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Starting Your Practice

<b>A checklist for using (almost) any yoga class for fertility.</b>

a blog by Beth and Tami of Pulling Down the Moon

Looking at pictures of yoga poses and reading the descriptions is one thing, actually starting a yoga practice is another. So how do you really get this thing going? Well, for your maiden voyage I am going to suggest you actually take yourself to a yoga studio and give it a try with a professional teacher. Why? I don’t know. Maybe it’s just my own bias. I just remember the first time I walked into a yoga studio. There was something about the experience that jolted me out of my usual sphere. The funky prints on the walls and strange music felt different – and good. I liked taking my shoes off at the door and the smell of incense still transports me. I can remember how the spicy scent would stay on my mat and follow me home. The whole experience motivated me to learn more, look at pictures of yoga poses …read descriptions. Get where I’m going with this?

Scaredy Cats

<b>We're pregnant (again). . . but we're to scared to celebrate.</b>

a blog by Joy and Jim


Once you’ve been at this thing for a while, you kind of do it by rote. Even though it’s been stressful, I basically put myself on autopilot and forge ahead. It became totally normal to hop on a plane to NYC for another round of IVF. I literally stopped thinking about the drugs and simply popped them in my mouth. In fact, I was so much on a one-way track that I pretty much forgot about why I was doing it in the first place. That’s the thing about fertility treatments. You stop thinking about having a baby, an actual family, and you become fixated on one thing: Getting Pregnant. You are going for that positive pregnancy test, because without it, you have nothing.

That said, I cannot convey the surprise I felt when my doctor told me recently that, YES, I am pregnant. The test came back positive. How could that be? I was just telling a friend that I felt nothing. That there was no way IVF worked this time. I was shocked. Sure, it’s fun hearing that news. But when you’ve been through all we have, you know better than to break out the sparkling cider. One test. Positive. Big deal.

Fertility Yoga Poses You Can Use Now!

<b>Get started with these 3 easy exercises.</b>

a blog by Beth and Tami of Pulling Down the Moon

As you may imagine, we get a lot of questions regarding fertility yoga. It would be helpful to know what’s on your mind regarding the topic. Do you have any specific questions for us? If so, please send them in and we’ll do our best to respond. At the Moon we generally recommend women who are trying to conceive try yoga.

Our reasons are as follows:

1. Yoga has been shown to reduce stress.

Surviving a Loss

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<b>In our newest audioblog, Gigi finds she has the strength to move forward.</b>

an audio blog hosted by Kathleen Puls Andrade


Welcome back to Journey to the Center of the Uterus.

Just like all journeys, this one has its ups and downs like the roller coaster we've all been on through this whole process. What is the lesson here? Perhaps knowing when to have compassion ... or perhaps how we can speak up for ourselves to insensitive people ... or perhaps it's finding our inner strength on the downward turn of the roller coaster.

This particular journey involves dealing with PCOS, distant doctors and loss ... but, as with all journeys, there is light at then end of the tunnel. After a long search, Gigi and her husband just found out that they are to be proud parents of a child that they will soon be adopting.

There are all kinds of ways to be a parent and all kinds of journeys to get there. What is yours?

Fertility and the Importance of Being Present

<b>TTC can be too much about past disappointments and future fears and hopes.</b>

a blog by Beth and Tami of Pulling Down the Moon

Today we’re going to learn a series of yoga poses that will help increase blood flow into our pelvis, relieve tension in our low backs and hamstrings and help to relax our body and mind. But before we jump in and start exploring yoga for fertility, let’s just sit quietly for a second. Okay, sit up straight, put both feet on the floor and close your eyes. Breathe. Relax. Let your mind become still and the breath become quiet. Just sit.

Let Holistic Fertility Help

<b>Over the next 12 weeks we'll explore a D-I-Y approach to optimal fertility</b>

a blog by Beth and Tami of Pulling Down the Moon

Hello and welcome to our (Beth and Tami’s) holistic fertility blog!

For those of you who don’t know us, we’re friends, former fertility patients and co-founders of Pulling Down the Moon, Inc. (a.k.a. “The Moon” or “PDtM”). Our Centers serve the patients of the two largest fertility centers in the country, Fertility Centers of Illinois and Shady Grove Fertility, and literally thousands of women have come to us to learn how things like yoga, acupuncture, nutrition and massage can help make them healthier and potentially improve their chances of conception. We’re over the moon (no pun intended) to have the chance to share our expertise in the area of holistic fertility with the readers of Fertility Authority!

Excuse Me, are Those Eggs Expired?

<b>How old is too old?</b>

a blog by LaShaundra Seale

Personally having survived the blessing and tortures of IVF, I can totally relate to yearning to cradle a baby in your arms at almost any cost. I say it is a blessing because I was just glad that my husband and I were able to scrape together the funds to undergo the procedure. The torture part, well that comes in with all of the injections and blood-draws. Oh, and let’s not forget the egg retrieval. Oh what a joy! Actually, it really wasn’t that bad because, like thousands of other women, I was ready to do whatever it took to have a baby of my very own.

The Parallel Existence

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<b>There's the life you always thought you’d live and the one you're living.</b>

a blog by Pamela Tsigdinos

It’s maddening trying to live two lives at the same time – the life you always thought you’d live and the one you’re actually living. I know because looking back on my time in the wake of that special hell that is unsuccessful infertility treatments, your heart and your head are pitched in a fierce battle to reconcile what you so deeply wanted to create and . . . what you didn’t.

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Love & Infertility

by Kristen Magnacca

Village Fertility Pharmacy had invited me to present my “Every Day Certainty: 21 Days to Change the Way You Live Your Life” workshop to the Reproductive Nurse Managers Association (RNMA) and I was seated at the dinner, admiring the food on my plate, when I glanced up and smiled at the woman about to sit directly across from me.

Have you hugged your reproductive nurse today?

Silent Sorority

<b>How infertility changes everything . . .</b>

a blog by the editors

It’s time I came out of the closet: I work for FertilityAuthority but, unlike most of my colleagues, I’ve never struggled with infertility. I had my first daughter at 36 and my second at 39. I had no idea how lucky I was. Ok, that was 12 years ago, but no one (ahem . . . my OB/GYN) ever told me my fertility was at risk.

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