If you are currently pregnant or considering conception it is important to take a look at your health. Men, this includes you too! Here are 5 things that you can do to make this stage in your life happy & healthy. It’s never too late to improve your physical and emotional health. It’s also never too early to live healthily.
1. Clean water: Depending on the water system in your area, tap water can contain chlorine, fluoride, and/or synthetic estrogens. To ensure a healthy immune system and increased chances of conceiving be sure to drink filtered water. It tastes better too!
2. Clean food: Eating whole, unprocessed, hormone free foods to ensure that your body is equipped with all the nutrients required to help keep you healthy and grow a healthy baby. Eat a variety of foods and colours. Listen to your intuition, if you have cravings for foods (ice cream?) your body is most likely craving protein and fat. While it’s ok to reach for the ice cream sometimes, take a look at healthy ways to add protein and fat when these cravings arise. (Don’t fear, there will be more on this in future posts).
3. Moderate exercise: Keep your body moving by walking, practicing yoga, hiking (perhaps not Kilimanjaro if you are pregnant) or your favourite activity. We have all seen the super mom-to-be running races. If that feels right to you, go for it. But remember that pregnancy is a yin time where your body is reserving energy to build a baby. Dad-to-be, this includes you. Exercise will keep you energized and healthy to deal with lack of sleep once the baby comes along. Kids grow fast and you’ll want to keep up with them once they start running away.
4. Supportive relationships: It is very helpful and important to continue to build the bond between you and your partner. Reaching out to the community and staying connected is also important. Your emotional health is extremely important both when trying to conceive and through pregnancy.
5. BREATHE! Remember to breathe. Take deep breathes. Meditate, strike a yoga pose, sit, stand, whatever it takes remember to breathe and release tension and stress or whatever you might be carrying around with you.
Awesome news! You can now book in for consultations with me at my new office in North Vancouver at Canopy Integrated Health. I’m really excited about this next step in my business.
note: I’m still available via Skype (anywhere) & to come to your house if you live in the Vancouver area.
Lots of Love and Health,