Pregnancy Resources

Are Ovulation Tests Helpful For Tracking Fertility?

Tracking your fertility is one of the best ways to increase your monthly chance of getting pregnant. A woman is fertile for a short time every month. This is her ovulation window for timing sexual intercourse. Being able to track ovulation is important and over the counter ovulation test are very good tools to help women know when they are ovulating.

Ovulation Tests

Ovulation tests are commonly available in drug stores, grocery stores, and many large retailers. Ovulation tests are ideal for those women wanting to track their basal body temperature and/or monitoring cervical fluid is unappealing or unrealistic.

  • These tests work by detecting the level of luteinizing hormone, commonly referred to as LH, in your urine.
  • Just before a woman ovulates, her body produces a greater amount of LH than it does during the rest of her cycle.
  • The ovulation tests provide a positive result once this surge is present in a woman’s urine. The surge in LH happens up to 48 hours prior to ovulation.
  • A positive result lets women know that it is time to coordinate intercourse and their ovulation to increase her chance of becoming pregnant.

Considerations When Using Ovulation Tests

In order to use the tests correctly, urine must be tested for a number of days. For women with regular cycles, targeting the right time frame to start using the tests is easier than for women with irregular cycles. These women may need additional kits as they may need to test for a longer period of time before their LH surge occurs.

Other things to keep in mind include:

  • The tests indicate the presence of an increased amount of LH a precursor to ovulation.
  • However, the test cannot confirm that an egg was released.
  • Women with hormonal issues such as PCOS can have false positive results as their hormones are outside of normal levels
  • Ovulation tests are not a replacement for diagnostic testing for fertility problems. If you’ve been trying to conceive for 12 months consider speaking with a fertility expert.

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If you’ve been trying to conceive unsuccessfully for 12 months – consider using an ovulation test to increase your chances of pregnancy. A more proactive approach will be to consult a fertility specialist. If you would like to schedule a consultation or have any other questions, either click the icon below or call 855.241.2644.

 

9/11 Residual Air Quality and Fertility Risks

It’s been 14 years since the 9/11 terrorist attacks on the United States in New York City and Washington D.C. Most of the damage to the air and environment has long since faded. However, people who were exposed to high levels of air pollution during the immediate post-9/11 period may still experience residual health effects a decade out.

Air Quality and Fertility Risks

Studies have shown that people who were exposed to high levels of pollution after 9/11, such as people living in the immediate area and people who volunteered in the relief efforts, are more prone to conditions such as cancer and lung problems. These problems also come with a higher risk of infertility. Although it is impossible to reverse the damage and fertility risks caused by 9/11, there are a variety of steps that people affected by these problems can take to boost their fertility.

Healthy Lifestyle

Nothing can reverse past exposure to hazardous substances, but living a healthy lifestyle now can optimize your fertility. Eating a healthy, balanced diet, exercising regularly, getting enough sleep, and minimizing stress can all help preserve your fertility as much as possible.

Early Detection

Early detection is key to the treatment of all illnesses. Seeing a doctor regularly can help ensure that any emerging problems are caught early on, and are therefore more treatable. People who were exposed to high levels of pollution during 9/11 should be especially vigilant about seeing their doctor regularly, and should talk to their doctor about whether or not any additional screening for illness is necessary. In addition, seeing a doctor early on during the process of trying to conceive can be helpful if you believe that you may be infertile. This is especially important for women who are over the age of 36, who therefore have less time to try to conceive before their fertility continues to decline.

Fertility Treatments

If you do have infertility, there are a number of treatment options available. Your doctor can help you decide which treatment is right for your needs. Treatments include:

  • Intrauterine insemination (IUI)
  • In vitro fertilization (IVF)
  • Egg or sperm freezing before cancer treatment
  • Egg or sperm donation
  • Surrogacy

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What Were The Most Popular Baby Names in 2016?

Naming a child can be a difficult decision. Some intended parents have ideas of baby names before their child is even conceived. Others have trouble narrowing down numerous choices of names.

Most Popular Baby Names

If you’re having trouble finding the right baby name for your child, our tips can help.

There are a number of things to consider when naming a child including:

  • Cohesiveness – Consider the entire name together. Say the full name out loud multiple times to ensure that it works well and is easy to say.
  • Length – Consider the length of your last name while selecting a first name. Combining a long last name and a long first name can be a cause of frustration, especially for young children.
  • Spelling – Carefully consider the spelling of potential names. While spelling a name uniquely is an option, consider the long term issues associated with having a spelling that is outside of the norm.
  • Nick Names – If you’re selecting a long name, think carefully about nick names. For example, Jonathan can quickly become Johnny, even if the shortened name is never used at home. Be sure to consider nick names as well as the full name.
  • Initials – Verify the first, middle, and last name initials do not spell a word. If they do, make sure the word is acceptable to you.

