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Monday, December 31, 2012

Chinese Conception Gender Chart

Pregnancy Over 40, Are You Having A Boy Or Girl Gender Prediction

If you've already conceived, you may wonder if you're carrying a boy or a girl.
my site:  www.getpregnantover40.com
 Here's a fun chart from "She Knows" (pregnancyandbaby.com) about the Chinese conception gender chart which supposedly can predict the sex of your baby. Remember, you have 50-50 chance anyway so consider it more for entertainment purposes. See the chart here:

Chinese Conception Gender Chart

From the article:

Are you going to have a boy or a girl? This ancient Chinese chart is said to be able to predict your child's gender -- based only upon your age and the month of conception. (When did you conceive? Check out our conception date calculator.)

Age at conception: 32 to 45
Use the Chinese chart below if you were between the ages of 32 and 45 at the time of conception. You should base your age on your lunar age -- lunar months are about 29 days long.
If you were between the ages of 18 to 31 at the time of conception, please use our other Chinese conception chart (18-31) here.
How do you use the chart? Simply find your age along the top line, and then the month of conception down the left-hand column. See where the two intersect to get your prediction!




Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Plus-size Pregnancy Support

Pregnancy Over 40, Plus Size

If you're a plus size woman, it seems there's little support out there, especially when you become pregnant.
My site: www.getpregnantover40.com
 Yes, there are risks, but this site help to put everything into perspective:

www.size-acceptance.org

From the site:

PLUS SIZE PREGNANCY
By Kmom
Browse through a few maternity stores and you might conclude that fat women never get pregnant. Apparently, our society can barely acknowledge that women of size date, let alone make love or have babies!

But women of size do make love, get pregnant, and have babies. Unfortunately, little information is available about pregnancy at larger sizes, and most of what is available is highly negative and full of scare tactics.

Thursday, December 13, 2012

C-Sections: Necessary? Unnecessary?

Pregnancy Over 40, C-Sections May Not Always Be Necessary

I'm not a clinical person, so I'm certainly not in a position to say when and if a C-Section is necessary.
 My site: www.getpregnantover40.com
 When I was scheduled to deliver my daughter, they actually were preparing for a C-section because of my age and no other reason.  As it turned out, we tried naturally first and I had a normal vaginal delivery.

 However, I've done quite a bit of reading on the subject and it does sound like many C-Section births could have been delivered vaginally. Here is an article that discusses the increase in C-Section deliveries and some of the complications that can arise as a result:

Why Cesarean Sections are Not the Best Childbirth Option By Dr. Joseph Mercola with Rachael Droege

From the article:

Women who undergo cesareans are at an increased risk of many complications compared with a natural birth. These include:

Increased risk of mortality
Infection to various organs including the uterus, bladder or kidneys
Increased blood loss
Increased risk of complications in future pregnancies
Decreased bowel function
Respiratory complications
Longer hospital stay and recovery time
Adverse reactions to anesthesia
Risk of additional surgeries such as hysterectomy or bladder repair

Monday, December 10, 2012

Chinese Pregnancy Calendar

Boy or Girl Prediction With Chinese Pregnancy Calendar

Most of us who struggle to get pregnant wouldn't dream of trying for one gender over another.
My site: www.getpregnantover40.com
 We would be elated with a baby boy or baby girl. However, some people do have strong feelings for one gender over another. If you're interested, the Chinese Gender Chart may help increase your chances for either a boy or a girl. Here is a link and an explanation of how it works:

  Ancient Chinese Gender Chart

Here is another site where you can plug in answers to questions and it will calculate it for you:

Pregnancy Calendar - Ancient Chinese Birth Chart




Wednesday, December 05, 2012

Pregnancy Over 40 - Over 40 Motherhood Resource

A Child After 40

When I was trying to conceive over the age of 40, it was hard to find support online or anywhere else for that matter!  This is why I wrote my book and created my website (getpregnantover40.com).

A Child After 40 is another great resource for anyone looking for support and information about pregnancy over 40 and raising kids in your 40's and 50's.  It is frequently updated and has encouraging stories of other "older" moms.  See the site here:
 A Child After 40

Celebrities Honest About Post-partum Depression


Pregnancy Over 40, Post-Partum Depression

I think it's such a good thing that celebrities are honest about their real life struggles.
My site: www.getpregnantover40.com
 It just goes to show you that we're all human and we all go through day to day trials and tribulations. I've heard a number of women on TV and radio openly admit that they struggled with post-partum depression and the two celebrities I recall most recently are Brook Shields and Marie Osmond.

I do recall periods of weepiness after my daughter was born, but I believe it was just lack of sleep and hormonal changes. I guess I was fortunate I didn't have full-blown post-partum depression because it sounds like it can be incapacitating. Here is an article from WebMD about Brook Shields and her bout with post-partum depression:

Out of the Blue
Brooke Shields' Struggle With Postpartum Depression, from WebMD the Magazine
By Denise Mann

Monday, November 26, 2012

Facts and Myths About Motherhood Over 40

Pregnancy Over 40, Older Mothers are Better Mothers!

