Preparing For Pregnancy – Q&A With Marjorie Jaffe Goldner – Co-Founder of PregPrep

April 18, 2014


PregPrep Co-Founders Marjorie Jaffe Goldner (left) & Lara Oboler (right)

Whether a woman is trying to conceive for the first time, or perhaps second or third time, preparing for pregnancy is often the first thought. We are excited to sit down with Marjorie Jaffe Goldner, Co-Founder of PregPrep, a company that is devoted to helping women become pregnant. PregPrep is best known for its “Make That Baby Kit,” which contains 3 safe, natural, doctor-formulated products that work together to target a woman’s most fertile days.

NN: PregPrep has helped so many women start or expand their families. What is the story behind PregPrep? 

MJG: We launched PregPrep to help all women who are ready to get pregnant. My partner (and sister in law), who is an interventional cardiologist, conceived the idea for PregPrep when she was trying to get pregnant with her first child. In her mid-thirties at that time and eager to start a family, Lara’s eagerness turned into great impatience as the months flew by and nothing was happening. But while researching ways to conceive naturally and quickly, she had her “aha” moment.

Lara read about mucolytics, compounds commonly found in cold and cough medicines to thin out mucus in the lungs. Her research suggested that mucolytics might also help thin out cervical mucus, allowing sperm to travel more easily to the egg. She tried her theory on herself and was pregnant the first month she tried. To her surprise, and on further investigation, discovered that OB/GYNs and fertility specialists often recommend mucolytics as a conception aid.

Lara then realized that she wanted all women trying to conceive to know about this natural, easy, and safe alternative to help speed along the pregnancy journey. And, as we learned during our research, healthy women in their twenties have just a 25% chance of conceiving each month. After age thirty that statistic drops down to 15% and, once you pass forty, chances are only 5% per month. We wanted to help women boost their conception odds each month.

So Lara and I decided to team up (I have a marketing background) and create PregPrep, a Company dedicated to helping women with their pregnancy journey. We did years of research and consulted with our OB/GYN before developing a trio of products including FertilPrep, a mucolytic derived from a naturally occurring amino acid that is also a potent antioxidant (unlike the compounds used in cough syrups). We have brought to all women – regardless of their age or stage of their conception journey – the products we couldn’t find when we were trying to have babies.

NN: What is included in each PregPrep Make That Baby kit and how is it used? 

MJG: PregPrep’s Make That Baby (MTB) kit allows women to take charge of their conception journey and optimize their chances of conceiving. Our kit contains 3 safe, natural, doctor-formulated products that work together to target a woman’s most fertile days. Included in the trio of products is a bolstered, natural mucolytic and antioxidant (which works to facilitate successful transport of sperm to egg), a unique, specialized prenatal vitamin that melts easily on the tongue, and a select blend of aroma therapeutic oils to encourage overall well-being during the pregnancy journey.

NN: What are some common fertility factors that are addressed by the PregPrep Kit?

MJG: The PregPrep kit provides women with all the essential supplements they need pre-conception. Our prenatal vitamin (VitaMelt) contain folic acid, an absolutely essential supplement for any woman trying to conceive. Studies have shown that adequate folic acid intake may reduce a woman’s risk of having a child with a brain or spinal cord birth defect. Our VitaMelts also includes Vitamin D and B12, both of which are designed to support normal ovulation. They are streamlined for only pre-conception and do not make you sick or constipated. ..

PregPrep’s FertilPrep  contains NAC (N-acetyl Cysteine). NAC is a natural mucolytic that dissolves viscous mucus + thins mucus secretions. Thin cervical mucus significantly eases sperm transport, which may help facilitate fertilization. NAC is also a naturally-occurring antioxidant that reduces levels of free radicals in the body. PregPrep’s FertilPrep contains the most optimal dosages of NAC in a multi-ingredient fertility supplement available. FertilPrep is also fortified with a select blend of natural derivatives (including Chaste Berry Extract and Evening Primrose Oil) that offer further support to the quality of cervical mucus, fight free radical damage + support hormonal health.

The beneficial effects of aromatherapy have been studied + noted by many in the field of human health. Essential oils have been shown to have a calming, yet revitalizing influence that may improve the functioning of the reproductive system by acting on the hypothalamus + autonomic nervous system. Our Essential Balance Oil decreases stress. We recommend the use of this therapeutic oil as a prelude to the most crucial step on the path to conception: having sex.

NN: You’ve spoken at length about mucolytics and their importance in increasing fertility. Can you tell us a little more about that?

MJG: Sometimes the sperm needs a little help getting to the finish line, and thinning the cervical mucus allows the sperm easier transport to reach the egg. So instead of swimming through molasses, with the use of a mucolytic, the sperm is swimming through water.  PregPrep has developed a natural, doctor-formulated mucolytic just for women trying to conceive. This carefully researched formula provides the ideal dose of a potent mucolytic and antioxidant to help women optimize their chances for pregnancy.

NN: What is the difference between PregPrep and prenatal vitamins? What makes the product so effective and how does it work?

