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How To Get Healthy And Get Pregnant

This fertility podcast helps you to cut through the noise on the topics of women's health and fertility, zones in on the useful and practical tips that can help to boost your fertility. The show will provide fresh perspectives for someone who is trying to conceive by integrating Western medicine with Chinese medicine. The show's host, Adrienne Wei is a fertility expert with a background in Chinese medicine.
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Aug 3, 2017

Ahhhhh, yes, the Two-Week-Wait, or 2WW...

The Two-Week-Wait is the time between ovulation and when you test for pregnancy.

You’ve done everything you could up until this point.  

You tracked ovulation and you did the baby dance and now….you wait.  

You find yourself “symptom checking.”

 Ohhhh, is that an implantation cramp?

 Do I feel slight nausea?

 Did my boobs get bigger?

You also can’t help it but hop onto fertility blogs and forums to see if anyone else out there is feeling the same way.

 Does any of this sound familiar to you?

The two weeks wait feels like an eternity, it feels like two years instead of two weeks. This anguish and anxiety comes from the unknown and the fact that you’ve done everything you could up to this point, and there’s little you can do now except just waiting and waiting.

Many people will tell you don’t stress...yeah right.  That’s the worst advice ever.  It’s important for you to understand that you’re not a crazy person, you’re not over-analyzing, what you’re feeling is completely normal.  So why fight it?  Telling yourself not to think about it is going to cause more anxiety and stress.

I’ve been through thousands of 2WWs with patients and clients.

 While what’s done is done and you can’t change your egg quality at this time, there are things you can do to ease the anxiety and stay positive during this time.  

But in this episode, I want to share with you my best tips on how to boost your chances of implantation while maintaining your sanity and staying positive.  

Jul 27, 2017

I received a personal message yesterday after a long day at work.  And it’s my favorite type of message - a pregnancy success story.

One of my listeners wanted to let me know that she has been following me for a few months and she incorporated my diet advice as part her daily routine.  She is now pregnant and planning her gender reveal party.

It was so amazing to receive this message.  First, she took the time out of her day to write me a note, and secondly, I’m so happy that I was able to make a difference on her journey.  

For many of you, hearing about success stories is a double edged sword.  It can certain give you a ray of hope, that “if she can do it, I can too.”  But it can also cause the comparison blues 

“Why is it so easy for her, but not me?”

Sure the FOMO Syndrome might be partly to blame here.  We see Facebook and Instagram posts of cute pregnancy selfies, baby bump pictures and baby nursery decor.  It’s hard not to feel like we’re missing out on all of those things.  

But today, I want to actually address your burning questions “why her, not me.”  Yes, there is a very real explanation why it maybe easy for some but others to get pregnant.  At the end of this episode, you’re going to feel a whole lot better because you can actually do something about it.  

 

Links mentioned in this episode:

www.adriennewei.com

 

Episodes mentioned:

Season 3 Episode 9:  How to Avoid FOMO and Be Happier

Jul 20, 2017

If you’ve been listening to my podcast for a while, you most likely have heard the period series where I talked about how to know if your cycle is fertile.  And one of the ways to gauge whether or not your cycle is fertile is the pain level of your period.  

In a nutshell, if your period is super painful that means the energy and the blood are both really stuck.  And when that happens, the uterus is not an ideal environment for implantation.  

Today, I’ve asked Jocey from the office to come on the show.  You’ve all heard me singing her praises because she is amazing.

We’re going to talk about painful periods.  You know that Time-of-the-Month that you dread, not just because it means a big fat negative, but for a lot of you it means excruciating pain, you end up having to take a lot of pain killers, and sometimes it affects your quality of life, you have to cancel events, and call out from work.  

Jocey has suffered from painful periods her whole life, and she has cracked the code to pain-free periods.  She is going to go over her exact monthly routine and what she does to prepare her body to make sure the blood is flowing smoothly.  

What Jocey is going to share is not just for painful periods though.  Remember how all the energetics in your body are all connected, so by working on one you’re working on others.  When one improves, they all improve.  What you’re about to learn is not only going to help reduce the pain level of the period, it’s going to make the entire cycle more fertile overall.  

