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60 Ways To Boost Your Fertility Naturally

60 ways to boost your fertility. Covering everything from fertility-boosting complementary therapies to nutrition and important lifestyle changes, we hope you find this guide useful and informative if you are trying to conceive.

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Boost Your Fertility

Below is a list of 60 ways to boost your fertility naturally and increase chances of getting pregnant; including advice from leading fertility experts including Emma Cannon, Russell Davis, Dr Marilyn Glenville and Zita West – to name but a few.

For many couples trying to conceive, the fertility journey can seem never ending – at the very least. If you can relate to this struggle, there are numerous factors that could be affecting your fertility, all of which need to be taken into consideration when trying to get pregnant.emm

Covering everything from a list of fertility foods, fertility boosting complementary therapies to nutrition and important lifestyle changes, we hope you find this fertility guide useful and informative if you are trying to conceive.

Free bonus: Enter your email address below to receive this guide as a PDF to easily save it on your computer for quick reference or print it for future reference. Includes 10 Extra Ways To Get Pregnant not found in this post.



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MIND – Complementary Therapies

Complementary Therapies

1. Do your research

Maybe we are a little biased, but we strongly suggest you read Fertility Road Magazine for the latest information..

2. Try acupuncture for fertility

Fertility expert Emma Cannon says acupuncture has a regulating effect on the body, gently improving pelvic blood flow and endometrial quality as well as moving stagnation in the pelvic region. For that reason alone, acupuncture for fertility it is the number one choice of complementary treatment for fertility. Research has shown it to be effective in improving IVF outcome, stimulating ovulation in women who are not ovulating and alleviating menstrual pain. Acupuncture is also deeply relaxing and releases ‘feel-good’ endorphins. It is recommended for women and men who want to optimise their fertility, for couples going through IVF and for management of gynaecological conditions.

3. Chill out and relax

Fertility counsellor Jacqui Hurst says: “Try regular relaxation and stress busting activities for you both as a couple such as Thai yoga massage, can help get good blood flow to uterus and testicles.”

4. Deep breathing (or Qi-Gong)

Most of us shallow breathe, using only the top section of our lungs. Breathing more deeply releases endorphins which make us feel better, brings more oxygen into our bodies which helps all of our vital organs, and gets rid of stress. A great way to relax while boosting your fertility.

5. How stressed are you?

Stress, be it physical or emotional, has wide ranging effects on the body. It’s well known to affect erectile function and may well affect fertility, so anything you can do to reduce your stress levels will help. Of course, worrying about conceiving can contribute to your stress levels. Over 80% of couples conceive after one year and over 90% of couples conceive after two years of unprotected sex, so set aside time for you and your partner to relax. Enjoy yourselves.

6. Balance your hormones

Acupuncture can also help regulate fertility hormones – stress and other factors can disrupt the function of the hypothalamic pituitary-ovarian axis (HPOA), causing hormonal imbalances that can have a negative impact on fertility.

7. Fertility acupuncture for relaxation

Emily from Twin Mummy And Daddy says: “During my fertility treatment (ICSI) I decided to try fertility acupuncture. I’d highly recommend it. It helped me to relax, focus on my body and what was going on, plus it gave me something positive to think about.”

8. Avoid a stressful life

Dr Shahin Ghadir says “It’s very difficult for studies to assess the effects of stress on fertility, but as a physician who has been practicing fertility for many years, I have observed the impact stress can have on many different occasions. Make sure you are aware of when your stress levels begin to affect your health and normal functioning as a human being.

9. Join a fertility support group or forum

Fertility support groups and online forums can be a great way to find other people who are struggling to conceive or going through fertility treatment. They can be welcoming and supportive – however, don’t believe everything you read online and always consult your doctor/specialist on medical matters.

10. Get sleepy

Sleep is essential for hormone regulation, which is a cornerstone of a healthy reproductive cycle.

11. Read a book

Make sure you are in the know about your body, sex, fertility treatments, and conception. Sex education never ends. Taking Charge Of Your Fertility: The Definitive Guide to Natural Birth Control, Pregnancy Achievement and Reproductive Health: The Definitive Guide to … Pregnancy Achievement and Reproductive Wealth is a great book from Fertility Road author Toni Weschler.

