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Thursday, August 17, 2017

NEWBORNS NEED HUMAN SKIN CONTACT

Pregnancy Over 40, After Delivery Skin Contact

When my daughter was born, the plan was to have her put on my chest immediately after delivery. However, since her breathing was slightly labored, she was put on a nearby table where they blew a little oxygen in her face.

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She was fine, but I didn't get to hold her right away. Of course, I wanted what was best for her, but I do regret not being able to have that initial contact. The following article discusses the importance of skin to skin contact with your baby:


Researchers at University Hospital in Linköping, Sweden studied stress levels of seventeen mother-
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infant pairs, with all infants being preterm - between 25 to 33 weeks old. In mothers, stress was measured using salivary cortisol levels, heart rate, mood scale, and a visual analog scale (VAS). In infants, stress was measured using salivary cortisol levels and heart rate. Infants were also measured for pain levels using two separate scales.

Mothers and their babies showed signs of significant stress before physical contact. Also before physical contact, mothers reported experiencing low mood, especially low levels of calmness, control, and pleasantness.

Following pre-contact, initial stress tests, mothers changed into gowns with the front side open. Each baby was taken from an incubator and placed gently on his or her mother's chest in an upright position while wearing only a cap and a diaper. Each baby was then placed inside his or her mother's gown. Extra blankets were placed on top. While babies laid in this position, mothers were given mirrors with which they could watch their babies while they laid together. In all cases, fathers were very close, sitting on a chair.

What were the results?

Upon beginning skin-to-skin contact with their mothers, babies experienced decreased heart rates and pain scores. Mothers experienced decreased salivary cortisol levels (by 32 percent), decreased heart rate (by 7 percent), decreased VAS score (by 89 percent), and increased mood (by 6 percent).

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Monday, August 14, 2017

STRAWBERRIES, SUPERFOOD FOR PREGNANCY

Pregnancy Nutrition, Strawberries and Folate

I've yet to meet anyone who doesn't like strawberries. According to this article, they are high in folate which can contribute to a healthy pregnancy.
See also: www.getpregnantover40.com for my entire series on foods for pregnancy and fertility
 If you can, buy organic, and if they're out of season, you can buy them frozen and put them in a smoothie. Read more:

The good news for strawberry lovers is that a serving of eight medium berries provides nearly 9 per cent of the daily requirement of folate," says Chris Christian, vice president trade and nutrition of the California Strawberry Commission. "Folic acid is the synthetic form of folate, which is especially important for women of child-bearing age because it reduces the chance of some birth defects, such as spina bifida."

Now, a study from researchers at the University of Texas that followed 35,000 pregnant women over four years, found it drastically reduced the chance of premature births, as well.

Folic acid, or folate, helps the body make healthy new cells. Besides occurring naturally in foods like strawberries, it is often used to enrich breads and cereals. But the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) found that the majority of child-bearing aged women were not meeting their daily requirements. 

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Wednesday, August 09, 2017

ACETOMINOPHEN IN PREGNANCY INHIBITS MASCULINITY, FEMALE FERTILITY

Tylenol (acetominophen, paracetamol) is so commonly taken that people tend to forget that it is a drug.  Even though certain drugs are thought to be safe in pregnancy, science is finding more and more reasons not to take anything while pregnant.  This article talks about how this seemingly safe drug can harm male characteristics and can cause female infertility in the offspring of pregnant women.  Read more:

SEE ALSO: HOW TO DETOXIFY TO PREPARE FOR PREGNANCY AND ENHANCE FERTILITY (Getpregnantover40.com) 


Previous studies have shown the paracetamol can inhibit the development of the male sex hormone
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testosterone in male foetuses, thus increasing the risk of malformation of the testicles in infants. But a reduced level of testosterone at the fetal stage is also significant for the behaviours of adult males, says Ph.D. David Møbjerg Kristensen, a researcher employed during the studies at the Department of Biomedical Sciences and the Novo Nordisk Foundation Center for Protein Research at the Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences...

 ...paracetamol during pregnancy also has the potential to influence the subsequent lives of female mice. In 2016, the researchers published a study showing that female mice had fewer eggs in their ovaries if their mothers had had paracetamol during pregnancy. This led to the mice becoming infertile more quickly.

