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2 New Reports Related to Fertility Not in My eBook for Down There

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2 New Reports Related to Fertility Not in My eBook for Down There

I’m excited that my free eBook – 5 Things You’re Not Doing to Connect to Down There and Tips to Easily Make the Trip Downtown is available for your down there pleasure and awareness. It’s hot of the press! Please take a minute to get your copy on my home page of inspiredtohealth.net.

There’s two new reports related to fertility that came out recently that you won’t find mentioned in detail in my book, but it’s important enough to share in this blog post.

Both reports involve what you ingest to your lovely amazing beautiful body. The news is especially important to a woman’s reproductive and overall health.

1)      Avoid drinking soda or sugary drinks! Sugar isn’t good for your fertility

If you’re drinking one glass of a sugary drink a day (8 ounces) it’s linked to lowering your fertility if you’re a man or a woman.  Swigging a cup of soda or other sugar filled drink just doesn’t increase your risk of type 2 diabetes, obesity, and inflammation, but it affects your health down there. For men, it weakens your sperm quality – your swimmers are less perky and for young girls it’s associated with early menstruation.

Here’s what the study found:

Women who drank at least one soda per day demonstrated a 25 percent lower monthly probability of conception, while men who drank at least one soda per day had a 33 percent lower probability of successfully conceiving with their partner.”

Don’t let those heartwarming sugary drink commercials or just because your friends are doing it put you on a path to fertility and other health problems. Going to doctors, lots of annoying tests and costly treatments won’t leave a good taste in your mouth.

Just put the sugary drink down and walk away.

You can’t go wrong with chugging water.

2)      Your body can’t process Vitamin D if you don’t have enough magnesium

Let’s say you’re taking a high-quality Vitamin D supplement and you’re low in magnesium. The Vitamin D stays inactive and stored in your system.

New research indicates that this is impacting 50 percent of Americans and it can be dangerous.

It’s important to know that if you’re low in magnesium, you can still be low in Vitamin D, but it can increase your calcium deposits and phosphate levels that could lead to what’s called vascular calcification – deposits of calcium into blood vessel structures. Not good!

Optimal magnesium levels allow for less Vitamin D supplementation. If you’re taking Vitamin D to avoid osteoporosis, magnesium also helps reduce the risk of bone fracture.

For ladies, Vitamin D is important to the health of ovarian cells and for lymphatic drainage. What’s not good for your magnesium levels is stress because it depletes your levels while making the stress hormone, cortisol.

Here are a few signs of low magnesium:

  • Loss of appetite
  • Fatigue
  • Increased muscle contractions and cramping; remember your uterus and painful cramps might be signal from your body to boost your magnesium
  • Fallopian tube spasms that make it harder for the embryo to travel to the womb for implantation
  • Higher cortisol levels (stress hormone)
  • Increases risk of a miscarriage, premature labor, a health challenges of baby

You can bam up your supplies of magnesium by eating foods rich in magnesium and a high-quality supplement.

Examples of Foods High in Magnesium

  • Almonds
  • Broccoli
  • Bananas
  • Beans
  • Brown Rice
  • Figs
  • Fish Oil
  • Green Vegetables
  • Seeds (pumpkin, sesame, black sesame)

The good news is that being aware of the possible negative impact of drinking sugary drinks on your fertility and focusing on getting enough magnesium are about making choices to support your health. It’s doable. It’s low hanging fruit to take advantage of.


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After joining me on “Turn the Page” for a compelling three-episode series on surrogacy, my guests offered additional information to support you in navigating your exploration of, and foray into this family building option.
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Jeni Denhof, a former carrier and Program Manager with the surrogate parenting agency Circle, thoughtfully and sensitively responds to frequently asked questions and common concerns about surrogates in her blog post, “A Surrogate’s Point of View:” What if my surrogate wants to keep my baby? What if she becomes attached to my baby? Will my surrogate take care of herself while she is pregnant? What does my surrogate want from me throughout our journey? Will my surrogate be sad after the baby is born? What does my surrogate want from me after our journey?
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Circle’s Director of Legal Services, Dean Hutchison, Esq., suggests that comprehensive screening of both carriers and intended parents, with a similar due diligence applied during the matching process, and support for all parties throughout the journey, can prevent the types of horror stories that may dissuade some from considering surrogacy. His frame of reference includes 12 years with Circle, through which over 1,100 babies have been born to both international and domestic parents (43% same sex couples, 44% heterosexual couples, 7% gay individuals, 6% heterosexual individuals) from over 70 countries since 1995. Circle’s stats seem to align with Dean’s guidance that a successful process is very much tied into appropriate screening at the onset. The Agency’s April 2016 published fact sheet states, “Over 1,250 women, on average, start the process of becoming a Circle surrogate each month. Of those, about 1.7% ultimately match with intended parents.”

