Have you listened to all our podcasts?

We now have more than two dozen podcasts available on our web site to teach you about many of the issues relating to fertility and its treatment. Our physicians, Dr. William Ziegler and Dr. Alan Martinzez, and our physician assistant Hina Ahmed, cover everything from polycystic ovary syndrome and endometriosis to nutrition and weight gain, from acupuncture to egg donation and so much more.

If you’ve missed any, please go to our special web page and listen to them at your convenience. And if you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact our offices. We are happy to answer any and all of your questions.

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Just 10 cigarettes during pregnancy can affect child’s cognitive function

If you think it’s OK to sneak a cigarette or two during pregnancy, think again.

Prenatal tobacco exposure is known to have short-term consequences, including preterm birth, low birth weight and subsequent behavioral issues. However, a new study found that other negative impacts can last well into the child’s future. The results showed that exposure to as few as 10 cigarettes was associated with poorer executive function of adolescents who were exposed prenatally. The study was published in Drug and Alcohol Dependence.

According to a report issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, smoking during pregnancy is common across the US, with as many as 8 percent of women having smoked at some point during pregnancy. Executive functioning includes a higher level of cognitive organization and management processes that are important for success both in school and in daily life. These skills are learned throughout childhood and include how to self-manage behavior and how best to organize and act on information.

“Because tobacco is one of the most common substances used during pregnancy – and it’s legal for adults to use – these results indicate the tremendous importance of bolstering efforts to ensure that women of child-bearing age and pregnant women have increased access to evidence-based tobacco smoking cessation programs,” said Ruth Rose-Jacobs, ScD, MS, from Boston Medical Center and Boston University School of Medicine who served as the study’s first author.

“Given that as few as 10 cigarettes can have a negative impact, it is imperative that we act on this and provide as much access and education as we can to help prevent these negative outcomes,” she said. Work with your doctor to kick the habit before you try to get pregnant.

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Too little pregnancy weight gain is also unhealthy

Most women know that gaining too much weight during pregnancy is unhealthy for both mom and baby. But new research published in the Journal of the American Medical Association shows that gaining too little weight during pregnancy can also be harmful.

In a review of more than 1.3 million pregnancies, investigators found that 47 percent of women gained more than the recommended amount of weight, while 23 percent did not gain enough weight. Gaining too little weight was associated with a higher risk of having a small baby and preterm delivery, the researchers found. Gaining too much weight was correlated to a greater risk of a having a larger and heavier infant and a cesarean delivery.

“Regardless of a mother’s starting weight, unhealthy weight gain in pregnancy is now very common and carries significant health risks for mothers and babies,” said lead researcher Dr. Helena Teede, a professor of women’s health at Monash University in Melbourne, Australia. “Women need to be aware of what their individual recommended healthy pregnancy weight gain is and note that the old stories of confinement or resting throughout pregnancy and eating for two are not healthy for mothers or their babies.”

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“Thanks for the pregnancy—and the glove balloons!”

A happy patient writes:

“Thank you for allowing us to become pregnant again! Putting your faith in someone’s hand is hard to do, but Dr. Ziegler makes you feel comfortable and confident! He also always makes my girls laugh when I bring them in the office by making glove balloons for them! Thank you again.”

Thank you for the kind words. Please read more comments from our patients at our web site.

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Wear blue on Friday for Men’s Health Week

The entire month of June is designated Men’s Health Month, and the week leading up to Father’s Day—which is this week—is Men’s Health Week. To promote awareness about the health issues that affect men and boys, the Friday before Father’s Day is Wear Blue Day. Private corporations, government agencies, sports teams and individuals are encouraged to show their concern for the health and wellbeing of boys and men by wearing blue that day.

The purpose of Men’s Health Week is to heighten the awareness of preventable health problems and encourage early detection and treatment of disease among men and boys. This week gives health care providers, public policy makers, the media, and individuals an opportunity to encourage men and boys to seek regular medical advice and early treatment for disease and injury. The response has been overwhelming with hundreds of awareness activities in the USA and around the globe.

Click here to learn more about Wear Blue Day. And to find out more about different health topics and what you need to know to help the men in your life live happier, longer lives, click here.

