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Thursday, January 19, 2017


I have read and written quite a bit about Folic acid and how it can help prevent birth defects and it has even been associated with miscarriage prevention.  However, there may be some evidence that folic acid could also be associated with twin or multiple births.  Read more:

The scientists studied the cases of 2,569 women who told the Swedish Medical Birth Registry they

had used folic acid supplements.
The rate of twin births among these women was 2.8 per cent - almost twice that in the general population, where 1.5 per cent of births were twins.
Dr Kallen calculated that, if 30 per cent of 100,000 women in Sweden took folic acid supplements, there would be 225 extra pairs of twins.
These 450 babies would often be premature, have low birth weight and at higher risk of cerebral palsy. 

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At most, only four or five spina bifida cases would be avoided as a result of the supplements.
Dr Kallen is not sure how folic acid might increase the chances of multiple births.
But his report - published today in the magazine New Scientist and the journal Twin Research - says it is possible the vitamin somehow increases the probability of multiple ovulation or implantation of more than one egg.
Sir John Grimley Evans of Oxford University, who chaired a committee set up by the government to investigate whether folic acid should be added to flour, said it was important that any risks from extra folic acid were identified.
He has informed the Health Department of the Swedish report.


Tuesday, January 17, 2017


Here' another heartwarming story of actress Molly Sims and her unplanned pregnancy at the age of 43.  She already had two children and apparently her third was a surprise!  Read more:


The actress announced in August they were surprised she was pregnant again.
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'It’s a Hail Mary!' she told People. 'I'm so happy — we’re so blessed. We were so shocked, but we’re thrilled.'

Sims also said at the time: 'Being 43 is a little worrisome, cause I’m like "Okay, you are going to be 90!" But then Mick Jagger [is having a baby at 72] so we’re like okay, we feel good about ourselves. 


Friday, January 13, 2017


Pregnancy Over 40 - Ectopic

I had two ectopic pregnancies and both had to be dealt with quite urgently because of the chance of rupture and bleeding.

 But every now and then, a story comes along which defies the odds. Here is an article about a
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woman who actually carried a pregnancy to term which was outside her uterus. Read more:


Doctors are calling her a 'miracle baby' - the little girl who was delivered alive and well after growing in her mother's ovary instead of the womb.

For nine months, Meera Thangarajah and her husband Ravi were completely unaware their baby was anything but normal.

It was only during the birth, at just before full term, that midwives realised they were dealing with a medical phenomenon.

Her parents have called the little girl 'Durga' meaning Goddess, because 'she is our little deity', a beaming Mr Thangarajah said today.

British experts say the chances of a baby being carried for so long in this way and both mother and child surviving unharmed are a million to one.


Wednesday, January 11, 2017


There have been so many articles about organic foods and whether or not they are really better for us. What does organic mean? Hopefully this article will help explain:

Natural Pregnancy Over 40, Is Organic Better?

Guest Post By Ming Chern Foo

More and more people are becoming concerned about the chemicals that are everywhere in the environment around them and the impact they might have on their health. These concerns have meant that they try to love their lives in what many feel is a healthier way by going as organic as possible.
Health is one of the biggest concerns for pregnant women - both that of their unborn baby and their own. Therefore it is not too surprising that many Mums to be are becoming interested in making some lifestyle changes and going through their pregnancy "the organic way." If you are one of those ladies then here are some tips for making your pregnancy a little more organic without having to drive yourself (and everyone around you) crazy.