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Intended parents who apply to partner with a surrogacy agency write an introductory letter that describes markers of their journey. Praveena Nallainathan, whose daughter, Priya Joy, was born in January of 2016 with the help of Circle, shared “People often ask how I found a carrier. I explain that I used an agency to help match me, but in truth it all started with a letter. When I had to write the letter, I scoured the Internet for samples, and didn’t find many, so perhaps excepts of the letter that I wrote to my gestational carrier will serve as a good resource for your listeners and readers.”

The circumstances that Praveena candidly describes may reflect some of the vulnerabilities of other intended parents:

“Dear Wonder Woman (She has always been my favorite super hero, and that’s what I think you are!),

Thank you for taking the time and genuine interest to consider me, and for wanting to help.

TODAY IS OCTOBER 4, 2014. Six years ago to the day, I lost my baby girl, Ayanna, at five months into pregnancy.  At each year anniversary, I write a short diary entry to honor and remember her.  This has become a favorite, private ritual.  This year, I am writing my letter to you. What could be more perfect?

MY JOURNEY…My ex-husband, Johnny, and I, had tried to conceive naturally for many years. We finally got pregnant six years into marriage through our first IVF try.  We were elated. Like any happy parents to be, we debated girl names, browsed HGTV for nursery ideas, and dreamt about how pretty and smart our baby girl was going to be.  However, this all changed on October 4, 2008. I went into pre-term labor.  It was a traumatic birth for me, both physically and emotionally. I remember being drugged up and delirious.  I could not connect to any emotions. Instead, from the hospital bed, I watched Johnny.  He slid down the hospital room wall sobbing.  He came to the bed, stroking my head with tears streaming down his face. I could tell that he thought this was unfair.  We were able to see and hold our baby girl everyday for three days while we were in the hospital. It always marvels me…she already had my nose.  I was a mother. We named her, Ayanna – an African and Indian name (a blend of her parents) meaning beautiful flower and innocent.

There were many medical theories for the loss. I had three different surgeries to address each possible problem – incompetent cervix, fibroids, and thin uterine lining.  We underwent 6 more unsuccessful IVF tries. I had trouble getting and staying pregnant. This took a toll on our marriage. Frankly, we never were the same after we lost the baby. We separated two years later and ultimately divorced. I feared that I might be also losing my opportunity to have a family.

Over the last many years, I have thought long and hard about what was possible…in me alone, as a mother. My doctors confirmed that I had no issues with creating good, healthy eggs. But the problem was my uterus. They explained that a gestational carrier would be a GAME CHANGER for me. I prayed. I thought. I cried. I talked to my parents.  I talked to my counselor. It became crystal clear – I can do this! LIGHTBULB! I wanted to be a mother. I knew I would make a good and loving mother. And, my mom, dad, brother, friends, and workplace were behind me.

When I got down to making embryos…success! When the nurse called me, she said, “Congratulations – you have 4 girls and 2 boys.” What next…My embryos and I are looking forward to meeting you.  After a very long time, hope soars in me again.”

A very moving letter that thankfully resulted in the miracle of birth, albeit not without challenges! Learn more about the realities that both Jeni and Praveena faced throughout their respective passages as carrier and intended parent by listening to our conversation.
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Jen Rachman, whose now four-year-old son was born through a surrogate, talks about the surrogacy process from her perspective as an Outreach Coordinator with Circle. Jen brings a unique personal frame of reference to this discussion: Ovarian cancer, diagnosed when she was 26, left her infertile and prompted her search for alternate routes to parenting.

Dean Hutchison addresses common fears and offers advice related to both international and domestic surrogacy law in the final episode of the series.

Wishing you fertile outcomes in your family building pursuits, with hopes that your steps are encouraged, strengthened, and informed by these accounts of ultimate success!

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