Ashley’s Story – Final Blog.

IT’S A GIRL!

Ashley’s baby is now just over eight weeks old and doing amazing!  She is your typical healthy baby, pooping, sleeping and eating.  Repeat!  I am happy to report that Ashley and baby are exclusively breastfeeding, which is so important.

little baby sucking breast mother with open eyes

Please no offense to the formula feeding moms out there, but understand where I am coming from when it comes to breastmilk.  It is just the best possible source of nutrition for any baby.  Period.  Plus, it’s good for mom too!  I will not list all the health benefits of breastfeeding, but if you would like to know more, CLICK HERE.

If a new mom is struggling with breastfeeding, I highly recommend seeking professional help.  The nurses at the hospital and my midwives were amazing for me when I had my baby.  There are also lactation consultants, and support groups such as La Leche League.  And guess what else?  Nutrition plays a big role!

When it comes to diet during lactation, it’s important to eat about 2,800 calories per day with at least 65 grams of protein and 3 litres of water*.

*This is an estimate and individual needs may vary.

Ashley is a contest winner who won my ‘Biggest Contest Ever’.  This blog post is my final update on Ashley.

To read Ashley’s full story, CLICK HERE.

*Every individual is unique and will have different nutritional needs. The recommendations I make for Ashley may or may not benefit other women who have similar experiences. The nutritional advice given to Ashley 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.

Ashley’s assessments and recommendations are much more detailed than what is in this blog post. Here, I am sharing her most important issues and some random topics. The information that is shared between us is extensive and continual.

In my last blog update on Ashley, I mentioned that things don’t always go as planned.  This is true for everything in pregnancy, including labour and delivery.  Ashley’s baby was born via c-section.  This is not an ideal situation, but it was necessary.  There are many health benefits to the baby and mom from a vaginal delivery, but when complications arise, the only thing that matters is the health of baby and mom.  In Ashley’s case, she and baby are both doing great!

I’d like to thank Ashley for this touching testimonial:

Karen is amazing to work with. She made me feel comfortable the moment I started working with her. Right away, she made me much healthier with all her food recommendations, lifestyle change and overall life outlook. Anytime I had a question, she was quick to answer and always had a response. This pregnancy went by super fast and I owe a lot of the positivity, overall health well being to Karen. I highly recommend her service/assistance through this special journey and milestone in your life. Thank you Karen!

I am so happy for Ashley and her family!  I would like to wish them all the best for a happy and healthy future together!  Thank you for sharing your prenatal journey with myself and my readers.

Sincerely,
Karen.

PS.  I have started working with Rosalyn, who is my current contest winner.  I will be writing an introductory blog for her story very soon.  If you would like to be notified when I do CLICK HERE to join my email list.  As an added bonus, I will send you my free offer, “7 Simple Steps to Achieving a Healthy Pregnancy and Happy Baby.”

PPS  If you are currently trying to get pregnant, and would like to work with me, you still have time to join my online program, “How to Make a Baby in 90 Days.”  We start July 17!  CLICK HERE  for all the details or send an email to karen@natureprenatal.com to request a free 15 minute consultation.

 

Ashley’s Story

Ashley is now 36 weeks pregnant.  This blog post could be the final pregnancy update before her baby arrives!  Unless she goes over her due date.  Which is very possible, and very normal.  When it comes to a baby’s birth date, he or she makes all the calls (unless it’s a planned cesarean section).  There is no guarantee that the baby will come on or before the due date.  Baby may want to come early, on time, or even late.  Time will tell for Ashley.

Wild chamomile. White flowers. Selective focus. Bokeh

Some aspects of Ashley’s pregnancy did not go according to her original plans.  And that’s perfectly fine.  This is the way pregnancy goes.  And labour, I will add.  No matter how detailed your birth plan is, you can never predict exactly what will happen during labour.  All you can do is take it moment by moment and do what you feel is best for you and your baby at the time.  If you have been following Ashley’s story, you may remember she was planning to see a physiotherapist for her back pain, but the wait list was too long.  She opted for massage therapy instead, which has been very helpful.  She also had plans to wrap or bind her belly to provide support and relief.  She has not done this either, because she has been feeling very hot and the idea of wrapping her belly was too much.  I get this.  During pregnancy your core body temperature does increase by about a half a degree celsius.  This may not seem like much, but it is.

I suppose one way to look at it is, Ashley’s back pain is manageable without the physiotherapy and belly band.  I mean she is still walking and taking the stairs every day!

