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Friday, July 31, 2015

NON STRESS TESTS IN PREGNANCY

Pregnancy Over 40, Tests Which May Be Done On You and Your Baby

There's so many prenatal tests that are done nowadays that it's hard to keep track of which one is which.

Of course, women who get pregnant over 40 are usually considered higher risk, even if everything is going along normally.  I recall being monitored quite closely even though my pregnancy was uncomplicated.


 The following article discusses the "Non Stress Test" and when it may be indicated. Read more:

What is a nonstress test?

This simple, painless procedure is done during pregnancy to evaluate your baby's condition. During the test, your healthcare practitioner or a technician monitors your baby's heartbeat, first while the baby is resting and then while he's moving. Just as your heart beats faster when you're active, your baby's heart rate should go up while he's moving or kicking.

SEE ALSO: STRANGE EARLY PREGNANCY SYMPTOMS (getpregnantover40.com)

The test is typically done if you've gone past your due date, or in the month leading up to your due date if you're having a high-risk pregnancy. Here are some reasons you might have a nonstress test:
• You have diabetes that's treated with insulin, high blood pressure, or some other medical condition that could affect your pregnancy.

• You have gestational hypertension.

• Your baby appears to be small or not growing properly.

• Your baby is less active than normal.

• You have too much or too little amniotic fluid.

• You've had a procedure such as an external cephalic version (to turn a breech baby) or third trimester amniocentesis (to determine whether your baby's lungs are mature enough for birth or to rule out a uterine infection). Afterward, your practitioner will order a nonstress test to make sure that your baby's doing well.

• You're past your due date and your practitioner wants to see how your baby is holding up during his extended stay in the womb.

• You've previously lost a baby in the second half of pregnancy, for an unknown reason or because of a problem that might happen again in this pregnancy. In this case, nonstress testing may start as early as 28 weeks. 

from  (www.babycenter.com)

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

OBESITY AND PREGNANCY COMPLICATIONS

I have a number of posts which link weight with infertility and pregnancy complications. Here is another article which links uterine failure and obesity. According to the following article, women who are obese have a harder time with delivery resulting in more C-Sections. Read more:

"Obese women who gave birth vaginally were also found to encounter other problems in child birth - more than twice as many (6%) experienced excessive bleeding following delivery compared with normal weight women (3%). This blood loss was also attributed to poor uterine activity in the obese group. Heavy bleeding occurs when the uterus is unable to contract well enough to clamp off the blood vessels that are sheared following delivery of the placenta.

SEE ALSO: PREGNANCY OVER 40 (getpregnantover40.com)

Professor Sue Wray commented: "Our research shows overweight women are at considerably higher risk of having to undergo an emergency Caesarean Section birth and find labour a more difficult experience than normal weight women. Interestingly, when we took uterus muscle samples from the overweight women and studied them in the lab they also performed poorly and contracted less well than matched samples from normal weight women". 
from: (medicalnewstoday.com)

Monday, July 27, 2015

BEST SLEEP POSITION IN PREGNANCY

What is the Ideal Sleeping Position During Pregnancy?

Guest Post By Grace Addison

The medical profession, as the result of research into the optimal sleeping position during pregnancy, now advocate pregnant women sleeping on their left side and advise strongly against sleeping on the back. Moreover, while the medical profession does not actively discourage pregnant women from sleeping on their right, they do emphasize the benefits obtained to both mother and baby if the sleeping position used during pregnancy is habitually the left lateral position. Obstetricians are quick to point out that sleeping on the left side during pregnancy improves the blood flow to the placenta and increases the quantity of nutrients that pass across the placenta and become available for the growing baby.

