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Stop your “Trying to Get Pregnant” Distress with Sarah Clark, #46
Such a hopeful message for those struggling with fertility or irregular periods. In this episode, Sarah Clark of FabFertile.com shares with us her fertility struggles, how she became interested in learning about fertility and what she discovered in the process. She may never have needed fertility treatment if she knew then what she knows now. Tune in and learn how she helps thousands of women across the globe become pregnant naturally.
What to look for when treating someone dealing with infertility?
Review health history with a functional nutritionist, including symptom checklist.
Sarah has yet to see someone struggling with infertility, just have infertility issues. There is usually something else going on in the body. Whether it’s too much stress, out of whack hormones, auto immune disease, gut infections, etc.
Recommended prep for someone who is thinking about getting pregnant
- Start with your sleep, get 7-9 hours of sleep per night. Disrupted sleep can affect insulin levels the next day.
- Diet- take out processed foods. Add fruits and vegetables. Cook at home more. Take your own lunch to work.
- Stress- eliminate by taking baths, meditation, journaling, self-care.
Unfortunately, she sees people as their last resort after visiting infertility clinic, at which point there is only a 40% chance to get pregnant.
Taking care of yourself naturally before resorting to infertility clinics, is ideal. You may get pregnant, and if you don’t, infertility treatments can only increase your chances above the 40% success rate.
Foods to increase fertility
- Eat organic. Eliminate the pesticides, which affect fertility.
- Whole grains like quinoa and buckwheat. Eliminate simple carbs like cookies and cakes.
- Fruits and Veggies
- Switch to gluten-free
- Meats: Chicken and fish should be organic and free-range. 2-3 animal proteins per week, and the rest of the week plant based.
- Stay away from soy. If you’re going to have it use miso.
- Drink lots of water.
- Avoid: dairy, gluten, corn, soy, peanuts and eggs. Take them out for at least 10 days but preferably about 30 days. Or take food sensitivity test.
When there is inflammation in the body, you can’t get pregnant so easily. Tune in to learn about the different inflammations that can affect the body making it difficult to conceive.
How do supplements affect fertility?
You take supplements in conjunction with the dietary and lifestyle changes. Folate, thorn, prenatal basic, magnesium, coenzyme Q10, probiotic (for pregnancy and during pregnancy). Be careful that they do not include dyes, fillers and chemicals. Get good quality product, which yes, they are more expensive, but well worth it.
Primrose oil and maca (great in smoothies) are also great. Check her blog for a great maca smoothie, for both men and women.
To start taking these supplement you should definitely talk to a professional about dosages, and which supplements will be best for each individual person. There is a lot of misinformation out there and very confusing.
What about the men and infertility?
Women are usually the ones that reach out for support….they tend to be on the driver seat. But male infertility affects 40% of couples. Men also need the same type of treatments in nutrition, supplements, cell phones out of pockets, avoid plastics (no microwave in plastic), drink water out of glass or stainless steel…lots of lifestyle changes available for men as well.
Don’t wait 8 years to try to get pregnant…reach out to Sarah Clark’s information and implement some of her suggestions. It just might work!
Sarah’s 3 Habits to Ensure Health:
- Don’t’ look at menu in restaurant. Just decides what she feels like or what her body needs, and ask the server or chef what they can add to her protein in terms of veggies. Helps eliminate taking in allergens.
- 8 hours of sleep…a HUGE one!
- Essential oils in diffuser for avoiding colds, relaxing, headaches, etc.
Sarah Clark’s Bio:
When Sarah Clark was 28 years old, she received a diagnosis of premature ovarian failure. She accepted the diagnosis and had both her children through in vitro fertilization. Years later she realized the root cause of her infertility was a food intolerance.
She is a certified life coach with accreditation from the International Coaches Federation and a health coach with training from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition.
She is the author of Fabulously Fertile – Supercharge your Fertility Naturally, Fabulously Fertile Cookbook and Fertility Preparation Program. Her fertility coaching program, which includes functional lab testing, supports couples to make diet and lifestyle changes that dramatically improve the chances of a healthy pregnancy and baby!
She is super proud of the amazing community in her Fab Fertile Support Group on Facebook where she offers free weekly challenges, motivation and support to couples facing infertility!
Visit her website at www.fabfertile.com for the FREE 3-day Fertility Diet Challenge loaded with chef prepared recipes that will prepare your body for a baby!
Links and Resources
- Contact Sarah Clark at:
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- Calm app. Has deep breathing exercises and guided meditation.
- If you missed it, listen in on our last podcast episode: