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Thursday, September 21, 2017


Meconium Explained

Meconium was always a big mystery to me. Whenever I heard about meconium it was usually a bad thing at the time of delivery if the baby inhaled it.
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Here is a question/answer article from about what meconium is and when it can be a problem:

We might think of amniotic fluid as pristine, clear water, but your growing baby was already making a mess. Old skin cells and hairs (which would become dust in the outside world) began to build up in the fluid. Unlike later in life, your daughter cleaned up her own mess. As soon as she began swallowing, she removed the debris from the fluid. This sludge began to accumulate in her intestines. Called meconium, this dark-green tarry substance is a mixture of hair, cells, enzymes, blood, mucus, and other secretions. By the time of your daughter's birth, the meconium had filled most of her intestines. Meconium is sterile -- very unlike the bacteria-filled stools that will follow...

...If a baby passes a meconium stool before birth, the amniotic fluid is stained and the baby is covered with meconium (reminiscent of the mess dads can make changing diapers). The baby is also likely to swallow the meconium, which sounds disgusting but doesn't present a problem. The sterile meconium does not predispose to urinary tract infections, but meconium can cause significant problems if it is inhaled into the lungs.

In only about 2% to 5% of babies born in meconium-stained amniotic fluid will some of the thick, tarry meconium be inhaled, plug the small airways, and thus cause respiratory distress (Manual of Pediatric Practice, WB Saunders, 1998 and Nelson Textbook of Pediatrics, WB Saunders, 2000). Speedy delivery of distressed babies and suctioning the mouth and nose when the head has been delivered (before the expanding lungs take their first breath) can help prevent this meconium aspiration. Sometimes, more vigorous suctioning or even infusing extra amniotic fluid into the uterus before birth is needed.
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Monday, September 18, 2017


Pregnancy and Birth Defects From Salon Chemicals

I've often thought about the toxic smell of beauty parlors. There's one in the local indoor mall which you can smell long before you even approach it.

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 I frequently worry about the people who work in salons because they must breathe in the fumes all day. Apparently there's good reason to worry.  I've also known a number of hairdressers who decided to quit their jobs when they started trying to conceive. This recent article in talks about a link between hairspray and birth defects:

 from the article:

Paul Elliott from Imperial College London, and colleagues, interviewed 471 mothers whose sons had
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been born with the defect and 490 mothers of children not born with the disorder, to try to find out which chemicals the mothers had been exposed to: including exhaust fumes, printing ink, hairspray, or glues.

While the other substances did not return statistically significant results, the use of hairspray appeared to have a big impact. Of the 74 women who reported regular exposure to hairspray at work during the first three months of pregnancy, 50 gave birth to sons with the genital defect.

In contrast, the proportion of children born with the defect was much lower in women who did not report being in regular contact with hairspray - just 294 out of 618. Overall, the study found that women exposed to hairspray were 2.3 times more likely to have children with the defects.

The team suggests a group of chemicals called phthalates that are found within hairspray may be to blame.


Friday, September 15, 2017


INDIGOS - The New "Breed" Of Kids!

Guest Post By Olena Gill

Perhaps you've seen them or even have some yourself. They're happy, highly sensitive, sometimes temperamental, and can even be seen as 'difficult' or 'misunderstood'. When you look into their eyes, you know that they are something special - wise old souls in small bodies. Many of whom when they speak, speak a 'different' language, saying profound and wise things. These are the children being born today on this planet - children that are born pure in Spirit, and who are truly a new 'breed' unlike anything you've seen in previous generations. These children are The Indigo Children or Indigos.
By now, Indigo, The Movie! has made its debut, introducing the world to presence of Indigos among us. If you haven't seen it, simply put, this movie is about a seemingly "normal" child, with strikingly different characteristics in personality and behaviour.
But what is an Indigo really? Well, in 1982, the term Indigo was coined by parapsychologist, Nancy Tappe, who, in her book Understanding Your Life through Color linked personality differences - behaviour and character style, with the colour of people's auras. The Indigos are the 'new' kind of child - dark blue auras with very distinctive personalities.


