By Natalie, Contributing Writer Got your guard up? Hopefully this post will help bring the different sides together a little closer on this subject. I don't claim to have it all figured out, but since Stephanie asked the contributors on KOTH to write up a post this month on a topic that we don't have all the answers for, and since I am publishing a book this month (catch the details below!) about women who had lots of babies over the course of three decades, [...]
By Natalie, Contributing Writer Pregnancy is such a mixed bag, don't you think? On the one hand you have the miracle of LIFE filling your body. On the other hand you also get the garden variety of emotions and physical stresses that come with the complete package. If you're lucky, that is. If you're not so lucky, you get worse. That can include anything from bed rest to miscarriage to infant loss. But wait a minute. [...]
Note from Stephanie: Many years ago, I connected with fellow blogger Donielle Baker through the realization that we shared a common struggle of infertility due to having a diagnosis of PCOS (polycystic ovarian syndrome). What bonded us further was that we were both using real foods, herbal remedies and supplements, and making natural lifestyle changes to address the hormone imbalances of PCOS-- and wonder of wonders, these lifestyle changes really worked! While I continued to focus on healthy living and homemaking in general, Donielle saw [...]
By Natalie, Klejwa, Contributing Writer Because we live in a sin-wrecked world, not everyone will be able to have as many children as they would like. For various reasons that range from unwilling spouses to physical limitations, our families will all be of varying sizes. One thing we can all say with resounding conviction is that children ARE a blessing. And I know that every one of us is grateful for every blessing that we have been enabled, by God's grace, to birth and raise. [...]
Written by Kate Tietje, Contributing Writer These days, it’s hard to pinpoint what health really is. Our country’s health is going down the tubes – there are constantly reports on how more and more people are suffering from obesity, diabetes, heart disease, chronic infections, stomach disorders, reproductive disorders/infertility, cancer, neurological disorders, learning disabilities…. And yet, if you talk to most people, they’ll claim “Yes! My family is pretty healthy!” Something doesn’t match up. How can individual people believe that they are “generally healthy,” yet we [...]
At long (long) last, time to analyze this survey on Breastfeeding vs. Return of Menstural Cycle that just blew me out of the water with all of the responses it received! So... what is the relationship between breastfeeding and the post-partum return of fertility? I thought that the answer would become more clear, but although I feel like there are some definite trends and general aspects of the relationship between the two, overall my answer would have to be "Well, it really depends...". How's that [...]
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Guest Post Written by Kimberly Racic Hi, I'm Kimberly and I'm behind a project called Fertility Flower. Stephanie asked me to prepare a primer on fertility charting using the Sympto-Thermal method and I was happy to oblige. First off, let me say that charting is really, really easy. Once you get the fundamentals down, it becomes second nature. Charting is also incredibly valuable. It can be used to maximize the chances of a pregnancy or it can be used to avoid a pregnancy naturally without [...]