The common thread for all of these women, however, was that they needed two things they hadn’t counted on to get pregnant. First, a caring, thorough doctor who spent the time getting to know them as a whole person, knew what tests to run, and whose goal was to help them get pregnant naturally—without a medical partner aligned with their goals, they didn’t have a shot.
The second thing they needed was time. Too many women come to see me day one and say, "I want to optimize my health, I have six chronic issues I’ve had for years, and oh by the way, I want to start trying to get pregnant next month." I gently have to tell them that their symptoms didn’t start yesterday so they aren’t going to fix them today. To optimize your health you need to replete nutrients, detoxify toxins, eliminate triggers, and test in order to understand how your body is functioning now so we can help you heal.
So in this way, think of your fertility year as an amazing opportunity to improve your overall health and well-being before you want to get pregnant. Now is the time to focus on you, reset, identify and address underlying health issues, and find your highest expression of balance. There is no better way to head into pregnancy than that.
If you’re not sure where to start, here are five simple steps I recommend for women who are thinking about becoming pregnant in the next couple of years. IVF isn’t going anywhere, but your fertility is something you can improve today.