PREGNANCY SERIES: GETTING YOUR BODY PREGNANCY READY
Bootcamp to get ready for the bump!
There are many things that you can do to make sure that your health is up to scratch and ready for baby. You’ll probably have heard of adding folic acid to your routine, but what else can you do? The best part, you don’t even need to be pregnant or trying for these steps to be a great health overhaul!
INCREASE YOUR ORGANIC FOOD INTAKE
Now, you don’t need to go crazy, but where you can pick the organic, free-range options. Do a little swotting on things like the ‘clean 15’ and the ‘dirty dozen’ at the very least. Visit your local butcher and hit the farmers markets.
LOOK PAST YOUR FOOD
It’s not only your diet that you can give a little overhaul to, check out the household cleaners, makeup and skincare, plastic use (hello BPA) and personal products. There’s been a heap of research done on toxins in our households and there does seem to be a gathering awareness. And if you are anything like me, pregnancy hormones played havoc with my pre-pregnancy skincare routine. Pregnant you will be chuffed with the choices you make now!
SUPPORT YOUR DIGESTIVE SYSTEM
Many of my health and wellbeing idols know that health starts with digestion, and it’s incredibly true. Post-pregnancy my immune system went crazy and I spent a couple of months being hit with every bug that was going around (including the actual flu and a chest infection at the same time!). The first thing that I did as soon as I could think straight, was get my diet back in order to support my digestive system.
Increase your dark green leafy vegetables (think kale, spinach, broccoli)
Increase your high quality protein (think organic meat, salmon, avocado and oils)
Increase your high quality fermented foods (think zingy sauerkraut, kimchi and kefir)
Making sure that you’ve got a good quality multi-vitamin and probiotic is also a great step.
HIT THE KITCHEN
Get cooking and make your own food. You’ll then know exactly what’s in it. I lived by the 80:20 rule pre, during and post pregnancy and it’s served me well. It’s also a great de-stressor and saves money, wins all round!
Yep, exercise. Even if it’s to start a habit of walking regularly. Getting your body moving will up your energy levels, improve blood circulation, ease stress, help you sleep - all the things.
SLEEP MORE, SLEEP DEEPLY
Rest. Rest. Rest. Have earlier nights, reduce your alcohol intake, remove your technology from the bedroom. Heck, read a book. Do whatever you need to get the sleep up and get yourself well rested.
REDUCE THE STRESS
I’ve left this till last as if there is one thing that you take from this entire post, it should be to reduce your stress levels. This is even more important that the food you eat, the amount you exercise and the toxins and pollutants that surround you. Stress is a vicious thing and often has a cycle like nature. Work out what your triggers are and be conscious of this. Remove yourself where you can. Meditation is a great tool as is breathwork.