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Wednesday, July 30, 2014


Gender Prediction As Early As 6 Weeks

When I was trying to conceive, I honestly would have taken, a boy, a girl or an alien for that matter.
 I just wanted a baby. But some women and couples have a strong preference for a boy or a girl. I can't say I totally understand this, but I do know of couples who will keep having babies until they get the gender they want. Of course those of us who start out a little older and/or those of us who struggle to get pregnant don't have the luxury of doing that. I found this article on about a new test that may be able to predict the baby's gender just six weeks into the pregnancy. Of course, you can imagine the ethical issues attached to this one. Read more:


Test not regulated
Parents who order the Pink or Blue test receive a packet where the mother provides a spot of blood on a special card. That is sent back to the company’s laboratories, and within four to six days, the gender of the fetus is revealed with up to 98 percent accuracy if instructions are properly followed, according to DNA Worldwide.

Because the test is marketed as “informational” rather than medical, it is not regulated by health authorities in Britain or abroad.
from:Test can tell baby’s sex 6 weeks into pregnancy

Sunday, July 27, 2014


Forgetfulness and Pregnancy

I can't recall if I experienced memory loss when I was pregnant. I was so nervous that I decreased my activity level and I worked very little to reduce my stress level. However, some women do experience problems with their memory and according to the following article, there may be a real reason. Read more:

"No longer dismissed at just "one of those things" you must deal with while pregnant, some medical researchers are addressing the problem by investigating various possible causes for the short-term memory loss. For instance, it has been suggested that it is the change in sleep patterns during pregnancy that affect a woman's ability to remember information, rather than changes to the brain. Also, a plethora of well-meaning health articles stress that an upcoming birth is more than enough to overwhelm an expectant mother, with thoughts and concerns plaguing her so that her memory may be more hazy than usual.


Other studies attribute weakened memory to iron-defienciency during pregnancy. If your body doesn't have enough iron to fuel hemoglobin production for you and your baby, you're likely to develop iron-deficient anemia. Some common symptoms of anemia include fatigue, weakness, irritablity and yes, forgetfulness. From about the twentieth week of pregnancy, the little life inside you has been using up much of your iron intake, so break out the lentils and green leafy vegetables!

But let's not forget the hormones. Always the hormones. According to a 1998 report in Fit Pregnancy magazine, at least one study has found that pregnant women's brains get smaller in the third trimester. British researchers scanned the brains of ten moms-to-be during their last trimesters and again a few months after their babies were born and discovered that brain cell volume decreases during pregnancy, only to plump up again sometime after delivery. The researchers speculate that hormones cause the shrinkage; they hope further study will prove their hypothesis. 

Memory Loss During Pregnancy
by Rani Long

Thursday, July 24, 2014


Pregnancy Over 40, Umbilical Cord Abnormalities

The scary thing about genetically modified crops is that sometimes they are hidden in our foods without us knowing it.
 According to this article, these foods may be changing the structure of pregnant women's umbilical cords. Read more:


Cords are [now] shorter. we are seeing many less dramatic examples of shorter cords, velamentous cord insertion, diminished Wharton's jelly, and strange looking placentas.

Last week we had a five babies in a 12 hour night... two had velamentous cord insertions! It's just not average anymore. In five days time I saw one fatal cord accident, another cord problem leading to stat cesarean birth, and today another incident of deep fetal distress due to cord problems.

The study I read concerning M16 genetically modified corn showed that when fed to pregnant mice, all the offspring in one generation, had alterations of ALL the cells in ALL their organs! Can you see why I am worried about our precious placentas? I did not make this connection until I began to see an increase in abnormalities and pathology due to placenta and cord troubles. The fact that so many Indonesian women depend upon genetically modified soy products (tempe and tofu) for their day-to-day protein -- and the early introduction of GMO soy here... it got me wondering.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014


Is it really that hard to get pregnant over 40?

It seems like every time I turn around, I am reading about how wome over 40 need to "run, not walk" to the nearest fertility clinic.  The media likes to jump on the bandwagon and write stories of how hard it will be to get pregnant.  However, the fact is that the unexpected rate of pregnancy in women over 40 is second only to teenagers!  Before the days of birth control, having a baby over 40 was fairly routine.  Granted, it may have been the last child of a large family, but the fact remains that women over 40, assuming they are still ovulating can be very fertile.


Sunday, July 20, 2014


Benefits of Probiotics for Pregnancy

Guest Post By Anthony Dwiers
Not all bacteria are bad. There are some which are actually beneficial to the body. Falling under the good bacteria category are those called probiotics. These are similar to the good bacteria found in the human gut which help aid proper digestion. They were discovered by Elie Metchnikoff who was a microbiologist from Russia and the winner of the Nobel Prize for Peace.
The most common kind of probiotic available in food is lactobacillus acidophilus which can be found in cultured foods like yogurt and those with other live cultures. Probiotics help restore the balance of good and bad bacteria in the gut and when intestinal bacteria start causing health concerns like diarrhea or irritable bowel syndrome, probiotics balance their population and help reduce the discomfort and worsening of the situation.
How do probiotics help pregnant women?
Pregnancy comes with a host of ailments related to the digestive system and probiotics help pregnant women suffer less from these conditions. Some conditions which probiotics can help with during pregnancy include:

  • Diarrhea
  • Heartburn
  • Intestinal cramping
  • Constipation 


    When pregnant women integrate probiotic-rich food in their diets, they help make their gastrointestinal tract have a better environment. Probiotics help provide relief from constipation by regulating bowel movements. These good bacteria also help regulate the normal motion of the digestive system; thus, lessening heartburns and intestinal cramping.
    The benefits of probiotics don't just stop at improving the state of pregnant women's digestive system. Probiotics also help boost the immune system of not just the mother but the baby's as well. These good bacteria help ward off colds and other diseases to lessen health complications that the baby may experience during the time of pregnancy.
    Research is still ongoing about how probiotics can help pregnant women but one other good effect they have is helping to prevent eczemas to form during pregnancy.
    What foods are rich in probiotics?
    Good bacteria like probiotics can be found mostly in dairy products which have undergone fermentation. The top sources and most easily accessible food groups which contain probiotics which are beneficial for the digestive system and pregnancy include:

    • Yogurt
    • Cheese
    • Sour cream
    • Milk
    • Miso
    • Tempeh
    • Soy products

    Another great thing about probiotics is that they are available in foods which are easily accessible and found in the supermarket. However, there are also probiotic supplements which can be bought over the counter. They are available in either capsule or powder form.
    Things to Remember Before Adding Probiotics to a Pregnant Woman's Diet
    Because pregnancy is a sensitive stage in a woman's life, it is highly important to thoroughly evaluate the factors and benefits which one can get from probiotics. Just because it works for one doesn't mean it will have the same effects on another. Some considerations include:

    • Lactose intolerance
    • Remember to pick pasteurized products
    • Are these food items approved by the physician?

    While there are benefits to be had from adding probiotic-rich foods to a pregnant woman's diet, the above factors should be taken into consideration to lessen the risks of adding instead of lessening complications during pregnancy.
    It is still best to talk with a physician before purchasing supplements or probiotic-rich food items intended to be added to a pregnant woman's diet. The benefits of probiotics during pregnancy reduces several discomforts, but it is better to be careful and think of the bigger picture before making changes to a pregnant woman's nutrition.
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