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This podcast is geared specifically towards those wishing to use their natural fertility signals to maximize conception chances. Charting your fertility signs and focusing your baby-making efforts on your most fertile days will increase your probability of conception. Learning all about fertility charting may seem a bit overwhelming at first, especially when you are as busy as most of us are! It may seem like there is so much to learn and you don't know where to start. To make it simpler, we ...
 
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A Little Help For Our Friends

Jacqueline Trumbull and Kibby McMahon

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A LITTLE HELP FOR OUR FRIENDS is a mental health podcast hosted by Jacqueline Trumbull (Bachelor alum, Ph.D student) and Dr. Kibby McMahon (psychologist, Intent FitHouse owner). The podcast sheds light on the psychological issues your loved ones could be struggling with and provides scientifically-informed perspectives on various mental health topics. As two Duke University clinical psychology Ph.D. trainees, Jacqueline and Kibby are learning along with you and share insights from their trai ...
 
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Did you know nearly 1 in 4 pregnant women struggle with constipation? That's a lot of people experiencing serious discomfort! And there's no need to suffer in silence any longer... Today I'm joined by Perinatal Physiotherapist Katherine Baquie, from FitNest Mama, to dive into strategies to prevent and relieve constipation before, during, and after …
 
Claustrophobia, arachnophobia, aerophobia, trypophobia may all sound like chorus members of a Greek tragedy, but actually describe different types of a common psychological disorder: Specific phobias. In this episode, we discuss what phobias are, how they develop, and how they are treated with cognitive behavioral therapies. Kibby and Jacqueline al…
 
What goes on behind the 4 walls of the embryology and sperm lab at your fertility clinic? Well, in this episode, we are getting a behind-the-scenes peek at what your embryologist is doing back there and the important role they play in your fertility journey. I am joined by experienced embryologist Kristen Jones, who discusses what you need to know …
 
We continue our deep dive into ADHD (Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder) by talking to an expert, Dr. Jessica Stern, who is a clinical assistant professor and psychologist at New York University. Dr. Stern shares her insights working with adults with ADHD, including strategies to manage ADHD symptoms, tips for loved ones, and treatment approa…
 
Trigger warnings: weight, weight-centric discussions, eating disorders and miscarriage are mentioned in this episode. In this candid conversation, I dive into all things weight and fertility How does weight impact fertility for females and males? Should you aim for weight loss or gain? When is it NOT the right time to lose weight on your TTC journe…
 
This episode was highly requested after our first ADHD episode in Season 1. Having a child with Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder can be especially challenging for parents. In this episode, we talk with Dr. Julia Schechter, a child and family clinical psychologist at Duke University about how parents can best support their children with ADHD…
 
Gluten... It's such a buzz word right now, yet very few people understand what gluten actually is, and how it impacts your health - both negatively and positively! Today I dive into the effects of gluten on your fertility and ability to conceive - and answer the question: should you avoid gluten entirely to optimise your health and fertility? I dis…
 
For our final episode in our mini relationships series, we discuss divorce. Although almost half of marriages in the United States end in separation or divorce, but we rarely expect to go through it ourselves or plan how we would cope with it. Kibby shares her personal experiences coping with divorce and we share tips and recent research on the imp…
 
Weight loss surgery is a huge change for your body to undergo... So how exactly does it impact your fertility and chances of conceiving in the future? Let's find out! Today I'm joined by Accredited Practising Dietitian Lara Mathers, who specialises in weight loss surgery, to dive into the effects of weight loss surgery on nutrient requirements, fer…
 
Cheating can be one of the most devastating forms of betrayals in a romantic relationship. In this episode, we discuss what is infidelity, why it happens, and how it impacts the individuals involved. From both a research and clinical perspective, we share insights on how a couple can work through infidelity and how other loved ones can support you …
 
