АСТРОЛОГИЯ ПРИ РАЖДАНЕТО

NATAL ASTROLOGY — TRUTH OR MYTH?

Astrology is a study of the impact that distant cosmic objects, usually stars and planets, have on human life.

There is hardly anyone who does not know their zodiac sign. However, this is far from enough to provide any explanation for the character, interests and life path of the individual. For such a detailed and personalized description, it is necessary to make a birth chart that can be read by an experienced astrologer.

WHAT IS A BIRTH CHART?

Natal astrology is one of the most important sections of traditional astrology that deals with the study of birth charts or birth horoscopes.

The word «natal» is derived from Latin and means «related to birth». Therefore, natal astrology is based on the date, time and place of birth at which birth charts are drawn. They show the location of the stars and planets at the moment of the child’s birth, which reflects on the events of his or her future life.

Birth charts can provide information about:

  1. Health status — whether the person will become ill often and what diseases he/she will be predisposed to;
  2. Material well-being;
  3. Love life;
  4. Intellectual development, hobbies, and work.

It is important to note that the birth chart is not a concrete prediction of life events. Rather, it is a guide to what someone’s life has the potential to be like. Let’s say that according to your birth horoscope you will have success in the field of art. That doesn’t mean you could never get into the business, for example. Just the latter would cost you more effort.

BOY OR GIRL?

Astrologers believe that the fate of a person is set at the moment of conception. This can be understood by the zodiac sign and the location of other planets. It is believed that boys are born if, at the time of conception, the moon was in one of the «male» signs — Aries, Gemini, Leo, Libra, Sagittarius, and Aquarius. The rest are «female».

Proponents of astrology claim that it is an exact science in which nothing is occult. According to skeptics, the truth of the predictions is just a happy coincidence. Do you think that there is a connection between birth charts and real-life events?

Инозитол

WHAT’S INOSITOL?

Inositol or vitamin B8 is found in many fruits, vegetables, and nuts. The body produces it from the carbohydrates we take.

Although they call it so, inositol is not a vitamin, but a type of sugar that has a variety of functions:

  1. It plays an important part in the structure of cell membranes.
  2. It is necessary for normal insulin action. Insulin is needed to digest glucose that we take with food. Without it, glucose can not pass from the blood into some tissues (fat, muscle, etc.). Inositol is believed to help optimize blood sugar levels and prevent insulin resistance, which is increasingly common nowadays.
  3. Promotes the release of some neurotransmitters such as dopamine and serotonin in the brain.
INOSITOL AND POLYCYSTIC OVARIAN SYNDROME

Polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS) affects about 10% of women worldwide. Symptoms include irregular menstruation, excess weight, insulin resistance, elevated cholesterol.

Very often, women with PCOS have difficulty getting pregnant.

Studies have shown that inositol and folic acid may stimulate ovulation and lower testosterone levels. However, don’t forget that if you have PCOS, optimizing your weight will help you the most.

EFFECTS OF MENTAL HEALTH

Inositol raises serotonin levels in the brain. Therefore, it could be useful as a complementary therapy in people with anxiety or depression.

Inositol has almost no side effects. However, its safety in pregnant and lactating women has not been studied. Despite its incredible potential, inositol is still a supplement and can not replace your prescribed treatment.

ДЕПРЕСИЯ ПО ВРЕМЕ НА ИН ВИТРО

DEPRESSION DURING IN VITRO FERTILIZATION — A MYTH OR A FACT?

DEPRESSION DURING IN VITRO FERTILIZATION — A MYTH OR A FACT?

Stress in our daily lives is inevitable. Within certain limits, however, it helps the body adapt to different conditions. Going over our limits might bring along some health issues. These may affect the body (high blood pressure, fatigue, hair loss) or your mental health (depression, anxiety).

In vitro fertilization gives hope to millions of couples. Although beneficial, it may also appear to be a source of excessive stress that may lead to depression.

There are several theories why patients develop depression during an in vitro cycle.

