When you are considering pregnancy, be sure to consider your oral health — it just may be the key to a healthier pregnancy.
Gingivitis, or inflammation of the gums; dental caries, commonly known as cavities; and periodontitis, a severe form of gingivitis when inflammation of the gums extends to all of the supporting structure of the tooth, all negatively impact pregnancy. A connection between preterm birth (which results in low birth weight infants) and dental infections has been supported in recent research studies. There is some conflicting data, but the evidence of a link is mounting.
Going through infertility treatment is often an incredibly stressful time. Due to the anxiety experienced in trying to conceive, frequent doctor’s visits or tension that can sometimes arise during treatment, it can feel nearly impossible to have a sense of healthfulness during this time. While there isn’t a lot one can do to influence how their ovaries or endometrial lining might respond to treatment, focusing on staying healthy can help reestablish a sense of control.
A blog by Jessi Wallace, August 10, 2015
This fall, we’re embarking on an adventure of Follistim + IUI, so in the meantime I have been trying to relax and prepare myself for what is to come. I’ve noticed that anytime I take a break—especially if it’s at least 3 months long—my body responds better when I start treatment again. And since I have PCOS, my body is very sensitive to what I expose it to. Because of this little fact, here are 7 ways I am preparing my body for more fertility treatment – physically and mentally.
Written in partnership with Prenate® June 29, 2015
If you are trying to conceive, you may benefit from a prenatal vitamin with DHA and calcium. DHA (docosahexaenoic acid) is a type of omega-3 fatty acid that provides nutritional support for women’s health and fetal growth and development. Calcium is an essential nutrient that women require in substantial amounts, especially when pregnant or breastfeeding. Calcium helps maintain bones, muscles and teeth, as well as help the heart, nerves and muscles work properly. 1
DHA (docosahexaenoic acid) is a type of omega-3 fatty acid which can help provide nutritional support for fetal growth and development, as well as essential nutrients for mom-to-be’s health and well-being.
It is recommended that all women of childbearing age take a prenatal vitamin specially formulated to support both mother and baby during pregnancy. Prenate® Star is a prescription prenatal vitamin that provides complete nutrition. What sets it apart from other prenatal vitamins is that it includes 1 mg of folic acid (USP) and 155 mg of calcium formate, a type of calcium which is more readily absorbed by the body than calcium citrate and calcium carbonate.1 And Prenate Star is kosher certified.
As specialists in reproductive endocrinology, we are often asked what steps a couple can take to best prepare them to conceive and carry a pregnancy to term. While taking these steps certainly does not guarantee conception or that a pregnancy can be carried full term, they will increase the chances of conception and a healthy pregnancy.