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Fertility and Pregnancy – What to Eat and Why

My dream has always been to have 12 kids….so far I am about 1/6 of the way there! My husband, Daniel, and I got married in the summer of 2012 and 14 months later we had both a foster child (big surprise!) and a biological child. We know that children are a blessing from the Lord, and blessed is the man who has many of them (Psalms 127). Therefore, we are trusting God with our family size and know that He could send us children at any time….which means my body needs to always be ready to receive a little miracle from Him! This means my diet for fertility and pregnancy plays an ongoing important role.

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Fertility and Pregnancy – the Importance of Diet and Cleansing

It’s amazing to think of a little baby forming in my womb and I always marvel at the creation of new life. I will only have one season of pregnancy with each child, only one chance to provide a healthy environment while each part of my baby intricately grows within me. Only one chance, so I don’t ever want to unnecessarily cause avoidable complications by not taking excellent care of my health and my baby’s. This gave me motivation to work hard and to do research instead of gullibly following our American diet. Knowing that poor dietary choices during pregnancy can cause irritability, colic and food allergies was all I needed to know to make the healthiest choices that I knew.

Right after our honeymoon we went on a raw foods/juice fast for seven days to begin the process of cleansing. During pregnancy you will be sharing almost everything with your baby, and you certainly don’t want years of toxic build-up being passed on! Your hubby’s sperm will contribute to the health of the baby as well so try to get him cleansed, also.

After the cleanse I began eating lots of nutrient dense foods and avoiding processed foods. The guidelines that I followed were a combination from Dr. Brewer and Dr. Price (see resources). It focused largely on storing up high quantities of nutrients before pregnancy so that during pregnancy both you and your baby would have all that you need without depleting the mother’s body and shortchanging a child. Nourishing Traditions and Nourishing Traditions Book of Baby & Child Care are awesome resources on pre-conception and conception nutrition, and I would highly recommend them. The Natural Fertility and Wellness website also provides a great, free!, checklist. (See the giveaway below for a free copy of their Cleansing for Conception! Or use coupon code “TRIPLETS30” for a 30% discount on it or the Sugar Detox Challenge.)

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About seven months into marriage we found out we were pregnant, and so I continued to follow the same recommendations as I had on my pre-pregnancy list. I personally think that list is way too much food to eat, so I just kept it on my fridge as a “gentle nutritional reminder” and not a judgment for what I did and didn’t eat. At that time we received full custody of a friend’s baby as well so I was busy taking care of him and didn’t focus a ton on much else..

To ensure healthy fetal development you want to be eating foods that have a high concentration of vitamins and fat. While vegetables may have lots of vitamins they are usually not very concentrated and sometimes harder for the body to assimilate. Therefore you want to be sure you are getting plenty of foods like seafood, raw dairy, coconut oil, grassfed meats, cod liver oil, etc. Considering the brain is 60% fat, I don’t think one can overemphasize the importance of healthy fats for a developing child. Just make sure you are consuming natural fats such as avocado, olive oil, coconut oil and not toxic ones such as vegetable oil, canola oil, etc.

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I also want to say that avoiding certain foods is just as important as what you consume. With the rise of genetically modified crops, infertility inducing pesticides, and toxic chemicals it is now more important than ever to eat a clean diet. I know it can be hard, and sometimes you may just give in. If it is every once in a while that’s totally ok! To help me when I was faced with a food choice, I would think of the umbilical cord and the food going directly to the baby and it would help me have self-control and avoid the sweets and processed foods that I didn’t want in my baby’s little system.

Looking back I am very glad I made the dietary choices that I did during pregnancy. Our little Isaiah is happy and content and rarely fusses or cries. I attribute that both to prayers over him and to eating nourishing foods during pregnancy and while breastfeeding. It’s much better to begin looking at nutrition early and prevent unnecessary problems for your little one down the road. It’s all part of being a mom!

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How did you make changes to your diet for optimal fertility and pregnancy?

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About Brittany Howell

Brittany is a young mom to a foster son and biological son - all within the first 14 months of her marriage to Daniel! She is passionate about family, the pro-life movement and natural living. She is also an independent Young Living representative (YL #1132811). You can contact Brittany at brittanylhowell@gmail.com.

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