Trying to conceive is an exciting time but it can also be a trying time if things aren’t going according to your plan. Many women tend to forget about their overall health and well-being until right before they’re deciding to try for a baby. This forgetfulness can hurt your chances of becoming pregnant.
Here are seven easy ways to improve your chances of becoming pregnant that you should start practicing before you decide now is the time to conceive.
Take care of yourself
Easier said than done most of the time, but watching what you eat and getting daily exercise has numerous health benefits.
When you’re cooking, choose unsaturated fats like olive oil or canola oil. Take some time and read labels and limit your intake of processed foods and trans fat.
When it comes to prepping for meals, cut up veggies at night or on the weekends and freeze them in small portions so that when you need them, they’re easily within your reach and the work is done.
It goes without saying that to cook more consciously you should be making your meals at home rather than eating out. If you feel you’re strapped for time and options, then consider investing in a slow cooker. With minimal time and ingredients, you can whip together a fabulous home-cooked meal while you’re at work or running errands. There are also a ton of free recipes online to help you with your meal planning.
Buy more fruits, vegetables, and whole grains to snack on
If you go to grab a snack and all you have in your house are fruits and veggies, then those are your only options. Makes snack time a little easier, don’t you think?
Many fruits and veggies can be eaten on the run while you’re out doing errands or working at your desk. It takes no time to eat an apple, peel a banana, peel a baby cheese round, or munch on baby carrots.
Adding more whole grains into your diet is as easy as choosing multigrain crackers, breads, and pastas.
Cook more vegetarian options
Beans are cheap and full of good-for-you fiber. They can be bought dry or canned and can be tossed in virtually any dish you make to up the fiber content and make the dish more filling.
Also, you can start small by switching out chicken broth for vegetable broth – the change doesn’t have to be immediate unless you want it to be.
Out of a seven day week, try cooking meat-free three or four of those days. If you begin to really enjoy the no-meat factor, then consider going vegetarian full time.
Make water your go-to for everything
Your body is mostly comprised of water, so it’s no secret that it works well in all aspects of your body. Water is fantastic at keeping you hydrated and giving you clear skin. It’s also extremely beneficial for helping to flush out toxins in your body.
To make toting water around easier, buy yourself a pretty water bottle or two and keep them within reach at all times. That’s how I cut out soda – I simply carried water with me everywhere and now it’s really the only thing I drink besides my morning cup of coffee.
Which brings us to our next tip…
Cut out excess caffeine
Coffee in the a.m. is fine, but drinking it throughout the day is not. Caffeine should be halted after twelve noon, this way you’re better able to calm down and fall asleep at a reasonable time.
Exposing yourself to soft drinks, tea, and coffee excessively could lead to headaches, heart palpitations, and overall restlessness of mind and body.
Keep yourself focused
Being present in your choices of food and health is important for keeping you on a healthy track. Simple things like making a list for food shopping, planning out your meals, and taking the stairs instead of the elevator can become second nature when you slowly incorporate them into your daily routine rather than try and change everything at once.
Take up yoga or tai chi to help keep your mind and body balanced and aware of your decisions and goals.
- The above seven ways are fantastic options for getting your body ready to conceive. Your best chances for a baby are when your mind and body are in a harmonious balance of health, calmness, and vitality.
Written by Danielle Buffardi