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Saturday, December 20, 2014


Pregnancy Over 40, Sleeping On Your Left Side May Increase Circulation To Baby

I recall when I was pregnant, it was really hard to get comfortable.  I found that laying on my left side was best.  I even did this when I was in a recliner with the foot rest up.  Actually, I found that sitting and even sometimes sleeping in a recliner was best because it helped with the nausea.  When I I would lay down all the way, I think stomach acid would work its way up.  As it turns out, laying on your left side may be the best when you are pregnant.  This article explains more about the best sleep positions:


Although there's no real harm in sleeping on your right side, lying on your left side is actually good for you and your baby: It improves the flow of blood and nutrients to the placenta and it helps your kidneys efficiently eliminate waste products and fluids from your body. That, in turn, reduces swelling in your ankles, feet, and hands. If you train yourself to sleep on your left side early on, you'll have an easier time falling asleep when your belly is bulging later.

During the second half of pregnancy, avoid sleeping on your back, a position that puts the full weight of your uterus on your spine, back muscles, intestines, and the inferior vena cava (the vein that transports blood from your lower body to the heart). Back-sleeping can also put you at risk for backaches and hemorrhoids, inefficient digestion, and impaired breathing and circulation. Lying on your back in the second and third trimester can also cause changes in blood pressure. For some women, it can cause a drop in blood pressure that can make them feel dizzy; for others, it can cause an unwanted increase in blood pressure.

 from: baby center

Thursday, December 18, 2014


Pregnancy Over 40 - Don't Take The Baby Away After Birth

Most of us assume that everything the hospital does is good for our baby.
But what about whisking the baby off immediately after birth?  When I had my daughter they did take her for a few minutes because she had a slight problem breathing and they blew a little oxygen in her face.  It resolved itself and they cleaned her up and gave her back to me.   According to this article, taking the baby away may create some unnecessary stress. Read more:

It is standard practice in a hospital setting, particularly among Western cultures, to separate mothers and their newborns. Separation is also common for babies under medical distress or premature babies, who may be placed in an incubator. In addition, the American Academy of Pediatrics specifically recommends against co-sleeping with an infant, due to its association with Sudden Infant Death Syndrome, or SIDS.


Humans are the only mammals who practice such maternal-neonate separation, but its physiological impact on the baby has been unknown until now. Researchers measured heart rate variability in 2-day-old sleeping babies for one hour each during skin-to-skin contact with mother and alone in a cot next to mother's bed. Neonatal autonomic activity was 176% higher and quiet sleep 86% lower during maternal separation compared to skin-to-skin contact.

Dr. John Krystal, Editor of Biological Psychiatry, commented on the study's findings: "This paper highlights the profound impact of maternal separation on the infant. We knew that this was stressful, but the current study suggests that this is major physiologic stressor for the infant."


Tuesday, December 16, 2014


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:

From the article:

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.

 excerpted from:

Sunday, December 14, 2014



When I was a little girl, we did not have a chicken pox vaccine, and most of us came down with it. It was a nasty illness because you wound up with these little red scabs all over your body. They eventually scarred over and went away, but, even though I was in pre-school, I remember it well.
But what about chicken pox in adulthood?  Many men wonder if Varicella or chicken pox will hurt their fertility, I have an article on my site that addresses mens fertility and chicken pox (click here: It is definitely something you do not want to get in pregnant and here are some recommendations for prevention from the CDC:
All pregnant women should talk to a healthcare provider to determine if they are protected against chickenpox. For pregnant women, any of the following are evidence of protection against chickenpox:
Documentation of two doses of varicella vaccine
Blood test showing immunity to varicella
Diagnosis or verification by a health care provider of a history of chickenpox or herpes zoster, also known as shingles

If a woman has never had chickenpox, the best way to protect against chickenpox is to get vaccinated. Women should receive the chickenpox vaccine at least 30 days before becoming pregnant. Women should not receive the chickenpox vaccine within 30 days of pregnancy or during pregnancy. As soon as a pregnant woman who is not protected against chickenpox delivers her baby, she should be vaccinated against chickenpox. The first dose of vaccine can be given before she leaves the hospital, and the second dose at the 6-8-week post-partum visit. The vaccine is safe even for mothers who are nursing.

