Conceptual Options IVF News: How One Woman Judged Other Women Using IVF

Conceptual Options IVF News: How One Woman Judged Other Women Using IVF

We just found this deeply touching article in Time magazine that explains how one woman chose to go through IVF so soon after her mother died of cancer.  In fact, she also talks about the stigma that goes along with IVF by describing her own judgment against those using IVF.

According to Times Magazine and Beth Ford Roth,

Word gets around when you’ve had IVF, and I often get asked for advice from friends, and friends of friends, whether in vitro is really worth it – worth the steep price tag, the physical pain, the emotional roller coaster. Despite my less than ideal experience with IVF, I tell these women it is their opportunity to take control of their bodies and their desire for a family.

I cringe at the thought of how judgmental I used to be toward women who had their children through IVF. In my 20s, I viewed celebrities as terribly selfish to undergo expensive fertility treatments when (I believed) there were so many adoptable babies who needed homes.

But there are no guarantees with adoption. A birth mother can change her mind. With international adoption (an avenue we pursued for a year) timetables change and foreign governments can alter the rules in the middle of the process. There’s also the completely natural desire to have a child that carries on your family’s traits. I often dreamed that my baby would have my mother’s warm, cat-shaped brown eyes, or my husband’s fierce intellect.

It is funny how experience changes one’s perspective.

Read more here about Beth Ann Roth and her past judgment against IVF.

Conceptual Options IVF News

Conceptual Options IVF News

Conceptual Options Surrogacy Agency News: The UK and Surrogacy Parental Leave approved for 5 April 2015

Conceptual Options Surrogacy Agency News: The UK and Surrogacy Parental Leave approved for 5 April 2015

Did you know that the UK have decided to allow parents through surrogacy to have the same rights to maternity leave as any other parent? The only thing that may not be idea for some parents that conceive their child through surrogacy is the date. The UK says the eligible persons are parents whose child is born on or after 5 April 2015.

 Read more here about UK and Surrogacy Parental Leave approved for 5 April 2015

Conceptual Options Surrogacy UK

Conceptual Options Surrogacy UK

Future of the Uterus & Bioengineered Wombs – the end of Surrogacy?

Future of the Uterus & Bioengineered Wombs – the end of Surrogacy?

Did you know that women are helping women by transplanting their healthy uterus into another women so they can have the chance at having a child. Even though after receiving the uterus the women would have to go through IVF to implant their baby.

I found this article about how a mother helped her daughter achieve the miracle of becoming a mother by doing a uterus transplant. And in September 2014 she was able to give birth to her first son. This was the first ever birth from a transplanted uterus. This study was conducted by Mats Brannstrom a professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the university of Gothenburg in Sweden.

I highly doubt that this is the end of surrogacy, but it certainly opens more options for women having trouble conceiving.

Read more here about Bioengineered Wombs.

Conceptual Options  & Bioengineered Wombs

Conceptual Options & Bioengineered Wombs

 

Conceptual Options Pregnancy News: Labor & Birth Terms to Know for Surrogates & Intended Mothers

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…..
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Conceptual Options Pregnancy News - Labor Terms for Surrogates & Intended Mothers

Conceptual Options Pregnancy News – Labor Terms for Surrogates & Intended Mothers

Conceptual Options Pregnancy News: Fetal Development Timeline for Surrogates & Intended Mothers

Conceptual Options Pregnancy News: Fetal Development Timeline for Surrogates & Intended Mothers

The transformation from a tiny fertilized egg to a fully formed baby is awe-inspiring. Here’s a look at the major milestones babies in utero typically reach, from conception to birth, and approximately when they happen.


First trimester

Your baby-in-the-making is a ball of cells called a blastocyst. The blastocyst already contains a full set of DNA from you and your partner, which determines sex, eye color, and other traits.
The ball of cells has officially become an embryo and is about the size of a poppy seed. Over the next six weeks, all of your baby’s organs will begin to develop, and some will start to function.
Your baby’s tiny heart begins to beat – at twice the rate of yours. His entire “body” is only about the size of a sesame seed.
Facial features (like eyes and nostrils) are beginning to form, and little buds appear where arms and legs will develop.
Arms and legs are growing, and your baby now has little fingers, as well as a nose and upper lip. He’s moving quite a bit now, but you won’t feel it. He’s about 5/8 of an inch long and weighs hardly anything – four-hundredths of an ounce.
Eyes have developed, though your baby’s eyelids are fused shut for now. She’s lost her “tail” and is starting to look more human.
The embryo has become a fetus. His vital organs – such as kidneys, intestines, brain, and liver – are starting to function. Tiny fingernails and toenails are forming.
Your baby is almost fully formed. Her bones are beginning to harden, and her genitalia are developing externally. She can hiccup, though it’s too soon for you to feel it.
You can hear your baby’s heartbeat at a prenatal checkup.(You may already have heard it at an early ultrasound.) Your baby’s just over 2 inches long and weighs about half an ounce.

