The Mana Women's Wellness Podcast

The Mana Women's Wellness Podcast

How can I boost my fertility and improve my chances of getting pregnant naturally? When is the best time to get pregnant? Why is my period irregular (or late!)? Am I ready to have a baby? Am I ovulating? How can I balance my hormones? And the biggest question of all, how can I understand my menstrual cycle? Welcome to The Mana Women’s Wellness Podcast, where you’ll finally get answers to those questions you’ve been secretly Googling, all those things you’re too embarrassed to ask your doctor, because…well – we’re women! Shouldn’t we just know this stuff?? Every Wednesday, physiotherapist, health coach, natural fertility educator and self-proclaimed wellness nerd, Rachel Simpson shares her top tips, essential knowledge and life advice to help you understand your body, take control of your health and create a life you love! Fertility awareness, charting your menstrual cycle, natural birth control and pre-conception care – she’ll teach you all those things they never taught you in health class! Are you ready to tune in to your body’s innate wisdom? Because knowledge is power – when you truly understand your body, you are empowered to make informed decisions about your health! For freebies and all of the latest information on periods, pregnancy and the pelvic floor, check out www.manawomenswellness.com

Episodes

April 21, 2021 11 min

Truthbomb: Your phone doesn’t know when you’re fertile.

 

I seem to have developed quite the reputation for being anti-app. I’m not necessarily anti-app, but I am anti-crappy apps and it seems that there are a lot of them out there.

 

The internet is completely flooded with period and ovulation tracking apps that claim to help you to monitor your menstrual cycle and your fertile window. Here’s the bad news – most of them are nothing mo...

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I get it, you’re already trying to remember to drink enough water, exercise every day, text everyone back, be a good friend, partner, mother, sister, employee…phew, it’s a lot. The last thing you could possibly add to your plate is complicated tracking and charting system. Every. Single. Day.

 

Fertility awareness and charting has a reputation for being time-consuming, overwhelming and just another thing on our never-ending to-do lis...

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Contrary to what we’re all told, hormonal contraceptives are not the only effective option for birth control. If you’ve decided to finally ditch the hormones forever, or if you’re contemplating taking the leap, you’ll still need to know how to manage your fertile window if abstinence isn’t your thing.

 

Contraception can be used during the learning phase of fertility awareness and charting, when you’re still learning about your body’...

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We spend the majority of our lives actively avoiding pregnancy, so when the time finally arrives that you actually want to make a baby, it’s important to plan ahead.

 

If you’re someone who finds herself saying “I’ll get healthy when I’m pregnant”, this episode is for you because you really do need to start making healthy lifestyle changes before you get pregnant – 3 months to be exact.

 

Why 3 months? It takes 90 days for an egg to ma...

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March 17, 2021 17 min

As soon as we ovulate, the body starts to prepare for a potential pregnancy. Month after month, our menstrual cycle creates the perfect conditions for an egg to be fertilised so that when a long-awaited pregnancy finally occurs, you can get to work straight away growing your baby – long before you even know you’re pregnant.

 

In this episode, you’ll learn when the best possible time is to take a pregnancy test in order to get an accu...

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When I look back, I cringe at how little I knew about my body. 

 

When I started to wonder if there was another way to avoid unplanned pregnancy without the artificial hormones, everyone gave me the same cynical answers – Yes, but you’d be crazy to actually rely on them for birth control!

 

I call BS.

 

By taking just a couple of minutes a day to tune in to your body, you can use a method of birth control that is equally as effective as ...

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March 3, 2021 17 min

Caffeine is the world’s most popular drug. 

 

If you’re one of those women who can’t function until you’ve guzzled your morning cup of coffee, caffeine might be doing more to your body than just giving you a quick energy boost.

 

If you’re currently pregnant or preparing for pregnancy, you’ve probably heard that coffee is on the naughty list. But is this reputation deserved? 

 

Here’s What We’re Talking About:

  • How caffeine affects your bo...
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    A xenoestrogen is a type of endocrine disruptor that has an oestrogen-like effect on the body and a significant effect on your fertility.

    We know that oestrogen is a key hormone for a healthy menstrual cycle, but when xenoestrogens enter our bodies they block oestrogen receptors so they can’t do their job.

    The body thinks there’s not enough oestrogen available and begins to produce more. This will increase the total amount of oestrog...

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    February 17, 2021 20 min

    We’ve all been there once or twice. We wake up thinking we’re going to get our period. But it doesn’t come. 

     

    We wake up the next day. Still no period. 

