What is Carrier Screening? You may have heard of carrier screening from your OB/GYN or midwife. You may also have heard about it from a friend or family member. Carrier screening is a test typically ordered by your midwife or OB/GYN. The test requires a blood draw and analyzes your DNA. The test is looking… Read More Prenatal Genetic Carrier Screening
What is the MTHFR Mutation? The MTHFR Mutation is a change in the DNA that codes for a different gene. This gene affects your body’s ability to metabolize folic acid and maintain a healthy concentration of folate in your blood. There are actually 2 genes that work together to metabolize folic acid. Some people have… Read More MTHFR Mutation: What Does it Mean?
While women’s health is important to becoming pregnant, a man’s health is also important for male fertility. In order to become pregnant you need a healthy egg, but you also need healthy sperm. Sperm health is actually the result of the previous 3-4 months. So start making these changes as soon as possible. #1 Take… Read More 7 Steps to Improving Male Fertility
Hopefully you have already read my article on the best prenatal vitamins. In that article I reviewed different prenatal vitamins and recommended which vitamins contain most of what you need. I addressed prenatal DHA, but mentioned that most prenatal vitamins don’t contain enough DHA. Many prenatal vitamin brands even produce a related prenatal DHA product.… Read More 3 Best Prenatal DHA Supplements
Hypothyroidism is common and can affect your ability to get pregnant, to stay pregnant and to have a healthy baby. If your doctor or midwife recently diagnosed you with hypothyroidism you are most likely full of questions. In fact, even if you have had hypothyroidism your whole life, you may not know how your diagnosis… Read More Hypothyroidism: Fertility & Pregnancy
This year you may have heard that the flu has been especially bad. Hospitalization and death rates are on the rise. When you are trying to become pregnant serious illness can seriously hinder your plans. If you are pregnant, getting the flu can be very dangerous. What can you do? Get the flu shot! Even… Read More 6 Reasons to Get Your Flu Vaccine NOW!
This is the third article of a three part series on prenatal vitamins. Part One: Prescription vs Over The Counter Prenatal Vitamins. Part Two: 9 Essential Ingredients in Prenatal Vitamins. Part Three: In this article I review individual prenatal vitamin brands. I give you my honest recommendations of which brands are the best prenatal vitamins. Overall Best… Read More What are the Best Prenatal Vitamins?
Hopefully you read my last article on choosing between Over the Counter vs Prescription Vitamins. If you are deciding to choose your own prenatal vitamins, as most people do, you need to know what to look for. I’ve done the research and summarized the top 9 things to look for in prenatal vitamins. #1 Folate… Read More 9 Essential Ingredients in Prenatal Vitamins
Is there a difference between prescription and over the counter prenatal vitamins? What is so special about the prenatal vitamins your midwife or OB has prescribed? In short- there doesn’t have to be a difference between prescription and over the counter prenatal vitamins. Manufacturers are allowed to sell everything contained in a prenatal vitamin over… Read More Prescription vs Over the Counter Prenatal Vitamins
Not all women know about the preconception visit and most women have their first pregnancy appointment after they are already pregnant. However, the preconception visit is important to establish your health and prepare your body for a pregnancy. In the ideal world, preconception counseling would happen at every visit, but due to time restraints providers… Read More Preconception Visit: The Who, What, Where, When and Why