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Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Couvade Syndrome...It's No Joke!

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Friday, December 27, 2013

Less Known Questions and Answers About Pregnancy

Pregnancy Over 40, Your Questions Answered

 I remember thinking how I was surprised about so many things going on during my pregnancy.  I had a huge increase in appetite from the very beginning and I had some pretty severe nausea at the same time.
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 Most people know the major changes their body is going through, but there are other less talked about issues as well.  this article talks about some less known questions and answers about pregnancy:

Here's a few questions from the article:

Q I seem to have had continuous hiccups for the past five months of my pregnancy. Will this affect my baby?
A Again, this is very common. Don’t worry, it won’t affect it at all.
Q I’ve been having some very strange dreams. Is this an effect of pregnancy?
A A lot of women report strange dreams, especially in the first trimester when they might be ­panicking more about whether the baby will be OK.
Towards the later part of ­pregnancy many women also grow worried about the labour so this ­surfaces in dreams.
They can be quite disturbing but you shouldn’t worry.


Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Having A Baby Over 40 Rewards and Tips

Pregnancy Over 40, A Child Over 40

Having a baby over the age of 40 has been a great experience for me. But, like having children at any age, there are rough spots as well.
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  From my experience it has been very positive.  Since I worked so many years before having a child and only teach part-time now, I have the time to devote to raising my daughter.  I also have the maturity to help her navigate the whole growing up process.  This article gives more tips and advice:

From the article:


The maturity that goes with being an older mom brings many advantages, often including less stress on a marriage, more certainty about one’s identity, and more ease about childrearing. However, many moms are surprised to find that there are also some concerns and issues that they may face:

Some Issues That Older Moms Are Likely to Face:

Struggle with her identity – going from having a full-time career to being a mom
Isolation – Her same-age peers are at different stage of life, so she sometimes feels left out, and there’s a sense of different priorities than fellow (younger) mothers
Stress – High expectations of what being a mom is going to be like. Her baby is incredibly important to her, a major investment because she’s waited so long, so there can sometimes be stress associated with the need for everything to be perfect, and for everything to be done right.
Fatigue – sometimes, though not always, fatigue can be greater with older moms
What can an older mom do?

Make sure you ask for help from your partner and your friends and family – and from professionals if you can afford to get help.
Talk with other older moms. Find a network of friends who are going through motherhood at the same stage of life, so you don’t always feel left out or disconnected. (See web site below)
Exercise to stay in shape and make it easier to keep up with your kids; eat right, and get enough sleep! 

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Monday, December 16, 2013

Not Invited? How Could It Be?

Over-40 Motherhood, Kids and Parties

With the holidays among us and with a constant stream of birthdays throughout the year, there are going to be those inevitable hurt feelings on the part of parents and kids when someone is left out of holiday parties or birthday parties.  Holidays are a tricky time of year.  They can be really fun, but there are many people who wind up getting into conflicts with family and friends over who is invited and who is not.
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Here is an article I wrote about one of my daughter's first experiences being the odd one out. Maybe you'll get some good ideas on how to handle not only your kid's hurt feelings, but yours too. Read more:

When The Invitation Never comes: My Kid's Not Invited

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Vitamin E and Preventing Asthma In Your Baby

Vitamin E and Pregnancy Benefits

If you have a history of asthma in your family and you are planning to get pregnant or you are already pregnant, this article talks about the importance of good nutrition and vitamin E to prevent asthma.
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I've heard vitamin E called "vitamin everything" because it is good for so many conditions. I've taken vitamin E supplements for many years and I try to eat the "healthy fats" which may also be a good source of vitamin E. This was especially important when I was pregnant with my daughter since my husband has had asthma for many years. Hopefully she won't develop the condition.

from the article:

"Our findings suggest that vitamin E has a dual effect on lung function and airway inflammation and that the effects could change at differing periods of prenatal and early life," said researcher Graham Devereux. "Lung function was associated with early vitamin E exposure independent of atopy, whereas allergic airway inflammation was associated with vitamin E exposure in later pregnancy."


Monday, December 09, 2013

Morning Sickness Tips From Real People

Natural Remedies For Morning Sickness

I wish I would have tried some of the things mentioned from this site to help with the horrible morning sickness that plagued me for three full months - 24 hours a day.
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  The one thing that seemed to help smooth over my gag reflex was peppermints.  Maybe you'll find something here that works for you:

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From Gina . . . This is my first pregnancy and what I've found is that coffee (only one cup) helps to soothe my nausea. I start work at 5 am and that's the only thing around that early in the morning. It does sound kooky, but it works for me.

From Tania . . . For morning sickness, the only thing that seems to work for me is scotch mints. For some reason I have a horrible taste in my mouth that make me feel incredibly ill, peppermint is the thing that gets rid of that icky taste.

From Carol, mommy to 9 and our 10th due any day . . . Two fingers pressed firmly but gently on the your belly button, just for a minute, it will stop the nausea. Sounds crazy but it works!!! Not just my experience but it has been confirmed to me by several friends, personally and from sharing this over the internet on different digests I belong to. It is also very, very effective for heartburn! I learned this from my sister who was told by a naturopath to do this for nausea and heartburn related to gall bladder problems. It is also a terrific thing to remember when you're in a restaurant and the little guy starts to look up-chucky :-)

From Leigh . . . For me here in my third pregnancy the only thing that seems to keep the nausea at bay is chewing a piece of spearmint or other sort of mint gum, the minty flavor helps my stomach to settle when it is especially nauseous. 


Friday, December 06, 2013

Calcium Helps Prevent Pre-eclampsia

Pre-eclampsia And Calcium

Calcium was one of the supplements I took when I was pregnant. I had heard that it was a good idea to either take a calcium supplement or eat calcium rich foods because the baby needs calcium to build their bones and they'll take it from the mother's bones if she doesn't get enough through her diet. Well, it turns out, calcium has other benefits too - like preventing pre-eclampsia. Read more:

Calcium supplementation during pregnancy can reduce the incidence of pregnancy complications, more specifically preeclampsia related, reports a study published by American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology.
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Preeclampsia, a pregnancy-related complication characterized by elevated blood pressure and proteinuria (high levels of protein in the urine). Swelling of the feet, hands and legs is usually seen. If left unattended, the condition can worsen further resulting in seizures. Under worst conditions, it can result in death of the pregnant mother and the baby, before, after or during childbirth.

