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Fertility Hot Seat: Chemical Pregnancy After One Year TTC! {FREE FERTILITY ADVICE}

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Aimee Raupp:

Hi. Hello, everyone. How are you today? Let’s let some of you come on. Here we go. Hi, hi, hi. It’s that time. Even though I did one last week, we are going to do another fertility hot seat, because I don’t think I can come live for two more weeks after this. So here we go. People are already requesting to join live. So you know how it goes down. I’m going to pick at random one of you who requests to join me live, so you have to hit that plus button down on the bottom of your screen. You have to be on a phone to join me live. You can’t join me from a laptop, and you request to join me live. And then you’re going to be selected at random to go live with me and get a free 15 minute fertility consult based on not medical advice, based on my clinical experience of helping women get and stay pregnant for almost 20 years, which is insane to think out loud that it’s been that long based on clinical experience; based on my experience working with women all over the world.

My team and I coach women all over the world helping them get and stay pregnant. I have written two books on the topic of fertility; the most recent one called The Egg Quality Diet and the first one called Yes, You Can Get Pregnant. And so yeah, here we are. So I’m going to give you guys one more minute to request, to join me live. And then I’m going to go in there, and I’m going to select one of you and have some fun. I know so many of you love watching and listening. I think it really helps make us all feel less alone in this journey. I know a lot of practitioners like to watch and learn, and I love that. I welcome that.

One of these days in all my spare time, I will get together some sort of apprenticeship program. I promise. Any of you really want to do an apprenticeship program, DM me, because you never know, it might motivate me. And, yeah, I know so many of you, though, just like to listen, hear me break down what I think could be going on with a case. All right. So let’s see, we got a few people on here. I’m going to go with Margot. So let’s see. We’ll bring Margot on live, and let’s do this. I always like to take notes. Hello?

Margot:

Hi.

Aimee Raupp:

How are you?

Margot:

I’m good, hanging in there.

Aimee Raupp:

Yeah. Nice to meet you.

Margot:

You too.

Aimee Raupp:

Where are you located?

Margot:

I’m in Mill Creek, Washington. It’s a little bit north of Seattle.

Aimee Raupp:

Okay. Nice. It looks so pretty. It’s so green behind you and lush.

Margot:

Yeah. Pretty green.

Aimee Raupp:

Yes. It’s green here now too, but we don’t get that all year round obviously. You probably don’t either. So tell me what’s going on. How can I help?

Margot:

Well, I just had a chemical. It was my first ever pregnancy. I’m 38.

Aimee Raupp:

Okay.

Margot:

And I’ve been following you and your protocol to the best of my ability, not perfectly at all.

Aimee Raupp:

Perfection does not equal pregnancy, right?

Margot:

Yeah. I was even surprised when I got pregnant. I was not expecting that.

Aimee Raupp:

And which protocol? The Yes, You Can Get Pregnant or The Egg Quality Diet?

Margot:

The Egg Quality.

Aimee Raupp:

Okay. And how long were you trying?

Margot:

About a year.

Aimee Raupp:

Oh, okay.

Margot:

Yeah. I actually tried the Letrozole. It was the second month that I had tried Letrozole, just the two and a half milligrams. I didn’t increase the dosage at all.

Aimee Raupp:

Okay. And did you do just timed intercourse? No IUI?

Margot:

Just timed intercourse.

Aimee Raupp:

Okay.

Margot:

Yeah.

Aimee Raupp:

In the year that you’ve been trying, any other diagnoses or has anybody looked at your thyroid, or your vitamin D levels, or your ovaries?

Margot:

Yeah, I had the thyroid done.

Aimee Raupp:

Okay.

Margot:

Yeah. I was working with Seattle Reproductive Medicine, and they checked I think my A1C. I think it was. But something about my glucose came back fine. And my vitamin D was 40, so I think it was on the low normal. So as soon as I found that out, it was I think a month or two before I got pregnant, I had started taking, seeking health, their vitamin D, vitamin K combo.

Aimee Raupp:

Good. Okay.

Margot:

And I’ve had some past health issues with blood clotting. I had some labs come back showing that my blood was very viscous. I forgot exactly what the lab was.

Aimee Raupp:

Your ESR maybe?

