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Image: No one talks about it: Just as you reach the menopause, every fibre of your being yearns for one more babySometimes things you wouldn’t have thought for a second would affect you leave you gasping for breath in pain.

Three months ago, a friend of mine posted a picture of her newborn online. There he was, lying in his pram, resplendent in a cuddly brown coat replete with little bear ears on the hood.

I could imagine the warmth of him, his breathing; his little tummy as it rose and fell. His delicious smell.

But instead of smiling and admiring this brand-new perfect little life, I felt as if I had been punched. Because that was the moment it hit me: I would never have another baby again.

I burst into tears. When my husband, Peter, asked what on earth was the matter I could barely articulate what I was feeling. It seemed ridiculous.

When, sobbing, I tried to explain, he looked puzzled. We agreed ages ago that we didn't want any more, he pointed out, quite reasonably. Besides, you’re too . . .

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TODAY'S BOOK SUGGESTION:
Image: Every Drunken Cheerleader: Why Not Me?, by Kristine Ireland Waits. Publisher: Endurance Publishing (March 1, 2010)pixelEvery Drunken Cheerleader: Why Not Me?
by Kristine Ireland Waits

-- If you're eager to have a baby, doesn't the title say enough? Laugh, cry, share, relate - LOVE this book and all it offers to your soul. It's wit, wisdom and warmth from an author you'll quickly see as your sincere fertility-challenged friend.

This information-packed, inspiring story is for women who are struggling with infertility and for those trying to support them.

Enjoy an easy-reading journey you'll remember throughout life. Overwhelmed at the idea of dealing with friends' baby showers, insurance, husbands, needles, tears, heartbreak and surprises?

This book captures it all in a delightful way that's packed full of truths and challenges to keep you moving forward. Indulge in a journey - reading this book - that will have you throwing your head back in laughter, curling up in the comfort of feeling understood, having raw honesty give you permission to be exactly who you are.

Indulge. You deserve this! Get one for your best friend and your mom too.

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Image: Bed Head, by Andrew Bishop, on FlickrI sometimes hear: Boy you were lucky to have a baby at your age.

Actually I agree to a point.

If you think about all the things that have to come together to get pregnant and carry a baby to term, there's a bit of luck no matter what your age.

Was it a surprise I got pregnant at the age of 44? Yes and no.

Yes, because I think everyone is surprised when they get pregnant.

No, because I didn't just get pregnant by accident.

I followed a systematic method of preparing my body and mind - I knew deep down I would succeed.

This Pregnancy Over 40 story was found on Infertility-fertility.blogspot.com
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TODAY'S BOOK SUGGESTION:
Image: But I Don't Feel Too Old to Be a Mommy!: The Complete Sourcebook for Starting (and Re-Starting) Motherhood Beyond 35 and After 40, by Doreen Nagle. Publisher: HCI (February 7, 2002)pixel

But I Don't Feel Too Old to Be a Mommy!: The Complete Sourcebook for Starting (and Re-Starting) Motherhood Beyond 35 and After 40
by Doreen Nagle

-- The first and only book to fully address the concerns of the ever-growing but greatly ignored audience of literate, educated women who have delayed motherhood.

In this comprehensive work, women who are considering parenting in their 30s, 40s and later-whether for the first time or starting over-will find all the information they need to make informed choices.

Complete with quotes from medical experts, later-in-life moms and their kids, this one-stop book will calm the doubts and fears of women considering motherhood after 35 and beyond 40 by providing supportive yet realistic information.

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Washington DC (PRWEB) January 17, 2008 -- Men's sperm counts appear to be declining in some places around the world.

If the drop proves real -- and persists -- it could become a significant discontinuity with disruptions ranging from shifts in male-female dynamics to widespread population declines, explains senior analyst Kristin Nauth in a recent report by the Washington DC-based futurist research and consulting firm Social Technologies.

A British survey suggested 10% of men in the UK may suffer from low sperm counts, and in Australia, reports indicate one in 20 men is infertile. France, Denmark, and Germany have also found declines in sperm density, she reports.

What is triggering the apparent decline?

