Part of me doesn’t want to type the word out, but it is definitely a new venture we have thrown out there from time to time. Granted, at the moment there are other things that have to fall into place before we honestly entertain the idea, but now that we’re in our early 30s it’s a less scary prospect.
The “it” I’m referring to is the “T” word: trying.
Now, before anyone gets the wrong impression, let me be clear–we are not actively pursuing this idea at the moment, but I am researching the steps to get to that point. I wouldn’t be comfortable with announcing to the world when we’ve begun this personal journey, especially with all of the possible complications and heartaches trying to conceive can bring.
Part of the reason I’ve wanted to keep my weight in check, more so recently, is to set the stage for success. Not just to be healthy enough to start trying, but to be healthier during and after pregnancy. Right now I have a BMI of 26 and, while I would like for it to be closer to 24, going down to 25 is still in the healthy range for my build.
I’ve also started taking high-quality multi-vitamins with a high inclusion of folic acid (400mg or more). I’ve made sure that they are food-based (vegetarian, to be exact) so as to reduce any upset stomach symptoms. In addition to taking a pre-natal multivitamin, doctors recommend taking DHA. DHA (docosahexaenoic acid), an omega-3 fatty acid, is a major structural fatty acid in the brain and eyes, and is a key component of the heart. DHA is the only omega-3 that has been shown to support brain, eye and heart health throughout every stage of life.
life’sDHA® is a high-quality vegetarian source of DHA omega-3 that helps to support brain and eye health and development throughout life’s stages (maternal health, infant health, children and adult health). Unlike other sources of DHA omega-3, life’sDHA® comes from a vegetarian source: algae. Going back to elementary science class and food chain diagrams, it makes sense why algae would be a good source of DHA omega-3. Algae passes along precious DHA to fish, which in turn we consume.
I love salmon and tuna, and salmon is an excellent source of DHA. However, it’s essential for women who are planning to conceive, trying to conceive, and those who are pregnant, to limit the intake of fish carrying higher concentrations of mercury (such as shark and swordfish).
Although I know that salmon and sardines are among the safer sources of marine DHA, and I will still indulge in salmon whenever I can, I feel comfortable knowing life’sDHA® is a vegetarian alternative that I can turn to. It helps take the guess work out of ensuring I’m getting enough DHA from a safe source. Because life’sDHA® is not from fish, there is no worry of ocean-borne contaminants.
There are still lots of goals we want to meet before entering that chapter, and unfortunately a lot of them entail smelly chemicals around the house, and hard labor. I have my eyes set on planting a new hedge, and judging from the exhaustion after planting one earlier this year, I think it’s safe to say that we won’t be pursuing the pitter-patter of feet for several more months. In the meantime, I am taking care of my health, and thanks to life’sDHA®, ensuring I’m getting enough DHA is thankfully one less thing to worry about.
Thank you to life’sDHA® for educating me on the importance of nutrients – including DHA omega-3 – for all stages of life. All opinions are my own.