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Low sperm count and pregnancy.

Low sperm count and pregnancy.

​ What is Low Sperm Count? If a couple has been trying to conceive a child for a while, they may become worried that the man might have a low sperm count. If this is a concern, he can go to the doctor for a sperm count and motility assessment. Optimally, a couple will want...
Pregnant bellies and working out for a flatter tummy.

Pregnant bellies and working out for a flatter tummy.

​ Benefits of Ab Work Abdominal workouts will help you better handle the nine months leading up to pregnancy as well as the birthing process itself. As your belly gets bigger, your posture can be adversely affected. Strengthening your abdominals will help you counter the extra load you’ll be carrying in front of you so...
Natural childbirth

Natural childbirth

​ Here are the pros: Most natural childbirth techniques are not invasive, so there’s little potential for harm or side effects for you or your baby. Many women have a strong feeling of empowerment during labor and a sense of accomplishment afterward. Despite having to endure pain, many report that they’ll choose an unmedicated birth...
Nipple soreness during pregnancy.

Nipple soreness during pregnancy.

Due to the hormone shifts, it is quite common to experience pain in nipples after delivery. Most women know it well and understand they may also experience pain and tenderness in one or both nipples and the surrounding area if they don’t breastfeed. Many women are, however, unaware of the fact that they may experience...
Pregnant, can I do situps?

Pregnant, can I do situps?

​There is a common misconception that pregnant women cannot do an ab crunch or plank during pregnancy. This is not true! While there are some things to consider, and some modifications from your pre-pregnancy routine, it is safe and beneficial to keep your abs strong and to continue working your abdominal muscles during pregnancy. During...
Squats during pregnancy, can I continue?

Squats during pregnancy, can I continue?

Squatting during labor and delivery may help open your pelvis, assisting in baby’s descent. This is why squats are an important exercise to practice during pregnancy. Try these five different squat variations throughout your pregnancy. If you have knee, hip, or low back pain during these movements, stop and talk to a doctor, physical therapist,...
Pregnant with Hemorrhoids 

Pregnant with Hemorrhoids 

Hemorrhoids are essentially varicose veins in the rectum. These veins in the lower rectum and anus become inflamed and swollen. There are two different kinds of hemorrhoids: Internal hemorrhoids are inside the rectum. These are often painless but do have a tendency to bleed. Some will experience some discomfort or a feeling of pressure, but...
Pregnancy and Pica

Pregnancy and Pica

​ Pica is the practice of craving substances with little or no nutritional value. Most pregnancy and pica related cravings involve non-food substances such as dirt or chalk. The word pica is Latin for magpie which is a bird notorious for eating almost anything. It is true that the majority of women will experience cravings during pregnancy; however, most of...
Pregnancy cravings.

Pregnancy cravings.

​ Not a week goes by that you don’t hear about another pregnant celebrity and her pregnancycravings. Whether its pickles, avocados or waffles, a bizarre or even normal celebrity pregnancy craving is sure to make headlines. But what do we really know about what and why pregnant women crave? Of course, pregnant women are not immune to general...

Consequences of a Lack of Exercise during pregnancy. 

There are many benefits to regular exercise, including maintaining a healthy weight and warding off dangerous conditions such as high blood pressure or diabetes. During pregnancy, exercise is even more important, since it helps keep both you and your baby healthy. A lack of exercise can be linked to many pregnancy-related problems for both you...

Pregnant and thirsty all the time?

It is normal for expectant mothers to have many questions about the changes in their bodies, especially if it is their first pregnancy. Sometimes it can be overwhelming to battle food cravings or nausea while watching your body gradually change. Many of the symptoms can be ignored in most cases as they will go away...

I was told I couldn’t get pregnant because my tubes were blocked.

Never in a million years did I think this would be my problem. I’m 21 years old, healthy and ambitious and I’ve just enrolled it college.  I went to visit my mother one day and we began to talk about my future. We talked about me becoming a maturnity nurse and what I wanted in...