12. Don’t be afraid to ask for help

Asking for help isn’t a sign of weakness; it’s actually a first step in moving forward with many problems in your life which could be holding you back from having a baby.

13. Listening to people say “be positive and relax” is futile

Psychotherapist Helen Davies says: “It’s annoying, but embracing everything you are doing as positive steps towards what you ultimately want is a far healthier approach to what is a stressful situation. Instead of groaning about a healthy diet, exercise, giving up smoking or caffeine or sticking needles in yourself each night as an annoyance, see each action as one step closer to your dream. It’s an empowering approach and one that I really think keeps you sane and feeling in control, both of which can only be good for you and your fertility journey.”

14. Its not what you do – it’s why you do it

Cognitive hypnotherapist Russell Davis advises prospective parents to be aware of the motivation behind all the things you are doing to get pregnant. Is it inspired action of motivated by fear? Does taking your daily temperature feel like a bind? Then stop doing it. Action fuelled by fear feeds the fear. Fear leads to suffering and anxiety which impacts success.

15. Project you vs. project baby

Focus on your own wellbeing, happiness and fulfilment even without a baby at this time. When you focus on Project You, Project Baby tends to take more care of itself. Do those things you have been putting off doing; whether it starting your own business or a personal project you’ve always wanted to do but haven’t because of Project Baby. When life goes on hold your system stagnates psychologically and physically.

16. Come back to the here and now

Russell Davis says: “Fear of not getting pregnant is all future thinking. Nothing can predict the future, not even your thinking. Come back to the here and now, it’s the only moment that exists. Focus on your breathing, your body, it’s in the here and now. Connect to it. You cannot be fearful in the present moment unless there is a physical danger in your environment.”

17. Never give up on your dream

Fertility Road columnist Jessica Hepburn says: “My top tip for boosting your fertility is to never stop following all the other dreams you have for your life in order to focus on boosting your fertility! I strongly believe that a happy mind is a fertile body and living life to the full is the best possible way to get happy and get fertile.”

18. Focus your mind

Fertility coach A’ndrea Blake advises couples to focus on what they want, versus what they don’t. “Be aware of where your energy is. It’s hard not to go to thoughts like ‘I should be pregnant by now’ or ‘It’s not fair’ etc. And it can be hard to think positively. So write an ‘It’s going to be awesome WHEN’ list. For example: ‘It’s going to be awesome when I see the positive sign on the pregnancy test.’ Then close your eyes and feel what that’s going to feel like when that happens; goosebumps, smiling, laughing, chills etc. You can’t trick the Universe by saying you’re being positive, you have to feel it – that’s when things change on a cellular level.”

19. Use your imagination

Russell Davis says your imagination is a gateway to your unconscious mind. Your unconscious mind controls all your bodily processes – including fertility – and sometimes it can do with a helping hand. Imagine your body doing what you want it to do, in whatever way you visualise or sense it in your own mind. Let your unconscious mind know exactly what you want it to do.

20. Get a care provider that you LOVE

Unfortunately, too many of us stay with care providers who are exacerbating the problem says A’ndrea Blake. While they don’t purposely phrase things in an insensitive, fear-mongering way, that’s often how it comes out;  “You’re getting too old”, “Let’s go right to IVF”. Unbeknownst to us, we plug into those thoughts and they become part of our belief system; they seem true, but they’re not even our beliefs. And our trust for our own bodies goes right out the window. So build your intuition and connection to your body, trust your judgement and find a care provider who is on ‘team YOU’, not ‘team worst case scenario’.

21. Don’t worry, be happy

Naomi from Embrace Fertility Support says: “Focus on getting happy rather than getting pregnant because your body is most fertile when you are relaxed and your body flooded with endorphins, rather than adrenaline and cortisol (your stress hormones). A gratitude journal is a fantastic way to boost your mood: be specific and list all the tiny things that went well today and how they made you feel. I also recommend three minutes of mindfulness every day. To learn more about how your feelings impact your fertility visit www.embracefertility.co.uk.

22. Don’t just google it!

Set up separate Google alerts for “fitness”, “nutrition” and “IVF news” and select “only the best results”. This will save you time having the news emailed to you.

BODY – Diet and Nutrition

23. Have more sex

Jacqui Hurst says: “Regular sex throughout the month, not just around the fertile time helps keep any relationship healthy. Then, of course, ensure there is lots of making love around ovulation.”