Scientists don't know, but obesity, increasing use of antidepressants, estrogen-like chemicals that are common in plastics and the environment, and diets rich in hormone-fed beef are among the possible culprits, Nauth says, adding: The bottom line is that this trend points to the possibility of a major fertility crisis, with serious impacts for both consumers and businesses.

DRIVERS
Nauth says she could foresee this wildcard affecting foods, chemicals, pharmaceuticals, genetic services, childcare and education providers, adoption services, dating practices, and more.

It could also lead to explosive growth in the use of fertility treatments, or -- at the other extreme -- the possibility of women using genetics to conceive without men's participation, she adds.

Consider some of the factors that appear to be driving the trend:

• Endocrine disruptors - These natural and synthetic estrogens and estrogen-mimickers come from a variety of sources including birth-control effluent in municipal water supplies, plastic beverage bottles that contain estrogen-like bisphenol-A or phthalate esters, and chemicals like nonylphenol that are found in cleaners and pesticides.

• Consumption of hormone-fed beef - Consumption of hormone-fed beef four or more times per week by pregnant women may affect testicular development in their male offspring. For instance, men born in the US from 1949-1983 were found to have lower sperm counts if their mothers ate beef daily during pregnancy.

• Mobile phone use - Prolonged mobile phone use has also been fingered by several studies to impact sperm counts.

In one, men who talked more than four hours/ day on a mobile phone produced 40% fewer sperm than men who never used a mobile; in another, men experienced a 30% drop in sperm count when they carried a mobile in their pants pocket.

OBSTACLES
But Nauth says there are some factors that could reverse the trend, including:

• Organic foods - A broad move by consumers to organic foods and household products -- and/ or a move by producers to greener manufacturing -- could counter this wildcard.

• BPA-free containers - Compelling new evidence about the hazards of estrogen-mimicking chemicals might force companies to switch to containers made from corn-based or other innovative plastics that are free from BPA and other endocrine disruptors.

• Government intervention - Levels of endocrine disruptors in the environment may be too low to cause the kinds of damage that have been imputed to them.

The US Food and Drug Administration, and its counterparts in Japan and Germany, have stated they see no threat from BPA, for instance.

OUTCOMES
With any wildcard, the outcomes could go in a variety of directions, Nauth says.

At present, sperm count declines are geographically limited, but if chemical culprits are clearly identified in a particular area, regulators and industries around the world would likely ban, restrict, or replace the culpable chemicals with alternatives.

Additionally, though signs of rising infertility have been most pronounced in World 1, they could show up in any region -- especially those with significant chemical contamination.

That suggests infertility could begin to rise in China or other places where regulation is low and chemical use is rising rapidly, Nauth suggests.

If that happens, she believes the market for fertility treatments would surge in response to mass infertility. Consider these potential outcomes:

Pharmaceutical manufacturers might divert substantial levels of R&D funding to fertility treatments. 

In turn, other kinds of health issues could increase in the face of reduced funding, Nauth warns.

Services could arise to provide fertility certifications to men in the marriage market.
Medicalized conceptions could become the norm.
International adoptions would increase.
Ultimately, women could seek to conceive without the participation of men.

How would that last outcome come to fruition?

In 2007, Nauth explains, German scientists announced they will be able to produce sperm cells from bone marrow by 2010 -- raising the possibility that women's own bone marrow could be used to create 'female sperm' and allow women to bear daughters without fathers.

About ) Social Technologies
Social Technologies is a global research and consulting firm specializing in the integration of foresight, strategy, and innovation. With offices in Washington DC, London, and Shanghai, Social Technologies serves the world's leading companies, government agencies, and nonprofits. A holistic, long-term perspective combined with actionable business solutions helps clients mitigate risk, make the most of opportunities, and enrich decision-making. For information visit http://www.socialtechnologies.com, our blog: http://changewaves.socialtechnologies.com, and our newsletter: http://www.socialtechnologies.com/changewaves.


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TODAY'S BOOK SUGGESTION:
Image: Infertility and Adoption: A Husband and Father's Perspective, by Roy Sokol. Publisher: Rosedog Pr (January 3, 2012)pixelInfertility and Adoption: A Husband and Father's Perspective
by Roy Sokol

-- Roy Sokol offers men a chance to be heard and women a rare opportunity to view the struggle with infertility from a male perspective.

