The US is failing Black mothers. In this article, we dive into the problem of Black maternal mortality, and what we can do to protect mothers.

There is a great imbalance in our healthcare system. While the U.S. has risen to the top as one of the world’s wealthiest nations, our healthcare system remains broken, divided by systemic barriers, racism, and economic inequality that has left many communities behind without access to proper medical care, preventative care, or health education. Amongst the many left behind in this corrupt system of health disparities are Black women, and particularly Black mothers.

Amongst the many left behind in this corrupt system of health disparities are Black women, and particularly Black mothers.

To…


Because fertility outcomes rely on both egg *and* sperm, Natalist is proud to offer products for both men and women trying to conceive.

By Natalist CEO Vernita Brown

If you’re trying to conceive, you’ve probably already purchased prenatal vitamins, ovulation and pregnancy tests, maybe a DHA or Iron supplement, as well. But is there more that you can be doing to optimize TTC? Why, yes! You see, female fertility is only half of the equation, so we’ve put together a collection of products that support male fertility.

Prenatal for him


Insomnia during pregnancy — it’s cruel, but pretty common. Let’s talk about why it happens, when it’s the most prevalent, and how to deal with it.

By OBGYN and fertility expert Dr. Kenosha Gleaton

So, you’re pregnant — you’re tired, nauseated, and walking around with a little human on your bladder. You probably feel like you need a good night’s sleep more than ever before, yet you can’t seem to fall asleep or stay asleep. Here’s the 411 on pregnancy and insomnia.

How pregnancy affects sleep patterns

Many women report having difficulty sleeping during pregnancy. One study found the incidence of insomnia in pregnant women…


Wondering if you can still use ovulation tests after experiencing pregnancy loss? Dr. Gleaton shares how ovulation tests work and what to keep in mind when using OPKs after a miscarriage.

By OBGYN and fertility expert Dr. Kenosha Gleaton

Experiencing a miscarriage is a difficult and emotional journey. When and if you feel ready to try again, ovulation tests can be very useful. Let’s talk more about how they work and what to keep in mind when using OPKs after a miscarriage.

Using ovulation tests to identify your fertile window

If you’re trying to conceive, ovulation tests are a very effective way to predict when you’re ovulating. Since…


Get the inside scoop on vitamin D supplementation during pregnancy, nursing, and beyond.

By OBGYN and fertility expert Dr. Kenosha Gleaton

Pregnancy and breastfeeding take up a lot of your nutrients, which is why it’s necessary to find the right diet for your body. Let’s dive into what vitamin D does for you and your baby, and how much you should be taking during and after breastfeeding.

The 411 on vitamin D

Vitamin D, AKA the “sunshine vitamin” is vital for healthy teeth, bones, and immune function.

A NHANES study found that nearly 40% of Americans are vitamin D deficient. Vitamin D deficiency is more common during pregnancy, especially among high-risk groups such as vegetarians, women with limited…


CoQ10 is a powerful antioxidant that can be helpful for IVF outcomes, egg quality, and male fertility, but can it also affect your menstrual cycle?

By OBGYN and fertility expert Dr. Kenosha Gleaton

“I’m 38 and have been taking CoQ10 for three months and noticed that I’m ovulating earlier and my cycle was delayed. Could this be from the CoQ10?”

This is not the first time I’ve heard someone mention cycle changes after taking supplements, including CoQ10. Let’s dive into some of the questions we hear about CoQ10 and cycles.

What is CoQ10?

Coenzyme Q10, oftentimes referred to as CoQ10, is a powerful antioxidant naturally found in the body and in many food sources. CoQ10 is an essential component of cells needed for energy production. It is produced by the body and aids in the growth and maintenance of cells.

It has shown a great deal of promise to affect various fertility parameters for those…


Are you wanting to grow your family, but worried about getting pregnant due to your age? In this article, OBGYN Dr. Gleaton tells you what you need to know about pregnancy, fertility, and age.

By OBGYN and fertility expert Dr. Kenosha Gleaton

With increased knowledge and advancements in medicine and fertility, more and more women are choosing to have children later in life. The National Center for Health Statistics stated the average age of first birth in the US rose from 24.9 years in 2000 to 26.3 years in 2014. This also varies by county; for example, from 2007–2017, the…


Every month, we answer all your questions about fertility, pregnancy, birth and more. Follow us on Instagram to ask your questions!

This month’s Q&A is with fertility and nutrition expert Lauren Manaker, RD.

Do you take the Fiber in addition to your prenatal? Shouldn’t a prenatal have fiber?

If you take a fiber supplement, you should take it in addition to your prenatal vitamin. Fiber supplements do not provide important nutrients like folate and DHA. Not all prenatals have fiber because not all pregnant people struggle with constipation. We always recommend discussing supplements with your doctor before you start them.

What does fiber do/help out with?

Fiber can help offer some constipation relief. …


Every month, Dr. Gleaton answers all your questions about fertility, pregnancy, birth and more. Follow us on Instagram to ask your questions!

What advice do you have for Black women who have high BMI and are discriminated against?

Multiple studies have shown that black women and obese women are often discrimated against in medical and non-medical settings. It’s important to recognize this. Being knowledgeable and proactive is the best defense for any type of discrimation. Knowing your patient rights, your personal and family medical history and what things you are highest risk for can make all the difference. The doctor patient relationship is a partnership and both parties must actively engage for the best outcome. If…


High levels of lead and other toxic elements (such as mercury, arsenic, and cadmium) are known to cause reproductive harm or cancer. So why are they in some prenatal vitamins? Let’s dive in.

By women’s health expert and fertility warrior Halle Tecco

Limiting exposure to toxic elements is important, especially when pregnant. The federal government (and more recently the state of California) has set guidelines and limits for the presence of lead and other toxic elements, but does your prenatal make the cut? In this guide, we’ll dive into safety guidelines for heavy metals in prenatal vitamins.

Is there lead in prenatal vitamins?

Unfortunately, some prenatal…

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