As I write this update, I am 15 weeks pregnant with a baby girl. We heard her heartbeat for the very first time the day before my Mom died. It is simultaneously the best and worst time of my life, but having this baby is helping balance the void left by losing my very best friend. I take comfort in the fact that this new life growing inside me is 25% my Mom, and I am thankful every day that she was able to hear the news that we were pregnant.
After all of the stress, all of the anxiety, all of the cameras in places not suitable for polite conversation, all of the blood work and needles, all of the stirrups, all of the shots, all of the waiting…. the phone rings and I would know that number anywhere. I grab a pen in case there's something I should write down that I won't remember once I hang up.
An update issued by the CDC says pregnant women should receive the tetanus toxoid, reduced diphtheria toxoid, and acellular pertussis (Tdap) vaccination during each pregnancy, irrespective of previous Tdap vaccination. This information is not only pertinent to pregnant women, but also to fertility patients actively trying to conceive so they may be aware of vaccination guidelines and plan accordingly.
For women who are pregnant from infertility treatments, it is difficult to imagine that in just a few short weeks, you will be released from your fertility doctor’s care, back into the stirrups at your regular OB-GYN’s office. To some, this milestone brings a sigh of relief, but to others, it can evoke feelings of anxiety.
a guest blog by Stacy Lazar at Zeel.com, October 2, 2012
While pregnancy can be one of the most beautiful and special times in a woman's life, accompanying factors like nausea, achy feet and fatigue can also make those nine months some of the most difficult to bear. We recently sat down with Certified Prenatal Massage Therapist Lisanne Franco of New York City to discuss how massage—specifically bodywork geared to the pregnant female body—can help to ease the process. Here's what you need to know.
In 2007 my husband and I began our journey into parenthood with no idea what we were in for. Like most couples, we didn't expect it would lead us down the road of infertility. After I was diagnosed with polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS), we went through years of fertility treatments until my body finally gave out in 2010, and we were told conceiving a child of our own just wasn't possible. The news was devastating, but eventually we accepted it and moved on. We began exploring our options for adoption, but after almost two years of research and prayer, we simply didn't have peace in knowing that was God's ultimate plan for our family.
So we continued to wait, not knowing if we would ever become parents. I began my infertility blog Fresh Conceptions, and after a year, was asked to begin professionally blogging for FertilityAuthority.
Natalie Portman will soon be entering a new chapter of her life – motherhood. The daughter of a fertility doctor, Portman, 29, is acutely aware that it is a blessing in itself just to have the ability to conceive a child.
That's how Céline Dion looks in an exclusive new photo of the singer, who's expecting twin boys in November, published by Canada's 7 Jours magazine.
Dion, 42, is seen in the photo with her husband, René Angelil, their 9-year-old son, René-Charles, and their dog, Charlie.
The image comes shortly after Dion's rep denied tabloid rumors that the superstar had experienced complications in her pregnancy. "She's never been in the hospital," the rep told PEOPLE. "Her pregnancy continues to be healthy, and she feels fantastic."
Amy Tucker is cancer-free and mother of a baby boy
Thirteen years ago, when Amy Tucker was 19 years old, she faced a diagnosis of advanced cancer and the certainty of never having children, even if her cancer could be cured. Today, Tucker is cancer-free. She is also the mother of a beautiful baby boy, thanks to fertility preservation procedures performed by Sherman Silber, MD, director of the Infertility Center of St. Louis at St. Luke’s Hospital.