One of the best ways to take in essential prenatal nutrients is by eating dark green veggies like spinach, kale and Swiss chard.🥬🥗
Some of the key nutrients you get from these leafy greens are calcium, iron (especially important when you’re menstruating) and folate, which also protects against birth defects in the brain and spine that can develop in the first few weeks of pregnancy.
Most women don’t get enough folate from their diet though, so it is recommended to take a daily vitamin with folic acid (the synthetic version of folate). Your doctor can give you specifics on the amount you should strive for based on your own health needs.
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Did you know?
➡️ Women with PCOS are often deficient in magnesium.
➡️ If you have ever taken the contraceptive pill, it is also very likely that you are deficient in magnesium as the pill is known to deplete many nutrients.
➡️ Magnesium may also help pregnant women with muscle cramping, sleeping, and stress levels.
Here are some signs that you might be deficient in magnesium:
-Muscle cramping, pain
-Frequent headaches or migraine
-Anxiety, depression or irritability
-Elevated blood pressure
-Insulin resistance or metabolic syndrome
-Low energy level and/or chronically fatigued
-Memory issues, difficulty focusing, brain fog
-Painful menstrual periods or severe PMS symptoms
-Brittle bones and development of stones
-Numbness or tingling in hands and feet
-Intense cravings for sweets, especially chocolate
Have you ever suffered from any of the symptoms listed above? It may be worth talking to your doctor about adding magnesium to your routine either through food or supplementation.
#FINA #HelpingFamiliesBuildFamilies #PCOS #MagnesiumDeficiency
“Okay so we’ve decided to pursue our options with fertility services. How do we get started? What should we expect?”
Great question! So you’ve done your research and realized that this might be a journey you’d like to take.
Your first step will be to schedule a consultation. Of course, we hope that means you choose to start your journey with us here at FINA! If so, you can request an appointment by calling us at 256-217-9613 or by submitting a request directly from our website.
Upon scheduling your first consultation, we will have you go to our patient portal and fill out some basic information about yourself and your history prior to coming to FINA. Completing this information helps us to be thorough and prepared to meet you in advance of your consultation.
We hope that you are starting to realize that this journey is one that you don’t have to take alone. We are here to walk through every step with you! ❤️
We absolutely love hearing from you! Your referrals help others who are struggling, give hope to those on their journey, and help us to know how we are doing because we are always looking to serve you better.
Check out what one of our patients says:
“Absolutely the best group of people! I can’t thank them enough for helping us during our journey! I’ve never met a group of people who cared so much for their patients and always went above and beyond on everything they did!
You always feel welcome from the front desk to Dr. D. I was never made to feel like my questions or concerns didn’t matter. Dr. D & Kendra both explained everything in detail and made sure we understood what was going on during our year there. I miss them so much but I’m also so grateful to be where we are now! We are absolutely blessed!
If you or someone you know is struggling with infertility, please reach out to FINA & join such a wonderful family! You will not regret it! ❤️❤️ ”
To our sweet patient who posted this on her wall last week, thank you! We appreciate you so much and although we miss you, we are so thrilled for your next adventure!😍
It’s been quite awhile since we introduced you to our expert, so we thought we’d tell you a little about Dr. Davenport, or as we call him, Dr. D!👏
Dr. D moved to Huntsville in 2014 with his wife Kelly and four children. A native of Memphis, Tennessee, he received his undergraduate degree from Samford University in Birmingham, Alabama, and attended medical school at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center in Memphis. He then successfully completed a residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Tennessee, followed by a fellowship in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility at the University of Vermont in Burlington, Vermont.
Dr. Davenport is a skilled surgeon, excelling in robotic surgery, laparoscopic surgery, and hysteroscopic surgery. He is the only reproductive endocrinologist in North Alabama who performs robotic tubal reanastomosis, and also the only REI in the region to perform testicular sperm aspiration/extraction for vasectomized/obstructed males prior to in vitro fertilization (IVF).
