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Thursday, April 24, 2014

HOME PREGNANCY TESTS USING HOME REMEDIES

I've heard of many ways to determine whether or not you are pregnant but here are some new ones.  I can't say I tried any of these, but this article gives some ways you can determine whether or not you are pregnant with things you may have around your house.  Read more:

Home Pregnancy Test Using Home Remedies
By A. L. Jones

Before technology made it possible for women to simply take a little stick into the bathroom with them to find out if they were pregnant, how did women know they were expecting a baby? Surely they did not wait until they were obviously showing or in labor to know they were pregnant. In fact, they did not. They may not have had the kind of access women today have to at-home pregnancy tests or even blood tests at the doctor's office, but they did have the ability to test for pregnancy with homemade pregnancy tests.
It is important for you to know that while these homemade pregnancy tests are not dangerous to you, they are also not scientifically proven to provide accurate results. Even if the results of your homemade pregnancy test show a positive result, it is important that you take an at-home pregnancy test to verify your pregnancy before calling your doctor to schedule your first prenatal appointment. Additionally, it is also important to handle the contents of some of these tests with care, especially the homemade bleach test. If you are pregnant, you do not want to inhale the fumes from the bleach, and if you spill a little bleach on your clothing or furniture, it could ruin both.
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SEE ALSO: ALTERNATIVE MEDICINE AND HOME REMEDIES FOR MISCARRIAGE (getpregnantover40.com) 
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Homemade Vinegar Test
One simple way to make a homemade pregnancy test is to buy a bottle of vinegar. By pouring your urine into a small cup of vinegar, you are supposed to be able to predict pregnancy. If you are pregnant, the color of the urine and vinegar combination will change. Additionally, there could be some fizzle when you pour the urine into the vinegar. There is no scientific evidence to support this kind of homemade test. Additionally, there is no research available to indicate how much urine or how much vinegar to use to make this test work. The ratios are unknown, which means you might not get an accurate result if you were to use too much vinegar and not enough urine, or vice versa.
It is unknown why this test is believed to work. The waiting time between adding your urine to the vinegar and the color change in the concoction is also unknown. Additionally, it is unknown exactly when you can use this homemade test to predict pregnancy. Some at-home pregnancy tests work as many as six days before your missed period, but there is no indication that this homemade test has the same level of sensitivity. However, it might be better to wait until at least the day of your missed period to take this homemade test for pregnancy.
Homemade Pine Sol Test
You might have pine sol at home. You might use it to clean your kitchen, bathrooms, and floors. Many people do. You can also use it to test for pregnancy. The way you do this is by adding fresh urine to a bottle of pine sol. If the solution changes color, this is supposed to indicate pregnancy.
While this homemade pregnancy test is one that many women swear by, there is no scientific research to show that it is accurate enough to use to predict pregnancy. For one, there is no indication over how long you should wait for the solution to change color. For example, when you take an at-home pregnancy test, you wait the number of minutes listed on the instructions to see your results. There is no time frame for this homemade test. There is also no indication over what kind of color change to look for in the solution. The only piece of advice offered when making this homemade test is that you use natural pine sol void of any additives or fragrances.
Homemade Bleach Test
To test for pregnancy using bleach, pour it into a cup with fresh urine. If the solution turns fizzy, frothy, or starts bubbling, it indicates pregnancy. If the solution does nothing, you are not pregnant. Much like other homemade tests, there is no instruction as to how much bleach to add to how much urine or how much time to wait for the results. There is, however, a precautionary warning when using this type of test. When mixed with urine, bleach produces harmful gasses that could be harmful to you and your potential baby if inhaled. Be sure that when you perform this type of homemade test, you head outside to do it so that you limit your chances of inhaling the dangerous fumes.
Homemade Toothpaste Test
To test for pregnancy using toothpaste, make sure that your toothpaste is white in color. Put the toothpaste on a plate or in a cup and pour urine over it. If you are pregnant, it is alleged that the toothpaste will change color. There is no advice on how much urine or how much toothpaste to use. There is also no indication that you should use a specific type of white toothpaste, just that you should use toothpaste white in color. Additionally, it is unknown how much time you should wait to see if your toothpaste changes color to indicate pregnancy.
Homemade Dandelion Test
This test involves collecting the stems and leaves from several dandelions. You will then saturate the stems and leaves of each dandelion with urine and let it sit for a while. There is no indication of how much time you should allow the dandelion stems and leaves to sit before you check to see if the results indicate pregnancy or not. You will look for red blisters on the leaves and stem. If you see them, it means you are pregnant. If you do not see blisters, you are not pregnant.
While it might be fun to take a homemade pregnancy test, it's not necessarily the best way to learn whether or not you are pregnant. Aside from the potential dangers of the bleach test, they are harmless. However, you shouldn't rely solely on the results of a homemade pregnancy test to determine whether or not you are pregnant.
For more information and resources visit: http://www.negativepregnancytest.com

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Wednesday, April 23, 2014

GUM DISEASE AND PREMATURE BIRTH, PREGNANCY COMPLICATIONS

Gum disease and pregnancy complications

I've written before about how oral health is important for men and women trying to conceive. However, periodontal disease can also be a risk factor for pregnant women. When the body has an inflammatory condition, it produces something called "prostaglandins" which can trigger labor in pregnancy. Read more:

More research is needed to confirm how periodontal disease may affect pregnancy outcomes. It appears that periodontal disease triggers increased levels of biological fluids that induce labor. Furthermore, data suggests that women whose periodontal condition worsens during pregnancy have an even higher risk of having a premature baby.
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SEE ALSO: STRESS, MISCARRIAGE AND INFERTILITY (getpregnantover40.com)
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All infections are cause for concern among pregnant women because they pose a risk to the health of the baby. The Academy recommends that women considering pregnancy have a periodontal evaluation. 

from: www.perio.org

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

PREGNANCY DREAMS AND ANXIETY

Pregnancy Dreams

Not only did I have nightmares after my daughter was born, but my husband did too. I had dreams about everything from my daughter getting lost to her falling from our balcony (I later cut down huge pieces of cardboard and placed it between the slats of our banister and railings.) My husband would frequently yell my daughter's name in his sleep and would later tell me he thought someone took her. Having a baby is stressful - there's so many things you worry about. Here is an article about how many new mothers have anxious dreams. Read more:

New mothers and women who are about to have babies often do not get a lot of sleep. And when they do, a new study suggests, their dreams may make them sorry that they did.

