Pride Angel Journey - Swordfish and a Scan

September 1, 2014 20:14 by PrideAngelAdmin
pregnancy test The good news outweighed the bad news, but it didn't stop us feeling awkward. We'd called at Sainsbury's for a pregnancy test on the way to my brother's house. Perched on the edge of the bathroom we whispered in our excitement as we watched that word appear: Pregnant.

The bad news was that my brother and his partner had spent a fortune on swordfish for dinner. We googled it. No, as we thought - no swordfish for pregnant Sal, only a very small amount of swordfish for me; I was still breastfeeding Luna. At the table we awkwardly shifted bits of fish around our plates; the next day, feeling a bit guilty and a bit excitable we told them the news: four weeks pregnant.

Ten days later Sal woke me to say she'd had some bleeding. "There was a small clot - I'm afraid I think that was it." She wiped away her tears and we consulted the books. And there we found some hope because she wasn't in pain. She took her first sick day in ten years and, settled herself in bed for a day of worried wondering.

The following day at the hospital, while Luna entertained herself with the cubicle curtains, we watched as a tiny heartbeat pulsed contentedly. The heartbeat of a little five-and-a-half-week-old, not-yet-baby-shaped blob, bouncing around in its very spacious-looking uterine home.

Article: by Lindsey, West Yorkshire 1st Setember 2014

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Reading Pride Announce Festival Line-Up - 30th August 2014

August 29, 2014 21:00 by PrideAngelAdmin
Reading Pride have announced the full programme and stage line-up for the 2014 Pride Parade & Festival on Saturday 30th August inspired by this year’s theme of ‘Musicals’.

The day starts with the traditional parade through Reading Town Centre leaving the Civic Centre at 11.30am passing through Broad Street and Forbury Gardens before arriving at King’s Meadow for the opening of the Pride Festival by the Mayor of Reading at 12 noon.

Headline acts on the main stage include Sam Callahan of X-Factor Fame, Amanda Wilson of the Freemasons and local favourite Nicolette Street, all hosted by The Joes. There will be a full line-up on the main stage throughout day starting with local jazz and swing band Funk Lab and including Cabaret favourties Misty Lee, Topping and Butch, Lola Lasagna and Sandra London as well as Reading’s own Wilma Fingadoo who will be hosting throughout the afternoon. There will also be upcoming local talent featured including Luke Upton [winner of Has Reading Got Talent? 2013], the ever-popular Feryl [previously known as Benji] and Markie.

Other attractions at the Festival include a ‘Village Green’ youth and family zone including Disco Dome and other attractions, an extensive Marketplace, food and drink outlets, karaoke stage and funfair as well as a VIP area and Trans picnic area.

This year’s VIP Area has received a make-over in line with the Musicals theme with red carpet and glitz to be expected with dedicated bar service and food outlet. VIP wristbands are available on the day priced £12 each or in advance priced £10 from www.readingpride.co.uk

Chair of Reading Pride Andrew Adams said ‘This year has seen significant progress in rights for LGBT+ people in the UK but there is more to be done to build a truly equal society, while in many parts of the world we see people continuing to be persecuted for their sexuality. This year’s Reading Pride will be a great day out for the whole community while showing solidarity for those who are still prevented from expressing their love for one another, wherever they may be’.

The festival runs until 7.00pm. Entry is free and the entire community is welcome. For further information visit www.readingpride.co.uk

Article: 29th August 2014 www.readingpride.co.uk For all media enquiries contact chair@readingpride.co.uk or call 0844 3570124 / 07738 699522.

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Pride Angel at Manchester Pride 2014

August 25, 2014 23:07 by PrideAngelAdmin
Manchester's annual Pride Big Weekend and Parade has had another successful year with tens of thousands of people attending.

The four-day festival, now in its 23rd year, celebrates the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community.

This year's theme celebrated same sex couples being able to marry, after the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Act 2013 was introduced in March.

The Lifestyle Expo was a huge success and one of the community's favourite places to be during the Big Weekend!

There were over 40 stalls representing LGBT organisations and supporters, to include LGBT parenting website Pride Angel, who were delighted to be pictured with a beautiful ‘Pride Angel Baby’ and her proud mums.

Also pictured: Scottish girls enjoying parade.






Article: 25th August 2014 www.prideangel.com

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Pride Angel at Manchester Pride Expo

August 22, 2014 21:58 by PrideAngelAdmin
Manchester Pride Expo Saturday 23rd - Monday 25th August.

The Expo is one of the community's favourite places to be during the Big Weekend! Find out about joining a sports group, getting advice about health and wellbeing or enter some competitions with our partners.

