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Sunday, March 22, 2015


Stress Affects The Fetus In Your Womb

I have written and posted a number of articles about how stress can affect fertility and your ability to carry a pregnancy to term.  (To read how hormones are affected by stress see:
One study found, after examining the fetuses of women who had miscarried that the stress hormone "cortisol" was found in the offspring of women who were under stress.
Your uterine environment is affected by your stress level as well. This can have long term consequences for your baby including everything from irritability to infections. Read more:

Stress is an example of how a fetus responds to stimuli in the womb and adapts physiologically. "When the mother is stressed, several biological changes occur, including elevation of stress hormones and increased likelihood of intrauterine infection," Dr. Wadhwa says. "The fetus builds itself permanently to deal with this kind of high-stress environment, and once it's born may be at greater risk for a whole bunch of stress-related pathologies."

Thursday, March 19, 2015


Pregnancy Over 40 and The Rh Factor

If you are Rh negative, and you are pregnant or had a miscarriage, you may need to worry about getting an Rhogam shot.
 Rh sensitization can be harmful to your baby, but does not occur until a second pregnancy (if your blood and the baby's blood with different Rh factors have mixed). This article explains more:

What causes Rh sensitization during pregnancy?

Rh sensitization can occur during pregnancy if you are Rh-negative and pregnant with an unborn baby (fetus) who has Rh-positive blood. In most cases, your blood will not mix with your baby’s blood until delivery. It takes a while to make antibodies that can affect the baby, so during your first pregnancy, the baby probably would not be affected.

But if you get pregnant again with an Rh-positive baby, the antibodies already in your blood could attack the baby’s red blood cells. This can cause the baby to have anemia, jaundice, or more serious problems. This is called Rh disease. The problems will tend to get worse with each Rh-positive pregnancy you have.

During your first pregnancy, your baby could be at risk for Rh disease if you were sensitized before or during pregnancy. This can happen if:

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You had a previous miscarriage, abortion, or ectopic pregnancy and you did not receive Rh immune globulin to prevent sensitization.
You had a serious injury to your belly during pregnancy.
You had a medical test such as an amniocentesis or chorionic villus sampling while you were pregnant, and you did not receive Rh immune globulin. These tests could let your blood and your baby’s blood mix.


Monday, March 16, 2015


Pregnancy Over 40, Morning Sickness

Even though older women supposedly experience less morning sickness, it's not true for everyone.  I actually had horrible morning sickness for the first trimester of my pregnancy (and it lasted all day).  One thing that was helpful for me was to suck on peppermint lozenges. Here's a great site that gives some help for women who experience morning sickness. Read more:

General Remedies:

Avoid warm places as heat can increase the nausea feelings.
Take naps during the day (but not right after eating). Tiredness plays a big part in morning sickness.
Get enough sleep at night.
Get out of bed slowly in the morning.
Try eating plain crackers or dry cereal before you get out of bed in the morning.

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Open windows or turn on exhaust fans when cooking and after meals.
Cooking in the microwave usually produces less odors.
Silly as it sounds, carry a handkerchief with a few drops of a non nausea causing essential oil (lemon for example) in it and breath through it if you can't get away from the smell that is bothering you.
Food and Drink:

Avoid greasy or spicy foods as they often cause nausea or heartburn.
Eat what you want when you want it. Your cravings will not lead you the wrong way.
Have frequent protein snacks. (Low fat meats and seafood, nuts, eggs and beans are high protein.)
Eat smaller meals every two hours or so.
Eating something salty before a meal can help you "make it through" a meal.
Do not drink fluids with your meals.
Non caffeinated teas like peppermint and ginger can help calm nausea.
Drink small amounts of fluids regularly though out the day to avoid dehydration.
Do not skip meals if you can help it.
Avoid spicy and fried food - both eating and smelling it can increase your nausea.
Cold food may have less nausea inducing smells associated with them.

Try taking your prenatals later in the day.
Talk to your doctor about:
Vitamin B6 - 50 mg. daily. Vitamin B6 has been shown to help with pregnancy induced nausea.
Ginger capsules: 250 mg. three times daily. Ginger has long been associated with alleviating nausea. (Remember drinking ginger ale when you felt sick when you were little?)
Ask your doctor if you can stop taking your Prenatals temporarily to see if the nausea diminishes. You may still need to take a Folic Acid supplement to help protect your baby.
Talk to your doctor about not taking iron supplements unless you are anemic. Iron supplements can be hard for your stomach to deal with.