Margot:

Well, it was a full metabolic panel for MTHFR, because I do have the MTHFR. And so when the nurse did the full metabolic panel, one of the bloods came back, and it was in the reds. It was in the extreme end of it showing very viscous blood. So I’ve always been really conscious about making sure my blood was flowing right. And I actually had just gotten a job. I’m a full-time realtor. But I had gotten a part-time just recreational fun job as a Pure Barre instructor.

Aimee Raupp:

Oh, fun.

Margot:

A few months ago, so I was really moving.

Aimee Raupp:

Yeah, okay, okay.

Margot:

And there’s a lot of hip thrusting, and I think that’s also a reason I got pregnant is because of all that movement. But yeah, so I’m trying to keep the blood flowing and all that. So I was taking OPC, and then after I got pregnant I was like oh my gosh, I should have been talking to Aimee Raupp. I don’t know if I said your last name right.

Aimee Raupp:

No, that’s fine.

Margot:

I now do not know what to do with this positive pregnancy test as far as my supplements go, because I have so many of them.

Aimee Raupp:

And then what is OPC? Tell me what that is. Why do I not know?

Margot:

My acupuncturist had recommended it. It’s kind of hard to pronounce, but it helps blood flow through the pelvic area.

Aimee Raupp:

I know exactly what it is, sorry. I see it right now. It’s grape seed phytosome. Let’s see. It’s a phospholipid complex, right? Yeah. So it’s fats, right? Is it grape seed phytosome? Does that sound right? OPC? That’s it I think.

Margot:

Yeah. There’s a couple different brands, and I just got the Thorne 100 milligram. It was because it was easier to take than mixing all the powders, but I also have a powder.

Aimee Raupp:

Okay. Yeah. I don’t think I use that. I guess I use fish oil for that. It maybe the same type of approach in a sense. These ingredients are derived from soy. That’s why I don’t really love that personally. But so tell me what you were taking just now and when you got pregnant?

Margot:

Oh my gosh, there’s a lot.

Aimee Raupp:

It’s okay. We’ve got time.

Margot:

I thought I had endo, so I was taking Wobenzym, which I love. And I did that three years ago, and it completely, I feel had cleared me out. But I do little regiments of it every now and again.

Aimee Raupp:

And were you doing like the three, three times a day or just three once a day?

Margot:

Just three sometimes with a meal. Not very many at all.

Aimee Raupp:

Okay. Okay.

Margot:

[inaudible 00:08:04] and I was taking the fish oil, the Rosita I have.

Aimee Raupp:

Okay. And how much of that?

Margot:

For a while I was taking the two milligrams that you recommended, but then I just got so busy that I was taking, I think just one milligram.

Aimee Raupp:

Okay.

Margot:

Or one gram. I don’t know if I’m saying that right.

Aimee Raupp:

Yeah, gram. I know what you meant though.

Margot:

Yeah. So I was doing the fish oil, and I was really craving fish as soon as I got the positive test. It was Copper River salmon season, so I was telling my husband I need a whole fish. I’m like I need to get the whole salmon. He’s like, whoa. So I definitely think I need to stay on the fish oil supplements or even increase it. But yeah, so immediately I thought, oh, this is maybe APS because of that old lab that I had with the viscous blood. So then I was surprised when all my labs came back kind of negative and normal.

Aimee Raupp:

Yeah. Of that, where you on baby aspirin, or no?

Margot:

I was taking the baby aspirin. As soon as I got the positive test, I was like oh, I should take the baby aspirin.

Aimee Raupp:

Maybe for future, take it once you ovulate, start it earlier and see.

Margot:

Every other month I had done that, just stopped it.

Aimee Raupp:

Yeah. And then go back up on the fish oil too. Those are the two big things I would say just considering the viscosity of the blood without looking at your labs. Those are two things I would. I mean, of course, discuss with your doc, but that’s the first two things I would think of. And then, go on with what else you’re taking.

Margot:

Coenzyme Q10.

Aimee Raupp:

Okay.

Margot:

For 300 milligrams of that.

Aimee Raupp:

Okay.

Margot:

Sometimes I’ll do 600.

Aimee Raupp:

Okay.

