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Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Estrogen Exposure Hurts Your Unborn Baby



Monday, November 26, 2012

Facts and Myths About Motherhood Over 40

Pregnancy Over 40, Older Mothers are Better Mothers!

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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).
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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.
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 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.

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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 (

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.

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 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:

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