Pre-Pregnancy Health and Happiness

I know that most of our families already know this,
but Josh and I have been talking about
starting a family sometime within the year.

Is it a faux pas to be talking about this?

I don't know?
I know a lot of people keep it very secretive which
is something Josh and I were thinking about doing when we
become preggers, but I think talking about getting
ready for pregnancy is a good topic!

Its really exciting to think about having a baby and
getting ready for one, also a little intimidating and scary.

There are so many things on what to do once you become
pregnant, but what about before? I think it's important to
have your body and mind prepared and healthy way before
you plan on getting a baby bump :)

Here are some things we did and continue to do to
prepare for pregnancy and a family and our journey for the
next little while on the road to becoming parents :)

Becoming Fully Ready for the Responsibility of a Family

Josh and I are celebrating our
3 year anniversary this August!

It was really important to us to be be married
for a while before starting a family.

We really wanted to have that time to get used to
being married and build a good foundation and
relationship before we threw kids into the mix.
Just having alone time was very important to us.

Staying out til 3 am and just having time to ourselves was
not something we wanted to give up at the beginning
of our marriage.

Of course, everyone is different, and some couples
become ready for parenthood before others, so this
is just what worked for us :)

We both have learned so much about eachother in
the past 4 years and 7 months we have been together
and married and although it feels like we've only been
married for like 3 months, we are coming up on 3 years! So crazy!

Being on the Same Page

Thinking about starting a family has brought
up a lot of topics between Josh and I.

We really want to be on the same page for parenting
before we become pregnant and so we talk about things
like discipline, religion, chores, money, teaching, parenting etc.,
to see what we agree on, what we disagree on and what
we can compromise on.

I'm guessing though, that these things may change
and we will hit crossroads once we do have children, but
it's nice to know that we have discussed it.

Preparing Your Body for a Healthy Pregnancy

I'm VERY ocd about things and becoming
pregnant is no different.

Although we really aren't planning on starting a family
for a while longer, I've heard and read that you can start
taking prenatal vitamins whenever or I guess more
specifically about 1-1 1/2 years before trying to get
a baby bump :)
I've been reading tons of pregancy books and
every single one of them say how important it is to
take folic acid (folate) BEFORE getting pregant because
the first 2 weeks of pregnancy
(before you usually even know your pregnant)
is the most vital time for babies spinal growth and that
folic acid is sooo important to be in your system during
those first few weeks of pregnancy to help prevent birth defects.

Learn more about Folic Acid HERE

Being healthy and in good shape is also a HUGE deal for
me before getting pregnant. I want to have a smooth
labor and delivery and I always hear how important
being in shape is for that to be possible.

My sister for example, you honestly would never have
known she was in labor and having a baby! She was in
pretty good shape and her labor went soooo
smoothly it was crazy!

I also want to be able to drop the weight pretty easily
afterwards and I've also heard it's easier to have that
happen if you have more muscle than fat on your body,
so that's the plan stan :)

Right now I'm doing the Jillian Michaels videos and books.

Killer Buns & Thighs Video and Making the Cut Book.

I alternate days with these two workout circuits,
working out 5-6 days per week! They only take 30 min
a day and are AMAZING, I highly recommend them!
I might do a before and after so you can see just how awesome these workouts are!

Now I know you shouldn't start an intense workout like
this right before getting pregers because it can stop ovulation,
but we don't plan on getting pregnant for a  while
and this program is a 30 day program, just to help me
get into great shape and become toned and healthy. Once I
complete it I will start a more mellow workout that I will be
able to take and use into pregnancy :)

Here is a good link on pre-pregnancy exercise & diet
Planning Family

And here's another link on pre-pregnancy pilates.
I LOVE pilates, they completey change your body, it's amazing!
Planning Family
And I'm pretty sure you can do pilates during pregnancy!
Here is a great article on pilates during pregnancy

Stress is another thing that I think is important
to reduce before becoming pregnant and my
mother in law introduced me to meditation a while ago!

I'm going to try to start putting away a half hour
for me time and meditate to help reduce any stress
that is built up in my mind :) + stress can be a huge
contributor to infertility.

Something else I will be doing to make sure my body
is healthy and up for the baby bump task ;)

I will be going for a pre-conception check up
with my doctor closer to wanting to become pregnant
just to make sure that everything is up to par :)

I'm really nervous because I've always had really
bad ovarian cysts and really bad cramps which I know
can be a symptom of endometriosis which can lead to
not being able to get pregnant right away which is really
scary, so anyway, a preconception checkup is defineatley
not neccessary but if you have questions and concerns
before getting pregnant, and want to make sure you're
doing it right, especially if it's your first pregnancy,
I think it can be very beneficial and ease your worries :)

Thinking about becoming parents is completely overwhelming,
but it also feels right and is really exciting for Josh and I.

I think we will be pretty great parents :)

Here are some other great articles for pre-pregnancy :)

10 Tips for preparing for pregnancy

Top tricks for getting pregnant

I especially love this one on preparing for pregnancy

One more huge thing for us is being settled and owning a home,
we are still in that process, but getting closer to finding the perfect
home everyday :)

Up Next:
Planning for a family and money saving tips before you get pregnant


derek and kimber said...

You are going to be an amazing momma when you are ready and when it happens. It is seriously the best thing ever - but a lot of work. I am so glad to see some of the things you wrote - like taking time for eachtoher. I honestly believe that people who DON'T do that struggle more in the relationship because you don't focus on each other as sexual, emotional beings. You are a smart lady! Also, I actually was back to my pre-pregnancy weight after 8 days. I didn't do anything spectacular before, I just ate healthy and stayed active. Then after baby the weight fell off. I am sure you won't have a problem either. Good luck!

the jensens. said...

Thanks girl! you're so cute! & Ah you're lucky! I'm hoping I'll be the same!!! & congrats on your baby!!! so exciting :)