Monday, August 07, 2017

CHIROPRACTIC IN PREGNANCY, SAFE OR NOT?

Is Chiropractic Care During Pregnancy Safe?

Guest Post By Dr. Maya Pande

Many women who are used to receiving regular chiropractic care find themselves questioning whether or not they should continue with this treatment once they become pregnant. There are no known complications to chiropractic care to be concerned with during your pregnancy. All chiropractors are trained to work with women who are pregnant and some have additional training in specific methods.
Chiropractor who use low-force or gentle techniques may be preferred by pregnant women as there is no cracking or twisting of the spine during the adjustment.
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Chiropractic during pregnancy is an effective, drug free and safe treatment for both the mom and her baby. Chiropractic care can continue while you are pregnant, or you can begin a new chiropractic treatment program as early as the first month of pregnancy. Treatment will help you better deal with
the many changes that are occurring with your body. Special adjustments by the chiropractor, designed for pregnancy, help balance the pelvis, reduce any nerve irritation in the spine and generally help your body feel more at ease overall.

SEE ALSO: ARE BIRTH DEFECTS HIGHER OVER AGE 40? (getpregnantover40.com)

The International Chiropractic Pediatric Association recommends that women receive chiropractic care throughout pregnancy in order to establish pelvic balance and optimize the room a baby has for development throughout the pregnancy. With a better balanced pelvis, babies enjoy a greater chance of moving into the correct position for birth which can result in an easier and safer delivery for both the mother and her baby.
What are the Benefits of Chiropractic Care during Pregnancy?
Chiropractic care during pregnancy can lead to a healthier overall pregnancy. Other benefits include controlling nausea symptoms, relieving back, neck and joint pain, reduce the risk of possible cesarean section as well as reducing the amount of time a woman is in labor and delivery. Chiropractors trained in the Webster Technique are able to perform adjustments using this technique when babies are presenting breech. Studies have shown an 82% success rate of babies turning vertex when the Webster Technique was used.
How do I get adjusted while pregnant?
Many chiropractors have either specially designed pillows or tables that allow the expectant mother to lay on her stomach, safely and comfortably during her chiropractic adjustment. Women that are uncomfortable lying this way can still be adjusted by lying on their side.
Are there benefits to Chiropractic Care Post Pregnancy?
After your delivery, your body's supply of relaxin is reduced and your bones and ligaments start to return back to their original positions. Chiropractic adjustments help this process by making sure that everything is aligned. Chiropractic is an essential part of the postpartum process and is especially helpful if you've had a difficult pregnancy or birthing experience.
Chiropractic also helps your body deal with the added stresses that occur as you hold and take care of your baby. Additional bending, lifting, stretching and rocking will become part of your daily routine. Your body will need help adjusting to these new movements and chiropractic is a great help.
As more women look to chiropractic care as a means of maintaining good health throughout pregnancy, more health care providers are referring to chiropractors within their communities. Be sure to discuss chiropractic as an option when you meet with your health care provider. If they are not aware of chiropractic care in pregnancy, ask them to find out it. Most chiropractors welcome the opportunity to partner with other health care providers to help pregnant women enjoy a positive pregnancy experience.
Dr. Maya Pande is the owner of Pande Family Wellness Centre in Toronto. She graduated from the University of Western Ontario and completed her Chiropractic education at Logan College of Chiropractic in St. Louis, Missouri in 1997. Dr. Pande treats a variety of patients, including seniors, pregnant women, children and adults of all ages. Common conditions include low back pain, chronic neck pain, sciatic nerve pain, shoulder joint pain, headache and many others. The low-force chiropractic technique she uses is ideal for everyone especially those preferring a more gentle approach to chiropractic care. http://www.pandechiropractic.ca
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Friday, August 04, 2017

GENE EDITING FOR DISEASES AND BIRTH DEFECTS ON THE HORIZON

This cutting edge study talks about something that I still find unbelievable.  Scientists can edit genes to eliminate certain diseases in the embryo phase. Of course this would be for those undergoing IVF, but if you knew you were a carrier of a certain disease or defect, this would certainly be of interest.  Read more:

SEE ALSO: ENCOURAGING NEWS ABOUT BIRTH DEFECTS AND PREGNANCY COMPLICATIONS IN WOMEN OVER 40 (Getpregnantover40.com)


The work, which is described in Nature on August 2, 2017, is a collaboration between the Salk Institute, Oregon Health and Science University (OHSU) and Korea's Institute for Basic Science and
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could pave the way for improved in vitro fertilization (IVF) outcomes as well as eventual cures for some of the thousands of diseases caused by mutations in single genes.