Infertility and Adoption: A Husband and Father's Perspective brings to life the frustration, anger, humor, heartbreak, and sense of helplessness and a mental philosophy learned in Marine Corps training that helps in overcoming the psychological barriers.

While miracles in technology have brought joy to new families, those very advances have placed many couples into a spiraling cycle of hope and heartbreak.

One failed attempt may lead to another, but how do you give up when there is always another doctor, another procedure holding the possibility of your dream for a family?

Roy Sokol has captured the emotional turmoil he and his wife, Elizabeth, endured as they tried to conceive, the years their lives were put on hold, and the excruciating sense of loss and finally great happiness.

He writes too of the couple's journey through the bewildering world of adoption - a path to parenthood fraught with financial, legal, and emotional risks of its own.

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Image: A smoothie to boost fertility
LOVED UP: Research has shown sex during
pregnancy is safe and has disproved
the theory intercourse can induce labour.
Source: The Courier-Mail
Give your baby-making a boost with this healthy smoothie recipe.

This smoothie is rich in B vitamins, zinc and essential fatty acids to support a healthy hormone balance; antioxidants to help protect sperm and eggs; and vitamin E, which can reduce miscarriage risk and aid sperm production.

Just blend and serve.

1 tsp honey
1 tsp lecithin powder
1 tsp LSA powder (finely ground linseed, sunflower seeds and almonds)
1 tsp wheat germ (powder or oil)
1 tsp yogurt (acidophilus-cultured)
1 egg (medium size, organic) (note: eat a maximum of 3 eggs per week)
1/2 medium banana (or 1/2 cup of strawberries or mango pieces)
250ml low-fat cow's milk, soy milk, nut milk or rice milk (preferred)

Options:
Add 1 tablespoon of low-fat ice-cream, sorbet or gelato.
Carob powder is also nutritious and can add flavour and texture

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TODAY'S BOOK SUGGESTION:
Image: Eat, Love, Get Pregnant: A Couple's Guide To Boosting Fertility and Having A Healthy Baby, by Karen Daniels. Publication Date: July 29, 2011pixel
Eat, Love, Get Pregnant: A Couple's Guide To Boosting Fertility and Having A Healthy Baby
by Karen Daniels

-- A breakthrough revolutionary plan for getting pregnant fast, solving common fertility problems and having a healthy baby – this is NOT your average book on getting pregnant!

Renowned fertility expert Dr. Niels Lauersen and women’s wellness expert Colette Bouchez help readers take charge of their fertility with a revolutionary new self-help plan designed to show couples how to work together to boost their conception odds, plan for a healthy pregnancy, and get pregnant faster – all without the use of expensive fertility treatments or medications.

Based on scientific research and tested on thousands of couples Eat-Love- GET PREGNANT is a simple yet revolutionary plan that provides the quintessential missing link absent from most other fertility programs – namely, the importance of not only boosting both male and female fertility simultaneously, but bold new evidence showing how, when couples work together in certain special and unique ways, they can create a unified fertility power boost strong enough to take them from infertile to fertile in as little as three months

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Image: Nordic Naturals Complete Omega 3.6.9. - Lemon by Nordic Naturals
If you are not getting enough of these essential fatty acids, you may notice symptoms such as:

• Dry skin
• Cracked skin on heels or fingertips
• Hair falling out
• Poor wound healing
• Dry, difficult hair
• Dandruff
• Irritability
• Soft or brittle nails
• Allergies
• Fatigue
• Hyperactivity
• Difficulty losing weight
• High blood pressure
• Arthritis
• Pre-menstrual syndrome
• Painful breasts

Fish Oil and Fertility: A Surprising Connection

A primary cause of female infertility is polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS). This condition is linked to increased insulin levels. In women with PCOS, the ovaries release an egg from a follicle sporadically, if at all, instead of the usual every 28 days. These irregular cycles can be corrected once women with PCOS lower their elevated insulin levels, At this point their fertility almost magically reappears.

