Since I was young I have always wanted to be a mum. I remember noticing pregnant women and thinking how romantic and magical it seemed to be carrying your baby with you everywhere and how special it is to be a woman. It was something I always wanted for myself and I felt that being a mum was just something I was meant to do.
It took me a long time to find the right person to share that particular journey with and as fate would have it, even after 5 years together, he wasn’t in any rush to get the process going. He wanted to be a dad but he happened to be one of those people that wanted to have all his ducks in line before he made the commitment of family and children – he wanted to be in a position where he could work flexible hours so that he could take an active role in the raising of the children, he wanted to have a stash of savings in the bank so that we wouldn’t have to worry about being a single income family and he wanted to be in a solid place within our relationship. These are all valuable arguments and ones that I respected for the most part… but I guess I am was a little more romantic in my approach and am still a strong believer that ‘things just work out’ and that planning every detail of your life can take the fun right out of it.
After another 2 years of circular discussions around this, we finally agreed on
a time to start trying and I began my pre-conception journey to optimal health with extreme excitement. I bought the book “The Natural Way to Better Babies: Preconception Health Care for Prospective Parents” by Francesca Naish (Author), Janette Roberts (Author) which has some excellent information in it about how to prepare for conception – how to ensure that you are both in optimal health in order to give you the best possible chance of conceiving a strong and healthy baby.
For the next 6 months I cleaned up my diet, I cut out all alcohol, refined sugars, processed foods and began a lighter, less intense version of my daily exercise routine which used to include heavy weights sessions at the gym, long endurance running and 3 sessions of boxing each week. I started some light meditation and breathing exercises and really slowed things down moving towards dynamic weight exercises, shorter runs and one boxing session per week.
We were very lucky to fall pregnant so quickly and I cant help but think that being in an optimal state of health had something to do with it. Looking at that little blue line on the pregnancy test was a moment in time I will never forget. I just couldn’t believe it. This time, it was ME.