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Wanting to improve your chances of conceiving? Wanting to ensure that your baby has the best start possible? Read here for information, including diet and nutrition as well as vitamins, minerals and

Age and conception star
We often think that young women can easily get pregnant, which makes women in their late 30s jealous. But sometimes young women have problems, too. What problems can a young woman face in conceiving?

Artificial sweeteners and conception star
Artificial sweeteners were originally developed for diabetics because they can't handle sugar. Normal people can handle sugar, but cutting down on sugar is a good idea for your overall health and conception.

Ayurveda and conception star
Ayurveda is an ancient philosophy of health developed in India. It considers the mind and body to be one, and sickness happens when the mind and body are not balanced. Let's talk about how this affects conception.

Butter for conception star
If you are trying to conceive, add butter to your diet and cut out margarine. Butter is a wonderful real food with real benefits. Here's why.

Cell phones and conception star
Cellular phones are ubiquitous, but despite their convenience, they may not be good for our health. Especially fertility.

Changing cycles and conception star
Is your cycle changing? How will that affect your ability to conceive? It may be temporary or it may signal some big changes.

Cholesterol and conception star
The cholesterol guidelines have been revised. Do you need treatment for high cholesterol? Is that a good idea when you're trying to conceive?

Coconut oil and conception star
Coconut oil is a great source of medium chain triglycerides, which are good for your thyroid, metabolism and weight loss. And it's good for conception, too.

Coenzyme Q 10 and conception star
Coenzyme Q 10, more commonly known as CoQ 10, is an antioxidant. It may help with sperm motility and female egg development, especially if you're past age 35. Perhaps even if you're still in your 20s, too.

Conceiving a child with perfect teeth star
Do you think that the health of your teeth are a completely hereditary condition? Guess again--even if your family doesn't have perfect teeth, there is something you can do before conception as well as after to make sure that your babies have perfect teeth.

Conceiving a smart child star
Can you impact how smart your child is by what you do before and after you conceive? Yes and no.

Conception after cervical cancer star
For women who do not yet have children, a diagnosis of cervical cancer can be devastating. For women who were hoping to have more children, it is also very tough news to hear. Depending on the stage, though, it doesn’t have to be the end of your dreams.

Conception in the Middle Ages star
Centuries ago and an entirely different way of life, conception in the Middle Ages was largely a mystery. If a woman couldn't get pregnant, she was to blame. And like some cultures today, a son was highly prized.

DHA and EPA fish oil and conception star
Fish oil is pretty important for everyone, but especially for pregnant women and women who want to conceive. And as you may already know, there are two components to fish oil--EPA and DHA.

Did I ovulate? star
Depending on the source, it is estimated that perhaps all women do not ovulate at least one cycle per year. How do you know you ovulated?

Epsom salts and conception star
Epsom salts are magnesium sulfate salts. Added to a foot soak or bath, your skin will actually absorb magnesium. If you're deficient, this can be a way to get magnesium, and your skin won't absorb more than you need. Anyone for a bath?

Fasting and conception star
Fasting is a great way to lose weight, detoxify or cleanse your body, and its even something required for some religious observances. Intermittent fasting, which is a daily fast, can improve your health in many ways, but not if you're trying to conceive.

Foot massage and conception star
Pop your puppies up and massage them to help you conceive! Sound crazy? Let's talk about all the pressure points on your feet.

Going barefoot and conception star
Do you wear shoes all the time? If so, you may be missing out! The ground we walk on is full of energy that you may want to tap into to improve your chances for conceiving.

Haircolor and conception star
Choosing safe haircolor when trying to conceive and during pregnancy is something many women worry about. There are options, some safer than others.

Henna and conception star
Choosing hair color when you want to conceive is stressful. We have all heard various things about the safety of hair color. One choice is definitely safe, but is it easy?

Henna gloss and conception star
Henna is a natural way to color your hair. It can be a bit difficult since it's a thick muddy mix, but there is an easy way to use it, too. Since it's a lot safer than regular hair colors, it's a great idea if you're trying to conceive.

Herbs star

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High cholesterol and conception star
Cholesterol is something routinely checked annually by your doctor. If your blood test comes back with a high cholesterol, what does that mean? What if you're trying to get pregnant?

