Thursday, August 28, 2008
cleverly communicated by Carlia at 11:46 PM
Saturday, August 23, 2008
I found this online and thought it was pretty interesting.
According to this, if we conceive this month,
we will have a boy. Hmmm. B would love that!
CONCEPTION 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31
January G B G B G B B G B G B G B B
February B G B G B B G B G B G B G G
March G B G G B G B B B G B G G B
April B G B G G B B G G B G G G G
May B G B G B B G G G G G B G G
June B B B G G G B B B G G B G G
July B B B G G B B G G B B B G G
August B B B G B G G B B B B B G G
September B B B G G B G B G B B B G G
October B B G G G B G B G B B G G G
November B G B G G B G B G G G G B G
December B G B G G G G B G B G G B B
MONTH OFYou can choose for yourself whether you want a boy or a girl by following the chart. The woman's age from 18 to 45 (Chinese reckoning) is on the top line while the months 1 to 12 indicate the month when the baby is conceived. By following the chart you will be able to tell in advance whether your baby will be a boy or a girl. Thus, you can plan to have a boy or a girl. This chart has been taken from a Royal tomb near Peking, China. The original copy is kept in the Institute of Science of Peking. The accuracy of the chart has been proved by thousands of People and is believed to be 99 percent accurate. By reckoning, you follow a line drawn from the figure representing the woman's age to a line drawn from the month the baby is conceived. For instance, if the woman is 27 years old and her baby is conceived in January (according to the Chinese Lunar Calendar), then her baby will be a girl. The chart is based on the month the baby is conceived and not on the birth of the baby, B-Male, G-Female. Remarks: A Chinese Scientist discovered and drew this chart which was buried in a Royal tomb about 700 years ago.
CONCEPTION 32 33 34 35 36 37 38 39 40 41 42 43 44 45
January B G B B G B G B G B G B B G
February G B G B B G B G B G B G B B
March B B B G B B G B G B G B G B
April G B G B G B B B B G B G B G
May G G G G B G B B G B G B B G
June G G G G G B G G B G B G B G
July G G G G G G B G B B G B G B
August G B G B G B G B G B B G B G
September G G G G B G B G B G B B G B
October G G G G B B G B G B G B B G
November G G B B B G B G B G B B G B
December B B B B B B G G G B G B G B
cleverly communicated by Carlia at 9:43 PM
Friday, August 22, 2008
cleverly communicated by Carlia at 10:52 PM
Tuesday, August 19, 2008
Here is an article I saw on Babycenter.com that I thought was very interesting. It definitely talks about a couple of things I need to change.
Fertility Diet: The nutrients you need to conceive
When it comes to getting pregnant, the old adage "you are what you eat" rings true. "What you eat affects everything from your blood to your cells to your hormones," says Cynthia Stadd, a nutrition specialist at the Berkeley Center for Reproductive Wellness and Women's Health in New York City. According to the American Pregnancy Association, a nonprofit that promotes reproductive health, you should allow three months to a year for dietary changes to take root. But if you're already in the throes of baby-making, don't fret — it's never too late to get a leg up. Read on for tips on getting your diet into baby-making shape.
Drink alcohol sparingly
An occasional glass of wine or bottle of beer probably won't hurt your odds of conceiving. Just make sure you aren't pregnant when you imbibe, because alcohol can harm a developing fetus. That means the time to be a teetotaler is between ovulation and menstruation, says Mark Leondires, a fertility specialist and medical director of Reproductive Medicine Associates of Connecticut. "The best time to have a worry-free drink is the day you get your period."
That said, if you have irregular cycles (which can make it harder to know when you're ovulating) or generally have trouble conceiving, play it safe and avoid alcohol altogether. Although studies of alcohol's affects on fertility are inconclusive, some do show a slight link between drinking and difficulty conceiving. When Danish researchers looked at 430 couples trying to have their first child, they found that women's ability to get pregnant decreased as more alcohol was consumed. Women who had fewer than five drinks a week were twice as likely to get pregnant as those drinking ten drinks a week. (In this study, no link was found for the guys, but that doesn't mean they're off the hook — see below.)
The research on whether caffeine can affect fertility is mixed. Experts generally agree that low to moderate caffeine consumption (less than 300 mgs a day or about two 8-ounce mugs of coffee) won't get in the way of getting pregnant. But you might want to cut out caffeine altogether if you're having difficulty conceiving or undergoing in vitro fertilization, says fertility specialist Leondires. He says that caffeine constricts blood vessels, slowing blood flow to the uterus and potentially making it harder for an egg to grab hold.
