1. Eat your fruits and Veggies

For the next 10 days, I will be posting daily tips for how you can minimize your exposure to toxic chemicals in our environment. 💄💅🤢

First recommendation on this top 10 list- eat your fruits and veggies. 🍏🥦The best way to do this is to eat a variety of fresh produce. 🥑🍍🍒Wash your produce for at least 20 seconds to minimize your exposure to pesticides. 👏Avoid canned products because this can expose you to chemicals like Bisphenol A (BPA). Eat organic when you can and strategically by utilizing resources like EWG’s dirty list: certain items are worth the money of switching to organic (“Dirty 12”) more than other produce (“Clean 15”)

#infertilityjourney #infertility #ttc #topten#environment #bpa #EWG #BPA #healthyliving 

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Exciting posts coming!

Happy Friday everyone! I’m so excited to share a preview of something I’ve been working on!😬😬😬😬😬In my free time, I love to learn about what couples can do to enhance their fertility naturally. 👍This includes diet and lifestyle tips, including watching for dangerous environmental exposures. 💅💄Starting next week, I will be sharing daily posts of my “Top 10 list” of how to minimize exposure to chemicals in our environment. I’m so excited to share this evidence-based list of tips to help you and your family become healthier! Wishing you all a great weekend! #infertilityjourney #infertility #ttc #topten#environment

-Natalia Grindler, MD FACOG

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Guest Blog: How To Support your IVF Journey by Kate Potvin

As we near the launch of our new integrative approach to supporting your fertility treatment through diet/exercise and lifestyle adjustments, we are partnering with various experts like Kate Potvin to not only provide recommendations but give you tools to actually implement them as well.                         ~Robert

Kate Potvins Website

I know you want a baby more than anything and I know you’d do almost anything to have one.

 

So what if I told you there were a few very simple things you could do that would improve your chances of winning the baby lottery?

 

Here’s the thing: our bodies are actually very beautiful, and well oiled machines that thrive in optimal conditions. Sometimes things get out of whack and just don’t work quite the way we want them to, and medical intervention is necessary. And that’s okay.

 

But we can still do some things to help support our bodies’ natural balance and increase our odds that IVF will be successful, and this idea that small changes can make a big impact is the foundation of my signature program Flourish.

 

So here 5 simple things you can do to support your IVF journey:

 

  1. Eat regular meals

I know many of us are super busy so we end up eating in the car, at our desk, or maybe not at all! But eating regular meals at regular times can help keep our blood sugar level and keeps our stress levels down. If we don’t eat, and our bodies think we’re starving, it creates a hormonal cascade in our body that definitely does not support fertility. If you’re a grazer and snack all day, try to limit your eating to 3 meals, again to create consistency for your body. Be sure to include high-quality protein and fats with every meal to help you stay full!

 

  1. Take time to pause

Our lives can be stressful, but they don’t need to be, if we pay attention every so often and learn how to use stress in a positive way. You’re never going to eliminate stress from your life, but learning to create pauses or time-outs during your day to slow down and breathe can go a long way toward managing your stress levels. Choose 3 times during the day and set a timer to go off on your phone. When the timer goes off, stop what you’re doing, close your eyes and take 20 deep, full belly breaths. That’s it. Then go back to work or whatever you’re doing, but I’m betting you’ll feel a little calmer!

 

  1. Cultivate a positive mindset

It’s so easy to get discouraged when month after month the pregnancy tests are negative. But keeping a positive mindset is so important for our physical and emotional wellbeing. I know this is easier said than done, so don’t get down on yourself for feeling blue sometimes. I recommend keeping a gratitude or positivity journal. Every evening write down 5 positive things that happened, or 5 things you feel grateful for. They can be really simple, like the woman who complimented your shoes at the grocery store, or the rainbow you saw on your drive home. Simply remembering and savoring these small moments will help you find more positivity during the hard times.

