Friday, 23 June 2017

#gratedvegbrekkie

I heard somewhere that breakfast was the most important meal not to f*ck up. Is this true? Well, lets look at it this way: A lot of “breakfast” foods can give you blood sugar spikes and if done frequently, this can wear out your insulin systems - causing you to gain weight, increasing your chances of insulin resistance & diabetes. But we’re getting way ahead of ourselves here. Let’s go back to the blood sugar instability part - this can be one of the reasons why an empty carbohydrate breakfast can leave you even hungrier by mid-miring and you end up eating more!

If you're like most - in a hurry and find yourself throwing some bits of wheat in a bow with low-fat milk inexplicably poured onto them or munching on a toasted pastry or donut, you're probably better off skipping breakfast altogether. It's likely to be more healthy to forego that morning meal, as long as you're not eating similar un-healthy foods later. So IF you want to eat breakfast, what can you have that's going to set you up for a productive morning and maybe even well into early afternoon? Vegetables- of course (along with some protein, health fats & probiotics)! We all know the importance of vegetables and if you want all the geek facts goggle it,;)

When it comes to breakfast, you don’t naturally think of vegetables and when I tell people that I eat vegetables for breakfast, they think I’m truly nuts and if you’re still reading this, you’re probably thinking the same thing or are now intrigued. Either way, the past few years of eating vegetables for breakfast has lead me to the #gratedvegbrekkie revolution. That’s right graters aren’t just for cheese, in fact my grater is the most used kitchen tool in my household. Grating your vegetables obviously reduces the size of the veg. So that means you don’t have to do all the hard work of chewing your food properly in the morning- WIN, because who has time for that. Also, grating your vegetables makes it taste different- seriously! I don’t like cabbage in the morning, but if I grate it I love it - it’s weird, I know! 

A few tips about incorporating vegetables into your breakfast:
1.You need to get over the mental block of what foods are "breakfast foods". The breakfast advertising people have done a damn good job of making you think that breakfast comes from a box. 
2.Start with the vegetables you can stomach in the morning. There's NO WAY I could have eaten 1/2 of the vegetables I eat now - I ate a lot of cooked spinach & broccoli in the beginning. 
3.Make a commitment to cook yourself a #gratedvegbrekkie 2 or 3 times a week - start on a day when you’re not in a rush & give yourself some extra time to begin with too, over time you’ll be able to cook a full grated vegetable brekkie in 15 mins flat every day!

What to cook with:
Butter, Ghee, Coconut Oil and I sometimes use Olive Oil - Butter & Ghee and my go to thou!


Vegetables You Can Grate:
Butternut Squash, Cauliflower, Cabbage, Carrots, Courgette (Zucchini), Sweet Potato, Pumpkin, Beets


Add Extra Flavour with:
Garlic or Ginger
Other Vegetables to Add:
Mushrooms, Green Beans, Asparagus, Spinach, Onions & Broccoli
What goes nicely with your #gratedvegbrekkie:
Avocado, Berries, Sweet Potato Mash Poached Egg, Real Bacon or any “leftovers” grass fed meat & Sauerkraut (of course)!

Follow along on Instagram @positive_fertility for daily #gratedvegbrekkie inspiration -


"It only took me less than 15 mins to make from frig to plate - 2 pans to cook in - SIMPLES - Let's see your #gratedvegbrekkie (it's a thing now)!!"

Monday, 19 June 2017

(in)fertility entrepreneurs - behind adversity is an opportunity

ad|ver¦sity – noun - a difficult or unpleasant situation

When you’re faced with adversity what do you do?
-Make lemonade, of course!! And then set up a glorious lemonade stand and support your of #ttcsisters through their journey!

Of course it doesn’t happen exactly like that- first you’re excited about starting a family and then a few years down the line you’re feeling isolated, sad, confused and frustrated. Then you crawl your way out of the hole you dug yourself into and dig deep and find strength in a passion - writing, designing, creating, nutrition or mindfulness. Then all of a sudden your passion becomes bigger than yourself and the desire to share becomes a business you never knew you had the strength to create. Here’s seven successful (in)fertility entrepreneurs and their adversity inspired stories & businesses:


Hello - My name is Christina Oberon and I wanted to share on the topic of infertility and how I have channeled the pain associated with going through it by teaming up with a small business to spread awareness and instill hope in others going through the same thing.

