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TTCing After 40: Day 1 of Fertility Nutrition

Today is Day 1 of making serious adjustments to my nutrition for the purpose of optimizing fertility... and nothing about this is going to be fun.

Today's post is something I want to be sure to document. When I was going through secondary infertility in my 20s, I didn't document the process at all... and now that, in my 40s, I find myself back in this spot, I want to be sure that I have a record of what I did and how I approached this journey... in the event that I ever need my fertility blueprint again.

Today is Day 1 of my fertility nutrition plan.

I've never been much of a middle of the road kind of person so Day 1 is going to be a harsh jump into the world of no gluten, wheat, dairy, sugar, and caffeine. When I was in my 20s going through this process, I did the same thing... and it took me 2-3 weeks to get through all of the sugar and caffeine withdrawal. I expect this time will be the same.

Now... My plan for nutrition is to spend the first two weeks cutting out all the inflammatory things... and, then, when Day 1 of my next menstrual cycle shows up, I'll have gotten used to the new way of eating and will transition into beginning The Egg Quality Diet exactly as prescribed in Aimee Raupp's book... and, therefore, beginning the 100 day approach from the book.

How am I mentally preparing myself for how awful I'm going to feel for the next 2 weeks?

I'm doing a few things:

  1. Keeping the WHY in front of me. I'm 45. I want to have more babies with my own eggs. I want to live a long time and be vibrantly healthy. I want to drop body fat and actually have abs again. I want to feel fit, toned, and strong again. I want to follow through on the commitment I am making to myself.

  2. Cleared my calendar. I have created the opportunity to rest for as long and as much as I need to over the next two weeks. I have not committed myself to anything I can't reschedule and I accept that I will not be very productive in my business this week. There will be a lot of time spent in bed doing Netflix and chill... and I spent the last two weeks getting my business and life ready for what starts today.

  3. Reminding myself to believe in my body's ability to conceive. It's only a few hours into this and I feel the doubts creeping in. There's a part of me that wonders if all this is going to be for nothing, if I can, even with eating so clean, produce a healthy baby. I'm going to spend a lot of energy reframe the self-doubt into self-belief over the next two weeks... and reminding myself that I don't have to believe fully yet. I can have a tiny grain of hope and use that to help me make it through these first two weeks.

I don't know that I'm going to blog much this week. I am going to do what my body needs and rest as much I can.

And... document this process... because when it's time to conceive the next baby in my 40s... I want to remember what it took to get there with the first baby in my 40s.

There's power in journaling your journey... and that's what I'm doing here.

If this post was helpful, please share it with a woman in her 40s who's TTCing.


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