 

Second trimester

Your baby’s kidneys are producing urine, and he releases it into the amniotic fluid. He can make facial expressions and may have discovered thumb-sucking.
Your baby can see light that filters in from outside your womb, even though her eyelids are still shut.
Your baby’s sex may be detectable at your mid-pregnancy ultrasound, which typically happens between 16 and 20 weeks.
If you haven’t felt your baby move yet, you probably will in the next few weeks. It’ll take a couple of weeks longer for your partner and other people to feel your baby’s movements from the outside.

 

Your baby can hear your heartbeat and sounds that come from outside your body, such as your partner’s voice. Your baby might even be startled by a loud noise.
Your baby’s sense of movement has developed, so he can feel the motion if you dance. His sense of hearing continues to improve. You may sometimes be able to see him squirming under the surface of your belly.
Your baby’s taste buds are developing. Her brain is growing very quickly, and her hair may be growing, too. She’s almost a foot long and weighs just over a pound.
Your baby’s been doing “practice breathing” by inhaling and exhaling amniotic fluid, and if he was born now his lungs could function (with a lot of medical help). He can also open and close his eyes.

 

Third trimester

Your baby may be dreaming. She has eyelashes, and her eyesight is improving. She weighs about 2 1/4 pounds and is about 15 inches long, head to heel.
He’s grown cute little fingernails and toenails. He’s almost 17 inches long (head to heel) and weighs about 3 3/4 pounds.
If your baby’s born now, she’s considered “late preterm.” Healthy babies born at this stage usually do fine, though they need some care in the neonatal intensive care unit.
Your baby is now considered full-term. His lungs should work fine if he’s born now, but ideally he’ll stay in your womb a bit longer.
Your baby is due and fully ready for life outside the womb. The average weight of a newborn is about 7 1/2 pounds, and the average length is about 20 inches. If you go more than one or two weeks past your due date without delivering, your doctor may decide to induce labor.

Read more here about the Fetal Development Timeline for Surrogates & Intended Mothers

Conceptual Options Pregnancy News: Sleeping while Pregnant for Surrogates & Intended Mothers

Conceptual Options Pregnancy News: Sleeping while Pregnant for Surrogates & Intended Mothers

Trying to find the best position to sleep at the night is one of the hardest thing to do while pregnant especially in the third trimester. In this article it talks about the different positions and things you can do to gt comfortable and get the best night sleep.

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Conceptual Options Pregnancy News

Conceptual Options Pregnancy News: Tyrone Hayes + Penelope Jagessar Chaffer – The toxic baby

Conceptual Options Pregnancy News: Tyrone Hayes + Penelope Jagessar Chaffer – The toxic baby

It is very common nowadays to be concerned about what outside elements are affecting the growth of the fetus in the womb. This fascinating Ted Talks video opens your eyes to dangerous chemicals that we are unaware of. The factors include things that can effect the child in the womb as well as outside the womb. Please follow the link below to educate and arm yourself with powerful and useful information.

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Conceptual Options Pregnancy News

Conceptual Options Pregnancy News: 25 Fun Activities to do Before the Baby is Born for Intended Mothers & Surrogates

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.

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Conceptual Options Pregnancy News - Activity before Baby

Conceptual Options Pregnancy News – Activity before Baby

 

Conceptual Options Pregnancy News: Third Trimester Waiting Game for Surrogates & Intended Mothers

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.

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Conceptual Options Pregnancy Third Trimester Waiting Game Surrogacy

Conceptual Options Pregnancy Third Trimester Waiting Game Surrogacy

Conceptual Options Fertility News: Jaime King Opens Up About Fertility Struggles, Five Miscarriages

Conceptual Options Fertility News:  Jaime King Opens Up About Fertility Struggles, Five Miscarriages

We absolutely love it when celebrities open up about their own fertility struggles.  It helps us all speak more about it and understand that we are not alone.

Putting a face to fertility issues, Jaime King took to Instagram on Friday, July 25, to explain in detail the painful lengths she went to in order to get pregnant with her son James, now 9 months.

“For all the women out there who think they are alone in this #youarenotalone #ihavetobebravetosupportothers #realtalkhatterrifiesus,” she captioned a picture of a long note.

In the note, King, 35, revealed that she spent eight years struggling before giving birth to James.

“8 yrs of pain & undiagnosed PSOC [Polycystic ovary syndrom] & Endometriosis,” she said. “5 miscarriages, 5 rounds of IVF [In vitro fertilization], 26 IUIs [Intrauterine insemination], most with no outcome, 4-1/2 years of trying to conceive, 26 hours of brutal labor, early delivery b/c of sudden preeclampsia, tearing and tearing after the stitches were in once I was home.”

The lengthy description inspired many of King’s followers to share their own stories in the post’s comment section and to thank and praise her for her honesty.

Conceptual Options Blog Jaime King

Conceptual Options Blog Jaime King