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  • As part of my fertility mindfulness series, I’m sharing 10 easy steps that you can start to do when starting a mindfulness meditation practice. I hope this helps you keep calm and centred!

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  • To get really good at radical acceptance, we need to practice it, and fortunately life gives us endless opportunities to do this.

    If you make a habit of accepting those small inconveniences where you have no control of the situation, you can build up your mental resilience so that you’ll be better equipped to accept a significant misfortune next time you’re unlucky enough to encounter one.

    When you practice acceptance, you may still be sad, disappointed, or fearful. You don’t have to LIKE the situation you’re in and you don’t need to “try and look on the bright side”. You just need to welcome the experience and treat it with respect.

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  • Our brains have been conditioned to grasp and cling. This conditioning, which we believe protects and helps us, actually limits our ability to live life fully. Now apply that metaphor to “our brain on infertility.” It’s the idea of a baby that we are grasping. And it’s understandable – having a baby is a primal urge. We clench with all our might around the idea that we want a baby and that we cannot be happy until we have one. 

    Meditation is a powerful technique for learning how to “unclench” the mind and find happiness that is not dependent on anything outside ourself. I encourage you to learn more about meditation and make it a part of your self-care practice today.

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  • Today’s podcast guest is Traci McCombs, army wife, NIH analyst, fertility warrior, and author of My Miscarriage and other Uninvited events. This is Traci’s second time to be featured on the Fertility Stories podcast. I would definitely recommend that everyone listen to our first interview (season 1 episode 13). In that first interview, she talked about her struggle to conceive and about coping with her diagnosis of factor V Leiden and overcoming bladder cancer. It is an amazing story. Link to episode: https://anchor.fm/fertilitystories/episodes/Traci-ee9hms

    I’m thrilled to have Traci again on the podcast, sharing her journey of miscarriage and how she coped with her losses. Follow along Traci’s journey on her website www.tracimccombs.com and on her Instagram @tracidmccombs. Grab a copy of her new book on Amazon.com: https://www.amazon.com/My-Miscarriage-Other-Uninvited-Events/dp/B08ZQDJJN9/ref=sr_1_1?crid=2HBO83HAR05XF&dchild=1&keywords=traci+mccombs&qid=1617052554&sprefix=traci+mc%2Cstripbooks-intl-ship%2C151&sr=8-1.

    Other past episodes that you may find helpful:
    Miscarriage: https://anchor.fm/fertilitystories/episodes/Miscarriage-edcebv
    Coping with Pregnancy Loss: https://anchor.fm/fertilitystories/episodes/Coping-with-Pregnancy-Loss-elcuqc

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  • As part of my mindfulness series, in today’s solo episode I talk about ways to choose self compassion. Try and incorporate at least 1 or 2 in the next few weeks or months and see how it makes a difference!

    1. Be your own best friend.
    2. Love ALL of yourself.
    3. Take actions guided by Self-Love
    4. Surround yourself with loving people

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  • As part of my Mindfulness series, in today’s short solo episode I talk about how Mindfulness training is a safe and effective treatment with many benefits for women and men undergoing infertility, particularly IVF.

    Anxiety and stress may actually make it more difficult to conceive. In fact, recent studies found that higher rates of infertility treatment success in people who were undergoing a mind–body interventions. So, reducing stress and anxiety may be beneficial for conception. Since mindfulness training has been shown to reduce anxiety (see http://contemplative-studies.org/wp/index.php/category/research-news/anxiety/) and stress (seehttp://contemplative-studies.org/wp/index.php/category/research-news/stress/) it is reasonable to believe that mindfulness training may be helpful for conception in women with fertility issues.

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  • Tips to Optimize Your Next Frozen Embryo Transfer

    The embryo transfer is a very important part of an IVF cycle; everything you have gone through in the previous weeks (possibly months) before, have all led up to this moment. In this episode, I’ll be talking about ways to optimize your next FET.

    This episode was brought to you by Fertility Fundamentals (www.fertilityfundamentals.com). Fertility fundamentals is a naturopath led collective of women supporting each other in their fertility journey. Join the collective for free at www.facebook.com/groups/fundamentalfertility and come join your tribe!

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  • n this episode, I will be talking about natural ways of dealing with PCOS through diet and lifestyle changes. As always, consult with your healthcare provider or naturopathic doctor.

    1. Eat a Fibre Rich diet
    2. Eat adequate protein and fats
    3. Reduce and limit refined foods
    4. Optimize gut health
    5. Limit and manage stress
    6. Adequate sleep
    7. Daily exercise
    8. Limit environmental toxins

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  • 5 Tips to Optimize Fertility:
    1. Don’t smoke.
    2. Protect yourself from STDs.
    3. Eat well and Keep a Balanced Diet
    4. Acupuncture
    5. Know your Body

    This episode was brought to you by Fertility Fundamentals (www.fertilityfundamentals.com). Fertility fundamentals is a naturopath led collective of women supporting each other in their fertility journey. Join the collective for free at www.facebook.com/groups/fundamentalfertility and come join your tribe!

