pregnancy is very taxing on the body. So a lot of preparation will make this easier for you, baby, partner and your providers during pregnancy and postpartum.
For those of you striving for a natural pregnancy and birth you have probably been preparing naturally for many months leading up to your real confirmation of pregnancy. You have explored the many natural methods of conceiving, diet, supplements, vitamins, products, body preparations, exercise, and possibly have a doula in place, mid wife, childbirth education classes…. and possibly a birth plan and a million other things I have not even touched base on. So where can you start if you haven’t got ready this fully?
In an ideal situation you should have started preparing your body a full three to six months preceding pregnancy. Now there are several ways you can do this:
deliciousbsessions.com has some really great ideas here is that link:
Here are some tips from me here at Simply Mommy, My knowledge base is: four previous pregnancies under my belt, 11 years of being a nurse, and now almost DONA certified Birthing Doula/breast-feeding Specialist… I have some tips that just may come in handy…
1. Be positive! That’s right bringing positive thoughts, feelings, motion, people, things into your life makes you stronger mentally and physically.
2. Nutrition is very key even when there is a possibility in conceiving some items you can start with are:
Prenatal Vitamins now there are a multitude of different types : I highly recommend buying and taking, Herb free because medications, tend to be Herb derived and are somewhat considered medicinal, remember you are going for as natural as possible so a good place to start is to start with a prenatal vitamin that is food based. A couple to choose from and my favorite is Baby and Me (herb free) you can find this at mega foods.
B-Complex in the months leading into pregnancy and into the first trimester. A good one to look into is Garden of Life. (recommended by Natural Momma)
Dark green vegetables like broccoli and spinach and dried legumes such as chickpeas, beans and lentils are naturally good sources of folate and your Vitamin B complex , along with your prenatal vitamins will provide you with the recommended amount.
Fermented cod liver oil Oslo Orange or plane, just for cleansing purposes and it keeps everything moving well.
Another key point in nutrition is your digestive health, Raw enzymes helps maximize motility in the digestive tract. probiotic are also recommended try Healthy Trinity it combines a couple of different probiotic.
Lastly is Pure Magnesium Citrate just to keep everything in the bowel moving to optimize cleansing. or you can use Magnesium oil and put it on your skin.
*Don’t start any Vitamin/herbal regimen without first consulting your midwife, holistic provider, physician or obgyn..*******
locally grown and produced organic/ antibiotic free, and hormone free and gmo free and nutrient dense choices are very key in your diet and a good habit to pass along to your children. If you are meat eater choose meats that are organic and grass fed grown/and pasteurized. Avoiding processed and sugary foods.
Water Water Water… fluids are very important always but even more so in pregnancy.
Exercise: there are a multitude of regimen’s out there and you need to start focusing on strong, legs, arms and pelvic floor this will be key in your labor and delivery. Once pregnant you will have to modify this, and remember consult with your provider before starting any exercise regimen. Yoga was a key part of my pregnancy and still is today.
Keep your beauty rituals organic and chemical free. As well as household cleansers. This will reduce the amount of chemicals and toxins you are exposed to.
Set up a “Get ready for baby fund” it doesn’t have to be an insane amount of money, but just start getting ready for those expenses now so your arent stressing over money in your pregnancy.
Make your career / job plan now, will you work? If so when will you be going back? Will you be working from home? If you are going back who is caring for the baby? Breast feeding, you need to plan for that as well your career post baby. This will relieve pressure once the baby comes you won’t be scrambling coming up with a plan. So the sooner you have a plan and a back up plan the sooner you will rest easier.
Housing: Is this where you will live? If not plan ahead and if possible make the move now.
Visit your primary care MD now. Let them in on your plan for pregnancy. and the dentist, gum issues can occur during pregnancy and you don’t want an unknown cavity or other dental issue to come up during pregnancy if preventable.
Choose your Midwife, obgyn, and Birthing Doula now. or at least have an idea. Some are booked far into the future that this can become an issue if you wait to late.
Plan an amazing get away with your partner and with your friends before you conceive. But remember not too much fun… you have to limit your caffeine and alcohol now.
Now you are ready… well at least physically. Good Luck!