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Implantation Bleeding or Period?

Implantation Bleeding

Implantation bleeding, or is it a period? This article will answer your questions about implantation bleeding symptoms, normal colors, what heavy implantation bleeding means, and more.

Implantation bleeding can be mistaken for a normal period, especially for women trying to conceive. Even if you aren’t actively wanting to get pregnant, but you’ve missed your period and are now experiencing light spotting, you may be worried and asking yourself – “Is this Implantation Bleeding or a Period?” It can definitely be confusing, and worrisome, as implantation bleeding is one of the very first signs of pregnancy.

Women with irregular periods can also easily confuse implantation bleeding for a period, because sometimes, when you have irregular menstrual cycles, you don’t always have a regular flow. Some months can be lighter than others, and this can definitely make you worried about whether or not you’re pregnant.

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Why Take Prenatal Vitamins When Trying to Get Pregnant?

Vitamins when Trying to Get PregnantWhen you’re trying to conceive, you should start taking prenatal vitamins every day. Although we normally associate prenatal multivitamins with pregnant women, studies have shown that women trying to get pregnant can also benefit from taking these vitamins.

Although you can meet your nutritional needs through a balanced and healthy diet, busy family lives and demanding careers can make healthy eating nearly impossible. Most women don’t get all the nutrients and vitamins that their body needs by food alone. They need a prenatal vitamin to improve their odds of getting pregnant.

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Natural Birth Control – How Effective is It?

fertility awareness methodSince the days of middle school sex education, natural birth control has been considered risky, to say the least. Most sex educators will give you cautionary tales of young girls getting catapulted into young motherhood for relying on the incredibly unreliable withdrawal method. But natural family planning has come a very long way.

Natural Family Planning

Although the withdrawal method is still widely considered foolish, natural family planning is starting to become widely adopted by many women who desire to leave the world of estrogen supported birth control behind. From mood swings, weight gain and even death as side effects of being on the pill and other hormonal contraceptives; and increased conception time once you come off of it — it’s no wonder women are looking for alternatives when it comes to birth control.

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The Fertility Diet: Top Foods for Getting Pregnant

diet for conceptionGetting pregnant should be simple, right? After all, you’ve probably been practicing the act of “baby making” (albeit a protected activity) for quite some time now. All it takes is an egg and a sperm to make a baby, or so the textbooks tell us. Yet when it comes down to the nitty gritty of conception, trying to conceive can be a complicated and frustrating experience. Not every woman is lucky enough to get pregnant after one night of unprotected sex. When you’re trying to conceive and you’re unsuccessful month after month, you are probably asking yourself, “Why?! Why can’t I get pregnant?”

Although I wish I could give you an easy answer to that question, every woman is different. You might have an underlying reproductive issue, or you might be having sex at the wrong time of the month. Or the answer may even simpler than that. You may be eating the wrong types of food.  [continue reading…]