Inspiring Mom: PregPrep Co-Founder Dr. Lara Oboler

Lara-Face-300x300-thumb-300x300-4351.jpgAs a top cardiologist in her field, Dr. Lara Oboler has spent her entire career saving lives. Little did she know that a discovery she made while trying to get pregnant would lead to a successful family business that focuses on bringing new lives into the world.
Dr. Oboler’s story began in her mid thirties when she tried for several months to get pregnant but was unsuccessful. Concerned there might be something wrong, she made an appointment with an OB/GYN while at the same time researching natural ways to help potentially kick start conception. What she discovered via research was that certain cough syrups contain a mucolytic that can help thin out cervical mucus and could potentially increase one’s conception odds.
“While at my first visit to my OB/GYN, I learned I was pregnant and the specialist agreed that it was the mucolytic that helped things along,” she says. “I tried that same method for my second child and again, became pregnant right away.” Based upon her discovery and the fact that it seemed to truly play a role in getting pregnant faster, Dr. Oboler decided to develop a product that was safe for women to take that would enhance their conception odds. After helping get several members of her own family pregnant too with a mucolytic, three of Lara’s family members joined forces to create PregPrep, a safe and effective kit to kickstart conception.
You may be surprised to learn that your chances of conceiving per decade are pretty low. According to the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG), in your mid-20’s, you have a 20-25% chance of getting pregnant per cycle. By the time you hit your mid-30’s, you have approximately 15% chance of getting pregnant per cycle and when you’re 40, you have a less than a 5% chance of getting pregnant per cycle. Incidentally, Dr. Oboler was 40 when she had her third child and despite these grim conception odds, she managed to get pregnant with the help of a mucolytic.
PregPrepGroupShot.jpgAccording to Dr. Oboler, the PregPrep Make that Baby Kit helps women take control of their conception. In fact, the “secret sauce” in the PregPrep Make that Baby Kit is FertilPrep which includes a proper dose of the natural mucolytic, NAC; FertilPrep thins out cervical mucus and enhances a woman’s conception odds. “The sperm has to swim the length of Los Angeles to Tahiti to make it to the egg — by thinning out the cervical mucus, it makes it easier for the sperm to reach it’s final destination,” says Oboler.
The trio of products in the kit also includes Vitamelts, pre-natal vitamins formulated for conception that are chewable and don’t make you sick and an Essential Balance bath oil to relax you. “Everyone always tells you to relax when you are trying to get pregnant and I think that makes a lot of women even more stressed out.” With the PregPrep kit, a woman is given essential oils they can use before, during and after conception that will help them de-stress and relax during one of the most exciting times in their lives.
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Oboler adds that one of the most inspiring parts of the PregPrep experience has been hearing from women who have experienced success after using their product. “Just a few days ago, we heard from an inspiring woman in Connecticut who had recently suffered a tragic loss and learned she became pregnant after taking PregPrep.”
“As a cardiologist, I’ve spent my career saving lives and have found that incredibly fulfilling. But now, it’s just as exciting to know we’ve created a product that’s actually helping to bring new lives into this world,” says Oboler.
To find out more about PregPrep and purchase a kit for yourself or a loved one, you can visit their website at www.pregprep.com.

Tips to Staying Calm, Focused and Productive at Work
 (no matter where work is!)

Written by Maren Showkeir 
Co-author (with Jamie Showkeir)
Yoga Wisdom at Work: Finding Sanity Off the Mat and On the Job (Berrett-Koehler, May 2013, $15.95)
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Most people are familiar with the physical practice of yoga but know little about the philosophical foundation on which it is based. Yoga is thousands of years old, and is meant to help you discover and develop your infinite potential. Here are just a few practices from this ancient wisdom that can help you survive and thrive in today’s modern workplace:
CONNECT: Yoga is a practice that connects you to something greater than yourself and heightens awareness of our interdependence. It is the same at work. You contribute to something larger in order to serve others and make a difference in the marketplace. Get clear about what you contribute, how it makes a difference, and connect it to the larger purpose you serve. Thinking about your work in the context of service will create an attitude shift.
FOCUS: The yoga sage Swami Kriyananda says it is more powerful to think positively about one thing than avoid thinking about many things. When you have a lot to accomplish, decide what one task or project will get your full attention for a prescribed amount of time, then set a timer. Let go of the notion of multi-tasking. The most recent scientific research has shown that it is impossible, and trying to multi-task is actually counterproductive.
BREATHE: We do it without having to think about it. But developing practices that harness the breath gives you powerful tools to be more effective at work. Breathing techniques can help you rev your energy when it’s flagging, or calm you down when circumstances get heated or tense. When you’re feeling tired or disengaged, “take five.” Focusing on the sound of your breath, feel your chest rise and fall as you slowly inhale and exhale five times. If you still feel frazzled or scattered, consider taking a break. Feel better? Continue working.
Here’s a Q & A with author Maren Showkeir:
How can practicing yoga at work improve my experience on the job?

