What? NO milk or Wheat? OMG!!
I’ve had four sessions with Rakhee, and already the changes in my diet have made a huge difference. After my consultation, Rakhee advised me to stop drinking cow’s milk and cut down on wheat. Yes, you instantly think how will I replace this, but truth be told, you don’t miss eating wheat because there are so many alternatives. Keeping a food diary for the initial days made me realise that I don’t eat enough, nor did I eat enough fat. We’re not talking about deep fried food – that is a totally different type of fat, but the good fats and butter is one of them. By being conscious of the fat and insuring that I am nourishing my body because we all know that fat isn’t the real problem, it is sugar and wheat. We just fall into the trap of reaching out for sugar because we have an energy drop and opting to eat wheat because it is easy to buy, especially at lunch. Simple swaps aren’t hard to find, and pea/lentil/corn pasta is readily available and there are so many wheat free bread and alternative flours available. When I do eat wheat now, I enjoy the taste but I won’t indulge in a wheat binge because I know the after effects. Even milk was easy to replace, and I actually prefer the taste of oat and almond milk. I’m not really a tea drinker so I haven’t missed a cup of milky tea, but my overnight porridge oats with almond milk, chia seeds and blueberries have given me a really good start to my day. Rakhee explained to me that eating a small amount makes your body think that you aren’t going to get enough energy, therefore the food you do eat stores in your body then your put on weight. I’m really happy with my results so far and I now realise that WHEAT is a huge problem for me. I used to feel bloated all the time and constipated and with the right guidance and natural supplements, I beat the bloat and bowel movements were more regular as well as my reproductive system.
This has also had positive effects on my mental health and positivity does amazing things for your mind and writing a gratitude log made a huge change. Rather than being disappointed that a period is late and you aren’t pregnant, or feeling fat and looking at yourself in the mirror saying you look so fat, I saw physical changes, and said to myself well done your getting a waist back, what can I do next? Spending time on yourself makes you happy and more confident, which I lost a while ago.
In all honesty, the changes to the diet aren’t hard at all, you just need to be aware of what you can swap with and with the right guidance, and it is so easy to eat proper food.
It’s never too late – just believe in the process
I met Rakhee just before my 40th birthday after reading lots of positive recommendations on a Facebook page – RecommendAsian. My husband and I were trying to conceive for a few years with no success and we were told it was “unexplained”.
The initial meeting with Rakhee was an eye opener and I was impressed by her level of detailed knowledge in fertility, various treatments, impact on the body, and the importance of getting ready for pregnancy. She recommended some diet changes and further tests, which were not originally carried out by my GP.
After my initial meeting, my husband and I continued with her recommended diet changes and got the tests done, but we decided at that time the holistic treatment was not for us and wanted to see how things panned out without any intervention.
Rakhee is really amazing and not at all pushy, and respected our decision. However, meeting her was my turning point in my journey as she recommended I get the AMH test done. The result of which showed my levels were border line for my age, thus I should not waste my time trying for naturally. My GP recommended IVF given my age. This would never have come to light had I not requested the AMH test as suggested by Rakhee and who knows I would have carried on another year ignorant of this. What I love about Rakhee is that she is thorough and questions the existing medical practice and recommends additional tests to get a complete picture.
It took me a few months to come to terms and accept my path which was to go down the IVF route. My fertility doctor said my case was straightforward and we agreed the treatment plan. We started a few months later with the stimulation drugs. I was informed that given my age (41 now) I would not produce as many eggs, however I beat the odds and produced 12 good quality eggs. I truly believe it was due to the diet changes as recommended by Rakhee. Even the specialists were pleasantly surprised.
Sadly my first cycle was unsuccessful, and I decided to take a break and re-group. The specialist recommended carrying out an ERA and EMMA test to check the lining and the timing of the implantation. During my break, I decided to get in touch with Rakhee as it felt right to get her opinion. I initially was embarrassed seeing I did not go to her in the first place when I met her a year before. However, the embarrassment quickly vanished as she is so caring and genuine that it put me at ease, and felt like I was meeting an old friend. She supported me during my second cycle with various treatments such as reflexology, reiki, fertility massages and also recommending different vitamin supplements. I saw her weekly for 4 months and she was my highlight of the week. Every time I left her, I was floating. She not only focussed on my body and making it optimal for the second cycle, she also helped me emotionally and unblocked any unresolved feelings and helped me deal with new feelings that arose. I know it sounds weird but as a result of this, I did not find my IVF journey stressful- all because of Rakhee and her support.
Rakhee is truly genuine person, kind and her attitude is so positive that you immediately trust her and are filled with optimism. At every appointment she gauged what I needed as she is so in tune with each person and tweaked the treatment accordingly. Therefore, every treatment is unique and tailored to their needs. She does not force or judge and is very insightful.
