Health Changes Worth Making Before Starting a Family #CP

The decision to start a family with your partner is absolutely massive, you’re essentially deciding that you’re ready to put someone elses needs before your own. While it’s so exciting and genuinely one of the best things you’ll ever do, it also brings responsibilities, especially when it comes to health. Taking care of yourself before becoming a parent is essential for your well-being and the well-being of your future family too. Here are five simple health changes worth making before embarking on the journey of parenthood.

  1. Eating Healthier Meals

For both men and women, nutrition is important preconception. So before starting a family, focus on eating a balanced diet rich in fruits, vegetables, whole grains and lean proteins. Try to limit processed foods, sugary snacks and excessive caffeine and take vitamin tablets that are formulated for conceiving. You and your partner could go on a health kick for a few months beforehand, aiming to take in plenty of nutrition, top up all of your vitamin levels and get yourself into good eating habits going forward. 

  1. Getting Regular Exercise

Staying active is not only good for your physical health but also your mental well-being too. It can support hormonal health in both you and your partner, and make it easier to conceive and maintain a healthy pregnancy, It doesn't have to be anything too intense- even a daily walk or gentle yoga session can make a difference. Exercise helps improve circulation, boost energy levels, and reduce stress, all of which are beneficial for preparing your body and lifestyle for parenthood. Once your little ones arrive, you want to be in good habits of getting outdoors and eventually all exercising together. 

  1. Quitting Harmful Habits

If you smoke or drink alcohol, now is the time to quit. Smoking and excessive alcohol consumption can have serious consequences for fertility and pregnancy. They increase the risk of miscarriage, low birth weight and developmental issues in babies. Get  support from healthcare professionals if you’re not able to do it alone, and look into what options you have. For example, when it comes to quitting you can use vapes like Vimbull Ice Crystal Bar to help you reduce down your nicotine gradually, This can make it easier to completely break the habit rather than going cold turkey. 

  1. Managing Stress

Parenthood comes with its fair share of stress, so it's essential to develop healthy coping mechanisms before starting a family. Find ways to manage stress like with mindfulness meditation, deep breathing exercises, or engaging in hobbies you enjoy. By reducing stress levels now, you'll be better equipped to handle the challenges of parenthood later on.

  1. Prioritizing Sleep

Quality sleep is vital for overall health and wellbeing, especially when you're preparing to start a family. Aim for seven to eight hours of sleep each night and establish a relaxing bedtime routine to help you unwind. Create a comfortable sleep environment free of distractions, such as electronic devices or excessive noise. Once you have a baby, you likely wont see a full nights sleep in some time so make the most of it now to get your health in the best place possible. 

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Karl Young

Part-time daddy and lifestyle blogger. Father of 2 boys under 2. Golfer, scare-fan, tea-lover, traveller, squash and poker player. I write on the @HuffPostUK

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