Ashley’s Story

I have wonderful news to share.  Ashley is pregnant!

This is AMAZING NEWS!  And the timing is perfect because September is PCOS Awareness month.  Really, it is.  In case you missed the first two blogs I wrote about Ashley, she has PCOS.


PCOS (Polycystic ovary syndrome) is believed to be one of the leading causes of infertility in women.  This is true, but this does not mean that women with this condition need to give up their dream of becoming a mother.  No way!  Nutrition and lifestyle choices can help and yes, medication can also help and although I like to encourage a more natural approach, I will agree that pharmaceuticals are sometimes necessary.  But, guess what.  Ashley got pregnant without the assistance of fertility drugs!  If you read my first blog on Ashley, I did share that she was taking Clomid.  To update on that situation, she did take one round of Clomid when I wrote that first blog two and a half months ago.  She was waiting for some blood work before taking another round but then got pregnant before that happened!  I would like to use a quote from my last e-mail from Ashley because it makes me smile to read it!

“It’s a great feeling to know that my body is able to do it and that my slim chance of ovulating, I was able to listen to my body and knew when it was happening. “

If you are currently struggling with fertility, or even PCOS, I am sorry.  I know how hard it is.  But, I hope that you will feel hope for yourself and believe that it is possible to get pregnant.  Ashley is proof of that.

*Every individual is unique and will have different nutritional needs. The recommendations I make for Ashley may or may not benefit other women who have similar experiences. The nutritional advice given to Ashley is based on a specific, detailed health and lifestyle assessment. They will not apply to every woman. If you are interested in a personal assessment for yourself, please send an e-mail to

Ashley’s assessments and recommendations are much more detailed than what is in this blog post. Here, I am sharing her most important issues and some random topics. The information that is shared between us is extensive and continual.

 Other than feeling incredibly happy and blessed, Ashley is feeling some minor discomfort in bloating, light-headedness and headaches.

I have given her a few recommendations, which include reducing stress.  Headaches may be caused by many factors and stress is one of them.  They may also be caused by dehydration, so it is important she is drinking enough water.  During pregnancy it is recommended to drink about 3 litres per day.

I will bring up the subject of drugs once more.  To be clear, I am not implying that medicine is not sometimes necessary or beneficial.  But I do recommend limiting drug use during pregnancy to only what has been recommended by your doctor or midwife.  This includes Tylenol and common over-the-counter drugs.  One study has linked the use of acetaminophen during pregnancy to a higher risk of ADHD (source) and another suggests long-term use may increase the risk of male infertility (source).

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