24. Make food a priority

Kym Campbell from Smart Fertility Choices says: “Focus on eating nutrient-dense wholefoods and plenty of protein and cutting out processed foods and sugars. This will both help improve your fertility and prepare your body for a healthy pregnancy.”

Fertility Diet & Nutrition25. Eat avocados

Avocados are nutritional powerhouses packed with minerals, vitamins, essential fats, protein, carbohydrate and fibre. They are a fantastic source of vitamin E which studies have shown can be beneficial in improving endometrial lining (the lining of your uterus) and can also help with embryo implantation, which is how a fertilised egg becomes a pregnancy.

26. Lymphatic massage

Book that massage! Specifically lymphatic massage helps to detox your body, boost your immune system and get the lymphatic system (the body’s drainage system) flowing well.

27. Butternut squash

Butternut squash is one of the most nutritious and healthy vegetables you can eat, with a rich array of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants as well as significant amounts of digestible fibre.

28. Behave like you’re already pregnant

Kathy Payne Natural Health and Fertility Coach suggests eating for nutrition, stopping drinking, smoking and taking recreational drugs, take gentle exercise and avoid as many everyday toxins as you can at home, in the garden and at work. Nurture yourself naturally.

29. Homeopathy and herbal remedies

Taking complementary remedies can help to balance hormones, especially the herb Agnus Castus. But don’t buy anything over the counter – always talk to a practitioner and your fertility consultant before taking anything.

30. Max the beet

Beetroot is a fantastic source of the antioxidant resveratrol, thought to help combat against age related infertility. Beets are also rich in nitrates well known to improve blood flow – integral to healthy fertility – and are often eaten by athletes for this purpose.

31. Eggs

Eggs are among the most nutritious foods you can consume – after all, they contain the nutrients to turn a single cell into a baby chicken! They are rich in choline, which studies have shown can have significant positive effects on foetal development that may have a long lasting influence into adult life, according to a study at Cornel University.

32. Drink more water

Fertility expert Zita West says: “If you don’t drink enough water, the reproductive system will lose out, as the body ensures that the more vital organs receive what they need first.” Water creates plump egg follicles and a strong blood supply to the womb lining. Plus, if you’re dehydrated, your cervical fluid – the stuff that helps the sperm find the egg – will be sluggish.

33. Get to the root cause

Kim Sjoblad from Fertility Glow says: “Everything begins in the gut. Healing your gut will balance your hormones and increase your fertility. We are all designed to make babies, we just need to eliminate the obstacles and for many people it starts with the digestive system. The digestive system is one of the largest sites of hormone production in the body.”

34. Watch what you eat

Fertility Coach Sarah Clark says: “It is empowering to discover that diet and lifestyle changes can dramatically impact the chances of conception and improve the success rate of IVF. We’ve been told that we can get pregnant while consuming the standard Western diet and living our high stress lifestyles. I’m here to bust this myth apart! When we combine diet, lifestyle changes and nutritional therapies we allow our body to reach optimum health and ultimately this can lead to a healthy mum, pregnancy and baby.”

35. Eating plenty of protein

Jacqui Hurst reminds everyone to ensure they are eating enough protein to help increase egg quality. Vegetarians should consider including Spirulina in their diet – it is 65% protein.

36. Stop drinking sugary drinks

Sugary fizzy drinks contain high fructose corn syrup, preservatives and other synthetic chemicals that produce a toxic burden for you organs to process – this takes away vital energy your body needs to continue its normal functioning. Too many soft, sugary drinks provide nutrient-empty calories, fill you up and prohibits you from eating proper nutritious foods that enhance your fertility potential.

37. Check your optimum healthy weight

Check your weight/height ratio against a Body Mass Index calculator and ensure your weight falls into the healthy range for your age and gender. Being underweight or overweight can lower your chances of conceiving. One cause of infertility is polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), which is worsened by being overweight or obese. Start making those positive changes to your diet, exercise and lifestyle choices.

