Your doctor will request a blood pregnancy test 12 to 14 days after infertility treatment. This test measures Human Chorionic Gonadotropin hormone (hCG). HCG is secreted by the developing placenta shortly after a fertilized egg has implanted in the uterine lining. The appearance of hCG soon after conception — and its subsequent rise in concentration during early gestational growth — make it an excellent marker for the early detection of pregnancy. A blood measurement of hCG is more accurate than a urine test because hCG is detectable in blood sooner than in urine.
If you are considering the Caribbean, Mexico or another travel destination for fertility treatment, here’s what you need to know about the Zika virus.
The CDC lists Zika-related travel notices for Cape Verde, the Caribbean, Central America, Mexico, the Pacific Islands and South America. These are all areas where ongoing transmission of the Zika virus from mosquitoes is reported.
To date there are at least 106 travel-related cases of the Zika virus in the U.S. In these cases, individuals have traveled outside the U.S. to areas where mosquitos are spreading the virus, and have become infected. There are also possibly 14 U.S. cases of the virus that were sexually transmitted, according to the CDC.
Women who are trying to conceive, women who are pregnant and women who want to be pregnant should be aware that a pregnant woman can transmit the virus to her fetus. Microcephaly, a birth defect of the brain, has been reported in babies whose mothers had the Zika virus while pregnant.
The goal of fertility treatment is to become pregnant, so it seems like a no-brainer to discuss Pregnancy Awareness Month and how to best optimize your body for conception and pregnancy.
Maintaining a healthy balance of diet and exercise, getting the appropriate vitamins, and kicking bad habits are just a few of the ways women should be working toward good health. By raising awareness of the potential risks to a woman pregnant after infertility treatment, fertility patients can make the right decisions for getting their body baby-ready.
Published in the American Heart Association’s journal, Circulation is a study that says women who develop high blood pressure during pregnancy have greater incidence of poor health outcomes later in life, including heart disease, risk of heart attack, chronic kidney or liver disease, and diabetes.
Approximately 25% percent of women experience some sort of bleeding during their first trimester. There are several potential causes for bleeding during pregnancy, and many doctors believe some bleeding is normal. If you experience bleeding during pregnancy, it is best to inform your doctor right away to rule out major complications.
Giuliana and Bill Rancic have brought awareness to infertility, in vitro fertilization (IVF), gestational surrogacy and breast cancer. Now, as the proud parents of baby boy Duke, they are shining the spotlight on another important topic for parents-to-be: cord blood banking.