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When Mr. Borucki and I decided to start work on making Baby #5, I also went to work on getting myself in shape for the task. Growing a human is serious business!
Pregnancy and childbirth are literally the most physically challenges things a human body can go through, and if your health isn’t in check, it can be a very long and terribly miserable experience.
I put together a list of 7 things I did to get myself ready for pregnancy and I’m offering it to you as a fun downloadable printable to stick in your pregnancy journal or share with friends on your blog or social media.
7 Things To Do Before Getting Pregnant
1. Detox the No-Nos Out … Slowly!
Take baby steps to remove whatever you plan to ditch once you’re pregnant. Phase out or eliminate caffeine, alcohol, refined sugars, and other unhealthy foods and drinks from your diet. Detoxing slowly before pregnancy will put much less stress on your system than going cold turkey when you get the good news.
2. Drink More Water
Hydrate with clean, filtered, alkaline water. Drinking water regularly has been shown to relieve morning sickness, heartburn, and indigestion. It can also prevent urinary infections, constipation, hemorrhoids, and water retention. Avoid drinking out of plastic bottles, and think about investing in a water alkalizer and/or ionizer.
3. Go Easy With Exercise
Just like during pregnancy, pre-pregnancy is not a time to push yourself past your physical limits and stress out your body. Listen to your body, move when you feel like moving, and rest when you feel tired. A gentle yoga practice is perfect for keeping your mind, body, and future baby healthy before, during, and after pregnancy.
4. Clean Up Your Beauty Routine
Replace toxic perfumes with pure essential oils. Check the toxicity rating of your shampoos, conditioners, lotions, and other cosmetics at ewg.org/skindeep. Search the web for natural skincare recipes that you can make at home. You can also find amazing recipes for your baby’s sensitive skin, too!
5. Take the Guess-Work Out
Over-the-counter ovulation tests are a convenient and affordable way to track your hormone levels and know the exact time of the month that’s perfect for baby-making. Even if your period is regular, it can sometimes be hard to know the best time for conception. These kits usually cost less than $40, include a pregnancy test, and are available at your local drugstore.
6. Start Improving Your Nutrition Now with Blissed Nutrition
It’s hard to get all the vitamins and minerals you need just from food – that’s why your doctor or midwife will usually recommend prenatal vitamins. Prepare your body for baby early, and choose an all-natural brand of supplements like I use. You can find out more about my full non-GMO, gluten-free, soy-free, no sugar added supplement routine here. And don’t forget to opt-in for auto-delivery! Pregnancy brain is real, and you don’t need one more thing to worry about.
7. Meditate Every Day
Spend time every day connecting with yourself and allowing the stress of the day (and baby making) to fall away. Pressed for time? Check out my 4-minute meditations for help with every area of life, from falling asleep to bonding with your future baby.
Even though these tips are meant for getting ready for pregnancy, they’re also good rules to follow up until your little bundle arrives. I hope you like them!
Rebekah “Bex” Borucki, founder of BexLife.com and the Blissed In® wellness movement, is a mother-of-five, TV host, meditation guide, author, speaker, birth doula, fitness and yoga instructor, and popular social media personality. Her first book, You Have 4 Minutes to Change Your Life (Hay House 2017), is available now, wherever books are sold.
DISCLAIMER: This post/video is designed for educational and/or informational purposes only and should not be used in any other manner. This information is not intended to substitute informed medical advice. You should not use this information to diagnose or treat a health problem or disease without consulting with a qualified healthcare provider. A consultation with your healthcare professional is the proper method to address your health concerns. You are encouraged to consult your healthcare provider with any questions or concerns you may have regarding your condition.