About 8,300 pregnant women, about their 20th week of pregnancy were recruited for the study. All the women had inadequate level of calcium supplementation owing to a poor diet (<50 1000="1000" 1300="1300" a="a" about="about" basis="basis" br="br" calcium="calcium" daily="daily" diet="diet" either="either" intake="intake" is="is" it="it" mg="mg" of="of" on="on" or="or" pregnant="pregnant" receive="receive" recommended="recommended" supplements.="supplements." that="that" the="the" through="through" to="to" women="women">
The study participants from Vietnam, Argentina, Egypt, India, South Africa and Peru were randomly provided with either calcium tablets (1500 mg of calcium carbonate) in a chewable form or a placebo.

Both the control and experimental group had comparable rates of preeclampsia (4.5 Vs 4.1% respectively). The incidence of complication related to preeclampsia, was however found to be lower in those who had consumed the calcium supplement. Furthermore, young women on calcium supplementation were found to have a reduced risk of premature delivery. 

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Thursday, December 05, 2013

Inducing Labor Naturally

Natural Methods vs. Medical Labor Induction

If you're opposed to the idea of being induced with drugs, you're not alone.
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There are some ways to get your body to go into labor which don't involve drugs.  This site discusses some ways women can induce labor naturally:


As we work down our list, this next method is by far the most relaxing, comfortable one to try. If it doesn't work, you'll still be glad you tried! Here is your guide to using acupressure to induce labor.

The last idea I'd like to mention is a method that you are using every day without realizing it. Every time you walk, you are using one of the natural ways to induce labor. Yes, that's right. Walking is a time-honored method of speeding labor. It uses the forces of gravity to aid in ripening the cervix to prepare for the birth of your new baby. With every step you take to the bathroom, remember you're one step closer to labor!


Monday, November 18, 2013

Modern Pregnancy Myths, Miscarriage

Pregnancy Over 40, Miscarriage, Folklore or Fact

Gender selection, what causes miscarriage and what's safe in pregnancy... there's much folklore and sometimes little fact about what's true and what isn't.
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 Here's an article that addresses common pregnancy myths. Read more:

Explaining What We Don't Understand
Young feels the same sentiment fueled the study about cereal and the baby's gender.

"There's sort of a bias that comes into this," said Young. "Human beings like a rational explanation; they don't like a random cause."

However, that same search for an explanation may fuel myths about miscarriages, too. Moore said many women, and doctors, have trouble explaining what happened in a miscarriage.

"At this point, science can't give us a clear explanation for why one in nine pregnancies end in miscarriages," said Moore. "In most cases the cause is just unknown, and doctors assume that most likely it was some sort of genetic abnormality."

Just like pregnancy and gender, misconceptions abound about what causes a miscarriage or an early labor.

Spicy food, exercise, any sex at all and sleeping on your back are all popular misconceptions about troublesome labor, or danger to the baby.

Moore once had a patient who preemptively ended a pregnancy because she was convinced she had damaged the baby.

"She had chest X-rays and later found out she was pregnant and then had an abortion because she thought she had caused damage to the baby," said Moore. "Then, tragically, she had complications with the abortion."

While it's not a great idea to get X-rays during pregnancy, Moore said the fetus was likely OK.

"If a fetus is exposed to enough radiation to cause damage, it probably would be major damage like the Hiroshima bomb or Chernobyl," she said.

Moore thinks the myths about miscarriage and damage might be the most damaging.

"It's the opposite of the miracle explanation," said Moore. "As a result of many of these myths, many women suffer from tremendous guilt that they may have done something wrong." 


Thursday, November 14, 2013

Ultrasound In Pregnancy: Are There Risks? Are They Safe?

Do Ultrasounds Contribute To Pregnancy Complications?

When I was pregnant, I had at least 6 or 7 ultrasounds because of my age and past history of miscarriage.
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I was never told that there could be risks associated with the ultrasound itself. I found this article (below) about some of the risks that might be associated with ultrasound. It's really scary...none of this information is given to patients. Read more:

Obstetricians in Michigan (Lorenz et al., 1990) studied fifty-seven women who were at risk of giving birth prematurely. Half were given a weekly ultrasound examination; the rest had pelvic examinations. Preterm labour was more than doubled in the ultrasound group–52 percent–compared with 25 percent in the controls. Although the numbers were small the difference was unlikely to have emerged by chance.

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Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Study Participants Needed: First Child Over 40

Dr. Dinah Meyer is interested in surveying women who had their first child at age 40
or later, and whose child is under the age of 4. This is an online survey 
that takes approximately 10 minutes to complete, and participants’ responses
are completely anonymous – their name or any other identifying information will
not be asked.  The questions ask about pregnancy, labor and delivery, and the 
post-partum period. The questions are both medical and social/emotional in nature.
Very little scholarly research has examined the experiences of new mothers over 40,
so the knowledge gained from this study will further our 
understanding and care of this growing population of mothers. 
This study has been approved by the Muskingum University Human Subjects 
Interested readers should go to the following website:
From there, participants will read a brief informed consent,
and then, if interested, continue on to the survey. Please feel free
to check out the link above to view the survey questions.  Again, this 
is an anonymous survey, and participants will not be contacted in any way 
after their participation.

Wednesday, November 06, 2013

Pregnancy and Colds

Pregnancy Over 40, Alternative To Cold Medicine

I've heard that women tend to get sick more often when their pregnant since their immune systems are somewhat suppressed. This may be natures way of ensuring that the immune system doesn't attack the embryo since it may be perceived as a foreign body. When I was pregnant I had two major colds which progressed into major coughs.
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 It was very hard to breathe not only because I had a cold, but also because the pregnancy was pressing up against my chest. Of course, I didn't want to take anything (most things don't really help anyway). However, I did use a product which I swear by: Breathe Right Nasal Strips:

The company did not pay me to do this post either! I just found that opening up my nasal passages did help tremendously and I didn't have to worry about taking pharmaceuticals which could affect my baby. I still use this product today when I have a cold. I also found it helpful to use a humidifier. Believe it or not, all the extra air you take in can dry out your throat. Here's wishing you a healthy fall/winter season!

Monday, November 04, 2013

Estrogen in Pregnancy and Child's future fertility

Pregnancy Over 40 and Hormones

I found an interesting study done by the University of Maryland School of Medicine which found that low estrogen levels in pregnancy could affect the fertility of the offspring.
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 Although this study was done on baboons, it may translate to humans. Read more:

A team of researchers at the University of Maryland School of Medicine in Baltimore and the Eastern Virginia Medical School in Norfolk has shown that low estrogen levels during pregnancy can impair fetal ovary development and reduce the number of follicles (eggs) a female is born with.

