Fish in your "Fertility Diet"

Eat fish
If reports of high mercury levels have you skipping seafood, it's time to reconsider. Fish have essential fats called omega-3 fatty acids, which your body needs for optimal fertility – and seafood is the best source.
Omega-3s are important for a baby's brain and eye development and have many other pregnancy-related benefits, including lowering your risk of preterm birth, reducing your chance of preeclampsia, and easing depression. It's important to get omega-3 fatty acids from food because your body doesn't make them.
Omega-3 fatty acids can be found in a variety of marine- and plant-based sources. Just remember that the omega-3s in seafood have long-chain fatty acids that plant-based omega-3s (like walnuts and flaxseed) don't. To get the most out of omega-3s, eat cold water fatty fish like salmon, tuna, sardines, or herring a couple of times a week.
Still, it's hard not to worry about mercury contamination in fish. Mercury is toxic to a developing fetus and can linger in a woman's bloodstream for more than a year.
The good news is that not all fish contain the same amount of mercury. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) says that women trying to conceive can safely eat up to 12 ounces (roughly two entrées) a week of low-mercury fish, such as shrimp, canned light tuna, salmon, or catfish.
The FDA advises avoiding canned albacore (white) tuna as well as fresh or frozen swordfish, tilefish, king mackerel, tuna steaks, shark, orange roughy, Spanish mackerel, marlin, and grouper because they have the highest mercury levels.
Check out our article on fish safety for more advice on finding your way through the mercury maze.
If you don't like the taste of fish, try fish oil supplements. But be sure to talk to your healthcare provider first to find out how much you need to take.



Not All Pregnancy Tests are Equal

I came across this interesting article from FertilityAuthority.com! Interesting stuff!

When you're trying to conceive (TTC), you may feel compelled to take Home Pregnancy Tests (HPTs) from the day after ovulation through the two week wait, despite being very well aware that it is too soon to get an accurate result.

Some of us on the TTC journey become connoisseurs of pregnancy tests. We may be loyal to our favorite "go-to" brands or we may grab whatever is on sale. Does it make a difference? Definitely!

Here are four facts about over-the-counter HPTs:

More expensive doesn't necessarily mean more accurate. Pregnancy tests measure the presence of hCG – what some docs call the pregnancy hormone. Some tests detect smaller amounts than others and so are more accurate earlier. You can call the toll free number on the side of the box to see what level your test measures.

You can get a positive on one test and a negative on another. Since some tests are more sensitive than others, you can test positively on a highly sensitive test and then test negative on a less sensitive one.
A positive test doesn't necessarily mean you're pregnant. It's true that false positives are very rare and that the presence of hCG generally points to a pregnancy. But a woman may also have hCG in her blood after a miscarriage or after an hCG trigger shot. In very rare cases, hCG indicates a tumor on the pituitary gland. In short, if you get a positive test, contact your doctor.

A negative test doesn't necessarily mean you're not pregnant. It may be that the test you're using isn't sensitive enough to pick up the hCG in your blood. Since hCG doubles each day in a healthy pregnancy, wait a couple of days and try again or get a more sensitive test.

Still in doubt? Ask your fertility doctor for a blood test. While a urine test can detect the presence of hCG, a blood test can measure the exact amount for a definitive answer. Most fertility doctors encourage patients to refrain from using home pregnancy tests because tests can vary and a blood test is the most accurate way of determining if you have ovulated and conceived or your fertility treatment cycle was a success!

From FertilityAuthority.com


The Fertile Garden Happy Easter!!

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New Fertility bracelets and sterling items!

Hello all! I hope everyone is having a great 2013 so far! I am very excited about some new items coming to the The Fertile garden shop! New fertility bracelets, sterling bracelet upgrades, and a beautiful new sterling butterfly necklace!


Fertility Blogs

I saw this on FertilityAuthority.com and thought I would repost for people looking for support! You are not alone!

You're Not Alone: Fertility Blogs and Fertile Thoughts for Support and Inspiration

Sometimes what you need most during fertility treatment is a source of information, inspiration, and humor to help you feel less alone. Fertility Authority’s bloggers are former fertility patients, comedians, authors, fertility doctors, and other professionals in the field of reproductive medicine. You’ll find personal journeys to relate to, advice from physicians on the cutting edge of reproductive technology, and funny anecdotes that make you say: “That is SO true!”
For additional social and emotional support through your infertility journey, visit our online infertility forums at FertileThoughts.com. You’ll chat with women and men who share your diagnoses, and ask questions to Fertility Authority’s Patient Care Coordinators-former fertility patients willing to share not only their personal experiences with infertility, but also recommendations for the fertility doctors best suited to treat your specific needs. Sign up for Fertile Thoughts today!
Remember, you don't have to go through fertility treatment alone!


National Folic Acid Awareness Week

January 6-12, 2013 is National Folic Acid Awareness Week and January is National Birth Defects Prevention Month.
What's the link between the two, you might ask?
Getting the recommended amount of Folic Acid while pregnant is important to protect your baby against neural tube defects and promote healthy cell and tissue development. To boost your chances of having a healthy baby, here’s what you need to know about folic acid:
  • Folic acid should be integrated into your TTC plan right from the start as some of the most crucial fetal development occurs very early in the pregnancy. Current research recommends 400 micrograms of folic acid daily.
  • Folic acid can be found in leafy green vegetables like spinach, in orange juice, and is also available as a supplement. Because your diet does not typically deliver the appropriate amount of folic acid, you should consult your fertility doctor about taking prescription or over the counter folic acid supplements.
  • Folic acid, in appropriate doses, can reduce risks of spinal cord damage (spina bifida) or brain development complication by up to 70%.
By improving your health via diet, exercise, and taking vitamin supplements, you'll decrease your chance of miscarriage as well. So follow mom's advice and eat your greens!

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