Originally Posted by LitMama
It sounds like you did everything I'm trying to do for #2 (my #1 was easy-peasy, in my 30s). When you're not too busy chasing your LO around, would you mind sharing some details on some of the changes you made? I'd love to hear what supplements you took, what kind of tools/resources you used for yoga, massage and visualization (books, CDs, DVDs, classes?) . And what other lifestyle changes did you make?
I'm on that path but just beginning... in November I made big dietary changes and began taking a bunch of supplements. But I have yet to incorporate anything else and am feeling the need for guidance in that area.
Many thanks, mama!
Heehee! LitMama has given me permission to babble at length about my TTC strategy.
I highly, highly recommend The Infertility Cure by Randine Lewis. She uses a Traditional Chinese Medicine perspective and there's a chapter dedicated to women over 35 TTC. I did a lot the things she suggested including: supplementing with L-arginine, DHEA, super-greens and a good prenatal vitamin (of course), doing femoral massage two time a day, daily acupuncture/acupressure and qi gong breathing. I also took a Chinese herbal formula that was designed specifically for me by a qualified herbalist. I cut down to one cup of coffee a day and drank gallons of green tea. I moderated my alcohol intake and quit smoking. (Yes, I smoked 10-20 cigarettes a day for 20 years and STILL had at least one good egg at age 40!) Otherwise, my diet has always been pretty healthy (trying to compensate for all the late nights, caffeine, nicotine and alcohol), so I didn't make too many changes there.
I read Taking Charge of Your Fertility by Toni Weschler and charted with Fertility Friend. During my fertile window I used Instead Cups and made sure to O after DH. (Very sexy, huh?)
I kept a pretty regular general yoga practice and started to include fertility yoga as well. I think you just bought the same DVD that I used, Fertility Yoga with Dr. Monica Morell? I love yoga. I don't know how much it contributed to my successful pregnancy, but it kept me sane during some very difficult times.
Okay, and this is the part where I'm going to go a bit airy-fairy on you, I read a book called Ask and It Shall be Given by Esther and Jerry Hicks. It's about the Law Attraction and offers several different methods to "raise your vibration" in order to attract the things that you want into your life. There were a couple of points that spoke to me including: living in gratitude and allowing good things to come to me. So, I did two (modified) exercises from this book everyday. One, I would think about and feel grateful for what I had. Two, I would do my best to think of nothing for 15 minutes. If I remember correctly, the point of the latter exercise was based in the idea that since the universe is an infinite stream of positive energy which we either allow or resist, just being neutral is good enough to allow that stream to flow. Something like that, anyway, I'm no expert on Law of Attraction theory. And like yoga, I found these exercises to be good for my general well being. You can't feel sad when you feel grateful. Like Kristin already said.
As for my DH, he stopped drinking altogether for about a year and then only very occasionally which probably made the difference in his swimmers' motility.
I hope it doesn't sound like DH and I are a couple of drunks! To our defense, we live in Europe and social life largely revolves around drinking. And, umm, we used to be very sociable people.
Anyway, that's all I can think of right now. I hope that there's some useful info here for someone.