I live in Vancouver, BC with my husband Bruce, my dog Georgie, and my cat Nunki. We can't have kids, and we've made peace with it. I'm an introverted writer and morning lark! I love school, wine, animals, God, and my Quips and Tips blogs.

Aug 122014
How to Predict Your Fertile Window and Get Pregnant

Here’s an easy-to-remember way to predict when your “fertile window” is, plus tips for increasing your chances of getting pregnant. Knowing when your fertile window is will naturally increase your pregnancy chances. Basically, your fertile window is the most likely time you’ll get pregnant. If you have sex during your fertile window, then your chances of pregnancy increase dramatically. The fertile window is the three days leading up to ovulation, plus the day you actually

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Aug 052014
How Birth Control Pills Affect Ovarian Reserve and Fertility

The Pill may mask a severely diminished ovarian reserve, but will it permanently affect fertility and getting pregnant? Nope! Here’s the latest research on birth control pills and fertility for women. I also found an interesting study that shows that fertility in women is increased by the over-the-counter vitamin supplement 5-DHEA, which I’ll also describe below. If you recently stopped taking birth control pills and you want to get pregnant, read The Fertile Kitchen Cookbook:

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Jul 302014
Bowen Therapy for Fertility

When interviewing health practitioners for an article for alive magazine, I gathered information about Bowen Therapy for fertility. Here’s how The Bowen Technique helps women get pregnant. If you’re trying to conceive, this may be the natural health modality for you! Yoga & Meditation for Fertility DVD from Kat Atkinson Yoga is a healthy, natural way to increase your fertility. It’s not Bowen Therapy, but it can help enhance circulation to the pelvis, soften your abdomen so you’re open

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Jul 212014
Keeping the Faith When You’re Trying to Get Pregnant

Here are a few ideas on how to keep the faith when you’re trying to get pregnant. “Keeping the faith” doesn’t necessarily mean believing in God for everyone, but it does to me! These tips are for believers who are clinging to God – and for non-believers who are keeping the faith in a Higher Power. The Pregnancy Companion: A Faith Filled Guide for Your Journey to Motherhood by Jessica Wolstenholm and Dr. Heather Rupe is

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Jun 302014
Preparing to Get Pregnant – A Preconception Checklist

This “preconception checklist” is a list of things you need to think about if you’re preparing to get pregnant. Most women don’t get pregnant right away, and it’s important to be aware of health issues that could get in the way of preparing for pregnancy. Before Your Pregnancy: A 90-Day Guide for Couples on How to Prepare for a Healthy Conception by Amy Ogle and Lisa Mazzullo is a comprehensive guide to preparing to get pregnant

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Jun 162014
12 Most Common Causes of Fertility Problems

If you’re having problems getting pregnant, you may unknowingly be dealing with the most common causes of fertility problems. Here’s a list of the most common reasons women don’t get pregnant, plus a solution for each problem. The Combo of Ovulation and Pregnancy Test Strips (pictured) is a must-have for women who want to get pregnant. The ovulation test predicts when there is a LH (luteinizing hormone) surge in your body, which tells you when you’re likely to

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Jun 122014
15 Things You Need to Know About Pregnancy After 40

Here’s a summary of the most important things you need to know about pregnancy after 40, mostly from the University of Maryland Medical Center. Since this list isn’t full of good news for women who want to get pregnant after age 40, we’ll start with a resource to help women get pregnant naturally, plus words of hope from the British Pregnancy Advisory Service. You Can Get Pregnant Over 40, Naturally by Sandy Robertson describes tips for

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Jun 102014
Acupuncture for Fertility and Your Chances of Pregnancy

Learn how acupuncture for fertility can affect your chances of getting pregnant. I interviewed an acupuncturist about Chinese medicine and conception rates, and gathered research on acupuncture for fertility. The Zensufu Complete Acupressure Mat and Pillow is a wonderful option if you’re not comfortable with the idea of acupuncture needles. Acupressure is similar to acupuncture, but does not involve an acupuncturist putting needles in various body parts. Nancy Winlove-Smith is a Certified Contemporary Medical Acupuncturist; I interviewed her

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Jun 052014
Alcohol and Fertility – How Drinking Affects Getting Pregnant

If you enjoy a glass of wine occasionally, you’ll be relieved to learn how drinking affects getting pregnant. Here’s what research on alcohol and fertility says about getting pregnant and drinking alcohol. Fertility experts have told me drinking alcohol can affect getting pregnant, and encouraged both me and my husband to stop drinking alcoholic beverages when we were trying to conceive. But research on fertility and alcohol does not support the idea of not drinking

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Jun 022014
Coping With Miscarriage After Fertility Treatments

These suggestions for coping with miscarriage after fertility treatments are based on recent research. Feelings of depression and sadness may be stronger if you miscarried after assisted reproduction (eg, IVF, IUI) than if you got pregnant naturally. About 20% (one in five) of pregnancies that are a result of fertility treatments end in a miscarriage, says Dr. Cheung Sze Yan Charleen of Queen Mary Hospital, Hong Kong. His researchers found that coping with miscarriage after

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