By Naomi Woolfson
Welcome to the Embrace Fertility podcast I’m Naomi Woolfson, a therapist who specialises in supporting women through trying to conceive, fertility treatments and then pregnancy and birth following infertility. Having been through infertility myself and being fascinated with the mind-body techniques that led me from anxiety and depression back to myself again, I retrained as a therapist and now specialise in supporting others through infertility. Visit www.embracefertility.co.uk for your free stress less fertility support pack and follow me on Insta and Facebook @embracefertility.
Do you plan your life around your cycle?
Episode 87: You may be shouting at the screen and saying “Yes of course I do I’m trying to conceive.” However today I’m talking about making allowances for the beginning of your cycle so that if you’re not pregnant like you hoped you give yourself time and space to deal with the disappointment and sadness and also any physical symptoms you may experience. Whilst I was trying to conceive I ended up flying to Glasgow from London for a two hour meeting on the first day of my cycle while experiencing crippling endometriosis cramps. Not something I would recommend! In today’s podcast episode I talk about simple shifts that you can make in your work and social life to ensure you are nurturing and nourishing yourself on what is probably the toughest day of your month. There are many women who are now running their businesses to coincide with their cycles allowing for feeling more expansive and creative around ovulation and quiet and reflective around their periods. Do you plan your life around your cycle and give yourself space during your period?
April 27, 2022
3 reasons why a positive pregnancy result is NOT the goal you should be focusing on
After nine years of supporting women through the emotional and physical challenges of long-term trying to conceive I want to share why positive pregnancy result is not the goal you should be focusing on.
April 10, 2022
Kindness - An antidote to depression
Episode 85: In my last podcast I talked about what we can be doing physically, emotionally and energetically to support ourselves and everyone being impacted by the war in Ukraine. In this episode I talk about how even small acts of kindness can rewire our brain, impact our immune system and be an antidote to depression. This is the book I reference: The five side effects of kindness - David Hamilton https://drdavidhamilton.com/the-5-side-effects-of-kindness/ How to uncover and dissolve emotional blocks to conception Free class Tuesday 29th of March 1 pm GMT If you are already on my mailing list you’ll automatically be invited if not sign up here https://embracefertility.co.uk/uncover
March 20, 2022
How to cope when the world is going fucking crazy!
I feel sick and shocked and so angry about the events unfolding in Ukraine. This podcast episode talks about how even if you don’t know anyone who is being personally impacted these events are impacting all of us emotionally and energetically. I talk about what we can physically do to help and also what we can do emotionally to support our own mental health through this time and then send that out to those in need. This is the free five day course I mentioned that I created in 2020, it’s not specific to fertility and it’s just accessed directly from this link. You will NOT be added to any mailing lists or receive any communication from me, it is a self lead course. Please share with any friends and family you feel may benefit: https://www.facebook.com/groups/5dayscalm/ Ways you can take action: https://www.globalcitizen.org/en/content/ways-to-help-ukraine-conflict/ Sharing this from the tapping solution: We know that the current situation in Ukraine is weighing heavy on many of you, and you are reaching out to find Tapping meditations that will help you and others. ❤️ ✨We have created a new Tapping meditation based partly on the Maharishi Effect, the idea that individual brain waves can affect the collective consciousness. 🕊Envisioning Peace in Ukraine and The World🕊 ✨First we’ll recognize and acknowledge our own stress, sadness, anxiety or anger about what’s happening and begin to release it. ✨And from there, once we’ve reduced the intensity of what you're feeling, and have begun to create peace in our bodies and coherence in our brain waves, we’ll use that energy to envision a peaceful outcome. 🌍 *If you feel called to do so, share this process with a friend or family member. It’s free for everyone to use as much as they want, and available in the Tapping Solution App which is also free to download.* 🙏🏻 ➡️ https://bit.ly/EnvisioningPeace Please do message me email@example.com or https://www.instagram.com/embracefertility/ and share other ways we can do something/ anything to help.
February 27, 2022
What is better than meditation while going through infertility or IVF? Interview with Robyn Birkin
Episode 83: We are back for another fertility expert interview series with my lovely friend Robyn Birkin. We met online a couple of years ago and bonded over our love of science backed mind-body techniques that stop you going back shit crazy while trying to conceive! In today’s episode Robyn shares her own journey through IUIs, IVF and miscarriage. Her experiences of mediating with monks and what happened on a surfing trip in Bail that changed everything. We then dive into: How meditation has been put on a pedestal as a fix all Why meditation can actually make people feel worse if they are struggling with chronic anxiety or trauma What is better than meditation when you’re going through infertility or IVF Feel Better Weekend "When infertility, loss and trying to conceive is so incredibly difficult - I wanted to create something that *wasn't* about improving fertility, or getting pregnant faster or supplements or detective work - none of that. Something that just focused on YOU. Because you matter. Your mental health matters. And if TTC is breaking you apart... or even if it just has really hard moments, you deserve to feel heard, supported and validated. Full stop. You deserve to invest your time and energy into yourself. You are worthy. Beautiful, incredible and amazing you. Of joy. Of happiness. Of support. Of self-kindness. Of having human experiences. Of not feeling like you need to be perfect allllll the time. All of it. So I've created an event and you are invited. I am.... still shocked, surprised, grateful and overjoyed that so many incredible colleagues have said YES to you as well, and are joining me for the Feel Better Weekend. Join us from 18 - 20 February for this FREE event where we'll share our best resources, tips and actionable steps to help you feel calmer, more connected and more empowered as you navigate infertility, loss and trying to conceive." - Robyn You won't want to miss this! Feel Better Weekend 18th Feb - Free ticket Meet Robyn For some people, having a baby is easy, but for others, like Robyn, it's a long and tough rollercoaster. Her journey starts off just like most of us. She thought having a baby would take no time at all. A year later, she found herself at the fertility clinic, and several ovulation inductions, IUI's, IVF cycles, OHSS and a miscarriage later, finally conceived. Feel Better Weekend 18th Feb - Free ticket You can find Robyn here: https://robynbirkin.com Robyn also has more than half a million downloads of her podcast, The Fertility Warriors. Instagram: https://instagram.com/robynbirkin First time visiting Embrace Fertility? Head over here to sign up for your freebies and find relief from anxiety and repetitive negative thinking while enhancing your fertility:
February 13, 2022
How to deeply relax your mind and body
Episode 82 : I’ve just spent a rather delightful hour at Sound Bath! In this episode I talk about what a Sound Bath is and then the importance and benefits of consciously choosing to relax our mind and body as deeply as possible. I share some free relaxation resource suggestions and then talk about what to do if you find it incredibly difficult to relax and can’t even remember the last time you felt comfortable and at peace in your body. Links mentioned: https://embracefertility.co.uk/start-here https://embracefertility.co.uk/store https://embracefertility.co.uk/embrace https://embracefertility.co.uk/coaching
January 30, 2022
Things I wish I’d known while TTC
Episode 81: Today I share the things I wish I’d known at 15 when I was put on the contraceptive pill for painful periods, at 19 when I was diagnosed with endometriosis and told it was highly unlikely I would be able to conceive without doing IVF. I share what I wish I’d known when I was pushed into doing repeated rounds of fertility treatments when I was really struggling with my mental health. And on Tuesday I will be running a free workshop in titled a How to double your chances of conceiving to share what I wish all of us knew about our fertility that is not currently mainstream information but should be! Come and join me www.embracefertility.co.uk/double.
January 23, 2022
How to double your chances of conceiving
Episode 80: In this first episode of 2022 I talk about my intentions for the support I would like to offer you over the coming months, including three free fertility summits I’m taking part in and a free class that I’m running on the 25th of January entitled ‘How to double your chances of conceiving.’ I talk about how most people set New Year’s resolutions and they’re all about adding something into your life or trying to remove something. Creating balance and making space for the new or replacing the things you are removing is a more sustainable way of setting your intentions for the year ahead. I have big plans for 2022 and want to triple the impact that I made in 2021, so triple the amount of women being welcomed into The Embrace Fertility method or one-to-one sessions. On that note I’m fully booked for both evening and weekend therapy slots until early April but I do have space to take on just two more clients with one-to-one sessions beginning now for support for the next 12 weeks. The doors of a The Embrace Fertility Method are open now there is the next live round commencing on the 31st of January. Email me if you would like information on any of the above firstname.lastname@example.org. Sign up for the free ‘How to double your chances of conceiving.’ Class here www.embracefertility.co.uk/double And sign up for the free summits I mentioned via the links below: https://naomiwoolfson.krtra.com/t/CWSfZEuictdT The Fertility Stress Solution and feel better weekend tickets will be launched approximately a week before each event so I will be sending those out to my mailing list when the time is right.
January 16, 2022
Merry Christmas - Feeling today
A little Christmas message for you as I’m out in the woods and thinking of you.
December 25, 2021
Take back control of your life when your only goal becomes......to have a baby
Episode 78: Expert Interview with Jennifer Robertson Jennifer is a fertility coach and has helped women all over the world transform their mindset and take back control of their life in the midst of infertility. She is also author of The Injustice of Infertility, a deeply inspiring and raw account of her own seven-year fertility journey. Throughout her own fertility journey, Jen discovered that her old ways of pushing and working hard weren’t serving her. She is now using the lessons learned along the way to develop programs and support women throughout their journey to motherhood - from the moment they start trying to conceive, until they hold their baby in their arms. Blog mentioned in episode: www.jenniferrobertson.co/blog/infertility-goals "One day you wake up, and you don’t recognise the person you have become or the life that you’re leading. Once a confident, decisive and positive person, you now feel like the whole weight of the world is on your shoulders. You’re angry all the time and can’t be happy when other people are happy – in fact it makes you even more miserable. You struggle making any kind of decision, and you’re bitter and negative. It’s like you’ve added a filter of hopelessness to yourself and your life." You can follow Jennifer on Instagram @msjenniferrobertson or @yourpregnancyhaven Or via her website www.jenniferrobertson.co or www.yourpregnancyhaven.co I am now an affiliate for the Pregnancy Haven so if you sign up then please do so via this link Naomi's link to Pregnancy Haven. You can also download Jennifer's free video on how to find peace on your fertility journey here - www.jenniferrobertson.co/video-finding-peace-on-your-fertility-journey ________ For stress soothing tools at your fingertips and instant access to my; FREE MIND-BODY FERTILITY APP Quick and easy ways to calm your mind and body while trying to conceive including: ♥ How to find relief from negative feelings. ♥ How to reset when you feel stressed. ♥ How the mind-body link impacts fertility. visit www.embracefertility.co.uk. Follow me on Instagram www.instagram.com/embracefertility/ Facebook www.facebook.com/embracefertility Youtube: www.youtube.com/channel/UC_61UHKAXtbrlVpGoN08BXw
December 09, 2021
Christmas stress! What Christmas stress?
