Fertile grounds

imageWhat better time than spring to talk about fertility.

For many years I was in the camp of the seekers, fervently researching information here, there & everywhere. What works, what doesn’t, what were the old wives tales… What could we do to prepare our bodies for conception and when all else failed what could I do to support my body through IVF treatment? I was already very much interested in Ayurveda then but struggled to find anything clear or concise about what Ayurveda had to say about fertility. In fact I really struggled to find anything at all on that subject although I had a deep belief that Ayurveda must have something to say. So I delight in finding the modern Ayurveda chaperons coming out with their pieces now.

I’m a real fan of Adena Rose Bright who is launching The Healing Diet, Fertility Focus – an addition to her signature programme that is focussed on helping women prepare their bodies for a healthy conception. Head on over to tap into her fountain of knowledge: adenaroseayurveda.com

And this morning I picked up an insightful mail from Shakti Holistic Healing about conception & pregnancy with Ayurveda. Read it here.

Or consult the very thorough and educative Banyan Botanicals’ guide to fertility with Ayurveda only published this week.

From personal experience if you are struggling to get pregnant look at your lifestyle as the first point of correction. The more healthy, wholesome changes you can make the more chances you give yourself to fall pregnant. Go organic, natural, slow down, change your diet, chose appropriate exercise, take measures to lessen your stress, educate yourself about fertility boosting nutrition and lifestyle.

It is also very important you do your own research, get to know your own body well and what your own specific needs are. Get tested, familiarise yourself with all your personal data (learn it inside out) but don’t just take the medics fertility statistics for granted. Know what your body is saying about where you are through those numbers & facts then look for alternatives to improve your odds. There are many, so many. Fertility is the perfect example of a health spot where one size fits all does not work. You must be very very clear on your personal body information then go out and do whatever works for you, follow your intuition too. Only you know what is good for you. Do not take your doctor’s say as gospel on this one. They will work in retrograde from a position of statistics, generic guidelines and clinical publications not from the inner knowledge that only you have about what your body is sensitive to, what your body responds well to and what will make your body (not someone else’s) thrive. No external party can owne this information better than you. Ayurveda is the perfect complement especially since it is based on that very tenant that we are all the same but different and therefore what works for one doesn’t work for someone else.

I’m not trying to romanticise the process either or make it sound easy because it isn’t and success is not a given when faced with fertility challenges, but it is possible.

The “work” includes looking at the physical and, in more cases than not from what I can gather from my own wanderings on the subject, the work includes cleaning up all the other layers of you that need to be in “phase” for conceiving. If you have unresolved issues about parenting, mothering, issues with your own mother, issues about raising a child in an increasingly scary world then address those, now. Any other issues? Have a good look at them. We are complete beings, little ecosystems reliant on all parts of the whole to function at optimum.

Read Inconceivable by Julia Indichova to spur you on.

And if you are already pregnant and looking for real advice on health & wellness check out Ashley Neese’s Conscious Pregnancy Serie. Ashley is another clever Wellbeing expert with inspired posts: ashleyneese.com.

Happy Easter all, go get those eggs!


By Anne Schouvey

Modalities for vitality & holistic selfcare. Ayurveda, Breathwork, Reiki and Yoga. > Boundless Energy eCourse. > Yoga SocialEat > Medical Herbalism student


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