"Thanks to advances in stem cell technologies and gene editing, we are finally starting to address disease-causing mutations that impact potentially millions of people," says Juan Carlos Izpisua Belmonte, a professor in Salk's Gene Expression Laboratory and a corresponding author of the paper. "Gene editing is still in its infancy so even though this preliminary effort was found to be safe and effective, it is crucial that we continue to proceed with the utmost caution, paying the highest attention to ethical considerations."

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Wednesday, August 02, 2017

RADIATION DANGERS IN PREGNANCY

Pregnancy Over 40, Avoid Radiation

I avoided all types of x-rays (including dental x-rays) and I tried to stay away from excessive computer use and I kept my distance from operating appliances when I was pregnant.
 Here is an article about radiation in pregnancy and some of the affects on the fetus:

Increased Cancer Risk

Radiation exposure before birth can increase a person's risk of getting cancer later in life.
Unborn babies are especially sensitive to the cancer-causing effects of radiation. However, the increased risks depend on the amount of radiation to which the baby was exposed and the amount of time that it was exposed. For example, if the radiation dose to the fetus was roughly equivalent to 500chest x-rays at one time, the increase in lifetime cancer risk would be less than 2% (above the normal lifetime cancer risk of 40 to 50%).


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Other Risks from Radiation Exposure

Health effects other than cancer from radiation exposure are not likely when the dose to the fetus is very low.

Most researchers agree that babies who receive a small dose of radiation (equal to 500 chest x-rays or less) at any time during pregnancy do not have an increased risk for birth defects. The only increased risk to these babies is a slightly higher chance of having cancer later in life (less than 2% higher than the normal expected cancer risk of 40 to 50%).

During the first 2 weeks of pregnancy, the radiation-related health effect of greatest concern is the
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death of the baby.
The fetus is made up of only a few cells during the first 2 weeks of pregnancy. Damage to one cell can cause the death of the embryo before the mother even knows that she is pregnant. Of the babies that survive, however, few will have birth defects related to the exposure, regardless of how much radiation they were exposed to.

Large radiation doses to the fetus during the more sensitive stages of development (between weeks 2 and 15 of pregnancy) can cause birth defects, especially to the brain.
When a fetus is exposed to large doses of radiation (above the dose received from 500 chest x-rays) during the more sensitive stages of development (especially between weeks 8 and 15 of pregnancy), the health consequences can be severe, especially to the brain. Babies exposed to the atomic bombs dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki during the 8- to 15-week stage of pregnancy were found to have a high rate of brain damage that resulted in lower IQs and even severe mental retardation. They also suffered stunted growth (up to 4% shorter than average people) and an increased risk of other birth defects.

Between the 16th week of pregnancy and birth, radiation-induced health effects (besides cancer) are unlikely unless the fetus receives an extremely large dose of radiation.
In the 16- to 25-week stage of pregnancy, health consequences similar to those seen in the 8- to 15-week stage could occur, but only when the doses are extremely large (more than about 5,000 chest x-rays received at one time). At this dose level, the mother could be showing signs of acute radiation syndrome, which is sometimes known as radiation sickness.

After the 26th week of pregnancy, the radiation sensitivity of the fetus is similar to that of a newborn.
At the 26th week of pregnancy, the fetus is fully developed though not fully grown. Unborn babies exposed to radiation in the womb during this stage of pregnancy are no more sensitive to the effects of radiation than are newborns. This means that birth defects are not likely to occur, and only a slight increase in the risk of having cancer later in life is expected.

