Debilitating, painful and annoying, back pain affects a whopping 50-70% of women during their pregnancy (American Pregnancy Association). If you have ever experienced back pain, or know someone who has, you know that the pain can significantly impact your everyday life and is worth the effort to avoid. By following the 5 tips below, your body will be better prepared to maintain alignment and balance throughout your pregnancy to prevent back pain.
My husband and I had been trying to conceive for 17 months when I finally said something to my doctor. We were deliberately trying by hitting a three-day window each month. Considering we were in our mid-twenties, very healthy, and 99.9% sure we had the logistics down pat, it didn’t make sense that we hadn’t gotten anywhere close to pregnant in all of that time.
Eating when not hungry or overeating at first may pacify the thoughts spinning in our minds and sure, that chocolate bar may momentarily quiet the noise, but the noise quickly turns into “why did I eat that!” and “Oh no, now I have to eat salad ALL DAY tomorrow.” When tomorrow rolls around, however, we may eat salad for lunch but by 4pm all will power goes out the door. Suddenly cookies seem more important than anything else in the world. So how do we turn on the willpower deep inside each and everyone of us to make healthier eating choices to save our waistlines and health?
What unpleasant experience will 75% of women experience in a lifetime? A vaginal infection. More than 75% of women in a lifetime will experience one or more vaginal infections, such as a yeast infection or bacterial vaginosis. Unfortunately, more than half of us will get the infection more than once. Clearly, every woman should know about the signs and symptoms of a vaginal infection as well as the methods to heal and protect themselves.
Are progesterone levels behind why some women experience unexplained infertility or pregnancy loss? Progesterone is commonly prescribed to women who experience multiple miscarriages, have signs of a short luteal phase and those who are receiving artificial reproductive technology (ART) treatments. Progesterone treatment, however, is controversial and the medical community still has a lot to learn about progesterone, including how to test for deficiencies and what side effects there may be. What is known about progesterone for women trying to get pregnant and does it work?
Exercise may or may not make wearing a swimsuit enjoyable but exercise certainly is medicine for the body and the mind. Many of us know the benefits of taking prenatal vitamins when we are trying to conceive, but we are not as clear on the benefits of exercise. Exercise has been shown to improve rates of implantation, reduce the risk of miscarriage and pregnancy complications (source). Some of the pregnancy complications that exercise helps to decrease the risk of happening include, gestational diabetes, preclampisa and miscarriage. In this post we will cover how much exercise is recommended as well as workout plans to keep you going even once you are pregnant.
Research shows that women using ovulation prediction kits (detecting urinary hormones) to determine fertility only captured 30% of their fertile window (source). When using the calendar method, only a mere 3% of women with regular cycles were in their fertile window (source). This is a serious problem. Not only because daily intercourse (or intercourse every other day) throughout the 6 days of the fertile window significantly increase the odds of conception, but because many of us are starting our families at an older age and time is not on our side. With technology advancing rapidly, is it possible to find a way to easily and accurately pinpoint our fertile window to increase our odds of pregnancy?
The stress of not being able to get pregnant month after month can become all consuming. After months of trying without a positive pregnancy test, or experiencing a miscarriage or two, many women look to see what their options are to improve their fertility. One of the options often listed to try is acupuncture, a 3,000 year old Chinese healing technique. Does it actually work to increase fertility?
Claire Lundberg’s article “The French Government Wants to Tone my Vagina,” is fantastic and will surely make you laugh. The sad truth, however, is that for women in the US, the lack of care and education needed to protect our bodies and health before, during and after childbirth is significant. While Lundberg’s piece highlights post-partum care, preconception care is also essential. By following preconception guidelines you will not only increarse your fertility but also increase your risk for a healthy pregnancy, baby and recovery.
"So I called United Airlines back and pushed hard and told the agent I needed a seat. She said no dice; 'it’s $1200.' So I said, 'I am going to give you an excuse the likes of which you have NEVER heard.' She said,'Okay lay it on me, I'm curious. What's the emergency?' I said, 'I need to get home because my wife is ovulating." He made it home and 9 months later this couple conceived a baby boy. Timing intercourse has been found to help couples reduce the time it takes to get pregnant and even help some to avoid unnecessary ART treatment (source). The wife in this true story recognized how essential it was that her husband come home during her fertile window. In this blog post, we review scientifically backed methods available on to pinpoint your fertile window.
Google 'sex frequency for trying to conceive' and you will see all sorts of advice. One article may say to have sex every other day, another will say to have sex 3 times a week. Wait no, here is one saying it's a myth to save up sperm and to have sex every single day. Which advice is correct? Let's take a look at the research behind the claims.
According to the American Society of Reproductive Medicine, infertility issues are split evenly between males and females. About a third of infertility problems are due to female infertility, and another third are due to male infertility. In the remaining cases, infertility affects both partners or the cause is unclear. Last week we explored causes and treatments for female-factor infertility. Today we will review causes and treatment possibilities for male-factor infertility.
There are many unknowns and fears when getting pregnant takes longer than anticipated, making the process feel out of hand. Education can help empower you during this time and give you more control. For this week's blog, we will address female-factor infertility and possible treatments and next week we will take a look at male-factor infertility.
When you have been trying to get pregnant and it’s not happening, trying to figure out the next step can feel overwhelming at best.
No diagnosis of infertility is easy. Even a clear diagnosis that points to IVF as the only solution to conceive, is hard because there is still no guarantee that it will work. There is a guarantee, however, that it will cost a lot of money and be emotionally taxing. Yet, there is also a chance that you end up with a baby and that is a chance many couples are opting to take. We interviewed Dr. Aptekar on how he recommends couples navigate the process.
You may know to avoid cat poop, raw meat and eating too much fish once pregnant, but what you may not know about is which everyday products to avoid, such as certain household cleaners and even sunscreen. There are hundreds of chemicals we use each day that may be toxic to your fertility and future bundle of joy. Read on to learn which ones to avoid and recommendations on alternative options.
There is a good deal of advice out there on how to keep the 'sexy in sex' while trying to conceive. The expectation to ‘just have fun and relax’ is like most things in life, easier said than done. When getting pregnant starts to take longer than anticipated, sex on a schedule may not only lead to taking the 'sexy out of sex', but also lead to stress and tension. How do you stay connected and get through this difficult time and still enjoy each other? We sat down with Clinical Psychologist, Dr. Carolyn Aibel, to talk about techniques to keep the relationship strong when trying to get pregnant turns from being a joyous time to a desperate time.