Links mentioned in this episode:

www.adriennewei.com

www.adriennewei.com/podcast

www.doterra.com

 

Episodes mentioned:

Season 1 Episode 6 - Period Talks, Part I

Season 1 Episode 9 - Period Talks, Part 2

Season 1 Episode 13 - Period Talks, Part 3

Jul 13, 2017

Today’s episode is going to be on FOMO, have you ever heard of that word?  FOMO, fear of missing out.  That grass is always greener feeling, and there’s always something better out there.

Have you ever had this uneasy and anxious feeling that everyone else’s life is better than yours?  Are you the type of read at least 10 reviews before buying a toaster just to make sure that there’s nothing better than this one toaster you’re thinking about getting?  

Or how about this, you’ve heard about this big party, and you’re not really sure if you want to go but at the same time you’re thinking well what it’s super fun, you don’t want to miss out, but you really would rather stay home and watch a movie.

FOMO actually made it into the Oxford dictionary in 2013, and by definition it mean the uneasy and sometimes all-consuming feeling that you’re missing out – that your peers are doing, in the know about, or in possession of more or something better than you.

Suffering from FOMO has real consequences.  My goal for this episode is to open up the dialogue and conversation about FOMO because I feel like most of us who suffer from FOMO don't realize that it's alive and well.  

So we're going to talk about how to avoid FOMO so we can all make better decisions and feel good about those decisions. 

Jul 6, 2017

I’m sure never in a million years would you have thought that in your late twenties and early thirties that you would be battling acne again.  You’re excited to put that awkward teenage years behind you, but the acne just keep following you around. It’s so frustrating that no matter what type of face wash, moisturizer that you use, and zit zapper like salicylic acid, these annoying pimples always pop up especially in the week or two before your period and they don’t go away until after your period is finished.

 You’ve probably heard that it’s normal to have acne before period, it’s because of the hormones are acting.  But which hormones are acting up and why are they acting up, and what can you do about it?  These are all the questions we’re going to talk about in this episode.  

We're going to talk about:

  1. The hormones that are involved in causing cystic acne
  2. The Chinese medicine perspective on cystic acne
  3. The acne diet protocol and skincare management tips to help you get rid of acne once and for all

And you're also going to get a really cool freebie which is a recipe for a homemade acne face serum and an acne face toner.  To download your freebie, please visit www.adriennewei.com/podcast

Let's jump in!

 

Jun 29, 2017

In Chinese medicine we talk about energy flow and how important it is for your energy to flow properly.  If it gets stuck, you’ll have problems.  But what about the energy flow of your environment?  

What if you’re living in a super cluttered space, what if you’re working with a toxic person every day?  Have you ever wondered why some plants keep dying in certain places, why you walk into a room and the air just seems stuffy?

You’re not crazy, it’s not in your head.  It’s all about Feng Shui.  

If you have heard of feng shui before you kinda know a little bit about what I’m talking about.  You might start thinking arrange furniture a certain way, placing good luck charm in certain place, and using certain colors to bring in good energy and good luck.  If this is the first time you’ve heard the words feng shui, you are not alone.  

Feng shui is an art and science.  It’s more than just energy placement, it’s about creating a harmonious environment where your health, your relationship, your finances will all flourish.  

I want to properly introduce our guest for today’s episode.  Her name is Kelly Jones. She is a Feng Shui expert, healer, author and speaker.  Kelly is going to debunk some myths around Feng Shui and then give you some action items so that you can harmonize the energy around you to boost your fertility.  

If you are interested in Kelly's consultations, please visit her website:  www.kellysjones.net

And you can also call Kelly directly at 919-200-8686

I’m so excited, let’s dive into the interview.

Jun 22, 2017

It's no secret that one of my favorite subjects to talk about is acupuncture.  

In this episode, I talk about how to know if acupuncture is right for you and how find an acupuncturist.  What are some of the questions you have to ask to see if that person is a right fit for you, what qualifications do you look for.  As much as I love my profession, I don’t believe all acupuncturists are created equal and I want to help you to find the right person so that you have an amazing experience.

