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Friday, July 21, 2017

SAINT RITA FOR FERTILITY, PREGNANCY (IMPOSSIBLE CAUSES)

 Even if you did not grow up Catholic, you may still find some comfort in prayer to saints who are
associated with certain causes and conditions.  One of these is Saint Rita. 

Among the other areas, Rita is well-known as a patron of desperate, seemingly impossible causes and situations. This is because she has been involved in so many stages of life – wife, mother, widow, and nun.  Those who are trying to conceive or experiencing miscarriage may truly feel that getting pregnant and having a heathly pregnancy is truly an impossible cause.  But, sometimes the things that
we think are out of our reach can come easily.  I have done many blog posts on women who went through fertility treatments only to fail time and time again.  Then, miraculously, they get pregnancy by surprise.

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Wednesday, July 19, 2017

CHOLINE, EGGS IN PREGNANCY HELP BREAST HEALTH IN OFFSPRING

Eggs, Pregnancy and Breast Health

I'm always surprised at how much a pregnant woman can determine the health of her baby for years to come. Choline, which is found in eggs, may be one way to help your yet to be born child avoid breast cancer.

See www.getpregnantover40.com for more articles on pregnancy, diet, and fertility 

 This interesting article talks about choline and how it may help. Read more:

This finding by a team of biologists at Boston University is the first to link choline consumption during pregnancy to breast cancer. It also is the first to identify possible choline-related genetic changes that affect breast cancer survival rates.

"We've known for a long time that some agents taken by pregnant women, such as diethylstibesterol, 

have adverse consequences for their daughters," said Gerald Weissmann, M.D., Editor-in-Chief of
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The FASEB Journal. "But there's an upside. The emerging science of epigenetics has yielded a breakthrough. For the first time, we've learned that we might be able to prevent breast cancer as early as a mother's pregnancy."

The researchers made the discovery in rats by studying females whose mothers were fed varying amounts of choline during pregnancy. Different groups of pregnant rats received diets containing standard amounts of choline, no choline at all, or extra choline. Then the researchers treated the female offspring with a chemical that causes cancer of the mammary gland (breast cancer). Although animals in all groups developed mammary cancer, the daughters of mothers that had received extra choline during pregnancy had slow growing tumors while daughters of mothers that had no choline during pregnancy had fast growing tumors.

from 
www.sciencedaily.com

Monday, July 17, 2017

FIGS, GREAT FOR PREGNANCY

Pregnancy Over 40, Figs In Your Diet

See my entire series on foods for fertility and pregnancy at: www.getpregnantover40.com 

Figs seem to be a forgotten fruit - I had overlooked them until one of my blog readers sent me a link to this article about why people should eat figs when they're pregnant. Read more:

1. Figs have a higher overall mineral profile than any other common fruit or vegetable. They are particularly high in calcium, iron, potassium, and zinc, key nutrients for a healthy pregnancy.

2. The high potassium content of figs may help to control blood pressure and therefore, the
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hypertension associated with preeclampsia, a dangerous pregnancy condition.

3. The mineral content of figs closely resembles that of human breast milk!

4. Figs have the highest fiber content of any common fruit. Rich in both insoluble and soluble fiber, figs really help to mitigate the constipation so common during pregnancy.

5. Figs contain a proteolytic enzyme that also aids in digestion, which is naturally slowed during pregnancy.

6. Figs are highly alkaline, and therefore alkalizing, which has been shown to help curb cravings. This may help control those less-than-healthy urges that can sabotage a healthy pregnancy diet.

7. Figs are high in vitamin B6, which has long been thought to be beneficial in alleviating morning sickness.

8. Even the leaves of figs are therapeutic: ingesting them has been shown to reduce and even eliminate the need for insulin in diabetic patients. Therefore, ingesting them may help to control or avoid a case of gestational diabetes. Furthermore, this ability to balance blood sugar levels should help to relieve a whole host of symptoms – from morning sickness to mood swings.

9. Dried figs contain significant amounts of Omega-3 fatty acids, which are essential to the optimal development of the fetus. Consuming ample Omega-3’s during pregnancy is also associated with a lower incidence of pre-term labor and premature delivery.