My site: www.getpregnantover40.com
I've often resented some of the comments I hear about how it is selfish to want or to have babies in your 40's because your age may predispose your child to a lifetime of caring for an older parent. Here is an article that helps to dispel that myth and many others:

Midlife Motherhood Myths Dispelled by a Midlife Mom
by Cynthia Wilson James


I've been able to "run circles" around many younger moms who aren't quite as skilled at planning, multitasking and negotiating (with a toddler) as I am. I've also learned over the years how to be more assertive with the world in general. I can resolve most problems so much more efficiently now that I know how to navigate in a somewhat complicated society. There's no substitute for real life experience, and the only way you get that is to live it!

Friday, November 23, 2012

Pregnancy Over 40 - New Options for Prenatal Testing

Getting Pregnant Over 40, Downs Test Easier

I did have an amniocentesis when I was pregnant with my daughter. However, I was very concerned about the risk of miscarriage with the procedure (which recent studies have shown is quite small).
 My site: www.getpregnantover40.com
Here's an article about how pregnancies can be screen for genetic abnormalities with just a blood test:

New Down's test eliminates miscarriage risk (Reuters)

From the article:

"LONDON (Reuters) - A new non-invasive test that examines fetal DNA can pick up genetic abnormalities such as Down's syndrome, researchers said on Friday.

Unlike more intrusive tests that may raise the risk of miscarriage, the new diagnostic tool developed by the US company Ravgen poses no threat to the mother or fetus.

It uses fetal DNA extracted from blood samples taken from the mother to screen for chromosomal abnormalities. In a preliminary study of 60 pregnant women reported online by The Lancet medical journal the test produced promising results.

"Right now in the market there is no test available that can reliably do what we do in this study which is, without needing any invasive procedure, to determine whether a baby has an abnormality or not," said Ravinder Dhallan, lead author of the study and the head of Ravgen."

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Famous Moms Over 40


Celebrities Who Had A Pregnancy Over 40 and a Baby Over 40

Our society seems obsessed with the lives of celebrities.
 My site: www.getpregnantover40.com
 Of course, their pregnancies are very high profile.  This may help all of us mothers over 40 feel like we're in good company!  

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Labor Induction: Is It necessary?


Having A Baby Over 40,  Should You Induce?

I'll admit right up front, I was induced with Pitocin. I was told that since I was a pregnancy over 40 that it was safer to deliver a little early (but still full term.

My site: www.getpregnantover40.com

However, this information is a little scary about inducing with this drug.  There are a number of complications that can occur.

 Now that I read the article below, I wonder how this might have put my baby at risk (they even talk about how it could be associated with autism!). For anyone interested, the following article  has information you should discuss with your doctor before being induced:

Let the Baby Decide: The Case against Inducing Labor
By Nancy Griffin (www.mothering.com)



Nearly two decades ago, Roberto Caldreyo-Barcia, MD, former president of the International Federation of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and an eminent researcher into the effects of obstetrical interventions, made the stunning statement that "Pitocin is the most abused drug in the world today."1 According to the Journal of the American Medical Association, 16 percent of expectant mothers are induced in the US; another 16 percent go into labor spontaneously but are helped along ("augmented") by Pitocin or a variety of other labor-stimulating interventions.2 Other estimates range from 12 to 60 percent of mothers, depending on whether the numbers refer to type of induction or augmentation, the population sample, or the mother's socioeconomic background.3-18


Pitocin is a synthetic oxytocin (the natural hormone that induces labor) made from pituitary extracts from various mammals, combined with acetic acid for pH adjustment and .5 percent chloretone, which acts as a preservative. The World Health Organization deplores routinely using Pitocin. The Physicians' Desk Reference says that Pitocin should be used only when medically necessary, beginning with a minimal dosage, as there's no way of predicting a pregnant woman's response. The induced mother should receive oxygen, be continuously monitored by EFM, and have competent, consistent medical supervision. At the first sign of overdosage, such as tetanic contractions or fetal distress, Pitocin should be discontinued, and the patient treated with symptomatic and support therapy. After being induced, the laboring mother can still help her labor progress through natural techniques such as walking (if she's not had an epidural), changing positions, emptying her bladder once an hour, and nipple stimulation. Pitocin can cause increased pain, fetal distress, neonatal jaundice, and retained placenta; and recent research suggests that exposure to Pitocin may be a factor in causing autism.19-20

Friday, November 09, 2012

Breastfeeding: Helpful Product


 Pregnancy Over 40, Breastfeeding Can Be Painful

  Thank heavens the hospital I delivered in had lactation consultants available to help women who struggled with breastfeeding. I must say that was one of the hardest parts about being a new mother. My biggest problem was that my nipples became cracked with small areas that actually started to bleed.