Ashley is a contest winner who won my ‘Biggest Contest Ever’.  This means that for the remainder of her pregnancy I will be working closely with her on the nutrition needs of herself and her baby.  She has agreed to allow me to post it here, on my blog.

*I AM CURRENTLY ACCEPTING ENTRIES FOR MY NEXT BIGGEST CONTEST!  IF YOU ARE ACTIVELY TRYING TO CONCEIVE OR IN YOUR FIRST TRIMESTER OF PREGNANCY, CLICK HERE FOR ALL THE DETAILS AND TO ENTER.

To read Ashley’s full story, CLICK HERE.

*Every individual is unique and will have different nutritional needs. The recommendations I make for Ashley may or may not benefit other women who have similar experiences. The nutritional advice given to Ashley 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.

Ashley’s assessments and recommendations are much more detailed than what is in this blog post. Here, I am sharing her most important issues and some random topics. The information that is shared between us is extensive and continual.

Ashley is feeling pressure from the baby and experiencing some Braxton Hicks contractions.  If you are unfamiliar with Braxton Hicks, these are sporadic uterine contractions that can come and go during pregnancy.  Not all women will feel them and they are mostly painless.

Ashley has started to drink red raspberry leaf tea daily, in preparation for her labour.  When it comes to herbs including herbal tea, I strongly recommend pregnant women have a discussion with your doctor or midwife first.  Some herbs can be harmful during pregnancy and can be dangerous when used in combination with certain medications.  If you missed last month’s blog, CLICK HERE to read how red raspberry leaf tea can help.

I would like to take this opportunity to wish Ashley the best of luck for a positive birthing experience.  I hope she and her family are soon blessed with the baby of their dreams.

If you would like to be notified when I post my next update on Ashley, you can sign up for my e-mail list HERE. To thank you for signing up, I will send you my free offer, “You and Your Baby: 7 Simple Steps to Achieving a Healthy Pregnancy and Happy Baby.”

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Ashley’s Story

Ashley is currently 31 weeks pregnant.  She is well into the third trimester and feeling all the normal discomforts thatyou-want-a-baby-large come with it.  At 31 weeks, her baby is about 3 pounds and the size of a coconut.  A coconut!  Of course that is going to be uncomfortable, right?  Any moms with twins reading this is probably laughing to themselves right now….

 

Overall, Ashley is feeling good.  She was planning to see a physiotherapist for her back pain, but the wait list was too long.   She is currently receiving massage therapy instead and finding some relief in that.  She is also planning to start wrapping her belly.  I’ll be honest, I’ve never tried that during my own pregnancy.  Now that I am doing some research I wish that I had.  I will update on her belly wrapping next blog post and let you know how it goes.  In the meantime, if you wrapped your belly during pregnancy, I’d love to hear about it.  Feel free to leave a comment and share your experience.

Ashley is a contest winner who won my ‘Biggest Contest Ever’.  This means that for the remainder of her pregnancy I will be working closely with her on the nutrition needs of herself and her baby.  She has agreed to allow me to post it here, on my blog.

To read Ashley’s full story, CLICK HERE.

*Every individual is unique and will have different nutritional needs. The recommendations I make for Ashley may or may not benefit other women who have similar experiences. The nutritional advice given to Ashley 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.

Ashley’s assessments and recommendations are much more detailed than what is in this blog post. Here, I am sharing her most important issues and some random topics. The information that is shared between us is extensive and continual.

Ashley is still taking the stairs every day instead of the elevator!  At 31 weeks, this is impressive!  She does admit it’s not easy, but she will continue to climb for as long as she can.

Now that she is getting closer to her due date, Ashley is thinking of her birth plan.  This is her second baby and she is hoping her labor is not as long as it was with her first.  Good news is that subsequent babies usually do come faster as our bodies remember what to do.  Another way she can prepare for a shorter delivery time is to drink red raspberry leaf tea starting now until she has her baby.  Red raspberry leaf tea has been known to reduce labor time by strengthening the uterine muscles.  I recommend drinking 1 – 2 cups per day but when it comes to herbs (including herbal tea) you should discuss this with your doctor or midwife.  Or you may seek the help of an herbalist or naturopathic doctor.

Studies have also shown that having a doula can shorten labor time.  (Source:  http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16881989)   If you’re not sure what a doula is, or how they can help you, check out my interview with Bliss Doula HERE.

