STEP 2: Incorporate specific lifestyle and nutrition changes to support fertility
Here are some of our favorite lifestyle habits to incorporate for those preparing for a healthy pregnancy:
TRACK YOUR CYCLE
One of our primary suggestions for women of reproductive age who want to get pregnant is to track their cycle regularly, using either the calendar method, BBT tracking or hormone testing. Understanding where you are in each of the four phases of your cycle, what symptoms correlate to the different phases, and when you are ovulating are the best ways to get in tune with your body and understand your fertile window so you can plan a family with the right tools.
We love the MyFLO Period App by Flo-Living which analyzes all information you input (i.e. mood and symptoms) and helps you eliminate unwanted symptoms and schedule your life according to your personal cycle and pregnancy goals (nutrition, movement, self-care).
Note: If you are still using hormonal birth control but hoping to get pregnant in the next 1-2 years, we highly encourage transitioning to a non-hormonal birth control or use tracking apps as soon as possible, to allow enough time to rebalance the effects post hormonal birth control.
Natural Cycles is the first FDA cleared, non-hormonal birth control app and it’s 98% effective with perfect use and 93% effective with typical use. It works by identifying your fertility from your basal body temperature which you track by taking your temperature first thing in the morning (using the thermometer included within the subscription). Simply enter the reading into the app, and after it gathers enough data (from consistent use), it will tell you if you are fertile (RED), or if you are not fertile that day (GREEN). You can also customize the app whether you are planning or preventing pregnancy, and you can even “Follow a Pregnancy” to track stages of foetal development if you are pregnant. You will also receive personalized messages and reminders correlating to your specific needs and goals.