Today’s fertility blog is about your heart.
Not your emotional heart. Your actual physical organ, blood pumping heart.
Remembering Heart Health During Your Fertility Journey
We bring intense focus to our fertility issues. Our brains engage as we listen and make the best possible decisions for ourselves. We listen, we read, we think. We ask questions. We listen to the answers which often raise more questions. We do more. We make changes. And more. And very often, more.
There’s very little that we don’t give to the effort of conceiving our babies; our families.
How well do we support the rest of our physical bodies during this time?
How often do we consider this vital, ever working organ, our heart?
How to Improve Heart Health
Maybe we exercise to improve heart health. (A certain level of exercise is helpful and healthy for conception as well.) Aerobic exercise isn’t only about losing weight. Or only about building muscles. It’s about our heart, a muscle, which needs those things to keep in top physical health.
When we take care of our heart, we take care of ourselves as whole people.
We avoid heart disease by eating properly and our chances for heart attacks and strokes decrease with every good decision that we make. It’s more about our health from the inside out, giving our heart the best chance of functioning well.
Heart Disease Statistics
Here are a few startling heart disease statistics, straight from the GO RED movement, (supported by The American Heart Association).
- 1 in 3 women die of heart disease and stroke each year. According to the CDC, breast cancer is the most common form of cancer (excluding several types of skin cancer) in the United States. Still, breast cancer does not kill women at the rate that heart disease does, from the research that I could find. Interestingly enough, breast cancer statistics do not often include the death rate, rather the occurrence rate.
- Death in women has decreased by over 30% over the last ten years.
- 80% of cardiac events can be prevented with education and lifestyle changes.
Two out of three of those statistics are hopeful. Empowering even, because making changes makes a difference in the outcome.
Wear Red for Heart Health
And at the very least, as you are trying to become parents, let’s give these babies healthy parents. Parents who will be able to lift their babies easily. Who will be around the longest time possible to see them grow up. Let’s give these babies the best start possible prenatally, by making changes in food and exercise and stress levels.
Healthy babies, healthy mommies, healthy daddies. Whatever the combination in your life and home at this time, we can make changes to live in a way that supports health.
This Friday, let’s wear RED. In support of heart health. In support of being a healthy parent. In support of raising healthy children and creating healthy families.