Remember it takes the two of you (a man and a woman) to make a healthy and HAPPY baby. Take a look at our top ten recommendations for the soon-to-be mum and dad.
- 1. Find a naturopath in your neighborhood for support and guidance about detoxification programs. A full detoxification program cleanses your digestive system (which includes your liver), kidneys, blood and skin.
- 2. Toxic heavy metals are everywhere. Aluminum, lead, cadmium and mercury are examples of toxic heavy metals. They can be very harmful to the growing baby (fetus). This is the reason why you should do a heavy metal cleanse if it’s indicated. If you find yourself in any of the following situations or if you were in the past, then you may need a heavy metal cleanse. Remember it is extremely important to seek the guidance of your healthcare practitioner with a heavy metal cleanse to ensure the cleanse is as gentle as possible on your body.
Lead – can be inhaled when paint is removed from old houses during renovation. Some old houses (prior to 1980 in NZ) were painted with lead-based paint.
Mercury – mercury is accumulated in larger fish so when purchasing fish, look for the little guys and eat fish only 1-2 times per week. Mercury can also be found in mercury-amalgam dental fillings. Ask your dentist about replacement of these fillings if necessary.
Aluminum – Are you still using aluminum cookware? You might want to upgrade to stainless steel. Aluminum can leach into the food you’re cooking and get in your system.
Note: You may also want to test the quality of your water. If your water is contaminated with toxic heavy metals or other chemicals, it can be harmful to your baby.
Another cleanse which may be indicated for you, is the parasite cleanse. Like toxic heavy metals, they can also be found everywhere. Be sure to ask about it when you visit your healthcare practitioner.
- 3. Beef up your HEALTHY diet. This is especially true for the mum-to-be. You’re going to be eating for “One and a Bit More” , you and the one growing inside you ( don’t eat for 2 though or you will be eating too many calories ) . Remember how grandma cooked and prepared your food? That’s the sort of healthy diet we’re talking about. Avoid processed foods, added sugar, refined carbohydrates, caffeinated drinks, sugary drinks (including juice) and damaged vegetable oils like canola, soybean and rice bran oils. Drink plenty of water throughout the day.
- 4. Take care of the good bacteria inside your intestines. They keep the bad ones in small and harmless numbers. You can also take a probiotic supplement to add to the population of friendly bacteria already in your digestive tract.
- 5. Nutrients for her: Mum should be taking a good prenatal multivitamin and mineral supplement as well as DHA omega-3. Extra folic acid, iron, B12 and iodine are often needed if you’re levels are too low. Ask your healthcare practitioner to check your levels and how much extra to take of these nutrients.
- 6. Nutrients for him: Daddy should also be taking a good multivitamin and mineral supplement. He needs stamina and endurance to keep supporting mummy throughout the pregnancy. For this, he needs extra iodine, DHA, antioxidants, extra selenium and zinc. We recommend following the guidance of your healthcare practitioner and your nutrient levels checked.
- 7. Avoid party drugs, alcohol and cigarettes. Honestly, is this too hard to grasp?
- 8. Manage your stress properly. Keep them to a minimum as much as possible. You have a better chance of conceiving if you’re not stressed out. Do relaxation exercises and regular low impact exercise like swimming and walking. Deep breathing can also help a lot to relax you.
- 9. Enjoy the great outdoors! Take some time out to do something fun and have a good laugh.
- 10. Find a health practitioner in your area for support with conception if additional help is needed or if you have difficulties in making your bundle of joy. Certain tests can be done to screen for specific fertility problems.
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