10. Psoralens, a chemical found in figs, has been used to treat many skin pigmentation problems and may be beneficial in preventing melasma, the “mask of pregnancy”.

from 
www.rawmom.com

Wednesday, July 05, 2017

SOY BENEFICIAL FOR BELLY FAT REDUCTION

Pregnancy Over 40, Soy and Belly Fat

There seems to be differing opinions on whether or not soy is harmful or helpful to women. Some sources priase soy for it's health benefits, others claim it's harmful both before and after menopause.
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Personally, I've been drinking soy milk for at least 10 years. Here is an article about how soy can help post menopausal women avoid that dreaded belly fat:


From the article:

A daily serving of soy may help postmenopausal women avoid gaining fat around the middle,
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preliminary research suggests.

In a study of 18 postmenopausal women, researchers found that those who drank a soy-based shake every day for three months tended to gain less abdominal fat than those who had a milk-based shake.

Soy contains compounds called isoflavones that are structurally similar to estrogen and bind to estrogen receptors in fat tissue. So in theory, soy isoflavones could help regulate body fat metabolism.

The new findings appear to be the first to show that soy protein may affect abdominal fat distribution, according to the researchers, led by Dr. Cynthia K. Sites of the University of Alabama at Birmingham. They report the results in the medical journal Fertility and Sterility

from: (www.reuters.com)

Sunday, July 02, 2017

PREGNANCY OVER 40, MANY BENEFITS OF OLDER MOTHERHOOD!

Pregnancy Over 40, It's Okay!!

We hear so much negative information about pregnancy over 40 and even parenthood over 40, that it's important to look at the other side of argument.
Most women I've talked to who had children later in life, can't say enough about what a blessing it is and how they enjoyed every minute of raising their child/children. Most women in their 40's have "gotten their act together" and don't get bogged down in the day to day drama. Here is article that discusses the advantages of having children as an older mother.
One exceptionally helpful aspect of the article is that the author, Jan Anderson, interviewed grown children of older parents. There seems to be consistently good feedback. If your over 40 and TTC, pregnant, or already a parent - your outlook looks good. But be sure to live a healthy lifestyle - you'll want to be around to see your grandkids!

SEE ALSO: PREGNANCY OVER 40 (getpregnantover40.com) 

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Gavin, 26, says that he never once thought of his mother as being any different to the younger mothers of his classmates, particularly since his father was also much younger. Gavin was conceived when his mother, now aged 70, embarked on a second marriage with a man 14 years her junior. At the time of Gavin's birth, his mother was 44 and his father was just 30. Despite disapproval from other family members and jibes that the relationship would never last, his parents are still happily married.
Gavin jokes, "I used to get a kick out of telling people that my mum was 14 years older than my dad and I'm sure that some mates wanted to come round to my house just to gawp. Funny thing is that a couple of them actually had a crush on my mum and I must admit, she did look pretty good for her age - and still does! Despite the chronological age gap, biologically there are no discernible differences between my parents.

from www.sideroad.com

Thursday, June 29, 2017

HOW HERBS ARE USED IN PREGNANCY

 Pregnancy Over 40 and Herbal Treatments

I think most women consider herbal remedies and preparations as "all natural" and safe.  I did use some herbal teas in combination when I was trying to conceive, but when I was actually pregnant, the only thing that seemed to help my nausea was peppermint green tea (decaffeinated).

My site: www.getpregnantover40.com for more on making your own teas and natural remedies

Many medicines and herbal preparations are derived from "all natural" sources, but they are not necessarily safe in pregnancy. Always check with your doctor before taking anything in pregnancy. Read more:

Overall, 462 (10.9 percent) of the 4,239 mothers reported using herbal products in the 3 months before or at some point during pregnancy. The prevalence of herbal use anytime during pregnancy was 9.4 percent. The prevalence during pregnancy was highest (6.9 percent) during the first trimester.

Excluding the 86 mothers whose only use of herbs involved herbal teas, the prevalence of herb
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exposure before or during pregnancy was 8.9 percent.

