The following is an excerpt from a guest post I wrote for Joyful and Free Paperie entitled “Preparing for a Future Family.” To read the full article, please click the button below.

The idea of someday starting a family is very exciting! So many questions may be running through your head as you think about it. What will it be like being a mother?  How will I know that I’m ready? Will my turn come soon? It is such a joy to witness young families welcoming new littles ones and imaging what it will be like when that day comes for you. In the meantime, I want to share a few, practical steps that you can start taking today to get your body, mind, and soul ready for the incredible task of being a mother. Are you ready? Let’s dive in!

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Get Your Current Health Situation Under Control

Did you know that your current health conditions and issues could impact your ability to get pregnant, stay pregnant, grow a healthy baby, or breastfeed? If you’re dealing with a full-blown disease, then you are aware of the need to manage the condition and get it to a place to remission. This is especially important when preparing for a future family. Start talking to your doctor about ways to get your condition under control and if your medications are pregnancy safe. Often, dietary protocols can go a long way to reverse disease states, as well. Begin researching what dietary protocol may be right for your unique situation…