I get it! You are a health junkie; You've tried vegan, raw and maybe even switched to paleo, you may have tried macrobiotic, Ketogenic Diet or the Whole30 Diet. You've reduced your sugar, cut out the gluten and downed daily shots of wheatgrass.
You may be seeing an acupuncturist, therapist, massage therapist, hypnotherapist and doing regular fertility yoga.
BUT you are still not pregnant.
You may have PCOS, endometriosis, low ovarian reserve, unexplained infertilty or repeated miscarriage.
Infertility is heartbreaking and frustrating, I've been there.
It is especially frustrating when you are seemingly eating a healthy diet.
Although each of the diets have good components, none of these diets target infertility specifically. Gluten-free may be a good place to start, but diets heavy on animal products can contribute to ovulatory infertility. A vegan diet can be loaded with soy products that contain estrogen which is definitely not good for fertility. The main thing to remember is that although these diets or lifestyles may work for some people they don't work for everyone.
That's why its important to figure out what works for your body and which diet and lifestyle changes will help you become pregnant.
You can download a free chapter of my book to discover the exact steps to take for your specific infertility diagnosis - click here to DOWNLOAD your free chapter.
If you are like me you may have a food intolerance. This could be the cause of your infertility. It may sound crazy to think that your daily yogurt or seemingly healthy edamame habit could be contributing to your infertility. Once you know then you can take ACTION.
It is empowering to know there are specific steps you can take. However, you must be ready to take those steps. Check out my blog about the change process and why you may be stuck or experiencing procrastination and how to overcome it. click here to check out the article
If you are ready to take action, I've got you covered. The best place to start is to see if you have a food intolerance.
The top 5 allergens are:
Corn, Peanuts, Soy, Eggs, Dairy and Gluten
These foods could be causing inflammation in your body and preventing you from becoming pregnant.
Often an elimination diet can be very helpful to see if there is an intolerance.
This information is especially important if you suffer from asthma, ADHD, depression, diabetes, obesity, IBS, Crohn’s, Colitis, insomnia, acne, eczema, hypothyroidism, fibromyalgia, sinus infections, bladder infections, constipation, acid reflux, athlete's foot (fungal infections) (just to name a few) as there may be a link to your infertility.
If you need help with an elimination diet you can sign up for a FREE 15 minute health history review to get clear on the exact steps to take for YOU: Grab your spot here
Also stress is a huge factor in infertility. Mind body techniques are very helpful such as meditation, progressive muscle relaxation, yoga, journaling, and guided imagery.
Alice Domar, PhD author of Conquering Infertility published an article in Fertility and Sterility that studied 184 women who were trying to get pregnant for one to two years.
The women were placed in 3 groups.
- mind/body group (used the mind-body techniques mentioned above) and met weekly
- support group (met weekly)
- control group that received no intervention.
The results were dramatic.
Within one year 55% of the mind-body group and 54% of the support group participants conceived pregnancies that resulted in a baby, compared to only 20% of the control group.
You can eat all the health foods in the world, but if you are not practicing self care and getting support you may not be able to get pregnant.
Check out Dr. Alice Domar's book Conquering Infertility - here
What is one action step you can take today to get you closer to holding your baby in your arms?
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Sarah Clark empowers couples to discover how lifestyle and diet can dramatically impact their chances of conceiving. She was diagnosed with premature ovarian failure at 28 and had both her kids with donor eggs. Not until years later did she discover that the root cause of her infertility was a food intolerance. Ready to gaze into your baby's eyes....but struggling. Download 10 step Checklist here