"Low estrogen levels during pregnancy mean the female baby will be born with fewer eggs," says Dr. Gene Albrecht Ph.D., professor of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences at the University of Maryland School of Medicine and co-investigator for the study. Because women are born with all of the eggs they will ever have during their reproductive life, the findings may help to explain adult fertility problems and the early onset of menopause.

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Monday, October 14, 2013

Depression And Premature Birth

Pregnancy and The Mind Body Connection

I'm a firm believer that getting pregnant is dependent not only on physical factors, but mental factors as well.  I believe that stress and/or depression can affect your ability to get pregnant as well as affecting the pregnancy itself. 

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According to this article, you may have a 30% higher chance of having a preterm birth if you suffer from depression.

From the article:

The current findings are based on more than 14,000 women who were screened for prenatal depression between 2003 and 2011. Nine percent screened positive, which meant they were at risk of clinical depression and were referred for a full evaluation.
Overall, those women went on to have a higher rate of preterm birth. Silver's team then accounted for certain other factors, including the mom's age, race and history of preterm birth.
Even then, women with depression symptoms were 30 percent more likely than symptom-free women to deliver early.

Wednesday, October 09, 2013

What To Expect On An 8 Week Ultrasound

Pregnancy Over 40, 8 week Ultrasound

With all my fertility and miscarriage issues, I had a number of ultrasounds starting even before 8 weeks.

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 I'll have to admit, I was very nervous every time they wanted to see what was going on in there.  I had nightmares of finding some major abnormality.

 This article tells what to expect if you receive and ultrasound at this time:

About You

Going for a scan at this early stage of pregnancy and seeing for the first time the small, tadpole-like creature who is growing inside you is a memorable event. At the time of the 8 week ultrasound the fetus is about the size of a kidney bean and your uterus will have already grown from its original size - about the size of a lemon - to something that your doctor can now feel, more like a grapefruit in size.

Around 8 weeks your breasts may start to feel tender and engorged and you may become aware that your waistline is feeling thicker. It's unlikely anyone will notice you are pregnant just yet. Many parents-to-be tend to be a little reticent about telling the world until the 3 month mark is past and the main risk of losing the pregnancy is over. Make sure you get plenty of rest and good nutrition and teach yourself relaxation techniques. 


Monday, October 07, 2013


Pregnancy Over 40, Pregnancy Over 50

On my other infertility-fertility blog, I just posted a story about a woman who became pregnant naturally at the age of 53! 

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 In this article, CNN discusses women who choose to become pregnant over the age of 50 and some of the societal attitudes.  Read more:

From the article:

"Fifty was the cutoff for my doctor, but they agreed to give us one more try," she said. She had her daughter in January.
Dardick said she never planned to have a baby at 51, but feels that she made the right decision, despite the judgments others may have.
"The word selfish has come into my mind. But for any parent, having a child is selfish. No matter what your age is, once you have that child, you owe that child everything. I live the best, healthiest life I can."
Doctors say society's views of aging needs to change.
"The 40 and 45-year-old of today is not the 40-year-old of the past; the 50-year-old [today] is not the same of the past," said Dr. John Jain, a physician at the Santa Monica (California) Fertility Clinic who has treated age-related infertility for 15 years. "They're eating healthy. A woman who is 45 is barely halfway through [her] life."

Friday, October 04, 2013

Downs Test Warning

Pregnancy Over 40 and Down Syndrome

Many women, especially those who are older in age, undergo some type of prenatal screening.

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 This article talks about some of the possible risks and the risk of false positives. It is even possible that normal pregnancies which test positive may end in termination, even when the fetus is normal. Read more:

Needle test

A positive test at this point does not mean Down's is highly likely - in some cases, only one in 20 women who screen positive actually have an affected baby.

To confirm or rule it out, a further test is offered - either amniocentesis and chorionic villus sampling, both of which use a fine needle to take tissue or fluid from inside the womb.

However, the charity suggests that the risks linked to these invasive tests, and the high number carried out, lead to 400 miscarriages in pregnancies unaffected by Down's.

Some research suggests that the miscarriage rate following chorionic villus sampling may be as high as 2%, the researchers said, which, if true, would raise that toll closer to 600.

National guidelines now recommend a newer version of screening - the "combined test", which may be more accurate in predicting which women are at higher risk of carrying a baby with Down's.

However, the researchers said that despite a lower number of invasive tests, the heavier reliance of this method on chorionic villus sampling earlier in pregnancy could actually mean an increase in the number of healthy babies lost if the miscarriage rate using this method was closer to 2%. 


Tuesday, October 01, 2013

Pregnancy High Fat Diet May Lead To Obesity In Child

Pregnancy Over 40,Watch Your Fat Intake

It seems like everyone worries about what to eat when you're pregnant.

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 More and more research is showing that what you eat can have longterm consequences for your child. This article talks about the connection between a high fat diet in pregnancy and obesity in the child. Read more:

"We've shown that short-term exposure to a high-fat diet in utero produces permanent neurons in the fetal brain that later increase the appetite for fat," says senior author Sarah F. Leibowitz, who directs the Laboratory of Behavioral Neurobiology at Rockefeller. "This work provides the first evidence for a fetal program that links high levels of fats circulating in the mother's blood during pregnancy to the overeating and increased weight gain of offspring after weaning."

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Monday, September 30, 2013

Drinking In Pregnancy Still Fairly Common

Drinking Alcohol In Pregnancy

I was actually surprised to read this article about how 1 in 13 pregnant women drink and even binge drink at some point in their pregnancy.

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 Of course alcohol in pregnancy is discouraged since it's known affect the fetus, but it appears some women continue to drink:

From the article:

About one in 13 women drink while pregnant, according to the study, and out of those women, one in four reportedly binge drink.
The researchers examined more than 340,000 self-reported surveys that were a part of the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System of data from women between the ages of 18 and 44.
More than 7 percent of pregnant women in the study reported drinking alcohol in the past 30 days, compared with 51 percent of women who were not pregnant.
Women in the study between the ages of 35 and 44  reported the highest amount of drinking while pregnant, at 14 percent.
U.S. public health officials and the American Academy of Pediatrics strongly discourage women from consuming alcohol while pregnant because of its potential to harm the baby’s physical, emotional and cognitive development.
“Pregnant and nonpregnant women of childbearing age who misuse alcohol might benefit from public health interventions … such as increased alcohol excise taxes and limiting alcohol outlet density,”   the authors wrote.