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Monday, July 31, 2017

NEURAL TUBE DEFECTS HELPED WITH FOLIC ACID

Neural Tube Defects - The Role Of Folic Acid Supplementation

Guest Post By Karina Martino, PhD

Neural tube defects (NTDs), which include anencephaly and spina bifida, account for a almost 2,500 birth defects each year in the U.S. Infants born with anencephaly are missing most or all of their brain and die shortly after birth. Most babies born with spina bifida, in which the spinal cord is exposed, grow to adulthood but suffer severe paralysis or other disabilities.
According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, the incidence of these defects could be significantly reduced if all women of childbearing age consumed adequate amounts of folate, a B vitamin. Most women don't know exactly when they get pregnant- and the neural tube of a fetus starts forming immediately. Recommendations for folate advise that any woman capable of becoming pregnant (14-50 years) should get 400 micrograms of folic acid daily from foods fortified with folic acid, from vitamin supplements, or a combination of the two. This is in addition to the folate found naturally in certain foods. Folic acid is the man-made form of folate found in fortified foods and dietary supplements.
The exact role of folic acid in preventing neural tube defects in the fetus is not completely understood yet. Since it is so important to get enough folate even before you know you are pregnant, it may pay to take a multivitamin and mineral supplement, especially if you are planning to become pregnant and you suspect that you are not getting enough from foods fortified with folic acid.
Consumption of folic acid has several other advantages as well, including helping metabolize hormones in the liver, it supports cardiovascular health by lowering homocysteine (an amino acid) levels (an independent risk factor for heart disease). Folic acid is also needed to make genetic material (DNA, RNA), and to manufacture red blood cells. It can also prevent cleft lip. Furthermore, low folate levels are associated with recurrent spontaneous pregnancy loss. High dietary intake of vegetables during pregnancy improves plasma and red blood cell folate concentrations and reduces the risk of folate deficiency. Taking multivitamins prior to conception also significantly reduced the risk of prematurity, and enhances fertility.
Folate in food is about 40%-50% less bioavailable than synthetic folic acid, which is almost 100%
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bioavailable. However, make sure to keep in mind that eating natural and wholefoods will give a wide range of other vitamins, minerals and fibers that you and your baby need as well.
Signs of deficiency include: anemia; gastrointestinal upsets, diarrhea, weight loss; bleeding gums; irritability. Signs of overdose are: convulsions in epileptics; megadoses can interfere with zinc absorption.
Good food sources are: poultry liver; dark-green, leafy vegetables; legumes; fortified whole-gran breads, cerelas; oranges, grapefruit.
For folate deficiency, the typical dose is 250-1000 mcg per day. For preventing neural tube defects, at least 400 mcg folic acid per day from supplements or fortified food should be taken. Women with a history of previous pregnancy complicated by such neural tube defects usually take 4 mg per day beginning one month before and continuing for three months after conception. The adequate intakes (AI) for pregnant women is 600 mcg; for lactating women, 500 mcg. The tolerable upper intake level (UL) is 1000 mcg for everyone over 18 years of age.
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Friday, July 28, 2017

COPPER NEEDED IN PREGNANCY, NO KIDDING!

Nutrients for Pregnancy and Fertility

The only thing I think of when I hear "copper" is pennies and piping. However, copper is a nutrient found in some foods, and it may be crucial for fetal development. According to this article, it can help the nervous system and cell development.  Read more:

Three studies, published today, show that the nutrient plays a crucial role in the proper formation of
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organs and tissues in baby mice.

'All of us would bet very heavily that the same is true for humans,' said Professor Dennis Thiele, a biological chemist at the University of Michigan Medical School, whose findings are published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Science.

Copper-rich foods include chocolate, beans, lobster, crab, oysters and other shell-fish, spinach, red wine and peanuts.

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Trace amounts of copper are present in all body tissues. It is needed to process oxygen, generate energy in cells, allow the nervous system to transmit signals, grow blood vessels and develop skin, tendons and hair.

'This is an area we really need to learn more about,' said Dr Gitlin. 'There could be some fascinating things going on there both nutritionally and genetically that we just don't understand.'

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Wednesday, July 26, 2017

BEYOND 40 WEEKS GESTATION MAY BE RISKY OVER AGE 40

Doctors watch women with pregnancies over 40 closely

I recall my OB-GYN recommending that we induce at 39 weeks due to my "advanced age".  Although I wanted an"all natural" delivery, I wanted to do what was safest for my baby.