The most commonly reported products used early in pregnancy were ginger, which has been shown to help ease morning sickness, without side effects to the unborn child, and ephedra, an herbal stimulant that was banned in the U.S. in 2004 after reports linked it to heart attacks, strokes and at least 155 deaths.

The products used most often throughout pregnancy were herbal teas and chamomile, which has also been shown to ease morning sickness.

Herb exposure was more prevalent in women older than 30 and with more than 12 years of education. Of the 10 states studied, Iowa had the lowest rate of herbal use (5.4 percent) and Utah had the highest (16.5 percent).

"The fact that use of herbal products was greatest during the first trimester raises concerns about fetal safety, because this is a critical period of fetal organ development," Broussard noted.


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Monday, June 26, 2017

EARLY DOWN SYNDROME DETECTION BLOOD TEST

Pregnancy Over 40, Detect Down Syndrome With Blood Test

Many women, especially those over the age of 40 worry about Down Syndrome.
 Until recently, this was detected by amniocentesis which is fairly safe but still rather invasive. Now there is a blood test which can be done fairly early in the pregnancy which should help put many women at ease. Read more:
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From the article:

Not only do the blood tests eliminate the risk of miscarriage, they are also claimed to have lower error rates than conventional tests. At a conference on prenatal genetic testing at Stanford University
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in California last week, Kenneth Song of Ariosa said that its test turns up false positives in less than 0.1 per cent of cases - compared with 5 per cent from invasive tests. The other companies report similar results.

The new tests can be run from about 10 weeks into pregnancy. In some US states, the extra time this will allow may be crucial as women decide whether to carry a fetus to term. Nine states currently ban abortions after 20 weeks on the grounds that a fetus can feel pain at this age; 11 others are considering such legislation.
from:
newscientist.com

Thursday, June 22, 2017

HOW FETAL GROWTH CAN LEAD TO CHILDHOOD ASTHMA

Pregnancy and Infant Growth:  Asthma Connection

A quickly growing baby is a good thing, right? Well, growth that exceeds the norm, could set the child up for asthma.
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Asthma seems to be a growing problem and the reasons can be varied.  I've heard everything from increased air pollution to the diet of the mother during pregnancy.  This article explains more about the theory that excellerated grow early in infancy may set a a child up for a higher risk of asthma.

From the article:

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with earlier impaired growth in the womb.

Asthma UK said parents should keep following official baby-feeding advice.

The origins of asthma are still not fully understood, although many researchers believe there is some connection with the way the foetus develops and grows through pregnancy.

The study in the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine compared pregnancy and baby records measuring foetal and postnatal weight gain.
'Critical period'

The babies were then followed up at yearly intervals and their parents questioned about breathing symptoms, as the presence of these can be a reasonable indicator of whether or not a child will go on to develop full blown asthma.

They found that, compared with babies whose growth followed the normal pattern in the months after birth, babies who gained weight rapidly were 44% more likely to suffer wheezing, 22% more likely to have shortness of breath and 30% more likely to have persistent phlegm.

from:  bbc.co.uk

Sunday, June 18, 2017

CAN EATING BEEF HARM YOUR PREGNANCY/BABY?

Pregnancy Over 40 Watch Your Beef Consumption

I was a vegetarian for many years, but I started eating meat because I though it could help me get pregnant (I've read conflicting information about whether or not meat hurts or helps).
See Also: Trying To Conceive As A Vegetarian (www.getpregnantover40.com)
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article that draws a connection between pregnant women eating meat and its possible connection to low sperm counts in their sons.

http://humrep.oxfordjournals.org/content/22/6/1497.abstract

From the article:
CONCLUSIONS These data suggest that maternal beef consumption, and possibly xenobiotics in beef, may alter a man's testicular development in utero and adversely affect his reproductive capacity. 