As always, I appreciate you tuning in!  Let's roll!

Jun 15, 2017

In this episode, we’re going to talk about how to know if you’re ready for medical intervention.  

I love the fact that reproductive medicine has advanced so much now because 30 years ago, IVF wasn’t even an option.  And now many women are able to get pregnant and become mothers because of it.

But I think because IUI or IVF is a readily available option, many people are jumping into these procedures pre-maturely, at least in my opinion.

I totally get it, it’s so disheartening to get that big fat negative every single month, and when everyone around you is getting pregnant except you, of course if there’s an easier way, why not?

But today I want to specifically talk to you about why even if you’re considering IUI, IVF you need to make sure that your body is ready because guess what, IVF is only a 46% success rate.  

I’m going to talk about the steps you need to take before you even think about IUI or IVF.  And for some of you who are on the fence about IUI or IVF, this episode is going to also help you make the decision.

To download the freebie checklist for this episode, please visit www.adriennewei.com/podcast

Jun 8, 2017

Welcome to episode 4!

So I'm back from D.C. and had an amazing time!  Many of you wonder if and how I stay on track with my diet and lifestyle while on vacation.  Vacations for some people is a time to relax, let loose and "cheat" on their diets.  My husband certainly does this.  As he is eating a chocolate cake he'll say "it's vacation."

I've often wondered why people think that vacation is a green light to be unhealthy.  

I think it's the principle of "everything in moderation is ok."  I used to be a fan of this, but now I'm finding that I'm wrong, and moderation may be preventing us from achieving our goals.

To find out why, let's jump in!

 

Jun 1, 2017

Welcome to Season 3 Episode 3, The first of the supplement series.  

Many of you have questions about supplements and what you really should be taking because surely there's something you're lacking that you didn't know about. 

My personal belief on supplements is that we're all over-supplementing.  We have this mentality that we can supplement our way out of a bad diet.  Why eat veggies when you can take a multi-vitamin?

In today's episode, we explore a list of common vitamins and talk about each one, and whether it's optional or for everyone.  My goal is to help you get away from this idea that you need to supplement.  The truth is, if you eat a proper diet, you don't need a ton of supplements.  

To get your hands on today's freebie which is a cheat sheet with all the supplements we talked about today, please visit www.adriennewei.com/podcast to download.

I'm excited about today's episode, let's roll.  

May 25, 2017

 

I have a great episode planned for you today

I have personally struggled with this and I hear from so many of you that meal planning is a struggle, even if you know exactly what you need to eating.  When you sit down to meal plan, your brain turns to mush.  

Or you have the best intentions to stay on track but you’re tired and exhausted by the time you get home that you go for the easy stuff, order take out, or just throw something from a bag on the stove.

If you’re nodding your head "yes" right now,  today’s episode is for you.

Today, my guest Melanie Ash is a fitness and nutrition expert.  She is the owner of Melanie Ash Fitness, an in-person and online personal training, fitness and nutrition consulting.  

Melanie’s course Making It Stick is a step by step guide on how to meal plan for success no matter which type of diet plan you’re currently on.

When I heard about Melanie, I knew I had to get her on here.  Melanie is going to share her best tips on how to meal plan so that you finally plan your meals at home without any anxiety or stress.

Melanie is also super generous, she has two gifts for us.  

First, she has compiled all of her best tips that she just talked about into a cheatsheet for you.  To get your hands on the cheatsheet, visit adrienenwei.com/podcast.  

Also, to take advantage of her 30% offer on her course, visit melanieashfitness.com/easymealplanning


Let's roll!

May 18, 2017

WELCOME BACK!!

Can I just tell you how excited I am to launch Season 3!  

I'm sooo close to finishing up my online course.  But in the meantime, you can get on the waitlist so when it's finally ready you'll be the first to know.  To signup just go to my website www.adriennewei.com

I've decided to go off-the-cuff  in this episode.  I typically script my episode a bit but that's due to my insecurities about public speaking.  I know what I want to say but the words just don't come out.  This season I'm not going to script and to challenge myself to get out of my comfort zone.  

