In the world of online marketing the day before you launch an online course it is tradition to email everyone you know and inform them that:
🌶The doors are closing
🍒They need to join now to get in on all the fantastic juiciness that you have to offer
🍅Join now or ………..
It’s traditional to push hard, to be on every social media platform, to be spending £££ on Facebook advertising with targeted marketing depending on which emails they have opened and which pages of your website they have visited. .
It is traditional to send another four or five or six emails in the remaining hours before you officially LOCK THOSE DOORS and WHO KNOWS WHEN THEY WILL OPEN again if ever!
I know I’ve been in marketing mode over the past two weeks and yes I have been popping up all over the place letting people know that The Embrace Fertility Method is starting again on the Monday 1st of June with group coaching alongside which I have not run in this particular way before.
I completely understand why marketing is done this way, it’s because it works! We are all busy, we are all distracted and we generally only make a decision when we are told there is a DEADLINE and oh by the way IT IS NOW.
However I’ve decided not to do that and I spent the morning eating ice cream in a gorgeous Chilterns village and I’m planning to spend the late afternoon in a kayak on the Thames￼￼.
As a therapist and fertility coach my door will always be open, this is what I do, this is why I’m here. Yes the doors of this round of the Embrace Fertility Method are closing but I won’t be locking and bolting the door. .
🥰Yes I will be stepping back from social media and pouring my energy, attention and love onto the women who have joined the Embrace Circle. 80% of my work time will be spent supporting, encouraging and holding space for these women over the coming months.
I’m not sure when the course will run again, it would make sense to close the doors for the following three months for the 12 weeks duration of the course and then start the promotion again for a course to run in October to support people on the run up to Christmas. But if you know me at all by now you will know (CONT COMMENTS)
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Less than 1 week until we officially kick off the next #FertilityChallenge program! Are you joining us? If you are ready to get stuff done, we’d love to have you.
This 12-day educational series led by @gabrielarosafertility will empower you to take charge of your health and fertility, and help you gain further understanding about yourself and your health in ways you haven’t considered before. ❤️ The best part? It’s entirely FREE. Register now via the link in our profile bio.
How Detox Can Increase Fertility
Wanting to have a baby?
Over the years I have seen many women who have been trying to conceive report success after completing our fertility cleanser program, so I thought it might be helpful to drop these few points on this subject.
To elucidate I have coined this phrase “If you want to grow some flowers in the garden, first you need to pull out the weeds and prepare the soil, then you are ready for the seed”
There are a couple of aspects to look at: How does our health affect the developing baby? And How could a natural detox increase our fertility?
How does our health affect the developing baby?
Information shows that improving your health before conception has a positive influence on the future health of your child.
For example, a parent who is obese could significantly increase the risk of their child developing metabolic diseases such as cardiovascular disease,diabetes and attention disorder.(ATD) Also note that anxiety and immune dysfunction could also be passed down and this is because many things we do in our lives – such as adopting a poor diet or smoking – are stored in the egg and sperm. They are translated into environmental signals that are transmitted to the embryo.
We all know that toxins stored in the mother are shared with the unborn child, but what about the father. Of course, sperm can be damaged by toxins as well so potential Dads need to be aware of their role too. This piece of advise is for Dads “During spermatogenesis (sperm growth) some regions in the DNA may be sensitive to environmental damage; these effects can be transmitted to the next generation.
It is possible that poor nutrition or hormone levels in obese fathers leads to incomplete DNA development or too unstable genomic imprinting of sperm cells. So it’s crucial that BOTH prospective parents achieve ultimate health
TO BE CONTINUED IN COMMENT SECTION.
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We wish patients didn't have to see 5 doctors to get the results they wanted, but we are grateful we were the last to help them create their miracle family!
