There are many aspects of pregnancy to look out for in order to keep yourself and your child healthy, what with the many risks involved. When it comes to the many different methods of preparing for pregnancy and preventing miscarriage, there are no guarantees. However, here are some tips to help you prime and prepare the body before conception and during pregnancy, which will lead to a healthy environment for pregnancy.
- Going on a fertility cleanse
Two important organs closely related to your fertility are the liver and uterus. The liver may consist of toxin build-up over the years due to some poor lifestyle habits such as unhealthy diets, alcohol, smoking and more. Herbs such as burdock root, milk thistle seed, dandelion root, yellow dock root, licorice root and ginger are great aids for detoxification of the liver, ridding the body of excess toxins and restoring hormonal balance. Similarly, the uterus may be in poor health due to hormonal imbalances and low blood circulation. Goldenseal root prevents scar tissue from forming in the uterus while helping the body to fight infections, and other herbs like damania leaf, Dong Quai root, peony root and raspberry leaf restores healthy circulation and strengthens muscles in the uterus. These herbs are recommended for a cleanse before conception, not after. During pregnancy and breastfeeding, it’s important to consult your physician on the herbs and supplements you wish to take.
- Keeping to a nutrient-dense diet
While preparing to conceive and during pregnancy, you’ll want to make sure that you are eating nutrient-rich foods in order to ensure a healthy environment for the baby. Start 90 days before you try to conceive for better results. Drink lots of water, avoid refined sugars/grains and artificial flavourings, eat foods high in fiber and try to eat organic as much as possible. In the case of hypothyroidism, avoid soy; if you have fertility issues like PCOS and endometriosis, look for non-dairy alternatives as the hormones in milk may aggravate such conditions.
- Getting fertility/pre-natal massages
In this modern day and age, it is typical for many of us to neglect our health conditions. Especially when it comes to those of us who have desk-bound jobs and neglect exercising regularly, there are many points in the body that require stimulation in order to promote healthy circulation towards the uterus. You can consult fertility centres and mummy care spas which provide fertility massages and pre-natal massages to help relieve stress on the body and support reproductive circulation.
- Building a healthy foundation
On top of leading a healthy, balanced lifestyle and keeping to a nutrient-dense diet as much as you can, it’s also important to build a healthy foundation for a healthy pregnancy with vitamins, minerals and essential fatty acids. It’s recommended that you consult your physician or gynaecologist on what supplements are best suited for you, and you should also make sure that your prenatal vitamins include vitamin B6, B12 and folic acid. These supplements are known to help prevent miscarriages caused by high homocysteine levels. When it comes to essential fatty acids, Omega-3s are very important. They are responsible for regulating inflammation response, improving your cellular integrity and maintaining the hormonal balance in your body, essentially helping to prevent a miscarriage.
- Other options for those who suffer recurrent miscarriages
Bed rest and the removal of stressful factors are one of the first few precautions to take if your body is weak. A doctor may also recommend vitamin E dosages if required. However, there are also certain supplements and herbs you can try if your miscarriages are due to immunological, hormonal or chromosomal reasons. Vitex (Chaste Tree berry) has been traditionally used during the first trimester of pregnancy to prevent miscarriage associated with low progesterone due to corpus luteum insufficiency. Maca is a superfood great for the endocrine system, aiding the pituitary, adrenal, and thyroid glands which are all heavily involved in regulating the hormones in your body. Progesterone is an important hormone for pregnancy, as it is key in creating and maintaining a healthy uterine lining. Do test your hormone levels before and using progesterone cream in order to check if it’s working for you. Another solution that might be recommended by your doctor is Systemic Enzyme Therapy, where systemic enzyme supplements are used to prevent miscarriages due to immunological responses.
Preparing the body for pregnancy can be stressful due to the various lifestyle elements that you need to look out for. With consistent preparation, proper rest and extra precautions, you should be able to have a smooth-sailing pregnancy. For those who have suffered recurrent miscarriages, be sure to consult a gynaecologist who is familiar with such conditions and have appropriate testing done in order to find the right solution for yourself. Remember to maintain a positive mindset and refrain from putting extra pressure on your own mind and body!