MJG: PregPrep has taken the guess work out of prenatal vitamins by packaging all the essential nutrients and vitamins a women needs in one simple, easy to use kit. Our 3 products work together to optimize a women’s chances of conceiving and primes her body for pregnancy.

NN: Aside from using the PregPrep kit, what are some other things women can do to prep their bodies for pregnancy?

MJG: There are some fairly easy things you can do that will help you get on the road to a baby bump:

  1. Make sure you are timing it right. This is THE number one key to success. Pinpoint your fertile window by tracking your monthly cycle and subtracting 14 from the length of time between menstruations. (If your cycle is 30 days then you will most likely ovulate on day 16). Try an ovulation predictor kit if you need more help.
  2. Try to have sex on the 5 days leading up to ovulation. Sperm live for 3-5 days and maybe even longer in some cases. The egg only lives for a day. So the sperm need to be waiting for the egg to drop.
  3. Avoid using lubricants during sex, as most are not friendly to sperm.
  4. Get your partner to up his zinc intake and make sure he keeps his important parts cool and loose to ensure a high sperm count. (No hot tubs, and choose boxers over briefs.)
  5. Try vitamins that can help regulate ovulation (such as a vitamin with D and B12). And don’t forget folic acid; you need to begin taking folic acid before conception to reduce incidence of neural tube and other birth defects (and autism too).
  6. Learn about the role of cervical mucus in conception. Consider using a mucolytic tailored to help facilitate conception. Sometimes the sperm needs a little help getting to the finish line, and the right consistency of cervical mucus can help them get there quickly and easily. PregPrep has developed a natural, doctor-formulated mucolytic just for women trying to conceive. This carefully researched formula provides the ideal dose of a potent mucolytic and antioxidant to help women optimize their chances for pregnancy.

NN: What are some recommendations you have for women that intend to get pregnant in the future but are not actively trying yet? What can these women do to maintain healthy fertility levels?

  1. Take a Folic Acid Supplement. 
Folic Acid supplements are the primary ingredient in our VitaMelt. It’s important to make sure you’ve got folic acid in your system before conceiving. Taking 400mcg of folic acid has been shown to reduce the risk of neural tube and other serious birth defects.
  2. Get to Your Proper Weight. 
Try and get to a healthy weight before you add your bump. Being overweight before pregnancy can hinder fertility and increase your risk for diabetes and hypertension.
  3. Exercise. You should make an effort to get yourself in good physical condition for pregnancy and labor. Begin exercising in moderation before conceiving. The key words here are: in moderation. Don’t wear out the treadmill, but do try and get 30 minutes of exercise in regularly.

NN: What’s next for PregPrep?

MJG: Eventually, we will have a complete line of products catering to women from pre-conception to postpartum. We are currently working on our next group of products which will aid in pregnancy discomforts.

NN: Where can customers find PregPrep?

MJG: PregPrep can be purchased on our website, as well as boutique pharmacies and online stores. You can see a full list of retailers on our site under store locations.

NN: What is your favorite Nine Naturals product?

MJG: I love the Vanilla + Geranium Regenerative Pregnancy Belly Butter & Stretch Mark Cream. I’ve had 3 children and, unfortunately, the stomach never quite recovers. This organic cream – which has Shea butter and Vitamin E, really does help restore the natural suppleness of my skin. And it smells great too!

Kickstart Conception with New Products from Nine Naturals!

April 17, 2014

Nine Naturals + PregPrep

Preparing For Pregnancy

As you prepare yourself for pregnancy, you are thinking about everything that you put in and on your body. In fact, 1 of every 4 women who use Nine Naturals is not yet pregnant but preparing for her pregnancy.

Nine Naturals wants to be with you from the beginning, as you prepare your body for fertility and pregnancy.

We want to help you feel beautiful and pampered with the best natural products that are safe for your body and the baby to come.Nine Naturals is thrilled to launch our partnership with PregPrep, a doctor and mom-led company that helps women promote ideal conditions for achieving conception. Their Make-that-Baby Kit offers physician-formulated natural supplements that provide key nutritional support to bolster fertility and promote ideal reproductive health.

Nine Naturals + PregPrep are offering 3 exclusive packages to prepare for pregnancy through body and beauty:

Hospital Bound. Pack some style into your delivery.

April 14, 2014

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Article & Photo Courtesy of Well Rounded NY.

