Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Thank You...& Infertility Awareness Week

Honestly i just wanted to take a moment to say a big THANK YOU
to all of you who commented yesterday! 
It was definitely an awesome celebration of our Year One together. 
And all of you made it so special....reading all your comments this morning
was refreshing and heart warming. 
That so many people sending you positive thoughts and wishes! 
Blogland is an awesome place to be!
THANK YOU friends....you are totally awesome!

As for Baby Pancakes...i will be sharing more details on this amazing experience in our lives.
Mr. Pancakes is NOT too keen on putting too much about the baby on the WWW (worldwideweb)
so i will be respectful of this.  But i will try to share as much as i can with you about our experiences and our new Adventures with Baby Pancakes.

I was even more excited to learn that Guiliana and Bill Rancic are expecting a baby
as this week is National Infertility Awareness Week.  Congratulations to them!!
The beautiful aspect of having children, fertility and infertility
are th options that are available to all of us women.

Giuliana Rancic, Bill Rancic
Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images

I am praying for all the women /families out there (this week especially)
who are trying to start a family.  There is definitely hope out there. 

NIAW is a week (April 22-April 28 or April 24-May 1) to Get Involved!
Speak Out About Infertility!
The theme for this week is: "Don't Ignore."

Don't Ignore....
•Weight. During the past 20 years, the prevalence of obesity in the United States has increased dramatically. According to the Centers for Disease Control and prevention, more than one-third of U.S. adults (35.7%) are obese. Weight can affect both women's and men's fertility. When a woman is overweight, excess fat can lead to higher estrogen levels, as well as anovulation (a lack of ovulation), and if the woman does become pregnant, being overweight is linked to more pregnancy complications, including miscarriages, birth defects, preeclampsia and gestational diabetes. In men, studies have found that overweight and obese men were more likely to have low sperm count, or not have any viable sperm at all.

•Chemicals in plastics. More research is finding that chemicals commonly found in plastics are linked to fertility problems. For example, bisphenol-A (BPA) —found in many hard plastics for food and drink packaging — has been linked to decreased sperm quality and quantity and reduction in normal fertilization of eggs during in vitro fertilization (IVF). In addition, a study found higher levels of phthalates, which are used to make vinyl plastics softer and more flexible and are also found in cosmetics, among infertile couples than those who have conceived naturally. Yes, plastic is convenient, but try to reduce your exposure when trying to conceive.

•Age. Surveys have found that women are not as aware as they should be on how age can affect their fertility. So here's the skinny: Age matters. Fertility in women sharply declines at age 35, and the chance of becoming pregnant each month by having unprotected intercourse is approximately 10 percent. By age 40, that chance has decreased to 5 percent. Apparently, there is a paternal biological clock, too. Mouse studies have found that sperm quality begins to decrease in mid-life.
Visit http://www.fertilityauthority.com/ for more great and awesome information.


Lauryn said...

It's great to promote awareness about such a relevant and often overlooked issue.

Congratulations on your anniversary and your little pancake! :)

Heather said...

Congratulations, Mrs. Pancakes! I am SO happy and excited for you! :)

Carlie said...

Looks like I missed a few big events while I was on vacation! Happy 1 Year, and congrats on the baby! I hope you have a great pregnancy! =)

TheProDiva said...

Time flies when you're having fun! Happy Anniversary! And congrats on your upcoming addition! Also, thanks for shedding light on NIAW...many people are suffering with infertility issues, and knowing the facts is the first step.

kita said...

Congrats on everything and great facts on the infertility people need to know and even if the end result is not a baby that you conceived there are other ways to become a great mom.

Amanda said...

Thanks for sharing these stats! Super informative and so helpful :)

Legally Chocolat said...

Congrats!!! So excited for u!!!

The Presutti's said...

Wow, Just saw this :) Big congrats. I just wrote a post about pregnancy today, I would be honored if you would read it and give me some feedback :)


I am so happy for you. Congrats :)

As for G and B, I"m like obsessed with them : ) I'm so happy to hear their news too :)

Mindy said...

Oh, my word! I have been trying to figure out for WEEKS how to leave a comment!!!!! I didn't realize I had to click on the individual post! Better late than never, right? :)

I just wanted to let you know I love reading your blog! I am glad you left a little comment on mine so I could find you!

AND!! Congratulations on the double pink lines!!!!

Vanisha @ Vanishas Life In...Australia said...

What a beautiful post, you've had such great news yourself and you're still thinking about others. This is why I love you and your blog <3


I am so happy for you!!!! Congrats on celebrating 1 year and also Baby Pancakes! Such wonderful news. And thank you so much for spreading awareness about infertility. It's something I've had to deal with and I know I'm not alone. So happy for you and for G&B! :) xoxo

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Alexa said...

Oh My Gosh! Just went back and read your post from yesterday! Congratulations! That is absolutely the best news!!!

Krysten @ Why Girls Are Weird said...

So glad you're addressing this! I already learned about it from Dancing Branflakes and it makes me happy to see bloggers starting discussions about it.

Nellie said...

Love the Rancic's feels like they my besties in my head, I am happy for them as well! Infertility is can be painful, and extremely difficult, thanks for shedding some light.