A Conception Story: Six Journeys to Pregnancy

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The couples of TLC's A Conception Story

For many people having a child is not easy that requires lifestyle changes and even medical intervention before a woman is able to become pregnant. Although initially difficult, there are many roads to conception on the journey to parenthood and TLC is sharing some of these stories on the 2nd season of A Conception Story.

Momtrends recently had the chance to learn more about this interesting new webisode and chat with Dr. Mary Jane Minkin, a board-certified obstetrician/ gynecologist and Clinical Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Yale University School of Medicine about the show, conception and fertility issues. The show itself features a cast of six very different couples who chronicle their journey to parenthood. This includes addresses issues related to male partners as well as the women to offer viewers a different perspective and an intimate look at the highs and lows couples face when trying to conceive.

Over the course of eight months, the show will follow video journals where couples will tackle issues from the deciding factors in choosing to get pregnant to the emotional and physical turmoil as difficulties arise.

Since no story on the road to conception is the same, TLC also discovered 6 couples that have very different, but powerful stories. There are parents to a deaf baby, a couple with six children who want another, a couple that has been trying to conceive for over two years, newlyweds with financial setbacks who are trying to figure out the right time to have a child, a former Iraq War veteran with polycystic ovary syndrome who is undergoing treatments and a couple who is trying to have their second child.

These moving and personal webisodes will also include variety of resources for viewers looking for additional information as they embark on their own journeys to conception, including: a community featuring forums, resources and information to foster support for women and men trying to conceive; weekly blogs to promote mentorship and enable the couples to comment on one another's experiences; and advice through an online Q&A with Dr. Mary Jane Minkin that will highlight common experiences and answers to a wealth of pregnancy and fertility-related questions.

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Dr. Mary Jane Minkin, Janis Biermann and Barbara Collura

In a recent interview with Dr. Minkin Momtrends also learned more about conception as well as some common fertility issues and tips for couples to have a plan for a healthy road to parenthood.

1. Healthy as Possible. To conceive, women should be as healthy as possible by eating healthy and not being too thin or too heavy. They should maintain an active lifestyle and not overindulge in drinking or drugs. For men, Dr. Minkin suggests that they should cut back on drinking and wear loose-fitting boxers to control the temperature of the testies.

2.Take Folic Acid. Women that are looking to conceive should take 400mg of folic acid. This is known to help reduce the risk that a baby will be born with a serious neural tube defect.

3. Create a Fertility Plan. Many women aren't thinking about babies when they are in their 20s. While Dr. Minkin says there is no perfect age to have kids, women should think about kids in their early 30s and decide if they want to freeze their eggs or start planning for a baby (if they are with a partner). Women should also discuss their finances and other considerations with their partners before trying to conceive.

4. Know Sooner. These days couples can learn if they are pregnant or not quickly thanks to pregnancy tests like the First Response Fertility Test. Dr. Minkin stated that knowing early can help women focus on healthy lifestyle choices, start seeing a doctor and it will also help relieve any stress of not knowing or waiting. She also stated that couples who want to conceive should meet with their doctors for a preconception meeting.

5. Understand Your Cycle. For women, the best time to conceive is within 24-36 hours of detecting a LH surge '?? the increase in luteinizing hormone (Lh) present in urine just before ovulation.

All webisodes of the Conception Story can be viewed at http://tlc.discovery.com/videos/season-two-a-conception-story-videos/

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