Is Infertility Clinic Right for You?

If you are unable to get pregnant, you are not alone. According to a report released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), about 10.9 percent of American women, or 6.7 million women, aged 15 to 44 have trouble getting or staying pregnant. If you have a strong desire to have a child, infertility can have serious psychological and emotional consequences, and it can undermine your ability to live a normal life. While there is no sure way to reverse infertility, there are a number of things that you can do to increase your chances of getting pregnant, and one of them is to visit an infertility clinic.

Understanding Infertility

Infertility is clinically defined as the inability to get pregnant after attempting for one year. Women who manage to get pregnant but are unable to stay pregnant may also be regarded as infertile. Pregnancy results from a process that involves a number of steps. First of all, an egg must be released from a woman’s ovaries. Then, the egg has to travel to the womb through a fallopian tube, and it must be joined with and fertilized by a man’s sperm along the way. Finally, the fertilized egg has to be attached to the inside of the womb. Infertility can occur if any of these steps fail.

Infertility does not always result from a woman’s problem; it can also be caused by a certain problem in a man. There are a number of factors that can increase the risk of infertility, and these include age, smoking, excessive alcohol use, drugs, stress, poor diet, health problems, medicines and others. An increasing number of American women are trying to get pregnant in their 30s or 40s, and about one out of three couples in which the woman is older than 35 experience fertility problems.

When Should Women with Fertility Problems Start Calling Their Doctors?

Most medical experts advise women to try to get pregnant for at least one year before consulting their doctors. Women aged 35 and above should visit their doctors after they have tried for six months. A woman’s chances of conceiving can be significantly reduced every year after she reaches 30. Women are advised to talk to their doctors before they try to get pregnant.

The Benefits of Visiting an Infertility Clinic

An infertility clinic provides specialized services for people who have difficulty getting pregnant. It can help you find out the causes of your fertility problems and provide the necessary treatment and support to improve your chances of conceiving. The services offered can vary significantly from one clinic to another, but some of the services that are typically available at an infertility clinic include fertility testing, diagnosis of fertility problems, infertility counseling and infertility treatments such as ovulation induction, in vitro fertilization and surgical fertility procedures.

If you are planning to visit an infertility clinic, it is advisable that you choose one that has a high success rate. Click here to learn how to choose the right infertility clinic.

Choosing the Right Bra For Your Age

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We are all aware that as we get older, some clothes just don’t work. Many of us would never wear our favourite outfit from our twenties in our forties; so why do we insist on wearing the same lingerie throughout our entire lives? Our breasts change in shape and composition as we age, and as a result, you should be changing the style of your bra to suit the changes happening to your body.

Whether you think you need it or not, it’s always a good idea to have a professional bra fitting, not only to ensure you’re wearing the right size, but to ensure that you’re also enjoying the best support, cut and style to flatter your assets. Read on to learn more about choosing the right bra for your age.

Bras For Young Women

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Many younger women will find that they have quite firm and bouncy breasts during their teens and twenties. During this time, you should choose a bra that supports the breast during its development.

A wire-free crossover style bra would be a good choice for a first bra, whilst balconette styles are pretty and supportive. If you wear a large cup size, choose a built-up lace bra that will offer plenty of support at the bottom, but not compress your chest at the top. Wearing a good bra during your teenage years will keep your breasts in good shape later in life.

Thirty to Forty

As you start getting older, you may find that your breasts lose a little volume, and that they aren’t a perky as they were in your twenties. This is a result of your body producing less collagen.

It’s a good idea to get regular bra fittings during this period of your life, so that your breasts are always getting the amount of support that they need. As your breasts start to become shallower, you may need to reduce the cup size that you wear. Choose a three-part bra that matches the shape of your body and supports the underside of your breast. Three part bras have seams which help to create shape, without adding size. This will keep your cleavage looking full and perky well into your forties. Padded bras can help you to fill out your clothes, and give you a boost in confidence.

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Pregnancy and child-birth can also affect the size and shape of your breasts following breast-feeding or weight gain.

When you first become pregnant, you should make the change from wired to non-wired bras to protect the delicate breast tissue. Wires will dig into your tender breasts, and they could also trap milk ducts which can lead to mastitis or inflation of the mammary gland. Your first step should be to find a well-fitting maternity bra that is specifically designed to support you throughout your pregnancy.

Your first maternity bra won’t be suitable for later on in your pregnancy and you should get fitted again in your second trimester, around the 17 week mark. This will ensure that your bra can accommodate your ribcage, which will expand as your bump grows!

At around 30 weeks, you should have a final maternity bra fitting. You may want to pick up a soft sleeping bra to keep yourself comfortable and supported at night too. About two weeks before your due date, get fitted, and start wearing your nursing bra, so you can not only get used to the feeling of it, but it’s likely that you are also producing milk, and nursing bras will accommodate breast pads easily.

Choosing a Bra at Fifty Plus

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In your fifties and sixties, as you go through the menopause and your oestrogen levels change, you may notice that your skin becomes less plump and your breasts may have started to sag. You can make up for this by choosing a bra with a smaller cup size and strong side panels that push the tissue of the breast forward and up, keeping your bust looking full and perky.

