By: Donielle Baker
In this groundbreaking book, Donielle provides much-needed information on how to improve female health naturally by avoiding some of the most common environmental, dietary, and lifestyle concerns. This is a must-have in every home for couples hoping to achieve a pregnancy and women who want a healthier body overall. With practical information that is easy to read, Naturally Knocked Up is the perfect resource for women everywhere.
ARE YOU LOOKING TO BALANCE YOUR HORMONES?
INCREASE THE ODDS OF CONCEPTION?
GET YOUR BODY READY FOR PREGNANCY (AND A HEALTHY BABY)?
Currently available on Amazon.
Donielle Baker is passionate about the link between food and fertility, overcoming her own issues with infertility and loss, and has gone on to grow her family naturally. While not a rocket scientist by any means, she’s a big believer in eating whole foods and using natural/alternative therapies to get to the root of the problem instead of simply masking symptoms.
She’s been blogging here at Natural Fertility and Wellness since 2008, helping couples learn to change their diets and taking them step-by-step through diet and lifestyle overhaul. You can read more about her story here.
What topics are covered in this book?
Chapter One – Introduction to Natural Fertility
So what is natural fertility anyway? It definitely doesn’t mean that you go home and not change anything. There are plenty of changes we can make in our diet and lifestyle to increase our overall health and fertility – our bodies can heal when we give them what they need.
Chapter Two – Cleansing the body with whole foods
Our bodies are overworked with the constant exposure to chemicals and toxins that we breathe in, absorb through our skin, and ingest with our foods. Our world is more complicated than ever, with thousands upon thousands of synthetic chemicals that are so common now in our everyday lives. Many of these having a direct impact on our reproductive system. I cover the dangers of these toxic chemicals and give simple solutions to boosting the body’s natural detoxification system as well as how to use food and herbs to increase its effectiveness.
Chapter Three – Natural Living
No longer is natural living only to save the environment! Keeping our bodies free of toxins is one of the best ways to improve our fertility and allow our children to be the healthiest they can be.
I’ll walk room to room through the home and readers will learn how to detoxify each one with recommendations on clean living. Simple solutions to homemade cleaners and beauty products will also be given in the last chapter as ways to not only lower the toxic body burden but to save money as well.
Chapter Four – Exercise for fertility
Exercise for fertility doesn’t have to be rigorous, yet being a couch potato is doing us no good either. Outlined will be simple steps to keep moving and increase the functioning of the reproductive system.
Chapter Five – Natural Family Planning
A woman’s body is an awesome thing! This chapter will discuss the in’s and out’s of basic charting so that a woman can learn exactly what her body is doing throughout the cycle. This will help pinpoint not only when fertility is at its highest point of the cycle, but can also help diagnose problems that can be corrected.
Chapter Six – Real foods
We’ve been duped! Our modern society has followed a diet that has us on a collision course with failure. Instead of nourishing and building our bodies, we’re quickly becoming malnourished, even though we have plenty of food to eat.
Traditional cultures (you know, people who lived before cars and electricity and modern foods) spent months preparing their bodies for pregnancy with food. They were blessed with fertile bodies and healthy offspring and we need to get back to understanding the “why” and “how” to prepare our bodies, what foods to eat, and how to prepare our foods for the most nutrients possible.
You’ll find out exactly what “real” food is and why your body needs it!
Chapter Seven– Super Foods for Fertility
While all foods, and eating a variety of them, are beneficial for health, there are certain foods that will nourish your body specifically for conception and pregnancy. And superfoods aren’t just found deep in the Amazon rainforest (though we’ll talk about those too), so local foods to help increase nutrients in the body will be outlined along with their health benefits.
Chapter Eight – What not to Eat
We all know that eating junk foods like pizza, pop, and candy isn’t good for our bodies, but many people don’t know which modern “health” foods are also damaging our bodies. In this age of the food industry, the food we place in our bodies is far from natural. From conventional agriculture that places millions of pounds of chemicals on to our food each year, to the manufacturers who destroy nutrients while processing it, to the way we cook it in our own homes, we’ve destroyed our own bodies and our health. Find out what foods you should stay away from and learn of some simple substitutions.
Chapter Nine – The “Perfect” Fertility Diet
There are so many thoughts and ideas on diets; low carb, low-fat, Nourishing Traditions, Paleo, vegetarian, vegan. But diets aren’t one-size-fits-all, so I’ll outline which dietary steps are the most important to make as well as the pros and cons of the aforementioned diets.
Basic fertility diet guidelines are included to get you started.
Chapter Ten – Alternative Therapies for Infertility
No longer just for “hippies” but often overlooked as silly little plants or weeds, herbs are actually highly medicinal and can provide an abundance of healing to your body. Herbs have been used for thousands of years and are still used in over 3/4 of the world for the treatment of illnesses. They offer a safe alternative to modern medicines and can be used to ‘jump start’ the hormonal system.
Along with herbal treatments, there are many alternative health practitioners that work through chiropractic, acupuncture, and massage therapy to bring your body back into balance. We’ll talk about what works and what options you have outside of the conventional medical model.
Chapter Eleven – Stress
Everyone who has tried to get pregnant for some time has often heard the advice “just relax!” But can you? Is stress even an issue? Stress, lack of sleep, and lack of energy have direct links to your fertility, as does the physical stress that an unhealthy diet causes, we’ll find out how they all play a role in the hormone balance and the quality of the egg and sperm.
Chapter Twelve – Your Fertility Plan
The information does nothing when you don’t know how to put it to good use. Throughout this book, you will have learned the in’s and out’s of natural fertility, but in this chapter, I’ll help you devise a plan to healthy conception.
Chapter Twelve – Recipes for real food and natural living
Knowing how you should eat doesn’t help much if you don’t have recipes to use in the kitchen. Recipes and simple instructional will be given for making your own “real food”, as well as beauty and cleaning products.