For some getting pregnant is not as easy as you might think. Some couples have a very hard time conceiving and it could be due to our environment, what we eat, our genetic makeup and a many other factors.
If we do all we can nutrition wise we might just give our bodies the head start it needs to help with conception. So what does that mean you might ask? well here are just a few tips to help you on your way to creating the family of your dreams both for the mind, body and spirit:
- cleanse the body* – before conception takes place it is a really good idea to cleanse your body ready for baby. You might want to look into doing a candida cleanse or just a gentle cleanse to clear out any toxins you might be hoarding. (word to the wise it is not advisable to do any form of deep cleaning whilst pregnant).
- Include as many of the following ingredients as possible into your daily diet (as per Western A Price recommends). Please note this list is not limited to the following foods: cod liver oil, butter (no additives here please), organic grass fed meat, coconut oil, fermented products (such as kimchi – sauerkraut – kombucha), pink himilayan sea salt, organic eggs and egg yolks, wild seafood, bone broths and plenty of fresh vegetables and fruits).
- Avoid all trans fats, refined and artificial sweeteners, GMO’s and other grains, additivies, caffeine, microwaved foods and phytoestrogens.
- Avoid toxins from tap water (use filtered water – not from plastic bottles), pesticides/herbicides, household chemicals, smoking, drugs and alcohol.
- Cut out the crap – this in itself is enough of a detox
- Don’t forget about Dad – his health is just as important for healthy sperm
- A whole food detox can be a huge benefit, based on bone broths, fermented foods, and clean saturated fats.
- Epsom salt baths with sea salt can be a really good detox for heavy metals
- Avoid low fat at all costs! cholesterol is very important for the production of hormones and vitamin D stores.
- Start taking probiotics if you aren’t already! These can help prevent Strep B and help keep your good gut bacteria in check.
- Vitamin A – a deficiency can cause a spontaneous abortion. Deficiencies can also cause defects to eyes, nose, dental arches, lips, defects of internal organs and deafness. Sources of Vitamin A – fatty fish, cod liver oil, animal fats, sweet potatoes, kale and pumpkin.
- Vitamin D – Very important in the third trimester for skeletal growth. Sources cod liver oil, fatty fish, grad fed butter and egg yolks.
- Vitamin E – essential for reproduction and health of the placenta.
- Vitamin K – both K1 and K2 are both important. K2 is important in particular for calcium. Sources: fermented foods and grass fed animals and egg yolks.
- Biotin – Vitamin B6 helps with morning sickness.
- Glycine – important for fetal growth due to it role in protein synthesis, development and growth of the placenta. Sources: eggs and meat, bone broths, liver.
- Folate – for new DNA and red blood cells. Essential for preventing neural tube defects, spontaneous abortions and deformations of the mouth, face and heart. Sources: liver, legumes and leafy greens. Folate is the more absorbable form of folic acid (synthetic form)
- Sulphur – important for neural development (brain and spinal cord), transport of cholesterol, sex hormones and neurotransmitters.
- Saturated fats – half the fatty acids in breast milk are saturated and it makes up nearly half of our cell membranes. Sources: animal fats, grass fed butter, eggs, fish oil, raw cheese, coconut oil, nuts and seeds.
- Choline – very important for neurotransmitters, needed for the connection between the neurons. Sources: egg yolks.
- Cholesterol – important for the nervous system and sex hormones. Important for pre and post conception, for the development of the fetuses brain. Sources: egg yolks and grass fed butter.
- Other nutrients are also very important – Vitamin C, B Vitamins, protein, iron, magnesium, zinc and calcium as well as cholesterol and unsaturated fatty acids.
Finally take time to relax. Its extremely important for the health of your mind, body and spirit. Practice meditation, go for nature walks, laugh often, have a Reiki session to balance your chakras, cook a delicious-healthy meal for you and your partner, enjoy each other and each day and focus on the present moment. Living in the past or dreaming of the future takes away the precious gift we have of this very moment that will never happen again.