Fertility and Vegetarian Diets or Vegan Diets

 

Fertility And Vegetarian Diets or Vegan Diets

 

Fertility and Vegetarian Diets or Vegan Diets.

 

If you’re vegetarian or vegan planning to get pregnant, read on…

NOT because I’m going to try to talk you out of the diet.  Heck no.

BUT there are some things you might want to know.  So you can make sure your diet and lifestyle don’t get in the way of getting pregnant.

 

Traditional Fertility Foods

Traditional cultures often have “fertility foods”.  They are highly prized foods given to new married couples to boost baby-making.

They are usually meat or milk, fish or shellfish. Animal products.

Weston Price – he studied traditional cultures and diet – found no communities living on ONLY plant foods for generations.

Plant foods miss some important nutrients. Or have them in lower amounts.

So you have to be more savvy with what you eat to stay fit and healthy. And baby-fit and healthy.

 

Fertility and Vegetarian Diets – Protein

It’s tougher to get complete proteins on a vegan diet.

Egg and sperm health need good quality protein in decent amounts.

Healthy vegans will eat a range of plant proteins like corn, soy, quinoa, leafy greens, spirulina and more.

If you choose soy, it’s best to eat it only in moderation when trying to get pregnant. The natural oestrogen’s ( phytoestrogens) in soya can affect your cycle. Make sure it’s not GMO soya. There are worries around GMO and impacts on fertility. Fermented organic soy products miso and natto can be good choices.

 

Fertility and Vegetarian Diets – Vitamin B12 and Other Good Stuff

Healthy vegans will also know that it’s tough to get Vitamin B12 on a plant diet.  Many get more B12 in their diet from supplements.  B12 is important to healthy development of a baby.

Some vegans lack the mineral iron, because its not easily absorbed from plants.  Iron is good for egg and sperm health,

Certain Omega 3 fats may be lower in vegan diet.  Try to get related fats from flaxseed and walnuts to help the body to make some of the missing ones.

Vegetarians eating eggs and high-quality, organic dairy are probably okay, as long they are eating a wide range of nutritious foods.

 

So my message ISN’T don’t be a vegan or vegetarian …

…it’s PLEASE take a careful look at your food and lifestyle choices.  Make sure you are maxing health and fertility before trying for a baby.

Invest time and effort in your  care for a better chance of natural conception and a healthy pregnancy and baby.

 

Love, Kathy x

P.S. Learn more about healthy vegetarian diets and healthy vegan diets at The Vegetarian Society  and The Vegan Society

P.P.S. If you love my fertility boosting tips, check out my FREE, CONFIDENTIAL online course 7 Steps To Boost Fertility. It’s got ALL the basics you need for a  fertility friendly lifestyle whether you’re trying to fall pregnant naturally or via IVF.  Some info you might find surprising.

Grab your spot here > http://bit.ly/7stepstoboostfertility

Super easy to access from a link I send you. You get access to lots of short videos and my notes. Watch at home or listen on headphones – discreetly. I get that’s important to you.

Sexual Health and Fertility

SEXUAL HEALTH and FERTILITY

Sexual Health and Fertility.

Today, I’m talking about another pretty tough subject.

It’s sexual health.  You know the infections “down below” you need to get checked out at one of those clinics.  Let’s call them GUIs (genito-urinary infections) rather than STDs (sexually transmitted diseases). You’ll see why.

And it IS tough subject. One I raise with all my baby-making couples.

And I often watch their faces drain of colour. Because they think I’ve assumed something about them or at least one of them.

I HAVEN’T! Honestly.

People often skip this step when they’re planning a baby, because they’re in a committed, long-term relationship. AND have no symptoms of a problem.

I want to bust a few myths and let you see that it’s a good idea to get checked out before making a baby, even if you’ve only ever had sex with one another and are totally faithful.

Let’s start with the “face draining” issue ….

Sexual Health – Not All Infections Are Sexually Transmitted

Phew.

Does that make you feel better about yourself and your partner?

It’s totally true.

Not ALL GUIs are caught through sex. Some are bowel bugs.  They can travel and cause infection elsewhere.

AND any infection of the urinary that or prostate that a guy has OR had in the past can cause damage and affect fertility right now.  Like mumps, for example.  Yes, past infections can be troubling you now.

So, it’s good to get checked out even if you’ve only ever had sex with one another.

 

Sexual Health –  You Might Have An Infection And Never Know

Yup. Some infections can be symptom-less or symptoms might be at such a low level you don’t even notice or worry about it.  Not all infections are easy to spot, because you may show no obvious symptoms.

Only a test by a doctor or nurse might show them up.

Please get checked, everyone.

