Nutrition & Lifestyle

baby-bellyWhether you are just thinking about starting a family or are looking to add to your expanding one, the following tips can help prep your body and mind for a healthy conception.

Vital Vitamins: It is no secret that both partners should take important vitamins to prep their bodies for a healthy conception. Taking a multivitamin with DHA and Folic Acid is recommended before, during and after pregnancy. Talk to your healthcare provider for their recommendation on a good multivitamin with DHA and folic acid.

Additional supplements worth considering when trying to conceive: Zinc, Iron and Calcium. Studies have also shown that both men and women may benefit from taking Coenzyme Q10 when trying to conceive. The supplement has shown promise in recent studies to benefit both sperm and egg cell health.

Maintaining a healthy, balanced diet and remaining active is extremely important even before getting pregnant. You and your partner should make changes to diet and exercise for at least three months before trying to conceive. Be sure to include plenty of fruits, veggies, lean meats, complex carbs and calcium-rich foods. Avoid fish high in mercury, avoid Trans (saturated?) fats and decrease alcohol intake (or stop altogether). Eat refined carbs within a reasonable daily quantity and be sure to talk to your doctor or healthcare provider about whole grains if you have PCOS.
When trying to conceive, discontinue use of contraceptives and make an appointment with your doctor or healthcare provider for a pre-conception check-up. Be sure to stop smoking and any recreational drug use while trying to get pregnant. Studies have shown that limiting caffeine intake is beneficial to the body when trying to conceive.
Ever have someone say to you “just relax and it will happen” when you were trying to get pregnant? While we all dread hearing it, there is truth behind it. Stress can work against you when you are trying to conceive. It is difficult to completely reduce stress, so consider investing time into some relaxation techniques like meditating, exercising regularly and taking some ‘me time’.