Get Pregnant! 5 Nutrition Tips That Really Work
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Sometimes women wake up with sore boobs, upchuck their breakfast, then remember, "Hey, it's been 5 weeks since my last period." She pees on that stick and SURPRISE, she's expecting a little bundle of joy! Other times a couple has the chance to plan for their pregnancy. They decide it's the right time and give it a try.
If you have the time to plan your pregnancy it's important to think about healthy habits and good nutrition to boost fertility and prepare your body for a healthy pregnancy. I was in the latter group and it took me awhile to conceive after my husband and I decided it was time to have a baby. Because it took so long we had ample chance to prepare nutritionally for baby. I'm very thankful for that time. As a note, if you're planning your pregnancy it won't always work out the way you expect it to. If you run into troubles conceiving, make sure you discuss this with your health care practitioner.
If you didn't have time to plan your pregnancy, don't worry, it's never too late to start eating a healthy nutrient dense whole foods diet. Explore the MOMMY-NESS site to find great nutrition tips for a healthy pregnancy.
5 Nutrition Tips To Help Boost Fertility & Prepare Your Body (& Hubby's) For Pregnancy
1. Detox Like A Boss
If there isn't a chance you are pregnant yet and you have 1-3 weeks before your next ovulation, you and your partner should seriously consider going on a detox together. The right detox will give your organs a much needed rest, specifically your digestive system; help your body remove any waste and improve cell waste function; and help you rejuvenate & refresh so you are ready for pregnancy.
I highly recommend 1 of 2 detoxes by the same man, Dr. Alejandro Junger.
Clean Gut by Dr. Alejandro Junger is a focused 21 day digestive cleanse. It is easier to follow than the Clean detox below because you are eating whole meals. I love this program because he has you eating strictly a whole foods diet. I believe our digestion is the first thing we should work on when trying to achieve optimal health. I also feel this cleanse is more beneficial than his clean program for preparation for pregnancy as well as cleansing. Dr. Junger shows you how to identify food intolerances as the last part of the cleanse.
Clean by Dr. Alejandro Junger is a full body cleanse. This 21 day program is a little tough because he has you drinking smoothies for 2 meals per day, but eating a whole meal for the 3rd. It is very beneficial though and well thought out by a medical professional.
Please note that a Detox or Cleanse should NEVER be done during pregnancy. Always ensure you are not pregnant before beginning a detox or cleanse. If you become pregnant during the detox or cleanse, immediately start drinking lots of fluids, and slowly start eating regularly again.
2. Stick To Whole Foods
Yes To Whole Foods
A whole food is generally a one ingredient item that doesn't come in plastic, packages, or boxes. Fruits, vegetables, organic meats, organic animal products, grains, beans, lentils, legumes, nuts, and seeds are all considered whole foods. When purchasing your whole foods look for organic if possible, especially for animal products/meats and try to purchase local for nutrient denseness.
Simply choosing whole foods and ignoring the advertised processed crap will help your body store up the nutrients you need to create a healthy baby. Eating this way will also help ensure your husbands sperm are up to the job of fertilizing your egg.
Hell No To Processed Foods
Processed foods contain a plethora of added chemical junk that has been shown to negatively effect the health of babies around the world. From bad teeth to chromosomal deficiencies, the problems associated with eating the chemical sludge found in supermarkets is really quite sad. Do your best to avoid it if at all possible. Eating a little bit is nothing to worry about if your detoxification organs are in tip top shape to remove the toxins ingested from the plastic wrapped foods.
3. Don't Skip The Fat
There is a misconception in nutrition that fats are bad, which is dangerous especially for a fetus. Lipids (fats) play a huge role in cell division, neural system development, and fetal development in general. Good healthy fats are also very nutrient dense; helping your body store the right nutrients for conception.
Cod Liver Oil
If you've been reading the blog you know that I am a firm believer in supplementing with cod liver oil for pregnancy. This oil contains vitamin A, vitamin D, and Omega Fatty Acids that are essential to fetal development, especially if you are purchasing a nutrient dense brand. I highly recommend the Green Pastures Fermented Cod Liver Oil, supplement with 2 tsp per day.
Organic Butter, Eggs, Coconut Oil
These healthy nutrient dense fats should be a part of your every day diet. Ensure you purchase butter that is organic and from free range grass fed cows. Eggs should come from free range hens. Coconut oil should be organic, virgin, and cold pressed. All should be bought local if at all possible.
Eggs are a pregnancy superfood that you can learn more about in It's No Yolk! Eggs Are The Perfect Food.
4. Smoothies & Fresh Juices Are Your Best Friends
One of the best ways to improve nutrient uptake is via smoothies and juices. Preparing for your body for growing a baby requires plenty of nutrients so your body has enough to give to that teeny tiny wee cute baby. Adding a fresh green juice &/or a green smoothie to your daily diet is the most natural way to get added nutrients in high doses quickly.
I have a few smoothie recipes in the MOMMY-NESS recipe section. I will be releasing new recipes weekly. April will be smoothie month, so keep checking in for unique smoothie combinations that are best for pre-conception and pregnant women.
5. Give Your Friendly Bacteria Some Love
Many of us don't realize how important bacteria are to our survival. Each person has as many bacteria in and on our bodies as we do individual cells. As you can imagine these bacteria play a crucial role in the the health of our babies. To learn more about these good little critters head over to The Shocking Truth About Probiotic Intake During Pregnancy.
Building up your digestive flora before conception is very important to improving the health of your baby. A father should also build up digestive flora because good digestion yields better nutrient uptake and better stronger little swimmers!
Bonus Tip Because I Want You To Grow The Best Healthiest Baby Ever!
Bonus - Build Up Folic Acid Stores
Folic acid is a B vitamin that is essential for spinal development in a growing fetus. Studies have directly linked folic acid deficiency to spinal bifida, a neural tube defect that causes the baby's spinal column to not develop properly. Building up our stores and being ready for pregnancy isn't tough; a few tweaks to your diet, and a prenatal vitamin are all it takes.
Eat Folic Acid Containing Foods
- Eggs, especially soft yokes
- Romaine lettuce
- Collard greens
Although I am a huge supporter of eating whole foods and keeping supplementation to a minimum, I do recommend taking a prenatal supplement. I feel it is better to be safe, rather than sorry. I highly recommend MegaFood's Baby & Me Vitamin, due to it's high quality and because it is whole foods derived and organic.
Preparing for your baby nutritionally is important, but if you didn't have that time, don't fret, it is never too late to start. All tips can be followed during pregnancy as well, save the tip to detox. As stated, a detox or cleanse should NEVER be done during pregnancy.
Please remember that I am not a doctor and this blog does not in any way replace your health care provider. As a holistic nutritionist, I cannot treat cure, or diagnose. The postings on this site are not intended to treat, cure, or diagnose. If you have a serious illness please contact your health care provider.
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Love and Happiness,
Krystal Bernier, Holistic Nutritionist