3 Aspects of Your Lifestyle You Need to Change Before the Baby Arrives

So you and your partner have decided it is time to expand your family by adding a little bundle of joy to the mix. That is great! Sharing in the creation of life can make a couple even stronger and give them someone that they can share their love with. Deciding to have a baby is a big step in a relationship, and an even bigger commitment — one that lasts a lifetime.

Babies are not always conceived on the first try; in fact, it usually takes up to a year for a woman to get pregnant. Sometimes, there may be difficulties for a couple to get pregnant. One or both partners in a heterosexual relationship may have a medical condition that could be preventing them from becoming pregnant. In this case, medical professionals may be able to correct the condition through medication. They can even perform an in vitro fertilization procedure to help couples have babies. This will give those battling infertility a chance at having the family they were so desperately wanting.

Other times, there may be some physical issues putting a damper on a couple’s efforts to getting pregnant. These would include certain lifestyle choices that are interfering with the reproductive process, and a woman will not get pregnant until these aspects of her life are adjusted. Even if they attempt in vitro, these issues may prevent the procedure from being successful. Below, you will see how a woman’s (or a man’s) lifestyle can be keeping them from having a baby.

Improper Diet

Everything starts with what you eat. Thousands of years ago there was no processed foods. There were no aisles full of sugary goodies, and there certainly was no such thing as high fructose corn syrup. Having to watch what you ate back then was not nearly as complicated as it is now. Society wasn’t as rushed like in current times and it didn’t demand us to always be on the move. Keep that in mind when you work on changing your eating habits in preparation for a baby.

Milk is an essential. A growing fetus tends to rob its mother of vital nutrients, none more so than perhaps her calcium stores. That is why many women develop osteoporosis; calcium from her bones are used to grow the baby inside of her. Certain B vitamins help with a baby’s brain development and yogurt can provide you with the defensive probiotics a mother needs to replace those being transferred to the fetus.

Not Enough Exercise

In combination with diet, exercise is equally necessary to prepare a woman’s body for pregnancy. Running, swimming, and cycling are all great cardio workouts that can reduce weight and improve overall health. Yoga can strengthen and tone muscles, as well as improve your balance. This will keep you from falling from the disorientation pregnancy can cause.

If you are wanting one particular exercise that is considered the best, you are not going to find it. The key to preparing your body for a baby is to simply get up and get active. Find something that your body is comfortable with and do it; then challenge yourself with a little bit more. Eventually, you will get to where you want to be and where the baby will need you to be.

Stress

It is hard in this day and age to not be stressed. The society that pushes us to eat godly amounts of fast food also puts a lot of pressure on us that our bodies were not designed to handle. For this reason, you need to try and reduce that stress. Relax by reading a book or zoning out to some music. Yoga can also be a great reliever of stress. Change jobs if you need to; better to do so now than after the baby arrives.

Smoking

If you smoke to relieve stress, you are only giving yourself a deadly placebo. The idea that smoking calms you down is all in your head. The chemicals in cigarettes cause you to become addicted to them while your brain tries to rationalize the addiction. Kick the habit now before your baby ends up suffering for it!

Alcohol

Some people use stress as an excuse to drink. It has been scientifically proven that the consumption of certain alcoholic beverages can have a positive effect on your health (when done with moderation), this is the exception to the rule. The vast majority of alcoholic drinks have absolutely no health benefits. Alcohol is a depressant that will actually contribute to your stress, not lessen it. Make your body healthy for a baby by ending excessive drinking.

 

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