I know first hand
what it feels like to question whether you will ever become pregnant, carry a healthy baby to term and be a mother.
I know what it feels like when your mind is so overly focused on what you don’t have that it colours your whole life, so that you lose the joy in just living, as if your happiness has been placed on pause until motherhood arrives.
I know what it feels like to be completely confused and overwhelmed by advice, recommendations and conflicting information to the extent you are almost paralysed into complete indecision trying to fathom out the best course of action.
And that sometimes due to feeling a complete lack of control over the situation you employ a scatter gun approach jumping from one form of treatment to another and from one health-care practitioner to the next hoping that if you approach enough ‘experts’ that someone will eventually uncover what is ’wrong’ with you and provide the magic ‘fix’.
I understand the pain, the heartache, the confusion, the anxiety and the frustration that comes with years of trying for a child……but I also know there is HOPE, there is always HOPE and there is always a WAY….it may not be the way you imagined becoming a parent but when it shows itself it will feel like it was always destined to be.
Through my own personal quest, my research, conversations with a variety of fertility specialists from around the globe and my holistic health studies I have learnt how to be my own best advocate, how to attune to my body’s needs, how to stay open to all possibilities and how to make decisions that best serve me, all the while continually working on ways to optimise my fertility; physically, emotionally and spiritually. It is this knowledge combined with the nuggets of gold and wisdom that I have come across that I would love and be honoured to share with you.
At various points on my baby journey I have looked back and thought if only I knew then what I know now, such as:
The huge value of a highly tailored pre-conception holistic care program to optimise success and why it should be a MUST for everyone regardless of their fertility status and how long they’ve been trying to conceive
Why nutritional supplements are not created equal and why what works for one person may need to be completely avoided by another
That the majority of factors that contribute to egg and sperm quality, as well as miscarriage prevention, are within our control
How even food considered 'healthy', pending the state of our gut and our immune system, can trigger low level systemic inflammation which, if left unchecked, can cascade into an array of disorders and imbalances throughout the body, in turn negatively impacting our reproductive health
What a good fertility work-up in terms of tests and history taking really looks like and what it should encompass as a minimum,
At what stage further testing should be explored
What to look for in an IVF clinic and IVF doctor should you feel the need to go down that path
Why stress, both physical and emotional, has such a detrimental effect on our reproductive health
And the importance of the mind-body connection and why it is absolutely KEY to providing the ‘space’ and ‘connection’ to allow your child to come forth.