Pajamas? Check. Toothbrush? Check! Baby outfit? Check! You have all of your essentials ready for the big day when you race off to the hospital, but there’s no reason to forget about style on this trip. Why not get that weekender bag you’ve had your eye on? You’ll definitely use it again. Here are the ones we’re eyeing at the moment…

  • Painter Tote from Clare Vivier: A trip to the hospital does not mean you must let go of your effortlessly chic ways. This Painter Tote from Clare Vivier combines a French sensibility with no-fuss practicality, and is ethically made in Los Angeles. $278.00
  • Rail and Wharf duffel from J.Crew: Everything is about to go into cute-overload with your new arrival. Keep it classic with this nautical duffel from J.Crew. $118.00
  • Happy Daze Bobby tote from Marc by Marc Jacobs: This is such a joyful time in your life, and there are smiles everywhere. With the Happy Daze Bobby tote from Marc by Marc Jacobs, even your hospital bag is giddy for you. $178.00
  • Deena & Ozzy Acid Stonewash Weekender Bag: This relaxed stonewashed denim weekender bag from Deena & Ozzy is super-spacious with plenty of pockets for easy access. $39.00
  • O’Neill Saturday Bag: Already thinking about toting baby from the borough to the beach? The Saturday Bag from O’Neill will hold all of your new one’s essentials with room for yours as well. $59.50

This article is by Jenni Lee courtesy of Well Rounded NY.  Conceived with love by former magazine editors Jessica Pallay and Kaity Velez, Well Rounded NY aims to be the singular pregnancy resource for city-savvy moms-to-be. Through reviews, profiles, expert Q&As, local guides and more, Well Rounded curates the New York City pregnancy and helps its readers come to terms – and term! – with pregnancy in the city.

Things We’ve Read: Week of April 7th

April 13, 2014

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A Father With No Money Hand Built This Crib 30 Years Ago. Wait Til You See What That Baby Just Did. (ViralNova): DIY Inspiration passed down from generation to generation.

Panel Backs Aspirin Use for Some Pregnant Women (WSJ): While aspirin is generally not recommended during pregnancy, there might be a role for low dosages (baby aspirin) in preventing pre-eclampsia.

Gestational Diabetes Rates Rapidly Increasing (ActiveBeat): A healthy lifestyle and diet are critical before and during pregnancy. Rates of gestational diabetes have doubled since the 90′s with 10% of women over 30 & 13% of women over 40 affected.

The TiPED Tiers: If you heart science, you’ll enjoy checking out TIPED. This is one model for determining whether a new chemical poses risk of endocrine disruption in humans.

Trouble Getting Pregnant? Blame Stress! (FitPregnancy): Trying to get pregnant? Some helpful tips on how to minimize stress and take control!

The Straight Story on Hair Straightening During Pregnancy

April 11, 2014

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As all moms and moms-to-be know, there are so many things to consider during your pregnancy. From avoiding certain foods to keeping an eye on medicine you might otherwise take without hesitation, being pregnant often means staying on high alert. Unfortunately, here’s one more item to add to your “beware” list: hair straightening.

While many women enjoy getting their hair straightened using a method called Keratin Straightening (otherwise known as the “Brazilian Blowout”), it is wise to consult your doctor before booking your next appointment at the salon. Most physicians will tell you to avoid it altogether or during the first trimester at least. Simply put, the harsh chemicals used in straightening serums may be absorbed through your scalp during treatments and passed along to your growing baby.

While keratin is a protein that is found naturally in your hair, its mixture with formaldehyde makes for a toxic combination. Once applied, the mixture fills in the gaps in each hair shaft, which the stylist “seals” with a very hot flat iron. At this high temperature, liquid formaldehyde converts to gas vapors. The negatives here are plentiful. Formaldehyde is a known carcinogen. It has also been known to cause irritation of the skin, eyes, nose and lungs, as well as dizziness. Even short-term exposure can cause asthma-like symptoms, while long-term exposure can cause permanent central nervous system damage and ongoing pulmonary problems. As a result, the treatment has actually been banned in several countries including Canada and the European Union. Needless to say, gaseous formaldehyde could also pose a risk to your growing baby.

Fortunately, there are some healthier alternatives:

Professional Blowout: Though it may not last as long as a keratin treatment (days versus months), a professional blowout is both a fun way to treat yourself and achieve the sleek, straight look of  a straightening treatment – without the risk of chemical exposure. Be sure to go to a salon that is well-ventilated and uses natural products, like our favorite salon Hale Organic Salon in NYC. Book your appointment early in the day when the air is more clear and minimizes exposure to chemicals.

Flat Irons: When in doubt, do it yourself! Keeping a flat iron at home is the easiest way to smooth out your hair in the most convenient way possible. Try the Rusk Professional Str8 Iron, it features plates infused with ceramic and tourmaline, which provide instant and precise heat for optimal straightening results.

Embrace Your Natural ‘Do: Whether you have stick straight hair or tightly curled tresses, chemical-free  hair is best for you and your baby. So embrace your natural hair texture, and get creative with fun hairstyles. We’re pretty sure your hair will also thank you for the break from all the chemical treatments.

And remember! Healthy hair is easy to style hair! Taking care of your tresses by using safe, high performance hair products during pregnancy, such as Nine Naturals Nourishing Citrus + Mint Shampoo & Conditioner, will make the flat ironing process easier and your hairstyle longer lasting.  To keep hair healthy in between stylings, use a deep conditioner once or twice a week, like Nine Naturals Mandarin + Ginger Restorative Conditioner.

Wondering about rules of dyeing your hair while pregnant? Read our article on the safety of dyeing hair during pregnancy.