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What to think about BEFORE you get pregnant!

  • Posted on February 1, 2013 at 8:00 am

Sooooo….I am due with my third baby boy in a few months and it has me thinking about all things baby. Well, let’s be honest, I am around new families and babies so often, I always have babies on the brain. But! I was thinking to myself about what are some of the things I wish I had thought about, done or researched PRE-CONCEPTION and I thought I would share.

Now, in the interest of full disclosure, I am a planner. Like, BIG TIME. I am the type that interviewed midwives before I pregnant. The type that is planning the best time to conceive the next baby before the current one is even born. And possibly the most embarrassing, I bought newborn sleepers (gender neutral!) while I was working at JC Penney as a high schooler. Yes, I am an extreme planner. It’s just me.

That being said, not everyone can or even should operate that way. So, this is merely food for thought. Something to think about if you are planning on getting pregnant.

I thought it would be lovely to do a series of posts about ideas for pre-conception, pregnancy, childbirth, and raising those precious little ones. So, here it goes.

1. Is my body in the best condition to get and stay pregnant?

If you are reading this blog, you are obviously into or are researching natural pregnancy, birth etc. So, I am assuming you know that proper nutrition is of the utmost priority when trying to conceive. Here is what I did to get my body ready to receive a baby.

First off, I did a detox. It is important to remember to do this BEFORE you get pregnant. You do not want to be detoxing your body while pregnant or nursing. There are somewhere around 84,000 chemicals that we come in contact with on a daily basis and about 1% of those have actually been studied for safety. Whaaaaaat?! Those are some scary numbers, folks. While you can definitely make efforts to limited your exposure to chemicals, let’s face it, it is impossible to eliminate them all. They are in our air, the surfaces we touch, the clothes we wear and GASP! in the food we eat. 🙁 Not trying to be an alarmist, just keepin’ it real. So, try to rid your body of all those yuckies and give your little zygote the healthiest body to implant in. This is the DETOX MIX I used. (Not an affiliate link, I’m just a fan.)

Next, I started taking some herbs to prepare my system and tone my reproductive organs. I took the following:

Vitex – also, called Chasteberry. It is known for helping to regulate your cycles and increase progesterone levels so that a pregnancy can be sustained.

I made a batch of “Nourishment Tea” based on Aviva Romm’s recipe and would drink 1 to 4 cups daily. I also continue to do this during pregnancy, so you’ll hear a lot about this mixture.

2 parts red raspberry leaf
2 parts nettle
1 part oatstraw
1/2 part alfalfa
1/2 part rose hips
1/4 part red clover
1/4 peppermint leaf

This is an extremely tasty tea and is good hot or cold. It is safe to drink for the whole family and from conception to postpartum! I get the majority of my loose herbs from Mountain Rose Herbs.

Then, of course, I resumed taking a whole foods prenatal, fish oil vitamin and a flaxseed vitamin. There are many, many quality prenatal vitamins out there, but not all are created equal. Do your research before taking any supplement. There’s no point in taking a supplement that isn’t well assimilated in your body. It’s just a waste of time and money.

I took (and am taking) the following vitamins:

or and of course,

And lastly, EAT HEALTHY! Try to limit caffeine, sugar and white breads/pastas etc. Try to incorporate as much organic fruits & veggies as possible and you’ll be good to go!

Happy Baby Making!!!

Stay Tuned: For the next segment of what to do BEFORE you get pregnant.

Disclaimer: These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. I am not a health care provider or a herbalist. Please do your research and/or consult your health care provider before taking any supplements or altering your diet.

Also, please be aware this post does contain affiliate links unless otherwise specified. I never link to products/companies I haven’t used or aren’t currently using!

Homemade Body Cream

  • Posted on January 28, 2013 at 8:00 am

Here is a YouTube video from one of my favorite herb purveyors. This makes a wonderful, creamy lotion for your body! I have been using it for my entire pregnancy and have yet to have an itchy belly (in the dead of winter, my friends!). The beauty of it is you can customize the recipe for whatever herbs and scents you delight in. So, enjoy making a wonderful body cream and lather it on.

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