Going cold turkey and eliminating all caffeine at once can cause nasty headaches. So if you decide to kick your caffeine habit completely, you might want to do so gradually. Every day, replace a little more of the caffeinated brew in your cup with decaf, until you've weaned yourself. Once you've acclimated to life with little or no caffeine, you may find steamed milk with a shot of flavored syrup a nice coffee substitute — and the calcium will do your body good.
Rethink refined carbs
Carbohydrates may be out of the dietary doghouse, but that doesn't mean you should eat them with abandon. Lots of refined carbohydrates, like white bread, pasta, and white rice, won't directly lower your likelihood of getting pregnant but they will shortchange your body.
The refining process strips 17 key nutrients from grains. Among those lost are several that boost fertility, such as antioxidants, B vitamins, and iron. A woman trying to conceive should pack her diet with as many nutrient-rich foods as possible, and whole grains are a great place to start, says nutrition specialist Stadd.
According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture's newly revamped Food Pyramid you should aim for about 6 ounces of whole grains a day. That's roughly the equivalent of a bowl of cereal for breakfast, a couple of slices of whole wheat sandwich bread at lunch, and a serving of whole wheat pasta for dinner.
If you have polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), the most common cause of infertility in women, pay extra attention to whole grains. PCOS is a hormonal imbalance that can get worse when insulin levels in the bloodstream surge. The main culprits behind big insulin spikes are refined carbohydrates. Fertility specialist Leondires explains that when women with PCOS eat too many refined carbohydrates, insulin flows into the blood, feeds back to the ovaries, and can lead to irregular ovulation.
Eat your greens, and reds, and yellows
Think of produce as Mother Nature's multivitamin. Fruits and vegetables not only deliver a wealth of vitamins and minerals, they also overflow with free-radical-busting micronutrients, like phytochemicals and antioxidants. Marauding free radicals are harmful molecules that sneak into the body on the heels of everything from sunlight to car exhaust and can damage the ova, sperm, and reproductive organs.
Get the most nutritional bang for your buck by buying brightly colored fruits and vegetables, like blueberries, red peppers, and kale. The more vivid the hue, the more nutrient-packed the produce. Restock your fruit bowl and produce bin weekly, and aim for eating about 2 cups of fruit and 3 cups of veggies a day.
Be finicky about fish
If reports of high mercury levels have you steering clear of seafood, it's time to reconsider. Your body needs omega-3 fatty acids for optimal fertility, and fish is the best source. Even so, the news about mercury contamination in fish can be scary for moms-to-be. Mercury is toxic to a developing fetus and can linger in a woman's bloodstream for more than a year.
The good news is that not all fish contain the same amount of mercury. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) says that women trying to conceive can safely eat up to 12 ounces (roughly two entrées) a week of low-mercury fish, such as shrimp, canned light tuna, salmon, or catfish. The FDA advises avoiding canned white tuna as well as fresh or frozen swordfish, tilefish, king mackerel, tuna steaks, shark, orange roughy, Spanish mackerel, marlin, and grouper, because they have the highest mercury levels
If you're a vegetarian or a vegan, or you just don't like fish, try flaxseeds. Flaxseeds are the richest plant-based source of omega-3 fatty acids and are easy to find in health food stores. Buy the seeds, grind them in a coffee grinder, and sprinkle them on cereal or toast or add them to a smoothie. If you're in a rush, buy a bottle of flaxseed oil and drizzle 1 tablespoon a day over salad, popcorn, or a baked potato. (Just don't cook with flaxseed oil; the heat destroys its beneficial nutrients.)
Pump up on iron
Fill your body's iron reserves before you get pregnant, especially if your periods are particularly heavy, says Sam Thatcher, a reproductive endocrinologist at the Center for Applied Reproductive Science in Johnson City, Tennessee, and author of Making a Baby: Everything You Need to Know to Get Pregnant. "Bleeding every month is a constant source of iron depletion," Thatcher says.
Load up now, because once you're expecting, your body has difficulty maintaining its iron stores as your baby siphons the mineral from you. To make matters worse, too little iron at the start of pregnancy puts you at risk for postpartum anemia — a condition affecting 27 percent of new moms that causes your red blood cells to fall below normal and zaps your energy level.
If you don't eat much red meat or you follow a vegetarian or vegan diet, take a multivitamin with iron. And, to be on the safe side, ask your healthcare provider to test your blood for anemia at your preconception checkup.
