles, and some are unavoidable so take a deep breath and know that this can’t be a perfect effort. However, we can decrease this toxic load in a very big way and most toxins leave the body very quickly as soon as daily exposure is minimized.
Many of the things we eat are creating inflammation in the body which has a large negative impact on fertility. When we keep our bodies in a constant state of inflammation, it becomes chronic, meaning that your immune response stays turned on in response to allergies, environmental toxins, and consuming inflammatory nonfood items.
When these pro-inflammatory immune cells circulate through the body they damage healthy tissues and increase your chances of developing fertility-hindering reproductive issues, such as PCOS, pelvic inflammatory disease, and premature ovarian failure.
In our grocery stores the aisles are full of sugar-free, low-fat, low-carb, artificially sweetened, sugar-free nonsense. That is not food! Removing processed foods as well as possible lurking food allergies will help to turn off the inflammation response and restore peace to your body.
And not only do we have toxins in our environment in the form of chemicals and additives, we also have them in the form of people. Doing a social detox is a great way to help improve your health. You will be amazed at the results of cutting those negative and toxic people out of your life!
#5 Balancing Your Cycle
The health of your menstrual cycle reflects not only your overall health, but also your fertility. If you’re dealing with super light or absent periods, very heavy and painful periods, endometriosis, or PCOS, that is a sign that your fertility is not at its most optimal and conceiving could be difficult.
Growing up we were taught to throw prescription solutions at our period woes. Midol, Ibuprofen, and birth control were given to us to ‘fix’ the problem. What is wrong here is that your body communicates imbalance and its desire to fix it by giving you these symptoms! So by turning them off and not addressing the underlying cause only creates more issues down the road.
In order to restore balance to your cycle, it is important to reduce stress in your life, develop an appropriate exercise routine for your body type/ imbalance, eat a high quality, nutrient dense diet, and make sure you have a self-care routine! Herbs can also be an incredibly powerful tool but are only appropriate on a one-to-one basis working with a health practitioner or herbalist.
If you follow these 5 steps, you will be brimming with radiant health, you will increase the health of your future babe, and your baby-making parts will be functioning as optimally as possible for your body.
Of course sometimes there are physiological things that happen that
are beyond our control, and we are so fortunate to have modern medicine help us when those things occur.
What is so great about working to increase fertility using these steps is that even if someone did end up needing to do IVF or another medical intervention to make a baby, their body will be much healthier and more receptive to that procedure. Taking these steps to naturally optimize your health and fertility is a win-win and is a powerful addition to your gynecologist-led baby-making efforts!
That said, this world of reproductive health and fertility can be a very big one to walk by yourself. It can also be an incredibly isolating time, one with so much self-blame, stress, and sadness. I’ve been there. And from that place, I wanted to create a space for women to learn how to take their fertility into their own hands while being supported by other women going through the exact same thing.
Which is why I created the Whole Body Fertility course!
WHOLE BODY FERTILITY is a 12-week program to help you restore your health and fertility, and conceive a healthy baby. In the 3 months before conception, you are able to increase the health of your eggs, so in this program we are going to use this time to do that and more.
In our 3 months together, we break down these steps to fertility that you just learned with directed action, a personalized plan, and I’ll hold your hand every step of the way. Each step is its own module, with recorded content, homework, and all the support you need.
If this sounds like something you might be interested in, you can learn more at the link below!! I look forward to seeing you in the classroom!
Much love and baby dust your way!!
Make sure you grab a copy of my FREE guide 5 Steps To Increase Your Fertile Cervical Mucus & my FREE Self-Care Mini Course. You can access either one by clicking on the title. These are packed full of information that you can begin implementing today to put yourself one step closer to getting pregnant, naturally.
If you’re looking for a group of like-minded women with which to share your fertility wellness journey, be sure to check out my Whole Body Fertility & Wellness Facebook group today!
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