BIGGEST CONTEST EVER! Denise’s story.

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Meet Denise.  She is the second winner of my Biggest Contest Ever!  She has won free nutrition and lifestyle coaching from now until she gets pregnant and has a baby, up to a maximum of 15 months.  This includes six months of preparing and actively trying to conceive.  Not everyone gets pregnant on their first try.  It’s very common to take 3 to 6 months before a couple gets that positive pregnancy test, sometimes longer.  Our goal for Denise is that she and her husband make a baby within the next six months.  Hopefully sooner than later!

*Every individual is unique and will have different nutritional needs. The recommendations I make for Denise may or may not benefit other women who have similar experiences. The nutritional advice given to Denise is based on a specific, detailed health and lifestyle assessment. They will not apply to every woman. If you are interested in a personal assessment for yourself, please send an e-mail to karen@natureprenatal.com.

Denise is 30 years old.  She and her husband do not have any children yet, however they were pregnant once.  They lost their first baby due to an ectopic pregnancy.  For anyone who has never heard of an ectopic pregnancy, it’s when the embryo implants itself somewhere outside of the uterus.  In most cases, it’s the fallopian tube.  I won’t get into details, percentages or statistics.  If you would like to learn more about ectopic pregnancies you can find the information easily enough.  What I will share with you is that once you have one ectopic pregnancy, your risk increases to have another.  Denise is now high risk.

Although she has recently gone through this tragedy, Denise remains hopeful and in good spirits.  It truly amazes me how resilient we are as human beings.  Not only physically, but emotionally and mentally we must allow ourselves to heal.  Our bodies, minds and spirits are all closely connected and dependant on one another for true health.

As far as physically, Denise is in very good condition.  She is a healthy weight and active.  She enjoys regular vacation, just returning from her most recent trip.  She eats well, choosing organic meats as well as fruits and vegetables.  She drinks a green smoothie every morning for breakfast.  She makes her own pasta from scratch!  It’s hard to find anything with her diet and lifestyle that she should improve on.  Until I dig a little deeper…..

According to Denise’s assessment forms, she has a high score for a digestive imbalance.  Digestion is the key to good health.  It’s where it all begins.  You need a healthy digestive tract in order to absorb the nutrients that you eat.  You need a healthy colon to move and dispose of toxins and other harmful matter.  Without proper digestion, all kinds of health problems can occur.

The first thing I notice in Denise’s food log is that she drinks diet soft drinks and coffee.  These both contain caffeine and the diet drinks contain aspartame.  I recommend that Denise stop both of these bad habits.  We all know you shouldn’t drink coffee while pregnant, but it’s also good to stop before you get pregnant.  Too much caffeine can have an effect on fertility, as well as the nervous system.  Besides, while actively TTC, it’s best to treat your body as though you are already pregnant.  There are about two weeks after conceiving that a pregnancy test will not register as positive.  During these two weeks any caffeine, alcohol, or other toxins like aspartame, may interfere with normal fetal development.

Denise also showed some signs of hypoglycemia, which can lead to diabetes, or if she is pregnant, gestational diabetes.  It’s important to reduce this risk now before she is pregnant.  Denise needs to eat small meals frequently throughout the day that are low sugar and contain fiber.  As with most of my recommendations, I advise Denise to eat lots of vegetables.  I also suggest sprouted grains, nuts and seeds to increase digestion.  However, it’s important to note that with raw sprouts, there is an increased chance of being contaminated.  This can harm her and her baby, if she becomes pregnant.  To be on the safe side, I recommend making her own sprouts at home and lightly steaming or cooking them.  They can be used in baking, or add them to soups and stews, etc.  For more information on sprouts, visit this blog.

Denise is currently taking prenatal vitamins including folic acid.  Folic acid is important to reduce the risk of spina bifida and other neural tube defects.  Every woman who is actively trying to conceive should be taking a good quality prenatal vitamin that includes at least 400 mcg of folic acid.

 

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I hope to share some good news very soon about Denise’s prenatal journey.  Please check back often and feel free to say hello or wish her good luck in a comment below.

 

 

 

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