Conception Question 8: Can Stress Affect Your Ability to Conceive?

Stress is almost universal. Whether from a single situation or you find yourself stressed out by work, family, relationships…stress can't be avoided. Certainly, stress can take its toll on your body, both physically and emotionally. And research shows that there are levels of certain hormones that vary when people are under stress. But can these emotional and physical changes affect your ability to conceive?

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Weight Gain In Pregnancy

I think it’s time for a little blog post about weight gain in pregnancy.  This will help many of our patients meet their ideal pregnancy weight at the time of delivery, and thus lead to the best pregnancy outcomes possible. 

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10 Conception Myths

There are more old wives' tales about conception and pregnancy than probably any other event in health and medicine. Here are some of the conception myths I hear most often, as well as the facts that debunk them. 

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Conception Question 7: Can You Predict Ovulation?

Typically, we are taught that the so-called "fertile window" includes the day a woman starts to ovulate, plus the 5 days prior. And the likelihood that sex will lead to pregnancy is greatest within the last 2 to 3 days before ovulation. With that being said, I'm sure you're wondering when exactly you ovulate. 

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Conception Question 6: Can Prior Contraception Affect Fertility?

I hear it all the time..."Dr. B, I want to get pregnant next year. So I'm gonna stop taking my pills now."

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Protecting Your Newborn from Pertussis or “Whooping Cough”

Vaccination against pertussis, commonly referred to as “whooping cough,” has recently gained intense media attention due to rising infection rates in the U.S. This growing awareness of pertussis infection has generated many excellent questions from our expectant parents during routine OB visits. You’ve inspired me to summarize the most current information on pertussis and recommendations for vaccination.

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Conception Question 5: What About Conceiving After Miscarriage?

It's surprising to many couples to learn that 15% to 20% of all recognized pregnancies end in miscarriage. While the rate is not quite as high for first time moms, it is still a possibility. Fortunately, your ability to conceive after a miscarriage should not be greatly affected.

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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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