Margot:

I take Ancestral Supplement, desiccated liver. The month I got pregnant I was taking the adrenal blend.

Aimee Raupp:

Okay.

Margot:

I don’t know if they’re good or bad. I tried to do some research on it. There’s not a ton.

Aimee Raupp:

But it’s good. Like a lot of people, I mean, if your cortisol levels are off or are low, a lot of people do do well with the glandular. So maybe you needed just a little extra of that. So I don’t think that’s a bad thing to have in the mix. I probably would stop it once you get pregnant. I think liver, at least in my clinical experience, liver is the most studied that we can seem to be on throughout pregnancy. But then again in other cultures, plenty of people eat organ meats in their pregnancy that are cooked.

Margot:

Yeah. We’ve been taking them, both my husband and I, for a few years now. And he loves them. The heart is really good for the CoQ10. I hadn’t been taking that. I was taking the brain. I’ve had some mental health issues as well. And so I try to stay away from coffee, because it’s very stimulating. I try to stay away from wine, because it’s depressing. I’ll have a little bit here and there, but we’re really careful about that. So when I feel like I take the brain, I don’t know if it’s a placebo effect. I’m like oh my brain’s doing so good, right?.

Aimee Raupp:

I love it. Okay.

Margot:

But I think there was a lot of omega threes in that too, I read.

Aimee Raupp:

Probably, because the brain’s all fat. I mean, that’s all it is.

Margot:

Yeah.

Aimee Raupp:

That’s cool. Okay.

Margot:

I take lion’s mane, because my girlfriend had accidentally gotten pregnant, and I was like show me your protocol. And she had lion’s mane, so I was taking that really just to remember my aerobic script that I had to memorize.

Aimee Raupp:

Okay. Okay. And then how about for the MTHFR?

Margot:

Just doing the active folate, the methylfolate with the B12. I take the Seeking Health B12, folate blend.

Aimee Raupp:

Is it active B12?

Margot:

And then I was taking the Douglas Labs prenatal, and that has the iron in it that I can handle. And I had actually taken it that month, and I feel like that also maybe helped, because I have been anemic in the past.

Aimee Raupp:

Okay. And so it’s the bisglycinate, right? Is that the one in there? Let me just look and see. I’m sure it is, because they’re pretty smart. Iron as ferrochel, which I’m sure is bisglycinate. Let’s see where they talk about it. Okay. Okay. And then extra, so you’re getting 800, right? So then extra. and were you taking about 1600 total of the methylfolate? Would you say between the Seeking Health and then that one, do you know?

Margot:

Let me look on that, one because I know that’s important for the MTHFR.

Aimee Raupp:

I can pull it up too. So it was the Seeking Health B12 Folate, right? Look at you, girl. I love it.

Margot:

Oh no. It’s 1360, 800 micrograms.

Aimee Raupp:

Okay. Yeah. And then, a hydroxy B12 with folinic, is that it? Oh, no, active B12 with L5. I see it.

Margot:

The Quatrefolic.

Aimee Raupp:

Yeah.

Margot:

So 800.

Aimee Raupp:

800?

Margot:

Actually this confuses me. It says 1360 mcg, and then it says 800 mcg right next to it. So I’ve always been a little confused about that.

Aimee Raupp:

So the DFE after the 1360 means dietary folate equivalent. So that’s kind of like what you are getting from food related, and then the 800 mcg is the equivalent of what it would be in a supplement. So I would almost count the 1360, personally.

Margot:

Okay.

Aimee Raupp:

Especially if considering absorption is fine, but so then that plus the eight. I think you’re in good range there with the MTHFR.

Margot:

Okay.

Aimee Raupp:

And then tell me what else. Anything else you’re taking?

Margot:

Oh yeah. There’s all kinds of fun stuff here. I’ve got spirulina that I would do with the liver and the fish oil some days. Oh, I’ve got inositol that I had started the month I got pregnant. That was new, which this one I got from Fairhaven. It’s just 2000 milligrams of Myo-inositol. And that I would take when I would take my ultra preventative. This is my other vitamin that I would take on the days that I didn’t feel like I ate right. Because there’s just a lot more in here.

Aimee Raupp:

Prenatal. Okay.

Margot:

This has the regular inositol. So then when I took my other prenatal, I would take the blend of the inositol, the Myo and the inositol.

