I pretty much did a 180. From never wanting to be a mom, to loosing my own mother which led me to desperately wanting my own family. I was 39 and a late bloomer in that department.

My first pregnancy went relatively well until the end of my 2nd trimester were things changed. I developed preeclampsia and my son was born at 32 weeks (two months early) and we spent 5 weeks in the NICU. This traumatic experience was followed by severe depression, weight gain, fatigue, hopelessness, anxiety and loss of interest in doing just about anything. This insanely emotional rollercoaster, which ended in a miscarriage, was one of the darkest years of my life.

After seeing several doctors that only wanted to prescribe anti-depressants, I decided to make it my mission to get to the root cause and heal from the inside out. My miscarriage fueled a hunger in me to figure out what I can do to increase my egg quality and get pregnant with a full term healthy baby.

“Owning our own story and loving ourselves through that story is the hardest thing that we will ever do”

Brené Brown

This journey has given me the gift of compassion for people who suffer from depression, mamas who are going through postpartum and all those women who have been through miscarriages. You are all warriors in my eyes. I have gained a lot of knowledge on supplements, lifestyle and environmental toxins as well as endocrine disruptors and how they decrease egg (and sperm!) quality.

Below are some of my personal recommendations for outstanding practitioners, books and information about fertility and postpartum which has helped me navigate the mysterious and insane waves of the female hormonal roller coaster. Please note that I am not getting paid to share their information. These resources were invaluable to me and I would do the world a disservice if I didn’t share them. You’re welcome 😉

These three “Earth Angels” saved me from my postpartum hell and brought me back to health.

If you are lucky enough to live in North County San Diego, you can visit these AMAZING women in person.

Cambria Demarco Swedish Vagamom Recommended Resources

Cambria Demarco MSN, ACNP-BC, IFM

Functional Medicine Specialist

Available for remote work

Mieko Sie Swedish Vagamom Recommended Resources

Mieko Sie L.Ac, H.H.P

Acupuncture & Massage

Dr. Jennifer Cory Swedish Vagamom Recommended Resources

Dr. Jennifer Cory, LPC

Maternal Mental Health, PTSD, EMDR Therapy

Depression & Trauma

Authors & Written Resources

It Starts With The Egg

How the Science of Egg Quality can help you get pregnant naturally, prevent miscarriage and improve your odds in IVF.

Kimberly Ann Johnson, CSB, SEP

``Vaginapractor`` specializing in somatic experiencing, sexological bodywork, and author of The Fourth Trimester.

Christa Orecchio, CN, HHC

Clinical and holistic nutritionist dedicated to helping individuals use food as medicine to heal from the root cause.