There are over 40 stalls representing LGBT organisations and supporters right in the heart of the site.

Visit Pride Angel at the Expo

Thinking about becoming a parent? Looking for a donor or co-parent? Or want to help others by donating sperm or eggs? Come along and talk to Pride Angel, at the Manchester Expo, where they will be happy to talk through your options.

Pride Angel is a leading connection website and fertility portal, bringing together donors and recipients throughout UK and worldwide. Members can register for free, create their own personal profile and contact users through our internal messaging system.

We have over 35,000 members registered , to include lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and heterosexual.

Members are able to search donors, co-parents or recipients by criteria such as hair colour, eye colour, sexuality, the amount of contact if any they wish to have with a child, and whether they wish to be a legal parent or not legally responsible.

Fortunately the law has improved within recent years to make legal parenthood much clearer, meaning that a donor can donate to a married or lesbian couple without the worry of being legally or financially responsible. So why not give the gift of life and make someone’s dream of a family become a reality.

Creating families with Pride.

Article: 22nd August 2014 www.prideangel.com

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Tips for reducing your chance of miscarriage

August 19, 2014 21:27 by PrideAngelAdmin
1. Prepare for Conception
The first step is to prepare your body with fertility cleansing. Fertility cleansing helps to support the liver in cleansing the body of old toxins and excess hormones while encouraging the uterus to cleanse itself of ‘old’ contents, increasing uterine circulation and tone.

2. Eat a Nutrient Dense Fertility Diet
The next step is to nourish and build up your body to be a healthy, baby-friendly body. This can easily be done through eating a nutrient dense Fertility Diet. What you eat has an impact on:

•The health of your eggs
•Your hormonal balance
•Creates a healthy placenta
•Decreases chances of a miscarriage
•Builds nutrient storage for baby
•Creates healthy reproductive system

You will want to make sure you are eating a fertility diet consistently for at least 90 days before you begin trying to conceive for your best chances of creating a healthy pregnancy. You can learn how to eat a nutrient dense fertility diet here.

3. Build a Healthy Foundation
One of the major foundational steps to increasing your changes of having a healthy pregnancy is to take some basic vitamins, minerals, and EFA’s. There are specific vitamins and minerals that are necessary for a healthy reproductive system, hormonal balance, and ovulation.

Building a healthy foundation is a two punch step. You will want to be taking a multivitamin and omega 3 supplements. But the key here is not to just take any multivitamin. The best multivitamin to take for fertility and pregnancy is a prenatal multivitamin. But be careful when you are choosing which one to take. NOT ALL SUPPLEMENTS ARE CREATED EQUAL. Make sure you are taking a whole food prenatal multivitamin. You also need to make sure your prenatal vitamin contains B6, B12 and folic acid (folate). This combination has been shown to help prevent miscarriages due to high homocysteine levels.

Essential fatty acids are also extremely important for miscarriage prevention through creating a healthy body. EFA’s, specifically omega 3’s, are responsible for many fertility actions. But specifically for aiding in possibly preventing miscarriage – they help to reduce inflammation, aiding in hormone production and hormone balance.

4. Apply Fertility or Abdominal Massage
Another important element of promoting a healthy conception is to increase the circulation to the uterus. From our daily lifestyles of not exercising enough and sitting at a desk all day an decrease the circulation to the uterus. The left leg and the uterus share the same major artery with most of the blood going to the legs, especially when we live in a stressful state of fight or flight (our bodies sends all the blood to the muscles and brain in preparation for running away or fighting), the circulation to the uterus will be compromised.

There are three options for massage when it comes to supporting reproductive circulation. You can find a massage therapist who specializes in abdominal massage (or better yet a fertility massage therapist, you can book a consultation with a Mayan Abdominal Practitioner, or you can learn how to apply Self Fertility Massage™ at home.

Through applying a simple massage method called Self Fertility Massage you are able to increase the circulation to the uterus, clear adhesions, clear congestion (if you have endometriosis, PCOS, clotty and dark periods, and heavy cramps during your period, I am talking to you). You will want to add this technique to your program.

5. Herb & Supplement Program for Recurrent Miscarriage
Vitex
Vitex (Chaste Tree berry) Has been traditionally used by midwives and herbalist to prevent miscarriage associated with low progesterone. It can be used in conjunction with progesterone creams.

Maca
Maca is a nourishing food for the endocrine system, aiding both the pituitary, adrenal, and thyroid glands (all involved in hormonal balance.) Maca has the ability to affect key hormones in both women and men without containing hormones itself.

