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Try Natural Options First If You’re Trying To Conceive

This article reinforces my belief that couples should look into natural options before jumping into expensive and sometimes dangerous fertility procedures. Among things mentioned, there are things you can do to improve egg quality. Read more:www.conceiveonline.comFrom the article:Theres growing evidence that many couples who cant conceive suffer from a combination of conditions that cant cause […]

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My child is trying to give me a jammer

MG is a curious kid. She intently watches me when I do things and has an amazing ability to figure out how to do certain things by herself. At break neck speed.Take for instance, opening the car door. She is small, her reach was limited. WAS. Then one morning, as we're driving to gymnastics, she […]

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Showers of Love and Fear

My baby shower was Saturday and it was a blast! It was a nice mix of friends from work, church, and even online. My friend Raquel, who I originally met on Twitter came and I was so happy to finally meet her face to face!I had a couple of sets of baby shower invites for […]

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Notes from a Lecture on Transgender Medicine

I recently had the privilege of attending a lecture by Dr. Nick Gorton, an openly transgender physician, on the topic of transgender medicine. Long story short, it was amazing. Anybody walks into a lecture hall and starts their talk by explaining the differences between sex and gender, between gender identity and gender expression, and defines […]

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Natural Pain Relief During Pregnancy

A number of discomforts, aches and pains will manifest themselves during pregnancy, which can be countered in a number of natural ways. Also there are many reasons to feel ambivalent and unsettled about the processes your body is undergoing at this time.Learning to deal with the upheavals of pregnancy, both mental and physical is best […]

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Pregnancy Can Have A Restorative Effect On Organs, Researchers Find

If you are already pregnant, chances are, you are doing your body a favor, according to recent research conducted in Israel. It was found that pregnancy could have a restorative impact on the damaged organs of a body; a sort of fountain of youth formula that pharma companies would love to get their hands on!A […]

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Mother becomes first in world to give birth to twins after heart transplant

An American woman has become the first in the world to give birth to twins just months after having a heart transplant.Stefania DeMayo was still recovering from her operation when she unexpectedly fell pregnant.Doctors warned the 29-year-old having a baby so soon after major life-saving surgery would put her in serious danger again.But, despite the […]

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Smoking while pregnant increases risk of ‘cross eyes’ and reduced fertility in baby

Smoking while pregnant increases the chance of eye problems and low fertility counts in babies, according to two separate scientific studies.Dr. Tobias Torp-Pedersen and his team of researchers at the Statens Serum Institut in Copenhagen, Denmark found that smoking while pregnant increased the risk of strabismus, a condition in which the eyes are unable to […]

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3 years since my WLS

It's my "surgiversary" today! Today marks three years since I had my WLS (weight loss surgery). My weight, as of yesterday was 158.6 lbs. Down from 310 lbs! YEAH!!My lowest weight post op was 137 lbs, that was January 2009, when I was having stomach pain for months and months, with little reprieve using medical […]

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IF the eternal waiting game

hey. nothing exciting here to report really. hot as heck in Cairo, like 95F i think today. one week from today, next Monday the 26th,we will have our nuchal scan and i am so anxious. i really can't wait and do pray, wish andhope that all is good in my uterus. God how i hope […]

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If you stay longer than 1 week, anything is fair game

What exactly is too long for company to be in town, specifically when said company is staying at your house? I think a week. Max. Anything more than that brings out frustrations annoyances I can't promise that I will bit my tongue on any given situation. And this week's worth of time is not just […]

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Frozen Produce As Good (Maybe Better) Than Fresh

A key piece of overcoming infertility is preparing your body by eating fruits and vegetable. Eating a healthy diet can be hard for many women because it's not as convenient and it may require multiple trips to the grocery store. first let me say, I'm all for buying locally and supporting your local farmers. However, […]

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Fucking insurance.

