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Wednesday, August 24, 2016

GOOD NEWS ON BIRTH DEFECTS OVER 40

If you should become pregnant over the age of 40, many well-meaning medical professionals may scare you with all of the doom and gloom regarding older-age pregnancies.  Okay, they are doing their job and trying to inform you of the risks, but how much higher are pregnancy complications and/or birth defects over the age of 40?  I think you'd be surprised that outcomes aren't that different between older women and their younger counterparts.  Some birth defects are actually lower in older women and some measures of childhood outcomes are better for children born to older mothers!


CLICK HERE TO READ THE FULL ARTICLE ON BIRTH DEFECTS AND PREGNANCY COMPLICATIONS IN OLDER WOMEN (getpregnantover40.com)

Monday, August 22, 2016

UNKNOWN POWERHOUSE PREGNANCY FOODS

Two Uncommon But Most Healthy Foods For Pregnancy

Guest Post By Neyaz Akhtar

Just having the knowledge about the different types of essential nutrients needed for healthy pregnancy is not enough; you will have to learn about the food sources also that provide those nutrients. For example, you probably already know that you and the baby that is growing inside you need iron, fiber and folic acid to maintain good health, but do you know that you can easily get all these nutrients in appropriate quantity just by eating chives? Likewise, if you are trying to increase your calcium intake, you can consider adding figs to your diet. Following is a brief rundown on three not-very-common but quite delicious foods that can meet your nutrition needs quite efficiently.

SEE ALSO: WHAT TO EAT IF YOU ARE TRYING TO GET PREGNANT (getpregnantover40.com) 

Chives
Chives contain almost all those essential nutrients that you and your baby need, such as magnesium, calcium, vitamin B6, vitamin C, fiber, iron and folic acid (folate). Magnesium is a very important nutrient for both you and your baby because magnesium takes active part in over three hundred cellular reactions that take place inside your pregnant body. Besides that, magnesium is also helpful in alleviating many common pregnancy symptoms and discomforts, such as constipation. Just sprinkle of chives in your diet can fulfill your magnesium needs.
Besides that, every 2 tablespoons of chives contain around 0.1 milligrams of iron, 3.5 milligrams of vitamin C and 6.4 micrograms of folic acid. A pregnant body needs proper amount of iron for healthy growth of baby, but your body needs adequate amount of vitamin C as well for proper absorption of iron. You can easily meet both the requirements by eating chives. Folic acid, on the other hand, is probably the most important nutrient for a pregnant woman, especially during the first trimester of pregnancy. It is very important for you to keep in mind that lack of folic acid in your body may result in structural defects in your baby, which can be fatal. Therefore, proper intake of folic acid is very important, which you can easily get through the daily intake of 2 tablespoons of chopped fresh chives.

Tips To Make Delicious Healthy Pregnancy Diets Using Chives
Serving size - 2 tablespoons, chopped chives
- Get softened cream cheese and mix chopped chives into it and then spread it on a slice of bread, tortilla chip, cracker or bagel.

- Sprinkle chives on your baked potato

- Sprinkle some on your soup or salad
Leeks
Pregnant women are usually prescribed super multivitamin-mineral tablets, but do you know that leeks can be the vegetable equivalent of all those tablets? One cup of raw leeks contains 0.4 micrograms of manganese, 2 micrograms of iron, 40 micrograms of vitamin K, 0.2 milligrams of vitamin B6 and 60 micrograms of folate (folic acid). Besides that, leeks are also a rich source of calcium; one cup of raw leeks contains 55 milligrams of calcium.
Where manganese plays a crucial role in the baby's normal skeletal development, Vitamin K is essential for healthy bone growth and proper blood-clot formation. Likewise, vitamin B6 does not only reduce the tendency of nausea and morning sickness, but it also plays an important role in your body to metabolize energy from the proteins, fats and carbohydrates in your diet. In fact, the mild, sweet flavor of leeks makes it a great food to combat morning sickness. Calcium, on the other hand, can be very helpful in combating other common pregnancy symptoms, such as leg pains, back pain, insomnia and irritability. Considering the very fact that you can get all these nutrients just by eating one serving of leeks, it should not be an exaggeration to say that it is a wonderful power food that you must consider including in your diet regimen.
Tips To Make Delicious Healthy Pregnancy Diets Using Leeks
Serving size - I cup of raw leeks
- You can prepare leeks by cutting off the base and the fibrous green tops and then slicing the stems in half. You can then cut it into small pieces. However, in order to make sure that all hidden grits are removed, you are also strongly recommended to rinse it thoroughly before you cut it into small pieces.

