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How To Get Healthy And Get Pregnant

This fertility podcast cuts through the noise and zones in on the useful and practical tips to help you get pregnant . The show will provide fresh perspectives for someone who is trying to conceive by integrating modern functional medicine with Chinese medicine. The show's host, Adrienne Wei is a fertility expert with a background in Chinese medicine. She believes leopard print is a neutral color and champagne is appropriate any day of the year.
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Apr 26, 2018

This week is National Infertility Awareness Week.  

I know a lot of organizations are raising awareness this week about this with activities and inspirational stories, and we’re doing the same at the office.  But one thing I refuse to do is to use the word infertility and call this a disease. It’s not a disease.

Just saying infertility makes me cringe because I do not like that word at all.  I avoid it at all cost, like a plague.

Every woman is practically fertile, period.

But infertility has become an identity for so many women.

What you don’t know is that our identify drives the stories that we’re telling ourselves.  An identity is created based on some type of experience that we encounter, and we interpret the experience and ultimately form a belief around the experience.  Then we craft stories based on this belief that become our identify, and our identity fuels our stories. It’s a loop that goes round and round and round.

 

And it is exactly why in this loop, a lot of self sabotage happens.  

 

Links mentioned:

Private Facebook Community

Apr 19, 2018

In today’s episode, I interview Sarah Kaminski.  You may remember her from an honor coaching call episode #61.  I coached Sarah on how to recover from her most recent miscarriage.  And most recently when we talked, I’m happy to report that her hormones levels have improved dramatically I’m just so excited for her because I truly feel pregnancy is just around corner for her.

But today, I specifically wanted Sarah to come on the show because Sarah is Certified health coach with a passion for plant-based diet.  And today, we’re going to talk all about plant based diet for those of you who are trying to conceive and are vegetarians.

Although you’ve heard my spiel about animal protein vs. plant based protein in episode #46, I never try to force or persuade anyone to ditch their vegetarians diets because I’m respectful of the reasons why someone might choose not to eat meat, whether it’s ethical reasons or whatever.  

But what I’m finding is that a lot of vegetarians, especially those who are trying to conceive do not balance their meals to optimize fertility.  And since I’m not a plant-based diet expert, I’ve asked Sarah to help me out and talk about how to thrive on a plant based diet.

Don't forget to download Sarah's freebie! 

Links Mentioned:

Private Facebook Community

Freebie

 Episodes Mentioned:

#61: Honor Coaching Call: I Help Sarah With Her Pathway to Pregnancy

Apr 12, 2018

Remember the “Now What Series” way back when, I went through the popular conditions and what you can do if you were diagnosed with PCOS, unexplained infertility, endometriosis, High FSH.  But I have talked about this one condition.

There comes a time on every woman’s fertility journey when you start to get discouraged because nothing you’re doing is working.  Many of you will eventually consult a medical doctor, hopefully a Reproductive Endocrinologist. The doctor will run a standard set of bloodwork and do an HSG.  HSG is what’s known as the dye test, or hydrosalpingogram. This procedure is useful to look at the uterus and tubes to see if they’re healthy and connected.  

Many women discover that there are blockages in their tubes after the HSG.  So on one hand, it’s a relief to know that there’s an answer as to why things are not happening.  But on the other hand, it can feel like your fate is sealed...if the tubes aren’t open, how is the sperm going to get through.  

Everyone’s situation is different.  At the end of the day, you have to do what’s best for you.  But today, I want to talk to you about:

  • Common causes of blockages in the fallopian tubes
  • What you can do if you’ve found out that your tubes are blocked.  
  • Should you be moving on to medical procedures in this situation

 

Links Mentioned:

Private FB Community

Apr 5, 2018

Today, we’re finally going to talk about exercise because quite frankly, most people exercise way too much when they’re trying to get pregnant.  

Now, to be fair, exercising is really important.  However, a major mindset shift must happen ASAP… and that is we need to stop looking at exercise as a way to lose weight and burn calories, and start looking at exercise as a way to influence hormones.  

I'm going to talk about:

  • the differences between physical activity and exercise
  • how exercise impacts your fertility and your ability to get pregnant
  • the best exercises for fertility.  

And I have a great freebie for you.  

I’m going to give you the base exercise template that divide popular exercises into two categories, fertility friendly and fertility unfriendly.  To download it, visit adriennewei.com/64.

