Time to get your holiday shopping done and find the perfect gift for friends and family (or treat yourself)! Stay away from the annoying mall and shop online at The Fertile Garden on etsy.com!
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I'm busy getting photos taken of the new items and am working on a new testimonials page! I've heard from quite a few customers that are now pregnant and have written to thank me, and I'll tell ya...it brings a tear to my eye, I am SO happy for them!!
10 Easy Remedies That Can Heal Your Headache Fast...
1. Large Glass of Water. Sounds too easy, right? Well it works more often then you think. Dehydration is one of the MOST COMMON causes of headaches, so a glass of cool, clear water might be all you need to start relieving pain.
2. Deep Massage. You probably already know about massages and how they help to relieve stress & tension. However, what you didn't likely know is that a firm massage on the head, face, AND neck can quickly get rid of headache pain.
3. Aromatherapy. This is quickly becoming one of the most well known headache remedies around. Why? Because it actually WORKS. Sandlewood, peppermint, eucalyptus, lavender, and a wide assortment of other natural oils can be used to reduce, if not completely eliminate pain. These scents can be found in oils, candles, and even soaps.
4. Take a Hot Shower. Stand in the shower and allow the hot water to cascade down your neck and back. This should loosen your muscles and allow for better blood flow. Also, this would be a good time to use the aromatherapy "soap" that was mentioned in headache cure #3.
5. Ice Pack. You can use an ice pack, a cold towel, a bag of frozen peas, or anything else that's really cold. Apply this cold item to the back of your neck (or wherever the pain is located) and allow it to sit for about 5 to 10 minutes. This technique should help reduce any inflammation, not to mention help numb the pain a bit.
6. Using Pressure Points. One of the most underrated of all headache cures & remedies is using pressure points. It sounds far-fetched, sure, but it can provide great results if done correctly. Try It Out: Find where the bones of your "index" finger & thumb meet (the fleshy area). Apply pressure to this spot for 2 minutes.
7. Relaxing & Resting. Sometimes a headache is just your body telling you that you're overworked and way too stressed. Lie down in a dark room, shut your eyes, and just relax for awhile. Once this particular headache "attack" goes away, you should try to dial down your stress a bit and look for ways to relax and enjoy life just a bit more. (This is another one of those headache remedies that is much too often overlooked)
8. Diet. Do certain foods you eat always seem to trigger a headache? Then it's time to dump these items from your daily diet. Everyone reacts differently to foods (and the ingredients they contain) so it's important to take a CLOSE look at what you're eating and when these "attacks" occur. If need be, keep a headache diary.
9. Calcium Supplement. This can help to relax your muscles and increase bloodflow, which should help to alleviate pain a bit. A large glass of orange juice should do fine if you are without supplements. Many experts recommend taking a supplement which has both magnesium & calcium for maximum headache relief.
10. Exercise. Depending on the severity of the attack, this is one of those headache cures which might not be that easy to do. But regardless, you should definitely consider doing this before AND after the headache. Exercise will increase circulation & bloodflow throughout the body, allowing more blood & more oxygen to reach your brain. Exercising regularly should GREATLY help to PREVENT headaches from returning.
Your bracelet can be customized with angel wing charm and swarovski crystal color to signify the birthstone month. This color can represent the intended due date, conception month, or the month of loss.
Here are just a few of the healing boosts that gemstones can give you:
•Helps with endometriosis, shields, and protects
•Revitalizes feelings and enhances sexuality
•Enhances fertility and reverses infertility caused by infection
•Prolongs sexual pleasure and supports the sexual organs
•Increases/stimulates fertility, boosts ovulation,and balances menstrual cycle
•Improves absorption of vitamins and minerals and ensures a good supply of blood to organs and tissue
•Alleviates pain and cramps
1/2 baked sweet potato
1/2-3/4 cup vanilla almond milk
pumpkin pie spice to taste
1 tsp of honey
1 tsp flax seed
1 shot frozen wheatgrass (you wont even taste it!)
vanilla protein powder if you like
Puree in blender, top with a dollup of real whip cream and enjoy!
Rose quartz are the beads of love and fertility. They are said to help promote pregnancy and to protect the mother and unborn fetus from miscarriage, and encourage feelings of calm. Gorgeous Rose Quartz Fertility Necklace with large rose quartz tumbled stone pendant capped in oxidized sterling silver hangs on a delicate chain.
