The Mommy Diet: Tips and Tricks for Trying To Conceive
BabyZone chatted with Alison Sweeney, author of The Mommy Diet and The Biggest Loser host, as well as a couple of her healthy-living pros, rounding up some helpful hints for women looking to be as healthy as possible while TTC.
Start Taking Prenatal Vitamins
Even if you’re not yet pregnant, it doesn’t mean you shouldn’t start building up all of the fabulous nutrients in your body that your baby will need to grow healthy and strong. “If you’re trying to conceive, I would really encourage women to have some type of prenatal product,” says Moreta. “Some people have to have it with extra iron, but make sure that you start that ahead of time.” (Test your prenatal vitamin IQ.)
If at First You Don’t Succeed, Try Not to Stress
Again, not everyone gets pregnant immediately. But not feeling defeated by the process is far easier said than done. Sweeney herself talks candidly in the book about a year of frustration while trying to get pregnant with her son, Ben.
If things aren’t moving along at the speed you’d like, focus on yourself and stay positive. If that’s just not cutting it, Moreta says that there are some foods that can have a calming effect when you’re feeling stressed: “It’s all of your carbohydrates like whole wheat pasta, whole wheat breads, brown rice—all of those have the carbohydrate that gives you that serotonin uptake. You feel more soothed and you feel much better. Some people will do better with a little bit of crunchiness, so get some whole grain pretzels—you get that stress release and it has the whole grain flour versus the white flour.”
One Word: Sleep
If your friends or relatives know you’re trying to conceive, you’ve probably heard endless comments about needing to get your sleep in now before a baby enters the picture. It may be annoying to hear the same thing on a seemingly endless loop, but there is certainly plenty of truth to it. Sweeney encourages hitting the hay earlier each night and stocking up on that restful time while you can. Once the baby comes, us moms at BabyZone have another trick for you: how to fake looking awake
About Alison Sweeney
Sweeney, who is busy taking care of two children and juggling two jobs herself, hopes to remind moms and moms-to-be that you can be physically fit, look great, take care of yourself, and still be a wonderful mom.
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