     

    Then we start to panic. 

     

    We do some backwards maths and work out if we might be pregnant. We start frantically Googling and cursing our bodies for messing with our heads. 

     

    In this episode, I’m going to save you from that long fall down the Google rabbit-hole and share with you the t...

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    February 10, 2021 34 min

    Pre-conception care is not just for women, your baby begins with 50% egg and 50% sperm, so sperm health is equally as important as egg health for fertilisation and development of a healthy baby. It takes three months for sperm to develop and mature before they are capable of fertilising an egg, so preparation should start at least three months before trying to conceive. This can ensure sperm is high quality and viable and gives the...

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    Think back to new year’s eve. The clock strikes midnight, we cheer and hug and kiss and say happy new year. 

     

    We’re already likely up past our regular bedtime, glass of champagne in our hand, and since Christmas the week before we have been eating our weight in food, drinking too much and lounging around in the Australian sun, or curled up under a blanket for those of you listening in the Northern Hemisphere. 

     

    Either way, do you rea...

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    January 27, 2021 24 min

    Ready to ditch hormonal contraceptives for good but feeling completely clueless about how to do it and what to expect?

    In this podcast episode, I'm talking you through the 5 steps to coming off the Pill.

    Whether you're ready to start preparing for pregnancy or you just want to explore a natural method of birth control, I've got you covered! 

     

    Here’s What We’re Talking About:

  • Why you need to understand the basics of your men...
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    January 20, 2021 28 min

    Did you know that the pill was the very first medication that was prescribed to perfectly healthy women to treat something that was not a health problem? 

     

    Instead, it works by shutting down a completely natural process of the female body – ovulation. 

     

    The pill has been responsible for many changes in our society since it was first put on the market in 1960 and it’s now estimated that there are about 10 million women using the pill ...

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    November 4, 2020 26 min

    Is My Cervical Mucus Normal?

    Let’s get something straight, cervical mucus is not just discharge and it is a very good thing! You want to see mucus throughout your menstrual cycle because it’s the very best real-time indicator you have of your fertile window. It tells you when you’re ovulating so you can use this information to avoid unplanned pregnancy or conceive naturally.

    Mucus helps keep sperm alive and helps get us pregnant, and...

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    In this episode, we’re talking about UTIs and why the bacteria around your vagina and bladder are essential for good health. I’m chatting with registered Chinese medicine practitioner Joanna Macmeikan about all things UTIs and bacterial vaginosis and why antibiotics are not always the answer.

    Now you may have heard of the gut microbiome before, it’s a collection of literally trillions of tiny micro-organisms that are thought to have...

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    In this episode, we’re talking about overactive pelvic floors. When your pelvic floor muscles have higher tone and activity than what we’d consider normal and why kegels are the very last thing you should be doing.

    And while there is no denying that it’s a great thing that women are becoming more informed about their bodies and how important the pelvic floor is, for some women, weakness isn’t the problem. And when we’re all being bo...

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    Ever had a complete breakdown only to discover that your period came the next day and *maybe* you overreacted slightly?

    Yep, I’ve been there!

    Mood swings, PMS, breakouts – in this week’s podcast episode, we’re wrapping up the Menstrual Cycle Masterclass series and talking about the luteal phase. That window of time after ovulation has occurred and as your body is preparing for your next period. That window of time where those typical...

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    In this episode, Part 3 of the Menstrual Cycle Masterclass, we have arrived at the main event – ovulation. I’ll be sharing what happens in our bodies in the lead up to, during and after ovulation, the signs of ovulation you can look out for and how to support your body during this important window of time with nutrition, exercise and self care.

    HERE’S WHAT WE COVER:

  • The Day 14 ovulation myth – and why it’s the cause of so many proble...
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    The follicular phase – the window of time between menstruation and ovulation – can be tricky. While all of the other phases of our menstrual cycle are usually quite consistent and reliable, it’s the follicular phase which can change every single month. Some women may even skip this phase completely!

    Welcome to Part Two of your Menstrual Cycle Masterclass, where I’m breaking down the sneakiest of all the phases of the menstrual cycle...

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    Half of the world’s population will experience a period.

    A lifetime of periods equates to 8.6 years, 448 weeks, 3139 days and 70 080 hours.

    And yet, I wonder just how many women actually understand what’s going on in their bodies. Not just during menstruation, but for the rest of the month too.

    Welcome to your Menstrual Cycle Masterclass, where I’ll be diving deep into each phase of the menstrual cycle - what actually goes on inside o...

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