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Vitamin D supplements may improve male fertility

New data on the link between vitamin D and fertility reveals that supplementation could help.

Vitamin D, a hormone produced by the body through exposure to sunshine or obtained from foods such as fatty fish and egg yolk, helps the body control calcium and phosphate levels. Previous studies have linked vitamin D levels with a range of health problems including cardiovascular disease and cancer.

Dr. Elisabeth Lerchbaum, from the Medical University of Graz, Austria, has led much research on the effects of vitamin D supplementation in different aspects of male and female fertility. Research from her group and others suggests vitamin D affects many aspects of fertility in both genders, including influencing production and maturation of sperm cells in men, egg cell and uterine lining maturation in women, and sex hormone production in both sexes. Vitamin D levels have been associated with in-vitro fertilization (IVF) outcome, some features of PCOS and endometriosis in women.

Her research, recently presented at the European Congress of Endocrinology (ECE), adds to our understanding of the effects of low vitamin D levels on testosterone levels and whether vitamin D supplementation could help improve fertility in both sexes.

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“Look no further” for fertility care

“If you are in need of a reproductive endocrinologist, look no further. I started the search like most of you on all of these sites to research reviews. As someone who was shocked and nervous that I even needed to see an RE I was so comforted by Dr. Ziegler and his staff! Dr. Ziegler is there from A-Z and his demeanor is so comforting. He thoroughly answered all questions I had. His staff is equally knowledgeable and helpful as well. Dr. Ziegler always made himself available when needed, and I would recommend him to anyone!”

Thank you to our patent who posted this wonderful review. You can read more like this at our web site.

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June is the month for men’s health

Men’s Health Month is celebrated across the country every June with screenings, health fairs, media appearances, and other health education and outreach activities.

The purpose of Men’s Health Month is to heighten the awareness of preventable health problems and encourage early detection and treatment of disease among men and boys. This month gives health care providers, public policy makers, the media and individuals an opportunity to encourage men and boys to seek regular medical advice and early treatment for disease and injury.

How can you participate? Here’s one way: Use your company’s liberal dress policy to celebrate Wear Blue Friday, June 16—the Friday before Father’s day.

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Drinking diet beverages during pregnancy linked to child obesity, study suggests

Children born to women who had gestational diabetes and drank at least one artificially sweetened beverage per day during pregnancy were more likely to be overweight or obese at age 7, compared to children born to women who had gestational diabetes and drank water instead of artificially sweetened beverages, according to a study led by researchers at the National Institutes of Health.

Childhood obesity is known to increase the risk for certain health problems later in life, such as diabetes, heart disease, stroke and some cancers. The study appears online in the International Journal of Epidemiology. 

According to the study authors, as the volume of amniotic fluid increases, pregnant women tend to increase their consumption of fluids. To avoid extra calories, many pregnant women replace sugar-sweetened soft drinks and juices with beverages containing artificial sweeteners. Citing prior research implicating artificially sweetened beverages in weight gain, the study authors sought to determine if diet beverage consumption during pregnancy could influence the weight of children.

“Our findings suggest that artificially sweetened beverages during pregnancy are not likely to be any better at reducing the risk for later childhood obesity than sugar-sweetened beverages,” said the study’s senior author, Cuilin Zhang, Ph.D., in the Epidemiology Branch at NIH’s Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD). “Not surprisingly, we also observed that children born to women who drank water instead of sweetened beverages were less likely to be obese by age 7.”

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Don’t forget! Free PCOS presentation at Freehold Raceway Mall on June 6

On June 6, Dr. Alan Martinez will be giving a presentation on the signs, symptoms and treatment options of PCOS. The event is free, but registration is required, so reserve your place today.

Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) is the condition in which the ovaries or adrenal glands produce more male hormones than normal. This causes cysts to grow on the ovaries and is a leading cause of infertility in women.

The presentations will be held June 6, from 6-7:30 p.m. at the Meridian Community Resource Center at the Freehold Raceway Mall. The Center is located on the first floor, Macy’s Wing.

For more information or to register, call 800-560-9990 or visit  www.HackensackMeridianHealth.org.

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