The Pros and Cons of Surrogacy For Surrogates

Previously, we discussed the pros and cons of surrogacy from an intended parent’s perspective. We explored how surrogacy can create unique friendships and families while explaining the protections and technology that are part of the process. This week, we’ll weigh the costs and benefits from a surrogate’s point of view. 

For a surrogate, nothing beats the feeling of giving life for someone else’s family. But many prospective surrogates still want to be aware of the various risks and benefits that could come as a result of their decision.

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The Pros of Surrogacy :

Surrogacy can be a fulfilling experience

Surrogacy is fulfilling, for both the parents as well as the surrogate. For the parents, the feeling is a sense of completeness from a new family member. For the surrogate, the feeling is one of pride from having provided the parents with a baby. Surrogates at ConceiveAbilities and around the world are strong, selfless women who delight at giving hope and opportunity to growing families.

​Surrogates are supported by a strong Surro-Sisterhood

Surrogacy is a singular experience, and sharing your story may be difficult when others cannot relate. Luckily, surrogates have banded together to create solid communities and sisterhoods. Many former ConceiveAbilities surrogates remain close even after their journeys, meeting at ConceiveAbilities events, picnics, and other social gatherings.

​Surrogates can relive the feeling of pregnancy

All surrogates that undergo the process are already mothers and enjoy being mothers. When you become a surrogate, you have the opportunity to experience being pregnant again. Though some may shudder at the thought, many surrogates love the experience of pregnancy. Through surrogacy, mothers can relive the experience without expanding on their own family.

​Surrogacy provides a fair compensation

In countries and states that support commercial surrogacy, gestational carriers are compensated for their time and risk. Approximately $43,000 to $53,000 is paid to the surrogate, although this figure can vary depending on a couple factors, namely the type of pregnancy and the number of previous pregnancies.

​Legal protections cover surrogates too

Contracts don’t just protect the parents, they make sure that surrogates are covered too. These contracts ensure the gestational carriers are reimbursed for their time and contribution and absolve her of any responsibility following childbirth.

The Cons of Surrogacy :

Surrogacy is physically demanding

Similar to a traditional pregnancy, surrogacy can take its toll on one’s body. Surrogates must undergo screenings, attend interviews and appointments, and carry a baby for 9 months. During this time, gestational carriers are asked not to engage in any risky or strenuous physical activity that could endanger the pregnancy. But at the end of it all, the reward of delivering a new family member surpasses any temporary inconvenience.

​Surrogacy is emotionally taxing

Carrying a baby and giving birth is one of the most beautiful acts a human can do, but it can also be emotionally difficult. At times you may feel intense joy and excitement, other times you’ll need the support of your family and friends, but you’ll never be alone. You can always reach out to the ConceiveAbilities team if you need someone to talk to.

​Surrogacy involves a significant time commitment

The surrogacy process, from applying online to delivering the baby, is a span of months, not weeks. If you’re planning on becoming a surrogate, you’ll have to confirm that you won’t be doing any intense activities or make any major travel plans during that time.

Also read: Pregnancy Care

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5 Natural Ways to Treat Menopause

What to do about hot flashes, night sweats and other menopausal symptoms if you don’t want to take hormones? Here are five natural remedies that may take the heat out of menopause for good… 

It used to be that managing menopause symptoms – hot flashes, night sweats and mood swings – meant one thing: hormone replacement therapy. 

Doctors long believed that hormones were best for not only combatting those bothersome menopausal symptoms, but also for preventing heart disease and osteoporosis. 

But in the early 2000s, a major U.S. study revealed that hormone replacement therapy wasn’t protective against either condition and actually increased the risk of both stroke and breast cancer. 

As a result, many women stopped taking hormone therapy. 

Today, we know that in some cases hormone therapy can be effective and safe. Still, many women prefer drug-free ways to deal with the menopausal symptoms that occur in our late 40s and early 50s as our bodies begin to produce less estrogen. 

Many women continue to have moderate to severe hot flashes for an average of nearly five years after menopause, according to a University of Pennsylvania study published in early 2014 in the journal Menopause. In fact, more than a third of women experience moderate or severe hot flashes for 10 years or more after menopause. 

To avoid taking estrogen – but still find relief – some women have turned to remedies, such as soy, herbs and other supplements. But do these natural remedies make menopause easier? 

“[Supplements and herbs] are generally not very effective, [according to] well-done medical research trials,” says Diana Bitner, M.D., an OB-GYN at Spectrum Health Medical Group in Grand Rapids, Mich., who is a specialist in midlife and menopausal medicine. 

“But for some individual women, they are effective,”. 

The results vary because menopause doesn’t happen in a vacuum. 

“These symptoms can be the result of many co-factors, such as sleep deprivation, life events and associated stress, vitamin and dietary excesses or deficiencies, medical problems. Depending on an individual woman’s situation, a given treatment might work or it might not,”. 

Read on to see if a natural remedy might provide relief from your menopausal symptoms.

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1. Soy

Of all the natural remedies for menopause, soy has been the best studied. But whether it’s effective is still unclear. 

Soy contains high levels of estrogen-like compounds called phytoestrogens, which mimic women’s natural estrogen. Some experts believe that these phytoestrogens may give your body enough of a boost to counter menopause symptoms. 

Most major studies looking at soy’s effect on hot flashes and other symptoms have been inconclusive. But one analysis showed promising results: University of Delaware researchers in 2012 reviewed 19 previous studies, examining a total of more than 1,200 women. They found that women having two daily servings of soy for six weeks to a year can reduce their hot flash frequency and severity by as much as 26%. 

