How Sex During Pregnancy Affects You

Let’s be frank. Sex is a basic human drive. It’s how couples express their love and desire. And it’s what people do to get pregnant. However, once they’re already pregnant, many couples have questions, even developing doubts and fears, and even avoid sex altogether. Is that entirely necessary? Here are some answers to some common questions. Does sex during pregnancy cause injury to the fetus? Your developing baby is in a protective sac filled with amniotic fluid, and the uterine wall is pure muscle. A few nights of amorous intimacy won’t affect your baby. Is it safe to have sex Continue reading →

Fitness Activities Approved for Pregnant Women

Just because you got pregnant doesn’t mean you have to put things on hold, especially exercise. In fact, having a pregnant exercise routine can improve your health, wellbeing, and allow you to handle the day-to-day challenges you face as an expectant mother. Exercise gives your body and mind plenty of benefits, including impoved circulation, heart health, and can prevent complications like gestational diabetes. The rule of thumb of exercise still applies during pregnancy: exercise with caution and do not overdo it. Most exercises are safe to perform, whether using weights, cardio, or playing sports. If it is unsafe to do Continue reading →

How to Calculate Your Due Date

Pregnancy is a long journey whose result can affect your life considerably. Couples who are in the process of getting pregnant are most interested in knowing as much as they can about their pregnancy. After you confirm whether you’re pregnant, the most common question you will be asked during your pregnancy is “When’s your due date?” Of course, you could go to an OB GYN clinic and consult with a professional, but essentially, this is really just a simple math problem. The average duration of pregnancy is 40 weeks, or 280 days, starting from the first day of your last Continue reading →

First Signs of Pregnancy

Couples who have been trying to conceive often look for the different signs and symptoms. Some of these are associated with very different illnesses or physiological changes, but when taken together, they can make a strong case for pregnancy. Before you read into your symptoms too closely, here are some of the first clues your body will give you to let you know that a baby is on the way. Fatigue. If you are feeling excessively tired without any explainable reason (e.g. stress, work, exercise, sleeplessness) know that this is one of the most common signs of early pregnancy. As Continue reading →

10 Pregnancy Myths

As soon as you find out you’re pregnant, any combination of the following things usually happen: You do some online research on what happens when you’re pregnant. You are hit from all sides with unsolicited advice from well-meaning friends, family, and strangers. You find out all kinds of information, misinformation, and myths. Confusion ensues. To help clear the air, here are ten pregnancy myths that you should consider untrue: You can’t fly in an airplane. Turns out you can actually fly whenever you please without harming yourself or your developing baby, as long as everything checks out okay. The airlines Continue reading →

How to Deal with Emotions for a Successful Pregnancy

Imagine you’re at home watching your usual evening TV show, when a quirky and lighthearted laundry soap commercial comes on. The background music was a pop song from the eighties. Within seconds of the music starting, you suddenly burst into tears. But was it the commercial that got you started? Pregnancy has a powerful effect on emotions, which can change quite unpredictably. This is due to your hormones reaching levels that your body isn’t used to coping with. But not only do your hormones interact with each other, but also with neurotransmitters. Serotonin is the most notable of these chemicals, Continue reading →

How Weight Affects Fertility

Before couples even start thinking about having a baby, they should first consider their health. Both men and women’s health are fundamental priorities for overall wellness, and getting pregnant is no exception at all. Simply put, healthy people make healthy babies. The Role of Fat Discrepancies in body fat can disrupt the delicate balance between hormones. More body fat increases estrogen, and excess amounts of this hormone can throw off other hormones essential to female reproduction. Obesity is closely linked with Type II Non-insulin Dependent Diabetes, which can also adversely affect the normal menstruation process, and can make other illnesses Continue reading →

How Diabetes Affects Fertility

With health concerns such as obesity and diet at the forefront of our consciousness these days, diabetes and the diseases associated with it are also of great concern, albeit sometimes with an incomplete understanding. When people hear the word “diabetes,” they often think of hypoglycemia and hyperglycemia, or the long-term effects such as renal failure or coronary artery disease. The effects of diabetes on women’s health and female fertility are not commonly known among most folks. Type 2 Diabetes, or Non-Insulin-Dependent Diabetes Mellitus is associated with polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS). In Type 2 diabetes, the tissues of the body are Continue reading →

Causes of multiple births

Not too long ago, human-interest stories or articles that surfaced on the internet and TV about a woman who has just given birth to four, five or even more babies were quite rare. These days, such stories have become more commonplace as there has been an increase in multiple births among pregnant women. This phenomenon of multiple births has folks wondering how the concept of multiple gestation is possible, and how to make it happen for themselves. Natural Factors in Multiple Births Multiple births are common in women beyond 30 years of age. During this period of their lives, their Continue reading →

Your Diet and fertility

Throughout history, there have been countless traditions and beliefs about fertility being inextricably linked to diet, with or without scientific basis. Many foods have been categorized as “fertility foods,” such as ginseng, oysters, garlic and even champagne. Although these foods may be part of a healthy diet that is diverse and nutritious, they may not contribute as much to women’s health as other foods. For women who do not have infertility due to an underlying physical problem, here are ten easy rules that link diet and fertility. Take your vitamins. An extra 400 mcg of folic acid added to your Continue reading →