The holidays can be crazy stressful when you're trying to conceive! In this video we'll chat about stress and anxiety triggers that come up during the holidays, tips you can use off the yoga mat to relieve your stress and anxiety during the holidays, as well as a short stress-reducing yoga practice and yoga breathing technique you can use anywhere, anytime to deal with these emotional blocks to fertility.
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The holiday season often brings a rollercoaster of emotions when you are TTC. A dramatic marker of time passing as people come together with holiday cheer and celebrate with children. If you are experiencing feelings of loss, grief and longing, then this time of year can feel lonely and a bit isolating as those around you are filled with joy.
Not to mention the anticipated and often dreaded questions and comments from relatives such as “when you are going to hurry up and have a baby” or “just relax and it will happen!” Or on the other hand, if people stop asking about your fertility journey, then it can feel as though they have given up hope or interest in the process.
All of which can leave you feeling vulnerable and isolated during the holiday season.
In addition to the emotional struggles, the holiday food and festivities can be a large digression from your daily fertile lifestyle/diet regime. Whether you have started eating more whole foods, cooking at home, reducing (or eliminating) alcohol or coffee or are needing to take time out from fertility treatments due to travel, can all feel like a complete overhaul to your fertile regime.
It has been debated in the past whether or not stress can negatively impact your chances of getting pregnant. However, recent studies suggest that it can, and with the holidays quickly approaching, you may already be feeling your stress levels rise. This time of year can be stressful for everyone, but when you are trying to get pregnant or thinking about trying to get pregnant in the near future, there may be some added pressures.
Oh that time of the month. We have a lot of ways of talking about it (or not), can experience all kinds of emotions before and when it arrives, and more often than not, just keep on keepin' on until it's done. hough each of us experiences our menstrual cycle differently, we all go through four phases of it each month. Each of these brings it's own changes in energy levels, emotions, reactions, thoughts, and more. Yoga is fabulous tool to help us tune in to our body wisdom and better respond to our changing needs over the course of the month. How so?
Yoga helps to practice being fully present, both on and off our mat. Being present is what makes it possible to messages and feedback from the body to the brain. More often than not, our mind-body communication tends to go in one direction, mind to body. We're more used to telling our bodies what to do than listening to what our bodies need. Enjoy a 20-minute practice for your pelvic floor AND a healthy period.
What questions do you have about your pelvic floor or your period and yoga? Comment below and let me know!
Many women feel a sense of annoyance or dread when it comes to their menstruation. I think this is in part because we're not taught from the onset of menarche that our periods and cycles tell us so much about our overall health. Instead, we immediately find convenient ways to hide that auntie flow has arrived, the old tampon up the sleeve or back pocket trick.
Unless you have heavy bleeding, an extreme amount of pain or no periods at all, you are told your periods are fine. However, there is a great variety in the area of fine and it is important to pay attention throughout the month to what our bodies are telling us.
Deciding to start a family or grow your family can be such a joyous and amazing time. It can also be a stressful and scary time. One thing that can undoubtedly make trying to conceive easier is tracking your cycles. This includes things like tracking your basal body temperature (BBT), cervical mucus and using ovulation predictor kits (OPKs) to better understand when you are the most fertile. It also includes monitoring what your period is like. The number of days bleeding occurs, how heavy the bleeding is and the consistency of the blood (color, thickness, clots, etc.) are all examples of what you want to be paying attention to.
Despite the benefits of tracking your cycles, it can be a little difficult to remember to fit all of this into your already busy life. Below are 5 reasons why tracking your cycles is so important. Hopefully, these reasons will give you a little motivation to keep on keepin’ on.
PCOS can be a huge fertility block, but the good news is you can manage your symptoms while TTC naturally. In this video I'm sharing a 20-minute yoga practice you can can come back to any time to manage your PCOS naturally and get closer to conceiving that baby you're dreaming about!
Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) is a condition that is being seen more and more in reproductive clinics. There is a general lack of public knowledge surrounding PCOS although it is estimated to affect 1 in 10 women. Since the symptoms of PCOS can vary, many women only become aware of the syndrome when trying to conceive. PCOS is a metabolic disorder (blood sugar imbalance) that can cause a myriad of symptoms from weight gain, acne, hair loss, hair growth on the face, anovulation (lack of ovulation) and make for unpredictable periods and difficulty getting pregnant. However, PCOS is very manageable with treatment as well as diet and lifestyle practices.
Your vagina is not dirty, and it does not need to be cleaned. This is what a professor of mine used to stress in her gynecology class. What she meant by this was you do not need to douche or use feminine pH balancing washes to “clean” your vagina. In fact, these can actually be harmful to your vaginal health and impact your chances of getting pregnant. Why, you may ask. The answer is bacteria!
If you have been trying to get pregnant for one month or twelve, you know a little something about stress. There's the stress of tracking your period, knowing when you're ovulating, planning sex rather than enjoying sex, the two-week wait, and then getting your period, knowing the whole cycle starts all over again. And if you've ever talked to anyone about feeling stressed over trying to get pregnant you might have been told you "just need to relax".