For soy to relieve hot flashes, intestinal bacteria must convert it into a compound called equol, Dr. Bitner says. Not all women have the right kind of bacteria in their intestines. 

“In some of the newer soy supplements, the soy has [already] been converted to equol, and these may be more effective, depending on a woman’s health situation and lifestyle,”. 

Caution: High doses of soy may increase your risk for breast and other hormone-sensitive cancers such as ovarian and uterine cancer, some studies suggest. (Learn more about what influences your breast cancer risk.) 

So if you have one of these cancers or are considered at high risk for developing any of them, always talk to your health-care provider before taking soy in food or supplement form, the National Institutes of Health’s National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine recommends.

​2. Flaxseed

Some researchers have investigated whether another type of phytoestrogen, known as lignin, might help reduce menopausal symptoms. 

Lignans are found in high-fiber foods such as cereals, grains and beans, as well as in flaxseed. 

But results haven’t been promising, according to a 2011 Mayo Clinic study in which researchers evaluated 188 women with hot flashes. The women were randomly divided into two groups, with one group eating a flaxseed bar every day, and the other eating a fiber bar with placebo. 

After six weeks, no difference was found between the two groups. Interestingly, about one-third of the women in both groups experienced a 50% reduction in hot flashes. 

Caution: Because flaxseed, like soy, can act like estrogen in the body, women who have estrogen receptor-positive breast cancer should avoid flax in supplement form, and eat only moderate amounts of ground flaxseed (no more than two to three tablespoons per day), says the Oncology Nutrition practice group of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.

​3. Black Cohosh

Black cohosh has also had mixed results for reducing hot flashes. 

Long used in Native American medicine, it’s known by a number of colorful names: black snakeroot, bugbane, bugwort, rattleroot, rattletop and rattleweed. 

These days, the dark, gnarled roots of the black cohosh herb are frequently used in supplements and remedies to relieve female discomforts. 

During menopause, the pituitary gland (a pea-sized organ at the base of the brain) produces increased amounts of LH (luteinizing hormone), which is believed to be a cause of hot flashes. Black cohosh is thought to block production of this hormone, reducing the occurrence of hot flashes. 

But no solid science supports that, according to a 2012 review of black cohosh studies published in The Cochrane Library. The reviewers evaluated 16 studies involving 2,027 menopausal women who had taken an average daily oral preparation of 40 mg of black cohosh for an average of 23 weeks. There was no significant difference between black cohosh and placebos in the frequency of hot flashes. 

Caution: Some studies have found a potential link between black cohosh and liver damage. Bottom line: Talk to your doctor before using black cohosh or any other herbal supplement.

4. Mind-Body Techniques

Yoga, meditation and other relaxation techniques all relieve stress, which help you cope with menopausal mood swings. 

Try these 5–minute meditation exercises. 

Clinical hypnosis may also be beneficial for reducing hot flashes, according to researchers at Baylor University’s Mind-Body Medicine Research Laboratory in Waco, Texas. 

During the five weeks of the 2012 study, 187 women received weekly sessions of hypnotic relaxation therapy by therapists. They also practiced self-hypnosis using audio recordings and visualizations, such as a snowy path or a cool mountain creek. By the fourth session, hot flashes had decreased about 70%, and at a three-month follow-up, the decrease averaged 80%. 

To find a member of the American Society of Clinical Hypnosis near you, visit the society’s member referral search page.

​5. Healthy Fats and Fatty Acids

Consuming a balance of omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids is important to the heart health of women going through menopause. Menopause doesn’t cause heart disease, but after menopause, certain risk factors for heart disease increase, including high blood pressure and high cholesterol.

Also read : 12 Ways to Stay Healthy During Pregnancy

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19 Summer Fertility Super Foods

Whatever efforts you’re making to get pregnant – whether it’s lifestyle changes, acupuncture and/or medical treatment – what you eat makes a huge difference in helping or hindering your fertile health. 

I teach my patients that food is medicine. Nutritional supplements help to fill in the gaps, but nothing can replace of maintaining a consistently healthy diet. Food and exercise are first and foremost. When you give your body the basics it needs, it’s amazing how quickly health problems resolve. 

Eating seasonally is an important part of maintaining a nutritious diet. Not only are seasonal foods fresher and richer in nutrients, they’re tastier, less expensive, and environmentally-friendlier. You can even try your hand at growing them yourself. Gardening relieves stress and gives you a sense of connectedness with all of life, a great practice as you prepare for pregnancy.

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Guidelines to Eating Seasonally

Always buy or grow organic! It’s tempting to save a few dollars by choosing non-organic foods, whether produce or meat, but it’s not worth it. What is worth a few extra dollars? Your fertility and health are!

Pesticides can interfere with your endocrine system and therefore may affect your fertility. Non-organic meats contain hormones and antibiotics, more chemicals that can mess with your cycle. Instead, save a few dollars some other way by cutting out an unnecessary expense. Healthy food is a must. 

Choose non-GMO foods (genetically modified organisms). GMO foods have been linked to lower birth rates and fewer babies in mice, according to a recent Australian study. GMO foods carry a list of serious health risks, infertility being at the top, as well as insulin regulation issues, which can also affect reproductive health. 

Corn and soy are the two largest GMO crops in the world, so be sure to buy organic non-GMO corn and soy products. According to the USDA, an organic label implies non-GMO, but whether that’s always true is debatable. Do your best to confirm by looking for both labels when possible. 