Women who are thinking about getting pregnant but are not protected against chickenpox should get vaccinated at least one to three months before becoming pregnant. Women should not get vaccinated during pregnancy or during the 30 days before becoming pregnant.

If a pregnant woman is not protected against chickenpox, people who live with her should be protected. If close contacts have not already had chickenpox, vaccination of these contacts is the most effective way to protect a pregnant woman against chickenpox

Pregnant women should stay away from anyone who has chickenpox. This includes people who have been vaccinated and then get a very mild form of chickenpox, sometimes called "breakthrough" chickenpox (usually little or no fever and fewer than 50 skin lesions). "Breakthrough" chickenpox is still contagious.

If a pregnant woman is not protected against chickenpox and finds out that she has been in contact with someone who has chickenpox, she should call her doctor immediately.

Friday, December 12, 2014


Pregnancy Over 40, Watch Out for Fetal Hormone Exposure

The following article goes along with a my previous post on how environmental exposure to estrogens or estrogen-like chemicals can hurt your baby.
 Even the estrogen in birth control pills can be harmful (some women get pregnant even when on the pill). Read more:

Pregnant women could be unwittingly exposing their unborn children to harmful amounts of the hormone oestrogen. Researchers have demonstrated that tiny quantities of this hormone, found in birth-control pills and some plastics, can cause serious deformities in male mouse fetuses.

"There should be a much higher level of concern," says Frederick vom Saal, a biologist at the University of Missouri, Columbia, who headed the study.

Oestrogenic drugs have long been known to cause problems. Since the 1990s, the work of vom Saal and others has revealed links between these drugs and sperm production, sex reversal in amphibians, early onset of puberty and a variety of behavioural changes.


Not all of the evidence is confined to lab studies. For example, many women prescribed an anti-miscarriage oestrogenic drug called diethylstilbestrol in the 1950s gave birth to babies who later developed genital abnormalities.

“There should be a much higher level of concern. ”
Frederick vom Saal
University of Missouri, Columbia
Vom Saal wanted to study the impact of common oestrogens on fetal development. These chemicals include bisphenol A, an artificial compound with oestrogenic properties that is used in the hard plastic lining of tin cans. When tins are exposed to high temperatures, this chemical may leach into food.
The team also looked at the oestrogenic component of birth-control pills, called ethinyl estradiol. About 3% of the 60 million women in the United States and Europe on birth control are estimated to become unintentionally pregnant while taking these drugs.


Wednesday, December 10, 2014


When Pregnant, Use Caution Around Loud Noise

With all of the musical devices out there you might want to use them sparingly if you're pregnant.
My site:
This article tells more about loud music and how loud noise could affect your unborn baby:

American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that doctors advise mothers who were around loud noises on a consistent basis either because of their occupation or from recreational activities such as attending rock concerts, to screen their babies for noise-induced hearing loss. They point to a handful of studies that suggest that unborn babies can experience ill effects—such as hearing loss—from exposure to loud noise in utero. 
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Monday, December 08, 2014


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. 


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.

Saturday, December 06, 2014


Chinese Pregnancy Calendar

Guest Post By Apurva Shree

Parents-to-be adopt many methods to determine whether the unborn baby is a boy or a girl. The Chinese pregnancy calendar is an often used method to know about the gender of the new life in the mother's womb.
The Chinese pregnancy calendar is an ancient way for predicting the gender of the unborn child. It is also known as a "Chinese conception chart," or the "Chinese Conception Calendar. It is believed that this ancient method is highly accurate, although no clinical studies verify these claims.
History - Chinese Pregnancy Calendar
This chart is an ancient Chinese secret. A Chinese scientist developed this calendar, 700 years ago. According to a legend, the Chinese pregnancy calendar is capable of predicting the baby's gender based on two variables: the baby's month of conception and the mother's age.
This chart was kept in a royal tomb, near the city of Peking in China in ancient times. Now this original Chinese chart is on display at the Beijing Institute of Science. Many people, especially the Chinese, believe that the original Chinese pregnancy calendar is almost 100% accurate.


How it Works?
According to studies, the Chinese pregnancy calendar has been found to be 97% effective in predicting a baby's gender. This accuracy is credited to the use of Chinese lunar calendar.