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  • In this companion episode to Tara’s interview, I talk about endometriosis and how it affects fertility.

    In addition to infertility, other symptoms of endometriosis include:
    * pain during sex
    * pain with ovulation
    * fatigue
    * painful cramps
    * frequent urination
    * low back pain
    * painful bowel movements
    * constipation or diarrhea

    In this episode, I also talk about some diet and lifestyle changes that can help with endometriosis. Consult with your healthcare professional if you suspect that you have endometriosis and seek advice before implementing diet and lifestyle changes to see if they are right for you.

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  • “Be your own advocate. Ask questions. You have every right to walk out of each appointment with your questions answered and validated.”-Tara

    Today’s guest is Dr. Tara Brandner from rural North Dakota. She is a nurse practitioner and infertility warrior turned full-time fertility coach. She is certified through the American Society of Reproductive Medicine (ASRM). Tara is also a natural family planner with the Marquette Method and a Certified Hormone Puzzle Fertility Coach. Tara offers 1:1 and group fertility coaching. She also offers a self led fertility course.

    Tara shares her journey of endometriosis, miscarriage, IUI, and IVF and is now a mom to a 3 year old boy. I’m thrilled to have Tara on the podcast, sharing her amazing journey with us.

    Follow Tara on Instagram @tarabfertility. To learn more and meet Tara, go to www.tarabrandner.com. Connect with her on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/tarabfertility

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    Links to medical conditions/ procedures discussed in this episode:
    Miscarriage: https://anchor.fm/fertilitystories/episodes/Miscarriage-edcebv
    IUI: https://anchor.fm/fertilitystories/episodes/IUI-ef5jq9

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  • I’m back for Season 2 of the Fertility Stories podcast! The new season starts next week. I can’t wait to share it with you!

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  • “Have hope. Believe that you’re worthy. You’re worthy of having a child. Seek advice, gather wisdom, see a doctor, meditate or pray. Take action!” -Stephanie

    Today’s guest is Stephanie. She is the author of “Angel Wings”, a memoir inspired by her infertility journey. She is an entrepreneur and founder of Baby Blessings Ministry. Stephanie is also a lead singer in a rock band and mother of 3. Stephanie suffered from secondary infertility and experienced 7 miscarriages. She went through IVF but this resulted in a partial molar pregnancy. She then decided on surrogacy and through her surrogate was able to have twins!

    I’m thrilled to have Stephanie on the podcast, sharing her amazing journey with us. Follow Stephanie on Instagram @angelwingssteph. To learn more and meet Laura, go to www.yourangelwings.net. Connect with her on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/stephaniejohara.

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  • Coping with Pregnancy Loss
    1. Understand that it's not your fault. Pregnancy loss or complications can strike anyone. Talk openly and honestly with your partner about what's happened and how it's affecting you. Remember, there's no right or wrong way to deal with grief. Accept your feelings as they are and don't judge yourself or your partner for how you respond.
    2. Give yourself time to heal. Don't pressure yourself to get past the sadness quickly. Your healing will be more complete if you deal with your grief as it comes. You may find yourself reliving the pain, especially around your due date or other milestones. Over time, things will change and you'll feel better.
    3. Take time off from work. Even if you feel physically fine, taking some time away from your job may be helpful. You need a chance to process what's happened, and taking a break from your regular routine will help you acknowledge and accept all that you're going through.
    4. Don't expect your partner to grieve in the same way. I
    5. Don't close yourself off from others.
    6. Seek out professional help through a counsellor or join a support group near you.

    Resources:
    Nationalshare.org
    https://community.babycenter.com/groups/a15155/miscarriage_stillbirth_infant_loss_support
    https://www.mend.org/home/
    http://www.nowilaymedowntosleep.org
    https://firstcandle.org
    https://babyloss-awareness.org
    https://stillstandingmag.com/2016/06/01/welcome-to-still-standing-magazine/
    https://healgrief.org/national-pregnancy-and-infant-loss-awareness-day-10152014/

    This episode was brought to you by Fertility Fundamentals. Fertility fundamentals is a naturopath led collective of women supporting each other in their fertility journey. Join the collective for free at www.facebook.com/groups/fundamentalfertility and come join your tribe!

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  • Losing a baby is hard -- no matter how old they were and it happens more often than you think.
    One in four women have a miscarriage and 1 in 160 babies are born stillborn.

    This month is Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Month and it gives parents a chance to open up about their personal stories and find comfort in others.

    Resources:
    Nationalshare.org
    https://community.babycenter.com/groups/a15155/miscarriage_stillbirth_infant_loss_support
    https://www.mend.org/home/
    http://www.nowilaymedowntosleep.org
    https://firstcandle.org
    https://babyloss-awareness.org
    https://stillstandingmag.com/2016/06/01/welcome-to-still-standing-magazine/
    https://healgrief.org/national-pregnancy-and-infant-loss-awareness-day-10152014/

    This episode was brought to you by Fertility Fundamentals. Fertility fundamentals is a naturopath led collective of women supporting each other in their fertility journey. Join the collective for free at www.facebook.com/groups/fundamentalfertility and come join your tribe!

