Daily Blessings

Throughout this fertility journey, no matter how much life has thrown at me, I will remember my blessings & affirmations each day.

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Beautiful Moments

I’m sitting here on the couch drinking my hot tea. My castor oil pack is warming my tummy. I just came from a bath with some olive oil & baking soda, which helped soothe my dry skin. Sometimes I take a step back and wonder if all this is worth it? By now, my fertility tea, the castor oil, acupuncture, the maya massage, no caffeine, drinking only filtered water out of glass, wearing slippers when its cold (the list goes on) has all become such habit, such a part of everyday life that I tend to forget it all started with TTC. TTC has made me a much healthier, conscious person, if nothing else.

A friend of mine experienced a natural birth with her 3rd baby 3 weeks ago. I’ve been patiently awaiting the pictures or a video from the birth, since she hired a birth photographer. I was taken aback when, tonight, I saw her slideshow from her experience. I was brought to tears & immediately felt refreshed. In an instant, all the stress I had been dealing with today seemed to melt away. It became unimportant. I felt a closeness to my friend that I hadn’t felt before. As a woman, I felt proud and powerful. As a fellow ttc’er, I felt inspired and humbled. I felt connected.

I can’t say if I’ll have a natural birth, an epidural, be induced, or a c-section. I’d like to think I have the determination and power inside of me to have a natural birth. I think when you’ve fought for something for so many years, that you gain a certain wisdom and strength that not everybody has. The fire inside of me got ignited a little tonight.

So when I have these moments where I wonder, ‘is this all going to be worth it?’ I’m reassured that it will be. It’ll be worth every moment… God willing.


Castor Oil Packs for Fertility


Materials Needed

Castor Oil Packs were recommended to me by my acupuncturist & massage therapist months ago.  I went for another Fertility Maya Massage yesterday & my massage therapist (who I swear is a healer) always does a castor oil pack at the beginning of the session. The time to do these packs is from the time menstruation ends to ovulation begins. So you have about a week or 2 window to detox your body!

I refer to this website for more specifics: Natural Fertility Info: Castor Oil Therapy


High Grade, Cold Pressed Castor Oil

All you really need is a bottle of a high grade castor oil (found online or at a health food store), an old towel or flannel fabric, a hot water bottle or electric heating pad & some older clothes. The castor oil is quite sticky so I always use an older towel and lounging clothes.

I heat my castor oil for 15 seconds in a glass pan or in the bottle (which I KNOW isn’t the best idea). It is massaged directly onto your skin, on your lower abdomen area where your uterus & ovaries are.


I set an older towel down to protect the couch

Next, I place a plastic cover over the castor oil area to protect my clothing BUT this is totally optional! Next, place your hot bottle or pad (on high) on your lower belly. Cover this with the towel or flannel. Get comfy!


After castor oil is applied, wrap with plastic or flannel


hot pad


Cover up & relax for 45-60 minutes

A uterine massage can be done after you are done with your castor oil pack.

These packs can be done for 3-4 days in a row, then take one day off, and start again until ovulation is confirmed.

Try it & let me know what you think!

Maya Massage + Whole Foods Ritual

I had my fertility massage today. It was more than I expected & really loved it, not to mention learned a lot. My massage therapist did a castor oil pack on my stomach (which stayed there about an hour) while she did massage, Acupressure, & reflexology on the rest of my body that was focused towards fertility. The cranial, shoulder and back massages were the best. She used different essential oils during the session, which was relaxing. There were certain acupressure and reflexology points that were uncomfortable and actually hurt a bit. The point in my feet for the uterus, adrenal glands and something else were really tender.
The actual uterus massage came next once the castor oil pack was done. To say it was relaxing would be false. For me personally, it was uncomfortable. The right side of my uterus she discovered was tipped forward and pinched a bit. The whole ute was basically shifted to the right side. She taught me to do the self massage, so I then could feel the more prominent side….it just felt weird. Its hard to explain other than during the massage, the right side felt sensitive and bruised, tender. I have circulation issues on the right side of my body anyways, so I guess this made sense. It also helped explain the extreme lower back pain I get and got when I was pregnant before. Now remember, I am not a doctor, nor is my massage chick. So yes, I am aware that other things may be occurring on my insides beside a tilty, smashed uterus.¬†


the aftermath...

Its tradition for me to visit Whole Foods after a visit to the city. So here’s my “cooking” picture of the day. Its actually the aftermath picture! I LOVE the Whole Foods salad bar. I always feel refreshed and amazing after I snark down a box of goodness.


CD4 & the cooking continues

The arugala  & goat cheese made an appearance again tonight on my plate. I was happy to find it there. Being able to clean the house (and have it stay clean) & cook what I like are the only good things about being home alone for a couple weeks.


{dinner tonight}

I did make an appointment for a Maya Fertility Massage next week, which I’m looking forward to. I hope it helps, and maybe they can figure out if my uterus is tipped or out of place. So we will see…


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