Signs of Pregnancy During the 2-Week Waiting Period after IVF

It goes without saying that women who have just undergone in-vitro fertilization have been through far more than most. After having experienced several disappointments from failed attempts at pregnancy, spending money on diagnostic examinations, they receive confirmation of a fertility problem from their Ob-Gyn. Then, after they are put on a treatment regimen that usually involves hormone therapy, harvesting and union of viable oocytes and sperm in-vitro, they wait again and undergo the process of embryo or blastocyst transfer. After all these steps, they still have to wait quite a while to confirm a positive pregnancy. During this two-week period, Continue reading →

Yoga for Pregnant Women

Pregnancy is a physical and mental experience. Women often becomes hyper aware of all the changes their bodies are going through. Yoga aids pregnant women to adapt to these body changes more gracefully and to feel proud and a sense of appreciation for their bodies. Yoga exercises can increase flexibility, strength, circulation and balance. Many pregnant women find that regular yoga exercises help to reduce swelling, back and leg pain, and insomnia. Nevertheless, Yoga must be practiced very cautiously among pregnant women, as wrong movements will bring harmful effect on both moms and babies. Here are some tips for pre-natal Continue reading →

5 Healthy Exercises You Can Do During Pregnancy

Pregnancy is a time of celebration, love, and of unwanted but necessary weight gain. Being pregnant doesn’t mean your health and figure has to suffer permanent damage. There are ways to gain weight in a healthy fashion while doing some easy and safe pregnancy exercise routines. Walking is the simplest and most effective pregnancy exercise. It is one of the best cardiovascular exercises and also one of the safest pregnancy exercises to engage in. Walking is one of the few pregnancy exercises that you can do for the complete duration of your pregnancy. Swimming is an extremely beneficial heart healthy Continue reading →

Dealing With Common Pregnancy Complaints

Pregnancy like any other body changes has its own side effects. Unpleasant symptoms such as nausea, fatigue, bloating, fluid retention and mood swings are usually caused by hormonal fluctuations that occurred in every pregnancy. Thus, a pregnant woman should take note that there should be a change in their diet in order to cope with these changes and minimize pregnancy complaints. Having nausea/morning sickness is very common to women during the first trimester. Pregnant women find that sipping fizzy soda with fresh squeezed lemon and ginger tea help reduce this symptom. In addition, taking an extra 10-25 milligrams of vitamin Continue reading →

How to Beat Stresses of Pregnancy

For women who are pregnant, stress is an inevitable part of getting pregnant. However, it is still unclear how stress can be harmful for you and your baby. Years of women’s health research have been conducted to determine whether an increase in stressful events can result in miscarriage, preterm delivery, or somehow cause harm or injury to a fetus. Although experts agree that excessive physical work can initiate preterm labor, emotional stress was not shown to lead to negative results in pregnancy. This idea has been challenged with the advent of new information on how stress hormones actually can cause Continue reading →