Sunday, September 29, 2013

Round Ligament Pain In Pregnancy

Pregnancy Over 40 and Round Ligament Pain

If you've never been pregnant before, all those aches and pains can be quite worrisome - especially if you're worried about miscarriage.

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Round ligament pain is quite common and this article explains why it happens in pregnancy.  I recall when finally got pregnant with my daughter, I don't know if my muscles and ligaments were tighter than younger women, but I did have some discomfort.  I'm sure some of it was round ligament pain. Read more:

Your uterus is normally the size of a pear. Thick ligaments, one of which is called the round ligament, hold your uterus in suspension within your abdomen. As the uterus grows in size and weight, these ligaments become very long and thin, stressing and tensing like rubber bands.

The ligaments pull and tug on nearby nerve fibers and sensitive structures, causing pain. The severity of pain can worry you. Although round ligament pain is uncomfortable, it is also very normal.


Friday, September 27, 2013

Smoke Exposure Damages Prenatal DNA

Smoke Exposure When Pregnant, How It Hurts Your Baby

We all know you shouldn't smoke when pregnant. However, this article talks about more than just the usual complications of smoking.

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 It can actually change your unborn baby's DNA.  I recall back when I was younger, pregnant women would be seen smoking all the time.  It's almost unthinkable now, but there are still women who smoke while they're pregnant. Read more:

The new study found that fetal exposure to maternal smoking was linked to differences in DNA methylation, an epigenetic mechanism.

Epigenetics is the study of how chemicals that attach to DNA can switch genes on and off, which leads to differences in gene expression without changing basic genetic information, according to background information in a USC news release about the study.

While epigenetics plays a role in cancer research, little is known about how epigenetic changes may be caused by environmental exposures.

In the new study, the researchers used data from the USC Children's Health Study, which examined respiratory health among children in 13 Southern California communities, as well as information from a questionnaire on maternal smoking exposure. The findings are reported in the September issue of the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine.

"This study provides some of the first evidence that in-utero environmental exposures such as tobacco smoke may be associated with epigenetic changes," said one of the lead authors, Carrie Breton, assistant professor in the Department of Occupational and Environmental Health at the Keck School of Medicine of USC. "This could open up a new way for researchers to investigate biological mechanisms that might explain known health effects associated with maternal smoking," she stated in the news release.

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Infertility Adds To Mental Health Problems

Pregnancy Over 40, Infertility And Mental Health

Wow, I've often read articles and written blog posts about how infertility can really add a lot of stress to your life.

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 This article talks aobut how many women who are experiencing infertility are actually hospitalized for a number of mental health issues.    It's no wonder, the stress of trying to conceive may be a factor in not being able to conceive! Read more:

So says Brigitte Baldur-Feskov of the Danish Cancer Society Research Center in Copenhagen, and colleagues, who analysed data from 98,737 Danish women who had seen a doctor about infertility between 1973 and 2003. Her team determined hospital admissions for mental health disorders among these women over an average of 12.6 years, and discovered some concerning trends.
Of all the women analysed, 4677 were hospitalised with mental health problems. Of these, 2507 had not been successful in producing a child, compared with 2107 women who had successful fertility treatment that resulted in at least one child.
Baldur-Feskov's analysis, which excluded any women with previous diagnoses for mental health problems, also found a significantly higher risk for subsequent drug and alcohol abuse among women who did not go on to have children after an initial fertility consultation. Of 571 women who were treated for drug and alcohol abuse, 195 had eventually had successful fertility treatment compared with 376 who were unsuccessful.


Monday, September 23, 2013

Down Syndrome - Age Not The Only Factor

Pregnancy Over 40 and Younger, Down Syndrome

We all know that Down Syndrome is more common in older mothers (but the overall incidence is still rather low). 

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I've done quite a few blog postings on this subject because most doctors are quick to tell women over 40 about the statistical risk of this condition at their age.   This article discusses how it's actually more common in first pregnancies. Read more

Neuhäuser and Krackow reviewed and analysed data from 1953 and 1972 (before abortion was widespread). They found that other factors, besides the mother’s increasing age, were linked to the number of Down Syndrome cases. Down Syndrome rates were significantly higher in older mothers in their first pregnancy than in older mothers who had already had children. Only late first pregnancies were more likely to produce a Down Syndrome baby, not late second or third pregnancies. In addition, the larger the gap between pregnancies, the higher the rates of Down Syndrome.


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25 Signs Of Pregnancy, Early Pregnancy Symptoms - Strange Pregnancy Signs

Early Pregnancy Symptoms

It seems like I never cease to find more possible signs of being pregnant. Even if you take an early pregnancy test, it can be incorrect if you take it too early. Some of these signs might actually be a better predictor of pregnancy.  When I was pregnant with my daughter I had symptoms withing a week of conception.  Some people are just more sensitive to the hormonal and physical changes in their body.  Read more:
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Pregnancy Sign Category
Missed period Possible
Unusual or abnormal period Possible
Just "feeling" pregnant Possible
Nausea and Vomiting Possible
Changes in libido Possible
Soreness of the Breasts Possible
Enlargement of the Breasts Possible
Frequent Urination Possible
Strange Cravings Possible
Fatigue Possible
Montgomery's Tubercules Possible
Skin Changes Possible
Stretch Marks Possible
Enlarging Uterus Possible
Movement Possible
Colostrum from Breasts Possible
Enlarged Abdomen Probable
Change in uterine shape Probable
Braxton Hicks Contractions Probable
Palpation of the Baby Probable
Positive Pregnancy Test Positive
Fetal Heart Tones Positive
Ultrasound Detection Positive
X-ray Detection 


Sunday, September 22, 2013

First Trimester Blood Test Predicts Gender

Pregnancy Over 40, Gender Prediction

A lot of people need to wait for an ultrasound or other invasive procedures to find out the gender of their baby.

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 According to some recent research, gender prediction may be done early in the pregnancy with a blood test.  Although it is not widely available, this could be on the horizon.  Read more:

To make this discovery, Ryu and colleagues collected maternal plasma from 203 women during their first trimester of pregnancy. The presence of circulating fetal DNA was confirmed by a quantitative methylation-specific polymerase chain reaction of U-PDE9A. Multiplex real-time polymerase chain reaction was used to simultaneously quantify the amount of DYS14 and GAPDH in maternal plasma. The results were confirmed by phenotype at birth.
"Although more work must be done before such a test is widely available, this paper does show it is possible to predict the sex of a child as early as the first few weeks after conception," said Gerald Weissmann, M.D., Editor-in-Chief of The FASEB Journal. "At present, parents are sometimes given the wrong information about the sex of their unborn child; this test should prove helpful in resolving any uncertainties of today's ultrasound observations."


