My friend Donielle from Naturally Knocked Up is sharing a guest post today. I have loved reading her new book, as well as all the healthy living tips she has posted over the years! Her knowledgeable advice has helped me through two pregnancies now (after several years of infertility).
Our days are short and ever so chilly here in Michigan this time of year, and I crave the newness of spring. The brand new flowers that break through the soil, the richness of the green grass, and the buds that finally break through in the dense, dark woods behind our house.
It reminds me very much of the emotional state many of us are in right now; feeling like we’re ready to break through and be new again.
For me, January brings about the desire to be good to my body, to feed and nourish it, in hopes of something new. It’s also the time when much of the stress and anxiety from the holidays are over and we think about what the year to come might bring.
For many couples, the pull to have a baby begins, or becomes stronger. And for couples dealing with infertility, sometimes a new year can bring about new hope.
So how to do you truly prepare your body for a healthy pregnancy?
Well, my belief is that what we put on or in our bodies can help increase the odds of conception as well as heal issues that may be causing infertility. But there is so much advice out there, it can make one’s head spin!
So let’s keep it simple shall we?
1. Eat Real Food
The food that has not been processed is going to be easier for our bodies to digest, which means we’re also going to be able to utilize more of the nutrients. I’m a huge fan of an omnivorous whole foods diet and Michele and I carry many of the same beliefs when it comes to what we feed ourselves and our families.
I believe that animal products can be very healthy for most to consume, but these products we choose should come from animals raised on pasture with small amounts of organic feed if needed whenever possible. I also think that we should be eating lots of organic produce, which is rich in antioxidants as well as fiber and necessary vitamins and minerals. And depending on the body, grains can also be a good source of nutrition if properly prepared through methods of soaking and/or fermentation.
But even if it seems difficult to follow every aspect of traditional diets, or your budget doesn’t quite allow for certain parts of it yet, just cutting out processed foods will do amazing things for the body! And for those that do deal with infertility, there are also different ‘diets’ to follow that may actually help support and heal depending on the cause. It’s a subject I made sure I wrote about in my book as I wanted to make sure people had the information they needed as they decide how to best nourish their bodies.
2. Be Careful with Beauty Products
Millions of women cover their face and body with multiple chemicals every day. Some of these chemicals are known to cause reproductive disorders in animal tests, others are known to be carcinogenic, and even others cause developmental issues in babies. Our skin, being our largest organ, is able to absorb these chemicals where they can enter our bloodstream. And when we allow to many toxins to enter the body, it slows down the detoxifying process as the body can only do so much at any one time.
The problem is, we don’t know what ingredients are in most of the products we use! So it becomes very important to search for truly natural products, for both beauty and personal hygiene. Many companies are now jumping on board and there is a wide variety of them available in super markets and health food stores across the national. It’s also quite easy to make your own with simple kitchen supplies! The latter option also save you a lot of money.
3. Learn How Your Body Works
I devoted an entire chapter in my book to natural family planning, as I needed to make sure that women learn how their reproductive system functions! I want you all to know more than I did when my husband and I first started down our seemingly long and drawn out journey to become parents.
Did you know that your body gives you signs that you’re about to ovulate? Through changing cervical positions and fluid, along with other secondary symptoms, you can actually figure out when you ovulate. And I don’t think I need to tell you how important this might be in the fertility arena. Another added bonus to learning what your particular body signals are, is that you can look at a basal body temperature chart, or a few of them together, and figure out what might be going on internally and causing infertility.
I’m so passionate about giving couples the tools they need to cleanse and feed their bodies so that they may go on to have healthy babies; because all too often our conventional method of medical advice fails to teach simple aspects of fertility.
During the weeks of January 21 – 28, I’ll be giving away a fabulous package of free ebooks and resources to those who purchase my book, Naturally Knocked Up. For those who haven’t heard of the book yet, I cover aspects of cleansing the body, nourishing it with real food, natural family planning, exercise, alternative therapies, and more – all from a Christian perspective. The book retails for $18.95 on both Amazon and Vintage Remedies, and all you have to do to get the freebies I’ll list below is email me a copy of the purchase receipt!
Infertility now strikes one in six couples, one of five known pregnancies end in miscarriage, and modern women are suffering from chronic and degenerative diseases at alarming rates.
