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Think Before You Clean

Birkley Kuykendall | September 20, 2017

Photo: Glamour.com When I was trying to get pregnant, my body was a TEMPLE. I didn’t drink, ate all of my veggies, got my 8 hours of sleep and didn’t clean the house. Just kidding. Kinda. Researchers have found a link between organophosphate flame retardants (PFRs because that’s a mouthful) and a decreased success rate in IVF patients. Unfortunately PFRs are’t just found in cleaning products. Check out this article…

 

Hedgehog Healing

Birkley Kuykendall | September 19, 2017

Written by Nicola Salmon, guest blogger As I was sat across from my doctor the most unexpected words came out of her mouth, “You’ll never be able to have children.” At 16, I just thought that my irregular periods were down to growing up but after three years and several different investigations, I was given the diagnosis of PCOS (a metabolic and hormonal disorder), given the contraceptive pill and sent…

 

To Donor Sperm, Not To Donor Sperm. That Is The Question.

Birkley Kuykendall | August 31, 2017

Written by Becca Lang, guest blogger My husband Mike and I met in medic school in 2010. We sat on opposite sides of the classroom, were never placed together in a group scenario and had limited interactions. I was one of three women in a classroom of 25. It wasn’t until almost two years later that we ended up doing our internship for the same ambulance company. I was excited to…

 

The Best Laid Plans

Birkley Kuykendall | August 17, 2017

Written by Rachel Roth, Guest Blogger Alright, I admit it: I’m a planner. Have been my whole life. I plan my outfits for the week. I plan for a party months in advance. It should come as no shock that I’ve had my life as a mother planned for as long as I can remember and had my kids names picked out since high school (thank goodness my husband loved…

 

You Asked, Ava Answered

Alexis DelChiaro | August 14, 2017

After our recent blog post about the Ava Bracelet for tracking fertility, we received a ton of questions about how it all works! So we went straight to the source and sat down with Kate Slagh from Ava to find out why this little blue bracelet is the must have fertility accessory of the season. WTF: What makes the Ava Bracelet different than ovulation predictor kits? AVA; The most commonly used…

 

Not Losing Hope

Birkley Kuykendall | August 10, 2017

•Written by Justine Raymond, Guest Blogger We have been on this rollercoaster of a ride since our daughter was six months old. She is now three. Conceiving our daughter did not come easy, we tried for a year. When she was six month old we decided to start to try again, “because of course it will happen right away,” boy was I wrong. Little did we know it would take…

 

Manners That Matter

Birkley Kuykendall | August 2, 2017

•Written by Katherine McMullen, Guest Blogger Me: a 32 yr old runner (2 marathons, 8 half marathons, etc etc), former D3 college swimmer, current masters swimmer, leisure bicyclist, yoga lover, gardener, knitter and Whole30 enthusiast. Husband: a 33 yr old runner (3 marathons, 7 half marathons, etc etc), leisure bicyclist, former D1 college hockey player, current men’s league hockey player, craft beer + whiskey enthusiast. Overall heath: pretty darn good……

 

Don’t Survive, Thrive

Birkley Kuykendall | July 25, 2017

•By Tiffany Johnston, Guest Blogger I realize that stress will never stop being a part of our lives. Let’s be honest, challenges are a not only a regular part of infertility, but also part of life. My husband and I know first hand the stress and challenge that life can bring. We met 17 years ago right before we started high school, though never dated until we were both well into…

 

Stay Strong

Birkley Kuykendall | July 18, 2017

Written by Jennifer Segovia, Guest Blogger In 2008 we got married and soon after, the kid questions started. At the time I wasn’t ready to be a mom or even attempt at taking on that kind of responsibility. The truth was, I wasn’t sure I wanted kids and I was totally selfish. We liked to come and go as we please, travel, keep a clean house, SLEEP, etc. When people…

 

What To Do Before You Do… It

Birkley Kuykendall | July 6, 2017

Written by Dr. Amanda McDonough, Guest Blogger Healthy moms are without a doubt more likely to have healthy pregnancies. Prioritizing health before conception can lead to improved fertility and less pregnancy complications. Ideally women will have a formal preconception visit with their obstetrician gynecologist. Healthy Lifestyle The obesity epidemic has significantly affected women’s reproductive health and pregnancy outcomes. Obesity is associated with multiple chronic diseases, infertility and poor pregnancy outcomes.…

 

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