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Tuesday, June 30, 2015

PREGNANCY AFTER INFERTILITY

Pregnancy Over 40, Success Comes With A Gag Order

I do recall when I finally conceived my daughter. I was extremely nauseated the entire first trimester (to the point that I couldn't leave the house).
 But I couldn't complain because I finally had achieved my dream of becoming pregnant without miscarrying. In retrospect, I realize people who finally do conceive after infertility have the right to feel bad and get support, but you don't feel entitled because you been handed the winning lottery ticket.   I recall when I ran an infertility support group, one of the members was apalled that her pregnant friend (who had also suffered from infertility and subsequently got pregnant) was complaining about some of her pregnancy symptoms.  This article sums it up:

SEE ALSO: SHARING INFORMATION ABOUT YOUR INFERTILITY (getpregnantover40.com)


From the article:

You're in your first trimester, and you're nauseous 24/7. You dare not complain to a soul, however, for fear that you'll hear:

I told you so!
And you wanted to be pregnant sooo badly...
Can you believe you went through all of that to feel like this?
Or perhaps you're in your last trimester, and the only shoes that will go on your swollen feet are shower sandals, while your sciatica gives you such pain that the slightest movement brings tears to your eyes. After seven or more months, you've probably learned by now that not only do folks tire of hearing pregnant women complain, any kvetching on your part will probably be heard with even less understanding. After all, didn't you say that you'd never complain if you could only conceive? 


excerpted from:
 www.fertilitycommunity.com

Sunday, June 28, 2015

POST PARTUM DEPRESSION NOT HIGHER OVER AGE 40

Pregnancy Over 40, Not Related To Post Partum Depression

A number of articles claim older mothers have more problems than younger ones, but I find there are plenty of publications that say just the opposite.

SEE ALSO: PREGNANCY COMPLICATIONS AND BIRTH DEFECTS OVER 40 (getpregnantover40.com0 

 This article for instance says that older mothers don't have a higher rise of post partum depression. Read more:

Women who have their first baby at an older age aren't at any greater risk of postpartum depression than their younger counterparts, according to an Australian study of more than 500 first-time mothers.

Researchers led by Catherine McMahon at Macquarie University in Australia found that women aged 37 or older were no more likely to get postpartum depression than younger women, regardless of whether they conceived naturally or had infertility treatment.

"Older mothers are frequently discussed in the media. There are a lot of myths, and limited empirical data," McMahon, a psychology professor, said in an email.

There has been speculation, for instance, that older mothers might have a tougher time adjusting to motherhood after being in the workforce for a long time, or have more trouble dealing with the lifestyle changes that a baby brings.

"There is no research evidence to support these speculations," 

from:www.canada.com

Thursday, June 25, 2015

ALLERGIC TO PREGNANCY? SEVERE NAUSEA AND VOMITING

Pregnancy Over 40, Severe Nausea and Vomiting

I think most women experience some type of nausea in pregnancy...even if it's just a little.
As a matter of fact, you will probably hear that nausea and vomiting is considered a sign of strong hormones and a healthy pregnancy - even though it doesn't feel like it!  I had fairly severe nausea (I was practically bedridden the first trimester), however the vomiting was not as bad.

Some women, however have debilitating nausea and vomiting in pregnancy.  It's something you should get checked out because even though nausea may be seen as a sign of a healthy pregnancy, it may lead to dehydration and if it is severe, it could be an indicator of an underlying problem.

I didn't realize that excessive vomiting in pregnancy could actually be some type of allergic process. This article explains how a woman with hyperemesis gravidarum got through her pregnancy:


SEE ALSO: STRANGE EARLY PREGNANCY SYMPTOMS AND SIGNS (getpregnantover40.com)


From the article:

'It was like flicking a switch,' she said.

Andrea was given steroids to limit the damage as specialists feared she would need a feeding tube because of the constant vomiting. She was also taking anti-sickness tablets prescribed to chemotherapy patients.

But despite the constant struggle, Andrea got through it with the support of husband Kevin and family and friends.

Kevin, a gas man, said: 'I put on a brave face for Andrea, we had to keep her spirits up. We all had fears but no one wanted to say it out loud.

'I was worried about so many things, I wasn't sure if I was going to lose both of them or one of them.'

Andrea added: 'I didn't once get excited about being pregnant because I didn't know if it would end in a baby.

'But now I just feel normal. Hyperemesis changes your whole personality. I just feel relieved.'

