I wanted to share with you some of the highlights from the birth of my beautiful daughter, Piper. But more importantly, I want to recommend some strategies, tips and tools that I found to be extremely helpful for falling pregnant and when preparing for child birth.
Part One – My Pre-Pregnancy Guide
In order to fall pregnant, you must learn about your monthly cycles.
If you aren’t sure exactly how your body works, you can’t go past Dr Nat Kringoudis and her amazing quest to educate women. You might think you know about the facts of life, but there is so much more detail that we aren’t taught in school, or in magazines, or by our own mums. The Debunking Ovulation e-course* is a reasonably priced, two-part course delivered online that will teach you how to understand your own body and its cycles. Find what I thought of the course here.
In addition, I highly recommend tracking your cycles using an app. I personally love Kindara, which is a free app allowing you to plot on a graph your temperatures and cervical fluid changes, making pinpointing ovulation really easy. Once you’ve collected a few months worth of data, you will start to be able to see the signs your body gives you in the lead up to ovulation.
I want to encourage those wanting to fall pregnant not to rush the process. Pregnancy and birth are both very taxing on the body. If possible, you should look at detoxing and making some lifestyle changes before trying to conceive. You might consider spending 6 – 12 months on your health before trying to conceive. My best tips are below:
Introduce more nutrition into your everyday foods, especially omega-3 fatty acids and essential minerals, such as magnesium and zinc. Having a hair tissue mineral analysis will give you an indication of any minerals you may need to focus on, and is relatively inexpensive. For more information about key minerals, please read my post here.
Loading up on vegetables is really important for fertility health, but you may find that like me and a lot of other women, you become adversed to vegetables during the first trimester due to morning sickness. It was months before I could even look at a vegetable without feeling sick – just the smell of them cooking was repulsive!
Personal Care and Cleaning Products
Do a cull and clear out of all personal care and cleaning products that are not naturally derived. Not only are these a risk for a little one crawling around the place and putting everything in to their mouth, they can contain parabens as preservatives (amongst other nasties), which are now known to be hormone disruptors. For more information about the toxics in your skin care, please read my post here.
Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine
If you have been trying to fall pregnant for over 6 months without success, I highly recommend looking into acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine. There are 1000s of studies into the benefits of acupuncture when it comes to fertility, and I believe it made a huge difference in my healing and conceiving journey, which you can read about here.
One of the largest impacts on fertility is stress, and trying to fall pregnant can be really stressful. It is crucial that you start introducing some stress management techniques as soon as possible. I highly recommend meditation for so many reasons, which you can read about here.
Lastly, detoxing is a really important step to take before falling pregnant, as the last thing you want is those toxins floating around your system while you are growing a baby. There are many different detox programs and techniques out there, so do some research and find one that suits you. Here are a couple of suggestions.
I couldn’t have been happier with my birthing experience and want to share this blog series to any pregnant or want-to-be pregnant women who are interesting in learning to trust the wisdom of their bodies and aim for natural birth.
*Please note, in the spirit of honesty, I am an affiliate for the Debunking Ovulation e-course. If you purchase a product through an affiliate link, your costs will be the same but Coach Kate will receive a small commission. This helps cover some of the costs for this site. I really appreciate your support!