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  • “If you feel comfortable, be open about it. My perspective on infertility changed when I started sharing about my unique fertility journey.” -Allison

    Today’s guest is Allison from New York City. Allison hopes that by sharing her experience with MRKH or Mayer-Rokitansky-Kuster-Hauser syndrome, it will bring light and education around a rarely talked about fertility condition and encourage other women who live with MRKH to be accepting and open about their diagnosis.

    I’m thrilled to have Allison on the podcast, sharing her journey to motherhood with us. Read Allison’s article on MRKH that she wrote for The Fertility Tribe here: https://thefertilitytribe.com/ttc-and-infertility-blog/we-should-be-talking-more-about-mrkh. Follow Allison on Instagram @ahlipsey. Stay tuned for her October 2020 launch of the US MRKH IG account! This account will provide support and resources for women struggling with MRKH.

    Listen to one of my earlier episodes on the podcast where I talked about what MRKH is: https://anchor.fm/fertilitystories/episodes/MRKH-edcc96. Additional MRKH resources are found in that episode’s show notes.

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  • “Don’t give up. There is unfortunately not a quick fix to infertility, where tomorrow I’m going to change this out and then I’m going to get pregnant in my next cycle. When I’m coaching people, it’s usually a 90 day process. I want them to be patient.” -Laura

    Today’s guest is Laura Ortner, a certified fertility coach and health and wellness coach from the US. After being told she has a less than 1% chance of having children, her FSH was elevated and was in the “pre-menopausal” range. She was told that adoption or egg donors were the only other option. Laura didn’t take no for an answer. She sought the opinion of multiple REs, she researched, worked with a naturopath and an acupuncturist. She cleaned up her home environment and her diet. She was able to decrease her FSH naturally. After 4 rounds of IVF, her daughter was born without the use of an egg donor.

    I’m thrilled to have Laura on the podcast, sharing her expertise and her amazing journey with us. Follow Laura on Instagram @natually_lb. To learn more and meet Laura, go to www.naturallylb.com and download her free guide for simple swaps for going clean and green at home. Connect with her on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/naturallylb.

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  • “Allow yourself to walk through negative feelings. When we go through IVF, we have these negative fears like “what if it doesn’t work?”, and we have anxiety and depression, especially in the two week wait. All of these bring a lot of stress to our bodies. Don’t hide those feelings. They will pile up and it is worse. Run, scream, curse, cry.. Go to a support group. Allow yourself to feel that. Then let it go. Do art therapy. Watch movies, watch something funny. Do not forget about your partner, that there is a relationship there. We have a tendency that when we go through this, and our focus is baby-baby-baby, we forget our world around us and that we had a life before. We still need to stay connected.” -Monica

    Today’s guest is Monica Bivas. Monica went through a very difficult fertility rollercoaster of emotions, from being there she learned that “perfection is imperfection, and imperfection is beautiful”, so she took this experience and squeezed the sweetness out of it. That sweetness is the absolute love and passion she has for what she does now: Coaching and Mentoring women and couples (no matter the sexual preferences ) all over the world going through IVF. Monica offers three different 1:1 programs on IVF depending on the path of the journey couples are in, as well as group programs, talks and other fertility resources.

    I’m thrilled to have Monica on the podcast, sharing her expertise and her amazing journey of stillbirth and IVF. Follow Monica on Instagram @monicabivas. To learn more and meet Monica, go to www.monicabivas.com. Her Facebook group is The IVF Journey. Follow her on Pinterest at: https://pin.it/3khi5wI
    You can also email her at Monicabivasivfcoach@gmail.com.

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  • “Yes there’s IVF, but I urge everyone out there to seek holistic methods. First of all for your health, and it’s less invasive on your body. It’s also more cost-effective. It’s about having faith in the ancient remedies.” -Natalie

    Today’s guest is Natalie Jordon, fertility coach and owner of Blessed Fertility Coaching. After having her daughter in her early 30’s, Natalie went through secondary infertility at 38 years old. She then went through IVF, which was unsuccessful. Then, was able to conceive naturally at 42 after trying vaginal steaming and is now a mother to 2 beautiful daughters.

    I’m thrilled to have Natalie on the podcast, sharing her expertise and her amazing journey to motherhood. Follow Natalie on Instagram @fertilitycoachnatalie. You can call her at 424-772-2565 and you can also learn more about Natalie on her website: www.blessedfertilitycoaching.com.

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  • As a companion episode to Marguerite’s story, Mary is talking about NaPro technology.

     NaPro, which stands for natural procreative technology, is directed at getting to the chief cause of infertility. It aims to correct conditions that may be present in a couple that are hindering their chances of conceiving. NaProTECHNOLOGY relies on the CREIGHTON MODEL FertilityCare System (CrMS) biomarkers to monitor easily and objectively the occurrence of various hormonal events during the menstrual cycle. It provides valid information that can be interpreted by a woman and by physicians who are specifically trained in this system.

    For more information on NaPro visit: https://www.naprotechnology.com.

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