Today I celebrate baby number 7, another mom who contacted our office to share the great news... one day past her first trimester. She says, "You're going to be an auntie." At 37, she didn't think that she'd conceive but now, she's due in January, owed to the fertility and pre-conception work we've done together. ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️💝. It's a boy!
As a mom of five, pregnancy is one thing I know a lot about. Hence , I also know a thing or two about nurturing a healthy body before, during and after pregnancy.....
Most people rely solely on conventional medicine, and even more so when the news of pregnancy arrives. In fact, very few women consider naturopathy as a viable option for fertility, conception and beyond care. The fact is, however, that naturopathy - when done well - ensures your pregnancy journey is a healthy one, pre-, during and post pregnancy!
In the naturopathic mindset, pregnancy doesn't begin with the missed period or pregnancy test. Pregnancy actually begins with the desire to conceive and therefore, a willingness to prepare your body to conceive and carry. In essence, you're giving your baby a headstart - beginning with its new home. Here are a few things the two of you might consider in preparation for conception:
- A fertility cleanse - cleansing the liver helps to rid the body of excess hormones and toxins in the blood and body. Cleansing and tonifying the uterine tissue is also a great step since it helps stimulate blood flow to the uterus and also "sloughs" any excess tissue. This can be accomplished using herbs and/or homeopathic remedies during optimal phases of the menstrual cycle.
- A nutritive boost - vitamins and minerals are essential to preparing your body for the new life it will create and carry. Zinc and folic acid are absolutely essential. Zinc helps to increase ovulation in women and semen production in men. Folic acid is used by the body to create red blood cells - which is supportive of the extra blood volume needed in pregnancy and for the development of baby's brain and spinal cord. OTC supplements work but also consuming zinc-rich foods like whole grains, crab and lobster, beans and dairy products are a better option. Citrus fruits, whole grains and leafy greens are all excellent sources of Folic Acid.
- A good whole food multi-vitamin is great for both you and the baby. If you're not already taking one, pre-conception is a great time to start.
- Do your homework: explore the benefits of calcium, magnesium and manganese for pregnancy, before, during and after.
What if you are just getting off of birth control?
The steps above are just as effective. Cleansing the liver certainly helps it metabolize synthetic hormones and remove the excess from the body. It is also recommended that you take steps to balance your hormones, which could take a year. This is not to say you won't conceive for a year, but it is highly likely that you may conceive at a time when your hormones are least likely to be in a balanced state of normalcy - which, of course, varies by the uniqueness of each of us. (New post ideas: Dangers of hormonal contraceptives)
til we meet again...be well.