Since losing my baby in late January, I wanted to get my cycle back in its natural rhythm, to help support it get over the shock of being pregnant one minute, and not the next.
But let me take a step back first, I have been adoring my cycle for over a year now and it has been the most empowering thing I have done for myself. Not only has it allowed me to begin to really listen to what my body is telling me, but it also allows me to honour that and not feel guilty.
I'm not going to go into the details of adoring your cycle, I will let my beautiful friend Claire Baker do that instead, because it is her life's work.
I took what I have learnt from Claire, my cycle over the past 12 months and my knowledge of health and wellness...this has given me the foundation to put into practice some really supportive routines to help support my health. Because your menstrual cycle has so much to do with your health.
A healthy body, usually means a healthy cycle (unless of course you have PCOS or endometriosis).
Here are my tips for a healthy cycle...
I have one coffee per day as I don't like to give myself too much stimulants as they can muck around with your hormones. And with my coffee I add one tablespoon of organic maca powder.
Maca powder helps boost your stamina but is also really supportive of female hormones by balancing them out. Maca is really helpful if you suffer from PCOS as it help's control estrogen levels.
Start moving your body regularly if you don't already. It doesn't mean becoming a gym junkie - maybe it is daily walks (include some hills to increase your heart rate) or doing yoga. Or even better, a mix of everything to keep you and your body guessing.
A gift the baby we lost gave me, was finding my own love of exercise again. I love training my clients, but my own fitness levels decreased, but now I am back into it and most importantly...loving it!
I exercise because I love it, I love myself and I want to be healthy and energetic.
Why do you exercise?
Eat nutritious food. Support your body by giving it good quality fuel...yes packaged food is okay in moderation, but fill your body with fresh produce, meat and wholegrains. If you give your body the right fuel, it will love you back and in turn help you have happy hormones.
Make sure you are getting 7-8 hours sleep per night - no buts! As a mum, I know that this is sometimes impossible if your child wakes during the night or is sick etc...but if you can get a goodnight's sleep most nights, you will be so much happier for it.
Honour your cycle! If you don't feel up to doing something the week leading up to your period or during bleeding time, then don't. Listen to your body and do as it asks. Some days you may feel super energised, and the next day you may just want to sleep - do what you need to do.
If you use doTerra essential oils, Clary Calm (women's monthly blend) is super supportive of female hormones. Massage into your lower abdomen with coconut oil and allow the oil to work her magic - not to be used during pregnancy.
I hope these little tips can help get your cycle into a good routine too. If not, please speak to a health care professional who specialises in womens health.
Do you have any other tips to share about a healthy cycle? I would love to hear them, so leave a comment below.
**These tips are from my own personal experience.
Be happy & healthy,