Okay ladies, I know we’ve all heard the questions a million times…and it’s annoying. But, I know a lot of us do want to add onto our little mini families. I’m going to keep it real, I’ve got baby fever (and this’ll probably be the last time you hear that from me because it’s so cliche…okay, let’s continue) and I’ve been poking around the interwebs and have found some info. There’s probably more you can do, but I’m sure you can’t go wrong if you follow these…
6 things to do if you’re planning on getting pregnant*
- Timing: This article I linked above says that you’ve got to clean up your diet for three months to a year. That’s a long time…it surprised me.
- Weight: Being overweight isn’t ideal and they advise weight loss. But also, they say that extreme weight loss (like, say,for a wedding…sound familiar anyone?) “from crash dieting can deplete your body’s nutritional stores, which isn’t a good way to start a pregnancy.”
- Nutrition: Lots of fruits and veggies, not a lot of white foods (sugar, rice, potatoes, etc.), lean meats, fish and dairy…easy on the red meat. I also read somewhere that letting yourself get too hungry is bad also…something about some hunger hormone that’s released that blocks another preggo hormone.
- Vitamins. Take your prenatals. Folic acid is supposed to ward off birth defects…which is important for us over-30’s!
- Alcohol. Here’s their advice: “cut out or only occasionally drink alcohol.” Bummer, I know.
- Caffeine. The biggest bummer of them all…no coffee. Too much caffeine apparently could result in low birth weight or miscarriage. Eek!
Oddly enough, I found this info because I’ve got some tummy issues that have seriously forced me to change my diet…then I found out that pregnancy requires a similar diet. Two birds with one stone. Okay, this is our first and last chat about babies. Any other advice? Ladies who’ve got kiddos, did the article leave anything out?
*I’m not pregnant.