SEE ALSO: STRANGE EARLY PREGNANCY SYMPTOMS (getpregnantover40.com)

Sleeping on the left side also assists the kidneys to eliminate waste products and excess fluids from the body. As a direct result of adopting this sleeping position you are less likely to be afflicted with swollen ankles or with feet and hands that appear puffy and swollen. The art to sleeping on your left side is to begin to get used to this sleeping in this position while your pregnancy is in the early weeks and then later, when your abdomen is becoming more unwieldy, sleeping on your left will feel completely natural to you.
The worst sleeping position during pregnancy has to be sleeping on your back: it is not good for you and does not allow your developing baby to obtain as much of the valuable nutrients it needs. Can you imagine the weight of the developing baby lying on all your vital organs, pressing them against your spine? The least of your worries in this respect would be severe backache - but there can be even worse implications.
The full weight of your uterus puts added pressure on the muscles of your back, on your intestines and on the inferior vena cava which is the main vein that brings blood back from the lower part of your body to your heart. So, if you want to prevent backache, sluggish digestive system, impaired breathing, hemorrhoids and problems with your circulation, ignore avoid sleeping on your back during pregnancy.
One of the worst effects of lying on your back to sleep during the third trimester of your pregnancy is the profound effect it has on your circulation. The effects vary and some women experience a distinct drop in blood pressure, causing them dizziness and to feel light-headed. In others, this sleeping position during pregnancy can result in high blood pressure and all the complications that could entail - including development of pre-eclampsia that could threaten the life of both mother and baby.
To help you maintain the proper side sleeping position during pregnancy doctors recommend a maternity pillow. These full body pillows cradle the expectant mother's body with comfort and support and help them maintain a healthy sleeping position. If you want to get the best and healthiest night's sleep during pregnancy consider getting yourself a maternity pillow. To find out which pillows are the highest rated and most loved by mothers to be visit http://www.happymotherandbaby.com/sleeping-in-pregnancy.html.
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Friday, July 24, 2015

WEIGHT GAIN IN PREGNANCY AND BREAST CANCER

It seems the more I read, the more I realize how excess body weight can lead to a number of problems. This article specifically addresses excessive weight gain in pregnancy and it's possible association with breast cancer:

SEE ALSO: PREGNANCY AND FERTILITY DETOX (getpregnantover40.com)

From the article:

Clarke said one possible explanation for the link between pregnancy weight gain and late life breast cancer risk is that "the weight gain comes at time when the breast is already vulnerable. It is generally accepted that estrogen is linked to breast cancer risks and estrogen levels are at their highest during pregnancy."

In a related study, Margot Cleary, PhD, of the Hormel Institute, Austin, Minn., reported that when leptin, a protein linked to weight gain, is added to either normal breast cells or malignant breast cancer cells in lab studies, the leptin "promotes cell growth." 


 docguide.com

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

ATTAIN NORMAL WEIGHT BEFORE PREGNANCY

Weight can affect pregnancy and baby

Since most Americans have a tendency to be overweight, let me say here that obesity isn’t just linked to infertility, it has also been linked to premature births, and even birth defects.[1]  You should address your weight issues before you try to conceive because you don’t want to be dieting when pregnant.  There also seems to be evidence that conception is less likely to occur when body weight is declining.

SEE ALSO: TOP 5 THINGS TO GET PREGNANT OVER 40 (getpregnantover40.com)

Here is a chart which should help you evaluate whether or not your weight is in the normal range by calculating your body mass index or BMI:

1.      Multiply your weight in pounds by 703 and divide that number by your height in inches
2.      Divide the result of #1 again by your height in inches

A score below 18.5 indicates being underweight.
Between 18.5 and 24.9 means a healthy body weight.
Between 25 and 29.9 means you are overweight.
Between 30 and 39.9 indicates obesity
A score of 40 or higher indicates morbid obesity


[1] Waller DK, Shaw GM, Rasmussen SA, Hobbs CA, Canfield MA, Siega-Riz AM, Gallaway MS, Correa A. Prepregnancy obesity as a risk factor for structural birth defects. Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine. 2007; 161(8):745-750.