In this groundbreaking book, Donielle Baker provides much needed information on how to improve female health naturally by avoiding some of the most common environmental, dietary, and lifestyle concerns. This is a must have in every home for couples hoping to achieve a pregnancy and women who want a healthier body overall.
With practical information that is easy to read, Naturally Knocked Up is the perfect resource for women everywhere.
And this week only, when you purchase this book in paperback (available on Amazon or Vintage Remedies) you’ll receive over $35.00 in free ebooks!
These amazing downloads will help you learn even more about the benefits of natural living and give you the tools you need to make these changes.
Here are the freebies you can download:
Printable Recipe Pages
All the recipes you’ll find in the book, PLUS printouts of the recipes that got cut from the original manuscript because it was getting too long! These extra pages include plenty of fabulous how-to’s and incredible recipes from some of my favorite “real food” and natural living friends.
I’ll be putting together a couple of menu plans to give you an idea of what your “fertility diet” could look like as well as a sample whole foods cleanse menu.
Fertility Foods Checklist
This basic nutritional recommendation list is a great way to start making sure you get in all the nutrients your body needs. Just put it up on the fridge and mark it off as you go through the week.
Herbal Nurturing ebook by Michele Augur of FrugalGranola.com
Naturally prepare for cold/flu season, PMS, headaches, sunburns, postpartum, tummy aches, rashes, and more with over 30 recipes, additional homeopathic suggestions, and healthy-living tips.
Week-by-Week Guide to Your Pregnancy ebook by Angela England of http://untrainedhousewife.com
What changes should a woman expect during her pregnancy? How does the baby grow each week? This pregnancy development ebook will answer all those questions, and more. Not only does A Weekly Guide to Pregnancy cover each week’s changes for both mother and baby, but the book also includes some bonus material including morning sickness, easing back pain, and other pregnancy complaints.
Over 60 pages of week-by-week information at your fingertips.
A value of $4.97!
Angela is also the author of Backyard Farming and 30 Days to Make, Market, and Sell a Fabulous Ebook.
Beyond Grain & Dairy, and ebook by Starlene Stewart of GAPS Diet Journey
When you’ve been told you can no longer eat gluten, grains and dairy, it might seem there is nothing left to eat. Beyond Grain & Dairy is a recipe book with 113 delicious recipes made with real food which will show you that there is plenty of delicious food. There is no need to feel deprived, move Beyond Grain & Dairy and you may feel better than you have in your whole life.
A value of $17.00!
The Kitchen Herbal by Jessie Hawkins (digital addition) of Vintage Remedies
Herbs and spices have been used medicinally since antiquity, but not in the capsules and preparations we use today. Traditionally, the line between food and medicine was blurred, as many functional foods served as medicine, and many medicinal herbals were taken with food. This leads to an explosion in flavor possibilities that will please the palate while boosting wellness.
In this book, Jessie Hawkins explores eighteen traditional culinary herbs. You will learn how to cultivate them, harvest and store them, and how to add them to your table. She covers the nutritional and medicinal use of each herb, then provides recipes and tips on pairing flavors for maximum taste. This delightful book combines food, health and wellness in a fun and enjoyable culinary experience.
A value of $4.95!
Jessie Hawkins is also the author of Handbook of Vintage Remedies and Guide to Bread: Unlocking the Mysteries of Grains, Gluten and Yeast.
Sugar Detox Challenge ebook
Whether you’re just starting on your journey to ‘real’ and natural foods, or you’ve been on this road for some time and just need a bit of encouragement, this ebook is for you!
Is Your Flour Wet? ebook
A multiple blogger project I’m involved in, put together by Katie of Kitchen Stewardship. Your guide to soaked, sprouted, and fermented baked goods with plenty of recipes. You’ll learn the reasons behind why you’d want to prepare your grains this way and also gain tutorials on how to do it properly. The recipes have been contributed by other bloggers who have worked to make sure they’re both tasty and nutritious.
What Is Thyroid Detox and Why You Need It To Feel Like Yourself Again ebook by Magdalena Wszelaki, Certified Holistic Health Coach and Josie Lincoln, UK Naturopathic Nutrition Advisor
To get access to these A.MAZE.ING freebies worth over $35.00, just email me at assistant AT naturallyknockedup.com (replace the AT with the @ symbol) with either your e-receipt forwarded from Amazon or Vintage Remedies showing you purchased this book in paperback OR a photo of the book in your possession. As an added bonus, this offer also applies to everyone who has previously ordered a paperback copy of the book!