Episode 77. Me: I was chatting to some of my friends today and the Christmas stress and overwhelm has commenced. Husband: What is there to get stressed or overwhelmed about? Little podcast for you exploring the various nuances of this conversation and what we can learn from it over the coming weeks as the Christmas frenzy builds. I’ll be talking about how you can make the coming weeks easier by asking yourself what can I: Delete? Delegate? Delay? and what do I really want to Do? Holiday Survival Guide for those trying to conceive Free 1 hour class - Instant access to replay Sign up at www.embracefertility.co.uk/hope or via link in my profile @embracefertility.
November 26, 2021
Infertility and Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year
Are you dreading the weeks ahead? Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year You can't quite believe another ENTIRE year has gone by and you still don't have your baby. You're putting so much pressure on yourself to be pregnant by the end of 2021 you might actually implode. And you're not sure how you are going to get through the celebrations, the social gathers and the never ending cheer. I've got you. In this episode I talk about the four options you have for how you go into the holiday season. Also talk about the free class that I’m running this week. Holiday survival tips for those trying to conceive Free 1 hour online workshop Thursday 18th November 1pm GMT London. 8am EST 9pm AWST Sign up at www.embracefertility.co.uk/hope or via link in my profile @embracefertility on Instagram.
November 15, 2021
What to do when the clinic rings with bad news mid cycle
Episode 75: Something a little different for you today. Last week I have had two clients reach out to me, both who were mid IVF cycle and both had been given bad news from their clinics. Information that means that although they are still in the race their chances had diminished. Both were struggling with how to cope with the racing thoughts and what ifs? that come part and parcel with the phone call from the clinic. I was going to make a personal video for each of them as that is how I usually support clients but thought in this instant I would record as audio and the advice might help others as well. Notes what I talk about: Step 1 : CBT the hell out of your thinking. Look at what type of thoughts you are having. Many of those I imagine are time travelling back into the past or into the future Are you creating a story? One that is a complete nightmare and scaring you? Question those thoughts, Is it true? Is it helpful? Until the clinic say it is the end you are still in the race. Step 2 : Distract yourself and do everything you can to turn your mind to any other topic. Reach for your Lego, paints, remote, there are times when we DON'T want to numb out and we want to embrace our thinking and work with it/through it, midway through a cycle IS NOT that time. Just do what you can to distract your thoughts and cling on for the ride. Step 3 : Remind yourself why you are doing this, really zoom out and think about the bigger picture. Even if this cycle is not successful that does not mean that you will never become a mother. Even if it’s your last cycle and you have told yourself this is your absolute last chance in reality there are other decisions that could be made. However now is not the time to be making those decisions to keep focused on the fact that you just need to keep plodding through this cycle and deal with the outcome when you actually get there. Beginning to grieve an unsuccessful cycle before you actually get there is not the best use of your time and energy right now. Step 4 : Bring a sense of safety to your body. Practice techniques to bring you back into the present moment like the balancing breath, the self hug, Yoga, Quantum Flow or really simple EFT Tapping on the thoughts that are causing you most distress I let this go, it’s safe for me to let this go, I choose to let this go. EFT Tutorial and info: https://embracefertility.co.uk/eft-tapping-for-infertility-and-fertility/ All of the techniques above are ones that I teach in the Embrace Fertility Method. If you would like to know more about what it’s like to be supported by me please reach out and let’s have a conversation Naomi@embracefertility.co.uk. ______ Are you wondering how you will get through the next 7 weeks? Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year Are you putting so much pressure on yourself to be pregnant by the end of 2021 you might actually implode? You can't quite believe another whole year has gone by and you still don't have your baby? Free 1 hour online workshop Holding onto Hope Holiday survival tips for those trying to conceive. Thursday 18th November 1pm GMT London. 8am EST 9pm AWST Visit www.embracefertility.co.uk to sign up.
November 08, 2021
Can functional fertility coaching help get me pregnant? With Monica Cox
Episode 74: Fertility Expert Interview Series. If anyone has watched 'Comedians in cars getting coffee" you will know the vibe I am intending to create with these fertility expert interviews! Like-minded people coming together and talking about a host of topics that they are incredibly passionate about. Each of the six fertility experts that I’m going to be introducing you to over the coming weeks has something very valuable to bring to the table. We kick off this week with the lovely Monica Cox of Finding Fertility. Monica is a top Holistic Fertility Coach and Infertility Warrior who helps woman get to the bottom of their unexplained infertility so they can increase their chances of getting and staying pregnant. Author of the best-seller Baby & Me mindfulness journal & host of the highly popular podcast Finding Fertility, she dedicating to inspiring woman to look beyond their infertility diagnosis and take control of their health through clean eating and simplifying their lifestyle. In this interview Monica shares her own journey and how a friend suggesting she meet with a functional health coach began an exploration into her diet that and lifestyle that lead to uncovering obscure food intolerances and flagging up dietary health issues that Monica had been coping with that she hadn’t realised could be drastically altered through simple changes. Monica dealt with unexplained infertility, several miscarriages & failed IVF's before becoming an IVF mom & getting pregnant natural even though the doctors said there was nothing she could do to improve her situation. This is an informative and fun interview, we cover Natural Killer Cells, how Yoga can suck for A type personalities, how even foods we label as healthy can cause intolerances, and how your Insta handle and the way you label yourself can have such a huge impact on your mindset and mental well-being. I may have bought a little mascot along because both Monica and I are slightly obsessed with 🦩🦩🦩. Check out the episode on your favourite podcast player now just search for Embrace Fertility, go to my YouTube channel or hit the link in my bio. Follow Monica @findingfertility and download her three step guide to taking the right steps and improving your chances of getting in staying pregnant today at www.findingfertility.co. Monica's Programmes. I receive an affiliate payment if you join Monica's Fertility Food programme via this link at no additional cost to you. If you are interested in the below use the discount code 'EMBRACEFERTILITY' Fertility Food ________ For stress soothing tools at your fingertips and instant access to my; FREE MIND-BODY FERTILITY APP Quick and easy ways to calm your mind and body while trying to conceive including: ♥ How to find relief from negative feelings. ♥ How to reset when you feel stressed. ♥ How the mind-body link impacts fertility. visit www.embracefertility.co.uk.
October 27, 2021
When a therapist needs therapy
Episode 73: I’d just had one of the most powerful therapy sessions of my life! Part of my professional commitment as a hypnotherapist myself is to ensure that I am attending to my own emotional needs and getting therapy on anything I find triggering in the sessions I do with my clients. This is to ensure that I am not bringing my own BS to the table while supporting others. This session was on something that happened to me months ago. Something that I have worked on personally with emotional freedom technique. I’ve also discussed it at length with my closest friends and found much healing and resolution. However I knew that there was something more as I’ve been exhibiting signs of PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder) from similar events that were triggering flashbacks and sending me into stress response. Let me say right now that this was not a physically traumatic event but one that was purely emotional. One at the time I found upsetting and jarring but then put it under the rug and carried on. Why is it that even as a therapist working in this field I still give more credence to the physical rather than the emotional? The beliefs that I took on during that event included: I don’t matter It is not safe to voice my opinion I am a failure I am not enough Hmmmmm do you think that these beliefs playing in the background of my unconscious are helping me to live my best life and serve my clients (and you) to the highest of my ability? NOPE Tears, shaking, sweating, anger, fear. Voice them, feel them release them install the antidote phrases I matter It is safe to voice my opinion I am successful I am enough I now feel empowered, renewed, buzzing, strong. The part that is replaying in my head again and again is when my therapist Gill said; “When I last saw you I remember thinking to myself that you’re clothes and your opinions did not match your posture. You dress with confidence and are passionate about your beliefs but your body was in a state of collapse.” Wow! In this episode I share an update of what’s been happening for me in the 10 days since this session. I invite you to join me in one of my homework practices which is simply to stand with my legs slightly further apart! I explain all in a second half of the episode and would love to hear about your experiences. Email me Naomi@embracefertility.co.uk or on message me on Instagram @embracefertility. _____ For stress soothing tools at your fingertips visit www.embracefertility.co.uk for instant access to my; FREE MIND-BODY FERTILITY APP Quick and easy ways to calm your mind and body while trying to conceive including: ♥ How to find relief from negative feelings. ♥ How to reset when you feel stressed. ♥ How the mindbody link impacts fertility. _____ I'm Naomi Woolfson, of Embrace Fertility, a therapist specialising in supporting women through trying to conceive, fertility treatments and then pregnancy and birth following infertility. My partner and I went through almost 4 years of infertility, IUI’s, IVF, anxiety, surgery and a miscarriage before we went on to conceive both of our ginger children naturally! On this podcast I offer emotional support and share mind-body techniques to help you feel calm and confident and ultimately find yourself again while waiting for your baby. Alongside supporting clients globally in one to one therapy and coaching sessions I run a 12 week mind-body programme guiding women through the 5 steps of my unique Embrace Fertility Method; Comfort, Coping, Connection, Clearing and finally Creating. Visit https://embracefertility.co.uk/coaching for more details and email me to set up a free video call to any questions you have about being supported by me email@example.com. Follow me on Instagram @embracefertility (www.instagram.com/embracefertility) and Facebook. (www.facebook.com/embracefertility)
October 17, 2021
Are your beliefs blocking your ability to get or stay pregnant?