I am pleased to say that my second cycle was a success and my baby is due in May 2020. Rakhee played a huge role in this and I am deeply grateful to her. I am still seeing Rakhee during my pregnancy – because I know I’m in good hands and I love it!
Never give up – I got my little miracle at the age of 47 years old
I contacted Rakhee after seeing her post on Fb about what she does to help people fall pregnant and have babies.
At our first appointment she made me and my husband feel very comfortable and explained what she does and how she helps couples conceive and prepare their bodies.
We made another appointment to see her again.
She suggested my husband have a private test done for his sperm and for me to have private tests done as well, I had tests done on the NHS but they showed nothing was wrong. By this time I had miscarried twice both at nearly 3 months pregnant, and I was in a terrible state and really stressed out.
My test came back with thyroid issues and Rakhee also did muscle testing on me and gave me certain medications to have to prepare my body.
When my husband’s results came back, Rakhee made me laugh after she read the results, she said your husband has super sperm don’t even let him look at another woman.
We were happy his sperm was fine.
I had weekly sessions of reflexology and talking with Rakhee to let go of the entire emotional trauma that myself and my body went through.
She also suggested I keep a diary and write down all my thoughts and emotions on a day to day basis and go back and read back on that when I was having a bad day.
Rakhee also suggested keeping a food diary and sending her pictures of everything I eat every day to keep me on track. I felt so good eating healthy
and changing my diet to eating better foods that I lost a bit of weight as well.
After a few months I still did not conceive naturally and then I decided to have my eggs tested. I was told I don’t have many good egg reserve left because of my age ( I was 47 then) but I have a high chance to use the good eggs if I do IVF.
We decided to go for surrogacy in the end and I actually used my own eggs.
Without Rakhee’s help to prepare my body I would have definitely not been able to use my eggs.
We went to Georgia Tbilisi last September to go and get my eggs collected and give my husbands sperm.
We went with a agency called New Life and we choose a surrogate mother from their database to carry our baby.
We now have a beautiful 4 month daughter called Krisha.
I am thankful to Rakhee with all the advice and encouragement she gave us and especially how she taught me to let go of past emotions and stress so I could have a baby.
We got pregnant naturally after multiple failed IVF cycles and having PCOS
After failed IVF cycles, I wanted to find somewhere where I could find help that took a bit of a holistic approach that helped my health to be in a better place and just relax and regulate my monthly cycles.
I spoke to Rakhee on an initial telephone consultation. She assured that she could help and also was confident that she could help me get pregnant.
Rakhee suggested I enroll on her three month programme that is a mixture of nutritional and reflexology and fertility massage therapy that is individually tailored to your situation. She also recommended that my husband also takes part on the program.
We were impressed with the breadth of her knowledge and she was very helpful and supportive. She also set up a chat group for us to ask any questions or issues we faced.
We happily made the recommended changes to our lifestyle and diet. I think this has helped both of us tremendously. Thanks Rakhee. Also they were not difficult to adpot and we both enjoyed following them.
Rakhee and Lorraine managed to bring my cycles back to 6 weeks whilst on the programme and helped me monitor them closely. After the end of the programme I felt so much better. She recommended that I continue the program for the next month and hey presto, we fell pregnant naturally. This was a shock for both of us, as we were not expecting it and quite a revelation for us.
Once again thank you to the team at FBAB for their diligent efforts to help us on our journey to parenthood.
I conceived my 2nd child after trying for more than 2 years and kept miscarrying
I started seeing Rakhee after I had already been trying to have a second child for 2 years. I could conceive, but would miscarry during my first trimester. By the time I first met with her, I was depleted, both physically and emotionally. Rakhee quickly put me at ease, identifying areas we should work on in a manner that was realistic and easy to incorporate into my already busy schedule. She took care in supporting me through these changes with constant encouragement and feedback. Most importantly, I would leave her reflexology sessions feeling calm and energised – just what one needs during the conception journey which is fraught with emotion. She really does have magic hands that can put the most anxious person to sleep, while being able to read just what is going on internally. After a few months of seeing Rakhee I conceived my rainbow baby, who is now nearly 4 months old.
I would recommend the 12 week program to anyone struggling to conceive
Unfortunately, my husband and I were diagnosed with a clinical condition that meant fertility treatment was required to conceive. We had several attempts at this at one of London’s leading private clinics and no stone was left unturned but our attempts were unsuccessful in achieving a positive result. The consultants were baffled as to why treatment was unsuccessful.
We then approached FBAB and started their 3 month program. At first, I was quite sceptical about the holistic approach but my husband encouraged me to keep an open mind and we persevered.
Rakhee was incredibly knowledgeable and through her speciality in kinesiology, we changed our diet and lifestyle and added vitamins and minerals we were deficient in. We thought we were very healthy already but it was surprising how many changes we needed to make.
