“If I see one more pregnancy announcement on Facebook, I’m Going to lose my mind!”
I can’t tell you how many times I’ve said this to my husband while we were trying to conceive. I felt so strongly about this that I actually deactivated my facebook for months to avoid the heartache of seeing another positive pregnancy test that didn’t belong to me.
Few things can make you feel as empty and hopeless as seeing yet another negative pregnancy test. Especially when you just KNEW that this would be the month. I've spent HOURS combing through forums comparing my symptoms with other women, trying to figure out what day past ovulation I was, and even squeezing my boobs in the shower because they were sore but not SORE sore…you know what I mean? I mean, I’ve even torn apart a pregnancy test just to get a better look at what I swore was a very very very VERY faint line.
I was driving myself mad.
Did you read what I just wrote and say to yourself “yep, me too girl” or “omg I’ve done that too”? If so, I just want to say that it’s nice to meet a sister in the TTC struggle. You know exactly how hard it is to want something so badly, work your ass off to try and get it, and be met with negative test after negative test. It’s draining.
Lucky for you, I’m here to help!
I’m Sarah Ellis and I am a holistic fertility health coach. What that means is, I help women who are trying to conceive take a natural approach to their fertility through education, nutrition, and lifestyle changes.
Shortly after my husband and I decided that we were going to start trying to get pregnant I was diagnosed with polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS).
I was crushed. Here I was, 28 years old with all of the degrees, the amazing guy, the career, but no baby. In fact, I began to wonder if there would ever be a baby. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve cried after seeing yet ANOTHER pregnancy announcement on Facebook. How many times I’ve yelled at God for giving other people babies but constantly passing me by. The many, many times I’ve had to check the mirror before going into class to see how badly my tears had ruined my mascara.
Like most women, I relied on my doctor to help me treat my PCOS and get me closer to becoming a mother. Unfortunately my doctor could only offer me few options that were both expensive and invasive. I knew that I couldn't afford surgery and I didn't want to put my body through the stress associated with medications and procedures like IVF and IUI.
So, I decided to take matters into my own hands.
I decided to focus on my mindset, nutrition, and lifestyle. Within three months of trying I became pregnant with our healthy & beautiful son, Roman. I was told that it could take years for me to get pregnant. But instead of making that my reality, I chose to focus on my body as a whole and use natural ways to support my body's ability to conceive. And it worked!
What Exactly Did I Do To Get Pregnant?
I sought out a naturopathic doctor and followed his protocol to balance my hormones, lose weight, & manage my blood sugar
I tracked my cycle with the help of apps and ovulation predictor kits
I focused on my mental health…anything that was causing my stress HAD TO GO and if it couldn’t go then it was minimized significantly
I leaned on my support system to get me through the rough moments…especially the dreaded two week wait
What I know for sure is that I’ve been put on this earth to help women become mothers.
It is a passion that I am honored to live out every day and it is a gift that I do not take for granted. I have had the honor of studying under some of the leading women’s health specialists and I look forward to sharing my gifts and knowledge with you to help you manifest your beautiful baby.
Sarah G. Ellis is an Integrative Nutrition Health Coach who works with women who are trying to conceive and are looking for a natural approach to fertility. Sarah understands the importance of holistically addressing a woman’s health before she prepares for motherhood. Sarah has helped a number of women make nutritional and lifestyle changes to increase their chances of having a healthy pregnancy and birth.
Sarah is a certified health coach through the Institute for Integrative Nutrition and is currently studying Naturopathic Medicine at Bastyr University California. She has bachelors degrees in both Chemistry and Biology, along with a masters degree in Pharmacognosy. She is a published researcher who spent years investigating the hormonal effects of popular herbs used for women’s health.
Quick Fun Facts About Sarah:
I'm a mommy! I gave birth to my first child, Roman, in October 2018 and I must confess that he’s the most beautiful kid I’ve ever laid eyes on. Ha, biased much?
I am a big ol’ nerd! I LOVE science and all of the complicated mechanisms/pathways that make up our amazing bodies.
I am OBSESSED with Christmas! Yes, I put up my Christmas tree on November 1st and nope, I don’t care if you judge me. And you better believe that I belt out a rendition of Mariah’s All I Want For Christmas in the shower nearly every morning.
Snakes freak me out. I can’t look at them on TV or in books. Hell, my heart races whenever I have to walk past the reptile section in PetSmart.
I have a birth injury called Brachial Plexus Palsy which affects the use of my right arm. My shoulders got stuck during birth and the doctor freaked out and pulled on my arm so hard that he tore the nerves that innervate my right arm. After many surgeries I do have improved use of my arm and a healthy dose of perseverance to go with it. Oh, and yes…we did try to sue the pants off of that doctor.
I prefer coffee over tea. Don’t get me wrong, I love a good cup of tart lemon tea (I Love Lemon by Bigelow tea is EVERYTHING) but nothing compares to my morning cup of Gevalia medium roast coffee. Nothing.
Beyonce is LIFE. If you disagree then I must question your decision making skills. Just sayin’.