Monday, July 20, 2015

PREGNANCY OVER 40 = LOWER CANCER RISK

Pregnancy Over 40 and Lower Cancer Risk

Good news for women who have babies in their 40's.
 According to this article, it may have a protective affect on your uterus.  Perhaps it's the hormones or perhaps it's that the uterus sheds "bad" cells, but either way, it's a good thing.  Read more:

SEE ALSO: PREGNANCY OVER 40 (getpregnantover40.com)


The researchers reviewed data from 17 studies involving 8,671 women with endometrial cancer and 16,562 women without the disease. They looked at how childbearing affected women's cancer risk, and accounted for other variables known to affect risk, such as contraception use and number of children.
Researchers aren't sure exactly why the later childbearing may affect endometrial cancer risk. Setiawan said it may be that hormone levels during pregnancy are beneficial in preventing cancer at older ages. Giving birth may rid the uterus of cancer-causing cells, she said, or it could be that women who are able to become pregnant later in life have healthier uteruses to begin with.

Friday, July 17, 2015

ASPARTAME IN PREGNANCY: ARE THERE RISKS?

Pregnancy Over 40, Are artificial Sweeteners Safe?

I have removed almost all artificial sweeteners except for stevia from my diet.
Long before I became pregnant, I had heard that aspartame could be problematic for fertility and pregnancy. This article explains why:

See Also: Fertility Foods To Help You Conceive (www.getpregnantover40.com)

Another problem associated with aspartame use is infertility. Dr. Madelon Price writes, “I showed (in rodents) that both amino acids [in aspartame] freely enter the arcuate nucleus and (at low dose) cause inappropriate release of hormones, and at high dose actually destroy these regulatory neurons. That is why sexual dysfunction is associated with aspartame & MSG”
According to this statement, the first issue in pregnancy resulting from aspartame is in getting pregnant in the first place. I also asked Dr. Blaylock about fertility and pregnancy. His response was “a number of studies have shown reduced fertility in both males and females - shrunken testes and ovaries were seen in the original studies by the makers of aspartame... we see reduction in the gonadotrophins-ICSH, FSH, LH and prolactin. In addition there are direct effects on the sperm and ova".


from:  www.healthy-holistic-living.com

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

PRENATAL MUSIC: DOES IT HELP BABY?

Will Music Help Your Baby?

I listened to some of my favorite music while I was pregnant since I didn't do a lot of physical activity.  It's interesting that my daughter still listens and loves that same music now. This article talks about prenatal music and the continued debate about whether or not it really helps brain development:


From the article:

Can music affect fetal brain development? If so, what musical composers, genre, or style will make my baby smarter, more creative, more sociable, or more...better?

These questions are certainly interesting ones for expectant couples. However, despite a rather suspect study suggesting that Mozart will help your baby's brain grow, the jury is out. The study in question was associated with a Baby-Mozart brain-enhancing product that putatively noted that the particular structure of, say, a Mozart string quartet offered more "formative" stimulation than other genres or even other classical composers like Bach or Beethoven. Such claims have been soundly debunked. But that does not mean that prenatal music or concert-going does not have benefits - its simply difficult to prove the case!

SEE ALSO: PREGNANCY OVER 40 (getpregnantover40.com)

In theory, prenatal sonic stimulation may yield some positive results, including many of the same benefits that have been more scientifically-established by the prenatal consumption of Omega-3 fatty acids. Such purported benefits include enhanced attention spans, improved sleep patterns, increased cognitive development, and sharper language skills. Unfortunately, various products that make affirmative claims about the impact of music on fetal development during pregnancy have scant evidence (mostly anecdotal) upon which to base such claims. The fact is, there may be too many variables to sort out the impact of song and sound, including diet, general health, the consumption of various foods containing Omega-3s or other vital nutrients, or even ambient sound - the pitch and tenor of voices, dialogue, and daily life. And what of reading to your unborn baby? In effect, fetal development many be too complex, too multi-faceted to ever determine if music - let alone a specific style or genre - can affect your baby in a certain way. A few more cautious doctors suggest that an unborn baby's physical reactions (heart rates, movements) to music may stem from discomfort rather than comfort.

from 

early-pregnancy-tests.com

Monday, July 13, 2015

CAN FLUORIDE HURT PREGNANCY AND BABY?