Integrating yoga practices into your workday can help you get clear about your intentions around work, and how you want to contribute. Yogic practices such as breathing techniques can help keep you calm in the face of confusion, chaos or contentiousness. Other practices can help you develop discipline, tap into creativity, get organized, work efficiently, enhance emotional intelligence — the list is long!
What are some good things to start with if I want to practice at work?

Breathing is one of the easiest places to begin. Yoga has practices and techniques, called pranayama, that help you harness the energy of the breath. It is powerful! These practices can calm you, ground you, or energize you. Taking a deep breath before responding to questions or comments also can create space to be mindful about what you’re saying.
What do you see as the benefits of practicing yoga at work?

Yoga is meant to help you realize your potential, and to recognize it in others, and it gives you a guide for developing that potential. Like yoga, work is about being connected to something larger than yourself, which means being accountable for the good of the whole, not just your job or your department. When you’re working on self-transformation, it definitely will have an influence in your work environment.
Has incorporating yoga practices made a difference in your work place? How?

For me, yoga has greatly influenced how I bring myself present. Rather than worrying about the past, which I can’t change, or fretting about the future, which I can’t control, the practices help me stay focused on right now. Other practices, such as sauca (purity) remind me to rid myself of negative thoughts, and develop healthy habits. I practice santosha (contentment) by reminding myself that I can choose to be content even in the face of difficult or disappointing circumstances at work. And by not getting attached to specific outcomes. I can only do my best — I can’t control how everything turns out!
One of the beautiful things about yoga is that it’s not dogmatic. There are myriad ways to practice, and you can decide what the practice looks like for you.
Can you recommend some ways to start practicing at work?

In the book, the end of each chapter has five suggestions for developing various practices, so I recommend checking that out. (And remember, they’re just suggestions. Decide whether they make sense for you — or come up with your own!)
But I would say that practicing ahimsa, which translates as non-violence or “do no harm” is foundational. Start by noticing the ways you do harm to yourself, such as negative self-talk, or by working yourself to the point of exhaustion. What can you do to alter that? Then begin to notice how you treat others. Do you gossip about them? Do you snap at others or speak harshly when the stakes are high? Are you forgiving? Honestly, it is hard to violate other yogic practices if you’re dedicated to ahimsa.
How can yoga help me be more successful in my work?

For starters, it can help you get clearer about what true success is — it’s about making a worthy contribution and serving people, not just earning a buck. But in more pragmatic ways, yoga practices such as meditation and focus can help you be more productive. When you learn to be calm and compassionate, it benefits your working relationships, including customer service. An on-the-mat yoga helps you focus, and you become physically flexible, strong, and stable. The other practices do the same thing for your mind, which will definitely help you be more successful.
In today’s competitive, fast-paced work world, how do we slow down and still survive in the marketplace?

That’s a great question. It sounds counter-intuitive, but going slow to go fast is actually more efficient in the long run.
For example, you hear a lot in today’s workplace about the importance of being a good “multi-tasker.” Scientific research is showing that multi-tasking is nothing but mythology, and in fact, is a harmful practice. Our brains are so speedy, they trick us into thinking we can do several things at once, but in truth, our intellectual capacity is diminished and quality suffers. And it takes a toll on our health and peace of mind as well.
Again, yoga’s physical practice provides a good metaphor for surviving in today’s crazy marketplace. It’s common to fall out of a pose, or to do it great one day and struggle the next. Work is like that, too. We all struggle. We all fall down – the important thing is to get back up try again. That’s why the practice is so important.
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