Fuck them. I swear to god, if I don't lose my shit because of this god damn insurance company, it will be a minor miracle.I thought it was all figured out. The formula I submitted on 25 for reimbursement which got 'lost' in the mail the first time, and then FINALLY should have gone through, […]

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Today’s hike (only one more day of vacation left!)

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In Vitro Maturation: Will Fertility Drugs Become Unnecessary?

In the mid?1990s a group at Monash University in Melbourne, Australia, reported the world's first baby born from an embryo derived from an immature egg that had been matured in the embryology laboratory, and then fertilized and transferred to the uterus. The process has come to be known as In vitro maturation (IVM) of eggs. […]

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Spend, spend, spend….

Hot on the heels of the latest OART topic, I feel the need to state the rather obvious fact that kids cost money. Lots of it!!Luckily for us, when we found ourselves suddenly hopping on a plane to meet our would-be daughter, we had a support system back home sharing in our excitement. While we […]

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Suggested Reading: The Estrogen Dilemma

In case you missed, it, there was an excellent article, “The Estrogen Dilemma, in the New York Times Magazine this weekend. The author, Cynthia Gorney, recounted the emotional roller-coaster she experienced as a result of mid-life hormonal changes, but questioned the safety and long-term consequences of the hormone replacement therapy that seemed to put her […]

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Isla Fisher is Pregnant!

Looks like Isla Fisher and husband Sacha Baron Cohen are expecting again.On Sunday, she stepped out in West Hollywood with a baby bump.She has yet to announce any pregnancy news - and might not for some time.Fisher, 34, and Cohen, 38, are notoriously hush-hush about their private lives.They didn't immediately confirm their first daughter Olive's […]

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Weekly News Round-Up, 4/18

At RHRC, Robin Marty has a rundown of states working to ban abortion coverage in health exchanges related to health reform legislation. This includes Tennessee, where HB 2681 has passed the state House and would “prohibit[s] coverage for abortion services under any health care plan through an exchange required to be established in this state […]

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For New Moms: How to Ask for Help?

I know I have a span of readers who are at different stages of this baby thing, from trying to conceive to mothers of multiple multiples! And I love that, I do! I so appreciate those who are still trying to conceive, because I know it was hard for me to read when my blog […]

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What I’m Makin Monday: Baby Hair Bows

Woohoo! It's my 2nd "What I'm Makin' Monday" I'm keeping the streak alive so far, and I have another fun giveaway this week too.Before I was even TRYING to get pregnant I was obsessed with cute little baby hair bows. Specifically the humongous flower ones with the netting headbands. I was obsessed. But I couldn't […]

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Off Topic: Bird Transcriptions: Combining Undergrad Nerdiness w/ Librarian Nerdiness

Via a colleague’s Facebook post, I was alerted to this post from the National Archives on Cultivating Citizen Archivists. It talks about distributed, participatory methods of working with data, such as a project to let people mark craters on Mars images. The post also mentioned the U.S. Geological Survey’s (USGS) North American Bird Phenology Program, […]

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Rant, Baby Shower edition

Pardon me while I rant a little bit, but here is how I am feeling right now: annoyeddismissedsadirritatedoffendedangryand a little bit guilty for feeling all of these things...I went out to run some errands this morning, and I came home to a message from H stating that tomorrow morning's baby shower needs to be moved […]

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OART #15

The Open Adoption Roundtable is a series of occasional writing prompts about open adoption. It's designed to showcase of the diversity of thought and experience in the open adoption community. You don't need to be part of the Open Adoption Bloggers list to participate, or even be in a traditional open adoption. If you're thinking […]

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Dear Daughter: I Look Like I Have Elephantitis

Dear LadyBug,Wow, we've gotten bigger this week. Me especially. I feel myself waddling when I walk and I can't help it. I love penguins, always have, but I don't really enjoy FEELING like one. I also have a bigger appetite now. I went to Chick-fil-a the other day, and got a meal, then about 15 […]

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