You want to cover four basics when eating for fertility: antioxidants, protein, essential fatty acids (EFAs), and complex carbohydrates. Antioxidants clean toxins from the body, improve egg and sperm quality, and support your immune system. Good quality protein builds eggs, sperm, and the uterine lining. EFAs improve egg and sperm quality and are important for the brain development of your baby. Complex carbohydrates maintain healthy blood sugar levels, while processed carbs cause inflammation and blood sugar spikes. The largest portion on your plate should consist of veggies, while protein and carbs should play supporting roles. 

Eat a variety of seasonal fruits and vegetables to reap the benefits of a wide range of nutrients. Be mindful of eating too many cold fruits and raw veggies. Excessive amounts of cold and/or raw foods take a toll on the digestive system. In Chinese medicine, it’s thought that if the food isn’t cooked on the outside of the body, it must be cooked on the inside. This drains energy that would otherwise be used to support your reproductive system. Eat salads and raw food in moderation or consider pairing them with hot tea, soup, or a warm whole grain.

​Antioxidant-Rich Summer Produce

  • Tomatoes are high in several antioxidants, including vitamin C and carotenoids, including lycopene; a carotenoid that reduces the tendency of blood clots to form. Not only does that support heart health, but also the health of your uterine lining.
  • Bell peppers are high in vitamin C and A as well as minerals including iron.
  • Fresh corn is a gluten-free dietary fiber rich in antioxidants, B-complex vitamins, and minerals. B-complex vitamins are important for your fertility.
  • Artichokes are high in dietary fiber, antioxidants, B-complex, and minerals that support fertility.
  • Cherries are a low-calorie delicious fruit high in antioxidants and minerals. They contain melatonin, which helps calm the nervous system and promotes good sleep. They have anti-inflammatory properties, which supports ovarian and uterine health.
  • Berries: blueberries, raspberries, blackberries, and strawberries are all exceptionally high in antioxidants. Yum!
  • Plums are mineral and antioxidant rich and high in iron.
  • Summer squash contains vitamin A, lutein, and selenium, which protects against DNA damaging free radicals and infections.
  • Asparagus is high in dietary fiber, regulates blood sugar, and rich in antioxidants, folates, B-complex; all great nutrients for fertility!
  • Iced decaf green tea is a powerful antioxidant and perfectly refreshing drink!

​Summer Protein

  • Organic grass-fed ground beef burgers are an excellent iron-rich source of protein. Grass-fed beef is also high in EFA’s and antioxidants. Women should eat red meat after your menstrual period and before ovulation to help restore iron and protein and build your uterine lining.
  • Organic grilled chicken is another excellent source of protein when organic. Focus on eating chicken during ovulation through the end of your menstrual cycle.

Summer EFAs

  • Grilled salmon is not only a wonderful source of protein, but is the safest fish and a potent source of essential fatty acids. Although it’s more expensive, wild Alaskan salmon is considered the safest with the lowest mercury contamination levels.
  • Avocados are a scrumptious power-food and full of healthy fats and antioxidants.
  • Flaxseed oil is another great source of EFAs. Consider drizzling cold-pressed flaxseed oil over your summer salads.
  • Walnuts contain EFAs and can be added to summer salads and fruit bowls.

Summer Complex Carbohydrates

  • Baby potatoes makes an excellent addition to grilled summer skewers. This veggie contains vitamins and minerals and maintains blood sugar levels.
  • Quinoa is a gluten-free complex carb and perfect protein. Make a grain salad mixed with walnuts, herbs, flax oil, and your choice of fresh summer veggies.
  • Couscous is another whole grain that makes an excellent salad when mixed with nuts, herbs, and veggies or delicious as a side grain.

Enjoy a deliciously healthy and fertile rest of your summer!

Also read: Natural Ways to Boost Fertility (Part: One)


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Exercise After C-Section: The Do’s and Don’ts

Exercise after C-section can help you heal faster, but knowing what moves are safe is important.

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Now that you’ve had your baby, you’re probably eager to get back to your pre-pregnancy exercise routine. Exercise after C-section can help you heal faster and get back to feeling like yourself, but knowing when your body is ready and which exercises to do — and which ones to avoid — is crucial. “Readiness to resume activity after a C-section can vary a lot depending on the mother’s fitness level, age and overall health,” says Helene Byrne of BeFit-Mom, a prenatal and postpartum health and fitness specialist who authored “Exercise After Pregnancy.”

“Fit moms recover quickly and can feel ready to get moving again in a matter of weeks. Other moms might find walking a fairly strenuous activity for several weeks if not more.” Byrne stresses that each woman should check in with her OB/GYN and discuss when exercise is right for her based on how she’s healing after the initial six-week time frame. After you’ve checked in with your doctor, there are some do’s and don’ts you should keep in mind when thinking about exercise after C-section.


Most of your recovery will take place in the weeks immediately after giving birth. “During the first six to eight weeks, do not do things that stretch the incision or cause your belly to bulge, which will stretch out the incision,” says Marianne Ryan, a physical therapist and the award-winning author of “Baby Bod.”

Here are three general exercises to avoid:

  • Heavy Lifting

    Avoid picking up anything that weighs more than your newborn baby, as it can place pressure on your healing abdomen muscles. This includes lifting heavy grocery bags or doing any weight-training exercises.
  • High-Impact Exercises

    Exercises like running, aerobics or anything that stresses the hips or pelvic floor should be avoided. Those muscles and joints are still healing, and an intense workout could interfere with recovery.
  • Twisting Movements

    After a C-section, you have both internal and external stitches, and twisting movements should be avoided due to these incisions. This includes twisting that may happen during yoga, Pilates and dancing exercises as well.


