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post #21 of 74
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Originally Posted by lovingmommyhood View Post
Someone answer my questions or ya'll are gonna get it.

HAHAHA

I've herad the same thing. I'd just go ahead and drink it, I mean... it's good for you anyway.
post #22 of 74
Red Raspberry Leaf is great for all things female. I just pick a whole bunch while I pick the berries, dry, powder in a mortar, and make into pills. I also make it in teas - yummy with clover, rose hips, and lemon balm.
I take Evening Primrose Oil capsules - 1 a day at 500mg
Flax Seed Oil - 2 capsules a day (don't use fish oil, as it may contain mercury and other toxins, plus when you burp later on, it tastes nasty! )
Prenatal vitamins with plenty of folic acid
Holy Basil and Green Tea - made by Organic India - sold as Tulsi Green Tea (Holy Basil is good for regulating female hormones). DH drinks a cup of regular green tea a day to help fight free radicals that may damage sperm.
Damenia - good for increasing sperm motility in men

I have a bunch more at home I take, but I can't remember them at the moment. But cut back on meats and dairy (take calcium supplements instead). Eat organic, lots of beans, nuts, and seeds. Eat the rainbow of veggies and fruits. Walk for 15 minutes each morning to help increase Vit D exposure and get some exercise. I also recommend doing a month long heavy metal cleanse with Renew Life CleanseSmart. It supposedly cleans out mercury, lead, and other toxic heavy metals. I'm almost finished with mine, and although it may bind up the bowels a bit, I'm willing to do anything to make sure my body is as toxin-free as I can make it.

I'll come back this evening and add the rest of the herbs DH and I are taking...Hope this helps!
post #23 of 74
Triana,
How many mgs of flax oil do you take a day?
post #24 of 74
I can tell you when I get home at 4pm. I just have the pill case here at work, not the bottle. Sorry...
post #25 of 74
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Originally Posted by lovingmommyhood View Post
I've read that green tea increases your CM. Anybody know if this is true?

We were having trouble concieving and my midwife had us both drinking green tea every day and also RRL for me. She didn't tell me why though, sorry. However, we did get pregnant awful fast after that! I was on vitex too. I'd have to check on the dosage she told me to take. I'm going to start taking it again. 20 months pp and no AF! Oh, she did have specific directions for me for after getting pregnant. You are supposed to stay on the vitex for a certain number of weeks (15? Again I'd have to check) and then wean yourself off over the course of a week or two. It helps you to maintain your pregnancy, but you aren't supposed to take it for the entire time.

Oh, and can someone tell me more about the primrose oil? How much? Is capsule form okay? I heard that it helps your EWCM?
post #26 of 74
Damenia - good for increasing sperm motility in men


What IS Damenia? And where do you get it?
post #27 of 74
Oh....also, if you are into "Traditional Foods" they had a conception thread going on over in that subforum. TF people would say to increase your animal fats if you want to increase your fertility. Obviously, if you are vegan or vegetarian, you wouldn't be doing that though....
post #28 of 74
Where is everybody getting their RRL tea?? I can't find it anywhere.
post #29 of 74
I get mine in the Whole Body section at Whole Foods. Yogi Tea and at least one other brand has it in tea bags. I'd think any store with an herbal/homeopathic section would have it.
post #30 of 74
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Where is everybody getting their RRL tea?? I can't find it anywhere.
The absolute best quality RRL tea I have found is here. I usually just put a handful in a quart mason jar w/ hot water. I let it steep until its cool, strain, and drink iced. I like it both ways but prefer it cold.
post #31 of 74
Is it just any raspberry tea or does it have to say "RRL"
post #32 of 74
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oceane - I think I heard that the reason some people recommend not taking RRL tea in the first trimester is because you could develop an aversion to it if you are having nausea. And it has so many benefits in pregnancy that it would really suck to have an aversion to it.
thanks.

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Where is everybody getting their RRL tea?? I can't find it anywhere.
I get mine from the pharmacy. It just says raspberry leaves. It's loose leaves.
post #33 of 74
I've heard a lot of good things about asparagus & fertility.
post #34 of 74
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Originally Posted by lovingmommyhood View Post
Is it just any raspberry tea or does it have to say "RRL"
RRL=red raspberry leaf (because I'm too lazy to type it all out )
post #35 of 74
I just got some chasteberry pills the other day from my health food store... they didn't have any False Unicorn root, which is what I really wanted.
Anyway, I'm just taking the dosage on the bottle--150mg once a day.
I am still nursing my 15 month old and have had only 2 episodes of spotting since his birth. It was like 5 light pink spots then 10 days later had a few more spots... dunno if it was worthy to be called AF!!
We are TTC and I'm just hoping this works. I'm reading so much conflicting info about it :
post #36 of 74
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RRL=red raspberry leaf (because I'm too lazy to type it all out )
Yeah I know what it stands for but when I'm looking at the store it's always "Raspberry tea" and it doesn't say red raspberry leaf. When I read the ingredients it NEVER lists RRLs so I was wondering if it's still the right stuff? I've even looked at the whole foods section of my store and it's quite vast.
post #37 of 74
lovingmommyhood - Rasperry Tea and RRL are not the same, no. You specifically need the tea that has the word "leaf" in it. I could never find it in stores, I always had to order it online.

Anyway, I tried most every single herb or food recommended online for TTC'ers. I finally got mad that things weren't working and gave up. I still stuck to my - no processed foods (for the most part) and drinking tons of water everyday. And bam, pregnant in July. Two months after I had quit all supplements and other things (except prenatal and extra folic acid, of course).
post #38 of 74
pumpkin seeds will help increase the potency of sperm in men. (worked for my late DH!) it took 9 months to concieve DS then only 2 months for DD using the pumpkin seeds. well DH was eating them. not me. (I swear by this!)

also damiana tea! (it is quite a pleasing aphrodisiac to boot!) you can get it from www.mountainroseherbs.com in the bulk herb section, it is effective as a tonic for promoting fertility and treating fertility issues in men and women alike. it mixes well with lemon balm and RRL. or that's the way I used to brew it anyway! HTH!
post #39 of 74
Thanks everyone! Sorry I'm so slow to catch on!
post #40 of 74
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I've heard a lot of good things about asparagus & fertility.
I've heard that too, but the *ahem* after-effects can be a little more than my nose can take first thing in the morning.
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