Andrea and Kevin lost a baby four years ago, at around 20 weeks, because of the condition.

She is urging pregnant women to make sure they seek medical help as soon as they think they could have HG as catching it early helped save Kurt.

from: www.dailymail.co.uk

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

BIRTH DEFECTS AND HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE IN PREGNANCY

Pregnancy Hypertension Complications

When I was pregnant, my blood pressure was monitored quite closely.
 Although older women tend to have problems with blood pressure in pregnancy, thankfully, min was normal.  As far as blood pressure medications, in the past, there were concerns that ACE inhibitors were associated with birth defects. However, this article also talks about how high blood pressure itself may also be a risk factor. Read more:

Researchers behind a new, larger study suggest it’s the high blood pressure itself that is responsible for the higher risk of birth defects, not the medications.

SEE ALSO: BIRTH DEFECTS AND PREGNANCY COMPLICATIONS OVER 40 (getpregnantover40.com)

Compared to women without high blood pressure, those with the condition were more likely to have babies with congenital heart, brain or spinal-cord defects regardless of whether they were taking ACE inhibitors, other medications, or getting no treatment at all, the study found. The study was published online this week in the journal BMJ.

De-Kun Li and colleagues from Kaiser Permanente in California examined data covering more than 460,000 pregnant women and their babies from 1995 to 2008 for the study, which was paid for by groups including the U.S. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. 

from: 
theglobeandmail.com

Sunday, June 21, 2015

THE IMPORTANCE OF FATHERS: FATHER'S DAY

Father's Day:  Recognize the Importance Of Fathers

Yes, fathers are important too. Many moms forget that kids want a relationship with both their parents. Fathers have their own way of relating to kids and even though it's different from women, its valuable to kids.
Our society seems to forget that men have an important role in bringing up kids.  Kids who have a two parent home score higher on achievement tests, they show less aggressive behavior and they have a higher socioeconomic position in society. Read more:

SEE ALSO: PREGNANCY OVER 40 (getpregnantover40.com

“Daddy’s bonding time with his girls is working on cars,” said Ms. Calapini, of Olivehurst, Calif. “He has his own way of communicating with them, and that’s O.K.”

As much as mothers want their partners to be involved with their children, experts say they often unintentionally discourage men from doing so. Because mothering is their realm, some women micromanage fathers and expect them to do things their way, said Marsha Kline Pruett, a professor at the Smith College School for Social Work at Smith College and a co-author of the new book “Partnership Parenting,” with her husband, the child psychiatrist Dr. Kyle Pruett (Da Capo Press).

 (from www.nytimes.com)

Thursday, June 18, 2015

THE IMPORTANCE OF AMNIOTIC FLUID IN PREGNANCY

Pregnancy Over 40, Amniotic Fluid May Be Monitored

When I was pregnant with my daughter I had a totally normal pregnancy - but even so, I was closely monitored.
My doctor, however, kept a very close eye on me and I had numerous ultrasounds and tests to measure my amniotic fluid. My doctor told me that, in her opinion, the amniotic fluid measurements were one of the most important factors in assessing the health of my pregnancy. Here is an article about amniotic fluid:

SEE ALSO: PREGNANCY OVER 40 (getpregnantover40.com)

From the article:

"Amniotic fluid is one of the main ingredients that keeps a baby doing well," says Dr. Robert Atlas, the chairman of the department of obstetrics and gynecology at Mercy Medical Center in Baltimore, Md. "It's a combination of solutes – substances within our own bodies – which help bathe the baby. Early on, it consists of electrolytes, similar to what is in our own blood. The baby then begins to urinate, and that becomes one of the big components of the fluid in the cavity."

This means that the volume of amniotic fluid increases by 10 milliliters until 8 weeks, says Dr. Abu Alam, an OB/GYN affiliated with Overlook Hospital in Summit, N.J. "At this point, the fluid increases up to 60 milliliters per week until 21 weeks when it starts to gradually decline to a steady rate by 33 weeks of pregnancy," says Dr. Alam. "By the end of the pregnancy, it's down to a single liter."

And the purpose of these fluctuating levels of fluid? "Amniotic fluid serves to cushion the fetus to help the baby have normal development and supports the umbilical cord from compression between the fetus and the uterus," Dr. Alam says.