This review is long overdue - we are beyond grateful for Dr. C as he is the ONLY doctor who was able to help us after seeing 5 other doctors who completely overlooked a core issue I was having which caused several miscarriages. Dr. C immediately identified what my issue was and was able to treat it very effectively. I followed everything he said to do and wound up having a wonderful, healthy pregnancy in my 40's!!! I had no issues or complications whatsoever and we have the most beautiful baby girl. She is truly our miracle baby and it wouldn't be possible without Dr. C's proprietary protocols. I would recommend him to anyone struggling with miscarriages - others doctors don't go as in depth as he does. He's extremely educated and experienced in this area and all I can say is that our beautiful daughter is living proof after many doctors told us I wouldn't be able to have a live birth.
Thank you Dr. C! We will always be forever grateful for your wisdom and help.
3 hours ago
Positive ovulation test today! I’m so ready to order my meds now!! Now I can’t wait to have my period 🩸 and let me tell you all every month when I have it is painful and sad 😢 but this time is going to be different, is going to bring hope that in May 2021 we will hold our rainbow baby in our arms. .
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19 hours ago
When life is tough, I’m even more thankful to have you by my side. 🥰 If you missed it, I shared an IVF update in my stories yesterday (it’s saved to my IVF highlight). Basically, we have a big decision to make on Monday. I know that God is going to carry us through, just like He has in every step of our journey, but it doesn’t make this time in our lives any easier. My aunt said it best, “Nothing like being in limbo is there?” If I’m being honest, it feels like our life has been in limbo for almost two years. But I’m really looking forward to the day when God pulls us out of our limbo and moves us into a place of blessings and answered prayers. ❤️ #ivfjourney
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Baby girl grows on!! 🎀 I have been keeping a video diary every week, so I really haven’t felt like posting much 😆 but I also just want to document this amazing/crazy time. We are just shy of 19 weeks, and I can definitely tell that our little girl is growing! 💕💕💕She’s currently about the size of a sweet potato 🍠 or a grapefruit 🍊. I haven’t really had any long standing cravings, but this week I randomly really wanted a hot dog 🌭. I’ve been feeling ok, just having some heartburn and tension headaches, but I’m feeling pretty blessed. The craziest part of this whole thing so far is the weird dreams I have every night and the feeling of growing quite a bit this week. The worst part has been the fact that Josh hasn’t been able to go to Dr’s appointments to see her in the ultrasounds. 😰 But we are very happy to have a healthy baby girl in the oven, and I wouldn’t trade any of it for the world. 🌎 ❤️ #18weekspregnant#pregnancyjourney#ivfsuccess#pacificfertilitycenter#ivfwarrior
It is said that women undergoing fertility treatment experience the same level of stress, anxiety and depression as women who have cancer, HIV or heart disease. I can definitely relate to the above. During our second intrauterine insemination (IUI) treatment I became increasingly anxious and began having panic attacks. My doctor sent me on an eight week mindfulness-based stress reduction course. As the weeks passed, the panic attacks stopped and the depression lifted.
I was so captivated by what I was learning that I decided to leave my career in design and retrain as a therapist. I became absorbed by the research on how to enhance fertility using your mind and body.
I interviewed Dr Alice Domar PhD who is the Executive Director of the Domar Center for Mind, Body and Health and the Director of Mind, Body Services at Boston IVF. Domar established the first ever Mind and Body Program for Fertility which is a 10 session group program which runs in Boston.
Having read Domar’s book ‘Conquering Infertility’ in which she states “Women’s minds must be treated along with their bodies. To separate mind from body, to treat one without attending to the other, is foolish and ineffective. When you treat a woman’s mind as well as her body, almost without exception she feels better and can cope more effectively with her condition.” I was eager to discuss her program and how she supports women going through infertility.
Domar spoke about how women join her course because they are not coping. They complete the course with all the skills they need to very successfully and healthily handle their infertility. Introducing ways of reducing stress and anxiety can improve your quality of life while trying to conceive in fact studies indicate there may be an additional positive side-effect in doing so. .