38. Don’t fake that orgasm

Emma Cannon says: “Research says that orgasm is not essential, but when you orgasm you release oxytocin which creates contractions that helps the sperm travel through the cervix and reach the egg. So perhaps with orgasm it is propelled towards its goal more efficiently. Oxytocin is not called ‘the Love hormone’ for nothing; it makes you feel good and relaxed which may aid conception. Spend time enjoying making love with your partner – explore one another rather than racing towards the climax. I think that baby-making sex can become stagnant if you only focus on the outcome (i.e a baby!). It can become a chore and chores are boring, so try to keep things interesting for each other.”

39. Make a list and check it twice

A’ndrea Blake says: “A lot of our energy is being occupied by things we think ‘should’ have happened by now. But the fact is, if they should have happened, they would have done. So make a list of why it hasn’t been the right time until now- did you move house, change jobs, have health issues etc? Then make a list of why now IS the right time; your job is secure, relationship going well, you’ve finished studying etc. It can help your brain release that energy that’s spinning in ‘should be’ and allows it to move forward to what you want.

40. Maintain a healthy weight

Kate Brian says: “This will help, because being very overweight can affect your fertility. If your body mass index (BMI) is 30 or above, it is likely to take you longer to conceive. Joining a group programme offering dietary advice and exercise can make a real difference. It isn’t just being very overweight that impacts on your fertility, but also being very underweight. Having a very low body weight can affect ovulation. If you have a BMI of less than 19 and have irregular periods, then your chances of getting pregnant are likely to improve if you increase your body weight.”

41. Understand your gynaecology

Emma Cannon advises women to understand their body and cycles. “Our menstrual cycle is the only outward sign we have of our fertility; it is like a wise friend being there and telling us when things are out of kilter and when things are running well. By engaging and understanding our cycle we can tell a lot about our general health and fertility. Know your family history, particularly your mother’s gynaecology and age of menopause. If your mum had menopause at 45 there is a chance your fertility might be similar. Or if she has fibroids or miscarriages it gives you another layer of information.”

42. Check your medication

Ask your GP about the effects on fertility and sexual function of any medicines. Fertility can be affected by various medications, for example those prescribed for high blood pressure or depression.

43. Come off birth control

It seems obvious, but sometimes people do forget to eliminate all forms of contraception! It’s also very important to consider how long certain methods of contraception, in particular the Pill, take to leave your system entirely.

44. Smoking is a no-no

Zita West reminds us that smoking is hugely detrimental to fertility, to eggs and to sperm – not to mention the future health of the unborn child. In particular, smoking hugely depletes your body of vitamin C, which is essential to all your body’s processes, and especially during pregnancy.

45. Protect yourself from STDs

Emma Cannon says: “It is estimated that a quarter of all fertility problems are caused by the effects of STDs.  For example, chlamydia can go completely undetected with no symptoms and end up blocking fallopian tubes if not diagnosed and treated early on. It is important to use barrier methods such as condoms, which is the best way to protect from STDs. Getting tested regularly will also mean that if you have contracted anything then you can get early treatment, which might stop a condition developing into something more serious and harder to treat.

46. Consider your job

Certain jobs can affect fertility; for example the pesticides used by agricultural workers or even the vibrations felt by engine drivers can have an impact on your fertility health. If you are concerned that your job may be affecting your fertility, consult your GP and either take the appropriate precautions or consider changing your employment.

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Male Fertility

47. Monitor your zinc intake

When low levels of zinc are found in the male reproductive tract, a variety of disorders may present themselves, which can affect fertility. Take note of the level of zinc in your diet and change it accordingly. Zinc is necessary in the creation of the outer membrane and tail of a sperm. Without it, the sperm can not mature to a stage that gives them the mobility and strength to make the long fertility journey through the vagina, cervix and into the uterus for fertilization to take place.

48. Chromosomal changes

Low levels of zinc may also be the cause of chromosomal defects in the sperm which could cause a miscarriage, even if fertilization and implantation do take place.

49. Avoid recreational drugs

Studies have shown that cannabis can affect sperm quality and quantity. For addiction problems or simply help to stop taking recreational drugs, consult your GP and look for a local support network.

50. Don’t cramp your style

Sitting for long periods of time and regular hot baths can raise the temperature in the testicles, reducing sperm production. However, contrary to popular belief, wearing tight underwear does not affect sperm production. A study comparing men wearing tight briefs with men wearing loose boxers showed no difference in sperm counts.

