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How To Tap Into Your Spirituality So That You Can Welcome Your Baby
Kelly Meehan joins us today as we’re digging into how to tap into your spirituality so that you know that your baby is coming.
As you may know, our Fab Fertile Method includes a personalized approach using cutting-edge testing and targeted lifestyle protocols that fast track the chances of pregnancy success. Our team of fertility experts will guide you and your partner to optimize your body, mind, and spirit to help welcome your baby.
We specialize in low AMH, high FSH, diminished ovarian reserve, and premature ovarian insufficiency so that you can get pregnant naturally or have a successful IVF with your own eggs.
Because the conventional approach for these diagnoses is usually IVF or donor eggs.
Many times before couples work with us they have experienced canceled IVF cycles due to low follicle count, failed IVF’s due to egg quality, embryo quality, and more.
I know firsthand how difficult it is to hear that you have a very small chance of conceiving naturally or that donor eggs are your only option.
This information from a well-meaning reproductive endocrinologist can embed in your subconscious making it difficult to see a positive outcome.
That’s why we include either faith-based coaching or energy healing as part of our Fab Fertile Method. Being able to trust your intuition, deepen your faith, and know that your child is on the way can give you a sense of calm and peace which helps improve hormone balance.
I’m excited to welcome Kelly Meehan to the podcast. Kelly is a healing visionary, published author, birth advocate, and mother to her sons Rain and little Forest. She calls herself a Spirit Baby Medium™, which is a title she created from intuition and love. Kelly shares messages from the spirit of a child before life and the afterlife.
In this episode you'll learn:
1) How to communicate with your spirit baby.
2) How to allow answers to be received through trust, not fear
3) Holding space for loss and grief into our conception journey
4) How to understand, through the wisdom of signs, symbols, sensations, visions, and dreams.
5) What is our psychic sense and why our babies love to communicate through this space
08:06- INTRO TO TODAY'S EPISODE & KELLY MEEHAN’S BIO
08:53- KELLY MEEHAN’S PERSONAL JOURNEY IN THIS WORK
12:11-HOW DO WE COMMUNICATE WITH OUR SPIRIT BABY?
More people are communicating with their spirit babies than you may think “Spirit baby communication is very instinctual.” Babies communicate in different ways (don’t judge it) Trusting and knowing what you are sensing Creating a spirit baby practice 16:30- THE ANATOMY OF THE SACRED REPRODUCTIVE SYSTEM
Having a baby doesn’t start in the womb- it starts with energy 19:36- TRUSTING AND MOVING AWAY FROM FEAR
“The Fear becomes worship.” Moving away from the need for instant gratification How can you use your body as a tool? How is your body responding to the world? 24:17- HOW DO FEEL AND KNOW?
Sitting inside “the space of the heart” 27:05- DEALING WITH PREVIOUS TRAUMA
The importance of awareness of our trauma Our soul knows trauma “You are healable.” 31:48- LOSS AND GRIEF- HOW CAN HEARING FROM OUR SPIRIT BABIES HELP?
35:08- HOW DO SPIRIT BABIES HELP US HEAL FROM LOSS?
Interpreting messages from our spirit babies Different ways babies communicate What are “children of light”? 41:20- WHERE DO WE START IF WE ARE INTERESTED IN DEVELOPING OUR PSYCHIC GIFTS?
Kelly’s book recommendations 43:20- PSYCHIC SENSE- WHY DO BABIES PREFER TO COMMUNICATE THROUGH THEM?
“The more we go inward into our own psychic awareness- we get to see so much more.” “Everyone has psychic potential.” “Psychic space is always there.” “The soul of a baby is a being.” Not judging the insight we get and trusting our psychic space. 56:55- KELLY’S FREE MEDITATION DOW
How To Improve Your Relationship During The Fertility Journey
Dr. Sarah Rattray joins us today as we're digging into how to improve our relationship during the fertility journey.
I can’t believe I’m about to celebrate 25 years of marriage in June. We met each other at our university bar called the - The Rat (yep it was a hole in the wall). I was wearing one of my super short skirts (cue 90’s fashion) plus a coat with a fur collar that he called my beaver pelt (yeah he made me laugh – score a point for him).
I remember how bloodshot his eyes were (nothing like cheap draft beer), what a very large school ring he was wearing on his finger (that’s ring has been replaced lol), and how cute he was!
Six years later we were married and then we started trying for kids. My husband is a very calm person – next to my excitable, always needs a plan (i.e. controlling nature). When I received my premature ovarian failure diagnosis he was right there by my side.