When your doctor says you can begin an exercise routine, most women start on toning their midsection, and experts agree that this is the way to go. “I think it would be best to focus on the pelvic floor muscles first, and once you have control of them, then expand to other parts of the body,” acknowledges Ryan.

Ease your way back into exercise with a few of these practices:

  • Kegels

    Seated on a chair or large exercise ball, tighten your pelvic muscles, squeezing in and sucking your belly button. “Core muscles — the pelvic floor muscles are the bottom of the core — should be done with the right alignment and with the proper breathing coordination,” says Ryan. “When you do a pelvic floor contraction the right way, it restarts the core muscles to work optimally again.”
  • Walking

    Low-impact exercises like walking are great for most women. “Fitness walking, with a baby in a stroller, is the ideal re-entry activity for most new moms,” says Byrne. She added that women should walk at a moderate pace for about 20 minutes, which will increase circulation and accelerate healing.
  • Deep Breathing

    Also called “diaphragmatic breathing,” this exercise is done while laying on your back with your knees supported by a pillow. You then concentrate on tightening your stomach muscles with each inhale. By doing so, you’re slowly working on toning your abs.
  • Arm Rotations and Ankle Flexes

    Holding your arms out at your sides, make small circles with your arms, focusing on keeping them parallel to the ground. For ankle flexes, hang your feet off the bed and rotate your feet side to side and up and down.

Byrne points out that exercise should feel good. You should keep an eye on any signs that you may be working too hard. “Pain or discomfort either during or after exercise, increased inflammation or bleeding at the incision site and fatigue are all signs that you need to slow down,” she continues. Healing from a C-section takes time, and knowing which exercises to avoid and focusing on the ones that can aid healing will help you recover quickly and get you back to your fit lifestyle.

Also read : 5 Easy Office Exercises to Do When You’re Pregnant

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Breast Cancer! I can’t possibly get it!! Or can I??

The first question a patient almost always asks me is, “Doctor, are you sure I have breast cancer? It can’t be, because no one in my family ever had it!” It becomes quite difficult for me to answer that question, mainly because we still don’t have very clear answers! The fact is, most patients developing breast cancer in our country fall in the sporadic/ non- familial category. A very small minority of patients have a strong family history ( blood relatives- mother/ sister, developing it before the age of 60). 

Interestingly, most Indian patients do not even fall in the High risk category: early menarche ( the start of one’s periods), late menopause (cessation of one’s periods), obesity, having no children, not breastfeeding , multiple miscarriages/ abortions and alcohol/tobacco consumption. (These risk factors are now on the rise in the urban population, but I still see quite a few of my patients without these risk factors) 

So, the million dollar question remains: who can get breast cancer? 

The answer: Anyone can. 

I must confess, we still don’t know what really causes cancer. 

Gene mutations, urbanisation, changing dietary habits, environmental factors, increased longevity may all be playing their part, but we can’t pinpoint a single cause as the most important one. So, how does one protect oneself from developing it? I feel the most sensible thing to do is to pick up a problem before it has developed into one and nip it in the bud. You may ask me how.

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Breast self examination:

The single most but often neglected test. Examine your breasts every month, preferably a week to 10 days after your periods (when they are least tender or lumpiest) in front of the mirror, preferably while bathing. Look out for any subtle skin, nipple or areolar changes or retraction. Gently squeeze the nipples to look for any clear or bloody nipple discharge. 

These are basic techniques of examination. The examination has to be carried out with the flat of your hand. A distinct lump will feel like a marble rolling between your hand and your chest.


A very basic but important investigation, recommended for women over the age of 40. However, if I suspect a problem, I may ask for it, irrespective of the age. Most women cringe at the thought of having a mammogram, but I feel it is a very important test, more so because it can often pick up cancers before they form a lump in the breast. The impact of early detection is enormous, as early breast cancer has a much better prognosis.


A lot has been written about diet and lifestyle and breast cancer is no different. A well-balanced diet, with regular exercise in any form, is the best medicine one can give oneself.


To summarise, anyone at any age can develop breast cancer. Early detection by self-breast examination, a regular mammogram and investment in diet and exercise can help you in preventing and treating breast cancer effectively.

Also read: Myth busting: Infertility is always a woman’s issue

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Pregnancy Care

Getting good care before, during, and after your pregnancy is very important. It can help your baby grow and develop and keep you both healthy. It is the best way to be sure your little one gets a head start on a healthy life.

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Good prenatal care includes good nutrition and health habits before and during pregnancy. Ideally, you should talk with your health care provider before you start trying to become pregnant. Here are some things you will need to do:

Choose a provider: You will want to choose a provider for your pregnancy and childbirth. This provider will provide prenatal care, delivery, and postpartum services. 

Take folic acid: If you are considering becoming pregnant, or are pregnant, you should take a supplement with at least 400 micrograms (0.4 mg) of folic acid every day. Taking folic acid will decrease the risk for certain birth defects. Prenatal vitamins almost always contain more than 400 micrograms (0.4 mg) of folic acid per capsule or tablet.

​You should also:

  •  Talk with your provider about any medicines you take. This includes over-the-counter medicines. You should only take medicines your provider says are safe to take while you are pregnant.
  •  Avoid all alcohol and recreational drug use and limit caffeine.
  •  Quit smoking, if you smoke.

