Thursdays Thoughts…Acupuncture & Fertility

It sounds a bit out there. Sticking needles in women to help them become pregnant suggests that acupuncture might improve the odds of conceiving if done right before or after embryos are placed in the womb.

The surprising finding is far from proven, and there are only theories for how and why acupuncture might work. However, some fertility specialists say they are hopeful that this relatively inexpensive and simple treatment might ultimately prove to be a useful add-on to traditional methods.

Acupuncture involves placing very thin needles at specific points on the body to try to control pain and reduce stress. In fertility treatment, it is thought to increase blood flow to the uterus, help relax the cervix and inhibit stress hormones that can make it tougher for an embryo to implant.

IVF alone costs around $12,000 per attempt, so an acupuncture treatment that improves its effectiveness and overall ability to boosts fertility might save couples money in the long run.

Acupuncture is a personal choice and one that should be investigated fully before choosing to do so. It is not proven to work for everyone, but taking the step to try just might be the right answer for you. Take the time to research the subject and even contact an acupuncture specialist for a consultation.

IntelliGender ~ Girl or Boy…Share the joy…with all of us!

So, you’ve taken the IntelliGender Gender Prediction Test, mom. Or perhaps you’re thinking about it. Girl or Boy…Share the joy!

We do receive inquires about determining what a test result says. Perhaps the lighting wasn’t good or there is just a hint of uncertainty with mom. Here are just a few pictures of some Boy results and some Girl results….

This is a GREAT girl result. Very clear. Remember…always read your test result at eye level in natural lighting.

Perfect boy result! Wouldn’t you say?

Another great girl result….read the “liquid” portion of the test. Any sediment on the bottom of the cup should be disregarded.

Very dark boy result. Be sure to place the test on a flat light colored surface to achieve the best reading.

So what did your IntelliGender Gender Prediction Test say? We love receiving testimonials from all of you mom, so be sure to submit one today or post your pics and stories on our Facebook page! We love that.

MONDAY MYTH ~ Exercise Is Harmful For Pregnant Moms To Be

Exercise must be stopped once you find out there is a bun in the oven. Say it isn’t so!

Reality: Exercise is good if it does not make you weary or overheated or extremely breathless. Generally, there must be sufficient oxygen to chat throughout the workout. Those not accustomed to heavy exercise can start brisk walking.

If you have been following a regular exercise program prior to your pregnancy, you should be able to maintain that program to some degree throughout your pregnancy. Exercise does not increase your risk for miscarriage.

If you are just starting an exercise program as a way of improving your health during your pregnancy, you should start very slowly and be careful not to over exert yourself.

Be sure to listen to your body. You know it best. Your body will naturally give you signals that it is time to reduce the level of exercise you are performing. Take frequent breaks, and drink plenty of fluids during exercise. It’s important to stay hydrated.

During the second and third trimesters, avoid exercise that involves lying flat on your back as this decreases blood flow to your womb. You should always include relaxation and stretching before and after your exercise program.

Before starting an exercise program, you should always talk with your healthcare provider first.

MONDAY MOMENTS ~ First Glances At Your Little One

As a mom, I was so excited to “see” my child for the very first time. No matter how small or clear that first picture was. I couldn’t wait to catch a glimpse of my baby to be.

Childbirth has been a long time mystery, from conception and fetal development to labor and delivery. For years, guessing the gender of a developing baby was a sort of fun activity mixed with old wives tales and superstitions.

Today, ultrasound makes it possible find to out the gender of the fetus as early as 16 to 20 weeks. However, is not only a matter of guessing a baby’s sex, but a useful tool to find developmental problems that can be corrected opportunely, including preventing miscarriages and determining how far along you are.

I received my first ultrasound with both of my pregnancies at 8 weeks. My first pregnancy revealed twins! My second revealed only one. But it was such a relief to see both times that baby or babies were growing just fine.

During week 20, diagnosis of fetal gender is about 95% to 100% accurate. A few of today’s parents wish to keep baby’s gender a secret until their birth day! For me, I couldn’t WAIT to know! How about you mom?

