Fertility is a peripheral need for the body it is not essential for its survival. Of course as a species we need to be able to conceive but not as an individual. So if the body is under stress the message goes to the brain that this is not the optimal time to conceive and that you are in danger.
We all know that there's more to getting pregnant than just thinking positively. On the other hand, it's not all about having sex at the 'right' time. Scientists are continuing to learn more and more about the powerful connection between mind and body and how this can affect a person's fertility.
Let's start by looking at the financial issues - egg freezing costs around £5000 for a single cycle and then £200 per year for egg preservation, which is a hefty fee for those who do not work at Apple or Facebook.
One of the many reasons that women, and occasionally men, come to see me for weight loss advice is because they want to start a family, but are struggling. Did you know that obesity is a major cause of difficulty getting pregnant - and can increase the risk of miscarriage or problems during pregnancy and childbirth?
In the end, I had to pick the outcome to the situation that would make me hate myself the least. Retrospectively, it was like picking a way you'd like to die. Obviously, you're going to go for the easiest, most painless option you can. But, in addition, you're still going to die. And all of this is quite ironic, seeing as it wasn't my life I was choosing to end.
Today a landmark dataset on causes of death in Africa and Asia is published by the INDEPTH Network. Over 110,000 deaths have been tracked and followed...
The UK has one of the highest stillbirth rates in the developed world. Every year 3,500 babies are stillborn. Five hundred of these babies - who are otherwise perfectly healthy - are lost because something goes wrong in labour.
It's a time when you're emotionally and physically changing in ways you've never experienced. Every twinge, ache or peculiar symptom is often followed by a frantic search online. Add in the need to know what 'to do' during pregnancy - what to eat, what not to eat, which exercises are safe, and so on...
Every year I see hundreds of couples going through IVF. They are looking for acupuncture to support them as well as recipes and nutritional advice. Social media is making us more finely tuned and I have been becoming increasingly worried about the recipe books and restrictive diets women are turning to when trying for baby.
There is a risk the lady isn't pregnant at all and you offend, or if she is pregnant, it will make her feel very self-conscious about her changing body shape. If she is pregnant, let her tell you when she feels comfortable. Most couples don't share their good news until they have their first scan around week twelve.
This week is National Baby Loss Awareness Week. The campaign runs every year from 9-15th October, and this year in particular aims to start a national conversation about pregnancy loss. But even the event to raise awareness can't even use the dirty 'M' word...Miscarriage. There, I said it.
The latest scientific research is starting to point to long-term risks associated with Caesareans. Emerging science is linking C-Sections with a significantly increased risk of children developing immune-related conditions including asthma, type 1 diabetes, coeliac disease and obesity.
I feel really passionate about the patients that I see suffering with the loss of their baby through miscarriage and particularly those suffering from recurrent miscarriage. It is documented that 1-in-4 women has had at least one miscarriage, which equates to around a quarter of a million women in the UK each year.
Whether I pooed in public or not, in the grand scheme of things didn't matter to them. Why should it? Because there was no privacy. No discretion. No modesty... just a whole lot of pain. Enough pain to make you forget who you were and why the hell you had wanted this in the first place.
For many years stillbirth was presented to parents as 'just one of those things'. As a topic, stillbirth has been viewed as taboo and too painful to discuss, while among medical practice it has been seen as nature's way and not worth investigating.
I follow pregnancy-related Instagram channels, adore black and white pregnancy photography, and I'm embracing how incredible my body is, changing and adapting beautifully to accommodate my baby. A bump generally represents health, vitality, life, love and quite frankly, an utter miracle. How could it ever be deemed offensive?