When Do We Start Focusing on Healthy Pregnancy?
Realistically, it’s never to early to start planning for a healthy pregnancy! This is true because a healthy pregnancy technically starts long before conception even happens. If we want to live our best lives, and give our kids the opportunity to live their best lives then regardless of pregnancy, you are always trying to be your best or your healthiest version of you! That being said, just because you ate chips and drank pop and stayed out until all hours of the night as a teenager and into your twenties doesn’t mean you’ve missed your window of opportunity to have a healthy baby. Just means the sooner you can start, the better and it’s never too late to improve your health.
Building a Healthy Gut
In order to establish a healthy gut, there are a few helpful things you can do. Avoid antibiotics, for yourself and your baby, unless absolutely necessary. Ensure you eat a whole foods diet with some fermented foods included. From time to time, take a good quality probiotic. The more research is done on the gut/microbiome, the more we realize we cannot get everything we need to grow and maintain a healthy gut from diet alone. Therefore, optimizing both diet and occasionally supplementing as needed is likely the best strategy.
Bare Bones of a Healthy Diet
I often get asked, ‘what is the best diet?’ I will still likely answer ‘it depends’, but there are some commonalities between the diet plans that are worthwhile. Generally speaking the typically incorporate 4 things:
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Note: Talk to your Naturopathic Doctor today about getting assessed and treated if needed, and as always talk to your health care provider before beginning any new medication or supplement. This information is not meant to replace the advice/guidance of a medical professional, nor should it be acted upon by individuals unsupervised by the appropriate healthcare provider.
I am a Naturopathic Doctor and Doula providing care in the Kitchener-Waterloo area. I have a passion for helping people with their health issues and improving the birth experience for Moms, and their babies. I also have a life long love affair with soccer, curling, and the alto saxophone.