- You can try adding mushrooms and sliced leeks with minced fresh ginger in plain broth. This is a delicious diet, which you can eat without any fear even when your stomach is sensitive.
Chives, tahini and leeks are no doubt healthy pregnancy foods and have all the capabilities to make the nine-month journey more delicious for you. But, you are strongly recommended to get your doctor's advice before you include these power foods in your diet program. You must always keep in mind that every case of pregnancy is different and their doctor is the best person to tell them what can work and what cannot work for them. So, rate your doctor's advice above everything while you are journeying through the three trimesters of pregnancy.
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Friday, August 19, 2016

FORCEPS AND POST BIRTH COMPLICATIONS

Pregnancy Over 40 and Forceps

I consider myself lucky that I was able to deliver my daughter without the use of forceps or without a C-Section.
 I do know a number of people who delivered with the use of forceps and had future complications because of them.  One woman's son is deaf because his eardrums were punctured.  Another woman had quite a bit of perineal ripping. 
I did, however have to push for a good four hours. Here is an article that shows a possible association between forcep deliveries and pelvic prolapse:

The study used magnetic resonance imaging to determine the extent of damage to the levator ani muscles. The women's vaginal closure force at rest and while contracting her pelvic muscle were also measured. Interestingly, half of the women in the study with prolapse recalled having forceps used during childbirth, nearly twice the amount (about 27 percent) of women in the study who do not have prolapse who remembered that forceps were used. 

See Also: Pregnancy Over 40 and Ringing In Ears (www.getpregnantover40.com)

But even with the newly established link, the researchers caution women against using the findings as support for elective caesarean procedures. Rather, they say, the study results should be used to help determine how to prevent these injuries in the first place. "The next step is for researchers to look at ways of preventing and treating these injuries of the levator ani muscle in order to reduce the rate of pelvic organ prolapse later in life," said DeLancey.

from:
  (aphroditewomenshealth.com)

Monday, August 15, 2016

PREGNANCY: PROTEIN IN URINE

I had all of the usual labwork done while I was pregnant. I'm sure I was check for "proteinuria" which could be a signe of pre-eclampsia. Fortunately, I didn't have it, but this article discusses what it is and other symptoms which may go with it:

Increased proteinuria, as it's known, may be an indication that you are developing pre-eclampsia, a potentially serious condition of pregnancy that can affect both you and and your baby.

Your midwife will be looking out for a combination of raised blood pressure, worsening proteinuria and sudden swelling of the hands, feet and face, all of which suggest pre-eclampsia. Sometimes only one of the symptoms is present. If your urine sample has high levels of protein, your midwife may then take a blood sample to check on your liver function.

See also: Ringing In Ears In Pregnancy www.getpregnantover40.com

You can keep a look out yourself for other common symptoms of pre-eclampsia including headache, problems with your vision, such as blurring or flashing before the eyes, bad pain just below your ribs and vomiting. These symptoms can come on very quickly. Don't hesitate to call your doctor or midwife if you notice any of them in the second half of your pregnancy or in the first few weeks after birth.

www.babycentre.co.uk

Saturday, August 13, 2016

BECOMING PARENT OVER 40: NO BIG DEAL!

