Besides being a mom-of-three and an HGTV star, Christina Anstead is a wellness warrior. The 37-year-old co-authored the book The Wellness Remodel with nutritionist Cara Clark, and has been very transparent about her health. Currently, she struggles with autoimmune diseases Hashimoto’s thyroid disease and Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS).
On the latest Christina on the Coast episode, Anstead helped her best friend, Cassie Zebisch, unwind a little. The home reno expert took Zebisch to her acupuncturist, Shelia Campbell, where the ladies each took a needle to the ear. Although nervous at first, Zebisch warmed up to the practice and looked totally relaxed. While this visit revolved around stress relief, acupuncture holds a very special place in Anstead's heart and wellness journey.
"When I first worked with Sheila, I told her I was having trouble getting pregnant and that I had polycystic ovaries, and Sheila said she could get me pregnant," Anstead said during the episode. "Six days later I conceived Hudson."
According to the American Pregnancy Association, "acupuncture, frequently combined with herbal medicine, has been used for centuries to treat some, but not all, causes of infertility." Anstead believes the practice worked for her, adding "I know that some people are going to think that this is all a bit out there, but let me tell you, it works, you just have to be open to it."
For Anstead, her health struggles started in 2009 when she was diagnosed with PCOS. Fortunately, it didn’t interfere when conceiving her daughter, Taylor El Moussa, whom she shares with ex-husband Tarek El Moussa.
Well.... Here we go @ant_anstead ... our world is about to get rocked - in all the best ways of course. 👶🏻 One week until my scheduled c-section. I chose to do this because I had an emergency c-section with Brayden and the whole experience and recovery was really hard on me physically and emotionally. I really don’t feel comfortable trying to go down that route again. Bray was 8lbs 13oz - after pushing for hours and hours - he was just stuck and his heart rate was dropping. Based on ultrasound measurements we think this is going to be another big boy so this is the direction we’ve decided to take. The nursery is ready, the kids are back in school, I’m not sleeping, irritable and uncomfortable. I’m definitely ready to be done and to meet our little man. One week countdown 🙌🏼🎉
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However, when it came to conceiving her son Brayden, the process was a bit more complicated. At the time, El Moussa was battling thyroid cancer and had to undergo radiation treatment, which would affect his sperm. The husband-and-wife turned to sperm banking and IVF. They endured two failed rounds of IVF and a miscarriage before finally announcing their second pregnancy—one that Anstead had to be extremely careful with. “I had to be super strict,” Christina told People at the time. “I had to do one full week in bed. For 13 weeks after that, I couldn’t go for a walk and couldn’t lift anything over a gallon of milk," she said, as she didn't want to risk doing anything that could harm the pregnancy.
She gave birth to her son Brayden El Moussa in 2015. He was born via emergency c-section which Anstead wrote on Instagram “was really hard on me physically and emotionally.”
With the help of acupuncture she conceived Hudson London, her first child with new husband Ant Anstead, and gave birth to him in September 2019. This time she had a scheduled c-section.
Christina on the Coast airs Thursdays at 9 p.m. ET/PT on HGTV.
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