The Gift of Life From Womb To Womb

This may not be a story you’re accustomed to hearing, but it’s a story many mother’s who struggle to have their own children may long to hear. The story of the opportunity to simply be… a mom. To carry a child in her womb, experience the hiccups, kicks, and the precious heartbeat that exhibits a new life growing within her body. Now, this has been made possible through embryo adoption. An adoption that was made possible straight from conception, giving you the full experience to “Mom”  even though the child is biologically someone else’s, just like adoption. Through the heart and eyes of Anabelle Peterson, she gave life from her womb into another’s.  

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Top 10 Foods that Help Promote Fertility

Harvard Medical School released a study regarding diet and fertility explaining that, while there are uncontrollable factors that affect fertility, such as age or genetics, there are also controllable factors, such as specific foods you should be eating and also avoiding, in order to improve fertility. 

With some simple diet changes and a little inside knowledge on fertility, women and men can tip the fertility scale in their favor.

Here are the best super foods for both males and females to help boost fertility.

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Bump Up Your Calcium

A mother’s work is never done. From running to the grocery store, work, park play dates, cleaning, you name it, we do it all. Unfortunately, our health isn’t always at the forefront of our minds. And while most of us do a pretty good job of taking prenatal vitamins to help us stay healthy during pregnancy, we could still be missing out on vital vitamins and minerals that aren’t provided in prenatal vitamins; namely, calcium. 

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A New Kind of Prenatal Vitamin

This post is sponsored by OB Complete® Gold.

Trying to conceive and being pregnant brings up a whole load of decisions that need to be made, and you want to make the right decisions. You want to make the best choices for a healthy pregnancy and baby. What types of food should you eat? What foods do you need to avoid? You pour over the pages of book after book. You design the perfect birth plan and text your doula with questions every day. There is one decision that you most definitely want to put some thought and research into, which prenatal vitamin you should take. There is a new kind of prenatal vitamin available, OB Complete® Gold, that you need to know about when making this decision. But first, let’s discuss why women need to take prenatal vitamins in the first place.

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Zika Virus: What you need to know

By now, the Zika virus’ threat to pregnant women is no secret. It’s been blasted across our news media outlets, discussed in depth on social media, and largely covered by the Center of Disease Control and Prevention for months now — raising eyebrows and causing a bit of panic every time the CDC raises its alert level, most recently to the highest level of concern. We’ve been told of the devastating effects of the virus in Brazil and warned immensely about its transmission to the United States. With summer looming, warmer weather, humid conditions, and the annual reappearance of the mosquito, the fear of the unknown has pregnant women everywhere asking their doctors, “Should I be worried?”

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New Infertility Treatments For Women 35-45

New Infertility Treatments For Women 35-45

What if there was another way to address your infertility instead of going through the status quo of treatment? Instead of relying on the “standard treatments” of hormone injections, pills, scheduled sex, not to mention the escalating roller coaster and crash effects you feel with your moods… would you like to know that there are other treatments?

Meet Dr. Janelle Luk from New York. She understands you and who you are. Why? Because she’ll take the time to sit with you, listen to you and work with YOU instead of working the treatment protocol on another body. You are her focus, not the infertility or the treatments. Join in on the interview about how she conducts her passionate business in servicing women by a woman.

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Exploring Conception Methods for Infertility

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 12% of the population who are currently in their reproductive years are infertile. These statistics are troubling, and although fertility can take a significant toll on your emotional well-being, there is still hope! There is hope because as science advances so do alternative conception methods.

The National Institute of Health reports that more than 1/2 of all couples experiencing infertility are able to conceive after receiving treatment. When it comes to which treatment a couple should focus on, it depends largely on the cause of their infertility. The costs of treatments also vary widely due to what treatment path your doctor advises.

Here are some alternative conception methods to keep your hopes running high!

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6 Things You May Not Know About Secondary Infertility

Holding your baby for the first time is still engrained in your mind as though it were only yesterday that they were born. You can still remember their small frame sleeping in your arms quietly cooing in their sleep as their chest slowly rises and lowers. The genuine love and immediate sense of protection is over-whelming, yet it is everything that was ever hoped for when becoming a parent.

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TTC – What it’s REALLY Like

Making a baby is one of the most natural things in the world, but for some it doesn’t come naturally. For those people, the months tend to drag on, and that second pink line never comes. For those who have problems conceiving, sex tends to become a chore rather than an intimate moment that you look forward to.

Today, we dive into the wacky world of trying to conceive.

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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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