How it Happened: How Circle+Bloom Helped Me


Wait… Miss my big announcement? Read it here.

Well, it was after a romantic evening and I told my husband we should… Kidding!! I’ll spare you those details. I’m talking about what I did… Or what I think I did that helped me become with-spawn.

The first month… And even several months before, everything was extremely thought-out. I took my temperature daily, and I figured out when I was ovulating. The first month of TTC I drank herbal fertility tea, ate organic foods, took a break from french fries, I used swimmer-friendly lube and had a healthy diet. I even stood on my head… Ok, well not really, but practically. I started moderate yoga, and I kept my cool. I didn’t feel stressed. I was wondering all the time “am I pregnant?” But I wasn’t stressing over it. At least I didn’t think I was.

After the first month I took a different approach. My BFF told me I should tell myself I didn’t want to get pregnant… As silly as it sounds I tried it. I didn’t think about all of the rules. I are as much fast food as I wanted, skipped the swimmer-friendly lube, and baby danced when I felt like it. Ok ok… Well I had an iPhone ap to show me when the “green days” were (yes, there’s an ap for that) but I didn’t focus too hard on the whole process.

The only thing I did religiously last month was meditate while listening to Circle+Bloom. It’s a natural technique to help you get pregnant. It’s a great way to start trying to get pregnant as well as something to add to your current routine if you’re already trying.

There are 30 audio tracks… One for each day of your cycle plus a bonus ovulation track, as well as an introduction. Don’t worry, it’s ok if your cycle is longer than 28 days (mine is actually spot on so it was perfect for me). One of my favorites was the bonus track… It went right along with my reverse-psychology ideas last month.Before I started, I connected with Joanne, she’s the co-founder of Circle+Bloom. When she first told me about it I was a little skeptic. But I started using it the last week and a half of my first cycle (you can start it at any point). It was crazy how relaxed I became by listening to it. I sometimes listen to music while relaxing but this had a way of taking me into a deep… Almost hypnotic relaxation that I couldn’t get to alone.

Joanne has PCOS, but she now has two beautiful children. She said exploring the connection between the mind + body, as well as the direct connection between stress and hormone balance and ultimately fertility, gave her the idea of creating a daily relaxation program that tracked to the monthly cycle. Given the fact that our bodies are changing every day throughout the month, a physiological daily guided visualization made complete sense to her. As she says β€œit was my β€œah-ha” moment and one that I will never forget standing in my kitchen with this idea that hit me like a bolt of lightening. I have never turned back.”

If you’re like me you LIKE to know what’s going on with your body… But you also know stress can be bad for conception… And you also know annoying it is for people to tell you that. This program helped me relax, AND let me know EXACTLY what’s going on with my body each day while I was TTC . It even made the two week wait, as well as the first couple of weeks of my cycle more interesting! As weird as it sounds it gave me something to look forward to every morning.

I personally loved the program! I think it helped me relax and ultimately helped me get pregnant. All of the other stuff I threw out the window but I stuck with this. I know I didn’t try to conceive for long, so it’s hard to compare the evidence… But I know with my extreme-controlling personality it can sometimes be difficult to just calm down. I think it’s important to take some time daily to relax, and what’s 14 minutes a day? Maybe it was my “I don’t care” attitude, or maybe it was all of the french fries I ate… But really I think my new pregnancy had A LOT to do with this. Plus, it’s nice an natural!

Want to try it? Circle+Bloom has a free download on their website for cycle days 1, 5, and 13! AND they’re giving one full program away to one of my readers! That’s a $125 value!!

Here’s what you do to enter:
-Follow my blog (mandatory)
-Leave a comment with something you learned by visiting Circle+Bloom’s site there’s TONS of info on there, so that won’t be hard (mandatory).

For extra entries (please leave seperate comments for each entry):
-Become my Facebook Fan
-Become a Circle+Bloom Facebook fan
-Tweet “I just entered @FutureMama’s giveaway for @circlebloom’s fertility relaxation program.”
-Follow @CircleBloom on Twitter
-Add my NEW button to your blog!
-Post about this giveaway on your blog.
-Email Subscribe to my blog (don’t forget to confirm your email!)
Vote for me on Top Baby Blogs (per day/computer) (just click the link)
-Download Circle+Bloom’s Free Trial (5 entries! Please leave 5 comments)

Contest ends Saturday November 6th at 11:59 pm. I’ll choose a winner with Good Luck!

I disclose: The product in this review was provided to me free of cost for the purpose of conducting this review. All opinions expressed in this review are my own
and are not influenced by monetary or other means of compensation.

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  1. I follow your blog!
    I thought it was interesting how the premis of the program is to use visualation techniques to reduce stress, and it s completely free of harmful side effects! very cool!

