I’m Rakhee Shah, founder of Fertility, Bump and Beyond, and I’m an expert in helping couples maximise their chances in getting their bodies ready for conception, whether you choose a natural path or an assisted option (IVF, ICSI, IUI, etc).
Working with couples who have been trying to conceive for a period of a year (if aged under 35 years) or 6 months (if aged over 35 years) I provide a listening ear, relevant tools, caring support and vital information.
I’ll teach you how to fuel your body with the correct foods and how to relax during what is probably the most stressful times in your life.
Our fertility story
When my husband and I found we couldn’t conceive naturally, we were devastated. We were told by our doctor that it was a male factor fertility issue, and all we could do was wait for the IVF hospital to write to us.
As we were the first in the family to experience this, we didn’t know who to turn to for help or advice on what to do next –we felt completely alone and isolated.
At this time, I was a complementary therapist. A colleague was experiencing fertility issues and directed me to an online forum where I could meet other people in the same situation.
We spoke about alternative natural options to try and maximise natural conception and avoid IVF.
I started with acupuncture, and the acupuncturist who we saw for nine months referred us to a nutritionist who completely turned our diets around over six monthly appointments.
Finally, in December 2007 we saw a positive line on that pregnancy test at long last. I strongly believe that it was the nine months of lifestyle changes that we made that contributed to the IVF (with ICSI) working first time. In January 2008 we had a scan: it was twins!
My path to opening Fertility, Bump and Beyond
Once our twins arrived, we were very open about our IVF treatment. Friends and contacts found it easy to talk to us about our fertility journey, and several friends of friends approached me for reflexology to help them conceive.
It was clear that my complementary therapy background, personal experience and willingness to share my journey were a good basis for being a fertility coach. I trained to be a fertility reflexologist and devised my programme “Maximise your chances of conception.”
I believe that this is my calling, and that it’s so important that I share my knowledge to help other people. I love what I do and hope that you’ll give me the opportunity to help you on your journey.
I offer Fertility Massage, Reproductive Reflexology, Kinesiology, Reiki and Nutritional Testing/Support.
At present, I am working with clients online and offering treatment and support virtually.