FERTILITY & MY APPROACH

Unfortunately for some, fertility is not a straight forward journey to motherhood. After the initial excitement of trying for a baby has worn off and you’re still waiting for that positive pregnancy test, your hope can start to slowly fade. I’ve been there and yes it can be utterly heart-breaking, distressing and emotionally overwhelming. 

I hope sharing some of the steps I took which helped me feel mentally and physically prepared and also confident and positive that I was doing all the right things to prepare my mind and body for pregnancy.

GETTING JIGGY WITH IT

It might sound like a silly question, but do you actually know when you ovulate and are you doing-the-deed at the right time of the month?  So many of our lovely customers who I have spoken to have been using ovulation apps and assuming that they ovulate on day 14 of their cycle. 

With both of my successful pregnancies, I ovulated on day 20 and 22! There is a bit of controversy over using ovulation sticks when trying to conceive with PCOS, but they worked for me. I recommend buying the cheap ones from Amazon, they are just as effective as the well known brands, but a fraction of the price. 

I would recommend start testing on day 11 of your cycle right through to day 25 if you’re not sure when you ovulate.

EGG CYCLE & QUALITY

This is another mystical subject that I had no idea about before embarking on my TTC journey.  Did you know that the egg that you are ovulating this cycle started its life three months ago?

This means, whatever lifestyle choices you were making last season will be effecting the quality of the egg (or eggs!) you are hoping to fertilise in a matter of weeks. 

Kind of mind blowing huh! So you’ve really got to look at how you are treating your body NOW to determine how fertile you might be three months down the line.  Here are some changes I made…..

DETOX YOUR LIFE

If you want to have the best chance of falling pregnant and delivering a healthy baby one of the first things you can do is to reduce your exposure to specific toxins that harm fertility. There is so much to talk about on this subject, so if you want to find out more please jump over to our blog post. 

One of the major toxins that has been proven to compromise fertility is BPA which can be found in plastic containers to even paper receipts. And it’s even more important if you suffer from PCOS because we often have lower egg quality and already find it more difficult to conceive. 

Women with PCOS have been found to have higher levels of BPA in their system, so eliminate plastic from your kitchen if you can and replace with glass bottles or BPA free plastic.  And if you are using plastic, even if it does say 'BPA free' wash it by hand instead of in the dishwasher and don't use it in the microwave.

MINDFULNESS

Mindfulness I don’t know about you, but if I heard another person tell me ‘just stop thinking about getting pregnant’ or ‘relax and it will happen’ could quite frankly go do one!  It’s literally the ONLY thing I could think about, day in and day out.

If you’ve been trying for a while or have suffered the heartache of loss, then there’s no magic cure (apart from getting pregnant and having your baby) that will stop you thinking about it.  But you can try your best to calm your mind and body. It will help I promise. Even if it’s difficult at first.

There are so many different ways to meditate. I personally can’t sit in silence for even 5 minutes, my preferred method is guided meditation. So experiment. Your future self will thank you for it.

SUPPLEMENTS & EGG QUALITY

When it comes to fertility and pre-conception you need to ensure your body is nourished with all of the vitamins and minerals needed to support a healthy pregnancy. But have you thought about supplements that can improve your egg quality?  

Women with PCOS are likely to experience poor egg quality, so it’s worth thinking about introducing certain antioxidants that support egg quality if you are trying to conceive. 

These antioxidents include; Vitamin C, Vitamin E, Alpha-Lipoic-Acid and N-Acetyl Cysteine. To find out more read our blog on antioxidents that can improve egg quality...

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