Unfortunately, even after women with PCOS become pregnant, they still have higher rates of miscarriages. Thus, simply reducing insulin levels alone is not the total answer. The other important factor appears to be an imbalance of eicosanoids that can be treated with the increased consumption of fish oil. Epidemiological studies of pregnant women who consume large amounts of long-chain Omega-3 fatty acids, like EPA and DHA, found in fish oil tend to carry their babies for a longer period of time.

They also have a correspondingly lower rate of premature births which can cause physical and neurological problems such as learning disabilities. Since 6 to 10 percent of all births in America are premature, I feel it is quite likely this unfortunate statistic may be linked to our growing decrease of long-chain Omega-3 fatty acids containing EPA/DHA in the diet.
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How Nutrition Makes a Difference
Another key fatty acid, omega-3, is found in deep-sea fish oil. Omega-3 fatty acids have been found to clean the blood of fat deposits, reduce clotting, and encourage blood flow to the tissues, including the uterus.

Omega-3 fatty acids also boost the immune system and have been found to reduce certain immune cells (NK, or natural killer, cells) which prevent the embryo's implantation in the uterus. The omega-3 fatty acids eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docohexaenoic acid (DHA) are also essential in fetal brain development
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TODAY'S BOOK SUGGESTION:
Image: Fully Fertile: A 12-Week Holistic Plan for Optimal Fertility, by Elisabeth Heller, Tami Quinn, Jeanie Lee Bussell. Publisher: Findhorn Press (February 1, 2008)pixelFully Fertile: A 12-Week Holistic Plan for Optimal Fertility
by Elisabeth Heller, Tami Quinn, Jeanie Lee Bussell

-- The healing powers of traditional yoga, Oriental medicine, nutrition, and other mind/body techniques are accessible with this do-it-yourself manual for women who are struggling with infertility or just looking to improve their odds of conception.

Natural methods based on Integrative Care for Fertility™ use a holistic approach to demonstrate how a home-based holistic fertility program can improve mind, body, and spirit, and in turn maximize chances for conceiving.

Photographs are provided to illustrate the proper yoga postures, and interspersed stories from yoga practitioners and experts present real-life struggles of infertility patients and victories that will inspire all women who are trying for a healthy pregnancy and birth.

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It's time to update this quote:

"In 2009, there were 105,827 live births in the United States to women ages 40 through 44 -- 7,320 live births to women 45 to 49 -- 569 live births to women 50-54.
In 2009, there were only 783 live births to women over 43, using donor eggs."

Checking the 2015 birth stats today at the CDC and I found:

Age of mother
Women in their 40s -- The birth rate for women aged 40–44 was 11.0 births per 1,000 women in 2015, up 4% from 2014. The 2015 rate for this group is the highest since 1966.

Women aged 45-49 -- The birth rate for women aged 45–49 (which includes births to women aged 50 and over) was 0.8 births per 1,000 women in 2015, unchanged from 2014 and 2013. The number of births to women aged 45 and over rose 6% from 2014 to 2015.

Women aged 50 and over -- There were 754 births to women aged 50 and over in 2015 compared with 743 in 2014. The number of births to women in this age group has generally increased since 1997, when data for women aged 50 and over became available again. The birth rate for women aged 50–54 was 0.7 births per 10,000 women in 2015, up from 2014.

TOTAL (40-54) : 224,938 live births

NOTE: In this report, tables labeled 45-49 years, 45-54 years, and 50-54 years include births to mothers up to age 64.

Next I went to SART, who has the 2014 IVF and Donor Egg rates in the US:

Fresh Embryos From Non-Donor Oocytes
Number of cycles : (41-42) 11,186 (over 42) 8,672

Percentage of cycles resulting in live births : (41-42) 13.3 (over 42) 3.9

Total live births : (41-42) 1,488 (over 42) 338

TOTAL (over 40) : 1,826

Thawed Embryos From Non-Donor Oocytes
Number of transfers : (41-42) 1,903 (over 42) 1,512