This was supported by weekly sessions of reflexology and massage with Lorraine. These were extremely relaxing and felt like a weekly catch up with a friend, rather than an appointment with a therapist.
Overall, the program allowed us to get our bodies in an optimum condition to start treatment again and our first round of treatment after completing the program resulted in a positive result and healthy pregnancy.
I would thoroughly recommend this program to anyone who is experiencing difficulties in conceiving and fulfilling their dreams of becoming parents. At the end of the day, clinical medicine is great but sometimes you need to think outside of the box.
You came into our lives as Angels in Disguise
Dear Rakhee and Lorraine,
I don’t even know where to begin and no amount of thanks will ever repay the invaluable support, and advice you have provided Puneet and I in an open, honest and caring environment, which have led to significant improvements all round from nutrition, diet, sperm improvements and emotional and general well-being.
As a type 1 diabetic and having developed polycystic ovaries six years ago which led to irregular period cycles that were previously always regular, we just couldn’t manage to conceive naturally. Over five years of trying to conceive, we tried naturally, we had x6 unsuccessful clomid cycles, x2 unsuccessful IUI cycles and a number of abandoned IUI cycles.
It was in August 2018 that I came across Fertility Bump and Beyond having read numerous positive reviews on your work and programme and thought maybe I should get in touch to see if there was any additional holistic support we could receive in preparation for our IVF cycle in January 2019. At that point we had nothing to lose and were ready to try anything extra. I’m so glad that I got in touch – you have both come in to our lives as angels in disguise and we are ever so grateful. We both wished we had found you years ago but it’s still a blessing that we found you months before our IVF cycle so we could give the programme and various changes a chance to work. We can’t believe we fell pregnant on our first IVF cycle post working with you.
It wasn’t just the reflexology – it was the holistic approach she took
We contacted Rakhee in mid-late 2016 after receiving some less than positive fertility test results along with the suggestion that we may have to go down the IVF path in the next 6 months or so.
We wanted to improve our fertility and hopefully avoid IVF or be in as healthy natural position as possible leading up to IVF, however we had only just started trying to conceive.
Rakhee asked us both to fill out a detailed lifestyle questionnaire which she reviewed and advised on, making some key recommendations on how to improve our diet (including reducing alcohol), fitness/exercise, vitamins/nutrition, lifestyle changes and sex life. She also reviewed the tests I had taken and made recommendations for tests both of us should take to identify any fertility issues.
I then started regular reflexology sessions with Rakhee (I was also receiving acupuncture from another consultant) and implemented/followed Rakhee’s advice on the supplements we needed to take and the lifestyle changes we needed to make.
I’m pleased to say we became pregnant in November 2016 and our bubba is due in August 2017.
I don’t think we could have done it without Rakhee. It wasn’t just the reflexology – it was the holistic approach she took and advice and emotional support she gave – from supplements to take and diet improvements, to advice on reducing stress, to navigating the NHS, to explaining what was happening with my body, to her encouragement and positive attitude/approach – we believe all of this played a key part in our success in conceiving. Thank you so much Rakhee
I look forward to continuing treatments with Rakhee throughout my pregnancy and probably beyond!
Her knowledge in fertility is remarkable
I would like to stay how grateful I am to you for all that you did for me in my last IVF cycle back in October and wish you all the successes in life.
I first found out about Rakhee and her work through recommended Asians and contacted her company FBAB back in February 2017, over the phone over a lengthy conversation about my medical history and my IVF journey so far. She was great, easy to talk to and had a vast amount of knowledge in what she was recommending, she suggested that I wait 3 months use the holistic approach that she would recommend to be and then to start with the IVF process, of which I did not and started anyway. I decided to go through with the IVF without any preparation, using what I had read on the internet about changing diet eating healthy, (Which had so far not worked in any of the 3 cycles of IVF that I had already had).
When this 3rd cycle failed I had my first 1 to 1 meeting with Rakhee,(Before the meeting she asked me to record a food diary and send it to her before we meet) On the first meeting we went through all the things that I had been through, health history and diet, and she suggested things that I need to change to help my body preparer holistically before I go for my next cycle of IVF.
Her knowledge in fertility is remarkable, and her fertility massages are something I looked forward to every week. Her warm friendly persona made you know that you where in the right hands, I had been to see a number of reflexologist and acupuncturist, who specialise in fertility but Rakhee is something else, she know here stuff and felt like a family member who was there to support you through the journey.
I had a number of good quality blasts which were frozen, however in the 3 rounds of IVF that I had, 1’st on the NHS and 2 privately at the Lister, doing reflexology elsewhere and acupuncturist however the eggs just would not implant even though the lining and scans found everything to be ok. My history is that I had colitis and underactive thyroid and taking metformin as my HBi1c was high.
