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The outcome you want when trying to conceive is a healthy baby. It typically takes 3-6 months to prepare for pregnancy. Eating healthy is a part of that preparation. You might be thinking, "I will eat healthy when I get pregnant." It matters to start eating healthy before you start trying to conceive. The healthier you eat the months prior to TTC the more likely you will have an easier time getting pregnant, staying pregnant and having a healthy pregnancy. You will also feel better and have more energy during your pregnancy.
What does a healthy diet look like when preparing your body for pregnancy? Dieting is not ideal or sustainable. If you need to lose weight than focus on that first before trying to get pregnant. You may lose weight naturally with implementing some of these suggestions. The first step to take is to eat good quality food. I suggest to go as organic as possible. Our conventional food in America is contaminated. It has chemicals, GMO's, pesticides, hormones and antibiotics. Your best bet to avoid those things is to go organic. You can also pay attention to the dirty dozen and clean fifteen. They are fruits and vegetables that have less pesticide residue on them. Eating organic is not enough. There are many organic things in the grocery stores that are not good for you. Getting processed foods out of your life and eating more whole foods will be helpful.
Many of my patients need to do some sort of cleanse to help reduce the amount of toxins that are in their bodies. Toxins present in the body disrupt hormones and cause imbalances. By doing a detox and reducing the toxic load will get rid of those things present in the body that can prevent a pregnancy from happening. It is also important to add certain foods and supplements to help heal and renew the body while detoxifying.
The most common diagnosis I see with my patients is blood deficiency. The signs and symptoms of this pattern are:
Eating a healthy diet with foods that improves your fertility will be one of the best ways to get started. I suggest eating more plant based and whole food. Being "plant based" does not necessarily mean that you have to be vegan. Try the 80/20 rule. Eating 80% of your food from organic whole food plant based sources. Then eat 10-20% animal based proteins and fats and some processed foods.
Now lets get into what foods would be great to boost your fertility health. The first thing is to focus on eating more fruit in your diet. Fruit is cleansing and hydrating. The second is to add more organic vegetables. Foods that are red in color support your blood and circulation. This can treat and prevent blood deficiency. Dark leafy greens are also great for your blood and are rich in iron. Beets are one of the best foods that help to clean both the liver and the blood. Beets can reduce inflammation and reduce blood pressure. Bone broths are great for blood deficiency. Try making a bone broth and adding vegetables to it. Cruciferous vegetables like broccoli, cabbage, brussels sprouts and cauliflower are great for fertility. Make sure your partner eats these because they are great for both men and women. Also add avocados and pears to your diet. These look like a womb and therefore are great for woman's health.
Men can benefit by adding a few things to their diet. Increase foods rich in vitamin c, folate, zinc and B vitamins. Foods rich in vitamin C and folate are citrus fruits, tomatoes, peppers and green leafy vegetables. Try adding sunflower seeds, oysters, nuts, red meat and poultry to his diet. Foods that are high in B vitamins are red meat, liver, eggs and nutritional yeast. Adding foods that are nutrient dense with the right nutrients will help to heal damaged sperm and increase sperm count. Check out my video on supplements for both men and women to take when preparing for pregnancy.
Eating enough foods that are rich in vitamin D, omega 3's and vitamin E are beneficial for both you and your partners. Foods such as sardines, salmon, liver, nuts and seeds. This is great for the development of your baby's brain and central nervous system. These foods help to balance hormones, increase heart health, help your immune system and heal fertility issues for both men and women.
Pay attention to those foods that you might have food allergies or food sensitivities to eating. Many find it helpful to remove dairy, wheat and sugar from their diet. These foods can contribute to illness and cause stress on the body. You can get allergy tests to see exactly what you may be allergic to or to find out what nutritional deficiencies you may have. We offer DNA nutrition testing for our patients. If you are interested in having this test done - you can contact us www.lifeharmonywellness.com
By implementing these suggestions, it can help your overall health and well-being when trying to get pregnant. It takes a lot of energy being pregnant. You will want to supply your body with plenty of foods that increase and sustain your energy instead of depleting it. Most importantly, DO NOT Stress out about what to eat or not to eat. Start simple and small and increase it over time. Remember, You are fertile and you can have a baby!
If you are ready to try and get pregnant or are having difficulties getting pregnant - this subject is for you. Knowing which supplements to take is very important when preparing to try and get pregnant. It takes 3-6 months to prepare your body for pregnancy. It takes that long for both nutrition and supplements to take affect before trying to get pregnant. Your prenatal supplement alone takes 3 months to absorb all the nutrition necessary before trying to conceive. Understand that supplements are very specific to each person. How much they you would need is dependent on a variety of different factors.
Before you buy a prenatal multivitamin it is important to know that not all vitamins are the same. It is important to know that source. Many vitamins are synthetic and are derived from soy. Not good when your trying to get pregnant. Soy increases estrogen and can imbalance your hormones. I tell my patients to makes sure they are not eating any soy products. There are a few exceptions but it is easy to just take them off all soy products. A whole food prenatal multivitamin is best when trying to get pregnant. I recommend Garden of Life for whole food vitamins.
