Most Commonly Asked Questions when Trying to Get Pregnant

Most Commonly Asked Questions when Trying to Get Pregnant

For many of us, we thought getting pregnant would be as easy as 1-2-3. I mean, why would we work so hard not to get pregnant if it was hard to get pregnant in the first place? There also is the fact that we live in a day and age where we are used to being in control of our lives. So it can be quite surprising and frustrating when we are ready to get pregnant and, well, it doesn’t happen in the time frame we envisioned. The older we get, the longer it can take to get pregnant. With many couples waiting longer to start their families, and with the ‘biological clock’ ticking loudly in our heads, it can be super stressful when the months pass by with out a positive pregnancy test.

Can Carbs Impact Fertility? What to Eat this Holiday Season for Fertility Wellness

Can Carbs Impact Fertility? What to Eat this Holiday Season for Fertility Wellness

With Halloween candy laying around and the holiday's coming up, what do the experts say about how and what to eat for a healthy body and fertility wellness?  In other words, if you are wondering how much pecan pie our bodies can really handle and if those bread rolls really will make you gain weight, read on to learn what the research shows.

Can Exercise Help with Fertility?

Can Exercise Help with Fertility?

Physical activity is essential for good health and that is a fact. Exercise in general has been found to help with our mental well-being as well as some protection from obesity, cardiovascular disease, hypertension, diabetes, and osteoporosis. But what about fertility?  If you've done any online research on exercise and fertility, you may find more articles on how exercise can hurt fertility, rather than help. Indeed, some research shows that too much exercise can harm fertility. With only 31.8% of Americans getting the recommended amount of exercise per week, however, the problem for the majority of us isn’t doing too much exercise, but not getting enough. 

Low Sperm Count or Abnormal Semen Analysis? Now What?

Low Sperm Count or Abnormal Semen Analysis? Now What?

So your partner has been diagnosed with low sperm count or an abnormal semen analysis. Now what? If your doctor has confirmed that you are ovulating and are physically normal, but your partner’s semen analysis came back abnormal, you may be wondering 1) what do these numbers mean? 2) how will we solve this? And 3) if needed, what are the treatments?

How to Overcome Pregnancy Envy & Sadness

How to Overcome Pregnancy Envy & Sadness

No one can fully understand the weight of having been robbed of a life dream until it happens to them. Couples unable to conceive face similar feelings of loss and depression that befalls athletes sidelined indefinitely by an injury and people who have received a diagnosis of a disabling chronic illness.  When diagnosed with infertility it may feel impossible to find joy in life when a life-dream deeply tied to your identity and purpose has been pulled out under from your feet. While it may be impossible to untangle your identity completely with the inability to conceive, it is possible to gain purpose and overcome jealously by cultivating outlets that foster a deep love for yourself and others. 

What to Know about Chemical Pregnancy “Early Miscarriage”

What to Know about Chemical Pregnancy “Early Miscarriage”

Since pregnancy tests are able to detect pregnancy earlier than ever before, it’s becoming more common for women to detect a chemical pregnancy. A chemical pregnancy is an early pregnancy loss that occurs shortly after implantation.  Today, women who are actively trying to conceive and taking early pregnancy tests or, going through fertility treatments and monitoring hCG levels, may become aware of having had a chemical pregnancy. Chemical pregnancies, miscarriages, implantation bleeding, and period vs pregnancy symptoms, all can lead to total confusion when trying to conceive. In this blog post, we cover the most commonly asked questions regarding a chemical pregnancy. 

How Soon to Take a Pregnancy Test for Accurate Results

How Soon to Take a Pregnancy Test for Accurate Results

Since getting pregnant is the single most important thing for women trying to conceive, the two week wait before taking a pregnancy test can be excruciating. It doesn't help that the signs of pregnancy can be similar to the signs of getting a menstrual cycle.  During this time it is common to question every symptom, or non-symptom, and have a deep desire to know if pregnant or not. In this blog post, we answer the most common questions women have about pregnancy tests including how soon you can take a test and how you can get a false positive. 

What Works to Lose Weight when Trying to Conceive?

What Works to Lose Weight when Trying to Conceive?

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 to Know About Yeast Infections When Trying to Conceive

What to Know About Yeast Infections When Trying to Conceive

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. 

A Review of Progesterone Treatment for Infertility: Does it Work?

A Review of Progesterone Treatment for Infertility: Does it Work?

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?

Safe Workout Plans for Women Trying to Conceive

Safe Workout Plans for Women Trying to Conceive

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. 

Scientifically Proven Methods to Get Pregnant Faster: A Review

Scientifically Proven Methods to Get Pregnant Faster: A Review

"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. 

Scientific Evidence on How Much Sex to Have when Trying to Conceive

Scientific Evidence on How Much Sex to Have when Trying to Conceive

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. 

What to Try Before IVF when Trying to Conceive

What to Try Before IVF when Trying to Conceive

In Vitro Fertilization (IVF) has both a high emotional and financial price tag. While IVF can help many infertile couples achieve their dream of having a baby, not all couples having a difficult time conceiving need IVF.  Before diving into spending major cash, make sure that you have exhausted all natural and cost efficient options first. Read more below for what to try before IVF. 

What your Period Says About your Fertility

What your Period Says About your Fertility

When trying to get pregnant, it can be surprising how much there is to learn about your menstrual cycle and ovulation that you didn't know about beforehand. And it may be the first time you ask yourself: Is my period normal? We met with Dr. Don Aptekar, who has over 30 years experience helping couples to get pregnant, to get to the bottom of the most popular questions when it comes to what is a normal period.