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Food is one of the biggest concerns when it comes to going organic. Over the last several decades the use of pesticides to grow food has increased, as has the use of hormones to create stronger cows or fatter chickens (that then make their way to your plate.) Some of the living conditions for the animals on commercial farms are pretty awful as well, leading to things like tainted meat and salmonella infected eggs.
Buying organic foods is almost always more expensive than shopping the main aisles of the local supermarket and depending upon where you live finding a lot of organic produce can be hard as well. Here are some organic eating tips that might be helpful:
Conventional wisdom and research shows that some mass produced produce is exposed to lower levels of pesticides in general and are therefore considered relatively harmless. These include asparagus, avocados, bananas, broccoli, cauliflower, corn and peas.
Unfortunately some of the highest levels of pesticides are found on some of the foods that are great for pregnant women to eat, such as apples, peppers, celery, peaches, potatoes, spinach, cherries and strawberries. Therefore if you are going to splash out on organic produce but have a limited budget these are the foods to look for the organic alternatives for.
Fish is something that all pregnant women are usually advised to try to add to their diet at least twice a week if at all possible. Some fish species unfortunately though are now swimming around the seas with high levels of mercury in their bodies, mainly thanks to industrial produce and given that high levels of mercury can damage the nervous system and brain development of a fetus then they should be avoided.
The highest levels of mercury are found in shark, swordfish, mackerel and ahi tuna. Therefore sticking to fish that have very low mercury levels but are still great for your health is the best idea. These include salmon, whitefish, tilapia, haddock, catfish, shrimp and crab, so there is still plenty to
choose from.
High fat meats should be avoided by pregnant women because you really don't need the extra fat anyway but also because these meats tend to have toxins stored in their fatty tissues that contain substances believed to cause prenatal nerve damage.
If you can find organic meat of any kind (and it can be hard) it may be well worth any extra investment you have to make as these meats come from animals that are humanely raised and have the freedom to enjoy their natural diet rather than an artificial grain based one which is often the case for "factory farmed" animals which can lead to more toxins in their bodies so therefore more potential toxins on your plate.
These days most people prefer to drink bottled water if they can but even that may not be the best thing for an organically minded Mum to be. The bottles that are usually used are made from a plastic that is only designed for short term use and exposure to heat and sunlight can cause the toxins in the plastic to leak into the water.
BPA is the one most people worry about the most especially when it comes to pregnant women and then later their babies. Numerous studies have found that fetuses, babies and toddlers exposed to BPA are at a greater risk for secondary sexual developmental changes, brain and behavior changes and certain immune disorders. Some of the studies are disputed as they are very limited but the use of BPA is still something of a global concern.
For those who may not have heard too much about it, BPA stands for Bisphenol A. It is a compound that has been used for a number of different things over the years, including to enhance the growth of cattle stock and as an estrogen supplement for women in the 1930s because it can mimic estrogen to a certain extent. It has been used as a hardening agent for plastic since the 195o's and it is that use that has become so controversial. In 2010 the Canadian government declared it a toxic substance and while other nations have not followed them that far most are pushing for manufacturers to remove the BPA from the products they make.
Rather than take any risks with a plastic water bottle then a better idea is to buy a filter for your tap that will remove impurities and then drink from a glass if you are home or take a BPA free stainless steel water bottle filled with that tap water with you when you are on the go.
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Most conventional beauty products are perfectly OK for use in pregnancy so going organic in this way is more about personal choice than safety. The one thing you do need to look out for in cosmetics when you are pregnant is cosmetics - mass produced or organic - that contain added Vitamin A. Too much Vitamin A can be harmful to pregnant women so for now all the retin A creams and alpha hydroxy enhanced beauty products that may be in your cabinet should be taken out of your beauty routine.
Pregnancy and Organic Cleaning Products
Almost all common household cleaning products are safe for use by pregnant women (sorry ladies) but if you are concerned about the breathing in chemicals there are some easy, more organic home made cleaners you can consider using in place of your regular stuff for a lot of household chores.
Two of the best natural cleaning products out there are white vinegar and mild washing up liquid. A simple solution of water and dish liquid can clean almost any surface quite well although rinsing is important to make sure no sticky soap film gets left behind. You can also make a great scouring cleaner for those tougher jobs by mixing together baking soda, dish liquid and a little water until it forms a nice creamy paste.
White vinegar can do even more. Mixed with water it makes a great all purpose cleaner that is even safe to use on wood floors and if you use it 'neat' you can even cut through that nasty grease on oven doors!
One more important note on pregnancy and cleaning - if you have heard that pregnant women should not be cleaning kitty boxes this is almost true. Even if you use an organic cat litter - and there are some good ones out there - kitty pop can contain a bacteria that can cause a mild infection called toxoplasmosis.
This infection is not harmful to you but could be to your Baby in the first trimester of your pregnancy. Toxoplasmosis is rare though and many cat owners may have had it before without even realizing it and once you have had the infection you cannot get it again. Still, just to be on the safe side have someone else take over the kitty clean up duties while you are in your first trimester and if you do take them back over after that get into the habit of wearing rubber gloves.
Whether or not adopting a more organic way of life is really that much more beneficial during pregnancy is something of a matter of great debate in the medical world. The one thing that it is most definitely better for though is the environment. So in fact by going a little organic at least you will be helping to make the world you are about to bring Baby into a better place for them to live.
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Monday, January 09, 2017


I frequently write about women who have babies over the age of 40.  Honestly, to me, it is the most natural thing in the world.  Before the days of birth control, women routinely had their last child over website (
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the age of 40.  The only difference nowadays is that many women have their first baby over the age of 40.  But what about women having babies without fertility treatments over the age of 50?  Yes, it is a little more rare, but it does happen.  I have devoted a page on my
 to women who had natural conceptions and babies over age 50.


