I don’t know why it is, but so often I have heard women who haven’t be able to conceive say “What’s wrong with me?” For some reason, women have a tendency to assume blame for whatever goes wrong – well, at least not according to their plan. Often, patience is needed. (It can take a lot longer to conceive than you think!) But there are plenty of times when a fertility issue may have little to do with the woman and more to do with her mate.
If you’re having trouble getting pregnant, don’t automatically assume the problem is with the female side of the equation. While there are things a woman can check into, her partner can do things, too. Here are some suggestions to help his sperm production:
• Quit smoking
• Limit the amount of alcohol he drinks
• Give up marijuana and other drugs
• Wear boxers and loose pants instead of briefs and tight pants
• Ask his provider about his prescription medications. Some medications used to treat high blood pressure, infections and other health conditions can make a man less fertile.
• Consider paternal exposures to chemicals at work or home.
Talk with your partner and explore all options. You can read more about fertility treatments, too. Remember, this isn’t a time to place blame. You both need to understand your situation and move forward together to change what you can for a positive pregnancy outcome.
About 1 million Maclaren strollers have been recalled. Twelve children have placed their fingers in hinges on the strollers and have had to have their fingertips amputated.
The affected models include Volo, Triumph, Quest Sport, Quest Mod, Techno XT, TechnoXLR, Twin Triumph, Twin Techno and Easy Traveller. The strollers were sold between 1999 and 2009.
The Consumer Product Safety Commission has more information.
It was this weekend’s hot ticket event and what the internet has been buzzing about. Hollywood stars turned the red carpet to March of Dimes purple.
Moms, Halle Berry, Nicole Richie, Julie Bowen and other celebrities showed up in LA at the March of Dimes Celebration of Babies, November 7, at the Four Seasons Hotel in Beverly Hills.
Show your support and join the fight for preemies. Create a virtual purple wristband for a baby you love and help give other babies a fighting chance.
Photos by Alex J. Berliner©Berliner Studio/BEImages
I’m at the point now where I ask myself that question almost on a daily basis. I think it’s safe to say that this has become a really bad habit. I’ve run out of ideas and I’m bored with what I make. Pasta. Chicken. Fish. Repeat. I like to shop for fresh veggies and meats, but end up throwing a lot of it away because with only two people we just don’t get to all of it. I hate wasting food. In a perfect world I would have the energy to plan our meals each week — a variety of healthy dishes that taste delicious and are effortless to prepare. I would make batches of things and freeze them. But sadly, I don’t do these things. On nights when my husband works late I usually just pour myself a bowl of cereal and call it a day. Now that I’m introducing solids into my daughter’s diet I need to work on my culinary skills and get organized. I want her to develop healthy eating habits right from the start and I know that I’m the one responsible for establishing that. I wish cooking didn’t feel like such a chore though. Maybe I should take a class. What are you having for dinner?
Our daughter is on the verge of crawling. I’m excited, but nervous at the same time. Everywhere I look around our house I see a potential hazard — the stairs, furniture, cabinets, outlets, lamp cords and book cases. We have a lot of work to do! We plan to go through one room at a time on our hands and knees to make sure we don’t miss anything, remove/secure potential risks and make a shopping list as we go.
A close friend of mine (hi Tricia!) appeared on the evening news a couple of days ago. Her home was assessed by a professional who offered some great recommendations on making her home safer for her toddler twins. Click here to watch the clip.
According to Safe Kids Worldwide more than 4.5 million children are injured in the home every year. Taking simple prevention measures and closely supervising your children can help protect them from common household hazards, such as fires, burns, drowning, suffocation, choking, firearm injury, poisoning and falls. A few easy, relatively inexpensive steps – locking household cleaning materials in a cabinet out of reach, installing carbon monoxide detectors and smoke alarms, blocking stairways with baby gates – can greatly reduce your child’s risk of injury in the home.
The March of Dimes and Consumer Reports have worked together to produce a helpful online guide called, Safe Products for Baby. It includes shopping and safety tips for car seats, strollers, cribs, changing tables, play pens, clothing, bathtubs and more. Click here to check it out.
Please feel free to share any safety tips that you may have!
Some H1N1 flu vaccines have a preservative called thimerosal. Although some people have suggested a link between thimerosal and autism, medical experts from the Institutes of Medicine (IOM) have thoroughly researched the issue and concluded that thimerosal-containing vaccines are NOT associated with autism. However, if you’re still concerned, a thimerosal-free version of the H1N1 vaccine is available.
The 2009 H1N1 influenza vaccines that FDA is licensing (approving) will be manufactured in several formulations. Some will come in multi-dose vials and will contain thimerosal as a preservative. Multi-dose vials of seasonal influenza vaccine also contain thimerosal to prevent potential contamination after the vial is opened.
Some vaccine manufacturers will be producing 2009 H1N1 influenza vaccine in single-dose units, which will not require the use of thimerosal as a preservative. In addition, the live-attenuated version of the vaccine, which is administered intranasally (through the nose), is produced in single-units and will not contain thimerosal. The nasal spray version, however, is not recommended for pregnant women.
An exploratory study has found that two types of antibiotics taken during pregnancy are linked to an increased risk of several birth defects.
The two types of antibiotics are:
* Nitrofurantoins, including Macrobid and Furadantin
* Sulfonamides (also known as sulfa drugs), including Bactrim
Penicillins appear to be the safest of the drugs studied.
Antiobiotics are used to treat bacterial infections, such as urinary tract infections. Bacterial infections can be dangerous to the fetus if untreated. So antibiotic treatment is sometimes appropriate for pregnant women.
If a pregnant woman needs to take an antibiotic, she should talk about the pro’s and con’s of the various choices with her health care provider.
It is too early to say if the antibiotics linked to birth defects in the study are the cause of the defects. Something else may be the cause. Researchers are continuing to study the question.
One of the authors of the study told U.S. News & World Report, “The most important message is that most commonly used antibiotics do not seem to be associated with the birth defects we studied.”
The study was published in the November issue of the medical journal Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine.
It’s Prematurity Awareness Month, when everyone’s focused on premature birth and the families touched by it.
In our country alone, more than half a million babies are born too soon each year, some very sick. Maybe you had a premature baby yourself. Or you may know someone who did.
This November, do something special for a baby you love. Click over to marchofdimes.com/fightforpreemies and create a virtual band in honor or memory of a baby in your life. Your gift funds research and programs that give premature babies a fighting chance.
If you have a blog, help us spread the word. Unite with thousands of bloggers around the world and post about premature birth on November 17.
And if you are Twitter, use #fight4preemies. Let’s try to get a trending topic going on November 17th.