If you're not a member of our private facebook group yet, come on in!  Just search for How to Get Healthy and Get Pregnant and ask to join.

Now, let's jump right in to today's episode.  

Apr 27, 2017

So, you have this life plan that you’ve mapped out that by a certain age, you’ll be married and have two kids, a dog, and a cat, maybe a hamster.  You then meet the right guy and you thought your plan would start to unfold like it should.  When that doesn’t happen, you realize that it wasn’t as easy as you thought it was going to be.

After years of searching for answers, you are handed a diagnosis of infertility.  Your whole world is now turned upside down, your plan seems impossible to execute. Where do you go from here?  What will happen if you try everything and pregnancy is still impossible?  Who would you then become?  Would you still be you? Would you feel like a failure?  These are all the little voices inside of you that are nagging you constantly.  

I want you to meet Shannon Wooten, my guest for today’s show.  Shannon is an author, speaker and life coach.  Her passion is to help women struggling to conceive to shift their mindset and find their self-value amidst a diagnosis such as infertility that makes you question who you are, what value you bring to the world now that you’ve been diagnosed with infertility, and how you can go on living in a reality that is not what you thought it would be.

Now, full disclosure I’ve known Shannon for quite some time.  She is a patient of mine at Inner Peace Acupuncture.  Through helping her on her journey, we’ve become close friends and business mastermind buddies.  She is definitely a success story, but not in the way most of you think of success.  

Just to warn you ahead of time, Shannon doesn’t hold anything back, she tells it like it is so there maybe some words that are inappropriate for young children, so I suggest that if you like to listen to my podcast in the car, please either put ear muff on your little ones or listen to it with your headphones plugged in.

And also I want to make it very clear that Shannon is not telling you to stop trying, nor is she saying that you don’t need a baby to be happy.  On the contrary she is saying try your hearts out, but just don’t lose yourself in the process because you deserve to be happy, you are not defined by your diagnosis.

Apr 13, 2017

I’ve been tossing around the idea of offering a 1-on-1 fertility planning session for a while now.  At first, I wasn’t sure how it would work, whether people would find value in it, and what if someone was already working with an acupuncturist or another alternative medicine doctor.  But after a round of beta-testing with a few people, I think it’s going to work.  Here is what it looks like:

  • It's a a 60 minute session so you get to spend time with me 1 on 1.  
  • I review your case and go into detail about your health history
  • I'll give you tons of tips and advice that’s customized for you since I’ll be have a crystal clear picture of your overall health.  
  • You’ll  walk away with a plan with action items, cheatsheets, food charts, recipes, whatever I feel you need to get started.  

So if you’re tired of being on the hamster wheels and feeling like you’re not making progress on your journey, let me help you get clarity on exactly what you need to do to get pregnant.  If you’re interested, please send me an email and I’ll give you all the details.  You can email me at adrienne@ipacupuncture.com

In today's episode, I want to pull back the curtain and be totally transparent with you and give you a backstage pass into my world and what I’m doing to manage my PCOS.  I’m going to share with you the lesson I’ve learned along the way from the past 15 years.  And also I’m going to talk about what my diet looks like, how much I exercise, and my self-care routine and stress management routine. 

This episode is not specifically for those who have PCOS, it’s for everyone.  I’m just going to be using myself as an example, a case study whatever you want to call it, and give you ideas on the 3 areas where most people struggle and where you might be too.  

Thank you for listening! 

Be sure to join our private facebook community with the same name: How to Get Health and Get Pregnant.  To join, search for us on Facebook and send us a request.

Apr 6, 2017

I love my job dearly and I've helped hundreds of women conceive.  But inevitably, there are times of losses too. 

Today, I'm going to be talking about one of the scariest topics when it comes to TTC.  It's one of the biggest fears a woman will have and that is miscarriage.  To try so hard to achieve success, only to lose it is an incredibly painful process to deal with.  Physically and emotionally.

I get a ton of questions about what to do after a miscarriage, how to prevent a future one, and how to move on all the time.  I've decided to pick three of the most commonly asked questions on this topic and dive into detail about each one.

