128 episodes

Have you experienced infertility or loss of a child during pregnancy or infancy? This podcast is where you can find support and hope. This is a place where we will share stories of others going through infertility and loss to help give you hope that it is possible to live a full life after so much heart ache and to have the family you so desperately want. There will also be episodes from experts to help answer questions and be a great resources for you to find the help you need. I want to make sure you never feel alone and this community is here to help you and others all around the world.

Labor Pains: Dealing with infertility and loss during pregnancy or infancy‪.‬ Teresa Reiniger with Women Connect & Support

    • Education
    • 4.9 • 10 Ratings

Have you experienced infertility or loss of a child during pregnancy or infancy? This podcast is where you can find support and hope. This is a place where we will share stories of others going through infertility and loss to help give you hope that it is possible to live a full life after so much heart ache and to have the family you so desperately want. There will also be episodes from experts to help answer questions and be a great resources for you to find the help you need. I want to make sure you never feel alone and this community is here to help you and others all around the world.

    128: Getting to the root of health concerns supports fertility with Jenni Verhoven

    128: Getting to the root of health concerns supports fertility with Jenni Verhoven

    Jenni Verhoven is a Regenerative Health Coach who specializes in getting to the root cause of health concerns. With her help women can experience improved digestion, have more energy without the use of stimulants, and live a more vibrant life than they ever thought was possible.

    During this episode, Jenni shared great information to help women with overall health and infertility. Take time pre-pregnancy to get your body healthier, increase eggs quality for a healthier baby and pregnancy experience



    Topics of conversation

    · If periods are painful, not regular … your body is trying to communicate with you that there is a problem

    · Clearing the elimination pathways of our body.

    · Opening pathways …hydration … alkalizing the body …nutrient dense food

    · How to use the 4 stages of your menstrual cycle to your advantage



    Jenni referenced the film – Food Matters

    Testing your own urine to see if your body is eliminating properly.



    Connect with Jenni

    FB - https://www.facebook.com/jenni.verhoven 

    IG- https://www.instagram.com/invites/contact/?i=1acdfw1y5w3vk&utm_content=2kuz3j5  

    Both are just JenniVerhoven



    Connect with Teresa:

    EMAIL: teresa.livingaftergrief.com

    Facebook https://www.facebook.com/.livingaftergrief/.

    Instagram: @livingaftergrief

    Website: www.livingaftergrief.com

    click and schedule a free complementary time to talk: https://calendly.com/teresa-reiniger/podcast-discovery-call

    • 57 min
    127: It's important to always advocate for yourself with Teresa Reiniger

    127: It's important to always advocate for yourself with Teresa Reiniger

    Teresa shared about how important it is to advocate for yourself.  Over and over women talk about being upset and angry with how they were treated or not treated by medical staff. Being dismissed is a huge problem. She talked about speaking up if your gut is not feeling comfortable with your care. If you have questions or don't understand, speak up. If your emotions are heightened or you are in pain, make sure you have a family member or friend that will advocate for you.

    Communication with your partner or spouse while going through infertility or loss is most important. Emotions due to increased hormones and grief can really cause couples to be on edge. Have open conversations with each other to really have a better understanding of what your partner is feeling. Teresa talked about how high the separation and divorce rates are with couples that have had loss or infertility struggles.  Definitely not an easy journey for anyone and you want to have a great relationship when you bring a baby into your family.

    For those that are friends and family to those on this journey. Remember to ALWAYS take a "Pregnancy Pause" before asking any questions about pregnancy.

    On almost every episode the guest of the podcast gives amazing encouragement and insight to help you to advocate for yourself. They are always available and willing, so reach out to them. They have a wealth of knowledge and many have traveled a similar path to become a mom of living children.

    Reach out to Teresa with questions or to be connected with someone, this should be at the top of the list due to her knowledge, resources and connections she has across the country.

    Connect with Teresa:

    EMAIL: teresa.livingaftergrief.com

    Facebook https://www.facebook.com/.livingaftergrief/.