So how do we identify the Indigos? As a parent, teacher, or caregiver, your first inkling is the sense of a child being 'different' but not necessarily being able to pinpoint what that could be. There are numerous characteristics of Indigos, however, many exhibit the common behaviours of: being bored in school, rebelling against societal structures, are very intolerant of situations that don't allow for free choice or will, they feel as if they don't belong here and sometimes life is often painful. They can be misdiagnosed as ADD, ADHD, Autism, or are labelled as 'misunderstood', 'difficult', and/or 'unable to fit in or get along'. Often, they have 'hot' temperaments and a warrior-like ferocity when fighting for a cause especially when wanting to be heard and understood. Physically, Indigo children can have strong aversions to specific foods such as wheat, dairy, gluten, sugar, dyes and even chemicals and synthetic materials. Conversely, Indigos are bright and inquisitive, and highly intelligent - they always ask thoughtful, insightful questions, and question everything. Many of these children are very intuitive and exhibit psychic ability - they just seem to 'know things'. They also have a great empathy for animals, nature, and rocks and are very artistic or gifted in several areas. They are also capable of tuning or honing in other people's emotions - nothing slips by them.
As with all children, the Indigos come as complete perfection, into a seemingly imperfect world. But there is great disparity between the energy of their Higher wisdom within them and the energy of this world. It is the disparity therefore, that causes these children often feel confused, rebel, act out their pain, and some older or Adult Indigos often feel suicidal or suffer from depression. They feel discomfort being in their bodies, and many have difficulty coping with life. And spiritually, they often feel battered and bruised. The difficulty lies not only in these children not having a full conscious understanding of how to fit in a world that does not necessarily support them at this time in its evolution, but also for parents, guardians, teachers, and friends, on how to counsel and guide them through these 'rough' waters.
It is equally important to know though, that these children come into this world by choice. They fully
know that they have an inner agenda - by demonstrating their 'differences' through their speech, thinking and behaviour, they assist us in breaking old paradigms of perception, behaviour and overall ways of being. In other words, the Indigos are the new generation of superheroes that help expand the concsiousness and evolution of this world.
In the next issue I will speak more about the strategies and solutions for working with Indigos - helping them to cope and navigate their way around a changing and fluctuating world. For further details and information on the characteristics of Indigos - children and adults, feel free to check our website:
This is Part 1 of a 3-part series on Indigo Children. In upcoming issues: Coping Strategies and Solutions; and PostIndigos: The Crystal Children
Olena Gill is a spiritual-life coach and owner/operator of Indigo-Crystal Coaching Services in Errington, BC. She regularly coaches individuals and families with Indigo and Crystal Children. She is the author of the forthcoming book, "The Indigo Survival Guide". You can contact her at []. Copyright 2005
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Wednesday, September 13, 2017


Pregnancy Over 40, Iodine and Prenatal Vitamins

Most of us know the importance of prenatal vitamins, especially for things like folic acid.
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Iodine is another component that isn't really mentioned very often. Here is an article from about the
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 need for iodine in prenatal vitamins:

Concerns over iodine deficiency during pregnancy and lactation (breastfeeding) have resulted in a number of organizations issuing guidelines and recommendations for iodine intake. According to the New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM), these are the recommended levels of daily iodine intake during pregnancy and lactation:

•Daily iodine intake of 220 µg during pregnancy and 290 µg during lactation -- The Institute of Medicine
•Daily iodine intake of 250 µg for pregnant and lactating women -- The World Health Organization
•Vitamin with iodine level of 150 µg for pregnant and lactating women -- The American Thyroid Association 


Monday, September 11, 2017


If you've ever struggled with infertility, and you see a doctor, all of a sudden a big shift in "power".  It's like they take over the ability for you to get pregnant.  After going through every fertility treatment in the book including two failed IVF's, and ectopic pregnancy and surgery, we decided to
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Friday, September 08, 2017


Pregnancy Yoga Exercises and Various Yogic Postures for Keeping Away From Various Health Problems

