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Conceiving Healthy Babies (PDF)
An Herbal Guide to Support Preconception, Pregnancy and Lactation
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 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 a homestead herbalist and ethnobotanist with over 20 years experience in women's health issues. She began her career with a B.A. in Botany and Humanities/Classics, and later apprenticed with herbalist Rosemary Gladstar. As well as training others in herbal home healthcare, she treats her family's common illnesses and minor injuries with natural therapies, herbal remedies, and appropriate foods. Dawn is a beekeeper, educator, and co-owner of the medicinal herb and honey farm Mockingbird Meadows and its Eclectic Herbal Institute, which is nationally recognized for her signature line of therapeutic herbal honey spreads. Her family was recently recognized by Mother Earth News as one of their 2013 Homesteaders of the Year. Dawn is also the author of Conceiving Healthy Babies.
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