The wedding bells are softly quieting and a new season of life begins to make its way. It’s funny how conversations go from discussing photographers, honeymoons, and careers, to discussing plans of having children. It’s scary and fun all at the same time. Am I really at that age in life where we are planning for children and a home? Which brings me to the word, planning. Any new or seasoned mother is laughing right now as I use this word. After all, my friends who are moms will always say, you can never plan enough or be prepared enough. Right, now I’m even more nervous. If you know me, you know that I live by my planner. I plan the year ahead, the week ahead, and break down my entire day in my gold and white planner. I have one electronic version and often an extra calendar hanging near or around my office. Not planning what I want to plan, is going to be rather challenging. However, the one thing I can micromanage is the way I prepare my mind and body to be at its best before we officially let go and let God. I will say, this is hard for me. As I reflected back on last year’s post, I really don’t open up, or share my personal life with you guys. Yes, a little here and there, but nothing really deep. It’s a moment of vulnerability, but I feel called to share this in hopes of encouraging any other hopeful mamas to be. After all, the way we treat out bodies before, during and after pregnancy, is crucial. Before I begin please know that I’m well aware that you can be the “healthiest” person on the face of planet Earth, and still face complications getting pregnant, during pregnancy and even the delivery. There is never a guarantee that this will be the hope for a perfect pregnancy. In fact, I don’t look at it that way at all. I look at it as the chance to do everything I can to be at my best, for any blessings that may come our way. At the very least, even if nothing happens, it’s a reminder that we should always be working our hardest to bring health and balance to our temples. Before I begin to share what I’m doing to prepare my body before baby, please keep in mind this is my own opinion and views. I’ve discussed my own personal goals with my doctor and suggest you do the same before making any changes.
You knew I would start with food. We all know that this is one of the largest contributors to leading a healthy lifestyle. A whole foods approach, packed with nutrition, and everything you need to thrive. It’s not only what I’m eating but the chemicals that can come with our food choices as well. I’m paying close to the Dirty Dozen Clean 15 list when not choosing all organic. You can find the current list at http://www.ewg.org/foodnews/. What we put into our bodies becomes our body. In other words, our food becomes our cells, skin, and makes up what we are. While I’m still allowing myself treats on occasion (so I you see me out I’ll most likely be enjoying my “cheat meal” with pizza and wine), I’m really taking this time to focus on how the food is contributing to my health, and hopeful pregnancy. In addition to my food choices, I’m also taking vitamins to balance my health and nutritional needs during pregnancy. With my doctor’s guidance, I’ve been taking a prenatal for quite some time, along with other supplements to boost my health. Again, talk to your doctor before making any changes.
We don’t exactly know how toxins from food, the environment and products in our home can directly affect our growing babies. However, there is not enough evidence out there to suggest these factors can contribute to complications for your child. While there is no guarantee, keeping a healthy home, and using toxic free products may help. Consider switching to green or natural products for cleaning, cooking, and body. Also, be mindful of the plastic that you're using and stick to BPA free choices.
Yes, exercise is super important for women before, during, and after pregnancy. Studies show exercising while pregnant can help with maintaining a healthy weight, and potentially offer a smoother delivery. So, what are you waiting for? Whether or not you're thinking about getting pregnant, you can reap the benefits now. If you’re thinking about starting a family, give your body the time to get in its best shape to bounce back post pregnancy. Not only that, but it will also give your body the time to adjust to physical activity. Many doctors encourage expecting moms to stay away from physical activity that their bodies aren’t used to. In other words, don't wait to get pregnant to get active!
Living a stressful life is something we all are challenged with. It’s hard to walk outside of your home or drive in your car without dealing with a little stress. For me, this is one area that I’m really trying to focus on. I don’t want a stressful environment at all, especially when trying to have children, or when we bring our bundles of joy into this world. I’m working on destressing by focusing on deep breathing, essential oils, fresh air, time away from electronics, and joy in my life.
My husband just said to me, only put out into the world what you want to get back. In other words, your mind is extremely powerful. Our thoughts and mindset can totally affect our outlook on life, and how we feel about people too. This is seriously a struggle for me. The idea of not being great at something or perfect, really can make me feel like I’m flat out terrible. Those negative vibes can then carry into our work, home, and even relationships. I’m encouraging you to be mindful of it and nip it in the bud! I’m also reminding myself that being perfect isn’t practical, and accepting the fact that no one is perfect. Let go of what you can’t control and put forward positive vibes. Oh yeah, when we officially hit the “trying” period on the calendar, you better believe I’m going to have fun, and not stress or worry about if something is actually happening.
These are just a few things that I’m doing to get ready for this next chapter of our lives. For those of you who may be wondering, you won’t be hearing any baby announcements real soon. So, no need to ask after I post this! ;) I simply want to give my body what it needs to be at its best, and whatever God chooses to do from there, is completely up to him. Even if you aren’t planning for a family, or have already had your babies, these are still great habits to bring into your life. I mean regardless of where you’re at in life, it’s never too late to get healthy!