Read more ...

Article: 19th August 2014 natural-fertility-info.com/preventing-miscarriage

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Victoria Beckham has Chinese therapy to increase her fertility

August 14, 2014 14:42 by PrideAngelAdmin
The 40-year-old fashion designer and her former soccer star husband David Beckham are already parents to four children, Brooklyn, Romeo, Cruz and Harper. David has made no secret of his desire for more kids and it seems Victoria is now coming around to the idea.

"Victoria has been taking fertility boosting yoga classes. They focus on the chakras that encourage fertility and 'embrace the power of the Divine Feminine'. It's a yin style of yoga that concentrates on increasing energy flow in the body to open up 'the seat of creation'. It also helps to relieve stress, which in itself optimises fertility," a source told British magazine Heat.

Victoria has apparently made it clear to her husband that this will be their last child. Now she wants to make it happen, she's embarked on many different treatments to optimise her chances of falling pregnant.

The star is said to have undergone Chinese cupping therapy, which she does in the morning when her energy is at its highest. She's taking Bach flower remedies which are supposed to help mentally during conception and homeopathic remedies too.

The family have been enjoying a summer holiday in Los Angeles, where they used to be live, with Victoria apparently enjoying some time out. She's also chatted to a nutritionist, who has suggested ways to boost her fertility via her diet.

On top of this, the couple have apparently already enlisted some changes to their home in London.

The star is said to have undergone Chinese cupping therapy, which she does in the morning when her energy is at its highest. She's taking Bach flower remedies which are supposed to help mentally during conception and homeopathic remedies too.

The family have been enjoying a summer holiday in Los Angeles, where they used to be live, with Victoria apparently enjoying some time out. She's also chatted to a nutritionist, who has suggested ways to boost her fertility via her diet. On top of this, the couple have apparently already enlisted some changes to their home in London.

"They've told Rose [Uniacke, their interior designer] to create a nursery in the new house. It's a suite - with a nanny's room next to it and two bathrooms," the source said.

Article: 14th August 2014 www.independent.ie

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Victoria Beckham has Chinese therapy to increase her fertility

August 14, 2014 13:59 by PrideAngelAdmin
The 40-year-old fashion designer and her former soccer star husband David Beckham are already parents to four children, Brooklyn, Romeo, Cruz and Harper. David has made no secret of his desire for more kids and it seems Victoria is now coming around to the idea.

"Victoria has been taking fertility boosting yoga classes. They focus on the chakras that encourage fertility and 'embrace the power of the Divine Feminine'. It's a yin style of yoga that concentrates on increasing energy flow in the body to open up 'the seat of creation'. It also helps to relieve stress, which in itself optimises fertility," a source told British magazine Heat.

Victoria has apparently made it clear to her husband that this will be their last child. Now she wants to make it happen, she's embarked on many different treatments to optimise her chances of falling pregnant.

The star is said to have undergone Chinese cupping therapy, which she does in the morning when her energy is at its highest. She's taking Bach flower remedies which are supposed to help mentally during conception and homeopathic remedies too.

The family have been enjoying a summer holiday in Los Angeles, where they used to be live, with Victoria apparently enjoying some time out. She's also chatted to a nutritionist, who has suggested ways to boost her fertility via her diet.

On top of this, the couple have apparently already enlisted some changes to their home in London.

The star is said to have undergone Chinese cupping therapy, which she does in the morning when her energy is at its highest. She's taking Bach flower remedies which are supposed to help mentally during conception and homeopathic remedies too.

The family have been enjoying a summer holiday in Los Angeles, where they used to be live, with Victoria apparently enjoying some time out. She's also chatted to a nutritionist, who has suggested ways to boost her fertility via her diet. On top of this, the couple have apparently already enlisted some changes to their home in London.

"They've told Rose [Uniacke, their interior designer] to create a nursery in the new house. It's a suite - with a nanny's room next to it and two bathrooms," the source said.

Article: 14th August 2014 www.independent.ie

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Victoria Beckham has Chinese therapy to increase her fertility

August 14, 2014 13:59 by PrideAngelAdmin
The 40-year-old fashion designer and her former soccer star husband David Beckham are already parents to four children, Brooklyn, Romeo, Cruz and Harper. David has made no secret of his desire for more kids and it seems Victoria is now coming around to the idea.

"Victoria has been taking fertility boosting yoga classes. They focus on the chakras that encourage fertility and 'embrace the power of the Divine Feminine'. It's a yin style of yoga that concentrates on increasing energy flow in the body to open up 'the seat of creation'. It also helps to relieve stress, which in itself optimises fertility," a source told British magazine Heat.

