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VA Welcomes Sextuplets after 17 Years of Trying to Conceive


After trying to have “a baby” for 17 years, a Virginia couple welcomed six at once this week.

Adeboye and Ajibola Taiwo of Richmond, Virginia tried for 17 years to have children. In January, they learned they were expecting six.

“I was excited,” dad Adeboye told repo. “For the very first time we were expecting.”

The babies, three boys and three girls, range in weight from 1 pound, 10 ounces, to 2 pounds, 15 ounces, according to VCU Medical Center in Richmond, Virginia.

In 2015, there were close to 4 million live births in the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Only 24 of those births were quintuplets or other higher-order births

“We’re going through this extraordinary journey together with the family,” Ronald Ramus, M.D., director of the Division of Maternal-Fetal Medicine at VCU Medical Center, said in the hospital’s press release. “It’s not every day that parents bring home sextuplets. Mrs. Taiwo was eating, sleeping and breathing for seven. A lot of the support and encouragement we gave her to make it as far as she did was important, and one of the biggest contributions we made as a team.”

h/t Yahoo!  news 

Study: Weight Loss Surgery Patients Need Wait 3 Years Before Trying to Conceive


A new study advises women who have undergone bariatric surgery for weight loss to wait at least three years afterward before attempting to become pregnant.

Those were the results of a 33-year retrospective study published this week in JAMA Surgery.

The reasons: complications.

Compared with infants from the general population, infants from mothers with a bariatric-surgery history were at higher risk for perinatal complications – namely prematurity, intensive care unit admission, and low birth weight, data indicated.

It is during the first three years, post-op, when these risks diminish over time.

“This is new information that can help inform counseling for bariatric patients,” said corresponding author Dr. Brodie Parent, a general surgery resident at the University of Washington School of Medicine.

VIRAL: After 17 Years Trying to Conceive, Wife Delivers Shocking News to Husband (VIDEO)

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After 17 years of trying to have a baby including one stillborn at six months and four miscarriages, Dana Griffin-Graves and her husband Arkell had given up hope of ever having a baby on their own.

“It just didn’t work out, so we kind of gave up,” Dana told Buzzfeed about her and her husband’s repeated unsuccessful attempts.

But after going to the doctor to inquire about suspicious weight gain, Dana learned she was 5 months pregnant with a son but never knew.

In this video, which has since gone viral with over 6 million views on YouTube, watch Arkell’s tearful response when he learns the news.

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She placed a photo of the ultrasound next to a pack of buns in the oven and set it up for her husband to open the oven. Creative.

Grab your tissues. This is a tear jerker.


>photos: Facebook

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Trying to Conceive: Questions to Ask Your Doctor