This fertility bracelet is the perfect gift for a new bride, someone you know who has been trying, or a gift for yourself. Beautiful moonstone, rose quartz and amethyst are accented by pewter butterfly spacers and a lovely clasp and turtle charm. Very powerful, contains butterfly and turtle symbols!
This bracelet is the perfect compliment to the Rose Quartz fertility necklace!!
Yes! Cherries can be very beneficial for your overall health, and fertility! I have been told it is especially good to eat a lot of cherries after your egg retrieval, through to your test. Nutritional value of cherries help the body to fight many infections, and increase the body's resistance mechanisms.
Anthocyanins: A powerful antioxidant, anthocyanins is found abundantly in the cherries. Cherries are the richest source of anthocyanins 1 and 2, that give them their ruby rich color. These beneficial compounds provide the body with a unique combination of antioxidants that are full of anti-inflammatory properties.
Fiber: About ten raw sweet cherries will provide the body with 1.4 grams of fiber, that is nearly 10 percent of the recommended daily amount (RDA). A good level of fiber in the body aids in better digestion, by preventing constipation.
Potassium: Cherries are extremely high on dietary potassium. One can get approximately 260 mg of potassium for every cup (100g) of fresh cherries consumed. Adequate potassium reduces the risk of hypertension and stroke, while promoting the heart and kidneys to function properly.
Melatonin: Cherries are a rich food source of the hormone melatonin. Melatonin promotes healthy circadian rhythm and sleep patterns.
Essential Vitamins: One cup of sweet cherry eaten raw without the pits, can provide the body with 18 percent of the RDA, ie 10.8 mg of vitamin C. The fruit also contains beta carotene, and other important vitamins: vitamin A, vitamin B6 and vitamin K. These vitamins are essential for collagen formation of blood vessels, blood, muscles and bones.
Phytosterols: Phytosterols, also known as plant sterols occur naturally in cherries. 100 gms contain 18.5 mg of sterols that help to reduce 'bad' cholesterol levels (LDL) and lower the risk of cancer, and stimulate the immune system.
Boron: 100 gms of raw tart cherries supply the body with approximately 396µg (microgram). Boron increases bone health; formation and recuperation, and reduce bone inflammation.
Other Minerals: Although in small quantities cherries also contain folate (iron), calcium, copper, zinc, manganese, magnesium and phosphorus. All these mineral play vital roles in boosting the immune system and keeping the body's fitness levels high.
That was the idea behind my Hope Fertility Bracelet from The Fertile Garden.
I found that one of the hardest things about IVF was not the shots, daily doctor appointments, feeling like a human pin cushion, and in general the obsession with every cramp and pinch. It was the emotional part that was the most difficult. One day you are confident it worked, the next you are a bawling mess eating chocolate. I've been there! I wore this Hope Fertility Bracelet to remind myself that it WOULD happen someday - that it was a matter of WHEN, not IF! :)
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Fertility Health Drink
1 shot of frozen wheat grass
1/4 cup POM juice
1/2 cup Simply Orange juice
1/4 cup organic carrot juice
1 chunk of fresh ginger
1 tsp ground flax seed
1 scoop vanilla whey powder
handful frozen blueberries
Puree in blender til mixed. Enjoy! Tastes like a dreamsicle!
Costco has a great organic carrot juice that comes in a 3-pack. Now, this is not something we can drink by itself, but like to add it to a POM juice and wheat grass smoothie. We've recently read online that it can help you nutritionally with fertility! Here are some facts:
Carrot is one of the most healing foods that provides the finest and highest quality in nutrients, especially from its juice. It is an excellent source of pro-vitamin A, vitamins C, D, E, K, B1 and B6.
It is rich with biotin, potassium, calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, organic sodium and some trace minerals.
The known phytonutrients in carrots are lutein, lycopene, anti-oxidants alpha, beta and gamma carotenes, zeaxanthin and xanthophyll. You don't need to remember these fancy names, but just remember that phytonutrients are nature's marvelous provision for healing of various diseases.
Carotenes, the famous ingredient in carrots, is an anti-oxidant that has powerful healing virtues for many diseases. Drinking a glass of carrot juice daily will do much more for you than many bottles of supplement tablets.
