It’s the beginning of another new year, and for women who are desiring to have a baby, January often comes with new resolutions and health goals. Here are five resolutions you should make when it comes to your fertility—and how to actually succeed at them.
1. Resolve to be more than your fertility. It can feel disheartening to try to get pregnant month after month, only to have it not happen. Or maybe you can easily get pregnant—but you don’t easily stay pregnant. Or maybe you’re between IVF cycles. Whatever your particular fertility challenge is, you are more than your body’s ability to conceive or have children. It’s easy to get so caught up in the process of fertility charting, symptom spotting, and medical treatment that we can forget this is just one small aspect of life. Yes, it feels very big while we are going through it, but there really is more. Resolve to focus on your relationships, your hobbies, the things you’re good at, and helping other people. The benefit to focusing on other aspects of life while you’re TTC is that the time passes faster (making those two week waits fly by), and when you’re done TTC, you won’t suddenly have a very big void in your life.
2. Resolve to put more in than you take out. This is a principle that applies to many different aspects of life, but let’s consider diet. So many view making food changes as a process of removing and restricting. Instead, consider how many healthy things you can add to your diet—regardless of how many things you cut out or avoid. It’s all about how you view the process. Women who have a “glass
is half full” approach to their food plans are always going to be successful than women who feel like the only way to healthy eating is to give up things they love. Instead of being forced to say goodbye to favorite foods, choose to introduce new, healthy ones into your life on a weekly basis and you will improve your health without suffering.
3. Resolve to be more active. This applies to fitness and exercise, obviously, but I’m specifically referring to being more active in your diet. Normally eat a lot of processed food? Be more active in preparing your own. Normally buy all your food from a grocery store? Research local sources for meat, eggs, and produce. Taking a more active approach to diet can feel like a lot of work, but in reality it
can only require a few extra minutes per week and can have a big payoff, not only in the quality of your food, but in your satisfaction level.
4. Resolve to be more flexible. This resolution has many levels. Consider incorporating yoga into your workout routine since the stretching can have a great impact on your digestive wellness, and therefore, your total body health. Normally a picky eater? Consider trying one new food a week or a month. It doesn’t have to be some crazy fanatic health food to count—just try any food you haven’t, perhaps prepared with a food you already love. Even if you already eat very well, consider adding more vegetables to your diet, or drink more water, or consider a different way of eating. We always get farther in life when we are open to options!
5. Resolve to keep an open mind. The process of trying to get pregnant involves many decisions made along the way, some easy and some not. There are medications, and supplements, and protocols. It can feel like an entirely overwhelming way of life. But when it comes to fertility treatments, there are often many different modalities that can be beneficial, as proven by science—like acupuncture, certain dietary supplements, meditation, massage, as well as more traditional options like seeing a reproductive endocrinologist. If you haven’t been getting where you want in the process of trying to conceive, resolve to keeping an open mind about your options. Find a doctor or practitioner who you trust, and explore as many options as you have. We can all usually benefit from a fresh perspective!
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