Name lists, family names, and popular names are great places to start for name ideas.

Check out the top names in 2016 below.

Most Popular Baby Names for Girls

In 2016, the top five most popular names for girls were:

  • Emma
  • Olivia
  • Ava
  • Sophia
  • Isabell

Most Popular Baby Names for Boys

In 2016, the top five most popular names for boys were:

  • Liam
  • Noah
  • Ethan
  • Mason
  • Lucas

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How To Experience The Best Winter Pregnancy

A winter pregnancy has unique challenges. Pregnant women have to stay warm without overheating, be cautious in treacherous ice and snow conditions, and be careful not to contract seasonal illnesses. The Team of Surrogacy Experts have helpful tips for making winter pregnancy a little bit easier.

Winter Pregnancy Checklist

Stay Warm

With dropping temperatures outdoors, there is a need to stay warm. Dressing in layers is one way to increase warmth while being mindful of overheating. If you find yourself sweating or feeling hot, shed a layer or two until you become comfortable. Natural fabrics such as fleece or cotton are the best choices for layering in breathable fabrics. If you’ve outgrown your winter coat, invest in a pregnancy coat. If the expense seems to be too much, try resale shops. A good coat is essential to staying warm during the winter months. Be sure to protect your extremities while out in the cold including your fingers, ears, and toes.

Care for Your Skin

Your skin is your first line of defense against cold temps and illness. Skin care should begin with the soap you use. Look for a moisturizing soap that does not make your skin overly dry. Use a moisturizing cream throughout the day on your hands and any exposed skin. Also, frequently wash your hands to decrease the likelihood of developing the common cold or the flu.

Think Ahead

Cold temperatures, a lack of sunlight, and spending more time indoors can start to wear on you over time. Think ahead to warmer weather and to your upcoming bundle of joy. Use the winter months for your baby’s upcoming arrival and to consider things you can prepare during the winter months.

Relax

For many women, winter is the busiest season. Take time to relax and to take care of yourself., making sure that you listen to your body. Sleep is especially important to pregnant women and the health of their developing child.

Winter Pregnancy Helpful Resources

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How to Manage Sexual Intimacy During IVF Treatment

Going through In Vitro Fertilization (IVF) treatment can put a strain on a couple’s relationship – especially sexual intimacy. Having sex during IVF treatment can help keep you connected and passionate about your relationship. Sexual relations are allowed and encouraged during IVF treatment – with some caution.

Sex During IVF Treatment

There are stages of IVF treatment when your doctor may recommend you abstain from sex. Your doctor will tell you when and if you should abstain from sex during your IVF treatment.

During Ovarian Stimulation

As part of the IVF procedure, women are administered injectable fertility medications to stimulate their ovaries into producing multiple egg follicles. Sexual intercourse is not discouraged, however, a woman may experience discomfort due to the many egg follicles she is producing in her ovaries. Her ovaries will be very tender and penile penetration may cause pain.

Having unprotected sex during ovarian stimulation can increase the chances of a multiple pregnancy, which is risky for the mother and the baby. If you do have sex during the ovarian stimulation phase of IVF treatment, it is important to use a condom.

Prior to Providing Sperm

Men should not ejaculate for at least 2 days prior to providing a semen specimen during the IVF process. However, men should ejaculate 5 to 6 days prior to abstaining. This method helps to ensure the highest possible sperm count. A sperm specimen is usually provided on the day of egg retrieval.

After Egg Retrieval

Your doctor will probably recommend that you not have sex for a period of time after egg retrieval in order to prevent any medical complications from the surgical procedure.

After Embryo Transfer

Similarly, your doctor may recommend you do not have sex for a certain period of time after the embryo transfer. This is typically not problematic because most couples are not in the mood to have sex after the egg retrieval procedure and the embryo transfer.

Once you have the go-ahead from your doctor, there is no reason to abstain from having sex. There is no evidence that orgasm prevents implantation or causes miscarriage.

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How To Avoid A Premature Birth

A premature birth is a one happening prior  to the 37th week of pregnancy. Babies born prematurely are at risk for a number of birth defects and health issues. These health risk factors can follow babies born prematurely throughout their entire lives.

