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The Anxiety of Pregnancy After Infertility

by Iris Waichler, MSW, LCSW

Women who have experienced infertility desperately long to hear the words “You are pregnant.” And when you do, there is a sense of elation and disbelief as you recognize that your dreams of pregnancy are now a reality. However, for many women there is a lingering fear that something will go wrong during your pregnancy and you may lose your baby. You won’t allow yourself to believe your baby will be healthy until you see it and hold it in your arms. Where does this anxiety come from and how do you make it go away?

3 tips for soothing your nerves.

Does Your TTC "To Do" List Dictate Your Life?

<b>Try this exercise and take it back!</b>

a blog by Beth and Tami of Pulling Down the Moon

Many spiritual teachers espouse the idea of “being fully present" or "in the ‘Now.’” My guru always says, “Learn to be a human being, not a human doing.” These seem like wise words from a wise man in a time when our lives are mostly dictated by “to do lists.”

Female Orgasm is Good for Fertility

<b>Now, don't let it stress you, but here's why!</b>

a blog by Beth and Tami of Pulling Down the Moon

Duh! Female orgasm is good for just about anything, wouldn’t you agree? Sex experts suggest, though, that the most fertile sexual positions are those that stimulate orgasm in the woman.

We get Octomom and "Jon & Kate"

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<b>British media examines the very "real" aspects of (in)fertility.</b>

a blog by Pamela Tsigdinos

You'd think the people who gave us the "stiff upper lip" and protocol dictating "One must never touch the Queen" might be a tad reserved when it comes to reproductive issues, but that's just not the case.

Our friends across the pond are perfectly at ease expounding chapter and verse about all matters fertility. It's almost enough to make their more puritanical American cousins blush!

Baby Showers: Attend or Pretend?

<b>You're invited to another one (ugh). What will you do?</b>

a blog by LaShaundra Seale

Battling the infertility monster can place you in many awkward positions. And,no, I'm not talking about standing on your head after intercourse to "make it stick." (That doesn't seem to work anyway.) I'm referring to attending baby showers.

This rite of passage is up there with bridal showers, weddings, and graduations. Most of us can attend the latter two without any problem. But attending a baby shower is especially difficult.

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Low Budget Fertility

<b>5 down and dirty, low budget steps to jump start your fertility!</b>

a blog by Tami and Beth of Pulling Down the Moon

If you’re stressed out and want to start your family, but you just can’t afford fertility treatments right now, here is a down and dirty, low budget, highly effective five step program for jump starting your fertility the holistic way:

    1. Have sex … for fun for a change.

Have Your Doctors Told You?

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<b>3 early ultrasound markers may predict your pregnancy outcome.</b>

a blog by Marie Lee

Now this may be putting the cart before the horse, but I found it SO TRUE for my viable and non viable pregnancies that I kinda wish I had known it so I could have known better what to expect. Basically besides your ‘betas’ (the rate at which your pregnancy hormones are doubling), three markers in an early ultrasound can predict with up to 94% accuracy (slightly less for women over 40), whether your pregnancy outcome will be successful.

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August's RE of the Month: Mark P. Trolice

<b>Why he's a doc who wows us.</b>

Mark P. Trolice, M.D., F.A.C.O.G., F.A.C.S., F.A.C.E.

Director, Fertility C.A.R.E.
Founder, Fertile Dreams
Winter Park, Florida
(407) 672-1106

At FertilityAuthority we love docs who not only “talk the talk” but also “walk the walk.” Dr. Mark Trolice does just that. He’s put an amazing amount of time and energy into “lowering the emotional and financial barriers to IVF,” promoting adoption as a family building option and working to “remove the stigma of any form of family building.” We’d like to recognize him as our RE of the Month for August 2009.

The Advocacy Sessions

by Barbara Collura

What do we want? Insurance coverage!

When do we want it? Now!

We will continue to work on a federal bill requiring insurance coverage for infertility treatment even if takes 15 years of advocacy efforts—like it did to secure passage of Connecticut’s state law mandating coverage!

15 mandates and counting!

Finding a Fertility Buddy

<b>It’s hard to let people in; but, oh, so much better when you do.</b>

a blog by Beth and Tami of Pulling Down the Moon

So after the last couple posts I wanted to round back to the idea of fertility yoga since it may have seemed like I was dissing it. Let me be clear. I absolutely wasn’t. Fertility yoga is very, very special. But the whole point of the last few posts was to give you absolutely no excuse to not start yoga! Now let’s hone in on the fertility thing.

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