We discussed this and Domar talked about how her work is not about getting people pregnant it’s about getting people happy again, knowing that the person you were before infertility will come back. I now run my own mind and body program, The Embrace Fertility Method, with the same intention. Read full article via link in bio and check out www.embracefertility.co.uk/embrace/
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RSMC is still open and accepting #consultations! Our patient coordinators are here for you from the moment you walk in. We prioritize the health and safety of all of our patients and guests. There's still time to take advantage of the 30% off fertility #treatment special! Promotion ends this month, so schedule your #complimentary consultation now which includes an #ultrasound! Click the link in our bio to learn more.
Our afternoon strolls look very different these days. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
I use to walk miles daily praying over my infertility and believing for my miracle. I was able to continue walking throughout my pregnancy until the very end. Now, I still walk but it’s to the mailbox and back. We will get back to our really long walks in no time! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
How about these squishy rolls? Aren’t they the best? I love it when her mouth is open as she sleeps. I have to admit, I wish I could sleep that soundly. It’s true when many told me to enjoy my sleep before Valentina came. I sleep now but it’s so light always listening out for Val. By the way, newborns sure do make a lot of sounds while they sleep. 😳
While the zygotes shelter in place, I’m trying to appreciate all the things that I won’t be doing once I’m a new mom.
On our much-needed adventure, my husband insisted that I descend first down this airy rappel!
Thanks to @josifunk for capturing the moment!
5 months ago
✨Sending love and strength to all in the #infertilitycommunity this Christmas.
Christmas can be the most magical and wonderful time of year, but it can also be very hard and full of triggers...
All around you there are families and children enjoying their time off together, people welcoming new babies into the world and lets not get started on social media.
Many times I thought to myself, “next Christmas I’ll definitely be pregnant or have a baby”. The more the years go on, the harder it gets, and the feeling of emptiness just gets bigger and bigger.
Last Christmas was the hardest of all for us, we didn’t buy each other gifts, we didn’t put a tree up or watch any Christmas films and I cried every day.
I always knew we were lucky for what we did have, our health, each other and our families, but none of that felt like enough. We felt like there was nothing for us to celebrate, just another year of disappointment, heartache and still no baby.
It’s so so important we are there for the ones we love who need it the most during the holidays. This time of year can be a hard time for many reasons/situations and it’s often the time of year people will feel most alone.
This year we are beyond grateful and blessed to have our little miracle on the way. Things feel a lot brighter and we are going into 2020 feeling positive, excited and content. Although we have all we ever wanted now, I will never forget those few tough years where we didn’t and what that felt like. So to anyone reading this, please be kind to yourself this Christmas. Protect your heart as much as possible - It’s ok to skip those family gatherings and put your feelings first.
My thoughts, love and prayers are with you all. B XOXO #infertility#infertilityhurts
Massive congrats to Tracey and Sara for yet again pulling out all the stops and creating something amazing. Again.
This @ivfbabble event looks epic it starts on 8th June with a live event in July and I will be taking part.
This online fertility expo will give you the chance to explore your fertility options and give you free access to fertility clinics, consultants, nurses, surrogacy agencies, wellness support experts, and charities.
You can tune into sessions with exciting speakers, panel discussions, and drop into the networking lounge where you can meet others going through similar experiences from across the world.
There will also be an opportunity for those wanting individual help, to schedule a confidential conversation.