Percentage of transfers resulting in live births : (41-42) 27.7 (over 42) 19.6

Total live births : (41-42) 527 (over 42) 296

TOTAL (over 40) : 823

Total number of women conceiving from IVF (non-DE) (over 40) : 2,649

Donor Oocytes (all ages)

Number of transfers : (Fresh Embryos) 6,929 (Thawed Embryos) 2,886

Percentage of transfers resulting in live births : (Fresh) 53.5 (Thawed) 38.5

Total Live Births : (Fresh) 3,707 (Thawed) 1,111

TOTAL births by Donor Egg (all ages) : 4,818

Source: www.sartcorsonline.com

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How old were the women who used ART in the United States in 2008?Figure 3: The largest group of women using ART services were women younger than age 35. These women represented approximately 38% of all ART cycles performed in 2014. About 20% of ART cycles were performed among women aged 35–37, 19% among women aged 38–40, 10% among women aged 41–42, 7% among women aged 43–44, and 6% among women older than age 44. The average age of women using ART services in 2014 was 36.

How did the types of ART cycles used in the United States differ among women of different ages?
Figure 4 shows that, in 2014, the percentage of ART cycles in which a woman used her own eggs declined with age, while the percentage of ART cycles using a donor egg increased with age. The vast majority (96%) of women younger than age 35 used their own eggs (nondonor), and about 4% used donor eggs. In contrast, 35% of women aged 43–44 and 68% of women older than age 44 used donor eggs.

Was the use of donor eggs or embryos higher among older women undergoing ART?
The percentage of cycles performed with donor eggs increased sharply after age 40. Among women older than age 48, for example, approximately 86% of all ART cycles used donor eggs. Eggs produced by women in older age groups form embryos that are less likely to implant and more likely to result in miscarriage if they do implant.

Number of live-birth deliveries to women using Donor Egg older than 43 in 2014: 783

Source: http://www.cdc.gov/art

So the updated quote will become:

"In 2015, there were 224,938 live births in the United States to women ages 40 through 54 --  754 of those live births to women 50-54.
In 2014, there were only 783 live births to women over 43, using donor eggs."
Image: Pregnant woman, still waiting, by Valeer Vandenbosch on freeimagesMany women can and do get pregnant over 40. Some women retain their fertility right up into menopause. Some women have no trouble getting pregnant without any help, no matter their age. Some women just need a bit of fine-tuning to enable them to carry a pregnancy successfully.

Some women do find it harder to get pregnant because fertility can decline with age. They may need more time, or some vitamin, herbal or hormonal help. Many women will go on to conceive without help, given enough time.

But sadly, the answer is no, not every woman will get pregnant without medical help in her 40s. There are many reasons why pregnancy might not be possible without medical assistance. If you are older than 40 and haven't gotten pregnant after trying for six months, fertility experts says you should see your health care provider. To determine whether you face any particular health risks and whether there is anything you can do medically to improve your chances.

In many cases, there are medical options that could help. Medical help such as fertility meds, IUI, IVF, donor egg, donor sperm, donor embryo. However, these can be expensive options, filled with pros and cons, and often heartache along the way.

If you do find that carrying a pregnancy is simply not possible for you, there is surrogacy or adoption - foster, domestic or international. These too, can be expensive options, filled with pros and cons, and often heartache along the way.

No matter how a child comes into your life, it is a miracle, and should be rejoiced! Yet not everyone is willing or able to go these routes - for financial, age, health, lifestyle or other personal reasons. I guess the bottom line is - how will you feel if you don't end up with a child? For some that is an acceptable risk, for others they are willing to do what it may take to bring a child into their lives.

However, there ARE things you can do to make yourself healthier. Herbs, vitamins, diet, bio-identical hormones, TCM, alternative therapies, lifestyle changes. Which may help your body work better, which may improve your fertility. Yes, even if you are going the medical route in your attempt to get pregnant.

No, getting pregnant isn't always easy. Very few couples conceive on the first try. In fact, even if everything is absolutely in perfect working order, and you were 20 years old, you would only have a 20-25% chance of conception each month.

Are these things guaranteed to get you pregnant? No, but a healthy body has a better chance. Your body works better, your reproductive organs can function properly and your chances of having a successful pregnancy increases.

