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Welcome to Get Pregnant Naturally. Where Functional Medicine and Natural Fertility solutions will help you get pregnant and have your baby. My mission is to inspire, motivate and empower you! Most of all I want you to wake up! With Functional Medicine, we can discover what causes infertility and eventually reverse the condition.

Get Pregnant Naturally Sarah Clark

    • Alternative Health

Welcome to Get Pregnant Naturally. Where Functional Medicine and Natural Fertility solutions will help you get pregnant and have your baby. My mission is to inspire, motivate and empower you! Most of all I want you to wake up! With Functional Medicine, we can discover what causes infertility and eventually reverse the condition.

    How to Reduce Toxins that Impact Fertility

    How to Reduce Toxins that Impact Fertility

    Maggie Berghoff joins us today as we're digging into the top environmental toxins and how they impact fertility.
    Many of us know how mental emotional stress impacts our fertility, but we may not know the impact of environmental stress.
    We’re exposed to chemicals in our food, our personal care products (yes this includes feminine hygiene products) and cleaning products.
    Turns out these chemicals are linked to endocrine disruptors that impact both male and female fertility.
    And the studies prove it:
    Women with a history of miscarriage may have up to 300% more of a chemical used in perfumes and cosmetics in their bloodstream than women who have never miscarried. (Human Reproduction Journal)
    Two common chemicals found in leather upholstery, carpets, soap, toothpaste, and even baby bottles have been linked to high infertility rates. (American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology)
    Today I’m welcoming Maggie Berghoff. Maggie is a functional medicine nurse practitioner and health consultant.
    In this episode we’ll discuss:
    How to replace your products with non-toxic options (it’s not about throwing out all your products (that can create more stress!). How to ensure your water is safe - what you need for a filter and what you could be missing in the shower. What to do about the air you breathe – filter recommendations and why indoor air pollution is worse that outdoor Blue Light exposure – we’re big on this one – we’re all exposed to blue and green light from our tablets/computers/phones – this impacts our melatonin which is essential for male and female fertility Sound exposure – noise activates a stress response, which triggers a release of cortisol. We discuss how to minimize your exposure. EMF exposure – we discuss how to minimize WiFi and 5G and why this matters for fertility  
    Registration for Mindfulness Fertility Series - Doors Close Today - Jan 27th at midnight PST (course starts Jan 30/2020): https://fabfertile.clickfunnels.com/launch-page-1ag9aafrq
     
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    ***INFORMATION***
    Book your Free Supercharge Your Fertility Discovery Call here: https://intakeq.com/booking/cZ7XW6
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    Sponsored by: BLUBlox (Sleep+ is the world’s most advanced blue and green light blocking glasses addressing the exact frequencies of light required after dark to optimally produce melatonin for restorative sleep and health) Visit BLUBlox website at: http://bit.ly/BLUBlox Use coupon code: getpregnantpodcast to recieve 15% discount. Free shipping worldwide.
     
    More ways to support you to get pregnant naturally:
    Fabulously Fertile Book - https://fabfertile.com/product/fabulously-fertile/ Fabulously Fertile Cookbook - https://fabfertile.com/product/fabulously-fertile-cookbook/ Fertility Preparation Program - https://fabfertile.com/product/fertility-preparation-program/ Fab Fertile 6 week online Yoga Series - https://fabfertile.com/product/fertility-yoga-series/  
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    Don't forget to check out my Resources page for more information and products that will help you on your fertility journey: https://fabfertile.com/resources/