Being the daughter of a woman who has 11 children, the aunt to 18 nieces and nephews, and the desire to nurture everyone around me, I never would have thought in a million years that I would find myself unable to conceive and create a life of my own to nurture. I suppose that is the irony of life sometimes.  It has been a little over three years since my husband and I have been trying to conceive.  For the first two years we took a holistic approach and tried a variety of methods that included diet change, exercise, yoga, travel, essential oils, acupuncture – you name it, we tried it!
 
I had a HSG done in June 2016 which showed some abnormalities with my uterus and one blocked tube which was cleared.  After several more months of unsuccessful acupuncture, we then moved on to fertility treatments in early 2017 which resulted in multiple unsuccessful Intrauterine Inseminations (IUI).  Our next step this year will be In vitro fertilization (IVF) which I am anxious to begin.  The entire process will cause you to lose hope, strength and faith at times.  Over time, and once the stages of disbelief and denial subsided, a deep pain and overwhelming sadness had developed but I could not allow myself to drown in it or accept the fact so many others live with the same pain.  I knew I had to confront this often privately kept topic and create something to bring courage and hope, rather than despair to those struggling to start a family. 

In December 2016, I stopped into the MaeMae Jewelry store in the cute town of Atwater Village in Los Angeles.  Each of the jewelry designs come with an inspirational message- a personal meaning and I thought it would be amazing to have the same concept geared towards fertility.  I was chatting with the owner and started sharing my struggle to conceive and the heavy burden it had placed on my heart and my growing desire to bring hope to others.  I remember casually saying, You should create a fertility lineand without hesitation and to my surprise, she said, Do you want to do it together?
For the next several months we went through my own personal journey to motherhood, brainstormed, designed and created this fertility line which has evoked so much hope and inspiration in me in the process and so many other women since Infertility Awareness Week (April 23-29, 2017) when we launched it.  What is even more beautiful to me is that the pieces provide support through hope, faith, and loss on many levels, not just infertility, as you will see when you look at the pieces.  I once read that vulnerability is the only bridge to build connection and I have found that through connecting with others, we invite healing of our own wounds.  Though I am still working on creating life within me, my heart swells knowing I have created hope within others.
 Connect with Christina & MaeMae Jewelry at:

Hi – I’m Amy! I discovered I had fertility problems when I came off the pill and had gaps of 4-6 months between cycles.  I was diagnosed with PCOS and experienced many of its joys -weight gain, acne, male pattern baldness and all sorts. I was prescribed clomid, but responded to it too aggressively and experienced hyperstimulation of my ovaries.  I was advised the IVF wouldn't be a recommended course of action in light of this, so I went on the list to have ovarian drilling. While on the wait list I became pregnant, but sadly lost baby 1 within a week of having my first BFP. The following cycle I had my second BFP, but that also resulted in a crushing loss. Two cycles later I found myself pregnant with my now three year old little lady. Three years, ending in three pregnancies in four cycles - it was something of an intense time for us, and something I don't think I've entirely made peace with. 

At the same time as this, two of my best friends were undergoing rounds of IVF and fertility treatment themselves.  One of them was about to have their sixth cycle and would talk about the absence of support by way of cards and momentos and encouraged me to think about starting a line of cards to support women like us at all stages on their fertility journey. Hello Treacle was born last autumn, when I finally plucked up the courage to do it.
 
So, what started as a few cards has grown somewhat.  I now offer various fertility and infertility related cards, as well as some bright and fun IVF milestone cards for mums in waiting to document their journey on my Esty Shop. I design, print, package and send everything from my little home studio. The only exceptions are my milestone cards, which are professionally printed, but still processed and packed by me.

All of my cards are produced on 100% recycled paper and our envelopes use only vegan friendly glue.  I care greatly about bringing children into this world and believe that we must do all we can to ensure they have a beautiful planet to live on.Aside of fertility items, I'm now offering badges, prints, enamel pins and soon mirrors.  I'm looking to expand my offering of fertility items, including mirrors, pouches and jotters - lots of plans for later in the year.

Mr Treacle is my true partner in crime, my best friend, an amazing father and my number one cheerleader.  He helps package orders, completes post runs, does the housework so I can focus on doing what I do while I'm still working as well.
Connect with Amy at:
Etsy - Instagram: @hellotreaclestore 
PkvPrint became a reality about a year ago.  We were in the process of learning the results of our CCS testing on our embryos and finalizing our adoption with our little girl within a very short time period.  I was full of emotions!  I had taken nearly every avenue to start a family and realized I didn't really have a keepsake at all.  I had deleted photos, thrown away hospital bands, and didn't have the positive attitude to save anything.  So I started to search for the perfect shirt to describe my feelings about infertility.  I searched "F*ck Infertility" and came up with nothing.  And so our journey began.  We started with the "F*ck Infertility" shirts and it just snow-balled from there.  A lot of our customers gave us plenty of awesome ideas too!


