If you’re trying to get pregnant, it’s time to make lifestyle changes that ensure a healthy mum and baby. Today, Hoopsy guest blogger Cheryl Conklin shares a few tips on how to treat your body like a temple so that it’s in tip-top condition to house and grow a new little life.
Increased physical activity has many benefits. Not only will you loosen your muscles and joints, but staying fit can also make it easier to become pregnant and result in a smoother delivery. So even if you don’t have time to exercise, look for the closest set of stairs or hop off the bus a few stops ahead of your normal exit so you can sneak in some steps during the day – It all counts!
When you’re pregnant, your body channels the vast majority of its nutrients into your little one. This is partly why you feel so fatigued during the early days after conception. When you take a prenatal vitamin – Women’s Health says it should contain folic acid, vitamin D, iron, calcium, and a range of B vitamins – you’ll be healthier, stronger, and have more to fuel yourself and your soon-to-be bouncing bundle.
Your body was designed to run off on water. In fact, it’s the most essential nutrient. So when you’re trying to get pregnant, you want to ensure you stay hydrated even more than usual. Liquid helps lubricate your organs and tissues, and a well-hydrated body is one with a more balanced level of hormones. Plus, water aids in producing cervical mucus, which is partly responsible for directing your partner’s sperm to your egg.
Get enough sleep
Listen up because this is important. Once your baby comes, you’ll likely miss out on lots of sleep. So make a point now to get at least seven (ideally, eight) hours of sleep each night. This will ensure that you have enough energy to function, and rest is also when your body gets to repair damage caused by the wear and tear of each day.
Take a pregnancy test often
The early stages of pregnancy can also mimic things like mono and the flu. So if you’re late for your period, even by a day or two, take a pregnancy test. The sooner you discover that you are expecting, the sooner you can visit your GP and begin your prenatal journey.
Drink less coffee
According to Australia-based Your Fertility, drinking too much coffee won’t keep you from getting pregnant, but there are studies to suggest that it can take you longer to conceive. Excessive caffeine may also increase your risk of experiencing a miscarriage.
When trying to conceive, it makes sense to make changes to your body that make it a more viable place to grow life. Today’s tips, which include simple steps like walking more and getting enough sleep, can help you get in your best shape to have a healthy body and baby.
Who Wrote This?
This blog was written by Cheryl Conklin. A freelance writer and tutor by trade. She is also a blogger, adventurer, traveller, and creator of Wellness Central – where she shares her thoughts on wellness along with the great resources she finds in her journey.”