TTC: 8 Tips for Surviving the Two Week Wait

For those trying to conceive, the two week wait between ovulation and that moment when a pregnancy test might be able to provide reliable feedback is complete torture for many. 

For those couples yearning to see those two pink lines flash across the test screen indicating pregnancy, they are plagued with an array of emotions ranging from impatience, anxiety and sadness until that time. Nothing will truly take away such emotions, but here are some coping strategies that may help a couple trying to conceive make it through those dreadful fourteen days.

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8 Things Never to Say to Those Experiencing Infertility

When talking about infertility it’s important to tread lightly around those dealing with the issue first hand. You wouldn’t tell a friend or family member fighting cancer to just relax and their cancer will go away, right? Of course you wouldn’t! Infertility is a disease too and 15% of couples trying to conceive are experiencing infertility. Talking about infertility is not only risky to do, but it brings up the possibility of inadvertently offending or upsetting couples trying to conceive. 

Here are 8 things to try to avoid when talking to those experiencing infertility.

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The Honey-Do List of Male Fertility

When preparing to conceive, it’s imperative to improve the overall reproductive health of both women and men.

If you are anything like 15% of couples in the U.S., conceiving may not come easily. Some couples are able to conceive with the help of fertility treatments, others are able to conceive after time without the use of fertility treatments, and some couples are unable to conceive at all. If and when a couple does finally conceive, it didn’t come without an emotional journey and physical exhaustion. 

Infertility is not sexist and can be caused by the male and not the woman in some cases. There seems to be a common misconception that when a couple can’t conceive, it’s the female’s fault. 

The journey to becoming a parent is not always full of anticipation and excitement. Rather for some couples, they experience anything but excitement for they may be experiencing infertility. By embracing a healthier lifestyle and making better choices such as ditching the tighty whities, quitting drinking and smoking, exercising and having routine visits to the doctor can help increase the overall productive health for a man. For some males, these precautions and changes in lifestyle don’t always ensure that they will conceive, so fortunately for them, there are other tools out there that can increase their odds.  

Today, we discuss a few ways to help increase chances of conceiving if you’re a male.

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What You Need To Know About Diastasis Recti

Would you believe that there is a condition that at least 30% of pregnant women and 66% of women with 2 or more kids have and yet most of them do not know about? Diastasis Recti is the separation of the abdominal muscles and the thinning of the connective tissue between them. This condition is not solely the result of pregnancy, but it’s quite common. This article will outline the basics of what every woman should know–before, during, and after pregnancy, about conditioning and rehabilitating their abdominal muscles for better function and (bonus!) to improve their appearance.

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Choosing the Godparents

 Choosing the Godparents

Everyone knows having a child requires lots of decisions to be made from prenatal care to parenting styles. You and your partner are probably thinking of things like what kind of diapers to buy, where the baby is going to sleep, how you’re going to afford another person in the family, etc. The list can go on and on and be rather daunting. Perhaps one of the most important decisions you’ll have to make in your child’s life is appointing the godparents – or “guide-parents,” mentors, or guardians.

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Placenta Encapsulation and Tinctures

Placenta Encapsulation and Tincture
To eat or not to eat? That is the question! Some of us have probably pondered this question, and some of us may not even have the slightest idea why someone would want to eat their placenta. While most mammals on land consume their placenta following birth, humans are one of the few that do not regularly eat their placenta. More recently, placenta consumption has been discussed and researched, proving there may be several reasons why most mammals thrive from eating their placenta.

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New Breastfeeding Mom Gift Guide

New Mom Breastfeeding Gift Guide

You’re pregnant and you’ve made the amazing decision to breastfeed your baby, but you don’t know where to start. From breast pumps to breast pads, bras, tanks and covers there are limitless options available to you and it’s easy to be overwhelmed. Well you’re in luck! We’ve compiled the ultimate guide to help take the guesswork out of the equation and leave you feeling nothing but excitement to begin your breastfeeding journey.

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10 Reasons to Consider Having a Doula at Your Next Birth

10 reasons to consider having a doula at your next birth

Many mothers have a tough first labor and birth experience. Sometimes our dreams of a certain birth experience fade as something completely different happens than what we imagined. Much of this could be attributed to stress, exhaustion during labor, or perhaps, some unforeseen circumstance occurred during labor that could not be helped. Evidence shows that if you labor with the support of a doula–Greek for “a woman who serves“–you can greatly increase the chances of having the type of birth you hope for; and with much less chance of medical intervention.

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Prenatal Genetic Screening, is it for YOU?

Prenatal Genetic Screening -

The moment you see that positive pregnancy test you are bombarded with a wealth of information. And for many of us, several health related thoughts immediately flood our minds. Am I doing everything I can to create a “perfect” environment for my baby? Is the baby growing? Is the baby going to be healthy? And so forth. Within the last few decades modern medicine and research has allowed for some of these worries to be put to rest with Prenatal Genetic Screening and Diagnostics. If you are newly pregnant, here are some factors to consider in your prenatal care.

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Lubricants and Conception

lubricants and conception

Should you toss the lube while trying to conceive? It may be a lingering question for many couples on the road to creating life. While some may think that lubricant will only help create a more fluid environment for the sperm’s journey to the egg, it is not necessarily the case. Explore reasons why conventional lubricants can actually deter you from getting pregnant and some ways to promote pregnancy with the use of non-conventional lubricants. Welcome to the world of “sperm-friendly” lubricants! 

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10 Tips for Maximizing Your Fertility

Growing up, sex education classes lead us to believe that we will get pregnant the first time we have unprotected sex. While this certainly can happen, oftentimes it can take a few months, or even years, to conceive. If you are ready to start trying to conceive or even just considering it in the near future, here are some things to consider to maximize your chances of getting pregnant as soon as possible.

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5 Pregnancy Safe Teas For The Tea Lover

 There is nothing more soothing and comforting than sitting down after a long day with a hot cup of tea, or a warm cup of tea on a cold winter’s day. That is, unless your pregnant. With all the information out there, you don’t know what teas are safe, and all you’re craving is a good cup of tea! The good news is, there are safe teas to drink while your pregnant, and we have five herbal teas that are safe for pregnancy. Some are even recommended by professionals to aid in pregnancy and birth.

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Can you choose your baby’s gender?

Are you the mom of three boys and you are just dying to get that baby girl you’ve always dreamed of? Or, maybe you have always wanted your first born to be a boy. Well, according to modern science, some popular research and many people who swear by these methods, there are several things you can try to increase your chances of conceiving the gender you desire.

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