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|Get Educated @ Pink Apple
If you are looking for infomation on safer sex practices, product, or condoms, check out our Sexual Health section.
|Pregnancy Test and Ovulation Test Results
During this time of anticipation the last thing you need is more confusion. We have clarified the results of each pregnancy test that we stock to make your life easier. Never worry again if you lose the box or instructions to a pregnancy or ovulation test. Check out our Pregnancy Test Results page to get all the information you need to make sure you are reading your pregnancy tests correctly.
|Baby Blues or Postpartum Depression?
Baby blues are common within the first 3 to 5 days after delivery, and can last as long as two weeks. A new mom with the blues may cry more easily than usual and may have trouble sleeping or feel irritable, sad, and "on edge" emotionally. These symptoms can be similar to premenstrual syndrome (PMS).
Postpartum is condition that occurs in only 10 to 20% of new mothers. Some health professionals call it postpartum non-psychotic depression. Postpartum may be of concern to you if:
*your symptoms include depressed mood, tearfulness, inability to enjoy pleasurable activities, trouble sleeping, fatigue, appetite problems, suicidal thoughts, feelings of inadequacy as a parent, and impaired concentration
*these symptoms persist over 2 weeks
*you obsessively worry about the baby's health and well-being
*these feelings interfere with a your ability to care for your baby
If you're experiencing these any symptoms (or symptoms not included here); Don't worry! Postpartum is easily treatable by your doctor, and rarely becomes a long lasting problem.
Share your concerns with your doctor as well as your friends and family to get the help, support and guidance you need.
Being a new mother is a challenge you don't have to face alone.
|Dietary Supplements for Increasing Fertility
You are what you eat, and clinical studies have shown that deficiencies in certain vitamins, minerals and essential fatty acids can adversely affect fertility. The basic nutritional supplement program for fertility includes: A high quality multivitamin and mineral supplement. Antioxidant nutrients including beta-carotene, selenium and vitamins E and C. Essential fatty acids (EFAs) such as flaxseed oil to provide sufficient amounts of alpha linolenic, an omega-3 fatty acid, and linoleic acid, an omega-6 fatty acid.
|Flax Seed Oil
Due to its high level of minerals and vitamins, flax seed oil is beneficial to women's health throughout the lifecycle. Flax Seed Oil contains omega-6 and omega-9 essential fatty acids, B vitamins, potassium, lecithin, magnesium, fiber, protein, and zinc. Studies have shown that it promotes normal ovulation that aids in conception; promotes hormonal balance in peri-menopausal and menopausal women; and helps reduce symptoms of depression by stimulating omega-3 fatty acids. Finally,research shows low incidence of breast and colon cancers in populations that have high amounts of lignan in their diet. Flax is 100 times richer in lignan (an antioxidant and phytoestrogen) than most whole grains.
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Even if you think you have a balanced diet, many doctors suggest you take a prenatal vitamin as you attempt to conceive, during your pregnancy and even post partum. Prenatal vitamins provide additional supplements, like folic acid, that cannot always be well absorbed through eating foods. Often an increase in these vitamins and minerals can be beneficial in replacing vitamin loss during morning sickness as well as boosting your mood and energy levels throughout the day. Pregnant women may experience nausea but taking your supplement with a full meal often combats these symptoms. If you fall into one of the following high-risk groups it is crucial you be taking a prenatal vitamin daily: vegetarians, vegans, lactose-intolerants, smokers, multiple pregnancies (twins, etc), chronic disease sufferers, or those with blood disorders.
|Take Ovulation Tests in Afternoon
Unlike pregnancy tests, ovulation predictor kits should not be used with first morning urine. LH - or luteinizing hormone is - is synthesized by the body in the morning, but it does not show up in your system (urine) until afternoon. Most manufacturers recommend taking ovulation tests between 10AM and 8PM - though afternoon is considered the ideal testing time. Also, it is recommended that you test at the same time every day.