Re Castor Oil packs: Here is a little info. This is the 3rd cycle I have tried it. I do it from after AF to O at least 3 times a week. I just use a piece of old flannel sheet that I soaked in castor oil (and I store in a jar in the refrigerator) and a rice sock. I warm up the rice sock, put the castor oil flannel on my lower belly, cover it with a large ziploc bag, then put the warm rice sock on, then I put a pillow on top of that. I put a towel down on the couch/bed/recliner and do it pants-less. Because it stains! Then I have to get up way through to re heat the sock. I maybe I make it a bigger event than it needs to be...
Re juicing: Glad you all liked my recommendations! Ginger is definitely spicy! Start with just a tiny little slice.
Re Making Babies book: Going to look at my library!
Monkey - Birth Center yay! I intern at one
Gem - When is the SA?
cbaa - I also have kidney deficiency (yang I think?). I get it all confused... And your new "diet" is making me happy. I think this is the way everyone should eat
Rcr - I wish I could have have swapped our ovulations. I would have taken your early one for you. As for supplements, right now just DHA (omega-3), prenatals (I do a plant based whole food one), and the herbs from my TCM practitioner (which are all Chinese and I have no idea what they are). I supplement superfoods too. I use spirulina and chlorella capsules on days when I feel like I didn't eat a lot of greens or didn't have spirulina in a smoothie.
Gozal - Yay! And glad you are feeling good about things! Not sure about the sleep thing. My acupuncturist can always tell my energy level from my pulses. Interesting. If I think of any ideas for greens I'll let you know! Oh, here's one - I make raw green soups (what I just ate for dinner), just veggies with hot water in the VitaMix with a little seasoning.
AFM - I'm trying lunaconception this month (did I already mention that?) to try to shorten my cycle. I've got a few more days of sleeping in darkness then I'm going to sleep with a light CD16,17,18 and see what happens! I think I've had fertile CM today (checked 12 hrs after BDing but it still could be left overs). I just want this first time I get EW CM to mean I'm going to O so badly. Not like the 5th patch of it...