MYF 42 | The Silver Lining of Infertility: What This Journey Has Taught Me
Welcome to Episode 42!
In episode 42, Kristin opens up about her infertility journey, the many things she’s learned along the way, and why she’s actually thankful that she wasn’t able to conceive when she wanted to. Infertility is hard - and we’re not going to pretend otherwise. But, like any challenge in life, it’s also an opportunity. As Kristin struggled to understand why she couldn’t conceive, she discovered life-changing information about her health, developed a profound sense of control and responsibility for the wellbeing of her future children, and experienced enormous personal growth, both individually and with her partner. Tune in to hear her story, her perspective on how infertility CAN change your life for the better, and her advice for those who are having a hard time going through this process.
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6:35 The history behind Kristin’s fertility journey
10:20 Her initial struggle to cope emotionally with being unable to conceive
13:40 When Kristin decided to stop actively trying to conceive and why
15:20 Important health discoveries that she made as a result of infertility
17:05 Genetic predispositions
17:45 Food sensitivities and inflammation issues
19:25 Autoimmune thyroid (Hashimoto’s) and mast cell activation syndrome
20:05 The complexity of her case and the importance of respecting the body’s interconnectedness
22:15 Why Kristin feels that investigating her health will help her prevent health issues in her children
25:40 What she’s learned about epigenetics and why it made her temporarily question having kids
30:05 The huge sense of personal responsibility Kristin feels for future generation health in her family
31:45 Things she was thankful to have a chance to thoroughly research before having kids
32:05 Environmental toxins
37:05 Controversial topics that impact pregnancy, birth, and infancy
38:10 The personal growth Kristin has experienced as a result of infertility
41:05 How health issues and infertility have impacted her marriage in unexpected (positive) ways
45:40 Her career transition to nutrition and how it was motivated by health and fertility struggles
48:20 Kristin’s top 3 pieces of advice for couples having a hard time conceiving