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Tuesday, October 8th, 2013
It kills me to write this post, knowing how many couples want so badly to be parents, who go through all of the intense pain and high cost involved with IVF (including close friends of mine). They feel as if they’ve won the Lotto when they can finally hold their babies in their arms after sometimes years of struggling to become adoring moms and dads. Ah, a happy ending. It makes all of the physical, emotional and financial troubles worth it, right? My answer would usually be yes.
That’s why after reading about a new study published in the journal Fertility and Sterility, my stomach is in giant Girl Scout badge-worthy knots. Researchers reviewed 25 studies from 12 developed countries, including the US, the UK, Denmark, France and Israel, from 1990 to 2010, and they found that babies born after fertility treatments were 33 percent more likely to have childhood cancer, 65 percent more likely to develop leukemia, and 88 percent more likely to develop cancers of the brain and central nervous system. That sound was my heart sinking.
According to an article in the Daily Mail, researchers made a disclaimer. “They warned these changes could be triggered by aspects of fertility treatment such as exposure to hormones, semen preparation, freezing embryos, growth conditions of embryos or delayed insemination. But they could not rule out the chance that the increased risk was the result of parents’ infertility, not the treatment.”
Either way, it causes a huge dilemma for fertility-challenged couples. Do they still try a round of IVF despite this new information that says their children may have an increased risk of developing cancer? Or do they give up all hope of carrying a child, and look into surrogates, or if a biological child still isn’t possible, adopt? And is it selfish to still go through IVF knowing the cancer risks involved for your future children? Are you putting your needs before theirs? There are so many questions. As if going through fertility treatment wasn’t stressful enough!
After hearing this, and already having a child, it’s easy for me to think that I wouldn’t go through IVF if I was to have secondary infertility. But I don’t think I could really know what I’d do for sure without hearing my doctor say that getting pregnant was impossible without IVF. I think when you have that tear-filled conversation, you’re willing to do just about anything. So how can you judge someone for making the decision to continue to try? After all, IVF still produces some healthy children, too. Did I mention this is making me sick just thinking about it? This is one study I really hope is wrong!
TELL US: Would you still use IVF after hearing about the possible link between it and childhood cancer?
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Friday, October 4th, 2013
It’s become sort of a given that if you’re expecting twins then of course you’ll have a Cesarean Section, right? Not so fast, says a new study published in the New England Journal of Medicine. The assumption is that a C-section is the safest way to deliver two babies, especially since many second-born twins end up in a breech position, but the mere fact that you’re carrying twins doesn’t automatically rule out vaginal birth. As long as things are progressing normally with your pregnancy, it’s still a viable option.
That said, the rate of C-sections for single births is at around 31 percent, according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, while the C-section rate for twin births has jumped to 75 percent as of 2008 (the latest numbers available), and is thought to be even higher now.
While some women like the idea of having a planned c-section—you know exactly when you’ll give birth and can therefore plan for it; there’s not all of the agony involved in pushing; and your lady parts are just as you left them—it is still surgery and with all surgery there can be complications (like infections, blood clots and adhesions). So with all things equal, in a normal, healthy pregnancy with no complications, vaginal births are still safer, and there’s no reason to think that you cannot have one—even with twins.
This is great news for women who had wanted to give birth vaginally, but didn’t think they could because they had two babies onboard. I think childbirth is scary for a first-time mom anyway, but once you tell her that she has no choice in the matter, and has to give birth a certain way, it just ups the fear factor. Now women expecting twins can feel like they’re still in control of their bodies and their decision, and choose which method is truly best for them.
TELL US: Are you psyched to hear it’s possible to give birth to twins vaginally, or would you prefer to have a planned C-section instead?
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Tuesday, October 1st, 2013
A new study by researchers from Stanford University gives hope to women who want to carry their own children—without the need for an egg donor. About 6.7 million American women suffer from infertility, with about 670,000 women struggling to get pregnant due to problems with their eggs.
Time magazine reports: “Most of these women, whose ovaries don’t produce the regular amounts of estrogen needed to nurture and develop healthy eggs every month, will enter menopause before they turn 40.”
