I used to be totally into herbs and acupuncture and homeopathy and even crystals and ALL of that. But the longer I have been on this path, the more I think it is all just hogwash. More often then not, I think it's just under-informed people on a power trip.
Soooo many practitioners like acupuncturists (not all of course but some) go around speaking with absolute authority on things they are totally wrong about, like what your thyroid levels need to be for pregnancy. So many opinions! Scaring you for no reason about things like bread if you've never once in your life had any problems with bread. Claiming that dairy is bad when studies have shown that full fat dairy increases fertility. All this crap about making people feel paranoid that they are eating "energetically cold" foods, or that if they think the wrong kind of thoughts that the procedure won't work.
I just need to vent for a second, because I am so tired of everyone and their Aunt Margaret having a crazy opinion about what I am doing wrong. Last week I nearly had a panic attack because I ate ice cream and worried about the sugar, and maybe the fact that it is cold, even though it was in the middle of a heat wave here. It was so hot that I could barely sleep and yet I was worried about a cod food.
I have come to the personal conclusion that all of that stuff is placebo. And if it stresses you out and therefore causes a decline in your wellbeing, it's actually hurting and not helping. People talk to women who are TTC and pregnant women like they are stupid. When I was pregnant earlier this year, my nurse EVERY DAY would lecture me about how I was "hurting my baby" if I stressed out even a little bit, and she would not stop even though I told her that SHE was stressing me out more than anything else in my life. She came each evening to give injections.
When I had my miscarriage it was because of trisomy 15 (we had the tests). It was something that happened at the embryo forming stage, and yet I'm sure she thinks I miscarried due to stress. She thought I should be vegan and had a lot of paranoid theories.
Anyway just ranting. I feel like women in our position get preyed on and it's not only SO expensive, but totally demoralizing. Let me just tell you that YOU ARE DOING GREAT.