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Fertility as we Age with Dr. Ginevra Mills

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Fertility as we Age with Dr. Ginevra Mills
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Fertility is a fascinating topic that touches almost everyone’s lives in one way or another. It is an evolving field of study that can be clouded with misinformation, lack of education, and new findings that have altered some of our fundamental understanding of the science behind it. This is why we have brought in Dr. Ginevra Mills, an obstetrician gynecologist with a specialty in reproductive endocrinology and infertility with three kiddos of her own, to help us wade through some of this information starting with: Fertility as we Age!

Let’s define infertility.

While this may seem like a basic place to start, many people may carry some misconceptions about how infertility is defined. The true definition of infertility is the failure to conceive after twelve months of intercourse without contraception. This doesn't mean that you're actively trying to get pregnant for a year. This means that you are not taking a birth control pill or using any type of barrier...

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Part III: The Timeline of Routine Pregnancy Care

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Part III: The Timeline of Routine Pregnancy Care
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In the third and final part of our three part series on pregnancy care, today we are providing you with an overview of what routine pregnancy care looks like, after the first prenatal visit we discussed last week! After the initial visit where we do a deep dive into your and your family’s medical history and a long survey of health related questions, we'll ask you to come back in about two to three weeks later for a complete physical exam. 

In today’s post, we’ll do an overview of what you can expect at your first physical, but subscribers to our Pregnancy to Parenthood Podcast Series get a much more in-depth look at what conditions we look for and tests we do, and what certain prognoses can mean for you. For the low, one-time cost of $47, get full access to over 40 informative episodes supporting you week by week, focused on the trimester and stage of pregnancy you are in. Tune in every week, or binge listen all at once and come back to the episodes you found...

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Preparing for Maternity Leave!

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Preparing for Maternity Leave!
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Pregnancy may feel like a long nine months at times. But sometimes the arrival of baby and consequent planning and preparation can catch you by surprise! One such surprise can be feeling unprepared to go on maternity leave. It can be a big pause in a person’s career at a pivotal time, and transitioning into and out of it can be a tricker maneuver than it seems. This is precisely why today’s guest, Sonja Baikogli Foley, co-founded Maturn,  Canada’s first comprehensive program supporting self-identifying women throughout their entire maternity leave. Sonja co-founded Maturn out of a desire to support women and turn maternity leave into an intentional year. A proud mother of two, she is driven to build a more equitable, compassionate and inclusive world for future generations. Join Sonja and Dr. Alicia as they discuss how to prepare for maternity leave.

Top 4 Tips for Preparing for Maternity Leave

  1. Create an intentional transition plan.  

Ask yourself...

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Herpes in Pregnancy

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Herpes in Pregnancy
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Let’s talk about herpes! Between 60%-80% of the population has been exposed to the herpes virus. Genital herpes caused by the Herpes Simplex Virus 2 (HSV-2) is generally contained to the area around the genitals, vulva, vagina, penis, scrotum, and anal rectal area. Oral herpes is caused by the Herpes Simplex Virus 1 (HSV-1) and generally occurs on the oral mucosa; the lips, around the mouth, and even the nose. But the two herpes viruses can be transmitted between their respective areas and not necessarily in a sexual way - they do not discriminate! 

Diagnosis

If you have an active legion, the simplest way to diagnose it would be with a swab. However, some people who are exposed to the herpes virus will never actually get an outbreak. We can test blood and if there has been an exposure, immunoglobulins against that virus are present.

Symptoms

Symptoms that are consistent with a herpes outbreak include:

  1. A tingling or burning where you've previously had lesions or they are...
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Top 10 Fun Things to do in Pregnancy!

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Top 10 Fun Things to do in Pregnancy!
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With today’s episode, we’re excited to introduce a new project that we’ve been working on! Presenting you a sneak peek of our upcoming Pregnancy to Parenthood Podcast Series, designed to support you week by week with informative episodes focused on the trimester and stage of pregnancy you are in. Tune in every week, or binge listen all at once and come back to the episodes you found most helpful as you move through pregnancy to parenthood!

We’ve compiled a list of the Top 10 Things to do in Pregnancy that we hope will help you slow down a bit and take advantage of this amazing time. Follow the links for discounts and affiliate codes that help us fund this important work. Check out our list of Top 10 Things to do When you Find out you are Pregnant to start. Enjoy!