See also: www.getpregnantover40.com for more on pregnancy, fertility and miscarriage over 40

I went along with the recommendation because the placenta can start to deteriorate after a pregnancy is full term.  For older women, this could be a double whammy since their placentas may be a little "lower quality"  to begin with just because their eggs are older.  Here is a study about complications in post-term pregnancies:
From the article:

The two studies focused on different elements of the risk of progressing beyond 41 weeks of gestation,
but held similar conclusions.* The first study, which followed 1.8 million normal births in California from 1999 to 2003, reported greater odds of infant death among those born at 41 and 42 weeks. The second study examined 2.5 million low-risk births nationwide in 2003, and reported that the risk of cesarean deliveries and poor health outcomes for both mother and child increased at 40 weeks and beyond.

“Significant research has focused on the risks of premature deliveries, but until now, there have been no large-scale studies documenting the increased risk of delivering at 40 weeks or more,” said Aaron Caughey, MD, MPH, PhD, an associate professor of obstetrics at the UCSF Medical Center and UCSF School of Medicine and senior author on both papers. “Combined, these two papers provide

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very compelling evidence of the importance of closely monitoring pregnancies beyond 40 weeks and possibly intervening to prevent complications to both mother and child.”

It is widely accepted that pregnancies that progress beyond 42 weeks gestation are associated with increased risk to both mother and child, said Caughey, who is also affiliated with the UCSF National Center of Excellence in Women’s Health. The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists has recommended fetal surveillance or induction of labor at 42 weeks. Previous studies of infant mortality also have reported that the rate of stillbirths is lowest at 37 to 38 weeks and increases six-fold to 2.12 stillbirths per 1,000 pregnancies at 43 weeks. (www.sciencedaily.com)

Monday, July 24, 2017

CELEBRITIES HAVING BABIES OVER AGE 40

Mothers and Pregnancies Over 40 In The Media

So why are we all so obsessed with celebrities who get pregnant over 40.  Well first of all, we are just obsessed with celebrities.  They are media magnets and whether or not we seek them out, they are beamed into our homes via television, radio and of course, the internet. Pregnant celebrities who have babies are usually big stories and older celebrities who have babies are even bigger...

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Friday, July 21, 2017

SAINT RITA FOR FERTILITY, PREGNANCY (IMPOSSIBLE CAUSES)

 Even if you did not grow up Catholic, you may still find some comfort in prayer to saints who are
associated with certain causes and conditions.  One of these is Saint Rita. 

Among the other areas, Rita is well-known as a patron of desperate, seemingly impossible causes and situations. This is because she has been involved in so many stages of life – wife, mother, widow, and nun.  Those who are trying to conceive or experiencing miscarriage may truly feel that getting pregnant and having a heathly pregnancy is truly an impossible cause.  But, sometimes the things that
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Wednesday, July 19, 2017

CHOLINE, EGGS IN PREGNANCY HELP BREAST HEALTH IN OFFSPRING

Eggs, Pregnancy and Breast Health

I'm always surprised at how much a pregnant woman can determine the health of her baby for years to come. Choline, which is found in eggs, may be one way to help your yet to be born child avoid breast cancer.

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 This interesting article talks about choline and how it may help. Read more:

This finding by a team of biologists at Boston University is the first to link choline consumption during pregnancy to breast cancer. It also is the first to identify possible choline-related genetic changes that affect breast cancer survival rates.

"We've known for a long time that some agents taken by pregnant women, such as diethylstibesterol, 

have adverse consequences for their daughters," said Gerald Weissmann, M.D., Editor-in-Chief of
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The FASEB Journal. "But there's an upside. The emerging science of epigenetics has yielded a breakthrough. For the first time, we've learned that we might be able to prevent breast cancer as early as a mother's pregnancy."

The researchers made the discovery in rats by studying females whose mothers were fed varying amounts of choline during pregnancy. Different groups of pregnant rats received diets containing standard amounts of choline, no choline at all, or extra choline. Then the researchers treated the female offspring with a chemical that causes cancer of the mammary gland (breast cancer). Although animals in all groups developed mammary cancer, the daughters of mothers that had received extra choline during pregnancy had slow growing tumors while daughters of mothers that had no choline during pregnancy had fast growing tumors.

from 
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