Go register for free now at @ivfbabble or https://www.ivfbabble.com/2020/05/babble-online-fertility-expo/
Let’s talk infertility. That taboo topic no one wants to discuss but it’s REAL and shouldn’t be ashamed of. 🍍🧡 When you are younger you think I’ll get married and start a family right away and everything will be perfect. Well for 1 in 8 couples that isn’t the case and for me I’m that one in eight. A year and half ago I went off my birth control after I got married and we wanted a family right away. Fast forward to November 2019 we still weren’t pregnant. First thought was what are we doing wrong, am I the issue, is my body broken? The doubting and questions are endless. I was referred to a fertility specialist and underwent several tests. I was diagnosed with PCOS and my husbands sperm count came back lower than they liked. All his levels came back normal aside from the counts. He began clomid (which you think is just for women) and we will test again in a few weeks. AGAIN not something people what to discuss but men can have fertility issues as well. Month after month I do not get my cycle on my own and makes it that much harder to know if and when I’ll ovulate. Had countless blood tests only to find out no ovulation and not pregnant. That’s when I began my weight watchers journey in January 2020. At the end of all this we most likely will undergo IVF for our baby. IF I can get my weight down enough and my husband counts go up we will try other methods before that. I pray everyday and just hope baby Perez will be here. #infertilityjourney#infertilityhope#infertilitywarriors#pcos#pcosawareness#maleinfertility#hope#pcosweightloss#pcosfighter#fertilityproblems#1in8couples
Some hope to keep us going💙💙💙💙
📷 :@alwaysstartswith .
#miscarriagesupport #miscarriagewarrior#miscarriage #miscarriageawareness#ivfcommunity#tryingtoconceive#ttcjourney#ttcsupport#ttctribe#ttcaftermiscarriage#ttcafterloss #ttcafterectopic#ttcafterloss #ttcjourney#miscarriageawareness
3 weeks ago
The day is coming, the day that reminds us of our empty arms and our quiet homes. The day where we will wake up in the morning without a hand written card or a macaroni necklace. No sticky hand hugs or sloppy drool kisses. No breakfast in bed or Mother’s Day wishes.
Instead our day will be filled with witnessing this experience from the outside. How fitting, right? Us, being the outsiders? If we’re not careful, we’ll sit on the sidelines scrolling through our feeds only to feel our hearts ache as we see everyone else spending their day with their children. Posting their cute gifts and their morning family celebrations, and there’s no denying it, it will sting. But here’s where it cuts deep..How many of you will find yourself reading post after post, “I am so blessed I get to be your mom”, “God trusted me with the greatest gift of motherhood”, “God gave me a purpose when He gave me you.” And as you read, what you ACTUALLY will begin to feel inside is “I am not blessed”, “God doesn’t trust me”, “I have no purpose”.
Let’s be real, it’s really lonely to be surrounded by a happiness that isn’t your own. And reading these things, even though we KNOW they mean no harm, can be completely polarizing to those of us who are spending this holiday childless not by choice. Our deep aching void awakens emotions that we can’t control and our hearts agonize over the fact that it is filled with a Mother’s love, but no child to give it to.
So here’s what I want to say to you today- before Sunday knocks on the doors of our empty & quiet homes.
YOU matter. You are NOT alone. What you do is VALUABLE. And God has entrusted you with YOUR story.
You may not have crayon scribbled drawings hanging from your fridge, sticky finger prints on every cabinet within reach, or the paw patrol theme song on repeat in the background...no, your story is different.
Your story consists of a love only 1 in 8 know. And those of us who UNDERSTAND this love, this deep, fierce, fighting love, know that in our hearts, we are already mothers.. just waiting for our Mother’s Day.🌷
**Reposted from last year because I honestly felt like I couldn’t one up this one💓love you all!**
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Her onesie says it all. 🙌🏼 ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see. Hebrews 11:1
1 day ago
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I am struggling to sleep tonight. Scrolling through everyone’s posts. Thinking of all who are #ttc & hoping after what has been a crazy year, even more so for some, that your miracles are on their way 🙏🏼🍍❤️🤞🏼
“I’ve been resting/meditating/taking 15 mins out of my life with Naomi’s Yoga Nidra Short Practice since October last year when I attended one of her One Day Retreats. The retreat was amazing, but the gift of Yoga Nidra I use almost daily. Never just before bed because I leave my phone in the kitchen, but normally immediately when I’ve finished work or early evening I will rest with the Yoga Nidra and then I always, without fail, feel refreshed! Thank you, Naomi, for giving me such a wonderful tool, which has had a big impact on the way I feel.” – Donna T.