Friday, January 06, 2017


Dental Hygiene In Pregnancy Important

Poor oral hygiene can negatively affect fertility because gum disease can cause the production of the "bad" prostaglandins.
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 In addition, once you are pregnant, good oral hygiene is extra important since the hormonal changes in pregnancy can predispose women to a variety of dental problems. Read more:

It's no secret that pregnancy is an important time in a woman's life. While women often hear about how pregnancy causes physical changes that affect their hormone or appetite levels, these changes can have a great effect on their oral health as well. Despite the fact that good oral health is essential for the overall health of both mother and child, only 22 to 34 percent of women in the United States visit a dentist during pregnancy. In fact, dental care during pregnancy is not only safe and effective,
it's essential for combating the adverse effects of oral disease, according to an article published in the May/June 2010 issue of General Dentistry, the peer-reviewed clinical journal of the Academy of General Dentistry (AGD). Dentists have the ability to maintain the oral health of expectant mothers by treating the dental findings that are common during pregnancy. "Hormonal changes during pregnancy can result in several changes in the mouth," says Homa Amini, DDS, co-author of the article. "Reports show that the most common oral disease is gingivitis, which has been reported in 30 to 100 percent of pregnancies." Gingivitis, a buildup of plaque that causes inflammation of the gums, should be treated with a professional cleaning and proper toothbrushing and flossing. If left untreated, gingivitis can lead to periodontitis, a more serious form of gum disease. "Patients tend to delay the treatment of oral disease due to concerns for fetal safety; however, routine dental treatment can be performed safely at any time during pregnancy," says Dr. Amini. What's more, untreated dental disease can lead to pain, infections and unnecessary exposure to medications, any of which could harm the developing fetus. Poor oral health also can affect the nutritional intake of expectant mothers, which is essential for fetal growth and survival. The hormonal fluctuations that result from pregnancy can produce benign pregnancy tumors in the mouth. These tumors usually appear after the first trimester and typically go away after delivery; however, surgical removal may be required when these tumors bleed, interfere with eating or do not resolve after delivery. In addition to examining for oral disease, dentists may notice dental erosion—the chemical or mechanochemical destruction of tooth material—in pregnant women, due to increased acid in the mouth following morning sickness. "To neutralize acid after vomiting, pregnant women should rinse the mouth with a mixture of a teaspoon of baking soda dissolved in a cup of water," says Patricia Meredith, DDS, FAGD, spokesperson for the AGD. "The teeth should be brushed only after the mouth has been rinsed and the acid has been neutralized to prevent further damage to the enamel." 


Tuesday, January 03, 2017


Developing a Good Diet and Exercise Program For Pregnancy

Guest Post By Dr. Tina Wilson

Pregnancy is an exciting time in a woman's life. She will be using the natural biological processes that she possesses to create new life, in harmony with her partner. While most women are overjoyed to be expecting a child, they may also be extremely concerned about the amount of weight that they can expect to gain. They may even diet to keep it under control. However, pregnancy is a very delicate time, for both mother and baby, and certain parameters need to be maintained in order to
have a healthy pregnancy and uneventful birth.
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The biggest thing that most women need to realize is that weight gain is necessary and healthy during pregnancy. While you certainly don't gain license to gorge yourself on fast food and pastries, the scale really shouldn't matter. As long as you keep your focus on getting the healthy foods that you and your baby will need, your weight gain will be reasonable and as expected. Also, don't let yourself be complacent, thinking that you don't have to be moving. Moderate exercise is healthy for pregnant women.