Episode 72. “I just feel so jealous and angry all the time. This isn’t me. I want to move past this.” “I can’t stop crying. Infertility is all I ever think about and it’s impacting my work and my relationship.” “I am terrified of getting pregnant again and can’t imagine ever getting past that six week scan.” “I want to energetically align with conceiving and call in my baby but I feel like I’m stopping it from happening.” “When the doctor told us we would have to use donor sperm I thought I was going to throw up. I feel so alone as my partner won’t talk about it.” “I want to connect to my faith again, I feel like God is punishing me and I’ve lost hope that we will ever have a family.” Above are some of the reasons that women decide to commit to their own emotional nourishment and join The Embrace Fertility Method. My job as your therapist is to meet you where you are and understand your model of the world. That is, how you view the world and the life you are living. We start our work together understanding what your beliefs are: About your body About yourself and the things you say to yourself. Your spiritual beliefs Your beliefs about trying to conceive, fertility treatments, pregnancy, labour and birth and parenthood. Our unconscious mind is programmed to keep us safe and it takes its job incredibly seriously. If a client has the following beliefs then our work is to begin to unpick and reframe. Saying these things to yourself on a regular basis be that consciously or unconsciously are a recipe for anxiety, self-doubt and sabotage. My body is broken Last time I got pregnant I miscarried, I can’t cope with that disappointment again. I’m not strong enough to lose another baby. I hate my body when I put on weight Childbirth is painful and I may never recover physically. Women die during childbirth. Having children broke my friend's marriage and now she is struggling to raise her kids on her own. What if I’m a terrible mother and turn out to be just like my mum? Safety first. Iff it does not feel safe for you to conceive, be pregnant, give birth and become a parent. Your subconscious mind may be trying its hardest to keep you safe. This manifests in anxiety, overwhelm, sabotaging your own attempt to conceive be that by indulging in activities that could negatively impact your fertility such as excessive exercise, drinking or overeating. Or maybe it’s more subtle, maybe it’s picking that fight with your partner when you know you are ovulating. It’s delaying the appointment at the clinic as it just doesn’t feel safe to start having those conversations. In the final day of the three day workshop I ran last week I included a guided visualisation where I asked the participants to imagine each stage of trying to conceive, getting pregnant, going into labour, giving birth, holding their baby for the first time and then imagining their child at various ages right up into their 30s. At each stage I asked the question; “Is there any resistance here? Does this feel safe?” Sometimes it’s as simple as working through your fears consciously, journaling about them, mismatching them with the technique I taught on day two with the PROP statement. Then spending time visualising what you want, seeing it going well and feeling good. This instructs your mind and body that this is what you want and it is safe for you to want it. Most importantly it is safe for you to have it. Other times we need to go deeper, we need to create a strong foundation of safety within your mind and body, we need to bring in energy work such as emotional freedom technique or AMDR to reprogram the neural pathways in your mind to release past trauma. Message me for more info firstname.lastname@example.org.
September 30, 2021
Free mind-body fertility event this week
I’m running a free mind-body fertility event this week would you like to join me? ‘From Surviving to Thriving’. ♥ Day 1 : Living in survival mode. Does it feel like you are living in a constant state of uncertainty? In this workshop I’ll explain how going through infertility impacts our brains, nervous system and mental health. ♥ Day two : Reset. Re-educate. Reaffirm I will show you how to calm your body and soothe your mind to bring instant relief. I’ll explain the science of why this type of work is so powerful and can help you FEEL BETTER AND MORE IN CONTROL no matter what’s going on for you right now. ♥ Day 3 : Thriving I will guide you to experience a powerful guided visualisation and I’ll explain how to use the techniques I've shared to thrive during infertility. ‘From Surviving to Thriving’. 3 x 40 minute workshops Wednesday, Thursday and Friday lunchtimes 1pm BST. Sign up now to reserve your free place via the link in my bio @embracefertility or www.embracefertility.co.uk/thrive. If you are already on my mailing list then you will get the zoom invite on Wednesday morning.
September 20, 2021
From Surviving to Thriving during Infertility
Episode 70: Today I share a case study of working with a fertility client and the type of shift that is possible using the mind-body techniques I specialise in. I also talk about how next week I’ll be hosting a brand-new three day event to inspire and uplift. This is for you if you feel like you are on a hamster wheel. If month after month goes by and it feels like nothing is happening. You’re scared of it never happening and the not knowing is excruciating. Client Testimonial: 1. What did you think of the technique? The different parts of the technique were helpful in their own way. Just talking through negative beliefs and identifying them, saying them out loud is a relief in its own but going through them and finding an antidote statement helped to open my mind to the possibility. When I have negative beliefs it can be difficult to think anything is true outside of the belief so working through them and finding an alternative statement was eye opening. When I think about my life without the negative beliefs my body felt much more at ease. When starting the bilateral tapping a whole body relaxation occurred which allowed my mind to be clear, moving to the butterfly tapping literally did feel like there were new connections being made in my body. Although so much of this was working on my mindset and thoughts around time and our fertility journey it really became more of a whole body experience. 2. What happened for you in terms of a mindset shift during the session? Initially my mind was occupied around the passing of time and the continued months that passed without a positive pregnancy test. After the session it was not that this thought was erased but when I had the thought there was no negative feeling associated with it. I could think it but I did not feel connected or defined by it, and it did not give me the same emotions of sadness, failure, hopelessness that the thoughts brought on before. I shifted more into a mindset of opportunity and hope while feeling I could be more present and not as preoccupied by these thoughts. 3. How are you feeling now looking back on the session? I'm feeling hopeful again and much more present. Looking back on the session I can see how my thoughts and beliefs do not necessarily have to be my truth. 4. How do you feel now when you think about the original negative scenarios? I feel they are untrue. I feel my mindset is stronger in a way, that these thoughts can come into my mind but I can let them go without them causing a cascade of negative emotions that then impact my attitude, mood and feelings about our fertility journey. From Surviving to Thriving - 3 Day Mind-Body Fertility Event ♥ Day 1 : Living in survival mode. Does it feel like you are living in a constant state of uncertainty? In this workshop I explain how going through infertility impacts our brain, nervous system and mental health. ♥ Day two : Reset. Re-educate. Reaffirm I will teach you how to calm your body and soothe your mind to bring instant relief. I’ll explain the science of why this type of work is so powerful and can help you FEEL BETTER AND MORE IN CONTROL no matter what’s going on for you right now. ♥ Day 3 : Thriving You will experience a powerful guided visualisation and I’ll explain how to use the techniques I've shared to thrive during infertility and double your chances of success. Sign up now to reserve your place at www.embracefertility.co.uk/thrive. Email me with any questions email@example.com.
September 14, 2021
Therapy for Infertility Trauma
Episode 69: Going through infertility can be emotionally traumatic, add in invasive medical procedures, investigations and surgery and our bodies can experience physical trauma. Having specialised in mind-body fertility therapy for the past eight years I have supported women (and on occasion their partners) through infertility, PCOS, endometriosis, low sperm and azoospermia diagnosis, anxiety, depression, panic attacks, IUIs, IVF, ICSI, miscarriage, stillbirth, epitopic pregnancy, seveve morning sickness (hyperemesis gravidarum), pregnancy anxiety, birth preparation and birth trauma. I spent last weekend in London adding Applied Movement Desensitisation & Reconsolidation (AMDR) to my training alongside Cognitive Hypnotherapy, Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) and Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP). Part of my commitment as a member of the National Council of Hypnotherapy is to continue my professional development and ensure I am able to offer my clients the very best in terms of the latest techniques and mind-body science and understanding. In this podcast episode I talk about how the brain reacts when we experience a traumatic event and how we can the use AMDR to clear that trauma physically and emotionally. I share what this technique is capable of helping with and talk about the case study I worked on at the weekend and the shift my partner experienced. I work with women across the globe and tailor our sessions to meet your needs. If you are interested in finding out more about using Hypnotherapy to cope with infertility and support your fertility then see my article 'Can hypnosis get you pregnant?' https://embracefertility.co.uk/can-hypnosis-get-you-pregnant/ and visit my coaching page https://embracefertility.co.uk/coaching. I currently have availability to take on 4 new clients for support September through to early December. Contact me to book a free confidential chat firstname.lastname@example.org.
September 10, 2021
How to clear fears of labour and birth
Episode 68: When someone starts working with me I always ask them if they have any concerns or fears around being pregnant, going into labour or giving birth. Our popular culture teaches us that birth is painful and in most cases an emergency scenario. Think of three birth stories you know and I imagine at least one will be from a film or TV show. Our subconscious mind’s sole purpose Is to keep us safe and so if you have fears of childbirth it can be hugely beneficial to clear those fears while trying to conceive. In this episode I talk about how you can clear those fears we education and energy work. Emotional freedom technique tutorial video: https://embracefertility.co.uk/eft-tapping-for-infertility-and-fertility/ Hypnosis for pain management : https://embracefertility.co.uk/hypnosis-for-pain-management/ The first week of my Embrace Bump to Baby hypnobirthing course is free here: https://embracefertility.co.uk/bumptobaby/ My pain-free labour and waterbirth at the birth centre https://embracefertility.co.uk/my-personal-experience-of-labour-and-birth/ My super quick unplanned, unassisted homebirth in the bath https://embracefertility.co.uk/evies-unplanned-unassisted-home-birth/
August 19, 2021
Are you in denial about your mental health?