Pregnancy Over 40, Older Mothers

I think older parents who previously struggled with infertility sometimes are accused of over-sheltering and under-disciplining. As I have mentioned in other posts, older parents tend to be better parents with happier and smarter kids.
This article may give you a different perspective. Read more:


From the article:

As for the other challenges of being an older parent, well, frankly, I'm just not aware of them. Experience has made me a better time manager, and I take no shame in my liberal use of those little yellow stick-em notes as reminders. My energy level -- and keep in mind, I'm not chasing toddlers here -- has always been high. I'm no Energizer Bunny after 9 p.m., but I do manage to juggle full-time work with my family's needs and I have never missed either a deadline or a soccer game. I give myself permission to serve peanut butter sandwiches for dinner when I run out of steam and -- again a nod to my lack of patience and unwillingness to have my kids bug me for every little thing -- I taught my children to be self-sufficient wherever I could. They are perfectly capable of making their own lunches for school and know better than to leave their breakfast dishes in the sink unwashed waiting for Mommy.

SEE ALSO: THE REAL RATE OF PREGNANCY COMPLICATIONS AND BIRTH DEFECTS OVER AGE 40 (getpregnantover40.com)

 

And yes, it really is simple as that: I knew what I couldn't tolerate and don't think my kids suffer from my unwillingness to let them annoy me. We set boundaries and enforced them. Period. I never let my kids run wild or run over me. I've never hit them, but I have been known to yell and apparently I have a cold Mommy stare that is icy enough to freeze bad behavior in its tracks. 
from 
huffingtonpost.com

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

DIET LINKED TO BABY'S GENDER

There have been many debates on whether or not you can predict or even tip the odds in favor of one gender over another.  Up until now, the experts have usually said that your chances are the same as they always have been, 50/50 and you can't really influence whether or not you're going to have a boy or a girl. This newest study shows that diet may actually be linked to he gender of your offspring.  As it turns out, the best nourished women with a wide range of nutritious foods tend to have more boys.


SEE ALSO: FOODS FOR FERTILITY AND PREGNANCY (getpregnantover40.com)

 

From the article:


 As well as consuming more calories, women who had sons were more likely to have eaten a higher quantity and wider range of nutrients, including potassium, calcium and vitamins C, E and B12. There was also a strong correlation between women eating breakfast cereals and producing sons.
from science daily

Monday, August 08, 2016

TOP 5 THINGS TO GET PREGNANT (OVER 40 OR ANY AGE)

It seems that the internet is flooded with articles and sites on getting pregnant and how to optimize your chances at any age, but especially over 40.  So how do you weed out what works and what to believe?  I have dedicated a page on my website (getpregnantover40.com
on the top 5 things to do to get pregnant over 40.  Yes, there are more than 5 things to maximize your fertility and getting pregnant is a complicated process, but this page will help you weed through and find the "high points:

CLICK HERE TO READ THE FULL ARTICLE ON THE TOP 5 THINGS TO GET PREGNANT OVER 40 (getpregnantover40.com

Friday, August 05, 2016

ACETAMINOPHEN NOT SAFE IN PREGNANCY?

Tylenol or Acetaminophen has always been thought of as a safe medication, but lately, there have been a number of studies that are finding contraindications and side effects.  This most recent article has questioned whether or not it is safe in pregnancy.  The use of Acetaminophen may be associated with ADHD and Autism.  Read more:

SEE ALSO: THE REAL RATE OF PREGNANCY COMPLICATIONS AND BIRTH DEFECTS IN WOMEN PREGNANT OVER THE AGE OF 40 (getpregnantover40.com)

 

Compared with children born to mothers who did not take acetaminophen during pregnancy, the researchers found that those whose mothers used acetaminophen in the first 32 weeks of pregnancy were 30 percent more likely at age 5 to have attention impairments, often found in children with autism or ADHD.
Children prenatally exposed to acetaminophen were also more likely to have symptoms of hyperactivity or impulsivity at the age of 5. Those who had been persistently exposed to the drug performed worse on tests of attention, impulsivity, and visual speed processing.
Furthermore, the researchers found boys with prenatal acetaminophen exposure were more likely to have clinical symptoms of autism than non-exposed boys, and the incidence of such symptoms increased with persistent exposure to the drug.
from: medical news today