Needless to say, the pain was sometimes excruciating when my hungry baby latched on and sucked vigorously. Fortunately, one of the lactation nurses gave me a product called "Soothies". Soothies are small gel pads you put on your nipples when you're finished with each feeding. It was the only thing that help me heal. They cost $10 a pair which may sound like a lot, but to me, they were worth every penny. If you're interested, check with your local hospital to see if they carry them or  do a search online for "Soothies".


Thursday, November 08, 2012

Having Babies Over 40: Freebirthing


More Women Over 40 Are Having A Baby Without Help

Free what? Freebirthing is a term for women who decided to deliver their babies without medical intervention or help.  If you think about it, women have given birth this way for thousands of years.

My site: www.getpregnantover40.com

 I did know of a women who had a homebirth with a midwife present (and she had her baby on her 44th birthday), but other that, the only women I hear about having babies without medical help are the ones on the news who go into labor so fast they can't get to the hospital.

Having babies naturally

Apparently, there is a growing movement of having babies at home without help. I should say however, when I delivered my daughter, I wanted doctors, nurses, anesthesiologists, and plenty of other support staff swarming around me. I was absolutely petrified something would go wrong and I had no idea how on earth I could possibly get that baby out of me. But, if I think about it, I really did do most of the work myself.

Here is an article about "freebirthing" and how more women are choosing to do it alone:

http://www.reuters.com/article/2007/05/22/us-birth-britain-freebirth-idUSL2148514320070522

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Short Cervix May Cause Pre-term Birth


I'm sure most women have no idea whether or not they have a short cervix. However, screening for this could prevent pre-term birth and premature delivery.  There are some treatments that can be given to women with this condition that may prolong the pregnancy and prevent prematurity.

This article talks about how screening for a short cervix is not only cost effective but it could prevent long-term disorders in infants and prevent neonatal death. Read more:

www.sciencedaily.com

From the article:
 .

"Since only 10 percent of preterm birth occurs in women with a history of preterm birth, cervical length screening may be the best way to decrease the number of babies born prematurely," said Werner.

Friday, October 26, 2012

Pregnancy and Abdominal Pain


A Pregnant Uterus Can be 1000 times its normal size!

I was very uncomfortable in my 3rd trimester when my uterus started getting larger.  It was hard to get comfortable and you really start to feel the changes in your body - not only in your uterus, but on both sides of your abdomen and both sides of your pelvis. Sometimes I couldn't even sit straight up.
Since your uterus can amazingly grow to 1000 times its normal size in pregnancy, it's no wonder there can be some discomfort.  I spent a lot of time lying on my left side to help my abdomen feel better..

My site: You Can Get Pregnant Over 40 Naturally (www.getpregnantover40.com)

 I extremely stretched to point that I thought I was going to rupture (I truly did worry about that).   I think your uterus is a muscle and it can be tight just like other muscles in your body...especially as you get older.   If you think about it, it's amazing how much your body can stretch to have a full grown baby inside.

 Round ligament pain is common in pregnancy

 All of stress on your body can lead to abdominal pain. The round ligament is frequently a cause of pain for pregnant women.  It is usually felt on your side.  The pain can be sharp and sudden, especially if you make quick movements.

Here is an article about abdominal pain in pregnancy and when and if it could be a concern:

Lower Abdominal Pain In Pregnancy (www.womenshealthcaretopics.com)

From the article:

The good news is most women will experience mild abdominal discomfort throughout their pregnancy that occasionally occurs from the uterus stretching, from gas or even from constipation. Round ligament pain may result in short, stabbing and sharp aches in one or both sides of the abdomen. Fortunately this pain is relieved relatively quickly simply by relaxing or changing positions. Try to remain calm regardless of what you are experiencing, and remember when in doubt contact your health care provider immediately. Your doctor can help identify the cause of your abdominal pain during pregnancy and put your mind at ease in most cases.

Friday, October 12, 2012

Depression And The Reproductive lifecycle


My Website:  You Can Get Pregnant Over 40 Naturally (www.getpregnantover40.com)
 
It may be more than PMS. Women who think they're suffering from PMS may actually have a condition called PMDD or premenstrual dysphoric disorder. Read more:

Depression and the Lifetime Reproductive Cycle
Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder


From the article:

The DSM-IV classifies premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD) under research diagnostic criteria as depression not otherwise specified (Table below). Mood and anxiety symptoms can occur only during the premenstrual period, or preexisting symptoms can become worse at this time. Identifying and treating symptoms that have a significant effect on patients is important; dismissing them as "simple" premenstrual symptoms deprives women of potentially beneficial treatment.

PMDD is a severely distressing and debilitating condition that requires treatment. Between 3 and 5 percent of women meet the diagnostic criteria for this disorder, which presents with symptoms of depression and anxiety as well as cognitive and physical symptoms. The diagnosis of PMDD requires the presence of five of 11 symptoms, with at least one of the first four symptoms experienced during the last week of the luteal phase; in addition, remission of symptoms must occur within a few days of the onset of menstruation.


My website:  You Can Get Pregnant Over 40 Naturally

Tuesday, October 02, 2012

Monitor Your Baby From a Smartphone?