See also: what men can do to increase their sperm count naturally 

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

TELLING CHILDREN THEY WERE CONCEIVED WITH IVF OR ASSISTED TECHNIQUES

Difficulty Getting Pregnant Over 40 Doesn't Have To Be A Secret

I fully plan to tell my daughter how long we waited for her and how happy we were when she finally came into the world.  Even though she was conceived naturally, I still plan to tell her about our challenges getting pregnant. My hope is that she won't make some of the same mistakes I made and she will grow up with a better attitude toward family and children than I had for most of my adult life.Many couples who conceived through IVF wonder how much they should share with their child/children. Here are my recommendations:
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  • Assuming you did not use donor eggs, or ICSI, let your child know that the doctors helped the egg and sperm get to each other, but the fertilization was natural. 
  • Let your child know that you wanted them very much and you wanted to do whatever was necessary to bring them into the world
  • Let your child know that approximately half of all pregnancies are unplanned.  For them, it was very well planned and you were ready in every way for their arrival.  
  • I find that whether or not a child was conceived through assisted reproduction, it is important for me to constantly tell my daughter that she's the best thing that ever happened to me.  Even though she knows I love her, she just beams when I tell her that.  Coming myself from a family with parents who never once said "I love you" or showed affection, I know how important it is to always verbalize these things to your child.  
 SEE ALSO: SHARING INFORMATION ABOUT YOUR FERTILITY(getpregnantover40.com)

Saturday, June 10, 2017

PREGNANCY THREATS FROM ENVIRONMENTAL CHEMICALS

Endocrine disrupters - chemicals in the environment hurt fertility and men and women

There are a number of chemicals in the environment due to polluted water and pesticides, herbicides and fertilizers that may travel through the air and get into the soil.
 Many of these chemicals are endocrine disrupters which affect hormone production.  In women they may mimic estrogens and in men they may hinder sperm production.

See my video on environmental threats to fertility at www.getpregnantover40.com

Although the study cited in the following article was done on animals, it's logical to assume that the findings may be true for humans as well. It reinforces how careful you should be about what you eat and what toxins you're exposed to. Read more:

Over recent decades there has been a dramatic increase in the production of industrial and agricultural chemicals and heavy metals, and this has coincided with widespread reports of breeding problems in wild animals. Fertility also appears to be declining among humans and there has also
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been a rise in reproductive defects observed in newborn babies.

Until now, most studies have looked at a short-lived exposure to high doses of single compounds, and have usually done so in mice and rats. Dr. Fowler and his colleagues decided to study the effect of long-term, low-level exposure to a cocktail of chemicals and heavy metals in an animal which has a long pregnancy, therefore better replicating the situation in the human.

"Our 'real life' model exposed developing sheep fetuses by pasturing their mothers on fields fertilised with either inorganic fertiliser, the control group, or, in the case of the treatment group, with digested human sewage sludge, before and during pregnancy", said Dr. Fowler.

"We examined the ovaries from the fetuses at day 110 of gestation, the equivalent of week 27 in a human pregnancy, and found that the ovaries from the fetuses where the mother was grazing the sewage sludge fields contained fewer eggs and also a number of protein abnormalities. These differences could have implications for problems such as cancer in later life." 

from: 
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Wednesday, June 07, 2017

STRESS IN PARENTS = SHY KIDS

More On The Negative Affects Of Stress

There's nothing wrong with having a shy kid. Everyone has their own personality and being shy may just be part of a child's genetic make-up.

See also: Stress, Cortisol, Infertility and Miscarraige at www.getpregnantover40.com 

However, it seems that shy kids just have to try a litter harder in the social arena than other kids. Many parents may wonder if there is anything they can do to help. According to the article below, stressed parents may contribute to their child's shyness.

From the article:

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In a study published in the February issue of Current Directions in Psychological Science, Nathan Fox, professor and director of the Child Development Laboratory, and his team found that kids who are consistently shy while growing up are particularly likely to be raised by stressed-out parents, and to possess a genetic variant associated with stress sensitivity.

This suggests that shyness relates to interactions between genes and the environment, as opposed to either genes or the environment acting alone. "Moms who report being stressed are likely to act differently toward their child than moms who report little stress," said Fox. "A mom under stress transfers that stress to the child. However, each child reacts to that stress somewhat differently. Our study found that genes play a role in this variability, such that those children who have a stress-sensitive variant of a serotonin-related gene are particularly likely to appear shy while growing up when they also are raised by mothers with high levels of stress.


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