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Tuesday, December 18, 2007

49 and Pregnant Again Part II


Pregnancy Over 40

It's official: I miscarried. I'm sad but not devastated like I have been in the past. I started to bleed somewhat heavily on Monday and never went to the doctor - just to a nurse to get a Rhogam shot (Rh negative blood).
 My site: www.getpregnantover40.com
 My body seems perfectly capable of dealing with this without medical intervention. The funny thing is the nurse kept stressing that if I didn't want to get pregnant, I should seriously consider going on birth control. She lectured me like I was a teenager ..."If you still have periods, you can still get pregnant". Who would have ever thought anyone would say that to me - especially at my age? How ironic! I felt like telling her she was preaching to the choir, but I just nodded my head and tried to sound sincere when I said "we'll be more careful next time". I'm telling you, my 40's have been my most fertile decade so far. For those of you trying to conceive, hopefully this is a lesson in reproductive physiology - IF YOU STILL HAVE PERIODS, YOU CAN STILL GET PREGNANT!

I'm thankful that this had a quick resolution. Although I've probably been pregnant for awhile, I only found out on Friday and miscarried on Monday. I've had pregnancies in the past where I knew I miscarried, but since my hCG levels declined so slowly, it took a month and a half to finally expel. That can be quite torturous (i.e. knowing you miscarried but still feeling pregnant.)

Anyway, I find comfort in the fact that my body still knows what to do and even though I just turned 49, it got half way there. Why did I miscarry? Was it my age? Was it my hormones? Who knows. It's not important now. Since I wasn't trying to conceive, I can't say I currently do everything I did when I conceived my daughter in terms of my pregnancy protocol (although I do still lead a very healthy lifestyle.) It just goes to show you - age is just a number. Fertility is determined by many things, not just how old you are.

And to my child that could have been: maybe we'll meet again someday.

Monday, December 17, 2007

PREGNANT AGAIN AT 49

Pregnancy At 49

Whoa! You'll never guess what...even after writing a book on getting pregnant over 40 naturally and writing/researching my blogs on fertility, pregnancy and miscarriage, I was completely and totally taken by surprise when I had a positive pregnancy test last Friday.

My site: www.getpregnantover40.com for more pregnancy over 40 support

 Unfortunately, I don't think this pregnancy will make it because I had a light "period" two weeks ago which makes me think I may have miscarried (the pregnancy hormone (hCG) stays in your system for a while after a miscarriage which could be why I had a positive pregnancy test).

Click Here To Read Full Article (49 and Pregnant Again)

Monday, December 03, 2007

Philadelphia Area Women Needed For Interview

I received this request from a writer for Philadelphia Style magazine. If anyone is interested, the contact information is listed below:
______________________

I'm a writer for Philadelphia Style magazine, and I'm
working on an article about fertility and how women of
different ages are affected. I'm looking to interview
a woman from the greater Philadelphia area in her late
30s or 40s who had a relatively easy time conceiving
(it could even be a surprise baby), either on her own
or through natural methods. I will be asking about how
she reacted to the pregnancy, if there were any
challenges with age, and if she plans to have more
children. If someone is interested, please contact me
at rebeccar415@yahoo.com.

Thursday, October 25, 2007

Pregnancy and Eating Fish? It May Be OK

I'm sure most pregnant women have been cautioned about the mercury danger in some types of fish. I pretty much stuck with wild Alaskan salmon. However, according to the article below, pregnant women should eat fish because of it's benefits (also the selenium in fish would protect against mercury). Read more:

Pregnant Women Should Eat Fish After All, Experts Urge (www.sciencenewsden.com)

From the article:

The Group recommended that women who want to become pregnant, are pregnant or are breastfeeding should eat a minimum of 12 ounces per week of fish like salmon, tuna, sardines and mackerel, and can do so safely.

The Group found that eating fish is the optimal way to gain the benefits of long-chain omega-3 fatty acids docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) and eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA). Seafood is the richest dietary source of DHA and EPA in Americans' diets. The Group also recognized that selenium, an essential mineral found in certain ocean fish, accumulates and appears to protect against the toxicity from trace amounts of mercury.

"The Group reviewed recent scientific studies and found a link between ocean fish consumption and advanced cognitive and motor skill development in children," said Group member Ashley S. Roman, MD, MPH, assistant professor of Obstetrics & Gynecology at the New York University Medical Center, who is also a mom.

