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Causes of Female Infertility and How to Cope with It

8 Nov

Women who want to get pregnant adapt to healthy fertility diet to ensure their bodies are fit for conception. But some women have a hard time conceiving. If you are trying to get pregnant but no matter how hard you and your partner try, you are still not conceiving, then you might have infertility problems. Doctor Serena Chen, a fertility specialist in New Jersey, talks about causes of female infertility in the video below.

Causes of Female Infertility

Female infertility can be caused by different factors just like the ones mentioned in the video. About 10% of women in the US population, whose age range from 15 to 44, have a hard time conceiving or staying pregnant. This is according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). But this does not mean that infertility can only happen in women. Infertility in men are also possible and can be caused by different factors too.

There are many causes of infertility on men and women. But facing the cause or problem can put stress in a relationship. Some ways to cope, help manage, and lower the stress of infertility are:

Acknowledge your feelings: Holding everything inside does not help. It actually takes more mental energy to hold your feelings back than to express them. Allow yourself time to feel the sadness, anger, and frustration.

Seek support: Whether through friends, professional counseling, groups, or online forums, finding somewhere to talk with people who understand can help you feel less alone.

Practice relaxation: Learning how to relax and calm yourself can help when feelings get intense and during treatments. Acupuncture, yoga, and relaxation techniques are all possible ways to cope.

Talk to your partner: Talk about your feelings together. Keep in mind, though, that men and women cope with stress in different ways. Women are more likely to express their sadness, while men tend to hold things inside. Neither way is wrong, just different.

Learn as much as you can: The more you know about infertility, including alternatives like adoption or living child-free, the more in control you will feel.

Don’t let infertility take over your life: Make sure you fill your life and your relationship with other things. If it seems like infertility is all you talk about together, set a specified time each day for the topic, and use the rest of the day to talk about other things.

Keep sex fun: As mentioned above, sex can quickly become more like a chore, than a fun way to express love for each other. Try to keep things loving and exciting. Light candles, play fun music, or watch romantic movies, whatever makes you both feel good.

Consider professional help: Many couples find that professional individual or couples counseling can help them cope with the emotional stress of infertility, and some fertility clinics insist that their patients seek counseling before and during treatment.

Source: http://infertility.about.com/od/copingwithinfertility/a/copestress.htm

It is best for a couple to face infertility together. What a man feels about the situation may be different from a woman’s emotion but generally they are the same because both of them are affected. Keeping the lines of communication between the couple open can help on how they will cope with infertility. This can aid them in supporting one another positively.

Immune activation in pregnant mice affects offspring, potential …

29 Oct

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A brief kick to the immune system of a pregnant mouse can cause persistent changes in the brains of the offspring, according to new research from the University of California, Davis, Center for Neuroscience.

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How to Prepare for a Healthy Pregnancy Diet

19 Sep

Congratulations! As an expectant mom, you are now embarking on the greatest journey you will ever take — your pregnancy! The next nine months will be full of excitement and expectation for you. It is very crucial to have a healthy and happy beginning of your pregnancy. Part of your responsibility is to ensure proper nutrition is met before, during, and after pregnancy. Below are ways to prepare for a healthy pregnancy diet.

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A Healthy Pregnancy Diet Equals a Healthy Baby and a Healthy Mom

You don’t need to go on a special diet, but it’s important to eat a variety of different foods every day to get the right balance of nutrients that you and your baby need. You should also avoid certain foods in pregnancy.

You will probably find that you are more hungry than usual, but you don’t need to ‘eat for two’ – even if you are expecting twins or triplets. Have a healthy breakfast every day because this can help you to avoid snacking on foods that are high in fat and sugar.

Eating healthily often means just changing the amounts of different foods you eat so that your diet is varied, rather than cutting out all your favourites. You will need to be careful with your diet if you develop gestational diabetes – your doctor or midwife will advise you.

Fruit and vegetables

Eat plenty of fruit and vegetables because these provide vitamins and minerals, as well as fibre, which helps digestion and prevents constipation. Eat at least five portions of fruit and vegetables a day – these can be fresh, frozen, canned, dried or juiced. Always wash them carefully. Cook vegetables lightly in a little water, or eat them raw but well washed, to get the benefit of the nutrients they contain.

Starchy foods (carbohydrates)

Starchy foods are an important source of vitamins and fibre, and are satisfying without containing too many calories. They include bread, potatoes, breakfast cereals, rice, pasta, noodles, maize, millet, oats, sweet potatoes, yams and cornmeal. These foods should be the main part of every meal. Eat wholemeal instead of processed (white) varieties when you can.

Protein

Sources of protein include meat (but avoid liver), fish, poultry, eggs, beans, pulses and nuts. Eat some protein every day. Choose lean meat, remove the skin from poultry, and cook it using only a little fat. Make sure eggs, poultry, pork, burgers and sausages are cooked all the way through. Check that there is no pink meat, and that juices have no pink or red in them. Try to eat two portions of fish a week, one of which should be oily fish such as sardines or mackerel. There are some types of fish you should avoid in pregnancy.

Dairy

Dairy foods such as milk, cheese, fromage frais and yoghurt are important because they contain calcium and other nutrients that your baby needs. Choose low-fat varieties wherever possible. For example, semi-skimmed or skimmed milk, low-fat yoghurt and half-fat hard cheese. Aim for two to three portions a day. There are some cheeses to avoid.

Read more: http://www.nhs.uk/conditions/pregnancy-and-baby/pages/healthy-pregnancy-diet.aspx#close

Eating the above-mentioned nutritious foods will help lower the risk of chronic diseases such as obesity, diabetes, heart disease, hypertension, and osteoporosis that many women may face after pregnancy and later in life. Interestingly, a study showed that when a mother eats healthily during her gestational period, it minimizes the risk of obesity in infants despite the mother’s size.

“We are finding that the cycle of obesity likely begins in the womb, however, we are also finding that obesity does not necessarily beget obesity,” Kjersti M. Aagaard, M.D., Ph.D., study author from the Division of Maternal-Fetal Medicine and the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas, said.

Full story on: http://zeenews.india.com/news/health/health-news/obese-mums-to-be-do-not-necessarily-beget-obese-kids_18865.html

The bottom line is that you are what you eat. All the nutrients required to properly develop your baby come from the food you choose to eat. A healthy gestational diet does not need to be unbearable considering there are foods to avoid. Enjoy the journey and keep in mind that it is YOU and YOUR BABY who will benefit from good sustenance.

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