Healthy pregnancy, Healthy Baby

August 25, 2012

That's me in the picture when I was pregnant with my daughter, Tatum.


Were talking about how to get pregnant, sustain a healthy pregnancy and have a healthy delivery.  

It seems like more and more woman are having trouble getting pregnant these days. Why is that? Is it diet and health related? Vaccine related? Not even the experts can pin point why more woman today can’t get pregnant on their own.

Percentages of In-Vitro Fertilization (IVF) are at an all-time high. Actually, infertility treatment has risen 25% in the last 5 years. It’s actually more common for a man to be infertile or sterile due to over use of EMF (Electro Magnetic Frequencies) i.e. cell phone use, computers etc. The process of trying to conceive should be beautiful and happy rather than stressful and disappointing. Trying to have sex when your temperature is at the right point (Basal Body Temperature), when you think you’re ovulating or when your MD tells you too, takes the fun out of trying for a baby. But so many couples are going through this right now.    


Here are a couple of suggestions to try when trying to concieve:

  1. Take control of your health. Start taking pre-natal vitamins ASAP, the longer you’re on the multi-vitamin the better. You’re bones, blood and cells will be strong enough to sustain a pregnancy. Vitamins should contain at least all A, B, C and D vitamins, folic acid, calcium, iron, DHA, and zinc. 

  2. Kick SOY out of your diet. Soy contains high levels of estrogen and can cause *Estrogen Dominance (coined by Dr. John R. Lee) which dominates over progesterone (the hormone that contributes to conceiving a baby). Soy is in almost all processed and even in natural foods, it’s hard to hide from this overly used “food”.  Consume only organic soybeans or fermented soy such as tempeh or tofu. Soybeans are mostly a genetically modified plant which our bodies cannot recognize as real food. 

  3. Have sex on a full moon. According to Chinese medicine, most animals conceive on a full moon and it’s no different for humans. I don’t know if this has been proven but wouldn’t hurt to try it. 

  4. Wean from processed foods to whole organic foods. Celiac Disease and Thyroid Disease have been linked to infertility. If you are experiencing fertility issues those two diseases may be the culprit. 


Sustaining a Healthy Pregnancy Congratulations! You’re Pregnant!


Sustaining your pregnancy is much easier than getting pregnant. You want to ensure you eat properly, eat for only 1 not 2 but gain enough weight that is healthy for you and baby and make sure you drink plenty of good water (spring water is the best source).


Here are some tips to ensure your baby get’s what he/she needs:

  1. DHA (docosahexaenoic acid) is a major contributor to brain development. Many DHA supplements on the market are not from a good source of fish and may contain high levels of mercury. Make sure to buy a DHA supplement that has a GMP label on it (Good Manufacturing Practices) and states on the bottle, “does not contain mercury”.  Other sources of DHA are canned tuna fish, walnuts, flaxseed, salmon (eat in small quantity- the bigger the fish the more mercury it contains).  

  2. Avoid sugar! Sugar causes all sorts of problems in the body. This can contribute to gestational diabetes, hypertension, depression, anxiety, and the list goes on. Continue to eat a whole food organic diet and your baby will come out wearing a superman cape! 

  3. And the obvious: Avoid smoking, alcohol consumption, drugs including pharmaceuticals and toxic environments. Avoid pollutants, paints, pesticides, and molds which can be harmful to you and the development of your baby. Exercise regularly. This will really help with the delivery and maintaining a tighter body after birth. The recovery time after birth is also shorter if you exercise daily. This also helps reduce stress and will deliver oxygen to your blood/cells which are feeding your baby. I recommend pre-natal yoga.


The Delivery!


The day has finally come, your water breaks and you are doing your best to remember what the heck they taught in Lamaze class. Personally, I prefer all natural child birth. I’ve had both, 1 birth in the hospital with an epidural and an all natural child birth at home. When I was home, I was relaxed and let the natural process take place. I didn’t forget how to breathe; it came very naturally to me. When I was in the hospital, I had bright white lights (like I was delivering in a psych ward), beeping machines and I wasn’t allowed to roam or wail freely.  First pregnancies are always the scariest because of the unknown. We have a preconceived notion that we won’t be able to handle the pain. Yes, it’s painful, but women have been delivering babies since the beginning of time, our bodies naturally know how to do it! Trust your instinct. I suggest having a mid-wife either deliver your baby or be there for you during the delivery. Mid wives know how to keep you calm, talk you through the pain, and can sense when medical intervention is required.  Just remember, the more relaxed your body is, the easier it will be to deliver your precious angel. A few pushes and a few screams later, you will be holding your beautiful baby.


Congratulations again! 

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