Guest Post By Khushi Garg

Pregnancy yoga exercises are a source of constant relief for the expectant mothers during their nine months pregnancy period. These exercises are prominently specific yogic postures which commingle with yogic breathing and meditation to bring about remarkable positive changes for the expectant mothers.
1. Pregnancy yoga exercises loosen the knee joints and hip though practice of half butterfly pose which leads to quicker delivery.
2. The full butterfly posture relieves the tension from inner thigh muscles which does away with the tiredness of legs and strengthens them to bear the weight of expanding body.
3. The sleeping abdominal stretch pose improves digestion and eliminates constipation while
relieving strain and stiffness set in by protracted sitting.
4. Churning the mill pose tones the nerves, pelvis and abdominal region, regulates menstrual cycle and prepares the body for pregnancy related stress.
5. The chopping wood pose impacts the pelvic girdle by loosening it up and also exercises the pelvic muscles.
6. The cat stretch pose promotes the agility of shoulders, neck and spine in addition to keeping the female reproductive system toned.

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Pregnancy yoga exercises for second trimester prominently features the flapping fish pose which relaxes the leg nerves, improve digestion, prevents constipation and allows the mother to relax by relieving the pressure over major veins and ensuring smooth blood circulation. It also causes the excess weight around the waistline to redistribute across the body.
Pregnancy yoga exercises in the third semester stimulate the smooth functioning of the mammary glands, relive stress around the heart and lungs, promote better breathing and remove stiffness.
Pregnancy Yoga exercises involves a lot of stretching of body parts and consequently they entail that they should be performed under the guidance of an experienced instructor who will take care of the intensity of exercises. This is important to avoid arising of any unwanted complications.
Exercise during pregnancy  is essential for every pregnant lady. You should also try out various other things like Healthy Indian Recipes [], aerobics, yoga, meditation and much more during your pregnancy time so that you can live healthy and fit during your pregnancy period.
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Wednesday, September 06, 2017


Indigestion and Heartburn in Pregnancy

I only experienced one episode of so called "heartburn" in pregnancy and it really did feel like my heart was burning. I really wanted to take something but I was too afraid to take any type of medication when I was pregnant.
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 I did try taking a little bit of "Tums" since these are made from calcium carbonate and I heard that they were safe to take in pregnancy.  This article has some suggestions:

Here are some guidelines to help you understand which heartburn medicines are appropriate to use during pregnancy. (As with any medication, get the okay from your healthcare provider first.)

Your first line of defense should probably be chewable antacids made from calcium carbonate (sometimes just called "calcium" on the label). Fast, portable, and effective, they may be all you
need. Some of them even taste pretty good.

Antacids containing magnesium hydroxide or magnesium oxide are also a good choice during pregnancy. These come in tablet or liquid form.

Bear in mind that swallowing any liquid, even the liquid you need to wash down a tablet, will cause your stomach to do what it does naturally: produce digestive juices – including acid, the very thing you're trying to reduce. So it's best to swallow tablets with as little liquid as possible when you're having trouble with heartburn.

All of these antacid medicines work by neutralizing the acid that's already in your stomach and causing you pain. Chewable and liquid antacids act much more quickly than tablets because they're already dissolved. You can experiment to see which type works most effectively for you.

Avoid antacids that list aluminum (such as aluminum hydroxide or aluminum carbonate) as an ingredient. Aluminum can be constipating and, in large doses, toxic. So even though these products are probably safe when used occasionally at the recommended dosage, they're not your best choice when pregnant.

Remedies containing aspirin (such as Alka-Seltzer) should also be avoided during pregnancy. Aspirin may be listed on a label as salicylate or acetylsalicylic acid.

Also steer clear of sodium bicarbonate (baking soda), which is sold as an antacid in tablet form, and sodium citrate. Both are high in sodium, which causes water retention. And if you're far enough along in your pregnancy to have gone into a panic trying to remove rings from your swollen fingers or looked down in horror at a pair of puffy ankles, you'll understand why that's the last thing you want right now.