I hope that you are able to find a way to make your dreams come true!

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Image: One Mom's Journey to Motherhood: Infertility, Childbirth Complications, and Postpartum Depression, Oh My!, by Ivy Shih Leung. Publisher: Abbott Press (November 15, 2011)TODAY'S BOOK SUGGESTION:
pixelOne Mom's Journey to Motherhood: Infertility, Childbirth Complications, and Postpartum Depression, Oh My!
by Ivy Shih Leung

-- Author Ivy Shih Leung shares her not-so-perfect road to motherhood in this book that is part memoir and part self-help guide, reflecting lessons learned in the form of helpful tips and information to empower readers on the biological and sociological roots behind postpartum depression (PPD).

She also seeks to raise awareness of the myths of motherhood and the stigma of PPD that contribute to the silent suffering of many mothers, as well as the importance of adequate social support in the early postpartum weeks.

A culmination of Ivy's frightening PPD journey and her emergence from it with a passion to learn more about perinatal mood disorders, this book is fueled with passion to help other women and their families, anger from the unnecessary suffering Ivy went through from the lack of information available to the public about PPD, her doctors' ignorance and lack of sensitivity, and public remarks like, There is no such thing as a chemical imbalance.

All of which shows there's still a long way to go in terms of educating the public about an illness that is suffered by one in eight new mothers.

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Image: NatureWise Vitamin D3 5,000 IU in Organic Olive Oil, Non-GMO, USP Grade, 360 countSupplemental vitamin D comes in two forms: ergocalciferol (vitamin D2) and cholecalciferol (vitamin D3).

They have generally been regarded as equivalent and interchangeable, but that notion is based on studies of rickets prevention in infants conducted seven decades ago.

Recent studies have shown that vitamin D3 is a more potent form of vitamin D. Vitamin D2 has a shorter shelf life, and its metabolites bind with protein poorly, making it less effective.

One unit of cod liver oil (containing vitamin D3) has been shown to be as effective as four units of Viosterol (a medicinal preparation of vitamin D2).

However, the form of vitamin D used in prescriptions in North America is almost invariably vitamin D2.

Source: The case against ergocalciferol (vitamin D2) as a vitamin supplement1,2American Journal of Clinical Nutrition

Editor's Note: After reading this article, I went to check mine. I am taking Exact Vitamin D 1000 U.I. (a Canadian Loblows no-name brand), Checking the bottle, it says that it is Vitamin D3.

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Contraindications and Precautions:
Vitamin D is contraindicated in those with hypercalcemia and in those with evidence of vitamin D toxicity. Vitamin D is contraindicated in those with hypersensitivity to any component of a vitamin D-containing product.

Pregnant women and nursing mothers should avoid vitamin D supplemental intakes greater than U.S. RDA amounts of the vitamin unless higher amounts are prescribed by their physicians. The U.S. RDA for vitamin D is 400 IU or 10 micrograms daily.

Pharmaceutical use of vitamin D must only be undertaken under medical supervision.
Supplemental vitamin D should be used cautiously in those on digoxin or any cardiac glycoside. Hypercalcemia in those on digoxin may precipitate cardiac arrhythmias. Supplemental doses of vitamin D greater that upper limit intake levels (UL) should only be used if medically prescribed and should be avoided by those on digoxin or other cardiac glycoside. The UL for adults is 2,000 IU or 50 micrograms daily.

Concomitant use of thiazides and pharmacologic doses of vitamin D may cause hypercalcemia in some.

Source: Dr. Mercola: BEWARE of Most Prescription Vitamin D Supplements!

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TODAY'S BOOK SUGGESTION:
Image: Zita West's Guide to Fertility and Assisted Conception: Essential Advice on Preparing Your Body for IVF and Other Fertility Treatments, by Zita West. Publisher: Random House UK (April 12, 2010)pixelZita West's Guide to Fertility and Assisted Conception: Essential Advice on Preparing Your Body for IVF and Other Fertility Treatments
by Zita West

-- Embarking on IVF—or any assisted fertility treatment—can be a very demanding and stressful experience, but the right physical, nutritional, and emotional support can lessen these stresses and strains and increase the chances of success.

