ABOUT DIANA ZIC

Hi! I’m so happy you found me. Likely that means you’re looking to take back control of your body and I would be honor to support and guide you through! I am a Certified Health Coach specializing in fertility health, fertility and preconception coaching, and a Registered Prenatal Yoga Teacher. I am also someone maybe like yourself, despite all the hoping, praying, medications, procedures, assisted reproductive treatments could not conceive.

 

It wasn’t until I decided to choose a more holistic approach to building my family,  that lead me to “positive sign” spontaneously!

 

Through my personal journey, years of yoga, lifestyle and hormone health studies, I’ve learned that being informed how lifestyle can affect our bodies, having a plan, knowing that you’re not your diagnoses and having support has helped me to be more in control over of my body and mind and I want to share it with you in the hope of making your dream of creating a family a reality.

 

My mission is to support, guide and provide holistic tools to women and men at any stage of their preconception journey to help optimize their fertility health. 

Diana Zic, Certified Health & Wellness Coach and Registered Yoga Teacher

Diana at a Farmers Market in Chicago

My Fertility Journey

I must admit having a child was not at the top of my “to-do” list for most of my life. Growing up as the oldest child, I was always babysitting or caring for my younger brother, so I felt I had a child of my own to a degree. So needless to say, I spent most of my adult life avoiding pregnancy and assumed when I was ready, if ever, it wouldn’t be difficult to do. Most of my friends were having children without an issue (so it seemed). After being married for a couple years and our careers and life together got more settled, we decided I would get off birth control and “see what happens”. After “trying” for some time to get pregnant on our own with no success and supposedly no issues after doing several different tests including two Hysterosalpingography (referred to as HSG’s, which are not pleasant) with my gynecologist, we started talking with a fertility specialist in 2012. 

 

At the time I thought it was going to be a waste of time and money, but as it turned out, after a few Transvaginal Ultrasounds and Saline Infusion Sonohysterogram (SIS), it was determined I had a swollen left fallopian tube. Additionally, after a semen analysis, it was brought to our attention that there was a male factor and was referred to a Urologist. We were quite shocked after that news! 

 

We looked at ourselves as people who took good care of ourselves and didn’t understand why our journey had to begin this way. Needless to say along with litany of tests, appointments, two unsuccessful Intrauterine Insemination (IUI) procedures came tons of mental challenges we didn’t expect: feeling ashamed and disgusted with our bodies (after all isn’t our purpose as humans to procreate?), blaming myself for lifestyle choices that may have contributed to the swollen tube, uncomfortable when friends and family would ask "why you don’t have kids yet?", stressed out trying to get appointments with doctors that work with my busy work schedule, hiding the multiple appointments from work, family and friends, the expense of the appointments, expense of procedures, expense of medications, the pressure from the doctors to take medications that made me feel bloated and irritable, surgeries and procedures I wasn't comfortable with, and the lack of emotional support or other holistic options from the doctors, we decided we would take a hiatus and see if anything happened naturally because the stress of it was definitely not helping. 

 

Unfortunately it didn’t work so in March 2016, I decided to go forward with the Laparoscopy surgery to remove my left fallopian tube. After the surgery, went forward with two more IUI’s, but unfortunately still no success. 

 

Fortunately, our consistent focus on my recommendations of balancing our primary and secondary foods, we put ourselves in the most fertile state and we got pregnant spontaneously this year!

Finding Yoga

For as long as I can remember I have been an active and health conscious person.  I can recall as a child going into the refrigerator and looking for vegetables when most of my friends were looking for Fruit Rolls-Ups (I had my fair share of those as well).  I recall always being outside running around with friends.  As I got older, I began taking group fitness classes at the gym, participating in local 5k runs, cycling the city or even taking my dog for a long walk as an easy day off. 

 

After a lower back injury occurred in 2007 and little to no relief from physical therapy, I decided to try a yoga class. I soon realized I was missing an integral part in my daily regimen: yoga! I found yoga eased my body aches as well as soothed my racing mind. Over the last ten years, I have practiced Vinyasa, Hatha, Ashtanga, Hot Power, Restorative, Yinyoga and Forrest Yoga.

 

In 2011, I decided I wanted to learn more about this transformational experience and hoped to share it with other achy bodied, racing mind office workers. I completed the 200 hour certified yoga teacher training program at Equinox in its Pure Yoga program. Thereafter, I began teaching part-time in office environments, gyms, and private classes.

 

In September 2015, I decided to  leave my paralegal career  behind to pursue teaching yoga and health coaching full-time and begin my  journey with The Institute for Integrated Nutrition.  I continue to broaden my yoga education by attending various trainings and workshops.  I am also a 95 hour Prenatal Yoga Teacher which has included Yoga for Fertility training. 

 

Zicyasa style yoga is a slower flowing Vinyasa Yoga which encourages the students to find what works best for their bodies while using conscious-controlled breathing techniques to flow through the sequence. 

 

I believe yoga can help everyone to become more familiar with their body and mind while getting closer to total well-being. 
 

Diana Zic in a Yoga Tree Pose

  

Diana at the Walk of Hope Race Start Flag
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