 

  1. Power down

Sleep is so important for healthy hormone function and many of us just don’t get enough! And one of the major culprits is that phone you’re holding right now in your hot little hand. Blue light from our screens actually prevents our brains from releasing melatonin, a hormone that tells us it’s time for bed. Even if your phone has a yellow-shift setting, all the images and scrolling are really stimulating for our brains, and don’t help us feel sleepy. Set a timer and power down your device or put it in airplane mode about an hour before bed. Then do something old-fashioned like read a book! You’ll be catching the zzzz’s in no time!

 

  1. Support your body with exercise

Moving our bodies helps support healthy blood flow and hormone balance. But if you’re trying to conceive, you might want to tone it down a bit. A recent study has shown that moderate exercise like walking or yoga are best options when you’re trying to get pregnant. Think about activities that nourish you and help you feel energized afterward, instead of depleted. Try a yoga for fertility class at your local studio or online with my special Fertility Yoga series on Yoga Studio App.

 

Remember that you need to nurture yourself so that your body can nurture a growing baby. All of these tips are super easy to implement and can have a positive effect on your overall health, increasing your odds of a successful IVF cycle.

 

Looking for more ways to support your body and mind through your fertility journey? Join my 12-week Flourish Fertility program and learn how to create new, nourishing habits that will optimize your fertility. You’ll not only learn my best diet and lifestyle tips, but you’ll learn how to actually implement them and stick with your new routines. Plus, learn my most important mindset shifts that will help you feel more resilient through the ups and downs of this journey. Learn more here.

 

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Kate Potvin is a fertility coach and yoga teacher who believes in taking a mind-body approach to healing. She empowers women to take charge of their own fertility journey on her website katepotvin.com and on instagram @flourishfertility. Learn her 10 Secrets for Happier Hormones here [katepotvin.com/happyhormones]

 

Guest Blog: From One Patient-To-Another–an offer of support

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Hi, my name is Lisa and I recently went through IVF.  I became a mother at the age of 40 and am blessed to have our miracle baby girl who is now 10 months old. Having been through this process I understand how overwhelming everything can seem at first.  Here are a few things I learned along the way and encourage others to consider if they are beginning their first cycle.

 

  • The opportunity to be connected with other women who had either gone through infertility treatments or were going through it at that time—–

It was by chance I had a few other friends who were also experiencing infertility challenges, and I was fortunate to form my own mini support group. My openness about what I was going through enabled me to be connected by a local friend to a support group she knew of based in NYC.  The value of sisterhood support I had was immeasurable.  I encourage you to seek out support groups and would suggest searching online for local ones in your city.

 

  • To be informed of resources and specialists who could support you along this journey—-

I learned of a highly regarded acupuncturist from a technician during one of my ultrasound appointments; I wish I had been able to start seeing him sooner because of the valuable information he shared. Throughout my IVF journey I learned of many other individuals who were invaluable to me through their gifts of energy work and healing through art. Be open to healers, coaches, and therapists who may be able to help guide you on this path.

 

  • Support for the emotional rollercoaster you go through—-

There is little attention given to the varying challenges you experience being on all the medications; No one really addresses the emotional impact.  I believe it’s one of the most important factors in giving yourself the best chance of everything working out; If you’re not in a good mindset and able to roll through the low periods then it makes this process that much harder.  You need strategies to help yourself through feelings such as depression, shame, loneliness, anger, hopelessness, desperation and fear.  Try your best to continue doing things that bring you joy and your body, heart and mind will thank you.

 

  • No one prepares you for the setbacks you may experience, as it doesn’t always happen in the timeframe you may hope—–

Little did I know I would have to have 3 surgeries after my second egg retrieval to prepare my body for our embryo transfer; It was one whole year of waiting. During those months and months of waiting as I healed I learned that there were many things I could not control, but there was a whole lot I COULD control. Try not to be too rigid when things are “supposed” to happen. Everything is happening in the exact timing that is needed to help you get to your ultimate destination.