But especially if you’re struggling to fall pregnant or have a history of miscarriage.

 

Sexual Health – Infections Can Cause Fertility Problems

GUIs can can be bad for you, your ability to get pregnant AND your future baby.

Infections like chlamydia can cause blocked fallopian tubes and lead to Pelvic Inflammatory Disease (PID) too. Both of these can lead to issues trying to get pregnant.

Untreated GUIs can even affect your future baby’s health if they are born naturally (not c section), as they pass through the birth canal.

 

Sexual Health – Some Symptoms Of Infections

Symptoms of GUIs can include:-

  • Irritation and itching down below
  • Burning on pee-ing
  • Unusual bleeding
  • Pain on sex
  • Pain in the lower tummy area
  • Discharges that are out of the ordinary
  • Tiredness
  • Lumps, warts and ulcers on your genitals
  • Swollen and painful testicles.

 

So don’t be shy, get yourselves checked out, before trying to get pregnant or if you are having trouble conceiving. There are free sexual health clinics in most towns and cities or talk to your Doctor.

They are used to talking about this stuff all the time.  It’s confidential. And they literally have seen it all before.

 

Love, Kathy x

P.S If you value these tips to boost and protect fertility, please sign up for my fab FREE online programme 7 Steps To Boost Fertility which is jam packed with great hints and tips for preconception care.

It’s for anyone from the couples with a twinkle in their eye to the couples  who have been trying and struggling for a while.  And if you’re trying naturally via IVF.

Check it out right here >>> 7 Steps To Boost Fertility <<<

No-one knows when you sign up but me. You get a link to a private online classroom with all the videos and notes. Watch at home or listen with headphones in and no-one will know. It’s super easy to use even if tech leaves you cold – even I can work it!

If I was charging it would be £79.  But it’s totes FREE.

A Fertility Friendly Kitchen

Fertility Friendly Kitchen

A Fertility Friendly Kitchen.

 

Or HOW TO SHOP, COOK AND STORE FOOD…

I’m always banging on about eating a varied diet of nourishing foods to protect and fire up fertility. I know I do.

But did you know, that what you buy, how you cook it and how you store it is important too?

NO?

Well grab a brew, pull up a chair and read on missus. I’m about to share my top tips for a fertility friendly kitchen.

 

Fertility Friendly Shopping

So what are my best secrets for being a savvy shopper when it comes to protecting and boosting fertility?

  • Start with replacing the packets, tins, jars and cartons with real food.  Proper foods.  Fresh foods. Buy food that is ingredients, not has ingredients.
  • Buy organic as much as you can – certainly meat and poultry to avoid the growth hormones and drugs. AND any dairy you choose to eat for the same reasons. PLUS the “dirty dozen” most polluted veggies and fruits.   Also read my blog on how to deal with the hormone harmers lurking in your fridge if you can’t buy all organic stuff.
  • Buy fresh.  It’s better to do a couple of shops a week and have fresh stuff than one big old shop and be snarfing limp, sad, tired veggies by Friday.
  • Become an avid reader of labels – avoid additives, preservatives, colourings, GMOs, sugar (including all the words with “ose” that are actually sugars) and other nasties that harm hormones and health.

Fertility Friendly Cooking

Did you know the materials you cook with have an impact on your food?

And your food impacts on your health and fertility.

The three safest options are:-

  • cast iron
  • enamel coated cast iron
  • stainless steel.

Non-stick pans are convenient, but can cause problems if you scrape the coating and it gets into your food. Teflon has been linked with reduced fertility, thyroid issues and cancers.

Copper can leach from copper pans. Its allergenic, toxic and high copper can affect women’s hormones and fertility.

Aluminium has been linked with oestrogen-driven cancers and Alzheimers. Maybe time for a change?

And do you use a microwave to cook?

Microwaving alters the structure of food. Some studies suggest it’s harmful, others pooh pooh that. When stuff isn’t clear, I’m personally very cautious. I don’t eat microwave food, knowingly.

 

Fertility Friendly Food Storage

Again natural materials are best for food storage.  Think fertility friendly wood, ceramics, glass, stainless steel, cast iron.

Avoid copper, aluminium and non stick.

PLUS plastics. Many plastic storage containers contain BPA which is a known hormone harmer.  It’s in plastic drinks bottle too.  Look out for BPA free containers – I bought mine on the high street, so they’re easy to get.

And what of food wrap?

Avoid using aluminium foil right next to the food, if you can.

Ditto PVC plastic food wrap. Especially fatty food like cheese and meat.

Cover the containers rather than wrap the actual food.

I like paper bags, greaseproof and non PVC wrap myself.

 

There’s a lot to take on board here. But start with ONE change.

