YOU: Having a Baby, Fertility Information

YOU: Having a Baby covers all things related to pregnancy - including the tough topic of infertility. Click here to purchase your copy.

YOU: Having a Baby, Fertility Information

From a purely evolutionary perspective, you'd think that your body would make it fairly easy to get pregnant and keep the developing fetus safe and sound for forty weeks. After all, that's what ensures that the species and gene pools continue. But not so. About 15 percent of couples have trouble conceiving, increasing with age, and it can be a slippery slope even after conception occurs: About one-third of all conceptions fail. That figure includes ones in which women don't even know they're

So pregnancy may be even more of a miracle than you think. If you're experiencing fertility problems, there are several things you can do to increase your odds. First, it's important to gain a little perspective about the things that are preventing your body from being able to conceive or to carry a child to term.

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YOU: Having a Baby

Excerpted from YOU: Having a Baby: The Owner's Manual to a Happy and Healthy Pregnancy by Michael F. Roizen and Mehmet C. Oz. Copyright (c) 2009, 2009 by Michael F. Roizen, M.D., and Oz Works LLC.  Excerpted with permission by Free Press, a Division of Simon & Schuster, Inc.

4 Steps to Shedding Your Pandemic Pounds

Forgive yourself, and start walking toward a healthier you.

For those of you who have put on the Pandemic Pounds or added several new COVID Curves, you are not alone. Alarmingly, the American Psychological Association has recently published that almost half of all adults in their survey now have a larger physique. In fact, 42% of people reported gaining roughly 15 pounds (the average published was surprisingly 29 pounds but that included outliers) over the past year. Interestingly, 20% of adults in this survey lost about 12 pounds (I am surely not in this group). Clearly, there is a relationship between stress and weight change. In addition, one in four adults disclosed an increase in alcohol consumption, and 67% of participants distressingly revealed that they have new sleeping patterns.

This past year has brought about what has been called the 'new normal.' Social isolation and inactivity due to quarantining and remote working have sadly contributed to the decline in many people's mental and physical health, as demonstrated by the widespread changes in people's weight, alcohol consumption, and sleeping patterns. Gym closures, frequent ordering of unhealthy takeout, and increased time at home cooking and devouring comfort foods have had a perceptible impact. In addition, many people have delayed routine medical care and screening tests over fear of contracting Covid-19 during these visits. Unfortunately, the 'new normal' has now placed too many people at risk for serious health consequences, including heart attacks and strokes.

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