Are you telling yourself that you are ok when you’re really not? One of my biggest regrets while ttc was living month to month pushing myself telling myself it would all be okay as soon as I got pregnant. But I didn’t get pregnant 44 times! And once I got pregnant and then I miscarried. If someone said to me that I would be trying for 46 months I would have got myself support so much sooner. In this episode I talk about: - Coaching questions you can ask yourself to check how you really feel. - Things you can do to be supporting yourself now. - Reasons why you might be holding back from getting support - Reasons why it’s a really good idea to get support before you really need it. Here are the resources mentioned in the episode https://embracefertility.co.uk/eft-tapping-for-infertility-and-fertility/ https://embracefertility.co.uk/coaching/ Due to the fact that the episode was getting really long I’ve split out the detailed section about clearing fears of labour and birth and you can catch that as the next podcast episode. Sign up for my mind-body fertility freebies at www.embracefertility.co.uk.
August 09, 2021
Feeling out of control and the repercussions of trying to gain control
Hands up who likes feeling out of control? This has been a theme this week with clients and I talk about the repercussions of trying to gain control of an uncontrollable situation.
July 18, 2021
How to release frustration and anger
I am so wound up today that I have stuck my wellies on my feet and set off into the woods for the second time today as I know I need to shift my mood, shift my mindset, from one of frustration and anger to bring myself back to neutral and then set my intention of how I would like to feel and re-focus myself. This podcast is a live example of the shift you can experience in just a short period of time when you choose to embrace your emotions and take positive action to support yourself rather than allowing a negative mindset to put a cloud over a full day.
July 11, 2021
It’s not your fault AND…….
Episode 64: Very honest chat about how although infertility is not your fault there is a huge amount you may be doing that it’s not serving you and how taking radical responsibility for your own life can create shifts on a conscious, subconscious and energetic level. www.embracefertility.co.uk or @embracefertility to contact me.
July 02, 2021
Male infertility is more than just bollocks!
Episode 63: One for the guys today. “It’s okay to not be okay. It’s okay to feel disappointed, angry, devastated that you are not a dad yet.” I’ve put together a free resource list for guys going through infertility which includes advice how to support yourself emotionally through infertility, information on how using visualisation can lower stress levels and work with your subconscious mind, how to overcome performance anxiety when you need to give a sperm sample, film suggestions and online support groups. Check it out here www.embracefertility.co.uk/partners if you have any suggestions of Insta accounts or resources you think I should include please comment below or message me @embracefertility.
June 20, 2021
Free Guided Relaxation & Visualisation - Imagine your family
Episode 62: On the podcast this week I am sharing one of my favourite visualisations where I guide you on a journey into your future to imagine being a family of three and you and your partner putting your child to bed and reading him or her a story. I start by sharing the benefits of using visualisation and how to clear any emotional or energetic blocks that you may uncover by listening. NOTE: Only listen to these MP3s when you can safely relax, do not listen whilst driving or operating machinery. This track is safe to use whilst trying to conceive and once pregnant however by choosing to listen you agree to take full responsibility for your own well-being. Listen to this one with your partner if he/she is open to doing so and discuss what type of parents you intend to be afterwards. For more info on the five steps of The Embrace Fertility Method visit www.embracefertility.co.uk/programs/
June 04, 2021
I lost my voice!
Something a little different this week. For those of you that attended my free masterclass on Tuesday you will know I lost my voice towards the end! I don’t want to skip recording a podcast this week though so instead of walking in the woods and talking I’m simply walking in the woods and invite you to join me and imagine enjoying the sounds of nature around us as we walk in companionable silence. I hope you are doing okay this week do you message me on Instagram or Facebook and let me know what you thought of this little time out in the bluebell woods.
May 27, 2021
I’m so stressed will I ever get pregnant?
Episode 60. Today I am talking about how we can get stressed about being stressed, worried about being worried and anxious about being anxious. I talk about how we can change our relationship with stress and how to tune in with your intuition. Come and join my free class on Friday to explore this further www.embracefertility.co.uk/freeclass.
May 19, 2021
What are triggers and how to minimise your chance of being triggered while ttc.
Episode 59 Trigger or Happy? In this episode I talk about what a trigger is in regards to mindset and your emotions. I talk about: - What happens when you are triggered by an external event. - How you can recognise your own triggering internal thoughts. - How to begin to work through triggers and clear them. - How to minimise your chance of being triggered in the first place. Do you come and join my mailing list to download the three minute reset MP3 I talk about in this episode. Www.embracefertility.co.uk
May 09, 2021
Donor Conception - The Emotional Journey
Episode 58 This is truly an amazing, inspiring and uplifting episode for everyone who is currently trying to conceive not just those who are considering donor conception. Meta is a donor conception coach who helps family-focused, responsible, and thoughtful women and couples who have found themselves facing a journey to parenthood they had never imagined: using donor eggs, donor sperm or donor embryo. Meta and her husband Michael went through their own infertility challenges and after four IUIs and three rounds of fresh IVF, they achieved their dream of a family through using donor eggs. In this 50 minute interview Meta shares: * How she felt when her doctor first suggested that they should move to donor eggs. * How at that point she said “No I’m not going to do that.” * She talks us through how she felt at each stage of the process; getting on the donor waiting list, being matched to a donor, going through the treatment cycle alongside their donor, finding out she was pregnant with twins, when she first saw her girls after giving birth and now she is a mum of two almost 5 years olds. * Why she thinks we need to open up the conversation around donor conception. * How choosing to use a donor is a big decision and you need to be in the right frame of mind to make that decision and how to do that. Check out the podcast episode now just search for Embrace Fertility on your fave podcast player or watch on the Embrace Fertility YouTube channel. Both can be accessed via my website via link in my profile @embracefertility. Meta has been featured in multiple podcasts, has spoken at the RESOLVE Midwest Family Building Summit and founded a community of families who used a donor. Meta has a free, Essential Donor Checklist that you can download here: https://ae-collective.mykajabi.com/pl/259144 Follow Meta on Instagram at @metagetman https://www.instagram.com/metagetman/ where she shares content daily and does a weekly Q&A where she answers any and all questions. Through her ecourse, The Donor Downlow, Meta helps her clients go from isolation, loneliness, and fear of the donor process to hope, confidence and excitement for building their families, more info on that here: First time visiting Embrace Fertility? You can learn about my 12 week course here www.embracefertility.co.uk/courses and 1 to 1 support here www.embracefertility.co.uk/coaching Head over www.embracefertility.co.uk/start-here sign up for your free '3 ways to stress less and enhance fertility using the mindbody link' ack which includes a powerful 3 minute Mindset Reset MP3 and the first chapter of my book and find relief from anxiety and repetitive negative thinking while enhancing your fertility.
April 28, 2021
57. Suffering is Subjective
Episode 57 Suffering is Subjective. It’s National Infertility Awareness Week in the US and thousands are sharing their personal experiences of infertility, fertility treatments and pregnancy loss. It is easy to fall into the trap of comparing your own journey to others and even feeling jealous that “She only struggled for X months” or feeling guilty that others have been through so much more than you. Suffering and pain however are subjective and cannot be measured by the amount of months someone has been trying to conceive or the number of failed treatment cycles they have had. Even if someone has suffered multiple miscarriages the actual level of suffering they experienced we can never fully comprehend. This is due to the fact that outside experiences cannot make us feel a particular way, even an event as emotive as pregnancy loss. We only ever experience life through the lens of our own thinking. It is not what is happening to us but how we perceive what is happening to us. So two women who on paper appear to have identical stories will each be experiencing their own reality through the lens of their beliefs, past experiences, mental state in that moment and their predictions of the future. Listen for more.
April 22, 2021
What is the next 12 weeks could be fun?
Getting beyond excited about new people joining The Embrace Fertility Method today. I am packing up the welcome boxes and they will be posted out tomorrow with our first group call on Tuesday evening. Www.Embracefertility.Co.Uk/embrace for all the details.
March 28, 2021
Free masterclass and new preparing for IVF blog
More of a news update than my regular podcast episode. Hope to see you at the class tomorrow. Www.embracefertility.co.Uk/start-here and Www.embracefertility.co.Uk/blog for list of resources when you are starting a fertility treatment cycle.
March 22, 2021
Coping with Mother’s Day
Episode 54 : Coping with Mothering Sunday Sharing some tips of how to get through this weekend when the whole of the UK has gone mothering mad! Here is the jealousy article I mentioned https://thefertilitytribe.com/blog/6-ways-to-deal-with-pregnancy-envy-during-infertility.
March 13, 2021
What to do if your partner just doesn’t get it
Based as many of my podcasts are on something which has happened in my own life and then reflecting on how I used mind-body tools or techniques to help the situation. This one starts off with a story about my partner and I and how he allowed me a full seven minutes to be angry about a shocking situation before telling me to move on and let it go! If you have listened to my podcast before I know I occasionally rant but this one I deliberately waited and recorded a week after the original incident so this is more of a reflection and I share four steps of positive actions you can take if your partner (or friend or family member) really doesn’t get what you’re going through right now. Www.embracefertility.co.uk/partner-doesn’t-get-it
March 07, 2021
3 powerful ways to journal while trying to conceive
Three powerful ways to use journalling while trying to conceive Let me start by saying journalling is just a fancy word to describe using a pen and paper to write things down as part of your own personal development. I have been journalling since I was eight years old! Writing plays a big part in how I express myself and get in touch with how I really feel about things. Today on the Embrace Fertility podcast I share how to use journalling to support yourself and your fertility. Number One : Use journalling to rant, pour out your heart, express anger. I mention the study that I’ve linked below on why this is so beneficial not just in the moment but for our ongoing emotional and physical health. Number Two: Keep a gratitude journal to express love and gratitude for things that happened in your past or the present moment. Then connect in with what you want to bring into your life and use writing to help you raise your vibration and get yourself energetically aligned with what you want. Number Three: Your journal can be yourUu very own fertility coach, ask yourself questions and then question your responses to your answers. Good coaching questions to ask yourself are: Is that true? Who taught me that? Is this helpful? What do I really want? Do I want to keep this belief? What is beneath that? Study I mentioned: Writing about emotions may ease stress and trauma https://www.health.harvard.edu/healthbeat/writing-about-emotions-may-ease-stress-and-trauma In the study it notes that writing in this way can make you feel worse which is why I suggest teaming it with EFT tapping. You can watch a tutorial video on how to do this over at https://embracefertility.co.uk/eft-tapping-for-infertility-and-fertility/. For your freebies go to www.embracefertility.co.Uk/start-here.
