My Pre-Conception Journey | part one

No other society is as careless about preparation for pregnancy and birth as our own; our haphazard approach stands in sharp contrast to the wisdom and dedication that Dr. Weston A Price observed in traditional cultures, which often practiced a period of special feeding for men and women before conception, and always provided a special nutrient-dense foods during pregnancy, lactation, and growth.
— The Nourishing Traditions Book of Baby and Childcare
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I want to preface this post by saying I’m coming from a space of sharing my journey with love, and not giving or receiving advice. I’m calling this a pre-conception journey and not a fertility journey, as I want to be sensitive to this subject and those who may be struggling. I’m definitely not an expert, just wanted to open up a bit more since there seems to be an interest.


In January of this 2019, I started to prepare my body for a potential baby. I think people are often surprised that by preparation, I mean 1-3 years (at least!). In addition to the emotional and spiritual shifts I’ve felt, I want to share on the preparation of my body and the pre-conception diet I started in the beginning of the year.

I have always felt that nutrition would be one of the top priorities for me and my partner during this time. Nourishing food is a medicine we consume at least three times a day, and it is my understanding that baby will not only be created by what you eat during pregnancy, but by your body’s reserves as well. As someone who has been plant-based for more that half of my life, I felt depleted in this area and in need of support by supplementing more protein and healthy fats into my diet. Not saying you can’t get these from plants, but I came to a place where I was intuitively guided to add more to my diet! Everyone’s body is different, your body knows what it needs and no one else. Our naturopath is highly focused on nutrition for pre-conception as a means of preparing the body. He recommends The Nourishing Traditions Book of Baby and Childcare, which has been an in-depth resource on conception and birth. I’m totally guided by my body’s natural rhythms, and reading this book has expanded my mind as to new ways I can get the nutrition I desire! I’ve been adding a food-based pre-natal vitamin, high quality fish oil, homemade bone broth, raw milk, butter, and eggs. Real Food for Mother and Baby by Nina Planck has also been a great resource with a focus on the wisdom of traditional foods. There is so much programming to undo around taking in nourishing foods, especially if you grew up with diet culture as I did. Real Food does an impressive job of debunking these food myths with solid studies and evidence (such as eating butter, raw milk, and meat). I have more energy than every before and feel so grounded and grateful for this nourishment.

I know it can be an overwhelming process to prepare for such a huge life event (perhaps the biggest one!), but I try my best to simplify. Admittedly, I don’t love going down internet rabbit holes and I find over-researching to be draining. I have a few trusted resources and look to them for advice, but most of all, I trust my body and listen to how it responds to the changes. I look forward to sharing more on this journey!

Resources:

The Nourishing Traditions Book of Baby and Childcare by Sally Fallon Morell and Thomad S Cowan, MD

Real Food for Mother and Baby by Nina Planck

Garden of Life Prenatal Multivitamin

Nordic Naturals Prenatal DHA

EWG’s Skin Deep app

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