I am Katy Bradbury, a registered nurse and nutritional therapist. I remember exactly what it felt like when I couldn’t get pregnant. I always wanted to be a mother, that urge is at my very core, but I waited until the right time. Got my nursing career into a stable place, got a house, got married. When the time was finally right to start trying for a baby, I was so excited! But then it just didn’t happen. A year went by and then two, Drs said my tests were normal, and I spiralled into anxiety and depression. I had irregular cycles after coming off the pill and I didn’t understand how I could get them back into gear. I remember sometimes getting early pregnancy symptoms and being SO convinced this was it, but it was negative test after negative test, and every time my period came I would feel devastated. When I trained in nutritional therapy I learnt about the impact that diet and lifestyle could have on reproductive health. But it was only when I finally said enough is enough and took the time and energy to prioritise myself and my own health, to slow down, to understand my body and the messages it was telling me, that something finally CLICKED and I got pregnant just before my first IVF appointment!
Since then I have dedicated my practice to supporting other couples to get their dream of becoming pregnant. In 2020 I spent an additional year doing a specialist training course on top of my other qualifications in fertility nutrition. So although I am a firm believer that you NEVER stop learning, I am pleased to be in a position of having an in-depth knowledge of fertility and the many things that can impact it, and a comprehensive understanding of how to support the body to do what it wants to do at one of its core biological functions: to reproduce!