11 Steps for Conception

As women, our bodies are a miraculous matrix, a web so intricate even Charlotte couldn’t spin it. Because of this, each woman will have a path to healing that is uniquely their own.

How do you find your way? Listen to your body, trust your intuition, and take care of each aspect of yourself (body, mind, and spirit). To conceive a healthy baby, you must become the healthiest version of yourself possible.  While there is no miraculous cure, or a supplement that will bring your child to you with lightening speed, one place to start is by reading the ten lessons for women failing to conceive.

Other Suggestions:

1. Seek out an acupuncturist. I recommend an acupuncturist certified by the American Board of Oriental Reproductive Medicine. If there is not one in your town, call the closest ones and ask them for referrals to people in your area. Keep looking until you find one that feels right for you.

2. Find a doctor who is also certified by the American Board of Integrative Holistic Medicine. Same thing here, ask for references if there is not one in your area. Don’t give up until you find someone who will partner with you in your health.

3. Chasteberry (Vitex) has been linked to regulating ovulation. The key however is that you need to give it at least six months to work–this is pretty standard with all herbal supplements. I know that can feel like forever when you want a family now, however it may be the key to finding a healthy balance for your body.

4. Food: of course limit alcohol and caffeine. Also stay away from glutinous grains. Eat lots of legumes and try to eat only organic meat and dairy products–also as many organic fruits and veggies as you can (especially the Dirty Dozen). The hormones in foods, and pesticides on food, will affect your hormone balance. Some other information on foods: CLICK and CLICK and CLICK

5. Address the health issues that come with your diagnosis (e.g. PCOS–increased risk of ovarian cancer, increased risk of diabetes, higher cholesterol, etc.). Keep searching until you find a doctor who will address these underlying health risks.

6. Make sure your doctor tests things like your Vitamin D level, cortisol, DHEA, thyroid, etc. A good doctor will do this. Truly focusing on your overall health, and addressing the underlying issue, is what will get you pregnant the fastest (with or without fertility support from drugs or IVF/IUI–it helps in all ways to conceive). Those underlying issues are what are causing the challenges with conception. A body will fight against conception when it knows there is dis-ease within it.

7. Vitamin D is essential to getting pregnant so definitely make sure yours is between 60-80.

8. Stress: I don’t care what you’ve read, it affects health. Not necessarily the stress from TTC, just the everyday stress. If you have a stressful job and life, address that first and foremost. Make sure you are taking time to sleep well, meditate (if you that fits for you), exercise, and play. Addressing extreme and prolonged stress was the key to my healing! Addressing stress for me meant lifestyle changes, dietary changes, supplements, relationship healing, and much, much more.

9. Husbands are 50% of the equation and can absolutely stop us from getting pregnant. Thus, no matter how healthy we get we still might not become pregnant. The supplements men may want to take are: Vitamin C-500 mg, Vitamin E-400 mg, and Selenium 200 mcg. Men may also want to consider acupuncture.

10. Heal your relationship. If there are underlying tensions, unexpressed anger, resentments long held, any negative accumulation of emotion between you and your partner, work through them now. Emotions ARE a part of our bodies. Those emotions can literally make us sick, and prevent us from conceiving, and READ MORE, and FURTHER INFORMATION.

11. Pay attention to these 31 things and adjust your lifestyle accordingly.

I know from my experience that healing our bodies is possible, yet most doctors will not focus on that–getting pregnant with a healthy baby means getting a healthy body first and foremost.

There is a key for each of us. Of course it is different for everyone, which is what makes this a challenge. Yet if we keep searching, keep listening to what our gut tells us, we will find that key.

And though this piece of advice may sting, each of us must also learn to release our attachment to the “how,” while still holding onto the deep knowing that we will mother a child. For some motherhood will come through their own womb, yet for others it will come to them on the wings of their heart’s creation. Both are miraculous, both are beautiful, and both are incredible blessings.

Take very good care of you and be the best advocate for yourself that you can be! I wish you tremendous healing and a deep knowing that every single day you are one day closer to motherhood.

Healing Fertility Series: Step One, Chart Your Own Path, be Your Own Heroine

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