Today we're diving into the many questions that come up around the contraceptive pill, and in particular coming off the pill! I answer all you questions, including: How should you come off the pill? When should you expect your period to return? Does the pill impact fertility? How to managing symptoms like acne, hair growth and mood swings in your t…
 
For this second episode of our couples series, we discuss what can make or break a romantic relationship. We share tips and insights from research by Dr. John Gottman, a renown marriage and relationship expert from University of Washington. Drawing from decades of his research, we talk about the signs that predict divorce with an impressive 91% acc…
 
Do you struggle with hair loss? And are you at a loss to understand why (pardon the pun)? Well today, I'm joined by Kaylee Slater APD to talk all things hair loss. We discuss what causes hair loss, and give you some effective nutrition strategies to reduce it. Plus, we answer the question: how much hair loss is normal? We cover nutrition tips to op…
 
Anyone who has been stuck in a pattern of endless conflict with a partner can understand how the quality of our romantic relationships can make or break our mental health. Even though it may seem like a last resort, couples therapy can have benefits at any stage of a relationship. In this episode, we discuss the process of couples therapy, includin…
 
Have you got questions about optimising your fertility using dietary and lifestyle strategies? Well in today's episode, I'm answering all the commonly asked fertility questions I'm asked daily! We dive into whether vegetarian and vegan diets are appropriate when trying to conceive, the role of omega-3s in pregnancy, first trimester nutrition tips, …
 
Although they love us and often want the best for us, family members can often be huge sources of stress. Sometimes parents and other close family members can be difficult because they suffer from a mental illness, but other times our relationship with them is just toxic. In this episode, we talk with Dr. Caitlin Fang, a psychotherapist who has bot…
 
Choline... What is it, and why is it so important for fertility? If you're thinking of starting a family, pregnant or trying to conceive, I'm willing to bet you've heard about the importance of folate (or folic acid) in supporting the future health of your unborn baby. But have you heard of Choline? This nutrient is arguably just as important, yet …
 
Psychologists are just beginning to understand misophonia, a syndrome marked by intense reactions (e.g. rage) to specific sounds, like chewing, sniffing, or tapping. While we can all relate to the experience of being annoyed by certain sounds, people who suffer from misophonia find it debilitating and difficult to carry out a normal life. Yet, ther…
 
Can coeliac disease affect your fertility? You might be surprised to find the answer is, indeed, yes it can - coeliac disease can have a significant impact on your fertility and chances of conceiving. So what exactly is coeliac disease, and what's its relationship with fertility? TRIGGER WARNING: This episode briefly talks about miscarriage and pre…
 
We're back for an exciting second season! In this episode, we discuss imposter syndrome, the feeling of doubting yourself and your capabilities in a professional setting and being afraid of being exposed as a fraud. We discuss imposter syndrome in the light of gender and racial biases in the workplace, as well as tips for loved ones to suppose thos…
 
Today I answer all your commonly-asked questions about endo! The Q&A covers all things endometriosis, including: Pros and cons of certain diets for managing endometriosis The "best" diet for endo Should you go vegetarian or vegan if you struggle with endo? Do you need to eat regular or organic produce? Tips for post-operation recovery Busting infla…
 
Can stress and mental health struggles contribute to fertility complications? And, in turn, can fertility struggles compromise your mental health? It's a chicken-and-egg scenario, but it's clear to see: there's a strong link between mental health and fertility outcomes. Today I'm joined by psychologist Alisha Polsen, to dive into the link between p…
 
Most of us know that toxins and chemicals can negatively impact fertility... but do you know just how common these endocrine-disrupting chemicals (EDCs) are in your everyday life? TRIGGER WARNING: This episode talks about miscarriage and pregnancy loss. Today I'm joined by Embryologist and Fertility Educator Lucy Lines, to dive into the surprising …
 
Have you ever wondered how diabetes, insulin resistance and high blood glucose levels can affect your fertility? Today I'm joined by Accredited Practising Dietitian and Diabetes Educator Larissa Telfer to dive into the different impacts type 1, type 2 and gestational diabetes can have on both female and male fertility. We talk about risk factors fo…
 
