How to Reduce Stress at Work While Pregnant

Stress is part of work and home life. There is no way to avoid stress altogether, but there are ways of minimizing stress and the effect of stress on pregnancy, especially in a work setting. ... read more »

Does Anxiety Affect Semen Quality?

The study, completed by researchers at European Hospital in Rome, claims state and trait anxiety affect sperm volume, concentration, count and motility. ... read more »

Yoga and Meditation Genetically Tame Stress of Infertility

A psychiatrist is using modern genetic technologies to track changes in the body that occur when individuals engage in yoga and meditation for just a few minutes a day. ... read more »

Stress Affects Sperm, Semen Quality; Fertility Suffers

A new study suggests too much stress does a lot more damage than merely taking fun out of life. It can affect a man’s fertility by diminishing the quality of the sperm and semen he produces. ... read more »

Top 5 Ways to Combat Stress During Pregnancy

Research authors and experts are consistently writing informed articles and publishing medical journal entries on the overall effects of stress on the body. Stress offers no positive effects on overall health for any person, let alone a pregnant woman. ... read more »

How Reducing Stress Helps Improve Fertility

Stress plays a huge effect on people's overall health. Besides that, it has been proven that a woman's stress levels can play a big role in conceiving a child as well as in the development of the child if she is already pregnant. ... read more »

Stillbirth Risk Increases with Stressful Pregnancy

The impact of stress on health and well-being is widely reported in medical literature. Information collected from the National Institutes of Health suggests stress may be to blame for stillbirth. ... read more »

Link Between Stress and Miscarriage

During pregnancy, prolonged or extreme stress will result in immediate effects on the body, but the long-term effects may be life-changing. Researchers have linked stress early in pregnancy to increased risk of miscarriage. ... read more »

Improving HER Fertility

Medical studies are providing new information all the time that can help women improve their fertility. Changing certain behaviors is the first step to improving your overall fertility. ... read more »

Choline May Protect Baby for Life

Recently, researchers from Cornell University revealed another important piece of the pregnancy nutrition / fetal health puzzle. According to their research, choline consumption during pregnancy is directed related to the long-term health of the child. ... read more »

Hurricane Exposure: Impact on Fetal Stress

Women and infants who lived through Hurricane Andrew may help predict the long-term effects of hurricanes on health. ... read more »

Prenatal Yoga - Warrior II (Virabhadrasana II)

Warrior II, like Warrior I, is a challenging all-over body strengthener used in prenatal and non-prenatal yoga. Warrior II is also a deep hip and upper body opener and has been said to alleviate backaches during pregnancy to increase fertility.  ... read more »

SSRIs May Not Help Adults Who Had Early Life Stress

Unfortunately, SSRIs don’t work for everybody. Dr. Jeremy D. Coplan noticed SSRIs often don’t work on depression patients who had experienced early life stresses. ... read more »

Prenatal Yoga - Warrior I (Virabhadrasana I)

Warrior I is a strengthening, stretching, and even a bit of a balancing pose, that can inspire confidence and power in its practitioner. Practice Warrior I after warming up your body, during the higher intensity portion of your yoga workout.   ... read more »

A Mother’s Depression May Affect Baby

Researchers have found a connection between depression in pregnant women and physical effects on infants. The effects noted include reduced muscle tone, increased stress hormones and neurological / behavioral problems. ... read more »

What is Your Ovulation Cycle?

Using the common signs of ovulation to become pregnant works for some couples but each female body is different and the ovulation cycle from one woman to the next will also be different. Here are 6 steps to find out your ovulation cycle. ... read more »

What to Expect From Pelvic Pain During Pregnancy

As the end of the pregnancy approaches, pelvic pain is often a signal of the start of labor. Labor pelvic pain is associated with pressure on the pelvis or the feeling that baby is getting heavier. ... read more »

Am I Able to Get Pregnant After…

In many cases, illness, disease and injury will not affect the ability to become pregnant, but that is not always the case. ... read more »

What do I Need to Practice Yoga?

All you need to practice yoga is a little bit of floor space and a little bit of time. ... read more »

Do I Need to be Flexible To Do Yoga?

Anyone can do yoga whether they are flexible or not. The most important thing about practicing yoga is that it feels good for your individual body. ... read more »

Is Yoga Safe For my Baby?

Yoga is absolutely safe for your baby. While yoga in general can range from a gentle relaxation to a rigorous heart-pumping work out, prenatal yoga is specifically designed to feel good for mother and not harm growing baby.  ... read more »

Breath and Breathing

Breath is the most important element of a yoga practice. It allows us to move deeper into a pose, get through a difficult one, and move gracefully from one pose to another. Our breath can have this same guiding and transformative power in our daily lives. ... read more »

Prenatal/Restorative Yoga - Child’s Pose (Garbhasana)

Child's pose (garbhasana) is a great hip opener and spine lengthener. It can be very relaxing and grounding ... read more »

Restorative Yoga – Legs Up the Wall Pose (Viparita Karani)

Leg's Up the Wall Pose (Viparita Karani) in restorative yoga is known in yoga as an 'inversion,' or upside-down pose where your heart is above your head. ... read more »

Prenatal Yoga - What Is It?