February 21, 2021
3 ways to reduce stress while going through infertility
A super short episode today talking about how you can start to recognise when you’re really not okay (enter impression of Ross on friends!) and three ways you can help yourself to reduce stress and feel better in the moment. As in right now today. Hop over to www.embracefertility.co.uk to download your freebies and then come and follow me on Instagram @embracefertility. Xxx
February 08, 2021
Do I have to lose weight to get pregnant? Interview with expert Nicola Salmon.
Continuing our interviews with fertility experts. This week is Nicola Salmon, a fat-positive fertility coach and author of “Fat and Fertile”. She helps fat folks navigate getting pregnant in a weight-obsessed world and advocates for change in how fat people are treated whilst accessing help with their fertility. Nicola uses her unique fat positive framework to support people in finding their own version of health without diets, advocate for their bodies, relearn how to trust their body and believe in their ability to get pregnant. In this interview we cover: - Why our society deems fat to be unhealthy? - How that impacts fertility and fertility advice - How that impacts us on a personal level - 3 things you can do to combat the issues around this Connect with Nicola: To follow Nicola on instagram: www.instagram.com/fatpositivefertility To follow Nicola on facebook www.facebook.com/fatpositivefertility Nicola's website www.nicolasalmon.co.uk To learn more about Nicola's book http://nicolasalmon.co.uk/fat-and-fertile-book/ To sign up for The Fat Person's Guide to Getting Pregnant http://nicolasalmon.co.uk/guide First time visiting Embrace Fertility? Subscribe for weekly inspiration and regular fertility expert interviews then head over www.embracefertility.co.uk/start-here to sign up for your free 'Fertile Thoughts Activation Pack' and find relief from anxiety and repetitive negative thinking while enhancing your fertility.
January 21, 2021
Free 5 day fertility mindset workshop on NOW
THIS IS FOR YOU IF YOU 🍍Want to feel sure that you are doing everything you can to support yourself and your fertility 🍍Are feeling overwhelmed by the strength of the emotions you are experiencing 🍍Are looking for ways to feel good now even before seeing that positive pregnancy test I’m on a mission to share the powerful techniques that can turn your fertility journey around. Hit link in bio @embracefertility on Instagram now or go to www.embracefertility.co.uk to sign up and get instant access to day 1 straight to your inbox now.
January 14, 2021
Sinking or swimming during lockdown
A mini one for you today. Www.embracefertility.co.uk.
January 07, 2021
Embracing ALL emotions
Don’t let anyone tell you how you should be feeling this year, embrace those emotions, they are real, they are valid, they are yours, you need to feel them AND know that you do not need to be controlled by your emotions, feel them, understand the message they are bringing to you and release them. If you have absolutely no idea how to do that then please do check out all the free resources I offer on my website, podcast and YouTube channel. You can journal, you can use emotional freedom technique tapping, you can use meditation and hypnosis MP3s to shift the emotions that are not serving you and bring you relief. I’ll be back in a few days with my response to the #infertilityisagift #infertilityisnotagift from the point of view of someone who experience post-traumatic growth following infertility, surgery, IVF and miscarriage BEFORE I fell pregnant and as a therapist who is now on a mission to share the techniques that can ease the pain and anguish of infertility during it so you don’t need to wait in order to feel relief. My intention is to speak to the collective pain and anguish of a community who has arguably just lived the hardest year of their lives going through infertility during a global pandemic. 😷 add to this the fact that the run-up to Christmas is the hardest week of the year when you are struggling to conceive and or dealing with pregnancy and baby loss and the climate was primed for an outpouring of grief and anguish. Sending so much love to each of you and for the last time if you haven’t yet watched my Coping at Christmas workshop and let yourself melt into the 30 minute deep relaxation and guided fertility visualisation at the end go and do so now xxxx Go to www.embracefertility.co.uk for instant access.
December 24, 2020
Diving Deep into the Power of Fertility EFT - Guest Interview with Sarah Holland the Fertile Mindset® Coach
I have absolutely loved recording these fertility expert interviews and we are finishing the year strong with my friend and colleague the wonderful Sarah Holland the Fertile Mindset® Coach. Sarah will forever hold a very special place in my heart as she invited me to speak at one of her Fertility Summits when I was just starting out and it gave me such a boost of confidence. Diving Deep into the Power of Fertility EFT This interview is not your usual introduction to emotional freedom technique it is a deep dive into the potential of this powerful technique and we include examples from both our own lives and those of our clients. Here’s a little taster of what we talked about: - Why EFT is so valuable as a fertility support tool. - The many ways EFT can be powerful at every stage of your fertility journey. - How we've both felt and seen EFT work in action and the amazing outcomes. - The important differences between self-guided EFT and practitioner-led EFT, and how you can get the best results. - Quick and easy ways to start using EFT to bring big results for your mindset and emotional wellbeing. All about Sarah Sarah Holland is the Fertile Mindset® Coach and has a unique, effective and empowering approach to fertility support. Working in the world of fertility since 2001, and having experienced fertility challenges herself, she pioneered the use of EFT Tapping specifically for fertility support. With the Fertile Mindset® approach to coaching, support and emotional healing she has helped thousands of people negotiate the emotional rollercoaster of fertility issues. Sarah believes it is possible for anyone’s fertility journey to become a much more positive and fulfilling experience, and that by recognising and supporting the emotional aspects of fertility, the path to parenthood can become more successful in every way including creating a family. Sarah is based in the U.K. and her support is available worldwide via zoom consultations and within her membership, the Fertile Mindset® Sanctuary which has both free and paid levels of support. Having experienced her own fertility challenges Sarah is now a mum to two boys through both birth and adoption. Join Sarah’s free membership Begin our own Fertile Mindset® journey today by joining Sarah’s free membership in the Fertile Mindset ® Sanctuary here: www.fertilemindset.com/sanctuary You can get in touch with Sarah at www.fertilemindset.com, on Facebook at www.facebook.com/FertileMindset and Instagram at fertile_mindset Learn more about Emotional Freedom Technique in this EFT Tutorial You can learn more about EFT in my article here and watch a tutorial video to get you started with this technique. You can learn about my 12 week course here www.embracefertility.co.uk/embrace and 1 to 1 support here www.embracefertility.co.uk/coaching First time visiting Embrace Fertility? Head over www.embracefertility.co.uk/start-here sign up for your free 'Fertile Thoughts Activation Pack' which includes a powerful 3 minute Mindset Reset MP3 and the first chapter of my book and find relief from anxiety and repetitive negative thinking while enhancing your fertility. You will also receive an invite to:
December 18, 2020
Fertility Yoga and Intuitive Movement to build Resilience and Self-compassion
Simone was already a yoga instructor when she had a miscarriage after trying to conceive for a year and a half. Yoga and meditation were a huge part of her healing process, so much that she became certified to teach yoga for fertility and miscarriage so that she could share this healing with others. Now she works online as a fertility coach, helping her clients become more resilient, empowered and connected to their authentic selves, using fertility yoga and meditation as tools, as well as mindset, breath work, and mindfulness techniques. In this interview: We talk about: Healing your relationship with your body Listening to your intuition as a powerful resource Connecting to your womb Understanding that everything is temporary Feeling your emotions and pain in the present moment Following your menstrual cycle - how you exercise, your feminine strengths Having a positive relationship with your period All about Simone Simone L'Abbé is supports women on difficult fertility journeys so that they can cultivate resilience, empowerment, and self-connection. She uses a combination of mindset, meditation, mindfulness, intuitive movement, breath work, and fertility yoga to help her coaching and group program clients connect with their most authentic selves. Dec 7-11, 2020 Simone is hosting a free event in her private Facebook group. The Resilience Retreat for Empowered Fertility Warriors includes 10 sessions with experts so that you can become more resilient and empowered on your fertility journey. You can learn more and register at https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/resilience-retreat-for-empowered-fertility-warriors-registration-129342437713 To access your free Fertility Journey Self-Care Bundle, visit http://feelfully.ca (The bundle includes a downloadable fertility visualization album, a guide to finding ease, and an intro to yoga for fertility poses) Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/feelfully.ca/ Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/empoweredfertilitywarriors Website : http://feelfully.ca First time visiting Embrace Fertility? Head over to https://embracefertility.co.uk/start-here/ to sign up for your free 'Fertile Thoughts Activation Pack' and find relief from anxiety and repetitive negative thinking while enhancing your fertility.
December 09, 2020
Can stress stop you from getting pregnant and CAUSE infertility?
Two years into trying to conceive, after our first treatment cycle fail I was suffering from anxiety depression insomnia IBS and panic attacks. I knew that the stress I was experiencing was caused by the fact I was unable to get pregnant but was this stress now impacting my ability to conceive and causing infertility? Determined to find out I started researching the link between stress and infertility. What I discovered was fascinating. In this 20 minute except from my workshop 'Fertility and Your Mind the Science' I share: Why, once you decide to start trying to conceive, it feels like you are constantly surrounded by pregnant women and babies. PS this is due to your Reticular Activating System! How the stress, anxiety and depression levels in women undergoing infertility treatment is the same as women who have cancer HI,V or heart disease. The truth behind the impact of stress on your fertility. The worrying reality of trying to stay positive and forcing yourself to relax that can actually backfire and lead to chronic anxiety and depression! Why we have negative emotions for a reason. How thoughts create a physical reaction in the body. Ps If you would like to check out the slides that accompany this workshop this page happens to have a rather crude sketch of an erect penis to quite literally illustrate my point! Visit the Embrace Fertility YouTube channel to check out the video version of this podcast. An explanation on how before a feeling there is always a thought. And how our mind is like a massive library storing all of our past experiences and the beliefs we made in that moment that shape our decision-making and lives today. How the body naturally resets itself to rest, digest, heal and reproduce but chronic stress can leave you living in freeze, flight or fight. The trying to conceive stress cycle and how it can be so damaging to your fertility. The missing piece of the fertility puzzle and how to break the cycle. More about the studies mentioned in this podcast and to learn how to break the cycle then go to https://embracefertility.co.uk/embrace/ and get started. Ps There is swearing in this episode and I already mentioned the willy!