Go for prenatal visits and tests: You will see your provider many times during your pregnancy for prenatal care. The number of visits and types of exams you receive will change, depending on where you are in your pregnancy:

  • First trimester care
  • Second trimester care
  • Third trimester care

Talk with your provider about the different tests you may receive during your pregnancy. These tests can help your provider see how your baby is developing and if there are any problems with your pregnancy. These tests may include:

  • Ultrasound tests to see how your baby is growing and help establish a due date
  • Glucose tests to check for gestational diabetes
  • Blood test to check for normal fetal DNA in your blood
  • Fetal echocardiography to check the baby’s heart
  • Amniocentesis to check for birth defects and genetic problems
  • Nuchal translucency test to check for problems with the baby’s genes
  • Tests to check for sexually transmitted disease
  • Blood type testing such as Rh and ABO

Depending on your family history, you may choose to screen for genetic problems. There are many things to think about before doing genetic testing. Your provider can help you decide if this is right for you. 

If you have a high-risk pregnancy, you may need to see your provider more often and have additional tests.


Your provider will talk with you about how to manage common pregnancy complaints such as:

  • Morning sickness
  • Backaches, leg pain, and other aches and pains during pregnancy
  • Problems sleeping
  • Skin and hair changes
  • Vaginal bleeding in early pregnancy

No two pregnancies are the same. Some women have few or mild symptoms during pregnancy. Many women work their full term and travel while they are pregnant. Others may have to cut back on their hours or stop working. Some women require bed rest for a few days or possibly weeks to continue with a healthy pregnancy.


Pregnancy is a complex process. While many women have normal pregnancies, complications can occur. However, having a complication does not mean you will not have a healthy baby. It means your provider will monitor you closely and take special care of you and your baby during the remainder of your term. 

Common complications include:

  •  Diabetes during pregnancy (gestational diabetes).
  • High blood pressure during pregnancy (preeclampsia). Your provider will talk with you about how to care for yourself if you have preeclampsia.
  • Premature or preterm changes in the cervix.
  • Problems with the placenta. It may cover the cervix, pull away from the womb, or not work as well as it should.
  • Vaginal bleeding.
  • Early labor.
  • Your baby is not growing well.
  • Your baby has medical problems.

It can be scary to think about possible problems. But it is important to be aware so you can tell your provider if you notice unusual symptoms.


Talk with your provider about what to expect during labor and delivery. You can make your wishes known by creating a birth plan. Talk with your provider about what to include in your birth plan. You may want to include things like:

  •  How you want to manage pain during labor, including whether to have an epidural block
  • How you feel about episiotomy
  • What would happen if you need a C-section
  • How you feel about forceps delivery or vacuum-assisted delivery
  • Who you want with you during delivery

It is also a good idea to make a list of things to bring to the hospital. Pack a bag ahead of time so you have it ready to go when you go into labor. 

As you get close to your due date, you will notice certain changes. It is not always easy to tell when you will go into labor. Your provider can tell you when it is time to come in for an exam or go to the hospital for delivery. 

Talk with your provider about what happens if you pass your due date. Depending on your age and risk factors, your provider may need to induce labor around 39 to 42 weeks. 

Once labor begins, you can use a number of strategies to get through labor.


Having a baby is an exciting and wonderful event. It is also hard work for the mother. You will need to take care of yourself in the first few weeks after delivery. The type of care you need depends on how you delivered your baby. 

If you had a vaginal delivery, you will likely spend 1 to 2 days in the hospital before you go home. 

If you had a C-section, you will stay in the hospital for 2 to 3 days before going home. Your provider will explain how to care for yourself at home as you heal. 

If you are able to breastfeed, there are many benefits to breastfeeding. It can also help you lose your pregnancy weight. 

Be patient with yourself as you learn to breastfeed. It can take 2 to 3 weeks to get the hang of it. There is a lot to learn, such as:

  •  How to care for your breasts
  • Positioning your baby for breastfeeding
  • How to overcome any breastfeeding problems
  • Breast milk pumping and storage
  • Breastfeeding skin and nipple changes
  • Timing of breastfeeding

If you need help, there are many resources for new moms.


Call your provider if you are pregnant or think you are pregnant and:

  • You take medicines for diabetes, thyroid disease, seizures, or high blood pressure
  • You are not getting prenatal care
  • You cannot manage common pregnancy complaints without medicines
  • You might have been exposed to a sexually transmitted infection, chemicals, radiation, or unusual pollutants

Call your provider immediately if you are pregnant and you:

  • Have a fever, chills, or painful urination
  • Vaginal bleeding
  • Severe belly pain
  • Physical or severe emotional trauma
  • Have your water break (membranes rupture)
  • Are in the last half of your pregnancy and notice the baby is moving less or not at all

About Dr Bedekar Fertility Solution and IVF Clinic Thane:

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We Provide Treatment for IVF, ICSI, (IUI), Surrogacy, Egg Donation, Semen Analysis, TESE / PESA etc.

Do get in touch to book appointment with our Experienced team of doctors. Talk to us on 022- 25423260 or Whatsapp us on +91 9820382434 or email us at

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Also read: Myth busting: Infertility is always a woman’s issue

Monsoons not only bring fun with them, but they even bring along some seasonal infections. In order to take care of your child during the rainy season, you have to make your house & kids ‘monsoon proof‘ or at least ‘monsoon ready‘.

Here are Some Tips For Child Care in Monsoon/Rainy Season

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Build Immunity. Catch the Cold Before It Catches You.

Monsoon is the season for cold, flu and other air borne & water borne infections. It’s better to build a good immunity by giving foods which are rich in Vitamin C & other foods which help to boost their immune system.

Even supplements rich in Vitamins can be given. All though it’s always better to take them in the form of fruits & vegetables.

