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  Imagine living with debilitating, chronic pain.   Intensely painful periods. Painful urination and bowel movements. Pain during sexual intercourse. Pain that feels like period pain even when you’re not having your period. Pain that keeps you from being able to go out and enjoy life on a regular basis. Basically, being in excruciating pain…

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It was St. Patrick’s Day last week ! The Irish mark this day every March 17 as the anniversary of the death of St. Patrick, the patron saint of Ireland. The holiday began as a religious holiday in Ireland but over time has become a worldwide extravaganza celebrating Irish culture. Like many Americans, I do…

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Yesterday was International Women’s Day.   On this day we celebrate the myriad contributions of women to society and the well being of the world. This international holiday has been around since 1909, as women have struggled since practically the beginning of time for equality and recognition. Even so, I didn’t really start hearing about…

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As I’ve shared with you before, how and what we eat can make or break our fertility journey. The importance of eating a diet with fertility-friendly foods cannot be overstated. This means a diet of whole foods: fruits and vegetables, whole grains, some dairy. It also primarily means a plant-based diet, although most meats are…

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February is Healthy Heart Month.   While it might seem like our heart doesn’t have anything to do with fertility, the opposite is true.   Our heart pumps the blood that keeps us alive.   Our heart never stops working for us. It pumps blood every second of every day.   And, the first sign we…

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When I first started trying to conceive, I was 41 years old and had spent most of my life trying to avoid getting pregnant. I’m probably like a lot of women in that regard. Once I decided I wanted to be a mom, I stopped taking birth control and figured I’d be pregnant in a few months….

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This weekend is Super Bowl weekend in the United States!   That means 3 things: football, parties and food.   The Super Bowl is one the most-watched television events of the year. Even those who aren’t football fans and maybe haven’t even watched a football game all year always show up for Super Bowl parties….

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Most of the time, when discussing my own fertility journey, I focus on my success in conceiving my son despite some major odds against me. I share my story of my miscarriages. My crappy fertility test results. My Diminished Ovarian Reserve diagnosis. Getting the donor egg speech from the fertility doctor. Then, my ultimate triumph…

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If you want to get pregnant, you need to educate yourself about how your body works, and one very important process to understand is your ovulation. Unfortunately, ovulation is often misunderstood, or is a complete mystery altogether. Many women, myself included, don’t know much about the relationship between ovulation and their monthly cycle when they…

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My husband gave me a Fitbit for a holiday gift! I’m so excited. Since I’ve been getting back into working out the past few months, I wanted something that could help me track my fitness goals. These little contraptions are a big difference from using old-fashioned stopwatches and fitness journals. It can tell me how…

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