Wow, who would have thought that there's an "app" for that!  Granted, things are still in development, but smartphones may provide ground breaking ways of monitoring your pregnancy.  Read more:

http://www.newscientist.com/article/mg21528845.100-home-prenatal-scans-help-keep-babies-safe.html?DCMP=OTC-rss&nsref=online-news

KEEPING a close watch on baby and mother during pregnancy is crucial, but the equipment to do this is often found only in hospitals. So mothers who live far from medical centres must make long journeys to receive routine scans.
This could soon change thanks to a portable fetal-monitoring package based around a smartphone. It could provide broader access to cheap monitoring systems for those in remote locations and in countries without access to the most advanced prenatal technologies.
Designed by a team of engineers, computer scientists and obstetricians at Temple University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, the system uses commercially available sensors to monitor the fetal heartbeat during pregnancy or the mother's contractions during labour. That information is sent via Bluetooth to an Android smartphone, which processes it before relaying it to the main hospital database using whatever connections are available.

Monday, October 01, 2012

Pregnant Women May Protect Their Babies From Whooping Cough

I've heard that whooping cough is making a come back.  This article seems to confirm it. 
 Newborns are at very high risk for serious complications if they get infected and pregnant women are being urged to get vaccinated to protect their babies.  Read more:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-19729989

From the article:

Babies under six months of age are the most vulnerable. They are too young to be protected by routine vaccination, which starts at two months of age.
The infection can stop the baby breathing or lead to pneumonia, brain damage, weight loss and death.
Women who are between 28 and 38 weeks pregnant are to be offered a combined whooping cough, tetanus, diphtheria and polio vaccine. About 730,000 women a year could be given the vaccine.
Prof David Salisbury, the director of immunisation at the Department of Health, said: "We're boosting the mother to protect the baby. We can't protect babies until they are eight weeks, but their mothers can."



Monday, September 17, 2012

The Many Benefits Of Rooming In With Your Newborn

 I was so surprised when I first went to the maternity ward at the hospital.  The nursery which was on the same floor was empty.  It's not because it was a slow day, it was because all the babies were rooming in with their mother.  This article explains the benefits of "rooming in".

http://www.news-medical.net/news/20120915/e28098Rooming-ine28099-benefits-both-mother-and-baby-New-review.aspx

From the article:

Many studies support mother-infant rooming-in practice because of its many benefits, both short and long term, Jaafar said. These benefits include better mother-infant bonding, increased frequency of breastfeeding since it enables feeding on demand, and reduction in the rate of sudden infant death syndrome and of other newborn complications.
"Interaction is so important in the first few weeks of life, a 2007 study found early 'skin-to-skin' contact between mother and baby may also benefit breastfeeding outcomes and reduce infant crying," Jaafar said. "It's also well known that separation can reduce breastfeeding frequency as well as amount of milk produced," she added.

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Triplets: Naturally Conceived (Two Sets!)

Multiples Conceived Naturally 

Human reproduction never ceases to amaze me!
Here is an article about a woman who had two sets of naturally conceived triplets (her last set of triplets was at the age of 39). Read more:
(www.medicalnewstoday.com)
Victoria Lasita, 39, has given birth to her second set of triplets. The babies were born after 34 weeks of pregnancy. The chances of having triplets once are 1 in 8,000, but twice are 1 in 64 million. Victoria has never used fertility treatments, which boost the probability of having a multiple birth.

The Lasitas had three boys this time round, Casey Alexander, 4lbs 2.5 oz, Caden Bradley, 4lbs 13.5 oz, and Carson Charles, 4lbs 9.5 oz.

Tim Lasita, the father, said everybody seemed to be doing well. He was present during the C-section, along with 18 other medical personnel. 


from: 
(www.medicalnewstoday.com)

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Scanning for Birth Defects


I'm all for non-invasive ways to scan for abnormalities. The sooner some birth defects are discovered, the sooner they can be addressed and prepared for.

This link from WebMD has a video on some of the new technologies which allow physicians to accurately screen pregnancies in a non-invasive way. Watch the video here:

www.webmd.com

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

After Birth, Keep An Eye On Baby's Belly Button

After 40 Birth, Belly Button Could Lead To Problems

I was surprised when I read the article below about some of the things new mothers should watch out for on a newborn's belly button. 

 My site:  www.getpregnantover40.com
 I recall having to clean my baby's belly button with alcohol wipes, but when I took her to the pediatrician, I found out I was doing it all wrong.  It's actually kind of a scary process!  However, you should ask for training on how to care for it because it could lead to problems.  Read more:


 This article addresses some belly button dangers:


Danger from the Belly Button
The navel gives a fetus life, but can bring a newborn death.
by Mark Cohen (www.discovermagazine.com)


There is a little-known structure in the developing fetus called the urachus, which is a tube leading from the bladder to the umbilicus. The urachus is derived from a tubelike embryonic structure known as the allantois (Greek for “sausage”), which ­eventually forms the urethra, the urinary bladder, and part of the umbilical cord ­itself. By the time most babies are born, the urachus has collapsed down to a solid cord that connects the bladder with the back of the belly button and is useful only as a landmark for surgeons.


