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Thursday, April 19, 2018

STRANGE AND UNUSUAL EARLY PREGNANCY SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS

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Do you think you may be pregnant but you're not sure of the signs and symptoms? I had quite a few pregnancies before I had my daughter. Even though most of them ended in miscarriage, I noticed that
there were some strange signs and symptoms of pregnancy. Even in my earliest days after conception, I could feel butterflies in my abdomen. I also would have sore breasts and tiny little waves of nausea. It seems crazy that such a microscopic change in your body can create such noticeable symptoms. When I ran an infertility support group, there was one woman there (who finally became pregnant naturally) who swore she felt herself conceive! Impossible? Maybe not! Read more about some strange signs and symptoms that you might be pregnant:

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Tuesday, April 17, 2018

CALCIUM NEEDED IN PREGNANCY, HOW TO GET IT IN YOUR DIET

Pregnancy Over 40 - The Importance Of Calcium

I did take a calcium supplement when I was pregnant.
 I had heard about the importance of getting enough calcium not only because I was over the age of 40, but also because the baby has a tremendous need for their growing skeletal system. Read more:

Calcium is important for both you and your growing baby. Your baby needs it to grow strong, healthy bones, teeth, nerves, heart, and muscles and to develop normal heart rhythm and blood clotting. If you don't get enough calcium in your diet, the fetus will leach it from your bones, which may impair
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your own health later on.

How much of it do I need?

All adults -- male and female -- need at least 1,000 milligrams of calcium daily, while those over 50 should boost their daily intake to 1,200 mg. Pregnant and nursing women over 18 years old also need 1,200 mg daily. Those under 18 need slightly more, about 1,300 mg a day.Even when you're done with pregnancy and nursing, keep up the calcium -- it can ward off osteoporosis (bone loss) later in life.

How do I get more calcium into my diet?

The best sources of calcium, hands down, are dairy products. But there are surprising amounts of calcium in many tofu products as well as nuts, beans, and some greens. Yogurt supplies one of the best sources, with 415 mg per 8-ounce serving. Milk, ricotta cheese, and some other cheeses, are also excellent sources. You can derive quite a bit of calcium from tofu, canned salmon, and even many greens like turnip greens, broccoli, and kale  (learn how to cook greens here (getpregnantover40.com). 


 excerpted from myonlinewellness.com "Calcium and Pregnancy By Melanie Haiken"

Sunday, April 15, 2018

ANXIETY CAN MANIFEST IN PREGNANCY DREAMS

Pregnancy Dreams

Not only did I have nightmares after my daughter was born, but my husband did too. I had dreams about everything from my daughter getting lost to her falling from our balcony (I later cut down huge pieces of cardboard and placed it between the slats of our banister and railings.) My husband would frequently yell my daughter's name in his sleep and would later tell me he thought someone took her. Having a baby is stressful - there's so many things you worry about. Here is an article about how many new mothers have anxious dreams. Read more:

New mothers and women who are about to have babies often do not get a lot of sleep. And when they do, a new study suggests, their dreams may make them sorry that they did.

Dream-associated Behaviors Affecting Pregnant and Postpartum Women (Sleep)Writing in the current issue of Sleep, researchers say they have found that pregnant women and those who have recently given birth commonly have dreams in which their baby is in danger. The dreams can be so
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vivid that the women call out in their sleep and move around the bed.

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The researchers, Tore Nielsen and Tyna Paquette of Sacred Heart Hospital in Montreal, said pregnancy and birth were known to influence dreams. In a high number of cases, the dreams are of infants in peril, provoking “anxiety in the mother that often spills over into wakefulness.”

The researchers posed questions to 273 women who were pregnant, had just given birth or were in a control group. One dream in particular recurred among different women, and involved a fear that the baby was lost somewhere in the bed. 

from: 
 (www.nytimes.com)

Thursday, April 12, 2018

COMPETITIVE PARENTING, THE RACE IS ON!

Pregnancy Over 40, Parenting Over 40

The first three months of my daughter’s life, I was totally insulated from “the competition” (i.e. other mothers). I had wonderful days alone with her where I nursed her and spent a good part of the day cuddling. It doesn’t get much better than this, I thought.