We all know that lack of sleep is hugely detrimental, not just to our health but to our quality of life. Not getting enough sleep can impact our metabolism and hormones which then has a knock-on effect to our moods, weight gain, memory and can lead to serious health issues. We know this yet, especially if you are kept awake by infertility stress, sleep can feel like a luxury rather than a necessity.
So what if I told you that in just 15 minutes you can achieve the equivalent of a full hours deep sleep? Interested? I know I was when I first heard about this technique.
Gwyneth Paltrow is a fan and does this before bed to aid a good nights sleep (1) and the US Army is employing it to help soldiers recover from post dramatic stress disorder(2). I’ll quit teasing you now I’m talking about Yoga Nidra. Sometimes described as yogic sleep or conscious sleep. You may even have practised it at the end of a yoga class. That bit at the end where you lie down and have a mini nap.
Scientific studies have shown that people practising Yoga Nidra experience;
-a reduction in tension and anxiety
-an increase in the release in dopamine in the brain
- and improvements in heart rate variability. (3)
The practice is used;
- as treatment for insomnia
- to improve quality of sleep
- as an intervention in treating chronic pain
Inlcuded as an instant access bonus to my 12 week course The Embrace Fertility Method￼ which starts on Monday￼. Come check out the course details now at www.embracefertility.co.uk/embrace or va link in bio.
Utilising hypnosis can enhance the success rates of fertility treatment; by guiding the body into a state of deep relaxation, releasing fears and negative beliefs, and giving the unconscious mind a clear goal to work towards.
The Soroka medical centre in Israel looked at the impact of hypnosis on 185 women undergoing IVF. It found that 28% of the women who had been hypnotised became pregnant compared to just 14% who had not. Got to love stats like that and you feel A-MAZE-ING after listening.
With a dedicated MP3 for each part of your cycle:
🐇Coping & comfort (Down regulation): Simple techniques to bring your body out of stress response including one for pain relief, fantastic for dealing with injections.
👩🔬Creating space & enhancing IVF (Stimulation to transfer): Releasing negative beliefs, enhancing feelings of gratitude and encouraging your body to respond well to your fertility drugs.
👩👩👧Connection & support (Transfer onwards): Supporting you through the two week wait and beyond, bringing your body into deep relaxation. Connecting with your body, your future child and your inner strength.
Each MP3 is between 20 and 25 minutes long and the package includes a self soothers guidance video, which demonstrates the acupressure techniques used in the MP3s.
I got pregnant naturally for the first time while I was writing these MP3s! Coincidence? We will never know but since it happened there is absolutely no way I cannot include these tracks with the 12 week course so they are on the bonus list for the Embrace Fertility Method￼ which starts on Monday￼. Come check out the course details now at www.embracefertility.co.uk/embrace/ or va link in bio.
PS You can also buy the hypnosis packs on their own through my store https://embracefertility.co.uk/store/
Women supporting women⠀
That’s true power!!!⠀
Have you seen the Netflix original show “Self made”? It is based on the true story of Madam Walker, the first self made woman millionaire in America.⠀
I loved the show for many reasons but one of them is how it describes the relationship between Madam Walker and her competitor: Mrs Munroe. Trying to destroy her competitor Mrs Munroe destroyed herself and her business. Had she collaborated, I wonder if her success would have been amplified rather than diminished. Actually I am sure it would have been. In doing that not only did she destroy herself, but she deprived the world of her products and the value she could have brought to her customers.⠀
I am deeply committed to this concept and strongly believe that collectively we amplify our voices. We are stronger together⠀
I am tagging here the accounts of some other great fertility specialists in this space, educating women on all aspects of fertility care
I'm participating in TVE this weekend to learn more about hosting virtual events that will give you #infertilityhope. #eventlife https://www.instagram.com/p/CAvBBLKBIyiEqcHfYMuK0X295qnSLfpXc0lEQI0/?igshid=1106h5zqylidp …
1 day ago
Slightly mad glint in my eye but so excited to be able to provide additional support in this round of the embrace fertility method with group coaching every two weeks throughout the 12 week course.
