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Choosing The Best Fertility Clinic: Specialty Matters

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Fertility treatment is a huge financial and emotional investment for couples and finding the best fertility clinic for you and your partner is important to make sure that you have a favorable outcome.

Although rarely advertized, the best fertility clinics all typically have a specialty such as egg donation, pregnancy at 40, premature ovarian failure, early menopause, etc. Interviewing clinics or going online to their websites to find answers to the following questions may help you determine whether or not this is the best fertility clinic for you.

It is important to know:

  • How many years has the clinic been offering each of their services?
  • Do they have a specific specialty in their clinic?
  • Do any of their doctors have additional training, degrees, or certifications in sub-specialties within the clinic?
  • Does the fertility clinic participate in research studies of their own or contribute to others? If so, in what area?
  • What is the average age of their clients?

These questions are likely to get you more information from the fertility clinic about what specialties they are most familiar with and how their strengths can best help you and your partner conceive your child.

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Pregnancy at 45: Preventing Stillbirths

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Pregnancy at 45 means that you are at a high-risk for many dangerous complications for both you and your baby, including stillbirth. A stillbirth, or a baby’s in utero demise, affects 3 million infants each year and there is very little understanding of why it happens. However, here are a few simple things that you can do to help reduce your risk when you are experiencing pregnancy at 45.

  1. Sleep on your left side. According to a study released this week, women who do not sleep on their left side have double the increase in risk for stillbirth than those who do not. The Australian researchers believe that when women do not sleep on their left side the weight of the uterus shifts, restricting blood flow to the baby. Hate sleeping on your left? Try using a rolled-up towel to wedge it under your right hip, tilting your hips to the left.
  2. Maintain a healthy weight. Women who are obese tend to have a higher rate of stillbirth than those who are not. It is not safe to diet while pregnant, but talk with a health professional about how you can best control your weight when pregnant.
  3. Steer clear of infections. Bladder infections, vaginal infection, and even a gastrointestinal infection can increase your risk for a stillbith. To avoid these kinds of infections practice strict dietary hygiene (no sushi, deli meats, wash vegetables thoroughly, etc.), take precautions after intercourse to avoid bladder infection, and be sure to alert your doctor at the first sign of a fever or illness.
  4. Manage other medical conditions. Pregnancy at 40 and pregnancy at 45 places you at a high risk for other conditions such as gestational diabetes and gestational hypertension. If left uncontrolled, these conditions can greatly increase your risk of a stillbirth. Be sure to follow all recommendations from you health care provider and seek help immediately if you feel that these are not well controlled.

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