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We took a temporary hiatus from baby making this summer to move and get settled in our new house, but now that we’re this close to having just one place of residence (hallelujah!), I plan to pick up where we left off after two failed IUI procedures last year. Truth be told: Babies are never far from the brain. I didn’t know it would be so difficult to conceive, but I’m certain that a stork delivery will be worth the wait in the end.
I have been on prenatal vitamins before we even tried to conceive. I figured I’d give my body some time to get adjusted, and knew that they couldn’t hurt—these little pills are loaded with essential vitamins and minerals like folic acid, calcium, iron, magnesium, vitamin B12, vitamin D3, and much, much more. After nearly four years of being on prenatals (gah! I didn’t realize it was such a long time!), I’ve realized the importance of consistency and daily usage—the DHA alone may help support fetal brain and eye development† and the folic acid plays a critical role in the development of the baby’s nervous system†. I’ve also (sadly!) learned that these suckers can get pretty expensive but there ARE ways to reduce the cost… drastically. Shopping at Sam’s Club is a great way to purchase your pills in bulk (a five-month supply!) so you don’t have to run to the store every time you run out.
The Nature Made Prenatal Multi + DHA (200 mg) 150 ct. soft gels are easy-to-swallow (though it should be noted they might be slightly bigger in size than what you are accustomed to) and are free from synthetic dyes, yeast/starch, and artificial flavors… they are even gluten free to boot!
Sam’s Club makes it easy to order online—and if you aren’t a member, you can still purchase and pay only 10% extra. Not a bad deal if you ask me (especially since this in stores is WAY more expensive, you guys).
Now that I have my pots, pans, and dishes around me, I’m excited to get back to healthy eating, which means loading up on salads, beans, legumes, and fruits—all the foods my body has sorely missed over the past few months of being in transition. For anyone else trying to conceive, this salad is delicious and messy and loaded with healthy, fertility-boosting ingredients to help you on your road to conception.
To make this salad you’ll need:
1 fistful of leafy greens (I use a combo of arugula and spinach—they are loaded in B vitamin which studies show may improve ovulation)
1 avocado (contains folate, potassium, and vitamin A which are all important for reproductive health)
¼ cup of cranberries (will help to clean out your urinary tract and is a superfood!)
Chickpeas (as many as you like! I am a vegetarian so rely on plant proteins, which are also known to increase fertility)
Other add-ons that always taste great: tortilla chips, carrots, tomatoes, nuts, cheese or nutritional yeast
To make your dressing: add a splash of lemon juice, apple cider vinegar, olive oil, maple syrup, honey mustard, black pepper, and garlic powder. Mix and pour!
I’m sprinkling pregnancy fairy dust your way (well, if you’re TTC, that is!). And don’t forget to click here to purchase the Nature Made Prenatal Multi + DHA!
†These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.