A Mind Body Approach to Fertility
Through the combination of emotional wellbeing strategies, sustainable and small steps lifestyle shifts and community and support, the Mind Body Fertility Reset is a game changer for fertility.
I teach women trying to conceive a feel better way to significantly improve your fertility and navigate trying to conceive (without massive to-do lists, shrinking your life or sacrificing your emotional wellbeing).
But after trying to conceive for a long period of time, it just leaves you feeling burnt out, confused and overwhelmed.
Maybe you've reached a point where it's like you've got your foot on the accelerator and working SO hard to get pregnant... but it's like your foot is on the brakes at the same time because you're going nowhere.
Maybe you've had a wake-up call that your life has now shrunk so much and infertility has had a negative ripple effect across your entire life, that you desperately want to get pregnant... but you're ready to try a new approach.
Imagine for a moment, waking up every morning and feeling like, despite this struggle, you begin the day with joy, excitement and ENERGY.
When you learn just how your brain and body work together and how you can influence those in your favour - every aspect of your life improves, including (and especially) your fertility.
If you're done with the exhausting fertility hamster wheel of burnout and ready for an approach that hits different, it's time to try a Mind Body Approach.
"Look at the data that I’ve collected over my career, on the impact of a mind-body program on fertility rates in infertility patients. Pregnancy and ‘take home baby’ rates pretty much double. If you had a pill that did that? Every infertility patient in the country would take that pill”.
Dr Alice Domar
Prominent Researcher, Associate Professor of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Biology, Harvard Medical School
When I first started trying to conceive, I was convinced that, together with my to-do list and perfectionist tendencies, getting pregnant would be a breeze.
Years later, my life had shrunk and I'd found myself completely burnt out from desperately Googling the next "thing" I needed to be doing in order to get pregnant, feeling like I "should" be giving up more and more foods, and slowly losing myself emotionally to infertility.
My relationship, work focus, social life, self-esteem all sank lower and lower until I drew a line in the sand and decided there needed.
Not only was I not pregnant, but life felt low.
I knew there had to be a better way, and there was.
It's one of the most effective ways to optimize your fertility as well as your mental health.
But it's also one of the most overlooked.
Don't take my word for it. It's there in the research.
This could be the game-changer you've been looking for.
A study by researchers from Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia, found that cognitive behavioural therapy can aid fertility by reducing anxiety, which often inhibits ovulation. A study by Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia took several women who had not had a period in six months. Half were introduced to cognitive behavioural therapy for 20 weeks and half were merely observed.
At the end of this, 80% who were given CBT regained full fertility and 25% of them became pregnant within two months. In the women who didn’t, only 12.5% recovered fertility.
The negative effect of stress in reproductive health is generally accepted as occurring through increased hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal axis activity . The distress-conception relationship is complicated. Numerous studies have shown that distress is associated with lower IVF success rates.
In this study, women who were about to begin their first IVF cycle underwent a 10 week mind body program or a control group and were monitored over two IVF cycles. Pregnancy rates for cycle two were 52% for the mind body group and only 20% for the control group.
Because mind/body programs are effective in reducing negative emotions that may impair IVF success, patients should be offered such a program in conjunction with IVF (7). The results of this study suggest that psychological interventions may affect pregnancy rates at an earlier point and should perhaps be implemented in conjunction with initial medical treatment.
Women who participated in a group psychological intervention had significantly increased viable pregnancy rates compared to women who did not participate in any psychological intervention. This difference was not due to any group demographic differences, including age and duration of infertility, nor was it because of group differences in medical interventions.
LIFE COACH, EDUCATOR + MIND BODY PRACTITIONER
I’ve made it my mission to ensure that women don’t suffer through infertility and trouble conceiving like I did. This is the stuff I wish I had when I was in the depths of despair.
My approach? It's a unique and holistic blend of life coaching, relationship coaching, neuroscience, cognitive behavioural therapy, positive psychology and straight up cheerleader.
And I now spend my time helping Type A, women, just like myself to let go of control, ditch the anxiety, balance their mind, body and hormones (without burnout) and forge ahead on their fertility journey with confidence, joy and primed for success.
Join me every Wednesday as I bring you advice on how to conceive, navigate the world of fertility treatments, develop emotional resilience and wellness, and become your best and healthiest self.