One of the reasons for infertility is lack of nutrients and enzymes in your dietary. Carrot juice taken regularly, is able to nourish your body back to fertility.
We here at The Fertile Garden say, why not try it??
What a beautiful way to increase your fertility! This beautiful Kokopelli engraved silver pendant from The Fertile Garden fertility shop includes a moonstone dangle. Moonstone is a feminine stone, which is said to have powers that aid in nurturing receptivity and balancing of the emotions. The stone promotes love, hope, and fertility.
Kokopelli is known as the fertility god. He is considered a healer and women seek him as an aid to pregnancy. Legend has it, everyone in the village would sing and dance throughout the night when they heard Kokopelli play his flute. The next morning, every maiden in the village would be with child.
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This particular combination of stones is very powerful for clearing negative thoughts, and remaining positive. Also perfect for the newly pregnant, will help prevent miscarriage.
Featuring healthy recipes which feature foods that will help enhance your fertility. And dont forget to take your prenatal vitamin everyday!
1 frozen banana
1/2 cup strawberries
1/4 cup blueberries
1 raw egg yolk
1 t flax ground flax seed
1 scoop whey protein powder (I prefer vanilla flavor)
1/3 cup yogurt
1 t vanilla
splash of POM juice
handful of fresh baby spinach (trust me, you wont even taste it!)
Puree in your blender until smooth. Enjoy!
A quick note, if you would like to add pineapple core to this smoothie, do so after your egg retreival, for 5 days straight. Slice one pineapple into 5 parts, and separate the core into 5 baggies. freeze them and add them to your daily smoothie for 5 days. The bromelein in pineapple core is said to help with implantation.
Enhance your fertility and wear fertility jewelry close to your pulse points with the natural fertility energies of stones. Every order comes with an info sheet explaining the meanings of the stones used in the piece.
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When you need it most, every little positive thought can help you! I'm a true believer in the metaphysical properties of gemstones. This gorgeous Silver Fertility Goddess with moonstone accent is wire wrapped in silver. Rub the goddess belly for extra good luck.
Moonstone is a feminine stone, which is said to have powers that aid in nurturing receptivity and balancing of the emotions. The stone promotes love, hope, and fertility.
This is a perfect gift for someone you know who has been trying, or a gift for yourself.
Measures 21.5 inches in length. (Length can be adjusted to fit your needs at no extra charge!)
Item comes beautifully gift wrapped, ready for gift-giving. (and sprinkled with baby dust!) A complimentary card explaining the meaning behind the stones used in the necklace is included.
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5 Foods That Increase Sperm Count, Production, and Motility
1. Red peppers, carrots, oatmeal, dried apricots.
2. Asparagus, snow peas, cooked tomatoes, strawberries.
3. Turkey, eggs, seafood, oysters, pumpkin seeds.
4. Leafy green veggies, avocados, beans, whole grains.
5. Salmon, sardines, anchovies, walnuts
Featured is the Hope - Fertility Enhancing Bracelet with green aventurine, labradorite and turtle charm.
Among the many many benefits of this wonder fruit are...
- Helps Lower Blood Pressure
- Has Anti-aging capabilities
- Promotes good cardiovascular health
- Helps with a healthy pregnancy
- Keeps cholestrol levels healthy
- Lowers blood sugars
- Fights Inflammation
- Reduces cell damage
It is believed through recent study that pomegranate juice may help keep fatty deposits from collecting on artery walls. In one study, mice who were given pomegranate juice were able to reduce this build up by over 30%.
However these results do not directly translate to humans but it does show that pomegranate juice antioxidant may be a very valuable tool for preventing hardening of the arteries and such related diseases such as heart attacks and strokes.
Pomegranate juice is high in fiber and has substantial amounts of potassium which is important in sending nerve impulses as well as releasing energy from protein, fat, and carbohydrates during metabolism.
It contains vitamin C and niacin too.
If you have anemia then take notice as pomegranates are thought to contain very high levels of iron.
Pregnant women take note too. The womb lining (endometrium) where the actual implant of fertilised eggs takes place almost entirely consists of blood and pomegranates contain high levels of cobalt which is an essential raw material for the synthesis of blood. Cobalt also contributes to the colour of the fruit too.
Phytochemicals in Pomegranate juice help prevent heart disease and cancer.
