How do you respond to stress? Do you tend to respond badly? The good news is you CAN turn this around! You always have a choice. Similar to how Eleanor Roosevelt said, “No one can make you feel inferior without your consent”, your emotions can not stress you out unless you open the door and … Continue reading Stress: You Can Choose Your Response
If like me you have a wish for a child when 40 or older, it is important to keep calm, chart on and consult a fertility doctor who has specific training on cycle charting methods (such as a NaProTechnology Consultant). Many, many women conceive naturally even while they are approaching menopause. I often hear of … Continue reading TTC after 40
Have you found your feelings being triggered by posts on Facebook or Instagram? So often when I'm scrolling through my newsfeed I can come across some picture or news from a friend about their baby that hits me so hard in the heart. I can be having a good day but this report about their … Continue reading It’s ok to Unfollow Friends
Oral contraceptive pills are made of artificial steroids that mimic the effects of estrogen and progesterone. Some contraceptive (meaning against conception) pills only have artificial forms of progesterone in them. They are termed “mini” pills and work a little differently from those with synthetic estrogen and progesterone. I mention the pill because so many of … Continue reading The Pill. What’s it made of?
Folate, or its synthetic form, folic acid, is a well-known nutrient in prenatal vitamins that all women who are trying to conceive should be taking. Choline is necessary in prenatal supplements for the SAME reason folate is - prevention of neural tube defects. So how do you get choline in your diet?Well, eggs are a … Continue reading Choline…why do we need it?
Once released the ovum or egg lives (and therefore is only available for fertilization) for only 12-24 hours. If you are trying to conceive, this in itself provides a very short window of opportunity each cycle. The good news however is that cervical mucus, which is produced in the days leading up to ovulation. enables … Continue reading How long does the egg live?
My top 5 favourite foods to ensure I get lots of Folate in my diet are Broccoli, Avocado, Asparagus, Lentils/beans and Nuts/seeds. Folate (Vitamin B9) is vital for cell division for a growing embryo and helps prevent neural tube defects of the brain such as anencephaly and spina bifida. It can also help improve sperm … Continue reading Five Folate Foods
It's so much easier to see the path you have come from and when looking back you really can see how things came about. You can see where your trips were, the crooked stones, your mistakes, your regrets, but also you can see the amazing triumphs, the courage and strength you had. You can also … Continue reading Life is to be lived forward
What storm are you facing? What rainbow are you chasing? 🌈 A few days ago we went for a beautiful walk around a lake in the pouring rain. ☂️ Afterwards the sun came through but though we searched we didn't see a rainbow. Sometimes the clouds stick around a long time before the rainbow … Continue reading After The Storm
PCOS (polycystic ovary syndrome) can be found in up to 95% of women who have long cycles and is a major cause of infertility. PCOS is where the ovaries are enlarged and there are many follicles on the ovary but they contain immature eggs and ovulation rarely occurs, if at all. Male hormone levels are … Continue reading Long cycles and PCOS