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Optimal Fertility and the Gut Health and Microbiome Connection

Digestion plays a role in the health of virtually every body system.  70% of your immune system cells reside in the gut wall.  Gut and digestive health are important for all couples trying to conceive.  Enhancing digestion can greatly aid men and women with fertility concerns.  An improvement in gut health may be the missing link to solving otherwise unexplained fertility.  Do you have digestive problems?  Hopefully this information will help and pave the way for relief and new power over your fertility.

How Does Digestion Impact Fertility?

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Low Down on Hormone Tests – Part 4!

MTHFR – What is it and why do you need to know about it?

MTHFR: methylenetetrahydrofolate reductase – this is actually a genetic test for how well you absorb and process folate.  It possibly is an issue in early stage miscarriage.

If you have this mutation, it could affect your ability to get and/or stay pregnant.  This mutation has an effect  on mental health as well as having implications on reproductive health.  Women usually find out about this mutation after having multiple miscarriages.  Wouldn’t it be easier and better to know before?

The MTHFR gene produces the MTHFR enzyme which is necessary for the proper utilization of folic acid or folate (vitamin B9).  The MTHFR enzyme breaks folic acid down into L-methylfolate to make it usable by the body.  This is known as methylation.

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Low Down on Hormone Tests – Part 3!

Thyroid Hormones – TSH, fT3, tT4,rT3

Understanding the Physiology

TSH is Thyroid Stimulating Hormone.  TSH is released in the pituitary to urge the thyroid gland to produce hormone.  The thyroid produces T4 (inactive thyroid hormone) which is then converted to T3 (active) and reverse T3.

It looks like this:

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Effective Labor Positions

These positions are all helpful for labor.  Ask your Doula or other member of your labor support team to help!

Abdominal Lift

  • Best for mom’s with lax abdominal tone
  • Takes pressure off back
  • Improves position of the baby in the pelvis

Straddling Chair

  • Good resting posture
  • Access to back for counterpressure
  • Some gravity advantage
  • Straddling may help open pelvis

Standing, Leaning on Bed

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Low Down on Hormone Tests – Part 2!

So, if you are like most couples that have been struggling to conceive or even if you are just starting this journey, you probably have a binder full of tests!  Test after test has probably been done trying to figure out why you are not getting pregnant.  Possibly you have the diagnosis of – “your test results look good, we are not sure why you are not getting pregnant!”

Let me help you try to make sense of some of this testing so you can be empowered with the information that I use to analyze my client’s lab results so they can be successful on their fertility journey.

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Confused About Hormone Testing!

If you are struggling with hormone imbalances, fertility issues or just would like a baseline understanding of how your hormones are doing, you are in the right place!

There are three types of testing:  Blood Serum, Saliva and Dried Urine.

Each serve a purpose and depending on what you are looking for, will determine what test to use.

So, what tests should you ask for and which test should you choose?  I hope to clarify some of that for you here.  Hormone testing is best when done 5-7 days after ovulation.

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Sometimes We Have Tough Cycles-Time for Some Self-Care!

As women we sometimes have tough cycles.  Some are tougher than others while we are trying to conceive.

If you are experiencing a rough cycle or just would like to soothe your heart and relieve stress, these two acupressure points are for you!

When you are trying to get pregnant, each month can feel like an emotional roller coaster.  Every  cycle you open your heart to the possibility of pregnancy and eagerly long to love your future baby.  Your heart feels crushed when it doesn’t happen.

Yet you pick yourself up, dust yourself off, gather up strength and hope, and open your heart to the possibility of yet another cycle.  It can be exhausting!  It takes an emotional toll.  The last thing you need is more stress – it’s not good for your heart.  It also isn’t good for your fertility.

How can you soothe your broken heart each month?

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So, Which Essential Oils are Helpful for Optimizing Fertility?

 

What are essential oils?

  • Derivatives of plants
  • Concentrated form of phytonutrients
  • Distillation allows to derivation of pure components
  • Been used for thousands of years
  • Very safe if used correctly
  • Can be used on a regular basis

Why are they so effective for women with hormone issues?

  • They can be used every day
  • They have a significant effect on the brain and the limbic system

    How Essential Oils Help Optimize Fertility

  • They balance the brain pathways in the body
  • You can use specific essential oils for specific symptoms
  • If used correctly, they are safe to use frequently to help to reset abnormal patterns, especially beneficial when trying to balance hormones and insulin levels
  • You can substitute essential oils for endocrine disruptors and toxic chemicals found in some cosmetics and cleaning agents

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Hormone Balance and Increasing Fertility Through Use of Essential Oils

Struggling to conceive can be very stressful.  An inability to  conceive can wreak havoc on your mental well-being.  Sooo, take a moment to picture this scenario – It’s been a very long week at work, even more so with yet another  negative pregnancy test.  You turn the lights on low in the bathroom, put on your favorite relaxation music mix, start up a hot bath.  In it you put a few drops of lavender essential oil, while simultaneously setting up the diffuse with an oil blend recommended for hormone balance or  fertility issues.  You crawl into the tub and close your eyes while allowing the stress of the day to be released as you relax in the warm tub.

Sounds awesome, right?

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Looking to Use More Gluten Free Foods?

Gluten Free Food List

If you are trying a Gluten Free diet, here are some foods that can be consumed.  Wherever possible, go organic

and local with your whole-food choices; flash frozen is good too!

Healthy fat:

  • Extra virgin olive oil, sesame oil, coconut oil, grass fed tallow and organic or pasture-fed butter, ghee, almond mild, avocados, coconuts, olives, nuts and nut butters, cheese (except blue cheese) and seeds (flaxseed, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, sesame seeds, chia seeds).

Protein:

  • Whole eggs; wild fish (salmon, black cod, mahi mahi, grouper, herring, trout, sardines); shellfish and molluscs (schrimp, crab, lobster, mussels, clams, oysters); grass-fed meat, fowl, poultry, and pork (beef, lamb, liver, bison, chicken, turkey, duck, ostrich, veal); wild game.

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