You've all heard the saying "A Bun in the Oven." Well I call preparing for pregnancy preheatin' the oven. Dirk and I are not trying to get pregnant but I suppose we're also not trying not to get pregnant.
As most of you know I am a planned person. I want conditions to be perfect for every situation and pregnancy is no different. I have been doing all sorts of things to "preheat my oven." I'm taking prenatal vitamins, just bought a recumbent exercise bike to keep up my cardio and now I'm looking into foods and meds to avoid. I don't want to wait until I find out I'm pregnant to stop eating harmful foods, as you're usually a month into your first trimester by the time you find out your pregnant and the first trimester is the most vulnerable and vital to the baby's spinal health.
One big thing I've been trying to research is coffee consumption.
I love my coffee but of course would be willing to give it up. I've searched and searched and can't find much that is conclusive. One book, "Skinny Bitch Bun in the Oven: A Gutsy Guide to Becoming One Hot (and Healthy) Mother!" by Rory Freedman and Kim Barnouin says this about coffee, "Caffeine is a diuretic...and it drains fluid and calcium from the body, both of which are vital to mom and baby. It can also interfere with your body's ability to absorb iron, which is also detrimental...It can affect your unborn baby: decreased birth weight, smaller head size, jitters, metabolic problems, and even mental retardation." They also go on to say things about increased rate of eventual diabetes and 2 cups of coffee a day increases your risk of miscarriage so why drink one?
Now, I don't believe everything I read and this book so far seems to be on the very extreme side of healthy, one of those take what you believe and leave what you don't type of books. However, without conclusive evidence and the potential of risks to pregnancy I guess I'm going to have to give up my morning coffee. Starting this week I'm going to mix decaf and caffeinated coffee to start weaning myself off of caffeine.
For those of you who are pregnant or have kiddos. What did your doctor tell you to do? What did you do? I don't want to be one of those over paranoid, over planned people, I just want to be rational :)
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