Once that’s mastered, take another step…and another.

Soon you’ll be shopping, cooking and storing food like a fertility friendly Ninja.  Any questions, just ask over on Footsteps to Fertility

 

Love, Kathy x

If you liked these tips , you’ll LURVE my FREE online programme called 7 Steps To Boost Fertility. 

It covers ALL the basic you need to know to get baby-fit and boost fertility.

It’s for you whether you’ve pee’ed on a gazillion sticks already or you’re just starting to get your head around getting baby fit.

It’s for anyone trying naturally or via IVF.

I hope to see signing up to grab this for FREE.

It’s super easy to access from a link I send and super easy to use.  Watch the videos and read the notes at home or listen to me via headphones and no-one will know. Only I know when you sign up.

Biological Clock. The Story Of Mine.

Biological Clock.The Story of MINE

Biological Clock. The Story Of Mine.

 

This is MY story of my biological clock ticking.

Let’s start by making it clear.

I don’t have any kids.

Or rather WE don’t have any kids.  Mr P and I.

We’ve been happily married over 10 years.

We’ve travelled to some wonderful places – before we met and even more since we met. We’re the couple who had a small wedding and a massive honeymoon, travelling to Mauritius and South Africa for FOUR glorious weeks.  It was bliss. So romantic.

We have a stable life – a home, money coming in, family and friends … everything we ever need.

In many folks’ eyes we have the perfect set up to start a family.

 

Biological Clock Ticking

The noise started as soon as we were married.

We’ve had all the quips from well-meaning family, friends, colleagues and even acquaintances about “you’ll make such great parents” and “things’ll change when you have kids” or “this neighbourhood/house/garden is great for children” and the “when am I going to be a grandparent/ aunt/uncle/godparent/babysitter?”.

No pressure then.

We’ve heard them all.

And then as time passed, we had “you had better get cracking you’re already pushing 40” and “you’re not getting any younger”.  Really? I hadn’t noticed. That was aimed at ME.  I’m a little older than Mr P. Gee, thanks. Tell me something I don’t know. I missed the blindingly obvious. Derrrrrr.

I even had people ask if we’ve “looked into it”.

What’s that loud noise? Oh that’ll be my biological clock ticking.

Many couples my age already had kids in high school, let alone nursery!

 

Then more time passed. The comments started to dry up. Which – to me – was far worse.

They were replaced by raised eyebrows. “Knowing” looks. Furrowed brows. Hushed voices.

That made the biological clock sound even louder.

People felt very sorry for us. People stopped asking. People started sparing our feelings.

 

Our First “Baby”

We thought long and hard about our first “baby”. I gave up my corporate career beforehand.

A curly apricot Labradoodle puppy. He was born early evening during a birthday party in the kitchen of a lovely lady – he was last born of 9 pups. 1 girl, 8 boys. He was one of the heaviest. We called him Django, after a restaurant Mr P took me to on our first holiday together.

Aaaahhhh.

I have always been his “Mum”. He’s my fur baby. I absolutely love him to bits.

I proudly showed him off to other doggie Mums. I weighed him regularly with the vet nurse. I marvelled at all the ways he changed, learned and grew.

I despaired when he went through biting and nipping … just a phase I was advised.

People say he’s just like me. Sensitive. A bit flighty. Protective. Clumsy. An old soul.

People call him my child substitute.

 

Our Second

We got our second dog when I was 42.  I had been broody for a while.  I didn’t want Django to be an only dog. We got Pepper.  She’s a cream Labradoodle except she got no poodle genes and looks like a little Field Labrador. She’s as pretty as a picture.

Her name was inspired by a trip to Malaysia and Borneo – famous for pepper plantations. Her “Sunday” name is Amarante Oriental Pearl.

She was born in that same kitchen.

I love her to bits. She is exactly like her Daddy. Loving. Loyal. Funny. Clever. Likes food.

I kinda knew then that my little family is complete. I was done.

 

Kathy's Labradoodles

 

Of course, there are women who have children naturally over 40.

AND there are several other choices we can make too.

Some women choose to try for babies over 40 with IVF.

Other women choose to have babies over 40 with donor eggs.

Some women choose surrogacy.

And women who choose to adopt.

I know it now in my work as a natural health and fertility coach.  Because I help many women just like that. I knew it back then too.

So why didn’t those roads work out for us?

 

Our Choice

To cut to the chase, because we didn’t go down ANY of those roads.

Because before we got married we decided we didn’t want any children.

We have never tried to get pregnant.

Our reasons are our own.

So we understand perfectly well the pressure to have children… especially when you and the rest of the world can hear that biological clock ticking.

