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Are you are trying to get pregnant? pregnant already? or just in the thinking stages of starting a family, have you thought about where you are nutritionally? Are you healthy? Do you know what healthy means? Do you eat right most of the time but cave into sugary drinks, foods or fast food regularly? Do you worry about having a healthy pregnancy?
Your nutritional status is extremely important when your considering having a child and having a healthy pregnancy. And not just your own nutrition is important, your partners nutrition is equally important, after all it takes two to make a baby. What factors can influence the health of your baby right off the bat? Alcohol, drugs, cigarettes, fast food, sugar and stress (to name but a few). These factors alone can be the deciding factor when you are looking to conceive. If you are already pregnant there is still time to make the necessary changes to ensure a healthy pregnancy and healthy baby.
If we take stress alone, this is a factor that can majorly influence your bodies readiness to conceive. If your in a stressful lifestyle or perhaps you’ve been experiencing stress consistency for a long time, your adrenals might be fatigued. What does this mean for conception? Well if your body is in a constant fight or flight mode (for example if a tiger were chasing you), then parts of your body such as digestion and fertility shut down. The body is not in a position to digest any food you have just eaten or create new life when you are running for your life! Of course, there are no tigers chasing you (at least I hope not) but our bodies don’t know the difference when it comes to stress. Stress of any kind, physical or emotional will trigger our adrenals to pump out cortisol which in turn affects your hormones.
So, how do I deal with my stress you might ask? That is a big question and one that cannot be answered in just this post but an easy way to start off the process is to find a form of relaxation you enjoy and do it consistently. It could be yoga, tai chi, walking, reading or meditation. When you quieten the mind and enter into a relaxed state your adrenals have time to rest and reset.
If you have never meditated before try something simple to start with, for example my
21 Day Challenge To Eliminate Stress which is a group event (click here for further details)
that you complete over 21 days with like minded people. Its as simple as shutting down your thoughts for just 6 minutes a day – 3 minutes twice a day. From there you can build on this and at the end of 21 days you have a new, healthy habit that your adrenals will thank you for.
So, its time to start relaxing, which method would suit you best?