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Friday, September 20, 2013

Caffeine in Pregnancy Doesn't Contribute To Hyperactive Child

Does Caffeine Hurt Pregnancy?

Some studies have associated caffeine with miscarriage, so it's probably a good idea to cut way back or cut it out in pregnancy.   When I was trying to conceive and when I was pregnant, I totally cut caffeine out of my diet.   However, the following study found that caffeine is not associated with  hyperactivity or other behavioral issues.  Read more:

While the research shows that caffeine intake doesn't cause behavior issues in children, it didn't examine any other developmental problems. In April, when researches found that coffee consumption during pregnancy doesn't affect a baby's sleep patterns, experts still maintained that it isn’t wholly safe -– large amounts of caffeine have been linked to miscarriages and lower birth weights. Currently, the ACOG upholds that up to 200 milligrams (an 8-ounce cup of coffee) a day is okay to drink during pregnancy. Anything greater increases likelihood of complications during your pregnancy. 
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High Blood Pressure In Pregnancy May Cause Birth Defects

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Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Older Mothers Don't Have Higher Risk Of Post Partum Depression

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Mothers of Twins May Live Longer

Pregnancy Over 40 and Twins

I can't tell you how many sets of twins we know.  Some of it is probably due to the use of fertility treatments and some of it may just be that older women tend to have multiple births even without intervention. 

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There are those that think the more kids you have, the more stress you encounter in life which may shorten your life span. This isn't necessarily true. Mothers of twins certainly deal with their share of stress, but they may actually live longer. Read more:

Study co-author Ken Smith said: "The prevailing view is that the burden of childbearing on women is heavier with twins. But we found the opposite." The findings, published in the journal "Proceedings of the Royal Society B", were based on a population of "naturally healthy" women in Utah during the 1800s, before reliable birth control and infertility treatments were available.

Researchers used family records of 58,786 women, 4,603 of whom had at least one set of twins. All the women, who were born between 1807 and 1899, were at least 50 years old so their full reproductive years were covered.

It is not known if the research applies to women who have twins through IVF. The findings do not come as a surprise to Katherine Wilding from Hertford, who has three-year-old twins Beatrice and Oliver.

She said: "Meeting other twin mums and seeing how hard they work has made me think how we have to be almost superwomen with all we have to do. Now research shows that in some ways it's true."


Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Hypnosis and Acupuncture For Labor Pains?

Pregnancy Over 40, Labor Alternatives

Even though I took prenatal classes which included some pain management techniques, when those labor pains started, I basically panicked.

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The only thing I wanted at that point was an epidural. But if you can prepare, there are other ways to manage the pain of labor. Read more:

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" Women looking to alleviate their labor pains may one day be able to request non-drug therapies like hypnosis or acupuncture in place of drugs. A review appearing in the current issue of The Cochrane Library says that results from alternative pain relieving therapies - long used by midwives in home births - have been very positive.

A large number of alternative pain relieving therapies were studied during the trial, but only hypnosis and acupuncture had a noticeable effect. The researchers found that hypnosis reduced the need for both pain relief and labor augmentation drugs, and also increased the number of natural vaginal births. Women treated with acupuncture also found that they could deal with their labor pains far better than women who did not receive treatment."


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Monday, September 16, 2013

Eating Eggs In Pregnancy May Prevent Breast Cancer In Offspring

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Over 40 Mom Nurses Well Into "Toddlerhood"

Pregnancy Over 40, Breastfeeding Toddlers

I wish I was able to nurse longer than I did. My milk dried up at 3 months and prior to that, nursing was a bit painful and difficult for me.
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 However, some women experience the opposite problem...their kids want to nurse well into toddlerhood. The following article talks about the social stigma against this and how one mother dealt with it:

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I was 23 when I had my first child, and 41 when I gave birth to my last. Fifteen years separate my second and third. While much had changed during the intervening 15 years, one thing most certainly has not—the stigma attached to breastfeeding. More specifically, breastfeeding a child over the age of one...

...For the record, I did make some effort to wean my older daughter close to her third birthday. I made no such attempt, however, with my youngest. She weaned herself of all but bedtime nursing shortly after she turned three, and continued at bedtime for about six months more.

About the time each of my children turned a year old, I began to feel pressure from well-meaning family members to stop nursing. I also learned to brace myself for a debate if the subject of breastfeeding came up in conversation with other mothers. Aside from healthcare providers and a few very close friends, I think just about everyone thought I was crazy to continue breastfeeding a toddler. The bottom line is that it was the right for me, and for my children. Going against the grain isn’t always the easiest thing to do, but when it is something you truly believe in, it suddenly becomes much easier.


Friday, September 13, 2013

A New Mother At 50!

You Don't Have To Have A Baby To Be A New Mother at 50

I frequently write about women who have a baby over 40 and even 50. 
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But many "older" women become parents through adoption as well.  They really are no different than younger moms.  Being a good parent involves a lot of patience and nuturing which older parents do very well.
People seem to make a big deal about being a new mother over 40...well what about being a new mother at 50?   I've known a number of grandparents who have raised their grandchildren, so this is nothing new.  Here is a good article about a woman who, through adoption has young children in her 50's:

Here is an excerpt from the article:

"Part of it has to do with how you see yourself," she muses. "I don't think of myself as 50. I see myself as 36. I can't crawl on my knees with her as much, but I have a good chiropractor!"

"Why should age be a factor?" Karen asks. "Stamina is a question of age, but raising a child is more based on love, nurturing, and discipline." 


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Monday, September 09, 2013

How Fast Should You Try To Lose Your Pregnancy Weight - Especially While Breastfeeding?

After Pregnancy, Weight Loss Should Be Gradual

After I delivered my daughter, and after gaining 37 pounds with my pregnancy, I was really anxious to get back to my normal weight.

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 However, I had read that you shouldn't lose your pregnancy weight too quickly because it could affect breastfeeding. According to the La Leche League, losing weight too fast could release toxins stored in your body fat into your breastmilk.  It's kind of scary to learn about all the bad things that are stored in body fat!   Read more:

Though you may be eager to jump into a workout program or diet, easing into light exercise is crucial for keeping your body safe and injury-free. Even the fittest moms may have trouble getting back to exercise. After all, having a baby is a major ordeal and something you'll need time to recover from. You'll need clearance from your doctor and, depending on what kind of birth you had, it may be 4 to 8 weeks before you can engage in serious exercise.

