I've been gobbling up the posts at Progressive Pioneer. When I saw this post about preparing for conception, I decided to dig into my pregnancy book basket and start sifting through all the information about pre-conception and how to prepare one's body for conception.
According to our current sense of our life trajectory, Matt and I are thinking about trying to get pregnant next summer. Although I am a planner and like to prepare for things in advance, I promise I did not actually run out and purchase any of the books in my pregnancy book basket. Rather, Matt and I went to the public library book store a while back, and they had an amazing sale going on: Pile as many books into your arms as you can and the total cost will only be $5.
So, I had no choice but to pile pregnancy books into my arms (virtually free!), along with cookbooks, CDs, travel books, etc. After I read Amy's post about her own process for gearing up to birth, I dug out some of my books to find out how early I should start preparing. The recommendations range anywhere from a year to 90 days. Luckily, creating the optimal conditions in one's body for a fetus aren't very difficult. Here's the gist:
- Eat balanced meals (break out the food pyramid!)
- Drink a lot of water (and limit intake of other liquids that include caffeine or alcohol)
- Take vitamins
- Limit medicine intake