But the researchers at SU have developed a technique that they believe can boost women’s ability to produce healthy, mature eggs.
“Using a process called in vitro activation (IVA), the scientists take an ovary, or piece of ovarian tissue, and treat it outside the body with proteins and other factors that normally prompt immature follicles to mature into eggs. The recharged tissue is then reimplanted into the women’s ovaries.”
In the small study of 27 volunteers, which was published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, five women were able to produce viable eggs. One is pregnant, one has given birth to a healthy baby and two women are waiting for an embryo transfer.
While it’s not an overwhelming success just yet, doctors are optimistic that this stimulation of follicles that failed to develop properly will help women who previously had to rely on egg donors to get pregnant. It may also be a solution for those who have egg loss due to chemotherapy.
To translate all of that scientific mumbo-jumbo, it means this new technique could open up the doors for many women struggling with infertility to finally get pregnant—which is an awesome, awesome thing!
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Wednesday, September 25th, 2013
Would you say “I do” when you’re “eating for two”? Not only did Teen Mom 2 star, Kailyn Lowry, do just that, but she was eight-months-pregnant as she walked down the aisle in a bump-hugging wedding gown—praying she wouldn’t go into labor early.
For some pregnant women, it’s important to be married before having the baby, even if that means being a bumpalicious bride. Getting married while pregnant can be extremely romantic. Taking your vows while feeling your little bundle of joy inside you? It doesn’t get much better than that, especially with all of the feel-good oxytocin rushing through your body while you’re pregnant. It makes you extra-passionate so you feel truly, madly, deeply in love. And the silver lining of having a sober wedding? You’ll be sure to remember every last detail of your magical night!
But lots of other moms-to-be, like Jennifer Love Hewitt and Jessica Simpson, have chosen to wait to tie the knot until after becoming a mom. Let’s face it, for most the biggest reason to wait is vanity. Who doesn’t want to look ah-mazing on her wedding day? For many that means getting back down to her pre-baby body, and not having any limitations when it comes to finding a dream gown (maternity dresses can be beautiful too, but there aren’t as many to choose from).
If you wait till after the baby comes, then he or she can be part of your big day and be in the photos with you—memories that will last a lifetime. But waiting also means planning a wedding could be super-difficult with a newborn in tow—no sleep, feedings every few hours, you barely have time to take a shower, let alone plan one of the most important days of your life. There’s no right answer for everyone. You have to decide what’s most important to you, and how you envision your wedding day, then go for it—without getting cold feet!
TELL US: Would you/Did you get married while pregnant? Or would you/Did you wait until after having the baby to get married? Share the pros and cons of your choice.
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Tuesday, September 24th, 2013
While it’s common for new moms to wear nameplates of their children’s names or the baby’s initials for earrings, something you may not have seen—until now—is ultrasound art. You no longer have to wait until your child is born for you to show the world you’re a proud mama! A new trend allows pregnant women to preserve their ultrasound photos as clothing, jewelry, and even artwork for themselves, their partners or for the grandparents-to-be.
Want your hubby to know what it’s like to have your baby in his belly—well, more like on his belly? Then check out a brand like Radiant Studios, which can print your ultrasound photos on T-shirts. If you’d rather wear your love around your neck, Eddy Stone Designs makes titanium dog-tag style keepsakes with your bun in the oven emblazoned on the front with the baby’s due date on the back. And if you’re looking for some nursery inspiration, why not make baby’s first photo—the ultrasound—into wall art, with a company like Koodle Kids? Can’t wait for baby’s first Christmas? Put that ultrasound image on a Christmas tree ornament.
Some people are going to love this idea (and are probably already ordering items before they even finish this post!), while others are going to hate it and either think it’s cheesy, or just another way to pull on your heart strings and lighten your wallet. But one thing I think we can all agree on is that when you’re pregnant, no matter how many ultrasounds you get, each one is as exciting as the first. You can’t wait to get another glimpse of your little peanut—to see how he or she is growing and developing. There’s nothing more thrilling!
TELL US: Would you wear your baby’s ultrasound, or turn it into art? Why or why not?
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