7 Supplements You Should be Taking if You're Trying to Get Pregnant

While I’m a huge proponent of a healthy lifestyle and diet, I also recognize the reality that most women, when trying to get pregnant, can benefit from some additional supplement support. Especially when conceiving is proving difficult, adding certain vitamins and minerals can absolutely improve fertility and reproductive health.

While of course each woman has an individual constitution, for which there might be more specific herbal formulas and supplement recommendations, these are the Top 7 dietary supplements that are recommended for every woman who wants to get pregnant.

  1. Prenatal: A prenatal supplement is essential, as it provides your body with most of the vitamins and minerals that would be important for your baby’s development when you do conceive. It also can contribute to your own overall and follicular health and provide you with the vitamins and minerals that are often found to be deficient in women struggling with infertility, such as Vitamin D. Make sure to...
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What Four Common Household Items are Probably Affecting Your Fertility

When I work with my infertility patients, I know that there’s not usually just one single cause of their struggle with fertility. While I do tend to work extensively with my each of patients on the emotional energetics that can be contributing to infertility, it would be negligent of me to ignore the very real threat that common household items pose to both male and female fertility.

When I begin working with a patient, one of the first things we look at are how she can immediately swap out these items for products that not only support her overall health and fertility, but that also are infinitely better for the planet.

#1. Plastics

Plastics literally disrupt your estrogen receptors, throwing your hormones completely out of whack. This is important both for my female fertility patients as well as their partners, as these estrogen activators can seriously impact sperm health. Some BPA-free plastics have actually been shown to have more estrogen activity than non-BPA-free...

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Supporting Implantation so that Pregnancy Can Occur

Uncategorized Dec 17, 2018

This is one of a 4-part series on the phases of the menstrual cycle. 

While I've posted before about how to support implantation and the Yang Phase in more physical ways, this series is about the energetic of the phases of the cycle. 

THE YANG PHASE

The Yang Phase of your menstrual cycle occurs after you have ovulated and your temperatures are rising, approximately days 17-28. Yang is related to the element of Fire and to your heart. Fire is joy. Fire is excitement and passion for life and your ability to love and receive love. This energy of the heart needs to connect down to the womb for pregnancy to occur.

 Many of us are so burdened by the day to day stressors of life that we forget about the importance of fun and joy and passion.  So many women in my fertility practice are so frustrated and depressed and defeated by their fertility situation that they’ve lost that sense of joy in their lives, in their marriages, in sex.

Alternately,...

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Encouraging Healthy Ovulation to Support Fertility

ovulation Dec 17, 2018

This is one of a 4-part series on the phases of the menstrual cycle. 

While I've posted before about how to support ovulation during your Qi phase in more physical ways, this series is about the energetic of the phases of the cycle. 

THE QI PHASE

The qi phase of your menstrual occurs around the time of ovulation and a few days after, approximately days 12-15.

Qi is associated with the element of Wood and the Spring season, and is all about tenacity, determination, drive and penetration.

This energy is about doing what you need to do to get the job done. If you think about tree roots growing underneath the soil, they get to where they need to go to get what they need to thrive. They don't care if there’s a sidewalk in the way. They’re going to bust through it.

They are purposeful and that’s the energy of the liver.

Healthy liver. Healthy wood energy.  

Most of us have livers that are so taxed and depleted and burdened by the day to...

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How to Support Follicle Health if you have High FSH or Early Onset Menopause

This is one of a 4-part series on the phases of the menstrual cycle. 

While I've posted before about how to support your yin phase in more physical ways, this series is about the energetic of the phases of the cycle. 

THE YIN PHASE

The Yin Phase is the time of your menstrual cycle during which your follicles are developing. Yin is related to the element of water and is associated with Winter. To activate your water energy, envision a snow scene, where the earth is blanketed with snow.  Imagine the silence and the stillness of the snow. Passive. Receptive.

But water can also be fierce, like the goddess, Kuan Yin. Like the ocean, it can be unrelenting. While it may look calm and still, there’s the potential for devastating intensity.  There is stillness, until there’s a volcanic burst of energy and activity that propels you into the next phase, maybe into ovulation, into action, into the energy of wood or spring.

During the...

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How to Support Your Period Health if you have Endometriosis, Fibroids or Serious Menstrual Cramps

This is one of a 4-part series on the phases of the menstrual cycle. 

While I've posted before about how to support your period in more physical ways, this series is about the energetic of the phases of the cycle. 

THE BLOOD PHASE

The blood phase of the menstrual cycle is the time during which you are bleeding.

Blood is associated with the element of metal and is about letting go, releasing.  Metal is the element of the autumn, and the best way to envision that energy is to think of the trees shedding their leaves every fall. They trust in the process, trust that there will be rest in the winter and rebirth in the spring. Some people relate the metal element to death, and in a way, it is.
 
This metal element is about letting go of that which is no longer serving you and trusting that something more fulfilling will take its place. Our period is all about letting go; our actual menstrual flow is about releasing.

Many women have fibroids and cramping and...

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How Our Fertility Has Been Stripped of its Magic

Last week I found out that one of my patients had died.

Although I hadn’t seen Alicia* in over 5 years, I thought about her often because she was one of the few women in my acupuncture fertility practice who I wasn’t able to help conceive. I treated her before I began working more deeply with the Wisdom of the Womb, an understanding of fertility on a more energetic level. When I was seeing her, I had sensed that more was needed, but I didn’t yet have the language or the methods to access these deeper parts. I always wondered if, had we worked together in this capacity, she could have gotten pregnant.

When she stopped seeing me, she told me that her insurance covered IVF but not acupuncture, and that she had decided to go that route instead.

I kept in touch with her for a few months, maybe a year. I knew she had had several failed IVF cycles.

I didn’t know that she had finally gotten pregnant or that when she was 5 months pregnant, she went to her doctor for...

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What Do The Wildfires Mean for Your Fertility?

As the wildfires in California continue to rage, I’m sure every acupuncturist west of Colorado is thinking about the lungs. Not only do we recognize the importance of protecting them from smoke and chemicals, but we also view the lungs in their function of processing grief. The lungs are where we hold our pain, our loss, and just as smoke and toxins can fester in our lungs, so too can unresolved grief, contributing to asthma, allergies and even lung cancer,

As a fertility acupuncturist, my concern with unresolved grief is beginning to take on a new shape. Before I make my next statement, I’m feeling the need to underscore this: I adore my patients. I envision them as the mothers they will become long before they get pregnant. I cry with them when their attempts fail and celebrate with them when they succeed. I look forward to past patients’ holiday cards filled with their children’s joy. I hold each patient’s fertility journey with hope and love and...

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Consciousness and Fertility

Lately I’ve been having a lot of conversations with my fertility patients about the role of consciousness in fertility. I recently read a quote by Jiddu Krishnamurti that really resonated with this discussion: “It is no measure of sanity to be well-adjusted to a profoundly sick society.”

This touches on an idea that has been percolating in my mind for the past few months and validates my belief that, when we view our body as a microsystem of the earth and the universe, perhaps infertility is the body’s healthy response to living in a society, a consciousness and a world that are incredibly unwell.

A natural response to dis-ease is to want to “fix” it. Of course we want to eradicate cancer, to reduce pain, to heal disease and to “correct” infertility. But what if we begin to examine the possibility that those “imbalances” are actually our body’s way of responding to living in “the matrix,” for lack of a...

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What Should I Do About My High FSH Diagnosis?

In my acupuncture fertility practice, I hear from at least one new patient each day who has received a diagnosis of high FSH from her reproductive endocrinologist. Many women come to me in tears, terrified that this diagnosis means that they will never be able to conceive, never be able to have a baby. For many women, a diagnosis of high FSH will mean she is not a candidate for IVF or she may be told she needs to use a donor egg to conceive.

Often, my first meeting with a woman who has been diagnosed with FSH is filled with reassurances that a high FSH reading is just a symptom, an indication that there is an imbalance in her body. That imbalance is often one that can absolutely be corrected, allowing for conception and a healthy pregnancy to occur.

FSH is the abbreviation for Follicle Stimulating Hormone, which is produced by the pituitary gland. Typically, FSH levels are checked at around day 2 or 3 of your cycle, when they should be relatively low. Under 6 is an ideal level....

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