Top 10 Fun Things to do in Pregnancy

  1. Keep a pregnancy journal. Here is one of our favourite Gratitude Journals, and our favourite Pregnancy Journal.
  2. Take serial photos of your pregnancy journey...
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Strength Training in Pregnancy

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Strength Training in Pregnancy
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As we’ve mentioned on previous podcasts, maintaining some movement and exercise during pregnancy can help decrease aches & pains, prepares you for the physical act of labour, and can aid in postpartum recovery. But what about more intense work-out regimens or strength training? Dr. Alicia chats with Rebecca Tranter, registered massage therapist, Level 1 certified CrossFit trainer, and expectant mama-to-be about her pregnancy journey in strength training as well as an unexpected diagnosis in her 1st trimester. 

Here are some of her top tips!

  1. First Trimester: If you did it before pregnancy, keep doing it in pregnancy. That is to say, if running was a part of your routine before pregnancy for example, your body is likely to respond well to a continuation of that routine. If you’ve never run before, we wouldn’t encourage you to start training for a marathon in pregnancy! However, always listen to your body with compassion - some days may feel worse or better...
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Holiday Round-Up!

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Holiday Round-Up!
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As we enter the last month of 2021, you might be thinking about putting up those holiday decorations, buying something special for those you love, and how the heck has another year gone by already!? 

While we’re equally lost on that last point, we are able to help you out when it comes to finding a perfect gift for you or that someone special who is pregnant or newly parenting! As you know, we are all about empowering people with knowledge, so in that spirit as well as wish to avoid cluttering our lives with too much “stuff”, we’ve put together this list of our favourite courses with special discount codes for you, our loyal audience, as well as a few of our favourite products (that are a bit tougher to pass down or get second hand)!

Please consider using the links provided below as they are affiliates and help fund all of the free content we bring to you. 

 

COURSES WE LOVE

Pregnancy Nutrition with Noelle 

from Nourished Beginnings...

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Understanding your Blood Type in Pregnancy

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Understanding your Blood Type in Pregnancy
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How does your blood type affect your pregnancy?

You’ve probably heard about the four main blood type classifications in humans: 

A       B     AB     O

In addition to these four main groups, people’s blood types can be further sub-categorized as being positive (+) or negative (-). What that refers to is the presence or absence of something called the Rh (Rhesus) Factor: a protein, or antigen, that is present on your red blood cells.

If your blood type is categorized as Rh-positive, you have the protein and RhD antigen. If your blood type is categorized as Rh-negative, you do not have the protein nor the RhD antigen. This distinction most matters when you are Rh-negative and your baby is Rh-positive.

Why does it matter? 

A problem is more likely to occur in people who are Rh-negative (you have a negative (-) sign after your blood type), which certain ethnic populations are more likely to be. To give you a quick...

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Top 5 Symptoms in Early Pregnancy!

Top 5 symptoms in early pregnancy

 

Congratulations on your early pregnancy! And if you're thinking about getting pregnant, we're excited for you too!  We are glad you're a part of our community! Here are 5 of the more common symptoms that women worry about in their early pregnancy.

 

Fatigue

Fatigue is very common in the first trimester of pregnancy, and can start for some women as soon as they are pregnant!  Fatigue is mostly caused by progesterone, the hormone which increases dramatically to help support the early pregnancy. 

 For most women, fatigue is like nothing they have ever felt before!! It is important to rest while you can if you have a toddler, figure out some games you can play while lying on the couch!  It’s okay if you can’t get out to exercise like you normally can, now is a time to let your body adjust to all of the changes it is going through!  

Do the best you can, most women start to get their energy back...

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Morning Sickness: The low down on Nausea and Vomiting in Pregnancy!

 

 

Nausea and vomiting of pregnancy (NVP), which usually starts between 5 and 12 weeks of pregnancy, is quite common; up to 80% of pregnant women experience nausea and vomiting at some point in their pregnancies and between 3-6% of pregnant women experience severe nausea and vomiting, which we commonly refer to as hyperemesis gravidarum. The symptoms usually peak around 9 weeks and typically improve by weeks 16 to 18 of pregnancy. Unfortunately for some women these symptoms actually persist through pregnancy (up to 20% of women have symptoms until the third trimester and for 5% of women their symptoms persist until delivery) But just because it’s common doesn’t mean it’s something that women just have to deal with, in fact, it’s quite the opposite. 

 

Nausea and vomiting in pregnancy can significantly impact your quality of life, your mental health; it can increase anxiety and worry about how it’s affecting the fetus, how...

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