Healthy Pregnancy Preparation

By | 20/03/2016

Modern women  have the freedom to  make better choices about when they will fall pregnant , unlike women in the past generations.  They can be better prepared before they conceive now the risk of accidental pregnancy has been greatly reduced by the availability of reliable birth control.  Today, women are in control and they have plenty of time for planning to have a healthy pregnancy preparation plan underway before they conceive.

Preparing Your Body

Mothers who are within normal weight range and are reasonably fit will seldom have difficulty conceiving.   YouHealthy Salad can find out more about this by reading my article on Pregnancy Risks For Overweight Women.

If you  are overweight and feel you will struggle with losing weight then you should  talk to a dietician or a nutritionist to help you achieve your normal healthy weight goal.

Once you are pregnant of course you will eliminate alcohol and coffee from your diet and ensure you are eating a healthy diet.  If you are a smoker then you should stop before you get pregnant so you can get past the craving and stress of giving up.

Assess Your Relationship

If your relationship with your partner is stressful then you should talk to a counselor before you try to have a child.  Stress is not only bad for you it is bad for the baby you will be carrying.  If your realtionship is abusive you should think very seriously before adding a child to the mix.  Statistics have shown that one of the greatest risks to yourself and your child is domestic violence.

Prepare Yourself Mentally

This is where Cortisol comes into the picture.

Cortisol is made by the adrenal glands . Cortisol levels go up when the pituitary gland releases another hormone called adrenocorticotropic hormone (ACTH). Cortisol has many functions. It helps the body use sugar (glucose) and fat for energy (metabolism), and it helps the body manage stress. (

Most people have a high level of this hormone when they wake up in the morning and it decreases through the day.  Others have a lower level and it decreases more slowly.  Studies have found this to be related to chronic stress and trauma.

It has also been found that women with lower levels of Coritsol have smaller babies.

It is recommended that women should address issues with depression and establish a strong and healthy relationship before becoming pregnant.  By improving their overall health before pregnancy they will improve their overall health even after the baby is born.

Natural Ways to Treat Low Cortisol Levels

If your Cortisol levels are not low enough for your doctor to prescribe hormone replacement here  are a few ways you can try to reduce your stress levels and increase your Cotisol levels naturally.

  • Manage your stress by using meditation techniques and yoga.
  • Take steps to avoid stressful situations as much as you can.Eat Citrus Fruits
  • Six to eight hours of deep restful sleep will help raise your Cortisol levels.  Reduce noise and light to help make this possible.
  • Eating grapefruit and other citrus fruits can help your natural Cortisol to rise.
  • Licorice is also good in helping raise your Cortisol levels.  Look for licorice herb supplements in tablets or capsules.  These may be available at your health food store.  Licorice in candy form is not recommended.
  • It is important to eat a healthy well balanced diet and avoid foods with a high sugar content and also refined flour as these can have an  adverse affect on your Cortisol levels.
  • Eating grains, fruits and vegetable will also help raise your Cortisol levels.


Being healthy and fit before you conceive will have great benefits for both you and your baby.   Research has shown that women who are overweight can experience difficulties falling pregnant and are at higher risk of miscarriage.  It has also shown that those who are healthy and fit will enjoy much better health  after the baby is born.

The greatest risk to any mother and baby is a partner with anger management issues that is prone to escalate into domestive violence.

Every mum wants a healthy baby and even if you have to wait a little longer because you need to work on you own health first, in the end it will all be worth it.

If you would like to leave a comment below I would love to hear from you.




5 thoughts on “Healthy Pregnancy Preparation

  1. Daniel Garcia

    Great post and I like your domain name because I can relate to that because Nana’s know everything. Back to your post it was really informitive and I really like how you gave the definition of the difficult words so we can understand what you are talking about. There are a lot of great tips that all mother’s to be should know about and they are listed very nicely. Are you an expert on this topic? Keep it up!

    1. Margaret Kennedy Post author

      Hi Daniel,

      Thanks for taking the time to leave a comment. It is always appreciated.

      I would not say I am an expert, but a lifetime of nursing and mothering give you a lot of knowledge and there is always lots of places to research topics. I never rely on just what I know without doing lots of research on the internet and at my local library and any other sources I can find.

      Because I am writing about something as important as being a mother, bringing new life into the world and being responsible for that babies health and welfare I would never just rely on only the things I have learned in my lifetime.

      Many thanks and very best wishes to you.


  2. Wendy

    A very informative article. I like how clearly you communicate your thoughts. If cortisol helps you manage stress does that mean if you have a low level cortisol that you will have more difficulty managing stress? Would someone with low cortisol be advised to try to up their cortisol level? Keep up the great work!

    1. Margaret Kennedy Post author

      Hi Wendy,
      Thanks for leaving a comment for me.
      Cortisol is a hormone and it is important. Studies have shown that women with low Cortisone can deliver underweight babies. It is also realated to stress levels.
      When I got your comment I went online and found an article that I am sure you will find helpful. It answers all your questions.
      To read the article just Click Here
      I hope this helps

  3. Alice

    Thanks for this interesting article! I found getting pregnant with my third took longer because I was overweight, or at least heavier than with my other two. It definitely can affect fertility. And I love that citrus fruits can help raise cortisol – I might recommend this approach to my husband who suffers from stress, I never knew this fact before reading this article so thank you!


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