043 – Mary Thomas – on Healing, The Expectations of Birth and Embracing Surrender

Welcome to The Steph Sanzaro Podcast, today we are joined by the beautiful Mary Thomas. Before we begin, there is a **Mindful Warning** to proceed with care, as this episode discusses fertility, birth and suicide, please exercise caution and kindness to yourself while listening as these topics may be triggering for some. Mary is a mother, wife, entrepreneur, yoga and pilates teacher and a content creator, among many other things. Over the years Mary has dedicated countless hours to healing from PCOS (polycystic ovarian syndrome), an eating disorder, anxiety, depression and past trauma, so that she could fulfil her life long dream of becoming a mother. ‘Wellness’ is the perfect word to describe Mary’s passion and purpose. She has wholeheartedly shaped her life around it and inspires her Instagram community each and every day with ways to improve their own. Today’s conversation is for anyone that has ever encountered illness or mental health issues, for anyone who has ever wanted to become a mother or who has gone through birth, and this episode is for anyone who has ever known struggle of any kind. The message in this episode is so so special and we are so excited to bring it to you in time for Mother’s Day. Mums are so incredible and they have so much strength and resilience to go through the birthing experience, they truly are heroes and Mary’s story today is a true reminder of that strength. In this episode we talk about evolving online, rebranding and being authentic to our individual growth. We discuss Mary’s experience with PCOS, bulimia, mental illness, her travels and wellness journey and we are guided into an incredible account of her birth story, with some incredible wisdom to take away from it. If you’ve been thinking about or are looking forward to getting pregnant or having a baby one day, then I definitely recommend you dive into this beautiful episode. You can contact and connect with Mary via Instagram at @marythomaswellness and myself at @stephsanzaro Thank you for joining us today, you can stay up to date with all of the upcoming episodes by pressing the subscribe button before you head off. If any of the topics in today’s podcast brought up anything for you, take the time to reflect and to reach out to the appropriate support networks and services. It is never weak to speak. Please note these episodes do not serve as mental health advice. Happy listening xx

033 – Understanding Your PCOS with Elly Mclean

We warmly welcome back Elly McLean to the podcast this week, for episode 33 'Understanding Your PCOS'. In this episode we will be diving deep into Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome. PCOS effects more than 1 in 10 women world wide and the diagnosis can leave women feeling confused and alone. That is why Elly and I are so excited to share this episode and help women to better understand their condition. We will be digging a little deeper, helping you to understand the drivers of your PCOS and how these can ultimately help lead you to a more specific treatment. We look at Insulin Resistant, Post Pill, Inflammatory and Adrenal PCOS, have you been misdiagnosed with PCOS? Why you should think twice before jumping back on the contraceptive pill, what questions to ask your doctor and much more! Have your pen and paper ready, you're going to want to take notes! Connect with Elly on Instagram at @nutritionelly Happy listening!