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6 tips to help manage the stress of infertility

When you’re trying to fall pregnant and you can’t, it can feel like you’ve been left out of the world’s most exclusive club that is parenthood. Walking down the street can often be the most triggering experience as it feels as if suddenly there are adorable babies in prams and blossoming pregnant bellies everywhere. All you want is one little baby but for whatever reason, it’s not happening right now.  Infertility hurts. It’s a constant...

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5 signs and symptoms of miscarriage

Trigger warning: This post deals with sensitive subjects such as miscarriage and pregnancy loss. If you or someone you know has been impacted by issues raised in this story, help is always available. Please call the SANDS 24 hour support line on 1300 072 637 or visit their website here. Trying to have a baby can be an anxious time. Between figuring out when your ovulation window is, hoping your partner’s sperm count will be...

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5 ways you can support a friend through infertility

For many couples, falling pregnant doesn’t come easily – and that can be a shock. While the rest of their friendship circle starts to expand their families, those struggling to conceive can feel left behind when it doesn’t happen right away. It’s a complex situation that comes with a lot of grief, sadness and fear – which makes it even more important for your loved one to have good people around them.  If you have...

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7 things you can say (and do) to support someone going through miscarriage and pregnancy loss

Want to show up for a friend who’s recently had a miscarriage but you’re not quite sure what to do? Feeling like you might say the wrong thing is totally normal but you should never let your loved one suffer in silence because of your own fears.  When in doubt, acknowledge their baby and acknowledge their pain. Let them know you are always there for them and ready to listen if they want to talk,...

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5 telltale signs and symptoms you’re ovulating

Deciding it’s finally time to start trying for a baby can be equal parts exciting and terrifying. While there’s so much information out there, figuring out the signs and symptoms of ovulation can make the conception process far less stressful.  Women are born with millions of immature eggs in their ovaries, which are released over the course of their life. Ovulation is when a mature egg is released from the ovary and moves down into...

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Male nutrition for healthy sperm

We place so much focus on what women should and shouldn’t eat to improve their fertility, egg health and chances of conceiving. But what about men? Male infertility or fertility complications are actually solely responsible for up to 30% of infertility issues in Australia So, it’s important for men to consider how they can protect the health of their sperm in order to grow a family in the future. And nutrition is a critical way...

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What is a rainbow baby?

A rainbow baby is a term referred to a healthy baby who is born after pregnancy loss, such as miscarriage, stillbirth, neonatal death, ectopic pregnancy. The term rainbow baby might be confusing to you if you have not experienced pregnancy loss, but for many who have it is a symbol of hope. The idea of the rainbow is meant to symbolise hope, light and joy after experiencing such a heartbreaking loss. Much how a rainbow...

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5 things men can do to optimise their fertility

It is estimated that 1 in 6 couples will have trouble trying to conceive. It is often assumed that the cause of infertility is the woman, but about a third of the time, it is the man who is infertile. Often, it’s both partners who have suboptimal fertility which exacerbates the challenges of conceiving.

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