If you are trying to become pregnant, you might benefit from reading the best selling book by Lisa Olson: Pregnancy Miracle.
Some women become pregnant easily, while others have a little more trouble. If you fall into the second group, you certainly know how frustrating and stressful this can be. Many women get their hopes up every month, only to face disappointment time after time when the doctor or home pregnancy test tells them they haven’t conceived.
Like most other health problems, modern medicine is geared toward technology and some couples spend thousands of dollars on expensive techniques, such as in vitro fertilization, that don’t work.
But, according to Pregnancy Miracle, there is another way.
Long before the marvels of technology, ancient Chinese healers were addressing the problem of infertility or failure to conceive with natural, holistic methods and achieving great results.
The book Pregnancy Miracle is based on a belief in that age old wisdom – combined with modern techniques – and the author says it can show you how to become more attuned to your body’s natural rhythms and signals so that you can get pregnant.
Lisa Olson, a nutrition specialist who suffered from “non-specific” infertility for years, spent countless hours trying to figure out why she wasn’t getting pregnant. She finally conceived two healthy children in her mid-40′s. Wanting to help other infertility suffers, she turned all her research and interviews with doctors and homeopathic specialists into a book and what it calls her “unique 5 step plan to conceive.”
But does it work? This is what’s in the book:
Ms. Olson first describes the despair she and her husband experienced for years as they tried and failed to conceive. Despite numerous tests, doctors were unable to find a definite, clear cut cause of the infertility.
Finally, she writes that she began researching into the whole field of infertility and eventually unearthed “secrets” that she believes enabled her to become pregnant and give birth to two healthy children.
The book includes some anatomy lessons that might benefit anyone trying to get pregnant, as well as information about hormones and how they affect fertility. You will get some helpful tips about what are supposed to be the optimal sexual positions to help you get pregnant, along with how to know when you are ovulating and other tips.
It delves into genetics a bit, too, and explains the working of chromosomes in simple, easy to understand terms.
Pregnancy Miracle explains infertility in detail and will certainly help you understand it better. It discusses various tests you may have if you are experiencing technical difficulties in getting pregnant, and shows you some of the more common causes of infertility, such as:
In addition to these causes of infertility, this part of the book talks about other problems and how they affect a couple’s efforts to conceive a child.
Pregnancy Miracle explains the Eastern view on infertility and explains that – like every other health issue – it is directly related to your environment. In the East, it’s all about cause and effect and one part of the body being tied to another part. So, Eastern medicine aims at treating your entire body rather than one specific part.
The book goes on to explain some of the basics of Chinese medicine and the philosophy of Tao, or interplay of opposites – Yin and Yang. If perfect health is to be achieved, it says, there must be an equal balance of these two opposites.
Pregnancy Miracle tells us that from the Chinese medicine viewpoint, Yin is responsible for fertility and readies the uterus for pregnancy. As a woman ages, her Yin diminishes and is replaced by Yang, which is not conducive to conception.
It also explains the importance of Qi in Chinese medicine and the belief that it is the energy of life that flows through your body like electricity. Yin, Yang and Qi are believed to all work together to maintain good health, and Eastern medicine adheres to the belief that in order to cure one problem, you must take all of these things into account.
This applies to infertility, according to the author.
In Chinese medicine, there are six pairs of meridians, each relating to an organ system in your body:
Eastern medicine believes that the heart, besides circulating blood, also affects your mind and spirit. When it comes to infertility, Pregnancy Miracle tells us, Chinese healers believe that there is a strong connection between the heart and the uterus.
The book goes on to explain what Yin, Yang and Qi problems you might be having that account for your failure to conceive, and suggests possible treatments with such things as light therapy, heat therapy, acupuncture and more.
There is an Infertility Questionnaire to help you determine where your problems with infertility lie, which we found quite useful to “think differently” about infertility.
Western medicine takes an entirely different approach to infertility.
This book says that Western couples spend approximately $2 billion annually on various fertility treatments, and still, less than half of them conceive.
According to Pregnancy Miracle, practitioners of Eastern medicine believe that the Western approach to infertility often fails because it doesn’t address the whole body, and seeks to fix the problem with a pill or a technique.
In the fourth chapter, Pregnancy Miracle delves further into Yin and Yang, and also starts getting to the meat of the issue: that is, the 5 step plan for getting pregnant and having a healthy baby.
Here are the 5 steps:
The book goes into each of these five steps thoroughly, giving you detailed information about which herbs, vitamins and other supplements the author believes are helpful in treating infertility. Along with these tips, Pregnancy Miracle offers dietary advice designed to address specific health problems that may be hindering your efforts to conceive.
It also provides comprehensive explanations of various therapies that, based on Traditional Chinese Medicine, help treat infertility. This includes magnet therapy, light therapy, acupuncture, heat therapy and more. You’ll find illustrations showing the correct acupressure points on the body – called acupoints – and what problems they are supposed to help correct.
Some of the herbs are recommended for such things as helping to improve the uterine lining and ovarian response, which is supposed to help you get pregnant.
Step four is clearly explained, with information about cleanses and detoxifying your liver, lymphatic systems and kidneys.
Pregnancy Miracle advocates using juice cleanses in conjunction with detox stimulation techniques as an effective way of cleansing the colon, lymphatic systems and blood. It is the author’s opinion that infertility problems respond well to cleansing, with most of the problems related to this condition almost disappearing.
