Getting Pregnant: 101.

Have you noticed all the babies lately?  You can't go anywhere without seeing strollers, babies in slings, babies strapped on the fronts, backs and sides of mamas & dadas, or toddlers bopping around.  You can likely name at least 5 people who have given birth in the past year.  They're calling it a baby Boomlet with 2007 being a record high for babies being born and 2008 not yet accounted for. Baby making is in the air.

img_0182 Health consciousness is in the air too.  I have a lot of women coming in these days saying, "I don't want to get pregnant right now, but we're thinking about having a baby in the next year or so.  What should I be doing in the meantime?"  I applaud these women for putting their baby's health as a priority.  Giving your baby the best possible start in life is the gift that keeps giving.  Here are a few guidelines for having a healthy pregnancy and a healthy baby:

*Eat as though you are already pregnant: during pregnancy your caloric intake increases about 300 calories/day.  That's not what I mean here.  I mean eat a whole foods diet.  Cut back on caffeine, sugar, and alcohol.  Make sure you're getting 60-80 grams of protein per day.  Drink 2-3 Liters of water per day.

*Take your vitamins: 6-12 months prior to "starting" to get pregnant, begin taking Pre-natal Vitamins.  This will ensure appropriate amounts of things like Calcium, Folic Acid, Iron, Zinc, and Vitamin A (all are different amounts than regular vitamins).

*Detox: pregnancy, breastfeeding, and trying to get pregnant are not the times to do any sort of cleansing, fasting, or detoxing**.  Any time you're going through this, you're putting toxins and waste into the bloodstream which goes to the baby as well.  I think it's a great idea to do a cleanse before or in between pregnancies.  If you've been thinking about doing any kind of detox, do it before you start trying or wait until you're done breastfeeding.

Next week I'll talk about nutrition during pregnancy.  So check back & have a great week!

**Any fasting, cleansing, or detox program should be supervised by a healthcare practitioner.