Prepare Your Body For Pregnancy: Top Five Tips
You want to get pregnant, that’s so exciting! You’re probably already dreaming about what life will be like with your little bundle of joy. I want to help you achieve that dream by teaching you how to nourish your body for a healthy pregnancy and a healthy baby.
A healthy baby begins with the health of the parents. Sally Fallon Morell writes in her book, The Nourishing Traditions Book of Baby & Child Care, “The diet of both mother and father before conception, and the diet of the mother during pregnancy, will determine to a very large extent the appearance, intelligence and physical health of their baby, and in addition will contribute to their child’s emotional and mental well-being.” You have the opportunity to lay the groundwork for the health of your baby who doesn’t even exist yet. Pretty crazy, right?!
This can feel like a daunting task for sure. I certainly felt overwhelmed when I decided to get pregnant and have a baby. So the burning question is, where do you start?
I want this to feel like an exciting time for you and your growing family, so I recommend you start by making small changes. Here are my top five tips for you to work towards in preparation for pregnancy:
1. Eliminate processed foods and sugars from your diet as much as possible. These are foods that come in a package, often with a long list of ingredients that are not pronounceable. Sugar, most commonly, is one of the first ingredients. Examples of processed foods are: boxed cereals, white flour products, fast food, chips, crackers, cookies, soft drinks, fried foods, and the list goes on. You get the idea.
2. Eat a whole foods, organic diet. Include a variety of colorful vegetables and fruits, lean proteins (especially fish), good fats (butter, full-fat dairy products, animal fats, avocado, coconut oil), and some whole grains (brown rice, quinoa, etc).
3. Try adding these traditional fertility superfoods into your diet:
- Cod Liver Oil: “Cod liver oil supplements are a must for women and their male partners, to be taken for several months before conception, and for women during pregnancy (Weston A. Price Foundation).” Cod liver oil is rich in fatty acids, and vitamins A and D. Visit here for dosage recommendations.
- Whole raw milk (if available) and raw cheeses
- Eggs from pastured chickens, at least one every day
- Liver (from chicken, beef, lamb, duck) two times per week
- Seafood and oily fish (like sardines and wild salmon)
- Bone broths used in soups and stews
- Lacto-Fermented foods and beverages, such as sauerkraut and kombucha
4. Avoid toxins. Toxins are everywhere, but you have control over the toxic load in your body by avoiding certain things: cigarettes, alcohol, drugs (including over-the-counter and prescription drugs), chemicals found in non-organic produce, and tap water containing fluoride and chlorine.
5. Lastly, I suggest incorporating these changes into your diet for at least 6 months to two years, depending on your current health condition, before attempting pregnancy.
I hope these tips are helpful for you on your journey to starting a family!
If you want to know more about preparing for pregnancy or having difficulty getting pregnant, let’s chat.
The Nourishing Traditions Book of Baby & Child Care by Sally Fallon Morell
Weston A. Price Foundation: https://www.westonaprice.org/health-topics/cod-liver-oil/cod-liver-oil-basics-and-recommendations/