Congratulations! You’ve decided to have a baby and that’s a very exciting time of your life. But remember, making a baby can take time. So be patient, especially when your friends seem to constantly be sharing their good news and the in-laws are asking, ‘Are you pregnant yet?’ every time they see you. Often, after years of painstaking birth control, it can be a tough realization that getting pregnant when you finally want to isn’t as easy as you thought it would be. Here are a few questions to ask your doctor when you are ready to conceive:           
1.      How long should it take for me to get pregnant? This depends on a great number of factors. But realize that making a baby takes time, often up to 12 months. If you’ve been trying for longer than a year, see your doctor to begin an infertility evaluation. If you’re older than 35, it can take longer because of aging impact on your eggs, so start your evaluation after 6 months if you have not conceived . Don’t panic, try to be patient and have fun in the process. After all, stress will only exacerbate the challenge.
2.      How much will my age really affect my chances? The chances of a woman naturally having a baby after age 35 decline by about 50 percent, and they decline by about 90 percent after age 40. So if having a baby is in your future plans, get started sooner rather than later. If you’re under 35, see an infertility expert after one year of trying without success. If you’re 35 or more, see an infertility expert if you don’t conceive naturally within six months. If you’re over 38, be seen after 3 months of unsuccessful trying. Though conceiving after 40 may be difficult, it’s not impossible, so ask your doctor what else you can do.
3.      Should I take prenatal vitamins? What kind? Yes. Eating healthy will raise your chances of conceiving and having a healthy pregnancy (that means cutting out the junk food and loading up on greens), and prenatal vitamins help fill in any holes in the mother’s diet. Ask your doctor to recommend a good prenatal vitamin with calcium and lots of B6 when you first start thinking about having a baby. Rainbow Light Complete Prenatal System is one of the few prenatals that has enough vitamin B6, which has been shown to increase fertility. Also, take an Omega-3 fish oil. Look for those with a higher mg of DHA and EPA.
4.      Does timing matter? You’re best bet is try to conceive just before and during ovulation, which happens anywhere from 13 to 20 days before your period. I recommend using an ovulation predictor kit to time intercourse. Then, have sex a few days leading up to and on the day of ovulation. Remember that sperm can live up to 6 days in your body, but your egg can only survive 12 to 24 hours. This timing gives you the best odds of the sperm and egg meeting. To be sure you’re getting the timing right, pick up a ClearBlue fertility monitor to help you map your fertility calendar. Use a digital thermometer, which is much faster and easier to use than a standard one, for basal temperature measurements. And to keep you on track, use a journal to keep track as a personal conception and pregnancy organizer. 

5. Can I use a lubricant? If having timed relations is affecting your ability to be intimate, a lubricant is a great option. But many lubricants may actually negatively affect sperm motility. Try Pre-Seed. It’s the only FDA-cleared, clinically shown ‘Fertility-Friendly’ Lubricant developed by doctors and used by fertility clinics. Use the applicator to apply it near the cervix. Its pH balanced to match fertile cervical mucus as well as the pH of sperm, so it won’t harm your chances of conceiving.
6. When should I take a pregnancy test? And which one should I use? Home pregnancy tests work by detecting levels of the hormone human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG), that is produced during pregnancy. These tests can only detect hCG after implantation occurs, which is generally 10 days post-ovulation (dpo). But don’t freak out if a test comes up negative at 10 dpo, since it’s not an exact science and you may still get pregnant up to 15 dpo. 15 dpo is when a woman who is not pregnant will typically get her period, so it’s the ‘first day of a missed period.’


First Response Early Result is the only pregnancy test that can detect pregnancy up to 6 days before your missed period (9 dpo). That’s one day sooner than any other home pregnancy test in the market.
Gloria Richard-Davis, MD, from the University of Arkansas Medical Sciences (UAMS) Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, is an educator and Educator author of Planning signature

Trying to Conceive in 2012? Some chemicals to avoid

This year, many couples who have been struggling to conceive a child are hoping it will be the year they finally are fortunate enough to get pregnant and stay pregnant long enough to give birth to a healthy baby. In addition to in vitro fertilization options, there are many alternative means available such as accupuncture, Asian medicine and yoga.
People who you know TTC (trying to conceive) sometimes don’t take too kindly to well-meaning and good-intentioned friends and acquaintances telling them what they are doing wrong. It’s not a good idea for a couple reasons: 1. It’s placing the blame on them for their own infertility and struggles which can be unfair especially if they have gone out of their way to do everything they think is necessary to conceive; and 2. They’ve probably already heard and read it all before anyway and may not need to hear a very fertile woman with 4 children give them advice.
Nonetheless, every once in a while there is an article that talks about things TTC couple should try to avoid that can be helpful.  For example, HealthyChild put together a list of chemicals TTC should consider. The take away seems to be use only cleaning products with all natural ingredients.
It’s part of an article about Law and Order‘s Elisabeth Rohm and her struggles to conceive.  It took her 8 months before she and her husband had success, which is a time shorter than most.
Here are a few chemicals HealthyChild lists that have been linked to decreased fertility and how you can avoid them:


•Found in Glass cleaners, all-purpose spray.