  2. I thought swimmers could only live for 3 days, but I guess it’s 5 days! Good to know.

    This looks great, anything to help calm me down…this waiting stuff is nervewracking!

  3. I didn’t know sperm could live in a womans body for five days…for some reason I thought it was three! We will be TTC in January if the doctor gives the thumbs up! So excited!

  4. I visited the Circle and Bloom site…I never considered meditation or anything of the sort. I am sure it does help because TTC is so stressful. I’ve tried so much..even this month I tried mucinex and grape fruit juice! I got pg before my miscarriage so easy..I think it was because I was so relaxed. I’d love to win!

  5. I follow your blog and I checked out the Circle + Bloom website. Here’s what I learned: In addition, the comprehensive guided visualization method used in the program has shown in studies to cause physical changes in a person’s body.

  6. i follow your blog!
    also, i had no idea that the hypothalamus controlled fertility and stress. it’s no wonder i have never gotten pregnant with the crazy stress i’m constantly under.

  7. I follow your blog.

    I actually didn’t learn anything new from the website, because I’m an “old hat” when it comes to TTC and infertility, but I wanted to point out that while most women do ovulate between days 8 and 22 of their cycle, last month I ovulated on day 28. While that is not normal, there are many women who have ridiculously long cycles like mine. πŸ™‚

  8. Ok so I really hope I win!! I have PCOS and I was blessed with a son in February!! We were on the highest dose of clomid my dr. was going to prescribe and we got pregnant after 1.5 years!! We have been TTC for 6 months for our 2nd and no luck so far!!! I would love to conceive naturally!!

  9. I’m following your blog and I learned that… Circle + Bloom is convenient. Fifteen minutes a day is all that’s required. There’s no need to join a class or carve out a big block of time; just download our audio program onto your iPod or mp3 player.
    I would love to win this for my sister in law! Thanks so much!

  10. Oh, this is wonderful. I use relaxation CDs and they really work.

    Please don’t enter me in the giveaway, though. We’re all good over here.

    Best wishes!

  11. Would love to win this! Have been trying for 6 months and nothing yet… the obsession phase comes and goes as I try to convince myself to relax! this would be a great win! I guess i could say I learned to just “let it go” and think that i “dont” want it! πŸ™‚

  12. Its funny because I have heard time and time again, “oh the stress” “it’s the stress” (since this past yr. i was full time grad student and YW president, plus being wife,work, u get the idea). I thought it was just a fall-back thing people say when you don’t get pregnant. I learned on the site that there is ACTUAL scientific evidence to support this.

  13. I follow u & I learned: The Hypothalamus, which is a walnut-sized organ in the middle of the brain, regulates BOTH stress and your fertility.

  14. I visited Circle+Bloom’s site and had no idea that your mental processes could actually alter your physical body processes. That is AWESOME! This seems so cool!

  15. I follow your blog.

    Each daily session only lasts 15 minutes and it combines music, words and guided instructions to help you de-stress and get ready for conception. SOMETHING I COULD USE! πŸ™‚

  16. I follow your blog.


    “The Hypothalamus, which is a walnut-sized organ in the middle of the brain, regulates BOTH stress and your fertility.”

    I didn’t know that….

  17. The mind/body connection corrects the balance of reproductive hormones, exactly what I need assistance with. I’m very excited to try something non-invasive and complementary to my doctor’s protocol. Thanks!

  18. After suffering two losses, and after trying for 11 months, I am hopeful that using guided imagery and meditation can help me to become pregnant. I learned that Circle and Bloom can be used at any time in your cycle, and can assist with ART. I hope that I win this giveaway, and can, at last, look forward to becoming pregnant – and having a baby at the end.

  19. Hey (this is actually DAWN, Paul’s wife), I am following your blog and loved the info on Circle and Bloom. I think that the whole mind/body connection idea, especially when trying to conceive is largely overlooked! I’m so glad there is a program out there that addresses this issue for women who are trying to get pregnant. I also love that you can download it for yourself, or give it as a gift. The pre-loaded iPod touch would be a super-cool gift to give or receive, wouldn’t it?

  20. AND LASTLY, am now a fan of Circle and Bloom on facebook too. Thanks, AGAIN. Can’t wait for the drawing later today. PICK ME! PICK ME!

  21. Thanks so much for doing this giveaway! We’ve been TTC conceive for 5 years, so I’m completely open trying new things. I learn so much from Circle + Bloom on Twitter, it was great to explore their site and learn more about the impact of stress on fertility. Please sign me up for the contest!

  22. The Hypothalamus, which is a walnut-sized organ in the middle of the brain, regulates BOTH stress and your fertility.

    Honestly I soooo didn’t know that even though I guess kit should obvious.

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