Embrace Fertility

Embrace Fertility

Hi! 👋🏻 I’m Lauren, fertility nurse expert & trusted partner for fertility and IVF support. 🦋

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Photos from Embrace Fertility's post 11/10/2021

As your special day approaches and you feel excitement, anxiety, and everything in between, it’s helpful to know what to bring! ⁠

Plan a cozy outfit, then make your list. Here’s mine for practicality & comfort:⁠

🎶 Playlist to give you the feels⁠
😌 Mantra to help you relax - a current fav is “Serenity Now”⁠
🎀 Hair tie⁠
🔌 Phone charger⁠
🧦 Cozy socks (check Etsy for really cute ones!)⁠
🍍 Any personal good luck charms or items meaningful to you during IVF⁠
😋 Snack for afterwards (they might have saltines, bring graham or peanut butter crackers if you prefer!)⁠
🩲 Pantyliners to wear home in case of spotting ⁠

This is just one tiny piece of what I walk through with all of my IVF Cycle Partner clients as we navigate their IVF cycle together. More info about the program and how I can support you at the link in my bio. 💖

Photos from Embrace Fertility's post 11/10/2021

As your special day approaches and you feel excitement, anxiety, and everything in between, it’s helpful to know what to bring!

Plan a cozy outfit, then make your list. Here’s mine for practicality & comfort:

🎶 Playlist to give you the feels
😌 Mantra to help you relax - a current fav is “Serenity Now”
🎀 Hair tie
🔌 Phone charger
🧦 Cozy socks (check Etsy for really cute ones!)
🍍 Any personal good luck charms or items meaningful to you during IVF
😋 Snack for afterwards (they might have saltines, bring graham or peanut butter crackers if you prefer!)
🩲 Pantyliners to wear home in case of spotting

This is just one tiny piece of what I walk through with all of my IVF Cycle Partner clients as we navigate their IVF cycle together. More info about the program and how I can support you at https://www.embracefertility.com/ivfcyclepartner. 💖

Photos from Embrace Fertility's post 11/08/2021

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11/08/2021

I couldn’t resist turning my favorite Netflix show into a meme… 😉 Sending virtual hugs & baby dust to everyone who needs it today! If you could use guidance as you sort through the questions and anxiety, I will help you take your next right step with clarity and confidence. Learn more about IVF Cycle coaching & my other fertility support programs at embracefertility.com.

11/07/2021

What’s your one word?

Answers I’ve gotten in 17 years as a fertility RN: Exciting, overwhelming, expensive, encouraging, scary, hopeful. I think “roller coaster” works well here.

You don’t have to do it alone. As your IVF Coach (AND partner in crime, friend, cheerleader, & guru!) I’ll be strapped into that seat next to you, helping you navigate every single twist and turn. 🎢💕 Learn more at embracefertility.com.

What’s your one word?

Answers I’ve gotten in 17 years as a fertility RN: Exciting, overwhelming, expensive, encouraging, scary, hopeful. I think “roller coaster” works well here.

You don’t have to do it alone. As your IVF Coach (AND partner in crime, friend, cheerleader, & guru!) I’ll be strapped into that seat next to you, helping you navigate every single twist and turn. 🎢💕 Learn more at embracefertility.com.

11/05/2021

TIMING: Important for baby-making and important for your sleep schedule this weekend! Don’t forget to change your clocks! ⏰ An exciting extra hour of sleep on Saturday night is a great opportunity to check in on your sleep hygiene habits. Good quality sleep is essential for fertility. Freshen up with my “How Is Sleep Connected to Fertility?” - https://www.embracefertility.com/post/how-is-sleep-connected-to-fertility

TIMING: Important for baby-making and important for your sleep schedule this weekend! Don’t forget to change your clocks! ⏰ An exciting extra hour of sleep on Saturday night is a great opportunity to check in on your sleep hygiene habits. Good quality sleep is essential for fertility. Freshen up with my “How Is Sleep Connected to Fertility?” - https://www.embracefertility.com/post/how-is-sleep-connected-to-fertility

11/04/2021

The significance of November’s fertility food dates back to ancient mythology, late medieval books, and almost every major religious text. The Ancient Greeks considered a pomegranate a symbol of fertility and associated it with the goddesses Demeter, Persephone, Aphrodite, and Athena. 🌿🏺🏛⁠

Our ancestors were on to something! Pomegranates have been eaten for centuries for their health benefits because they are SO rich in antioxidants - even compared to other extremely nutritious fruits and vegetables.⁠