0dpt... Embryo is now a blastocyst
1dpt....Blastocyst hatches out of shell on this day
2dpt.. Blastocyst attaches to a site on the uterine lining
3dpt.. Implantation begins,as the blastocyst begins to bury in the lining
4dpt.. Implantation process continues and morula buries deeper in the lining
5dpt.. Morula is completely inmplanted in the lining and has placenta cells &
6dpt...Placenta cells begin to secret HCG in the blood
7dpt...More HCG is produced as fetus develops
8dpt...More HCG is produced as fetus develops
9dpt...HCG levels are now high enough to be immediately detected on
Research has proven that stress plays a critical role in the success of any fertility treatment, especially IVF. But how can you relax when all you can think about is whether or not you’ll be able to conceive?
If you’re having difficulty calming your mind and your body, try these tips to de-stress before and during your IVF treatments:
- Lay off (or significantly reduce) your intake of caffeine. It might “wake you up”, but it can also make you agitated.
- Get a good night’s sleep. Rest is one of the most beneficial “gifts” you can give yourself.
- Take up a relaxing hobby. Some individuals like to scrapbook, others like to knit. Some cook, some read, some write… the list goes on and on. Do whatever calms you and allows you to focus your energies in a positive direction.
- Learn to meditate. You don’t have to be spiritually-inclined to embrace the powers of meditation.
- Try yoga pre-IVF. Yoga, when performed correctly, can prep your body, heart and soul.
- Eat healthfully. If you’re investing in IVF, yo u must invest in your nutrition, too.
- Stay away from toxic people. Though this can be easier said than done, whenever you have the choice, choose to avoid persons who want to bring you down.
- How Mother's Day could make you so sad.
- That at a certain point, you are going in for ultrasound and bloodwork everyday. You might run out of veins. First one arm goes, then the next....next thing you know, you are getting blood drawn out of a vein in your hand. ouch.
- Bring a book to every appointment, you never know how long you might have to wait.
- How tired the meds make you...but the shots themselves, were not as bad as I had anticipated. That first shot is the worst, once you get past that one, you just knock them out, like a women on a mission. Menopur burns though. And use ice before Ganirelix.
- How hard it is to be positive and have hope.
- How gross progesterone suppositories are....ew. They also might make you gassy.
- How awesome, but expensive acupuncture is.
- Some of your friends or family might never even ask you how its going. Maybe they dont care, maybe they dont want to bring it up becuase you might be upset...but it still hurts.
- How much you can dread your birthday. (signifies getting older)
- That you will be so bloated when you are stimming, you will want to wear stretchy pants everyday.
- The Follistim pen is a wonderful invention. Make sure you keep track in the Follistim book of your dates/doses. You might forget how much is left in there.
- Make sure you get at least 2 days bedrest after transfer. You deserve the relaxation! Get some good movies and your favorite chocolate candy and chill out. Let someone else scoop the litter box.
- After the retrieval, you might get constipated. Have some prunes or a Fiber One.
- Keep your eye on the prize everyone!
Mother's Day During Your Infertility Journey
by Phyllis Martin, LPC
Mother's Day and the days leading up to the holiday tend to be quite a difficult time for women and couples during their infertility journey. Many holidays are hard when coping with infertility, but Mother’s Day can be especially trying when you are working so hard to become a parent. Complex emotions may surface as you see the celebration of motherhood unfold before you. It feels as if the celebration excludes you because you are not yet a mom, yet it feels unfair because you are working so hard to become one. I have always thought that even if you haven’t met your family building goals, your survival thus far, your effort, your hard work, and the challenges that you have overcome should be rewarded as well. The status of motherhood should not be the only measure, the pursuit of motherhood should be acknowledged as well.
Women often say that for years they thought of Mother’s Day as a day to celebrate their own mother's contribution. Once the pursuit of motherhood begins; however, women may gain a new perspective on the holiday and begin to think of themselves and their future as a mother. For a woman trying to become a mother, the Mother's Day holiday may morph into a very tangible reminder of what they feel they are missing and exacerbate their fears surrounding infertility.
