Anyone who’s ever tried and failed to get up the duff knows that it’s a tricky business. The waiting. The freaking out. More waiting. More freaking out. Is that a conducive, stress-free environment for an egg and sperm to hook up? I think not.
I do know, though, that meditation is one of THE best ways to bust your stress levels. I wish I could say I’m a hippie who likes to start the day at 5am on a coastal headland in the lotus position. I’m not; I like my sleep. But I do LOVE meditation and relaxation. When I do it regularly, I’m like Teflon Girl: nothing bugs me. I just seem to float through life in a serene, joyful state of Zen.
So when psychologist Jacqui Manning’s fertility CD, Planting The Seed… For Conception Joy arrived in the RC Mailbox, I had to give it a crack. Firstly, I love Manning’s voice. It’s gentle and easy to follow. The whole vibe of the CD is also soothing, from the background music to the actual guided meditation, which is specifically tailored towards women trying to get pregnant. It takes you on a journey which starts at the top of a mountain and descends, in a beautifully hypnotic way. At the end, there’s such a sense of calm. Acceptance. A feeling that all is going to be OK.
Also, although it’s designed for wannabe mums, my 60-something neighbour nicked it off me and said she slept better than she ever had after using it and, well, let’s just say I’ve had trouble getting it back ever since.
I asked Manning if any of her clients had had success with the CD in terms of getting pregnant and three are now up the duff. It makes sense. Studies of IVF patients show one in five couples stop the treatment due to emotional stress, rather than financial. Yet, women undergoing IVF who’ve participated in a mind-body stress-relief program with meditation have much, much higher rates of conception. There are so many tools in a woman’s getting-pregnant kit – from thermometers to ovulation sticks to sketchy gizmos you lick and so on. But I really think this CD should be one of them.
Planting the Seed … For Conception Joy is available here as a downloadable mp3 or hard-copy CD. Each CD includes the actual meditation track, an affirmation track and an instrumental. Prices start at $8.95 for a downloadable MP3, or $15.95 for a hard copy.
Thanks to everyone who shared the most unhelpful advice they received when trying to get up the duff! I’ve just drawn the winners and the lucky readers who’ll be receiving a CD are: Natacha, Falcon Downing, Amanda Ford, Caroline S and Kylie. Congrats! Please get in touch via the Question Box with your full name, address, email address and whether you’d like a MP3 download or a CD.