If there’s one time in life when I would say “Now!” is the time to work toward your best possible health, it’s before you start trying to get pregnant. And I don’t mean simply taking a multivitamin and cutting out alcohol. I mean really working to identify and correct any underlying health imbalances.
Whether you have an active health condition or not, the body can be prepared for pregnancy to support the best possible outcomes for the pregnancy, labor, delivery, and the years to come. Here are five ways optimizing your health prior to pregnancy can be beneficial:
- The egg and sperm are the cells that all other cells are derived from.
We want those to be as healthy as possible. It’s pretty amazing and miraculous to consider that all the cells that comprise your child are derived from just two. That puts a lot of pressure on those two cells to be as healthy as possible. Our nutrition and inflammation status influence our genetic expression. We know through the field of epigenetics that how the genetic material is tagged and expressed is passed onto our children, making them susceptible to such conditions as diabetes, cancer, and cardiovascular disease. By spending time making your eggs or sperm as healthy as possible prior to conceiving, you can influence your child’s risk for chronic disease down the road…
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