The only time I got angry with him was when I wanted to get a dog and he didn’t want one – (I’m not a big crier – but I broke down telling him I needed this dog – because we couldn’t have kids right now). Our dog Sadie came along 18 months before our daughter, Ava, and then our son Will was born 3 years later.
We’ve been through a lot together and no marriage is perfect – but we continue to work on ourselves and communicate with each other. And after all these years I still laugh at his jokes, he tolerates my crazy ideas and when our dog Sadie passed away – I wanted to get another dog – 4 years later he finally relented and little Rosie joined our family – and since my husband has been working at home – this dog is his constant companion and barely notices me!
The fertility journey can either make your relationship stronger or it can tear you apart.
As you may know, our Fab Fertile Method always includes your partner unless you are choosing to conceive by yourself, and then we can also support you.
What if you find yourself nagging or criticizing your partner?
What if you feel defensive or you find yourself fighting.
How do we reconnect with our partners during the fertility journey?
I’m excited to welcome Dr. Sarah Rattray, leading Couples Psychologist for over 30 years, who is the founder and CEO of the Couples Communication Institute, which is dedicated to helping couples achieve lasting closeness and intimacy through effective communication.
In this episode you'll learn:
1) How to stop nagging and criticizing.
2) What to do when you feel contempt or not valuing your partner's feelings or opinions.
3) How do we stop being defensive and take responsibility and apologies for our actions.
4) How to reconnect with our partner and start conversations about our dreams/goals for the future.
06:28- INTRO TO TODAY'S EPISODE AND DR. SARAH RATTRAY'S BIO
07:02- DR. SARAH RATTRAY'S JOURNEY AND INTEREST IN THIS WORK
09:00- GOTTMAN THERAPY
What makes the difference between the “masters” and the “disasters” of relationships?
10:54- INTRO TO THE GOTTMAN MODEL
“The four horsemen to the apocalypse”
Through struggles some people grow closer some grow apart- how come?
“When something doesn’t sit well with you, you have to tell your partner.”
“You need to share your feelings with your partner”
12:28- CRITICISM AND ITS ANTIDOTE
The difference between a complaint and criticism
The importance of being objective and not blaming
The cornerstone of a strong relationship: Thinking of what you appreciate
Leading with criticism - a “harsh start-up”
17:34- TWO KINDS OF AWARENESS (AND WHY THIS MATTERS)
18:53- DEFENSIVENESS AND ITS ANTIDOTE
Defensiveness usually follows criticism
Being in a “state of defensiveness”
Taking responsibility for what you do
“Taking responsibility takes inner strength”
How Stress and Other Factors Negatively Impact Sperm Quality
Dr. Deb Matthew joins us today as we're digging into how to address missed healing opportunities for male factor infertility.
Most of the time it's women that find me – either by listening to my Get Pregnant Naturally podcast (we recently celebrated over 400,000 downloads), my blog, YouTube channel, or social media.
As you know our proven Fab Fertile Method includes your partner so you can improve your chances of pregnancy success.
We’ve reviewed countless tests for men and there are ALWAYS areas to improve even if the semen analysis is fine or especially when it is not.
But it may be confusing to know where to start. As you know we are all about action – but it has to be the right type of action that fast tracks getting pregnant naturally – otherwise it just wastes time and money.
Excited to welcome Dr. Deb Matthew MD, The Happy Hormones Doctor, is a best-selling author, international speaker, educator, wife, and mom of four boys.
In this episode you'll learn:
1) How does cortisol impact sperm counts. 2) Thyroid health and the connection to sperm quality. 3) What causes low testosterone and how can we improve it 4) The link between cholesterol and sperm health. Why addressing gut infection and optimizing the microbiome matter for male fertility 5) Causes of erectile dysfunction and low libido A Busy Woman's Guide to Symptoms of Hormone Imbalance www.isityourhormones.com -----------------
I’m excited to invite you to a special masterclass - where you’ll learn How To Improve Your Chances Of Pregnancy Success If You Have Low AMH/High FSH.
This LIVE masterclass is on Tuesday, June 15TH at 9 pm EST.
Register your spot here.
Here’s what you’ll learn:
What you need to know about low AMH/high FSH so that you can get pregnant naturally.
How to know which diet will improve low AMH/high FSH so that can stop wasting time and prepare your body for pregnancy success.
Why balancing this "often overlooked" hormone is essential to optimize low AMH/high FSH (why many times you'll be told everything is "normal") and healing opportunities are missed.
Space is very limited for this LIVE interactive masterclass. Get your questions answered by our team of Fertility Experts. Register your spot here.
