Do You Need To Prepare Your Body for Pregnancy?
Updated: Aug 15, 2019
The short answer is yes.
But why exactly?
There are numerous processes within the body that facilitate pregnancy happening without too much trouble. All of these processes rely on the liver functioning properly, inflammation and oxidative stress being under control, hormones in balance, thyroid in good working order... and this is the short list.
For example, if you have used an iud (of any kind), or oral birth control, you have unknowingly suppressed your hormones function by overriding several hormones. At the same time, due to the difficulty processing hormones, extra stress is put on the liver.
Extra stress on the liver means that you are not adequately detoxing those excess hormones and toxins that we come in contact with on a daily basis.
Excess hormones and toxins lead to: Thyroid dysfunction, gut imbalance, and inflammation in the body... all of which lead to imbalanced hormones.
Imbalanced hormones pre pregnancy can lead to infertility, inability to sustain a pregnancy, dumping of toxins onto the baby, and an increased likelihood of developing postpartum depression and anxiety since every single one of those organs (thyroid, liver, gut) are all essential in the production of neurotransmitters.
This is why a whole body approach to healing your hormones is really essential!
So, what do we do about this?
How can you prepare your body for a healthy pregnancy?
#1. Help your liver. This is probably new information to you... I know I never once thought about my liver prior to experiencing severe postpartum depression. Eating lots of green vegetables and healthy fats will help support your liver.
#2 Avoid gluten. I know... don't shoot the messenger though, okay? Here's why...gluten looks identical to the thyroid hormone. This is a bad thing because of how most gluten is processed now days, it actually causes a release of antibodies that attack the thyroid, causing thyroid dysfunction and then hormone imbalance. This release of antibodies can take up to 6 months to recover from! EEK. No thank you.
#3. Give yourself 4-6 months after going off of birth control to focus on nutrition, balancing your gut, detoxing the liver, and supporting your thyroid and adrenal glands. I cannot stress the importance of this enough! You and your baby's health depends on it.
#4. Get yourself a copy of "Nourishing Traditions." This book is incredible for building a foundation for nutrition that heals at a cellular level and even has great tips for baby's first foods, etc.
If you're not sure where to start, grab your 7 day women's hormone meal plan here or the 7-day prenatal meal plan here and then make sure to book your free Hormone Breakthrough call here and I will help you figure out where to get started.
To your wellness,