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healing after pregnancy loss

Healing After Pregnancy Loss

How can we facilitate healing after pregnancy loss?

Ways to heal after miscarriage from an energy medicine perspective

First, losing a baby is no easy thing.  It shakes your world.  It can break your heart.  The due date will come and go and can be a challenging timeHealing after Pregnancy loss once again.   When a close family member had a loss, I came face to face with the depth of that experience.  We were making plans, filled with lots of excitement.  Then loss happened.  Our hearts were shattered.  Healing from pregnancy loss is no easy task.

As a “Fertility Doula”, I quickly came to realize that when you are in labor, you have to process all previous losses before being able to open and delivery this baby.  Many of my clients come to me after numerous losses through IUI or IVF.  Each time they have conceived and I was privileged to be present during their birth, we had to go through a process of grieving and accepting all previous pregnancies or possibilities of pregnancies.  Sometimes we worked on this prior to the birth process, and sometimes it is during the birth process.

moving through loss

So how do we move through loss and at the same time move down the path to motherhood?

Here are some tips for you to try so you, too, can move through miscarriage and shift your energy as you continue on your path to motherhood.

  • Connect with your body.  Go inward on a daily basis and give yourself the opportunity to see which parts of you may have something to say.  Tune in to things like – is your stomach in a knot?  Are your shoulders tight?  Is you chest feeling sunken in?  All of this information will give you insight into what your physical body is hanging onto stuck energy.  Invite breath into those areas to help get the energy moving once again.
  • Connect with your whole self – physical, emotional, mental and spiritual.  When all of these are not connected you are more likely to feel fear, disconnection and judgment of yourself and those around you.  A lack of flow in our energies in our systems can make this happen.  Make sure there is enough room for all aspects of you so that different feelings don’t rule and take over your energetic space.  As space is given to the different aspects of yourself, energy will shift and flow.
  • Acknowledge your thoughts and remember that energy follows thought.  If you are filled with fear about having a miscarriage, do what you can to work through this fear.  Affirmations are great for working through this process.  A helpful one may be – “I trust that my body knows what to do”.  You can find more helpful affirmations here!  If you don’t trust your body, start with saying loving affirmations towards your body such s, “I choose to send love and appreciation to every part of my body.”  Small changes can make a huge difference from an energy medicine perspective.
  • Make sure you feel and process all of your emotions.  Emotions are energy. When an emotion arises, even if it is difficult and challenging, be with it.  It has something important to tell you.  When you allow space to process your emotions, you can move the energy.  You may be in resistance if you are looking for distractions or not wanting to process your emotions.  This creates energetic blockages.  Owning your emotions and not blaming others is the key.  It’s powerful when you do and will help to move the stagnant energy.
  • Having a goodbye ceremony may be helpful.  Oftentimes when there is a loss, we hang on to the person who is gone from an energetic perspective.  This also creates stagnant energy.  Have a goodbye ceremony to honor your time with your baby that you miscarried.  This ceremony can help to create a sense of closure and help to free up energy for a new baby to arrive.  Contact me for info and help creating a Blessingsway of some other form of ceremony if you think  this may be helpful to you.
  • Find a safe person to talk with about the miscarriage.  A therapist, energy practitioner, friend or relative who is good at listening may be helpful.  Feeling safe as you talk can help to move stagnant energy.
  • Balance and align your chakras, the main energy center in your body.  I have included a fertility chakra meditation for you to listen to.  I have also included an Yoga Nida meditation for your use for relaxation as you move through this process.

As you begin to move through this process, tend to your body, mind and spirit in a loving way.  This will help create a positive energy from which to heal.  I am available to talk or help facilitate you through this process.  Let me know if I can help.

 

 

 

Healthy Choices for Teen Reproductive Health

Every year thousands of teen girls have irregular menstrual cycles.  Today 1 in 10 women have PCOS – with PCOS often starting in the teen years.  Teens may also experience ovarian cysts, uterine fibroids, sexually transmitted diseases, yeast infections and much more.  So what are some healthy choices for teen health?

Important Steps for Healthy Fertility in Your Teen Years

The tips below will help guide you to making smarter choices prior the beginning of any natural remedies, therapies or supplements.

1,  Get to Know, trust and love your body!

Learn about how both the female and male reproductive system function.  This will help you to understand what is going on daily and monthly in your body.  Remember – KNOWLEDGE IS POWER!  You know your body the best! Get to know all of your female parts, be able to identify them properly.  Don’t be afraid of your own body.  Listen to your body.  If you feel something may not be quite right with your menstrual cycle, or if you are feeling any sort of pain in that area, talk to someone about it.  Love your body the way it is; for all it does for you!

2.  Clear communication is key.

Do you have questions regarding your body or menstrual cycle?  Do you think something may be wrong regarding your fertility?  What is normal?  If you haven’t talked to your parents, or an adult that is close to you, or if you are a parent, it is important to have communication with your teen.  Find someone to help support you through the search for answers in regard to your menstrual health.  There are adults that can help guide you, give you confidence and a safe place to talk openly.  There is no shame in desiring to find answers about your own body.

3.  have the courage to ask for help

Once you have someone to talk to, be open, have confidence to ask questions.  How else will you get the answers you need if you suffer in silence? Let the person you wish to discuss the issues with know what the problem is.  If you are sexually active, be sure to to be open and honest with them about that part of your life as well.  Once you are sexually active, you have more responsibility in taking care of and protecting your fertility and menstrual health.

4.  Find a healthcare practitioner that you are comfortable with and fits your needs.

Have an adult help you!  If you are interested in natural, holistic healing methods, you will need to search for someone trained in those methods.  You may first need to see an ObGyn (Obstetrician/Gynecologist) to get regular pap smears/check-ups and to diagnose fertility problems.  Your family doctor may also be helpful in diagnosing a fertility problem as well.

In the teen years your body is experiencing rapid hormonal changes, body growth and development.  This time of great changes is different for each person. Every person develops at a different rate.  Each year may be vastly different from the last.

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Treating Thyroid Problems Naturally

Thyroid Function Must Be Controlled Before You Get Pregnant

Treating thyroid problems naturally right away is important if you are wanting to have a baby.  Preconception planning is essential to a healthy pregnancy for women with thyroid problems.  Women with untreated or neglected thyroid problems may affect their baby’s growth and brain development.  Untreated thyroid problems may also lead to infertility, miscarriage or a baby born with birth defects.

It’s important to see a doctor bout thyroid issues.  Make a plan with your doctor.  If you desire natural treatments it is important to speak with your doctor to see if that is a possibility for you.  Here I will present some ways to supplement and support proper thyroid function.  If you are interested in any of these, talk to your doctor – we can help with a plan of action to help.

Iodine Rich food sources

A diet rich in whole foods should always be the first way to support overall health, including thyroid health.  Poor diet and nutritional deficiency is one of the top reasons for thyroid problems.  Choose organic foods when possible, as the thyroid is very sensitive to environmental toxins.  Too much iodine can also cause goiter, so do not go overboard.  More is not always better.  It is about balance.  It is important to get a balanced amount of iodine in the diet.  People with hypothyroidism due to iodine deficiency may benefit from increasing the recommended daily allowance of iodine rich foods.

  • Raw cranberry
  • Whole-fat yogurt
  • Raw dairy products
  • Navy beans
  • Strawberries
  • Potatoes with skin left on
  • Himalayan Crystal Salt

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