Aimee Raupp:

Okay. Right.

Margot:

The 52.

Aimee Raupp:

Yeah, yeah.

Margot:

Yeah.

Aimee Raupp:

25 milligrams, right? It doesn’t have a ton of inositol though. It’s only got 25 in that. Is that right?

Margot:

Yeah, there’s not a ton of it, depending on how many pills you take.

Aimee Raupp:

Right. Okay.

Margot:

And I wouldn’t take too many.

Aimee Raupp:

You were alternating that with the prenatal. And then was the spirulina every day, or you just hopped around?

Margot:

No. For some, probably last month it was more often. I don’t know. I do these different protocols like every other week. It’s weird. I’m like oh, I’m going to do this week. And I need to stick with something. So no, I hadn’t really done the spirulina, which I’m concerned with the minerals, the content. I think I had one of my tests came back almost hypo for thyroid, which I got off track with you when you asked me about that. But it basically came back not slow, but it almost came back too quickly, too fast. I think it’s the hyper.

Aimee Raupp:

Below a one.

Margot:

All my tests are right on the edge.

Aimee Raupp:

Okay.

Margot:

There’s never one that’s like oh, it’s that. It’s right on the cusp. So it came back like oh, you’re almost hyper.

Aimee Raupp:

Have you had antibodies checks? Thyroid antibodies?

Margot:

Yeah, they checked the antibodies and it was…

Aimee Raupp:

And they were fine.

Margot:

Really low. It was like, oh, you have four of them. And I’m like what does that mean. And it’s like, oh, it’s fine.

Aimee Raupp:

Yeah, it’s not much. Okay. Okay.

Margot:

Yeah.

Aimee Raupp:

Yeah. I mean with the spirulina, I think I pay attention to it more, or I’m conscious of recommending it more with Hashimoto’s, because some of the ingredients in the spirulina can aggravate Hashi’s in some of the patients. But it’s back in the day when I wrote Yes, You Can Get Pregnant, I recommended spirulina instead of a prenatal, because there just wasn’t good enough prenatals out there.

Aimee Raupp:

And now there’s some really good ones out there with the right amount of choline and like you said, the right irons. And there’s one without iron for people who don’t need it. And so what a lot of my patients do or I have a lot of my patients do is alternate every other day, where they do the prenatal one day, the spirulina the next day. But you could also just do pure prenatal if you wanted as well.

Aimee Raupp:

If the spirulina makes you a little apprehensive, I would almost maybe listen to that instinct of maybe it’s just a little too… I would only think about that with Hashimoto’s, but it can be a little immuno reactive in a sense for some people. It depends on what percentage of TH2.

Margot:

I saw that, and I have an instinct about that I had an immune reaction.

Aimee Raupp:

Yeah.

Margot:

So I added the colostrum, which I think is supposed to bring down TH1 levels or something.

Aimee Raupp:

Yep.

Margot:

And then, the OPC was supposed to help with that according to some article I found on the internet, right?

Aimee Raupp:

Okay.

Margot:

I think at this point I’m done with doctors.

Aimee Raupp:

Yeah. So the OPC, the only thing that I didn’t like about, and I love Thorne, I recommend them a lot. The only thing I don’t like is that it’s soy derived. So I think do a little more digging, make sure it’s non-GMO soy. It should be, right? We respect Thorne. I think they make good choices with their ingredients, but I would dig a little bit more on that.

Aimee Raupp:

And then also to think about for uterine blood flow, just like the castor oil packs in the follicular phase and or the abdominal washout, I think are great things to do to help with ovulation. Obviously, continuing the acupuncture and then with the chemical, what was the beta, or did you just have a positive and then you got a period the next day?

Margot:

It was 37.

Aimee Raupp:

Okay.

Margot:

No, I was taking progesterone that Seattle Reproductive gave me, and I went and had it made at the compound pharmacy, because I didn’t want the synthetic fillers. So I was taking a 100 milligrams three times a day.

Aimee Raupp:

And did you need it? Was it low? Was your progesterone low?

