More Sex Please

Many of the couples I see in my co ne eption , ferti I ity, a nd preg na ncy c I i n i c a d mit to not having sex very ofte n. I f yo u want a baby, it's important to e njoy a s much spontaneous passion a s po s s i b I e . The more sex you have, the g r ea ter yo u r cha ne e of con ce ivi n g . I t's a I so i mportant to have sex during you r ferti I e per i od . Ovulation usually occu rs b etween 1 0 a nd 1 6 days b efor e you r menstrual period. You are also fe rti I e for u p to a week...

Health Complications

At least 50 percent of twin pregnancies progress normally and result in the birth of two healthy babies. Nevertheless, multiple pregnancies are regarded as ' ' higher risk because the chance of complications is statistically h igher compared with single pregnancies, so you will be monitored more if you are expecting more than one (see pages 68 9). If a problem develops, it will be managed to allow th e pregn an cy to conti nue for as Ion g as possible. If it gets worse, it may be necessary to i...

Essential Fatty Acids

Your baby cannot make its own essential fatty acids (EFAs), such as DHA (see page 21), and is dependent on you for its supply. Unless you are eating loz (30g) of nuts and seeds a day and 1 Ooz (300g) of oily fish a week, neither you nor your baby is likely to be getting enough. EFAs are particularly important for brain development. At around 24 weeks the baby's eyes are developing and light-sensitive cells in the retina start to accumulate more and more EFAs. In a subse quent pregn an cy women...

The Power Of Positive Thought

Many women I see are frightened of connecting w b y g , ferti lity proce dure such as IVF. They feel that they m m at ve b aby i s re ally th ere. But I encourage them to use t see a ve bee n put b ack i n th e uterus, an d I urge th em to o y eg . s ame. Don't spend the first few weeks looking for t we wo y th inkin g and rid yourself of th ou ghts such as ' ' I dare not hope th at everythin g will be OK or I'm b by e I underst an d why women think this way. Not con necti n g makes them think...

Striving For 40 Weeks

Work toward a delivery date as close to 40 weeks as possi ble. B e espe ci ally con scious of your di et at th i s time to ensure that each twin is getting the nutri ents it n eeds. A good all-round multivitamin and mineral supplement should contain vitamins C and E, folic acid, zinc, and iron. Increase your intake of all fluids, especi ally water. Dehydration and a reduction of amniotic fluid are both contributin g factors in preterm labor. The uterus is a muscle and will contract when...

D H A

An essential component of the brain, eyes and nerve cells i s doco sah ex ae noic acid DHA , an omega-3 essential fatty acid see page 19 , which th e body uses for speci fi c functi ons. This fatty acid makes up 60 percent of an adult's brain weight and 2 0 percent of a b aby' s. In women, the first pregnancy-related need for fatty acids occurs during the three months before conception, when cells in the ovaries are dividing. Healthy, viable eggs need DHA to grow and develop. DHA is also an...