Exercise and fertility is a topic I'm asked about all the time. How much exercise is too much? Can you exercise when pregnant? Exercise plays a huge role in fertility and supporting your health in pregnancy - but it must be done safely. So today, exercise physiologist and owner of Her Exercise Physiology, Courtenay Polock, joins me to reveal what "…
 
As we age, our fertility gradually declines. So naturally, experts often encourage people (particularly women) to think about their fertility as early as possible. While there's no "magic age" at which your fertility suddenly declines, there are many factors you can take control of right now, to optimise your fertility in the future and improve you…
 
Sports supplements are widely used - from protein powder to BCAAs, chances are you've dabbled in a few yourself. But how do they affect your fertility? Today I'm joined by Accredited Sports Dietitian Aidan Muir from Ideal Nutrition to talk performance supplements. We discuss a range of supplements and their impact on fertility - including protein p…
 
For our final episode of our first season, we reflect on the lessons learned from all of our discussions, guests and listeners' stories from the past year. We also give updates and teasers for what's coming up in Season 2. For more info, check out: www.alittlehelpforourfriends.com Follow us on Instagram: @ALittleHelpForOurFriends…
 
Endometriosis affects around 1 in 9 women - yet so many of us don't recognise the signs and symptoms, assuming our pain, bloating and other symptoms are "normal". Today, I take you through common warning signs, so you can determine if you might be an endo warrior. Let's empower you to take control of your symptoms and pain once and for all! Looking…
 
To follow up on our previous popular episode on infertility (episode 30), Jacqueline shares her personal experiences as she goes through the egg freezing process and learning about her fertility issues. In this unique episode, we open up about our grief, worries, and conflicts about family planning when getting pregnant naturally is not an option. …
 
Hormonal acne affects so many of us - not only is it uncomfortable and often painful, it can really impact self-confidence! Today, I'm sharing my own journey with hormonal acne and healing my skin, and giving you my top tips for improving your own acne, and taking care of your skin and overall health. Grab your copy of my Hormonal Acne eGuide here …
 
We spend about a third of our lives sleeping and yet sleep is a struggle for many of us. In this episode, we talk with Dr. Jade Wu, a Board-certified sleep medicine specialist and researcher at Duke University School of Medicine, about sleep disorders, sleep hygiene, dreaming, and CBT treatments for sleep issues. For more info, check out: www.alitt…
 
While most people know about the role of your gut microflora (bacteria) in keeping you healthy and well, did you know you also have a microbiome in your vagina? In fact, your vaginal and uterine microbiome also plays a huge role in your fertility, and your ability to conceive! In this episode, we discover how your vaginal and uterine microbiome inf…
 
Although breakups are complex and painful for all those involved, it is a unique challenge to be in the position of "dumping" someone. In this episode, we follow up on our previous episode on breakups by discussing the process of ending romantic relationships. Jacqueline discusses in depth her break up with Arie on ABC's The Bachelor. We also expla…
 
Ending a romantic relationship is always challenging, for both the people in the relationship and the loved ones on the sidelines. In this episode, we discuss the different reasons why breakups are so painful and what we can do to help our loved ones going through them. For more info, check out: www.alittlehelpforourfriends.com Follow us on Instagr…
 
While we know how dangerous cancer can be to our health and even our lives, have you ever considered how a cancer diagnosis could impact your fertility? Today I'm joined by APD Lauren Atkins, and cancer warrior Taylah Blithe (@taylahblithe), to discuss Taylah's journey with cancer and fertility, the effects of different cancers and treatments on fe…
 
Ovulation plays such a critical role in your fertility - yet most people don't understand it at all! Today I'm joined by Accredited Practising Dietitian and Diabetes Educator Amara Lindenmayer, to talk ovulation. We discuss the vital role of ovulation when you're trying to conceive, different stages of the ovulation and menstrual cycles, and how to…
 