I have often found myself saying “We have no children by choice“.  Which I know is totally unnecessary.  I guess it’s to save myself the raised eyebrows, knowing looks, furrowed brows, hushed voices.  BUT I realise we don’t need to justify ourselves.

Just as women and couples who make different choices need not justify themselves either.

ALL the women and couples who keep on trying naturally. Who go for fertility treatment. Who choose surrogacy. Who adopt.

And those who wanted children and chose, in the end, to remain without them.

I have worked and continue to work with women and couples who are taking the road to parenthood. I help people boost their natural fertility with diet and lifestyle support and complementary therapies. I offer preconception care to those trying to get pregnant naturally or via IVF.

I understand their desire to have kids.  I really, really do.

I get the emotional rollercoaster.

I get the want to have kids. I get the maternal instinct. I get the longing

I get the fear. I get the blame. I get the shame.

I get the disappointment. I get the frustration. I get the questioning.

I get the excitement. I get the happiness. I get the JOY.

I’ve shared it with others. I have HUGE empathy. As a family member. As a friend. As a coach. As a human being.

The biological clock thing. I’ve lived through that for myself.

 

So my learnings here are these…

Don’t make assumptions… no matter how well-meaning.

Respect other peoples’ choices. You never walked a mile in their shoes.

You don’t need to justify yourself to anyone.

And finally, never ever underestimate the huge power of empathy.

 

Love, Kathy x

P.S. If you’re planning a baby or actively trying to fall pregnant now, check out my FREE online programme called 7 Steps To Boost Fertility. 

It covers ALL the basic you need to know to get baby-fit and boost fertility. Some of my hints might surprise you. You’ll find it super-useful.

It’s for you whether you’ve pee’ed on a gazillion sticks already or you’re just starting to get your head around getting baby fit. Or choosing IVF.

It’s super easy to access via a link I send you and easy to use.  You can watch all the short videos and read the  notes at home on your computer or listen on headphones any time.  It’s confidential and discreet. No-one knows you signed up but me.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

My Top 5 Foods for Fertility

  My Top 5 Foods For Fertility

My Top 5 Foods for Fertility

“What’s your top foods for fertility, Kathy?”

Ooh if I had a Pound/Euro/Dollar for every time I’ve been asked that I’d have a massive pile of coins by now!

Of course, I really think that eating a variety of nutrient-dense foods is the key to a fertility-friendly diet   I do have some fave foods that are tasty and provide many of the goodness we need to make and carry a healthy baby.

 

So, here are my top 5 foods for fertility.  They may not be everyone’s choice, but they are mine.  BUT they’re in no particular order here …

 

#1 Nuts and Seeds

My personal addiction is almonds, but I’m talking almonds, walnuts, pecans, hazelnuts, cashews. And their nut “butters”.  And even the oils for drizzling.

F-A-B-U-L-O-U-S sources of good fats which we need for a healthy body and mind generally.  AND as part of our stash of foods for fertility.

Almonds are a good source of zinc and the all-important FOLATE (folic acid) too which women and men need for baby-making.

Nuts also have Vitamin E which is helpful for women’s fertility and for sperm function in guys.

And what about those seeds? Also top foods for fertility. Pumpkin, sunflower, sesame. flax.

Great for fab fats and Vitamin E.  Sunflower seeds have lots of magnesium.  And that’s important for female fertility and in pregnancy.

Of course, nuts and seeds are veggie and vegan friendly too.

 

 #2 Beans, Peas and Lentils a.k.a Legumes

The humble legume is not so humble.

They are a great source of folate or folic acid. It’s best known for it’s role in preventing spina bifida but we now know it’s really key for fertility.

Get yours from legumes and also leafy greens, nuts and wholegrains.  AND women should supplement when trying to fall pregnant.

Beans, peas and lentils are also protein packed. And eating good quality protein with each meal and snack balances blood, sugar, energy, mood and hormones. Gotta be good, right?

And once again, suitable for vegetarians and vegans. Love those lentils!

 

#3 Leafy Greens

I know I always say healthy eating is not all about the kale and it ISN’T!

BUT green leafy veggies are packed with goodness. Real fab foods for fertility.

They have folate and Vitamin B6.  Vitamin B6 is needed for women’s hormones production and balance and for a healthy pregnancy.

Your Mum was right, you should eat you greens!

Remember my guidance on choosing organic veggies and fruits? Read more here.

 

#4  Oily Fish

As well as containing protein, oily fish – salmon, mackerel, sardines – are an excellent source of good fats.

I buy my salmon organic or wild, if I can.

Oily fish also has good levels of Vitamin B6, Vitamin B12, Vitamin E, zinc. Real powerhouses!