Here’s how the antioxidants in pomegranates can enhance your fertility:⁠

❣️ Increases blood flow to the uterus in women⁠
❣️ Promotes healthy uterine lining in women⁠
❣️ Improves s***m concentration and motility in men ⁠
❣️ Promotes healthy testosterone levels in women & men ⁠
❣️ Reduces inflammation throughout the body & prevents oxidative stress and damage⁠
❣️ Plus, they’re an amazing source of vitamin C, vitamin E, vitamin K, folate & potassium!⁠

Warm up your nights this winter with these Spiced Pears with Pomegranate! 🍐🍴 Sign up for my newsletter at embracefertility.com to get this delicious recipe delivered straight to your inbox this week. 💌

The significance of November’s fertility food dates back to ancient mythology, late medieval books, and almost every major religious text. The Ancient Greeks considered a pomegranate a symbol of fertility and associated it with the goddesses Demeter, Persephone, Aphrodite, and Athena. 🌿🏺🏛⁠

Our ancestors were on to something! Pomegranates have been eaten for centuries for their health benefits because they are SO rich in antioxidants - even compared to other extremely nutritious fruits and vegetables.⁠

Here’s how the antioxidants in pomegranates can enhance your fertility:⁠

❣️ Increases blood flow to the uterus in women⁠
❣️ Promotes healthy uterine lining in women⁠
❣️ Improves s***m concentration and motility in men ⁠
❣️ Promotes healthy testosterone levels in women & men ⁠
❣️ Reduces inflammation throughout the body & prevents oxidative stress and damage⁠
❣️ Plus, they’re an amazing source of vitamin C, vitamin E, vitamin K, folate & potassium!⁠

Warm up your nights this winter with these Spiced Pears with Pomegranate! 🍐🍴 Sign up for my newsletter at embracefertility.com to get this delicious recipe delivered straight to your inbox this week. 💌

11/03/2021

Even a great quality, genetically normal embryo might not implant. The uterine lining, hormone levels, and numerous external factors can impact implantation.

I don’t say this to discourage - more to highlight just a few things that have to go just right for fertility treatment to be successful. I know this is anxiety-inducing at first, but with the right mindset, it can be freeing.

How?

Because it reminds us to:

➡️ Know what you can control (taking your fertility meds, proper nutrition, quality sleep, stress management, sexual health, etc.)
➡️ Accept what you can’t (genetics, certain environmental factors, imperfect science)
➡️ Be KIND to yourself about everything else!

If you need help getting started and taking control - that’s why I’m here. Learn more about my IVF Cycle Partner program at https://www.embracefertility.com/ivfcyclepartner. 💙

Even a great quality, genetically normal embryo might not implant. The uterine lining, hormone levels, and numerous external factors can impact implantation.

I don’t say this to discourage - more to highlight just a few things that have to go just right for fertility treatment to be successful. I know this is anxiety-inducing at first, but with the right mindset, it can be freeing.

How?

Because it reminds us to:

➡️ Know what you can control (taking your fertility meds, proper nutrition, quality sleep, stress management, sexual health, etc.)
➡️ Accept what you can’t (genetics, certain environmental factors, imperfect science)
➡️ Be KIND to yourself about everything else!

If you need help getting started and taking control - that’s why I’m here. Learn more about my IVF Cycle Partner program at https://www.embracefertility.com/ivfcyclepartner. 💙

11/02/2021

#ivfcaretoshare #ivfstrongertogether #worldfertilityday2021

#ivfcaretoshare #ivfstrongertogether #worldfertilityday2021

11/01/2021

Wrapping up my birthday month and entering November feeling untamed and ready to shine ✨ So thankful for each and every one of you!

Wrapping up my birthday month and entering November feeling untamed and ready to shine ✨ So thankful for each and every one of you!

Photos from Embrace Fertility's post 10/31/2021

Instead of assuming it’s a HAPPY Halloween, I want to say: ENJOY your Halloween! I know how hard today can be for those #ttc or struggling with infertility. What would joy look like today for you?⁠

👻 Taking nieces and nephews trick-or-treating⁠
👻 Turning off your phone & getting cozy with a movie ⁠
👻 Reading a spooky fiction book⁠
👻 Snuggling with the local black kittie (this one’s mine!) ⁠
👻 Ignoring the holiday completely⁠

The right answer is always the one that’s right for YOU. Hugs!

