Feed Your Fertility: Your Guide to Cultivating a Healthy Pregnancy with Chinese Medicine, Real Food, and Holistic Living

Feed Your Fertility: Your Guide to Cultivating a Healthy Pregnancy with Chinese Medicine, Real Food, and Holistic Living

by Emily Bartlett, Laura Erlich

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Do you want to make a healthy baby and have a healthy pregnancy? Are you interested in a holistic approach to fertility? Do you need to optimize your fertility due to your age or health conditions? Are you trying to conceive and experiencing challenges? Very few women and men expect to have trouble when it comes to having a family, and coming up against obstacles can bring about epic levels of stress. Deciding what steps to take can be absolutely baffling. The good news is that Feed Your Fertility is here to help you. Inside, fertility professionals and authors Emily Bartlett and Laura Erlich will guide you on a path to making the nutritional and lifestyle changes you need to help support healthy fertility and pregnancy. Inside you'll learn: How your lifestyle may be inhibiting your ability to conceive - and what to do about it Why popular fertility diets may be leading you down the wrong road What foods to eat to optimize and nourish your fertility, and how to adopt a real foods diet How to determine your personal health imbalances that may be interfering with your fertility How to use Chinese medicine to bring your body into balance and improve your odds of conception How to streamline your supplements and take only what you really need Your natural and medical treatment options for common fertility issues How to navigate the medical fertility world and when to seek help Get your pregnancy on track the natural, time-tested way and enjoy your journey to motherhood with Feed Your Fertility. "It takes a village to raise a baby, to start a family... I say it takes a village to simply start taking charge of your own body in our culture today. Food and environment can be the break, or the breakthrough. Laura Erlich and Emily Bartlett have detailed and provided the map and menu for healing and supporting a body so it is able to welcome new life and energy." - Selma Blair, actress and mother "Down to earth and practical, Feed your Fertility delivers accessible fertility wisdom that can easily be applied to your daily life. Those who are navigating through the sometimes difficult and confusing labyrinth toward better fertility probably don't need better reproductive clinics; they need simple, sensible guidance. Feed Your Fertility provides easy to follow solutions for taking charge of your reproductive health." - Randine Lewis, L.Ac., Ph.D., author of The Infertility Cure and The Way of the Fertile Soul

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781627882859
Publisher: Fair Winds Press
Publication date: 01/20/2015
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 674,209
File size: 3 MB

About the Author

Emily Bartlett is the founder of an acupuncture and Chinese medicine practice, specializing in integrative fertility medicine, in Los Angeles, CA. She also runs the popular blog Holistic Squid, where she writes about fertility, natural health, and nutrition. Visit her at www.emilybartlettacupuncture.com.

Table of Contents

Introduction 6

Part 1 Causes of Infertility 8

Chapter 1 Stress, the Baby Blocker 9

Chapter 2 Toxins, Toxins Everywhere 10

Chapter 3 The Standard American Diet and Fertility-What is Going Wrong? 15

Part 2 Cultivating Fertility 29

Chapter 1 Understanding Your Cycle 30

Chapter 2 Embracing Conscious Conception 33

Chapter 3 Self-Care 34

Chapter 4 Building a Solid Support Team 41

Chapter 5 Chinese Medicine and Fertility 45

Chapter 6 Adopting a Traditional Foods Diet 57

Chapter 7 Chinese Medicine and Traditional Diets 61

Chapter 8 Feed Your Fertility: Bringing It All Together 73

Chapter 9 Vitamins and Supplements for Fertility 126

Part 3 Dealing with Obstacles-Conventional and Holistic Solutions for Common Infertility Issues 151

Chapter 1 Advanced Maternal Age-Am I Too Old to Have a Baby? 152

Chapter 2 Miscarriage 156

Chapter 3 Endometriosis, Fibroids, and Polyps 160

Chapter 4 Irregular or No Ovulation 166

Chapter 5 Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) 170

Chapter 6 Thyroid Issues 174

Chapter 7 Unexplained Infertility 180

Chapter 8 The Male Factor 184

Part 4 Navigating the Medical Fertility Work 188

Chapter 1 Understanding the Basic Fertility Work-Up 189

Chapter 2 Insemination-IUI and ICI 195

Chapter 3 IVF and Other Advanced Fertility Treatments 196

Chapter 4 Other Options-Sperm Donation, Egg Donation, Surrogacy, and Adoption 206

Conclusion 210

Appendix 211

A Week of Meals 211

Glossary of Medical Terms 212

References 213

Acknowledgments 218

About the Authors 219

Recipe Index 220

General Index 221

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