Jade and Jo’s origin story comes from my own journey. Fertility challenges can be isolating and deeply affect us emotionally and physically. No matter where you are on your journey or the path it takes you, our fertility-friendly foods and teas can complement a nutrient-dense diet and enhance your body’s unique fertility potential.
I conceived my first child at 39 and delivered a healthy baby boy at 40! In fact, I wasn’t even trying and never considered myself to be past my child-bearing prime. 18 months later, I became pregnant again, only to learn so much can happen quickly and change your life in a single ultrasound. At 10 weeks, we found no heartbeat and we were devastated. After recovering and moving forward, I experienced another miscarriage. By this time, I was quite familiar with Dr. Google, having extensively researched recurrent miscarriage and their connections to advanced maternal age. A consultation with a reproductive endocrinologist identified the root of the problem which was age-related poor egg quality. This reality inspired me to delve deeper and seek alternative medical treatment to enhance my fertility.
One of the first places I turned to was Traditional Chinese Medicine and acupuncture, since it frequently came up in my research. Some of the most well-known reproductive clinics even had acupuncture on site for fertility patients! My acupuncturist was the first person to specifically ask me about what I was putting in and on my body. She made the connection between how we nourish ourselves and our state of fertility. By now, I knew Chinese Medicine wasn’t going to miraculously give me new eggs, but it was worth focusing on the areas over which I had control, such as diet, exercise, meditation and acupuncture. Soon after starting treatment I was pregnant again but experienced another miscarriage. I decided to dive even deeper and adopt all diet, lifestyle, and herbal suggestions initially provided in my treatment plan. The dietary suggestions eliminated known risks like processed foods, and endocrine disrupting chemicals like bisphenol A (BPA), while encouraging foods rich in antioxidants, along with fresh, organic fruits and vegetables, and those with anti-inflammatory properties.