Vitamin D is becoming important for fertility. Many are vitamin D deficient. They are now finding that vitamin D helps with ovulation. Include a good omega 3 vitamin. You don't necessarily need to do a fish oil. Flax seeds are a great source of omegas. They have an estrogenic and/or anti-estrogenic affect in the body. Many of us are estrogen dominant. Flax seeds contain high amounts of anti-oxidant compounds called lignans. It means that flax seeds balanced the ratio of progesterone to estrogen. For women with estrogen dominance syndrome, this can mean a lot, including the diminishing of fibroids, cysts, PMS, increased fertility and the regulation of periods. Fresh ground flax seeds is the best in getting the benefits of this affect. Keep the fresh seeds in your freezer and ground when ready to use. You can add them to yogurt, oatmeal and smoothies.
Be sure to add a probiotic supplement to your vitamin regiment. Probioitics are important to all our cells in our body. They are finding out we have billions of these good bacteria all over our bodies. We focus a lot on the gut (which is important). These probiotics are important to the development of your baby. I like to take a probiotic and also eat probiotic foods such as keifer and fermented veggies. Nowadays it is easy to find these items in the natural food market.
Adding a B-complex is helpful for moderating stress. Be sure to use a whole food supplement here. You can tell when your taking a synthetic B vitamin when you go to the bathroom because your urine will be bright yellow. This shows the loss of vitamins. It is also good to add some minerals to your supplement regiment. Magnesium helps with sleep, constipation and reduces stress. All minerals are grounding and calming. You can do a mineral complex but again make sure it is a whole food based.
Some honorable mentions would be co-enzyme q10 and nattokinase. Both of these help with circulation which is very important for conception. Baby needs lots of blood circulation in order for him or her to get the nutrients they need.
It is important for men to also be taking supplements for fertility. A whole food multi for men, omega-3, vitamin D, probiotics and a b-complex. Also add a whole food vitamin C and Zinc. These help increase male fertility and sperm productions. If he is having issues with low sperm count then add maca root. This has been shown to increase sperm count.
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Love and Blessings!
This blog is for those who are trying to get pregnant or are having struggles conceiving. My name is Dawn Krueger-Sherin. My background is in Chinese medicine, acupuncture and life coaching. I have been doing this work for over fifteen years. I have had the honor of helping many couples have their dream of having a baby. I work with those prior to getting pregnant, while they are pregnant and prep them for labor and delivery. I have even helped woman during the delivery process. My career has been amazing and it is my joy helping woman through the conception and all things baby process.
I want to create a resource for those who want to start trying and have a healthy baby and also those who have been struggling with getting pregnant. In my experience, many couples don't take enough time to prepare for pregnancy. Many start trying right after they stop birth control. Depending on the birth control they are using, this can be harmful for the baby. Let me first say that if you have had a miscarriage - It is not your fault. It is so common these days for many reasons. Because of my experience with those who have difficulty getting pregnant - I need to start them from the beginning when they join my fertility coaching program. For some it is really tough, but they need to be well before they start trying. The goal is not to have a pregnancy. It is to have a healthy baby in the end.
When I first started my practice, the reasons couples struggled getting pregnant were very different from what is going on today. Most were between the ages of 35-40. Granted, being older makes things a little more difficult but not impossible. I have helped woman up to age 46. It only takes longer when a woman is older. The thought at the time was more woman were waiting longer to try and get pregnant. Although, even back then fertility issues were on the rise for couples. It went from woman in there mid to late thirties to the age I see now - twenty-five to thirty-five. The trend now is a huge increase in male-factor fertility issues. I heard about this about ten years ago but now my practice is having both couples have issues. There are many reasons for this that I will write about later in future blogs.
These days, when trying to get pregnant, it takes preparation. It is a three to six month process. In China they know this well. Many woman know this because their doctor tells them. It takes at least three months on a prenatal vitamin for it to take its affect. Today were in a rush to have everything, including babies. It is worth taking the time to get healthy as a couple and implement good habits that will benefit your family.
In this blog I will be discussing topics such as preparing for pregnancy, natural solutions to optimizing your fertility, preventing miscarriage, healthy pregnancy, and preparing for birth. I will also discuss ways to increase your success for assisted reproductive technology. I have great tips and tricks that can help you get pregnant quickly once you are healthy to do so.
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I look forward to sharing with you guys a wealth of wisdom from my experiences. I love learning from my patients and the other practitioners that I work with. Things are always changing and there is always something new. If you want to share some of your experiences or tips and tricks - comment below.
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I would love to say a prayer of blessing over you.
Bless this person who is reading this blog. Give them peace and rest. Bless their body and fertility. Heal their heart. Give them wisdom. Help them to give grace to themselves. In Jesus Name - Amen.
Love and Blessings,
The question is, "Is caffeine safe when trying to get pregnant or during pregnancy?" The answer is really about the amount of caffeine. Everyone knows that too much caffeine is bad for everyone. A moderate amount of caffeine is fine for many. The problem with caffeine, is that it is a drug. This drug affects the nervous system and puts more stress on the body in particular on the adrenal glands. The caffeine that comes from coffee is a lot more than tea. Each cup of coffee has 100-300 mg of caffeine as apposed to tea which has 20-60 mg. It also can react more harshly. Part of that is the combination of chemicals that are in coffee.
