“Amazing” reviews from our patients

“The team at RSC is amazing. All of the doctors, nurses, and assistants made our visits extremely comfortable and welcoming. Thank you all!”

“Dr. Mensah was amazing. She spent her time with me and was very informative and helpful.”

Thanks to these happy patients for their “amazing” reviews. You can read more like them on our website.

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One-stop information shopping

Looking for reliable information about pregnancy? Try MedlinePlus, the National Institutes of Health’s web site for patients and their families and friends. Produced by the National Library of Medicine, the world’s largest medical library, it brings you information about diseases, conditions, and wellness issues in language you can understand. MedlinePlus offers reliable, up-to-date health information, anytime, anywhere, for free.

You can use MedlinePlus to learn about the latest treatments, look up information on a drug or supplement, find out the meanings of words, or view medical videos or illustrations. You can also get links to the latest medical research on your topic or find out about clinical trials on a disease or condition.

There are directories, a medical encyclopedia and a medical dictionary, health information in Spanish, extensive information on prescription and nonprescription drugs, health information from the media, and links to thousands of clinical trials. MedlinePlus is updated daily and there is no advertising on this site and no company or product endorsements.

Check out their pregnancy library here.

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Infant crying triggers mom’s brain, study finds

Infant cries activate specific brain regions related to movement and speech, according to a National Institutes of Health study of mothers in 11 countries. The findings, led by researchers at NIH’s Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD), identify behaviors and underlying brain activities that are consistent among mothers from different cultures. Understanding these reactions may help in identifying and treating caregivers at risk for child maltreatment and other problematic behaviors.

The study team conducted a series of behavioral and brain imaging studies using functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI). In a group of 684 new mothers in Argentina, Belgium, Brazil, Cameroon, France, Israel, Italy, Japan, Kenya, South Korea and the United States, researchers observed and recorded one hour of interaction between the mothers and their 5-month-old babies at home. The team analyzed whether mothers responded to their baby’s cries by showing affection, distracting, nurturing (like feeding or diapering), picking up and holding, or talking. Regardless of which country they came from, mothers were likely to pick up and hold or talk to their crying infant.

Through fMRI studies of other groups of women, the team found that infant cries activated similar brain regions in new and experienced mothers: the supplementary motor area, which is associated with the intention to move and speak; the inferior frontal regions, which are involved in the production of speech; and the superior temporal regions that are linked to sound processing.

Overall, the findings suggest that mothers’ responses to infant cries are hard-wired and generalizable across cultures. The study also builds upon earlier work showing that the brains of women and men respond differently to infant cries.

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Vacation time: Zika update

As we head into the end of the year, many people are beginning to plan their winter vacations. It’s important to remember that the Zika virus, which was much in the news a few years ago, is still out there, especially in warm-weather spots. Women who are pregnant or planning to get pregnant need to be cautious.

Zika infection during pregnancy can cause serious birth defects and is associated with other pregnancy problems, the CDC reports. The CDC has set up a special web page to help avoid infection with tips to follow before, during and after your trip. You can find those suggestions here.

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Have you met our specialists?

The infertility specialists at Reproductive Science Center of New Jersey are board-certified experts in male and female infertility and are widely recognized for their expertise and success in assisting reproduction. Our experienced staff fully understands the difficult emotional and medical challenges that confront infertility patients. They strive to make patients feel calm, comfortable, and confident throughout their course of treatment.

You can learn more about each of our specialist’s individual training and expertise by visiting our web site.

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Can living with your mother or mother-in-law affect fertility?

Yes, says a recent study published in the journal Royal Society Open Science. It suggests that living with a mother or mother-in-law may reduce the number of children the woman has.

The researchers examined the medical records of over 2.5 million women of reproductive age (15 to 34) from 14 countries across the globe. They examined many variables, including the number of children the women had given birth to, the woman’s age, an estimation of the woman’s reproductive period and whether their mother or mother-in-law was present in the household during the woman’s reproductive period.

They found that the overwhelming majority mothers did not live with either their mother or the mother of their husband. But the women who do live with their mothers or mothers-in-law are much more likely to have fewer children, on average, than women who live with their spouse only. “In addition,” the scientists found, “in most countries, a woman’s number of children is lower if she lives with her own mother as compared to her husband’s mother in the household.”

Although the study only found a correlation and cannot explain causality, the researchers said some possible reasons could be competition for resources and socioeconomic conditions.

“For instance,” they write, “women living with any mother in the household might face a difficult and complicated stage of life (e.g., poor health, unemployment, etc.),” which prevents them from having more children.

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Praise for “an exceptionally patient doctor”

“Dr. Ziegler is an exceptionally patient doctor who was not satisfied with his explanations until we confirmed that we understood everything he said. Dr. Ziegler is unlike most doctors when it comes to returning messages to a patient. He himself will call back (and not a secretary) and will address any questions or concerns. He was readily willing to speak with community leaders and community organizations in this field to explain his approach so we would feel comfortable. Great experience!”

Read more comments from our patients at our web site.

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It’s turkey time: Is L-tryptophan safe during pregnancy?

Thanksgiving is almost here, and that means big plates of turkey, followed by turkey sandwiches and turkey soup and—well, lots of turkey. For many, that also means lots of napping. Turkey contains a chemical called L-tryptophan, which is involved in sleep regulation. It this chemical safe to consume for pregnant women?

Generally, yes. First off, turkey does contain tryptophan, but so does chicken, yogurt, eggs, fish, cheese and other meats. In fact, it has less tryptophan than chicken. It’s not the turkey that makes you sleepy during Thanksgiving. It’s eating lots and lots of turkey, plus potatoes, stuffing and pie, along with alcohol and watching too much football, that makes you sleepy. There isn’t enough tryptophan to present any health problems for pregnant women.

However, some women take L-tryptophan supplements to try to ease mood swings that come with premenstrual syndrome. The National Institutes of Health say that these supplements are “likely unsafe” in pregnancy, and that “Not enough is known about the safety of L-tryptophan during breast-feeding.” The NIH suggests women avoid using L-tryptophan supplements during pregnancy and breast-feeding. An extra slice of turkey on Thanksgiving, however, is perfectly fine.

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Treat your cold safely while pregnant

It’s now cold season, and everyone is likely to get a bout of the sniffles at least once during the winter. If you are pregnant, however, you need to treat your cold carefully.

It’s a good idea to reduce the number of over-the-counter medications you take when you are pregnant, the American Pregnancy Association advises. Many medications used to treat cold symptoms are not safe to take during your pregnancy. The APA says the following medications pose little risk to your baby during pregnancy; however, always consult with your doctor before taking any medications to relieve your symptoms:

  • Acetaminophen (i.e. Tylenol) can be used to alleviate fevers, headaches, and body aches.
  • Anesthetic sore throat lozenges can ease the pain in your throat.
  • Codeine and dextromethorphan can often be used as cough suppressants.

In addition, you can try natural remedies for some symptoms:

  • To reduce congestion, place a humidifier in your room, keep your head elevated on your pillow while resting or use nasal strips.

• To soothe a sore throat, suck on ice chips, drink warm tea or gargle with warm salt water.

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“These people truly changed my life”

A happy patient reports some great news:

“This was such a big decision for my husband and I to make to go see a fertility specialist. When finally making the decision to go forward with a round of IVF, anxiety set in for me. Once working with Dr. Martinez, the amazing nurses and the awesome office staff all my worries were at ease. There was so much support and positivity in this office. All of these people truly changed my life and I am now 8 weeks pregnant!! Thank you so much Dr. Martinez and staff for everything!”

We couldn’t be happier for her, and for all the other patients who have posted kind reviews online.

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