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Thinking About Baby #2? Not Before You Read This

Posted by Lara Salahi July 1, 2013 01:10 PM

Confession: Even sounding out the words “baby” and “number” and “two” in one breath right now scares me a little. No. A lot.

But a recent study published in the journal Obstetrics and Gynecology found that as many as one-third of babies that follow are conceived within 18 months of a previous birth. The chances are higher if a woman is between the ages of 15 to 19 or older than 30, or if she was married when the previous child was conceived. And in many cases, the subsequent pregnancy is intended.

From a health perspective, a pregnancy interval of 18 months or less is considered short, and in some cases, can be risky. Short intervals between pregnancies increase the chances of preeclampsia, premature births, and a lower birth weight for the baby.

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Overcoming Fertility Guilt

Posted by Lara Salahi June 3, 2013 08:40 AM

At a wedding we attended last week, my husband and I sat next to a young couple who recently had their first child. In true new first-time-parent fashion, our discussion quickly turned to our newborns, and then to the mothers who birthed them.

How long were you trying? Were you trying? Was it natural? How long did it take you to lose your pregnancy weight?

Her pregnancy story was dramatically different than mine.

“So you’re pretty much the girl that women hate,” she concluded.

Mind you, just 20 minutes before her statement she was a complete stranger. She still is. But her remark sounded all too familiar to me.

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Live Chat Thursday: Infertility (Part II)

Posted by Lara Salahi April 29, 2013 07:15 PM

Did you miss last week's chat on infertility?

Here's another chance to get your questions answered by Boston IVF's Dr. Alison Zimon.

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Live Chat Thursday: Infertility

Posted by Lara Salahi April 23, 2013 02:29 PM

Join me and Dr. Alison Zimon, a reproductive endocrinologist at Boston IVF, this Thursday at 12p.m. EST as we discuss your questions related to infertility.

Dr. Zimon received her undergraduate degree from Harvard University and her medical degree at Yale. She came to Boston to train with Boston IVF through a residency in obstetrics & gynecology and a fellowship in reproductive endocrinology & infertility at Boston IVF/Harvard Medical School/Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center.

She works with patients who are seeking assistance with reproductive and childbearing options. This includes evaluations and treatment for preconception, subfertility, infertility, recurrent pregnancy loss, ovulation induction, insemination, IVF, genetic disorders, embryonic genetic screening, as well as use of donated sperm, eggs, embryos and childbearing through a gestational carrier.

She has an appointment at Harvard Medical School and is a member of both local and national reproductive endocrinology & infertility societies. Her major interest outside of reproductive medicine is art -- particularly painting and photography. She also loves sports and plants. Dr. Zimon sees most patients at the South Shore (Quincy) office, as well as Fall River and Yarmouth, MA for consultations.

The Perfect Pregnancy Age

Posted by Lara Salahi April 9, 2013 03:07 PM

Upon hearing that 46-year-old actress Halle Berry is about 12 weeks pregnant, I immediately thought about whether it was a good idea for her to announce her pregnancy so early on. If she was about, oh, say, 20 years younger, I wouldn't have thought this about her pregnancy. But the truth is, no matter how fit she looks, her risk of pregnancy problems – including miscarriage -- is extremely high. That fact is based solely on one number: 46.

Women who conceive between ages 35 to 45 have a 20 to 35 percent chance of miscarriage -- nearly double the risk compared to younger women, according to the American Pregnancy Association. That risk only increases with age.

If she did in fact conceive naturally, she surprisingly surpassed a less than 5 percent shot. Still, regardless of whether she made sure to take her prenatal vitamins while trying, Ms. Berry’s egg quality is the probably lowest it’s ever been before.

Medically speaking, Ms. Berry has passed her pregnancy prime.

But culturally speaking, her decision is no anomaly.

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About the author

Lara Salahi is an award-winning multimedia journalist whose specialty is reporting health and medical stories. She has worked in local, network, and cable television, international print, and documentary film. She More »

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