Excerpt from the chapter,
"Start at the Very Beginning to Ensure
Optimum Health for your Child."
How to Optimize your Child’s Health Before Conception
Six months before planned
conception is the ideal time to remove caffeine, overly processed foods,
additives such as aspartame, food dyes, and monosodium glutamate, and alcohol
from your diet. If you smoke
cigarettes, or take even an occasional over-the-counter medication or
recreational drug, discontinue them. If
you are taking a prescription drug or herbal treatment for a medical condition,
discuss with your obstetrician or family practitioner its safety during
pregnancy. For instance,
anti-seizure drugs given to epileptic women and anti-depressants during
pregnancy account for higher than normal incidents of birth defects among
babies. Your physician will either
discontinue your medication or switch you to an alternative, if your medication
is unsafe for pregnancy.
Three months before planned
conception is the ideal time to remove excess simple sugar carbohydrates and
any allergenic or reactive foods from your diet. Eat three balanced meals that contain protein and healthy
fats at each meal. If you snack,
choose nutrient-dense items such as nuts/seeds with fruit or guacamole with raw
At intended conception, eat more alkaline foods and less acidic foods (60-70% alkaline vs. 30-40% acidic). See Chapter 11 for further details. Excess acid in your body can kill sperm. Also, limit exposure to high estrogen items such as soy, cow’s milk products, chlorinated water, ginseng, dong quai, and coffee. Too much estrogen with too little progesterone may make it more difficult to conceive or may cause miscarriage.