October 2015 What's Cooking? 3

Christa Orecchio, Interviewed

Your book is coming out on Prenatal Nutrition, How To Conceive Naturally And Have A Healthy Pregnancy After 30. What can you tell us about the book?

I’m excited to share it! The book is fresh and different in that it takes a 5-trimester approach to pregnancy with preconception being the first trimester. In the preconception phase, we lay out a 12-week plan to cleanse and build the body to prepare it to conceive naturally.

Because this book was born out of working with women in their late 30s and early 40s who had trouble conceiving, the preconception portion of the book allays fears of “the biological clock” with information on functional lab work you can run to get to the root of fertility issues (or just to prep your body before you try to conceive) in a way mainstream medicine doesn’t approach. No lab work is required, but we find it’s helpful for those who’d like to troubleshoot.

The preconception chapter – which is for both mom and dad – helps to turn over the genetic code in the gut-microbiome, which is a wonderful way to lay a foundation for exceptional health in Mom, as well as to contribute to your child’s health in their adult life and even to your grandchildren’s health. It’s an exciting new field called epigenetics.

Next, we go into the three trimesters of pregnancy where we lay out which part of Baby is forming and growing, and which foods and nutrients Mom needs to focus on eating to assist that process. This is called fetal programming. Throughout the entire book, we provide our rock star arsenal of the top quality nutritional supplements, homeopathic remedies, dietary tips, recipes and holistic tools to keep Mom happy and balanced.

Our last trimester, or “5th trimester” is the 3-month postpartum period. What a new mom does in the first 12 weeks post-delivery is crucial to help her hormones balance fast, so she can feel good and enjoy bonding with her newborn. We give diet, supplement and lifestyle suggestions that have worked wonders for our clients in this chapter, along with an avante garde yet incredibly powerful balancing tool.

How did this book come about?

It happened very organically. In my nutrition practice, I get clinical with functional lab work to dig for a root cause in lieu of addressing individual symptoms. I believe in using food as medicine wherever possible, as well as creating balance in life and peace in the heart by addressing mental and emotional process concurrently with physical health.

This combination of practice philosophy has helped thousands of people in all kinds of health situations in my decade of practice. About 4 years ago, I started getting women coming to me in their late 30s and early 40s who were struggling with infertility. At the time it wasn’t my specialty, but they liked my approach and we worked side-by-side as health detectives. Before I knew it, they all started getting pregnant, even the toughest cases!