​Set the Room Temperature. It’s Warm & Nice.

It’s usually cold & breezy when it rains. A sudden change in temperature will affect your child’s health. Keep the house dry all the time & set his room temperature to a moderate. If you do not have a room heater, you can regulate the temperature to some extent by keeping the windows & doors closed. 

Sweaters and comforters also help in keeping your kid warm throughout the day.

​Say No to Outside Food. Mommy is the Best Cook.

We know that water borne infections like diarrhea & food poisoning are common during monsoons. We do not know the kind of water they use, to make food outside. It’s better to give him homemade food. Include hot soups & hot milk in his daily diet.

​Avoid Getting Drenched. No Rain Dancing, Only Watching.

It’s easy to control infants from not going out in the rain. But once your kid starts walking it’s not an easy task. These days because of the high pollution, we cannot expect rain water to be safe. DO NOT let him play in the rain. Pack a raincoat & water proof shoes in his school bag. Whenever you are taking your little one to the mall, or a grocery store, in the rainy season, carry an umbrella & a rain coat.

​Prepare Your Own ‘monsoon Aid Kit’. I Am Prepared, Are You?

Even after taking all the precautions, there are chances your kid might catch a cold or a flu. Prepare a kit with medicines which help with cold & cough. Cough syrups, vitamin C supplements, syrups for cold or fever, balms etc. can be added to your kit, after taking proper advice from your pediatrician.

​Other Important Tips:

  • Keep your house clean.
  • Use antiseptic liquids while washing your kid’s clothes while cleaning the house.
  • Make your house insect proof. Monsoon brings its deadly friend mosquito.
  • Instead of using a coil which might lead to smoke allergies, use mosquito nets or liquid.
  • Teach him to use a sanitizer for hand wash.
  • Give him a hot bath if he gets drenched in the rain.
  • Keep his feet dry at all times. Get him used to wearing slippers or socks inside the house.

Also read : 5 Easy Office Exercises to Do When You’re Pregnant

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11. Take Time to Relax

As your stress levels increase, your chances of getting pregnant decrease. This is likely due to the hormonal changes that occur when you feel stressed. 

Having a stressful job and working long hours can also increase the time it takes you to become pregnant. 

In fact, stress, anxiety and depression affect around 30% of women who attend fertility clinics. 

Receiving support and counseling may reduce anxiety and depression levels, therefore increasing your chances of becoming pregnant.

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​12. Cut the Caffeine

Caffeine can negatively affect female fertility. One study suggests that women who consume over 500 mg of caffeine daily take up to 9.5 months longer to get pregnant. 

A high caffeine intake before pregnancy is also linked to an increased risk of miscarriage. 

However, other studies did not find a strong link between caffeine intake and an increased risk of infertility.

13. Achieve a Healthy Weight

Weight is one of the most influential factors when it comes to fertility. In fact, being either underweight or overweight is associated with increased infertility. 

A large observational study suggests that in the US, 12% of ovulatory infertility is due to being underweight, while 25% is due to being overweight. 

This is because the amount of fat stored in your body influences menstrual function. 

Women who are under- or overweight have longer cycle lengths, making it more difficult to get pregnant. 

To improve your chances of getting pregnant, try to lose weight if you’re overweight and gain weight if you’re underweight.

14. Increase Your Iron Intake

Consuming iron supplements and non-heme iron, which comes from plant-based foods, may decrease the risk of ovulatory infertility. 

An observational study including 438 women found that taking iron supplements was linked to a 40% lower risk of ovulatory infertility. 

Non-heme iron was also associated with a decreased risk of infertility. Heme iron, which comes from animal sources, did not appear to affect fertility levels. 

Nonetheless, more evidence is needed to confirm whether iron supplements should be recommended to all women, especially if iron levels are healthy to begin with. 

However, boosting your intake of iron-rich foods may help. 

Yet non-heme iron sources are more difficult for your body to absorb, so try taking them with foods or drinks high in vitamin C to increase absorption.

15. Avoid Excess Alcohol

Alcohol consumption can negatively affect fertility. However, it’s unclear how much alcohol is needed to cause this effect. 

A large observational study found that drinking more than 8 drinks per week was associated with a longer time to get pregnant. 

Another study involving 7,393 women found that a high alcohol intake was associated with more infertility examinations. 

However, the evidence on moderate alcohol consumption is mixed. One study found no link between moderate consumption and infertility, while other studies report that moderate intake can affect fertility. 

For example, one study of 430 couples reported that drinking five or less alcoholic drinks per week was associated with reduced fertility.

16. Avoid Unfermented Soy Products

Some sources suggest that the phytoestrogens found in soy can interfere with hormone levels and cause fertility issues. 

Several animal studies have linked soy with lower sperm quality in male rats and reduced fertility in female rats. 

One animal study found that even small amounts of soy products caused sexual behavior changes in male offspring. 

However, few studies have looked into the effects of soy on humans, and more evidence is needed. 

Additionally, these negative effects are usually only associated with unfermented soy. Fermented soy is generally considered safe to eat.

​17. Natural Supplements

Certain natural supplements have been linked to increased fertility. These include: 

Maca: Maca comes from a plant grown in central Peru. Some animal studies found it improved fertility, but results from human studies are mixed. Some report improvements to sperm quality, while others find no effect. 

Bee pollen: Bee pollen has been linked to improved immunity, fertility and overall nutrition. One animal study found that consuming bee pollen was linked to improved sperm quality and male fertility. 

