Hi,  I'm   Leonie

I am a Fertility, Pregnancy and Birth Therapist and I am slightly obsessed with stress.  Not necessarily the stress that you know about (although that is important) but I am obsessed with the stress that you don't know about.  

The stress that sits under the surface ready to pounce when you least expect it.  

The stress that no matter how hard to try, you just can't stop it coming.  

The stress that brings mental chatter, anxious thoughts, or perhaps some physical feelings of anxiety and panic.   

Hi,  I'm  Leonie

 

I am a Fertility, Pregnancy and Birth Therapist and I am slightly obsessed with stress.  Not necessarily the stress that you know about (although that is important) but I am obsessed with the stress that you don't know about.  

The stress that sits under the surface ready to pounce when you least expect it.  

The stress that no matter how hard to try, you just can't stop it coming.  

The stress that brings mental chatter, anxious thoughts, or perhaps some physical feelings of anxiety and panic.

It all starts in the beginning......

If getting pregnant was simply about having sex at the right time then the world would be a much happier place, sadly for many it is not that easy.  Stress and anxiety release the hormones adrenaline and cortisol from the brain into the body. Too much can make it more difficult to conceive because they affect the part of your brain that controls other crucial hormones.  Essentially stress hormones and sex hormones compete

The more you ‘try’ to conceive, the more anxious and stressed you become. Time slows down and each cycle feels ten times longer than before.  The possibility of conceiving consumes your thoughts and you struggle to focus on everyday living. Suddenly you see pregnant women everywhere that you go and you may catch yourself daydreaming about prams or pregnancy yoga.

In the beginning you will quite happily tell yourself that you will let nature take it’s course and it will happen when it will happen. You feel excited and hopeful with your partner and truly believe that the magic has happened…and then your period arrives and the pressure starts to build.  Suddenly you are on every app, tracking body temperature and googling early ovulation signs, ovulation signs and post ovulation signs….you get the picture.  Sex becomes functional and scheduled, the 14 day wait is excruciatingly slow and the googling continues only this time it is ‘early signs of pregnancy’ or ‘have my nipples changed?’….and then your period arrives and the hope is shattered once again.

Many couples will continue in this cycle for months or years before exploring fertility support, feelings of disappointment, self-blame and anxiety all too high.  The hardest thing to hear when you are trying to address fertility issues is, ‘you must remain positive, try not to think about it too much.’  When the medical investigations begin and you are poked, scanned, tested, and prescribed it is even harder not to become obsessed by the process.

Hypnotherapy releases stress and anxiety

The mind/body connection is so strong when it comes to conception, pregnancy and birth. Hypnotherapy effectively supports the conception process whether that is natural or assisted by supported you through one of the most important and stressful times of your life: Pre-conception, ovulation, fertilisation, implantation and beyond.

When we are relaxed in hypnosis the brain produces endorphins which helps restore hormone balance, regulate the nervous system and promote a healthy immune system. These hormones transfer to our unborn babies in the womb.

Hypnotherapy will not only tackle stress and anxiety but many deep-rooted feelings that may affect our ability to conceive.  The mind-body connection is so strong that key systems like the reproductive organs can become healthy, stronger and more efficient through carefully planned visualisation and suggestion.  If you have never visualised a follicle in the ovaries developing a strong viable egg then I more than recommend giving it a try!

Every couple’s story of infertility is different and unique to them.

Every course of hypnofertility is created exclusively for you and your needs, I have never delivered the same session twice and this is a crucial part of the service. There is no ‘one size fits all’ when it comes to what you need.

But actually trying to relax is the hardest thing in the world when your mind is consumed with trying to conceive.

As a treatment it is growing in popularity because it has no negative side effects and can be used safely in pregnancy when women's other options are limited.

If you have questions about working together and whether I can help you with the changes you want to make then you can book a clarity call and we can chat.

"I felt very comfortable with Leonie and trusted her immediately. She understood and empathised. It was a great experience"

Nathalie

Working mum of three

"I am so grateful for Leonie’s help and so pleased that I reached out for help, I’ll carry the lessons I learnt with me as I move forward and focus on becoming the best version of me. ”

"I would definitely recommend hypnotherapy and Leonie. She made me feel so at ease and I cannot thank her enough for changing my perspective”  

Leonie Darch Hypnotherapy