Sunday, February 24, 2008

Healthy Tips to Help With Conception

You and your partner have decided it’s time. You’ve stopped using birth control and you’ve begun the fun part of having kids, making them. Don’t stress out if you’re not pregnant in the first couple of months of trying. Here are some important things to keep in mind when trying to conceive.

The body works best when it is not stressed out. Studies show that 8 out of 10 women suffer from significant stress in their day to day lives. Whether it is work, family, or financial stress it can wreak havoc on your system. Here are some simple ways you can work on reducing your stress level. If you feel your stress level rising, no matter where you are, take a deep breath in through your nose and exhale slowly through your mouth. The oxygen to your brain and body help to reduce the level of stress plus it gives you a couple of seconds to regain composure or think about what needs to be done and what can wait till later. Take 10 minutes a day to sit in silence or with calm music and think about your favourite thing to do, place to visit, or memory. This simple exercise helps your body and mind to come to rest and recharge on thoughts that are happy and pleasant.

Now that you are ready to be pregnant you have stopped eating junk food and drinking caffeine by the pot. It is time to start consuming the types of food that will help your body prepare for and carry the baby you are hoping for. Caffeine increases levels of stress and anxiety. Most doctors recommend the cessation of caffeine intake while pregnant because it can affect the development of the baby and increase the baby’s heart rate. The baby growing inside you will be borrowing from your sources of nutrients for its own development. This means no more skipping meals. A skipped meal can leave you fatigued and faint. Most health care professionals recommend six small balanced meals a day to keep your metabolism at an even level instead of the highs and lows experienced with only two or three large meals a day. Prenatal vitamins should be taken as well. Besides being a multivitamin, they contain folic acid. Folic acid helps to prevent neural tube defects during your baby’s prenatal development. It is a good idea to begin taking them right away since you will not know when you do become pregnant. During the first four weeks babies grow by leaps and bounds. It is imperative that you stay adequately hydrated during pregnancy. At least 64 oz. of water a day is recommended. Carry a water bottle with you throughout your day and don’t forget to DRINK IT.

A relaxed and well nourished body also needs regular exercise. Not marathon over the top exercise, but 25 to 30 minutes of aerobic exercise that maintains your heart rate at your target heart rate. Talk to your doctor about your target heart rate or if you belong to a gym you can talk to a personal trainer. Aerobic exercise is continuous motion with adequate oxygen. Ideas for aerobic activity include biking, swimming, speed walking, running, aerobics class, or stair climber. Find something you enjoy doing or alternate activities to break up the monotony and make it a part of your day at least 3 times a week.

It’s important to know when you are most fertile (likely to get pregnant). Purchase an ovulation test kit from any drug store and follow the directions. If you are between 20-35 years of age and have been trying to conceive for more than 1 year, or 6 months if over 35, you may require infertility treatments and should speak with your doctor.

About the Author: Eric Daiter has been sponsored by The NJ Center for Fertility and Reproductive Medicine, LLC, a leading provider of infertility treatments, to explain what an ovulation test is in plain language. To review this information, please visit

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Saturday, February 9, 2008

Understanding Pelvic Ultrasound

If you have been experiencing painful periods, unusual vaginal bleeding, chronic pelvic pain, or are having difficulty conceiving your doctor may recommend a pelvic ultrasound. This test is a safe, non-invasive way for your doctor to obtain more information to make an accurate diagnosis and offer appropriate options for infertility treatment.

Ultrasound or sonography uses sound waves to produce an image of organs and other tissues in the body. Pelvic ultrasounds are helpful for identifying abnormalities of the reproductive organs such as uterine fibroids or ovarian cysts and can assist your doctor to determine appropriate infertility treatment options. Ultrasounds are also used during pregnancy to monitor growth of the un-born baby. Another advantage of having an ultrasound is that there is no risk of potentially harmful radiation as with an x-ray.

Here’s what you can expect if you’ve been scheduled to have a pelvic ultrasound. Most doctors’ offices will remind the patient before their ultrasound that having a full bladder helps to give clearer images of the pelvic structures. Upon arrival the patient is brought to an examination room with an ultra sound machine. Once in the room the patient will be instructed to lie on the exam table. Depending on the type of ultrasound you may be asked to remove your personal clothing and adorn an examination gown. Next the technician will ask you to raise your shirt or gown to expose your stomach so they can apply a thin layer of gel. The gel may feel cool at first but will quickly warm to the temperature of your skin. The gel acts as a transducer for the sound waves to travel through. The tech will then move the ultrasound probe across your abdomen and an image will be transmitted to a monitor nearby. The tech may take some time to make measurements of different structures and should be able to point out certain things such as kidneys, ovaries, or a developing baby. The tech may limit the amount of information he or she shares, as they are not doctors. A radiologist, one who specializes in reading diagnostic images, is the one who reviews the footage and your doctor will let you know if there are any concerns from your ultrasound results.

A trans-vaginal ultrasound maybe needed to get a better view of certain structures or abnormalities. Instead of the ultrasound probe being used on the stomach an ultrasound wand is inserted into the vagina. It should not be painful, but may feel uncomfortable especially with a full bladder. If you have any questions or concerns during or after the exam don’t hesitate to ask.

About the Author: Eric Daiter has been sponsored by The NJ Center for Reproductive Medicine, a leading provider of infertility treatment, to write information about chronic pelvic pain. For more information, please visit

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