07:13- INTRO TO TODAY'S EPISODE AND DR. DEB MATTHEW’S BIO
07:55- DR. DEB MATTHEW’S PERSONAL STORY AND BACKGROUND
11:40- WHAT IS CAUSING LOW SPERM COUNTS?
“Our environment conspires to create ill health” EMF’s and the health issues with radiation Chemicals in the environment and how this affects us Other hormone disruptors 15:30- DIGGING IN DEEPER TO EMF’S & WHAT WE CAN DO
16:30- CORTISOL LEVELS & HOW IT AFFECTS SPERM
Symptoms and signs that stress is affecting you 19:15- INSULIN AND HOW IT AFFECTS SPERM
20:40- FUNCTIONAL LEVELS OF INSULIN
21:30- HOW THYROID HEALTH AFFECTS SPERM
Low libido as an effect of poor thyroid health Symptoms to be aware of “Thyroid is very important for fertility.” 23:10- ISSUES OF LOOKING AT TSH AND NOT LOOKING AT THE FULL PANEL
“There are all these things that are fixable that we should be looking for.” 25:18- TESTOSTERONE: WHAT’S NORMAL? WHAT ARE WE LOOKING FOR?
“You don’t want to be ‘normal, you want to be optimal.” 28:50- STEPS YOU CAN TAKE FOR LOW TESTOSTERONE
Nutrition and exercise recommendations Cholesterol’s role in our bodies (not what you may think!) 31:10- TRIGLYCERIDES AND CHOLESTEROL
34:19- BODY FAT, POOR SLEEP, AND TESTOSTERONE
What body fat cells do in our body 35:53- FEMALE SYMPTOMS THAT THEY HAVE EXCESS ESTROGEN
36:42- GUTT INFECTIONS AND SPERM HEALTH
38:50- HOW DO WE GET RID OF H.PYLORI?
39:39- NUTRIENT DEFICIENCY AND SPERM HEALTH
Most common nutrient deficiencies she sees Functional level recommendations 42:35- LEVELS OF ZINC AND COPPER
Why Focusing On The Whole Body Helps To Improve Sperm Quality
Dr. Tracy Gapin joins us today as we’re digging into how to optimize male fertility so that you can get pregnant naturally.
For many men setting up a consult with a doctor or a urologist is the hardest part of the fertility process.
I’ve spoken with so many couples that are struggling with infertility and many tell me that the male partner has not even been examined or received a semen analysis – while the female partner has undergone extensive testing.
This is not to blame the man. Similar to how women may feel that femininity is wrapped up in motherhood. Men may feel emasculated and experience guilt, shame, and low self-worth when they are on the fertility journey.
As you learned last week sperm counts have dropped by more than 50% over the past 40 years.
It is essential that the male partner fully participates in the process as you prepare for pregnancy success.
That’s why our proven Fab Fertile Method includes the partner.
As is the case with egg health – it is important not to myopically focus on semen quality – but to look at the healing opportunities in the whole body – because improving overall health positively impacts the health of the sperm.
I’m excited to welcome Dr. Tracy Gapin MD, FACS is a board-certified urologist, world-renowned men’s health & performance expert, best-selling author, and professional speaker.
In this episode you'll learn:
1) Common themes with male fertility from a urologist so you don’t miss crucial healing opportunities
2) Getting to the bottom of hormonal imbalance and low testosterone and why testosterone therapy is a band-aid approach.
3) How to check for a Varicocele. How effective is a vasectomy reversal? What to do if there is no sperm can this be improved?
4) Addressing gut health, environmental toxins exposure, nutrition, epigenetics, mindset, stress, and more so that semen quality can be restored.
FREE copy of Dr. Gapin's book - Male 2.0 - drtracygapin.com/limitless
05:01- INTRO TO TODAY'S EPISODE AND DR. TRACY GAPIN’S BIO
06:13- DR. GAPIN’S JOURNEY AND WHY HE DOES THIS WORK
“The disease model that I’d been in was insufficient.” 07:54- COMMON THEMES WITH MALE FACTOR INFERTILITY
Why he believes this is a men’s health pandemic Testosterone has dropped 30-40% Fertility has dropped over 50% Sperm count has dropped 60% Why he believes our society will be infertile by the year 2040 if something doesn’t change He is seeing young men coming in without sperm 10:49- TOP TESTS HE RECOMMENDS
Systems based approach to health & the M.A.L.E. framework 14:15- DIFFERENCE BETWEEN SPERM COUNT, MOTILITY, MORPHOLOGY
15:10- WHY WOULD THERE BE DEBREE IN A SEMEN SAMPLE?
