Truth: Trying to Conceive (TTC) gets more expensive over time.
It's undeniably tempting to self-educate & research the latest ways to get pregnant. Unfortunately, it often leads to wasting money on supplements, herbs, fertility teas, and technology that don't deliver a big fat positive (BFP).
Wasting money & hope can make the whole process of TTC even more overwhelming and frustrating.
So, here is my advice if you have been trying to get pregnant and don't know what to try/buy next.
Ask for help from a professional fertility expert.
It is a small investment that will save you time, money, and tears.
Here is my 3 step plan to getting pregnant on a budget:
1. Commit to the journey: There is no quick fix to establishing a fertile environment and it's easy to forget there are two sides to fertility story:
2. Commit to a plan: If you thought committing to at least a 3 month journey sounded challenging, this step is even more daunting, but much better for your wallet. Committing to a plan requires saying a firm "no" to that herb/tea/supplement you just read about on a fertility forum. Stop throwing money away by buying every supplement you hear about. Those $20 teas and bottles of herbs purchased by impulse shopping can add up fast!
3. Commit to a budget: Before you start shopping, commit to a budget that works for you. You can always revamp it if your financial situation changes. The most important thing is to stick to your budget, because the added stress of finances can push you over the edge when you're TTC.
Here are some examples of how far your budget goes on a professionally designed fertility plan:
Please leave comments or reach out to Michelle if you need help designing a natural fertility plan that works for you & your wallet. Specific products used in this estimate are listed after the "Read More" jump.
Sending prosperity and baby dust your way!
In Chinese Medicine, winter is yin within yin.
A time to seek solitude.
A time to foster the natural tendency to turn inwards.
Since December I've been looking inwards, taking inventory, and finding out what really matters to me. This January, I'm ready to start with a clean slate.
For me, it's time to let go of:
My clean slate phase kicked off in January with a 10-Day metabolic cleanse. It's a product that many of my acupuncturist colleagues promote and is recommend 2-3 times a year. Unfortunately, I haven't done a cleanse in over 5 years, so I've had a lot to clear out. Day 2 was brutal with nausea, vomiting, an intensely throbbing headache and bedtime at 7pm. Day 3 started off much better and today (Day 4) I'm committed to working through the aches & pains of the next 6 days. Truth be told, I'm actually starting to enjoy the freedom that comes from not craving another cup of coffee and wondering what I'll eat for lunch/dinner. At the same time, I can't wait until day 11 because my 1 cup of coffee per day will taste so good!
After the cleanse, I'll be returning to my 99% Paleo lifestyle and favorite foods that nourish the yin: quinoa, chlorella & spirulina, black beans, organic eggs, and organic fruits like red grapes, raspberry & bananas.
What mindstate are you in this January? Are you taking time this winter to turn inwards and nourish your yin?
Dr. Michelle Wendt, L.Ac., DACM
Dr. Michelle Wendt, L.Ac., DACM practices Oriental & Chinese Medicine in Hawaii and Texas.