In honor of World Doula Week (March 22 – 28), I’d like to invite any doula’s reading this now to comment below with your contact information.  Thank you for the wonderful work that you do!  I encourage any expecting mom’s to reach out to a doula in your area to learn more.

If you would like to be notified when I post my next update on Ashley, you can sign up for my e-mail list HERE. To thank you for signing up, I will send you my free offer, “You and Your Baby: 7 Simple Steps to Achieving a Healthy Pregnancy and Happy Baby.”

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Ashley’s Story

Ashley is currently 25 weeks pregnant.  Over half way!  This is typically when symptoms change from nausea and fatigue to lower back pain and heartburn.  This is when things can start to get uncomfortable.  The baby is taking up much more space.  And he or she will move everything out of the way to get it.

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Ashley’s baby belly at 23 weeks.

Ashley is a contest winner who won my ‘Biggest Contest Ever’.  This means that for the remainder of her pregnancy I will be working closely with her on the nutrition needs of herself and her baby.  She has agreed to allow me to post it here, on my blog.

To read Ashley’s full story, CLICK HERE.

*Every individual is unique and will have different nutritional needs. The recommendations I make for Ashley may or may not benefit other women who have similar experiences. The nutritional advice given to Ashley 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.

Ashley’s assessments and recommendations are much more detailed than what is in this blog post. Here, I am sharing her most important issues and some random topics. The information that is shared between us is extensive and continual.

I will keep this update on Ashley brief.  Basically, she is doing great, and baby is healthy.  She is experiencing some back pain and will be seeing a physiotherapist soon.  And still, she takes the stairs at work, up to three flights at a time!

Ashley doesn’t have any concerns or nutrition related questions for me this month.  If you do, feel free to send them to karen@natureprenatal.com.  I will reply to your e-mail and maybe feature your question in the next blog update.

If you would like to be notified when I post my next update on Ashley, you can sign up for my e-mail list HERE. To thank you for signing up, I will send you my free offer, “You and Your Baby: 7 Simple Steps to Achieving a Healthy Pregnancy and Happy Baby.

 

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Ashley’s Story

Ashley is currently 18 weeks pregnant.  She is almost half-way!

Ashley is a contest winner who won my ‘Biggest Contest Ever’.  This means that for the remainder of her pregnancy I will be working closely with her on the nutrition needs of herself and her baby.  She has agreed to allow me to post it here, on my blog. Closeup on tummy of pregnant woman, wearing long green dress, ho

To read Ashley’s full story, CLICK HERE.

*Every individual is unique and will have different nutritional needs. The recommendations I make for Ashley may or may not benefit other women who have similar experiences. The nutritional advice given to Ashley 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.

Ashley’s assessments and recommendations are much more detailed than what is in this blog post. Here, I am sharing her most important issues and some random topics. The information that is shared between us is extensive and continual.

Last month I wrote about ingredient lists.  Specifically food ingredient lists.  It’s important to know what is in the food you eat.  This month Ashley has asked about sunscreen (yes, she took a trip down south and had a fabulous time!) and belly cream.  You probably know that you can use creams and oils to reduce the appearance of stretch marks.  There is no guarantee, of course, and sometimes stretch marks come no matter how much we try to avoid them.  I do recommend using creams and oils on your belly (and breasts) during pregnancy.  Not only will they possibly prevent stretch marks, but they provide added moisture, which is never a bad thing.  Speaking of moisture, it is important to drink enough water.  This is my biggest piece of advice to improve anyone’s skin, pregnant or not.  When it comes to creams, lotions and oils, read their ingredient lists as well before you purchase anything.  Especially during pregnancy.  These ingredients can be absorbed through your skin and into your bloodstream.  Yes, it requires a bit of homework to determine what’s safe, but it’s worth it.  The Environmental Working Group tests a lot of these products and gives them a rating.  Go to their website here and see how your products measure up (not only for belly creams, but cosmetics, seafood, fruits and vegetables, water and more).

According to the Environmental Working Group, Personal care products are manufactured with 10,500 unique chemical ingredients, some of which are known or suspected carcinogens, toxic to the reproductive system or known to disrupt the endocrine system. Though some companies make products that are safe to eat, others choose to use dangerous ingredients like coal tar and formaldehyde, both human carcinogens, and lead acetate, a developmental toxin.”   (Source)

One more option to consider is olive oil or coconut oil.  These may also be used topically during pregnancy or even for conditions like dry skin and eczema.

