Maximizing Your Health & Well-Being During Fertility Treatment
Some fertility friendly choices are easy to make. Whether you are in fertility treatment cycles or not, here are some ideas on how to look at your current habits and make some shifts so that you know you are doing your best to maximize your health and well being.
End of summer delights. Fresh and local fruit and produce. Festivals abound. Enjoy the fresh air and brilliant light.
Fertility Friendly End of Summer Events
You can have fun and be fertility friendly in these next several weeks as summer starts to cool off and becomes fall.
Many of the festivals that are so prevalent this time a year are free- easy on the finances, especially if you're in fertility treatment. While there will be plenty of fried foods, there are colorful and delicious fruits and veggies that are ripening as well. Eating healthy things, walking around, free activities- those choices are all fertility friendly. Add into the mix that such healthy living will help you sleep more deeply and you will get to know that you have scored high on the fertility score sheet.
Choices to Maximize Your Health & Fertility
Four fertility friendly choices that you can make every day:
- Eat colorful food– buy organic and local when you can. Colorful foods will help supply the nutrients that you need before, during and after a pregnancy.
- Get moderate exercise. Walking for 20 minutes twice a day (or once a day if that's what you can squeeze in), will stimulate your metabolism. Exercise may make you feel tired in a really good way. It can also give you more energy and make you feel more alive.
- Have good sleep hygiene. Turn things off an hour before bedtime. The TV, the computer, the phone. Have an old fashioned conversation or read an actual book. This can be a challenging one- the benefits may make you realize how worth it it is to turn off. Try it for the month of September.
- Finally, pay attention to your breath. For one minute in the morning and one at night, breathe in. Breathe out. Set your timer on your phone. One minute of full attention to your breath twice a day can reduce the stress that so many of us feel during fertility treatment.
About Lisa Rosenthal
Lisa has over thirty years of experience in the fertility field. After her personal infertility journey, she felt dissatisfied with the lack of comprehensive services available to support her. She was determined to help others undergoing fertility treatment. Lisa has been with RMACT for eleven years and serves as Patient Advocate and the Strategic Content Lead.
Lisa is the teacher and founder of Fertile Yoga, a program designed to support men and women on their quest for their families through gentle movement and meditation.
Lisa’s true passion is supporting patients getting into treatment, being able to stay in treatment and staying whole and complete throughout the process. Lisa is also a Certified Grief Recovery Specialist, which is helpful in her work with fertility patients.
Her experience also includes working with RESOLVE: The National Infertility Association and The American Fertility Association (now Path2Parenthood), where she was Educational Coordinator, Conference Director and Assistant Executive Director.