Preconception Health: Getting Your Body Baby Friendly

As a Certified Wellness Coach it’s very important to me to support my clients in being the change they want to see in their lives. To that endeavor my goals include holding the door open while they walk through, but what if you have no idea that “this particular threshold” needs to be crossed? No worries…in this weeks blog we’ll tackle together where a woman contemplating motherhood needs to begin.

Here’s my story about one step I took to get my body baby friendly.

When I knew it was time to join the ranks of motherhood I set out on a proactive health journey. While I was not completely sure of everything that was required of me I armed myself with the basics and made an appointment with my gynecologist. Our conversation went something like this. Doc: so what brings you here today? Me: My husband and I are ready to have a baby so I made an appointment. I believe there are some tests you should do to make sure I’m healthy. I know one is for sickle-cell anemia which I am almost certain I don’t have the trait for but you can check anyway. Doc: okay…she proceeded to tell me what she would do. Me: And I need to know how long I should wait after discontinuing my birth control pills to try to conceive (which by the way she said right away but I decided I wanted to wait at least a full cycle or two). The conversation continued with me getting a regular GYN exam plus a few extras.

While this is the end of my story here, it was just the beginning of some additional lifestyle changes I made or continued. I also spoke to my husband about how his lifestyle choices impacted conception.

My experience highlights what some women may go through. At no time during my doctor patient relationship had I ever been asked if I was planning a birth, if I was married, or what was going on in that area. Yes, they prescribed birth control pills but no one ever said have you thought about having children one day.

Here are my professional tips for women contemplating motherhood:

1) Start by creating a reproductive life plan. This should include you and your spouse/partner. It documents your goals around having, or not having, children. Once you identify your goals you then determine what steps you need to take to see them to fruition. To make a reproductive life plan, click here to learn more.

2) Speak to your health care provider. This includes your gynecologist, midwife, nurse practitioner, or whoever provides your reproductive health care.

3) If you have any chronic or existing health conditions speak to your specialist about how becoming pregnant might affect your health. Connect them with your reproductive health provider so you have all the bases covered.

4) Assess your nutritional intake and discuss any concerns with your provider.

5) Remain or become physically active. Consult your healthcare provider before beginning any new exercise routine.

This information should be enough to get you out of the starting blocks. While most pregnancies are not planned, yours doesn’t have to be a part of those statistics. Preconception planning reduces the stress associated with the unexpectedness of becoming pregnant. It also puts you in the driver’s seat, one of the first steps to making healthy birth choices.

Baby Steps: Wellness Coaching for Pregnancy, can help you Get Your Body Baby Friendly. By working with me as your certified wellness coach I can support you in reaching your health goals. Coaching is not about making drastic changes. Instead its a process that helps you transition  from where you are to where you want to be. To top it off location is not a problem since coaching takes place by telephone in the comfort of your home or office.  All initial consultations are free and help you learn if my services are right for you.

Disclaimer: This information is for educational purposes only. Consult your healthcare provider with any and all healthcare concerns.

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