Margot:

I don’t know. He just put me on it because I’ve had PMDD. And so what happened was I was going to just get established with them once we started trying. And I had been trying the cream, the Emerita’s cream, and it helped a lot. I’d start to get really irritable right around when I was ovulating. My poor husband. And then I’m like oh my gosh, I got to do something about this. So I would put the cream on, and it would help for a couple of hours.

Margot:

And then I was telling my doctor about it, and he’s like, oh, you probably need much more. And I was so scared to try it. I literally had it sitting on my nightstand for two months before I’d try. And then one night I flipped out, and I’m like that’s it. I’m trying the supplement. I’m so sorry, honey. My PMS is just out of control. And I tried it, and I slept so great, and I felt so much better. And I’m like, well, I probably needed that progesterone.

Aimee Raupp:

Okay.

Margot:

So I just continued to take it. And then when I got my progesterone checked during the pregnancy, it was 40. And then, according to the internet, I couldn’t tell if that was good or bad. Some things were saying it was low. Some things were saying it was high.

Aimee Raupp:

That’s not low. That’s not low.

Margot:

Okay.

Aimee Raupp:

That’s great. I like it above a 15, and in the 20s is what makes me happy. But a 40 is good. Okay. So, I mean, I think there’s a couple things too, which you know how I work of maybe we want to look at or get to the root of the PMDD of why you’re getting the PMS symptoms and if you actually do have low progesterone. That’s almost something I would look into. You could do in your next cycle, if you wanted a Dutch test, which would give you a lot of information.

Aimee Raupp:

I don’t know if your acupuncturist knows how to or can support you in reviewing that or use the Mira or the Oova. Those are both at home testing kits that I love to test progesterone levels, post-ovulation to see if it’s low, and just to supplement. I think it’s a great sign that you got pregnant. So it’s like something’s working, because you’d been trying for a year, right?

Aimee Raupp:

So this is like, okay, I think we found our sweet spot. And then maybe it’s just the consistency. I would keep at that 2000 milligrams of that fish oil. I would take the baby aspirin once you ovulate. Those two things when I think about if there is a clotting factor issue, that’s where I’d want you to stay. Do you know what I mean? And then also, probably just stick with the prenatal. Drop that the spirulina. Just drop it. And then the other one, the ultra preventative, I don’t know that you need that. I would just almost stick with the prenatal personally.

Margot:

Yeah.

Aimee Raupp:

And then, the liver for sure.

Margot:

I had stopped taking that. I had stopped taking the ultra preventative and just stuck with the prenatal, and that’s when I got pregnant. So there’s a lot of stuff.

Aimee Raupp:

Yeah, so I think it’s almost like, okay, I’m going to consistent. I’m not going to jump around. And then keep on the inositol, the CoQ10. CoQ10 you would stop once you get pregnant. I usually like my pregnancy regimen is usually like for you, I would stay on that active B12 and folate. I would stay on the prenatal. I would stay on liver. I would stay on fish oil and then vitamin D if you need it. And that’s it. Probiotics, but keep it really simple. And, of course, the baby aspirin, sorry. And then you can kind of stop everything else. The Wobenzym though I’m considering. Actually I’m going to scratch that. Go ahead.

Margot:

The NAC, I was going to ask you about too, because I know on one of your other lives you were like stay on the NAC. And I didn’t know what to do about that either. So I’m like oh, my god.

Aimee Raupp:

I know it’s a lot. So a lot of times if it’s been a while that you’ve been trying and then you get pregnant all of a sudden. I’m very much a creature of if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. You know what I mean? But we do scale back on the supplements. NAC is not unsafe in pregnancy, but some people scale back on it. Around COVID and if you’re high exposure, I will keep people on it in the first trimester, especially.

Aimee Raupp:

The Wobenzym I think is interesting, because I used to never even use it in the luteal phase. But then now there’s some research showing with recurrent pregnancy loss, it seems to help. And I think it has something to do with the clotting factor, blood stuff. It’s just kind of helping, and it’s a major anti-inflammatory. So if you suspected endometriosis at some point, that can be really helpful. The NAC as well for endo, super helpful. The endo dosing is usually like 12 to 1800 a day. It depends on the day. And I cut that back to 600 of the NAC.

Margot:

Yeah.