Links mentioned:

How to Get Healthy and Get Pregnant Facebook Community

Freebie Download

Episodes mentioned:

#20 - Logan’s story

#44 - Susie’s story

#63 - How Stress is Affecting Your Fertility

Mar 29, 2018

In our private group, I get this general feeling that there’s so much information out there and it’s hard to figure out who to listen to or what applies to you.  But a common theme that I’m sensing is that many people are putting stress on their bodies without even realizing it.

If you remember from a previous episode, we went over the idea of the kidney energy reservoir and how genetics, lifestyle choices can seriously impact how quickly we use up the energy in the reservoir.  Even though I think people get this concept that if you withdraw from a savings bank without depositing back in, you’ll end up with a deficit...I don’t think the message really hit home because Chinese medicine concepts can be a little abstract.  

So today I want to approach this from a functional medicine perspective and talk about stress, the different types of stress, and how it seriously damages your HPA axis and therefore can affect your chances of getting pregnant.  

In this episode, I will:

  • Explain the concept of hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal axis
  • The four common stress triggers that can cause HPA axis dysregulation
  • My top tips on how to rebalance the HPA axis

I’ve also created an assessment for you to gauges your risk for HPA axis Dysregulation, and it will quickly give you an idea of where you fall on the spectrum.  

To get your hands on this assessment, you can download it at adriennewei.com/63download.  

 

Links mentioned:

Freebie Download

How to Get Healthy and Get Pregnant Facebook Community

 

Episodes mentioned:

Episode 26

Episode 38

Episode 40

Episode 49

Episode 50

Mar 22, 2018

Let’s face it, in today’s modern world, information is a commodity because we can just open Google, type in our questions, and boom! We get access to hundreds and thousands of search results.

If you want a recipe, you can hop on pinterest and there are thousands of recipes to choose from.  

And then also you have that friend or blogger who has the heart of gold with all good intentions.  She wants to share with you what worked for her, the one supplement that made a difference, or this great cleanse she went on and that was the month she got pregnant.

And it’s hard not to look at your own situation and go, gosh I wonder if that will work for me.  

You get what I’m saying right?  No wonder you can get confused.  

But based on my experience, I find that we tend to filter the information.  We only see what we want to see, hear what we want to hear. If we come across a piece of information and for whatever reason it resonates with us, we’re going to want to be believe it.  

So my main goal for this episode is to going to teach you to be your own guide, and navigate through the fertility information jungle in a really smart way.  Not to completely stop googling or reading blog, but to be able to look at the information with a critical eye.

Links mentioned:

How to Get Healthy and Get Pregnant Facebook Community

Episodes mentioned:

Episode #59

Mar 15, 2018

So today, I want you to meet Sarah.

Sarah is a mom to a beautiful little boy and she is trying to conceive for the second time but unfortunately suffered two miscarriages back to back.  

In this episode, we talk a lot about nutrition because Sarah is a vegetarian and has been for many years. Even though animal protein is my preferred source for proteins, I never ever force anyone to stop being a vegetarian.  So don’t worry, I do not try to convince Sarah to switch her eating habits.  But I give Sarah a few pointers on how to adjust her diet to boost her fertility.

Sarah is super inquisitive.  She asked a bunch of great questions that I think you’re going to love hearing the answers to.  Some of these questions I see coming up over and over again in our private group, so it’s going to provide clarity for those of you who are confused about certain concepts.

Links mentioned:

How to Get Healthy and Get Pregnant

Mar 8, 2018

It sounds familiar right?  

You're doing everything possible to improve your health and get pregnant, but your husband or partner doesn't seem to understand or willing to pull their fair share of the weight...especially when sperm quality issues are the reasons standing between you and your growing family.

In today's episode, I interview licensed counselor Kasandra Wheeler to get her top tips on how to start these difficult conversations with our S.O. without getting into a screaming match.  

Kasandra shares her tips on what to do when:

1.  Your husband doesn't seem to understand the emotional impact of the BFN.

2.  He has poor sperm quality but is unwilling to make the lifestyle changes.

3.  He is unwilling to explore other treatment options such as IVF, IUI, or alternative therapies.

Kasandra also shares her "Worry-Period" technique for reducing overall anxiety and depression.

