The biggest thing I see with my clients is the emotional toll it can take on women and couples. One in eight couples will struggle to conceive, so I think it’s important for everyone to be sensitive around baby talk.
If your friend isn’t that excited about your pregnancy announcement, she might be struggling herself.
And I think it’s time we dropped the, ‘So when are you guys starting a family?’ question from small talk conversations – you never know who’s been struggling.
While your doctor is an invaluable resource, many people are now turning to fertility coaches to help boost their chances of conceiving.
How is that different from what you’ll get from your visits with your obstetrician-gynaecologist (OB-GYN)?
The level of support, for one, as well as a deep dive into more than just what is going on inside your body that may be affecting your fertility.
How can a fertility coach help?
As you can see, it can be difficult to navigate fertility in general. This is where a fertility coach comes in (as early or as far along in the process as needed). Often their goal will be to help you achieve as close to that optimal menstrual cycle possible, which is what you would probably assume from a fertility coach, but what a coach can also do is counsel you through assisted reproductive techniques and adoption, as well.
While there are lots of different styles of health coaching and fertility coaching, in general, a fertility coach is someone who supports an individual on their journey.
The other benefit is the one-on-one relationship that is built between coach and patient; your coach gains intimate knowledge of your specific situation and lifestyle, including documenting what has and hasn’t been tried to improve chances of conception.
Fertility coaches generally spend significantly more time with their patients than OB-GYNs, as largely set their own hours.