Constance Lewis, Struck by Lightening

Constance Lewis, Struck by Lightening


3 Easy Ways to Pick a Prenatal

3 Easy Ways to Pick a Prenatal

3 Easy Ways to Pick a Prenatal

Here are some easy ways to make sure the supplements you pick are helping you. If you’re trying to get pregnant you most likely know that you should be taking a prenatal vitamin with folic acid or supplementing folic acid in addition to your multivitamin. But how do you pick which one? The one your doctor recommends or your sister or best friend? The cheapest or most expensive?

Choose Whole Food Sourced/ Non-Synthetic
The most important factor in picking any vitamin or supplement is that you choose one that is not synthetic. Synthetic vitamins are NOT easily absorbed into your body and therefore might not be doing the job they’re supposed to be doing. Additionally, synthetic supplements can cause toxicity in your liver and tax your kidneys, both which play a huge role in your hormones and reproduction.

Read the Label
Prioritize supplements that are red, yellow and blue dye free.Each ingredient should be listed separately with the source of the vitamin from a recognizable food source. (Vitamin C from aronia cherry etc). Gummies are not a great source for high potency vitamins so avoid those unless it’s the only option. In addition gummies are often made from gelatin which can contain high levels of glyphosate.

Learn to Spot a Fake
Another easy way to spot “fake” or synthetic vitamins is by looking at the ending of the word. If it ends in “ate” or “ide” as these are indicative of synthetic vitamins. Never take a B vitamin that is listed as cyanocobalamin as this is translated, cyno =cyanide .

Folate versus Folic Acid
For years we have been told about the importance of supplementing with folic acid to prevent neural tube defects in early pregnancy. Now the information has been clarified to show that the supplement should be natural folate and not folic acid which has been shown to contribute to midline defects.

What Folate Does
The purpose is to prevent birth defects, provide energy, help generate red blood cells, repair DNA and aid cellular detox. The recommended dose of Folate/ methyl folate is 800-1000 mg (consult your healthcare provider). You can also get a natural healthy dose of folate from lentils, leafy greens and broccoli.

The bottom line is this. Supplements can be costly, don't let them also be an obstacle to getting pregnant by choosing the wrong ones. 

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Erica Hoke, Seven Years to Seven Diagnosis and Four Sons

Erica Hoke, Seven Years to Seven Diagnosis and Four Sons


Meet 20 Women with Infertility Success

Meet 20 Women with Infertility Success
I can’t imagine a fiercer group of women on the planet than those women who endure infertility.
Infertility Success, Stories of Help and Hope for Your Journey
 includes stories from 19 women across the USA and South Africa. These women are entrepreneurs, nurses, writers, actresses, personal trainers, activist, and doctors. Their stories cover a spectrum of reproductive issues (endometriosis, uterine fibroids, PCOS, thyroid disease, MTHFR, factor 5 Leiden, and low ovarian reserve).

Their path to the family of their dreams is very different. Some used reproductive medicine, NaPro technology or Traditional Chinese Medicine. Other’s made big or small diet or lifestyle changes, until the outcome they desired became a reality.

It's also a cautionary tale of self advocacy in the world of reproductive medicine. Many authors endured misdiagnosis and missed diagnosis, heart-ache and lose. Many of them beat impossible odds.

They. ALL. Persisted.

Now every one of them wants to spare you from another wasted cycle, and more wasted time, money and effort. Every one of the authors wrote their story for you. The one reader they could help. And if it was only you? They still would have written it. Because of this, each chapter includes “Tip” sections for your journey so it is easy for you to take action and continue moving forward and a way to personally connect with each author. We're here for you and, we’re all voting your victory. 

 
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