    • 47 min
    How to Increase Pregnancy Success if You Have Scar Tissue

    How to Increase Pregnancy Success if You Have Scar Tissue

    Larry and Belinda Wurn join us today as we’re digging into using physical therapy to break up adhesions - also known as scar tissue.
    Did you know that many of us have scar tissue or adhesions? These adhesions can develop after traumatic events such as surgery, car accidents, sexual abuse, fibroids, endometriosis, PCOS, bladder infections, hormonal imbalances and more.
    We believe in a functional approach to fertility, which addresses all the stressors in the body. Such as food sensitivities, gut infections, environmental toxins exposure, mental emotional stress and structural stress.
    Many times during the fertility journey we focus a lot on mental emotions stress (and while this is essential), if the other stressors are not addressed – healing opportunities can be missed.
    Today I’m welcoming Larry and Belinda Wurn. Together, they developed the Wurn Technique® and Clear Passage Approach®, a non-surgical treatment for chronic pain, female infertility, bowel obstruction, and sexual dysfunction.
    Their technique is supported by medical studies published in Fertility and Sterility and more. Learn more here.
    In this episode we’ll discuss:
    What are adhesions (also known as scar tissue) and how they impact fertility How to know if you have adhesions How this treatment helps with fibroids, unexplained infertility, endometriosis, PCOS, blocked fallopian tubes and hormonal imbalances How long the treatment works and what the medical studies tell us about efficacy  
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    Registration for Mindfulness Fertility Series Open Today - early bird expires Jan 21st (course starts Jan 30/2020): https://fabfertile.clickfunnels.com/launch-page-1ag9aafrq
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    ***INFORMATION***
    Book your Free Supercharge Your Fertility Discovery Call here: https://intakeq.com/booking/cZ7XW6
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    Sponsored by: BLUBlox (Sleep+ is the world’s most advanced blue and green light blocking glasses addressing the exact frequencies of light required after dark to optimally produce melatonin for restorative sleep and health) Visit BLUBlox website at: http://bit.ly/BLUBlox Use coupon code: getpregnantpodcast to recieve 15% discount. Free shipping worldwide.
     
    More ways to support you to get pregnant naturally:
    Fabulously Fertile Book - https://fabfertile.com/product/fabulously-fertile/ Fabulously Fertile Cookbook - https://fabfertile.com/product/fabulously-fertile-cookbook/ Fertility Preparation Program - https://fabfertile.com/product/fertility-preparation-program/ Fab Fertile 6 week online Yoga Series - https://fabfertile.com/product/fertility-yoga-series/  
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    Don't forget to check out my Resources page for more information and products that will help you on your fertility journey: https://fabfertile.com/resources/

    • 56 min
    How to Lose Weight to Improve Fertility

    How to Lose Weight to Improve Fertility

    Karen Martel joins us today as we're digging into how to lose weight and what that means for fertility.
    If you could snap your fingers and lose the weight you would! Easier said than done, right? This can be especially stressful when you are trying to conceive, because a doctor may have told you that you must lose weight to attempt IVF. So before you dust off your running shoes and start that diet again, I want you to consider a new approach to losing weight that can also improve your fertility.
    You may know what the research tells us, but let’s review it again. Being overweight can impact ovulation, hormone balance, negatively impact IVF success rates, and lead to a higher rate of miscarriage. Plus babies born to women with a BMI (body mass index) of 30 or greater have an increased risk of having birth defects, such as heart defects and neural tube defect. And it’s not just women. Obesity in men is associated with lower testosterone and impaired sperm quality, as well as a higher rate of erectile dysfunction.
    That’s why the functional approach offers an exciting new approach to weight loss. With our Fab Fertile Method we don’t focus on the weight, however when we make customized diet and lifestyle changes, weight loss is a surprising benefit.
    Today I’m welcoming Karen Martel. Karen is a Certified Transformational Nutrition Coach and weight loss expert.
    In this episode you’ll learn:
    How food sensitivities impact weight loss (hint – we see this all the time!). How blood sugar impacts weight loss (if your blood sugar is on a roller coaster it can wreak havoc on your hormones) The connection between gut infection and excess weight The link between thyroid dysfunction and the inability to lose weight Sign up for the Mindfulness Fertility Series wait list here: https://fabfertile.clickfunnels.com/optingz3vmyii
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    ***INFORMATION***
    Book your Free Supercharge Your Fertility Discovery Call here: https://intakeq.com/booking/cZ7XW6
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    Sponsored by: BLUBlox (Sleep+ is the world’s most advanced blue and green light blocking glasses addressing the exact frequencies of light required after dark to optimally produce melatonin for restorative sleep and health) Visit BLUBlox website at: http://bit.ly/BLUBlox Use coupon code: getpregnantpodcast to recieve 15% discount. Free shipping worldwide.
     