The Chinese pregnancy calendar is dependent on the lunar calendar. It is based on the month a baby is conceived and not the birth month. The second factor is the mother's age at the time of conception, adding 9 months to her age to adjust the lunar calendar.
The conceived month from January to December is listed on the top row of the Chinese pregnancy chart, and the left column of the chart represents the mother's age during the conception. You need to follow the steps given below to get the most accurate result from the Chinese pregnancy calendar.
1. Note down your age at the time of conception.
2. Add 9 months to the age to adjust to the lunar calendar.
3. Also note down the month when the baby was conceived.
4. Now simply search for the conceived month across the top portion of the chart and the age on the left side of the chart.
5. Lastly, follow these two coordinates to the spot where they intersect, and that will show you either a box containing "B" for boy, or "G" for girl.
In comparison to the Chinese pregnancy calendar, the ultrasound during the 7th or 8th month of the pregnancy is a more reliable method to know the gender of the child. In fact an ultrasound is use to monitor the pregnancy development week by week development right from conception till child birth.
Whether it is a boy or a girl, what does it matter? What matters is that you have fun guessing the gender of your unborn child using the Chinese calendar. All along use a pregnancy journal to record your pregnancy development week by week.

A Chinese pregnancy calendar is used to determine the gender of the unborn child. The pregnancy journal that records the pregnancy development week by week is a more important paper that the Chinese calendar. The pregnancy week by week has to progress smoothly. It does not matter whether it is a boy or a girl, it should be a healthy baby.
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Thursday, December 04, 2014


When Pregnant, Avoid Radiation As Much As Possible

I put all of my routine dental visits on hold while I was pregnant. First of all, my gag reflex was so strong, I probably would have vomited and second of all, I absolutely didn't want any exposure to radiation. According to this article, that may have been a wise choice. Read more:


Researchers studied about 4,500 women. They found women who had dental X-rays were more likely to have babies weighing less than five pounds. Specialists seem surprised by the fact since the amount of radiation pregnant women were exposed to was very low and generally thought to be incapable of inducing observable health effects.

Previous studies show young women who are exposed to radiation for spine problems before getting pregnant also have an increased risk of having a low-birth weight baby.


Tuesday, December 02, 2014


Pregnancy Over 40, Many Older Women Raise Children Or Grandchildren

 I've often said I'm old enough to be my daughter's grandma especially since I have some friends my age with grandkids older than her.
 But what about kids who really do have their grandma raising them? Bless these grandmas who step up to the plate and raise their grandchildren. I thought of this when I was at my daughter's preschool a couple of years ago. She had a little friend at her school who I found out lost her mother. I don't know under what circumstances, but the grandmother told me her daughter passed away. I always saw this little girl with her father and grandmother and I assumed the mother was always working or had some kind of crazy schedule. It never dawned on me that she had died. Another little boy has his great grandmother raising him (yes, I said great grandmother) Again, it's not my place to delve into their personal stories, but it certainly does make you wonder.

People frequently pass judgement on women over 40 who have babies...then you see these grandmas who are raising these very young children. It puts it all into perspective - us women are capable of amazing things at any age.

Sunday, November 30, 2014


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Friday, November 28, 2014


Pregnancy Over 40,  Trying To Conceive Over 40, Watch Out For Salon Chemicals

I've always wondered how hairdressers can stand being in a salon all day with the smell of hairspray and other chemicals floating through the air.
 There's a salon at my local mall (where I walk daily). Every time I walk by the hair salon the smell permeates out into the common area to the point that I pick up my pace to avoid it. Well, according to the following article, it's not just the smell that may be a problem. Hairdressers may be inhaling a number of dangerous chemicals.   I have an aunt who worked as a hairdresser for years. She was told by her doctor to change professions because she was developing lung problems. Read More:


Although there was no clear link between individual exposure and birth defects, frequent perming and spraying during pregnancy were associated with an increased risk of having a small for dates baby, say the authors.
Other factors, which could have biased the results, such as mother's age, weight, height and smoking habit, had only marginal impact on the results.
The authors conclude that while the risk seems to be moderate, hairspray contains chemicals, such as ethanol and acetone, that have sometimes been linked to reduced birth weight.

Hairdressing Linked To Birth Defects

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