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In honor of National Infertility Awareness Week on April 20-26, the physician team at Fertility Centers of Illinois shares the seven biggest fertility misconceptions they hear in their offices. These misconceptions align with recent national study results from Fertility & Sterility, where results showed that one-third of women didn’t understand the adverse effects of obesity on infertility and 40 percent were not familiar with the ovulatory cycle.
Couples trying to conceive a child are often told “Relax, it will happen when you aren’t expecting it.” There is some truth to those words. A study finds that women with high stress levels may be up to twice as likely to experience long-term infertility.
Exposure of to second-hand smoke during pregnancy can cause very serious negative health consequences for the unborn child. Women who are pregnant are generally counseled about how important it is to eat well and to avoid toxins such as cigarette smoke and alcohol. It would appear rational to assume that the spouses and others who are around pregnant women also understand how sensitive the unborn fetus is to toxins. Yet, pregnant women are often dangerously exposed to second-hand smoke from these people.
Are you one of those women who carries a post-baby pregnancy pooch - years after giving birth? You’ve lost the weight gained during a pregnancy, but now carry a permanent baby bump that has people constantly asking when you are due? As it turns out, there is a medical reason for your baby bump Dr. Oz tells viewers as he explains how it happens and what you can do about it.