Breastfeeding can help you lose weight, requiring an extra 500 calories from you a day and helping reduce some of the fat you gained during pregnancy. If you do breastfeed, make sure you're giving your body the fuel it needs for that extra energy demand. Now isn't the time to go on a diet; restricting your calories too much can reduce your milk supply, and losing too much weight (more than two pounds a week) can actually release toxins that wind up in your milk.

The good news is, you can still exercise if you're breastfeeding. Studies show that moderate exercise won't affect milk production as long as you're giving your body enough calories. 


Saturday, September 07, 2013

Bonding With Your Baby Before Birth

Pregnancy Over 40, Bond With Your Baby

When I was pregnant with my daughter, I would frequently pat my belly and talk to her out loud. This can be a real bonding experience according to this article. Babies in the womb have emotions memories. See Also:  Vision Boards (

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Jeanne might be interested to know that there is indeed science to back up her intuitive feelings. According to Carista Luminare-Rosen, PhD, author of Parenting Begins Before Conception: A Guide to Preparing Body, Mind, and Spirit for You and Your Future Child, research shows that babies in the womb have the emotional and intuitive capabilities to sense their parents' love. "Prenates can see, hear, feel, remember, taste, and think before birth," says Luminare-Rosen, founder and co-director of The Center for Creative Parenting in Marin and Sonoma counties, Calif.

Bonding (also known as attachment), says Marilee Hartling, RN, prenatal program manager at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, is how babies -- before and after birth -- learn what the world is all about. "It's also part of their personality development.

"When there's a healthy attachment between baby and parent," Hartling says, "the baby comes to believe that the world is a safe place. This is the beginning of the establishment of trust." 


Friday, September 06, 2013

Pregnancy, Allergies and Children

Pregnancy Over 40, Allergies and How It May Affect Your Children

I've always been worried that my daughter would inherit my husband's allergies. One weekend, we went to my sister's house and my daughter broke out in a major case of hives when she came in contact with her cat.
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She's been around the cat before, but I've heard that some allergies don't manifest themselves until 2-3 exposures. Anyway, now I'm also wondering if her excema (which she's had for a couple of years now) is somehow related to a food allergy (like dairy).

It's so hard to prevent allergies because you don't know what they're going to be allergic to. Here is an article about childhood allergies and some things you could try even while pregnant or breastfeeding:

Prevention of Allergies and Asthma in Children
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Stress In Mother May Pass Cortisol to Baby

Pregnancy Over 40 and Stress

Stress can cause infertility, but if you're already pregnant it can affect your unborn baby. This interview explains some of the mechanisms involved with how stress hormones may be passed on to the fetus.

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 Being pregnant over the age of 40 doesn't have to be stressful, but I found the the healthcare professionals, although well-meaning added to my stress when they kept telling me about all the complications that can occur when you're older and pregnant.

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Vivette -  ...we have some evidence that if the mother is stressed, this affects the function of her placenta which usually filters what passes from the mother to child, it is usually a very effective barrier to cortisol, but if she’s anxious more cortisol passes to the child. So, we think that’s part of the mechanism. The placenta’s function is affected and the foetus is exposed to more cortisol and that changes the development of the foetal brain.

Meera - It’s thought that the increase in the amount of cortisol reaching the baby could be perhaps be to do with an enzyme that isn’t functioning quite correctly, is that right?

Vivette - That’s right what we think is happening is that the placenta usually has a very high level of the enzyme that breaks down cortisol and it has been shown in animals, and we are just studying now because we think it’s probably happening in humans, that the enzyme gets what’s called down regulated, it becomes less effective, so the barrier to cortisol becomes weaker, more cortisol goes through the placenta, but we’re studying on that right now. 


Thursday, September 05, 2013

Newborn Babies and Vitamin D

Pregnancy Over 40, Vitamin D For Babies

I recall when my daughter was receiving mostly breastmilk, my pediatrician recommended giving her a vitamin D supplement (formula is already fortified with vitamin D). It seems with all of the talk about skin cancer, people are afraid to get a little sun every now and then which could help our bodies get the Vitamin D we need.

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I actually had a hard time finding vitamin D drops for babies so there must not be too many people looking for them!
Here is an article about how newborns may be deficient in vitamin D.

From the article:

Researchers at the University of Pittsburgh say that even regular use of prenatal multivitamin supplements is not adequate to prevent vitamin D deficiency during pregnancy. Writing in the Journal of Nutrition, they warn that vitamin D deficiency in newborns is associated with rickets as well as increased risk for diabetes, asthma and schizophrenia.

Worryingly, the researchers found that vitamin D insufficiency was widespread among women during pregnancy, particularly in the northern latitudes. "More than 80 percent of African-American women and nearly half of white women tested at delivery had levels of vitamin D that were too low, even though more than 90 percent of them used prenatal vitamins during pregnancy," said Lisa Bodnar, lead author of the study. "The numbers also were striking for their newborns - 92 percent of African-American babies and 66 percent of white infants were found to have insufficient vitamin D at birth."

Bodnar explained that a newborn's vitamin D levels were completely reliant on vitamin D from the mother. "Not surprisingly, poor maternal vitamin D status during pregnancy is a major risk factor for infant rickets, which again is becoming a major health problem," she noted. 

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Wednesday, September 04, 2013

More Twin Pregnancies? It's Not Just IVF

Twin Pregnancies Over 40, Not Just Age or Fertility Treatments

Most people automatically assume that the rise in twin pregnancies is due to the rise in the number of couples using assisted reproduction to conceive.
 However, according to the article below, the increase in twin pregnancies may also be because women in general are producing healthier embryos due to better nutrition. Read more:

The belief that IVF is behind the steady increase in the numbers of twins born over the past thirty years was challenged yesterday by a scientist speaking at the European Society of Human Reproduction and Embryology conference. Professor Robert Jansen, Medical Director of Sydney IVF in Australia, said that his research had shown that improved nutrition, both maternal and in the lab (in the case of IVF), was producing better and stronger embryos.

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"Over the last 100 years there has been an increase in identical twinning through the division of the embryo into two, even without IVF", said Jansen, "and with the move to single embryo transfer with IVF this trend is obviously set to continue." He added that the present rate of identical twinning with IVF is between one-in-a-hundred and one-in-fifty, a little over twice the rate involved when getting pregnant naturally. 

