Preparing Your Mind, Body, and Spirit for Pregnancy

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preparing-your-mind-body-and-spirit-for-pregnancyOne of the best decisions you can make is to prepare your body, mind, and spirit for pregnancy before conception. A great many people do not have this luxury and find themselves regretting glasses of wine or cigarettes that they may have exposed their baby to before they knew they were pregnant. One of the reasons getting ready for pregnancy is so important is because vital cell division takes from the point of conception throughout the first trimester. In fact, around the 10-week mark, your growing fetus will be making some critical changes that play a miraculous role in the long-term health and wellbeing of your baby.

The CDC recommends that all women of childbearing age take a prenatal vitamin just in case they conceive. These will provide you with vitamins, nutrients, proteins, and minerals that help your baby develop early on. Perhaps the most important is Folic Acid. Most women do not intake enough folic acid until they are already pregnant. Not getting enough folic acid can be a risk factor for developing spina-bifida and other spinal cord disorders in your baby.

If you are thinking about conception, or not taking steps to avoid it (which are never a guarantee), you should start taking a prenatal vitamin. You should also flush your body with plenty of water each and every day. Avoiding alcohol, cigarette smoke, excess sugars, and caffeine are also important. If you smoke, quit before you become pregnant and give your body a few months to rid itself of the toxins posed by nicotine and tar. If people around you smoke, ask that they refrain from smoking in your presence, even before you actually conceive.

Another important aspect of preparing for pregnancy is getting your body in shape. Your baby has the healthiest chance at life if you are at an optimum weight when you conceive. Being overweight also increases your risk of developing gestational diabetes. In addition to that, cardiovascular health and muscle fitness will make your pregnancy and delivery easier on you. If you are in shape before you get pregnant, chances are you will gain less weight during pregnancy and have an easier time losing weight post partum. Your energy levels will remain high, and your body will be better equipped to handles the stressors of pregnancy. This can make a radical difference in how you feel while pregnant! Remember, you can continue to exercise throughout pregnancy.

Most mothers would also tell you that in your preparation for pregnancy, you should not overlook the needs of your mind and spirit. Live out some of your passions. Take that vacation you always dreamed about. Purchase something that you have been holding off on getting because it is expensive. Why? Once the baby comes, life as you know it will change. While most of these changes are for the better – some will leave you desperate for your old self. It is easier to sow some wild oats and spend some quality time with your spouse right now so that when baby comes you will not feel like anything in your life is missing.

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  1. Avatar of Marilyn Marilyn says:

    Very important information!

  2. Very encouraging. .thank you

  3. Avatar of Happymommyy Happymommyy says:

    If anything needs to be prepared it would have to be my mind.. Lol I was very shocked to find out I was pregnant I took 50 million test. I’m young and was living my life. Now god blessed me with someone whom I live for I love it :)

  4. Avatar of MissTK MissTK says:

    I have no drinks to regret. But I was a smoker until the day i found out. Quitting smoking was never an easier decision for me and I will never look back.

  5. Avatar of Aimee Aimee says:

    Hoping for a positive this year!

  6. I really need my mind prepared for this one.

  7. My Doc. told me I was overweight in my first trimester. Because I was only 18 and rule-oriented, I took my OB’s advice literally. I began doing set-ups, taking my vits, walking daily, etc. and once my one and only child was born (nichole), I weighed 25 lbs less than when I became pregnant. I was excessive, but think about moderation at least. You are not eating for two … you are eating for you …. the babe takes what it wants and needs from your bones, teeth, etc.

  8. Avatar of JamJam JamJam says:

    i quit smoking when i became pregnant. it actually made me sick! IM so happy that it did because it made quitting a breeze!

  9. Avatar of sej518 sej518 says:

    I actually quit smoking 2 weeks before I conceived and I wasn’t even planning on getting pregnant! I was so happy I randomly decided to quit so I didn’t have to try to do that while battling my raging hormones haha.

  10. Avatar of Hope Hope says:

    I take a folic acid every day along with my prenatal vitamins.

  11. Avatar of Angela Angela says:

    I totally agree. I started taking folic acid and prenatal vitamins 1 year before i got pregnant. I am very happy I did.

  12. Avatar of Julie Julie says:

    I agree with taking a prenatal vitamin before conception. They are one of the best vitamins a woman can take.

  13. Avatar of brittany brittany says:

    I LIKE KNOWING NEW THINGS

  14. Avatar of tonjatjmom tonjatjmom says:

    Yes, I think a little splurge sometimes helps us to feel better about ourselves and our ever changing body.

  15. Avatar of lisa_iowa lisa_iowa says:

    I don’t know if splurging on something is necessary to make us feel good about ourselves, but re-evaluating our choices is good for preparing for this life-changer.

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