Photos from Embrace Fertility's post 10/31/2021

Instead of assuming it’s a HAPPY Halloween, I want to say: ENJOY your Halloween! I know how hard today can be for those #ttc or struggling with infertility. What would joy look like today for you?

👻 Taking nieces and nephews trick-or-treating
👻 Turning off your phone & getting cozy with a movie
👻 Reading a spooky fiction book
👻 Snuggling with the local black kittie (this one’s mine!)
👻 Ignoring the holiday completely

The right answer is always the one that’s right for YOU. Hugs!

10/29/2021

Virtual hugs & baby dust. 🥰💖 YOU’VE GOT THIS. Whether you are anxiously awaiting your period to get your first IVF calendar, or if you're about to begin injections for a new IVF cycle, Embrace Fertility will help you do it all with more confidence.

Virtual hugs & baby dust. 🥰💖 YOU’VE GOT THIS. Whether you are anxiously awaiting your period to get your first IVF calendar, or if you're about to begin injections for a new IVF cycle, Embrace Fertility will help you do it all with more confidence.

10/28/2021

It truly doesn’t have to be this way! Let’s steer clear of collapsing bridges... Learn more about what an IVF Cycle Partner is & how I can help at embracefertility.com! 💙

10/27/2021

I hope for a future where it’s normal for fertility treatment to be covered by our health insurance. For now, the fact is that it’s expensive. Often MORE expensive than we even anticipate.

Money matters. When it comes to fertility and finances, I advise my clients to...

💚 Be clear on EXACTLY what your insurance will cover for treatment AND medications (if anything)
💚 Know your expected co-pays
💚 Know out-of-pocket costs for the IVF cycle and fertility medications
💚 Consider the possible need for medication refills mid-cycle
💚 Understand what your financial responsibility is if your cycle is cancelled
💚 Know if early pregnancy monitoring is included in your contract
💚 Plan to be surprised by unexpected costs

The good news? If you don’t end up needing to use the funds set aside for extra costs you planned for, you’ve got a nice bonus to put back into savings or celebrate with afterward!

And, bonus! DM your email address if you’d like a copy of my Questions to Ask Before IVF. It dives into financial Qs & so much more!

I hope for a future where it’s normal for fertility treatment to be covered by our health insurance. For now, the fact is that it’s expensive. Often MORE expensive than we even anticipate.

Money matters. When it comes to fertility and finances, I advise my clients to...

💚 Be clear on EXACTLY what your insurance will cover for treatment AND medications (if anything)
💚 Know your expected co-pays
💚 Know out-of-pocket costs for the IVF cycle and fertility medications
💚 Consider the possible need for medication refills mid-cycle
💚 Understand what your financial responsibility is if your cycle is cancelled
💚 Know if early pregnancy monitoring is included in your contract
💚 Plan to be surprised by unexpected costs

The good news? If you don’t end up needing to use the funds set aside for extra costs you planned for, you’ve got a nice bonus to put back into savings or celebrate with afterward!

And, bonus! DM your email address if you’d like a copy of my Questions to Ask Before IVF. It dives into financial Qs & so much more!

10/24/2021

Share yours below for everyone starting a cycle soon ⬇️

Some thoughts from me (more in the comments!):

➡️ Don't psych yourself out by the meds! Get organized and watch videos. When you're ready for your first injection - 1, 2, 3, and just do it! I promise it gets easier after the first one is done.

➡️ Don't overdo it! Listen to your clinic and take it easy after retrieval. As a young donor, I made it harder on myself and experienced complications that I made worse by being too active. I donated my eggs again, but knew to take it easy the next time!

➡️ Be flexible! IVF is not an exact science, each woman is ready in her own time. Accept that things will change - doses, dates, and more, so you can roll with it better.

Share yours below for everyone starting a cycle soon ⬇️

Some thoughts from me (more in the comments!):

➡️ Don't psych yourself out by the meds! Get organized and watch videos. When you're ready for your first injection - 1, 2, 3, and just do it! I promise it gets easier after the first one is done.

➡️ Don't overdo it! Listen to your clinic and take it easy after retrieval. As a young donor, I made it harder on myself and experienced complications that I made worse by being too active. I donated my eggs again, but knew to take it easy the next time!

➡️ Be flexible! IVF is not an exact science, each woman is ready in her own time. Accept that things will change - doses, dates, and more, so you can roll with it better.

10/22/2021

Something (not so) wicked this way comes…

As we embrace the next few months full of festive holidays, Embrace Fertility will be offering an opportunity to save on the IVF Cycle Partner program to those who book November 1st-December 31st!

