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. 

What can I do to help my IVF work?

Erica, “what can I do to help my IVF work?” As an infertility mentor this is one of the most asked question. For anyone on the infertility journey IVF is usually not the first or second on the journey. By the time couples get to the place of agreeing to IVF there has already been a huge investment of emotional turmoil, time and money. The money. Oh, so much money for the chance to become parents. You wouldn’t go into any other transaction that costs as much without first safeguarding that you are in alignment to ensure the success of the outcome.
The reproductive system is so intricate that to even move the needle by millimeters could change the outcome. Here are my best tips to put into practice when you’re preparing for your IVF or IUI procedure. For more information and support like this join us over at Infertility Empowered.


1)Acupuncture- This eastern medicine modality has been utilized for millennia to prepare a woman’s body for conception. Today well-rounded REI clinics are offering this in house to help with relaxation and implantation either before or after the procedures. If your REI doesn’t offer this, speak to them about bringing your own practitioner or make an appointment that coincides with your treatment. There are tons of studies both clinical and anecdotal that support acupuncture as extremely complimentary for reproductive medicine.

2)Gentle movement- This will help originate your blood and provide much needed stress release. Swap out higher impact activities for ones that are lower impact but still increase heart rate. Research behind high impact activity is very divided with no clear answer as to whether or not this affects implantation. Traditional Chinese medicine defers to low impact activity during ovulation and the two -week wait.

3)Support your Liver/Gut- Both of these organs support your hormones so do all that you can to be gentle with them and make their job easier. Eat easily digested meals, drink plenty of water and avoid inflammatory foods like dairy. Your liver plays a very important role in your hormone balance so avoid alcohol during ovulation and the two-week wait.

4)Sleep- Sleep is important to restore your body. Remember the goal here is to grow a human. Make sure you get plenty of rest so your blood sugar/and cortisol levels remain stable as these are both big players in reproduction.

5)Supplements- Of course you know when you get pregnant that you will be taking a pre-natal vitamin to support your growing baby, but there is plenty of research to support taking one pre-conception can help you conceive also. Make sure the vitamins you are taking are whole food (meaning not synthetic) as synthetic vitamins can tax your liver and create toxicity. Confused as to what to take? And why? Get on the list for my workshop Decoding Supplements.









 
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