We’ve been told that regular exercise and healthy eating is the "right" way to live life, but I found out the hard way that those two things were actually preventing me from getting pregnant as a working fitness professional.
It was about two years ago when my hubs and I decided we were ready to start a family. At the time, I was as a group fitness instructor and personal trainer living in San Francisco, doing multiple workouts a day and walking more than five miles to get all over the city. I was also eating pretty darn clean (think salads, oatmeal, and smoothies) and riding the meal-prep train as well. However, when I stopped taking my hormonal birth control pills and prepared myself to conceive, my period didn't return.
Over the course of a year, I went to countless doctors and specialists and finally got the diagnosis of hypothalamic amenorrhea—a condition where the brain tells the body to stop having a period because the environment isn’t right to reproduce. This can be caused by too much exercise, too much stress, or too little food, and mine was most definitely based on overexercising. My low body fat—a side effect of staying in shape for my job—didn't help.
Here’s how I got my period back and ultimately got pregnant naturally (Spoiler alert: my first baby boy is due in October!)