If you’ve been tossing around the idea of having another baby and are deciding when to take the leap, consider these 3 tips to best prepare your body. Just as a bride-to-be will take months (sometimes years) to plan a wedding, it is crucial to prepare mentally, physically, and emotionally before becoming pregnant.
A few years back, a close friend of mine was experiencing unexplained infertility. As you can imagine it was absolutely devastating for my friend and so painful for family and friends to stand helplessly on the sidelines. While she was struggling I stumbled upon an article that has stuck with me ever since. The article talked about acting like you are already pregnant- eat, drink, hold your belly, and even avoid picking up heavy objects! I think of this as reverse psychology on your body. Women who stress about getting pregnant are sending out hormones and creating an environment where the body doesn’t feel safe to conceive successfully. Long story short, my friend now has 2 beautiful and healthy babies (I’m not attributing her success to this concept only, but I know you all were wondering what happened…). This is just another example of how powerful the mind-body connection is.
Here are my 3 tips for preparing your body for pregnancy:
*I am working on a 2 week cleanse at the moment (anyone interested, inquire here)*
2. Find Peace
De-stress in a healthy manor (bonus if it involves physical activity). Here are some examples:
3. Schedule a check-up with your OBGYN
Let them know you are thinking about getting pregnant and would like a pre-conception evaluation. They will let you know if your reproductive organs are healthy enough to start trying.
These tips should set you up for an exciting journey. What did you do to prepare for your pregnancy?
The other morning, we were in a bind. Our childcare plans fell through and my Husband and I had to get to work- there was no flexibility. After a few phone calls, a family member came to the rescue and agreed to take Savannah for the day. Before we hung up the phone, the family member blurted out, "hey, why doesn't she spend the night. Bring clothes for tomorrow." So nonchalant. A little part of me was relieved because Savannah has been going through the dreaded 18-month sleep regression somethin' fierce! The other (majority) part of me felt like crying immediately after I hung up the phone and started packing her bag.
I felt guilty. I felt defeated. I felt ashamed.
I missed her already and I only just hung up the phone.
I dropped her off, we said our goodbyes, and it was off to work. All through the day I was thinking of things I needed to get done around the house and things I wanted to do, but didn't have time to because I'm usually with Savannah after work. After much deliberation, I asked my Husband if he wanted to grab a bite to eat- just the two of us! We sat at the bar, just like old times, and it was great! We could sit and enjoy our food in the company of each other without have to entertain and (likely) chase a toddler around the restaurant. We finished our meals and went home with the intent to watch a movie (something else we used to do in a past life). About 5 minutes into the movie, I fell asleep. I was asleep by 8 pm- a dream for a mother going through a sleep regression with a little one. However, this was not a normal sleep. I was EXHAUSTED. The house could have been on fire and I wouldn't have budged. It felt like all of my interrupted sleeps and late nights had caught up to me and my body knew I had the night "off".
As hard as it was to leave her and subconsciously "admit" that I needed a break, it was much needed! If you are lucky enough to have friends and family to help out (especially when they offer)- TAKE ADVANTAGE! It takes a strong Mother to accept and ask for help. I hope you are able to find time for yourselves this week. It's true what they say "It takes a village..."
It has been such a breath of fresh air having the entire week of Christmas off from work. Aside from the usual holiday gatherings and traditions, I've been able to reconnect with myself. Before this extended break I would catch myself thinking "well I know I should do ____________, but ____________." This is normal human behavior, but as a health coach, it is extremely frustrating; another reminder that I am human too. There are many things I know I should do that I don't always keep up with such as oil pulling, drinking more water, consistent food prep. These are all fine and dandy but the number one "should-do" that I have (unfortunately) been putting off is yoga. I feel like my body has actually been craving to move more. My biggest excuse for not incorporating a regular yoga routine is time (or lack thereof). I finally got sick of myself saying or thinking that I should do more yoga...what is stopping me? ME! This week, I decided to just do it anyway I could!
I always thought that if I were going to make time for yoga, it was going to be worth it, meaning I would drive a distance to my favorite studio for an hour and a half class with one of my preferred instructors and I'd probably be sore the following day. Boy, was I wrong! Everyday this week, I have searched for a new 20 minute yoga routine on youtube. Sounds lame, right? No way! I totally underestimated the power of an at-home practice. Just 20 minutes a day, I already notice a difference in my flexibility and most importantly- my mood! Total game changer and I'm sorry it took me so long to get over myself about the home practice. What's even better? Savannah has been joining me- double win! I don't have to feel guilty about spending time away from her and we are getting physical activity together. *side note* if you ever want to test your ability to focus and concentrate, try practicing yoga with a 19 month old :)
Happy New Year! What "should do" will you be working on in 2018?
Welcome to Moms in Harmony, I'm so glad you're here! My name is Meg and I'm a healthy lifestyle enthusiast, holistic advocate, wannabe blogger, Wife, and Mom trying to get the hang of it all. Kick off your flip flops and stay awhile!
Follow Me on Instagram