On one hand, a hormonal treatment used for controlled ovarian hyperstimulation (COHS) can affect your mood. Every drug has side effects but, fortunately, those here are rare. However, if something worries you, we recommend discussing it with your obstetrician-gynecologist.

Emotions, multiple procedures, waiting and expectations are the more likely cause of depression. Concerns about financing the procedure also have a negative impact on the psyche. Women who have suffered from depression in the past have a greater chance of developing depression during their IVF cycle.

SIGNS OF DEPRESSION

Depression has dozens of symptoms, and in each person, they manifest differently. These include fatigue, sadness, sleeping problems, concentration issues, lack of desire for going out or working. Some people resort to alcohol and food. Sense of guilt («It’s my fault I can’t get pregnant») is also common.

Do not forget that even if you have experienced some of the above-mentioned symptoms, it does not mean that you are suffering from depression.

SELF-HELP

If you are going to have IVF or another form of assisted reproduction, the following tips can help you deal with emotional stress:

  1. Learn about your upcoming procedures. Your obstetrician-gynecologist will explain in detail what exactly is going to happen to you. You can learn from online articles and videos as well.
  2. Consider who you would like to tell about your in vitro procedure. Some patients decide not to share the news with too many friends and relatives so they will not be overwhelmed with questions.
  3. Be ready for changes to the original plan. For example, it might turn out that you have a greater chance to conceive by using donor eggs.
  4. Think realistically. So far no one can guarantee that you will get pregnant from the first attempt. Do not rule out the possibility that you might need multiple cycles.
  5. Do not be ashamed to seek professional help. New Life clinic has a psychologist who will be available at the most difficult times for you and your partner.
САМОТНА МАЙКА И ИН ВИТРО

BEING A SINGLE MOTHER AND IN VITRO FERTILIZATION

Assisted reproductive technologies (ART) offer hope not only to couples with infertility but also to single women who want to become mothers. Being a single mother is no longer a taboo, and more women choose not to wait for the ideal partner to enter their lives.

WHAT IS THE MOST APPROPRIATE METHOD TO CONCEIVE?

If you don’t have any indications for in vitro fertilization (IVF), it is usually recommended that you start with intrauterine insemination (IUI). The advantages of the procedure are the lack of follicular puncture and the more affordable price.

Donor sperm is used for these procedures. At New Life Specialized Medical Center for Gynecology, you can choose from a carefully selected list of donors with different physical features, education, hobbies, and interests all of which are mentioned in each donor’s personal profile.

CAN I APPLY FOR FINANCING BY THE STATE?

Any woman under the age of 43 who is a Bulgarian citizen or a resident of the Republic of Bulgaria who meets the indications for receiving financial assistance for assisted reproduction may apply for financing from the Center for Assisted Reproduction. The Center covers exclusively in vitro fertilization and ICSI.

Municipal funds, and in particular that of the Municipality of Plovdiv, provide funds for in vitro procedures only to married couples or couples registered as cohabiting.

HOMOSEXUALITY AND ASSISTED REPRODUCTION

For homosexual women, the only way to have a biological child is through assisted reproductive technologies (ART) using donor sperm. In the absence of indications for IVF, it is desirable to first try IUI.

 Unfortunately, same-gender couples in Bulgaria do not have the same rights as «traditional» families. This means that the child’s legal parent would only be the woman who gave birth to them. If something happens to her, her partner will not automatically acquire guardianship of the child.

ВИСОКО КРЪВНО НАЛЯГАНЕ ПРИ БРЕМЕННОСТ

HYPERTENSION DURING PREGNANCY

Hypertension is a socially significant disease. 10% of pregnant women suffer from hypertension. High blood pressure is particularly dangerous during pregnancy, as it can affect both the mother and the fetus.

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), hypertension is blood pressure over 140/90mmHg.

FORMS OF HYPERTENSION IN PREGNANT WOMEN

The most severe forms of hypertension in pregnant women are eclampsia and preeclampsia. Preeclampsia is hypertension that occurs after 20 weeks of gestation with proteinuria (protein in the urine). Eclampsia is an emergency with hypertension and seizures. There are other forms of hypertension where there is no proteinuria.

