5 Ways to Get Your Body Ready for Baby

Or rather, your *bodies*. Baby-making takes two! Beli has you both covered.

The moment you decide to become parents is magic. Maybe you both slowly warm up to the idea that you’d like to start trying. Or maybe you’re inspired to explore parenthood all at once. However it happens, the moment you and your partner start dreaming of a baby is a milestone that deserves to be celebrated. We know that every journey to parenthood  is different and whether you are thinking about it or actively trying, Beli has you covered.

That “let’s make a baby” moment also marks an opportunity for improved self-care. Research shows that the overall health of both biological parents during the preconception period, defined as the 3-6 months before your baby is made, matters, a lot. Parents who are healthy before baby is conceived increase their chances for conception, enjoy a peaceful pregnancy, and deliver a child who is healthier at birth and throughout their lifetime. 

It takes two to make a baby! Here’s how both of you can get your bodies ready.

1.  Get The Best Prenatals for Men & Women

Now is the time for both of you to raise your nutrition game. It’s common knowledge that taking a quality prenatal during pregnancy benefits both mama and baby. And science shows that both men and women can benefit from supplementing with a high-qualityprenatal multivitamin during the preconception window. Parents with proper nutrient levels during the six months before conception are more likely to get pregnant, stay pregnant, and deliver a healthy child. 

We formulated Beli prenatals for men and women to be the best possible fuel for fertility and family. Beli Women’s Prenatal is the first prenatal multivitamin to contain recommended levels of the nutrients known to help promote hormonal balance and protect healthy egg maturation. Beli Men’s prenatal vitamin contains the nutrients backed by research to help increase sperm count, improve sperm motility and morphology, and counteract DNA damage, so you can pass on the strongest legacy possible. Get Beliand get ready to be parents.

2. You Are What You Eat (& Baby Will Be, too!)

Any time is a great time to get your preconception diet back on track. 

Eating a varied diet rich in vegetables, fruit, whole grains and high-quality protein can safeguard your fertility. A colorful whole-foods diet can help create the healthiest possible sperm, preserve egg quality, and reduce the length of time it takes to conceive. Limit processed meats, trans fats and soy products because of their potentially damaging effects. Instead, shop the perimeter of the grocery store. Focus on eating lots of fruits and veggies, especially leafy greens, nuts, lean proteins such as fish, and healthy fats. 

3. Move Together

There’s good evidence that exercise helps almost every measure of health, and fertility health is no exception. But you don’t have to lace up your shoes for marathon training if that’s not your thing. As little as 30 minutes of cardio three times a week can help improve sperm count and quality for men, and support hormonal balance and regular ovulation for women. 

Preconception is a precious time where you set the tone for your future family culture. Why not explore some joyful ways to get active together? Commit to walking each evening, take up pickleball, or explore a new trail. However you do it, you’ll have more fun the more you moveand you’ll see fertility benefits, too.

4. Address Your Stress

Stress hurts your chances of getting pregnant. Researchers debate the reasons why: it could be that stress itself directly affects your fertility, or it could be that coping with stress drives you toward unhealthy behaviors. Either way, future parents can manage stress by prioritizing sleep, creating healthy boundaries around work obligations, and making time to enjoy favorite activities. 

5. Clean It Up

You know that what you put in your body matters. That’s why you’re both planning to take your fertility health into your own hands by taking the best prenatal multivitamins, eating a varied, whole-foods diet, exercising, and getting a hold on stress. But most folks don’t think about the stuff that can sneak in and wreak havoc on your reproductive system without you even realising what is happening: environmental toxins.

For women, exposure to toxic chemicals can cause eggs to age faster, increase the risk of miscarriage, and slow down fetal growth. For men, too much toxic exposure can cause low sperm count and poor sperm quality, making it harder to become a dad. Yikes!

Luckily, your body has an amazing ability to heal. Whenever possible, do your research. Get picky about using clean vitamins, beauty and cleaning products, and wear protective equipment when you’re not sure about the safety of a product you’re using at home or at work. 

Baby-making truly takes two. Here’s to a healthy preconception period that bonds you more deeply together. Health and family happiness are coming your way. Get ready! Get Beli.