Tracking and Improving Male Fertility at Home

Sperm count matters when it comes to trying to conceive. Duh! Right? But when you begin trying to conceive, you will quickly realize that you and your partner have no idea if you can actually conceive or not. Infertility is not uncommon but in most cases it is not diagnosed until you are already in the process of trying to get pregnant. After a few months of tracking ovulation and “getting it on” on the right days for your fertility, he may start to wonder if his end of the bargain is where things are falling short. You don’t have to run off to a fertility doctor and spend a ton of cash right away. Just as a woman can track her ovulation, a man can track his sperm counts, and he can do this from home. Tracking sperm counts will equip a couple trying to conceive with helpful information that will allow him to make lifestyle changes to increase his sperm count if necessary and increase your overall odds of making a baby.

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9 Signs of Pregnancy

Do you think that you might be pregnant? If you haven’t been tracking your menstrual cycle then you may not be sure when your next period may arrive. If you are contemplating your cycle and think you may be overdue for your period, you may very well be pregnant. Women generally experience the symptoms of pregnancy between six to eight weeks after conception. A home pregnancy test will give you the final answer you need. If you can’t get to the pharmacy right now, here are nine common signs of pregnancy that you can check for.

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When You Aren’t Ready: Freeze Your Eggs

When You Arent Ready Freeze Eggs

It’s time; your biological clock is ticking, you are single and you want a baby, now! However, there’s one thing missing… the father.

Meet Rachel Lehmann-Haupt, a woman who was ready to have children, but she had yet to meet the father. Unfortunately, as life continues, so does the age of her viable eggs. In such a fast-paced atmosphere called life, the options available to you through technology are so diverse, you simply have to choose which one. So what did she do? She froze her eggs, of course! 

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The Importance of Prenatal Vitamins: TTC through Breastfeeding Baby

 

Whether beginning to plan for baby #1 or deciding to add to your growing family, the importance of prenatal vitamins for mama and growing baby is essential to a healthy pregnancy and beyond. From the moment you make the decision to embark upon the journey that is parenthood, you need to start thinking and planning for both you and your baby’s health. Ensuring that your body has the necessary vitamins, minerals, and nutrients to conceive another human being and then to successfully sustain you both for the next 9 months is essential to a happy, healthy pregnancy and birth.

Once you are sure you are ready to start trying to conceive, the first thing you need to do is start taking a prenatal vitamin. A common misconception is that prenatal vitamins are only necessary once you become pregnant. However, the truth is that prenatal vitamins should begin as a part of your TTC routine and continue throughout your pregnancy. Prenatal or postnatal vitamins should then continue to be consumed to ensure the continued health of the mother and a breastfeeding baby until breastfeeding ends. At Mother’s Select, they have carefully crafted a vitamin regime to easily transition you through every phase of this journey from TTC through breastfeeding and infant care.

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How to Track Your Ovulation

No matter where you are in your family planning, monitoring your ovulation is an experience that can help you manage your health throughout the year.

As ovulation is the window during the month when a woman is most fertile, being aware of that time frame can help you to conceive or not conceive, dependent on what your goals and intentions are. When using a hormonal birth control like the pill, ovulation is prevented entirely.

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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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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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