Monday, October 01, 2007

Natural Conceptions Over 40



I am going to be doing a series of posts on my fertility blog on real women (from all over the world) who conceived naturally and had a baby over the age of 40. If you are interested in being a part of my series, please send me the following information:

-Your name or a name you would like to be identified by (please let me know if the name you provide is a real name or a pseudonym)

-How you conceived your baby - we're you trying or was it a surprise? Had you previously undergone fertility treatments? If so, which ones?

-If you were trying, how long did it take you to conceive?

-How did your pregnancy progress? Did you have any complications? Did you have a C-section or a vaginal delivery?

-How would you describe your experience as a mother over 40? Do you have other children?

-Please send a picture in a jpeg format of you and your baby/child which I can post on my blog with your story

Use my email address which can be found by going to my website:

www.getpregnantover40.com - contact page

Please note, by sending me the above information/picture, you are authorizing me to post it.

Thanks!!

Thursday, September 20, 2007

Autism, Vaccines, Jenny McCarthy on Oprah

Pregnancy Over 40, Autism and Vaccine Connection?

 I watched the Oprah show the other day when Jenny McCarthy talked about how her son was diagnosed with autism.
My site: www.getpregnantover40.com
 It is her belief that the vaccines caused her son's condition.

I've been following the vaccine-autism debate for many years and I certainly don't have the answers, but I do believe Jenny McCarthy has a point when she says that we can't have a "one size fits all" vaccination program. Here is a link to the Oprah website where Jenny McCarthy and Holly Robinson Pete talk about their sons' autism:

www.oprah.com

Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Post-Pregnancy Physique - Britney Spears Looks Good To Me


You can hardly escape all of the media hype surrounding Britney Spears and her appearance on the MTV awards. I really don't pay much attention to Britney Spears, but aside from her MTV lethargic performance, I thought she looked pretty good. If you listen to all the stories about her you'd think she was a frumpy slob. Here's a woman who recently had two babies, and she looks like a young woman of normal weight with toned body. Granted, if you parade around in a sequined bikini outfit, you're going to be measured against a higher standard...and opening yourself up to all sorts of criticism (I have no problem putting on a swimsuit, but I have no intentions of wearing anything but a one piece).

Lets face it, most women (at least in the United States) are overweight, and those of us who have had a baby have to contend with the belly stretch too. Even though I currently weigh two pounds less than before I had my daughter, and I religiously do my crunches, my waistline is larger than before...that's normal.

We need to give women a break. I'm not endorsing obesity, but the unrealistic standard of beauty is unfair all the way around.

Thursday, July 19, 2007

Slowing Labor: Nifedipine vs. Magnesium Sulfate

I consider myself very fortunate that I carried my daughter to term and was actually induced. However, I had a constant fear that I would deliver prematurely. Many women, especially those with multiples are given medications to delay labor so their babies can mature. Here is an article about two different drugs and their safety:


Analysis: Side effects seen in labor drug
By ADRIANNE APPEL (www.sciencedaily.com)


Both magnesium sulfate and nifedipine are equally effective at slowing early labor, but magnesium sulfate has more side effects, including vomiting, shortness of breath and blurry vision, said Deirdre Lyell, a specialist in high-risk obstetrics at the Lucile Packard Children's Hospital, affiliated with Stanford University School of Medicine.

"With all things being equal, it's reasonable to start with nifedipine," Lyell told United Press International.

Magnesium sulfate is the more commonly used drug, and is given intravenously, she said. Nifedipine is an oral medication.

"Prior to this study magnesium sulfate was the standard in our institution. We now feel more comfortable using nifedipine," she said. The study, conducted by Stanford University and the children's hospital, did not receive money from drug manufacturers.

Friday, April 13, 2007

Motherhood Over 40


Pregnancy Over 40, Motherhood Over 40

I love to read well-rounded and encouraging articles about pregnancy and motherhood over 40. Here is one that not only talks about the risks, but also the rewards:
My site: www.getpregnantover40.com
Motherhood Postponed

An encouraging passage in the article states

"Whatever the reason, there are a lot of advantages to becoming an older mother, including some physical and psychological benefits over your younger counterparts. Women in their 40s may lead a healthier lifestyle, they understand the needs of their bodies and look after themselves better in terms of exercise and nutrition.

Studies have shown that mature women have more positive perceptions of their bodies, and that they more readily tolerate the symptoms of pregnancy."

Saturday, April 07, 2007

Happy Easter!

For those of you who celebrate Easter, have great holiday!

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