I was just reading The Infertility Cure and trying to teach myself the Fermoral Massage (directs blood to the ovaries and uterus.. should only be done before ovulation). I found my pulse but wanted to make sure I was doing it right. It was really great to find a video on it because the book didn’t mention that I need to be on my front leaning on medicine ball to apply the pressure. Here’s the video where she teaches you how to do it and explains how stress forces the body to direct blood away from your ovaries. I’m a little bit overwhelmed by the book and the Chinese way – there’s so much to understand and learn.
There are four books that I’m currently digesting, I think most of you will be familiar with them.
- The Infertility Cure – Randine Lewis (Traditional Chinese Medicine approach)
- The Baby Making Bible – Emma Cannon (Traditional Chinese Medicine approach)
- Taking Charge Of Your Fertility – Toni Weschler (Understanding BBT and how everything works)
- The Pregnancy Guide for Muslim Women – Ummu Muawiya (Given to me by a friend as it contains prayers.When I first got this I put it in a drawer. I didn’t want to look at it. Now I’m in a better place to face God)
The aim isn’t to obsess but to map out what I need to do to improve my health- ovaries, uterus and general fertility. While I go through this I don’t expect pregnancy but I do expect to see some signs from my body to tell me it’s becoming fertile land.
I have two aims for June
- Building blood (greens.. greens.. and more greens)
- Improving blood flow – especially to the uterus and ovaries (acupuncture, chinese tea, massage, yoga, feet in warm water at night)
There are times I wish I had a buddy to learn and do this all with. I think I need to apply the drive I had during my Masters to this but it’s hard to break old habits and create new ones. It’s especially hard when there’s no guarantee you’ll make the grade and you don’t know if your answer is right. Still, it’s better to move forward than to sit in stagnation.
These are all good things, didn’t know about the massage though. But greens are great and I strongly believe in alternative therapies. Best of luck to keep it up, I know it’s not always easy to keep motivated.
I do well and then I slip. For example, the Krispy Kremes I gave into this week and the rice krispy sugary blocks someone made. And nettle tea just doesn’t beat a cup of english breakfast. I tried decaf tea but apparently it’s worse than just having the caffeine.
Add to the nettle some raspberry leaf and clover blossom, with a touch of honey. It’s really yummy! Then have your English breakfast 🙂
Clover blossom? I’ve never heard of that. I’ll look into it 🙂 thanks for the tip!
Don’t be too hard on yourself, it’s okay to have a treat now and then, it’s needed as well 🙂
I went crazy hard core when I first started my path to becoming healthy. I gave up everything bad for me, and I mean everything, I was miserable. My lessonn = moderation. Another book that my holistic OBGYN recommended, and I really liked (it’s a bit more practical/easier to follow) is Balance Your Hormones, Balance Your Life: Achieving Optimal Health and Wellness through Ayurveda, Chinese Medicine, and Western Science
I’ve learned the same thing but I do need to watch my sugar and carb intake. Thanks so much for the book recommendation, I’ll definitely try to get a copy. The Infertility Cure has provided me with a really solid starting point but I am thinking eeps at doing acupressure on myself. I don’t know how often and no matter how many times I read it, it’s still complicated. Do you have a copy of this book? Page 280 on letting go and moving on made me think of you. “But after we have done all we have control over, we must remember to breathe, and to recall we still have this present moment to allow Life to express itself through us, however it may.” x
This is awesome. Really helpful information. Thanks for postingt