What's more, says Dr. Atlas, is that the fluid allows the baby to move about in the uterus, enabling muscles and tendons to develop. "Otherwise there would be significant orthopedic injuries, which could be lifelong," says Dr. Atlas. "But the most important role for the amniotic fluid is its role in the development of the fetal lungs. The infant breathes in fluid and exhales the fluid, allowing the lungs to develop. If there is no fluid, the lungs won't develop and the fetus will be unable to breathe. Amniotic fluid has an incredibly important role during pregnancy." 

from: 
  (www.pregnancytoday.com)

Monday, June 15, 2015

BIRTH DEFECTS FROM ENVIRONMENTAL FACTORS ON THE RISE

I saw this article about what used to be a rare birth defect which is becoming alarmingly commonplace.
The condition is called gastroschisis where a baby's intestines are outside the body when they're born. I remember seeing a story about this on TV when I was pregnant and it scared the heck out of me. Interestingly, even though women over 40 seem to get a bad wrap when it comes to pregnancy statistics and pregnancy outcomes, this particular condition is three times more common in women who give birth either at or under the age of 20. According to the article, aside from the age factor, research is being conducted to hopefully isolate drugs, toxins, and other environmental factors which might be contributing to this condition.

READ MORE ABOUT ENVIRONMENTAL FACTORS AND FERTILITY HERE (getpregnantover40.com)

If you are trying to conceive, this article should give you even more incentive to clean up your diet, cut out your bad habits, and as much as possible, avoid environmental toxins. Even though this condition seems to be prevalent among younger women, it never hurts to do all you can to have a happy healthy pregnancy and, of course, a healthy baby.

Read more about gastrochschisis here:

 denverpost.com

Saturday, June 13, 2015

STRESS AND TRAUMA IN PREGNANCY AFFECT BABY'S HEALTH LATER

Pregnancy Over 40 and Stress

Most of us already know that stress may contribute to infertility and possibly miscarriage.
However , stress during pregnancy may also affect your baby. Read More:


"Researchers at the University of Trier, Germany, say that stressful or traumatic events experienced during pregnancy can have long-lasting effects on the fetus, and these effects may not become apparent until many years later. They cite fibromyalgia as one example, claiming that girls born of stressful pregnancies may be at a greater risk for developing the painful muscle condition as adults.

SEE ALSO: STRESS, INFERTILITY AND MISCARRIAGE (getpregnantover40.com)

Little is known about the causes of fibromyalgia, a condition affecting mostly women and characterized by extreme fatigue and widespread muscle pain. In the new study, led by Dirk Hellhammer, the researchers found that "prenatal programming" likely plays a role in the later development of fibromyalgia. Hellhammer says that stress experienced during pregnancy can affect the development of the fetus's adrenal gland, permanently limiting its capacity for producing adequate amounts of the hormone cortisol."
excerpted from: aphroditewomenshealth.com

Thursday, June 11, 2015

OMEGA 3 FATS HELP PREGNANCY AND BABY


Prenatal Omega 3 Fatty Acids - Find Out Why it is Important For You and Your Baby

Guest Post By Chuck Blake

Prenatal omega 3 fatty acids in pregnancy work like lock and key combination for both mother and the baby. They are essential long chain polyunsaturated omega3 fats that are required for mother's health and baby's proper development.
Importance of prenatal omega 3 fats for the mother

1. Protection from post partum depression

2. Reduced risk of miscarriages, pre-term labor and cesarean

3. Reduced chances of breast cancer

4. Protection from pre-eclampsia

5. Safe delivery

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

Importance of prenatal omega 3 fats for the baby

1. Proper brain development

2. Better eye sight

3. Less sleep disorder

4. Better hand/eye coordination

5. Good nervous system development

6. Reduced risk of neurobehavioral disorders like Autism, Dyslexia, etc

7. Enhanced concentrating and comprehending skills

8. Improved memory

9. Higher IQ

10. Better immunity
Because of the enormous and unmatched health benefits of omegs3 fats for both mother and baby, doctors around the globe recommend a high DHA omega3 diet during as well as after the pregnancy. This is because pregnant women are the only source of nutrition for both fetus and the newborn baby. She has to have high levels of DHA fats to cater the need of both baby and her body.
Experts recommend that pregnant females should take 500mg of DHA daily. This is equivalent to having one healthy, oily and naturally DHA rich fish (like hoki, tuna, salmon, etc.) serving daily. However, because of increase in water pollution, there is an increased risk of toxin poisoning by eating too much fish. Thus, fish supplements that undergo refining process to filter out the harmful chemicals from the oil are recommended instead.
Ideal prenatal omega 3 fish oil supplement
1. High DHA content