The three questions I'm going to cover are:

1.  What causes a miscarriage (there are actually three types of miscarriages)

2.  How to prevent a miscarriage

3.  When to start trying again

There's no easy way to recover from a miscarriage, but with each day it gets easier.  I hope the information in this episode will help you along the way, and provide comfort for you in knowing that you were a mother no matter how short the duration. 

 

Mar 30, 2017

So often, we make up stories for ourselves because we all hate to fail and hate to be disappointed.  But the stories trap us and prevents us from taking action. 

In today's episode (a shorter one than usual,) I talk about the one question you should be asking yourself when you feel defeated and unmotivated, and finding yourself derailed.  This question is something that people don't think about but it's exactly this questions that's going to set you up for success when times get tough. 

 

Mar 23, 2017

Many women are devastated with the diagnosis of high FSH and/or Low ovarian reserve.  They panic and assume that means they're out of eggs.  That's not true.

In this episode, I talk about what this diagnosis means from a Western medicine perspective.  The I give you three tips on how to improve your chances of getting pregnant and maximize each cycle. 

Enjoy!

Mar 16, 2017

Every Friday in our private Facebook community How to Get Healthy and Get Pregnant, I host a live Q&A session.  It's my favorite event and I look forward to it all week.

I love how I get to help answer burning questions about fertility and point people in the right direction when they're stuck.  The discussions we have in the group are  really, really good.  So I thought, I should share some of them with you so that you can at least get some of the valuable information and tips that are shared.

So for today's episode, I've hand-picked five of my favorite questions from the two months of Facebook Live sessions.  For those of you who are already part of the community, this maybe a refresher for you, or this maybe new information for you if you didn't get a chance to catch me Live. 

I hope you enjoy the show!

Mar 9, 2017

Endometriosis is one of the hardest conditions to diagnose because 40-50% of women don't have any symptoms.  It's only after years and years of trying with no success that a doctor would suspect endometriosis.

If you've been diagnosed with endometriosis, sometime it can be a relief to know why you've been struggling but it can also make you feel a bit hopeless because the options seem limited. 

In this episode, I give you a bit of technical background on endometriosis and why it affects your chances of becoming pregnant.  And as always I give you actionable tips to help you get started. 

I talk about diet considerations for this condition, a castor oil pack, and also a super useful supplement that you should be taking. 

To download today's freebie, please visit adriennewei.com/podcast-2

Thanks for tuning in!  Have a great week. 

 

 

Mar 2, 2017

Happy Thursday!

I've been working hard on Practically Fertile, my online fertility-boosting program.  I have an entire module dedicated to emotional well-being in what I call the Happiness Formula. I give you techniques on how to overcome some challenges such as self-sabotaging and repeated negative behavior patterns as part of the formula. I’m not a psychotherapist so my techniques are based on taking action to reprogram and reframe your way of thinking.

 But, I’ve been noticing that over and over again in my practice and the private facebook group, that many people are struggling with things such as, how to say no to a baby shower, how to handle pregnancy announcements, how to create you own support system, how to deal with people who tell you “relax and it’ll happen,” How to deal with negativity from others without spiraling into a depression with them, and how to deal with all the emotions that come after a miscarriage.

And I thought these are real struggles people have, many people get into a funk or a downward spiral and either cant get themselves out of it, or don’t know how. There are some real and raw emotions that come with infertility and it’s hard to sort through them all. So the reprogram and reframe techniques might not work because sometimes you need to deal with the emotions that come up

 I knew I needed some extra help. So I thought as an added bonus, I would interview my good friend, and fertility counselor Johanna Hyland, LCSW to add an extra layer, to give another perspective and actionable tips to help people overcome these emotional challenges.

 Johanna is an expert in the field of fertility counseling and she has received extra training to incorporate mindfulness techniques into her practice.

 We had an amazing interview and it was one of the best I’ve ever done. And after the recording, I just thought the information was too good not to share with my listeners. We really dug in deep and she gave such valuable tips. So I thought I would take a portion of my interview with her and share it on the podcast. I’m not going to share the entire interview because I want to be fair to my future paying clients but I think you’re still going to get so much value and insights from what I’ve shared.

