Mindful IVF is a new brilliant mindfulness APP to support women going through IVF. And my patients have been raving about it. I have seen huge improvements in their calmness and stress levels, which can make all the difference to your success. I highly recommend you check out the new Mindful IVF APP, there is nothing else out there like it. The Mindful IVF meditations take just ten minutes a day and aims to keep you calm and reduce stress. It is free to download the APP and most of the valuable mindfulness meditations are free as well. The upgrade for every mindfulness meditation is only $1.99 (that price is a bargain for calmness!) The Mindful IVF APP supports and takes you through each stage of your IVF cycle:
This is a 10 day Mindfulness preparation program for your next IVF. Relaxing mind & body using scientifically proven techniques.
This has 10 Amazing Mindful pieces to help you through each stage of your IVF cycle. Designed by experts and spoken from the heart.
This is described as a Masterpiece of Calmness and Zen Meditation for just before and after your IVF embryo transfer. You will float home with your beautiful embryos on board.
These two weeks can feel like the most important 2 weeks of your life. In an effort to make them the best 2 weeks of your life, everyday you can use a unique meditation piece created for each unique day of the 2 week wait.
Available to download on IOS and Android.
You can visit the Mindful IVF website, www.mindfulivf.com for more information
A study has shown that women who drink at least one glass of red wine per week could support ovarian egg reserve better than those who do not.
The researchers coming to the conclusion that drinking red wine may boost fertility is based on Resveratrol. Resveratrol is abundant in red grapes, blueberries and cocoa. It is an antioxidant that protects cells against biological stress. Physicians at Washington University in St Louis, Missouri, studied the association between various alcoholic drinks and ovarian reserve.
Their findings are that women who drink one glass a week of red wine may boost their fertility. Click here to read the study in The Medical Journal Fertility and Sterility.
The study consisted of 135 women. They were between the ages of 18 and 44. Each woman in the study kept an alcohol diary, where they noted how much they consumed each month. During this time period the physicians also conducted regular ultrasound scans on each of the women and calculated their ovarian egg reserve. What hey found was that those women who regularly consumed red wine, regardless of other factors such as age and income, had a better ovarian reserve.
An article about this study in The Independant stated: “However, the study’s results don’t indicate that those trying to conceive should have a glass of red wine every day. The research only showed the fertility boosting benefit for women who drank moderate amounts of red wine (around 5 glasses each month). “Experts have also been quick to point out that the results should be considered with caution, as the study hadn’t proved that the wine was solely responsibly for the fertility boost in participants. Adam Balen, chairman of the British Fertility Society, told The Times that the research was “interesting,” but insisted that further studies would be necessary in order to prove the findings. “This is an interesting study, albeit with a small sample size which means that it doesn’t reach statistical significance. “However, the exposure of the developing foetus to alcohol may cause irreversible developmental damage, so alcohol consumption should be less than six units [roughly two large glasses of wine] per week for women wishing to conceive.””
This month’s free herbal tea available in MARA is my personal favourite- Peppermint. I discovered peppermint tea when I was trying to get pregnant and wanted to cut down on caffeine. I tried a lot and I mean a lot of herbal teas before I found the ones I actually liked. The reason I offer free herbal tea in my clinics is because I remember having to buy a whole box of tea just to try it and there were many herbal teas that just did not appeal to my palate at all. So to save you the same waste of having to buy full boxes of tea, just to find the ones that suit you, I regularly offer free herbal tea samples to my patients. Free herbal tea samples are always available in my clinic.
The brand of free herbal tea that I prefer is PUKKA. High quality, great tasting, eco-friendly and individually wrapped tea bags which are so convenient to carry in your handbag (so you can always have a caffeine free option available to you).
Free herbal tea available: “Three Mint tea, the refreshing hero of the palate. Just imagine three types of mint together – finely-chopped spearmint, fieldmint and peppermint – the cool suddenly becomes more vibrant. The sweetness more supreme. And the ‘you’ it leaves behind, as crisp and clean as the brightest day. All Pukka teas contain the highest quality organic herbs. It’s one of the reasons our teas taste so incredible. Good News for refreshing the palate.
Directions for use: Bring these incredible herbs alive by infusing in freshly boiled water for up to 15 minutes”
Pukka Three Mint Tea Dietary information:
Check out the Pukka website for more information, click here
It’s been a while since my last blog. I haven’t posted a blog since my father died in February. I never had anyone close to me die until then. It’s been yet another life changing experience for me. Trying to get pregnant was life changing because I had to learn to deal with the lack of control I felt over something I wanted so badly. And now the loss of my father-again lack of control over something. Almost anything else in life you could somehow get what you wanted: work for it, buy it, study for it, beg, borrow or steal it. But life and death? How do you sustain or create life? What I have learned is the best any of us can do is to simply create the conditions that will allow something to spring forth. Working in the field of fertility for the past 15 years has taught me that this can be done in any number of ways and is different for every person. The common denominator is “abundance” . The changes you make should not make your life and your world feel smaller, restricted. So plan that holiday, go for the promotion, do exercise you enjoy, eat foods you enjoy. You have to keep trying things, switch gears when necessary, give it time. Figure out your magic mix for trying to get pregnant.
“I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.” Thomas Edison.
Noone has a crystal ball and can say that you will not get pregnant. I hear this all the time that some “expert” has told a woman that she can’t get pregnant and then she gets pregnant and it’s called a miracle. It’s not a miracle. I think it’s important to stress that because it takes power away from the woman, when really it was her body, mind and power. I think it’s important for women to know that they CAN get pregnant. Even if it’s through IVF or Acupuncture or prayer, the woman still does it herself and she deserves the credit. My part, my contribution is a tool she used.
Remembering what it felt like when I was trying to get pregnant is what inspired me to work in the fertility field and help others trying to get pregnant to have babies. I now get to spend every day in work trying to help couples bring new life into the world. Having a life leave my world has now made my work even more special to me. Family is vitally important to us humans. I feel so lucky to be able help women have babies, to help create families. I get to take away stress and renew women’s faith in their bodies. I get to help build, to help create and that is oh so satisfying