Did you know that coffee is the most pesticide laden plant in the world? I only found this information out a few years ago. Because of an auto-immune disease, I gave up coffee naturally in my late 20's. I became a social coffee drinker and used half caff. I now realize why it was I reacted poorly to the caffeine in coffee. I switched my coffee to organic decaf and developed a great recipe that I will share below.
There has been several studies that show a link between caffeine and miscarriage. Let me first say that if you have ever had a miscarriage - it is not your fault! In 2008 a study showed that if a woman drank up to two cups of coffee a day (200 mg of caffeine), it would double the rate of miscarriage. Some doctors today still say that it is okay to drink coffee or have caffeine. In my opinion a very small to zero amount is necessary when trying to conceive or if your pregnant.
If you are trying to conceive and using caffeine for energy, then you are not ready to get pregnant. Understand that pregnancy drains your energy especially in the 1st and 3rd trimester. It is important to address your sleep and daily habits to see what is stealing your energy. A health and fertility coach, like myself, can help asses what may be going on and offer natural solutions for you to increase your energy. You will feel better and have a healthier and more pleasant pregnancy when you address these things ahead of time.
Now lets get to the good stuff and share this amazing alternative safe coffee for TTC & Pregnancy.
**Before I get into this understand that the information I am sharing is not for medical
diagnosis. It is for your information. Although I am sharing with you information
that comes from my expertise as a Chinese medical practitioner.
The first thing you will want to get is chaga mushroom powder. I bought mine on Amazon. There is not enough information out there that is studied to show it is safe or not for pregnancy. However, if you can have mushrooms while your pregnant - you can drink chaga. I also know of those who used during pregnancy and were fine. Having studied herbal medicine, all these things are okay during pregnancy with some exceptions. In other words - it won't hurt to experiment since it is all food. You can mix and match any of these to your comfort level.
I wanted to share this in my blog because this particular mushroom is great for those who are trying to conceive. Many mushrooms used in herbal medicine are great for the immune system. Immune issues cause problems for those who are trying to get pregnant. Some viruses even attack embryos. Mushrooms are also great for cysts and tumors. I personally developed a great Chinese herbal formula that treats cysts and tumors. I have had a high rate at success in getting rid of cysts for my patients. In my experience - this mushroom alone would not be strong enough to get rid of cysts but it would be helpful.
The second ingredient that I add to my coffee is organic Dandy Blend. This is a powder made from dandelions. I had read that dandelions are great for pregnancy because they reduce swelling. I also know that dandelions are great for a mild detox. If it is getting rid of excess water it is helping you detox. You don't want to do a big detox when pregnant but a mild amount is okay. However, I do recommend doing a good detox before trying to get pregnant.
I personally use coconut milk in my lattes but almond milk is a great option if you are pregnant. It has a good amount of calcium in it. I recommend using alternative milk as oppose to using cows milk. Cows milk has hormones, antibiotics and puss. Yes I said puss. Gross - right? Milk has a tendency to be mucous forming. based on that I would not recommend even doing organic.
The spices I added to this recipe were inspired because of fall. All of these herbs are used in Chinese medicine. The only contraindication in using these is if you have a tendency to be hot. If you are pregnant and your baby is moving around a lot could be a sign of to much heat in the body. A small amount should be fine.
Cinnamon, nutmeg and ginger are all great for the immune system. Cinnamon helps to regulate blood sugar. The cinnamon that is used in Chinese medicine (Gui Zhi), helps relieve period cramps. Nutmeg is good for pain. It helps stop diarrhea, treats cancer, insomnia and kidney disease. Only a small amount is fine during pregnancy. Ginger is one of my favorites to use during pregnancy. It helps with nausea, stomach issues, reduces edema and can also stop bleeding. Going over the actions of these herbs is a good lesson that everything we take into our bodies has an action. Adding this coffee to your diet may benefit your health.
Superfood Coffee Recipe
1 tbsp Organic Decaf Coffee
1 tsp Chaga mushroom powder
1 tsp Dandy Blend
Seep in French Press for 5-10 mins
Dash of Cinnamon
Dash of Nutmeg
Dash of Ginger
Healthy Dash of Turmeric
Blend and Enjoy!
I want to end with a prayer of blessing over your fertility and pregnancy journey.
Lord thank you for these dear woman. For those who are trying to get pregnant we ask that you bless their bodies. Calm their hearts and give them peace. Give them wisdom and lead them to the way they need to go trusting that all will be well. We ask for those who are pregnant that they will have a healthy pregnancy. Give them wisdom that will keep them and their babies safe. Help them to have an enjoyable pregnancy and know they are strong enough to handle anything. In Jesus name - Amen.
Love and Blessings!
Dawn Krueger-Sherin L.Ac.
I am an author, speaker, life coach and acupuncturist. I specialize in treating and coaching those with fertility issues and any chronic condition. I love health and healing. I write and speak on the subject of healing spiritually, emotionally and physically. I believe our bodies were created to heal and will do so if given the chance.