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Monday, September 02, 2013

Pregnancy Over 40 and Morning Sickness

I've often heard of ginger as a home remedy for a number of conditions, including nausea and vomiting.

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It seems like most women have their own cure for morning sickness.  For me, the only thing that seemed to help was continually sucking on starlight mints (the little red and white peppermints).  However, this didn't take the nausea away, it just smoothed over my gag reflex.  I had heard about ginger for morning sickness, but I never gave it a try.

This article actually sites a study done which proves that it is helpful in pregnancy. Read more:

Pregnant women may safely take ginger root for morning sickness
The venerable medical journal Obstetrics and Gynecology published a 2001 study on the effectiveness of ginger for pregnancy-related nausea and vomiting. Seventy pregnant of women who were less than 17 weeks pregnant were studied for five months to determine if ginger had any effect on morning sickness. They were given either 1 gram of ginger daily or a placebo. Both nausea and vomiting decreased significantly in the ginger group, while barely at all in the control group. No adverse outcomes were reported. The researchers concluded that ginger is safe and effective for nausea and vomiting during pregnancy.

Complementary Therapies in Nursing and Midwifery reviewed safe alternatives for nausea and vomiting during morning sickness in pregnancy in 2002. The author noted that most pregnant women were reluctant to take any prescription drugs during pregnancy, but that these women did want to find relief from morning sickness. Ginger root was one of the alternatives noted as safe and effective.


Sunday, September 01, 2013

Pregnancy and Group B Strep

Pregnancy Over 40 and Infection

Although Group B strep sounds scary, it is a common bacteria. However, if this bacteria is passed on to a pregnant woman's baby, it could lead to potentially severe complications. Read more:

Group B strep, is a bacterium that normally lives in the genitourinary or gastrointestinal tracts, areas like the vagina and rectum. In adults, GBS infection is relatively easy to treat. Unfortunately, in babies, it can be potentially deadly and could cause conditions such as meningitis (inflammation of membranes of the brain/spinal cord), sepsis (infection of blood), etc. These conditions could lead to serious disabilities or even death of the newborn.

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About a third of healthy adult women have GBS present, although not all of them would pass the bacteria along to their babies. However, some instances can make the passage of the bacterium to the baby more likely. These include:

•If you've had a fever during labor.
•If your water broke prior to 37 weeks.
•If you've had a urinary tract infection caused by GBS.
•Have had a prior baby with GBS.

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Thursday, August 29, 2013

Pre-eclampsia in Pregnancy May Be Caused By Both Mother and Father

Pregnancy Over 40 and Pre-eclampsia

I was fortunate that I didn't develop high blood pressure or pre-eclampsia in my pregnancy.
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 I had always heard and read that older women tend to have more problems with blood pressure in pregnancy so I would go to my local discount store and pharmacy to check my blood pressure on one of those automated machines at least twice a week. However, it appears that pre-eclampsia may have a hereditary component. The article below talks about how pre-eclampsia may be passed on through the generations, even by the father:

Pre-eclampsia is a serious condition where abnormally high blood pressure and other disturbances develop in the second half of pregnancy. It occurs in 3-5% of pregnancies and is dangerous for both mother and child.

Researchers in Norway used birth registry data to study whether men and women who are born after pre-eclamptic pregnancies pass on this risk to the next generation, compared with those who had no familyhistory of pre-eclampsia.

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They found that daughters of women who had pre-eclampsia during pregnancy had more than twice the risk of pre-eclampsia themselves compared with other women. Men born after a pregnancy complicated by pre-eclampsia also had a moderately increased risk of fathering a pre-eclamptic pregnancy.

These associations were stronger for the more severe types of pre-eclampsia.

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Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Baby Picks Their Own Name Phone App

Pregnancy Over 40, Have Your Baby Pick Their Own Name

What will they think of next? What on earth did we used to do without our Iphones?
 Well...for those of you who are pregnant and trying to decide on a baby name, there's an app for that!
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 As crazy as it sounds, you can suggest names to your baby and see their reaction with your phone. I doubt there's anything to it, but it may be fun to try. Read more:

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The Kick-To-Pick app for the iPhone enables unborn babies to choose their names through prenatal kicks. Future parents decide on a list of potential names, while a generator randomizes the selection. As the app announces the names one by one, it carefully monitors the baby’s enthusiasm through kicks. At the end of the list, the app registers the baby’s strongest reaction. Though the cell-phone is placed near the woman’s stomach, using the iPhone’s ‘air-plane’ mode disables all potential cellular interference to help get the most “accurate” result.
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Monday, August 26, 2013

The Need For Zinc In Pregnancy

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Preeclampsia Resource

Pregnancy Over 40 and Pre-eclampsia

If you're not up on your medical terminology, the term "pre-eclampsia" may sound foreign and confusing.  I recall how closely my blood pressure was monitored when I was pregnant because this can be one indicator of  pre-eclampsia.  This site will help to explain the condition:

What is Preeclampsia?

Preeclampsia is a disorder that occurs only during pregnancy and the postpartum period and affects both the mother and the unborn baby. Affecting at least 5-8% of all pregnancies, it is a rapidly progressive condition characterized by high blood pressure and the presence of protein in the urine. Swelling, sudden weight gain, headaches and changes in vision are important symptoms; however, some women with rapidly advancing disease report few symptoms.

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Typically, preeclampsia occurs after 20 weeks gestation (in the late 2nd or 3rd trimesters or middle to late pregnancy), though it can occur earlier. Proper prenatal care is essential to diagnose and manage preeclampsia. Preeclampsia, Pregnancy Induced Hypertension (PIH) and toxemia are closely related conditions. HELLP Syndrome and eclampsia are other manifestations of the same syndrome. It is important to note that research shows that more women die from preeclampsia than eclampsia and one is not necessarily more serious than the other.

Preeclampsia and other hypertensive disorders of pregnancy are a leading global cause of maternal and infant illness and death. By conservative estimates, these disorders are responsible for 76,000 deaths each year. 


Saturday, August 24, 2013

Interesting Perspective On Older Parenthood

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Encouraging Story: Three Children Conceived Naturally Over 40

 Pregnancy Over 40, Three Kids!