Sunday, September 03, 2017


CDC Study on Birth Defects Implicates Popular Fertility Drug

Guest Post By Terence Mix

On November 26, 2010, the medical journal, Human Reproduction, published online the results of a study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), which found that the fertility drug, Clomid (clomiphene citrate), was associated with a significant increased risk for 9 different types of birth defects following use of the popular drug.
The implicated abnormalities included a 130% increased risk for anencephaly (open cranium with absence of a brain); a 130% increased risk for esophageal atresia (closed esophagus); a 120% increased risk for omphalocele (protrusion of part of the intestine through the abdominal wall); a 90%
increased risk for craniosynostosis (premature fusion of the skull bones); increased risks for 3 different types of heart defects, ranging between 60% and 390%; and an increased risk of 340% for a defect of the brain (Dandy Walker malformation). The ninth defect (cloacal exstrophy) involves multiple defects of the gastrointestinal and genitourinary tracts, and the study reported a 440% increased risk for this severe congenital abnormality.
Drawing on 8 years of data from the National Birth Defects Prevention Study, CDC epidemiologist Dr. Jennita Reefhuis and her colleagues compared the drug's exposure to 36 types of birth defects with 6,500 live born babies born without major birth anomalies, used as controls. No less than 22 of the remaining 27 birth defect categories likewise showed an increased risk, ranging from 10% up to 170% after exposure to Clomid, although the numbers were insufficient to reach the scientific standard for "statistical significance."



The FDA is now faced with a dilemma which will be more difficult to side-step. The agency had previously ignored preliminary findings from the CDC study, which reported in July 2008 that exposure to Clomid was associated with an increased risk of developing 4 different types of birth defects - a list that has now grown to nine. The purported justification for challenging these findings was that they had not yet been reported in a journal.
But earlier studies appearing in peer-reviewed journals involving the same drug have likewise been ignored. These include reports of an increased risk of craniosynostosis in 2003 (Reefhuis, et al.); an increased risk of neural tube defects in 2004 (Medveczky, et al.); an increased risk of penoscrotal hypospadias in 2006 (Meijer, et al.); an increased risk of spina bifida in 2006 (Wu, et al.); and an increased risk of neural tube defects when ovarian cysts are produced by the drug, in 2008 (Banhidy, et al.). Since anencephaly (involving the cranium) and spina bifida (involving the spine) are both neural tube defects (NTDs), there are now 4 studies involving an association between Clomid and NTDs published in the last 6 years - none of which have motivated the FDA to require a warning.
In December 2007, a citizen petition was filed with the FDA demanding, among other things, that the regulatory agency require the manufacturers of Clomid and its generic to include a birth defect warning in the drugs' labeling. After sitting on the petition for a year and 9 months, the FDA denied the request. However, in October 2009, a petition for reconsideration was filed, citing multiple errors in the reasoning of the FDA's ruling. Fourteen more months have now passed without a final decision - a delay which has provided a window of opportunity for presentation of the recent findings by the CDC.
Will the FDA also ignore an official study by another branch of the federal government? After 43 years on the market, will the users of this popular fertility drug finally be warned about the potential risks to the babies they so desperately desire? Stay tuned, as this saga continues to unfold. For anyone interested in the debated exchanges over the citizen petition, I would encourage you to go to and enter the docket number of FDA-2007-P-0234. In addition to a debate over the science on the issue, these filings reflect an agency determined to maintain the status quo, rather than acquiesce to the mandate of federal law to require warnings of potential serious adverse reactions to drugs.
Time will tell whether the FDA is committed to protecting the general public or, instead, the interests of the industry it is required to regulate.
Terence Mix is a trial attorney who spent over 2 1/2 decades successfully litigating fertility drug cases on behalf of malformed babies. He is a former president of the Los Angeles Trial Lawyers Association and spent 12 years on the Board of Governors of California Trial Lawyers Association. He is a legal author and lecturer on trial techniques and strategies, including the trial of drug product cases, which was his specialty for over 30 years. He is a former biographee in Who's Who in California (1983) and Who's Who in American Law (1985). He has recently completed a nonfiction book: "THE PRICE OF OVULATION: The Truth about Fertility Drugs and Birth Defects - and a Solution to the Problem." During the course of researching the book, he reviewed in excess of 1000 scientific papers on the subject. He has also testified in front of the FDA on the topic of fertility drugs and birth defects.
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Thursday, August 31, 2017


Pregnancy Over 40 May Be More Susceptible To Anemia

Pregnant women may be more susceptible to anemia.  Your actual blood volume can increase up to 50% during your pregnancy.
 Because of the additional blood volume, more iron is necessary to manufacture hemoglobin.  Anemia in severe cases can lead to growth problems in your baby, premature birth and low birth weight.  Women over 40 may be more likely to get anemia and pregnancy could exacerbate this.