Avoid Premature Birth

While the cause of premature birth is not always known, there are many things expectant mothers can do to decrease the likelihood of going into preterm labor.

See the Doctor

Getting adequate prenatal care is one of the best ways a mother can avoid premature birth. Seeing the doctor regularly during pregnancy helps to ensure medical issues risking premature labor can be caught early and treated. Additionally, seeing a doctor before you begin trying to get pregnant provides an added level of protection. Preconception visits can help to address any underlying reproductive medical health concerns prior to becoming pregnant.

Stop Smoking

Smoking is a leading cause of premature birth. Therefore, it is important to stop smoking prior to conceiving. Quitting a smoking habit can be difficult, but taking the steps to do so before getting pregnant can help your child’s future health. If you are already pregnant, speak with your doctor about ways to kick the habit during your pregnancy.

Get Healthy

Being healthy helps to set the foundation for a full term pregnancy. Getting to a healthy weight prior to pregnancy is ideal. Being either overweight or underweight increase a women’s are risk for pregnancy complications, including premature birth. Additionally, taking care to not gain too much weight during the pregnancy can reduce the risk of premature birth. Getting nutrition through fruits, vegetables, and lean protein is ideal.

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The Best Baby Carriers In 2017

 

A well-fitted baby carrier is convenient and keeps your baby close to you when your arms are busy doing daily tasks. Babies love being kept cozy to you and carriers make closeness convenient.  A handy baby carrier can be comfortable for mom, dad and baby. The best carriers keep baby’s hips in a healthy position and do not place unnecessary strain on the parent’s back when securing and releasing.

2017 Baby Carriers

Below, we will take a look at some of 2017’s top baby carriers.

Maya Wrap Baby Sling

The Maya Wrap Baby Sling is a beautiful, simple choice. This sling carrier keeps the baby close and can be used for skin-to-skin contact. Thanks to the large, adjustable wrap, it can be used to carry babies and toddlers even as they grow. A built-in pocket makes it easy to keep essential supplies on hand.

Beco Gemini Carrier

The Beco Gemini Carrier is capable of being converted to four different carrying positions, including front, side, and back. Its wide, padded shoulder pads and waistband make it comfortable, especially when worn on the front, and the padded baby pouch makes it comfortable for baby, too.

ErgoBaby Four Position 360

ErgoBaby is comfortable, stylish, and ergonomic, with several colors to choose from. The quality of construction, versatility, and durability of the ErgoBaby makes it one of the top baby carriers on the market. This carrier also includes a sun shade to keep babies covered during sunny days, especially when front-facing.

BabyBjorn Baby Carrier One

The BabyBjorn One carrier is an updated version of the classic, one of the most popular carriers of all time. This model features excellent head support and an ergonomic design. It is ideal for newborns, with no need for an infant insert, but can be used up to 3 years. There are four carrying positions, and the carrier is comfortable for both the parent and the baby.

Choosing the Right Baby Carrier

Not every baby carrier is right for every parent. As you choose a baby carrier, consider the following questions:

  • Do you have any hip, back, or knee problems that could impact how you use the carrier?
  • Do you plan to use the carrier only while the baby is small, or through toddlerhood?
  • Will you be breastfeeding in the carrier?
  • Will both parents be using the carrier?
  • Will you be hiking or walking for long distances?

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How to Have a Safe Winter Pregnancy

Women undergoing winter pregnancies may believe they have it easy due to lower temperatures. The truth is, winter pregnancies pose a unique set of safety factors effecting the health of a developing child.

Safe Winter Pregnancy Advice

Having a safe winter pregnancy ensures you will give birth to a healthy baby.

Stay Hydrated

It’s easy to overlook hydration in the winter because you’re not standing out in the heat. However, winter air can be very dry. This is especially true while the indoor heat is running. Additionally, if you’re dressing in multiple layers and moving between buildings, you can quickly become overheated and begin to sweat. To combat the dehydration, drink water throughout the day. If you’re feeling thirsty, you’re already dehydrated.

Exercise Indoors

Exercise is an important component of a health pregnancy. Winter weather can prevent many pregnant women from going outdoors to exercise. It is important not to let winter weather interrupt your exercise regimen. Instead, exercise indoors by doing yoga, walking on a treadmill, or taking a prenatal exercise class.

