As you begin the exciting and sometimes scary journey of trying-to-conceive, every decision you make revolves around your future bundle of joy. From the fertility-friendly foods you’ve incorporated into your diet to the low-impact exercises you’ve begun to practice, while these life adjustments are essential to help improve your preconception health they can also be a bit exhausting.
It’s important to remember to take a moment to yourself to practice mindfulness and self-care to help alleviate the stress that comes with preparing your body for pregnancy. We truly believe that you must take care of yourself first so you can take care of the ones you love.
Check out these simple and soothing ways to practice self-care to help you relax during your TTC journey.
While trying to balance it all, it can be tough to find time to relax or take a break from your hectic schedule. Practicing mindfulness and meditation is a great way to escape your daily stresses and be present in the moment.
Women who are stressed produce cortisol, prolactin and other hormones that can interfere with regular ovulation. Meditation is the start of a new habit that can help you gain control over your thoughts and give you peace of mind. You can practice meditation by intention including “getting clarity”, “letting go”, and “getting mental relaxation” to help alleviate anxieties. We recommend finding a quiet place, closing your eyes, and focusing on your breath and positive thoughts. You can meditate anywhere whether you’re at-home or during your commute.
Check out this article, Everything You Need To Know About Meditation & Fertility to learn how you can add meditation into your everyday life and help improve your pre-pregnancy health.
According to Good Therapy, “Research indicates that nearly 80% of our self talk is negative.” Did you know that repeating self affirmations to yourself has the power to uplift your mood, reduce anxiety, and even increase your likelihood of success? We would like to encourage you to keep self-affirmations close to your heart and in your daily wellness routine. Check out some of our favorite affirmations:
“I am worthy of love and respect”
“I have the strength to face the challenges before me”
“I am grateful for every learning experience I have had”
“I focus on what I can do, not what I can’t do”
Treat Yourself To A Nontoxic Manicure
Gone are the days when you have to sacrifice your beauty routine for your preconception and pregnancy health. Clean beauty regimens are available to help you look good and feel good without those nasty chemicals!
When you need a little pick me up, head over to a local nontoxic nail salon which offers 10-free, cruelty-free, and pregnancy-safe polishes. Mented reports that, “Free is a term used in the beauty community that means a nail polish is free of a certain amount of toxic chemical ingredients, including: Toluene, Dibutyl Phthalate (DBP), Formaldehyde, Formaldehyde Resin, Camphor, Ethyl Tosylamide, Xylene, parabens, animal by-products, and fragrance”.
You’d probably never link sleep and your fertility together, but there is actually a strong relationship between the two. According to Ava Women: “Without adequate sleep, eggs can become damaged and rejected by the body, causing diminished fertility and possibly even miscarriage”. Women who get 7-8 hours of sleep are 53% more likely to become pregnant.
Trying to conceive requires a lot of energy from tracking your most fertile days to doing that baby dance – it’s vital for your overall health to get enough sleep.
Make Time For A Hobby
One of the most rewarding ways to practice self-care when trying to get a bun in the oven is to make time to do the things you love! Hobbies look different for everyone. Whether you enjoy lighting a nontoxic candle and reading your favorite book, scrapbooking, playing sport, or enjoy getting a calming massage, we encourage you to practice self-care when trying-to-conceive and beyond!