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Does Iodine Deficiency Reduce Fertility?

By Margaret Eich, MS, RDN A recent study, the first of its kind, investigated the impact of iodine deficiency on fertility. Iodine isn’t a nutrient that you hear very much about, but it’s ...
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Yes, You should eliminate the "shoulds" when trying to get pregnant.

Here’s how. When we decide it is time to get pregnant, there’s no shortage of information of how to go about it. And if it takes longer than expected, or we run into a medical diagnosis ...
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Focus on Nutrient Density to Optimize Your Fertility Diet

By Margaret Eich, MS, RDN Did you know that there are a variety of vitamin and minerals that may impact your fertility? Our bodies require 27 vitamins and minerals to function properly. These vitamins ...
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Spring Cleaning Your Mind

by Cassie Harrison, RYT A therapist once told me to write down all my thoughts with my left hang (I’m right handed) and not worry about what I wrote. I was to write whatever entered my mind onto ...
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At the End of Your Hope?

by Meredith Nathan, LMT In the United States alone, more than 5 million people of childbearing age have struggled or are struggling with infertility. That’s larger than the population of Los ...
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Better Egg Quality and Follicular Development: Acupuncture Can Help

by Dr. Amie Shimmel In honor of National Infertility Awareness month we at Pulling Down the Moon like to remind patients how acupuncture can help with better eggs and follicles. Here’s how it ...
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My Mother's Battle with Endometriosis

by Meredith Nathan, LMT My mother suffered from endometriosis for most of her adult life. She was riddled with extreme pain every time she had her period. She was put on heavy doses of birth control ...
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5 Ways Acupuncture Can Help Pregnancy

by Anna Pyne LAc, MSOM, FABORM Acupuncture stems from Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), an ancient medical model that dates back 3,000 to 5,000 years. There are 14 main meridians or pathways that ...
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Benefits of Mindfulness for Fertility

Our bodies are hard-wired to react to stress. Back in the day, face to face with a sabre-tooth tiger, our stress response provided a huge survival edge. We were able to fight, or flee, or even freeze ...
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8 Keys to Communicating & Staying Connected During Infertility

Infertility is a trauma that impacts 1 in 10 people. Since it’s so prevalent, then it must be easy for friends and family to understand your feelings, right? Well, as you may have experienced, ...
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Reducing Endo Pain Naturally with Diet

by Mia Zarlengo, MS, RD The pain and discomfort associated with endometriosis can at times be overwhelming and seem just unbearable. Fortunately, there are many areas we can address in our diet to ...
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Healthy Valentine's Dinner for Two

by Mia Zarlengo, MS, RDN Course 1 (Appetizer): Green Salad with Apples, Cranberries and Pepitas Recipe courtesy of Cookie and Kate‚Äč Ingredients Green salad 5 ounces (about 5 cups) spring greens salad ...
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A Touch of Romance

In honor of Valentine’s day, let’s talk about the language of love: touch. Everyone understands that physical touch is one of the cornerstones of romance. Who hasn’t swooned with a ...
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Feng Shui for Loving Relationships

With Valentine’s Day coming up, we are surrounded by hearts, lace, and thoughts of love and romance. However, when you are in a long-term relationship, and especially when you have struggled ...
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5 Tips for Strengthening your Relationship During Infertility

The infertility journey can strain even the healthiest of relationships, which is why it’s important to protect your partnership while navigating this process. The end goal of any fertility ...
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What is Yoga for Fertility all about?

Did you ever wonder what Yoga for Fertility is all about? Learn about Brittany's firsthand experience at: "Bottles & Banter" today! Here feature "Does Yoga for Fertility Really ...
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10 Self-Care Strategies to Get You Through the Holidays--- That aren't Mani-Pedis

I think that mani-pedis are delightful, but often times the long and tough road of infertility requires deeper self-care. Even the term “self-care” may make you roll your eyes. (Sorry!?) ...
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Can Holiday Cheer Hinder Your Fertility?

By Diana Zic As I write this, it’s the start of the holiday season. Some would say it’s the most wonderful time of the year and I would agree, except for the encouragement to do everything ...
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Happy New Year: Rethinking New Year's Resolutions

by Margaret Eich, MS, RDN As we transition into 2018, it's so tempting to make New Year's resolutions that are sweeping and very non-specific, such as "I'm going to eat ...
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Start the Year with a Cleansing Ritual

Cathy McCauley, LMT As 2017 comes to a close, you may be writing and sharing resolutions for 2018 or imagining what’s in store for the new year. This passing of time may give you pause to ...
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Baby It's Cold Outside

Burrrrrr! It’s officially cold in Chicago, dry in our homes, and time to get down to the business of hydrating our way into a new year! Whatever your goals are, make sure you hydrate. If you are ...
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Meet Your Yoga Team and Learn More!

Meet Our Co-owner and Yoga Instructor, Beth Heller: Favorite Pose: "No Hands" Extended Hand to Big Toe Pose "This pose is deceptively simple looking and may not look like a fertility ...
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The Most Wonderful Time...

The most wonderful time of the year...so nostalgic...so many memories...so much celebration...and so much stress! Financial stress, shopping stress, calorie stress, and in some cases, emotional ...
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Pesticide Intake Associated with Fertility Treatment Outcome

We often discuss the importance of choosing organic fruits and vegetables when possible to minimize pesticide exposure with the idea that pesticide exposure may negatively impact fertility and a ...
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Winter Weather Exacerbating Your Aches and Pains?

Winter Weather Exacerbating Your Aches and Pains? We all have that relative who swears they can predict rain with their neck pain, but have you noticed that pain really does flare with temperature ...
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