Eat yours for breakfast as well as lunch or dinner.

 

#5 Strawberries (and Other Fruits)

I usually suggest eating 7 portions of fruits and veggies daily, at least where 1-2 portions are fruits.

Strawberries are a good choice, as they are less sugary AND have Vitamin C.  Vitamin C is great for sperm health and some studies show it plays  role in ovulation.  Who knew?

Other Vitamin C foods for fertility are blueberries, kiwi fruit, mangoes, citrus fruits, red peppers, watercress, parsley and Brussels Sprouts.

 

Can I be sneaky and make a plea for adding a SIXTH recommendation?

Drink plenty of filtered or bottled (glass bottles only) water to flush out terrible toxins and keep you hydrated.

 

That’s my top 5 foods for fertility? What say you?

If you liked this blog, you’ll LURVE my FREE online programme called 7 Steps To Boost Fertility. 

It covers ALL the basics you need to know to boost your natural fertility.

It’s for you whether you’ve pee’ed on a gazillion sticks already or you’re just starting to get your head around getting baby fit.  Or if you’re choosing IVF.

It’s super easy to access from a link I’ll e mail to you.  No-one can see you signed up or see you in the online classroom. Its simple to use.  Watch at home or listen on your headphones – totes discreet.

Love, Kathy x

 

Male Fertility – How To Boost It

Male Fertility

 

We’re talking male fertility.

In about half of the couples with fertility issues, the challenge lies with the man.  If it’s true that about 1 in 6 couples have trouble falling pregnant, that’s a lot of guys who want to improve their sperm.

 

There are different causes of male fertility issues. The most common is that the man’s semen doesn’t have enough “normal” sperm to swim and fertilise the egg.

A semen test is usually the first step to check it out.

It’s good to get a semen test even if the woman has known factors, which might affect her chances of falling pregnant. There could also be semen issues. Even if a guy has other kids, it’s possible his sperm is not as healthy as it could be right now.

AND as with all tests, there are “normal ranges to measure against.  Are your guy’s results near the bottom of that range? If so, maybe there’s still room for improvement?

It’s good to get the best egg and strongest sperm to make the healthiest baby we can.

So today’s top tips are for the men in your life.

 

6 Health Hints To Boost Male Fertility By Boosting Sperm Health:-

 

#1 Eat a varied diet rich in healthy organic foods. Avoid additives, pesticides, preservatives and processed foods and the dreaded sugar.

 

#2 Kick to the curb smoking, alcohol, street drugs and any unnecessary medications. Speak to your doctor about these for support and guidance.

 

#3 Check your reproductive health. Visit a Genito-Urinary Health clinic for a health check up. If you’ve been trying to conceive for a while ask your GP for a sperm analysis test.

 

#4 If you suspect allergies or digestive problems, get them checked out. These can affect your nutritional status and you need good nutrition to make a healthy baby…which leads me to…

 

#5 Check out your nutrition status. Speak to a practitioner like me about hair mineral testing for mineral status and toxic metal load.

 

#6. Reduce your exposure to environmental nasties like pesticides, pollution, harmful chemicals in toiletries and cleaning products or at work if you work in industry.

 

It takes about 3 months to make sperm.  So, your guy should make these changes at least 3 months before you want to try to get pregnant, ideally.

 

If you liked this blog, you’ll LURVE my FREE online programme called 7 Steps To Boost Fertility. 

It covers ALL the basics you need to know to boost fertility as a couple.

It’s for you whether you’ve pee’ed on a gazillion sticks already or you’re just starting to get your head around getting baby fit.  And also if you’re choosing IVF.

It’s super easy to access via  link I’ll mail you.  Easy to use in the secure, online classroom – no-one can see you in there but me.

Watch the stuff at home or listen via headphones on the go – very discreet.

Love, Kathy x

 

Footsteps to Fertility for Fertility Support

Fertility Support

Footsteps to Fertility for Fertility Support.

Without making this blog about ME (it ISN’T), I wanted to tell you a bit about who my biz serves.

You see, most – not all – of my clients are 30s, 40s and early 50s women and they’re all suffering hormone disharmony.  I call that hormone-y. It’s not an insult. I’m hormone-y myself.

Whilst many clients have similar symptoms and I often work in similar ways, they naturally fall into two gorgeous groups.

Those who don’t want any (more) children.  They are trying to calm hormone havoc or protect their hormone health, as they get even more fabulous and mature.

Those who do want children and would like fertility support..  They are trying to protect and boost fertility, as well as protecting general hormone health.

So why am I telling you this?

 

Fertility Support Is Much Needed

I’m telling you the because until recently I haven’t been best serving both gorgeous groups.

