Pregnancy & Fertility

Are you a new mother, expecting or trying to have a baby?

In America today, 20% of married couples of childbearing age have trouble conceiving and completing a successful pregnancy.

For men: a zinc deficiency, a fast food diet, long-term exposure to workplace chemicals, too much alcohol, marijuana or prescription drugs, and chronic infections affect fertility.

For women: conception inhibitors are great stress, being underweight, and severe anemia. Further, hormone imbalance problems like endometriosis, polycystic ovary syndrome, and fibroids routinely lead to infertility in women. Hormone mimics from pollutants are implicated in infertility in both sexes.

Diet is a critical key to successful conception... for both partners:

- A "virility nutrition" program for a man includes a short cleansing diet, then zinc-rich foods like pumpkin seeds, and shellfish, healthy omega-3 fats from seafood, protein rich foods, and plenty of whole grains. Organic foods are important. A study reported in Lancet shows men who eat organic foods produce 43% more sperm than those who don't. Natural vitamin E, 400IU daily, can improve sperm motility. Tests show the amino acid L-carnitine, 500mg daily, boosts sperm quality in subfertile men. A daily dose of zinc, vitamin C and folic acid has also been found to improve low sperm count. Note: Severe food limitation has a direct impact on the testicles. A man's fertility rise may take place in as little as 2 months after his diet improvements.

- A "fertility nutrition" program for a woman includes plenty of salads and sea greens, very low sugars, and a smaller volume of whole grains and nuts. Her diet should be low in saturated fats, but rich in essential fatty acids. I recommend fish and seafood, rather than meat, unless certified organic, because much of America's meat and poultry is antibiotic and hormone laced. Limit dairy foods to keep the system free flowing. Avoid refined carbohydrates and sugar that feed Candida yeast. Yeast infections create an over-acid environment, which is inhospitable to sperm. Eat magnesium-rich foods, like almonds, green leafy vegetables, avocado, carrots, citrus fruits, lentils, salmon to counteract stress reactions and anxiety that reduce fertility. Drink a cup of green tea every morning. Important: A woman's fertility rise may take 6 to 18 months after her diet change.

Lifestyle habits are important for fertility. Get light exercise, and morning sunshine every day possible. Massage therapy sessions, and deep breathing exercises, especially during long walks together, are very beneficial. Acupuncture has also been very successful in overcoming fertility problems for women and men.

I've seen over and over again that a good diet and lifestyle is critical for at least six months before trying to conceive for both partners. Nature tries in every way possible to insure the survival of a new life.... but the poor nutrition and stress of today's culture seems to be at the base of most fertility problems.

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Tip 1: Pregnant women should always include a broad spectrum prenatal vitamin with extra folic acid in their daily health regimen. Folic acid supplements are critical in preventing neural tube defects like spina bifida. Consult with your ob-gyn for your best prenatal care.

Tip 2: In addition to my new book Do You Want to Have a Baby?: Natural Fertility Solutions and Pregnancy Care, I also highly recommend the extensive Pregnancy (pg. 211-222) & Fertility (pg. 533) chapters in Linda Page's Healthy Healing 14th Edition.