Getting Pregnant Over 40, Most Other Mothers Are Younger

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My first experience with other mothers, which, by the way, are young enough to be my daughter was interesting.  When I started bringing my baby to the library story times when she was 4 months I immediately felt like I was being “grilled”. How much does your baby weigh? Are you nursing?
Does she roll over? Do you let her watch TV? Does she eat food yet?

Once I answered the above questions (wondering if I was giving the “right” answers), I was bombarded with what their baby could do. I listened politely, but was always thinking in the back of my mind, “Why are they telling me all this? Do they think I’m a pediatrician or something?” Does it really matter whether or not their baby can eat strained sweet potatoes or green beans or whether or not their baby can lift their head? What’s going on here?
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I finally realized that it’s the mother’s insecurity at work. They were feeling like their baby might not be doing everything they should, so they ask other people what their baby is doing. When the other person’s baby isn’t doing as much as theirs - bingo – my kid’s better than yours! Maybe I’m an OK mother after all!

My advice? Take it all in stride. Try to surround yourself with other mothers who don't get caught up in the "competition". I like to get together with other "mature" moms who have more than one child. They have a better perspective on how each child is unique with their own strengths and weaknesses. In the end most kids grow up being able to do most things with a reasonable level of proficiency. So if your baby is the last one to eat their sweet potatoes, never fear - they may just be a "green bean" person!

Monday, April 09, 2018

RINGING IN EARS IN PREGNANCY, WHY IT HAPPENS AND WHAT YOU CAN DO

I have had bouts of tinnitus over the years and women who are pregnant complain of this problem as well.  It can be very annoying and a burden to live with.  Tinnitus is also known as "ringing in the ears".  Usually it is a constant high pitched sound.  Pregnant women have so many changes going on in their body that may trigger this condition.  For starters, you're gaining weight and some of that is just sheer blood volume.  This can raise blood pressure which may trigger the condition.


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Friday, April 06, 2018

WHAT PREGNANT WOMEN NEED TO KNOW ABOUT RADIATION EXPOSURE

Pregnancy Over 40, Avoid Radiation

I avoided all types of x-rays (including dental x-rays) and I tried to stay away from excessive computer use and I kept my distance from operating appliances when I was pregnant.
 Here is an article about radiation in pregnancy and some of the affects on the fetus:

Increased Cancer Risk

Radiation exposure before birth can increase a person's risk of getting cancer later in life.
Unborn babies are especially sensitive to the cancer-causing effects of radiation. However, the increased risks depend on the amount of radiation to which the baby was exposed and the amount of time that it was exposed. For example, if the radiation dose to the fetus was roughly equivalent to 500chest x-rays at one time, the increase in lifetime cancer risk would be less than 2% (above the normal lifetime cancer risk of 40 to 50%).


SEE ALSO: HOW TO DETOXIFY YOUR ENVIRONMENT FOR PREGNANCY (getpregnantover40.com)

Other Risks from Radiation Exposure

Health effects other than cancer from radiation exposure are not likely when the dose to the fetus is very low.

Most researchers agree that babies who receive a small dose of radiation (equal to 500 chest x-rays or less) at any time during pregnancy do not have an increased risk for birth defects. The only increased risk to these babies is a slightly higher chance of having cancer later in life (less than 2% higher than the normal expected cancer risk of 40 to 50%).

During the first 2 weeks of pregnancy, the radiation-related health effect of greatest concern is the

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death of the baby.
The fetus is made up of only a few cells during the first 2 weeks of pregnancy. Damage to one cell can cause the death of the embryo before the mother even knows that she is pregnant. Of the babies that survive, however, few will have birth defects related to the exposure, regardless of how much radiation they were exposed to.