Contrary to the myth, an ultrasound is a completely painless method that uses sound waves to retrieve a picture of the inside of your body, usually performed in a hospital X-ray department or in your doctor’s office.

An ultrasound scan reflects your inner sound waves into a picture, and there is no need for special preparation prior to scanning. Quick, painless and simply amazing.

The amount of time needed for the scan varies in relation to the study to be performed. Determining the gender of a baby rarely takes more than 5 minutes, while reviewing the development of your pregnancy may take about half an hour or more. Especially if you have been referred to a specialist.

Thursdays Top 10 ~ Top 10 Reasons To Become A Parent

  1. You have the ability to influence and shape another human beings life.
  2. No life experience can be compared to becoming a parent.
  3. Parenting is a responsibility that lasts forever & is a lifetime commitment.
  4. You’ll learn the true meaning of “love at first sight” and “unconditional love”.
  5. You have a choice as to what type of education you want for your children.
  6. Your life experiences grow when you become a parent.
  7. The birth of your child is forever engrained in your memory….priceless.
  8. Parenting is an investment that provides the biggest returns.
  9. Parenthood makes you stronger as a person.
  10. A child is a privilege that not everyone can experience; so appreciate each and every moment.

MONDAY MYTH ~ Morning Sickness and Baby’s Gender

Where does morning sickness play into baby’s gender?

Well it really doesn’t. Whether you are sick or have a distinct distate for certain kinds of food doesn’t matter when it comes to whether baby is a boy or girl.

Some believe more morning sickness means you’re carrying a boy. It is said that a boy makes larger amounts of testosterone which circulates in your system, therefore triggering nausea. In the same vein, it is said that testosterone also brings about acne in moms, and that one with an acne attack must surely be carrying a boy. But although acne and some illnesses are triggered by hormones, these hormones are in the mother’s system and not in the fetus’s. Besides, whatever hormones there are come in very minuscule amounts to even affect the mother in the first place.

How did morning sickness play in baby’s gender for you, mom?

TOP TEN TUESDAY ~ Top 10 Signs You May Be In Labor

Probably every woman who tells you about her labor experience, tells you a different story. Am I right? Your delivery will be just as unique. Be prepared when your baby’s birthday is right around the corner.

1. Lightening: You can breathe again! This is an indication that the baby has dropped, settling deeper into your pelvis and relieving some of the pressure on your diaphragm, so you are not so short of breath.

2. Bloody show: Loss of mucus plug. Not all women notice this sign.

3. Rupture of membranes: Your water breaks! Only 1 in 10 woman experience a dramatic gush of the amniotic fluid and even then it usually happens at home, often in bed. If your membranes have ruptured and you are leaking amniotic fluid, it will be an odorless fluid.

4. Nesting: Recent spark of energy? For most of your pregnancy you have probably been fighting the urge to take a nap, so you’ll know when you experience this. One day you will wake up feeling full of energy!

5. Effacement: Thinning of the cervix. Usually in the last month the cervix begins to stretch and thin. This process means the lower segment of the uterus is getting ready for delivery. A thin cervix will also allow the cervix to dilate more easily.

6. Dilation: Opening of the cervix. Dilation is the process of the cervix opening in preparation for childbirth. Dilation is measured in centimeters or, less accurately, in “fingers” during an internal (manual) pelvic exam. “Fully dilated” means you’re at 10 centimeters and are ready to give birth.

7. Contractions: When you begin to experience regular uterine contractions, this is the strongest indication that you are in labor. This is a good time to get out your notebook to record the exact time each one begins and how long they last.

8. Loose stools: Loose stools are caused by the release of prostaglandins in early which causes cervical effacement, softening, etc. Prostaglandins also can cause soft stools or diarrhea. Time until labor? Usually only a matter of a day or a few hours.

9. Weight loss: Sometimes your appetite decreases a few days before going into labor. This is thought to be because your body is busy preparing for delivery. It doesn’t naturally trigger your desire to eat something. You may also be suffering from an upset stomach or diarrhea which can also be attributed to weight loss.

10. Slight increase in blood pressure: Your blood pressure may be on the rise. You might feel light-headed or off balance.