What Should You Eat?
A balanced diet during pregnancy isn't a whole lot different from the healthy eating that is needed for other women. Mainly, your focus will shift a bit to be heavier on certain food groups. Pregnant women need to ensure that they are getting both adequate amounts of protein and calcium. Both these nutrients are heavily used by your growing baby. If you don't get enough, the baby's growth isn't likely to be affected. However, your own reserves of these substances will become depleted, and your health will probably suffer. Make sure that you have a high protein diet, including suitable foods at every meal. Eggs are a good choice for breakfast, while beans and animal proteins should be included for other meals. Mix up your dairy consumption with things like yogurt, sour cream, milk and other products. Also, keep a firm focus on fruits and vegetables, as they offer essential nutrients as well. If you are unsure of what you are, or should be, eating, talk to your doctor for more specific ideas.
Moving is Okay
Many pregnant women are under the impression that it is harmful to exercise while they are pregnant. However, that is largely a misconception. While you certainly do not want to introduce a new, high intensity workout to your lifestyle at this point, continuing a moderate exercise plan is perfectly acceptable. Just make sure that you eliminate any bouncing or jarring movements from your existing routine. You can also begin new routines that are low impact, and geared specifically for pregnant mothers. Some good choices include walking, yoga or Pilates. If you can find a class that is specifically for pregnant women, that is ideal. However, discussing your needs with an instructor beforehand may be sufficient.
When it comes to pregnancy, it's not the time to actively lose weight and diet. However, you can adjust your lifestyle slightly so that you have an easier time getting back into shape after your new baby arrives. Keep your eye on basic nutrition, focusing on getting plenty of protein, calcium, and fresh produce. If you do exercise, keep it within safe parameters for both you and your growing baby. If you focus on the big picture, your weight gain will be healthy and normal, and should come off quickly, especially if you breastfeed your new baby.
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Wednesday, December 28, 2016


Pregnant for the Holidays: To Toast or Not to Toast?

Guest Post By Dr. Michele Brown OBGYN
You are all dressed up and ready to leave for the annual holiday party at your office, at your neighbor's home, or maybe with family. The holidays are so special, festive and romantic, but this year there is a heightened sense of excitement because... you are pregnant.
With the holidays rapidly approaching, the age old question raises itself along with the clink of glasses - can I join in the festivities with family and friends by having an alcoholic drink to celebrate. Maybe just one?
The general rule has always been to avoid alcohol in pregnancy. The prevalence of alcohol use in
pregnancy is estimated to be roughly 12.2% with 1.9% reporting binge drinking. Women have been shown to have a tendency to underestimate their alcohol consumption during pregnancy which often underestimates the fetal exposure also. Factors associated with alcohol use in pregnancy include education level, income level, temptation to drink in social situations, previous drinking history prior to the pregnancy and history of drinking at initiation of prenatal care.
High levels of chronic heavy prenatal alcohol consumption or frequent heavy intermittent use is a known cause of birth defects commonly referred to as Fetal Alcohol Syndrome. Among the characteristics of this condition are:

  • mental retardation
  • fetal growth retardation
  • facial anomalies
  • neurobehavioral deficits including learning disabilities, speech and language problems, hyperactivity and attention deficits.
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  • high risk of preterm birth and small of gestational age babies

Moderate levels of alcohol consumption (1--2 drinks per day) during pregnancy can be associated with milder but clinically significant outcomes such as childhood cognitive, learning, attentional, and behavioral problems.
Prenatal alcohol consumption, even at levels of less than one drink per day, may adversely affect fetal growth and development.
The question always arises - is there a safe level of drinking during pregnancy? (less than 1 drink per week?) It has been clearly found that heavy drinking harms a child's health and development but the role of light drinking has been far more controversial.
This issue is also relevant since in most industrialized countries, women of childbearing age drink alcohol and often this happens in the first trimester prior to pregnancy being recognized.
The mechanism of how alcohol acts as a toxin varies from direct alcohol toxicity, to placental dysfunction, fetal hypoxia, acetaldehyde toxicity, and nutritional deficits. The area of the brain that is commonly affected by alcohol is the hippocampus and development of the cerebral cortex.
What determines toxicity is the concentration of alcohol used, the pattern and quantity consumed and the stage of development of the fetus.