My blog has been packed with great articles for general hormone health and women’s health.

My social media has more posts about hormone health than fertility support.  Yes Facebook.  And YOU too Twitter.  You don’t get away Scot Free Google.  Stop lurking in the corner Pinterest.

And I also had some feedback. It was a gift. Thank you.

Feedback that you like my stuff but a path to parenthood is private and people don’t alway want to post about it in comments on a blog or on my Facebook page. But you do need information and to ask questions and to hang out and share and learn …

And I listened. I face-palmed myself.

BUT I took action.

 

Footsteps to Fertility – My Fertility Support Group

It’s a place for anyone planning to have a baby.

It’s a private, closed Facebook Group.   It’s FREE.

You might be struggling to fall pregnant and trying naturally. You could be struggling and choosing IVF or other treatments. Maybe you just started trying and want some guidance. Even just started to think about trying and want to know how to get baby-fit first.

You share a common goal. You are all very welcome.

At Footsteps To Fertility, you can ask questions, share your own experiences and give help and encouragement on the path to parenthood.

There will also be some posts, tips and links by me.  I’ll share any of my classes and other stuff that you might choose to help you.

There will be fertility support, guidance, encouragement and understanding. This is your place to hang out.

So there you have it, Footsteps to Fertility, a safe fertility support group for anyone planning a baby right now or in the future.

I hope to see many of you there.

And please SHARE this blog with anyone who might be planning a baby.

If you like the group, you’ll LURVE my FREE online programme called 7 Steps To Boost Fertility. 

It covers ALL the basic you need to know to boost fertility.

It’s for you whether you’ve pee’ed on a gazillion sticks already or you’re just starting to get your head around getting baby fit. Or planning IVF.

It’s super easy to access from the link I’ll send you.  It’s simple to use in the online classroom, where no-one else can see you. Watch the videos at home or listen on your headphones – totes private.

Love, Kathy x

 

Trying To Get Pregnant? Quit These 5 Drinks today

Trying To Get Pregnant? Quit These 5 Drinks Today

Trying To Get Pregnant? Quit These 5 Drinks Today.

Are you trying to get pregnant? Well, you’ve come to a great place for free hints tips, recommendations, recipes, and articles,  and paid classes, courses and coaching!

Let me tell you a little secret….

There’s another fab place that I know. It’s called Fertility Road and it’s an online and paper magazine.  And it’s a brilliant resource for anyone trying to get pregnant, whether you’re struggling or not.  It’s always packed with information on diet and lifestyle, natural therapies, research, assisted techniques and other options.

I have written serval articles for them on boosting fertility naturally and will continue to do that as a regular contributor.  I’m honoured.

Here’s another of my articles for Fertility Road and this time it’s all about drinks.

It’s called Trying To Get Pregnant? Quit These 5 Drinks Today.

I’d urge you to take a read – you might be surprised at some of the tips.  It’s not just all about how women should give up drinking when they get pregnant. It has some really valuable deets for women and men. Yes, guys that means you too. Wise up.

 

More Help Along The Fertility Road

 

If you liked this blog, you’ll LURVE my FREE online programme called 7 Steps To Boost Fertility. 

It covers ALL the basics you need to know to boost your natural fertility.

It’s for you whether you’ve pee’ed on a gazillion sticks already or you’re just starting to get your head around getting baby-ready.  It’s suitable if you’re trying naturally or via IVF.

It’s super easy to access and use.  I’ll send you a link to the simple online classroom, where no-one can see you. Download the audio and listen or your headphones if you like.

 

In case it passed you by, here is the Fertility Road article link again…

>>> Trying To Get Pregnant? Quit These 5 Drinks Today <<<

 

Bottoms up. *chinks glass of filtered water*

Love, Kathy x

 

How Can I Tell If I’m Ovulating?

How Can I Tell If I'm Ovulating?

How Can I Tell If I’m Ovulating? Myths and Magic.

If you’re ovulating, it’s the result of a complex chain of hormones sending messages from the brain to the reproductive system.

Ovulation.  It’s the release of a mature egg from the ovaries. The egg moves down the fallopian tube.  That egg is good for about 24 short hours.

It’s the stuff of miracles.  And the stuff of myths.

I’m here to squash a few. Here’s goes….

 

Myth #1

You can get pregnant any time of the month. You can’t really. There is a short window. It’s about 5-7 days. Eggs survive up to 24 hours.  Sperm can live for around 5 days inside a woman, sometimes up to 7 days.

That means it’s sex before ovulation or on day of ovulation that’s potentially baby-making.

BIG BUT coming up.  Some studies show that fertility day timing is less predictable than fertility experts once thought. Confusing huh?