Later in life, as you become less flexible, you may want a front-fastening, supportive bra with wide straps. These bras are easier to put on, and more comfortable to wear. Wire-free bras produce a different shape to wire-supported bras, but they still support your cleavage and help prevent back pain.

Caring for Your Chest

As soon as your breasts start to develop, you should learn how to perform breast examinations, and get any lumps or bumps looked at. When your doctor invites you for a mammogram, be sure to keep that appointment. Every year, 50,000 women are diagnosed with breast cancer in the UK alone, but 85 percent of those women survive. Early diagnosis is an important part of that survival rate.

This article was written by Gozde, who works with Jolie lingerie where she has noticed an alarming number of women wearing the wrong type and size bras for their shape and needs. It is very important to wear the right bra to avoid any health problems in the future. Don’t forget to get measured by a professional and don’t forget to ask the sales assistants for help!  

Dreft and The Royal Baby Name Bracket and a Giveaway for You All

Dreft has joined in the Royal Baby Fever and in turn has teamed up with my blog for this sponsored informative post and giveaway. One lucky person will be randomly selected to win 9 samples of Dreft {that’s 9 wash loads} from those who use the Rafflecopter form to enter. I received 9 samples of Dreft and a gift card as well for hosting this giveaway and partaking in this campaign.

As the baby laundry detergent most recommended by pediatricians, Dreft is the brand that parents have trusted for over 75 years.  As gentle as water on baby’s skin and with a scent that’s truly beloved, Dreft leaves little one’s clothing as clean and as soft as can be, bringing cuddle time to a whole new level of warm and fuzzy with your own little prince or princess.

If you head over to Dreft’s Facebook Page, you can partake in The Royal Baby Name Bracket to see how your favorite names for the future prince or princess stack up with other moms everywhere.

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Should I Take “Baby-bump” Photos or not?

reasons to take a baby bump photoThese days, it is typical for many to track large events in their lives through photographs that are posted online, given to family members, or even used on invitations or holiday cards. Even though the trend to take “baby-bump” photos during pregnancy is a huge one, in recent years, some mothers may have mixed feelings. Read on to decide whether you should take these sorts of photos or not while expecting:

Reasons to Take Baby Bump Photos

Many may take baby bump photos because they are excited or proud of their upcoming child, or of their growing family. Others may be influenced by photos of celebrities like Kim Kardashian, Kate Middleton, and more to celebrate their pregnancy with such photos. Some believe that taking such photos helps to keep their friends and family (especially those that are far flung) in the loop about the progress of their pregnancy, and how they are doing. Indeed, this is a good way to keep others up-to-date on your progress, health, and more. You can use the photos for baby shower invites or announcements.  These pictures may even serve as future family heirlooms that you later show your children or even pass down to them once they start a family themselves. For many, these reasons are enough to convince them to buy-in to this popular trend, even paying professional photographers to take such photos.

Reasons to Not Take Baby Bump Photos

Still, some other expectant mothers and families decide to not take such photos. This group may see such photos as an invasion of privacy, or as something that family and friends do not necessarily need to see, just as they would not post pictures of other intimate parts of their lives. Documenting your child’s growth and health on a social site such as Facebook, which can be searched via search engines such as Google without proper privacy settings, is a hot topic in many parental circles. Or, families may take these pictures for their own records or photograph albums, but not desire to share such things with others. This can be a great compromise if it is very important to you and your family to have such mementos, but you are not so sure about sharing them. These people often see their growth in pregnancy as a private matter, and to show-off such shots seem to invite comparison from others, which they may not be interested in.

Mandy is a proud mother of four.  She occassional writes for PaperStyle on parenting and baby shower planning, as well as other aspects of pregnancy.  She’s recently started her own blog about life at home, www.sweetsuburbanlife.com.

Keeping Track of Pregnancy Week by Week

When my sister was pregnant with her baby, she did what I had done during all three of my pregnancies, signed up for a pregnancy week by week website so that she could track the progress of that unborn baby that was growing inside of her belly. It’s amazing how quickly that fetus grows from a tiny egg into this well nourished amazingly sized baby. My niece was born weighing around 7lbs but my kids were between 8lbs 13oz and the biggest was 9lbs 5oz, in just nine months each grew so amazingly fast.

Having a baby is such a blessing in itself, but having that website that is there to send you pregnancy week by week emails is even more amazing. It’s wonderful to read about how their brain, lungs, fingers and hair are developing inside of you during your nine months of pregnancy. If anything, having sites like those that are available to share the news of what’s going on inside of your belly, it helps you to get more excited!

I recall being so excited when my babies were growing their fingers, no longer having web like toes and fingers, but real human like fingers and toes. I recall being excited reading about how their lungs and heart were already developed. It’s simply an amazing process having a baby growing inside of you and had I not had those types of sites that offer updates about pregnancy week by week, I would have been completely clueless as to the status of my pregnancy other than what my OBGYN person had told me.

Did you ever use a pregnancy week by week site to keep track of your babies you gave birth to?

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