Large radiation doses to the fetus during the more sensitive stages of development (between weeks 2 and 15 of pregnancy) can cause birth defects, especially to the brain.
When a fetus is exposed to large doses of radiation (above the dose received from 500 chest x-rays) during the more sensitive stages of development (especially between weeks 8 and 15 of pregnancy), the health consequences can be severe, especially to the brain. Babies exposed to the atomic bombs dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki during the 8- to 15-week stage of pregnancy were found to have a high rate of brain damage that resulted in lower IQs and even severe mental retardation. They also suffered stunted growth (up to 4% shorter than average people) and an increased risk of other birth defects.

Between the 16th week of pregnancy and birth, radiation-induced health effects (besides cancer) are unlikely unless the fetus receives an extremely large dose of radiation.
In the 16- to 25-week stage of pregnancy, health consequences similar to those seen in the 8- to 15-week stage could occur, but only when the doses are extremely large (more than about 5,000 chest x-rays received at one time). At this dose level, the mother could be showing signs of acute radiation syndrome, which is sometimes known as radiation sickness.

After the 26th week of pregnancy, the radiation sensitivity of the fetus is similar to that of a newborn.
At the 26th week of pregnancy, the fetus is fully developed though not fully grown. Unborn babies exposed to radiation in the womb during this stage of pregnancy are no more sensitive to the effects of radiation than are newborns. This means that birth defects are not likely to occur, and only a slight increase in the risk of having cancer later in life is expected.
excerpted from:

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Tuesday, April 03, 2018

ELEPHANTS FOR PREGNANCY PROTECTION - FENG SHUI SYMBOLISM

Feng Shui Elephants for Pregnancy and Protection

Elephants are a common symbol used in Feng Shui.   The elephant can be used to symbolize power, wisdom, strength, protection of the home (and people in it), fertility, and general good luck.  Wearing an elephant charm promotes fruitfulness in the wearer and can help with pregnancy protection if you are expecting.  It is also recommended to put one elephant inside the bedroom door and another outside the bedroom door to welcome your new baby into your life.

So, why should you believe in Feng Shui?  It certainly has worked for many cultures for thousands of years.  If you're the analytical type, believing in luck or superstition can ease anxiety and create a sense of security and confidence when things feel out of your control. Scientists studying the placebo effect have proven that the power of expectation or preconception can be responsible for creating a desired outcome

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Monday, April 02, 2018

HANDLING CAT LITTER IN PREGNANCY

Pregnancy Over 40, Handle Cats Safely

Even though cats may carry a parasitic disease called toxoplasmosis, if pregnant women take the right precautions, they can safely keep their pets. The following article discusses pregnancy, babies and cats:

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Because toxoplasmosis can cause birth defects in children, pregnant women sometimes assume that they must get rid of their cat. This is entirely unnecessary, as a few simple measures will thoroughly safeguard against catching the disease, especially from your cat. Toxoplasmosis is a disease caused by a parasite that can infect your cat if she eats prey already harboring the parasite or comes into contact with contaminated soil. Toxoplasmosis is rare among indoor-only cats.
Note that cats who contract toxoplasmosis do not always show symptoms. To prevent getting infected with the disease, whenever you scoop or clean the litter box, wear disposable gloves and wash your hands immediately afterward. Even better, get a friend or adult member of the family to take over litter box maintenance while Mom is pregnant.

Eating raw or undercooked meat is the most common way that humans contract toxoplasmosis. If you eat meat, wash off all surfaces and utensils that touched raw meat, and don't prepare meat and raw foods like salads on the same cutting board. Wash your hands thoroughly after handling raw meat.

If you garden, wear gloves when working in the soil. The toxoplasmosis parasite lives in the dirt, so also wash your hands well after gardening. Many people naturally acquire an immunity to toxoplasmosis, and will not pass it on to their unborn child. Your doctor can test to see if you are in this group.
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Friday, March 30, 2018

CHOCOLATE MAY BE GOOD FOR PREGNANCY (GOOD NEWS FOR EASTER!)

Are you a chocolate lover? As it turns out, chocolate in moderation can be healthy in pregnancy. Just make sure its the dark chocolate not milk chocolate. Read more:

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The good news is that there is no evidence that moderate amounts of caffeine, which certainly is in chocolate, are a problem for your pregnancy.