December 03, 2020
But what if I don’t feel thankful?
A little love notes talking about embracing all emotions during Thanksgiving and Christmas this year and an invitation to my free coping at Christmas workshop this Sunday 29th of November 3pm EST / 8pm GMT. You can sign up here www.embracefertility.co.Uk/start-here. In this episode I quote the lovely @xojennijune Who was my podcast guest two episodes ago.
November 26, 2020
How your thoughts impact your fertility journey - Interview with Kezia Ashley Okafor
Fantastic interview talking all things mindset, thoughts and feelings. All about Kezia "Through my own journey through secondary (in)fertility I was introduced to therapy and then mindset work – both in their own ways changed my life and change my experience of infertility. Therapy helped me to see that there was a missing link between infertility and its impact on mental health. Mindset work helped me to put into practice what therapy describes in theory. I now use both in my work to help women through their journey of infertility. I wrote Flipping the Script on Infertility to share what I discovered through my fertility struggles, I take you on a journey of self-therapy and mindset practices that will really help you to discover who you are and why infertility is impacting you in the way that it is. I am a true believer that no matter the outcome every woman deserves to know she is worthy and find fulfilment in her life today and every day. All the best Kezia x" Connect with Kezia Author of Flipping the Script on Infertility Instagram: @theinfertilitycounsellor Facebook: @theinfertilitycounsellor Twitter: kezia_okafor First time visiting Embrace Fertility? Subscribe on Youtube for bi-monthly fertility expert interviews and head over here to sign up for your free 'Fertile Thoughts Activation Pack' and find relief from anxiety and repetitive negative thinking while enhancing your fertility.
November 23, 2020
Energetic blocks, Reiki and healing while trying to conceive and following miscarriage
Every week for the next month I will be bringing you fantastic interviews with fertility experts. This week is Jenni June and we are talking about healing after loss: Jenni's words: I first discovered Reiki healing after my 2nd Ectopic Pregnancy. I was in the depths of my pain after losing a very wanted pregnancy and losing my last fallopian tube. Not knowing where to turn, I found a Reiki healer and was curious to try anything to help me move forward in my grief. What I was surprised by is how much that one decision changed my life… I walked out of my appointment with feeling like the heavy brick that I had settled on my chest after loss, lifted! I could take a full breath in for the very first time in a long time! Reiki is the life energy that flows through all living things. It heals by flowing through the body’s energy field (aura) and charging it with positive energy. What’s so special is that energy has no physical boundaries, so while we are all stuck in our homes, you can receive a healing treatment from anywhere in the world! Energetic/ancestor Blocks We are all energy and our bodies hold onto stress and trauma is many different ways. I often see in my clients that their chakra centers are energetic blocked. In one particular case, it was blocked by ancestor trauma or trauma from a past life. Reiki healing works to break up the blocked chakras and clear them with positive energy that helps you move beyond- to heal and to live with a radical love for yourself again!Benefits of Reiki after loss or through Infertility: Cleanse, balance and strengthen the energy body: clearing blocked or stagnant energy, restoring the normal flow of energy and reinforcing the body’s innate ability to heal itself. Focus on the Sacral Chakra, the energy point just below the belly button that governs the reproductive organs. Help you step off the stress rollercoaster and return to a place of mental and emotional peace while trying to conceive. Release the negative energy of past events and emotional trauma that may be a barrier to conception. Deeply relax the mind and body to let go of the stress and anxiety of trying to get pregnant. Replace your doubts and fears with positivity and love for your amazing body. All about Jenni Jenni June is a Pregnancy Loss & Infertility Coach, a Reiki Practitioner and a Meditation Instructor. She supports those who have experienced an invisible loss- the loss of a pregnancy or the dream of having a child either through miscarriage or infertility. Guiding her community through all stages of the healing journey, she holds loving space for them to discover whole body healing, learn how to release fear & anxiety through mindfulness and the help of Reiki. When working with Jenni, her clients experience high levels of confidence, inspiration, growth and move into the next stage of life with a fierce love for themselves and a connection to their body after loss. Connect with Jenni Instagram: @XOJenniJune Facebook: XO Jenni June Coaching Website: www.XOJenniJune.com Connect with me: www.embracefertility.co.uk https://www.instagram.com/embracefertility/ https://www.facebook.com/embracefertility/
November 16, 2020
Transforming worry too hope while #ttc
The worry, the dread, I would feel especially during those treatment two week waits. In this episode I talk about a neurolinguistic programming technique you can do yourself at home to help transform your worry to hope. This is one I did have a client last week and it is so powerful. “It felt like I turned the splodge of worry I had that was stopping me from feeling any kind of hope or excitement into gravity boots, that could help keep me grounded but that I could also choose to take off and allow myself to fly.” * * FREE ‘Fertile Thoughts Activation Quick Start Pack’ sign up now for instant access and find relief from anxiety and repetitive negative thinking while enhancing your fertility. or go to www.embracefertility.co.uk/start-here
November 11, 2020
What to do when you feel overwhelmed.
Recorded 10 days ok before lock down announced but ties in rather nicely.
November 01, 2020
No! You can’t! You just can’t!
Wow total telling off at the weekend from one of my oldest friends.
October 22, 2020
The stories we tell ourselves while TTC
The stories we tell ourselves while we are trying to conceive go something along the lines of this; I’m not getting pregnant and that means X, I don’t have a baby and that means X I’m not a mother yet and that means X. The end of these sentences can be things like * I’m broken * My body has failed me * I am worthless * Maybe I don’t deserve to be a mother These stories torment us and cause sadness, anxiety and depression. In my latest podcast episode I share how I have been telling myself my own stories in regards to my recent 'failed' launch of the Embrace Fertility Method 12 week course. I talk about how I set the intention to welcome a group of 10 into this new round of the course and when towards the end of the launch it look like that was not going to happen I started telling myself lots of stories about my worth, about my ability as a therapist, my ability to market and communicate the service I offer. So many stories that simply are not true, my worth is not dictated on how many of you decided to join the course this time round. But it’s so hard when you work in a field that is so emotive and important to me. * I want to serve * I want to share what I know and * Help the women who need my support. Once I could detach my worth with the outcome I was hoping for I was able to regroup and see the opportunities that had arisen from what I was viewing as a “failed” launch. Yes I haven’t had the number signup that I had hoped for but I have: * Connected with so many of you amazing women over the past month. * Created the five day fertility mindset coaching workshop which has had such amazing feedback from so many of you. (Thank you xxx) * I have learnt so much about myself and what my true values are. * And the best bit, I am now putting together unique transformation 1 to 1 coaching and therapy packages for those women who feel that the course wasn’t right for them at this time but know they want to move forward from where they are today. You can visit my coaching page here: https://embracefertility.co.uk/coaching/ Unique transformation packages If you benefited from watching the fertility mindset coaching videos and feel like you want to explore what is possible for you when you decide to put yourself and your well-being first, if you are one of those women who feels ready to move forward from where you are now then please do you reach out, my one-to-one support is as unique as you are, take a look at my coaching page and then book in for a free 30 minute chat. "Even though we only spoke for half an hour I found it hugely beneficial. It was also lovely to have a proper chat and feel your passion and energy live and for real!" - Heather Book your free clarity call now: In our 30 minute video call together, we’ll get crystal clear on what you are struggling with at the moment, how you would prefer to be feeling and how to move you towards that goal. At the end of the call, if it makes sense we can have a conversation about working together. Check out my coaching page here https://embracefertility.co.uk/coaching/ with information on: * What fertility coaching and therapy is * How it can help support you during this time and * more testimonials from previous and current clients. “It was a real relief to be able to get some of the stuff off my chest to someone who completely understands and always has tools to hand to help. I like the range of techniques – it’s so helpful to have a mix of things to return later to depending on what feels right at the time.” - Beth
October 15, 2020
Transforming pain to peace
“A few years from now the spot on your chest, which throbs with pain, will be the same place where your kids will fall asleep. & at that moment, your heart will be at peace.” This made me cry as resonates so much with how much pain I was in while going through infertility. After seeing this post from @Prayhopewait I have recorded a rather impassioned podcast talking about it. The weight of the longing and the depth of my desire to be a mother when faced with year after year of nothing but negative results. It hurt so much as the discord between life I wanted and the life I had just seemed so unfair and illogical. In the podcast a talk about how although it feels like the only way you’re ever going to be okay is when you have your children I know that it’s possible to feel better NOW in the waiting. I’ve decided to go live on Instagram at 8pm Tuesday evening to talk about this in more depth and how to allow yourself to feel. I’m not just feel better but really feel all of the emotions that are raging inside of you. I’m going to talk about how embracing those emotions is the key to releasing them and moving through them to a place that is far more empowered and soothing. Thank you to @fertilityconversations for sharing the original image. Join me at 8pm @embracefertility Instagram.
October 05, 2020
Manifesting. Attraction. Visualising. While TTC.
In the fifth video of my five day fertility mindset series I talk about creating and how I went down the rabbit hole of trying to manifest a baby after watching the film 'The Secret'. I ended up manifesting ovarian cysts, massive arguments with my partner and depression! Once I had trained as a therapist and was devouring psychology texts I understood how films and books like 'The Secret' just scrape the surface of what is going on for us consciously, unconsciously, physically and energetically. In this podcast introducing the video I talk about: 🦄 Toxic positivity and the importance of understanding how the unconscious works 🐴 Why using visualisation IS so powerful to create the life you want once you understand the science behind it 🦓I then take you through a guided visualisation for you to feel into the energy of what you want to create and what you want your life to look like one year from today. You can catch up with the videos on replay now. And if you are interested in really diving into this come and join us for 'The Embrace Fertility Method' my 12 week mind-body course that starts again on 12th of October. Link to both in bio. "For me, this course felt more scientific and effective. The practices give an immediate feeling of relief and get straight to the point. We spend so much time working on and trying to control our bodies in the pursuit of fertility and sometimes this is actually at a detriment to the mind. It seems the mind is the most ignored organ in the fertility struggle. Other things I have tried I wasn't sure I believed in, this worked for me in providing relief from the pain and releasing that sense of constant battle." - Becky
October 03, 2020
What if you could just click your fingers and feel different?