So what can you do if you’re trying to make a baby? Have regular sex throughout the whole month before your period. Alternate days helps build up sperm.

Myth #2

It’s a myth that all women ovulate on Day 14 of their cycle. Some ovulate earlier and some later.

Myth #3

If your cycle is regular you always ovulate on the same day.

Actually, your ovulation pattern can vary month to month. Some month you might not ovulate at all.  And you might still be perfectly healthy and fertile.

Myth #4

If you are getting your period, it means you must be ovulating. That does not necessarily mean you are ovulating.

 

That’s a whole heap of myth busting, right there.

Anyway, how can you tell if you’re ovulating?  And peeing on sticks isn’t necessarily the right answer, ladies – read on.

 

How Do YOU Tell If You’re Ovulating?

I ask clients this question and some will give me their own signs…

  • sore and tender boobs – thought to be related to progesterone in your body after ovulation
  • bloating
  • tummy pains, usually a twinge or sharp pain
  • some “spotting”  – do get it checked out by your doctor to make sure it is ovulation spotting.
  • feel hotter – due to the natural temperature rise after ovulation
  • feel friskier, if you know what I mean *winks*.  Nature designed us to have a higher sex drive at this time for making babies.

These are all quite common.  And they may be an indication of ovulation, when you know your own body.

 

How Can I Tell If I’m Ovulating?

Here are some ways to monitor if you’re ovulating…

 

Basal Body Temperature

One way of finding out is to take your basal body temperature first thing every morning (before getting out of bed) and record it on a chart or a techy app.

Why?

Because basal body temperature rises between 0.5 – 1 degree after ovulation and stays higher until your period starts.

Charting for 3 or 4 months should be enough to spot any trends in your cycle.

But be aware other things can make your temperature increase – illness, alcohol, medications, stress.

 

Mucus

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Changes to your mucus are also clues to ovulation.  I mean the normal, natural discharge you find in your knickers and when you wipe.

Mother Nature designed us to have sperm friendly mucus around ovulation. So we should notice that the discharge becomes clearer and stringier at that time. It’s alkaline and sperm-nourishing. The “strings” help sperm swim to the egg.

You might hear it called “egg white mucus” or “fertile mucus” – it looks like the white of a egg.

Marvellous, eh?

Again, other things can change mucus like thrush or er em the squelchy stuff after you’ve had sex without using barrier contraception.

If you wear tight, synthetic knickers you might feel sweaty and damp.  If you wear tampons or panty liners you might feel dry. This might mean it’s tough for you to spot mucus changes.

Some meds also affect mucus, including hormonal contraceptives.

Again you can check and record this on a chart or an app.

 

Cervix “Moves”

No, that’s not a typo.

Your cervix change position during the month.  You can check it yourself.

Around ovulation, your cervix moves higher in the vaginal canal, so you can’t feel it if you put clean fingers (short nails please!) into your vagina. It also softens and opens ready to welcome sperm.

Amazing!

How to check it yourself, is a whole other blog/lesson.   And you can record that on a chart or app.

 

Peeing On Sticks

You can also buy an ovulation predictor kit (OPK).  A.K.A peeing on sticks.

They work by measuring a surge of Luteinising Hormone (LH).  A LH surge is a predictor of ovulation.

OPKs show any surges of LH and a surge does not always mean you ovulate after.

Fertility drugs can affect LH test results. Some women suffering conditions like PCOS can see misleading results from OPKs. And manufacturers say they are less reliable in women over 40 because high LH can be a sign of perimenopause/menopause.

There are devices that measure wee samples during the whole month, which can be useful.

 

Ultrasound

If it’s taking time to conceive or you have a condition that makes falling pregnant naturally more tricky, you may be referred for fertility tests.

It’s possible to look at the development of follicles on your ovaries and the thickening of your womb lining, to predict ovulation.

This is THE most accurate way to predict and monitor ovulation.

 

Personally, I think the human body is truly amazing. The whole chain of hormones that spark ovulation is mind-blowing. Ovulation is complex and beautiful.

I help women chart their cycles to spot likely ovulation and any patterns with their cycles – sometimes to help them improve chances of falling pregnant; sometimes to help them improve their cycle problems.

If you are really interested in ovulation, here is a  video of actual ovulation inside a woman. Wowsers.  I mean seriously.

 

Love, Kathy x

P.S.

If you’re trying to conceive, you’ll LURVE my FREE online programme called 7 Steps To Boost Fertility. 

It covers ALL the basics you need to know to get baby-fit and boost your fertility.

It’s for you whether you’ve pee’ed on a gazillion sticks already or you’re just starting to get your head around getting baby fit. Or anyone choosing IVF.