After six long years (and still going), we have yet to be pregnant.  We have one frozen, normal, low-grade embryo left.  And that will be the end of it on that route for us.  We've given it everything after having being diagnosed with nearly everything in the book.  PCOS, Endometriosis, crap eggs, low-sperm counts, motility, mobility, etc.  It all lead us to turn to Foster Care to build our family.  We now spend our days running our own businesses (my husband co-owns a construction business, and I also have a photography business), running after our adopted and funniest 2-year-old in the world, and giving EXTRA love to the foster kids that come into our home.  This was not how I imagined my family would be, but now I couldn't see it any other way.  I once read a story where an adoptive mom was asked, "Do you ever regret not having your own children?" and the mom said she started to tear up and panic, saying, "No, then I wouldn't have her..."  And I feel the same way every day.  Best of luck on any journey you take to build your family!!

Connect with PkvPrint at: 
PkvPrint - Instagram: @pkvprint - Twitter: @pkvprint - Pinterest - Facebook
Life has thrown me around and knocked me down with grief, loss and fertility issues, and in doing so it has forced me to look deep within whilst exploring a new path.  My own experiences of two miscarriages resulting in surgery,  followed by an ectopic pregnancy which, due to internal bleeding, required emergency removal of my left fallopian tube, have left me somewhat broken and isolated.  “Baby, I Am Great” was inspired by the most remarkable lady I met on a Macrobiotics course (Nicky Clinch) who shared her affirmations in spite of facing her own immense battles – she taught me the power of an “I Am” statement, whilst the course helped me to connect to my own inner truth and led me closer to mindfulness and meditation. 
Consequently, I have created 2 beautiful gifts containing either a set of 30 Fertility Mindfulness Cards and a Fertility Hope Bracelet to accompany the tough journey through trying to conceive, or during IVF / FET’s/IUI – or, a pack of 10 Babyloss Healing Cards with a Hope Bracelet to offer support after the heartbreak of miscarriage.   The silk red cord of the bracelet has its own profound meaning in my life, and is something that offered me Hope when I most needed it; so much so, that I had the Hebrew word, Tikvah, permanently inked on my side.  A story to be shared another time perhaps…
 Connect with Baby, I’m Great at:
FertileGirl is a pre-pregnancy nutrition company here to change the conversation about fertility and empower women to make healthy choices.  The company was born out of my personal fertility journey. After struggling to get pregnant, I focused on managing my stress and eating healthier, even making my own snack bars after researching the best nutrients for women trying to conceive.  I also stopped treating fertility like a big secret and started talking--to friends, specialists anyone that would listen.  FertileGirl started as an online community for other women on their own fertility journeys and has evolved into a consumer foods brand that just launched its first product, FertileGirl’s superfood nutrition bars.  We donate a portion of our proceeds to Baby Quest Foundation, a nonprofit that provides fertility grants to couple who can’t afford the high price of fertility treatments.
 

 Connect with Allison at:

Instagram: @fertilegirl - Facebook - FertileGirl 
While we were initially building our blog- For the Love of Joy, I started having a vision for it to grow into a shop. Dreams of graphic tees, mugs, and pineapple everything was all I could think about! Happy. Joyful. Fun. I wanted so bad to simply spread as much encouragement and joy into the TTC Community as I could. With the start of our blog and IVF soon after that, the timing just wasn't right and the shop would need to wait. 

Unfortunately, our first FET resulted in a twin pregnancy that would miscarry at 13.5 weeks. This was our first known miscarriage and after all of the hope that IVF offered my heart, I knew I needed some time to recover. Recover emotionally, physically, and spiritually. I needed time. To help with the healing process, I decided it was a great time to start that little Joy Shop. So, what was first in thought so long ago, was now going to come to fruition. 