 

Links mentioned:

www.adriennewei.com

 

Episodes mentioned:

#58 - The One Thing I'm Scared to Tell You

Mar 1, 2018

In today’s episode, I’m going to talk about the blueprint to pregnancy and which areas you should focus your attention and what your blueprint to pregnancy should look like.  

This episode is inspired by a trend of what I call “kitchen sink fertility.”  I’m not shaming or blaming or criticizing you.  I just see so many women overcomplicate things.  Kitchen sink fertility is a knee jerk reaction when you first realize that you’re faced with fertility challenges.  So you literally try every single trick that you read about and take every single supplement that you can hoping something will work.  Sometimes things work out and sometimes they don’t.  And when they don’t, you’re more frustrated because you cannot figure out why it’s not working.  And then you get depressed because you feel like there’s nothing more to do.  

I hear from a lot of you that you’re overwhelmed, you don’t know which way to turn, or where to start looking for answers.  So today, I want to share with you a step by step process to help you come up with your own blueprint to getting pregnant.  

Links mentioned:

adriennewei.com/freebies

Feb 22, 2018

This past Monday, I did something scary and felt really vulnerable.  In the special episode, I talked about how I’m restructuring all my programs hoping to serve you better and help you get pregnant.  But if I can be honest with you, it was kind of an emotional episode for me to record.  

Before I hit publish for that episode, I went through a range of emotions.  I was scared of being judged. In my head I was playing out what other people would say, like “oh there she goes again, wishy-washy,  always changing things up.”  Or “that was one huge sales pitch and she’s just using this as an opportunity to promote her program.”  I also felt like I’ve let other people down.  It felt like I had pulled the rug from underneath all the people that were perhaps thinking about joining the membership site.  Also I felt like I’ve let myself down, like a failure that after two years here I am back at square one and still figuring things out.  

Over the years, somehow I got it in my head that my self-worth is tied to how others think of me.  I always feel like I have to maintain a certain image and have to be perfect.

But, I sort of had a moment after I hit publish on Monday for the special episode.  As I worked through all my emotions, I said to myself, “wow, how will I inspire others to take action and face their fears if I am not leading by example.”  

So that brings me to today’s episode.  

I am going to take the first step towards conquering my fear of being judged or criticized by sharing something that I’ve been afraid to tell you.  

This is going to be pretty deep, and I appreciate the fact that you’re giving me this opportunity to share my thoughts as I work towards more self compassion and more self acceptance.  

So let’s dive in.

Feb 15, 2018

Today, we’re going to be talking about a healthy diet vs a fertile diet and I’m going to shock you by talking about one hormone that’s the most crucial for fertility (hint: it’s not estrogen.)

Anytime I post anything about nutrition or diet, the posts always generate the most responses.  I think this an area that most people struggle with.  Food across all cultures bring up emotions for everyone, whether it’s joy, sadness, anger, fear, whatever.  Humans have such deep emotional connection to food because we have to eat to live.  

But what I find is that there are lots of misconceptions around nutrition and what’s healthy what’s not.  I have a dramatically different viewpoint on nutrition than a lot of other practitioners and coaches.  I don’t believe a healthy diet is necessarily a fertile diet, but type in fertiles diets in google, and your eyes might pop out from the number of results and also the different people telling you different things.  

So the purpose of this episode is not to convince you that what I recommend is the best, or which diet you should be following.  But I hope this episode can really explain how nutrition plays a role to help you get pregnant or how it can actually be preventing you from getting pregnant if you’re not eating a fertile diet.  I’m a firm believer that knowledge is power, if you truly understand a concept then it becomes easier to make changes and stick to a plan.  

 

Episodes mentioned:

Ep 55 - Overview of Male Fertility

 

Links mentioned:

adriennewei.com/freebies

Feb 8, 2018

I don’t know if this sounds like you...but, in my ten years of coaching women on how to get pregnant, I’ve seen this plenty of times.  

At some point of your journey, you’re going to get to a point where you feel defeated because nothing you’re doing is working.  At times you may even question your own will power, maybe I’m just not cut out for this. This happens so frequently, and it’s not your fault.

 So in today’s episode, I want to talk about how to regain your motivation when you feel defeated.  I want to help you to get back to when you first started trying-to-conceive, to that level of excitement you had before any of the heartaches and disappointments started to take over.  

I know how hard it can be to keep charging forward when you feel like the odds are stacked up against you, when you feel alone, when you feel sad and depressed.  