    Instagram: @livingaftergrief

    Website: www.livingaftergrief.com

    click and schedule a free complementary time to talk: https://calendly.com/teresa-reiniger/podcast-discovery-call

    • 27 min
    126 Expecting after the Unexpected with Desirae Whittle

    126 Expecting after the Unexpected with Desirae Whittle

    Desirae Whittle is certified birth doula who specializes in pregnancy after infertility and loss; or as she calls it: Expecting after the Unexpected. She is the owner of Harmony Births Doula Services. A doula is a person who supports a mother (and partner) during pregnancy, childbirth, and in the postpartum period emotionally, physically, and informationally. 

    Desirae is enthusiastic about working within the infertility and loss community. Through her own experience and work with her clients, she has identified a unique set of needs and how they can best be supported. Desirae has appeared on podcasts, workshops and seminars as an expert on expecting after the unexpected. She is a fierce advocate for the infertility and loss community. She is passionate about maternal mental health and considers herself a parenthood advocate.

    In this episode, valuable conversation about...

    · Loss of identity, when now expecting

    · Midwestern Nice … Toxic Positivity … Intention – Impact

    · Things people say with “good intent”

    · What you do for yourself, is for your baby

    · Shifting the way we care for this community

    “Where it becomes tricky is, if you are the person who identifies as the woman, you've got this like clock ticking ... getting older ... getting older and so we don't feel like we have the luxury to pause and mourn our grief or even acknowledge that we've had a loss.” - Desirae Whittle

    Connect with Desirae

    Instagram @harmonybirths

    www.harmonybirths.com 

    Connect with Teresa:

    EMAIL: teresa.livingaftergrief.com

    Facebook https://www.facebook.com/.livingaftergrief/.

    Instagram: @livingaftergrief

    Website: www.livingaftergrief.com

    click and schedule a free complementary time to talk: https://calendly.com/teresa-reiniger/podcast-discovery-call

    • 56 min
    125: Parallel between ectopic pregnancy and kidney stones with Shona Jagusch

    125: Parallel between ectopic pregnancy and kidney stones with Shona Jagusch

    Shona Jagusch and her husband have a blended family, each having children from their previous marriages. Wanting to have a child to complete their family, Shona became pregnant fairly quickly. She started bleeding and was told she had a miscarriage. Shona said I never  experienced a miscarriage and I didn't know what to expect ... it wasn't explained. A few weeks later after this "miscarriage" she started having tremendous pain. Listen to how, what she thought was a kidney stone ended with almost losing her life due to an ectopic pregnancy.

    Shona had two more miscarriages and is questioning how much loss she can endure. She shared about wanting to seek out a fertility doctor and  her doctor wants her to keep trying.

    Topics of Conversation:

    · Each miscarriage being processed differently

    · Having Physical Situational Depression from the traumatic event with tragic loss

    · How much loss can you endure and when is it enough?

    · Normalizing loss, grief, mourning and guilt

    · Parallel between ectopic pregnancy and kidney stones

    "I feel as though it is time to see someone who specializes in this field ... I don't think that it's right that a doctor gets to tell you how much you can put your body through before you can take other measures". "If we have the financial means to move towards the infertility route, we should be allowed to do that" - Shona Jagusch

    Connect with Teresa:

    EMAIL: teresa.livingaftergrief.com

    Facebook https://www.facebook.com/.livingaftergrief/.

    Instagram: @livingaftergrief

    Website: www.livingaftergrief.com

    click and schedule a free complementary time to talk: https://calendly.com/teresa-reiniger/podcast-discovery-call

    • 57 min
    124: Finding Alternative Therapy for Infertility with Dr. Katie Wood

    124: Finding Alternative Therapy for Infertility with Dr. Katie Wood

    Dr. Katie Wood is a mother, Pharmacist, ecommerce entrepreneur and Integrative Fertility Health Coach. She is the founder of Pharm to Wellness LLC and brand Happy Nourished Motherhood.  Katie helps women over 30 to nourish their mind & body for optimal fertility health so they can confidently conceive with ease and experience a vibrant pregnancy. Katie has over 9 years of experience as a pharmacist and in alternative medicine. Katie is passionate about supporting and empowering women on their fertility and pregnancy transition into motherhood by taking a holistic approach focusing on nutrition, lifestyle, and energetic alignment.

