Running for the right to try

If you read this blog at all regularly, it won’t have escaped you that I am a huge fan of the brilliant Jessica Hepburn, Director of Fertility Fest and author of The Pursuit of Motherhood. You may have followed her Channel Swim to raise funds for Fertility Network UK, and now she’s doing it again with the London Marathon.

Jessica has written a fantastic blog post about this and if you want to read more about what she’s doing and why, you can find it here. There’s also a link to her JustGiving page where you can make a donation to support her through her 26 miles. For me, 10k feels like a marathon, and I think it’s a wonderful thing that she is doing – so support her if you possibly can and help to make it even more worthwhile.

Advice on fertility from a range of therapists

Logo_oficThe magazine Fertility Road has produced a guide of tips for anyone who is trying unsuccessfully to conceive covering a range of different categories – complementary therapies, diet and nutrition, male fertility and vitamins and supplements. The tips come from a range of complementary therapists and other practitioners working in the field.

Some are more evidence-based than others when it comes to actually boosting your fertility, but there’s a lot to think about and some useful tips and suggestions for ways to help yourself to feel better apart from anything else. I particularly like author Jessica Hepburn’s thoughts about not stopping following all the other dreams you have for your life – as many of you will know, Jessica followed hers to swim the Channel and then climb Mount Kilimanjaro!

Why not take a look here, and see if you can find something that resonates with you.

Hooray for Jessica!

f69dfacf-fc0e-4f3b-b5a8-125a668ab203It’s not often that someone does something so incredible that you feel overwhelmed by admiration, but Jessica Hepburn has done that by swimming the Channel to raise funds for Infertility Network UK.

Jessica’s swim began at 1 am and just thinking about getting into an icy, dark English sea in the middle of the night makes me feel very unwell…  She swam all through the night, was stung by jellyfish, swept about by waves and the wash from container ships – and then carried on swimming all the next day. She was swimming while I slept warmly snuggled up under the duvet, was swimming when I got up and had a cup of coffee, swimming as I worked all morning, swimming when I stopped for lunch and was still swimming when I finished work. She finally reached the coast of France 17 hours and 44 minutes after setting off.

Just think of that cold water, those waves, those jellyfish – and keeping going for that long – and why not sponsor her to show how much you admire her amazing feat and to make it worth every moment in that icy water – https://www.justgiving.com/Jessica-Hepburn-INUK