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I have shared a few times that when I got pregnant with Aiden it was a total surprise. We weren’t really planning for it to happen and I didn’t even find out I was pregnant until I was just about done with the first trimester. Having gone through the process there is a lot I wish I would have done that first time around. Even though I was fortunate to have a healthy pregnancy, as I am preparing for pregnancy number two I am making changes to better ensure a healthy pregnancy!
The first step to preparing for pregnancy is to start taking a prenatal vitamin. Did you know you should start taking a prenatal six months before you start trying to get pregnant? I sure didn’t the first time around which is why I have already stocked up. I found Nature Made Prenatal® Multi + DHA (200mg) 150ct. soft gels at Sam’s Club.
Nature Made® is the #1 Pharmacist recommended vitamin and supplement brand*. It provides essential vitamins and minerals (before and during pregnancy) including Folic Acid, Calcium, Iron, Magnesium, Iodine, Vitamin B12, and Vitamin D3†. I like this because I can stick with one prenatal for the duration of pre-pregnancy and pregnancy.
Plus, Nature Made Prenatal® Multi + DHA (200mg) 150ct. soft gels are free from synthetic dyes, yeast, and starch. There are no artificial flavors and they are gluten-free. It is important to me that they have been clinically proven in the absorption of Folic Acid and Iron which are so important to support a healthy pregnancy. Folic Acid is an important B Vitamin for women of childbearing age and pregnant women. It plays a critical role in the proper development of the baby’s nervous system.†
The vitamin is a simple one per day dosage. I take it daily with my breakfast. I find that if it’s part of my routine I am more likely to take it. I love the softgel form because it is easy to swallow!
You can purchase Nature Made Prenatal® Multi + DHA (200mg) 150ct. soft gels at your local Sam’s Club. Some other ways I am preparing for pregnancy number two include:
Preparing for Pregnancy:
- Staying relaxed and (trying to) keep things stress free. I didn’t realize the impact stress can have on conception. These days I am making sure to take the time I need for myself. I have a few favorite essential oil blends I diffuse in the evening as well.
- Tracking my cycle — you can learn more about how I am doing that here.
- Eating well. Although this isn’t too far out there for me anyway, I am taking extra care to make sure I am getting plenty of green leafy vegetables, whole grains, and protein.
- Drinking lots of water. Again, this is something I strive to do anyway, but during the summer months, it is so important to stay hydrated especially if you are trying to conceive! Check out my favorite (and toddler approved) infused water recipes here. It’s also a good idea to decrease caffeine intake so I am working on decreasing my caffeine too!
- Enjoying all the time I can with my toddler. Soon enough life is going to change so I try to make sure we do something fun together every day. You can find some of our summer adventures in my previous posts.
- Exercise. During pregnancy is not the time to start a workout routine; however, it’s important to stay active during pregnancy. I am continuing my boot camp classes and I picked up a yoga class to help prepare my body.
I am both nervous and excited to grow our family, but one thing I know for sure is that I want it to start off in the best way possible. Planning early, taking my prenatal vitamins, and being generally educated in ways to have a healthy pregnancy will hopefully help pregnancy number two be a great experience.
* Based on a survey of pharmacists who recommend branded vitamins and supplements.
† These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.