    In this episode, we discussed:

    · Going down the Google rabbit hole when the doctor says you're healthy…keep trying.

    · Alternative Therapy - acupuncture and Chinese medicine

    · The unworthiness that comes with infertility

    · How being born via C-section, not being breast fed or taking antibiotics as a child…can play a huge role in your health as an adult.

    · Tracking your cycle with natural signals

    “You hold the power for yourself … advocate for yourself. If something doesn’t feel right to you, try to separate yourself from the situation. You deserve to feel held, heard, and supported. I’m your biggest cheerleader…I’m here to support you.” – Katie Wood



    Connect with Katie:

    Instagram: @the_wellness_pharmacist 

    Free Facebook community: https://www.facebook.com/groups/nourishingfertilityandharmonizinghormones 

    Podcast: https://anchor.fm/risingintomindfulmotherhood



    Connect with Teresa:

    EMAIL: teresa.livingaftergrief.com

    Facebook https://www.facebook.com/.livingaftergrief/.

    Instagram: @livingaftergrief

    Website: www.livingaftergrief.com

    click and schedule a free complementary time to talk: https://calendly.com/teresa-reiniger/podcast-discovery-call

    • 54 min
    123: It is worth every shot, pill and patch with Melody Fisher

    123: It is worth every shot, pill and patch with Melody Fisher

    Melody Fisher wanted children for 12 years and is now expecting her first after going through IVF. She waited six months to get in to see a new doctor and was ready to start IVF right away, when they said it was a 3-month process. Melody thought I have already waited so long, why do I have to wait again?

    Melody shared about her IVF process and putting in 2 embryos and having to freeze the other 4. She shared about the hard decisions to make about the frozen embryos and all the consent forms that needed to be signed for every scenario that could possibly happen. She said, I was told, and I live by this philosophy, to never make a permanent decision based on a temporary feeling. WOW there were a lot of feelings and emotions surfacing while these decisions were being made.

    Three great coping skills that Melody shared that she used while going through her infertility journey.

    ·  Deep Breathing: Step back and breathe no matter where you are.

    ·  Journaling: Sometimes I just wrote to my mom who died when I was 20.

    ·  Something to Honor myself and my mom: Putting attention into something other than the pain helped her physically and mentally.

    Also, great suggestions and tips to navigate the emotional feelings, due to all the hormone changes

    Melody’s encouragement and insight for you: I understand that the journey is long … I know it's hard … I know you are doubting yourself … being on the other side, it is worth it and you are worth it. Don’t lose faith and don’t give up on yourself. If you feel like it's affecting your day to day life, please talk to someone. You are not alone and you should not feel alone. There are so many that struggle with this. We shouldn’t be afraid to talk about something that is not our fault. It’s not something we are lacking. It doesn’t need to be a stigma and get swept under the rug because it's taboo. It is worth every shot, pill, and patch.

    Connect with Teresa:

    EMAIL: teresa.livingaftergrief.com

    Facebook https://www.facebook.com/.livingaftergrief/.

    Instagram: @livingaftergrief

    Website: www.livingaftergrief.com

    click and schedule a free complementary time to talk: https://calendly.com/teresa-reiniger/podcast-discovery-call

    • 45 min

Customer Reviews

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10 Ratings

10 Ratings

Kristina Driscoll ,

Great podcast

I went through infertility treatments 20 years ago. I wish a podcast like this had been available. Anyone experiencing infertility will find hope and comfort in this podcast.

Darcy_Corc ,

Such an Important topic

We never hear enough about this and Im so glad to have found supportive material on this topic ! Thank you!

Theresa Lear Levine ✨💕✨ ,

Deep, helpful, compassionate sharing and healing!

I met Teresa only shortly before being a guest on her podcast (Ep 101) but I was so impressed by the individuality of each episode and the way that the trauma, grief and sadness were all honored and seen through the lens of the show. This kind of healing is so needed and it’s wonderful to know that there is an entire podcast dedicated to the sharing of our difficult stories, the transformation and growth that are part of them and the healing we are all in the process of doing. Thank you, Teresa!

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