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When it comes to trying to conceive, knowledge is power.  Exciting new information is always becoming available on how to best support your fertility. Women who know when they are ovulating each month have a much greater chance of becoming pregnant. Men who test for low sperm count and take steps such as antioxidant supplementation are showing huge improvements in their numbers.

In our articles, you will find resources to help you take charge of your fertility. Keep us posted on your journey!


The excitement has begun! There is probably no other time in your life where you will have so much happening within a nine month period. It all starts at the very beginning when you first start experiencing pregnancy signs and symptoms and maybe even getting a twinge of implantation pain. The rest of your nine months will be spent preparing for the big event of childbirth and baby in the house. Lots of research will keep you busy and the time will fly by.

Knowledge is power during pregnancy just like it is with fertility. You’ve heard the saying “eating for two” but now you really need to dig in and understand what certain minerals, vitamins, amino acids, antioxidants, and more can do for both you and your baby to keep your pregnancy on track. The mother’s health is critical as well and thinking ahead about things like perineal massage to avoid episiotomies, treatment for high blood pressure and preeclampsia, ultrasounds, and other miscellaneous medical aspects is important so you are informed and calm if an issue pops up.

This helpful guide for pregnant women covers pregnancy by trimester, health & nutrition, and pregnancy challenges and risks.


One of the most important decisions you will make in the early days of parenthood is how to feed your newborn. And who knew there is so much to learn about one of those choices – breastfeeding? When first learning about breastfeeding, you might come across confusing terms like let-down, foremilk, hindmilk, latching, and plenty more. Many birthing centers fortunately offer lactation consultants to help you in those early days after birth.

Because you are so busy growing your baby during pregnancy, it likely will not be your first thought that you should start early to prepare your body to nurse. Your baby is already the ultimate parasite – claiming every nutrient he or she needs even at your expense. Just like during pregnancy, it is critical to ensure you have enough minerals, vitamins, amino acids, and more on board at the right levels to sustain both you and your baby’s needs.

Get started on your breastfeeding education with these helpful articles.

Women’s Health

Menstrual cycles, ovulation, pregnancy, birth control, peri-menopause, menopause – women have a unique list of health matters to consider versus men. Hormones play a central role in women’s health. Estrogen and progesterone are most well known because of their influence on a woman’s reproductive health. Many people think males have a monopoly on testosterone but that is not the case. Testosterone belongs to a class of male hormones called androgens but women also have testosterone.

A woman’s body makes and uses many other kinds of hormones that affect other aspects of health from energy level, metabolism, insulin management, weight, mood, and more. Hormones can affect your quality of life with issues such as vaginal dryness and painful intercourse.

Start your journey to a better understanding of women’s health issues with our articles.

Featured Articles


When to See a Fertility Specialist & How to Find the Right One for YOU

For many couples trying to conceive, getting pregnant may seem like a natural process that should happen without much effort. However, this is not always the case. When a couple has been trying to conceive for a year without any success, it may be time to seek help from a fertility specialist. The decision to […]

Am I Ovulating? Physical Signs and Testing for Ovulation

by Dr. Lora Shahine Ovulation is a key process in the menstrual cycle where a mature egg is released from the ovary and travels through the fallopian tube for fertilization. It is the most fertile time of the menstrual cycle and the time when women are most likely to conceive. Understanding ovulation and its physical […]

What to Eat to Improve Your Fertility

by Dr. Lora Shahine Difficulty trying to conceive is a growing concern for many couples worldwide, affecting up to 1 in 8 couples. While there are many factors that can contribute to getting pregnant, such as age, genetics, and underlying health conditions, diet can play a significant role in improving fertility in both men and […]

Changemakers in Fertility & Reproductive Health: Arden Cartrette

Changemakers - Cartrette

Meet Arden Cartrette Arden Cartrette is a Certified Birth & Bereavement Doula, Certified Trauma Support Specialist, and the founder of an online service and resource under the name of The Miscarriage Doula. Following her personal journey with recurrent pregnancy loss and infertility, she gave birth to her first of two living children, which inspired her […]

Your Sleep is Impacting Your Fertility: Tips for a Better Night’s Rest

by Dr. Lora Shahine Sleep is an essential part of our daily routine, and it has a significant impact on our overall health and well-being. Research has shown that sleep also plays a crucial role in fertility. In this article, we will discuss the impact of sleep on fertility and provide tips for better sleep. […]

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