Victoria has apparently made it clear to her husband that this will be their last child. Now she wants to make it happen, she's embarked on many different treatments to optimise her chances of falling pregnant.

The star is said to have undergone Chinese cupping therapy, which she does in the morning when her energy is at its highest. She's taking Bach flower remedies which are supposed to help mentally during conception and homeopathic remedies too.

The family have been enjoying a summer holiday in Los Angeles, where they used to be live, with Victoria apparently enjoying some time out. She's also chatted to a nutritionist, who has suggested ways to boost her fertility via her diet.

On top of this, the couple have apparently already enlisted some changes to their home in London.

The star is said to have undergone Chinese cupping therapy, which she does in the morning when her energy is at its highest. She's taking Bach flower remedies which are supposed to help mentally during conception and homeopathic remedies too.

The family have been enjoying a summer holiday in Los Angeles, where they used to be live, with Victoria apparently enjoying some time out. She's also chatted to a nutritionist, who has suggested ways to boost her fertility via her diet. On top of this, the couple have apparently already enlisted some changes to their home in London.

"They've told Rose [Uniacke, their interior designer] to create a nursery in the new house. It's a suite - with a nanny's room next to it and two bathrooms," the source said.

Article: 14th August 2014 www.independent.ie

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Alternative Parenting Show to take place in September 2014

August 9, 2014 16:04 by PrideAngelAdmin
Europe’s biggest event for prospective gay parents, the annual Alternative Parenting Show is set to take place again in London on Saturday 21 September 2014.

Returning to the Grand Connaught Rooms in Covent Garden, London, the event is aimed at anyone – including LGBT singles and couples – who wish to explore today’s different routes to parenthood.

There will be exhibitors from agencies from all over the world, including international surrogacy providers, legal advisors and adoption/fostering agencies.

There will also be a series of seminars from experts on topics such as surrogacy law and practice, legal issues around sperm donation and co-parenting, and fertility issues for older women. Over 40 exhibitors have so far been confirmed for this year’s show, with the London Women’s Clinic acting as headline sponsor.

Also attending will be former Coronation Street actor, Charlie Condou [pictured], who will talk of his own experiences as a gay dad to two young children.

The event’s organiser, Sarah Garrett said, ‘Figures realised by the Office for National Statistics show that in 2014 families come in all different shapes and sizes and that is certainly going to continue as single men and women, as well as same-sex couples, are exploring ways in which to start a family.

‘Ten years ago the idea that a gay person could start a family was an unrealistic objective for many. I'm pleased that is changing.

‘The Alternative Parenting Show helps would-be mums and dads battle through the minefield of having children and I'm glad to be hosting it for the third year running – there is a packed programme on the day and a record number of exhibitors providing expert advice.’

You can find more information on the show at www.alternativeparenting.co.uk

Article: www.gaystarnews.com 9th August 2014

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Telling your child they are donor conceived

August 6, 2014 13:32 by PrideAngelAdmin
If you are thinking of creating your family through donated gametes - sperm, egg or embryo - or you already have children, you may have wondered how best to explain their biological origins to them as they are growing up. Donor Conception Network may be able to help you.

DCN is a national charity which was started over 20 years ago by five families who had children through sperm donation and wanted to support each other and encourage others to be open with their children. Now there are 1700 member families and individuals, including lesbian and single parent families, heterosexual families, donor-conceived adults and those who are still thinking about whether donor conception is right for them. Some are pursuing treatment in the UK, others abroad; and their donors may be known, id release or anonymous. The DCN website (www.dcnetwork.org) includes amongst other things personal stories and a bookshop selling DCN publications about how to talk to your children about donor conception, and books for your children themselves.

DCN also runs workshops open to all, both for those preparing to become parents, and for those who already have children.It is a chance to explore all the issues in a safe and confidential setting; the facilitators are skilled in running groups, and equally importantly are all parents of donor-conceived children. There are separate groups for heterosexual couples, and for lesbian couples and single women, as people often say they welcome the opportunity to talk things over with others in similar situations.

One recent participant on the Preparation for Parenthood workshop stated: 'Thoughtfully put together with a good balance of factual, practical content whilst maintaining focus on the emotional and psychological impact of donor conception.'

DCN believes that the more open parents are about donor conception the better it is for the health of individuals and families. If you would like to find out more, look on the website, or phone 020 7278 2608, or email enquiries@dcnetwork.org if you would like to know more or discuss something in confidence.

Article: 6th August 2014 www.dcnetwork.org/

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