It’s super easy to access and use. I send you an a email link and you dive into a private, online classroom where no-one else sees you. You can watch on your smartphone, tablet or computer at home.  Or download the audios and listen on headphones. Totes discreet.

 

 

What is a Fertility Friendly Diet?

What is a Fertility Friendly Diet?

 

Fertility Friendly Diet – Not Just for Baby-Making.

I could write a book on preparing to try for a baby and eating for fertility and hormone health (one day!).  And when I’m talking about a fertility friendly diet, don’t switch off if you’re NOT baby-making at the moment – oh no.

Eating for fertility is important if you’re planning a baby right now or in the future. And whether you’re struggling to fall pregnant or not.

Heck, even if you think you might never want children, eating this way will help protect your hormonal and general health.

This is about protecting fertility and health as well as boosting it.  And I’m here to show you the basics. And that the basics don’t suck.

So What IS a Fertility Friendly Diet?

Making a baby needs a strong sperm, the release of a healthy egg, the right timing of sex and a healthy Mum to carry that baby.

The food we eat affects every single cell in our bodies, every body system and every body process. No surprise then that food is important for fertility, conceiving and pregnancy.  AND the health of children born. Food is fuel and food is medicine.

A fertility friendly diet is one that boosts overall health to improve fertility.  It’s basic good nutrition. Basically good for ALL of us,  including any potential baby-makers.

As I said I could write a book…but that would make for a l-o-n-g and overwhelming blog post.

And generally I like to show you the baby steps first (no pun intended). Then women and couples can take away some small changes they can make right here, right now to make a big difference over time.

On the subject of time, don’t think that eating 5 a day (it’s SEVEN a day, at least, by the way) from Monday means you should get down to business by Friday.  It takes a while for changes to make a difference, so please make changes for at least 4 months before trying to get pregnant. Those 4 months are the foundation of your baby’s health.

So here are the very basics to get you started…

The Basics of a Fertility Friendly Diet

1. Balance your blood sugar by eating regularly and having good quality protein with every meal and snack.  Protein sources include nuts, seeds, legumes, eggs, fish, poultry, meat, dairy. For other fertility-protecting reasons, go easy on red meat and dairy.

2. Choose organic food as far as possible – certainly for any meat or poultry, dairy and the “dirty dozen” veggies and fruits. See the EWG’s list of the Dirty Dozen, pesticide residue covered veggies and fruits.

3. Eat a variety and plenty of vegetables and fruits – much more veggies than fruits and include leafy greens. Have at least seven portions of veggies and fruits daily.   Yes, SEVEN.

4. Eat good fats – nuts, seeds, avocados, oily fish. Reduce saturated fats from meats and trans fats from processed foods.

5. Choose unrefined carbs for fibre and nutrition – brown rice, quinoa, chia seed, oats, rye, spelt, buckwheat, legumes and if you have wheat eat sparingly and have wholegrain. You need LOTS of fibre for digestive and hormonal health.

6. Avoid – or vastly reduce – caffeine, alcohol, sugar and artificial sweeteners, processed and refined foods.

And this applies to men as well as women. Guys, it take two to tango.

Does a Fertility Friendly Diet Suck?

And if you read that and still think it’s all about the kale, it’s not.  Well, kale is good for you no doubt, but you don’t need to turn into a kale quaffing food bore when you’re following a fertility friendly diet.

You don’t necessarily have to give up all the things you like …unless you ONLY like the items in point 6. of my list, that is.  There are plenty of really healthy and delicious things you can eat. And I do believe that the very occasional indulgence can make for a happier life, if going cold-turkey is just too stressful.

Anyway, you might discover new foods and recipes that you love. Variety is the spice of life. (I’m pun-tastic today)

There are so many recipes sources online and shelves full of books on healthy eating. I even share my own kitchen creations with you regularly for inspiration. *whispers – some are “fakeaways * i.e. I find healthier alternatives to takeaway food and “junk” food for those who enjoy chicken nuggets or kebabs.

Maybe you’ll be inspired to get into the kitchen and cook up a superfood storm?

Fertility Friendly diet anyone? Or EVERYONE?

If you liked this blog, you’ll LURVE my FREE online programme called 7 Steps To Boost Fertility. 

It covers ALL the basics you need to know to get baby-fit and boost fertility.

It’s for you whether you’ve pee’ed on a gazillion sticks already or you’re just starting to get your head around getting baby fit.  And suitable if you’re trying naturally or IVF.

It’s super easy to access and use.  And it’s totally private. No-one knows you signed up and watch/listen discreetly at home or on headphones.

Love, Kathy x