The bottom line is if you take folic acid and have a mthfr gene mutation or your cell receptors are blocked because of too much folic acid you are at higher risk for infertility issues, recurrent pregnancy loss, preeclampsia, a child with Down syndrome or autism, postpartum depression or chronic depression, and elevated homocysteine levels.
During pregnancy women want to be even more careful what they take so certain drugs are out. I want to dig a bit deeper into why you may not be sleeping and what you can do to help it even during pregnancy.
If you asked me what makes the biggest difference in pregnancy for the health of the mom and baby I would say NUTRITION. Yet, this is not a priority for most care providers. So many times I have heard women say their care provider said, ”It does not matter what you eat as long as you eat enough”. There is great confusion over what is nutrition, what actually provides health to the body.
Simply put, having the mthfr mutation could be the cause of recurrent miscarriages and a whole host of other problems.
We have the genes we have ---- that does not change ---- but the good news is we do not treat genes, we support methylation pathways. If methylation is working well we are good and if it is not we are prone to the issues mentioned above. So how do we support methylation?
During women’s reproductive years we use menstrual products monthly for from 3 to 7 days. Rarely do women think about the consequences of what is in their menstrual products. Both tampons and plastic pads have toxins.
If you struggle with heartburn on a regular basis, changing your diet to better support digestion, taking a couple supplements to support digestion, and digging deeper into its cause by testing for H.Pylori are all musts. The answer is more stomach acid not less.
The gut has been accurately called the second brain. The power to heal and reverse autoimmune conditions, such as hashimoto’s or celiac, is found in the gut. The key to reversing developmental disorders such as autism, Aspergers, sensory processingoverload, and ADHD is in the gut. Even infertility issues may be rooted in the gut. So we know the gut is a big deal, but how do I know what to do about it???
What would you say if I told you one simple lifestyle change would increase your fertility rate by 40%? It’s true! Changing your diet to a Mediterranean style diet will increase your fertility.
What is the most beautiful gift to a mom? The answer may be sleep. Until you are a parent, it is hard to imagine the responsibility of caring for a child, and that includes the sacrifice of sleep. So when children are having sleep issues it is magnified by the parent also lacking sleep. Though sleep issues may have many causes, I want you to consider one you may not have thought of---- Electromagnetic Fields/ EMFs.
Thyroid issues are rampant in the U.S. and even small issues with the thyroid dramatically affect fertility.
Health is one of the greatest gifts we have in life. It is not something to be taken for granted. I learned this the hard way. In my 20’s I was invincible. I traveled the world. I was on call as a midwife all hours. I lived overseas for a seasons. I loved it and am glad I did it, but I paid for it with my health. I would go and forget to eat until my blood sugars over time became erratic. I worked nights and taxed my body so my adrenals rebelled. I picked up a parasite and my health failed and for three years I fought to regain my health.
You have just grown a human and birthed it and now you are producing milk to feed it and recovering from the birth. You may have had a long labor, a tear or hemorrhage that your body needs support in recovering from. You want to provide your body with what it needs to prevent an infection, to balance your hormones, and to have energy. Here are my recommendations from years of seeing women recover well in the postpartum.
We don’t realize how many chemicals we are exposed to every day just in our homes. It can be overwhelming to try and change everything in our homes that can cause us some harm. So today, we are going to talk about 10 simple and cheap (or free) changes that you can make in your home.
The answer is elector magnetic frequencies or EMFs. Hair driers emit EMFs, EMFs are a type of radiation, and radiation affects your fertility. Bam!
More and more studies are showing that EMFs affect people’s health in an alarming multitude of ways, for example, causing headaches, fatigue, dizziness, and lowering the immune systems
Before I try to explain what epigenetics is let me wet your appetite with why it is important. No longer is it believed that genetics alone determines health. We may have inherited a predisposition to a certain disease from our parents, but epigenetic research shows us the power we have to change that predisposition to one of health without changing our genetic code. This is epigenetics.
Epigenetics “is the study of changes in organisms caused by modification of gene expression rather than alteration of the genetic code itself.” (1)
The gut has many roles including protection from invaders, appropriate digestion and absorption, vitamin production, detoxification, immune system modulation. Damage to the gut flora can be caused by antibiotics, steroids, birth control pills, pharmaceuticals, stress, poor diet, infections, disease, bottle feeding formula, old age, pollution, radiation, alcohol, toxic chemicals, dental work, etc.