If you're hoping or trying to get pregnant within the next 6 months, you need to start taking (better) care of yourself TODAY.
It's important to set the stage for fertility, conception, and your baby's development by first ensuring your own health. Obviously, women have a longer and greater need to sustain their health before, during and after conception and birth. But both Mom and Dad's bodies need preparation and nutritional support before conception.
If you're struggling with infertility, or if you're hoping to conceive within the next 6 months, you need to be focused on getting ample rest, reducing toxin exposure, eliminating physical, mental and/or emotional stressors, and last -- but definitely not least! -- consuming a nutrient-dense, whole-foods diet.
Fertility is one of our most amazing capabilities as human beings; it's also one of the body's last priorities.
Our body always has its own best interest in mind! Its goal is always healthy offspring, but it will not jeopardize its own health for fertility.
If the body is unhealthy, unbalanced, overstressed, or undernourished, it will focus the majority of its energy on survival instead of fertility. It will reduce its production of sex hormones significantly -- sometimes almost entirely. Energy, nutrients, and even hormones normally reserved for fertility will be reallocated to its survival efforts.
For example, pregnenolone is a precursor to the important female and male fertility hormones progesterone and testosterone. It is also a precursor to cortisol and the adrenal glands. In times of stress, the demands of the adrenal glands and the body's cortisol needs are high. The adrenals and cortisol will burn through pregnenolone quickly, and will even use that which would normally be converted used in progesterone or testosterone production. Fertility is a last priority and will be shoved to the back burner until the body's energy and pregnenalone stores can fully support adrenal and cortisol needs... and have enough left over to allocate to proper hormone production.
When the body returns to balance, fertility capabilities are restored.
Consuming ample nutrients from unprocessed, nutrient-dense, whole foods helps ensure the body is getting what it needs to properly fuel, repair and rebalance itself. High-quality proteins, carbs, fats, vitamins, minerals, and water are essential to supporting fertility, conception, and baby growth. The food we eat becomes us: it feeds the cells of our body. Our food must contain the nutrients required for daily life, energy and vitality, which the body knows how to convert into brain chemicals, tissues and organs, hormones, and growing babies! :)
To repair and prepare your body for the fullness of its fertility and conception, feed it tasty, nutrient-dense, whole foods, especially these 5!