10 hours ago
Morsdag💕 Detta är till Dig, Du kvinna som är mamma, längtar efter att bli mamma, till dig som längtar efter dina barn som inte finns nära dig, till dig som inte fick behålla det barn du så länge längtat efter....Det är också till Dig, du som har svårt att fira morsdag med glädje...det kanske ger en dålig eftersmak eller klump i magen för din mamma var inte den mamma du hade behövt...
Det är också till Dig som känner glädje över din mamma och är en good enough mamma till dina barn😍
Var du än befinner dig så är det iallafall en mamma som har fött Dig😊 därför så finns just Du här❤ viktig och värdefull oavsett din bakgrund, oavsett om du har barn eller inte💕
Igår, dagen innan Morsdag var det Ofrivilligt Barnlösas dag. Den kom till för några år sedan för att man ville uppmärksamma alla ofrivilligt barnlösa med en egen dag.
Att vara ofrivilligt barnlös är fortfarande tabubelagt att prata om, trots att var 6:e-10:e par i Sverige har svårt att få barn. Det finns en hel del hjälp att få, men resan fram till ett barn kan vara oerhört påfrestande både på kropp och själ. Jag har mött enskilda och par i terapisamtal om detta i många år. Det finns en stor läkedom i att sätta ord på längtan, besvikelse och hopp för att orka och för att få hjälp att hålla ihop oavsett om man får ett barn eller inte. Så en sådan dag som idag, kan vara smärtsamt att möta.
Tips: Var varsam med dina ord när du möter människor utan barn. Det är faktiskt inte så att vi har rätt att fråga vad som helst. För du vet ju inte alls om de vill ha barn eller kanske just nu kämpar. 💖Kom ihåg att värde ligger inte i om du är mamma eller inte utan att Du är Du💖
As a rich source of vitamins, minerals and fiber, chickpeas may offer a variety of health benefits, such as improving digestion, aiding weight management and are rich in protein.
Easy falafel and tahini sauce recipes by @sovegan.
Recipe makes 20 falafels:
For the falafel:
2 x 400g tinned chickpeas
1 cup coriander leaves
1 cup parsley leaves
1/2 tsp each of salt, pepper and paprika
2 cloves garlic
1 small onion
1/4 cup breadcrumbs
8 sun-dried tomatoes
1/2 cup olive oil for frying
1. Prepare ingredients by draining the chickpeas and sun-dried tomatoes, then roughly chopping the onion and garlic. It’s important you remove as much excess water from the chickpeas as possible.
2. Place all the falafel ingredients into a food processor and process until everything is roughly combined and easy to handle. Make sure you don’t process the mixture for too long, otherwise the falafel will fall apart when it’s frying.
3. Remove roughly a tablespoon of the mix and roll into a ball shape. Repeat until all the mix is used up.
4. Heat oil to a high temperature in a frying pan, then add all the balls and fry for 3 minutes on each side or until evenly golden brown.
Tahini Dressing Recipe:
3 tablespoons lemon juice
2 tablespoons water
2 tablespoons tahini paste
Pinch of salt and pepper
Mix ingredients together well and serve
2 days ago
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ONE YEAR AGO 💕
Remembering one of my most favourite days ever, celebrating my precious bump with some of my favourite people, and eating all the cakes 💗
Sending hugs to all of those who are having to have socially distanced celebrations this year.
Whether it’s for a baby, a birthday, a wedding or something else, the party might be small, but the love is just as big as it ever was. I hope you can still feel it 💗
So much is being cancelled right now…
But one thing that is not and will never be cancelled is HOPE!
Hope that one day you WILL transfer your embryos. Hope that one day you WILL be pregnant. Hope that one day you WILL have the baby you wished and prayed for!