    More ways to support you to get pregnant naturally:
    Fabulously Fertile Book - https://fabfertile.com/product/fabulously-fertile/ Fabulously Fertile Cookbook - https://fabfertile.com/product/fabulously-fertile-cookbook/ Fertility Preparation Program - https://fabfertile.com/product/fertility-preparation-program/ Fab Fertile 6 week online Yoga Series - https://fabfertile.com/product/fertility-yoga-series/  
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    Don't forget to check out my Resources page for more information and products that will help you on your fertility journey: https://fabfertile.com/resources/

    • 1 hr 3 min
    What You Need to Know About Blue Light and Fertility

    What You Need to Know About Blue Light and Fertility

    Andy Mant joins us today as we’re digging into the impact blue light has on sleep and why this matters for fertility.
    I can’t tell you how many couples we’ve worked with – who have issues with their sleep.
    From insomnia, having a hard time falling asleep, waking up during the night to feeling exhausted when they wake in the morning….sleep matters for your health and especially for fertility.
    That’s why we work on sleep hygiene and a big part of that is minimizing light exposure. We are exposed to this harmful light from our phones, tablets, computers, lights in our house.
    Research has found that light exposure can impact your mood, your weight, your risk level for certain types of cancers and your reproductive health.
    The blue and green light impacts our melatonin production – which directly impacts both male and female fertility. That’s why we recommend blue and green light blockers to all of our clients.
    Today I’m welcoming Andy Mant. Andy is the founder and CEO of BLUblox, a company specializing in evidence-based advanced light filtering eyewear.
    In this episode we’ll discuss:
    What is blue light and why do we need to protect ourselves from blue light if we are trying to conceive. How blue light impacts our melatonin production and why this is important for both male and female fertility. Plus how to know if we are really getting good quality sleep and how minimizing our light exposure can improve sleep. ---
    ***INFORMATION***
    Book your Free Supercharge Your Fertility Discovery Call here: https://intakeq.com/booking/cZ7XW6
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    Sponsored by: BLUBlox (Sleep+ is the world’s most advanced blue and green light blocking glasses addressing the exact frequencies of light required after dark to optimally produce melatonin for restorative sleep and health) Visit BLUBlox website at: http://bit.ly/BLUBlox Use coupon code: getpregnantpodcast to recieve 15% discount. Free shipping worldwide.
     
    More ways to support you to get pregnant naturally:
    Fabulously Fertile Book - https://fabfertile.com/product/fabulously-fertile/ Fabulously Fertile Cookbook - https://fabfertile.com/product/fabulously-fertile-cookbook/ Fertility Preparation Program - https://fabfertile.com/product/fertility-preparation-program/ Fab Fertile 6 week online Yoga Series - https://fabfertile.com/product/fertility-yoga-series/  
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    Don't forget to check out my Resources page for more information and products that will help you on your fertility journey: https://fabfertile.com/resources/