Aimee Raupp:

And then, yeah. But I think for you too of like, okay, I’m just going to stick to this regimen. And then food wise, were you kind of more on or off Egg Quality style eating this month?

Margot:

We got married a week and a half ago. We got married in Vegas a year ago, COVID style and then had the wedding last week. So I was having this chemical pregnancy during the wedding. I’m like really.

Aimee Raupp:

That sucks, I’m sorry.

Margot:

It wasn’t very painful, so I was lucky that way.

Aimee Raupp:

But diet wise, probably not truly.

Margot:

I was not really eating very much, because I was trying to get that last five pounds off because my dress was kind of tight. And so I was just fasting and having your coffee recommendation with the protein and the fat. I was doing that until 11:00 and then just trying to stick low carb, kind of keto. I started incorporating a lot of cheese. I don’t know. I grew up eating a lot of cheese, so I just figured my body was used to it.

Aimee Raupp:

Yeah.

Margot:

So I was just eating cheese and meat, and I don’t know. Just trying to keep my protein high. I had that pea protein.

Aimee Raupp:

Okay.

Margot:

From Ritual with has the choline in it. So just yeah, low carb, veggies, just sauteed kale with everything, eggs.

Aimee Raupp:

Yeah. So, I mean, it sounds like I wouldn’t do the fasting moving forward, because could that have been part of, I don’t know, didn’t have enough oomph to stick if you will.

Margot:

Yeah.

Aimee Raupp:

But I like the high protein. I would just probably have some more carbohydrate in there, because the high protein. And then the fat comes with that quality of protein. But maybe more sweet potatoes, plantains, that kind of thing, or even some rice if that works for you. And yeah, and give it. And also it’s something to think about with the let’s resolve okay. Were your cycles delayed ever, or did you always ovulate on time?

Margot:

I was ovulating on day 17, 18, 19. So it wasn’t late.

Aimee Raupp:

What was it the month you got pregnant? What day?

Margot:

It was still 17 or 18.

Aimee Raupp:

Okay.

Margot:

It didn’t really bring it up that much.

Aimee Raupp:

Yeah. It might have given you a little more estrogen, and so the egg was a little juicier. That’s one thing it can do, right? Because it helps you. It’s an estrogen receptor blocker, and so it causes estrogen to pool. And that’s how you can get more than one. Yeah, I mean, to me it’s like I would still stay that style of eating. Just skip the fasting and a little more carbs and see.

Aimee Raupp:

And then just be super consistent with doing the prenatal and the B12 methylfolate and the fish oil on there. And then the baby aspirin in the luteal phase. And then I would. You can also ask your doc next month after this cycle, after you ovulate. Just go in five or six days post ovulation and get blood work for progesterone to see do we really need it.

Margot:

Yeah.

Aimee Raupp:

You can do it. I like the Oova or the Mira, because then you can test at home every day and see what your progesterone is. And they’re pretty accurate. They’re not accurate for a very small population, percentage of the population who have this weird enzyme that they, the urine progesterone doesn’t show up. But most people it works really well for. And so then you would say, okay, my progesterone is up. I don’t really need the progesterone cream versus having it.

Margot:

Right.

Aimee Raupp:

But trying to figure out also, and you work with your acupuncturist on this too of what’s the root of the PMDD. I would focus on that piece too, because it’s sounds like.

Margot:

I thought it may be a magnesium deficiency.

Aimee Raupp:

Could be.

Margot:

Because when I started taking magnesium, it completely went away.

Aimee Raupp:

Yeah.

Margot:

So I stuck on a magnesium calcium supplement, and then I also wanted to tell you I was taking LDN. And I’ve been taking that since January, and I found that to be very helpful. And the doctor from Ireland that pioneered it in fertility, he recommends staying on it throughout the pregnancy.

Aimee Raupp:

Yeah.

Margot:

But I know on one of your other case studies that you did the gal, I think she was from New York. She had gotten off of it in her first trimester.

Aimee Raupp:

Yeah, she was working with Parsley Health, and they pulled it because it’s like melatonin. It’s like NAC. There’s just not enough clinical research to say, yes, this is safe. But I treat a lot of physicians, women, female physicians who are trying to conceive in their 40s. They are all on the LDN. They all prescribe it for themselves. They all take it. They’re very keen on their research. I think it’s really interesting.