Are things delayed right now? Yes. Is that heartbreaking on top of already waiting for the baby you dreamed of? Another YES.
But please, don’t ever give up hope. Whether it’s during this crazy pandemic where we have to find a new normal, or in any other circumstances where it feels like a baby just isn’t in your future.
Hold on to HOPE and join the #hopeisntcancelled movement with me! I love that @fabfertility started this up ❤️
What’s giving me hope getting through the corona times is that our world will come out a better, stronger, kinder place on the other side.
What’s giving you hope?
So...we decided we are going to do the ERA test before doing our transfer. I’ve been having a lot of anxiety this past week and I know I haven’t been very present on here lately. Knowing we have one embryo is such a blessing, but it also puts a lot of pressure on things and I want to do every I can to give this little embaby the best chance. I will also be going back to work on Monday, which is stressful on it’s own. Working in a dental office with a virus spread through aerosols is scary.
But back to the ERA test. ERA stands for Endometrial Receptivity Analysis. It’s a genetic test in which a biopsy of my endometrial lining will be tested to determine which day is best to transfer our embryo. Typically, women don’t do this test unless they’ve had 2 or more failed transfers, but we only have one shot here. We only have one embryo. So if we have a failed transfer, we don’t have any more chances.
For the ERA test, I do a mock transfer. So I’ll still be doing injections and taking medications as if I were actually going to do an embryo transfer. This way, the biopsy will give us an accurate result and let us know the best window of implantation. The test may come back normal and I won’t have to change anything or it may come back as pre-receptive or post-receptive which would mean I need less or more progesterone. This doesn’t necessarily mean that I will have a successful transfer, but like I said, I want to do everything I can since we only have one embryo. The test is expensive and it will put us a month behind, but I’m hoping it will give me some peace of mind. Have you had an ERA test? What was your experience like?
So yeah apparently this is a thing. I didn't even know this🤦♀️🤦♀️......uhmm nope....Nope inserting a menstrual cup into your vagina immediately after sex doesn't increase your chances of conception. What it might do though, is put you at higher risk of infection(which may then hinder your fertility)
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Hey there TTC Sister! 👋 .
In case you’re new around here I’d like to give a little introduction.
If we met in real life, I’d start by saying that while I have lived in the south for the past 10 years, I’m from CT 🏡 lived in NYC 🌃 for 7 years and went to college in PA. 🏫(I also lived in the Philippines & Spain) ✈️ . -
I’m a big sister, & have spent my whole life learning the hard way & then sharing those lessons so my sisters (or friends) can benefit from it. 🗣.
I have a bunch of nicknames. Kiki, obviously, & Keekes, Kiki D, BSK, Giggles, Gigs, K12, the list goes on. 📇. -
When I’m not coaching women going through their infertility journey, I am working two other jobs: 1 in advertising/marketing 📈🗂& 1 in tourism. 🗺 🧳. -
I’m an extrovert- my mom says ever since I was born I’ve wanted to be friends with everyone I’ve met. That hasn’t changed. 👩🏽🤝👩🏼.
I love personality tests.
Enneagram: 2 wing 3.
Myers Briggs: ESFJ.
Clifton Strengths Finder: Communication, positivity, developer, woo, empathy.
Four Tendencies: an obliger. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
With all that I hope you can see that when I’m on this account I am hoping to encourage, to support, to uplift, and to teach you. ✨
To be your friend, your cheerleader, your sister, your accountability partner and your coach. 👊🏻👍🏽👏🤟🏾🤞💪🏿.
I’m so glad you chose to follow my account. I’m so glad that my experiences/messages resonate with you & inspire you. 💗Because that’s what it’s all about!!!
So tell me- what’s your nickname?
Or your personality results?
Have you lived in any of the same places as me?
I’d love to know! 👇🏽.
