Oh the number of pineapples I have eaten! For those of you who don’t know, the hardest part of the pineapple contains bromelain, an anti-inflammatory and anti-coagulation agent that has been thought may improve implantation by increasing blood flow to the uterus. So much so that the pineapple is now an adopted symbol for fertility. It also means that women who are trying to conceive (TTC) end up eating a shed load of them in a bid to help their treatment cycles… and not even the nice juicy bit, but the hard old core! What are we doing to ourselves? Then our fertility nutritionist Sandra Greenbank put us straight. She told us that to include pineapples into our fruit and veg intake is a good idea, but that it’s unnecessary to eat “buckets of the stuff” as Sandra said, “because who wants to eat the woody bit anyway?” Good point Sandra.
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9. The Importance of Support
After speaking to fertility counsellor Tracey Sainsbury, I realised how few people believe they need support while struggling with fertility. Tracey said talking things through and getting the perspective of a trained professional (fertility counsellor / coach) can really help the process, especially when considering donor conception or adoption. The place to go to find a professionally trained fertility counsellor is BICA. If counselling isn’t for you, there are other places.
The Fertility Network is always there for anyone who needs them. The national charity has advice, great contacts, and a wealth of experience.
Then there’s Peanut, a free app for women any time you need a community. Instagram has also become an extremely important space for those facing the struggle, and I have personally met so many people facing all sorts of TTC roads, many of them I can now call my friends. If you haven’t already, do follow The Fertility Show on Instagram, I am behind the content and am often the one talking to you, so do please come and say hi.
Then of course there’s Fertility Help Hub! With great fertility resources, tips for TTC, nutrition, holistic remedies, advice on clinics, donor conception, surrogacy & also community, it’s a one stop shop for support and guidance.
It’s been a tricky old year, but one of the greatest things about taking our content online is being able to reach an audience anywhere, from the comfort and privacy of your home. People can now access these talks for free and ask the questions they need, anonymously and without fear. In fact, we’ve been so heartened by the popularity and feedback of these events, that The Fertility Show has decided to put on a four-day online Summit across September, to build on what we’ve learned.
This extensive seminar programme is set to cover everything you need to know for your TTC journey. The speakers will include the world’s leading experts, as well as those sharing information about the newest technologies and fertility treatments in the space. Tickets will go on sale this month so make sure you sign up to our newsletter to be the first to hear the latest news and some exclusive offers from our exhibitors and partners.
So, that’s ten things I’ve learned so far! Thanks for reading. For those of you who have missed our Let’s all Talk sessions, the most recent ones live on The Fertility Show’s YouTube Channel.