So, the creation of the Joy Shop was truly fulfilling its purpose from the get go. I was the first one it brought encouragement and joy to during my time of loss and healing. Now, it brings that same hope to people finding themselves in need of something good to come their way. 
Connect with Jil at: 
My fertility journey has been a long one – eight years and counting! So here’s the cliff notes (you can read the long version here): 3 years ttc naturally – never once a BFP. No major issues found with either of us (I had a lowish AMH score) – doc said we were fit and health & simply had unexplained infertility. 1 shambles of an IVF, which left us thinking we couldn’t even make health embryos. We spent a year dramatically changing our diet and life style. Second IVF was a much better, 5 healthy embryos – one put back in, I didn’t even make it 28days. More testing (which we fought for) and my unexplained became an autoimmune issue (High NK Cells) and we set off to do our first FET with immune surprising drugs = our first EVERY BFP! Sadly it ended in an early miscarriage, but we were hopeful. Took a few months off to recover and did another dramatic diet change to an AIP. Our second FET with immune surprising drugs resulted in our beautiful baby boy. We did our last FET with immune surprising drugs in April 2017 with our reaming 2 embryos, which sadly resulted in another early miscarriage. We’re done with medical help and were now focusing on staying health and reducing my High NK Cells through diet and lifestyle. We’d love to get pregnant naturally, but if it doesn’t happen it’s okay. We feel overly blessed with our little man and are overjoyed to be walking away from it all with him in our arms.

So, my 8 year journey has lead me to Fertility Health Coaching- were I hope to help, inspire and empower other women to take control of their fertility health. I write about my journey and struggles, along with health information related to all different types of fertility issues (there's loads of amazing guest bloggers too). I’m a qualified health coach and work with individual clients, along with running a group coaching program called The 30 day Fertility Health Reboot Crash Course. I’ve also designed a 5 Year Positive Fertility Journal for all types of fertility journeys, called Find Your Silver Lining". I wish I had this during my entire journey!! I started making it right before our final FET and it was amazing to have during the process and miscarriage – it totally helped me to stay positive through what was a really tough time. It’s a free DIY printable for now, but I’m working on making it a premade book for you to buy and own (so watch this space).

Connected with me at:
Fertility Health Coaching - Instagram: @positive_fertility - Pinterest - Facebook

Monday, 12 June 2017

Celiac Disease and Its Effect on Male and Female Fertility

Article Courtesy of FertilityTips.com
Celiac disease is a widespread chronic disease in the US and Europe that persists for a lifetime. It is assumed that one in 100 people are affected. In Europe, celiac disease is one of the most common food intolerances. Women are affected approximately twice as often as men. The disease has a variety of negative effects on reproductive health: Unexplained infertilityrecurring miscarriages, stillbirths, menstrual disorders as well as impaired sperm quality can all be the result of untreated celiac disease.
What Is Celiac Disease?
People with celiac disease suffer from gluten intolerance. Gluten is a mixture of proteins that is found in wheat, rye, barley and related grains. When wheat flour and water are combined, an elastic, glue-like protein composite (gluten) is produced through kneading. According to current knowledge, celiac disease is a mix between an autoimmune disorder and an allergy in which the immune system reacts adversely to certain components of the gluten and attacks the intestinal mucosa, which in turn becomes inflamed and damaged. This disrupts the absorption of nutrients. Typical symptoms of celiac disease include various types of digestive disorders, fatigue, impaired performance, pallor, depression and fertility problems. There are different clinical forms of celiac disease, and most of those affected have no or only few symptoms. Since there is currently no treatment for celiac disease, sufferers must adhere to a gluten-free diet for a lifetime.
Photo from - Gluten Dude