51. Think about becoming a father

Researchers in Portugal have discovered that men who were trying to become a father could increase their chances of success just by thinking about it. They found that men who wanted to become fathers were better at coordinating sex with their partners during peak testosterone levels than men who did not want to conceive. High testosterone levels help boost sperm production and improves the health of the sperm, increasing the chances of conceiving.

52. Eat Walnuts

Walnuts are rich in omega 3 fatty acids and according to a study by the Society for the Study of Reproduction, eating 2.5 oz/75g of walnuts (about a handful) daily is linked with increased sperm vitality, motility and morphology. They are a great way to add flavour and crunch to salads or as a nutritious mid afternoon snack to help manage blood sugar levels.

53. L-arginine and male reproductive health

Several studies have suggested that regularly taking l-arginine supplements will improve sperm development. Initial research in the early 1970’s showed that l-arginine supplementation increases ejaculate volume, boosts sperm count, and enhances motility. The l-arginine dosage given to subjects in these studies ranged from 4g to 8g daily; ask your doctor/specialist about taking this supplement.

54. Avoid radiation to protect your fertility

Exposure to radiation and chemicals such as glycol ester, found in some paints, can damage fertility. This is believed to be caused by exposure to xenoestrogens (PCBs, DDT, dioxin, other pesticides, plastics and industrial pollutants) that mimic the effects of oestrogen.

Vitamins and Supplements

55. Boost Your Co-enzyme Q10

Dr Marilyn Glenville says: “Make sure your fertility multivitamin and mineral contains co-enzyme Q10.  Because of its role in energy production it is a significant nutrient for men if sperm motility is poor. Co-enzyme Q10 is concentrated in the mitochondrial mid-piece of the sperm and provides energy for movement. It is also important for women as it has been suggested that lower mitochondrial energy production may be at the root of ‘ageing’ eggs and co-enzyme Q10 is the fuel for the mitochondria, the powerhouses in your cells. One study showed that giving ‘old’ mice co-enzyme Q10 before ovarian stimulation improved not only egg quality but the number of eggs produced.
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56. Maca helps male and female fertility

Scientific studies have found that using Black Maca boosts sperm count in men and even increases sperm activity. Similar studies show that females given Maca respond with increased regularity in cycles and easier ovulation. Another result of taking Maca is a marked increase in libido for both men and women – potentially helpful if ‘baby making’ has become something of a tiresome chore!

57. Take zinc to improve Woman’s fertility

A zinc deficiency alone will not make you infertile, but it is a key factor in making many parts of the reproductive system work properly. Zinc is just one component, but it works with more than 300 different enzymes in the body to keep things working well. Without it, your cells can not divide properly; your estrogen and progesterone levels can get out of balance and your reproductive system may not be fully functioning.

58. How Zinc Affects a Woman’s Fertility

Egg production: a woman’s body needs a certain amount of zinc to produce mature eggs that are ripe for fertilization. Maintaining proper follicular fluid levels: without enough fluid in the follicles, an egg can not travel the course through the fallopian tubes and into the uterus for implantation. Hormone regulation: zinc is just one of the minerals that the body uses to keep hormone levels (like oestrogen, progesterone and testosterone) levels stable throughout the entire menstrual cycle. It is especially important during stage 2 and 4 of a woman’s cycle.

59. Are you iron deficient?

Take iron prior to conception and throughout pregnancy, ideally alongside vitamin C. Tannins inhibit the absorption of iron, so don’t take supplements with drinks that contain tannin e.g. green tea. An iron deficiency can reduce fertility by 50%

60. Take steps to alleviate PCOS

Whilst as yet there is no cure for Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome, a fertility-reducing, long term condition it is possible to aid the symptoms and therefore increase your potential of conceiving. Women with PCOS should follow a low GI diet, maintain a healthy weight with regular exercise, reduce their stress levels and consider taking beneficial supplements. Speak to a fertility specialist about the actions you can take and the treatments available to you.

Conclusion

We may have come full circle, but for all the latest scientific news, fertility treatment updates and advice for optimal fertility health, pick up a copy of the most recent Fertility Road Magazine. Click here to subscribe to Fertility Road Magazine

For many couples trying to conceive, the fertility journey can seem never ending – at the very least. If you can relate to this struggle, there are numerous factors that could be affecting your fertility, all of which need to be taken into consideration when trying to get pregnant.