What if it was that easy to feel better right now? What if you could release the tension you feel in your throat or your chest or your stomach when you think about your fertility? In todays video of my free five day fertility mindset coaching workshop I’m going to be teaching you how to not click but tap your fingers in order to change how you feel both emotionally and physically. It may come as a surprise that women undergoing infertility treatment experience the same level of stress, anxiety, and depression as women who have cancer, HIV, or heart disease. I can identify with that statement; while infertility is not life threatening it does threaten your life. The future you have planned that includes being a parent and a grandparent may not be possible and that realisation is terrifying. Enter Emotional freedom technique - EFT tapping which has been proven to significantly reduce stress. Tapping is the perfect tool when faced with infertility and can be used to control anxiety, as pain relief – both physical and emotional, for clearing limiting beliefs about your body, conception, pregnancy, childbirth and parenthood and for installing new positive affirmations to make you feel empowered. When we consciously slow down and check in with our bodies, our thoughts and our feelings by using EFT we open ourselves up to a wider perspective. Go to www.embracefertility.co.uk/start-here and receive a video on how to get started with this technique and another with a guided visualisation to uncover conscious and unconscious blocks to conception.
September 28, 2020
Free fertility mindset coaching workshop starts today
Totally getting goosebumps about sharing #allthethings with you. Today at 5pm my free fertility mindset coaching workshop begins, make sure you are part of it, go to www.embracefertility.co.uk/start-here. In this episode I share why this course is NOT just a mindfulness course.
September 21, 2020
What to do when you wake up and anxiety hits you
I woke up today and for a split second everything was okay. Then the anxiety hit me. My stomach felt tense and knotted, my shoulders were up around my ears and I haven’t even sat up yet and I felt slightly nauseous. . The list of things that needed to be done or changed or eradicated was immense. I got up and after a few moments remembered that my experience is not created by what is going on in the world around me but by the thoughts I am having about those things. . This made me feel slightly better and reminded me that I have the power to choose. I could choose to continue living in the reality of needing to: * get to the end of my to do list * eradicate COVID-19 and infertility * Get the right results back. It reminded me that I could choose to step out of my negative thought loop and so I reached for a technique from my mental tool kit. . This morning I chose Rise Up a new techniques that I created for an Embrace Fertility Method member as she was struggling with the Drop Through version that I share in the course. . I didn’t even sit down or close my eyes to work through this technique I just talked myself through it as I went about my day and after a few minutes found relief. The tension dropped from my body, my mind cleared and my breathing became full and unrestricted. . In this podcast I talk you through the technique and I will be creating a full guided visualisation video of this technique as part of my free five day fertility coaching workshop that I’m running for the 21st of September. Come to www.embracefertility.co.uk to sign up.
September 13, 2020
How committed are you to your own happiness?
When push comes to shove and the shit seems to be flying at you from all directions do you: . A. Decide it’s all just too much so crumble and get flattened by all the shit or B. Decide that you can and will ride through this and prioritise the things you know you need in order to be able to do that? . To be completely honest I have not been prioritising the things I know I need because it’s just felt too much, too many other things seem more important in the moment so I stick myself on the bottom of the list and push on through. . This is not acceptable and if I let even just a few days go by where I’m not prioritising the space and time I need for me then I easily feel overwhelmed and vulnerable in the face of the flying shit. . I have to choose time and time and time and time and time and time and time and time again that I am important and I need what I need. . What do you KNOW that you need in order to keep yourself balanced and happy even in the face of the flying shit? . If you have absolutely no idea or maybe you know but don’t know how to actually make it a sustainable part of your everyday life then come and join my free five day fertility workshop where we were talking about how to ensure you are nurturing and nourishing not just your fertility but your well-being and happiness. . We get started on Monday 21st of September, sign up at www.embracefertility.co.uk to ensure you receive the daily videos.
September 10, 2020
What to do when thinking about having a baby makes you cry
A 10 minute episode today discussing the way talking or even thinking about having a baby can become a trigger for anxiety, grief and anger in the same way seeing pregnant women or babies can. . The deeper you go into infertility the more painful your own thinking can become and your unconscious mind may begin to try to protect you from pain by encouraging you to turn away from bumps, babies and allowing yourself to even imagine yourself being pregnant or a mum. . You are in essence turning away from what you most want. . I talk about how to drop through these feelings and tune into a place of being open and receptive to what you want. . I share a mini desensitisation exercise that you can do in the comfort of your own home to help reprogram your unconscious mind from saying no to what you want to saying yes. . Subscribe for weekly love notes. . Follow me @embracefertility for inspiration and insight into how to enhance your fertility using the mind body link.
September 05, 2020
When you crave silence
It’s my habit to listen to guided meditation recordings or hypnosis recordings as I like the structure, direction and intention behind them. However there is part of me that craves sitting with myself, craves silence. I go through periods of avoiding it though as my mind can be so busy, so loud. I have to re-cultivate that habit of giving my mind time to settle. If you’ve never just sat before then start off with my four minute Reset Button MP3 to get you started but then after listening for seven days try setting a time on your phone for just four minutes and just sit. (You can download this for free from www.embracefertility.co.uk.) Your mind may wonder, you may need to bring it back to your breath every split second but that’s okay it’s called mindfulness practice for a reason.
August 16, 2020
How to go from depressed to content in 3 hours!
In this new podcast I talk about how to move yourself from depressive low mood thinking to a space of calm contentment in just a few hours. Www.embracefertility.co.uk.
August 07, 2020
Do you feel safe?
Infertility for me was like the tiger in the room I would wake up and for a split second everything will be fine and then I’ll remember I am in theatre and the giant tiger would jump on my back and stay with me all day long. I was living in a chronic State of stress and it was only when I started having panic attacks on the London underground that I realised how bad it had got. In this episode I talk about why listening to my reset button MP3 for just 3 1/2 minutes a day can improve your quality of life and your chances of success.
July 17, 2020
The 2 things I desperately don’t want YOU to know about ME
💣TRUTH BOMB TIME💣 . Funny isn’t it how synchronicities show up in our lives. Last Saturday I totally lost it and ended up sobbing on an Instagram live and it took me by surprise. . I decided to save it as an IGTV video and emailed it out to my entire mailing list! I did this because I want to show you that it is okay and normal to have big huge emotions. . It’s okay not to be okay. . The synchronicity was that on the following Monday my business coach challenged me to share with you the one thing I really don’t want you to know about me. . The one thing that makes my toes curl and heart race in my chest because I’m trying so hard to hide it. . Two things immediately sprang to mind, two things that made me feel physically sick and my mind shout “Don’t be ridiculous never tell them” . So I hit record and tell you about both of them in my latest podcast! The reason why I’m doing this is because the whole reason why I started Embrace was to share my own personal experiences of going through infertility and how using mindbody techniques such as mindfulness and emotional freedom technique were helping me navigate the rollercoaster of emotions I was experiencing. . It started out as a blog that very much was my journal and as the group grew and I started running fertility support meetings I knew that I wanted to be able to help more and in a deeper way. . I retrained as a therapist and for the past seven years this is what I have done. (Alongside creating and caring for two tiny ginger humans.) . If I stop being open and honest with you then I am not only doing you a disservice but doing myself a disservice because I will have forgotten that emotions are here to redirect us, to show us what is going on in our minds and bodies. . Some of you may listen to this and and unfollow me but some of you will listen and breathe a sigh of relief that it’s okay. We are human, we feel, we struggle, just because I’m a therapist, just because I’m a mum doesn’t mean that I’m living in this bubble of peace and harmony.
July 15, 2020
Feeling all the feels
I’ve just come for a quick walk after a client session and I am feeling all the feelings. I’m excited and inspired and I feel so so grateful that I get to work with women in this way at such a deep level. That I get to facilitate the transformations that occur from looking at your thoughts, your beliefs and your habits. How these impact how you are feeling and your decision making and therefore your life. I’m so blessed that I get to do this work. If you would like to find out more about working with me then go to www.Embracefertility.co.uk/start-here, check out the techniques I share and then book a free 30 minute clarity call and we can chat about how I can support you further.
July 01, 2020
Father’s Day & Hedgehogs
Mini episode on Father’s Day here in the UK, support for the guys, how the differences in how men and women deal with infertility based on my personal experiences and those of my clients and how that can impact your relationship. For fab podcasts and accounts to follow hosted by blokes check out @ittakes_three @pursuingfatherhood @them_ancave @theeasybit @themaleinfertilitypodcast @infertilityman Check out www.embracefertility.co.uk for loads of free support/ideas/downloads.
June 21, 2020
I’m choosing to educate myself
Recorded at the beginning of June 2020 and sharing what I’m choosing to do at this time to add my voice to the anti-racism conversation. Follow any of my social media feeds for images, links and info on what you can do. @embracefertility on Insta and Facebook and embracefertile on Twitter. Check out this article https://www.motherpukka.co.uk/the-silence-was-deafening/, https://instagram.com/thesullivanslondon?igshid=18hykfjvapkd1 and https://instagram.com/courtneyahndesign?igshid=ptvv10amf92f
June 08, 2020
Feeling held, heard and hopeful
I’m walking today down the Ridgeway in Oxfordshire and it’s a raised winding footpath completely engulfed in trees. I feel very safe, very held and that is the topic of today’s podcast. . I created the Embrace fertility method as that is what I needed myself, the first version of the course was written and recorded while I was going through infertility and IVF myself. . At the time I wanted to be surrounded by other women who not just understood me completely and without judgement but wanted to support themselves and learn how they could do that. . I’m launching the new and improved Embrace fertility method next Monday, the 1st of June. . This course will run for 12 weeks and include bi-weekly group coaching calls alongside the Embrace Circle private support group. . Check out www.embracefertility.co.uk/embrace and if any part of you feels drawn to learn more come and join us for the next three weeks for just £49 and see if it’s for you and if not I will refund your money.