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Avoid Anemia In Pregnancy By Eating the Right Foods 

Anemia in pregnancy can be avoided if you eat the right foods. This article gives some suggestions on what you can eat to get the right amounts of Folate, B12 and Iron:

From the article:

The recommended dietary allowance (RDA) of iron during pregnancy is 30 mgs. Here are some foods rich in iron. 

Foods that provide 0.5-1.5mgs of iron-

Chicken, 3 ounces 

Green peas, 1/2 cup 

Tomato juice, 6 ounces 

Broccoli, 1/2 cup 

Brussels sprouts, 1/2 cup cooked 

Whole wheat bread, 1 slice 

Dried apricots, 5 halves 

Raspberries, 1 cup 

Strawberries, 1 cup

Foods that provide 1.6-3mgs of iron-

Sirloin steak, 3 ounces 

Roast beef, 3 ounces 

Lean hamburger, 3 ounces 

Baked potato with skin 

Kidney beans, 1/2 cup cooked 

Lima beans, 1/2 cup cooked 

Navy beans, 1/2 cup cooked 

Oatmeal, 1 cup cooked 

Raisins, 1/2 cup

Foods that provide 3-12mgs of iron-

Clams, 4 large or 9 small 

Oysters, 6 medium 

Spinach, 1/2 cup cooked

Fortified cereal, 1 cup

Sunday, August 27, 2017


Consuming a lot of sugar has never been a good idea, but if you're pregnant, it could have even more consequences for your baby.  According to this article, high intake of sugar by pregnant women resulted in a higher incidence of allergies and asthma.
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When comparing the 20 per cent of mothers with the highest sugar intake versus the 20 per cent of
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mothers with the lowest sugar intake, there was an increased risk of 38 per cent for allergy in the offspring (73 per cent for allergy to two or more allergens) and 101 per cent for allergic asthma. The team found no association with eczema or hay fever.

Lead researcher Professor Seif Shaheen from QMUL said: "We cannot say on the basis of these observations that a high intake of sugar by mothers in pregnancy is definitely causing allergy and allergic asthma in their offspring. However, given the extremely high consumption of sugar in the West, we will certainly be investigating this hypothesis further with some urgency.

Wednesday, August 23, 2017


Fertility and Type O Blood

I don't think anyone has ever made the connection between blood type and fertility, but apparently if you're a type "O", you may be at higher risk for high FSH and fertility problems.
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Having trouble conceiving? Your blood type may be to blame, according to a new study from researchers at Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York and reported by the UK’s Telegraph.

The study results, which were presented yesterday at the annual conference of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine, found that women with type O blood -- the most common blood type in the U.S. -- who were seeking fertility help were more likely to have trouble getting pregnant than women with other blood types.

The study involved 560 women (average age: about 35) who were being treated for infertility and measured their follicle-stimulating hormone (FSH) levels. The type O gals were twice as likely to have FSH levels that were above normal, meaning they’ve got fewer good eggs.

Monday, August 21, 2017


Pregnancy and Toxins In Your Uterus

This article gives another reason why to avoid toxic environmental chemicals as much as you can
 The women mentioned actually had their blood tested while pregnant and the results are scary. To learn how to avoid toxic chemicals, click here:



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• Every test subject had at least two and as many as four perfluorinated compounds in her blood. These "Teflon chemicals" are used to create stain-protection products and non-stick cookware and are classified as a likely human carcinogen; in tests on laboratory animals, they have been shown to cause liver, thyroid, pancreatic, testicular and mammary glad tumors.

• Mercury, known to harm brain development, was in the blood of every woman in the study.

• Breakdown products – phthalate monoesters – of at least four phthalates were in the urine of all nine women. Used as plasticizers and fragrance carriers in numerous consumer products, phthalates are linked to reproductive problems and asthma.


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