Be leery of listeria
Listeria is a harmful bacterium found in ready-to-eat meats, soft cheeses, and unpasteurized dairy products. Pregnant women are 20 times more likely than other healthy adults to get sick from eating listeria-laced food. Those trying to conceive should also be on alert because listeriosis (the infection caused by listeria) can cause a miscarriage early in the first trimester — possibly before you even know you're pregnant.
To kill listeria, heat high-risk foods in the microwave until they're steaming hot. To reduce bacteria growth on leftovers, set the refrigerator's temperature at 40 degrees or below. Toss any food that's been at room temperature for more than two hours. Foods to avoid completely: Raw sushi, refrigerated smoked seafood (like lox), soft cheese made from unpasteurized (raw) milk, and other unpasteurized dairy products.
Don't panic over protein
Last year, scientists at the Colorado Center for Reproductive Medicine scared followers of the Atkins diet by hyping their study findings that mice on a high-protein diet were less fertile than mice on a normal diet. What does that mean for women? Absolutely nothing, says Leondires. "The reproductive cycle of a mouse is so dramatically different from a human being's that a cross-species jump just isn't valid."
That said, fad diets and fertility don't mix. "Avoid any diet that excludes an entire food group or puts too much emphasis on one type of food," says Melinda Johnson, a spokesperson for the American Dietetic Association. Instead, aim for two to four servings of up to 3 ounces of protein a day, including fish, lean meats, nuts, and legumes.
Fill voids with vitamins
Getting all the nutrients you need for fertility from food alone is tough. Hedge your bets by taking a prenatal vitamin or regular multivitamin. Although prenatal vitamins will give you the key nutrients you need, they may be more expensive and they can be harder on your stomach because they contain higher levels of nutrients than a regular multivitamin. (Some experts suggest taking your prenatal vitamin right before bedtime to help ward off an upset stomach.)
If you decide to take an over-the-counter multivitamin instead of a prenatal vitamin, be sure to follow these important guidelines:
• Make sure it doesn't contain more than the recommended daily allowance of 770 mcg (2,565 IU) of vitamin A, unless it's all in a form called beta-carotene. Getting too much of a certain kind of vitamin A can cause birth defects. (The kind that occurs naturally in food is safe, so you don't have to worry about overdoing it by eating foods rich in vitamin A.)
• Look for a multivitamin with at least 400 micrograms of folic acid. This B vitamin protects babies from neural tube birth defects such as spina bifida. It's especially important to get enough folic acid before you get pregnant, because your baby's neural tube will form just three to four weeks after conception, when many women don't even realize they're pregnant.
• Choose a multivitamin that also delivers a healthy dose of vitamin B12. Preliminary evidence hints that B12 deficiency may also play a role in some neural tube defects. Because vitamin B12 is found primarily in animal-based foods, women who rarely eat meat or follow a strict vegetarian or vegan diet should either look for a multivitamin that delivers the entire B12 recommended daily allowance (2.4 micrograms) or consider a B12 supplement.
If you're unsure what to take, ask your healthcare provider to recommend a supplement for you.
What about his diet?
When it comes to fertility and diet, men don't get off scott-free. Lisa Mazzullo, an ob-gyn and assistant professor of obstetrics and gynecology at Northwestern University's Feinberg School of Medicine in Chicago, recommends that fathers-to-be take a daily multivitamin that contains zinc and selenium for at least three months before conception. Studies suggest these minerals aid in healthy sperm development. Why the three-month lag time? It takes that long to develop healthy sperm.
The sperm your partner ejaculates today was actually created 90 days ago, says Amy Ogle, a registered dietician in San Diego, California, and co-author of Before Your Pregnancy: A 90-Day Guide for Couples on How to Prepare for a Healthy Conception. "Genetic preparation is going on during sperm development, so that's pretty heavy stuff."
cleverly communicated by Carlia at 12:06 AM
Saturday, August 16, 2008
cleverly communicated by Carlia at 12:23 AM
Thursday, August 14, 2008
I do need to give a shout out to Shayla, from our Babycenter.com group. She is visiting her family in Switzerland and, while there, found out she is PREGNANT!!! The ironic thing is, she was on a break from taking Clomid! She's the second girl in our group that that has happened to. Denise, the other one that got preggers while on a Clomid break, just found out she is having TWINS!!! I have to say that, even though I wish it were me every time I hear someone say they are pregnant, I couldn't be more happy for these two women! No one deserves it more than them (although, Andrea- I think you deserve it just as much! you are the backbone of our group and I CAN'T WAIT for you to get your BFP). Well, that makes FOUR pregnant ladies in our group: Kristen, Teri, Denise, and Shayla Clomid really does work. Whodda thunk? Definitely gives me hope!
cleverly communicated by Carlia at 1:08 AM