Aimee Raupp:

I think it’s probably safe to be on it in pregnancy, but I would leave that to the doctor. But I would definitely like anything you’re doing, I would try to stick to the plan as much as you can through the first trimester. So the LDN could really be helpful in reducing. Do you feel like you have a lot of inflammatory symptoms at one point, and now they’re lower and less?

Margot:

Oh yeah. Complete health transformation, and I’m so glad I tried the LDN. I’ll even, I go off of it when I’m on the Letrozole. I can’t do that much weird stuff to my body, so I don’t take it when I’m taking Letrozole for those four days. But when I go back on it, I’m like, oh my god, I feel so much better.

Aimee Raupp:

Okay. Yeah, so that sounds good. So there are a lot of things in the mix, but I think the big ones to stand out are the LDN, the Wobenzyme, the prenatal, the extra B12 and methylfolate, the fish oil, the vitamin D. The NAC, especially if you feel like there was endo, baby aspirin in the luteal phase. I would do castor oil packs and or abdominal washout in the follicular phase. Eat more regularly. Fasting isn’t great for PMDD.

Aimee Raupp:

And, of course, the magnesium. I think magnesium is a great supplement. I just had a coaching call with a girl this morning who just got pregnant after three years of trying, 42, natural conception, which is amazing. And we’re adding in magnesium, because I feel like it’s one of those really important supplements even in pregnancy. And see that too.

Aimee Raupp:

And then almost like do I need the progesterone. Because if progesterone is low then I think about, okay, that egg isn’t as healthy as it could be. So then we go back to Egg Quality Diet foundations of that kind of thing. But the diet sounds like it’s in place. So it’s fat, protein, veggies. Don’t fast, and stay at it, because it sounds like you’re very close.

Margot:

Okay.

Aimee Raupp:

And it could be that baby aspirin, just starting it right after ovulation versus starting it once you get a positive.

Margot:

Okay. Of course every other month I had started it after this.

Aimee Raupp:

And that’s the piece of like let’s not beat ourselves up. I mean, you grieve it. You process it as much as you can. It’s also, though, a beautiful sign that your body is like we’re onto this. This is our next step. We’re doing this. And so as much as you can have that be your takeaway.

Margot:

Yeah. There was some positives for sure. It was definitely, it was a psych out, but then it was also like, oh wait, it happened. And I could noticeably tell that my husband was very excited.

Aimee Raupp:

Well, that’s sweet.

Margot:

He was like, wow, your body can get pregnant. That’s so cool. He was just really, really excited.

Aimee Raupp:

Good. Yeah. And I mean, that’s how I look at it when my very clinical hat is on not to undermine the sadness or the mind funk if you will. You’re just up and down like that especially during you’re about to get married. You know what I mean? The whole thing, but it’s a wink.

Aimee Raupp:

I think it’s a wink from whatever you believe in. The greater beings of just like, okay, you’re on the right path. Now keep doing. And so just a little more tweaks. And the fasting to me is always a big tweak too, of like, I get why you were doing it. We’re all girls, and fitting into our dresses is important. So I get it.

Margot:

Yeah.

Aimee Raupp:

But I think next time around, okay, let’s have a solid breakfast. Let’s not intermittent fast and get a little more carbs, even just 20%, 25% carbs.

Margot:

Yeah. Okay.

Aimee Raupp:

Okay.

Margot:

All right.

Aimee Raupp:

Okay.

Margot:

Thank you.

Aimee Raupp:

Yeah. Keep us posted. Cheering for you. Thank you for coming on and sharing your story here too. I appreciate it.

Margot:

Thank you. I’ve been following you for a long time, and I do think that the Egg Quality Diet was a big part of my healing process and getting this far.

Aimee Raupp:

Good.

Margot:

Thank you.

Aimee Raupp:

Healing the gut. I mean, that’s where it’s at, reducing inflammation, healing the gut.

Margot:

Yeah.

Aimee Raupp:

That’s it. So, yeah, I think you’re in the zone. Just keep at it.

Margot:

Okay. Thank you.

Aimee Raupp:

Okay. All right. Send you so much love. Okay. Have a beautiful day.

Margot:

You too. Bye-bye.

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