So you've decided that you are ready and want to have a baby. Congratulations! You are embarking on an exciting journey.
Sometimes when you start on a new life journey it can be challenging to know what questions to ask to meet your aims, in this case "What can I do to prepare my body and life for a health pregnancy?" My aim of this blog is to help with your thinking and questioning process to best prepare for your pregnancy.
- I've been on the pill for years. What can I do to optimise my own hormonal health again and do I replace any nutrient depletions such as folate from taking the pill?
- Is there anything I can do to detoxify my body from poor dietary habits, smoking and drinking? How long should that detoxification program ideally run for?
- What food do I include or eliminate from my diet?
- Is my menstrual cycle the right length to optimise my chances of falling pregnant?
- Do I know how to track when I am ovulating and recognise my bodies fertility signs?
- What are the recommended blood tests to ask my GP for when planning for a healthy pregnancy?
- There is a history of miscarriage within my family? Is there anything I can do to minimise this risk in myself?
- I have allergies in my family and my partners family is there anything I can do to minimise the chances of my baby having allergies?
- Should my partner be doing something to optimise their sperm too?
- Is there anything in my home that is toxic and can be effecting my chances of getting pregnant?
- What about my existing health problems? Will they effect my ability to get pregnant and what can I do about them naturally?
- What supplements are good to take prior to getting pregnant?
- What is the optimal time I need to be exercising for each week?
These are just a few of the questions we will cover in what I call your Preconception Care Plan consultation. This plan is ideally undertaken for four months prior to falling pregnant. It is extensive and it is worth the effort for yourself and your baby.