I know how crazy this upcoming season can get, and that’s without throwing fertility treatment into the mix. I don’t want you to spend what can and should be a joyous time totally overwhelmed by IVF.

As your IVF Cycle Partner, I provide the support, compassion, and tools you need to thrive throughout your IVF cycle.

If you have any questions or want to get started, just reach out! Virtual hugs & baby dust 💙✨

Something (not so) wicked this way comes…

As we embrace the next few months full of festive holidays, Embrace Fertility will be offering an opportunity to save on the IVF Cycle Partner program to those who book November 1st-December 31st!

I know how crazy this upcoming season can get, and that’s without throwing fertility treatment into the mix. I don’t want you to spend what can and should be a joyous time totally overwhelmed by IVF.

As your IVF Cycle Partner, I provide the support, compassion, and tools you need to thrive throughout your IVF cycle.

If you have any questions or want to get started, just reach out! Virtual hugs & baby dust 💙✨

10/21/2021

Maybe forward this shocking discovery to everyone you know? 😂

Maybe forward this shocking discovery to everyone you know? 😂

10/20/2021

What does your uterus have in common with an avocado?

Four fun avocado fertility facts:

🥑 Shaped like a pregnant uterus!
🥑 They ALSO take 9 months to ripen
🥑 Rich in vitamins A & E, potassium, and folate (important for men & women!)
🥑 Good source of healthy fats, one of the most essential nutrients for fertility and growing a human

What does your uterus have in common with an avocado?

Four fun avocado fertility facts:

🥑 Shaped like a pregnant uterus!
🥑 They ALSO take 9 months to ripen
🥑 Rich in vitamins A & E, potassium, and folate (important for men & women!)
🥑 Good source of healthy fats, one of the most essential nutrients for fertility and growing a human

10/17/2021

Share with a friend who needs a little boost! 🥰💖 Sending big virtual hugs and an extra dash of baby dust to everyone who needs it this week!

Share with a friend who needs a little boost! 🥰💖 Sending big virtual hugs and an extra dash of baby dust to everyone who needs it this week!

10/15/2021

This does not just mean that 1 in 4 women will experience a miscarriage. It means that 25% of pregnancies will end in grief.

I know this grief all too well, and I want you to know that I will always be a safe space for you to talk about your loss.

I hate that this number is so high, that there are so many of us in this club we never wanted to join. (Shoutout @the_worstgirlgang_ever)

But… This often means that there is more support out there than we think.

After my loss, I didn’t want to talk. At least not right away. However, as a fertility nurse, I started opening up to my patients having difficulties with miscarriages. I wanted them to know they weren’t the only one such an awful and unfair thing has happened to.

Somehow, this eventually made it easier to start opening up to my social circle. And what I found inspired me.

I learned that we want to talk about it.

For most of us, this is a private, painful and very personal situation, but when I talked about how I was feeling and listened to the point of view others had, something amazing happened.

A silent sisterhood formed, helping others see they’re not alone, and making sure they know there is a light after the darkness. The light may come in a different form than what they expected or even hoped for, but it’s there if you just look around.

I know the pain never goes away - but opening up may just let some light in. You can read more of my story at https://www.embracefertility.com/post/be-someone-else-s-light & always know I am here if you need to talk!

#PregnancyAndInfantLossRemembranceDay

This does not just mean that 1 in 4 women will experience a miscarriage. It means that 25% of pregnancies will end in grief.

I know this grief all too well, and I want you to know that I will always be a safe space for you to talk about your loss.

I hate that this number is so high, that there are so many of us in this club we never wanted to join. (Shoutout @the_worstgirlgang_ever)

But… This often means that there is more support out there than we think.

After my loss, I didn’t want to talk. At least not right away. However, as a fertility nurse, I started opening up to my patients having difficulties with miscarriages. I wanted them to know they weren’t the only one such an awful and unfair thing has happened to.

Somehow, this eventually made it easier to start opening up to my social circle. And what I found inspired me.

I learned that we want to talk about it.

For most of us, this is a private, painful and very personal situation, but when I talked about how I was feeling and listened to the point of view others had, something amazing happened.

A silent sisterhood formed, helping others see they’re not alone, and making sure they know there is a light after the darkness. The light may come in a different form than what they expected or even hoped for, but it’s there if you just look around.

I know the pain never goes away - but opening up may just let some light in. You can read more of my story at https://www.embracefertility.com/post/be-someone-else-s-light & always know I am here if you need to talk!

#PregnancyAndInfantLossRemembranceDay

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