- 7 years ago
- Wedding: May 2011
Hey there ladies. i have decided to start a thread where we share our tips and strategies for the optimal health and fertility during our TCC jounrey. This includes people who are already TCC and those who are prepping in the year. we have the charters thread. this is the thread for all the other things tcc has made us adjust.
i will start by saying what i am doing. i wont be tcc till january but i have read that even up to a year prior it is a good idea to start taking steps but at least 3 months prior. i went off BCP in July and have been charting as well but here are the additional steps.
* Getting to a healthy weight. the ideal BMI for a woman who wants to have a baby is between 19 and 25. i was under this number prior to my wedding but now i have gained a good 15lbs and gotten it up to a 21.
* Revamping diet: i have excluded nearly all caffiene, processed sugars, saturated fats, alcohal and animal proteins from my diet. it hasnt been easy but i have read that these items can harm fertility. particularly having too much , caffiene (which can disrupt blood flow), animal protein or saturated fat. i am trying to incorporate some of the foods for fertility in my diet more often. they are:
Yams, Dark berries, crucifurous veggies like kale, broccoli, turnips and cauliflower, Oysters, tomatoes, pumpkin seeds, walnuts, almonds, flax and whole grains, beans and legumes and avacados.
* Dialing down my life stress which can affect ovulation by delaying it and blood flow to the ovaries. i am going in for accupuncture. doing fertility yoga dvds i found at pulling down the moon and yoga4fertility. excercising everyday in a low impact way such as speedwalking or elliptical. i took a 5 week meditation course which has done wonders and i also started making collages and a hope chest in addition to using pinterest to focus on feeling positive about my baby dream. i have heard there are great guiided meditation cds that i would love to look into.
Suppliments: aside from a prescription prenatal i am also taking Green Vibrance, Calcium, Vitamin D, fish oil and acidophiolous. i also plan on checking out some of the chinese herbs i keep hearing about when i see my accupuncturist and CO enzyme 10 and L Lysine. i take mucinex. i am on the fence about green tea because i don’t want to have too much caffiene but i will have a little bit here and there. i am also unsure about red rasberry leaf tea. What to Expect Before Your Expecting had recommended against it but i know it is marketed as a fertility tea. i buy the tulsi teas at wholefoods. my faves are mint and chammomile.
*Going Green. I didn’t realize until i thought about TCC just what it was that was so bad about chemicals and the plastics we use daily. now i am well aware they are endocrine disrupters that could possibly lead to cancers, fertility issues or perimenopause. it is shocking to me and so upsetting to think that the FDA allows these products and items to be sold and used. they ar poison. amongst my tips:
no more microwaving or stopring anything in plastic bowels. i am Avoiding all plastics that have BPAS. i drink my water out of a glass bottle and just try to avoid things stored in plastic. canned foods can be lined with these too so make sure not to eat anything out of a can unless you are planning to boil it in a teflon free pot or pan. i bought some iron wares for our home. the non stick stuff is all loaded with carcinogens.
throwing out all makeup that has chemicals in it. the big baddies are parabans and phalates. whole foods sells some good natural stuff. all burts bees stuff is good. check all labels for these baddies. sunscreen is a big bad one. most sunscreens and deoderants are so bad for you. shampoos and lotions though too. it’s not worth it.
changed all household cleaning products including dishsoap, detergent, and surface cleaners to Seventh Generation or natural products. Baking soda and White wine vinigar are gods gift and will clean most things better than all those nasty chemicals i have found.
i try to buy my groceries organic and this includes meat, milk and eggs and things that are shot full of hormones. i eat fish but only low mercury wild caught variety. i try to avoid deli meats and cured meats full of nitrates as well.
i am very careful with the radiation from my phone, microwave or computer and i wont change toners in office machines without gloves. the chemicals in them are toxic.
Anyway these are some of the steps i am taking. It has been a big life overhaul. What are you gals doing? Let’s share so we can all be educated and healthy for our TCC.