Six years ago this month, I made two decisions that forever changed my life. In January of 2012 my husband and I decided that after 3 1/2 years of marriage it was finally time to start trying for a baby. I was 41, almost 42, and wondered if we’d waited too long but was going to give it my all anyway.
I did something else that January that proved integral to my health and fertility journey: I signed up for a winter cleanse as part of a New year’s goal to be the healthiest that I could for trying to conceive.
I knew that I didn’t have age on my side, so I wanted to do anything I could to be healthy and give myself the best possible chance to get pregnant and have a baby.
I didn’t know what I was getting into, but I figured I’d do the cleanse, get some clean living tips, and be on my way.
What I wasn’t expecting was that I’d undergo such a physical and emotional transformation in 10 days that I’d sign up for another cleanse the following spring. The next thing I knew, an entire year had gone by and I’d cleansed every season.
While cleansing, I kept trying to conceive. And I got pregnant. After just a year of trying. With my own eggs, despite my doctor’s prediction of less than a 2% chance of doing so. Without donor egg IVF. Without any kind of IVF. With the tools of clean food and clean living on my side. Those were the building blocks that got me through the journey to conceive.
Now it’s 6 years later and not only do I try to reboot my body each season, but I’m a mom, a fertility coach, and am leading my own whole foods-based cleanse to help other women on their fertility paths to see the same benefits that I did back in 2012.
What is cleansing and how can it boost your fertility?
Cleansing or detox is a process of gently removing toxins from your body to improve your overall health, and for those of us on the fertility path, to get our bodies ready for conception.
A cleanse will clean our entire body inside and out, but focuses primarily on the liver, and for fertility, the uterus. Our liver’s primary job is to remove toxins from our bodies, and sometimes in the process of doing so gets overworked, and needs its own time to be cleaned. Our uterus, as our baby’s first home, needs special attention, particularly the uterine lining where our embryo settles in for its nine-month gestation. Sometimes our uterine lining doesn’t completely shed during the menstrual cycle, and over time it can build up, so our uterus needs a periodic cleaning as well.
A gentle whole foods-based cleanse will clean both of these organs through natural, seasonal whole fruits, vegetables and grains that promote our body’s natural craving of balance with nature.
Think of cleansing as pressing the reset button on our body – and in the process of getting our bodies back into good working order for ourselves, we’re also creating the best possible environment for our future baby to be conceived, and to grow and thrive.
What are some of the benefits you can see from cleansing?
Everyone’s cleanse experience is different but here are some of the most commonly realized benefits and the things that keep me coming back each season:
• Weight Loss
• Improved Sleep
• Increased Energy
• Mental Clarity
• Better Mood
• Reduced Stress
• Feeling More Comfortable in Your Own Skin
For fertility, cleansing helps to normalize ovulation through restoring hormonal balance. Issues with ovulation are the leading cause of female infertility, and hormonal imbalances have a direct correlation with irregular or absent ovulation. Eating seasonal, whole foods during a cleanse will help bring our bodies back to their natural balance, which is the first critical step to reclaiming both our health and our fertility.
Every season offers something unique and special for a cleanse experience, which is why it’s great to do a cleanse every season. What I love about cleansing in the winter is that after the hustle and bustle of the holidays – the constant action, the parties, the decadence – it’s a great time to renew our focus on ourself, to go inward, to reflect and be still. Cleansing gives us the perfect opportunity for this self-reflection.
My upcoming cleanse, Renewal for Fertility, will give you that same opportunity. Through an emphasis on clean, whole, fertility-boosting foods and giving ourselves both the time and space for self-care, we’ll reboot our body, mind and spirit for the fertility journey, as well as our journey toward optimal health. I’ll provide a complete, step-by-step meal plan and guide for the 10-day cleanse, including menu plan, recipes and shopping list.
Also included in the program is a prep guide, to help you get yourself ready for the cleanse before it even starts, kickoff call to give you all the information you need, live support and coaching from me for the duration of the program, a journal to record your experiences, and a plan to help you keep up with your new healthy habits after the cleanse is over.
I’ve also lined up a complete list of amazing guest speakers, experts in various areas of fertility, health and wellness to give you a complete fertility and self-care toolkit to take with you after the cleanse.
In addition to support from me, you’ll also be given access to a private Facebook community, where you’ll connect with your fellow cleansers, other women like you on the fertility journey, looking to create the best possible environment to conceive and deliver the baby that you dream of.
After I had my son and started to come out of the all-consuming fog of the fertility journey, I realized that my fertility journey and my health journey were interconnected, and that cleansing played a large part to help me to get pregnant. Reclaiming my health not only prepared my body for conception, it gave me the confidence to reclaim my fertility too, and buck my Diminished Ovarian Reserve diagnosis and my advanced maternal age status. I know it can help you too.
Are you ready to renew for your fertility?