Friday, March 13, 2015


Pregnancy Over 40 and Bile Processing

I never had a problem with gallstones, but I was surprised to hear that many women do during and after pregnancy.

Pregnancy may have an affect on the body's ability to process bile which may make the body more likely to form gallstones. This article explains more:

Pregnancy, as well as estrogen and birth control use, put us at a higher risk for developing gall bladder problems. In fact, Dibble says two to four percent of pregnant patients are found to have gallstones during their pregnancy ultrasounds.


Your gall bladder and gallstones
So just what does a gall bladder do? This small organ sits below the liver and houses bile, a fluid breakdown of old red blood cells and digestive enzymes. Dr David Bowen, who heads the surgery department at Ochsner Hospital in New Orleans, explains that bile is needed for digestion. Normally, bile remains in your intestines until you eat, and the gall bladder then squeezes bile into intestines to mix with the food as it makes its way down.

Gallstones form for a number of reasons. Typically, the materials that make up bile -- cholesterol, bile salts and lecithin -- get out of balance and begin to form crystals, says Bowen. Those crystals then stick together and grow larger and harder.

"The hormonal milieu, circulating estrogen and progesterone levels, affect the gallbladder's ability to contract and excrete bile," says Dibble. "Higher levels of these hormones result in a slowdown of the gallbladder wall and promote gallstone formation. When these gallstones leave the gallbladder and become lodged in the ducts of the gallbladder or pancreas, they can be [extremely] painful." 


Monday, March 09, 2015


Pregnancy Over 40 and Morning Sickness

I guess it's possible that all of that morning sickness may have a payoff.
According to this article, it may lead to a higher IQ in your offspring. Read more:

Irena Nulman and colleagues at the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto, Canada, contacted 120 women who years earlier had called a morning sickness hotline. 
 Thirty did not have morning sickness, but the researchers asked the rest to recall the severity of their sickness, and gave the children of all the women, now aged between 3 and 7, a standard intelligence test.

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 Those whose mothers had nausea and vomiting during pregnancy were more likely to get high scores than those whose mothers did not (The Journal of Pediatrics, DOI: 10.1016/j.jpeds.2009.02.005). The reported severity of the vomiting also correlated with the IQ scores.

Saturday, March 07, 2015


Pregnancy Over 40, Hormone Changes Can Cause Acne

I've known quite a few women who have had a pretty bad bout of acne during pregnancy.
 Many cases of acne are hormonally triggered, so it makes sense that pregnancy can create an acne breeding ground. This article explains some natural ways to deal with the condition and, as a last resort, some medications that may help:

From the article:

To treat pregnancy acne, start with self-care:

Wash your face twice a day. Be gentle and use a mild cleanser with lukewarm water.
If you have oily hair, shampoo daily. Be careful to keep hair off your face.
Avoid picking, scratching, popping or squeezing acne sores. These habits can spread infection and potentially cause scarring.
If you use cosmetics, stick to oil-free products. Look for descriptions such as water-based, noncomedogenic or nonacnegenic.
Avoid resting your face in your hands. This can trap skin oils and sweat, which can irritate acne.


Medication is a second line of treatment for pregnancy acne. Any medication that's applied to your skin or swallowed can enter your bloodstream, so it's important to exercise caution during pregnancy — even with over-the-counter products.

Erythromycin (Erygel) is often the drug of choice for pregnancy acne. Azelaic acid (Azelex, Finacea) may be another option. Both medications are typically applied to the skin as a lotion or gel and are available by prescription. 


Thursday, March 05, 2015


Pregnancy Over 40, The Brewer Diet And Protein

Many people wonder what they should be eating when they're pregnant.  There is some evidence that women who eat a healthy diet in pregnancy may be able to cut their risk of pregnancy complications.
I found this resource called "The Brewer Pregnancy Diet" developed by Dr. Tom Brewer which incorporated adequate amounts of protein. Read more:

From the article:

The Brewer diet is built around ensuring you adequate amounts of protein every day. Proteins are broken down into amino acids by your body and used to repair and build body tissues and organs. Your baby will be built from these amino acids. It is the minimum recommended food you should eat every day, if you need more food eat more.