Dream-associated Behaviors Affecting Pregnant and Postpartum Women (Sleep)Writing in the current issue of Sleep, researchers say they have found that pregnant women and those who have recently given birth commonly have dreams in which their baby is in danger. The dreams can be so vivid that the women call out in their sleep and move around the bed.

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SEE ALSO: STRESS, INFERTILITY AND MISCARRIAGE (getpregnantover40.com)
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The researchers, Tore Nielsen and Tyna Paquette of Sacred Heart Hospital in Montreal, said pregnancy and birth were known to influence dreams. In a high number of cases, the dreams are of infants in peril, provoking “anxiety in the mother that often spills over into wakefulness.”

The researchers posed questions to 273 women who were pregnant, had just given birth or were in a control group. One dream in particular recurred among different women, and involved a fear that the baby was lost somewhere in the bed. 

from: 
 (www.nytimes.com)

INFERTILITY INCREASING IN MEN

Pregnancy and Men's Fertility

I found this interesting article about how ICSI cycles are increasing which may suggest that infertility is increasing in men. ICSI is a procedure where the sperm are injected directing into the egg in an IVF cycle.
I guess nobody knows for sure why we're seeing more infertility in men, but we do know that many environmental toxins can affect sperm counts. There are also many lifestyle factors which can affect your sperm count. My advice for men: Eat a healthy diet, watch your weight, don't smoke or drink too much alcohol, and avoid workplace chemicals, pesticides and herbicides to the greatest degree possible.


SEE ALSO: NATURAL WAYS TO INCREASE SPERM COUNT AND DEAL WITH MALE FACTOR INFERTILITY

 Dr Anders Nyboe Andersen, Head of the Fertility Clinic at the Rigshospitalet at Copenhagen University Hospital, Denmark, and co-ordinator of the ESHRE IVF monitoring committee, said: "We do not really know why ICSI has become more prevalent. There are probably many reasons. One of them could be that the relative causes of infertility are shifting. We see less and less infertility caused by severe tubal problems in women, probably because of better sexual protection due to the risk of AIDS during the last 15 years. But male subfertility seems to be increasing. Perhaps the data on declining sperm quality are true, and maybe environmental factors are playing an increasing role as the planet becomes more polluted and factors that disrupt the endocrine system enter the food chain." from: www.brightsurf.com

Monday, April 21, 2014

CHOCOLATE GOOD FOR PREGNANCY

Chocolate Good For Pregnancy

With Easter just over, you may have a lot of leftover chocolate around.
More good news for chocolate lovers. It may be healthy to eat chocolate during pregnancy. Just make sure you get the real stuff (dark chocolate), not milk chocolate. Read more:

For more on foods for fertility and pregnancy visit getpregnantover40.com

Good news, chocolate lovers! According to a study from Yale University, snacking on chocolate regularly during pregnancy can help prevent potentially fatal complications from premature births. Women who reported eating more than three servings of chocolate a week had a 50% reduction in the chance of pre-eclampsia.

It’s thought that theobromine, the chemical in cocoa that taste bitter, helps dilate blood vessels and keeps blood pressure steady. Still, there is some criticism of the study, like whether or not the effects are confined to dark chocolate (do milk and white chocolate provide the same benefits?). But hey, I’m willing to believe anything that encourages more guilt-free chocolate eating.

from: 
www.life360.com

CAN STRESS REALLY CAUSE MISCARRIAGE?

Stress Can Hurt Pregnancy and Cause Miscarriage

Most of us have heard about stress and how it can cause a number of health problems.  However, I think we've heard it so much that it becomes similar to when people talk about losing weight.  We know it can be a problem, but it's hard to do anything about it.  It terms of getting pregnant and staying pregnant, it is critical to get your stress under control.  Stress can contribute to miscarriage.  Why?  Stress causes the release of stress hormones and other chemicals which can target uterine cells.  If a woman is pregnant, this can contribute to miscarriage.  When fetuses of women who miscarried were examined, they actually found evidence of stress related hormones in the baby.

CLICK HERE TO READ TH E FULL ARTICLE ON STRESS, MISCARRIAGE AND INFERTILITY

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Interesting Connection Between Male Fertility and Mother's Beef Consumption

Pregnancy Over 40 Watch Your Beef Consumption

I was a vegetarian for many years, but I started eating meat because I though it could help me get pregnant (I've read conflicting information about whether or not meat hurts or helps).
See Also: Trying To Conceive As A Vegetarian (www.getpregnantover40.com)
Even after I started eating meat, I didn't eat a lot of it (maybe once per week). Here's an interesting article that draws a connection between pregnant women eating meat and its possible connection to low sperm counts in their sons.

http://humrep.oxfordjournals.org/content/22/6/1497.abstract

From the article:
CONCLUSIONS These data suggest that maternal beef consumption, and possibly xenobiotics in beef, may alter a man's testicular development in utero and adversely affect his reproductive capacity. 

See also: what men can do to increase their sperm count naturally 

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