Sunday, April 1, 2012

Maximizing our odds, chemical free, organic food

So I got a packet from our IVF treatment center and it goes over everything, from start to finish. Very useful information and one in particular. I remember talking to the nurse on the phone in regards to this but it was great to read it on paper. Its called "Maximizing your odds". Who wouldn't!? It goes over some very important steps to take before your IVF cycle.

Your physical condition could make the difference between successfully achieving a live birth and going through years of frustration of unfulfilled dreams. 

-Consume an abundance of essential fatty acids: (Need to eat more of this!)
Deep-sea fish and fish oil from non-polluted sources (PDF)
Flaxseed and pumpkin seed oils
Broccoli, cauliflower, beets, carrots, kale, collards, cabbage and brussel sprouts
Raw seeds
Eggs (no more than one a day on average)

-Eliminate or minimize intake of trans fatty acids (very important): (Didn't buy any of these foods!)
Fried foods (if you must have occasional fried food, use coconut oil only)
Vegetable shortening
Animal fat
Hydrogenated vegetable oils
Junk food

-Vitamins (I need to buy vitamins, I was taking prenatals)
It is important that both partners take high-potency, high-quality natural multivitamins and mineral supplements of your choice purchased from a reputable source. The female partner must take a minimum of 1mg of Folic Acid a day. 

-Exercise (Starting walking tomorrow morning)
Unless you exercise regularly, several times a week, start daily walks (outdoors!) for a minimum of 45 minutes each. 

-Volatile Organic Compounds (VOC)
Many everyday products off-gas VOC's. It is very important to minimize your exposure (both partners) to VOC's: 
Petroleum products (avoid car exhaust fumes and solvents, use disposable gloves when filling up your car) (I think Sarah is just going to have to pump my gas, LOL) Off-gassing from plastics and building materials (do not drive a new car when trying to conceive, do not remodel your home or buy a newly constructed house) 
No exposure to cigarette smoke (both partners)
Eliminate or minimize use of perfumes and colognes (unscented deodorant is ok). (Put a post-it-note to remind myself)
Do not dry-clean your clothes (I never dry-clean my clothes)
Eliminate air fresheners at home and in your car(s) (Took out all air fresheners)
Consider purchasing a VOC-scrubbing air purifier for your bedroom if you sleep with the windows closed (search internet for "voc air purifier")

-Fire Retardant Chemicals 
There is evidence that flame retardants, polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PDBEs), can reduce fertility. Nearly all Americans tested had trace levels of flame retardants in their body. Try to minimize your exposure to flame retardants by using bedding and pajamas that are fire retardant free. 

-Smoking (Don't smoke, never have!!!)
You must not smoke. Cigarette smoking, including passive cigarette smoke exposure, has been shown to have a dramatic adverse effect on oocyte (egg) quality and could also decrease the male fertility potential. 

Smoking appears to accelerate the loss of eggs and reproductive function and may advance the time of menopause by several years. There is an increased risk of miscarriage and genetic abnormalities in offspring among smokers. 

-Stress (Need to stress less, working on it :)
Get plenty of sleep and try to minimize your everyday stresses. 

-Acupuncture (Started acupuncture two weeks ago)
It is ok to have acupuncture. 

-Chinese medicine 
It is ok to use Chinese herbs as long as they are for strengthening your health only and do not have any female hormone-like effect.

So after reading this list I started going through our house and getting  it "ready" as much as I can. I do think that change is one step at a time. I went grocery shopping and bought some groceries to add to what we already have. While there I bought unscented deodorant and fragrance and dye free glass cleaner, laundry soap, fabric softener, and toothpaste. Sarah thinks its a tad much and shes mad that our clothes wont smell like peach and mango, but I want to make sure we are as prepared as possible. When you dive in spending so much you want to do it right, right?

This is what $135.00 bought us in Organic food 

After putting away all the groceries we got to cleaning and getting the house ready for the week. Sundays are our clean, laundry, etc. day. So I cleaned with all the new products I bought. On my journey to stay clear away from scented cleaners I decided to make my own. I love vinegar and it has soooo many purposes so I mixed it with water and used it to clean around the house. So, the house is cleaned from top to bottom and I even moped our floors with our Shark steam cleaner, just add water! LOL

Alrighty, I think I might have written too much, Sarah wants dinner. So were off to cook dinner. At this point in the afternoon I want to eat everything in sight!! 


Ryann said...

First off I wanted to start off by saying thank you so much for the info on the birth control!!! It's so hard living in a country where I don't speak the language. A lot of information gets overlooked and I am left in the dark. I am trying to do as much research as I can online, but there is nothing like being able to talk to real people.
Second, this last post was beyond helpful. This is information I know I would not have received and I so grateful to you for posting it. Your not only sharing your story, your really helping others like myself.
I really am looking forward to following your story and hopefully very soon read that you going to be parents!!

Lexi & Sarah said...

You are very welcome! I love reading other blogs and what they have to say, its amazing what others are told in regards to IVF. Each doctor is so different. Im so happy that we started this blog because I can let all my emotions on paper. It also helps me when I need to re-read something important!I also look forward to following you as well!

Tommalie said...

Dang seems like you should curl up in a little ball and not move - everything makes you infertile!

Lexi & Sarah said...

Hey there!!! How awesome you both have a blog!Im adding you :) I had this blog forever and then stopped it and then started it again so here we go!

I agree sometimes I feel like we should live in a cave. Sarah keeps telling me some of this stuff is crazy..."how did people get pregnant back then"? LOL!

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