Conceptual Options IVF & Surrogacy News: When Do I Ovulate?
Thanks to our guest blogger, Marcy Coning, who submitted this post to us for release. This post is important, not just for women trying to get pregnant, but it is also important for any woman to know and understand her cycles.
Determining when you ovulate is a vital factor if you need to know when you are more likely to get pregnant. This is very important and helpful for women who are trying to conceive, and can also be somewhat helpful for women who are trying not to get pregnant. Regardless of their choice, women asking themselves; “When do I ovulate?”, will surely benefit from their introspection.
Knowing when you ovulate has other advantages too. Some you may not have even considered before. Most women only think about ovulation as it pertains to pregnancy. Consider some other (lesser known) reasons that women should be aware of their ovulation cycles and feel free to take a peek at these interesting articles on our site…
Why Know When I Ovulate?
When a woman understands her cycle and her body, she is able to take better care of herself and understand the needs of her body. This way, she is more in control of what her nutritional needs are, as well as emotional needs. Some types of natural birth control methods use ovulation predictions as a way to avoid pregnancy for those who do not want to use synthetic hormones or barrier methods.
Knowing your ovulation schedule is most commonly related to getting pregnant, or not getting pregnant. But if you read those articles linked to above, you’ll learn how a woman’s beauty, radiance and even self-confidence are actually related to when she ovulates.
The planning your wedding… article talks about how a woman is most beautiful during ovulation and how she may want to plan her wedding accordingly. And this could go both ways. Maybe she wants to look and feel her best on her wedding day. But at the same time, her and her new husband may not want to get pregnant at the very beginning of their marriage. Either way, knowing when she ovulates can play a very important role in when to schedule this very important day.
In the get asked out on more dates… article – it mentions the association between attraction and confidence. When you are ovulating you are more attractive. When you feel more attractive you have more confidence. The article talks about how to use that confidence to attract more dates. But if you don’t want or need more dates, consider using your newly discovered confidence for one of several reasons…
- make a good impression in a job interview
- negotiate a better deal for a major purchase (like a new car)
- convince your spouse or significant other to see things your way
- or any other reason you may need a boost in confidence
Read more here from Marcy Coning on When Do I Ovulate?
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Conceptual Options Surrogacy & IVF News: “Test-Tube” Baby No Longer a Rarity
There are reports that now claim that “Test tube babies” are not that rare these days.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that 1.5% of babies born in the US are conceived using what’s called Assisted Reproductive Technology (ART), of which the most common procedure is in vitro fertilization (IVF).
Though thousands of IVF cycles are done every year in the US, it’s tricky to get a sense of an individual woman’s chance of conceiving with the procedure. Graphs from the CDC show exactly how often IVF resulted in a baby for women who went through the costly treatment using their own eggs, not donor eggs. A single IVF cycle costs an average of $12,400, according to the American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM), and women often need multiple tries to get pregnant.
About 36% of IVF cycles result in pregnancy, and 29.4% of cycles result in a baby…
A live birth rate of about 30% for IVF cycles is really pretty respectable. A healthy, fertile 30-year-old woman has about a 20% chance of getting pregnant without assistance every month that she tries, according to the ASRM. That decreases to 5% chance each month for women aged 40.
For couples who try to conceive through IVF, a lot more is at stake financially, emotionally, and physically, even if the success rate is often better than the traditional method.
While looking at the national averages for IVF success rates is a good start for dispelling misconceptions, pregnancy and live birth rates differ from clinic to clinic, and the data don’t tell the whole story. There are many different causes of infertility, and IVF does not address the direct problem for every cause. Only a doctor can say what chance IVF has of success for a particular couple.
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Conceptual Options Pregnancy News: Labor & Birth Terms to Know for Surrogates & Intended Mothers
- Abruptio Placenta (Placental Abruption): The placenta has started to separate from the uterine wall too early before the baby is born.
- Amniotic Fluid: This protective liquid, consisting mostly of water, fills in the sac surrounding the fetus.
- APGAR Test or Score: A measurement of the newborn’s response to birth and life outside the womb. The ratings, APGAR, are based on Appearance (color), Pulse (heartbeat), Grimace (reflex), Activity (muscle tone), and Respiration (breathing). The scores, which are taken at 1 & 5 minutes following birth, range from a high 10 to a low 1.
- Breech Presentation: Where the fetus is positioned head up to be born buttocks first or with one or both feet first. This occurs in less than five percent of all births.
- Cephalopelvic Disproportion: The baby is too large to safely pass through the mother’s pelvis.