•Avoid it by making your own non-toxic cleaners or buying safer products from companies that disclose ingredients and don’t use it.

Alkyl phenol ethoxylates (APEs)

•Found in laundry detergents, stain removers, and all-purpose cleaners.

•Avoid it by making your own non-toxic cleaners or buying safer products from companies that disclose ingredients and don’t use it.

Ammonium quaternary compounds

•Found in some disinfectant sprays, toilet cleaners, and alcohol-free hand sanitizers.

•Avoid them by reducing your use of disinfectant products and using safer alternatives when necessary.


•Found in fragrances in cleaning products, personal care products, cosmetics & nail polish (though they’re not always listed on the label).

•Avoid products with synthetic fragrance or look for products labeled “fragrance-free.” Look for nail polishes labeled “three-free” or “phthalate-free.” Here are more tips for avoiding phthalates.

Polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDEs)

•Found in flame retardants used in foam furniture, electronics, fabrics, carpets and plastics. The chemicals are being phased out nationwide, and certain PBDEs have been banned for use in California. But they are still found in products made before 2004.

•The main exposure route is through ingestion of dust, so wash your hands often, dust and vacuum with a HEPA filter regularly.

Bisphenol-A (BPA)

•Found in polycarbonate plastic (#7 PC), canned foods, thermal receipt paper, and more.

•The quickest way to reduce your BPA exposure is to stop eating canned foods (or look for those labelled “BPA-free”). Here are other ways you can avoid BPA.

The newest study on BPA published in Fertility and Sterility found that the chemical can adversely affect women under-going IVF. Although the results are preliminary, the study’s authors caution that women undergoing IVF may want to limit their exposure to BPA prior to and during the IVF cycle, given the prior published data suggesting a negative effect on egg quality as well.

Good Luck and God bless to all the TTC in 2012. Here’s wishing this is the year of a baby blessing for you all.

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Craziest Trying to Conceive Advice Ever!

Bellyitch partner The has some really outrageous and crazy listing  of the WORST piece of trying to conceive advice its readers have received. They submitted them to the site. Here are some standouts:

“Don’t think about it because if you do you will jinx it.” Really? I didn’t know brain activity affected fertility. — niceybee05

I had someone tell me to stand on my head for 15 minutes after sex and gravity will make conception occur. Um, yeah right — after I pass out from the headache. — hav2run 

“Try not to take a big poo after ovulating. You’ll push everything out.” Obviously… — rrcraz7

“If your husband will drink Mountain Dew before sex then the sperm will swim faster and you’ll get pregnant.” Given to me by a college educated woman who conceived the first month she tried and is now due with her 4th son!” — jehnm


HILARIOUS STUFF! Read some of the other outrageous entries over at


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10 Things DINKS (Dual Income No Kids) give up when TTC (Trying to Conceive)

Updating a piece I did on the 5 Things you need to do before having your first baby for you DINKs (Dual Income No Kids) out there. DINKs are people who are childless or child free and have two incomes and all the time and money they earn to spend on themselves.  For the DINKs that want to have children, you will need to know what’s in store.

Recently, I’ve come in contact with and read stories about people who have children and seemingly were unaware or unprepared for how much having children disrupts and alters their way of life.

So, I assembled a list of TEN things you will have to give up when you have kids. 