If you would like to share your own experience with a product you have used during pregnancy, please leave a comment.

As for Ashley’s pregnancy, all is well.  She has started to feel movement with tiny kicks and jabs.  This is (I feel) the best pregnancy symptom!  The baby is still small enough that it is not too uncomfortable, and those reassuring movements are enough to melt your heart.

If you read the last update on Ashley, you will know that she has had concerns about leg cramps.  So far she has felt a few, but they have been mild compared to what she experienced with her previous pregnancy.  I mentioned last week that water intake is important to prevent leg cramps (again with the water!)  I will say it again.  During pregnancy you should drink about 3 litres of water per day.

If you would like to be notified when I post my next update on Ashley, you can sign up for my e-mail list HERE. To thank you for signing up, I will send you my free offer, “You and Your Baby: 7 Simple Steps to Achieving a Healthy Pregnancy and Happy Baby.”

Ashley’s Story

Have you been following Ashley’s story?

In case you haven’t, Ashley is a contest winner who won my ‘Biggest Contest Ever’.  This means that for the remainder of her pregnancy I will be working closely with her on the nutrition needs of herself and her baby.  She has agreed to allow me to post it here, on my blog.  Every blog written about Ashley is real and true.  Ashley is not her real name, but she is a real person who is soon to have a baby.  White flower

To read Ashley’s full story, CLICK HERE.

*Every individual is unique and will have different nutritional needs. The recommendations I make for Ashley may or may not benefit other women who have similar experiences. The nutritional advice given to Ashley 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.

Ashley’s assessments and recommendations are much more detailed than what is in this blog post. Here, I am sharing her most important issues and some random topics. The information that is shared between us is extensive and continual.

Ashley is currently 12 weeks pregnant.  She is about to enter her second trimester.

In my last blog entry, I wrote about some minor pregnancy symptoms that Ashley was experiencing.  Bloating, light-headedness and headaches were on the top of the list.  I’m happy to report that all of these symptoms have improved.

Right now one of her biggest concerns is not getting enough time to prepare healthy meals.  Because of this, she has been drinking a ready-made smoothie for the extra nutrition.  I will not mention the brand name, but it is something you will find at your grocery store or health food store.  A lot of these products are not what they claim to be.  Don’t be fooled by tricky advertising!  A label that claims it is ‘Natural’ or ‘Gluten-free’, or ‘No added sugar’ does not necessarily make it a healthy choice.  You have to read ingredient lists.  Know the difference between an ingredient list and nutrition label.  The nutrition label will list calories, fiber, protein, vitamin C, etc.  Nutrients.  An ingredient list will list foods and sometimes additives, preservatives and ingredients that are not food.  Look for words that you know.  For example, apples, kiwi, celery, etc.  If an ingredient is difficult to pronounce or sounds like it came from a lab (for example:  SODIUM HEXAMETAPHOSPHATE – an ingredient used in artificial maple syrup) it probably did come from a lab.  These ingredients are not food.  When it comes to processed food I don’t think you will find any that don’t have some ingredients that aren’t  real food, like ‘natural flavours’ for example.

Now, here are my feelings on ingredients like ‘natural flavours’.  It’s impossible to make all your food from scratch every day.  Impossible.  So, do what you can.  Make at least most of your meals from scratch.  And if you find that you are not getting the nutrients you need, it’s ok to get it from processed foods (sometimes! – to be clear I am not recommending processed foods, but occasionally it’s ok )  or health products like supplements (vitamins).  Not to mention, the amount of ‘natural flavours’ in the product may be quite small.  In Ashley’s case, the smoothie she drinks is one of the best that I’ve seen and I like most of the ingredients found on the label.

Ashley’s second concern is leg cramps.  She remembers them from her previous pregnancy and would like to prevent them from happening again.  If you do not know how a leg cramp feels, I’m sorry to tell you.  It is painful!  It’s true.  It may be nature’s way of preparing women for the pain of childbirth, I don’t know.