 

I feel so passionate about helping individuals through this process.  Women don’t need to go through this process alone, and partners are in need of support too.  My background as an Occupational Therapist helped prepare me in ways I couldn’t have imagined.  I want to empower others on their journey to parenthood, with the help of reproductive medicine, through sharing in my own success strategies and tools.  For further support you may contact me at www.IVFManifestingAMiracle.com where you will also find my personal blog. Cheering you all on your path to manifesting your miracles.
Lisa White, OTR/L
Occupational Therapist & IVF Mentor

Caution about Sunscreen Use

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If your family is anything like ours, sunscreen is a routine part of our daily lives. Sunscreens protect our skin from sunlight using mineral or chemical filters. Mineral sunscreens use zinc oxide or titanium dioxide. Most sunscreens use chemical filters that contain active ingredients such as oxybenzone. Studies have demonstrated that these chemical filters mimic hormones and can act as endocrine disrupting chemicals.

 

Sunscreen exposure increases our exposure to chemical filters, such as oxybenzone. Oxybenzone use is widespread throughout the US. It is detected in nearly every American.

 

The reproductive system is sensitive to environmental factors. Early pregnancy is a particularly vulnerable time for endocrine disruption. Exposures when trying to conceive can impact the likelihood of conceiving as well as the health of the pregnancy.

 

Oxybenzone exposure and exposure to related compounds is associated with male infertility  and poorer reproductive success in men undergoing fertility treatments. Similarly, men with greater exposure to a similar compound found in sunscreen had poorer sperm quality and took longer to conceive. Female exposures to oxybenzone and related chemicals have been linked to increased risk of endometriosis and problems with ovulation. These chemicals have also been associated with oxidative stress and inflammation in pregnancy.

 

The good news is that we can be informed consumers and change our exposure.

This is a great resource of safer sunscreen alternatives.

 

 

Take home points

  • Avoid sunscreens with chemical filters, particularly oxybenzone
  • Use mineral sunscreens when possible when trying to conceive

Infertility hurts! For many that pain is due to endometriosis

Many women that are trying to conceive suffer with pelvic pain on a regular basis. Oftentimes, they had previously gone on birth control pills to help manage this discomfort. For obvious reasons, that isn’t an option compatible with getting pregnant. It’s important to know that there are other options.

Pelvic Pain

One of the most common reasons for pelvic pain in women with fertility problems is due to endometriosis. In fact, one study found that one of every three women with infertility has this condition. Paradoxically, the best way to treat endometriosis is to become pregnant. Yet the presence of endometriosis is associated with infertility. It is possible that the inflammation causing the pain also makes it an unhealthy environment for eggs and sperm. However, the drugs commonly used to treat inflammation can reduce your chances of becoming pregnant.

 

A recent analysis has revealed that one of the best ways to reduce pain in women with endometriosis might be through acupuncture. Better still, acupuncture can also provide other potential benefits for patients trying to become pregnant like improved pelvic blood flow and a reduction in stress hormone levels.

 

In previous blog posts we have also described the potential benefit of a naturally produced supplement called pycnogenol. We have had many patients take this supplement and achieve partial to complete relief of pelvic pain. It may even help boost your odds of becoming pregnant!

 

As always, please talk to your provider before starting any treatment to get their input on whether or not it is appropriate for you.

 

Stay informed,

~Robert

 

Robert Greene, MD, FACOG

Conceptions Reproductive Associates of Colorado

IVF is more common than most realize

Laboratory microscopic research of IVF (in vitro fertilization).

How many of you have seen celebrity couples that seem to effortlessly conceive only to think to yourself, “How is that even possible?!” The answer, to those of us who know about the journey of infertility, is that many get help through assisted reproductive technologies such as IVF. I want to share this recent article.

IVF is much more common than we all realize. At least 8 million babies have been born through IVF.

Your neighborhood friend, a celebrity, and even a family member may have used IVF to conceive and you would have no way of knowing that they needed the extra help- Their children are just as cute. And despite a growing number of celebrities speaking out about infertility recently, many still shy away from sharing their stories to family and friends.

My friendly advice is to let go of any insecurities or guilt about using help to create your family.  IVF is much more common than we all realize.