Preeclampsia is thought to occur due to impaired blood flow to the placenta, resulting in multiple reactions from the mother’s body. The disease affects both the mother and the fetus. The mother could develop hemolysis (destruction of erythrocytes), liver damage and a low platelet count. Impaired blood flow to the fetus slows its growth and could lead to placental abruption and premature birth.

Obesity, first pregnancy and being under 18 or over 35 are all factors contributing to a higher risk of developing preeclampsia. Diabetes, kidney disease, some autoimmune diseases (lupus) also increase the likelihood as well. Women suffering from preeclampsia should give birth through a c-section.

PREVENTION

There is no 100% effective method of preventing hypertension during pregnancy. Proper nutrition (less salt), physical activity and achieving a healthy weight before conception has a positive effect though.

Do not miss your prenatal checkups and regularly measure your blood pressure at home. If you feel like you’re getting edema, dizziness, visual impairment, seek medical attention. Your obstetrician-gynecologist can prescribe you a blood pressure medicine that will not harm the fetus.

HYPERTENSION AND LACTATION

Breastfeeding does not increase the risk of hypertension in the mother. However, it lowers the likelihood of the child developing hypertension in the future — that’s another reason why you should choose to breastfeed.

РЕЗУС-ФАКТОР И БРЕМЕННОСТ

RHESUS FACTORS AND PREGNANCY

Rhesus factor is the name of several proteins found on the erythrocyte membrane. The most important of these is the D-antigen, which determines whether our blood group is Rh (+) or Rh (-).

BLOOD TYPES AND PREGNANCY

One form of blood type incompatibility between the mother and the fetus is Rh incompatibility. It occurs when the Rh negative mother is pregnant with an Rh-positive fetus. To determine the probability of the fetus being Rh (+), the father’s blood gets tested. If he is Rh (-), there is no risk of immunological conflict between the mother and the fetus, as the fetus will also have Rh (-) blood.

During pregnancy, the mother’s blood doesn’t come into contact with the blood of the fetus. When this occurs (at birth, abortion, etc.), the mother’s body makes antibodies against the Rh antigen on the baby’s erythrocytes.

This isn’t dangerous to the baby if this is the first pregnancy. In subsequent pregnancies with an Rh (+) fetus, these antibodies can cross the placenta and start attacking the erythrocytes of the fetus. This can easily be prevented by injecting a drug called anti-D gamma globulin at 28 weeks. After birth, the baby’s blood has to be tested. If it’s Rh(+), the mother gets another dose of anti-D gammaglobulin.

It is important that prophylaxis with anti-D gammaglobulin is done even after an abortion, as it also leads to the formation of antibodies.

The second case of blood type incompatibility between mother and fetus is when the mother’s blood type is 0 and the fetus’s blood type is A, B or AB. Natural anti-A or anti-B antibodies from the mother’s blood may pass through the placenta only when their molecule is smaller (IgG class). Although rare, when it happens the baby is born with transient anemia and jaundice that are treatable.

HEMOLYTIC DISEASE OF THE NEWBORN

It develops when prophylaxis with anti-D gammaglobulin is not performed. In milder cases, babies are born with jaundice and hepatomegaly (enlarged liver). Serious forms are life-threatening, resulting in premature birth, anemia, oedema, and intense jaundice.

THE RAREST BLOOD TYPE

Those people don’t have any antigens of the Rh system on their red blood cells. This makes their blood compatible with any Rh phenotype. Only 44 people in the world are known to have the «golden» blood.

АНТИМЮЛЕРОВ ХОРМОН

ANTI-MÜLLERIAN HORMONE

Anti-Müllerian hormone (AMH) is produced by the woman’s ovaries and the man’s testicles. Its concentration in the blood depends on the person’s sex and age. It is used to evaluate a woman’s remaining fertility.

During intrauterine development, AMH secretion stimulates the formation of testes instead of ovaries in boys. AMH levels remain high until puberty, then they drop.

In girls, AMH remains low until puberty when the ovaries begin to release mature eggs. From the age of 25 until menopause, the concentration of AMH gradually decreases until it’s barely detectable.

