Aimee Raupp is not only a women’s health and fertility expert who has helped thousands of women on their path to conception, but she also naturally and easily became pregnant at the age of 40 by following her own advice. Aimee’s goal is to educate and inspire women and improve their health, as well as increase their fertility. Check out what she had to say!
1. Congratulations on having your first baby! You conceived naturally and easily at age 40. What advice can you give other women to prepare for conception naturally?
My biggest message to women who are trying to conceive is to really focus on optimizing their health as though their fertility is a function of optimal health. So with that in mind, I recommend living a healthy preconception lifestyle for at least 6 to 9 months before deciding to attempt to conceive. A healthy preconception lifestyle is one that includes eating a nutrient dense diet with Organic and Pastured, grass fed animal protein, lots of healthy fats, green vegetables, fruit, limited gluten free grains and sugar. Women should also include things like meditation, exercise, ample sleep and overall being in a joyful and optimistic mental state of mind.
2. You’re an author, fertility expert, acupuncturist, and now a mother. How do you balance it all and remain stress-free?
One way I balance it all is I ask for help. We employ a wonderful nanny who helps me a lot, and has been with us since the baby was born. She was our baby nurse and now has turned into our part-time nanny. I should add—I highly recommend employing a baby nurse after having a child. However, I know many women have mothers who are amazing & supportive after conceiving. In addition to family support, it’s useful to hire an expert in newborns. For me having someone that I hired whose expertise is in helping with newborns, breast-feeding, and taking care of a brand-new mom was one of the best investments my husband and I ever made. As a fertility expert who has helped hundreds of women conceive, and now as a new mother, I believe our number one job is to ask for help. We shouldn’t do it on our own, and historically we never did. Just 40 years ago most new mothers had several family members and cousins and typically older children that helped take care of younger children. My advice is to be easy on yourself and don’t think that you have to do it all on your own. Ask for help, get your partner involved, get your family members involved, hire help if you can and don’t exhaust yourself by doing it on your own. You don’t need to be a champion here, and in fact, I think you’re a better mother when you have help.
The main ways I balance my stress—I make sure I meditate (although I meditate less often than I’d like at this moment in time but I’m getting back to it. I also find time for exercise, whether it’s with the baby, sneaking out real fast to the gym, or doing a video at home. I’m doing my best to find the time to get back to taking care of Aimee, as I know when I’m in a good space then I’m a really present and active and happy mother.
3. What inspired you to go into acupuncture and how can it help women who are trying to conceive?
I pursued graduate studies in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) (of which acupuncture is one facet) after completing an undergraduate degree in biology and masters level studies in neuroscience. After years of studying and doing research in western medicine, I felt frustrated by the western medical models’ superficial and compartmentalization viewpoint of health. And that’s when I discovered the holistic eastern medicine practices. TCM speaks to me because it focuses on the root causes of disease and illness, and it ties health into not just the physical but the emotional and nutritional aspects of our lives. It is by focusing on the root cause in conjunction with addressing lifestyle and emotions that I have successfully helped bring hundreds of babies into this world. Over my decade of clinical experience and research I firmly believe that a women’s body in optimal health—mentally, emotionally, physically and nutritionally—should be able to conceive, even after the age of 40.
4. Tell us about your books!
My first book, Chill Out and Get Healthy, came out in 2009 and is a hip guide to health for women. The primary focus of the book is to help women improve their health now, so that they can avoid disease later in life.
My second book—Yes, You Can Get Pregnant—came out in 2014 and is the most comprehensive guide on naturally improving a women’s fertility—even in her 40s. The book’s goal is to empower its readers with the knowledge to optimize their health mentally, emotionally, physically and nutritionally. When all of these systems are aligned, fertility thrives. As I see it, a body in optimal health should be able to conceive even after the age of 40.
5. You have a line of fertility-friendly beauty products. What makes your products different from other beauty products?
I created Aimee Raupp Beauty out of sheer need, as there were no products on the market that lived up to my motto which is: if you can’t eat it, you shouldn’t put it on your skin. With that said, Aimee Raupp Beauty is handmade with simple, organic anti-aging ingredients. My products are not only effective, but are pure enough to eat.
6. What is the most rewarding part of your job?
There is nothing like helping a client’s health thrive and seeing her get pregnant and stay pregnant. Every single pregnancy is the most rewarding thing I’ve ever experienced. Recently I’ve launched online one-on-one and group fertility coaching so that I could bring my work to even more women. Working on bringing women back to their optimal state of health and fertility is my life’s mission, and I am beyond grateful for my ability to help, heal and empower my clients.
I’m totally obsessed with…my Aimee Raupp anti-aging facial oil. Ever since I created it in my own kitchen I haven’t gone a day without applying it morning and night. I can’t live without it. Neither can my husband!
My biggest influence is…my clients. Without them I couldn’t have the knowledge I have. Nor could I see the world the way I see it—through eyes of love and courage and compassion.
If I could travel anywhere in the world, I would go to…I’d like to more extensively travel Asia and Africa. A
South African Safari is on mine and my husband’s vision board. We will get there once our children are a bit
My guilty pleasure is…listening to self help books on audio. Especially Deepak Chopra!