Study finds too little iodine could impair fertility

A new study of 467 American women who were trying to get pregnant has found that women with moderate to severe iodine deficiency were nearly half as likely to get pregnant as women with normal levels of the mineral.

The findings, published in the journal Human Reproduction, also revealed that nearly 22 percent of the women were mildly deficient, about 21 percent were moderately deficient, and 1.7 percent were severely deficient. The moderately and severely deficient women were 46 percent less likely to get pregnant. And women with mildly deficient iodine levels had a slightly harder time getting pregnant, according to lead researchers led by Dr. James Mills of the U.S. National Institute of Child Health and Human Development.

Iodine, which helps regulate metabolism is found naturally in seafood, iodized salt, dairy products, and some fruits and vegetables. “Iodine requirements increase during pregnancy, and the fetus depends on this mineral to make thyroid hormone and to ensure normal brain development,” Mills said. “Women who are thinking of becoming pregnant may need more iodine.”

Talk to your doctor about your nutritional needs while trying to get pregnant.

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Is chiropractic care during fertility treatment and pregnancy safe?

Yes, says the American Pregnancy Association. According to the APA, there are no known reasons to stop chiropractic care throughout pregnancy. In fact, chiropractors are trained to work with women who are pregnant or trying to get pregnant and it is considered routine care for most chiropractors.

The APA says that certain chiropractors take a specific interest in prenatal and postnatal care and seek additional training in working with infertility and pregnancy wellness. They achieve designations such as:

  • DACCP: Diplomate with ICPA reflecting highest level of advanced training.
  • CACCP : Certified with the ICPA reflecting advanced training.
  • Member of ICPA: reflecting special interest.
  • Webster Certified: trained to work specifically with pelvic balance in pregnancy.

These chiropractors may use tables specifically designed for a pregnant woman’s body and techniques that avoid unneeded pressure on the abdomen. A chiropractor who is trained in prenatal and postnatal care can also provide safe exercises and stretches to use during pregnancy.

For more information, visit the APA web site. If you are considering chiropractic care, talk to your physician before starting treatment.

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When you’re ready to consider treatment, contact us

If 2018 is the year you begin your journey with fertility treatment, please give us a call. The Reproductive Science Center of New Jersey seeks to meet the special needs of each couple experiencing fertility problems. Our patients are made to feel like guests in our home, and the entire RSC staff takes part in the emotional journey.

We will go to any extent to answer your questions, allay all fears, share with you the joys and disappointments of the infertility process and help identify the best treatment to help you get pregnant. 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.

To learn more, visit our website, or call any of our three locations for a free phone consultation. We look forward to helping you achieve your dreams.

Eatontown: 732-918-2500
Toms River: 732-240-3000
Lawrenceville: 609-895-1114

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Study links high doses of ibuprofen with impaired fertility in men

Ibuprofen, the active ingredient in medications like Advil and Motrin, is a common and generally safe pain reliever and anti-inflammatory. But new research published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences found that taking ibuprofen in high doses, as athletes commonly do, resulted in young men developing a hormonal condition known as compensated hypogonadism—shrunken testicles—a condition associated with impaired fertility, along with depression and increased risk for cardiovascular events, including heart failure and stroke.

High-level athletes often take ibuprofen, a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory, before a competition to prevent pain. Researchers studied 31 male volunteers between the ages of 18 and 35. Fourteen were given a high daily dosage of ibuprofen, 600 milligrams twice a day, the maximum limit recommended by generic ibuprofen products.) The others were given a placebo. Within two weeks, the men taking ibuprofen revealed hormonal changes that signified compensated hypogonadism.

If you routinely take high doses of ibuprofen, be sure to discuss this finding with your doctor.

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How to deal with coughs and colds while pregnant

Pregnancy can affect your immune system, according to the American Pregnancy Association. These changes may make it easier to come down with a cold or a cough during your pregnancy. The illness may last longer as well. Fortunately, the symptoms of a cold or flu are usually not dangerous to your baby. But you should still try to avoid catching a cold or a cough while pregnant and treat it if you get one.

The APA’s prevention suggestions include:

  • Wash your hands often.
  • Exercise regularly.
  • Get enough sleep.
  • Take your prenatal vitamins.

Treatments include:

  • Get enough rest.
  • Drink lots of fluids.
  • Try natural remedies like a humidifier or gargling with warm salt water.
  • Talk to your doctor before taking any medications.

For more detailed tips, go to the APA web site.

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Two happy patients

Two of our patients were kind enough to post these reviews recently.

“Dr. Ziegler is such an amazing doctor. My husband and myself felt so welcomed the minute we walked into the office. Without Dr. Ziegler and his amazing team, we wouldn’t have welcomed our beautiful son into this world September, 14th 2017!”

“Dr. Ziegler was wonderful during our experience with him and his whole staff. He was thoughtful, professional, and you always got the sense he really cared about everything. Answering questions both big and small.”

Thank you to them, and to all our patients who took the time to review our services, which you can read on our web site.

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Dreams come true

A patient of ours posted this comment recently.

“Working in the medical field for six years, this office by far is an example of true compassionate physicians and staff. We met Dr. Zeigler in July 2017. Before even meeting him he answered an email and personally called us while on vacation with his family to answer a question for us prior to even seeing us. Right there it showed he truly cares. This is a long difficult process for everyone going through it and his knowledge and compassion are amazing. We had met with all of the physicians at some point and the level of care was phenomenal. The nurses returned calls almost immediately and answered any questions we had. The front desk had smiles on their face and seemed to know everyone by name and greeted each person as they came in. Thank you for such a great experience. Dr. Zeigler made our dream come true.”

We thank this patient for taking the time to share her experience. Please read other comments on our web site.

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Winter warning: watch out for dehydration

Winter weather causes lots of concerns, including dehydration. The dry air can cause your body to lose water more quickly. That can be dangerous if you are pregnant or trying to get pregnant.

Your body needs plenty of water is to form the placenta and the fluid in the amniotic sac. Dehydration during pregnancy can result in serious complications, including, neural tube defects, premature labor, low production of breast milk and birth defects. Both you and your baby need water.

Preventing dehydration is simple—drink lots of water every day. Doctors recommend at least eight to 12 glasses daily. Milk, natural fruit juices and soup are also good sources of fluids, but avoid caffeine and alcohol, which actually cause you to urinate more.

If you are pregnant and experiencing indigestion or morning sickness, try to drink between meals or when you don’t feel nauseated. And if extreme morning sickness makes it hard to keep any fluids down, talk to your doctor.

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“Professional” reviews of our services

Two recent reviews of our care offered surprisingly similar praise.

“Professional and competent staff. Very friendly too.”

“Staff and doctors are all wonderful and professional. We had a great experience throughout treatment.”

Thank you to these reviewers, and to all the others who took the time to recommend our care. You can read these reviews here.

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A “personal connection” between our staff and patients

“I have never trusted any doctor the way I trust Dr. Ziegler. Not only does he treat his patients with incredible kindness and support but he answers all my questions before I even ask them. He is not afraid to take on challenging cases as he and his staff only want to help you achieve your goals. He is honest with you, does everything he can to help you and ensures you leave his office with a plan you understand. I sincerely appreciate the personal connection I have with him and his staff. I highly recommend that anyone who is experiencing fertility challenges work with Dr. Ziegler, he won’t waste your time, he will give you as many answers as he can, and he sincerely cares about his patients. I am so lucky a friend referred me to him.”

This wonderful review, and more like it, can be found on our web site. We hope you will read them here.

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