WHEN IS AN AMH TEST NEEDED?

Anti-Müllerian hormone is secreted from the granulosa cells of the ovarian follicles. Its concentration is proportional to the number of follicles. Therefore, the more the follicles, the higher the concentration of AMH.

AMH testing in combination with ovarian ultrasound is the gold standard for determining the ovarian reserve. This study is needed when your doctor suspects premature ovarian failure, or they want to predict whether controlled ovarian hyperstimulation (COHS) will be successful. If the ovarian reserve is depleted, AMH levels in the blood will be too low for your age and you should consider getting pregnant through donor eggs.

The polycystic ovarian syndrome is very common nowadays. In patients with PCOS, AMH levels are higher. This test is very informative but not conclusive.

In some ovarian tumors, the concentration of AMH in the blood is significantly increased. Changes in it can tell whether the treatment has been successful or there has been a relapse.

AMH testing is also useful for determining the sex of a baby with ambiguous genitalia. These cases are extremely rare, and genetic testing has the final say.

HOW IS THE TEST PERFORMED?

AMH testing is done by a simple blood test. The blood sample can be taken on any day of the menstrual cycle as AMH levels remain relatively stable. No special preparation is required before taking the blood sample. Pregnancy and hormonal contraceptives do not affect the result.

СПИРАТ ЛИ ПЪТУВАНИЯТА СЛЕД РАЖДАНЕТО?

DOES TRAVELLING STOP AFTER CHILDBIRTH?

Parenting comes with many duties, but staying at home all the time is not one of them. It’s summer and it’s normal to think about whether it’s time for the new family member’s first trip. Why not? With a little more planning everything is possible.

WHEN CAN I TRAVEL?

How long you will recover after childbirth depends on many factors such as the delivery method (vaginal or c-section). It is advisable to wait 2-3 weeks after vaginal delivery and at least a month after Caesarean section. Consult with your GP and listen to your body.

Women are predisposed to deep vein thrombosis 6-8 weeks after childbirth. This is especially true for those who had a c-section. Though rare, you should take this into consideration if you are going on a long trip. Drink plenty of water, get up and stretch on the plane or stop for a rest if you’re planning to travel by car.

WHEN CAN THE BABY TRAVEL?

Babies receive antibodies from breast milk that protect them from many diseases. However, they are much more susceptible to disease than adults. It is desirable to wait at least a month before you go with your baby on a longer trip. Some pediatricians recommend waiting for up to 3-6 months. During this time, you can start with day trips.

ABROAD WITH A BABY

Even if they’re one month old, the baby must have a passport. It can be issued when you receive the birth certificate and make an address registration of your child. If the baby is going to travel with only one of the parents, a notarized declaration is required.

One of the benefits of traveling with a baby is that it is free or only a small fee is paid. Each airline has its own requirements that you need to get acquainted with in advance so that there will be no surprises. With some airlines, children up to 24 months of age travel for free as long as they sit in the lap of their parent. This is a good way to save money, but it can be tiring when the flight is longer. In this case, it is recommended to purchase a separate seat for the child.

HOW TO SURVIVE THE FLIGHT?

Some babies sleep throughout the flight and others may cry for hours. How your child will behave is hard to predict. Changing the daily regime, air pressure all the different noises can be the source of stress for the youngest and can lead to crying and restlessness.

Select a seat next to the window — so the child will be entertaining himself with the view. Take his favorite toys and books, but only those that do not make sounds (the other passengers will be grateful). Children get nervous when they are hungry, so be sure to bring snacks. If possible, choose a flight that matches the child’s usual sleeping time. In this way, the likelihood of sleeping through it is greater.

Traveling with a baby is not for everyone, but it’s worth trying at least once. It definitely has its difficult moments, but in the end, everything is a matter of attitude.