Unlike carbohydrates which can be stored as fat, your body has no mechanism to store extra protein. The unused proteins are broken down until they can be made into fate and the unique protein part is excreted from the body. If you do not eat enough protein to repair your body and build your baby, your body will begin to break down its own tissues to get building blocks for your baby and neither you nor your baby will have what you need to keep your bodies healthy. Contrary to popular belief, you cannot build a baby from the extra stores of fat on your hips.
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Tuesday, March 03, 2015


Wow! Read this story! What are the odds of getting pregnant when you're already pregnant? The link below talks about how a woman who thought she was carrying twins really wasn't. Even though she was carrying two babies, they were conceived at different times. Read more:


Finally, when the twins were seven months old, the consultant told us she thought she had the answer.

After dozens of tests had ruled out everything else, there seemed only one possibility. Darren and I listened, stunned, as she explained what had happened. She said that, after conceiving, my body had for some reason released another egg weeks later, meaning I'd actually conceived twice. It was called superfetation - a condition more common in animals but almost unheard-of in humans.

There are just a handful of known cases. She said Macey had conceived second, about five weeks after Finley.

So while Finley was born at 37 weeks, Macey was at just 32 weeks when she entered the world.

Saturday, February 28, 2015


Pregnancy Heartbeat - Prenatal Music Stimulation and Your Unborn Child

Guest Post By Catherine L Pittman

Once upon a time a device called the "walkman" was invented, making music more portable. In today's world, iPods, MP3 players, cell phones and other small computing devices have made it even more easily accessible and portable than ever before. Expecting mommies can even find belly gear with built-in speakers specifically for baby's listening pleasure in utero!
The Science of Prenatal Music
Researchers now know that music affects us in many ways. The medical profession has found its use in patient rooms and intensive care helps premature babies and patients with serious illness. New studies are being conducted to research how it actually affects babies in the womb. While these studies are still in their infancy, studies performed all conclude that prenatal music stimulation of baby's auditory senses is very beneficial.
The amniotic fluid surrounding your baby not only acts as a protective barrier, but conducts sound very well. Your unborn child is able to clearly hear your voice, music and other external sounds that surround your daily life, and will react to those sounds through an increased heart rate and movement. This has led many researchers to believe there is more to hearing than our ears.
Some believe the use of music stimuli while in the womb may well be the building blocks for intellectual development or musical abilities. There is currently no sound evidence to support claims that listening to music while in the womb will actually increase your child's intelligence, or make your child more musically inclined. However, the studies have found that babies serenaded to before birth respond to and remember the music played long after birth.
Benefits to You and Your Child
Your unborn child has an incredible ability to feel your emotions and know your state of mind, and will react according to your moods and emotions. Whether or not you believe prenatal music can make your child more intelligent or more prone to musical abilities, there are definitely benefits proven beneficial when used during pregnancy.

  • Reduces stress-levels for both baby and mother during pregnancy
  • Begins the bonding process, giving you the opportunity to make an early life-long connection with your child
  • Calming music relaxes even the most agitated baby, placing you and your child in a calm and tranquil state
  • Baby will benefit from the hormones mommy produces when she is relaxed and happy!
  • It provides the building blocks for later brain development
  • Prenatal music is baby's first memory skill
  • Facilitates and enhances baby's physical and emotional well-being
  • Singing lullabies nurtures early communication through the language of music
  • Music creates a bridge from baby's inner womb environment to the outer world
  • Studies and mothers alike have found singing lullabies to baby in utero facilitates sleeping habits after birth; baby remembers the feeling of warmth and comfort of the womb, as well as the song!

Your unborn baby is surrounded by rich and diversified internal rhythmic sounds, which include your breathing, heart beat, physical movements and baby's own cardiovascular pulsations and movements. Because of these internal sounds, outside sounds must be slightly louder than the internal environment, but not so loud that it agitates baby.
Vibrations of the instruments can be felt directly by your body because sound waves travel through matter, which includes your womb aided by the sound conduction of the amniotic fluid. The choice of music as well as the frequency and pitch affects both you and your child. Whether you prefer The Beatles, New Age, Classical music or want to play and sing lullabies, keep it at a lower frequency---one that provides comfortable listening levels for you and baby.
Prenatal music stimulation should be used in moderation. Overstimulation can cause discomfort and agitation for both mother and child.
There is no doubt that your unborn child can respond to external sounds heard while in the comfort of the womb. The gentle strains of lullabies and soft music can act as a balm to nourish the soul. It truly encompasses all aspects of life, affecting us as well as healing our body, heart, mind and spirit.
(c) Copyright April 2010 Catherine L Pittman - All Rights Reserved
About the Author
Catherine currently resides in Oregon, and is the owner, songwriter and main vocalist for the music production company, Pitter Patter Productions. The company has been producing its own line of original award-winning music for children since 1992, specializing in lullabies and music for toddlers and preschoolers. MP3 downloads of our songs and albums are available at, CD Baby and iTunes. CD's are available at:
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Wednesday, February 25, 2015