Since, DHA fat is often called as brain food, it is vital to have a supplement that is rich in DHA fats. 1000mg of oil should at least have 250 mg of DHA.
2. Fresh

Supplement should be fresh and should smell like ocean waters. Consumption of stale oil could result in fishy burps, long lasting metallic after taste, and increased free radical activity in the body.
3. Pure

The presence of impurities like mercury, lead, arsenic, etc. in the oil via fish caught from polluted ocean waters could be dangerous. Look for supplements that undergo the molecular distillation process to ensure that all the oil is of pharmaceutical grade quality.
Now that you know the importance of prenatal omega 3 fats and what to look for in an effective fish oil supplement, your next step should be put this information to test and find out an effective prenatal omega 3 supplement and start taking it for safe delivery and healthy baby.
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Chuck Blake is an active researcher and consumer of fish supplements. He shares his research into the benefits of these nutritional supplements on his website http://omega3brief.com. For more information on exceptional and powerful benefits of omega-3 fish oils visit his website http://omega3brief.com today.
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Tuesday, June 09, 2015

IS IT SAFE TO EAT PEANUTS IN PREGNANCY?

It has been reported that women should avoid eating peanuts during pregnancy due to the possibility that this could trigger nut allergies in children. It seems like more and more people are experiencing life threatening allergies to nuts and schools now are equipped with "peanut free" tables in their lunch rooms. I ate peanut butter all through my pregnancy because it is a quick and easy snack and because of my rather severe nausea, I needed to eat at regular intervals. Interestingly, my daughter has many allergies, but luckily, peanuts are not one of them which is wonderful since peanut butter seems to be a staple of her diet.

So, should pregnant women eat peanuts, peanut butter or other nuts during pregnancy? According to the UK NHS,

"You may have heard that peanuts should be avoided during pregnancy. This is because the government previously advised women to avoid eating peanuts if there was a history of allergy (such as asthma, eczema, hay fever and food allergy) in their child's immediate family.

This advice has now been changed, because the latest research has shown no clear evidence that eating peanuts during pregnancy affects the chances of your baby developing a peanut allergy"


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

Sunday, June 07, 2015

BPA IN INFANT FORMULA

I've written before about some of the dangers in plastics in terms of how they can affect hormones in both men and women. According to the article below, BPA is also found in infant formula cans. Read more from cnn.com:
From the article:

"Breast-feeding was my absolute first choice," says Helen Niblock, cradling her newborn and watching tentatively as she puts 5-week-old Emma on a scale. "I actually cried when they told me that I had to give her formula in the hospital."

Niblock gives Emma Enfamil from a can to supplement her diet. But a research group says the cans that contain the formula are lined with a toxic, potentially harmful chemical.

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

The Environmental Working Group, an advocacy and research organization, says in a new report released to CNN that liquid formula from the nation's top baby formula makers is sold in cans lined with bisphenol-A, or BPA. The formula makers acknowledge the presence of BPA, but say it is not harmful. The Food and Drug Administration agrees.

The Environmental Working Group is a nonprofit research organization focused on public health and the environment. It does not take money from special interest groups. The group previously raised concerns about the presence of BPA in plastic baby bottles and is pushing for regulation of the compound. Dr. Sanjay Gupta explains the Environmental Working Group's findings »

The group says, based on its analysis of existing research on BPA, even a very small amount of the compound may cause a host of problems, from brain and behavioral disorders to cancer, a claim the formula makers and federal regulators adamantly deny.

"BPA is a chemical that is harmful at very low doses," says Jane Houlihan, the organization's vice president for research. "We're talking about millions of babies exposed every year to this toxic chemical that's found in infant formula."

   (www.cnn.com)

Friday, June 05, 2015

BABY'S WEIGHT AND LIFELONG HEART DISEASE

Chubby babies are so cute...but, this may be a sign that trouble is on the way. According to this article, this may predispose the baby to heart disease and obesity later in life.  Some of this may be due to the mother's weight and diet in pregnancy, read more:

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

Obese baby girls are at increased risk of developing heart disease and diabetes when they grow up, new research suggests.

The study of 1,053 17-year-old girls also shows that they may also be more likely to suffer problems with their metabolism if they were overweight as a baby.

Scientists from the University of Western Australia tracked the research participants on eight occasions between the ages of one and 17 years of age.

Measurements including weight, Body Mass Index (BMI), blood pressure and cholesterol levels were taken, reports the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism.


www.dailymail.com

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