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Hey TTC Mommas-<br><br>
From perusing the threads here, it sounds like a lot of you have a lot of tips and tricks to TTC. Would anyone mind sharing things they do (dietary, supplements, books to read, etc.) and the explanations behind them for a newbie TTC #2.<br><br>
Thanks in advance,<br>
Kate
 

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The books I can't live without while ttc are: <span style="text-decoration:underline;">Taking Charge of Your Fertility</span> by Toni Weschler and Susun Weed's <span style="text-decoration:underline;">Herbs for the Childbearing Year</span>.<br><br>
Susun Weed (who is THE herbal authority as far as women's health goes, IMO) suggests red raspberry leaf, red clover, and nettle infusions to promote fertility. These herbs tone the reproductive system, and red clover cleanses the blood and balances the hormones. I started taking these herbs everyday this cycle, and my O date moved up to day 15, down from day 17-25.<br><br>
A lot of people take Vitex, or chasteberry, which is another herb that balances the hormones. I haven't had luck with it; it messed up my cycle the month I took it. It is a powerful herb that I think should be reserved for serious LP defects and hormonal imbalances.<br><br>
As far as supplements go, I take a prenatal vitamin everday, in addition to extra vitamin E (200-400 iu), bee pollen (1-2 tabs a day or up to a tsp. in a smoothie), evening primrose oil (3,000 mg from af to O), and occasionally extra zinc (60 mg). This past cycle, I used Robitussin (2 tsp, 2-3x a day) and/or Mucinex (one tab every 12 hrs) to thin my cm. I'm not into taking otc drugs, but these really work. You need to be careful to buy the kind that has only Guaifenesin as the active ingredient.<br><br>
My dh takes a multivitamin and an antioxidant vitamin. He occasionally takes Saw Palmetto or ginseng, to help with sperm quality and count, although his are normal.<br><br>
I drink tons of water every day, and try to limit my caffeine and alcohol intake. I avoid all processed food, and try to eat organic as much as possible. I eat a lot of veggies, some fruit, yogurt, nuts, seeds, wheat germ, other whole grains, yams (real yams, not sweet potatoes), and some organic/free range meats and fish. I also try to exercise most days, whether it's walking/hiking, swimming, or yoga.
 

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thanks for the jump start!<br><br>
i have susun weed's book and just love it. has anyone used the dong quai tincture she refers to? i've ordered red clover and red raspberry leaf- i already have nettle leaf in the house.<br><br>
also, is there an advantage to using a BBT thermometer or can you use a good digital one and still get accurate readings?
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">meggles- Where do you find your real yams? I am having some trouble finding them!</div>
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They have them at all the health food-y stores around here. I saw them at Whole Foods too. Do you have one close by? They're called "Jewel Yams," if I remember correctly. A book I have advises to eat yams (a moderate amount) up until O. I had them 2-3 times over a 10 day period. Not sure if they "helped," but they do have a lot of vitamins/nutrients and they're so yummy this time of year.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">you know in cultures where they consume a lot of yams (although I am not sure what defines "a lot") they have high rates of twins!</div>
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I think this is a different kind of yams than we are used to. The name for those kind is Cassava or Manioc. They are dried and smashed into a powder then made into a paste I think. I don't think you can find them here except maybe in a flour at an African foods store. (I saw it at an African/Caribbean foods store when I was looking for coconut oil, it was called FuFu flour).
 

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i've seen yams at whole foods, trader joes and my organic market before if you have any of those stores around you. you could also check a farmers market to see if anyone local is growing them this year.<br><br><br>
i saw some posts about pineapple on another thread. that's from O to AF to encourage implantation, right?
 

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i saw some posts about pineapple on another thread. that's from O to AF to encourage implantation, right?</div>
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meggles, why do you take the vitamin e?<br><br>
thanks for so many suggestions! we're ttc #1 in december!
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">meggles, why do you take the vitamin e?</div>
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I read that supplementing with extra Vitamin E is good for the reproductive system, so it can boost fertility. You only need to take 200-400 iu a day. I try to just eat more wheat germ and walnuts, but sometimes I take the capsules instead.
 
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