By Meg Richichi
An Integrative Women’s Health Practitioner for the last 16 years, Meg Richichi blends both Eastern and Western modalities in her NYC practice. Her extensive studies and experience includes training at a leading hospital in Vietnam, herbalogy and shamanic healing practices in the Brazilian Rain Forest and training in holistic-functional medicine in the U.S. Richichi uses her collective knowledge and experience to focus on women’s health issues, including stress related hormonal imbalances, infertility, weight issues and acute/chronic pain disorders. Her practice includes nutritional counseling, acupuncture and personalized supplement programs.
So frequently women ask, ‘”What can I do to become pregnant?” The following applies to all women because sexual orientation plays no role and biology has no discernible bias. If a woman wants to become a mother, she must first become the best mother she can possibly be to herself-in every area of her life. When a woman chooses to nurture herself, making this a priority, she increases her chances for bringing a child into this world.
We live in a culture that has little regard for “self- nurturing.” Many of us continue to travel at a velocity that is completely out of rhythm with who we are. More times then not, women of all ages speed along life’s highway with minimal concern for the physical, emotional and spiritual consequences of their daily choices.
Part of the problem, is that we as a society have not adapted to modern day stress. We still respond as if being charged by a tiger in the jungle and live in a perpetual low- grade flight or fight response. This creature of the wild has another name -modern day stress. Years of chronic pushing and pulling on the adrenals, multi-tasking to the point of burnout–working long hours, skipping meals, not enough sleep, drinking too much caffeine and taking too little time for ourselves. The way you live your life and the lifestyle choices you make every day can have tremendous impact on your hormones. I cannot emphasize enough to all my fertility patients that their reproductive health is a reflection of their overall health.
What I have also observed over the past 16 years of clinical practice, are the escalating effects of daily stress on conception. Elevated cortisol levels, blood sugar issues, diet and environmental toxins are a few of the factors compromising women’s reproductive health today. For example, when your body is in a state of constant, low-grade stress, you use progesterone (amongst other hormones) in an effort to combat stress, robbing your cycle and impacting your chances for conception.
Motherspath Daily Fertility Tips:
Being more mindful of everyday lifestyle choices can vastly improve the quality of a your
reproductive health. Here are six fertility tips that may help you along the way:
- Eight hours of sleep every night.
- Eat within the first 30 minutes of waking- always include a protein with breakfast, lunch and dinner.
- Eat every 3 hours to keep your blood sugar stabilized- including a mid-morning and mid-afternoon snack.Good snack options include:
- Piece of fruit with 1 tablespoon of almond butter
- 1/4 cup of hummus and 12 baby carrots
- 6oz of low-fat greek plain yogurt with berries and 1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon
- If you’re experiencing gas, bloating, constipation, diarrhea, skin conditions such as eczema- there’s a good chance you may have a food sensitivity or allergy. The most common allergens include gluten, dairy, eggs, soy and corn. And, yes its quite possible that a food sensitivity or allergy can contribute to infertility challenges. I see it all the time in my practice.
- Consider getting a full thyroid test. I frequently discover the underlying issue is a hypo -active thyroid.
- Take probiotics – A study in the Lancet stated that women taking probiotics during pregnancy and nursing have children with less food allergies.
These six fertility tips can help you manage the daily ups and down with a bit more ease and side step that tiger as it comes your way.
If we want to create extraordinary babies, let’s start by creating extraordinary mothers.
Meg Richichi offers women a structured way to reshape their lives to encourage conception. Her program Mother’s Path goes beyond the quality of women’s eggs and focuses on the quality of women’s health. Meg helps women towards optimal reproductive health through a comprehensive analysis of lifestyle, diet, work habits, sleep and exercise. Meg’s individualized programs include nutrition, detoxification, specific supplementation and acupuncture to increase your chances for creating a healthy newborn while minimizing the risk of miscarriage. Please visit www.megrichichi.com for more detailed information.