We hope you’ve found how to boost your fertility naturally and how to increase chances of getting pregnant.

Covering everything from fertility boosting complementary therapies to nutrition and important lifestyle changes, we hope you find this fertility guide useful and informative if you are trying to conceive.

Free bonus: Download this entire list as a PDF. Easily save it on your computer for quick reference or print it for future reference. Includes 10 extra fertility boosting tips not found in this post.

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Study Points To Fertility As A Leading Economic Indicator

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Many research studies have shown that when the economy does well, people have more babies, and when the economy does poorly, they give birth less.

New research from the University of Notre Dame, however, discovers something unique — people appear to stop conceiving babies several months before recessions begin.

The study, “Is Fertility a Leading Economic Indicator?” was published Feb. 26 in the National Bureau of Economic Research’s working paper series. It is coauthored by Notre Dame economics professors Kasey Buckles and Daniel Hungerman, and Steven Lugauer from the University of Kentucky.

The team compared conceptions to other well-known economic indicators — such as consumer confidence and durables purchases — over the past 30 years and found that conceptions fall at the same time or even before other indicators whenever a recession is about to start.

“We show that for the last three recessions, conceptions predicted the downturn just as well as traditional economic indicators did,” Buckles says.

The team examined data on more than 100 million births spanning decades in the United States. Unlike most studies that use data aggregated up to the year level, the NBER paper focuses on the timing of births within the year using monthly or quarterly data, which allowed the researchers to study changes occurring months before a recession — changes that papers using annual data would miss.

“Once you examine monthly or quarterly data, the pattern becomes obvious,” Hungerman says. “We show the existence and magnitude of this pattern before the Great Recession, and it’s striking since that recession was famously hard to predict. None of the experts saw it coming, and in its first few months, many business leaders were convinced the economy was doing OK — even as the number of conceptions plummeted and had been falling for a while.

“While the cyclicality of fertility has been studied before, the possibility that conceptions change months before recessions begin has not been shown before,” he says. “In fact, some well-known studies have even declared that the pattern we find shouldn’t exist.”

“One way to think about this,” Buckles says, “is that the decision to have a child often reflects one’s level of optimism about the future.”

The study also shows conceptions are slow to rebound when recessions end. The Great Recession famously had a “jobless recovery.” This study finds it also had a “babyless recovery.”

The paper is available online at http://www.nber.org/papers/w24355.

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Rainbow Babies: Tips To Move Through The Joys, Fears And Tears Of Pregnancy After Loss

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Congratulations! You’re pregnant! Everyone around you is excited except, perhaps, for you. Last time this happened and/or the time before that and/or the time before that, the pregnancy didn’t continue. You may have had a miscarriage, a stillbirth or a neonatal loss. You may have felt isolation, grief, anger.

In fact, you may have thought this pregnancy would resolve these feelings when, in fact, you’ve been noticing lately that they’re all still lurking in the background. To make matters worse, you may now be feeling petrified you’ll lose this baby too. Worry, fear and uncertainty are very commonly felt by pregnant people who’ve experienced a loss.

Here are some suggestions to help you move through the challenges and enjoy pregnancy again.

1) It was not your fault
Whatever happened last time, it was not your fault. Not all pregnancies are perfect. Not all births end up in live babies. You did your best. Shitty things happen. It was not your fault.

2) Choose the right health care provider
It’s normal to be emotionally vulnerable. It’s normal to feel anxiety. It’s normal to want a million extra appointments but then simultaneously feel like that high after your fourth ultrasound was too short-lived. It’s also normal to be happy.

Research suggests that pregnant people following a loss do better with care providers that respect their unique experiences. Most often, this can be found in a care provider that provides strong continuity. For some this is someone they’ve worked with in a previous pregnancy. Others prefer to start afresh. Good, consistent professional support that honours your individual experiences is not only important for your personal wellbeing but it also improves pregnancy outcomes.

3) Ask for what you need
After a loss, many people find the need for more personalised care to support them through their pregnancy and birth. If you think you need a more frequent schedule of visits for your own wellbeing, ask. If you want to know how to get reassurance in the middle of the night, ask. If you need them to start the appointment with a fetal heart rate check, ask. If you want an additional ultrasound for reassurance, ask. Take an active role in planning your pregnancy and birth. If you’re not finding your care providers responsive, ask to change to someone else. Research suggests that feeling a sense of control in your journey can help you enjoy your pregnancy again.

