Path To Fertility Blogger Lisa Rosenthal  

Lisa Rosenthal has over twenty-five years of experience in the fertility field, including her current roles as Coordinator of Professional and Patient Communications for RMACT and teacher and founder of Fertile Yoga, a class designed to support, comfort and enhance men and women's sense of self. Her experience also includes working with RESOLVE: The National Infertility Association and The American Fertility Association, where she was Educational Coordinator, Conference Director and Assistant Executive Director

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Egg to Embryo: Path to Fertility

Todays blog is all about what we need. Seeing it, identifying it, holding it close in our hearts, breath, and our dreams. Seeing it clearly and knowing that it's what's necessary, appropriate and even reasonable.

First, let's review the egg to embryo process. An embryo is a multicellular diploid eukaryote in its earliest stage of development, from the time of first cell division until birth, hatching, or germination. In humans, it is called an embryo until about eight weeks after fertilization (i.e. ten weeks LMP), and from then it is instead called a fetus.  The development of the embryo is called embryogenesis. In organisms that reproduce sexually, once a sperm fertilizes an egg cell, the result is a cell called the zygote that has half of the DNA of each of two parents. In plants, animals, and some protists, the zygote will begin to divide by mitosis to produce a multicellular organism. The result of this process is an embryo.
So, back to the egg.  One good egg. That's all you need. One. You don't even need a whole good fertility treatment cycle. You just need one viable egg. For that matter, you don't even need one good egg. Just one viable egg to make one viable embryo. Our IVF Lab Director, Dr. Dawn Kelk, will even tell you that they don't always look good even when it turns out that they are good. A day three embryo will sometimes look much better on day four or five.
Same thing with dating or buying a house, getting into the right college or finding the right job. You don't expect or need to have eight perfect husbands or homes, etc. You expect and hope for one. The right one. That's all that you need is one. In fact, more is unnecessary and  can even be confusing.
So let's go with the one embryo that is viable. That embryo needs to have cells that divide and multiply and therefore grow. It needs to implant in the uterus, find the nourishment that it needs and that is provided there,  and it needs to continue to grow and divide and multiply. Seeing, in the mind's eye, that the uterus is a warm, nourishing organ. A healthy organ, one that is capable and able. Letting your finger tips rest lightly on the lower belly and allow this to be true. Breathing into lower belly and letting the inhale bring in new blood, fresh oxygen and energy, expanding your vision of healthy, capable and able.
Healthy capable and able. And with every breath in, you are nourishing and providing for your body in a way that sustains life. Every breath providing just what is needed, perfectly balanced. Every exhale releasing what is not needed and what your body is done with. Our mantra, often in Fertile Yoga, is "Inhale, nourishment, exhale, gratitude". Nourishment with breath is for everything that the breath provides. Gratitude on the exhale for having provided for the body perfectly and lovingly. Inhale, exhale. Nourishment, gratitude.
Starting the week off with breath, mindfulness and gratitude. Happy Monday.

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