Conception Question 4: What are the Effects of Aging on Conception?

Today, more and more women are establishing themselves in professional careers and waiting to have children until later in life. Certainly age has an effect on fertility. I can't deny that. But unlike what many people think, there is no exact threshold at which conceiving is less likely.

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Conception Question 3: Can You Really Control the Sex of Your Baby?

The gender of your baby is determined by which kind of sperm fertilizes an egg. A single sperm either carries the genetic material that leads to a boy or a girl.

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Top Baby Names 2011

It’s always fun looking at the most popular names year to year. Check out the list below and see if your baby’s name made the national list.

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Should You Start Taking Prenatal Vitamins Early?

Yes! I recommend all women start taking prenatal vitamins well before they start trying to conceive, and certainly once they stop using contraception. You never know how long it will take to get pregnant. So start the prenatal vitamin of your choice today!

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Conception Question 1: Does Exercise Affect Fertility?

I've been asked if exercise and physical activity are connected to fertility. Exercise, in general, is healthy for you. (Duh, right?) But are there any repercussions for working out too little or too much? The answer to this question depends on a woman's current weight and fitness levels.

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Your Baby Bump and Back Pain

So you’ve been eagerly waiting the day that your body changes enough for it to be clearly obvious you’re pregnant. Be careful what you wish for. The weight gain of pregnancy, the changes in posture, and the hormonal effects causing relaxation of muscles and ligaments all can lead to back pain. While this is a common complaint in pregnancy, it can be treated and even prevented. Consider these tips for beating back pain.

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Foods to Avoid While Pregnant

A common question that arises while pregnant is “What foods should I NOT eat and why?” It doesn’t make intuitive sense that some foods are fine if you are not pregnant, but become a problem once you are.

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March Is Colon Cancer Awareness Month!

Colon cancer is the third most common cancer in women and men combined and the second leading cause of cancer related deaths in the United States. However, there is good news: it can be cured with early detection.

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Battle of the Pregnancy Smart Phone Apps

For those of you who have seen me in the office, you know I love my iPhone. I use an app for my “pregnancy wheel” before I see each pregnant patient to calculate the exact gestational age. It replaces the old paper wheel that I carried around during residency. So, it got me thinking, what apps are out there for patients.

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My Take on DHA

The short version is that we don’t really know for sure if the DHA in prenatal vitamins has a huge benefit; more research is necessary. Because there is potential benefit and no downside to taking it, it seems reasonable to add a DHA supplement if you desire.

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