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Everyone knows that in order to prepare for pregnancy, your health should be in its prime. There are things that women and couples should do to increase their chances of optimal fertility and have healthy pregnancies. When trying to get pregnant, there are so many things you should be aware of, such as your fertility status, your nutrition, and even the products you use on your body and in your home.

I’m sharing lifestyle changes that you should make to prepare for pregnancy.

Check your fertility to prepare for pregnancy

Doctors suggest seeing a fertility specialist if you have been trying to get pregnant for a year or more; however, if you want to be proactive, you should check your fertility status. Both males and females should get tested. For women, the specialist will check to see if you have a normal menstrual cycle, ovulate on your own, check your hormone levels, and your ovarian reserve. For males, they will do a semen analysis to check sperm count and function. Tests for sexually transmitted diseases or infections will be done for both males and females.

Eat healthily to help prepare for pregnancy

Having a healthy diet is probably a no-brainer when you’re preparing your body for pregnancy. When you are preparing for pregnancy, you should eat foods rich in folic acid, iron, and calcium. You want to eat less inflammatory foods like dairy. Adopting a whole foods diet is a good idea. I’ve personally been doing Whole30 off and on for a few months and it has helped me shed a few unwanted pounds, as well as feel better physically.

Take vitamins to prepare for pregnancy

Once you’ve decided you want to conceive, should start taking a prenatal vitamin. To be honest, I haven’t stopped using a prenatal vitamin since I had my daughter. Because you never know what may happen. I opt for whole prenatal vitamins, but any prenatal vitamin you choose to take should contain the following:

  • Folic acid (folate is better)
  • Iron
  • DHA
  • Vitamin D
  • Calcium

Further Reading: 9 Tips to Help During your Journey to Getting Pregnant

Checking your fertility and changing your diet are not the only things to do during pre-pregnancy planning. Eliminating exposure to toxins in products you use daily is key, as well. These can include things like your skincare and body products and even your household products. I know it is impossible to eliminate all environmental exposure to harmful chemicals when you’re trying to get pregnant or when you’re pregnant, but you can reduce regular exposure to these chemicals with a few simple product swaps. See my suggestions below.

Switch to Pregnancy-Safe Skincare Products

Your skin absorbs what is put on it, which is a good reason to think about the products you use on it like lotions, perfumes, body wash, and deodorants. You can start by switching to mostly unscented or natural skincare and body products when possible.

The main ingredients to avoid in skincare and beauty products are salicylic acid, benzoyl peroxide, hydroquinone, parabens, retinoids, and tetracycline antibiotics. In deodorants, you should avoid aluminum, parabens, and perfumes.

Alum Crystal safe natural deodorant to use when trying to conceive or pregnant
Top right: Alum Crystal is used as a natural deodorant. Photo by Kim S.

I’ve been using a crystal I picked up during my last visit to Morocco, but I have also used the CRYSTAL brand and Schmidt’s.

Further Reading: Pregnant, Nursing or Trying to Conceive? Avoid These 3-5 Ingredients Found in Nail Polishes

Change your household cleaning products to pregnancy-safe cleaning products

There are ingredients in household products you should look out for that may be harmful to a developing baby. These ingredients include:

  • alcohol
  • ammonia
  • parabens
  • triclosan
  • chlorine
  • glycol

Avoiding harmful ingredients in household cleaning products is as simple as creating DIY all-purpose, all-natural cleaners. Or if you’re not the DIY type, you can check out green brands like truce, that makes cleaning products that contain natural, organic ingredients instead of chemicals.

My family has added two truce products to our household cleaning routines:

truce Safe & Simple Laundry Powder – Six-ingredient unscented laundry powder that’s hypoallergenic, free of toxins, parabens, dyes, SLS, phthalates, and is cruelty-free.

truce Safe & Simple Laundry Powder ingredients truce Safe & Simple Laundry Powder detergent

 

truce Safe & Simple All-Purpose Cleaner – This five-ingredient, all-purpose cleaner is safe to use on all washable, non-porous surfaces.

truce Safe & Simple All-Purpose Cleaner ingredients

truce Safe & Simple All-Purpose Cleaner ingredients

Even when you are using organic cleaners, be sure to follow these general guidelines if you’re housecleaning during pregnancy:

  • Always use cleaning products in a well-ventilated room.
  • Limit direct contact with cleaning products by using rubber gloves.
  • Never use or mix ammonia with your cleaners.
  • Avoid spray and aerosol cleaners; prenatal exposure to spray cleaners is associated with an increased risk of asthma.
  • If you find that any cleaning products make you feel nauseated, ask someone else to do the cleaning for you!

Make these Lifestyle Changes to Prepare for Pregnancy


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Kim is a 30 something Brooklyn, NY native, currently enjoying Long Island suburban life with her husband and 8-year-old daughter, Chloe. She not only works full-time and is a freelance makeup artist, but also shares her love for the things that she finds beautiful: her love of family, travel, cars, and makeup and skincare on Beauty and the Bump NYC. In addition to that, she is a writer for A Girl's Guide to Cars. Now, if that wasn’t enough, she also took on the role of class parent for her daughter's 2nd-grade class. These are all tough jobs, but somehow, she gets it all done with style, grace, and of course, beauty.