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Today’s episode is the second of this month-long series about infertility awareness.   I’m thrilled to have Jessica Sorensen, a reproductive and perinatal therapist, joining us to delve into the mental health aspect of this journey. Jessica, having endometriosis herself, brings firsthand insight into what this journey entails. Both Jessica and I strongly believe in taking care of our whole selves through mind, body, and spirit. 

In this episode, you’ll hear:

-How infertility can be physically and emotionally taxing for women as they navigate challenges like grief, anxiety, depression, relationship strains, managing endometriosis, and questions of identity and self-worth.

-That it is so easy to overlook your mental health during this journey because you’re always given the next steps immediately, leaving little time to process and grieve what you’ve been through.

-Reproductive trauma includes any distressing event related to infertility, pregnancy, birth, or postpartum experiences.

-When you’re experiencing anxiety, brain fog, and other symptoms, remember to give yourself grace; your nervous system is processing the trauma you’ve endured.

-Ways to support yourself when dealing with these challenging experiences: seek professional help, join a support group, communicate openly with your medical team, set boundaries, and confide in trusted individuals. 

-Grief is very personal and it isn’t linear, and you don’t need to just get over it; allow yourself the time and space to process and acknowledge your feelings.

-Your well-being as a table with four legs: stress, movement, sleep, and nutrition, and just like building a table, focus on one leg at a time to strengthen your overall health gradually; start with small steps and work your way up. 

Remember, this journey is multifaceted. Whether you’re in crisis or not, it’s okay to seek support, whether it’s for nutrition or mental health. Give yourself permission to process your experiences and know that there’s a supportive community of women who understand what you’re going through. You’re not alone. 

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Disclaimer: This podcast is for educational purposes only. This may not be the best fit for you and your personal situation. It shall not be construed as medical advice. The information and education provided here is not intended or implied to supplement or replace professional medical treatment, advice, and/or diagnosis. Always check with your own physician or medical professional before trying or implementing any information read here.

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