Some of the link I mentioned in the podcast are:

1.  How to get healthy and get pregnant Facebook group

2.  Johanna's website: http://www.healingheartcharlotte.com/

Enjoy and have a great week!

Feb 23, 2017

This week, we’re going to dig into another episode for the Now What Series. And specifically, we’re going to be talking about polycystic ovarian syndrome, or PCOS.

Many of you know that I’ve struggled with PCOS even now, and you probably remember that I was diagnosed with PCOS in my early twenties. 

I chose not to take birth control pills because I was lucky enough to be in acupuncture school at the time and I was able to work with my teachers and fellow students to use myself as a guinea pig, and after few months, my cycles were regular. Now, to be clear, my cycles were never ever 28 days. They were always super long, between 35-38 days, but I would always get a cycle instead of going months without one. And I was able to conceive once my husband and I decided it was time for a baby.

 But after I had my daughter, I noticed that my symptoms of PCOS were creeping back up.  That’s when I realized that PCOS is a condition that I’m going to have to learn how to manage for life. I already knew how to treat PCOS with acupuncture, but I noticed that for certain patients, it wasn’t enough.

So I threw myself into researching PCOS, both for myself and for my patients, and I know so much more now then I did before and today, I’m going to share with you three tips that can quickly make a difference for you.

I appreciate you taking the time to listen in today! Please don't forget to help other find this podcast by giving me a review :)

 

Feb 16, 2017

So everyone knows that you must have a period in order to get pregnant.  But what about those who suffer from Hypothalamic Amenorrhea or HA?

Hypothalamic amenorrhea is a condition where a period is absent for longer than 6 months and usually caused by stress, under-eating, over-exercising, etc.  Logan suffered from HA after the birth of her second child, but she had this incredible drive and determination to get her health back on track.

You'll find in this interview:

  • How Logan discovered that she may have HA
  • The one thing that ultimately made a difference for her and helped her conceive
  • Her mindset through the TTC journey and how she found support, came to terms with her condition, and took action. 
  • A glimpse into her healthy lifestyle that she credits with her success, and her obsession with essential oils and Beautycounter, which is a non-toxic skincare brand. 

Logan was nice enough to share a freebie with us!  She gave us her recipe for making homemade hand sanitizer without all the toxic chemicals, and also a all-purpose cleaner. 

Here is how to get the freebie and some of the link mentioned in the show:

As always, don't forget to review us to help others find this podcast! 

Have a fantastic week!  See you next time. 

Feb 9, 2017

Today we're kicking off the Now What Series with unexplained infertility. 

In this episode, we explore places to look for answers and your options if you're not ready to jump into medical interventions. 

As frustrating as this diagnosis is, it doesn't define you.  You're not infertile.  

 

Feb 2, 2017

Welcome back to the How to Get Healthy and Get Pregnant podcast!  Today is the official launch of season 2! 

In this episode, I'll be going over what to expect from this season and also tell you a bit about some exciting projects I'm working on.

After that, I invite you to take our Practically Fertile Pledge to begin a new way of thinking.  It's a commitment to a set of actions that will help you with negative situations. 

I've put the pledge into a document for you to download.  Please visit: adriennewei.com/podcast-2

I'm excited to get this ball rolling!  Let's dive in!

Jan 5, 2017

I find myself at a cross-roads at the moment.  I love podcasting and it makes me happy to know that I'm helping someone to get one step closer to pregnancy. 

However, I'm also feeling like I'm not doing my listeners any favor by putting out random information.  So I've decided to switch to a season-based format which will allow a few weeks downtime for me to reflect on what I've learned, what worked, what didn't, and then put together a new season that's even better than the one before. 

I'm NOT quitting podcasting, so don't worry.  I will be back on to kick off Season 2 on February 2nd. 

If you miss me in the meantime, you can listen to any of the episodes from Season 1 at anytime. 

I also invite you to join my private Facebook group, How to Get Healthy and Get Pregnant.  Here is the link: https://www.facebook.com/groups/howtogethealthyandgetpregnant/

I can't wait to be back!  See you soon!

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