15:40- DNA FRAGMENTATION?
16:20- HORMONAL IMBALANCE AND LOW TESTOSTERONE
Symptoms and causes Low testosterone is not just about sex Testosterone is important for bone health, cognitive function, energy level, etc “When we look at a guy with low testosterone, it’s not just libedo, it’s not just sex, it’s really about his life.” 18:53- THE M.A.L.E FRAMEWORK
Mindset: stress resilience, mindfulness, and meditation “Mindset is first and foremost” Aging: we now know that we can reverse aging, cellular function, the way our body creates proteins, etc Lifestyle: nutrition, not only what he eats but when he eats, sleep patterns, etc Environment: toxins, gut health, detoxifications, etc. Optimizing testosterone (without giving testosterone) 22:33 WHAT ABOUT MEN WHO STRUGGLE WITH MINDFULNESS/MINDSET?
App and meditation recommendations 24:20- WHY HE RECOMMENDS WEARABLE TECH: WHY TRACK SLEEP?
The importance of sleep quantity and quality What does snoring mean? Is it a symptom of something? Sleep studies and what to expect EMFs? Should we be concerned? 30:30- ENVIRONMENTAL TOXINS- HOW THEY AFFECT MEN
The studies that show the e
How To Improve Declining Sperm Counts And Egg Quality
Dr. Shanna Swan joins us today as we’re digging into why male and female fertility is declining and what you can do to improve your egg/sperm health.
At Fab Fertile HQ we talk about the importance of eliminating exposure to environmental toxins. This is crucial for both male and female fertility. A 2017 study from an environmental and reproductive epidemiologist, Dr. Shanna Swan has found:
Sperm counts have declined by more than 50% over the last 40 years. Current projections point to sperm counts reaching zero by 2045.
Fertility rates are dropping by 1% each year. Miscarriage rates are increasing by 1% each year. Testosterone rates are decreasing by 1% each year. We’ve been using each other and our unborn children as guinea pigs for endocrine-disrupting chemicals and this experiment is taking a toll on our reproductive health and the future of the human race.
This is a call to action and an urgent wake-up call. Learn how to protect yourself and avoid chemical exposure so that you can get pregnant naturally.
I’m excited to welcome Dr. Shanna Swan. She is an award-winning scientist based at Mt. Sinai and one of the world’s leading environmental and reproductive epidemiologists. Dr. Swan has published more than 200 scientific papers and has been featured in extensive media coverage around the world. She is the author of the book – Count Down - How Our Modern World Is Threatening Sperm Counts, Altering Male and Female Reproductive Development, and Imperiling the Future of the Human Race
In this episode you'll learn:
1) What is causing the decline of sperm counts
2) We discuss the 1% effect and the impact on both male and female fertility
3) Impact of environmental toxins on egg and sperm health
4) What we can do to protect our fertility and improve pregnancy success
Spread the word about this episode with the hashtag #countmein
06:00- INTRO TO TODAY'S EPISODE AND DR. SHANNA SWAN’S BIO
06:45- DR. SHANNA SWAN’S PERSONAL STORY
Variables she looked at in her research for possible reasons why sperm count was declining The Study for Future Families and what she found Environment's effect on semen quality How standard guidelines have fluctuated 14:11- CULTURAL EMPHASIS ON WOMEN’S FERTILITY AND NOT MEN’S
15:17- THE “ONE PERCENT” EFFECT”
Declines are happening in both first world and third world countries “Reproductive health in men and women is deteriorating at about the same rate.” 17:53- GENDER BLURRING (MALE AND FEMALE LINES)
Disorders of sexual development and what causes them The lack of research, data, and the difficulty in studying it in humans 23:15- HOW ALCOHOL, SMOKING ETC. EFFECTS YOUR EGGS
“Things that are good for your heart health, and overall health, will be good for your egg health.” Smoking is hard on reproductive success How the parent’s (both mother and father) smoking can affect their son’s sperm “These lifestyle factors really matter.” Alcohol: binge drinking can reduce sperm count Moderating alcohol and exercise 29:20- DOES TYLENOL HAVE AN EFFECT ON SPERM?