The telltale sign is swelling and redness of the skin around the cord, which often leaks pus. Suddenly, the baby begins to look sick. Those infants, like my patient years ago, can die.
In rare cases, however, part or all of the urachus remains open after a baby is born. When the entire tube is open, the baby will leak small amounts of urine from his belly button. Partial closure can lead to a urachal sinus, a small pocket that remains at the upper end of the urachus and still maintains its connection to the cord. Sometimes that structure can become infected. A simple infected urachal sinus is treated with oral antibiotics and removed surgically after the infection clears. I suspected that was what I was dealing with.

Excessive Weight Gain in Pregnancy May Be Linked To Cancer


This article has moved.

See also:

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

Monday, August 27, 2012

Nuchal Translucency Screening


Pregnancy Over 40, Noninvasive Tests

Not all women want to have an amnio during their pregnancy.
My site: www.getpregnantover40.com
 There are risks involved and there are less invasive tests that can help assess your baby's risk for certain abnormalities. This article talks about nuchal translucency screening and what information it can provide:

www.babycenter.com

From the article:


The NT scan must be done when you're between 11 and 14 weeks pregnant. (The last day you can have it done is the day you turn 13 weeks and 6 days pregnant.) It's usually offered along with a blood test in what's known as first-trimester combined screening.

Like other screening tests, an NT scan won't give you a diagnosis. But it can assess your baby's risk for certain problems and help you decide whether you want to have chorionic villus sampling (CVS) or amniocentesis to find out whether your baby is actually affected.

The NT scan has been performed in the United States since 1995, mostly at large medical centers. Ultrasound technicians (sonographers) and doctors need special training and high-resolution ultrasound equipment to perform it correctly. They must be certified by the Fetal Medicine Foundation in London, the organization that sets the international standards and provides the software that enables a doctor to evaluate your baby's risk.

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Can Pre-term Births Be Predicted?


Although the following article is technical in nature, it gives some interesting information about how certain "protein biomarkers" found in women's amniotic fluid may predict premature labor.

Protein Analysis Of Amniotic Fluid Reveals Clues About Preterm Birth (www.sciencedaily.com)

From the article:

"We looked at a group of women with pregnancies between 18 to 22 weeks. These women had a condition called incompetent cervix, where their cervix dilates in the absence of labor," says Carl P. Weiner, M.D., professor of obstetrics, gynecology and reproductive sciences at the University of Maryland School of Medicine.

The researchers tested the amniotic fluid for four distinct proteins they previously had linked to inflammation, a known cause of preterm labor. "Women with these four protein biomarkers went on to deliver early even though their cervix was sewn shut. And, for the first time, our research identified another protein biomarker in the amniotic fluid, this one linked to decidual hemorrhage or bleeding into the lining of the uterus," explains Dr. Weiner who is a maternal/fetal medicine specialist at the Center for Advanced Fetal Care at the University of Maryland Medical Center. "Women with the biomarker for decidual hemorrhage also went on to deliver early, despite efforts to stop preterm labor."


This discovery may lead to new combination treatments for pre-term labor.

Friday, August 03, 2012

How Do You Know If You're In Labor?

This YouTube video gives some good information about some of the early signs of labor:

Thursday, August 02, 2012

Dislocated Hips In Babies


I recall, after my daughter was born, her hips were checked by rotating the legs around. It was a little unnerving to watch because it looked like the test itself might be hurting her. Fortunately, her hips were fine, but here is an article about what parents should look for:

www.hip-baby.org

From the article:

Hip dysplasia is normally called developmental (DDH), and occasionally congenital (CHD), and occurs when the top of the femur (leg bone) is not properly located in the hip socket or not located where the hip socket is expected to develop. Hip dysplasia in humans is normally diagnosed in babies. Statistically, girls have a higher incidence of hip dysplasia than boys. There are a variety of treatments that are used depending on the age of the child and the severity of the condition.

How is Hip Dysplasia Diagnosed?
Doctors should test every baby for hip dysplasia within moments of the baby's birth, and also at many of the initial well baby doctor visits. These tests consist of the doctor moving both legs at the hips into various positions. The doctors are checking for symptoms such as "clicky hips", or unexpected movement such as a loose or dislocated hip joint. If the doctor suspects hip dysplasia, she may perform an ultrasound (on a newborn) or have an x-ray taken. In our experience, the baby should be referred to a pediatric orthopedic doctor for a final diagnosis and treatment.

You, the parent, may suspect that something is not quite right with your child. Some common symptoms that you can detect include: the child may "crab walk" when cruising the furniture, her feet may be turned out so much that they begin to point backwards, or as shown in the picture, the folds of skin in her groin or on her legs are not the same (they are asymmetric).

