Set intentions and expectations
Write down a few ways in which you’ll practice self care during your fertility journey. If classic self care activities like yoga and meditation make you feel centered and ready to take on the world, amazing, but if they don’t, identify what does and make time for precisely that.
Maybe getting out in nature fills up your cup, some quality time with a partner or close friend, listening to music, a warm bath or a long shower – all amazing! Write down the activities that make your body feel good, so that you can reference them when you need a little TLC while you’re TTC.
Expand your exercise routine
The fertility journey (and pregnancy) will have you engaging muscles that might not be key parts of your current workout routine like your pelvic floor, lower back, and core. Add exercises that strengthen these muscles to your daily routine now to get ahead of the curve.
You don’t even need to change into yoga pants to work your pelvic floor, which is one of the most important muscles during pregnancy. All you have to do is act like you’re holding in your pee, wait for ten seconds, release, and then repeat ten times (or more if you’re feeling athletic)! It’s pretty easy to do while you’re making a snack, waiting in line, or watching TV.
Cut back on caffeine
Don’t worry! You don’t have to eliminate your morning cup of joe. Experts suggest capping it at 200 milligrams — or 12 ounces of coffee a day, depending on the type of coffee and how much caffeine is in it. Studies suggest that consuming more could have an effect on fertility or risk of early pregnancy loss.
Plus, you won’t want to overdo it during pregnancy as caffeine can increase your blood pressure, you and baby’s heart rates, and lead to dehydration and other adverse effects. It’s worth cutting back now, just to get in the habit.
Return to natural hormone production
The hormones in hormonal contraceptive methods like the pill, patch, and some IUDs – estrogen and progestin – work to prevent ovulation by change the lining of the uterus and shifting the consistency of cervical mucus temporarily. After going off hormonal contraception, your body works hard for 3-6 months to detox the excess hormones that prevent pregnancy.
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