For many coping with infertility, Mother’s Day is like pouring salt into a wound. Infertility often causes feelings of isolation, and the approach of Mother’s Day may emphasize feelings of envy of other women who are mothers. It can seem like everyone else reaches motherhood so naturally and easily. They already have the prized position of motherhood, and they still get to celebrate it out loud (with lots of Hallmark ads for weeks before and 1/2 off sales afterwards)! Yet women facing infertility receive no recognition for all the hard work just to become pregnant and stay pregnant. No pat on the back of congratulations for all that work, stress, and anxiety. Unfortunately, the day can be a bitter reminder for those who have worked so very hard but have not yet seen their hard work manifest itself into motherhood.
So as we approach Mother's Day (and the days that follow), prepare for it by educating yourself and taking proactive steps to protect your peace of mind:
- Realize that grief may flair at various times.
- Understand that grief can feel or look like: feeling “out of sorts,” irritability, difficulty focusing, crying, loss of motivation, sleep disturbances, appetite changes, or the inability to enjoy things.
- Remember that you are not alone and you are not going crazy if you feel sorry for yourself, envious of others, or even angry.
- If you plan to attend a religious service, speak to your minister or rabbi ahead of time to ask that he/she acknowledge all those who are TRYING to become mothers, not just those who are mothers.
- Plan extreme self care for yourself that day, or after any event you may be obligated to attend, so that you have something to look forward to for yourself.
- If you are spending the day with family and they know of your infertility challenges, enlist their support.
- Know that you can feel happy for family and friends, grateful for your own mother, and still sad for you. It does not make you selfish or a bad person.
- Be proud of yourself for your effort and fortitude.
- Make a concrete plan to do something that recognizes all of your hard work and effort such as a weekend getaway, massage, spa treatment, a funny movie, a picnic, or outdoor activity. The sky is the limit and living in the Washington, DC area, there are dozens of free and fun things to do.
Lastly, for spouses concerned about how to handle this day, plan something for your wife that recognizes both the sadness of not being a mother yet, but more importantly the strength, effort, and survival skills she has utilized to get this far in your journey. You may not be where you want to be yet, but your effort is commendable.
Happy Mother’s Day to all Mothers and Mothers-To-Be!
Here is a great website that is very informative on the safety of herbs and infertility:
NEW YORK (Reuters Life!) - Women trying to get pregnant could boost their chances by adopting a "fertility diet" high in nuts and avocados while cutting down on coffee and alcohol, according to U.S researchers.
Boston-based researchers found the majority of cases of infertility due to ovulation disorders in otherwise healthy women could be prevented through diet and lifestyle changes.
"The dietary and lifestyle choices women make as they try to get pregnant can impact profoundly their fertility," Dr. Jorge E. Chavarro of Harvard School of Public Health, who worked on the study, told Reuters Health.
The fertility diet is characterized by higher consumption of monounsaturated fat rather than trans fats which is found in natural foods like nuts and avocados, and olive oil.
Women should also opt for vegetable protein rather than animal protein, low-glycemic carbohydrates like whole grains, moderate consumption of high-fat dairy, multivitamins, and iron from plants and supplements, Chavarro's team reports.
Other changes women can make to their lifestyle promote fertility include cutting back on coffee and alcohol, increased physically activity, and staying away from cigarettes.
The research was based on 8 years of Chavarro and colleagues tracking the diet and lifestyle patterns of 17,544 women as they tried to get pregnant or became pregnant. None of them had a history of infertility.
According to the team, greater adherence to the fertility diet pattern was associated with a lower risk of infertility due to ovulation disturbances and, to a lesser extent, of infertility due to other causes.
Women with the highest fertility diet score, compared with those with the lowest, had a 66-percent lower risk of infertility due to ovulation problems and a 27-percent lower risk of infertility due to other causes, Chavarro and colleagues report in the journal Obstetrics and Gynecology.
The combination of five or more low-risk lifestyle factors, including weight control, physical activity and diet, was associated with a 69-percent lower risk of ovulation-related infertility.
The researchers also found, consistent with earlier reports, that increased body weight raises the risk of infertility due to ovulation disorders.
"Women trying to become pregnant could consider following these lifestyle practices because they are consistent with an overall healthy lifestyle and may also help them become pregnant," the researchers said.
I have personally been through years of infertility myself, and have found some difficulty in remaining positive and not getting swallowed up in my own negative thoughts. So I created The Fertile Garden, where I hope I can bring some comfort to other women in the same situation as myself.
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