The COVID-19 crisis has impacted each and every one of us, all over the World. Our lives have been put on hold as the World has been in isolation to mitigate the spread of this new virus. It’s an unprecedented time for us all, frightening and nothing like we have ever experienced before. For many, anxiety arises from the fear of infection and keeping themselves and their loved ones safe, but also the financial insecurity which the World is experiencing.
“In every crisis lies the seed of opportunity”
Crisis, written in Chinese consists of 2 character. One represents “danger” and the other represents “opportunity”. During this time we can consider what these “opportunities” might be for each of us. An opportunity for reflection and gratitude; an opportunity to be in the present without the restrictions of deadline and schedules; an opportunity to support and help one another. These are just some examples how we can change our mindset to focus on the things we do have control over.
Being in an industry that primarily focuses on helping couples, men and women conceive, we find it difficult that we are unable to support our patients from our usual “hands-on” approach. Fertility clinics along with many other allied health services have closed their doors to help flatten the curve. This means for many, their fertility treatments and their dreams of expanding their family are on hold. For how long? We do not know. Not knowing when your fertility treatments and cycle monitoring will resume, is very stressful especially for women who have been told time is of the essence. But wait! If time is what we have, there is still so much we can do to support you and you can also do for yourselves.
We at Acutoronto believe that preparation is the key to your success in fertility. And now, more than ever, we have the time to help support your body for conception and to maintain a healthy pregnancy in the months ahead. Here are some of the things that may be able to help improve egg quality, reduce stress and help you maintain a better overall state of health.
Supplements: Egg and Sperm Quality: These are some of the basic ones to help reduce oxidative stress and improve mitochondrial health in the hopes to improve the quality of eggs and sperm.
- Acai Berries
- Omega 3
Stress Management: These are some of the basics that will help your body manage anxiety and stress
- B Complex
- Fish Oils
Improve uterine blood flow and reduce inflammation:
- Fish Oils
- Vitamin E
Exercise: Yoga – some free online resource suggestions for fertility and conception
We are more sedentary now as we are in isolation so it is important we still continue to eat a healthy dietReduce or eliminate refined sugar and processed foods. Incorporate whole foods in your diet that also are protein rich and healthy fats. Drink lots of water! Around 2L a day can help with hydration and metabolism.
Mindfulness Practice – Suggestions include
- Head Space app
- Calm app
As you can see, even though your fertility treatments are on hold for now, there is so much you can do to support your health and fertility. It is all within your reach and by paying special attention to your diet, supplements, herbs and lifestyle you can get closer to achieving your fertility. Even though in-clinic visits with your health care team is currently not possible, most of us are still available via Telehealth or with a simple phone call. Please reach out to your professional for more detailed personalized advice.