Seven Steps of holistic fertility treatment

Posted on: 4th June, 2014

Category: Health & Lifestyle

Contributor: West Cork People

Around 20 percent of Irish couples are having challenges having a successful pregnancy and this number is rising all of the time. It is often not discussed openly and can be the most difficult time of your life if it is affecting you. Sarah Leather is a Clonakilty based Natural Fertility Expert and has been helping women and couples to get and stay pregnant for 20 years. She has a bestselling book on Amazon, has been featured on national television several times and has been very successful in her work locally, nationally and around the world.

1)Work together to commit to spending three months preparing to be as healthy as possible, to create the best possible sperm and eggs for a successful pregnancy. Decide on a plan of action to eat a good fertility diet, have medical check-ups, remove toxins and manage stress. The three months prior to conception is just as important as the first trimester of pregnancy so whether you have just started trying to conceive or have been for a while, make sure you have done the groundwork for a healthier lifestyle before conception.

2)Ensure good gut and liver function. A detox/cleansing program could be useful followed by a good fertility diet. Reproductive hormones (and most cells in the body) are made from protein and good quality fat so these are essential. Bad fats that contain Trans or hydrogenated fats (in commercially produced chips, crisps, cakes, pastries where the oils have been overheated) need to be avoided.

3)Lifestyle and environmental factors need to be addressed to decrease your exposure to chemicals and toxins as these may mimic hormones leading to oestrogen dominance. The bedroom is a good place to start by cutting down on exposure to electrical appliances like phone chargers and electric blankets. Household cleaning products can be changed to natural ones (like the brands Ecover or Lily) and plastic containers replaced with glass or ceramic ones. Plastic water bottles are best replaced with stainless steel or glass ones.

4)Timing for conception is vital and there is often a lot of confusion around when ovulation happens. Observing cervical mucus is the most reliable way to detect when the best days are for baby making.

5)Regular exercise along with obtaining an ideal body weight is important. Exercise ensures adequate circulation to the reproductive organs along with helping to manage stress. If weight (or more importantly your body fat percentage) is either too low or too high then ovulation may be hindered in women. Men also need to have an average weight to ensure good sperm health.

6)Getting support for a healthy mind-set is essential. You can get Sarah’s free recording of her talk on ‘Emotional Blocks to Fertility’ (also the title of her next book) by subscribing to her email list at Do whatever it takes to feel joy and have fun while you are on this fertility journey together. Having fertility challenges can be the hardest time of your life so get all of the help and support you need.

7)Put yourself first. Many women and couples who are trying to conceive are very busy helping everyone else with their goals and dreams, constantly being asked or expected to mind their sibling’s children, stay on late at work and do more than their share in many areas. It is important that you put your needs first; this isn’t selfish it is essential. It is all part of having everything in place for when a pregnancy occurs so that everything is as healthy as possible.

Sarah is doing a presentation called ‘Holistic Fertility Treatment – 7 Steps to Baby Making Success’ in The Oriel Hotel in Ballincollig on Thursday, June 12 at 7.30pm. Tickets available at for €20 or €25 at the door. Partners are welcome to come along for free.

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Mary is the only woman to have completed every single Dublin Marathon (all 38 of them). She’s also completed the grueling Marathon des Sables in the Sahara Desert, known as the ‘toughest foot race on earth’.

To mark her 50th year involved in Athletics Mary is taking on her biggest challenge yet (even though she thought she’d already done that when completing the Dublin Marathon when she was over six months pregnant!) She wants to raise as much money as possible for the RNLI.

Mary started her epic journey in Arklow, Co. Wicklow, on New Year’s Day. She aims to cover up to 5000 kilometers, using coastal routes, over the next five months. She hopes to get back in time to get her first pension payment in June when she turns 66.

Mary will stop off at as many RNLI stations as possible, on her once in a lifetime adventure. As far as she knows no other woman has ever taken on this challenge.

Speaking about her journey Mary said:

“I wanted to prove that age not a barrier. Coming from a coastal town I have a deep affinity with our local RNLI station & volunteers and have huge admiration for the brave men and women who risk their lives to save lives at sea”.

Mary, who’s depending on the goodwill of communities along her route for accommodation, has been astounded by the response so far. “The support has been overwhelming,” she said. “I have met the most amazing and encouraging people along the way”.

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As any Harry Potter enthusiast knows, Bandon has the unique honour of having a character named after the town. The Bandon Banshee, was referred to as the nemesis of Gilderoy Lockhart in the Chamber of Secrets. The book grossed €60 million in sales and was the 7th highest earning film of all time.

Locals, looking to enhance the town for young people, saw the quiz as an ideal way promote the connection. The universally absorbing book series brings young readers on a huge adventure of magic, adversity and triumph. It is also an exploration of loyalty and friendship, good and evil – so it is not only popular way to engage young people, it is a hugely positive connection.

Zoe Tennyson, one of the organisers said they were delighted with the response from schools who ran a qualifying quiz as part of World Book Day. On Saturday Bandon Town Hall will be transformed into Hogwarts Great Hall, with proceeds going Bandon Playground Group, and to cover costs of the event.

Bandon Books will be rewarding the winning team with vouchers to each of the five members. The Bandon Banshee, or Bean-sidhe na Bandaan Perpetual Cup will be hotly contested – but which school will the Banshee go to??

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Ballineen Foróige Young Engineers Exhibition 23 February 2018

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With the aid of local pharmaceutical company Eli Lilly, along with the support of STEAM Education, a UCC based company focused on promoting science, technology, engineering, arts, and maths subjects in primary schools, Ballineen Foróige has been engaging members and leaders in all things engineering over the last six weeks. From researching, designing, and prototyping a project based on local problems, to participating in various workshops on coding and careers in engineering, Ballineen Foróige have been extremely busy in preparation for the exhibition this coming Friday night.

On the night itself, Michael Loftus, Head of Engineering at CIT, Fintan Goold, Manager at Eli Lilly and All-Ireland Cork winning Footballer, along with Geraldine Coughlan of GCA Architects & Designers, a local business, will act as judges on the night, evaluating the different engineering projects and offering some advice to the members of the club. Also in attendance will be the CEO of Foróige Seán Campbell, along with a number of local councillors, TD’s and Senators.

Leading the team of Ballineen Foróige leaders organising the event, is Rebecca Dwyer, a bioprocess engineer at Eli Lilly. Rebecca recently became a leader in the club and says that Ballineen Foróige Young Engineer Exhibition 2018 “promises to be a fun, challenging and rewarding experience for all involved and we look forward to welcoming parents, relatives, friends and members of the public to the exhibition and film screening on the evening of Friday 23rd February.” Overall, there are twelve projects entered in the exhibition. One project, led by Cian Kennefick and Charlie Nolan, members of the starting out club, examines the possibility of installing speed ramps on the road near local primary school. Fourteen-year-old Charlie says he got involved in the project as it was something to do and it gets you thinking. Cian says the most exciting part of the project was the building of the prototypes.

Both Cian and Charlie, along with thirty other members of the club will display their projects this coming Friday 23 February in Gort Mhuire Hall in Ballineen. Doors open at 8pm and the event runs until 10pm. All are welcome to attend, and admission is free. Catering, including tea and coffee, will be provided on the night.
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