*Blog Post* - link in Bio 💛
How you conceived your child does not define you as a mother, and having children does not define your success as a woman. There are so many ways to be a mum, so many ways to experience the miracle of life and no matter how you get there, you are as much a mum as anyone else.
Recently I’ve learnt a lot from reading various posts about the struggle many of us go through after IVF, surrogacy or by using donors. Some of these are natural feelings from within us, others are a result of social or cultural insensitivity or lack of awareness around us.
So I felt I needed to write something questioning where these notions of womanhood and motherhood actually came from especially in the South Asian community, where fertility issues aren’t talked about or understood. Unfortunately, in the British Asian culture being a mother and how you get there defines your success and worth in the eyes of others. This makes the struggle of infertility even more difficult to deal with.
But who set these standards? Who decided that you are more of a mother because you conceived naturally and, or, carried your child in your uterus, than a mother who uses a surrogate or has a heart big enough to adopt?
Historically these ideals and images were set in a time where women needed to get married and have children to secure their future. In times when women were married off at 16, or even younger, without an education or job and subsequently weren’t financially independent, unlike today, you had to produce an heir to secure your house and wealth well into old age. Ladies unfortunate enough to have fertility issues during those times were outcast while their husband would remarry simply to produce an heir.
The expectations we put on ourselves as a result of cultural conditioning are immense, so let’s try and give ourselves a little more time and space to do what makes us happy and at our pace. 📖 Read the full blog - link in my bio!
Decorated my porch in stories today🇺🇸
Getting it all ready for Memorial weekend with all the America things! This weekend has been extra special to me ever since becoming an Army wife, but after last year with Nick being deployed- it has an even deeper meaning to me now. Getting the taste of saying goodbye to your soldier without the promise of them returning truly makes you look at Memorial weekend with a whole new perspective. I plan to spend lots of time in the pool this weekend, BBQing with friends & family, but the significance & weight of this weekend will not be lost on me. I am so proud to be an American, an Army wife, and know that our liberty & our freedom has come with the ultimate price. So while we’re all off enjoying our holiday weekend, may we remind our hearts what Memorial Day truly means. Be grateful, pray for the families left behind, & honor the ones who sacrificed it all.❤️🇺🇸
It’s been 21 months since I was rolled off into surgery for what I believed was just a standard procedure of getting a cyst removed.
That number stands out to me so much because that was the exact amount of time we had been trying for a baby at the point of this surgery. 21 months of trying with zero answers. 21 months of being bounced back and forth between doctors. The most emotionally painful 21 months I had ever experienced in my life. I KNEW in my gut something was wrong. In fact, I went seeking for answers at only 7 months into us TTC because something inside of me was nudging me to. Test after test, poke after poke, ultrasound after ultrasound, doctor after doctor. NOTHING. DEFEATED.
The 6th doctor I went to discovered I had a large cyst on my left ovary that needed to be removed surgically. This doctor sent me to yet another doctor who could perform the surgery- A surgery that at the time I felt like was pushing us two step backs, but in reality was about to be a giant set up to discovering long awaited answers.
I call this doctor my Lucky#7.
This is the doctor who was finally able to tell me what was going on with my body- a huge probability as to why we weren’t getting pregnant.
Not the news I wanted nor expected by any means. I went in for a cyst removal and woke up to a diagnosis of an incurable reproductive disease. BUT it was finally an answer and strangely enough, it felt like an enormous weight lifted off my shoulders. For the first time in our journey- I didn’t feel like I was crazy. I felt proud that I trusted my gut & lucky that I was blessed with a doctor who finally reassured me that my gut was right.
Point of this post is that if you feel like something is up with your body and people are making you feel nuts for believing so.. remember that the body you live in IS YOURS, you know it better than ANYONE ELSE, which makes YOU your most important & powerful advocate. We often times feel like we are forced into a culture of silence when it comes to our bodies, our menstrual cycle, our fertility, BUT WHY? It is OUR HOME - OUR LIFE, & we should NEVER feel afraid or discouraged to fight like hell for it.
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