Here a leading fertility and pregnancy expert offers an in-depth explanation of all aspects of fertility and, uniquely, addresses the issues involved in using assisted conception.

She explains fertility from preconception and trying naturally to assisted conception, what is involved in the IVF process, how to prepare your body to increase the chances of conceiving successfully, the importance of a proactive approach to diet and nutrition, and how complementary therapies, such as acupuncture, can increase the chances of success.

Including interviews with leading experts in the field, case histories from patients, and the author's own holistic principles, this is an invaluable guide for the growing number of people who are considering, or have already embarked on, medical intervention to enable them to conceive.

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Image: All Natural Way to Predict Your Baby's Gender Accurately - 94% Success Rate The road to conception can be very smooth for some couples, while others find that it can take years before they are able to become pregnant. While there are many factors that can affect successful conception, understanding some basic things can make your journey easier. If you are trying to conceive, here are a few things to keep in mind.

1. Know Your Monthly Cycle. One of the best ways to increase your chances of becoming pregnant is to understand how your monthly cycle works. Every woman is different and in some cases, every cycle is different. Before you conceive, take a few months to chart your cycle from beginning to end. Keep track of the first day of your period and when you ovulate.

This information will help you determine when you are most fertile and when you should be scheduling intercourse. It may not be very romantic to schedule it in, but if you do want to conceive, you have to be able to take advantage of that window of opportunity when it arrives.

2. Predict Your Monthly Ovulation. In order to find that window of opportunity, you have to know when you ovulate. There is a period of five days within each cycle that you are at your most fertile. The three days preceding ovulation and the day following ovulation. Once you know when this occurs, you can greatly increase the likelihood of fertilization.

Remember that once an egg is released from an ovary, it only has a period of 24 hours when it remains viable. It is vital to make sure that you are having intercourse as close to the date that you ovulate as possible. While you can become pregnant at any time during those five days, it is best to try to time your ovulation and intercourse as closely as possible.

3. Get Healthy Ahead of Time. In order to be at your most fertile, you need to take care of yourself. Start taking prenatal vitamins ahead of time and have yourself looked over by a doctor. If you have noticed any irregularities with your monthly cycles, talk to them about it now. If you have questions about ovulation or learning more about your body, it is important to have these questions answered ahead of time.

Get plenty of rest and practice a healthy lifestyle. Try to remove stress from your life and take good care of your body. You'll be asking it to undergo a great task over the next nine months and you owe it to yourself and your future child to be as healthy as possible.

Successful conception doesn't have to be difficult. Although it can take a healthy couple a year to conceive naturally, by paying attention to this advice, you can increase your chances of becoming pregnant in less time. Remember, if you don't conceive right away, don't get disheartened. Just keep trying and barring any fertility issues you should be able to conceive a happy and healthy baby.


TODAY'S BOOK SUGGESTION:
Image; All Natural Way to Predict Your Baby's Gender Accurately - 94% Success RatePrince or Princess?
All Natural Way to Predict Your Baby's Gender Accurately - 94% Success Rate
by Alicia Pennington

-- In the first year of introduction, 117 couples used this method and I am so proud to declare that 112 couples had conceived the baby gender of their choice! That's a 94% success rate!

Word started spreading and my reputation began to grow as a midwife, renowned for my baby gender selection method! As the number of patients wanting to find out about my method were increasing rapidly, I knew I had to do something drastic when my phone kept ringing off the hook even at 4am! I therefore decided to be a full time consultant on baby gender selection, to help as many people achieve their perfect family by having the perfect baby.

You can be as happy, no matter where you are, this is a real opportunity for you to create your dream family. I have compiled my findings from all my years of research into a reader friendly e-book which is made easy for all to understand.

You can stop wishing and hoping for a boy or a girl and start working on doing things right and get the baby you have always wanted.

You may be concerned whether you will be getting what I have promised you. Well, don't worry... if you don't get what you expect for whatever reasons, I will give you back your money with no questions asked.

Yes and I repeat.. a rock solid 100% Money Back Guarantee with no questions asked.

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