He has been actively involved in clinical research and has also authored several publications. Dr. Davenport has a love for teaching and lecturing.📚
But the most special thing about him?
He is passionate about providing excellent patient care and is committed to providing the most state-of-the-art solutions in all aspects of infertility and reproductive endocrinology.
Dr. D understands that infertility and hormonal imbalances are some of the most emotionally, spiritually, and mentally consuming issues that an individual or couple may face, and most patients appreciate his compassionate yet candid approach to problem solving.❤️
You’re one of a kind, Dr. D!
#meetDrD #FINA #HelpingFamiliesBuildFamilies
“Sometimes miracles take a little time.” 💝
Sending out a huge thanks to our sweet patient for this framed photo! We are so blessed to have been part of your journey.
FINA’s mission is to meet each patient with transparency and compassion at the unique place where they are in their fertility journey and to offer the most up-to-date and effective treatment options available.
Call 256-217-9613 to schedule your consultation today!
📸: Chelsie Lee Photography
▪️What is it?
▪️Is it affordable?
▪️Who is it for?
INVOcell is a treatment option that allows egg fertilization and early embryo development to take place in the woman’s body, in vivo, while offering success rates that are comparable to IVF if patients meet certain diagnostic criteria.
FINA is the first and only clinic in North Alabama with this option, and the entire process is completed locally in our office, right here in Huntsville.
The costs of INVOcell are also lower than IVF. It requires a similar egg stimulation and retrieval process to IVF, but instead of incubating the early egg and embryo in our lab we place an FDA-approved intravaginal culture device into the woman. This allows her to be a natural incubator while the embryos grow. The embryos will then be removed, and an embryo transfer subsequently performed.
INVOcell is designed for young and healthy patients with infertility.
If you’re interested in more information about this option, check out our website or call to schedule your consultation. We would love to discuss with you further in order to help you determine if this might be the right option for you and your partner.💕
#FINA #HelpingFamiliesBuildFamilies #INVOcell
Some health issues increase the risk of fertility problems.
Women with the following issues should speak to their doctors as soon as possible:
* Irregular periods or no menstrual periods
* Very painful periods
* Pelvic inflammatory disease
* More than one miscarriage
No matter how old you are, it’s always a good idea to talk to a doctor before you start trying to get pregnant. Doctors can help you prepare your body for a healthy baby. They can also answer questions on fertility and give tips on conceiving.💕
***W E ▪ H A V E ▪ T O ▪ H E L P ▪ E A C H▪ O T H E R!***
Welcome back to Day 5! Today we are going to give you some practical tips that can help you stay mentally strong.
1️⃣ Know that it is normal to have sad and disappointed feelings. This is not something to feel guilty about, but rather a normal response to a real problem. Allow yourself to express your emotions.
2️⃣ Getting mentally connected and understood is a huge step toward healthy coping. Find a friend to confide in. If you have not yet told anybody but your partner about your struggle, you need to! Even if that person has not undergone infertility, they are now on the journey with you.
3️⃣ Find a support group. Whether online or locally, this will allow you to hear of what other couples are going through or went through and will validate your emotions. It will make you feel less isolated and will empower you with knowledge.
4️⃣ Journaling. This has been shown to provide clarity of thought as to what you are feeling. It will allow you to understand yourself even more.
5️⃣ Exercise. If you do not already have one, pick up a regular exercise routine. You will find that your hyper-focus on fertility can be re-directed toward a workout, and your stress greatly reduced as a byproduct.
Technology has come a long way to help couples reach their pregnancy goals so that there is much hope for those struggling. The above are just a few tips that may help couples feel less lonely and endure the emotional roller coaster of infertility. Our infertility clinic is also designed to personally assist you through this tough time. Don’t hesitate to call us at 256-217-9613 if we can help! You can also visit our website at www.fertilityalabama.com .
Thank you for joining us this week! We hope you learned a lot and that you were able to share with a friend who may be going through these struggles.