I have a very special announcement on the blog today, I am expecting! I am still pretty early into my pregnancy, seven weeks, but am excited to share my wonderful news. I will be blogging about my pregnancy experience over the next several months. I hope you will check back often and follow me on this amazing journey.
My husband and I decided about a year ago that we wanted to have a baby in the somewhat near future. I made the decision to go to my naturopath for a complete physical to make sure my body would be ready when we were finally ready. I had my thyroid, hormones, vitamin levels and routine blood work tested. It was a good thing too because, at the time, my hormones were off balance and I had estrogen dominance. I was able to easily re-balance my hormones by adjusting my diet and taking Vitex and Femmenessence for a few months. My thyroid was also under producing, which can be a factor in infertility. I started taking nature throid to get it back up to optimal levels. Lastly, my digestion needed just a little tweaking to absorb vitamins and nutrients, critical for preconception and pregnancy, optimally. So we adjusted my daily breakfast shake, probiotics and digestive enzymes. Soon my digestion was optimal as well.
The other thing I focused on prior to conception was my external environment. I switched from cleaning with harsh chemical to more natural products, like vinegar and essential oils. Also, I stopped dying my hair. I know it is “safe” to still dye your hair while pregnant, but I just did not want to do so. I want everything to be as natural as possible. Maybe this is my hippie side coming out, but I am okay with it.
I believe getting my body in optimal health and cleaning up my environment a year prior to conception was one of the best decisions I have ever made. I truly believe it is one of the reasons why my pregnancy thus far has been enjoyable and easy. I know it is still very early and things might change, but so far I have felt great. I have continued my workouts, had great energy, and no morning sickness. The only thing that has been a little weird is my food aversions, but I will elaborate on that in a later post. For now, I am just enjoying this special time and trying to savor every moment.
Please note: this is only what I chose to do and are not recommendations for everyone. There are lots of choices when it comes to pregnancy and what I choose will most likely not be what the majority chooses, but it is what I feel is right for me and my baby. You should always follow up with your doctor that you trust, but make sure you are knowledgeable and ask questions.