5 Pregnant Womens Turn Their Bellies Into Cool Art

Sara Blakely, the woman behind Spanx, joins TODAY to explain the meaning behind “The Belly Art Project,” as well as her motivation to have moms put artwork on their pregnant bellies live on the Plaza.

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Just before her son was born, Spanx founder Sara Blakely woke up in the middle of the night with the idea to turn her pregnancy belly into a canvas. In the morning, she decided to follow through. “I want[ed] to give my husband a creative baby gift; I want[ed] to capture the moment in time with my belly in an out-of-the-box, lighthearted way; and I want[ed] my son to have these pictures as a keepsake in his baby book,” Blakely explains in the book. She later decided to see if other women would want to do the same for a good cause.

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JOY CHO, DESIGNER AND BLOGGER OF OH JOY!

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ANNA GORDON, BLACK HAWK HELICOPTER PILOT, US ARMY (RETIRED), PHOTOGRAPHER

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12 Reasons Why Your Not Getting Pregnant

Why a woman is not conceiving. Generally there is no single factor, but a combination of things. So we asked experts, who gave us the top 12 reasons.

1. Postpone

The most common reason is delaying pregnancy to a late reproduction stage by women, because of the focus on career or family reasons and other personal issues.

2. Damage to the fallopian tubes.

This is the root cause of infertility in almost 30% of the cases. When fallopian tubes are blocked, they prevent the sperm from getting to the egg or block the passage of the fertilized egg into the uterus, thus leading to infertility.

3. Aneamic or low haemoglobin.

Studies have revelaed that women who don’t get sufficient amounts of iron may suffer from lack of ovulation, a condition called anovulation. This results in poor egg health, which can inhibit pregnancy at a rate 60% higher than those with sufficient iron stores in their blood.

4. Thyroid problem.

Hypothyroidism is associated with a range of reproductive disorders, from abnormal sexual development to menstrual irregularities and infertility. Many studies have pointed out the the prevalence of thyroid autoimmunity in patients with infertility, which suggest that there is an increased prevalence of AITD in infertility clinics.

5. Endometriosis.

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Up to 30% to 50% of women with endometriosis may experience infertility. Medical therapy before attempts at conception can help treat the problem sometimes.

6. TB in the genital tracts.

While the initial exposure to the tubercle bacillus is through the lungs (because the bacillus is inhaled), most of us can fight off the infection, as a result of which it remains silent in the body, causing no harm. However, sometimes these latent bacilli get reactivated, and then spread throughout the body through the blood stream. They can then get deposited in any part of the body, causing a TB infection of that organ. It is only when it lodges and infects the genital tract, that TB can cause infertility”, explain infertility expert Dr Lisa.

7. Use of lubricants.

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It reduces sperm mobility and transfer. Reproductive Physiologist, Joanna Ellington,informs that Water based lubricants often have glycerin (which has been shown to be toxic to sperm) and propylene glycol both of which are highly hyperosmotic. This results in irreversible damage to sperm and a loss in motility after exposure to commercial lubricants. Damage to sperm and subsequent inability of the sperm to penetrate into the cervix following contact with lubricants may prevent conception in some couples.

8. Uterus Fibroids

Much depends on what type of fibroid you have. Less than three per cent of women who seek help for infertility have fibroids without any other obvious cause for their fertility problem.

9. Premature menopause.

Although you can’t use your own eggs, you can find an egg donor to achieve a pregnancy.

10. Low ovarian reserve.

A true ‘poor responder’, as IVF clinics call them, have a lower chance of conception and live birth compared to members of the normal responder group regardless of the age. The normal responders can opt for IVF techniques.

11. Are You Running To The Bathroom After Sex?

Many women tend to rush to the bathroom after having sex to clean up, wash or just to relieve them. It is important to mention here that, it is essential to stay in bed for at least a minimum of 20 minutes post the sex activity to ensure that you can conceive and the sperm gets a chance to reach the egg. If you rise, rush and run as soon as you are done with the act, you are letting Mother Nature’s gravity drag the sperm out and the rest of it is washed away when you clean up. So, it could be one of the reasons for not getting pregnant. Focus on relaxing and lying in bed for a while after the sex so that you can improve your chances of conception and getting pregnant.

12 Are You Drinking And Smoking Too Much?

Sometimes excessive smoking and drinking can reduce the chances of getting pregnant. Both these addictive habits have the ability to reduce the chances of getting pregnant by affecting the reproductive system in the body. To improve chances of getting pregnant, make sure you both quit or reduce smoking and drinking.