I’ll never forget when the time came to start trying for my own family. I had planned, imagined, and even picked out the nursery color scheme. When I looked for ways to prepare my body, however, I came up empty handed. I was in total shock that the advice that just kept coming back was, “Just try for six to twelve months, and then contact a specialist.” What did that even mean? I had never imagined that I would be so frustrated when it came to pre-conception health.
I wasn’t going to just “wait.” As a naturopathic doctor, we are taught to look at the body as a whole; when looking at a patient we understand that all systems work together, and part of determining root cause is looking at the systems individually, and seeking to find which specific area is causing current health concerns. Once we find those areas that need support, we seek to balance them naturally. What frustrated me the most, was thinking of the advice going to not only myself, but to women everywhere – those coming off of birth control, those managing PCOS, women managing hormonal imbalances, and women going through medically assisted conception.
As my frustration grew, so did my desire to create the change I wanted to see. I began researching every aspect of conception and pre-conception. I discovered countless ‘facts’ that were completely untrue. Women were unnecessarily restricting themselves, taking on way too many lifestyle changes, and essentially flying blind with inaccurate information. I felt it was up to me to change the way we look at conception, and the steps we take to optimize our health.
I created my own preconception plan to get myself ready to try to conceive. I was fortunate to conceive on the second month of trying with my first and the first month of trying with my second. I realize it’s not that easy for everyone. But what role did my preparation play in the ease at which I conceived? I will never know the answer to that question, but if you’re like me and believe that nutrition and lifestyle play a HUGE role in your overall health, then I can imagine the changes I made certainly had a big impact.
It doesn’t matter what type of conception you are currently going through, total reproductive health is absolutely critical to success. I created The Fertility Formula with that in mind. It’s not just ‘eating healthy’. What is your current environment like? What is your water quality like? What specific supplements can you take to help manage PCOS and other conditions making it difficult for you to conceive? What can you specifically do during IVF to optimize your health and have a successful implantation?
I created an empowering self study course for you – you can do it on your schedule wherever you wish. I want to see women feel a degree of control, confidence, and have the tools to succeed. Whether you’re trying to regain your cycle after birth control, or trying to begin your family.
You can download a complimentary preconception checklist on my site, and request a complimentary phone consult to see if the program is the right fit for you. Check out the program information here.