- Cervidil: A medication used to ripen the cervix before induction.
- Cesarean Section: An incision through the abdominal and uterine walls for extraction of the fetus; it may be vertical or, more commonly, horizontal. Also called abdominal delivery; commonly called C-Section.
- Colostrum: Baby’s first food, this is a thin white fluid discharged from the breasts at the beginning of milk production, and usually noticeable during the last couple of week of pregnancy.low the baby’s head to compress slightly during passage through the birth canal.
- And there are so many more…..
Conceptual Options Pregnancy News – Labor Terms for Surrogates & Intended Mothers
Conceptual Options Pregnancy News: 25 Fun Activities to do Before the Baby is Born for Intended Mothers & Surrogates
Pregnancy has its limits but that doesn’t mean you have to bore yourself to oblivion. There are plenty of fun things to do before the baby is born because after the delivery there will be limited time. This list gives you a wide variety of activities to do all the way from Road trips to creating your birth plan. Whether you are a Surrogate, Intended Parent, or a Mother carrying your own child this has something for everyone.
Read more here for 25 Fun Activities to do Before the Baby is Born for Intended Mothers & Surrogates
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Conceptual Options Pregnancy News: Third Trimester Waiting Game for Surrogates & Intended Mothers
Is your baby taking longer than expected to arrive? Once in the third trimester you begin to experience very uncomfortable situations such as difficulty sleeping, Braxton hicks, heartburn, swelling and ultimately have decided that you’ve had enough and you are done being pregnant. Unfortunately babies are on their own time schedule and unless you’re scheduled for a C-section or an induction it’s a waiting game. Fortunately there are some at home techniques to get things moving right along. I’m sure you’ve heard that walking, sex, and spicy food are all great options but what about evening primrose oil, acupressure, or nipple stimulation? There are a variety of safe and successful ways to get your body to begin the labor process and begin enjoying motherhood. This article give you 9 natural ways to induce labor.
Read more here about Third Trimester Waiting Game for Surrogates & Intended Mothers
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Conceptual Options Pregnancy News: Postpartum Depression – Things You Can Do to Feel Better for Surrogates and Intended Mothers
Below is a list of self-help suggestions that may ease the sting of your symptoms throughout the course of your recovery. Keep in mind that you may not feel well enough to do many of the things listed here. They are, however, reminders, that you continue to hold more power than you think you do, over the way you feel while you are healing.
The most important thing for you to do right now is to follow your doctor’s treatment plan, continue to take your medication if it has been prescribed for you, and keep in touch with those close to you, letting them know how you are feeling. After that, do what you are able, no more and no less. Take small steps, try not to be too hard on yourself and take one day at a time.
- Rest when your baby sleeps.
- Let your partner know how you are feeling.
- Make your needs a priority.
- Let others know what they can do to help.
- Avoid strict or rigid schedules.
- Give yourself permission to have negative feelings.
- Screen phone calls.
- Do not expect too much from yourself right now
- Allow yourself a moment to laugh.
- Avoid overdoing anything.
- Be careful asking too many people for advice.
- Trust your instincts.
- Set limits with your guests.
- Avoid people who make you feel bad.
- Set boundaries with people you can’t avoid.
- Eat well.
- Avoid caffeine and alcohol.
- Take a walk.
- Set small goals for yourself.
- Stay on all medications you have been instructed to take.
- Don’t be afraid to ask for help.
- Get out of the house.
- Don’t feel guilty, it wastes energy.
- Expect some good days and some bad days.
- Prioritize what needs to be done and what can wait.
- Thank your partner for helping you.
- Don’t compare yourself to others.
- Be very specific about what you need from your partner.
- Do not blame yourself.
- Delegate household duties.
- Do the best you can. If it doesn’t feel like enough, it’s enough for now.
- Encourage your partner to seek support from friends and outside activities.
- Confide in someone you trust.
- Remind yourself that all adjustments take time.
Read more here about Postpartum Depression – Things You Can Do to Feel Better for Surrogates and Intended Mothers
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Conceptual Options Pregnancy News: Re-defining the meaning full term pregnancy for Surrogates & Intended Mothers
Term Pregnancy: Categories
• Early Term: Between 37 weeks 0 days and 38 weeks 6 days
• Full Term: Between 39 weeks 0 days and 40 weeks 6 days
• Late Term: Between 41 weeks 0 days and 41 weeks 6 days
• Poster: Between 42 weeks 0 days and beyond
Read more here for re-defining pregnancy for Surrogates & Intended Mothers.
