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{February 26, 2016}   Healthy Body to Healthy Baby

Hubby and I are completing our first year of marriage soon. According to our plan that means trying for a baby. I’ve worked hard over the last few years to get healthy. While I’m not as skinny as I would like to be, I would venture that I’m definitely in better shape than I was when I could fit into a size 4 dress ( I just PR’d in Crossfit). However, could I be better? Always. I’m entering my 30s so why not be just a little more cautious and make sure I’m at my prime when I conceive.

In recent months I’ve been attempting to focus less on a dress size and more on getting my body prepared for baby. I tried to find articles that discussed steps to a healthy pregnancy, but instead most of them were very generic. My type-A personality likes an actual list. Most gave the very basic and generic advice,  ‘get your body healthy.’ Not very helpful…

I mean we all want to be healthy. But how do I actually take steps to achieve that health? What does that look like?  What health concerns should I focus on preventing? So I made my own list, specific to my issues by doing a little reverse engineering of sorts.

Here’s my thought process: Why do women want to be healthy for pregnancy? To avoid complications. So rather than the generic instruction of “get healthy,” I decided to specifically target the most common complication in my health efforts. Hopefully by tailoring my health regimen in this manner I will decrease my likelihood of developing complications and increase my overall health.

Here are the most common general health issues in a pregnancy:

  • Anemia
  • Back Pain
  • Bleeding
  • Bleeding gums
  • Constipation
  • Cramp
  • Deep vein thrombosis (DVT)
  • Faintness
  • Feeling hot
  • Fibroid/ complications with uterine fibroids
  • Headaches
  • High blood pressure and pre-eclampsia
  • Incontinence
  • Indigestion and heartburn
  • Itching
  • Leaking nipples
  • Morning sickness and nausea
  • Nosebleeds
  • Urinating a lot
  • Pelvic pain
  • Piles (haemorrhoids)
  • Skin and hair
  • Sleeplessness
  • Stretch marks
  • Swollen ankles, feet, fingers
  • Teeth and gums
  • Tiredness
  • Vaginal discharge
  • Vaginal bleeding
  • Varicose veins
  • Weight/ Excessive Weight Gain

 

The highlighted health issues are the one’s I’ve witnessed in my own family or I am personally concerned about.

  1. Anemia
  2. Backache
  3. Cramps
  4. Feeling Hot/ Hot Flashes
  5. Fibroids
  6. Headaches
  7. High Blood Pressure/ Pre-Eclampsia
  8. Itching
  9. Pelvic Pain
  10. Teeth and gum issues
  11. Excessive Weight Gain

My strategy is to develop a health plan that targets these issues with natural means of relief. If I make it a way of life now, hopefully it will reduce or eliminate my susceptibility to these health concerns in the future. Stay tune for the full plan!

Resources

http://www.cdc.gov/reproductivehealth/maternalinfanthealth/pregcomplications.htm



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