    • 1 hr 14 min
    The Best of the Podcast for 2019

    The Best of the Podcast for 2019

    Today I’m digging into the best episodes from 2019.
    This episode is for you:
    If you want the top tips to help you get pregnant naturally in 2020 Need a road-map to figure out what should be next for YOU! You want to learn the latest from the field of functional medicine and how it can help you have your baby My favorite episodes from the Get Pregnant Naturally podcast for 2019:
    1. How and Why to do an elimination diet
    Do this! Start Jan 1st with your partner. If already done this (and gluten/dairy-free 60 days and not pregnant (both partners) it’s time for testing. At a minimum start with stool/hormone testing.
    2. Why Stool Testing Is Essential
    We see this all the time! A gut infection is a stressor on the body. Whether it’s a parasite, bacterial infection or fungal infection - GI issues impact your hormones. Even if you don’t have digestive issues (only 1 in 8 people present with digestive issues) the others have health issues such as skin, joint, autoimmunity and mood plus way more! Have you done a stool test yet? Remember all stool tests are not created equal - conventional stool testing may miss healing opportunities. We like the GI MAP stool test.
    3. Why IVF is my last step
    Most women that reach out to me (yes it’s the women who come to me first) although we coach couples…have usually gone to a fertility clinic.
    Typically they have had multiple failed IUI’S and IVF’s…they may even have been told that donor eggs are their only option.
    They may feel like they are backed up against a wall, that time and money are running out.
    I want you to know that infertility does not happen in a bubble….there are other health issues going on in your body.
    Whether its:
    long term birth control use undetected autoimmune disease food sensitivities gut infections (parasites, bacteria, worms) thyroid dysfunction chronic stress environmental toxin overload over exercising/under-eating blood sugar dysregulation poor sleep digestive issues – constipation/diarrhea There is a reason.
    4. How Post Birth Control Syndrome Impacts Fertility
    I can’t tell you the number of women that I speak with who have been on long term hormonal birth control…and are struggling to conceive.
    Women who were put on the pill in their teens due to heavy periods, painful periods, PMS, irregular periods, acne and more. This was me! In my early 20’s I started to experience acne and very irregular periods…so my doctor gave me the pill. Fast forward…at 28 years old I was diagnosed with POF.
    I’ll never know for sure what triggered the POF…but I do know that the pill – negatively impacts our microbiome – predisposing us to gut infections, food sensitivities and nutrient deficiencies. When we come off the pill our symptoms may be worse or entirely different and then some of us may struggle to conceive.
    Many never even connect the dots and go straight to the fertility clinic.
    That’s why I am passionate to share with women….about Post Birth Control Syndrome. There is a reason that you are struggling with infertility….your body is desperately trying to tell you something.
    5. What is methylation and why does it matter for your fertility
    The final word! Yes you heard it here – which ingredient to look for in your prenatal. We discuss methylated folate versus folic acid. So many women get this wrong! For studies on the side effects of folic acid in pregnancy (check out Dr. Ben Lynch’s website www.benlynch.com) Folic acid been around since 1980’s. Folic acid is synthetic and the body has to process it to make is useable. Many people have problems with folate genetics and even if there are no problems folic acid is still not recommended.
    Avoid foods with enriched with folic acid such as grains/breads/cereals/drinks/energy bars/supplements (prenatal). Always choose methylated folate s

    • 41 min
    How to Improve Success of IVF or FET

    How to Improve Success of IVF or FET

    Heidi Brockmeyre joins us today as we’re digging into steps to do a home prior to an IVF or FET.
    I know you’re listening to this podcast to get tips to help you get pregnant naturally however if you have decided that IVF is right for you – I want to give you some tips you can do to improve your success.
    If your treatment is around the corner, you may be feeling all sorts of emotions from excitement to worry. These are all normal (I remember feeling so excited and so nervous at the same time - the day of my fresh transfer). I wanted to give you some steps you could start doing to prepare. Because although you have a plan, it can feel like so many things are out of your control.
    Today I’m welcoming Heidi Brockmeyre. Heidi is a Doctor of Chinese Medicine. She has a decade of experience helping women grow their families.
    In this episode we’ll discuss:
    The steps you can take at home before your IVF or FET. What to do when you get stuck in worry mode and how to stay present. Which foods to add to your diet before treatment and which foods to avoid. Why hot packs and socks can be your new best friends. How to keep hydrated (which is key for your cervical mucus – which is needed to get the sperm to the egg). Plus the final verdict on exercise before your treatment and why self-acupressure can help. ---
    ***INFORMATION***
    Book your Free Supercharge Your Fertility Discovery Call here: https://intakeq.com/booking/cZ7XW6
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    More ways to support you to get pregnant naturally:
    Fabulously Fertile Book - https://fabfertile.com/product/fabulously-fertile/ Fabulously Fertile Cookbook - https://fabfertile.com/product/fabulously-fertile-cookbook/ Fertility Preparation Program - https://fabfertile.com/product/fertility-preparation-program/ Fab Fertile 6 week online Yoga Series - https://fabfertile.com/product/fertility-yoga-series/  
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    Don't forget to check out my Resources page for more information and products that will help you on your fertility journey: https://fabfertile.com/resources/

    • 56 min

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