I myself have had leg cramps, and even cramps in my toes.  There is one thing I learned from personal experience; when you feel a cramp coming on, do not point your toes!  This will make it worst.  In fact, there is nothing much you can do except wait for it to be over. (If you know of a way to ease the pain of a leg cramp, please leave a comment)

The good news is there are ways to prevent or reduce the chances of getting cramps in the first place.  The most important is to make sure you are getting enough nutrients.  If you haven’t noticed by now, this is often the prevention of most common pregnancy symptoms.  But, it’s true!  Nutrient deficiencies such as calcium, magnesium, iron, sodium and potassium can all contribute to muscle cramps.  Regularly taking a good quality prenatal vitamin along with healthy meals and snacks should be enough to avoid painful leg cramps.  Some foods that will help are leafy green vegetables, nuts and seeds, sea salt, bananas and sweet potato.  Also, regular exercise (without overdoing it) and adequate water intake (about 3 litres per day) are important.

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If you would like to be notified when I post my next update on Ashley, you can sign up for my e-mail list HERE. To thank you for signing up, I will send you my free offer, “You and Your Baby: 7 Simple Steps to Achieving a Healthy Pregnancy and Happy Baby.”

Ashley’s Story

I have wonderful news to share.  Ashley is pregnant!

This is AMAZING NEWS!  And the timing is perfect because September is PCOS Awareness month.  Really, it is.  In case you missed the first two blogs I wrote about Ashley, she has PCOS.

CLICK HERE TO READ LAST MONTH’S BLOG.  White Tulips

PCOS (Polycystic ovary syndrome) is believed to be one of the leading causes of infertility in women.  This is true, but this does not mean that women with this condition need to give up their dream of becoming a mother.  No way!  Nutrition and lifestyle choices can help and yes, medication can also help and although I like to encourage a more natural approach, I will agree that pharmaceuticals are sometimes necessary.  But, guess what.  Ashley got pregnant without the assistance of fertility drugs!  If you read my first blog on Ashley, I did share that she was taking Clomid.  To update on that situation, she did take one round of Clomid when I wrote that first blog two and a half months ago.  She was waiting for some blood work before taking another round but then got pregnant before that happened!  I would like to use a quote from my last e-mail from Ashley because it makes me smile to read it!

“It’s a great feeling to know that my body is able to do it and that my slim chance of ovulating, I was able to listen to my body and knew when it was happening. “

If you are currently struggling with fertility, or even PCOS, I am sorry.  I know how hard it is.  But, I hope that you will feel hope for yourself and believe that it is possible to get pregnant.  Ashley is proof of that.

*Every individual is unique and will have different nutritional needs. The recommendations I make for Ashley may or may not benefit other women who have similar experiences. The nutritional advice given to Ashley 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.

Ashley’s assessments and recommendations are much more detailed than what is in this blog post. Here, I am sharing her most important issues and some random topics. The information that is shared between us is extensive and continual.

 Other than feeling incredibly happy and blessed, Ashley is feeling some minor discomfort in bloating, light-headedness and headaches.

I have given her a few recommendations, which include reducing stress.  Headaches may be caused by many factors and stress is one of them.  They may also be caused by dehydration, so it is important she is drinking enough water.  During pregnancy it is recommended to drink about 3 litres per day.

I will bring up the subject of drugs once more.  To be clear, I am not implying that medicine is not sometimes necessary or beneficial.  But I do recommend limiting drug use during pregnancy to only what has been recommended by your doctor or midwife.  This includes Tylenol and common over-the-counter drugs.  One study has linked the use of acetaminophen during pregnancy to a higher risk of ADHD (source) and another suggests long-term use may increase the risk of male infertility (source).

If you would like to be notified when I post my next update on Ashley, you can sign up for my e-mail list HERE. To thank you for signing up, I will send you my free offer, “You and Your Baby: 7 Simple Steps to Achieving a Healthy Pregnancy and Happy Baby.”

Ashley’s Story

Ashley is not pregnant yet.Wild chamomile. White flowers. Selective focus. Bokeh

This is my first update on Ashley and her prenatal journey.  I will keep it brief.  Basically, she has started to implement my recommendations based on her initial assessment.

*Every individual is unique and will have different nutritional needs. The recommendations I make for Ashley may or may not benefit other women who have similar experiences. The nutritional advice given to Ashley 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.

Ashley’s assessments and recommendations are much more detailed than what is in this blog post. Here, I am sharing her most important issues and some random topics. The information that is shared between us is extensive and continual.

If you have been following Ashley’s story, you will know that she has PCOS.  CLICK HERE for Ashley’s introductory blog.  So far there have been no significant changes.  It’s important to note that it will take time to notice any improvements in her health from diet and lifestyle choices she makes.  I don’t expect her to make big progress right away.  This could take months.  I know it’s not easy to wait when you are trying to get pregnant.  Ashley needs to be consistent with the recommendations I gave to her.  It takes time, but small changes will have a big impact over time.