Wednesday, August 03, 2016

NATURAL PROGESTERONE IN PREGNANCY

Natural Progesterone Cream, What Is It and How To Use It

Many women hear about natural progesterone cream to help with fertility and hormonal balance.  When I was trying to conceive, I did use natural progesterone cream because I had been told that my progesterone fell too early in my cycle (this was a test I had done when I went through fertility treatments).  I'm certain that it did help me conceive by resolving some of my estrogen dominance.  Many women wonder if they should use natural progesterone cream in pregnancy.  Of course, you should talk with your doctor or naturopath before taking or using anything in pregnancy, but many sources claim that it is safe to use throughout a pregnancy.  I did not use it after I found out I was pregnant, but again, this is something to talk with your doctor about.

CLICK HERE TO READ THE FULL ARTICLE ON NATURAL PROGESTERONE CREAM(getpregnantover40.com)


Saturday, July 30, 2016

NIGHT BIRTHS RISKIER

Time of Birth and Risks

I was always worried about when I was going to have my daughter...was I going to go into labor in the middle of the night? We've all seen the sensational stories about how women deliver their babies in taxi cabs or on the way to the hospital. But in reality those stories are quite rare.
See also: www.getpregnantover40.com for more on pregnancy over 40 and risks
 This article, however, talks about the association between having a baby at night and a higher rate of infant death. Apparently nobody has been able to say why, but it's been studied a number of times with the same results. Read more:

There is strong evidence that babies born at night have a greater risk of dying in their first month of life than babies born earlier in the day, according to a study published in Obstetrics & Gynecology.

"We're not surprised at this finding because it is supported by previous studies in the medical literature that were carried out in Europe," said Diane M. Ashton, M.D., M.P.H., associate medical director of the March of Dimes. "More research needs to be done to identify the causal factors that underlie this greater risk. This would be an important next step in developing effective strategies to prevent these excess neonatal deaths from occurring. If even one or two of the key elements could be identified, that could make a big difference in saving babies' lives."

from www.pregnancy.org

Monday, July 25, 2016

BIRTH DEFECTS RELATED TO OBESITY

It never ceases to amaze me how much our lifestyle has an affect on our overall heath, fertility, and pregnancy outcomes. This article talks about how being obese prior to pregnancy can increase the chance of birth defects.

SEE ALSO: THE REAL RATE OF BIRTH DEFECTS OVER 40 (getpregnantover40.com) 

 Although the exact reasons for birth defects are unclear, the article does state that women who are obese tend to have more chronic health conditions, menstruation problems and more pregnancy complications Read more:

Mothers of babies born with some structural birth defectsincluding missing limbs, malformed hearts and underdeveloped spinal cordsappear more likely to be obese prior to becoming pregnant than mothers whose children are born without such defects, according to a report in the August issue of Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine, one of the JAMA/Archives journals.

Overweight and obese women are known to be at risk for chronic diseases, infertility, irregular menstruation and complications during pregnancy, according to background information in the article. In 2003 and 2004, about 51 percent of women aged 20 to 39 were classified as overweight or obese.

D. Kim Waller, Ph.D., of the University of Texas, Houston, and colleagues interviewed 10,249 women in eight states whose babies were born with birth defects between 1997 and 2002. The women were contacted between six weeks and 24 months after the babys birth and asked for their height and weight before pregnancy, along with other demographic and medical information. These women were compared with 4,065 women who had babies without birth defects during the same time period.

Mothers of babies with the following seven of 16 birth defects were more likely to be obese than mothers of infants without birth defects

 from news.bio-medicine.org

Saturday, July 23, 2016

BOY OR GIRL? TAKE THIS QUIZ

It seems that with all of the new technology out there that few people ever need to guess anymore whether they're having a boy or a girl. Honestly, I would have welcomed a boy, girl, or alien for that matter. Here's a fun quiz if you're pregnant and have decided not to know your baby's gender ahead of time:

Boy or Girl Quiz

SEE ALSO: STRANGE, UNUSUAL VERY EARLY PREGNANCY SIGNS (getpregnantover40.com) 

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