Burnout is on the rise in the pandemic, as we struggled to keep up with our responsibilities while feeling more exhausted and unmotivated. As much as we'd like to blame Zoom fatigue, burnout is a serious syndrome that spans across different types of jobs and professional roles. In this episode, we define burnout and discuss how to address it. Kibby…
 
One of the most commonly asked questions we're asked in clinic is this: can I drink alcohol if I'm trying to conceive, or pregnant? Is there a "safe" amount you can drink? While we know how ingrained alcohol has become in our social situations and culture, it's important to understand the impact it can have on your fertility and unborn baby. Tune i…
 
Postpartum depression has been on the rise since new mothers take on this new role in the pandemic. Although becoming a parent is always challenging, the persistent negative feelings, irritability, trouble bonding with the baby, and other such experiences can be signs of this illness. In this episode, we invite Dr. Susan Karabell from the women's c…
 
No one wants to give up their morning cup of coffee... But how does caffeine fit into your lifestyle and diet when you're trying to conceive? One of the most common questions we're asked is whether you can drink caffeine while trying to conceive. So today, I'm joined by Kaylee Slater, APD at The Dietologist, to answer this question! You can find Ka…
 
Many of our minds are are filled with worries, spinning over the "what if's," worse case scenarios, and solutions that don't feel satisfying. In this episode, we discuss the reason why we worry and how to manage worries that are out of control. We also share tips for those with loved ones who tend to worry a lot. For more info, check out: www.alitt…
 
AGEs, or advanced glycated end-products can have a powerful (and negative) effect on your metabolic health and fertility. And your diet is in fact the biggest contributor of AGEs in your body. Today, I'm joined by Kaylee Slater, APD at The Dietologist, to discuss what exactly AGEs are, how you can prevent the damage they cause, and dietary strategi…
 
Hypothalamic amenorrhea (HA) is a condition affecting many women - yet most of us don't actually know what this term means. Today, Accredited Exercise Physiologist and health coach Sarah Liz King joins us to discuss exercise addiction, the warning signs of HA and the detrimental effects it can have on your body, and how to heal from HA. You can fin…
 
Women who want to become mothers often face challenges of infertility and bad relationships. What is the road to motherhood like for these women who find themselves on paths other than the standard, white-picket-fence families you see on social media? Caroline Lunny from ABC's Bachelor and Bachelor in Paradise opens up about her journey with fertil…
 
While we know PCOS and endometriosis are both conditions affecting many women, do you know the similarities and differences between the two? Today we discuss the signs and symptoms of both endo and PCOS, to help you understand what's going on in your body! Then, I share some effective nutrition strategies to help you manage endo and PCOS, and suppo…
 
Through incredible sacrifice and hard work for our nation, veterans often struggle with reintegrating back in civilian society and mental health issues from their service. Loved ones of veterans often witness these struggles as well as understand how they can affect families and communities. Fortunately, the Veteran Affairs (VA) system offers signi…
 
Insulin resistance is so common, affecting between 15-45% of people - and it can actually have a significant impact on your ability to conceive. Insulin resistance can negatively affect PCOS, ovulation and your fertility, so today we dive into how you can improve insulin resistance and control your risk factors to help support fertility and reduce …
 
After this pandemic, it would seem unbelievable that anyone would want to be sick. However, people suffering from Muchausen and Muchausen by proxy intentionally fabricate or exaggerate illness for their own gain. This debilitating and often abusive behavior can have widespread consequences for the individuals, families, and even providers involved.…
 
One of the most common questions I get asked is how to choose a good prenatal supplement - or even, whether you need one at all! Today we dive into how to choose the right prenatal for you, why you need to take one, when you can stop taking it, and which nutrients are absolutely essential to include in your chosen supplement. Welcome to Fertility F…
 
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