Due to the colitis food was not being digested and the required nutrition where not being absorb. I had to make major change in diet and life style which was suggested, and for once it was not just of the cuff from the internet which you just read in the desperation to get pregnant it was tailored to my own body. With the help and monitoring of Rakhee.
She gave me the motivation to stick to it and I was determined for myself because of what I wanted, the end result. I kept to the changes as this was helping me with my colitis and in all it made me feel better and stronger that this was going to work.
I was about to start my 4th round of IVF and Rakhee had suggested that I have my thyroid antibodies tested, which I did and they were very high, I was devastated and I rang Rakhee always there to help and she said that if I was to go ahead with the cycle now then the chances where that I would not work, I was devastated, but I trusted her with her knowledge and spoke to the Dr that I had my thyroid antibodies checked on the NHS and they where high and if I was to go ahead with the IVF then the chances of this working are very low, he accepted that I could wait another month and try the following month.
If it had not been for Rakhee I would have spent even more money in going through another failed cycle which my husband had said would be the last. I wanted to do whatever, it could to help this cycle work, so thank you Rakhee for the support that you gave me then. She also got me to ask the consultant to have my natural killer cells tested, so check that they where not evaluated as this would not help the IVF, lucky they came back normal.
I also had kinesiology done with an amazing fertility message every week, wow it was awesome, and looked forward it. When I finally did the 4th cycle, with the confidence that I had of Rakhee and the amazing acupuncture lady that was recommend to me by Rakhee, and all the holistic changes to myself I felt stronger about this cycle and it was because of Rakhee’s support and guidance. I wish I had gone to see Rakhee earlier, but I guess that things happen for a reason. Anyway, I had my 4th cycle and for the 1st time in all the years of trying and going through the endless journey of the IVF process I had seen a ‘Positive’ on the stick. My husband and I where both over the moon and I truly believe that it was because of Rakhee that I had got to this stage, I would say she is a miracle worker.
I just want to say thank you Rahkee for getting me to this stage and believing that I can get there because you believe, I have now believed that we can also get there soon. Waiting for our miracle to happen again. I am grateful to god that I meet such a wonderful person, without you we/I would not have been one step closer to our goal.
With Fertility, Bump and Beyond, the man is not forgotten about during the fertility journey
If I’m being completely honest I was a bit annoyed that my wife went ahead and booked a preliminary consultation without discussing it with me first. That being said from the moment I walked in that all went away and I knew I was in the company of two people with a lot of invaluable life experience. My wife and I signed up for 12 sessions and it was the best decision we’ve made. People sometimes forget all about the man when it comes to fertility. I truly did look forward to my sessions with Lorraine. I’m averaging 10,000 steps a day. I’m eating healthier and exercising now. Their nutritional advice led to lower cholesterol and a higher sperm count. All of the above ultimately led to a successfully IVF treatment. I’d like to say a massive thank you to Lorraine and Rakhee for their continued support.
Signed Mr M.
I was sceptical but very reassured and relieved
Myself and my husband have been trying to convince for around 3 years. After struggling we decided we would go down the IVF route. At the same time we kept hearing about Fertility Bump and Beyond owned by Rakhee Shah. I had known Rakhee for a few years through family friends and was sceptical and did not want to reach out to her.
I am glad I did. On out first appointment myself and my husband met with her and her colleague Lorraine Bold. We were put at ease and they knew there stuff. We were provided with nutritional help and what vitamins and supplements we should both take. What we need to change and add to our diets.
We decided to both do the 12 week course and. From day one Lorraine treated me I felt at ease. She asked me how I was feeling and I never once felt that I was being judged on anything I said. The reflexology was great and felt so relaxed.
Once the 12 weeks passed I missed the sessions but both Lorraine and Rakhee would message to ask how I was. I felt that they were genuinely interested in me.
I am now pregnant!!! I want to say if you take the advice, relax and believe it will work for you x.
Digestive and Fertility Issues
“Rakhee posted on Facebook for a case study, ‘must have digestive and fertility issues and available for 4 weeks’. I replied straight away!
I have digestive issues and had just been diagnosed with Secondary Infertility.
Upon my first meeting I found Rakhee to be very professional and friendly and put me at ease straight away. I was super bloated and she massaged me gently and released tension.
I felt less bloated upon leaving. I had always assumed my bloating was connected with food but actually she diagnosed a connection with my cycle.
She was so right, I don’t understand how I never made the connection myself.
She told me to start tracking my temperature so we could see if my body temperature changed when ovulating. On week 3, and after having sex twice that week around my ovulation days, I noticed a significant dip in my temperature on one day.
Rakhee implied this could be a sign of implantation. With this news I excitedly took a test the following morning but it was negative, however, today I took a test (4 days later) and she was right! I’m pregnant, very early, but definitely pregnant!
Thank you Rakhee for your knowledge and calmness.”