Please note: These are very basic suggestions for clients beginning their preconception journey. If you have been trying to get pregnant for several months while charting normal cycles, or a year without charting, or if you or your partner have a known reproductive health complication, you may want to consider more assertive tactics, such as laboratory hormone levels, in conjunction with the suggestions below. They are also, in my experience, what we recommend for a successful pregnancy and birth, but they are by no means the only way!
- Real Food for Mother and Baby by Nina Planck. An excellent resource on what to eat and why, before, during, and after pregnancy.
- Your Fertility Signals by Merryl Winstein. A quick, basic guide to fertility charting.
- Taking Charge of Your Fertility by Toni Weschler. The so-called “fertility awareness Bible.” Contains more complicated scenarios and is a much denser read than the above resource.
- Garden of Fertility by Katie Singer (companion website here contains free printable fertility charts, fertility FAQs, and lots of other useful information).
- Naturally Knocked Up. Natural diet and lifestyle information on a variety of preconception and infertility topics. You can register for free and receive an excellent Fertility Foods daily checklist.
- Food-based prenatal or multivitamin (such as New Chapter, Rainbow Light or MegaFood)
- Cod liver oil (liquid or capsules), or fish oil plus vitamin D
- High-quality probiotic (like Acidophilus Pearls or Garden of Life Raw Probiotics for Women)
- Preferably organic, high-quality proteins and fats from grass-fed meats, butter, and pastured eggs
- Eliminate sugar, refined carbohydrates, and seed oils (such as canola)
- Create a plan for managing stress, in your life and in your body. Mindfulness meditation (even 5-10 minutes per day) and gentle exercise (yoga, walking, swimming) are ideal.
- Consider and address any areas of blockage in your life: relationship troubles (with your partner or anyone else), unresolved grief, previous birth trauma, or major life changes.