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Four Things To Do Before Falling Pregnant
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Below I have outlined 4 ideas on how you can best prepare your body for pregnancy.

Practice Good Nutrition

The myth that pregnant women consume cartons of ice cream and jars of pickles during their pregnancy is a myth — or it at least ought to be!

One of the things you can do to prepare your body for a healthy pregnancy is to clean up your eating habits. Eat healthy, well-balanced meals with generous helpings of fresh fruit and especially vegetables. Aim for variety in texture and color in your vegetables. Snacks between your three meals should be healthy too. Choose a piece of fruit, a salad, a handful of nuts. Avoid excessive carbs, fats, sugary or salty snacks.

Go through your cupboards and throw out or give away unhealthy foods. When preparing meals, aim for fresh, organic, hormone-free foods prepared from scratch. Shop at fresh markets and the outside aisles of your grocery store.

Try and add “fertility foods” to your regular diet. Good choices are: sweet potatoes, leafy green vegetables, organic dairy products from grass-fed animals, asparagus, salmon, and eggs.

 

Take Your Vitamins

If you are eating right, you should be getting the recommended daily amounts of vitamins and minerals. During pregnancy, your doctor will prescribe a prenatal vitamin. This helps with nutritional gaps in your diet. Prenatal vitamins contain folic acid, iron, iodine, and calcium. These are essential for both babies and your health.

 

Weight Control

Weight gain during pregnancy is inevitable, however, there are a few ways to limit the pregnancy weight gain. Try and start your pregnancy at a healthy weight. Attempt to eat five or six smaller meals each day rather than three large ones. Control portions by weighing servings and/or eating off a dessert plate instead of a dinner plate. Drink at least eight glasses of filtered water each day and combine healthy eating with exercise.

 

Exercise

Exercise is good for your body. It keeps you fit, helps you de-stress. and is good for weight control. It also can be used to prepare your body for labor. There are so many other great reasons to maintain exercise regimens during pregnancy. Exercise gives you more energy and lifts your moods. It improves sleep and prevents constipation. Those who exercise can often have easier labors and get their bodies back in shape faster after pregnancy. Exercise also reduces the risk of such pregnancy-related problems as hypertension and gestational diabetes.

Aim to move your body vigorously doing an exercise you enjoy for at least thirty minutes each and every day. Join a walking group. Bicycle for fun, fresh air, and exercise. Most exercise can be continued well into your pregnancy. Check with your doctor during your pregnancy if you are doing strenuous exercises. Yoga has some poses that are particularly beneficial for preparing your body for the birthing process.

In summary, if you eat a well balanced diet, take your vitamins if required and get active each day you will be well on your way to setting yourself up for a healthy pregnancy.

The above information doesn’t take the place of a medical consultation so please seek further advice if your symptoms continue to concern you.

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Greenslopes Obstetrics & Gynaecology is closely aligned with the Greenslopes Private Hospital which opened Brisbane’s newest maternity facility in February 2013.

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Congratulations on your pregnancy! If you would like some help thinking through some of the things you need to organise, I've put together a checklist to make sure the important things aren't missed.

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