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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.

Health Tips That Can Help You Get Pregnant By HCRM on June 15, 2018

A pregnant woman relaxing outside in the sunStarting a family can be extremely rewarding, though many people face challenges just getting pregnant. Thankfully our Omaha, NE practice can assist people through the use of in vitro fertilization (IVF) and other kinds of fertility treatments.

Say you want to have a baby without fertility treatment, though. You may be wondering what kinds of things you can do to increases your chances of successfully conceiving. We’ve assembled some tips below that can make pregnancy more likely if you have been struggling.

Track, Record, and Monitor Your Cycle

Knowing your monthly cycle can help you figure out when you’re most fertile and if something is happening to your fertility. This kind of knowledge about your own body is essential for good general health.

Have Sex Every Other Day When You’re Most Fertile

By tracking your cycle, you and pinpoint when you’re most fertile. During this fertile window, you obviously have to have sex, but you don’t necessarily have to have sex every day. Instead, you can have sex every other day, which may be more realistic for a couple. Continue to have sex regularly even outside of the fertility window as well.

Eat a Healthy Diet

You are what you eat, so it should come as no surprise that your diet can have an impact on fertility. Be sure to eat lots of fresh fruits and vegetables, and to avoid processed foods. Whole grains, lean protein, and healthy fats are also essential for a healthy and fertility-enhancing diet. Regular hydration with water is also a must.

Consider Specific Dietary Supplements

Sometimes a healthy diet isn’t enough to give your body all the vitamins and minerals it needs. You may want to speak with your doctor about taking a vitamin or nutritional supplement of some kind if you can’t meet your daily needs through food alone.

 

Exercise Regularly But Not Too Strenuously

Being fit and maintaining a healthy weight means your body is functioning optimally and at its healthiest. Be sure to work on cardio and strength training when you hit the gym or the yoga mat. Try to avoid exercises that are too strenuous, however, as the stress on your body can affect your fertility.

Avoid Cigarettes and Other Tobacco Products

Smoking and the use of chewing tobacco is bad for your health fo plenty of reasons. Turns out these products can also reduce fertility. Consider this yet another good reason to kick the habit for good and to lead a smoke-free life.

Say “No” to Alcohol

While they say a little red wine with dinner is good for your health, it’s been shown that even light-to-moderate drinking may impact your ability to become pregnant. Try to abstain from alcohol as you’re trying to start a family. It may just do the trick.

Cut Back on Caffeine

A morning coffee may be necessary to get you going, but it turns out having too much caffeine can lead to infertility. If you can’t quit caffeine completely, try to switch to a light tea or decaf instead; the latter still has trace amounts of caffeine that can help with waking up.

Find Time to Relax and Destress

Stress and anxiety can contribute to so many health issues, and infertility is one of them. Take time each day to relax and destress. Going for a walk, meditating, yoga, and other activities may be just what you need.

Get a Good Night’s Sleep

Sleep is essential for your body to work as it should. If you aren’t getting 6 to 8 hours of sleep a night, you may feel exhausted and your body will suffer for it. So make sure you’re sleeping comfortably and uninterrupted every night. It can make a big difference.

Contact a Fertility Specialist

To learn more fertility tips and to discuss professional treatments such as IVF and artificial insemination, contact an experienced fertility doctor and reproductive health specialist. The team at Heartland Center for Reproductive Medicine, PC will work with you to develop an ideal treatment plan.

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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 (877) 831-3227 to schedule a consultation.

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