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Conceptual Options News: Social Surrogacy Update from CEO & Director, Dr. Saira Jhutty:
In wake of the recent media attention on social surrogacy, I felt it was important to add to the conversation and not just sensationalize or try to create a story where one does not exist.
As an agency, the number of women who have come through our doors wanting to pursue social surrogacy solely for vanity reasons is far and few between but, that does not mean that this type of surrogacy does not exist or isn’t growing. However, the motives behind why some women say they want to work with a surrogate rather than carry their baby themselves – aside from medical or purely narcissistic reasons – vary greatly.
For example, some women are in the prime of their careers, they have spent countless hours dedicated to their education and profession and do not want to lose out on that upcoming promotion or project that will take them to the top. Some are Hollywood actresses or models who have spent their entire lives pursuing their dream, and losing their shapes or disappearing from the public eye, even for a few months, could possibly mean losing everything they have worked for. Some women actually have a fear of carrying a child, a fear so intense that Psychologists have a name for it: Tokophobia. For others, they may have met their significant other later in life or post-poned giving birth because they spent time furthering their education or sacrificing their personal lives to climb the corporate ladder. In these instances, the chances of miscarriage or genetic and/or physical abnormalities is significantly higher than if they had given birth earlier. There are also other women who had traumatic pregnancies, and being pregnant again is just not an option, although physically, they are fine.
For these women, social surrogacy is a viable alternative – they want to be mothers; however they do not believe that pregnancy is right for them. Choosing this option is not an easy decision and there is no correlation between choosing this path and the type of mother one will be. It is disturbing that so many are placing judgment and labels on these women, when all they are trying to do is create a family.
Now more than ever, women are looking to have it all. Who can blame us? We have watched our male counterparts sail pass the glass ceiling, be offered prominent job positions, all the while having children at 60 years old without being called selfish or looked down upon.
Unfortunately for women nature only allows us a certain timeframe to make it work in order to have it all. If we don’t, we lose out. That’s it, no more chances. Luckily, science and technology are now affording women the opportunity and means to create their own genetically related family on their own terms and timeline. Elective procedures such as egg freezing and surrogacy are giving women freedom and more options.
From working in this industry, one thing I have learned is that the love a mother and child share goes beyond the bond created in the womb. This is evidenced not only by step-children, foster children and adopted children but also by children born via surrogacy. I think it is fair to say that these parents do not love their children any less than genetically related parents love their children. I do not buy the idea that giving birth to a child makes the love between the birth mother and child any stronger or more valid than the love shared between a child and the genetic albeit non-birth mother.
Social surrogacy is not for everyone. And just because social surrogacy is a possibility, it does not mean every woman will go down this path and not to want to carry her own child. It also does not mean that the mother who chooses this path, is a selfish, egotistical or vain woman. It is simply an option, and for some women this option will help their dreams of motherhood and “having it all” become reality.
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Conceptual Options Pregnancy News: Conquering the Postnatal Pooch for Surrogates and Intended Mothers
One of the biggest worries when getting pregnant is that the body will never return to it’s previous state. This type of thinking is only natural since clearly the woman’s abdomen stretches out to lengths she never thought possible, food cravings become a new force of nature, and exercising seems unrealistic when waddling is the only way you can get around.
Luckily there are things you can do prenatal and postnatal to get your body back to how it was before if not even better! This article focuses it’s attention on flattening the abdominals and getting rid of the pooch that hangs around due to diastasis recti. Approaches include specific abdominal exercises, wearing a corset, and focusing on a specific diet.
Read more here on pregnancy, postnatal pooch for Surrogates and Intended Mothers alike.
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Daily Health News from Conceptual Options Surrogacy Agency: Fight or Flight: Taking Control of Your Stress
How often do you fell stressed? In our society it is extremely common to hear people complaining about stress. It seems that if you are not stressed, you must be lazy or not accomplishing enough. If you really think about stress and dissect it, it is simply fear. Fear that we won’t make the deadline, fear we will do something wrong, fear we don’t have enough money, and fear we will fail. The good thing about stress is it ignites our fight or flight response to save us from potential harm. The bad thing about stress is that it lowers our body’s natural defense mechanism. If we are stressed all the time, our body is susceptible to cancer, disease, and other toxins.
Fortunately there is a multitude of ways to help ease your fears and therefore reducing stress. One way is to retrain your brain to react in a new way and to stay present in the moment instead of worrying about an imagined future or a remembered past.
Read this article to learn more and find out ways to combat stress, especially since stress can also affect our fertility, whether an Intended Mother or a Surrogate.
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