I heard from a woman who suffered from "infertility" when she tried to conceive in her 30's, then proceeds to have three children naturally over the age of 40 (her last when she was 45!) I asked if I could share her story to give my blog readers proof that some women are more fertile in their 40's than their younger years. She also has a long-term perspective of parenting over 40 since her oldest child is now 18. Read more from Dorothy Handelman:

Prior to turning 40, my future as a mother was uncertain. I had had a failed pregnancy that was accomplished with the assistance of a noted fertility expert in New York. So, I was not optimistic that I had the time or the ability to have the children that I desired. When my marriage of 2 ½ years came to an abrupt end, I remember telling my mother that I felt like “my life was over”. Trying to console me, she thought that “a few more things were going to happen to me.”

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Returning to the dating pool as a divorcee I didn’t realize that possibilities even existed. I met a great a guy and found myself pregnant at 40, 43 and 45 without any fertlity assistance. Motherhood over 40 has many blessings and many challenges. Along the way I have mostly had the patience required for my children but not always the energy to ride bikes all day or climb mountains. Our three kids (now 18, 15, and 13) are fine, happy and able bodied and their dad and I are very grateful that we have created this family.

Turning 40, I was very hopeless that I would have any children as the experts painted a very pessimistic image of an older woman’s chances of conception. But, sometimes the experts have it all wrong.

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Friday, August 23, 2013

Eyesight May Change For The Better In Pregnancy

Pregnancy Over 40 and Your Vision

Many women complain about all of physical stress their body goes through in pregnancy. However, there are also benefits and your eyesight may be one of them.  It seems like your reproductive system is so far from your optical system that they wouldn't be related, but they are!   Read more:

“There is a lot of research about the curvature of the cornea and the swelling of the lens in pregnancy, when the eye can change because of hormones and fluid retention,” he says. “That’s why women who are pregnant are never considered for laser surgery.

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“Once the pregnancy and lactation period have ended and the hormones go back to normal your eyesight may go back to what it was. But as long as your vision is fine then there is nothing you have to do because your eyesight has changed for the better.”

Labor Induction Shown To Lower C-Sections

Pregnancy Over 40 and C-Sections

There seems to be a lot of controversy about labor inductions and whether or not all C-Sections are necessary. This article shows that labor induction may actually lower the need for C-Sections. Read more:

The review results suggest that, compared with waiting, elective induction of labor at or after 41 weeks' gestation lowered Cesarean delivery risk by 22 percent. In addition, women whose labor was electively induced were half as likely to have meconium-stained amniotic fluid, which is a sign of fetal intrauterine stress.

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The findings suggest that elective induction of labor may be safer than continuing pregnancy past 41 weeks, according to the researchers at Stanford University School of Medicine and University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). Their study appears in the Aug. 18 issue of the Annals of Internal Medicine.

Thursday, August 22, 2013

Why Do Some Women Get Gallstones With Pregnancy?

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Noise and Infant Development

Pregnancy Over 40, Infant Noise Exposure

I've always thought white noise was a good thing. However, for infants, it may not be.

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 Apparently this noise might contribute to language delay because it has no distinguishable pattern.  I recall hearing that the noise inside your uterus is equivalent to a vacuum cleaner!  However, after your baby is born, more natural noise is probably better.  Read more:

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A new study suggests that exposing infants to continuous white noise -- commonly done to soothe infants or drown out other noises -- may delay hearing and possibly language development.

Investigators found that exposure to continuous, unpatterned sounds such as white noise delayed development of the brain's hearing center in young rats.

Unlike speech or music, white noise, such as radio static or an air conditioner's hum, is random sound with no distinguishable auditory pattern.

In their study, published April 18 in the journal Science, Edward Chang and colleague Michael Merzenich, PhD, exposed rat pups to continuous background white noise loud enough to mask normal environmental sounds, but not loud enough to damage their hearing. Development of the hearing region of the brain was compared with animals reared with normal environmental sounds.

The researchers found the rats exposed to the white noise showed a significant delay in development of the hearing center of the brain. And development in these rats did not catch up to the unexposed rats until they were three to four times older. Though hearing development was delayed, it did mature to normal adult levels once they were no longer exposed to the continuous background noise. 


Monday, August 19, 2013

Chiropractic Treatment For Pregnant Women

Chiropractic Treatment for Pregnant Women

Guest Post By James Schofield
Many women who experience lower back pain while they are pregnant or just after pregnancy wonder if chiropractic treatment can help them. More importantly, they have concerns as to the safety of chiropractic care during and immediately after pregnancy. This article will give you information and an introduction about chiropractic care and pregnancy.

Pregnancy Over 40, Chiropractic Can Help

Almost any woman can attest that pregnancy changes the body a lot. As the child develops in the womb her body must adapt and change.
The abdomen enlarges and the lower back carries more weight and stress and the pelvic bones and joints loosen and widen to prepare for the birth.
Many pregnancies, while not completely comfortable, proceed with no significant problems. However, sometimes as the soon-to-be mother's abdomen increases in size the back starts to sway more, the posture changes, and stress can occur on the joints of the spine and pelvis. This can cause the joints to misalign or move improperly causing joint and/or nerve irritation. Many times women who present this complaint to their obstetrician are told they have "pinched nerves." Regardless of the term used to describe the pain, chiropractic treatment for lower back pain has been shown to be effective in handling the discomfort.

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A chiropractor is well-educated in studying the anatomy and physiology of the pregnant female. They are trained while in chiropractic school and take additional on-going continuing education to address the lower back pain of pregnancy.
When the patient initially visits a chiropractor he will first discuss the important factors of the condition with the pregnant woman or new mother. Next he will check for any tender areas of the lower back and gently feel for muscle spasms and swelling. Evaluating posture can also reveal a lot of information. If the woman is experiencing sciatica and leg pain, checking the status of the sciatic nerve will include testing muscular strength, reflexes and if sensation to touch is normal or shows abnormal numbness or extreme sensitivity. Of course a pregnant woman would not be x-rayed but x-rays for a woman who has already delivered her baby can be very helpful in providing important information.
Once the woman has been evaluated many, if not most women, can receive gentle, safe chiropractic adjustments to correct misalignments or improperly moving joints of the spine and pelvis to help take pressure away from the area. Because the chiropractor's methods are gentle, the safety of the developing fetus is addressed and many women find their pain, even during the delivery of the baby, to be reduced due to their chiropractic treatments. Many times chiropractors provide advice about exercises and lifestyle the woman can utilize in her everyday handling of the pregnancy or post-pregnancy.
Of course should the chiropractor find that treatment is not suitable for a particular patient he will let that patient know and suggest a suitable alternative.
To learn more about chiropractic care in Pittsburgh please visit Dr. James Schofield's website here: Pittsburgh Chiropractor.
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