Once a woman gets pregnant, she's typically more aware than ever of what she is putting both in and on her body. But what about before she conceives?
It takes nearly a hundred days for a woman’s egg to mature before it's ovulated and seventy-two days for a man’s sperm to form. This means that a three-month period of optimal nutrition for a couple will produce the healthiest possible egg and sperm and that it's important to be conscious of good nutrition even before you conceive.
While preparing your body for pregnancy, you want to focus on nutrient dense foods. This means loading up your diet with fresh fruits, vegetables, leafy greens, clean nutrient dense proteins, essential fatty acids and healing herbs.
Preconception preparation could like something like this:
1. Fermented Cod Liver Oil/ Butter Oil Blend
Provides fat soluble vitamins A, E, D, K2, EPA, DHA, and Omega-3 fatty acid. These are essential nutrients for a healthy baby, healthy hormones, and healthy skin.
2. Raw Prenatal Vitamin
Make sure these are made from whole foods, not synthetic vitamins. This will ensure you are getting all of your necessary vitamins and minerals, especially B vitamins, magnesium and folate. Make sure the Folate is in the form of Metafolate not folic acid so your body can use and absorb this important nutrient.
Your healthy gut flora determines your babies immune system, a good probiotic will help with digestion, and create a healthy inner ecosystem for a baby to thrive in. (Fernandez L, Langa S, Martin V, Maldonado A, Jimenez E, et al. (2013)), ( The human milk microbiota: origin and potential roles in health and disease. Pharmacol Res 69: 1–10)
4. Herbal Tea Blends
Red Raspberry Leaf is an all-around excellent herb to use for pregnancy. It is a uterine tonic, anti-abortive, and helps prevent infection.
Superfoods For Conception And Pregnancy
1. Protein And Soaked Grains
Organic pasture raised eggs, wild Caught Fish, organic grass fed liver, soaked lentils and beans, organic grass fed beef, lamb, buffalo, turkey, soaked and sprouted quinoa, millet, and buckwheat
2. Vegetables And Fruits
Leafy greens such as spinach, kale, arugala, cauliflower, broccoli, onions, garlic, cucumber, celery, carrots, asparagus, zucchini, peppers, all kinds of squash, sweet potatoes, and yams, berries, apples, pears, organic papaya, kiwi, lemons and limes
Ghee, avocado, coconut and coconut oil, olive oil, flax seed oil, soaked nuts and seeds, chia seeds
Avoid During Preconception And Conception Time
Vegetable oils, hydrogenated oils, sugar and artificial sweeteners, conventional factory farmed meat and fish, gluten, processed foods, caffeine, alcohol