If you have been trying to conceive for a while now, starting a New Year, without a baby in your arms can be difficult.  Your mind whirls with thoughts like “what if it doesn’t happen?”. As we head into the New Year, I’d like you to turn that around and say to yourself ‘what if it does?” There are many things you can do to make your baby dreams a reality this year!

If you have been trying to conceive for a while, starting a New Year, without a baby in your arms can be difficult.  As we head into this New Year, here are my top 8 tips to help make your baby dreams a reality this year!
 

Talk

Infertility can be isolating. Finding the right support and people to talk to who understand your struggle, can be an immense help. There are many couples struggling, 1 in 6 to be exact and 1 in 3 over 35.  A problem shared is a problem halved, don’t suffer in silence.

Help and Support

Finding the right help and support sooner rather than later can save a great deal of heartache.  Admitting you need help is not admitting failure. In fact asking for and finding the right help for you, can be the key to solving your issues. There are so many factors when it comes to infertility, some more challenging and some easily overcome.

Patients often come to me with the diagnosis of ‘unexplained infertility’. This is not a diagnosis. There is always a reason for your inability to conceive, it just hasn’t been found, yet. Finding the right professional information and advice may be all you need.  

If you would like personal advice and support, book in for a FREE Conception Clarity Consultation with me, where I can learn more about your unique situation and provide personal advice.

Tune in to your body

Learn how to understand your unique fertility patterns and cycles. We are all unique. We all have our own unique fertile window, our own unique menstrual cycle and metabolism. Listen to your body’s natural cues and what you body needs.

I work with patients to really understand their body and their cycle to enable them to more accurately pin point their fertile window to maximise chances of conceiving.

The first step is always to really pay attention. Notice (and record if you can) the subtle changes you notice through your cycle. Is your mucus slippery or thick? Is there lots or very little? Breast tenderness? Cravings? Mood changes? Basal temperature? All these things can give you important clues to understanding your unique cycle and help to see where extra support may be needed.

Even if you are trying through IVF, having a fertile cycle is important for healthy implantation. Learn how to really connect with your body, understand what your body is saying and what it needs.

Treat your body as if you are already pregnant

You are already carrying all the genetic material that has the potential to become your future child. In fact research shows that the environment in which your eggs and sperm develop, can have a significant impact on your ability to conceive as well as the long-term health of your child.

So if you’re serious about getting pregnant this year, treat your body as if you already are!

Download my FREE Your Fertile Pantry Checklist for some simple swaps you can make to help create fertile fuel for your future baby

  1. Nourish your future child with wholefoods
  2. Improve blood flow and metabolism with daily exercise
  3. Provide for your future child with a good blend of essential nutrients through a good quality prenatal supplement.

Remove Blame

Finding fault or placing blame either on yourself or others ,does not undo or solve the problem. It in fact it may serve to hinder your progress. Focusing on the negative, can prevent you moving forward. There may be aspects of you fertility you cannot change, focus on what you can.


Reduce Stress

Stress has a significant impact on your ability to conceive, much more than you may realise.  In fact women who worked to reduce stress during an IVF cycle were found to have over double the rate of successful pregnancy (Domar et al 2011).  However, this can be easier said than done.  Nutritional support alongside lifestyle strategies can help nourish your nervous system and support a healthier stress response.


Practice Mindfulness

Every cell in your body listens to your thoughts, even the subconscious ones. What are you telling your body daily? Are you sending positive, nourishing messages?  I work with patients to help them cultivate postivie messages and affirmations that resonate with them.


Appreciate the good stuff 

Appreciate all of all the good things you already have in your life.  During fertility struggles we can often focus so much on what we don’t have that we forget to love and appreciate everything that we already do.  This New Year, remind yourself of all the love and joy you already have in your life and be sure to value, appreciate and enjoy them!

And as the New Year begins, don’t ask yourself  “What if it doesn’t happen”, ask yourself “What if it does”