Prior to the birth of my daughter or even the thought of conception, I embarked on a journey to improve my health. I call it being “pre-baby body ready.”
My journey included optimizing nutrition, exercising, tending to my mental and emotional wellbeing, eliminating environmental toxins, and supporting my body's ability to function as it was designed.
In my approach to my own health and fertility, I sought to create an environment that would establish a lifetime of health for myself, my family and our daughter.
And I'd like to think we were pretty damn succesful!
The work we put in manifested into a whole planned, undisturbed, natural freebirth - and a healthy baby and postpartum. This was the greatest gift I gave myself, my daughter and our family.
So, it's easy to see how much I truly embody the idea of holistic fertility, not only as a naturopath, but as a mother who's reaping the benefits of all the gifts it brings.
Here are 10 reasons why a holistic approach to fertility is better...
1. You get to be intentional, and nurture yourself.
Before you can plant and sow seeds (in your garden or womb), you have to take care to cultivate the richest, most fertile soil. You have to nurture the soil and manage any threats to your garden.
Why wouldn’t we do the same with our body prior to conceiving? Why wouldn't we take the same steps to make room for a healthy body, pregnancy, birth and postpartum period for ourselves and our family!?
2. You get to include your partner, and support his sperm health.
Holistic fertility is about nurturing the mind, body and spirit of
both parents to establish the most ideal environment for creating a life.
While much attention is placed on mother’s health in our modern day culture and medicine, we know that the health of the sperm is equally important as the mother's egg and womb.
Both parents need to place equal importance on their health. Considering that both mom and dad contribute to the genetic makeup and development of a healthy embryo, why wouldn't we!?
Poor sperm quality does contribute to fertility challenges and miscarriages.
3. You learn to reduce stress.
Stress is inevitable and once your little one arrives there will be new stressors that you have not experienced before. By finding ways to manage your stress early, you create a better balance of hormones in your body, you get to train your nervous system, release tension rather than storing it, and increase your likelihood of conceiving and carrying full term.
Finding ways to minimize stress before baby arrives also decreases your chances of developing postpartum mood imbalances like depression, which by the way is hormonal also.
4. You eat nutrient dense food.
There is no secret that quality nutrition supports the health of mom and baby. To be frank, there's just certain food you should limit when trying to create a healthy ecosystem for a baby.
Making sure you provide your body with vitamins and minerals it needs to support you, a healthy egg, and a growing baby is CRUCIAL.
Now more than ever, women are entering into pregnancy nutrient depleted with a number of nutrient deficiencies. On top of that, you may have spent a fair share of your life on birth control which depletes your body of essential nutrients for conception and pregnancy. All of this requires that we bridge those lost nutrient gaps.
Because of the demands of pregnancy, childbirth and nursing, it is near impossible to build nutrient stores once pregnant. Geting it right before getting pregnant just makes sense. It's how we also avoid pregnancy and childbirth complications.
5. You support your body's natural detox.
We live in an environment where our bodies are constantly bombarded by chemicals and toxins that must work to be detoxified, which can create additional stress on our system...especially when we're not supporting our body's removal process.
Natural detox practices should be started 6 months prior to conception.
6. You eliminate envionmental toxins.
As women, our personal care products and home environment is the number one place we are exposed to chemical toxins. Every. single. day. Let's not even bring up some of our work environments we frequent daily too. Yikes!
Look at cleaning, beauty and personal products as these may contain chemicals that are toxic to your body and have the ability to disrupt your hormones.
Limiting exposure and removing these products from your personal environment will benefit you and your family for years to come. This is an important step that a lot of women overlook during their fertility and preconception stage.
7. You optimize your gut health.
Mom's microbiome is baby's microbiome. It is literally your lineage that will be passed along for generations to come. A healthy microbiome is essential for your health and baby's immune system. Gut infections that are undetected can create nutrient deficiencies, cause hormonal imbalances, increase inflammation and inhibit your ability to become pregnant or maintain a healthy pregnancy.
As part of my holistic fertility approach, we explore digestive health.
8. You get to establish a baseline for your health.
Establishing a baseline for your health empowers you to trust yourself and your body's ability to do what's it's naturally designed to do.
Common nutrient deficiencies can be identified and corrected prior to conception. This will help you determine which prenatal care aligns best for you as well. Depending on the current state of your health, there may be nutrients that your body specifically needs beyond what the general prenatal vitamin can support.
An individualized approach is needed in all aspects of health, but especially before and during pregnancy.
9. You learn and explore resources in your community.
Look for lactation groups, baby wearing classes, prenatal yoga, nutrition classes, and mom and baby groups in your area.
You may not feel you need these resources, but you’d be surprised at the amount of information you can learn through these groups and how much support you can find in answering questions or just having a conversation.
10. You find what resonates with you.
There are many types of health care practitioners available to work with you in becoming pregnant. There is also a great deal of advice on how to become pregnant, how to be pregnant and how to be a parent, but what really matters is that voice inside of you.
There are many paths that lead to the same end result and for an approach to be effective it must be something that fits you as an individual.
Cultivate your intuition now and you will find that it will serve you once you welcome your baby into this world, but know that I'm here to support you.
By taking a holistic approach to your preconception health you can address the mind, body and spiritual aspects of motherhood and be better equipped to address the unforeseen issues that may arise.
Holistic preconception care helps create healthy mothers, which in turn helps create healthy, happy babies...a better world for us all.
Motherhood is one of the most amazing adventures and you can help yourself enjoy it by taking care of your body and your needs prior to conception.
It doesn't have to be too stressful.
Do you want to take the steps to effectively prepare your body for pregnancy and do it right from the start?
If so, click the chat box and let’s have a conversation about your next steps to make this dream a reality <3