I've never realized how truly blessed I am for having Z until I have heard stories about infertility and actually met several women who have had a hard time conceiving. Some takes years for them to finally conceive a child, while some just end up giving up. From what I've heard, it is not only costly to undergo medical procedures that aren't 100% sure to finally give them the child that they've been praying for but it also emotionally and mentally stressful.
During the Cohen Lifestyle Centre event for mommies, I learned that the risk of infertility runs high among the obese. As explained by Dr. Angel Bandola, an obstetrician-gynecologist at University of the Philippines-Philippine General Hospital and St. Luke’s Medical Center and Cohen’s Lifestyle Centre’s executive director, “Weight loss is the cornerstone in the treatment of obesity-associated infertility. Every 0.1 unit increase in the waist-to-hip ratio of women decreases the probability of conception by 30% per menstrual cycle. This is due to the imbalance in hormones leading to problems in ovulation, fertilization and implantation. In addition, obese women who do get pregnant are more vulnerable to pregnancy complications such as miscarriage, stillbirths, preeclampsia, and gestational diabetes.”
To address these issues, Cohen came up with a Lifestyle Program that will ensure rapid weight loss and wellness solution through nutrition based on a person's unique blood profile. This Cohen program has helped many aspiring moms lose the flab, experience the joys of motherhood, and stay in shape after giving birth. Without requiring exercise, injection, or intake of pills, the program delivers results, with clients averaging a loss of up to 8 to 10 lbs a month.
During the said event, we were also able to meet and hear the inspiring stories of Cohen mommies or women who credit the Cohen program for their successful pregnancy.
|Imelda, Cheryl, and Love sharing their inspiring stories|
One such mom is Cheryl Alcantara: “We have been praying to get pregnant. My seven year-old daughter had been wishing for a sibling ever since she was four, with birthday candles, tooth fairies, or Santa Claus.”
|Cheryl Alcantara's wish for a second baby was granted after losing 51 lbs. in six months.|
The wish was finally granted after she lost 51 lbs in six months through the Cohen program: her menstrual period became regular, and soon enough, she tested positive for pregnancy. And despite being over 35 years old and more prone to complications, she was cleared of hypertension and gestational diabetes.
Another Cohen mommy is Love del Rosario, 32. It took three years, two infertility specialists and several work-ups before she got pregnant with her eldest, especially since she was obese and was diagnosed with Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS).
|Love del Rosario got pregnant after dropping 58 lbs in less than sic months|
At 168 lbs, she found it difficult to conceive again. But through Cohen, she shed 58 lbs in less than six months. As soon as she reached her goal weight, she got pregnant: “I never thought it was possible for me to get pregnant without a fertility work-up!”
Like her, Leah Alingog, 34, was diagnosed with PCOS before she got married, which led to great difficulty conceiving. But after losing over 20 lbs in three months, she got pregnant without going through any work-up.
|Leah Alingog shed 20.4 lbs in three months, and conceived without going through any fertility work-up|
For her part, Imelda Acidera, then a mom of three, enrolled in the Cohen’s Lifestyle Program to lose the flab. But when she shed 32 lbs in four months, she was able to conceive unexpectedly, more than eight years after the birth of her third child. Now, she is on her way to being slim again, and has been conscientiously following the Cohen’s lifestyle to shed the post-partum fat, or the “baby weight.”
|After Imelda Acidera shed 32 lbs in four months, she got pregnant 8 years after giving birth to her third child|
By the looks of it, Cheryl, Love, Leah, and Imelda have not just become moms, but moms in great shape, thanks to the Cohen’s Lifestyle Program. As Dr. Angel shares, “Our mission at the Cohen’s Lifestyle Centre is to help people adopt a lifestyle change, to become better, happier versions of themselves. To be able to let these women experience motherhood, and retain their figure after giving birth, is such a great blessing.”