Pregnancy Over 40, Use Your Intuition

I think all of our senses are heightened when pregnant.
Your sense of smell is heightened, your sense of taste is heightened and according to this article, your intuition may be heightened as well.  I will say that before I got pregnant with my daughter (and I experienced 6 years of infertility and miscarriage) I absolutely knew that I was going to get pregnant.  I could feel my baby hovering over me.  Here are some stories of women's intuition when pregnant:


From the article:
Pregnancy and early motherhood are times when women often become aware of a variety of spiritual experiences, including intuition. Several women we've spoken with have reported experiences of deep inner knowingness, including being positive they were pregnant even when the doctor repeatedly told them otherwise, and being sure of the gender of the baby inspite of what others predicted. Others have mentioned suddenly having a strong desire to name their baby something that they'd never thought they'd even consider, or that a relative or close friend "knew" about their pregnancy before they even knew about it themselves. Several moms have even mentioned sensing certain pregnancy complications and/or the need to do something specific to avert those complications.

Monday, February 23, 2015


3 Kinds of Heartburn Relief In Pregnancy

By Elizabeth Russel

Pregnancy causes all kinds of hormonal changes in a woman's body. Some of these directly affect digestion and can make being pregnant a less than wonderful physical experience. It is possible to find heartburn relief in pregnancy though, using some very simple solutions. Here are 3 ways to get relief:
Over the counter medications:

Tums and other medications like them are safe for you and your baby. They are inexpensive and easy to carry around. You might be surprised to know that raw almonds will work just about as fast. You might want to carry them with you also if natural solutions are important to you. After you give birth, your need for medication should disappear. If over the counter medications don't seem to be working, talk with your doctor.


Lifestyle Changes:

Part of what causes heartburn when you're pregnant is acid backing up into your esophagus. Many things, including hormones, can cause the sphincter between your stomach and esophagus to weaken. Smoking and alcohol will both cause this problem; of course you shouldn't drink or smoke when you're pregnant anyway, this is just another reason. Pressure from the growing fetus may also make it more likely that stomach contents will get pushed up into your esophagus. You can relieve this pressure a little by wearing loose clothing, propping up the head of your bed 6 inches or so or sleeping in a chair. Eating several small meals rather than 3 large ones will help keep the volume of stomach contents down. Wait a couple of hours after eating for your stomach to empty before you lie down. Sometimes something as simple as chewing gum after you eat will help keep your food going the right way. Avoid mint, as mint gum and candy can cause your stomach to produce more acid.


Food can be a blessing or a curse. Certain foods are known to encourage heartburn. Coffee, some teas, tomatoes and tomato sauce, carbonated beverages, beef and acidic fruits are a few of them. But, there are foods that can calm heartburn also. Ripe bananas, almonds and some kinds of honey are used by many people. Certain herbal teas are soothing, but choose carefully since some are not good to use when you're pregnant. Dried papaya can be chewed after a meal to help digest protein. Milk, although used by many people to sooth the esophagus, actually causes your stomach to increase the production of acid. Water is very good to drink and you might think that water would "put out the fire" of heartburn, but drinking water with meals may only serve to increase pressure on the LES (lower esophageal sphincter). Try drinking most of your liquids in between meals instead.
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Wednesday, February 18, 2015


In a world dominated with synthetic products in our homes, the air, and at work, it's no wonder our fertility, unborn babies, and children are suffering the consequences. Here is an article about how some of these chemicals can cuase autism:

Fetuses and newborns are at most risk to harmful chemicals because of the enormous cell growth. The CDC study showed that one in every 18 women of childbearing age in the United States had mercury in their bodies that exceeded the EPA’s safe levels. In their early years, children are at higher risk due to the chemicals in flame retardants, their habit of putting everything in their mouths, and crawling on the floor - and their bodies are less able to metabolize them.



One of the key elements of green building is increased indoor air quality, including the limiting of VOCs, or volatile organic compounds, in the home. These studies highlight the need for better indoor air quality measures and greater education among homeowners and product manufacturers. Additionally, the fact that hundreds of chemicals without known health effects are in widespread use should spur the CDC and EPA to push for their testing or removal from products until they are proven safe.

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