Dress – from hellomolly
Shoes – from Aldo
Good morning beautiful ladies, today I am starting a new series on my blog “Pregnancy” Yay. Hope you are as excited about this as I am. Here I will share with you some of my personal stories and things I learned and continue learning about pregnancy. Now, if you will plan your pregnancy there are few things you should add to your to do list before you actually conceive. Me and my husband talked about kids since we started dating, but the reality of having babies started with me buying “Prenatal Vitamins” while I was with him in a store. I will talk about that story during my pregnancy video with my hubby soon.
5 things you need to do before you get pregnant:
- Start taking Folic Acid before you get pregnant. You would be surprised how many people are deficient in it. Folic acid is very important for the health of your baby and is linked in preventing neural tube defects and other defects such as cleft lip and etc. Now, the problem is that people sometimes do not even know they are pregnant until half of the first trimester so if you are an adult of childbearing age and involved in unprotected sexual activity then buy those prenatal vitamins (just in case 😉 ) The folic acid should be taken at least one month before you get pregnant and throughout your first trimester, after that it is not that important to take folic acid. The recommended dosage is 400mcg, some suggest 600mcg. I was taking 800mcg (I take Prenatal Vitamins Gummies. I started taking prenatal vitamins two and half months before I got pregnant.
- Work on that back. As you will become pregnant and your baby starts putting on weight and growing you will start feeling it with you back ). So, to help you along the way start working out now and concentrate and supporting muscles of the back especially lower back. If you have any curves to your spine expect those to be aggravated and project some pain (mine is mild at this point). However, I also worked out on my back for about two months before I got pregnant (not enough but anything is good). Plus strong back helps you once you deliver your baby and need to carry that little pumpkin all around 😉
- Be aware of zika. As you may have heard lots of places now days especially tropical ones are on a high rise with zika virus. Zika virus can cause some developmental abnormalities to your unborn child so please be cautious of this. Now, me and my husband traveled to Jamaica in 2016 at that time zika virus just got to that tropical place plus Jamaica is known for no mosquitoes – really no mosquitoes. However, just to be safe me and my husband were protecting ourselves for almost 6 months after that meaning no unprotected sex ) – let’s just say he was not too happy about it lol. The CDC says that it takes about 8 weeks for zika virus to get cleared out of your system, however, it can live up to 6 months in sperm of your man. So, just be cautious and mindful of this. If you are planning a baby and want to go on vacation somewhere tropical please check and consult with you gynecologist first. More on zika virus here https://www.cdc.gov/zika/index.html
- Healthy diet can go a long way. I consider myself almost a healthy eater so for me it was not hard to start eating even healthier. After our Jamaican vacation we started eating more healthy and purchasing organic food especially meets. Now, once you are pregnant I would highly recommend to buy organic foods only and good quality of meat (not cheap but really worth it). However, not all of your food needs to be organic. I was recommended this website and I really like it as I learned that strawberries absolutely need to be organic whether you are pregnant or not since strawberry is like sponge and absorbs all the toxins. So, you consuming non-organic strawberry is potentially more harmful than beneficial. Check out this website for the foods that need to be organic http://www.davidsuzuki.org/what-you-can-do/queen-of-green/faqs/food/what-are-the-dirty-dozen-and-the-clean-fifteen/
- I mentioned this on my Instagram the other day, start investing in stretchy and bump friendly clothes now. You will be able to enjoy that clothing now, during your pregnancy, and afterwards (great investment as I see it). I so far did not purchase a lot of maternity clothes but I certainly bought more of bump friendly dresses. I will be sharing more of different styles with you and my favorite picks. Plus if you start buying it now you will have more money later during your pregnancy to buy other things you will need (post will come soon on must haves during pregnancy – no joke – a total must haves).
So, I hope this was helpful for you. All these steps helped me and my hubby to enjoy our first pregnancy more. We are thankful to God for our gift and his guidance to this little miracle. Babes if you have any questions let me know here or on my Instagram. More of pregnancy articles to come. I will also be starting another series of blogging in near future (wait for it, it is super exciting). Hope to see here next time. Subscribe if you do not want to miss on any of the posts. Sending love and blessing to all my readers.