Pregnancy and Fluoride

I did drink bottled water when I was pregnant, although sometimes it's hard to know what bottled water has in it and what it doesn't.
 If you are pregnant, this article might be of interest about the possible affects of fluoride on your unborn baby:

From the article:

First Study to Find Neurological Deficits After Fluoride Exposure

Chinese investigations have shown levels of fluoride in drinking water at levels of 3-11 ppm affect the nervous system without first causing physical malformations. Another Chinese study found Attention Deficit Disorders in adult humans if sublingual drops containing 100 ppm of sodium fluoride were administered. Sources of fluoride exposure include processed beverages, toothpastes, mouth rinses, dietary supplements and food. This is an exposure level potentially relevant to humans because toothpastes contain 1000 to 1500 ppm fluoride and mouthrinses contain 230-900 ppm fluoride.

SEE ALSO: FOODS FOR FERTILITY AND PREGNANCY (Getpregnantover40.com)

In the 1995 article appearing in the journal Neurotoxicology and Teratology, Dr. Phyllis J Mullenix states,

"Still unexplored, however, is the possibility that fluoride exposure is linked with subtle brain dysfunction. This is the first study to demonstrate that central nervous system output is vulnerable to fluoride, that the effects on behavior depend on the age at exposure and that fluoride accumulates in brain tissues. Of course behaviors per se do not extrapolate, but a generic behavioral pattern disruption as found in this rat study can be indicative of potential for motor dysfunction, IQ deficits and/or learning disabilities in humans. Substances that accumulate in brain tissue potentiate concerns about neurotoxic risk."

from:
www.chem-tox.com

Saturday, July 11, 2015

TIPS FOR NAMING YOUR BABY

Choosing A Baby Name - The Five Most Important Things To Keep In Mind While Naming Your Baby

Guest Post By Tali Saar

Naming your newborn is not an easy task. Many different ideas, many different reasons and only one name to choose! Following these 5 guide lines in naming your baby, will make your job easier, and give you guidance and advice on how to name your baby the right way, and more important - how not to name your baby.
Here you will find some of the best information and tips available online. More useful advice can be found at this great resource for Baby names meanings
These are the most important things to be aware of:
1.    A popular first name.
You always knew your will name your first daughter Emily, but only now did you find out it is the #1 most popular name for a girl. Do you want to consider a more original name? Or maybe just go ahead using this well known, popular baby name which you've always liked?
The pro's of giving your baby a popular name:
-    The ease and comfort with which others will use their name, a name they are already familiar with and used to. They will never have to explain how to pronounce or spell their name, and it may be easier for them on their way to social acceptance.
-    No problem in finding any personalized products like key chains, shirts, hat etc.

SEE ALSO: STRANGE EARLY PREGNANCY SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS (getpregnantover40.com)

Some of the disadvantages:-
-    The major flaw in these kind of names is your child is likely to be in a group of more people who carry the same name.
-    Popular baby names are not distinctive, and using your last name is often required in order to be distinguished from others.
People will usually greet a less well known name, within limits of it not being too unique and outstanding. You should try and select a name which is both - well know and sounds good considering the last and middle name. At the same time the name should be not too popular and trendy, but yet not too original, as you don't want your child to have too much trouble with it.
2.    Consider using meaningful names
A name drawn from your ethnic origins or you partner's, might be a good idea and affirming to your baby's heritage. However, you can also consider using names stemming in traditions other then your own, if you feel you relate to a certain name.

