#HLWDK Daily Health Tips: Pregnancy Challenges

Hello everyone!

I hope you all had a great day today? I want to thank you all from the very depths of my heart for your kind wishes to me yesterday, as I celebrated the beginning of another year. You all made my day super special and I pray for you all, that your joy might be full.

I love Irish blessings…there’s just something special and poetic about them. I share one of my favorites  (slightly altered) with you and speak that into your lives, individually and collectively.

May the road rise up to meet you.
May the wind be always at your back.
May the sun shine warm upon your face;
the rains fall soft upon your fields
and until we meet again (tomorrow by His grace :D)
may God hold you in the palm of His hand


And now to our question of the day….

Q: Please I want to ask you something, I gave birth to a son 10yrs ago. His father and I departed; now we’re together again but I can’t take in since we have been together. What can really cause it?

A: Secondary infertility is very common, but not often talked about. Even when women present themselves to the hospital, they don’t come out straight to let the doctor know what actually brought them to hospital, and rather list a series of symptoms most often, unconnected to their primary (main) concerns. Secondary infertility is the inability to become pregnant, or carry a pregnancy to term following the birth of one or more children. There however has to be frequent (at least three times a week), unprotected intercourse for a period of at least one year (six months for women older than 35), for this definition to be complete.

The causes include impaired sperm production (quantity and/or quality), erectile dysfunction, or new disease conditions in males. In females the causes include tubal damage (that is damage to the tubes from infections or adhesions in which case certain body surfaces stick together following surgery), ovulation problems (menstrual abnormalities), uterine conditions (infections from complications during a prior delivery, retained placenta, or a miscarriage which wasn’t properly cared for), complications from previous pregnancy(excessive bleeding following delivery) and changes in you or your partners’ risk factors; like changes in age (increasing age), weight, smoking and use of certain medications or disease conditions.


Oftentimes, no reason can be found for the infertility and this is even more nerve wracking, because nobody has an idea how long it’s going to last or what treatments are going to work best. Joining support groups and/or counseling sessions may be helpful during this period of waiting.

Prevention of infertility is targeted at the risk factors. Quit smoking, reduce alcohol consumption, exercise moderately and keep your weight within normal limits.

Find a hospital with a good Obstetrics and Gynaecology specialist. The closest teaching hospital to you may be a good place to start your search. He will examine you properly and advice on the best course of treatment for you and your husband, if needed

All the best! J


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