In fact, there have been reports over the years of chocolate being good for you and your baby:

* Research has found that regularly eating chocolate may reduce the risk of pre-eclampsia.
* Scientists at the University of Helsinki found, through a study with 300 pregnant women, that daily chocolate consumption had a positive impact on the baby’s behaviour: more smiling and laughing and less fear in new situations.

So Easter doesn’t have to be glum after all. However, as always, there is a catch – your consumption has to be “in moderation”.

You should know that eating a litter of chocolate bilby’s isn’t good for you. Advice is to have a “small” amount of chocolate with some confusing contradictions on how much that exactly is. Ask your doctor for advice to ease your conscience.

from: ninemonths.com

Tuesday, March 27, 2018

NONPHYSICAL DISABILITIES INCREASING IN KIDS

There certainly has been more attention put on kids with disabilities and the diagnostic screening has improved. This may account for more kids being diagnosed with non-physical disabilities. However most agree that the overall incidence is increasing but the underlying cause has not been identified.

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Read more:  From the article: According to the report, more than 1 in 5 parents reporting a child with a disability in 2009 cited ADHD — attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder — as an underlying condition. An additional 19 percent cited other mental, emotional or behavioral problems. Today, ADHD is nearly three times more likely than asthma to contribute to childhood disability, the report said. And autism affects about 6 percent of all special-education students, up from 2 percent over the past decade. Officials with the Ohio Department of Education say definitions and criteria periodically shift, moving students from one category to another. But there’s no doubt that developmental, behavioral and mental-health disorders are growing fastest. During the 2010-11 school year, for example, Ohio had 14,268 students in grades K-12 with an autism diagnosis. That’s an increase of about 574 percent from a decade earlier, when the total was 2,118. Overall enrollment was steady during that time


Sunday, March 25, 2018

MALE BABIES FEMINIZED WITH ENVIRONMENTAL CHEMICALS

Hormonal Changes Can Harm Offspring: Environmental Chemicals

Here's another reasong to minimize your exposure to chemicals found in plastics and even soaps and lotions.
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These chemicals can cause your boys to lose some of their masculinity.   My site
(link above) has an article and video on environmental threats to fertility which talks more about what products and chemicals to avoid.
Read more:

A team of U.S. and British researchers posed a standard play questionnaire to the parents of 145
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preschool-age children. Then they ranked the types of play on a scale from most masculine (such as play fighting or using trucks) to most feminine. An effect was identified among the sons of women with higher concentrations of di(2-ethylhexyl) phthalate (DEHP) and dibutyl phthalate (DBP) in their prenatal urine: On average, those boys scored 8 percent further away from the masculine end of the scale than other boys.


The presence of these chemicals, which are in polyvinyl chloride (PVC) tubing and often make it into the human body through consumption of processed food, was not associated with any differences in girls' play behavior. 


from:www.washingtonpost.com

Thursday, March 22, 2018

MALE BABIES MORE COMMON AFTER INFERTILITY

Struggle To Get Pregnant Associated With Male Births 

I have previously posted that an acidic cervical environment may encourage conception of a girl.  The theory is that female sperm can survive the harsh environment better than male sperm.  However, it is interesting that couples who take a long time to get pregnant may be more likely to have boys.  I've known a number of women who had boys after a long struggle to get pregnant. Here's an article that may explain why males may be better swimmers:

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An investigation of 5,283 Dutch women revealed that 57.6 percent of those who took longer than 12 months to become pregnant had boys, compared with 51.1 percent boys among those who became pregnant in less than a year.

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Although human semen has equal numbers of Y-bearing male sperm and X-bearing female sperm, the males may be better swimmers in viscous cervical mucus, the authors speculate. That mucus makes impregnation more difficult.

"The best-supported hypothesis," said Dr. Luc J. M. Smits, the lead author, "is that the Y chromosome is lighter than the X chromosome, while Y- and X-bearing sperms have the same locomotive power. In liquid fluids, this difference would not cause differential speed, but in viscous fluids it would." Dr. Smits is a lecturer in epidemiology at the University of Maastricht in the Netherlands.

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