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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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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!

Dec 22, 2016

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. 

Happy Holidays!

Dec 15, 2016

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

I always appreciate a review and a rating.  So, if you have time, please visit itunes and give this podcast a review :)

Thank you and have an amazing week!

 

Dec 8, 2016

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 adrienne@ipacupuncture.com

 

 

Dec 1, 2016

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 adrienne@ipacupuncture.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!

Nov 24, 2016

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. 

 

Nov 17, 2016

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.

If you have any suggestions on how to make this show better for you, please drop me a line at adrienne@ipacupuncture.com

Enjoy!

Nov 10, 2016

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.)

Please rate and review this podcast to help me spread the word on this podcast!

 

Nov 3, 2016

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. 

 

Oct 27, 2016

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 :) 

XOXO

A.

Oct 20, 2016

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/

Oct 13, 2016

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/

If you have any ideas or questions, please email me at adrienne@ipacupuncture.com

Thank you for tuning in.  And don't forget to rate and review this podcast :)

Oct 11, 2016

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.

Please be sure to subscribe and review this podcast on iTunes. 

 

Sep 29, 2016

Let's face it, you need to ovulate to get pregnant.  Ovulation is one of the most important events in a woman's menstrual cycle, but it's the hardest to nail down.  In this episode, I talk about the best time to POS to test for ovulation that's based on scientific research so that you can increase your likelihood of nailing down the fertile window. 

Today's freebie is a list of commonly used fertility abbreviations to help you decode the language.  To download this list, please go to adriennewei.com/index.php/podcast. 

If you have any suggestions for topics, or questions about anything, please email me at adrienne@ipacupuncture.com.

 

Sep 23, 2016

With all this talk of gut health lately, what does it mean for your fertility?  In this episode, we explore the Chinese medicine perspectives on gut health and how it's dramatically different than that of Western medicine. 

I'll be going over the three ways to tell if your gut is healthy without needing to go to the doctor for expensive tests.  I'll also reveal the one type of foods that you need to stop eating now to boost fertility.

Sep 20, 2016

Welcome to episode 001 of the How to Get Healthy and Get Pregnant podcast.   In this very first episode, I’m going to share a bit about me so you get to know me better, and also talk about what this podcast is about, who it’s for and why I’m so passionate about the topic. 

I'm a holistic fertility expert with a background in acupuncture and Chinese medicine. In this podcast, I'll be providing practical tips from a Western and Chinese medicine perspective to put a fresh spin on the topics related to women's fertility issues.  

For those who are ready to dive in deeper, and super charge their fertility, please visit my website at www.adriennewei.com and check out my online course Practically Fertile, a 5-Step system designed to help you zone in on exactly what you need to do to get pregnant. 

Be sure to subscribe and tune in every Thursday morning for a new episode. 

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