May 26, 2020
Join me this Sunday at 4pm for a free masterclass and fertile thoughts activation process. Sign up at www.embracefertility.co.uk/start-here
May 21, 2020
You are more than a walking womb or ball sack!
Does this podcast need more explanation than that? I think not just hit play! Www.embracefertility.co.uk
May 16, 2020
Just relax! Oh F off!
Just relax. Stay positive. Just don’t think about it. One of my most read blogs is on this very subject and involves swearing! In this episode I talk about how trying to stay positive can actually have a detrimental impact on your well-being. I share how I ended up going down a rabbit hole of fertility visualisations, affirmations and law of attraction teachings and how instead of getting pregnant as promised I got more and more anxious. When I trained as a cognitive hypnotherapist I learnt the science behind how techniques such as visualisations and affirmations work and why they hadn’t worked for me in regards to getting pregnant. You need to use them as the last step in a five step process. I talk about this process and how you can start practicing today. Go to www.embracefertility.co.uk after listening.
May 11, 2020
What would you like your life to look like in 3 months time?
Today I talk about creating big picture vision and then focusing down on how you would like to be feeling and why. I get a bit passionate and I go a little David Attenborough in this one. You can get instant access to your FREE ‘Fertile Thoughts Activation Quick Start Pack’ and find relief from anxiety and repetitive negative thinking sign up here: https://embracefertility.co.uk/start-here/
May 02, 2020
What is this time teaching you about yourself?
About how you respond in a crisis about how you reach out or turn away from what you might need at this time. What would you like to learn what would you like to gain from this time?
April 15, 2020
I’ve done it!
I’ve done it, my 20,000 word Embrace Fertility book proposal is done and I hit send. In this quick update I talk about why I am writing a book and why I held off publishing that first draft seven years ago. I invite you to share what your biggest achievement is this week, that might just be getting out of bed and having a shower each day. but acknowledging what we are doing empowers us to do more. Visit www.embracefertility.co.uk/mindbodysectets for free workshop mentioned.
April 09, 2020
5 Days, 5 Ways to Calm
How’s everyone feeling about week two of lockdown? I am putting together this free mini course to share the techniques that I am finding indispensable at the moment. Join to learn simple ways to calm your mind and body. We start today. These powerful techniques, that range from 20 seconds to 20 minutes, will not only allow you to feel so much better in the moment but will bring your body out of stress response therefore building your resilience. Join group now: https://www.facebook.com/groups/5dayscalm
March 30, 2020
Free online workshop Wednesday at 8 pm
Just a quick note to say I’m running a free online workshop tomorrow Wednesday 25th of March at 8 pm sign up to my mailing list at https://embracefertility.co.uk/free-online-workshop/ I’ll be sharing more coping and comfort techniques and we will do you a beautiful grounding meditation to bring us to a place of calm. I hope you are all well.
March 24, 2020
Coping and comfort in troubled times
I published a blog yesterday which includes my self-soothers video of simple acupressure techniques you can use to soothe your mind and body during this time. These techniques are very easy to do and have the added bonus of boosting your immune system. Check out the blog for the free video and link to sign up to the emotional freedom technique tapping video. https://embracefertility.co.uk/coping-and-comfort-in-troubled-times/
March 16, 2020
Musings on mothering yourself while trying to conceive
The importance of mothering yourself while trying for baby. Starts with a behind the scenes at how and why I record the Embrace Fertility podcast as I filmed this episode for IGTV. You can go check out that episode now follow me on Instagram @embracefertility.
March 10, 2020
When was the last time you metaphorically masturbated?
In today’s episode I ask ‘When did you last do something that was purely to bring you pleasure and joy in this moment?’ No ulterior motive, no ‘I’m doing this because I’m going to increase my chances of getting pregnant’? When was the last time you really did something that was just for you? . I talk about how on my own journey through infertility I got to the point where everything I did was in the pursuit of getting pregnant. I was meditating, doing fertility yoga, acupuncture, I was doing ALL THE THINGS in the hope that this would then reach saturation point and I would become pregnant. . It also meant that any time I did something that was purely to have fun it was tinged with guilt that maybe I should be doing one of the conception enhancing techniques instead. . On previous blogs and podcasts I’ve talked about how if you want to get pregnant and become a mum because you imagine it will make you feel happy, fulfilled and content when it happens then surely allowing yourself to feel those feelings now is just as important. . Stop putting your life on hold. It is possible to not only live your life whilst waiting for your baby but love your life. I know because I did it.
March 02, 2020
Are you desperate for a baby?
In this episode I talk about the difference between desperately wanting to get pregnant and feeling empowered and impassioned on your journey to motherhood. I discuss how desperation has negative connotations - imagine a friend desperately wanting a boyfriend or desperately wanting a job and how that would impact their behaviour. I explain how you don’t need to dial down your desire for a baby but you instead dial down your fear that you may never get to have a baby. These are two very different things and this is where Embrace Fertility steps in, this is where I step in and say this is possible for you. www.embracefertility.co.uk
February 25, 2020
When was the last time you cried till your head hurt?
For me it was 15 minutes ago.! I decided to record this podcast to share about the unexpected outburst I just experienced and the learning I took from it as well as the benefits of everyone allowed themselves to have a really good cry.
February 14, 2020
Trying to ‘just relax’ and ‘stay positive’ can have a negative impact on your fertility!
Yes I know, when I first found this out I was like WTF! Everyone tells us to relax and stay positive while we are trying to conceive but trying to do so can actually have a very detrimental effect on your well-being and physical health and therefore a knock-on impact to your fertility and chances of conceiving. I’m going to be talking more about this along with the science behind your fertility and your mind in my free masterclass on Wed 12th Feb. If you are listening after that date then come and join my mailing list and I will send you the replay of the masterclass. Www.embracefertility.co.uk
February 11, 2020
Is your mind helping or hindering?
Our minds are powerful and are unable to distinguish between real or imagined. I demonstrate this with a simple exercise at the beginning of the podcast where I ask you to imagine cutting open and then biting into a lemon. I talk about how many of us going through infertility can wake up and immediately start thinking thoughts like “What if I never get pregnant?” “What if I never get to be a mother?” I talk about how this takes your body into stress response and then discuss simple techniques you can start to utilise to counterbalance this and bring your mind on board to support you in conceiving and carrying the baby you long for. My next free masterclass is on Wednesday, the 12th of February at 8 pm come and join my mailing list for your invite. Www.embracefertility.co.uk.
February 07, 2020
What to do when you are feeling awful
This week something happened that completely threw me. I was in floods of tears, feeling overwhelmed and shook up. I turned to the mindbody techniques that served me so well while going through infertility and the ones that I keep coming back to time and time again to rebalance and find comfort. In this episode I talk about how we can take charge of our emotions in our lives through simple decisions and actions. I suggest ways you can do that too. At the end of the podcast I invite you to email me and let me know what you think about this topic. You can do that by signing up for your free fertility support pack at www.embracefertility.co.uk and hitting reply when you get my email or by emailing me directly at email@example.com
January 31, 2020
You are the reason I left my kids for 3.5 days
Yes you. You dipping into podcasts looking for…......... What are you looking for? The answer? A distraction? Connection? When it comes down to it we are all just looking for, no scrap that, desperately longing for connection. Connection with ourselves, our partners, our purpose. When we don’t have connection we are lost, stunted, diminished. When we have it we are in powered inspired uplifted. I made a conscious decision to leave my much longed for children for you. http://www.embracefertility.co.uk/
January 21, 2020
Nurture and nourish
It’s so tempting at this time of year to set ourselves a massive list of new years resolutions of all the things we want to change about ourselves. Instead bring a new habit to your daily life, ask yourself before each decision you make “Is this nourishing or depleting?” While I was trying to conceive I pushed myself at work as a way of coping with infertility and it lead to burnout. As I started to tune in to my body I learnt how to nurture myself rather than deplete my energy.
January 10, 2020
Have you ever noticed that food has no flavour when you are stressed?
I spent 15 minutes making myself a delicious pot of porridge with fresh berries, nuts, seeds and cinnamon and I set out into the woods to eat it. I got chased by a huge dog and now the porridge has no flavour. In this episode I talk about the emotional and physiological changes experience by our bodies when we go into stress response and how this can impact our experience of infertility. Go to www.embracefertility.co.uk for your free fertility support pack and mindful meditation.
December 13, 2019
Coping at Christmas while trying for a baby.
Now it’s December I thought I would share some tips for coping at Christmas while trying for a baby. In this episode I talk about how it’s okay to decide on short notice if you want to attend Christmas parties or gatherings. I talk about simple mindbody techniques that you can use to overcome overwhelm and bring your body back into rest and relaxation. The blog I mention is ‘Happiness on hold ‘which can be found at https://embracefertility.co.uk/ill-be-happy-when-im-pregnant-vs-what-can-i-do-to-feel-better-right-now/. The IVFbabble article ‘10 ways to respond to ‘When are you having a baby?’ will be added once it goes live on their site. Signup at https://embracefertility.co.uk/mindbodysecrets/ to join me for my free masterclass ‘Coping at Christmas while trying for a baby’ which will be on the 8th of December at 8pm GMT London time. In this free online masterclass I’ll be sharing simple yet powerful mindbody techniques to bring your body out of stress and how to take care of yourself both emotionally and physically during this season.
December 04, 2019
How to embrace your fertility
Introducing the mindbody techniques that brought me back to myself after hitting rock bottom due to infertility. I was suffering from anxiety, panic attacks and depression. For you free fertility support pack visit www.embracefertility.co.uk.
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