Bee propolis: A study of women with endometriosis found that taking bee propolis twice a day resulted in a 40% greater chance of becoming pregnant after 9 months. 

Royal jelly: Royal jelly, which is also made by bees, is packed with amino acids, lipids, sugars, vitamins, fatty acids, iron and calcium. Animal studies found it may improve reproductive health in rats.

Anything Else?

Good nutrition is vital for a healthy body and reproductive system. 

In fact, studies have shown that eating a nutritious diet and making positive lifestyle changes can help boost fertility and prepare your body for pregnancy. 

What’s more, how you choose to live and eat today will influence sperm and egg quality 90 days from now. 

If you’re trying to get pregnant, it’s important that you begin making healthy nutrition and lifestyle choices today.

About Dr Bedekar Fertility Solution and IVF Clinic Thane:

Dr Bedekar Fertility Solution and IVF Clinic Thane is One of Best IVF Clinic & Fertility Center in Thane, Mumbai. 
We Provide Treatment for IVF, ICSI, (IUI), Surrogacy, Egg Donation, Semen Analysis, TESE / PESA etc.

Do get in touch to book appointment with our Experienced team of doctors. Talk to us on 022- 25423260 or Whatsapp us on +91 9820382434 or email us at

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Also read: Is your lifestyle hurting your fertility?

Natural Ways to Boost Fertility (Part: One)

Fertility issues affect up to 15% of couples.

Luckily, there are a few natural ways to increase your fertility and become pregnant faster.

In fact, diet and lifestyle changes can help boost fertility by up to 69%.

Here are natural ways to boost fertility and get pregnant faster.

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1. Eat Foods That Are Rich in Antioxidants

Antioxidants like folate and zinc may improve fertility for both men and women.

Antioxidants deactivate the free radicals in your body, which can damage both sperm and egg cells.

One study of young, adult men found that eating 75 grams of antioxidant-rich walnuts per day improved sperm quality.

Another study that followed 60 couples undergoing in-vitro fertilization found that taking an antioxidant supplement resulted in a 23% greater chance of conception.

Foods such as fruits, vegetables, nuts and grains are packed full of beneficial antioxidants like vitamins C and E, folate, beta-carotene and lutein.

​2. Eat a Bigger Breakfast

Eating a substantial breakfast may help women with fertility problems.

One study found that eating a larger breakfast may improve the hormonal effects of polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), a major cause of infertility.

For normal weight women with PCOS, eating most of their calories at breakfast reduced insulin levels by 8% and testosterone levels by 50%. High levels of either can contribute to infertility.

In addition, these women ovulated 30% more than women who ate a smaller breakfast and larger dinner, suggesting improved fertility.

However, it’s important to note that increasing the size of your breakfast without reducing the size of your evening meal is likely to lead to weight gain.

3. Avoid Trans Fats

Eating healthy fat every day is important for boosting fertility.

However, trans fats are associated with an increased risk of ovulatory infertility, due to their negative effects on insulin sensitivity.

Trans fats are commonly found in hydrogenated vegetable oils and are usually present in some margarine, fried foods, processed products and baked goods.

A large observational study found that a diet higher in trans fats and lower in unsaturated fats was linked to infertility.

Choosing trans fats instead of monounsaturated fats may increase the risk of ovulatory infertility by 31%. Eating trans fats instead of carbs may increase this risk by 73%.

4. Cut Down on Carbs

Following a lower-carb diet is generally recommended for women with polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS).

Lower-carb diets may help you maintain a healthy weight, reduce insulin levels and encourage fat loss, all while helping menstrual regularity.

One large observational study found that as carb intake increased, the risk of infertility also increased.

In the study, women who ate more carbs had a 78% greater risk of ovulatory infertility than those who followed a lower-carb diet.

Another small study among overweight and obese women with PCOS reported that eating a low-carb diet reduced hormone levels, such as insulin and testosterone, both of which can contribute to infertility.

5. Eat Less Refined Carbs

It’s not just the amount of carbs that’s important, but also the type. Refined carbs may be especially problematic.

Refined carbs include sugary foods and drinks and processed grains, including white pasta, bread and rice.

These carbs are absorbed very quickly, causing spikes in blood sugar and insulin levels. Refined carbs also have a high glycemic index (GI).

One large observational study found that high-GI foods were associated with a greater risk of ovulatory infertility.

Given that PCOS is associated with high insulin levels, refined carbs can make it even worse.

6. Eat More Fiber

Fiber helps your body get rid of excess hormones and keeps blood sugar balanced.

Some examples of high-fiber foods are whole grains, fruits, vegetables and beans.

Certain types of fiber can help remove excess estrogen by binding to it in the intestines.

The excess estrogen is then removed from the body as a waste product.

One study found that eating 10 grams more cereal fiber per day was associated with a 44% lower risk of ovulatory infertility among women older than 32 years.

However, the evidence on fiber is mixed. In another study of 250 women aged 18 to 44, eating the recommended 20-35 grams of fiber per day was associated with a nearly 10 times higher risk of abnormal ovulation cycles.

​7. Swap Protein Sources

Replacing some animal proteins (such as meat, fish and eggs) with vegetable protein sources (such as beans, nuts and seeds) is linked to a reduced risk of infertility.

One study found that a higher protein intake from meat was linked to a 32% higher chance of developing ovulatory infertility.

On the other hand, eating more vegetable protein may protect against infertility.

A study showed that when 5% of total calories came from vegetable protein instead of animal protein, the risk of ovulatory infertility decreased by more than 50%.

Therefore, consider replacing some of the meat protein in your diet with protein from vegetables, beans, lentils and nuts.