ПРОФИЛАКТИЧНИ ПРЕГЛЕДИ

ANNUAL PHYSICAL EXAMS AND WHY YOU SHOULDN’T SKIP THEM

ANNUAL PHYSICAL EXAMS AND WHY YOU SHOULDN’T SKIP THEM

Many diseases are asymptomatic for a long time. The only way they can be diagnosed early is your annual physical exam performed by your family doctor. If you’re Bulgarian and you pay your health insurance, getting an annual checkup is not only your right but also an obligation.

WHAT DO THEY INCLUDE?

Roughly, the exam consists of patient history, getting your weight and blood pressure measured, an electrocardiogram, blood tests (complete blood count), and a urine test with test strips.

If you fall into a risk group for a given disease, you are eligible for a secondary checkup by your GP. High-risk patients will be referred to a specialist (cardiologist, endocrinologist, etc.) , which is mandatory. At the discretion of the GP, you may also be given a referral for other tests, such as blood sugar and TSH.

People in certain age groups are eligible for even more tests. This is the PSA test for prostate cancer in men over 50  and a mammogram for women over 50.

CHECKUPS AT YOUR GYNECOLOGIST’S

It is advisable for every woman to visit her gynecologist once a year. The doctor will perform a pelvic exam, an ultrasound, a Pap smear, and an STI test. It is important to get examined each year because many gynecological issues like cervical cancer are asymptomatic but highly treatable at the beginning. The lack of treatment of some infections may be a cause of infertility.

PROPHYLAXIS AND THE BULGARIAN

The annual physical exam in Bulgaria is mandatory. Missing it will cost you up to 100lv and deprivation of your healthcare insurance rights for a month.

Unfortunately, a large part of the Bulgarian population regularly misses their annual exams. Many people believe that you shouldn’t go to the doctor unless your symptoms are severe. Until then, a lot of people rely on home remedies. Another impediment is the perception that the exam is associated with many extra costs. In fact, you only have to pay the consumer fee.

Prevention is much more effective than intervention. It is always better to go to your annual physical exam and find out that you are healthy than to postpone it until it is too late.

ВЕГАН ИЛИ ВЕГЕТАРИАНЕЦ?

VEGAN OR VEGETARIAN

VEGAN OR VEGETARIAN

A healthy diet means something different to everyone. Nowadays being vegan or vegetarian is the trend. However, is cutting whole food groups out of your diet that beneficial to your health? The short answer is: neither yes, nor no.

WHAT’S THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN VEGANS AND VEGETARIANS?

While vegetarians do not consume meat (some might still consume fish), vegans don’t eat anything that has come from an animal. This includes eggs, dairy, even honey. Some vegans extend this philosophy to their daily lives by not using any leather, wool or cosmetics with animal products. The reasons for this can be ethical, ecological, religious or financial.

BENEFITS OF GOING VEGAN OR VEGETARIAN

Vegans and vegetarians consume more fruits and vegetables and with them more vitamins (A, E, Folic Acid), magnesium and fiber. They usually have lower blood sugar, blood pressure, and LDL (bad) cholesterol. This is a prerequisite for a reduced risk of heart attack and other types of heart disease. These diets are suitable for optimizing weight and reducing the risk of developing type 2 diabetes.

This diet is particularly beneficial for people with kidney disease due to lower protein intake.

According to hundreds of studies, fruits and vegetables reduce the risk of developing certain cancers. However, there is no clear evidence that switching to a fully plant-based diet will protect you from cancer better.

ARE THERE ANY RISKS?

To get the most out of a vegan or vegetarian diet, you have to keep it balanced. For example, French fries and energy drinks are vegan but not good for you.

Because of the consumption of eggs and milk, vegetarians rarely experience protein, some vitamin (B12, D3, and K) and omega-3 fatty acid deficiencies. There is some risk for vegans and this is why they might need to take dietary supplements.

VEGAN BABY

Children need a lot of energy. When they are on a plant-based diet, it is possible that they might get full before being able to consume all the calories and vitamins they need. If their food is not properly selected, they can easily suffer from malnutrition, vitamin B12, and D3 deficiency, as well as some minerals. Such experiments sometimes end in the emergency room. Be very careful about your children’s diet and always consult with a pediatrician.

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