Knocked up star
Knocked up is a movie about the lifelong result of a one-night stand. If it had had a little less potty humor and a more clever script, it could have been a sweet movie. I thought it fell short, but surprisingly, it made me have some deeper questions.

Lack of cervical mucus and conception star
Hostile cervical mucus is discussed a lot, but what about the other problem--a lack of cervical mucus. That may cause problems for conception, too, but there are ways around it.

Lifestyle changes and conception star
I get a fair number of emails with questions along this line: how fast will I get pregnant after changing "insert something here"? That's a complicated question, but I'll try to answer with some examples.

Medication no-nos and conception star
There are some medications that are definite "no-nos" when you're trying to conceive because they are so dangerous to a developing baby.

NSAIDS and conception star
Some of us use drugs like ibuprofen regularly for muscle pain, but perhaps you should avoid it if you want to conceive. It may delay or prevent ovulation and also inhibit implantation.

Nutrition & Diet star

October Baby and conception star
When does life begin? Conception? Birth? The movie "October Baby" presents a different take on the abortion discussion--what about the babies who survive abortion?

Ovulation predictor kits and conception star
Ovulation predictor kits range from the very simple to the very high-tech. Let's take a look at them.

Phthalates and conception star
Phthalates are chemicals commonly found in cosmetics, perfumes, and other personal care products. They are potent hormone disrupters, and that's the problem.

Pre-conception genetic testing star
Pre-conception genetic testing is offered to couples who are concerned about inherited disorders.

Pre-pregnancy checkup star
What is involved in a pre-pregnancy checkup with your doctor? A few tests to make sure that you're good to go.

Relaxation star
To aid in conception, learn how to keep your stress level low and relax fully in mind, body and spirit.

Safe hair color for conception star
I have known women who gave up all their beauty routines for the sake of their babies-to-be. I was not one of them, but I was really careful and found some safe (or at least safer) products, especially for hair coloring.

Sleep and conception star
Most of us are sleep-deprived, for many reasons--work, juggling too many activities, or just a lack of appreciation for sleep. If you're trying to conceive, you ought to re-think sleep.

Sunscreens and conception star
Year-round sunscreen has become a habit for many people. Like anything you put on or in your body, though it can affect you. Which sunscreens are safest for you when you want to conceive?

Teeth and conception star
Your teeth are linked to the meridians that correspond with Chinese medicine, and each tooth has a specific influence on certain organ systems, including ovaries. If you are having trouble conceiving, could your teeth be the reason?

Thyroid and conception star
The thyroid is so important for your entire body function, but especially for conception. Even if you are told you have normal thyroid function, you should take care of your thyroid.

Thyroid function and conception star
The thyroid is key to many body functions, including the menstrual cycle. If your thyroid is not working right, conceiving and carrying a pregnancy can be difficult.

Top 3 tips for conception star
If I had to name the top 3 things to improve your odds for conception, I would pick these three.

Travel and conception star
Travel is often a concern for women who are trying to get pregnant or newly pregnant. Don't let that stress you out.

Trying to conceive another baby star
It is not unusual for couples trying to conceive baby #2 or #3 or even #4 to encounter obstacles. Miscarriage after a successful pregnancy is common, although many couples do not discuss it openly.

Tubal blockage and conception star
Can you get pregnant with a blocked tube or two? Yes, you can, but your odds are lower. What should you do?

Vaccinations and conception star
Which vaccines, if any, are safe to get when you're trying to conceive?

Vaccine update for conception star
Vaccines are considered by most doctors to be very important, effective and safe. If you're trying to conceive, you may want to take a pass on most vaccines.

VItamins & Minerals star

Weight and conception star
Few of us are the perfect weight when we are ready to try to have children. Being too thin is a problem and so is being too heavy, but which is worse? How close to perfect do you need to be?

White foods and conception star
Why is "white food" so bad? It tastes good and it's fortified, right? Anything that has to be fortified should make you question it. If it naturally had vitamins, nobody would have to add them back.

Your job and fertility star
Can your job negatively affect your fertility? If it's very stressful, definitely. If you sit in front of a computer screen for hours, perhaps. If you eat badly at work, perhaps.

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