If you’re thinking about getting pregnant, or if you’re already trying, you may have read about lifestyle adjustments you can make in order to boost your fertility and odds of getting pregnant. But here’s the thing: pre-pregnancy health isn’t just about helping you get pregnant faster. Pre-pregnancy health is also about having a healthier baby and making sure you stay healthy throughout your pregnancy, birth, and beyond. Increasing research shows that key complications in pregnancy are tied to pre-existing health issues. Many of the health issues that can affect baby are set in motion before the pregnancy begins, or in… Read More

Pregnancy or a new baby can bring new and awesome motivation to get our health and our lives in order – but they also ramp up stress and change just about everything, which can make it harder to stick to new healthy habits. The best way to take advantage of that natural motivation and overcome the hard stuff is with a realistic plan and with lots of support. Research shows that people who are trying to improve a lifestyle habit – whether that’s to eat more vegetables, move and exercise more, stop smoking, or anything – are more likely to… Read More

As the holidays wrap up and a new year begins, just about everyone feels the need to get back on track after a season overflowing with sweets. But when you’re pregnant, the go-to cleanses and diets aren’t necessarily safe. Pregnancy is also a good reminder that health and wellbeing are not just about food, but about a balanced lifestyle. That’s why baby+co. has partnered with Whole Life Challenge to offer a way to focus on health in the new year that is great for everyone and safe for pregnancy. The Whole Life Challenge is a six-week game… Read More

at baby+co. we love everything about the holiday season: the shopping, the decorations, the crisp weather, and of course, the delicious food. but it can seem like the last few months of the year are one long buffet of not-so-healthy choices, starting with halloween candy and ending with the clink of a champagne or beer glass at midnight on new year’s eve. our health coach in our cary, nc center, makayla mclaughlin, shares her tips for eating mindfully during this festive time. drink a glass of water before eating. whether you’re an expectant parent, a breastfeeding mom, or trying to… Read More

If you’re focusing on foods for fertility, here’s a healthy and easy option, especially if you already have little ones whose palate you need to please. No-bake energy bites 1-cup oats 1/2-cup peanut butter (a great source of plant-based protein) 1/2-cup flax seed (another great plant protein, and packed with folate) 1/2-cup chocolate chips (for your sweet tooth) 1/3-cup honey (can substitute agave if desired) 1 tablespoon chia seeds (for omega-3 fatty acids) 1 teaspoon vanilla extract (for flavor) Combine ingredients in a blender or food processor to desired consistency. Roll into bite-sized… Read More

While we all know that eating fruits and vegetables is important, do you truly know why? Phytochemicals are the nutrients in plants that help prevent cancer and other diseases. They are also responsible for the color in produce, as well as protecting plants from bugs and the sun. These phytochemicals form as the vegetables and fruits ripen on the vine. This means that in order to ensure nutrients are preserved, produce should be picked just as it ripens. Taking it a step further, in addition to eating fresh fruits and vegetables, it’s important to “eat the rainbow” as well. Most… Read More

There’s a lot to keep track of when you’re trying to conceive. It’s easy to feel overwhelmed by the timing of intercourse, obsessed over the consistency of your cervical mucus, or stressed about the amount of sleep you are getting. But starting with one of the most basic of activities may prove to help you conceive. Making small changes to your diet may not only increase your odds of conception, but will also support better overall health outcomes for you, your baby, and your family. Start with the sweet stuff A good place to start is reducing sugar in your… Read More

You might be feeling the tug to have another baby, or maybe your plan was to be pregnant by now. But you still haven’t lost the weight from your last baby. Is there a benefit to losing those last few (or not so few) pounds before trying? The kinds of foods you’re eating and the quality of your overall diet is more important than your weight for a healthy pregnancy. If your diet is high in sugar, if you’re not eating many fruits or vegetables, or your eating habits are just out of whack, you could be at risk for… Read More

If you’re pregnant or trying to conceive, you’re thinking about money and also about your baby’s health. Eating healthier doesn’t have to mean shelling out big bucks for organic groceries. Luckily when it comes to food and nutrition, a few basic changes will help you get healthier while saving you money at the same time. Buy fruits and veggies in season. At peak harvest season, the basic laws of supply and demand kick in — the price goes down because there’s so much of it to sell. It’s also packed with more nutrients — and more flavor — because… Read More

Bring on the watermelon! Though beautiful pregnant bellies are reminiscient of watermelons, we love that watermelon has great qualities to promote fertility in men! Our newest health coach to the team, Kira Whitham, came in with an ah-mazing Watermelon Gazpacho recipe. (Ashley+new baby= maternity leave with all the snuggles) So, watermelon contains more lycopene than any other fruit. Lycopene is an antioxidant which can help with both the quality and quantity of sperm. Tomatoes are also in this recipe and are rich in lycopene, so consider this recipe extra-healthy for men! Watermelon contains citruline which acts similarly to… Read More

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