Planning a family is an exciting time for any couple. There are books to read, videos to watch and doting relatives all too willing to share their stories. The reality is that your baby could live to be 80, 90, 100 years and beyond. Based on this reality, as soon-to-be parents, you need to understand how your choices will impact your baby throughout its lifetime.
The best thing you can do for your baby is to provide them with a good head start in life by having a healthy pregnancy. Did you know that having a healthy pregnancy actually begins before conception? Healthy lifestyle habits prior to conception will provide you with the best developmental environment for your child while they are in your womb.
Risky behaviors should be avoided, such as using drugs, over-indulging in alcohol, and exposure to tobacco products. Just as important as the list of “what not to do when planning a baby” is the list of “things to start doing.” This includes proper nutrition, prenatal vitamins, exercise and stress reduction.
Proper nutrition is vitally important to the health of your baby. The food you eat becomes the building blocks your baby’s Innate Intelligence will use to develop their eyes, ears, lungs, heart, muscles, skin and brain. There are many ways to determine which foods are most beneficial and why, but to keep things simple, follow this guideline: If it grows, eat it. If it comes in a package with an ingredient list of more than 5-6 items, choose something else. Foods that have been processed the least usually offer more nutrients, are more readily digested and are healthier than those foods that are highly processed and contain chemicals.
In addition to eating healthy, prenatal vitamins can ensure that you receive adequate amounts of Vitamins A, B-1, B-2, Niacin, B-6, B-12, C, D and E, as well as Folic Acid, Calcium, Iron and usually Zinc. Prenatal vitamins should be commenced 6 weeks before conception. Choose vitamins from a trusted source that don’t include fillers and chemicals. Check the ingredient list to see if your vitamins were derived from a whole food source, or if they were engineered in a chemical factory. Remember, what you put in your body directly affects your unborn child.
As a soon-to-be-Mum, you should take all steps necessary to decrease stress before and during pregnancy. Stress takes a toll on your body and can adversely affect your body in many ways. Chiropractic adjustments help to relieve the negative effects of stress on your nervous system, allowing your organs and body systems to function at an optimal level.
The lifestyle choices you make now will have an effect on your baby from the moment of conception until their very last breath. Take the steps necessary to start enjoying a healthy active life, while providing your baby the foundations for theirs.
For more advice on how to best prepare your body for conception and pregnancy, consult with our Principal Chiropractor Dr Ashley Campbell-Bird. To schedule an appointment contact our wellness team on 9585 8552.
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