Last updated: April 30th, 2018 at 03:53 pm
Last updated: May 30th, 2019 at 11:53 am
Author Linda Ryan, BA, Lic TCM, CH
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 🙂
Always consult your doctor for medical advice.
Last updated: May 30th, 2019 at 11:56 am
The Chinese New Year 2017 of the Fire Rooster will start on January 28, 2017 – the second New Moon after the Solstice. I hope this will be the year that you get pregnant and all the worry and stress of trying to get pregnant becomes a thing of the past. I personally will take good vibes anytime and there are a few things about the Year of the Rooster that puts out some good fertility vibes! Read on for a bit of fun:
In Chinese culture, roosters suggest prosperity. This is because they reproduce very fast. Chinese people understand this to represent prosperity in terms of both population and wealth. This should be a good year for fertility!
Roosters are also a symbol of luck. It is believed that before the rooster was domesticated by people, the rooster belonged to the same family as the phoenix. Roosters are beautiful, with red comb, colorful feathers and golden tail. So at first people called them ji (吉, meaning luck) and they believed this animal would bring people luck like the phoenix. The word “rooster” (鸡, jī) in Chinese has a pronunciation similar to that for the word “luck” (吉，jí). Bring on the luck, especially during that 2 week wait!
In traditional Chinese culture, the rooster’s most obvious symbolic meaning was punctuality and honesty. In ancient times, even though you could roughly calculate the time, there was nothing like an alarm clock to help you wake up in the morning. However, people could reliably hear the roosters crowing every dawn. Hence, a rooster’s crow would signal the beginning of a new day. So hopefully this will help to regulate ovulation!
During the Chinese New Year’s celebrations, there are many traditional activities. The Chinese believe that as they enter a new year, they should start a new beginning. They clean their houses, pay off all of their debts, purchase new clothes, paint their doors, and even get new haircuts in order to have a fresh start for the new year. There is surely something simple you can do to give yourself a fresh start for a fertile new year.
Last updated: May 30th, 2019 at 11:57 am
Author Linda Ryan, BA, Lic TCM, CH
My Top Tip is to start by examining areas in your life that can make a difference to your fertility and then start making easy doable changes. You want to set up the conditions that allow pregnancy to happen. Some of the most effective areas of influence are:
Consider ways to eat more healthy foods and less junk foods to boost your fertility. vegetable and fruit smoothie’s to get more nutrients. Do you need to take a vitamin and mineral supplement? The NHP Fertility Support for Women supplement is a great quality brand. Think of ways to reduce your caffeine, alcohol and sugar intake. Try eating mindfully which means experience the taste of your food and have the thought that you are nourishing yourself. Take the time to eat, and by that I mean really chew your food. Do not eat at your desk while working or even while watching TV. Consider consulting with a nutritionist.
Look into your exercise regimen. Do you have one or are you in need of implementing an exercise routine? Consider gentle forms of exercise like walking, swimming and yoga. Exercises such as long distance running, vigorous spinning and boot camp style classes may be too stressful and depleting for you. I had a client who had been attending an exercise class called “Body Attack”, it was quite rigorous, just the name itself gives away the fact that attacking your own body may not be beneficial to your fertility. When choosing a type of exercise think rejuvination not depletion. Pick exercise that you actually enjoy. There is a great yoga studio in Celbridge, go to www.yogaessence.ie to find out more.
Maybe this is the year that you get your fertility hormone levels tested or a prescription for Clomid or even IVF. Throughout the year Institut Marques Fertility Clinic in Clane regularly offer free, no obligation information meetings about IVF, etc., visit their website for upcoming dates and times.
Consider telling a close friend what you are going through, you might be pleasantly surprised at the relief and support that is readily available to you. Put time and effort into fostering intimacy with your partner. Trying for a baby can take the fun out of the trying, so consider being intimate at a time when you aren’t even ovulating-just for fun. If you find that you are feeling isolated and alone with your fertility problems, but don’t want to tell anyone in your life then there are some forums and chat rooms where you can retain your anonymity and have an outlet. Check out the trying to conceive forums at www.rollercoaster.ie , www.weddingsonline.ie or visit with the “Clomid cycle chicks” here for some camaraderie and to learn how to boost your fertility.
If you’ve been googling and think herbs like Agnus Castus may help boost your fertility then make an appointment with herbalist Anna Maria Keaveney at www.dunboyneherbs.ie she is highly skilled and super nice. An appointment with Anna Maria will let you know what is the best herbal treatment for you and the herbs you get there are top quality and potency so you can be sure of what you are taking.
Better sleep can help to regulate your hormones and boost your fertility. Establish a sleep routine. Go to bed and wake up at the same time every night and morning. Limit caffeine and fluid intake several hours before bedtime.
Yoga is a great method to help you restore balance to many areas of your life including your fertility. As mentioned above,there is a great yoga studio in Celbridge, go to www.yogaessence.ie to find out more. There is a fertility enhancing massage called Maya Massage. Louise Ryan (no relation to me) in Limerick is qualified to perform this. Go to www.cherryblossomacupuncture.ie to learn more about it and schedule a Maya Massage with her, she’s fantastic! If you’re in the Limerick area I highly recommend Louise if you need a Fertility Acupuncturist. If you are in the Cork area I highly recommend Gordon Mullins for Fertility Acupuncture, visit his website www.aculife.ie for his details, you’ll be in great hands with him.
Examine areas of your life that cause you stress and see where you can make a change. Can you reduce your commitments or change your attitude towards a co-worker? Maybe your commute to work can be altered. Maybe just taking control of some the areas of influence in this blog will help you feel more in control and less stressed about trying to conceive.
You have more control than you think and you’re also probably closer than you think to achieving your goal. Above all, my best advice is to be very good to yourself, in both your thoughts and actions.
I will continue to regularly blog about all things supportive of your fertility.
Always consult your doctor before taking any supplements, herbs or vitamins, especially if you are doing IVF.
Always consult your doctor for medical advice.
Last updated: April 30th, 2018 at 03:43 pm
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