As you’ve probably already discovered, trying to conceive can be extremely isolating. You try to keep it a secret from everyone you know, especially your families. The last thing you need when TTC is your aunt telling you how to have sex or someone else telling you about their friend who tried for years before… Read More TTC over the Holidays
Everyone knows that advanced maternal age (over 35) is linked to decreases in fertility and a slew of other pregnancy complications. How about paternal age or the age of the dad? After all, it takes two to make a baby. Does the age of the sperm matter? We know of many celebrity dads fathering children… Read More Having a Baby with an Older Man: Does Paternal Age Effect Fertility?
I used to believe that when it came to food everything was the miracle food one week and carcinogenic the next week, and my opinion hasn’t totally changed. However, now everything we eat not only impacts us, but also our fertility. So all of a sudden, all the panic surrounding BPA and soy that I… Read More BPA & Soy: The Good and the Bad for Getting Pregnant
As a midwife one of the main questions I get all the time is “what is a midwife?”. As I am deepening my interest in fertility and subsequently infertility, people are even more confused as to where a midwife fits into the fertility picture. This post is to clear up any confusion about what a… Read More What is a midwife & Can I see a midwife after IVF?
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
Birth control is a vital part of your health when you are trying to avoid pregnancy, but deciding when to quit it when you are considering having a baby can be challenging. This post will help walk you through the steps of deciding when to quit. Step #1 Choose a pregnancy date Of course, you… Read More When Should You Stop Your Birth Control Before Trying to Get Pregnant?
Having a baby completely changes… well everything, so it is important to set realistic expectations from the beginning. You can take this quiz from University Hospitals to see if you are ready to take the next step. I’ve made a list of 6 topics to cover when deciding whether now is the right time… Read More Are You Ready to Have a Baby?
Before doing my research I was worried that Trump news, Hurricane news and the Las Vegas shooting news had simply buried the media coverage of Zika infections and pregnancy complications. That is only partially true. You should still wait at least 6 months after traveling to a Zika affected country before trying to conceive, but… Read More Zika and Pregnancy: Is it Still a Concern?
You and your partner have decided to become pregnant, or maybe you are going at it alone (kudos to you!). Where do you begin? I have summarized 10 steps to help you get pregnant below. I believe that it is important to be adequately prepared to optimize your fertility before you begin trying to increase… Read More 10 Steps to Start Trying to Get Pregnant
I am a midwife, and pediatric ICU nurse living and working in New York City. I am struck by the fear of infertility and the lack of knowledge surrounding fertility among my colleagues and peers. So I have set out to create a blog addressing fertility to help ease these fears and empower women to… Read More Meet the Midwife