Many of my bride-clients are getting married for the specific purpose of starting families. Most of these women are in their mid-30′s and pop prenatal vitamins like candy in hopes for a honeymoon baby. But are the stresses of planning a wedding combined with losing a ton of weight and weekly parties counterproductive to baby making? After all, a healthy body and mind are essential beginnings for a healthy baby.
With a bit of planning and the right amount of foresight, brides can do both! Here’s how:
- Find healthy ways to deal with stressful situations. When presented with anxiety-provoking news, take a few deep breaths and look at the big picture. Perspective is everything: try to remember why you’re doing all of this in the first place. Schedule a massage, a few weekly yoga sessions, or do 15-minute meditation sessions each morning. Exercise is a great way to beat stress and re-energize, too. Visualize a happy wedding day and healthy pregnancy.
- Yes, you’ll likely lose some weight. But don’t lose too much: a healthy weight is key to hormonal balance and healthy egg production. Plus, emancipated brides are SO 2005. Look like yourself and enjoy the process. If you do a juice fast the week of your wedding, you deserve to be a bridezilla!
- Drink up, often. Water, that is! Not only is proper hydration great for clear skin (hello wedding photos), but it helps increase circulation to the reproductive system.
- Take prenatal vitamins and eat a nutritious diet rich in antioxidants. In fact, add some healthy fats to your diet, like avocado, salmon and whole milk. A great read on this topic is Nina Planck’s book.
- Make sleep a priority: aim for 8 hours every night. Sleep is key to hormonal balance AND reducing bags under your eyes on the big day.
Gee. So fit bodies create happy brides and healthy reproductive systems. Go figure!