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Conceiving Healthy Babies: An Herbal Guide to Support Preconception, Pregnancy and Lactation
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Find balance and enhance fertility with whole food and whole plants

Healthy babies don't just happen. The lifestyle of the prospective parents is a crucial factor in promoting fertility and ensuring a successful pregnancy. But the average North American diet is saturated with processed foods and environmental toxins are rampant—we must take responsibility for what we put into and onto our bodies to create optimum conditions for the childbearing year.

Drawing on the author's own personal triumph over infertility, Conceiving Healthy Babies is a unique herbal guide geared to helping couples achieve balance in preconception, pregnancy, lactation, and beyond. Its individualized approach to fertility explains the importance of:

  • Understanding, accepting, and celebrating our own bodies
  • Basing our diets on organic, nutrient-dense foods that have been traditionally prepared
  • Using whole plants in their original form for their medicinal benefits
  • Packed with detailed information on hundreds of different herbs with a focus on their roles in building healthy babies, this comprehensive manual is a roadmap to wellbeing. The reference guide is rounded out by complete information on herbal use before, during, and post-pregnancy, and special attention is paid to supporting nursing and lactation. Whether you are have experienced challenges in conceiving or just want to ensure that your pregnancy is as natural and uncomplicated as possible, Conceiving Healthy Babies is an indispensable guide.

    Dawn Combs is an ethnobotanist and herbalist who apprenticed with Rosemary Gladstar. After resolving her own infertility diagnosis through whole foods and natural herbal remedies, she chose to specialize in helping women rebalance their bodies for fertility.

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    Healthy babies don't just happen. The lifestyle of the prospective parents is a crucial factor in promoting fertility and ensuring a successful pregnancy. But the average North American diet is saturated with processed foods and environmental toxins are rampant—we must take responsibility for what we put into and onto our bodies to create optimum conditions for the childbearing year.

    Drawing on the author's own personal triumph over infertility, Conceiving Healthy Babies is a unique herbal guide geared to helping couples achieve balance in preconception, pregnancy, lactation, and beyond. Its individualized approach to fertility explains the importance of:

  • Understanding, accepting, and celebrating our own bodies
  • Basing our diets on organic, nutrient-dense foods that have been traditionally prepared
  • Using whole plants in their original form for their medicinal benefits
  • Packed with detailed information on hundreds of different herbs with a focus on their roles in building healthy babies, this comprehensive manual is a roadmap to wellbeing. The reference guide is rounded out by complete information on herbal use before, during, and post-pregnancy, and special attention is paid to supporting nursing and lactation. Whether you are have experienced challenges in conceiving or just want to ensure that your pregnancy is as natural and uncomplicated as possible, Conceiving Healthy Babies is an indispensable guide.

    Dawn Combs is an ethnobotanist and herbalist who apprenticed with Rosemary Gladstar. After resolving her own infertility diagnosis through whole foods and natural herbal remedies, she chose to specialize in helping women rebalance their bodies for fertility.

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          October 6, 2014
          Ethnobotanist Combs, in this memoir-cum-herbal guide, chronicles her experiences with pregnancy and breastfeeding, before offering an abundance of suggestions to other would-be parents. Combs, to demonstrate that she knows whereof she speaks, describes how she suffered a miscarriage before setting out to rebalance her body and synchronize it with natural rhythms. In doing so, she claims to have learned that “building a baby does not begin at conception.” She encourages prospective mothers to create a healthy environment long before attempting to conceive, writing that parents-to-be can use herbal therapies to enhance fertility and health. She supports a diet of “nutrient-dense, traditional foods and farm fresh products” to promote gut health and proper digestion—grass-fed, organic meats and raw milk included. Readers may be most interested, though, in Combs’s color-coded “Healthy Baby Herbal Reference Guide,” which recommends various herbs as being most effective for preconception, pregnancy, and lactation, and also names herbs to avoid or use with caution. This intriguingly unusual pregnancy guide strives to leave readers not only educated about the medicinal powers of plants, but also empowered to rely on their own intuition and best judgment.

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    Drawing on the author's own personal triumph over infertility, Conceiving Healthy Babies is a unique herbal guide geared to helping couples achieve balance in preconception, pregnancy, lactation, and beyond. Its individualized approach to fertility explains the importance of:

  • Understanding, accepting, and celebrating our own bodies
  • Basing our diets on organic, nutrient-dense foods that have been traditionally prepared
  • Using whole plants in their original...
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    Acknowledgments
    Preface
    Foreword by Carson Combs
    Introduction

    A Journey to Family
    Our Infertility Story
    Preparing Traditional Whole Foods
    Asking the Herbs for Help
    My First Pregnancy
    My First Birth
    Nursing Troubles
    My Own Formula
    My Second Birth
    Choosing a Path

    Strategies for Building a Healthy Baby
    Herbal Therapies for Fertility
    Herbal Therapies for Your Partner
    Foods for Preconception
    The Mental Component in Fertility
    Alternative Therapies
    Breast Health and Building Your Baby
    Preconception and Pregnancy
    Foods for Pregnancy and Lactation
    Chiropractic and Low Milk Supply
    Supplemental Feeding Equipment
    Mental Component in Breastfeeding
    The Concept of Nursing Through

    General Herb Use

    Determining the Quality of Herbs
    Sustainable Suppliers
    Standardized Method versus the Simplers Method

    Whole versus Isolated Constituents: The Side Effects of Ethnobotany
    A Word About Supplements
    Homeopathics
    Essential Oils
    Flower Essences
    General Herbal Components to Watch
    Cleansing and Detoxing
    Prescription, OTC and Illegal Drugs
    A Final Word

    Healthy Baby Herbal Reference Guide
    Using the Herbal Guide
    Foods and Supplements
    Afterword
    Further Reading
    Notes
    Glossary

    Appendices
    Appendix A: Whole-Food/Whole-Plant Resources
    Appendix B: Baby Formulas
    Appendix C: Breast Massage Techniques
    Appendix D: Child Dosage Table
    Appendix E: United Plant Savers
    Appendix F: Comfrey: Poison or Panacea?
    Appendix G: Gluten-Free Lactation Cookies
    Appendix H: Build a Baby Worksheet

    Index
    About the Author