THE TWO WEEK WAIT: WAITING TO PEE, WAITING FOR A BABY

This is our first month trying to conceive. It’s been very exciting (making babies!!!), but a little frustrating (The Two Week Wait), as well.

I’ve been charting my basal body temperature (BBT), checking my cervical…fluid, and using ovulation tests to check my LH (luteinizing hormone) levels. I started charting my BBT 5 weeks or so before we started trying,
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TAKING CHARGE OF YOUR FERTILITY
BY TONI WESCHLER, MPH

If you are looking for just one book to read about trying to conceive, fertility or infertility…look no further! Taking Charge of Your Fertility by Toni Weschler, MPH is the most comprehensive book covering these topics out there, and it’s written in terms that anyone can understand. On its own cover it says that it is, “The Definitive Guide to Natural Birth Control,

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THE BEST BANG FOR YOUR BUCK:
PEE STICKS & THERMOMETER!

So, you’ve decided it is time to have a baby. Or at least it’s time to try to have a baby. CONGRATULATIONS!! Now we are in the same boat. Welcome to my boat!

I knew that I would want to chart my basal body temperature prior to (and during) trying to conceive, so I needed an accurate thermometer. I also knew that ovulation kits would be helpful,

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ZIKA VIRUS CAUSING PANIC FOR PREGNANT WOMEN

It seems as though it was just yesterday when the first cases of Zika were reported in a country far-enough away as to not cause any real concern for Americans. But the spread of the disease inched its way across the map, and finally made it here. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), as of February 26, 2016:

“There have been 107 cases of Zika virus among U.S.

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MUST READ MONDAY:
BELLY LAUGHS
BY JENNY MCCARTHY

Here we are! My second Must Read Monday post! I don’t know if two posts counts as “a roll,” but I feel like I am on a book-reviewing roll!! At the very least I am on a book-reading roll.

If you missed the first post in my Must Read Monday series, you can find that right here: Must Read Monday: The Impatient Woman’s Guide to Getting Pregnant.

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PRENATAL DOCTOR APPOINTMENT #1 OF…A LOT.

On Wednesday, I had the weirdest thing happen to me. I was on my way home from work (which is about a one hour drive, depending on traffic) when I started to feel really gassy and bloated. At first – that was not at all remarkable. I’m lactose-intolerant, but still insist on eating dairy, so gassy for me is about par for the course.

But this time,

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“WHEN ARE YOU HAVING KIDS??”
AND OTHER QUESTIONS WE SHOULDN’T ASK

Are you engaged? Are you married? Are you pregnant? Do you have just one child? If you answered yes to any of those, then you know what I’m talking about: the relentless questions that your friends, family and co-workers ask you as soon as one of these things happens to you.

The minute my friends and family found out that my now-husband had proposed they all had the same question,

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IS YOUR COMPANY USING BIG DATA TO TRACK PREGNANCIES
OR YOUR POTENTIAL TO BECOME PREGNANT?!

How would you feel if you found out that your company had hired a third party company to mine data about your prescriptions, shopping habits, voting records and search queries to predict which medical conditions you might develop? I know how I would feel – pissed right off. According to an article published by the Wall Street Journal on February 17,

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IMPORTANT VACCINES FOR NEW
PARENTS PT. 2
AND WHEN TO GET THEM

When my husband and I decided it might be time to start our family a few months ago, I knew that we should schedule appointments with our doctors to get clean bills of health before we did anything else. When my nephew was born, my sister made sure that our whole family received the Tdap vaccine (Tetanus, Diptheria and Pertussis) before we were allowed near the baby.

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IMPORTANT VACCINES FOR NEW
PARENTS PT. 1
AND WHEN TO GET THEM

When my husband and I decided it might be time to start our family a few months ago, I knew that we should schedule appointments with our doctors to get clean bills of health before we did anything else. When my nephew was born, my sister made sure that our whole family received the Tdap vaccine (Tetanus, Diptheria and Pertussis) before we were allowed anywhere near the baby.

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