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Healthy Pregnancy Preparation

In support of Pregnancy Awareness Month this May, tune in to learn from the founder herself as she shares her diet and lifestyle suggestions for couples preparing to conceive. Anna Getty is a busy mother of two, an author, blogger and founder of Pregnancy Awareness Month.

May is Pregnancy Awareness Month:
  • Created to provide an educational platform that supports pregnant women and new moms with information and a supportive community.
  • Motherhood is celebrated with four key initiatives: education, exercise, nutrition and wellness, and nurturing the mother.
  • Events are held around the country and more information can be found at www.pregnancyawareness.com
When preparing to conceive, Anna Getty recommends cleansing the body:
  • Infertility is at an all time high due to stress, exposure to environmental chemicals, pesticides and preservatives in our food, and lack of sleep.
  • Doing a 5-21 day detox well before trying to conceive, along with taking a pre-natal vitamin, eating organic whole foods and cutting out alcohol, caffeine, pharmaceutical and recreational drugs will assist in creating a fertile and healthy environment for conception.
Consider internal and external environments when preparing the body for pregnancy:
  • Supportive exercise like yoga, pilates or hiking in nature can be helpful for lowering stress and reconnecting to one’s body.
  • Fertility acupuncture, meditation and bodywork can also be supportive and beneficial.
  • Getting toxins out of the house by using non-toxic cleaners and body care products is important for overall health.
  • The goal is to create a healthy environment, where one’s hormones are balanced and the body is ready to conceive.
There are many ways men can support fertility to help with conception:
  • Taking a zinc supplement has shown to increase sperm count and improve the quality of the sperm.
  • Exercising regularly, eating a well balanced organic diet and cutting out alcohol may improve a man’s health and well-being.
Visit our Whole Body site to download this month’s featured Be Good to Your Whole Body pocket guide and more.

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Kim says …

My sister is currently trying to get pregnant this is all good info

Sandra L. says …

I already live a natural lifestyle, but I didn't not know that detoxing can help with fertility. It makes sense.

Laura says …

I have heard of a lot of these "preparations" I love that there is a pregnancy awareness month, thanks for the great information!

Melissa says …

Great advice, going to have to make some changes.

Emily says …

I had no idea about Pregnancy Awareness Month. Thank you!

rebecca says …

I didn't know about May being Pregnancy Awareness month with 4 major topics. I didn't know about detoxicing the body.

Christine M says …

I tried a personal 3 month cleanse before getting pregnant. I also tried to get my husband to do it as well :)

Robin Kampfer says …

Great tips!

marissia w says …

This is great education for women! It is so important to be healthy before during and after pregnancy.

Julie Ghrist says …

I especially find this interesting: "Infertility is at an all time high due to stress, exposure to environmental chemicals, pesticides and preservatives in our food, and lack of sleep"

Stephanie V. says …

Getting toxins out of the house by using non-toxic cleaners and body care products is important for overall health -- totally agree and have made this switch in our house!

Trisha W. says …

Interesting. I didn't know there was even such thing as Pregnancy Awareness month and I've been there eight times.

Amber says …

Wow - this was really informative. Now I know why I need to take zinc supplements!

Melissa H. says …

Great tips, especially about detoxing!

Teresha says …

I am a big believer in detoxing. It helped me get pregnant with my first after six months of TTC unsuccessfully

Anna G says …

What a great resource. I didn't realize that there was a pregnancy awareness month.

Terri Bollin says …

I didn't know there was a pregnancy awareness month. Thanks for the tips.....

Cindy says …

very informative.

Sheila Foley says …

I agree about taking the prenatal vitamins while trying to conceive! GOOD ARTICLE!

mary gardner says …

i did not know there was pregnancy awareness month. thanks for the all of this great info.

Laurie Emerson says …

I like how there is so many things I never realized when you are considering starting your family. Detoxing never even occurred to me but after thinking about it, it makes perfect sense.

Christy says …

Great tips. We are thinking of trying for another baby soon and I want to do whatever I can to start the pregnancy off right.

Amber says …

Wow - this is really good! I passed it on to a close friend who just became pregnant!

Tatum says …

Thanks for all the winderful information

Seyma Shabbir says …

Did not know there was a pregnancy awareness month but I knew a lot of this before I got pregnant since I am diabetic I had to be careful! Excercise, eat right, no drinking, organic diet, etc.

Anne Perry says …

I love that education of exercise, nutrition and wellness, and nurturing the mother is the main foucus!!

Janet F says …

I will pass along this great information.

Amanda Alvarado says …

Great information! I didn't know some of these things!

Dana says …

I didn't know about zinc and male sperm

melissa k says …

I didn't know there were so many things to consider when preg.

Jennifer says …

What a great site and reference for pregnant women or women thinking about getting pregnant. Extremely helpful and informative. Well done!

Kathlean Owens says …

Very good tips about toxins in the house and hygiene products.

shauron says …

This is great information. I did not know you could detox. I am glad this is available, I wil definitely do this. I am inspired!

shauron says …

for -http://ayearwithmomanddad.com i am glad this info in available for pregnant moms (to stay healthy )

Lindsey Gain says …

What great info! I will definitely be sharing!

Michelle S says …

A lot of this is pretty common sense if you are given this information, the problem is getting people to *listen* and actually take this advice. A few of my friends found that losing weight will helped them to conceive.

nataljia says …

Hi, i am preparing ttc. Seeking a natural hair colorant for my blonde and grey hair. Please tell me some brands to search for. Also, do whole foods carry such items?

Nikki - Community Moderator says …

@NATALJIA - The products we carry are going to vary within each region and store location. You can reach out to your local store to see which brands they carry. You can find their contact information at http://www.wholefoodsmarket.com/stores/list. I would also encourage you to check with your healthcare provider before trying any products that involve your health.