Monday, July 16, 2012

Progesterone Given To Prevent Pre-term Birth

There seems to be a debate about the benefit of taking progesterone to prevent miscarriage. This interesting video from WebMD talks about how progesterone can prevent pre-term birth. Watch the video:

Preventing Preterm Births Progesterone Study (www.webmd.com)

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Poor Dietary Intake Of Breastfeeding Moms

Breastfeeding Over 40, Eat The Right Foods For Nutritious Milk

Most of us worry about what to eat while we're pregnant, but what about when we're breastfeeding?
My site: www.getpregnantover40.com
Our milk output and the nutrients contained in it are related to our own diet. The study cited below found most breastfeeding women aren't getting the right nutrients.
Read more:
Study Finds Poor Dietary Intake Among Breastfeeding Moms
www.medindia.net

From the article:

To conduct the study, the researcher collected 100 milk samples from 34 breastfeeding mothers from the provinces of Granada and Almeria. The selected mothers were given a questionnaire on their dietary intake for a period corresponding to the 3 days before the sample taking. The aim was to compare their dietary intake with the recommended diary reference intake, in order to detect deficiencies and enhance babies' intake of nutrients.

This study revealed some important data. 94 percent of mothers were found to consume a hypocaloric diet, mainly due to low consumption of fats. Conversely, 94 percent followed a diet rich in proteins, and their intake of proteins exceeded DRI. The analysed mothers showed deficiencies in Vitamin A and E; 88 percent of them did not meet DRI of Vitamin A, and 99 percent presented deficient Vitamin E intakes.

Monday, July 09, 2012

Video Of Face Forming In Womb

Wow, take a look at this interesting video!   It's amazing that any of us look the way we do!
You may need to wait a few seconds for the video to load:


Thursday, June 28, 2012

Watch Baby Kick!!

Pregnancy Over 40, Watch Baby In Utero Kick

My site: www.getpregnantover40.com
This is an incredible video watch how a baby moves and kicks. You'll need to watch a short advertisement first. Hit the play button below:

Friday, June 15, 2012

The Importance Of Being A Good Dad

Since father's day is this weekend, today is a good day to honor how important father's are in their children's lives.
Dad's don't get enough credit when it comes to the time they spend with their kids. Here is an article about how quality time with dad can help a child's IQ. Read more:

Time With Dad Is Well Spent (www.newscientist.com)

From the article:

"It's not [just] about having dad around, it's about what kind of dad he is," says Daniel Nettle, a psychologist at the University of Newcastle, UK, who led the new analysis, based on surveys of more than 10,000 children over half a century.

Nettle used the National Child Development Study, which traces the lives of every Briton born between 3 and 9 March, 1958. Surveys taken in the 1960s and 70s asked mothers to rate the father's involvement in his child, from "inapplicable" to "equal to the mother". These and later surveys through 2005 tracked intelligence, income, and education of the participants.

Nettle has previously used the same data set to show that wealthy men father more children than paupers.

With paternal investment, however, time seemed to be the most important currency. At age 11, children of highly involved fathers boasted markedly higher IQs than children with less present dads. "This is not half a point, this is a few points of IQ, on average," he says.

Friday, May 18, 2012

Random Pregnancy Facts


I found this site on random facts to be very informative. The page I have linked to gives random facts about pregnancy. They address everything from miscarriage rates to the percentage of women opting for home births. Click through on the link and see if you learn anything new!

fact.randomhistory.com

Monday, May 14, 2012

Maternity Leave Laws

I've heard about a number of employers who try to "work around the maternity laws. It always pays to know what the laws are so you can protect yourself when taking leave from work. Read more: pregnancy.familyedication.com From the article: The Pregnancy Discrimination Act The Pregnancy Discrimination Act, which was passed in 1978, gives pregnant women the same rights as others with "medical conditions" by prohibiting job discrimination. This law, which applies to companies employing 15 or more people, says… Your employer cannot fire you because you are pregnant. Your employer cannot force you to take mandatory maternity leave. You must be granted the same health, disability, and sickness-leave benefits as any other employee who has a medical condition. You must be given modified tasks, alternate assignments, disability leave, or leave without pay (depending on company policy). You are allowed to work as long as you can perform your job. You are guaranteed job security during your leave. During your leave, you continue to accrue seniority and remain eligible for pay increases and benefits.

Wednesday, May 09, 2012

Cameras May Identify Autistic Behavior

Here is one example of how technology may pick up on certain behaviors or problems in children even before they're identified by adults. Read more: www.newscientist.com From the article: The cameras identify and track children based on their shape and the colour of the clothes they are wearing. The information is fed to three PCs, which run software that logs each child's activity level - including how they move each of their limbs - and plots it against the room's average. The system can flag up children who are hyperactive or unusually still - both possible markers for autism. Medical staff can then decide whether the child requires closer attention from a specialist for a one-on-one diagnosis. The system will be presented at the IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation in St Paul, Minnesota, this month.

