I came downstairs for breakfast yesterday and immediately my husband started complaining.
Our son had, in order to have a better view of the World Series baseball playoffs, moved all the furniture around, plomping our new sofa in the middle of the room.
And then (and this is the egregious bit according to hubby) gone off to bed and left it like that.
“There are other chairs. Why couldn’t he move his body rather than the furniture?” he exclaimed in the aggrieved tones of parents of teenagers everywhere.
Suppressing a little sigh, I said, while indicating to the wrapper and furniture-strewn room, “I’m going to reframe this. He is a thirteen year-old boy who likes baseball. This is all perfectly normal. And once, there was a time when all I fervently wished for was ‘normal’.”
For, you see, our twin sons were two months premature, born after an uncomfortable and worrying pregnancy, a round of IVF and five pelvic surgeries on my part. They both endured different life-threatening illnesses at age three and had a brother who was born “asleep”, a late term miscarriage and who had been conceived after two more rounds of IVF.
Lost my faith
It was this final fertility assault that caused me to lose my faith in mainstream medicine. I’d been given silly “advice” from doctors that I found patronizing to an intelligent woman like myself. ‘You’re just unlucky” was the worst. No-one’s that unlucky.
I made it my responsibility to fix my own health. And I’ve made it my mission to, following my discoveries, to spread the word about the impact of diet on health, specifically reproductive health.
Fertility, free, fantastic!
That’s why when I discovered that Joyful Mammas was holding a free online summit, I signed up immediately. It may be too late for me to have further children but if I can help one person find a more natural, healthy route to having a child, something good will have come from it.
If I’d had the knowledge and understanding I have now, I would have nourished my body differently well before I wanted to get pregnant. I’d have done my best to fix my endometriosis using natural methods and keeping off the sugar, wheat and dairy.
I don’t wish to condemn the technological miracles of fertility medicine – I was able to force my body, one time, into cooperating and for that opportunity I am truly grateful. However, take it from me, there is a better way. And you owe it to yourself and your future child to explore that path.
So if you are experiencing reproductive issues – PCOS or endometriosis, want to understand the relationship between your gut and your fertility, or how to fuel your body for a great pregnancy (and influence the degree of health and beauty of your child) and more, go check out the no-cost Joyfully Pregnant online summit website. It is FREE and runs Monday, October, 21 to Friday, October 25.