What Are You Reading?: WomanCode by Alisa Vitti

"With WomanCode, holistic health coach Alisa Vitti shows women how to maintain health and vitality with a food-based program to rebalance their hormones. Alisa Vitti found herself suffering through the symptoms of polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS), and was able to heal herself through food and lifestyle changes. Relieved and reborn, she made it her mission to …

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Relax and Recharge: Stress Reduction

Just as stress is different for each of us there is no stress reduction strategy that works for everyone. Jogging and other aerobic exercises, different types of meditation, prayer, yoga and tai chi are great for many people but when imposed on others, prove dull, boring and stressful. There is certainly no shortage of stress …

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Hidden Gems: Houseplants and Fertility

Plants have an amazing ability to help humans prosper in more ways than one. Eating a diet rich in plants can help us not only live longer, but also live healthier and happier lives. For most of us, that information isn’t anything new; we know eating fresh, whole foods gives us more energy and a better chance of steering clear of the medical …

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What Is A Doula?

A doula is someone who provides emotional, physical and informational support to the expectant woman and her family before, during and immediately after the birth. The word doula is a Greek word meaning women’s servant. Women have been serving others in childbirth for many centuries and have proven that support from another woman has a positive impact on …

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Do You Have Low Progesterone?

What is Progesterone? Low progesterone is more common than you may think. If you've been dealing with changes to your mood, weight gain, low basal body temperatures, recurrent miscarriages or irregularities in your menstrual cycle, then you might have low progesterone without realizing it. ​Finding out if you have low progesterone is important because progesterone …

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Optimal Basal Body Temperatures

Basal body temperature (BBT) is the body's resting temperature. When you are trying to conceive, your BBT can help you to time intercourse to optimize your chances of conceiving. But you can also use it to monitor your health even when you're not trying to conceive. Each person's BBT will be unique to the person. …

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Birth Control And Fake Periods

I want you to know something that may come as a bit of a shock: A period while taking hormonal birth control (oral contraceptives) is not a natural menstrual period. In fact, it’s not a real period at all. Taking birth control can cause you to believe you are experiencing normal periods. The entire menstrual cycle may …

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Are You Sabotaging Your Own Conception?

You're eating healthy, you're exercising, you've quit smoking, quit drinking, quit taking your birth control, and you're having sex like rabbits. But you still haven't gotten that Big Fat Positive (BFP). What is going on?? If you've ruled out all the normal causes of infertility, it may be time to look inward. The expression “you …

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What You Need To Know About Rh Factor And Getting Pregnant

What is RH Factor? Each person’s blood is one of four major types: A, B, AB, or O. Blood types are determined by the types of antigens on the blood cells. Antigens are proteins on the surface of blood cells that can cause a response from the immune system. The Rh factor is a type of protein …

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Fertility and Dieting

If you're eating a healthy, balanced diet, it’s fine to lose weight while you’re trying to conceive, as long as you don't become underweight. In fact, that's honestly the first recommendation I make to clients: Begin eating a healthy and balanced diet. I don't recommend this for weight loss, per se, but to increase the health …

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Pap Smears Aren’t Something To Be Afraid Of

In order to maintain good reproductive and sexual health, females should visit a gynecologist- a doctor who specializes in females’ reproductive health- for an exam about once per year. Generally, females should begin seeing a gynecologist at the age of 21, but begin earlier if they become sexually active. After their first visit, females ages …

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Magnesium and Vitamin D

If you find yourself wondering, "Am I getting enough vitamin D?" you should also ask yourself another question: "Am I getting enough magnesium?" Research has shown that we need to stress the importance of getting enough of this mineral, which aids in the metabolism, or "activation," of vitamin D so it can be used by the body. "People …

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Berries: How And Why You Should Incorporate Them In Your Diet

There’s no shortage of old wives’ tales (and Internet legends) touting the fertility benefits of certain foods — and the baby-busting potential of others. And if you’re thinking about starting a baby making campaign (or you’re already waging one), you’re probably wondering which are fertility fact…and which, fertility fiction. The truth is, you can get …

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