Welcome to Divine Monthly Moment, this month we sat down with the incredible Nat Kringoudis. Nat is a mother, doctor in Chinese medicine, acupuncturist, author, speaker and all-round natural fertility expert. Nat is also the founder of Melbourne women’s health clinic, The Pagoda Tree, and producer of HealthTalks TV. We adore Nat and all she does for health and wellness, she helps thousands of women around the world who are struggling with fertility, which is often a tough and highly emotional battle.
So, without further a due, Welcome Nat!
Tell us about yourself? 10 years ago did you see yourself where you are today?
10 years ago I’d just graduated as a herbalist. I have zero idea what was in store and to say it’s been a smooth ride is a fairly big stretch of the imagination – it’s been wild and fantastic! I remember telling my mum way back then, that someday I’d be making a difference in peoples lives and that I’d be known for it. In my heart of hearts I wanted to make a BIG difference. 10 years ago I wasn’t sure of my vehicle to do so, but I knew that I wanted to ensure all avenues were leading to this.
What inspired you to do what you do?
Firstly it was helping women achieve the gift of ‘fertility,’ but as I continued to treat women wanting to have a child, I had that light bulb moment – instead of ‘fixing fertility’ when it was broken, we must maintain fertility ongoing. Fertility isn’t a switch we can flick on when we are ready to conceive – fertility is a gift we all receive at birth, it’s up to us to nurture it.
You have an incredible Natural Fertility and Women’s Health clinic in Melbourne called “The Pagoda Tree” – what do you aim to achieve through the clinic?
I want to empower women and take the fear out of ‘fertility.’ After all, it’s so much more than having a baby. By educating women and having them clued up on their ‘lady parts’ we can immediately do this – knowledge is power, and by understanding your body, you no longer fear the unknown but can embrace the changes that may be happening. What’s more you can then utilize the symptoms your body is showing you everyday to map out a treatment solution.
What is the biggest misconception you believe women have when it comes to their fertility and overall reproductive health?
In my experience we’ve been conditioned to think we can simply stop taking contraception and our bodies will swiftly find it’s groove. This is, for many women a disaster – they find themselves in a situation where not only does their health take a dive, but their menstrual cycles don’t necessarily return. If women have been prescribed contraceptive medication as a treatment method (remembering it is a contraceptive and by no means ever designed to ‘fix’ they body), to me this is a disaster as it doesn’t actually treat the root cause, but more so the symptoms of a bigger issue – take PCOS for an example. Simply using the pill as a means to treat the symptoms will never actually address the hormone imbalance – it may assist for a short term to alleviate symptoms but very often issues start to sneak their way in. Always coming back to trying to beat understand what is actually going on rather that to only fix evidence of illness is the clincher.
You’re a mum to two beautiful children, how has becoming a mother changed your life?
It’s taught me to love on an entirely new level. I actually never understood the concept of our capacity to grow in love until I had children. They light up my world and I’m forever grateful in the experiences and challenges the bring daily.
How do you balance your career with motherhood?
I have a wonderful tribe of people who support me. I love the saying, ”it takes a village to raise a child,” but I think we need to take it one step further – it takes a village to be a human being. My husband is my rock and we bend like bamboo together. There is no way I could do what I do without his help alongside of very other important people, be it friends, family and a great team at The Pagoda Tree and Nat Kringoudis HQ. I have always had the greatest support with my parents engraining in every fibre of my being, that I can do whatever I set my mind on – something I draw on every day. I feel so blessed.
What advice can you give to new mothers?
Create your community. To think we can do it alone is unrealistic. Your community, is your support system – other mums, family, friends – your cheer squad. We can’t survivie without it. I always think how we once (as women especially) spent time together in every day life, working together, talking, sharing and supporting. Jobs got done because of the support team women would establish in the family tribe. We need to come back to this idea because we’ve lost it along the way. Never be too proud to call on your team and of course you’ll reciprocate in return.
What is the most rewarding part of your job?
Oh wow – what’s not to love? Helping with the gift of fertility is so multi facet. I love making womens lives better. I love enriching women (and men) and I just love sharing with people because I really do think there is a story to tell.
What is your biggest passion in life?
Spreading the wellness message – it all starts with what we can do in our own homes and certainly not something we need a tertiary degree to begin your wellness journey.
Tell us about your latest book, “Well & Good”?
Well & Good is the grown up version of my first ebook, Fertilise Yourself. I wrote Fertilise Yourself, to help couples get their bodies on track to conceive. But I quickly realized that those people who were keen to make an awesome little person needed little convincing, they got it and they devoured the book. It occurred to me, that if I could reach out to young women when they were being diagnosed with conditions like hormone imbalance, Poly Cystic Ovarianne Syndrome, Endometriosis and alike, I could make a difference from the beginning – to help women fix issues when they arose, not when their bodies were long broken. It certainly was the turning point of my career – and whilst Well & Good is all about getting your fertility on track, it’s so aligned to our vision of spreading the truth about fertility. Fertility isn’t something you switch on when the time is right – it’s something we are gifted and birth and need to simply understand and learn how to nurture it.
What advice would you give to you 18-year-old self?
Diet and Lifestyle is absolutely key to paving the way for long term wellness – it is that simple.
What do you think we can do now to improve the environment and the health of our future generations?
We need to firstly understand our bodies and educate ourselves around how they work. When we understand ourselves better, we can take the fear out of the unknown, which can often lead to us making uninformed decisions which can have terrible long term health effects. My heart longs for every woman to spread this message to everybody she loves – to being this ripple effect in changing young women’s lives and setting us up for long term fertility and well being.
Thank you for your time beautiful Nat!
If you want further information, you can find Nat on:
The Pagoda Tree