What You Shouldn't Say To A Mom Who Is Struggling To Get Pregnant Again

Lee Rubin Collins had her first baby in the mid 1990s, and the whole experience was such a joy, she says, she and her husband immediately said, "Let's keep doing this!" They got pregnant easily the first time around, so she was surprised when they tried and tried... and nothing happened. Ultimately, it took two years of fertility treatment, five cycles of in vitro fertilization, and one miscarriage before Collins was able to have another child, making her one of the millions of women in the United States who face secondary infertility -- a condition that is seemingly as misunderstood as it is common. In honor of National Infertility Awareness Week, here's what not to say to women and couples who are struggling to conceive again, and what to say instead:  1. "You got pregnant once. It will happen again." A woman who has already conceived one or more biological children but can't get or stay pregnant again is considered to have secondary infertility. And it's common. Estimates suggest that more than 3 million women in the United States have grappled with it. Yet the condition is often misunderstood by friends and family who assume that just because a woman had a baby once, she'll definitely be able to again. Unfortunately, that's not true. "Just because a couple conceives their first child easily does not mean conceiving again will necessarily be as easy," said Dr. Katherine Melzer Ross, a reproductive endocrinologist with GENESIS Fertili...
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by Christian Sinclair (@ctsinclair)We used to publish a lot more article reviews here on Pallimed. Sometimes the analysis would be quite deep and sometimes we would just lump together a while bunch of snippets from key articles. I have been keeping an ever-growing list of articles I would love to write up for the site*, but never seemed to have the time to get to them, and then new ones would come out, that I would want to write about, but they too would just get added to the list. At the end of the year, I would look back on key articles for our field and be pretty bummed out that I never got anything published here about...
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This study determined if there are observable patient-, tooth- and crack-level characteristics markedly associated with whether a tooth with an external crack also has an internal crack. METHODS: Two hundred nine dentists in The National Dental Practice-Based Research Network enrolled 2,858 adults with a vital permanent posterior tooth having at least 1 observed external crack. Presence and characteristics of internal cracks were recorded for 435 cracked teeth that were treated. Generalized estimating equations were used to identify significant (P
Source: Journal of the American Dental Association - Category: Dentistry Tags: J Am Dent Assoc Source Type: research
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Source: NYT Health - Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Tags: Genetics and Heredity Families and Family Life DNA (Deoxyribonucleic Acid) Pregnancy and Childbirth Anxiety and Stress Parenting Source Type: news
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Source: Journal of the Chinese Medical Association - Category: General Medicine Source Type: research
Contributors : Frank F Bartol ; Carol A Bagnell ; Ashley F GeorgeSeries Type : Expression profiling by high throughput sequencing ; Non-coding RNA profiling by high throughput sequencingOrganism : Sus scrofa domesticusReproductive performance of female pigs that do not receive sufficient colostrum from birth is permanently impaired. Whether lactocrine deficiency, reflected by low serum immunoglobulin immunocrit (iCrit), affects patterns of endometrial gene expression during the periattachment period of early pregnancy is unknown. Here, objectives were to determine effects of low iCrit at birth on the adult endometrial tran...
Source: GEO: Gene Expression Omnibus - Category: Genetics & Stem Cells Tags: Expression profiling by high throughput sequencing Non-coding RNA profiling by high throughput sequencing Sus scrofa domesticus Source Type: research
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Publication date: Available online 19 August 2018Source: Environmental Toxicology and PharmacologyAuthor(s): Faiza Ali, Tasneem Gul Kazi, Hassan Imran Afridi, Jameel Ahmed BaigAbstractIn present study, the interaction of a toxic (cadmium) and essential element (zinc) was determined in scalp hair of pregnant and non-pregnant women resident in a rural area of Thraparkar, Pakistan, where malnutrition is prevalent. In the malnourished group (pregnant and nonpregnant women), deficiency of the essential element (zinc) due to malnutrition and exposure of toxic metal (cadmium) via non-branded cigarette smoking and drinking groundw...
Source: Environmental Toxicology and Pharmacology - Category: Environmental Health Source Type: research
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Source: Medical and Biological Engineering and Computing - Category: Biomedical Engineering Source Type: research
A powerful photo series is highlighting the anguish of infertility. Las Vegas photographer Abbie Fox captured stunning images of local optician Victoria Hamilton to illustrate the painful journeys they’ve followed in their personal lives. Both women have struggled with infertility. Fox had a miscarriage last March after two healthy pregnancies and births and was eventually diagnosed with PCOS, which dashed her dream of having four children.  “We have two amazing children and after this last year I have sort of given up the idea of having another child,” Fox told HuffPost. “It just wasn&rsq...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news
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Source: New Harvard Health Information - Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Tags: Behavioral Health Family Planning and Pregnancy Mental Health Parenting Women's Health Source Type: news
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