29:46- ENVIRONMENTAL TOXINS AND EPIGENETICS
32:38- DHP & VPA
How genital development is affected The way chemicals are tested 37:12- PROTECTING YOURSELF AND INCREASING CHANCES OF PREGNANCY
The importance of men focusing on their reproductive health as well The variety of things you can do to protect yourself 38:38- THE DIET’S PIECE IN SEMEN QUALITY
“Pay attention to the foods that you eat” 41:07- HOW DUST CAN AFFECT YOUR FERTILITY
How to avoid chemical and dust (and why you should) 42:12 DR. SHANNA SWAN’S RECOMMENDATIONS FOR THINGS WE CAN DO
Movie recommendation and the ask to use the hashtag: #CountMeIn The secrecy of fertility and the importance to talk about it “We are all in this together” 46:43- DR. SHANNA SWAN’S SUCCESS STO
How To Improve Low Sperm Count, Motility and DNA Fragmentation
Justine Altman joins us today as we’re digging into how to optimize male fertility.
Although we specialize in complex cases such as low AMH, high FSH, diminished ovarian reserve, and premature ovarian insufficiency, more couples are coming to us with both female and male factor infertility.
The Fab Fertile Method is effective at addressing both male and female fertility conditions.
Even if the male partner tells us his semen analysis is fine – we always include a blood chemistry review and a review of his semen analysis using functional reference ranges (these are or optimal levels – so it flags it earlier before it goes to disease) to ensure no healing opportunities have been missed.
So many women are making all the diet and lifestyle changes and the male partner may be supportive and willing to change – but he may not know what can be done to optimize his fertility.
That is why we coach couples. It is not only about getting the female healthy for pregnancy – the male partner must be included to increase the chances of getting pregnant naturally.
Excited for you to learn about how the Fab Fertile Method can improve male fertility. I'm excited to welcome Justine Altman back to the podcast.
Justine is part of my team here at Fab Fertile. She is an integral part of our Couples Coaching program - which uses functional lab testing, diet, and lifestyle changes to dramatically improve conception. If you are struggling with infertility...your body is desperately trying to tell you something...focusing on your health will either help you get pregnant naturally or if you do need to go to the fertility clinic it will improve your chances of success.
Justine is a Functional Diagnostic Nutrition Practitioner. She was diagnosed with POCS and struggled with infertility but after taking a functional approach was able to have both her children naturally.
In this episode you'll learn:
1) Functional reference ranges for the semen analysis so we can identify healing opportunities to achieve optimal fertility. We discuss count, motility, morphology, DNA fragmentation and more.
2) Diet/lifestyle and the impact on male fertility
3) Themes we see with male factor fertility
4) Environmental toxins and how to reduce exposure to improve male fertility
5) Supplement recommendations to optimize male fertility (visit www.fabfertilestore.come for specific male fertility supplement recommendations)
05:25- INTRO TO TODAY’STOPIC
06:37- SEMEN ANALYSIS (FUNCTIONAL RANGES)
The numbers we are looking for How the standards have changed Numbers collected, sperm count, motility, and other markers 14:26- DIET CHANGES FOR IMPROVING MALE FACTOR FERTILITY
Elimination diet and food sensitivities “Health foods” that may not be healthy for you 17:07- THEMES WITH MALE FACTOR INFERTILITY: LOW STOMACH ACID
Why would you have low stomach acid? H pylori and stomach acid 20:58- THEMES WITH MALE FACTOR INFERTILITY: POOR MINERAL BALANCE
“Minerals are the spark plugs of the body.” Absorption issues and mineral imbalances 23:22- THEMES WITH MALE FACTOR INFERTILITY: LOW IMMUNE SYSTEMS
“Everything that happens in our body comes from our mouth.” “Everything comes back down to the gut.” 25:25- THEMES WITH MALE FACTOR INFERTILITY: BLOOD SUGAR IMBALANCE
Signs and what to look for WITH blood sugar imbalance “You know your body best.” 29:50- THEMES WITH MALE FACTOR INFERTILITY: LIPIDS
“Everything in the body is connected.” 32:06- THEMES WITH MALE FACTOR INFERTILITY: LOW VITAMIN D
Getting the right amount of sun (and the positive impact it can have) 34:24- GETTING THE RIGHT AMOUNT OF WATER
“You don’t know how horribly you are feeling until you feel awesome.” “Water plays a huge role.” What counts as water? Tea? Coffee? 36:00- THEMES WITH MALE FACTOR INFERTILITY: TH
Two episodes in
I’m currently struggling with secondary infertility and stumbled upon this podcast, as I manifest my next pregnancy & baby. Am now only two episodes in and already have learned SO much that I did not know before. Thank you for providing these resources.
Natural Fertility Advice at its Best
I stumbled across this podcast a few months ago and I love it. I love that it’s focused on the natural route since things like IVF not only scare me but also are not in line with my religious beliefs. I’ve learned a TON from listening and have implemented many things into my own life that are hopefully getting me that much closer to being a mom. Keep the episodes coming!
Love this approach!