I’m incredibly grateful to have Nicole Brodie, the creator of the Fit & Fabulous Pre-Pregnancy program offering fitness and wellness training for women to strengthen body and mind ahead of pregnancy and childbirth challenges, talking to us today about coffee, wine and trying to conceive. As someone who struggled to fall pregnant naturally for my first pregnancy (PCOS) I understand how challenging the journey can feel for so many women. While some things are out of our control, nutrition and what we put into our bodies is one area we can action starting today.
I hope you get as much value from this as I did! Even though some of the points are ones I’ve read about over and over again sometimes I just need that little reminder.
Coffee, Wine and Trying to Conceive
As a mother to a three-year-old and also in the ‘ttc’ journey mode – I am all but more aware of the ups and downs this journey holds for us woman. There’s so much information available to us about what to do, what to avoid – it can get very overwhelming.
I have found, keeping it simple is the way to go.
Staying balanced seems to usually be the best outcome. When we over think it can lead to being extreme in our decisions which in turn can lead to unnecessary stress due to the demand and sometimes unachievable ‘goals’ we put on ourselves.
Personally, I am an all or nothing kinda girl but this has caused a bit of havoc in my life to where I take everything to the extreme. By understanding this isn’t the way to go, I am a big advocate of everything in moderation – and hell, it’s damn good not to have so much pressure and high expectations for myself!
If we are aware of the basics, we can use them as a guide in the time of planning pregnancy. So if you are on you ‘pre-pregnancy’ journey here are a few simple tips:
Avoid too much caffeine.
Start your day off with a herbal tea, then move to coffee and hit that herbal tea again after 12 noon. Coffee, especially drinking it first thing in the morning on an empty stomach makes your body acidic, which makes your cervical mucus hostile to sperm. So when you’re trying to conceive just hold that next cuppa coffee and swap it for a cleansing herbal tea.
Cut down on alcohol.
How many alcoholic beverages do you consume weekly? Studies suggest that when you’re trying to conceive you shouldn’t drink more than five alcoholic beverages a week – that goes for the men too! Also, avoid alcohol during ovulation as it lowers the chances of successful conception.
Limit processed foods, especially meats and sugars.
This is something you should be mindful of whether you’re trying to conceive or not. Don’t overdo the sugar – be careful with the added sugar in products like sodas, bottled juices, and the so-called ‘health bars’. When your body has a spike in sugar, it affects your insulin levels and this has an affect on your hormones. This hormonal imbalance means that when ovulation occurs, egg quality is lower, making it harder for conception to take place.
Choose full fat dairy over reduced fat alternatives.
Full-fat dairy foods contain the female hormones estrogen and progesterone. Skimming the fat from dairy removes these hormones, which are attached to the fat – leaving androgens, or male hormones. Do a ‘label check’ and familiarise yourself with the ingredients of your products because full fat doesn’t necessarily mean that they don’t’ add other unhealthy ingredients to the product.
Keep that H20 habit going.
Increase water consumption by leaving a drink bottle next to your bed (great tip!)
Hydration is essential for your body to functioning well, including vital processes such as ovulation and fertilization. It also helps increase your cervical mucus, which enables the sperm to swim easily into the cervix.
Up the green leafy veggie intake, the darker the better!
Not only do they help regulate hormones, but they are nutrient dense and can help cleanse and alkalise the body. Just be mindful of how you prepare them to get the most out of their nutrient content. Don’t overcook them, and steaming is a great way to keep them packed with goodness
‘Fit & Fabulous Pre-Pregnancy’
Nicole Brodie’s ‘Fit & Fabulous Pre-Pregnancy’ program offers fitness and wellness training for women to strengthen body and mind ahead of pregnancy and childbirth challenges.