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27 pregnancy article submissions by the Mothering community.

Secondary Infertility

By Nancy Stiefel Web Exclusive You've already had one child, so conceiving the second should be no problem, right? Not necessarily. Many women face infertility when trying for a second child. And although doctors can sometimes pinpoint medical causes for such "secondary infertility," the reasons often remain a mystery. For these women, not being able to understand why compounds their misery. My own history is a case in point. I conceived my first son easily, and my husband and I expected the same results three years later. A year went by with no pregnancy,... read more

NFP or FAM Methods While Breastfeeding

  • by JMJ

Lactational Amenorrhea Method - can be used for 6 months or until your first postpartum bleed after 56 days postpartum.  98-99% effective.  Lactational Amenorrhea may continue past 6 months, but the effectiveness of depending on it to prevent pregnancy is reduced.  Must use a different method after the return of menstruation.   Ecological Breastfeeding - close to 100% effective in the first 3 months, 99% effective in the second 3 months, 94% effective before your first postpartum bleed after 56 days postpartum.  Must use a different method after the return of... read more

Resources For Learning About Fertility Cycles

  • by JMJ

Books   Taking Charge of Your Fertility by Toni Weschler Garden of Fertility by Katie Singer Honoring Our Cycles (workbook) by Katie Singer The Art of Natural Family Planning by John and Sheila Kippley Natural Family Planning: A Complete Approach by John and Sheila Kippley (available for free download with registration) Breastfeeding and Natural Child Spacing by Sheila Kippley The Seven Standards of Ecological Breastfeeding by Sheila Kippley The Art of Natural Family Planning Student Guide by Couple to Couple League The Art of Natural Family Planning... read more

Waiting for Liam

For some women getting pregnant is the struggle, for others it’s the pregnancy itself that causes difficulties; for me the only hard part was waiting for him to be born.  I don’t mean the labor, I’ll get to that later, but the actual anticipation of when IT would commence.  I think if I had known how much harder it gets once the baby is born I could have been a little more patient. The arrival of your first-born is cause for some major excitement.  In truth, I was looking for some excitement after 9 months of a rather uneventful pregnancy. In fact, when I... read more

Three Documentaries

Three documentaries have caught my eye recently. I have Donor Unknown saved on Netflix. It’s about a woman who goes in search of her biological father, sperm donor 150. TechnoStorks follows three couples undergoing fertility treatments. And Google Baby is the HBO documentary that was released last year about outsourcing surrogacy to India. Ron and I have been talking about surrogacy lately. Not approaching it in the way of the documentary. But in a more personal way. A friend has offered to carry our baby — “to be his/her home for awhile,” she said. So…how... read more

National Infertility Awareness Week

It’s National Infertility Awareness Week (April 24-30). Lots of events going on. Find one here. Not that long ago, I visited the university where I attended law school. As I walked through the library, I observed the women. They concentrated hard as they flipped through their textbooks. Studying, reading, taking notes. That was me 12 years ago. I was so focused on my grades and my future career that marriage/motherhood was barely a thought. I figured it would happen someday…in my time, on my terms, and when I was ready. I had no idea that age is the number... read more

Living a Fertile Life

I haven’t posted much on the blog the past few weeks because, well, I needed a break. Not from blogging. From trying to conceive (TTC)…and everything and anything related to it. For so long, I feel like I’ve been in a holding pattern. One minute I’m ready to step off the path of TTC, and the next I’m certain I should stay on it. As a result, I keep wavering. A few months ago, at a yoga for fertility workshop, I heard an instructor say, “There are lots of ways to live a fertile life.” Her words rang true. Fertility, at its heart, isn’t necessarily about bearing... read more

Types Of Natural Family Planning

  • by JMJ

  "Natural Family Planning" or NFP, is, in a nutshell, a rejection of artificial contraception in favor of utilizing the natural times of fertility and infertility in a woman’s cycle to plan to achieve or avoid pregnancy.  Many of the methods are supported and taught by Catholic organizations because the Catholic Church as an organization opposes artificial contraception.  (However the science is the same regardless of your religion!)  Different methods are more useful for trying to conceive or trying to avoid pregnancy.  Not all methods are reliable enough for... read more

Chai-yok

Just when I was about to go crazy from the cold weather, I left town for California. My first morning, I took a long walk in the sun and then stopped by a coffee bar. As I unfolded the weekend edition of the Santa Monica Daily Press, I came across an article about a local spa that was offering an infertility treatment I’d never heard of before: a vaginal steam bath. Apparently, chai-yok (the official name) is a Korean remedy to help women get pregnant. In all the years I’ve been trying to conceive, I’ve come across a ton of unusual holistic fertility... read more

Holistic Fertility Centers/Workshops

When it finally dawned on me that I was having trouble conceiving, I knew one thing: I wanted to restore the hormone imbalances in my body naturally. I searched…and searched…and searched for a holistic fertility center in the Washington, D.C. area (where I live). All I could find were a few random acupuncturists or naturopathic doctors that treated women’s health issues as part of a broader practice. I ended up traveling far away from the area – out of the country far – to immerse myself in Ayurveda. By the time I returned home, Pulling Down the Moon, a... read more

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