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Our Response to COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

HCRM is dedicated to keep our patients and staff safe and healthy during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. HCRM has policies and guidelines in place aligned with recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and local and state health authorities to help prevent the spread of illness. We are also adhering to recent guidelines that have been published by the American Society of Reproductive Medicine (ASRM) regarding the treatment of current and new patients.

Please review the new procedures we have put into place at HCRM:

1. All patients will receive a phone call 24-48 hours prior to the appointment and complete a prescreening questionnaire with questions regarding their travel history in the past 14 days and the presence of respiratory symptoms (fever of 100.4 or higher, cough, sore throat, shortness of breath) within the past 14 days.

2. All patients and visitors will complete the same prescreening questionnaire with a HCRM staff member prior to entering the clinic on the day of the appointment. Please allow for an extra 5 minutes prior to your appointment to complete the prescreening. It is possible that a patient may need to reschedule his/her appointment based on symptoms or travel history.

3. HCRM requests that patients come to the clinic unaccompanied, leaving their partners/support waiting for them at home or in their vehicles when feasible. We request that patients do not bring children to their appointment.

4. With the use of Telemedicine, we hope to continue to provide care to our new and current patients.

5. HCRM will reduce the frequency of clinic appointments during treatment cycle monitoring.

6. HCRM will frequently enforce infection control processes within the clinic, including good hand washing hygiene, frequent disinfecting of patient rooms and surfaces, and social distancing.

We at HCRM appreciate your ongoing support as we work together and do our part to "flatten the curve." Please contact our office at (402) 717-4200 for more information or any questions.

For current travel advisories and up-to-date information on COVID-19, please visit the CDC’s COVID-19 website.

How Does Magnesium Affect Female Fertility? By HCRM on September 08, 2014

A paper cutout of a couple in loveThe team at Heartland Center for Reproductive Medicine knows that there is more to fertility treatment that what we do at our practice. While patients who come to our Omaha fertility center can undergo in vitro fertilization (IVF) to become pregnant and start a family, there is plenty that they can do at home to enhance the results of professional treatment.

An important factor in treatment success and general fertility is diet and nutrition. We want to use this blog post to look at one important mineral that can help patients have a successful pregnancy and a healthy child: magnesium.

About Magnesium

Magnesium is a crucial element found in the human body. In fact, it is the fourth-most abundant element in the human body; there are between 4 to 6 teaspoons of magnesium present in you right now.

In terms of what magnesium does for people, it is crucial for basic function of the body and various organs. Magnesium assists in maintaining healthy blood pressure, balancing out your blood sugar, keeping your heart rate steady, and relaxing your muscles.

Why Magnesium Is Important for Becoming Pregnant

Magnesium has sometimes been called “the hormone of pregnancy.” This element helps with ensuring the right amount of blood flow to the uterus. It is also crucial for the production of progesterone, which is important for a healthy menstrual cycle.

Magnesium Can Also Prevent SIDS and Birth Defects

In addition to improving basic body functions, it's been suggested that proper magnesium intake can prevent premature birth, help prevent certain birth defects, and reduce the chances of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS).

So not only is magnesium important for increasing your chances of a successful pregnancy, it can also improve the health of your baby.

How much magnesium should I get if I'm trying to become pregnant?

For regular daily intake, the ideal amount of magnesium is roughly 320mg. Having a little more magnesium while trying to get pregnant is a good idea to consider, though it's best for women not to overdo it. In these cases, roughly 350mg to 360mg is most ideal.

Many people do not get the recommended daily amount of magnesium they should have from their normal diet, which is why dietary supplements may be helpful. Since all patients have different needs, it's important that you discuss your nutrition with us as well as your general practitioner before taking any kinds of vitamins or supplements.

Foods Rich In Magnesium

Even though there are pills that can help you get the magnesium you may be missing, there are plenty of foods that are rich in magnesium that you should incorporate into your diet since they are good for you. These include:

  • Leafy greens
  • Whole grains
  • Dark chocolate
  • Sunflower seeds
  • Pumpkin seeds
  • Almonds
  • Cashews

Magnesium Alone Is Not Enough

Magnesium is essential, but at the same time, it's not the only element that you need to maintain great health and improve the chances of becoming pregnant. During your consultation here at Heartland Center for Reproductive Medicine, we can go over various things that you can do to boost fertility and enhance the results of a professional fertility treatment.

Learn How You Can Boost Your Fertility

For more information about having a healthy baby and a successful pregnancy, it's important that you contact our fertility specialists today. During your consultation, we will be sure to answer all of your questions and address all of your concerns about your options for treatment.

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Heartland Center for Reproductive Medicine

Heartland Center for Reproductive Medicine

Dr. Stephanie L.F. Gustin, Dr. Elizabeth Constance, and Dr. Elizabeth Weedin are skilled reproductive endocrinologists who offer state-of-the-art fertility treatments. An open and inclusive environment, the Heartland Center for Reproductive Medicine can address different causes of infertility and help LGBTQ couples build loving families.

Contact our practice online or call us at (402) 717-4200 to schedule a consultation.

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