Prenatal yoga is a physical activity that can be everything from strengthening and stretching to relaxing and meditative. ... read more »

Introduction to Prenatal Yoga

At the very foundation of yoga practice are some truly transformative and sometimes even life changing techniques that can help people maximize your physical and mental health, and reduce stress. ... read more »

Cell Aging Linked to Stress During Pregnancy

Children born to women experiencing extreme trauma or traumatic life changes during pregnancy are affected on a cellular level. ... read more »

Restorative Prenatal Yoga

Restorative yoga, which consists of supported relaxation postures held for a prolonged period of time, provides the body and mind with a designated time for healing, rest, and integration. ... read more »

Restorative Yoga - Reclined Bound Angle Pose

Reclined bound angle pose is a restorative version of the bound angle pose. The benefits of the pose include hip and chest opening, low back release, and relaxation. ... read more »

Breathing Practice – Ujjayi Pranayama

Ujjayi Pranayama (Ocean Sounding or Victorious Breath) breath is commonly used throughout yoga classes and practices. It is used to calm the body and mind, heat the body internally to permit fluid movement and stretching, as well as provide a meditational focal point during the practice for you and those around you. ... read more »

Restorative Yoga: Seated Wide-Legged Forward Fold

The seated wide-legged forward fold opens the hips, and stretches the back and thighs. The supported (restorative) version, is less intense than a regular wide-legged forward fold, and allows pregnant women to do the pose without having to hold up their back. ... read more »

Breastfeeding Basics

Breastfeeding is natural and baby is born rooting for the breast, so why is breastfeeding so hard for some women? With a few basic tips, new mothers can ease into breastfeeding and create lasting memories of quiet time with baby. ... read more »

Men: Encouraging Your Partner through Fertility Struggles

Trying to make a baby is an exciting time ' at first. Early on in the process, you don't necessarily expect to get it right the first time. You imagine, however, that after two or three months tops, your partner will be proudly displaying that positive pregnancy test. ... read more »

Meth Exposure Blunts Toddler Stress Response

According to researchers, maternal meth use could alter how the body reacts to stress with a blunted cortisol response. Abnormal cortisol response may be associated with behavioral problems and increased risk of asthma. ... read more »

Restless Leg Syndrome in Pregnancy

Researchers in Switzerland recently published a study in the journal Neurology assessing the prevalence and effect of restless leg syndrome on pregnancy. Restless leg syndrome can affect sleep patterns and cause insomnia. ... read more »

Brain Development Affected by Environment and Experience

Recent studies have revealed that maternal stress, weight and eating habits can affect infant health well into adulthood. A new study now reports that life experiences of the mother during pregnancy may also have an impact on health. ... read more »

Can Emotional Screening Fit Into the IVF Process?

IVF treatment is an extremely emotional process, so preparing men and women for the possible outcomes could help ease the stress and pain associated with lengthy treatment protocols and failed pregnancies. ... read more »

Home Ovulation Tests and Stress in Women Trying to Conceive

Technology is constantly changing the face of fertility treatment. According to a new study published in the journal Human Reproduction, home ovulation tests don't change the stress level infertile women feel, but they may increase the likelihood of conception. ... read more »

Preconception Counseling May Spare Time, Heartbreak

A growing trend among couples in India hoping to start a family is preconception counseling, which helps identify any underlying concerns that may hinder conception or the birth of a healthy baby. ... read more »

Assisted Reproduction May Lead to Psychological Trauma

Women who conceive via assisted reproduction are more likely to suffer psychological trauma after early pregnancy loss, according to a study published in BJOG: An International Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology. ... read more »

Ways to Take the "Labor" Out of Labor Day During Pregnancy

Being pregnant on a holiday can seem like a lot of work, both physically as well as emotionally. There are a few things you will want to think about to help make Labor Day easier on you. ... read more »

Smoking and High Fat Diet May Increase Infertility in Men

Smoking and consuming high fat diets may be responsible for infertility in men, according to a new study by researchers at the University of Newcastle School of Environmental and Life Sciences. ... read more »

Sexuality Changes After Childbirth

According to researchers from the University of Michigan, changes in sexual behavior after giving birth may not always be associated with medical or biological factors ' for either partner in the relationship. ... read more »

Health Risks Associated with Living in Low-Income Rural Areas

Fighting stress during pregnancy poses health risks to the pregnant woman and fetus, according to clinical research. New research suggests low-income rural areas face an even deeper problem when it comes to stress and prenatal care. ... read more »

Premature Births with Stress-Related Premature Aging of Placenta

Premature births are the subject of many scientific studies, including a recent one that links stress-related premature aging of the placenta to premature rupture of the placental membranes. ... read more »

How to Celebrate Labor Day When TTC

Trying to conceive (TTC) can seem like a life-consuming goal that you and your partner are working together towards. For many couples, holidays are difficult for a number of reasons. ... read more »

Childbirth: Hypnobirthing

The majority of women hold some sort of fear about the birthing process. That fear can lead to stress and stress leads to tension. Hypnobirthing may help relieve some of the stress and tension. ... read more »

Air Pollution, Maternal Distress and Child Behavior

Researchers know that air pollution may have negative effects on fetal and child health. It is also known that maternal mental state also affect fetal and child health. Researchers recently published a study in the journal Pediatrics that combines the two. ... read more »

False-Positive Mammogram Results Trigger Lingering Anxiety

A Swedish study finds the stress and anxiety generated by a false-positive mammogram can linger as long as a year. ... read more »

Treatment and Tips to Relieve Sleep Disturbances During Pregnancy

Many women experience sleep disturbances during pregnancy. Fortunately, there are several ways to make nighttime more relaxing and sleep-filled for women throughout every stage of pregnancy. ... read more »

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