Right now Ashley’s focus is on going back to work from her maternity leave.  This is not an easy transition for any mom.  What’s important now is that she is happy and comfortable with her daughter’s care-giver.  Reducing stress is also important and she can do this with yoga, meditation, or just finding time to focus on herself.  In reality, I know this is difficult because she will want to spend every available moment with her daughter.  Cuddle time is also a big priority right now!

I will be posting monthly updates on Ashley here on this blog.

If you would like to be notified when I post my next update on Ashley, you can sign up for my e-mail list HERE. To thank you for signing up, I will send you my free offer, “You and Your Baby: 7 Simple Steps to Achieving a Healthy Pregnancy and Happy Baby.”

Biggest Contest Ever! Ashley’s Story

Meet Ashley.

She is currently trying to get pregnant.

She has won my Biggest Contest Ever. This means from now until she has her baby (for a maximum of one year), we will be working closely together on her prenatal health and nutrition goals.

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Ashley has some unique challenges in her plans for pregnancy.  She has PCOS (polycystic ovary syndrome).  If you are unfamiliar with PCOS, it is a hormonal imbalance that increases the production of male sex hormones (androgens).  This can cause symptoms such as acne, extra facial and body hair, irregular periods and unfortunately, fertility problems.

The good news is that Ashley has already achieved pregnancy once before despite being diagnosed with PCOS!  She is the proud mama to a beautiful baby girl.  Her daughter is currently 11 months old.  One of the discussions Ashley and I have had was the spacing of pregnancies.  It is recommended by some doctors and health experts that closely spaced pregnancies don’t give the mother enough time to recover from one pregnancy to the next.  Pregnancy and breastfeeding can deplete a mother’s nutrient levels and these should be built up before a subsequent pregnancy occurs.  Ashley is aware of this and she has talked to her doctor about it.  She has requested blood work to ensure her nutrient levels are optimum.

*Every individual is unique and will have different nutritional needs. The recommendations I make for Ashley may or may not benefit other women who have similar experiences. The nutritional advice given to Ashley 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.

Ashley’s assessments and recommendations are much more detailed than what is in this blog post. Here, I am sharing her most important issues and some random topics. The information that is shared between us is extensive and continual.

When it comes to PCOS, there is no specific one-plan-fits-all diet approach.  Rather than focussing on PCOS, I have taken Ashley’s specific health profile including her history, and prepared a plan for her that will provide overall nutritional support and balance hormones.  One of the recommendations I made for Ashley was to increase her intake of essential fatty acids (EFA’s) such as fish, eggs, butter, coconut oil, olive oil, avocado, nuts and seeds (including nut butters).  EFA’s are essential for balancing hormones.

When choosing nut butters, it’s important to read ingredient labels.  I’m sorry, but the peanut butter you likely grew up with may cause more harm than good.  Popular brands are often genetically modified (GMO) and include added sugar.  Sugar is never a good thing, especially for someone with PCOS or any hormonal imbalance.

If you have ever tried to get pregnant, you know how long a normal cycle can last.  The average menstrual cycle is anywhere between 21 to 35 days.  This can seem forever when you are waiting for that positive pregnancy test!  Think of it this way, when the average couple tries to get pregnant for one year, they only get about ten chances.  This is because ovulation only occurs once every 21 – 35 days.  For a woman with PCOS or irregular periods, this number can be greatly reduced.  Ashley has an average 70 day cycle.  70 days!  This means for her, she only ovulates about five times in one year.  And with PCOS it is nearly impossible to know if you are ovulating.  Ovulation tests and FAM (Fertility Awareness Method) are not always accurate when you have PCOS.  Out of those five chances Ashley has to conceive in a year, she doesn’t always know if she actually ovulated.

That’s a tough pill to swallow.

Some good news is that PCOS does not mean pregnancy is impossible.  Ashley has done it once before, and I have every reason to believe that she can do it again.

I feel it’s important to share that Ashley is currently taking the fertility drug Clomid to assist with ovulation.

I will be posting monthly updates on Ashley here on this blog.

If you would like to be notified when I post my next update on Ashley, you can sign up for my e-mail list HERE. To thank you for signing up, I will send you my free offer, “You and Your Baby: 7 Simple Steps to Achieving a Healthy Pregnancy and Happy Baby.”

Please feel free to leave a comment for myself or Ashley.