When preparing the body for conception and pregnancy, it is more than advisable that women undergo some sort of detox or body cleansing by means of a healthier diet and lifestyle. Since some of the commercial detox programs are not only unhealthy but can be dangerous, it is recommended that when trying to conceive and when planning a pregnancy, women stick to a healthier way to cleanse their bodies and prepare them for the next nine months.
The first tip for natural detox prior to pregnancy is to drink a sufficient amount of water, or at least eight 8-ounce glasses of water a day, in order to flush out the toxins from the body more effectively. Tap water is safe to drink, as long as there are no lead pipes or other contaminants which could cause problems with the pregnancy and the developing fetus.
Also, when preparing the organism for pregnancy, future mums should eat more fresh veggies and fruits and stay away from processed foods. The daily intake of vegetables and fruits will supply the body with the vitamins and minerals necessary for the proper cleansing of waste and toxins, and for the repair of damaged cells too.
In order to further speed up the cleansing of the organism before pregnancy, women should engage in some exercise, which involves sweating and thus further ridding of the organism from wastes. Also, exercising will help the future mother to lose any extra weight, which usually leads to an increase of chances of conception.
The daily diet of women who are planning to become pregnant should also include enough fiber, which helps the waste to be flushed to the colon, and improves bowel moment in general. Fiber is naturally found in vegetables, fruits and whole grains.
The other foods in the diet of the future mothers should be fresh and organic, if possible. Future mothers should be aware of some of the harmful chemicals included in the processed foods they pick. Staying away from processed foods when trying to conceive and when pregnant is the best way to avoid any possible harmful effects they may have on the fetus.
Eating fish has great health benefits, but for women who are trying to conceive or are pregnant, only fish with lower levels of mercury are recommended. In other words, eating salmon, clams, canned tuna twice a week is recommended, but staying away from fish with high levels of mercury, such as: king mackerel, swordfish, shark or others is also advisable.
The fewer the pesticides, hormones and other additives a person is exposed to, the better the chances for a successful cleansing of the body and for the conception of a healthy child.
All women who are planning on having a baby must take their 400 micrograms of folic acid on a daily basis – under the form of prenatal supplements and via eating some foods rich in folic acid, such as: asparagus, spinach, fortified cereal, peas, beans, lemons, etc. Folic acid is crucial for the proper development of the fetus, and helps protect from the serious defect known as spina bifida. Folic acid should be taken before conception and during the first trimester of the pregnancy.
Of course, mums-to-be should quit smoking even before conceiving, as well as reduce or quit alcohol intake too, so that the liver functions properly and helps the body to clean itself from any waste and toxins harmful to the baby.
A poor diet with insufficient nutritional value is also dangerous for women who want to become pregnant. So, eating a balanced diet is essential. Generally, a healthier diet is recommended for both future parents before conceiving a baby, in order to improve the fertility of both parents, and increase the chances of conceiving.
Also, pregnant women should stay away from using harmful pesticides at home or their gardens. Being extra cautious with the home cleaning products is also recommended for expectant mothers. Getting advice about possible harmful toxins in the house is also recommended – getting tested for lead paint or other possible dangerous toxins in the house is best before the baby is born.
Taking some steps to eat a healthier diet and lead a healthier lifestyle before planning the baby will reduce the risk of miscarriage or having health and development problems for the baby in the future.
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