Here you’ll find articles related to pregnancy and fertility. There are few things more natural than pregnancy. After all, women have been giving birth to babies for thousands of years. Yet in the Western healthcare landscape, both fertility and pregnancy have become highly medicalized. In many cases, this medical intervention is important and life-saving; but in many more cases, it is not.
Just as with any area of health, daily life choices have a direct impact on pregnancy and fertility. A woman’s ability to conceive and carry a baby will be influenced by factors such as her diet, what medications she takes, her stress levels, her hormone balance, any chronic health issues she has, and much more. When it comes to labor and delivery, the choices around this process will also have a lasting impact on the mental and physical health of both mother and baby.
Read these articles to learn holistic-minded information about pregnancy and fertility from research-backed guides, expert interviews, personal stories, and new clinical research.
How Cortisol Affects Belly Fat + Natural Remedies for Hormone Imbalance
When people talk about hormones, it’s normally related to a specific kind of experience, like menopause, pregnancy, or a monthly menstrual cycle. Hormones play a big role in all of these, of course, but what people don’t talk about (and many don’t know) is the fact that hormones play a huge role in every aspect of our body’s functioning every single day. That means that if your hormones are out of whack, there are consequences, including some particularly pesky ones like weight gain and belly fat. Read on to learn more about female imbalance and the link between cortisol and belly fat, as well as natural remedies for hormonal imbalance.
Health Research Wrap-Up: October to December 2020
Well, it’s finally happening: this seemingly endless year is coming to an end at long last. If you’d told us in January everything this year was going to bring, there’s no way we would have believed you! And yet, here we are. Obviously, wellness news (and all news) this year has been dominated by the coronavirus, and so throughout 2020 we’ve done our best to share the most significant developments in these health research wrap-ups. But, as we’ve said before, your best defense against COVID or any other disease is maintaining good overall health, and many WellBe readers are still struggling with other chronic symptoms and conditions (that might make it harder to fight COVID-19). That's why we think it’s as important as ever to highlight health news and research that’s not COVID-related.
Meika Hollender on the Importance of Natural Condoms and Tampons
The feminine hygiene and sexual/reproductive health aisles at the drugstore are filled with tampon, pad, and condom brands that seem as standard as Campbell’s soup, but since 2014, there’s a new company that’s making vagina-friendly products with a laundry list of certifications (USDA Organic and Fair Trade, to name a few) to protect your health and the environment.
What’s the Best Water Filter System Based on Where You Live?
In July 2017, the Environmental Working Group (EWG) published their database of pollutants found in American tap water. By entering your zip code, you can research what contaminants have been found in public water systems. So now what? We looked through the EWG’s water filter guide to find some products that are certified to filter out contaminants found in Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, and New York City.
Britt Martin on Using Seed Cycling to Heal Amenorrhea
Britt Martin, founder of FoodPeriod, shares her health journey and how she used seed cycling to reverse her amenorrhea.
MamaGlow Founder Latham Thomas on the Importance of Doula Services During Pregnancy and Birth
Latham Thomas, founder of Mama Glow, discusses having a holistic pregnancy and the importance of doula services during pregnancy and birth.
Healthy Nail Polish Guide: the Best Non-Toxic Nail Polish Brands
Are nail salons healthy? What about doing your nails at home? This guide to non-toxic nails gives you everything you need to know for a healthy mani-pedi.
Aviva Romm on the Reasons for Hypothyroidism & More Thyroid Insights
Physician, midwife, herbalist, and author Dr. Aviva Romm discusses her unorthodox career journey and the importance of thyroid health (and how to improve yours).
The Health & Wellness News Wrap-Up: April + May 2020
The 7 most important health and wellness news stories from April and May 2020, from regulatory changes to eye-opening studies and more.