Have you heard the news? We’ve been busy working on something really exciting for the past few months and we’re so excited for you to experience it soon! In the next few weeks we’ll be launching a brand new extension of the Baby2Body app; a complete health and wellbeing program for the Trying To Conceive phase.
This extension to our current prenatal and postpartum offering is designed to help women get their body and mind happy, healthy, and ready for baby. We firmly believe (and the science backs it up) that a healthy pregnancy and motherhood journey starts before conception ever takes place.
In fact, a 2019 comprehensive review on the topic highlighted the need for “dissemination of simple, accessible evidence-based preconception health information”. And that’s exactly what we’ve been so busy creating: a personalized coaching experience to help you get as healthy as possible before you become pregnant — so you can give yourself and your baby the best chances for a healthy journey ahead.
If you want us to update you as soon as our new Trying To Conceive program is available, be sure to sign up here and let us know what you’d like to see most!
For now, we’re here to leave you with 5 hacks for improving your preconception health now, and why it matters so much for a healthy pregnancy to come.
5 Hacks For A Healthier Conception
1. Get Serious With Your Current Fitness Routine
Now is the time to do a proper check in on your current fitness routine; because what you’re doing now will set the foundation for prenatal workouts to come.
If you’ve been on our pages for more than a minute you’ll know we’re all about helping women maintain a full fitness routine while pregnant — because staying active while expecting is so beneficial to the mother’s health and baby’s wellbeing down the line. But guess what’s not very fun: starting up a regular exercise routine after you get pregnant. That’s why it’s so important to get into a good rhythm with your workouts before you conceive. Set an attainable weekly goal, focus on a moderate intensity level, and focus on building a habit of sticking to your goal in this TTC period. It will make the transition into prenatal workouts easier, more enjoyable, and more effective.
2. Take A Look At Potential Toxins
If we tried to avoid all potential toxins and chemicals we’d have to live in a plastic bubble — and that’s just no fun. But it’s really important to be extra mindful of potential toxin exposure at this time.
Now is the perfect time to cleanse your makeup bag, skincare products, or household cleaning items that contain clear cut ‘nasties’. There are a lot of chemicals you can look out for when going totally clean, but for a simple start look for the top three bad boys: phthalates, parabens, and formaldehyde. Be sure to give a read of ingredient lists and give a heave-ho to anything that includes any one of these 3 ingredients. Studies show that exposure to such chemicals are associated with decreased fertility and are potentially harmful to the early stages of fetal development.
3. Prioritize Your Present Moment
As you’re planning for your pregnancy, try to release the idea of following a strict timeline. It may take longer than you expect, or it could come sooner than you anticipate.
We know that if you’re actively trying to conceive you’ll be paying a lot of attention to your fertile windows, basal body temperature, period days — all the things. But getting too caught up in timelines can lead to disappointment and feeling as though you lack control, and that just adds to stress and tension. To take your mind off of such timelines and into a more positive place, try to focus on the now. Bring your attention to your present moment and what brings you joy. Daily gratitude practice is a great way to incorporate this into your life. How can you get started? Simply start and end each day by writing down 1 thing you are grateful for.
4. Familiarize Yourself With Prenatal Vitamins
Prenatal vitamins are for pregnancy, right? Well, it’s a good idea to start getting the nutrients you need most in the early weeks of pregnancy before you actually conceive.
In general, women who are planning for pregnancy are recommended to start taking prenatal vitamins even before they start trying to conceive. However, we want to make it clear that you should talk to your doctor before starting any supplementation. They’ll be able to advise you on what’s best for your situation, your unique health profile, and guide you on what prenatal vitamins they’d recommend and would be readily accessible to you. That said, it’s really important to be aware of folate (folic acid) when you’re TTC as many women are low in this vitamin and healthy levels are critical for the successful earliest stages of fetal development. The good news is you can up your folate intake by adding lots of leafy greens, legumes, asparagus, citrus fruits, and broccoli to your diet.
5. Make It All About Teamwork
It takes two to make a baby! The health of your partner has just as big of an impact on a successful conception and a healthy pregnancy.
All of the things we talked about above go for your partner too! Your guy’s health impacts his fertility and the quality of his sperm, and don’t forget you’re both putting your equal half into this baby-making business! Healthy lifestyle modifications that contribute to improved fertility (including reducing alcohol intake, reducing caffeine intake, exercising moderately and regularly, maintaining a balanced diet rich in veggies and lean protein sources, and reducing stress where possible) will make the biggest difference when you’re both working on them together. You’re going into this new adventure as a team, so there’s no better time to focus on teamwork and work on building healthier habits together.
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