Monday, May 07, 2012

Home Births


One woman I know who also had her baby at the age of 44 decided to have a home birth. She had a midwife who followed her throughout her pregnancy and was there during the delivery. Home births are becoming more popular as women realize they have options outside of the traditional hospital birth. Here is an article about the benefits of having a home birth:

Home Births: Why I Made the Same Choice My Mother Did (pregnancy.lovetoknow.com)

From the article:

I realize that hospitals have made many advances since my Mom had her children. There has even been a lot of progress in the seven years since my second son was born. But, I would still choose home birth over hospital birth.

With both of my labours, I was able to move around, try all sorts of things (like sitting in a warm bath to ease the contractions), and choose the position I wanted to be in for each stage. I tried squatting, leaning, lying on my side, and walking around. I was able to eat light snacks when I was hungry.

Most important, I was in a non-threatening, familiar environment--my home. I didn't have to worry about the noise I made or what would happen if my water broke all over the floor. I didn't have to worry about picking up any iatrogenic disease because a birth attendant inadequately cleaned his/her hands after checking another patient. I didn't have to pack a suitcase and hope that I remembered everything I might need for both labour and a hospital stay. I didn't have to make a mad rush for the hospital. I was able to relax, concentrate on having the baby, and enjoy (yes, enjoy!) the process of labour.

I was also allowed to do some other things that hospitals are, at best, impatient with. I had read Birth Without Violence -- a book about natural, gentle childbirth by Frederick Leboyer. I wanted to try some of his techniques, like low light levels, a gentle "floaty" bath, and not cutting the cord until it stopped pulsing. The last consideration has to do with allowing the child to take his time adjusting to the process of breathing, as opposed to forcing him into breathing by cutting off his oxygen supply. My sons lay on my stomach for almost an hour while we waited for them to decide that they were ready to breathe on their own, and it was the most wonderful hour of my life. I had time to examine every skin cell, count fingers and toes, gently massage their backs, and hold their tiny hands. It really was a beautiful experience.

Tuesday, May 01, 2012

Water Birth


Pregnancy Over 40 and Having A Water Birt

I would have loved to have a water birth, but, as it turned out, my doctor recommended that I be induced at 39 weeks because of my age (even though my pregnancy was progressing normally).
My site: www.getpregnantover40.com
 I do know a woman (also had her baby at the age of 44) who had a home water birth. I recall her telling me that once she got into the water, the pain of labor was cut in half. Here is a site that promotes water birth:

www.waterbirth.org

From the site:

What are the benefits of waterbirth and water labor?

Speeds up labor
Reduces blood pressure
Gives mother more feelings of control
Provides significant pain relief
Promotes relaxation
Enables the mother to assume any position which is comfortable for labor and birth
Conserves her energy
Reduces the need for drugs and interventions
Gives mother a private protected space
Reduces perineal trauma and eliminates episiotomies
Reduces cesarean section rates
Is highly rated by mothers - typically stating they would consider giving birth in water again
Is highly rated by experienced providers
Encourages an easier birth for mother and a gentler welcome for baby

Monday, April 23, 2012

Pelvic Floor exercises Help with L & D


Pregnant? Do these pelvic floor exercises for a better delivery. 

We require a lot of our pelvis when we are pregnant, especially during labor and delivery.
My site: www.getpregnantover40.com
Having your pelvic muscles in shape can help facilitate your birth.  This site explains more:

Pelvic Floor Exercises Assist With Delivery

"They identified 301 healthy pregnant women who had not given birth before. Half the women took part in an intensive pelvic floor muscle training programme between the 20th and 36th week of pregnancy. The duration of the second stage of labour (active pushing time) and number of prolonged deliveries (more than 60 minutes of active pushing) were then recorded.

Women in the training group had a lower rate of prolonged second stage labour than women in the control group, with 24% undelivered after 60 minutes of active pushing compared to 38% in the control group.

However, there was no significant difference in the duration of the second stage of labour between groups (40 minutes versus 45 minutes).

Despite the borderline significance of the results, intensive training of the pelvic floor muscles during pregnancy results in improved muscle control and strong flexible muscles, and seems to facilitate rather than obstruct labour, conclude the researchers"

Monday, March 26, 2012

Gone Skiing


I'm taking a short vacation (first one in a long time!)

Be back Thursday, 3/29

Tuesday, March 06, 2012

Having A Baby: It's Your Birth

Some of the best advice I ever got when I was pregnant was not to listen to anyone's advice. Let's face it, most women have had babies, so it seems everyone is an expert and there's more than enough advice to go around. But, remember, this is your pregnancy and your birth.

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

How Does Your Baby's Brain Grow After Birth?

It seems parents of a newborn baby are obsessed with their physical and neurological development (I know I was). Here is an article that stresses the importance of the first few months after birth for your baby's brain development:

Baby brain growth studied

"CHAPEL HILL, N.C., Feb. 12 (UPI) -- U.S. scientists say areas of the brain controlling vision and other sensory information grow dramatically during the first few months following birth.

Using magnetic resonance imaging, the scientists found, conversely, the area that controls abstract thought experiences very little growth during the same period.