How much drinking is considered harmful?
Some studies that have reported an association between very low levels of prenatal alcohol exposure and fetal growth, but the the association has not been consistent.
A recent article from the Journal of Epidemiology and Public Health in 2010 by Kelly studied data from 11,000 British children born from 2000 to 2002 found that cognitive deficits and problem behaviors at age 5 were less common among children exposed to light amounts of alcohol (1 or 2 drinks a week during pregnancy). In other words, light drinking may not be as risky for a child's early development as originally feared.
Robinson in the British Journal of OB/Gyn in 2010 also did studies that showed that light drinking (2-6 drinks per week) of alcohol in pregnancy was not a risk factor for child behavioral problems, although this study did not observe physical developmental outcomes.
The British Journal of OB/Gyn in 2007, Henderson also found no convincing evidence of adverse effects of prenatal alcohol exposure at low-moderate levels on consumption of less than 84 g of alcohol per week (1/2 pint of ordinary beer or lager contains 8 grams of alcohol and an ordinary glass of wine contains 12 g of alcohol). His study demonstrates that low levels of alcohol consumed during pregnancy, less than 60 g/week and not more than two standard drinks per occasion, were not associated with preterm birth or SGA infants.
O'Leary authored an article in the journal, Pediatrics in 2009, in which he also did not find an association between low levels of prenatal alcohol consumption and language delay at any period of time in a child's development, compared to mothers who engaged in heavy or binge drinking. He used language development as a significant milestone for children as he took the position that delay in that area might indicate further delay in a child's overall development.
In contrast, in Pediatrics in 2007, Sayal studied 12,678 pregnant women in England to determine whether very low levels of alcohol consumption during pregnancy (less than 1 drink per week) are independently associated with childhood mental health problems between 4 and 8 years of age. His conclusion was affirmative that during early pregnancy these low levels may have a negative impact and persistent effect on mental health outcomes. The developing brain in the first trimester may be especially vulnerable. However, alcohol use before the pregnancy was not associated with adverse outcomes. The other surprising finding was that girls seem to be more vulnerable to the effects of low levels of alcohol compared to boys although this may be a chance finding.
The American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology and the American Academy of Pediatrics continue to feel that no amount of alcohol is safe during pregnancy.
In summary:
The exact safety threshold for the amount of alcohol is unknown, therefore the best advice is to avoid alcohol entirely. There is no established safe level of prenatal alcohol use, which has led to the recommendation of total abstinence. All clinicians taking care of pregnant women should routinely ask about exposure to alcohol during pregnancy. On the the other hand, the data shows that women who have conceived unexpectedly while drinking small quantities of alcohol, should be reassured that they have not placed their unborn child at increased risk of behavioral problems.
Finally, questions concerning a spouses drinking patterns are also important. It has been found that expectant fathers, or partners, could have a major impact on a pregnant woman's health habits. The expectant father could be an influential modifier of prenatal behaviors. Social support is directly related to the extent of alcohol use in pregnancy. Screenings, assessment and intervention with a partner can effectively reduce antenatal alcohol use and minimize fetal risk.
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Monday, December 26, 2016


The Effects of Too Much Exercise on Pregnancy

Guest Post By Hyashi Machida
When you are pregnant, it is very important for you to exercise. However, it becomes unhealthy when you exercise too much or you choose the incorrect exercise routine, as this may create problems with your pregnancy.
Many studies have been conducted which highlights a link between excessive exercise with miscarriage. When you exercise, whether a little bit or too much, your body loses water through sweating. If you do not provide your body with adequate fluids to balance the loss of water then your body becomes dehydrated. You are at a greater risk of becoming dehydrated when you are exercising in heat and high humidity. When you are dehydrated, you have to ensure that you drink enough water or sports drinks to replace the fluid lost through sweat. Otherwise, you begin to feel faint, you develop muscle cramps and if nothing is done to correct the problem then you will go into a state of shock which can be life threatening for you and your baby.


When you engage in vigorous exercises where there is bouncing, jarring, leaping and risks of
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abdominal injuries, you are putting your pregnancy at risk and increasing the chance of miscarriage of the baby. Vigorous exercises may also place a strain on the pelvic muscles, which support the uterus, intestines and bladder. When this happens, the uterus holding the baby is unable to support the baby and the possibility of a miscarriage before the baby reaches full-term is likely to occur.
Another problem associated with excessive exercising which can be harmful to your pregnancy, is the severe elevation of your heart rate. Your baby's heart rate is directly linked to yours via the blood vessels. Therefore, during exercise when your heart rate is elevated, your baby's is too. Your heart rate speeds up during exercise because of the muscles' need for oxygen. As a result, the heart has to pump faster to get the oxygen-rich blood there. However, during pregnancy it is very important to monitor your heart rate to reduce the risk of you and your baby going into shock or having a heart attack. These two problems can be very life threatening for both you and the baby.
In a study done by Danish and Norwegian researchers, it was found out that women, who exercise excessively during pregnancy, increase the risk of preeclampsia. Preeclampsia is also known as toxemia and is a condition from which many pregnant women suffer. Women who have preeclampsia often have swelling in the feet, legs and hands. If left untreated, it can develop into eclampsia where the female often experience seizures. These seizures can result in the woman being comatose or even result in death. Preeclampsia can also have a direct impact on the baby in that it prevents the placenta from receiving enough blood, which stunts the growth of the baby. In some of the more severe cases, the baby does not even make it to full-term; death occurs during the first few months.