8. Choose High-Fat Diary

High intakes of low-fat dairy foods may increase the risk of infertility, whereas high-fat dairy foods may decrease it.

One large study looked at the effects of eating high-fat dairy more than once a day or less than once a week.

It found that women who consumed one or more servings of high-fat dairy per day were 27% less likely to be infertile.

You can try replacing one low-fat dairy serving per day with one high-fat dairy serving, such as a glass of whole milk.

9. Try a Multivitamin

Women who take multivitamins may be less likely to experience ovulatory infertility.

In fact, an estimated 20% of ovulatory infertility may be avoided if women consume 3 or more multivitamins per week.

What’s more, one study found that women who took multivitamins had up to a 41% lower risk of infertility. For women trying to get pregnant, a multivitamin containing folate may be especially beneficial.

Another study found that a dietary supplement including chasteberry, green tea, vitamin E and vitamin B6, improved chances of conception.

After three months on the supplement, 26% of the women became pregnant compared to just 10% of those who did not take the supplement.

10. Get Active

Exercise has many benefits for your health, including increased fertility.

In fact, a sedentary lifestyle has been associated with a higher risk of infertility.

The Nurses’ Health Study II found that each hour per week of exercise was associated with a 5% lower risk of infertility.

For obese women, both moderate and intense physical activity, together with weight loss, had a positive effect on fertility.

However, moderation is key. Excessive high-intensity exercise has actually been associated with decreased fertility in certain women.

Excessive exercise may change the energy balance in the body, and negatively affect the reproductive system.

One large observational study found that the risk of infertility was 3.2 times greater for women who exercised intensely every day, compared to inactive women.

About Dr Bedekar Fertility Solution and IVF Clinic Thane:

Dr Bedekar Fertility Solution and IVF Clinic Thane is one of Best Infertility Clinics in Thane Mumbai. 

we provide treatment for IVF, ICSI, (IUI), Surrogacy, Egg Donation, Semen Analysis, TESE/PESA etc.

Do get in touch to book appointment with our Experienced team of doctors. Talk to us on 022- 25423260 or Whatsapp us on +91 9820382434 or email us at 

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12 Ways to Stay Healthy During Pregnancy

July 2019

An obstetrician at Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH), Audra Meadows, MD, MPH spends much of her time advising women on how to optimize their health before, during, and after pregnancy to prevent low birth weight and other problems.

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Here are 12 tips from Dr. Meadows to help you ensure a healthy pregnancy and a healthy baby.

#1 – Eat right

Eating a healthy diet is especially important for pregnant women. Your baby needs healthy food, not sugar and fat. Eat plenty of colorful fruits and vegetables, whole grains, calcium-rich foods, and foods low in saturated fat.

​#2 – Get your vitamins

Make sure to get plenty of folic acid and calcium. You can get these and other necessary vitamins and minerals from food and a standard multivitamin. Spinach, oranges, broccoli, and kidney beans are rich in folic acid. Milk, yogurt, and spinach are packed with calcium. A daily prenatal multivitamin, however, can help ensure you get the right amount. Ask your doctor about taking a daily prenatal vitamin.

​#3 – Stay hydrated

A pregnant woman’s body needs more water than normal. Aim for eight or more cups each day.

​#4 – Proper prenatal care

Women should get regular prenatal care from a healthcare professional. Mothers who don’t get regular prenatal care are much more likely to have a child with low birth weight. If available, consider group prenatal care.

​#5 – Avoid certain foods

There are certain foods that women should avoid eating while pregnant. Do not eat: raw or rare meats, liver, sushi, raw eggs (also in mayonnaise), soft cheeses (feta, brie), and unpasteurized milk. Raw and unpasteurized animal products can cause food poisoning. Some fish, even when cooked, can be high in mercury.

​#6 – Don’t drink alcohol

Women should not drink alcohol before and during their pregnancy and while breastfeeding. Drinking alcohol increases the risk of having a baby with fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD). FASD can cause abnormal facial features, severe learning disabilities, and behavioral issues. 

Alcohol can impact a baby’s health in the earliest stages of pregnancy, before a woman may be aware she is pregnant. Therefore, women who may become pregnant also should not drink alcohol.

​#7 – Don’t smoke

Smoking is unhealthy for you and your unborn child. It increases the risk of SIDS (sudden infant death syndrome), premature births, miscarriages, and several other unhealthy outcomes.

​#8 – Get moving

Daily exercise is great for most pregnant women. Check with your doctor to find out how much physical activity would be right for you.

​#9 – Get a flu shot

The flu can make a pregnant woman very sick, so ask your doctor about getting a flu shot.

​#10 – Get plenty of sleep

Ample sleep (7 to 9 hours) is important for you and your baby. Try to sleep on your left side to improve blood flow to you and your child.

​#11 – Reduce stress

Reducing stress is crucial for improving birth outcomes. Pregnant women should avoid, as much as they can, stressful situations. Recruit your loved ones to help you with this.

​#12 – Choose the right time to become pregnant

“If you are choosing to become pregnant at a time when you know that you’re at your healthiest, that increases your chances of having a healthy pregnancy and a healthy birth,” 

This not only means that women should make sure that they are healthy before they become pregnant, but they also should consider their age before getting pregnant. Mothers who have children early in life (earlier than 16-years-old), or late in life (older than 40) are at greater risk for having a preterm birth. Also, women who become pregnant again too soon (less than 18 months in between births) are even more likely to have a preterm child.

Also read : 5 Easy Office Exercises to Do When You’re Pregnant

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