Want To Become A Mother? 5 Ways to Make Sure It Happens

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In honor of Mother’s Day, Fertility Centers of Illinois shares must-know tips for future and aspiring mothers-to-be.

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Dr. Angeline Beltsos

I see women who work very hard to accomplish successful careers, higher education and secure financial futures, but have not put any time into planning a family. There are simple, basic steps women can take now to safeguard their future families.

This Mother’s Day approximately 85.4 million mothers will be celebrated. But with nearly 157 million women in the United States, there are many other women who will aim to become a mother now or in the future. Dr. Angeline Beltsos, medical director and reproductive endocrinologist with Fertility Centers of Illinois, is sharing a five step guide to help women in their motherhood goals.

“I see women who work very hard to accomplish successful careers, higher education and secure financial futures, but have not put any time into planning a family,” Dr. Beltsos explains. “Planning for a family is just like any other life goal. There are simple, basic steps women can take now to safeguard their future families.”

5 Steps to Motherhood:

1.    Plan for a family.
Put time and thought into planning a family as you would any other life goal. If you have a partner, discuss a timeline as to when you would like to have a family and begin trying to conceive. If you don’t have a partner, you might consider options like taking steps to preserve your fertility by freezing your eggs to ensure future fertility options. This is particularly important for women approaching their later childbearing years as ovarian reserve declines rapidly after 35.

2.    Monitor your period.
Ovulatory issues account for the largest amount of female infertility problems. It is important for women to experience regular menstrual cycles and ovulation. Menstrual cycles are typically 28 days, with some ranging from 23-35 days. Ovulation is a 12 to 24 hour window during which an egg is released. Assess ovulation by keeping a calendar of your cycles, monitoring your basal body temperature or using an ovulation predictor kit. If you are experiencing issues with irregular ovulation or menstrual cycles, visit a physician for more detailed evaluation.

3.    Take prenatal vitamins.
Regardless of whether or not you are actively trying to conceive, prenatal vitamins can boost your current health and aid in future conception. Prenatal vitamins not only reduce risk for some birth defects, preterm birth and low birth weight baby, they supply the body with a healthy dose of folic acid, which aids in fetal development.

4.    Do basic fertility testing.
A basic fertility check up can assess your fertility potential and ovarian function. Women take two blood tests and undergo an ultrasound evaluation for basic fertility testing, while men undergo a semen analysis. All results should be evaluated by reproductive endocrinology professionals and explained in detail. At Fertility Centers of Illinois we offer a Fertility Awareness Check-up for only $90, which is then credited towards future treatment, if necessary.

5.    Make annual doctor visits a priority.
Your annual check up is critical in assessing your health and conception potential. Be sure to schedule an annual appointment and stay up-to-date on STD tests and pap smears. Catching a problem early on can ensure for fewer potential problems in the future.

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Fertility Centers of Illinois, S.C., is one of the nation's leading fertility treatment practices, providing advanced reproductive endocrinology services in the Chicago area for more than 30 years. FCI physicians, embryologists and support staff are stringently chosen based on educational background, medical skills and their ability to collaborate. With a team of 11 nationally and internationally recognized reproductive physicians who treat thousands of patients each year, the practice has earned a reputation for overcoming hard-to-solve fertility issues. FCI is dedicated to medical and clinical excellence and continues to invest in the latest technologies and research. FCI offers a comprehensive range of fertility treatment options including intrauterine insemination, in vitro fertilization, donor egg, gestational carrier, and preimplantation genetic diagnosis, as well as extensive resources to address financial and emotional needs. Fostering a culture for continuous innovation has made FCI home to the annual Midwest Reproductive Symposium which attracts experts in the field of reproductive endocrinology from around the world. FCI has 10 offices conveniently located throughout the Chicagoland area (Buffalo Grove, Chicago/River North, Crystal Lake, Glenview, Highland Park, Hoffman Estates, Lindenhurst, Naperville, Oakbrook Terrace, and Orland Park). FCI is a member of the Attain Fertility Network which provides discounted fertility treatment programs. For more information visit http://www.fcionline.com

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