ACOG Guidelines Encourage Exercise During Pregnancy

ACOG Guidelines Encourage Exercise During Pregnancy

American Obstetrics and Gynecology guidelines encourage continuing exercise during pregnancy, even in those patients who participate in daily vigorous exercise. It also encourages sedentary women to initiate exercise during pregnancy. In pregnancy, physical inactivity and excessive weight gain have been recognized as risk factors for certain pregnancy complications, including gestational diabetes mellitus. Some obstetricians and midwives […]

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Your Lifestyle Affects Your Fertility

Lifestyle Effects on Fertility

A recent paper in the January issue of Fertility and Sterility continues to point to the negative effects of smoking, weight extremes, alcohol use, and stress on pregnancy rates in women who are attempting to conceive. Tobacco Smoking, both in increased frequency and duration can lead to a delay in conception of more than one […]

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Reasons Why It Is Harder For Women to Lose Weight

Weight Loss for Men vs Women

Achieving ideal body weight is part of a healthy life style and may also be involved in fertility and pregnancy success. Achieving ideal body weight, however, is very difficult. Here are some reasons why it is harder for women to lose weight. There are several biological reasons for this discrepancy. First, women have more fat […]

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Cholesterol Levels May Play a Part in Fertility

cholesterol level and fertility

Cholesterol levels may play a part in fertility. A recent study published in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism earlier this year showed that couples who did not become pregnant within a year of trying to conceive had higher levels of cholesterol than couples who did become pregnant. In both men and women age […]

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Reduce the Risk of Peanut Allergies

Reduce the Risk of Peanut Allergies

Women going through infertility treatment often ask what is safe to eat while attempting pregnancy in the hope that their child will have the best chance at being healthy. Eating foods high in folic acid such as green leafy vegetables and most importantly folate supplements are well known to be important in preventing neural tube […]

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BMI and Reproductive Function

Proof–of–principle experiments in mice and lower primates demonstrate a clear association between leptin, energy balance and reproductive health. Obese individuals often demonstrate aberration in leptin signaling. Either they have higher sustained levels of leptin (it is produced in peripheral fat cells) and or demonstrate leptin resistance (similar to having a key that does not quite […]

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When is Thin Too Thin?

Leptin is a crucial metabolic regulator of energy sufficiency and control of proper reproductive function. Women of insufficient BMI (body mass index) often may have a cessation of their menstrual cycle, and subsequently, suppression of the reproductive access. This type of menstrual irregularity is attributed to the diagnosis of hypothalamic amenorrhea. When is thin too […]

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Diet and Lifestyle Issues While Attempting to Conceive

Caffeine and Fertility

Although a healthy lifestyle, including exercise and proper diet, is important for general health, it is not necessary to abstain completely from caffeine and alcohol while trying to conceive. On the other hand, extremes of weight and cigarette smoking have been shown to be detrimental to people trying to conceive. Here are common diet and […]

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Do Irregular Periods Mean You Have Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS)?

Abnormal Periods and PCOS

Do irregular periods mean you have Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS)? The truth is that there are many causes of irregular periods but PCOS is the most common cause. About 7% of the overall population, about 25% of young fertile women and over 50% of women with irregular periods have PCOS. So most women with irregular […]

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