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Friday, December 23, 2016


Pregnancy Over 40, Diet and Holidays

If you're like most people, you are put into the position of eating some new and perhaps strange foods at holiday parties and get togethers.
Some holidays are behind us, but there's plenty of leftovers and new year's parties are still coming up. Here is an article that discussed what you should avoid if you're pregnant:

Winter holidays

* Unpasteurized soft cheeses: Fruit and cheese platters are a party staple, and a relatively healthy
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way to fill up, but stay away from soft cheeses made with unpasteurized milk. Unpasteurized or "raw milk" cheeses may contain listeria, which is killed during the pasteurization process.
* The FDA recommends checking the label of any soft cheese before eating, to make sure it says "made with pasteurized milk." If you can't check the label — for example, if you're at a party — avoid blue cheese and soft cheeses (including Brie, Camembert, goat cheese, feta, and Roquefort) and Mexican-style cheeses like queso fresco, queso blanco, and Panela. If you're not sure which cheeses are safe, stick with hard cheeses like cheddar and Swiss, and semi-soft cheeses like Monterey jack and mozzarella. Cream cheese and pasteurized processed cheeses like American are also safe.
* Sushi: Avoid sushi trays with raw fish, because it may contain parasites and bacteria. If you’re a sushi fan, opt instead for a California roll, made with avocado and cooked crab. Although raw fish poses little direct risk to your baby, if you get ill from sushi you'll likely suffer from vomiting and dehydration, which can affect your unborn baby.
* Carving stations: If your party features a carving station with roast beef or turkey, make sure the meat is cooked well-done and is still steaming hot. Unless you're sure they're well cooked, avoid sauces like bearnaise, hollandaise, and aioli, which can contain uncooked eggs.
* Eggnog: Homemade eggnog is generally off-limits, because it's usually made with raw, unpasteurized eggs — and alcohol. But you can make a virgin, pregnancy-safe version at home with a pasteurized egg product or an egg alternative like Egg Beaters. Or try store-bought eggnog — just check the label to make sure the eggs are pasteurized.
* You might also consider "soy nog," which doesn't contain eggs or any other dairy products. You can find it during the winter holidays in most large grocery stores and in natural food stores.
* You'll also want to avoid desserts that may contain raw or undercooked eggs, like some custards and mousse, and homemade ice cream.


Monday, December 19, 2016


Aromatherapy And Pregnancy Over 40

I've always thought that we underestimate the power of our sense of smell. That's why aromatherapy is gaining in popularity.

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It is believed that the inhalation of essential oils stimulates the part of the brain connected to smell - the olfactory system; a signal is sent to the limbic system of the brain that controls emotions and retrieves learned memories. This causes chemicals to be released which make the person feel relaxed, calm, or even stimulated. If the aromatherapy includes massage the effect is to further relax the person.

 Here is how it can help in pregnancy:
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From the article:

Morning Sickness

Select one of the following essential oils to alleviate nausea and queasiness. Inhale either directly from the bottle or pour up to 4 drops of one of the essential oils on a tissue and breathe in. Repeat as needed. Peppermint -Spearmint -Lemon.


To ease heartburn and gassy discomfort in your chest or abdomen, pour 5 drops of lemon essential oil on a tissue and inhale after your meal.

Stretch marks

While it's true stretch marks cannot be prevented, this recipe can help ease the itching and discomfort associated with them. Pour the oil essences into a 60-ml bottle, and add organic vegetable oil to fill. Massage the area each morning and evening. -3 drops Lavender -2 drops Geranium -2 drops Rosewood. 


Thursday, December 15, 2016


My daughter is a good sleeper, the only problem is that she never seems to fall asleep until later in the evening. Although many mornings she sleeps late, now that she's in school, she can't make up that sleep on those mornings. I've heard that sleep deprivation can lead to a number of problems and it's scary that we live in such a sleep deprived society. Here is an article about how it may lead to weight gain in children:



From the article:

"Researchers at Northwestern University found that children who get more sleep tend to have a lower
body mass index (BMI, a ratio of weight to height) and are less likely to be overweight five years later, than kids who get less sleep.

Sleeping an extra hour a night reduced the chance of being overweight from 36 percent to 30 percent in young children, and from 34 percent to 30 percent in older children.

The study is published in the January/February issue of the journal Child Development."

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