Give special attention to the fact that first and last names from very different cultures might end up sounding peculiar.
3.    Honoring a family member - yes or no?
It is important that you don't feel obliged to stick with any family tradition when choosing the right name for your baby. If you really like a certain baby name, use it. However, honoring a loved family member by passing on his/her name to your child might be a great way of showing your respect and appreciation. You should consult other family members, brothers and cousins, to hear how they feel about it. This will also help avoid a problematic situation in case any of them planned to use the same name, which might be a potential conflict.
4.    Using an original and unusual name
This is a growing trend these days, when everyone wants to be unique and stand out from the crowd. Using a one-of-a-kind name is recommended, However, you should be careful and think ahead about the future of you child. Many children are picked upon because of their strange names, or the sound of their name. Make sure the name you choose is relatively easy to pronounce and does not resemble any words wich might call for embarrassing nicknames.
5.    Think about nicknames.
Often the name you originally gave your child will be altered and shortened by their friends, and even family. Andrew might turn into Andy, Jennifer could be known as Jen. You should consider whether or not you like these nicknames, since they have a better chance of sticking with your child through out his/her life.
Some more important tips:
o    Make the middle name something special - it is easier to deal with a unique middle name, then a first one.
o    Think of your child's future.
o    Remember that names are for a lifetime
o    Avoid names that remind you of people you genuinely dislike
o    Be conscious of how the name sounds
o    Try to anticipate spelling or pronunciation problems
o    It is a good idea to use the internet as a source of ideas for baby names. The site Baby names meanings contains many tools that will assist you in choosing the right name for your baby. The site lists the most popular baby names by year, and also offers many ideas for unique baby names, baby names from different origins, baby names by country ( i.e American baby names, Italian baby names etc) and many baby names lists organized by category. You can also try the baby name list tool, offering a different short baby names list each time, for you to get ideas and inspiration.
o    Finally - go with your heart!
Here you can find some great Baby names links:
http://www.babyhold.com
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Wednesday, July 08, 2015

VITAMIN C IMPORTANT IN PREGNANCY

Pregnancy Over 40 and vitamin C

I had a tremendous craving for oranges when I was pregnant. Maybe it was my body's way of telling me I needed vitamin C. This article explains the importance of vitamin C in your diet especially when pregnant:

Why you need vitamin C during pregnancy
Vitamin C, also known as ascorbic acid, is essential for tissue repair, wound healing, bone growth and repair, and healthy skin. Vitamin C also helps your body fight infection, and it acts as an antioxidant, protecting cells from damage.

SEE ALSO: FOODS FOR FERTILITY AND PREGNANCY (getpregnantover40.com)

Both you and your baby need this vitamin daily – it's necessary for the body to make collagen, a structural protein that's a component of cartilage, tendons, bones, and skin. Based on animal studies, some researchers believe that vitamin C deficiencies in newborn babies can impair mental development.

Vitamin C also helps your body absorb iron. Try to include a vitamin C-rich food with every meal to get the most iron out of the other foods you eat.


How much vitamin C you need
Pregnant women: at least 85 milligrams (mg) of vitamin C per day
Pregnant, 18 years or younger: 80 mg

Breastfeeding women: 120 mg
Breastfeeding, 18 years or younger: 115 mg

You don't have to get the recommended amount of vitamin C every day. Instead, aim for that amount as an average over the course of a few days or a week



excerpted from:
www.babycenter.com

Monday, July 06, 2015

THYROID DISORDERS IN PREGNANCY AFFECT BABY

Pregnancy Over 40, Thyroid, Fertility and Infant Outcomes

I come across so much information about the importance of the thyroid on fertility, pregnancy, and now on the development of a baby in utero.
This article talks about how a thyroid deficiency can lead to problems with the baby's IQ. Read more:

SEE ALSO: THYROID, INFERTILITY AND MISCARRIAGE (getpregnantover40.com) 


picture: riversideonline.com and
Mayo Foundation For Medical Education and Research
A study found that children whose mothers had an untreated underactive thyroid gland when they were pregnant had an IQ which was four points lower than average.

In some cases, the difference was as much as seven points.

None of the children themselves showed signs of the condition at birth.

The thyroid gland secretes hormones which control metabolism, growth and development.

Symptoms can include tiredness, dry skin and weight gain.

Children born with an underactive thyroid gland can suffer learning difficulties.

Pregnant women with the condition are more prone to a potentially life-threatening condition called pre-eclampsia and to have their babies prematurely.

Because foetuses' thyroid glands do 

excerpted from:  www.bbc.co.uk

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