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill researchers say they also found the type of brain tissue called gray matter, which contains most of the neurons, grew much more robustly than another type of tissue called white matter, which contains the connecting fibers between neurons in different brain regions.

Gray matter size grew by roughly 40 percent during the first months after birth, while white matter grew very little.

"This pattern of brain growth in newborns has not been described before," said Dr. John Gilmore, a professor of psychiatry and lead author of the study. "An enormous amount of brain development takes place between birth and late childhood that we know very little about. This study gives us the first glimpse into understanding that."

The research is detailed in the Feb. 7 issue of the Journal of Neuroscience."

Friday, February 24, 2012

PREGNANCY: RINGING IN EARS TINNITUS

Ringing In Ears In Pregnancy Over 40 Or Any Age

I'm surprised at the number of people who suffer from tinnitus or ringing in the ears.
Pregnancy can trigger this condition due to all of the changes going on in the body.  Ringing in the ears is also called tinnitus.  This can be a very annoying problem which some people find very disruptive in their life.  If you've ever been exposed to loud noise, like a concert, you may have experienced a temporary ringing.
This article addresses the reasons why pregnant women get tinnitus and what you can do about it: 
Click Here To Read Full Article (getpregnantover40.com)



Friday, February 17, 2012

Sex-related Problems Common After Assisted Births

I previously wrote about how forceps deliveries can contribute to pelvic prolapse. Here is another article about how many women suffer from sex-related problems after assisted births:

Women Report Sexual Problems A Full Year After Giving Birth; Health Problems Vary By Race

From the study:

Key findings include:

The three most common problems reported were sex-related health issues (55 per cent) followed by stress urinary incontinence (54 per cent) and urge urinary incontinence (37 per cent).
Painful intercourse was reported by 19 per cent of women who had had caesareans, 34 per cent who had had a normal birth and 36 per cent of women who had an instrument-assisted birth, such as forceps.
Sex-related health problems were highest among instrument-assisted births (77 per cent) and lowest among caesarean births (51 per cent), with 64 per cent of women having normal births reporting at least one problem related to sex.
Women who had an instrument-assisted delivery also took two weeks longer than woman who had had caesareans and normal births to resume sexual intercourse (ten weeks versus eight) with figures ranging from one week to 52.
Forceps deliveries were also associated with higher levels of stress, urge, and continual incontinence.
Having an epidural did not lead to an overall increase in health problems and this study does not support previous research that identified increased stress incontinence and frequent urinating as risk factors.
Asian women reported greater health problems than white women. Perineal pain was more than two times higher (62 per cent versus 28 per cent) and they experienced much higher levels of continual urinary incontinence (35 per cent versus 20 per cent).
However, Afro-Caribbean women displayed similar levels of ill health to white women.

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Happy Valentine's Day!


Happy Valentine's Day!

Click here for an adorable valentine's day animation (especially if you love chocolate!):

www.jacquielawson.com

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Casting Call, A&E Series

A&E Contacted Me to ask if my blog readers might be interested in being on a television show. I told them I would post the notice, so if anyone is interested here is the information:


Powerful New A&E Series Is Now Casting Couples Who Need Help With An In-Law!

In-laws: most people have them. ..and sometimes, they can be a whole lot more than a couple bargained for. A&E Network shines a light on married couples dealing with in-laws as they try to make peace with the help of an unconventional, no-nonsense relationship expert in the new original real-life series "Monster In-Laws".

“A ground-breaking new series that explores the complex relationships between married couples and their in-laws.”


Are you struggling to maintain a relationship with an out-of-control in-law?



Is a cultural or background divide challenging your relationship?



Does the statement, “When mom/dad says no, ask grandma/grandpa” ring true in your family?



Does your mother or father-in-law still baby your husband/wife, challenge your parenting style or openly disrespect you?


If you’re desperate to repair your relationship with an in-law before it’s too late, we want to hear from you! Families who appear on the show will have the opportunity to work with a professional relationship expert who will help them to identify their issues and repair their relationships. Families who appear on the show will receive a generous financial honorarium as a “thank you” for their time and commitment to the show. There is also a finder's fee for anyone who nominates a family who makes the show.



To apply, please email us with your name, contact information, a brief description of your current in-law situation and a family photo to:

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(212) 564-2607, ext 2399

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Forced To Push In Labor May Not Have Better Results




I pushed for four hour when I had my daughter. This left me incredibly sore for weeks and led to probably more physical discomfort than if I had taken it a little slower. After reading this article, I'm beginning to wonder if all of that pushing was necessary. Read more:

2 important pregnancy updates: if you're expecting or trying to conceive, you'll want to hear about these new surprising studies (findarticles.com)

From the article:

A study of 320 women in labor questions the long-standing advice to push during contractions. Compared to those who were coached to push, women left alone to do what came naturally did not have significantly longer labors. Other outcomes, such as C-sections and episiotomy rates, were comparable. Electing not to push can allow weary moms to have a respite.--K.A.

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