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.
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:
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 email@example.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!
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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.
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.
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.
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!
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
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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:
2. Johanna's website: http://www.healingheartcharlotte.com/
Enjoy and have a great week!
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.
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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:
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:
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Have a fantastic week! See you next time.
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.
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!
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!
Are you stressing out about the holiday dinners and worried that it might derail you off of your diet and ruin your chances of pregnancy?
In this episode, I give you three tips on what to do so that you indulge a bit, but still stay on the band wagon.
Recently, I've had an influx of patients that are super fit with a diet that's incredibly lean. Most of them are scared of a three letter word, fat.
In this episode, I want to smash some misconceptions about fat. I'll talk about why you shouldn't be afraid of fat, how fat affects fertility, and what type of fats you should avoid, and what type of fats you should be eating.
I also have a freebie that I call "Fatty Bum-Bums". It's full of healthy fats and will satisfy your sweet tooth at the same time. To download this freebie, please visit www.adrienne.com/podcast-2
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If you've been struggling with meal planning and coming up meal ideas, this episode is for you.
For those of you who know me, you know I'm a practical person. The three meal planning strategies that I'll highlight in this episode are simple and practical.
Today's freebie is a meal planning template. It'll teach you how to build your plate for a meal, and also the basic framework for meal planning. To download, please visit http://adriennewei.com/podcast-2/
Thank you for tuning in! If you have any feedback, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
I call this episode a mini-episode because Jocey Rodriguez, L.Ac. fills in for me since I got sick over the weekend and lost some of my voice.
Jocey talks about painful periods and periods that start and stop. This is her flying solo and I thought she did a fantastic job.
I do want to follow up in a future episode to offer more explanation about blood stagnation and what it means because it's a new term for many of you and it may cause some confusion.
For this week's freebie, please visit http://adriennewei.com/index.php/podcast. If for whatever reason the link doesn't work, please email me at email@example.com and I will send over the freebie.
Thank you for all for being understanding. I will be back next week and I can't wait!
Happy Thanksgiving to those listeners in the United States and Happy Thursday to those from around the world!
I feel like the practice of gratitude is so underrated as one of the ways to boost emotional health. It's also so over-used that I think a lot of people just roll their eyes now and don't really believe that it does anything.
On this day when it's customary to give thanks and think about what we're grateful, I'm going to talk to you about how the practice of gratitude can boost your health and fertility, backed by scientific studies.
I also want to challenge you to start the practice daily rather than wait for that one holiday a year to express it. I'm going to start a gratitude journal today for myself and I hope you'll join me.
I've been battling a sinus infection, but fighting it off naturally without medications. Find out what I've been doing and how they can help with fertility.
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Welcome! Today, we're switching things up a bit. I'm actually the one being interviewed this time.
I talk about life before acupuncture school, share my tip on how to stay on track with what you're supposed to do without driving yourself crazy. I also share some fun facts that you didn't know about me (in addition to the ones you've heard of from episode 1.)
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In this episode of the Period Talk series, I zone in on what the color of the menstrual flow and the consistency of texture of the flow means for your fertility.
I have created a private and free Facebook group dedicated to women who are trying to conceive. This is a safe place for you to share your stories, wins, get support and real tips on how to improve your chances of conceiving. To join, just search for "How to Get Healthy and Get Pregnant" on Facebook, and ask to join the group.
I get it. You're sick of the pregnancy announcements because it should have been you. You want to be happy for your friends but something inside you is not letting you. You hate feeling down but don't know how to stop the negative feeling.
In this episode, I share my Three-Step Method to handling pregnancy announcements gracefully so that you can truly break free from the vicious cycle of negativity.
Hope you enjoy the episode! Please don't forget to review this podcast :)
OK, let's face it... B.O is the ultimate social life killer. But smelling great doesn't mean you have to sacrifice your health. Deodorants are loaded with hormone disrupting chemicals, and it's frankly one of the hardest products to find without any toxic chemicals. There is one solution though...that is to make your own.
Today, my special guest, friend and fellow Fertility Acupuncturist Jocey Rodriguez shares with us her secret recipe to make your own deodorant. Trust me, I'm not a DIY person, but her recipe is so simple, a five-year old can probably do it.
What we put on our bodies are just as important as what we put in our bodies. Diet and lifestyle changes sometimes are not enough. Environmental toxins are alive and well around us. Even if you don't make your own skincare, at least consider swapping out certain products.
To download today's freebie, which is Jocey's recipe for deodorant, please visit www.adriennewei.com/index.php/podcast/
Welcome! Happy Thursday. In this episode, I talk about periods...specifically the 4-7 days of actual bleeding. The health of the period offers a ton of clue to where your energies are off balance. In part 1 of the three-part series, I focus on the length of the period, the amount of the period flow, what they means for your fertility, and what you can do to improve them.
Today's freebie is a sample meal plan with a recipe of breakfast, lunch/dinner, and a snack. To download, please visit adriennewei.com/index.php/podcast/
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Welcome to episode 5. In this episode, I'll be talking about how toxins lurking in our external environment can impact fertility. Specifically, I'll be talking about BPA, a chemical found is nearly everything in our daily lives. I'll go over how it affects fertility and strategies on how to avoid it. You just never know if this one simple tweak can make all the difference.
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