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2 Weeks Pregnant: Optimizing Your Chances for Fertilization

2 Weeks Pregnant: Optimizing Your Chances for Fertilization

At week two, your menstrual period has ended and your uterine lining is thickening as your egg ripens, getting ready to be released into your fallopian tube. If all goes according to plan, toward the end of this week your egg should be perfectly positioned for fertilization. Fertilization is the moment when the sperm makes its way to your egg, at which time a very important factor is determined. While it will be months before your health care professional is…

Am I Having a Heart Attack?

Am I Having a Heart Attack?

I recently was enjoying dinner with a friend whom I hadn’t seen in many months. After catching up on our latest news—our jobs, our children, our husbands—we got around to that popular topic: health. It seems that ever since my group of friends has ventured into our 40s and 50s, the topic of our health inevitably pops up. Some of the most common topics? Sports injuries, menopausal symptoms, sleep or lack thereof, the need for reading glasses … you get…

Spare That Tire: The Truth About Middle-Age Belly Fat

Spare That Tire: The Truth About Middle-Age Belly Fat

I used to think that middle-age spread was something that happened to “other” people. That the words “spread” and “middle age” did not have to be synonymous with one another, just like the words “midlife” and “crisis” didn’t have to be. I thought I’d be one of the lucky ones, since I was a skinny kid. Wrong: The waistline is simply not what it used to be. Neither is the weight. Especially after menopause. I thought that by eating less…