Here is the moment where you take a deep breath. Because just like getting down to the work of making your baby, planning before the conception can be exciting. This is the moment in time where you can reinvent you. It is the moment in time where you can get rid of those bad habits you have been trying to shake and bring in new ones that can change your life forever. For me, these are the moments where I feel compelled to make a list. A small chart can help you to start on the path to pregnancy smoothly.
When I was thinking about becoming pregnant with my third child, I made a Preconception Goals Chart. On this chart I listed the areas I wanted to focus on before and during my pregnancy that would help me be healthiest and happiest. My chart looked something like this…
- Exercise- Yoga, Walking, Swimming
- Diet- Less sugar, More fresh produce
- Habits to Change- Lower stress
- Vitamins or Supplements- Take a whole food prenatal, get blood work to check
- For vitamin and mineral deficiencies
- Creating Space- Create a small place of sanctuary
- Below this chart I expanded my thoughts further…
- Exercise: I will walk, do yoga, or swim at least once a week.
- Walk = 1 mile (round trip)
- Yoga = 1 class (45 minutes)
- Swimming = I hour at the local indoor pool (free swimming or laps)
- Diet: Every time I crave junk food I will eat fruit. I will only eat sweets I bake at home; from scratch.
- Habits to Change: I will take on fewer projects at one time to reduce my self created
- Vitamins or Supplements: Taking a whole food prenatal will allow my body to use the vitamins best. Blood work will point out any deficiencies that may be harmful to me or my baby-to-be.
- Creating Space: I will create a small area for me to sit and decompress for at least 20 minutes each day; to read fiction, listen to soothing music or just rest my eyes.
Once I finished creating my chart I made it pretty with drawings and fun fonts and then I posted a copy in the places I would see it most often. It helped me because when my goals are set up so simplistically and clearly they are no longer a daunting challenge. Once the details are set up you can have as much fun with your goals as you like. I am a fan of small rewards- such as a special book or a trip to the thrift store- for reaching my goals over a set period of time. You can create a method of charting and self gifting that works best for you. All that matters is that you start this journey with happiness. Happy planning.