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.

Nov 232013
Clearblue Digital Ovulation Test vs. the Calendar Method

When predicting ovulation, the difference between the calendar method and the Clearblue Digital Ovulation Test is that the digital test detects the surge in luteinising hormone (LH) that triggers ovulation. The calendar method doesn’t help you identify variabilities in your menstrual  cycle. So, if you try to predict ovulation according to the dates on your calendar and the day you started your last menstrual cycle, you won’t get information about your LH hormone level. I

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Nov 202013
Before You Take Fertility Supplements to Get Pregnant

If you’re asking “should I take fertility supplements to get pregnant?”, read this list of important things to consider. Your current physical health is at the top of the list. It’s important for you to do the research, talk to a doctor, and make an informed decision about taking fertility supplements, based on your emotional and physical health. After a year of trying to get pregnant, my husband and I realized we needed to get help

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Nov 192013
 Accidental Pregnancy and Postpartum Depression

A new study shows that women who accidentally get pregnant are more likely to suffer from postpartum depression than women who plan their pregnancies. This makes sense – that accidental pregnancies may lead to depression after having the baby. It’s really good information to have, because it’ll help women who accidentally got pregnant cope with their feelings after the birth. The Research on Accidental Pregnancies and Postpartum Depression Women with accidental pregnancy are four times

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Nov 052013
10 Tips for a Healthy Pregnancy From a Nurse Midwife

A certified nurse midwife offers 10 most important tips for a healthy pregnancy, ranging from the best foods to eat for your developing baby to the reasons to have regular sex during pregnancy. If you’re not a glowing and ecstatic pregnant woman, you’re not alone! Pregnancy triggers an eruption of hormones that alters moods dramatically and quickly. In The 100 Healthiest Foods to Eat During Pregnancy: The Surprising Unbiased Truth about Foods You Should be

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Oct 302013
5 Signs You Should See a Fertility Doctor

You’ve been trying to get pregnant for a long time – how do you know if you should see a fertility doctor? Here are five signs you should make an appointment as soon as possible. Some women wonder if they should see a fertility doctor if they can’t get pregnant. It’s time to find a infertility specialist when you see certain tell-tale signs. A recently published book on fertility and getting pregnant offers this helpful

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Oct 182013
What to Eat to Get Pregnant

In this article, I summarize two recent research studies on eating to get pregnant. One is about fertility and nutrition; the other is about foods that lower blood pressure. Women who watch their weight and closely follow a Mediterranean-style diet high in vegetables, vegetable oils, fish and beans may increase their chance of becoming pregnant, according to dietitians at Loyola University Health System (LUHS). “Establishing a healthy eating pattern and weight is a good first

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Oct 172013
Traditional Chinese Medicine Herbs for Pregnancy

Here’s a summary of how Traditional Chinese Medicine herbs can help you get pregnant, from a reproductive wellness practitioner in Vancouver, BC, Canada. “I find acupuncture extremely helpful with patients dealing with infertility, whether they are going through assisted reproductive procedures or just trying on their own,” says Dr. Mubina Jiwa, BSc., ND, Director of Essence of Health in Toronto, Ontario. “These days, many people are diagnosed with ‘unexplained infertility.’ Chinese medicine and acupuncture is very helpful

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Oct 112013
Eating Disorders and Getting Pregnant

Is it possible that your “unexplained infertility” is because of an eating disorder? Getting pregnant takes about a year on average, but if you have an eating disorder such as bulimia or anorexia nervosa, your fertility will be affected. Here’s what research from the University of Helsinki says about eating disorders and getting pregnant: Women with eating disorders are less likely to have children than others in the same age group, indicates a study conducted

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Aug 062013
Do Antioxidants Increase Fertility?

A common question about getting pregnant is whether antioxidants increase fertility in women and men. The research will surprise you! In A Surprising Cause of Infertility in Women – Antioxidants, research suggests that antioxidants don’t increase female fertility. In fact, they may decrease fertility in women. A snippet from that article: “Research shows that antioxidants improve health and slow the aging process by neutralizing harmful free radicals in our body. But, this fertility research about

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Jul 182013
The Link Between Childhood Cancer and Infertility

Past research shows that survivors of childhood cancer are at risk for infertility, but this new study reveals that pregnancy is just as possible for cancer survivors as for people who have never had cancer. Researchers at Dana-Farber/Boston Children’s Cancer and Blood Disorders Center and Brigham and Women’s Hospital used data from the Childhood Cancer Survivor Study to look at the link between childhood cancer and infertility. “What we found delivers a really nice message

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