Ruth’s Blog

Grace & Gratitude

When I wrote my last blog post, waaay back in April (I know, it’s been a while) I was pretty taken aback by the response. Close friends, strangers…all sorts, insisted my story should be read by everyone. I was happy to share my story but I wasn’t...

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We Need to Talk About…Miscarriage After IVF

In December of last year, my husband and I began our 2nd round of IVF and our 3rd round of treatment since we began our fertility journey 5 years ago. We had spent 3 months preparing our bodies and minds; following all of the advice I hand out on a daily...

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Bust Stress & Anxiety for Fertility Fitness

Have anxiety and stress always been a feature in your internal world? Is your experience of fertility struggles making it even harder to stay grounded and feel strong? Or is your nature to be a fairly light hearted, easy going gal? Maybe that’s changed for you...

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My Top 3 Fertility Hacks

I bet you’ve heard this before. You’re struggling to get pregnant because you left it too late. You focused on your career when you should have been finding the right man or woman to settle down with and now you’re paying the price. Am I the only one...

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Eating for Fertility

What we eat matters, we all know that. Preparing your body for fertility treatment and pregnancy includes focusing on food that is dense in nutrients. This is not about calorie counting, but rather nutrient counting. Can you flip your brain to this way of thinking?...

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Embrace Your Body

Last Sunday night, I met with some of my favourite women and went to see the Dublin premiere of Embrace, a feature length documentary by Taryn Brumfitt. I got to chat with Taryn too (woop!) and want to share her message with you. Taryn is an Australian Mum of 3 and...

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Take the Slog out of Prepping for Treatment

If you’re new to fertility investigations and treatment, or even if you’ve earned a few grey hairs from the process already, preparing for a round of treatment can feel like a minefield. How do you decide what to eat? Who do you listen to, when deciding...

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Nollaig na mBan, Women’s Christmas

Nollaig na mBan, pronounced “Nullig na Mon” or Women’s Christmas in the Irish language, is celebrated in Ireland on January 6th. This day heralds the end of Christmas celebrations and in Christian traditions, the feast of the Epiphany and the arrival...

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A Winter Solstice Ceremony

New Year’s Eve has always been a bit of an anti-climax for me. I’ve felt distant from the partying, booze and glamour of that night, for as long as I can remember. Somehow, moving from December 31st to January 1st has never felt all that special, try as I...

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Festive Advice on Thanksgiving…

Today in Ireland, it’s a quiet November Thursday. I’m starting to think about virtuous mince pie recipes and considering the best tactics to ensure I eat well while celebrating this Christmas. The festive buzz is just beginning to make itself felt in my home. I reckon...

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Asking for help is hard…but so good.

I used to pride myself on being self sufficient; on being an independent, financially resourceful and capable woman. I didn’t need anyone’s help and I always found the resources I needed within. I was in control of everything, including my emotions....

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Do you Have a Love-Hate Relationship with Coffee?

I made it into my 30’s without ever drinking coffee. No, that’s a lie. I was once given instant coffee by a friend’s Mum when I was a teenager. I remember being so incredibly disappointed that it tasted nothing like it smelled. I never drank it...

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The Green Eyed Monster

Ever find yourself watching people and wishing your life was a little more like theirs? You don’t know them from Adam, you know zero about their life, but you find yourself being drawn towards them. These ordinary people appear in your line of sight and you...

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I am not a statistic. Nor are you.

Do you sometimes wonder if the IVF statistics you are quoted represent you? Do you ask yourself if you’re getting personalised treatment that appreciates who you are, not just your age & AMH? I do. I wonder sometimes, if I “fit” the model that...

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Want to Hibernate from your To-Do List?

Does this list look familiar? Do you have one just like it? Have you ever achieved everything on your to do list? If you have, you can stop reading now. You are clearly a creature unknown to most humans and I cannot help you. If this is familiar to you though, please...

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Is Gluten Affecting My Fertility?

Good question. The debate about gluten has been raging for years. It’s really confusing. On the one hand, we’re told that only those who are diagnosed as Celiac should eliminate gluten from their diet. On the other, we hear stories of women and men who...

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How will you move into this new season?

There’s a radio show I like to listen to called The Sunday Business Show. Yesterday, the host Conall O Móráin chatted with psychologist Dr Jolanta Burke about hanging on to the feeling of Summer and keeping the momentum going as we move into Autumn. If you live...

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Soften your gaze, make space for joy

Picture this. A few years ago, I was at my weekly yoga class. It was a couple of weeks before Christmas and the intensity of seasonal planning, parties, shopping and work pressure was building. At the end of the class, our teacher offered us a very simple practice....

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This journey hurts…

It hurts, this journey. It hurts and then it eases and then, like a smack in the face it hurts again. I didn’t expect that. I thought it would be easier to process, move on and feel optimistic again. Get on with my joyful life. As I get older and wiser, I’m learning...

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Confused about Folic Acid?

In Ireland, there are ads on the radio, promoting a brand of folic acid. It sounds like a public health announcement. The pleasant sounding woman tells us that whether we’re planning a pregnancy or already pregnant, we should take 0.4mg (400 micrograms) of folic...

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5 Tips to Remove Fertility Damaging Chemicals

I can’t remember when I realized that big brand shampoos, toothpastes, body lotions and deodorants were filled with chemicals that were, in a word, nasty. It’s been a slow journey, but these days I never wander down the ‘personal care’ aisle in any supermarket. Now I...

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