5 Hurdles To Pregnancy

Easy to say, hard to follow

Woman worrying about her pregnancy results

Woman worrying about her pregnancy results

If you’re one of the over six million American women who struggle with fertility, consider that some of your simple life choices might inadvertently be keeping you from conceiving.

Addressing these 5 factors has helped many of my patients get pregnant:

1. Fast Food

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While you know that the burger, fries and soda taste good for a short moment, but then lingers on the hips, you might not know it impedes your chance to conceive. A woman’s body needs to be healthy to incubate a baby. When we choose another direction, it takes the chances away.

2. Couch Potato

Binging on Netflix is entertaining, but spending all that time on your butt slows down all the natural processes in the body and makes it harder to conceive.

3. Stress

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High levels of stress put a woman’s body into a fighting mode and the nature will preserve its limited resources for that fight, making it harder for her to conceive. Women trying to get pregnant can find an outlet for stress that works for them, whether it’s meditation or yoga or a hobby she loves.

4. Lack of Self Care

Women are notoriously bad at putting themselves first. But for women trying to conceive, prioritizing their physical and mental health is paramount. Try massage, bubble baths and learning to say no.

5. Not Being Your Own Health Advocate

While it’s important to surround yourself with a good medical team, it’s equally important that you take a proactive approach to your care. No one knows your body like you do, and you are your first doctor.

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While most women with fertility issues turn to IVF, I myself struggled with infertility and developed Mercier Therapy, a technique that involves soft tissue manipulation and fertility counseling. It can be used as a stand-alone treatment, or in conjunction with other fertility solutions. In a recent clinical study, 48 women aged 28-42 who had prior fertility issues, received two Mercier Therapy sessions. Within six months, 18 of the women were pregnant, and within a year another 22 were pregnant. Of the 40 women who got pregnant, 32 used only Mercier Therapy.

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