When you think about making babies, pre fertility may or may not be the first thing to cross your mind. For some, fertility really is not an issue, but for others, getting pregnant can be a little trickier. As you research pre fertility online, you will come across a never ending stream of advice that can quickly become overwhelming. Here are our best tips simplified to help you towards the ultimate goal of a healthy pregnancy and baby.

Consider Your Environment

  • Reduce exposure to endocrine and hormone disruptors in common skin care, cleaning and home products.
  • What have you been exposed to recently? Harsh chemicals from common items like new carpet, VOC’s from paint, even pesticides from agricultural residue can all build up in your tissues and fat cells. Work with a physician to help your elimination channels like your liver and digestive system work efficiently with a detox. You can even have labs drawn up looking for heavy metal levels, chelation treatment could be in order.

Stressed Because You’re Stressed?

  • The funny thing about stress is that we can make most of it up. Stressing about getting pregnant is one of the least productive things you can do. Take time to find peace with your possible outcomes because ultimately it is out of your control in many ways.
  • Distract yourself with something you love. Instead of being preoccupied with worrying about getting pregnant, throw your thoughts and efforts into something that is good for your soul.

Start with Food

  • Let food be thy medicine! Give your body the best chance you can by fueling it with the right foods. Eating a clean, plant-based diet is a great place to start, but there are some unsung fertility heroes you may want to try adding into your diet. Try plenty of spinach, beans, quinoa, and pumpkin seeds to increase iron levels.
  • During ovulation, Vitamin C, B Vitamins and Zinc are very important. Citrus fruits and berries are a great source of Vitamin C. B vitamins vary, but folate is especially important. Try leafy greens, eggs, and whole complex grains. For zinc, pumpkin seeds again are great, cashews, chickpeas and cocoa. We suggest a whole food chocolate brownie made with chickpea flour!

It Takes Two to Tango

  • Often times women bare the weight of getting pregnant on their shoulders alone, but really men have just as an important role. Be sure both partners are tested for fertility levels, because there are many factors at play for men such as sperm count and motility.
  • When you know which obstacles each individual respectively is facing, then your physician can help you make a plan on how to best work with it.

Bonus

Chocolate Cashew Butter Chickpea Brownies

1 can organic chickpeas, drained and rinsed

½ cup cashew butter

⅓ cup agave nectar or sweetener of choice

⅓ cup cocoa powder

1 egg

1 tablespoon coconut oil

1 pinch sea salt

1 tablespoon vanilla

¼ teaspoon baking powder

¼ teaspoon baking soda

¼ cup dark chocolate chips

 

  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. In a food processor, blend together the chickpeas, cashew butter, agave, cocoa, egg, coconut oil, salt, and vanilla until it forms a smooth consistency. Next pulse in the baking powder and soda until blended. Remove the blade and fold in the chocolate chips with a spatula.
  2. Transfer the mix to a greased brownie pan and spread the mix evenly. Tap the bottom so that any air bubbles can escape.
  3. Bake about 40-45 minutes until the edges are crispy. Allow to cool slightly before slicing and store in an airtight container.

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