Prepping Your Body for Pregnancy
By: Lizzy Ott, Skin and Wellness Expert and trained Doula
Preparing your body for pregnancy is a complex experience – it involves tremendous care, attention, and perhaps paradoxically, totally letting go. Creating a habitable atmosphere for budding life inside of your body, and preparing to be the sole conduit of nourishment for your baby is a downright miracle.
I find that the abstract idea of supporting your body’s ability to conceive becomes a bit more understandable when drawing comparisons to other aspects of life. How do you prepare your home for guests? You make sure you’re well stocked with delicious food, fresh sheets, and enough time to spend with your visitors. How do hibernating animals prepare for the winter? They gather sustenance and find a comfortable nest. How do farmers ensure a good harvest? They fortify their soil with nutrients and create air space for roots to grow properly. Seeing your body as a dynamic organism that’s connected to the larger macrocosm around it has powerful effects. Thinking broadly will energetically help your body become like a big, comfy, luxurious bed that a little fetus will be so excited to grow inside of.
To bring it back down to earth – what you put in your body as you’re trying to conceive is super key. Eating a varied diet abundant in fresh fruits and veggies, healthy fats, and clean protein will keep your body balanced and strong. Here are some deets.
Foods that promote fertility:
- Red Raspberry Leaf Tea and Nettle Tea – these are great for women’s health all around, but particularly nice when you’re trying to conceive. Red Rasperry Leaf tea works to strengthen the uterus and the reproductive system overall. Nettle tea is filled with vitamin C, a key nutrient for hormone balance and fetal development.
- Lentils, kidney beans, pinto beans, chickpeas – These foods are high in folate, one of the most important nutrients for fertility. Folate keeps the blood clean and prevents neural tube defects.
- Free range eggs, cold water fish, coconut oil, and flax seeds: All of these foods are high in fat soluble vitamins A, D, and E that promote reproductive health. They lubricate the system, minimize inflammation, and promote ovulation. If you’re a fish eater, steer clear of potential mercury contamination from tuna and swordfish, but include wild salmon and halibut for their high concentrations of fatty acids. Coconut oil and flax seeds are perfect vegan sources of healthy fats, and great to incorporate whether or not you’re a veggie.
- Goji berries, dark chocolate, berries (in season) – These are filled with antioxidants, which help protect both you and your potential budding egg from oxidative stress and free radicals.
Avoid these fertility busters:
- Excessive alcohol intake
- Processed wheat and sugar
Perhaps most importantly, surround yourself with loved ones, and minimize stressful situations and mean people. As you prepare to conceive, your hormones are already fluctuating more than usual, and you want to support hormonal balance with feelings of calm and ease. Treat yourself extra well – your baby will thank you for it one day!
Still have questions? Email me! I’m a certified health coach and a trained doula. I want to help.
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