Celiac Disease and Its Effect on Fertility
In couples struggling with infertility, 27 percent of cases can be attributed to ovulation disorders, and 25 percent of cases are due to unidentified male problems. In 17 percent of cases, the reason for infertility is unclear. Scientists have found that in women with unexplained infertility, celiac disease occurs 2.5 to 3.5 times more frequently than in women with normal fertility. Women who become pregnant but experience repeated miscarriages are also considered infertile.
One possible reason why untreated celiac disease affects female fertility is that a lack of nutrients such as ironseleniumfolic acid and zinc occurs when a gluten-free diet isn’t followed. These nutrients, which are essential for good reproductive health, can’t be absorbed by the body because of damage to the intestine. Gluten intolerance also causes the formation of antibodies that attack the uterine lining and the embryo. The production of antibodies that attack the placenta and make it more difficult for the fertilized egg to implant itself is also assumed. Since implantation doesn’t occur properly, there is an increased risk of miscarriage. In addition, the blood vessels in the placenta are damaged by the antibodies, which means that the fetus receives an inadequate supply of nutrients. For this reason, many children are born with low birthweight.
In men, untreated celiac disease can lead to impotence and loss of libido. Sperm quality also suffers because of nutritional problems. It has been shown that undiagnosed celiac disease can cause reduced gonad function (formation and delivery of sperm). These disorders can also occur in the context of oligosymptomatic celiac disease, which is not associated with any other symptoms.
Studies on Celiac Disease and Reduced Fertility
Over the past few years, a series of studies have been conducted to investigate how celiac disease affects male and female fertility. These have sometimes arrived at different results.
Some studies have found a link between celiac disease and an increase in miscarriages and stillbirths in women who didn’t eliminate gluten from their diet.
meta-analysis by Italian researchers in 2016 found that women who aren’t able to conceive are five times more likely to suffer from celiac disease than the rest of the population. In women with recurring miscarriages, a sensitivity to gluten appears six times more frequently. The risk that the baby does not develop normally in utero is increased eightfold by the disease.
An Italian study conducted in 2000 found that undesired pregnancy outcomes can be avoided if women are tested for the disease. The researchers tested 845 pregnant women for celiac disease and diagnosed 12. Of these 12 pregnancies, seven had an undesirable outcome: three stillbirths, five premature births and three babies with low birthweight. After six months on a gluten-free diet, the 12 women who were diagnosed with celiac disease were able to report six successful pregnancies.
study comparing 94 untreated celiac patients and 31 treated celiac patients showed that the relative risk of spontaneous abortion was 8.9 times higher, the relative risk of having an underweight baby was 5.84 times higher, and the breastfeeding period was 2.54 times shorter in untreated mothers. All these factors could be corrected with a gluten-free diet.
Another study on female fertility in celiac patients revealed a higher incidence of miscarriage in patients with untreated celiac disease. 15 percent of pregnancies in women with untreated celiac disease ended in miscarriage. In contrast, only six percent of women in the control group experienced a miscarriage. Mothers with untreated disease reported 120 live and seven stillbirths, while the control group had 161 live births and one stillbirth.
One study involving patients who had suffered previous miscarriages showed that those who adhered to a gluten-free diet reported a 45 percent reduction in gestational loss and a 39.4 percent decrease in the birth of babies with low birthweight.
Some studies also show that celiac disease is common in women with endometriosis and that celiac disease patients have a higher risk of thyroid disease.
These studies prove that there is a strong link between the occurrence of miscarriages and stillbirths and undiagnosed celiac disease and highlight the importance of a gluten-free diet for reproductive health.
There is also a link between celiac disease and the age at which menarche (first occurrence of menstruation during puberty) and menopause occur. Women with untreated celiac disease who did not eliminate gluten from their diets received their first period up to 1.5 years later than those who removed gluten from their diets. In addition, those with untreated celiac disease reached menopause four to five years earlier.
Although celiac disease affects women more frequently and there are more studies on celiac disease and female infertility, the disease can also affect male fertility. Hypogonadism (i.e., the body produces too little testosterone) is a known factor in male infertility. In seven percent of men suffering from celiac disease, hypogonadism was also found. Men with undiagnosed celiac disease have a higher number of abnormal sperm cells as well as unbalanced hormone levels.
One study found that more than 19 percent of married men with celiac disease experienced sperm problems, especially regarding morphology and motility. Sperm motility was significantly reduced in two out of three celiac disease patients.
Another study found that men with diagnosed celiac disease were more likely to suffer from androgen insensitivity syndrome, a condition in which the body doesn’t respond to the male hormone testosterone correctly.
However, a Swedish study conducted in 2001, which followed 7,121 men with celiac disease into late adulthood, concluded that these men had about the same number of children as those without the disease.
The results of the studies suggest that the absence of gluten has a positive effect on reproductive health. When they switched to a gluten-free diet, 70 percent of patients with celiac disease reported a decrease in symptoms within two weeks.
The Right Diet Can Improve Fertility
Men and women who suffer from celiac disease must change their diet and refrain from gluten for a lifetime. Since a gluten-free diet is often associated with a lack of nutrients, it is important to opt for a gluten-free multivitamin/multimineral supplement in addition to a healthy and balanced diet. There are many gluten-free grain varieties that people who suffer from the disease can eat. These include whole grain products such as brown rice, quinoa, millet and amaranth, which are rich in vitamins and minerals. Fruit, dairy products, potatoes, fish and poultry as well as nuts and oils can also be on the menu. A dietary change should be made before pregnancy to ensure the health of the mother and child. In addition, vitamins, iron, calcium, folic acid and omega-3 fatty acids are essential before and during pregnancy.
Although numerous studies on celiac disease and its influence on fertility have been published, the disease still receives too little attention. All women suffering from unexplained infertility should undergo a celiac disease screening, which tests for specific antibodies that indicate the disease. In addition, those diagnosed should switch to a gluten-free diet as soon as possible. Through a gluten-free diet, fertility can be improved, and a normal fertility rate that corresponds to the patient’s age can be achieved.