Watch Your Footwear

Icy conditions and slick walkways are the perfect recipe for a hard fall. In order to have a safe winter pregnancy, ensure that your footwear is right for conditions outside. Winter shoes or boots that allow you to have good traction are a best bet. Also, avoiding carrying heavy items while walking in winter weather. During pregnancy your center or gravity changes making balancing more difficult. Adding heavy items to your load can make a pregnant woman even less stable.

Stay Warm

It can be tempting to avoid buying a new jacket for your winter pregnancy due to cost and the short duration of its use. However, staying warm is important for your health. Consider buying a new coat and donating it to a pregnancy resources center after the winter season. In order to save money, consider buying a coat from a second hand store. You’ll be amazed at your finds!

Safe Winter Pregnancy

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Spice Up Your 2017 New Year With Healthy Mexican Recipes

Mexican cuisine is a great menu example that healthy food doesn’t need to be bland or boring. Vibrant vegetables, lean meats, and reasonable carbohydrate portions are easy to incorporate into your 2017 New Year’s Eve celebrations menu.

Healthy Mexican 2017 New Year Recipes

The Team of Surrogacy Experts has compiled three healthy Mexican recipes to spice up your 2017 New Year’s Celebration menu.

Guacamole

Avocados are filled with healthy fats and guacamole is one of the easiest and healthiest recipes to prepare to eat avocados. We like this guacamole recipe, but you can alter it based on your tastes.

  • Add in cumin and garlic powder for a more complex taste
  • Amp up the tomatoes to make the avocados spread farther
  • Omit tomatoes and add in cottage cheese to bulk the dip up
  • Mix in sour cream for a creamier taste
  • Instead of eating it with fried chips, try guacamole on tacos, in sandwiches, or in a wrap

Chicken Fajitas

Grilled chicken, onions and peppers combine with robust spices in this delicious fajitas recipe from the Food Network Kitchen. You can eat the fajitas on their own for a low-carb meal, or wrap them in warm corn tortillas. Top with low-fat Greek yogurt and topped avocado for extra flavor. Although fajitas take a bit of time to prepare, they are an excellent food for time-pressed pregnant women because the prep work can be done in advance. You can chop the ingredients on a day when you have extra time, then cook the meal a day or two later. In addition, fajitas keep well for a workplace lunch, or can be mixed in with eggs the next day for a healthy omelet.

Chipotle-Rubbed Salmon Tacos

A chipotle-rubbed salmon taco recipe incorporates spicy peppers with fresh lime juice and tender salmon for a healthy, tasty dinner. These tacos have a refreshing taste and are packed with healthy fats and protein, as well as vitamins and fiber from the vegetable toppings. With some planning and a little time in the kitchen, you can enjoy meals that are healthy, satisfying, and delicious, fueling you to have a productive and healthy pregnancy.

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How Laughter Helps Enhance Your Mental Health

Laughter is one of the most relaxing and joyful experiences we can have in life. Laughter is essential to a person’s overall mental and physical well being. With World Laugher Day coming up in 2017, it’s a great time to look at the importance of laughter on overall mental health, as well as how you can incorporate more laughter into your life.

Laughter and Mental Health

  • Laughter makes you feel good
  • Laughter makes you feel good after the moment of laughing
  • Laughing regularly increases the amount of resilience, optimism, and joy a person feels

In the midst of a stressful situation or a time of grief, finding a way to laugh can help give you the will to keep going. In times that are more calm, laughing can help you to be joyful. It can shift your perspective and give you a different perspective of viewing your problems.

Remembering to laugh can be especially important for people dealing with infertility. The uncertainty, physical risks, and financial strain of these processes can make it difficult to stay upbeat and connected. Taking steps to foster your own mental health in the midst of a difficult time is essential to your wellbeing.

Fitting More Laughter Into Your Life

Although laughter is spontaneous, you can take steps to increase the amount of laughter in your life. When doing so, remember that laughter is most powerful when shared with others and has an amazing ability to promote social bonding. Some steps you can take to increase the amount of laughter in your life include:

  • Watch funny shows or movies – When you watch television or movies, opt for comedies that you enjoy, and invite your partner or a friend to watch with you.
  • Laugh at yourself – Don’t be afraid to laugh at yourself and share your embarrassing moments.
  • Keep reminders to laugh around – Try keeping a funny desktop wallpaper, calendar, or poster in your office or on your computer.
  • Try to find the humor in situations – Even in stressful or dark situations, there is often humor to be found. Looking for the humor can help you deal with the situation and give you the perspective you need.

Overall Mental Health Resources

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