There is no magic pill that you can take to go from” one minute laying on the floor crying” to “the next minute you’re ready to conquer the world.”  But I’m going to share with you my tips and tricks to help you get back on the horse, and keep moving forward towards your goal.  

 

Let’s dive right in.

 

Episodes mentioned:

#26 - Ask this one question if you feel defeated

#49 - How to overcome limiting beliefs that are preventing you from pregnancy (Part 1)

#50 - How to overcome limiting beliefs that are preventing you from pregnancy (part 2)

 

Links mentioned:

www.adriennewei.com

www.practicallyfertileclub.com

 

Feb 1, 2018

Today, we’re going to talk about male fertility because guess what, it still takes two-to-tango, and you need a sperm and an egg to get pregnant.

Male fertility sometimes gets overlooked.  And I don’t know if it’s something deeper but when a couple is having trouble conceiving, the woman is the presumed person with the problem.  But here is the scary thing,  male fertility issues now account for 40% of all infertility cases.  

So in this episode, I’m going to give you an overview of male fertility, from a western point of view and from a chinese medicine perspective.  When it comes to male fertility,  the nutrition, lifestyle, and supplement requirements are slightly different than female fertility.  We’re going to get to all that eventually in upcoming episodes, but today we’re just going to be looking at the bigger picture of male fertility.   I also get a lot of questions about how to read semen analysis results so I’m going to go over that as well.  

I firmly believe that the more information you have, the more empowered you will be and the better decisions you will make.  So let’s dive right in.  

 

Links mentioned:

www.adriennewei.com

www.practicallyfertieclub.com

Jan 25, 2018

Today’s guest is Hilary, a member of the Practically Fertile™ Club.

Hilary reached out to me on one of our group coaching calls, and I decided to offer her the honor coaching opportunity because I needed more information about her situation to be able to answer her questions.  I also thought it might be helpful to some of you who are in the same situation.

Hilary has been trying-to-conceive for 5 years.  She’s currently in between IVF cycles and her major challenge is getting the uterine lining to the optimal thickness for a frozen embryo transfer.

In this coaching call, I help Hilary make tweaks to her nutrition plan and exercise plan to boost the amount of blood flow to the uterus.

Keep in mind that even though everyone is different and Hilary’s plan isn’t necessarily the right plan for you, you’re still going to gain new understanding and learn tips and tricks whether you’re on the IVF journey or you’re trying to conceive naturally.

Let’s dive into my live 1-on-1 honor coaching call with Hilary.

 

Links mentions:

www.adriennewei.com

www.practicallyfertileclub.com

 

Jan 18, 2018

We live in a world where we are always on the go and sleep seems so overrated.  God forbid if you sleep-in or take a nap, then you might feel like you’re missing out on something or people might think you’re lazy.  

That is so wrong, especially for someone trying to get pregnant.  I bet a lot of you don’t think about how sleep could possibly be affecting your fertility.  

I often ask my patients about sleep and they always say sleep is good.  But when I dive in deeper, I find that they’re actually tossing and turning all night long, or having to get up to use the bathroom at least once, or it takes more than an hour to fall asleep.  

So in today’s episode, we’re going to talk about how sleep ties into better fertility, what hormones are involved, and how much sleep you really need.  Yes, there really is such thing as too much sleep.

Then I’ll give you my top 4 tips on how to improve your sleep hygiene without the use of medication.

 

Let’s dive in!

 

Links mentioned:

www.adriennewei.com

www.practicallyfertileclub.com

Jan 11, 2018

Today’s episode is going to be a really useful one.  We’re going to be talking about Chinese medicine, and specifically the Chinese medicine perspective on the menstrual cycle.  

In Episode 47 I talked about the four substances according to Chinese medicine.  Today, we’re going to deep dive.  You’ll get a better idea of how each substance corresponds to the 4 phases of the menstrual cycle and what you need to do to boost your fertility.

And I have a super awesome freebie for you too, it’s a recipes collection.  I’m going to give you a sample recipe for each phase of the menstrual cycle.  

To get your hands on this freebie, you can download it at adriennewei.com/52download.

 

Episodes mentioned:

Episode 40 - Why Was It So Easy for Her, But Not For Me

Episode 47 - The Four Substances and How They Affect Fertility


Links mentioned:

www.Adriennewei.com

www.adriennewei.com/52download

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