When’s the best time to get healthy for your baby? That answer is easy: now, of course! Whether you’re trying to conceive for the first time, second time or beyond, it’s never too early — or too late — to optimize your nutrition to be the healthiest parent you can be.
There are plenty of reasons to consider changing up your diet when you’re ready to make a baby. The healthier you are, the more fertile you are, so eating a healthy pre-pregnancy diet can help you boost your fertility through nutrition. Plus, continuing those good habits throughout your pregnancy will lead to a healthier baby.
Want to eat healthier, but don’t know where to get started? While nothing replaces the advice of a highly qualified dietician, here are a few tips for a nutritious pre-pregnancy diet.
You’ve likely heard that pregnant women are often encouraged to take folic acid, a specific type of B vitamin vital to a healthy pregnancy. It’s never too early to start supplementing, especially if you become pregnant sooner than you expected. You may choose to start taking a prenatal vitamin now, or you can eat foods naturally rich in this nutrient.
Citrus fruits, spinach, broccoli and asparagus are delicious ways of getting your folic acid in — try a mandarin orange salad with fresh spinach for a yummy, vitamin-rich meal.
Maintaining a healthy weight makes it easier to get pregnant and have a healthy pregnancy. Keeping track of how many calories you eat can help you gain, lose or maintain your weight, depending on what your goals are. There are many calorie calculators available on the Internet to help you get an estimate of how much you should be eating based on your height, weight and activity level. When you become pregnant, your doctor can help you determine how many calories you should eat (contrary to popular belief, you don’t need to double your intake!)
Macronutrients are the three basic building blocks of your diet, and it’s important to eat them in a healthy balance in order to optimize your nutrition. What that balance like depends on your current health and activity levels — for example, if you exercise frequently, you may need more protein to repair your muscles, and if you have an endocrine disorder like diabetes or PCOS, you may need to reduce carbohydrates to strike the right balance in your pre-pregnancy diet.
Lean meats, nuts, legumes and certain grains, like quinoa, are all excellent sources of protein, while vegetables, fruits and whole grains are healthy, high-fiber sources of carbohydrates. While fat is sometimes seen as the enemy of health, it’s important to eat healthy sources of fat, like avocados, walnuts and olives. In general, you should consume refined sugars only in moderation, if at all, so now is a better time than ever to ditch your soda or candy habit.
While eating a healthy pre-pregnancy diet is one way to prepare for conception, it’s also important to make sure your personal lubricant isn’t holding you back. Astroglide TTC is pH balanced and similar in viscosity to your natural cervical fluid, so that it doesn’t inhibit sperm motility. In addition, TTC contains galactose, which is found naturally in semen, as well as fructose, a sugar that serves as sperm’s main energy source.
So while you’re out stocking up on healthy foods for your pre-pregnancy diet, pick up a bottle of Astroglide lube — you can find it in these locations.
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