Some of these are well known but because you never know what others’ know, here is a list:
  1. Sleep
    From the day you bring home a tiny person who doesn’t know of, neither respects
    the rule that says night is for sleeping, then you know you’re screwed.
  2. White or
    light colored carpet or furniture
    – Unless you don’t mind it ending up a
    new shade of tie-dye by the time junior learns how to eat with his fingers or little
    Esmeralda grows a fondness for crayons, sell, trade in or give away that post-modern fancy lily white Ethan Allen gallery sofa set you got when you purchased your first condo. 
  3.  Low
    threshold of Patience
    – The 5th time your preschooler melts down
    in the middle of the grocery store crying for candy and all eyes turn on you, you’ll realize you are
    more patient than you ever thought 
  4. Dignity
    Because one of these days you may have to insert a tiny peen into an empty water bottle and collect pee
    from your potty -trained son when a bathroom isn’t available.
  5. A clean
    – Cheerios, toy cars, crumbs…it will be a smorgasbord of random pieces
    of crap in every crevice, nook and cranny of your minivan. Be forewarned and fire armed with a mini-vac. 
  6.  Weekends
    Sleeping in? What’s that? In between little League games, dance recitals and
    cries for breakfast, there’s no chance in heck you’ll be able to sleep til noon
    on a Saturday any longer.
  7.    Last
    minute Get-Away fares
    –Unless you have a live in nanny, then… say goodbye
    to those  $100 weekend deals to Arizona
    you spotted on
  8. Arrogance – No more looking down on that woman
    with no make-up on, wearing pajama bottoms and a head scarf at the late-night pharmacy counter when that woman is YOU getting cough medicine for a sick kid.
  9.  A day
    without bending over
    – To pick up toys, de-clutter a messy kids’ room, a
    tantrum-throwing kid or a crawling baby going out of bounds.
  10. A piece of your heart that will forever hold
    love, affection, adoration and the interest of your little one or ones forever. 

Now you know for sure And knowing is half the battle!
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Insider: Beyonce Struggled for a Long Time to Conceive Again


Editor’s Note: I know. I know. Enough Beyonce coverage. Soon. I cannot help myself as I am a big fan. Now this….

It feels like the world stopped spinning on its axis for a moment after we found out Beyoncé is not only pregnant, but that she and Jay Z are expecting twins!

She’s already released a slew of gorgeous photos in honor of the exciting news, and now E! News has learned the whole process has been quite a “miracle.”

An insider tells us exclusively, “[Bey and Jay] have been trying for sometime, and it has not been very easy conceiving this time around, so when they did it was a miracle. They always wanted more kids, and they are doing really well as a couple so the timing is on point.”

As for Queen B’s health, our source explains, “Beyoncé is feeling OK. She had some morning sickness early on and her energy level is slower then usual, [but she] is taking good care of her body and has good doctors that are making sure she is on track.”

The rest of the family, including 5-year-old Blue Ivy, is ecstatic.

“Blue is excited to be a big sister,” our insider reveals. “And Jay Z has expressed his excitement to some of his very close friends.”

For now, the insider adds, “Jay Z has new music, and Beyoncé will take some time for herself now and after she has the babies.”

Meanwhile, Bey announced the news on her Instagram Wednesday, releasing a joint statement with her family beside a Virgin Mary-esq photo.

“We would like to share our love and happiness. We have been blessed two times over. We are incredibly grateful that our family will be growing by two, and we thank you for your well wishes,” she wrote.

The announcement broke Selena Gomez‘s record by becoming the most-liked Instagram ever.

Then, on Thursday, the excitement only continued when she released even more photos as a part of the announcement in which she’s seen posing node, sitting atop an old car and and swimming in a pool.

originally printed and reprinted with permission from E!

After struggling to conceive, Jewel announces she is pregnant

Jewel and her country-music singer husband Ty Murray are expecting their first child together. The couple is overjoyed with the impending arrival of their little one. The singer and rodeo star said they have wanted to become parents for while and have actually been trying for a couple of years to conceive. This is exciting news and truly a blessing for the duo who have been married since 2008.

The co-host of Bravo’s upcoming new  reality show Going Platinum actually found out that she was going to have a baby on her first day of filming. Wow new job and just found out you were going to be a first time, parent that is quite a day. She revealed to that it was hard to keep her pregnancy a secret while working, especially during her first trimester. Currently she is in her second trimester but the couple has not revealed when they baby is due or if they know the sex of the baby yet. I tell you what it is going to one good looking kid that is for sure.

Congrats to the couple! This is shaping up to be  a baby boom year ! I <3 Jewel lots and lots!
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