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About FertilityTips.com : When it comes to fertility complications and infertility, a number of factors can play a contributing role. FertilityTips.com is a resource for couples looking to conceive through natural and non-evasive approaches. By identifying the role that chronobiology plays in the reproductive systems, we can address fertility complications with a chronobiology-based approach.

Friday, 12 May 2017

Putting a binder together for your Silver Lining Journal 

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Putting a binder together for your Silver Lining Journal is so simply and it's a great away to keep EVERYTHING in one place!  Simply print a month’s worth of sheets, write the date and question and you’re set. You’ll need a place to actually keep your journaling.  So you can use a cute pineapple binder or any binder for that matter - I went for a plain white one. I would do a month at a time – you don’t want to overwhelm yourself and burn out before you get started. Print off enough pages for the month and writing in the date and the question for each day – you can doodle and add any extra bits as you - each day doesn’t have to be perfect right now - We’ve got a great Pinterest Board with loads of inspiration for date headers and doodling!!

When you need MORE space for all the Doctors Notes, Monthly Expenses, Monthly Plan and Checklist for all upcoming procedures/treatments/lab work, adding is a great and easy way to do this. It's a beautiful instant download from their Esty shop!


How to use the your Silver Lining Journal :
A five year journal is, just as it sounds, a journal you keep for five years. In this 5 year you answer a question, writing down just one or two lines- a few minute of your time at the end of the day make you think of something positive about your day to go to bed on a happy note – that’s all it takes. The great part is that you record your answer in the same spot for five years, which is a great way to see where you were, how far you’ve come or where you need to improve. Also the benefits of writing what’s going on during your cycles, is you don’t have to wonder “did I feel this way last time” – it’s crazy what you forget on this journey!!

Each box has space to:

Answer the Question- simples
The Day – day of your Natural Cycle, Clomid days, IUI, IVF, FET, adopt process, Pregnancy days-weeks-months or simply what day of the week it is that year.
Your Mood – How you’re feeling physically and/or mentally
Your Movements – How you got some exercise in – a walk, yoga, the gym, a hike, cleaned the whole house, chased after 10 crazy kids or did 10,000 steps at work
Clean Eating – good or bad, what did you eat today
Vitamins – What vitamins you’re taking
Medications – What medications you’re taking (you can even fill this part in early to know when and what!)
Appointments – Doctors, Fertility Specialist, Scans, Operations, Test Days,
To-dos – Make appointments, Order Medication, take time for you or to be with friends and family, Get to the gym or yoga class – Anything & Everything!
Notes- This can be anything and everything you feel you need to add or make a note of in your journal.


Use the cut out banners and circles for "highlight" days & moments.
First Appointment - Blood Test - Sperm Test - Start Date - Scan Date - Follicle Count - Trigger Day - Egg Collection- Embryo Up Date - Embryo transfer - Insemination Day - Welcome Home - TWW Countdown - Official Test Day - BETA Count
Fertility Affirmations - Hello AF - Clomid DaysOvulation - LH Surge- Took a Peak and Tested Early - Rainbow BabyBFPBFN
(Donor, Surrogate, Adoption, pregnancy milestones and baby milestones coming soon)

What you'll need:
A Binder
12 dividers (One for each month) - I just made my own
Plastic Wallets - For medical papers
Hole Puncher
Pens
Page Markers - to make easy to find where you are in your journey.


Once you’re all set up and running it won’t be so overwhelming (and maybe one day I'll put it all together in a premade book for true simplicity). But I have found this an incredible distraction and a great way to navigate my why through my (ballpark figure) 80th TWW & the journey that's unfolding. The HuffPost outlines 10 Surprising Benefits You’ll Get From Keeping a Journal – the highlights for me are Evoking Mindfulness, Achieving Goals, Emotional Intelligence, Strengthen Your Self-Discipline, Healing and Self-Confidence. I hope you find this journal this and so much more!

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