4) Build your community
After experiencing loss, it’s not uncommon to delay emotional involvement in a subsequent pregnancy and that’s okay. This is your pregnancy and your baby. You get to decide when you announce your pregnancy to the world. You get to decide how you feel about your baby. However, sometimes this valuable protective mechanism also deprives us of seeking necessary support. Many woman do not get adequate emotional and psychological support to deal with their feelings.

While you may be turning to your partner, he or she may also be processing the pregnancy differently, particularly at triggering times, for they are on their own journey of isolation, grief, anger. Bring those into your community who will be there for you when things are tough. Ask your care provider to connect you with someone who’s experienced loss. Consider seeing if there are any support groups in your area for folks who’ve had similar experiences to your own. Research suggests group support helps diminish feelings of isolation and allows for stronger relationships between partners moving forward.

5) Prepare for your rainbow baby
The vast majority of people who’ve experienced losses do go on to have healthy babies. We call them rainbow babies. For, they are the beautiful babies we welcome into the world after the storm that is loss. Just think: you’re pregnant with your rainbow baby! Find ways for you and your support people to celebrate milestones, even when you’re feeling fears to the contrary. Find ways to do the things that normalise, even if a bit of adaptation is necessary.

If you think you’d feel isolated attending a regular childbirth education class, sign up for a private one instead. Read positive books about pregnancy, childbirth and parenting. Do the silly things you always imagined you’d do. Be determined to maintain hope: your rainbow baby is on the horizon!

If you want to find more support you can contact Rishma via her website www.rishmawalji.com

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If You Wish To Get Pregnant Do Not Waste Time. Put Yourself In The Very Best Hands

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Time-wasting is not an option when racing against the clock. When the aim of that race is to get pregnant, missed opportunities can never be recuperated. If a woman is of a certain age and not getting pregnant, there is only one sensible piece of advice: put yourself in the very best hands and do not leave what quality reproductive medicine can do for you to chance.

“The greater our ability to resolve issues, the more complicated the issues in the patients we treat become,” admits Instituto Bernabeu, a leading clinic for patients who, according to the statistics, have previously been unsuccessful an average of 2.5 times in courses of treatment performed by other clinics. These couples turn to Instituto Bernabeu looking for efficiency, effectiveness and quality. The clinic is convinced that personalisation and a comprehensive analysis of the patient are essential. Experience is also key. Each situation is studied in detail and the specialist then transmits the patient’s characteristics and needs to the medical committee and the case is studied and assessed. Gynaecologists, biologists, embryologists, geneticists, andrologists and pharmacists all play a role. This multi-disciplinary team helps the patient by pooling all its knowledge and using ground-breaking technology in order to achieve the desired pregnancy.

Understanding human reproduction requires sub-specialisation in each phase of the process so that personalised responses can be provided. Treatment cannot be generalised. Over a decade ago, Instituto Bernabeu was a pioneer in setting up different healthcare and research departments and these departments are continually updated and enriched with each new development. The clinic’s Implantation Failure and Recurrent Pregnancy Loss, Poor Ovarian Reserve units, the unit that deals with immunology issues and the specialists in the impact of genetics in gametes and embryos are clear examples of this. Each unit is managed by experts in the field. Each couple is a world in itself and needs cannot be met using standard courses of treatment.

In a society where globalisation is a trend, health issues must be given the importance they deserve. Medicine must search for solutions suited to each patient. Personalisation is key and, with this in mind, Instituto Bernabeu invests heavily in on-going training for its entire team; leading technology; and a specific infrastructure that, furthermore, adheres to strict quality standards and performs external audits in order to verify the efficiency of each phase of the process.

Healthcare goes hand in hand with constant research. “Each couple teaches us something new. Each course of treatment opens up a door to understanding human reproduction. The challenge we face is amazing because we have to design the specific solution that each patient needs,” explains Dr Rafael Bernabeu. In 2017 alone, Instituto Bernabeu delivered over 25 scientific research projects that were accepted for presentations at leading international human reproduction congresses. They were all borne of the search for an answer.

Personalisation and use of the very latest developments can turn into the difference between getting pregnant or performing unsuccessful treatment.

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