Fasting is advised as a part of cleansing and detoxifying your body. The theory advanced in this book is that by abstaining from eating certain foods for a period of time, you allow your body time to rest and become rejuvenated; thereby healing itself.
You are advised about the proper way to fast – when, where and how.
There are lists of fruits and veggies recommended by Pregnancy Miracle for juicing, as well as instructions on the correct way to clean and prepare them.
Exercise is also covered, especially insofar as what types of exercises are helpful when you are trying to conceive and boost fertility. You will learn how to do such exercises touted by the author as those that “open the door of life to your fertility” and more along these lines.
There are illustrations to show you exactly how to perform the exercises, which should prove helpful if you decide to do them.
After the section on exercise comes what the book calls a “secret.”
Pregnancy Miracle talks about its Three Part Secret to Conceiving a Healthy Fetus:
Ovulation deals with using fresh ingredients to make a healthy baby, meaning fresh eggs and sperm. The theory is advanced that you should aim for fertilization of a newly released egg and fresh sperm. The author points out that sperm are able to survive up to 72 hours inside a female body and that these “day old” or older sperm might be defective.
Certain foods and substances are recommended to increase cervical mucous and help sperm have an easier time swimming to fertilize the egg. For example, it is suggested that you take two teaspoonfuls of Robitussin cough syrup three times a day beginning about five days prior to ovulation. Robitussin has been shown to loosen cervical mucous.
During this pre-ovulation period, we’re told that the male partner should build up sperm by abstinence from sexual intercourse, and practice yoga and/or tantric sex exercises.
Sexual positioning is covered, with recommendations for positions Pregnancy Miracle believes best for conceiving.
Pregnancy Miracle outlines a four step program called the Male Infertility Plan.
This plan addresses male infertility factors such as low sperm count, motility and low levels of testosterone. According to the author, it has been tested and proven that male infertility caused by one of these factors has been improved using the Four Step Plan to improve sperm motility and produce healthy sperm.
Step 1: Dietary Change—Shows which foods to eat and which to avoid for improving male fertility.
Step 2: Supplements and Herbal Remedies—Lists the supplements and herbal remedies to assist in promoting healthy sperm and male fertility.
Step 3: TCM and Chinese Remedies—Traditional Chinese Medicine herbal remedies and techniques used to boost male fertility.
Step 4: Lifestyle Changes—Mentions some simple lifestyle changes that will facilitate healthy, mobile sperm.
What if your infertility is the result of a less ordinary problem?
Chapter six deals with more uncommon problems that cause or contribute to infertility. These include low thyroid, autoimmune disorders, anti-sperm antibodies and more.
Some of these fertility problems are discussed and possible treatments mentioned, so if your difficulty in getting pregnant stems from one of these disorders, you can get some suggestions from the author about how to overcome it and conceive.
This book contains a lot of knowledge and information that will be fascinating reading for anyone trying to get pregnant, whether you believe in Traditional Chinese Medicine or not.
Overall, its reviews by readers have been mainly positive. We are discounting those unhelpful people on forums saying “It’s a scam!” without actually reviewing the product.
The main complaint seems to be that all of the information contained in Pregnancy Miracle is available elsewhere.
We found this to be true - you can find this information in other sources. However, it would be quite an undertaking and if you didn’t know exactly what to look for, and you would still miss a lot of stuff you needed to know in your research.
Some readers have also reported feeling somewhat cheated by the revelation of what they consider to be a bona fide secret, as promised by the author. It’s true that there isn’t a startling, never before known tidbit of wisdom divulged. But, the secret might be said to lie in the author’s personal experiences and what she claims to have learned during her own journey into pregnancy.
Overall, it’s worth following the advice and trying her natural system. Plus, it gives you a fresh perspective over what Western medicine, modern doctors and Big Pharma dictate to you.
Ease of reading:
The format is somewhat disorganized – we suspect, with hundreds or thousands of pages in Lisa’s research, it was quite an undertaking to organize it all. The “meat” of the chapters, though, her 5-point plan of getting pregnant, is very useful.
Thoroughness of information:
At nearly 350 pages, there’s a lot of information here – some of it too technical for you to really make use of (such as acupuncture points – look for a licensed acupuncturist specializing in infertility rather than studying the techniques.) However, we were impressed with the vast amount of information in this book.
Barring the testimonials on her website, we delved deep in pregnancy forums and personal blogs to see reviews from “real” people. We found it worked in about 70% of those who wrote about it … that’s a much higher percentage over in vitro, so we would give it good marks for effectiveness!
Yes, 60 days. If you feel it’s not right for you, simply ask for your money back. Make sure you keep your email receipt, as you will need the order link to initiate a refund. Click “Get Support” to start the process.
Any Bonuses, Support?
Yes. you get one-on-one support with Lisa Olson any time you have questions. I emailed her myself, and got a response back within 24 hours. She states that there’s only a few spots left, as she is counseling many other customers.
Along with personal support, you will also get guides on pregnancy week-by-week, a book on baby names, the phases of the female body, a guide to relaxation (so your friends and family no longer have to tell you to “just relax”), and lifetime updates to the guide.
Final Score: 4/5
Please leave a comment below on what you thought of it, and if it worked for you.
Melanie & Chris