Unexplained Secondary Infertility

fertility tips Nov 25, 2019
You’ve had a baby (congratulations)! Maybe it wasn’t planned or you know the exact moment of conception – either way, you’ve done it once and you’ve now set out to do it again.
 
But the same formula that worked before isn’t working and the frustration, doubt and sadness are setting in. Diana E. Chavkin MD said it best,
 
You’re sat there with a funny look on your face because you could have told your doc that yourself.
 
So you go to your doctors and they’ve diagnosed you with secondary infertility – “finding it difficult to conceive or carry a pregnancy to term, despite already having had a child without any trouble.”
 
Find out what foods work and don’t work for you! The cheep (but long) route is an elimination diet or your Functional Medicine Practitioner, FDNer or Doctor can run food-sensitive tests for you. This is key in restoring peace and cutting out inflammation. Go organic (grass-fed) and non-GMO with as much of your food as you can afford and try to add in grass-fed animal (chicken, beef or lamb) bone broth 2 to 3 times a week and eat the organs- Totally gross, but a MUST for optimal health.
 
An issue that has got worse since your last pregnancy:
For many women, their first pregnancy was a happy surprise as they “weren’t even trying.” And when looking at the big picture, it might have been a stroke of luck – as conception is a numbers game, up to a certain point. If you were lucky the first time, you might have assumed that meant that everything was in full working order, when maybe it wasn’t.
 
You’ve had a baby (congratulations)! Maybe it wasn’t planned or you know the exact moment of conception – either way, you’ve done it once and you’ve now set out to do it again. flareup, or even present themselves for the first time.
 
Your last pregnancy it self:
Pregnancy, giving birth and caring for a baby are all big deals, but are often downplayed by modern society. They can individually or collectively have a big impact on your body and can trigger underlining issue, especially on your hormones, thyroid and adrenals.
Old wounds, like scar tissue from a caesarean or previous surgery, can sometimes create blockages in the womb. A post-partum haemorrhage or a retained placenta, which can cause infection in the womb and block the fallopian tubes, can all be factors and have a big impact on fertility.
Life
Old wounds, like scar tissue from a caesarean or previous surgery, can sometimes create blockages in the womb. A post-partum haemorrhage or a retained placenta, which can cause infection in the womb and block the fallopian tubes, can all be factors and have a big impact on fertility. e and autoimmune issues.
 
Age and Health
And let's not forget the classic diagnosis of old age, embryo & sperm quality, diet choices and weight issues, which we all know can all have an impact on your fertility.
When you're struggling to conceive again, it can cause an enormous amount of stress and anxiety. But finding your root case is essential to your success. When you do find all the pieces to the puzzle, you’ll be able to focus on what needs to be done to fix it. Everyone will be different and remember, for most of us there’s no quick fix- you’ll have to put in the hard work and rewire your fertility links. 
 
 
Working with a specialist is the best way to untangle the web of confusing information, but here are a few tips to get you started.
Old Wounds
If you think issues may be linked to scar tissue, a post-partum haemorrhage, retained placenta or blocked tubes, please seek medical help.
Diet
Find out what foods work and don’t work for you! The cheep (but long) route is an elimination diet or your Functional Medicine Practitioner, FDNer or Doctor can run food-sensitive tests for you. This is key in restoring peace and cutting out inflammation. Go organic (grass-fed) and non-GMO with as much of your food as you can afford and try to add in grass-fed animal (chicken, beef or lamb) bone broth 2 to 3 times a week and eat the organs- Totally gross, but a MUST for optimal health.
Take Care of your Gut
It all starts in the gut – a healthy gut dramatically – Get your heart rate up! Find what works best for you and do it 3 to 5 times a week! Try not to overdo it – if you have adrenal issues, hitting it hard at the gym is one of the worst things for your body. scious about how much sugar you’re having a day and supporting good bacteria by eating Lacto-Fermented Foods or taking a good probiotic (not those silly yogurt drinks)!
 
Movement and Sleep
Keep moving – Yoga, Walking, Weight Lifting, Swimming – Get your heart rate up! Find what works best for you and do it 3 to 5 times a week! Try not to overdo it – if you have adrenal issues, hitting it hard at the gym is one of the worst things for your body.
 
And then Sleep. Sleep is one of the most underrated habits you can do for your health. Find what works for you – I’m a 7 to 9 hours type of girl & that works great for me! I do find that if I go to bed later than midnight, I feel like a zombie, even if I get 7 hours. If this sounds familiar to try to get to bed before 10 pm, as every hour before midnight is worth two hours.
Take Control of your Emotions and De-Stress
Two things that I learned about emotions, during my journey-
 
1: Take responsibility for your emotions- Sorry, but the excuse that someone made you feel that way is BS- no one can make you feel something.
 
2: Acknowledge your emotions- give them the support they need and then let them go.
 
Once I embraced these two little nuggets of knowledge, my journey became a little less rocky and I became a little less vulnerable. The knowledge that I had full control over how I reacted to the events that have and will unfold in my life completely changed the way I looked at the world around me.
 
This helped me to reduce stress in my life and not sweat the small stuff. Meditate daily. Five minutes or an hour- Just do it- It will change your life and it’s FREE (the only thing that is, in this process)!! Think meditation is for hippies? Read 10% Happier: How I Tamed the Voice in My Head, Reduced Stress Without Losing My Edge, and Found Self-Help That Actually Works: A True Story. Take walks outside, read a book, engage in a hobby, take time for yourself- it’s a must!!
 
 

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Anything written or said about health and diet are my opinions, that I have formed over the years, through trial and error, study, reading, listening and observing. What worked for me may not work for you. I am not a doctor, nutritionist or dietician and all medical advice should be gotten from a qualified professional. Product recommendations are based on what I used during my infertility journey or wish I had.

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