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Friday, December 27, 2013
Pregnancy Over 40, Your Questions AnsweredI 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.
Thursday, December 26, 2013
Tuesday, December 24, 2013
Pregnancy Over 40, A Child Over 40Having 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!
Monday, December 23, 2013
Thursday, December 19, 2013
Pregnancy and The Safety of Hair ColorAnyone who colors or highlights their hair will probably have this question because it's hard to go a full nine months without doing it.
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There have been many articles written about whether or not color is safe during pregnancy or if you are trying to conceive. According to this article, highlighting is probably the safest since it doesn't usually come in contact with the scalp, but you should always check with a doctor first. Read more:
has long been an issue for mothers-to-be, who fear that anything they do to their bodies inside or outside can harm their baby. To a certain extent this can be true and where hair coloring is concerned, there is one main reason why the jury is still out on deciding how safe or unsafe it is: which pregnant lady is going to put her hand up to be a part of a clinical trial of hair coloring agents?
Highlighting is the best way of giving your personal color scheme a bit of a lift. Because the chemicals don’t go onto the roots of your hair, nothing is absorbed into the bloodstream and therefore, there is minimal chance of your baby coming to any harm. Also, the fumes are enclosed in the foil that is wrapped around the processing hair.
Before you get too precious about the word â€˜chemicals’, remember that some natural products can also be toxic. Consider the case of aromatherapy and how some essential oils, such as rosemary, should not be used in pregnancy.
Basically, if you follow the simple rule of checking with your pharmacist or physician before using anything about which you have doubts, you should have no reason to be concerned. There are a gazillion things to avoid when you’re carrying a little bundle in your belly, from drinking tap water to enjoying a spell in a Jacuzzi. Erring on the side of caution is always best during pregnancy, and also, asking around about other people’s experiences is wise.
One important consideration is to avoid anything even remotely risky during the first trimester when your baby’s development is at its most crucial stage.
As for highlighting your hair, go ahead and check with your doctor â€¦ a quick call may be all that’s required and then you can take off to the hairdressing salon and make that makeover happen.
Wednesday, December 18, 2013
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Over-40 Motherhood, Kids and PartiesWith 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
Sunday, December 15, 2013
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Tuesday, December 10, 2013
Vitamin E and Pregnancy BenefitsIf 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
Natural Remedies For Morning SicknessI 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.
Sunday, December 08, 2013
Friday, December 06, 2013
Pre-eclampsia And CalciumCalcium 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.
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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. 50>
Thursday, December 05, 2013
Natural Methods vs. Medical Labor InductionIf 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!
Wednesday, December 04, 2013
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Pregnancy Over 40, Soy and Belly FatThere seems to be differing opinions on whether or not soy is harmful or helpful to women. Some sources priase soy for it's health benefits, others claim it's harmful both before and after menopause.
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Personally, I've been drinking soy milk for at least 10 years. Here is an article about how soy can help post menopausal women avoid that dreaded belly fat:
From the article:
A daily serving of soy may help postmenopausal women avoid gaining fat around the middle, preliminary research suggests.
In a study of 18 postmenopausal women, researchers found that those who drank a soy-based shake every day for three months tended to gain less abdominal fat than those who had a milk-based shake.
Soy contains compounds called isoflavones that are structurally similar to estrogen and bind to estrogen receptors in fat tissue. So in theory, soy isoflavones could help regulate body fat metabolism.
The new findings appear to be the first to show that soy protein may affect abdominal fat distribution, according to the researchers, led by Dr. Cynthia K. Sites of the University of Alabama at Birmingham. They report the results in the medical journal Fertility and Sterility
Monday, November 18, 2013
Pregnancy Over 40, Miscarriage, Folklore or FactGender 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."
Friday, November 15, 2013
Thursday, November 14, 2013
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.
Tuesday, November 12, 2013
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:
https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/First-timemomover40 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 wayafter their participation.
Monday, November 11, 2013
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Pregnancy Over 40, Alternative To Cold MedicineI'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!
Tuesday, November 05, 2013
Your Baby Before BirthI remember playing one of my CD's frquently when I was pregnant and my daughter now loves it.
From the article:
Hepper has investigated just how much of what we hear in the uterus can be remembered. In one famous experiment, he showed that newborns seemed to respond to the theme tune of the Australian soap opera Neighbours if their mothers had watched it during pregnancy. Newborns born to mothers who watched Neighbours stopped crying and became more alert when the tune was played to them, while newborns of mothers who hadn't watched the programme showed no reaction. Other tunes, or the same tune played backwards, elicited no response from either group of newborns (Lancet, DOI: 10.1016/s0140-6736(88)92170-8).
Just that vibration again
More recently, Jan Nijhuis of Maastricht University Medical Centre in the Netherlands and his colleagues investigated just how long fetal memories could persist. They held a vibrating probe against the bellies of pregnant women, to which fetuses generally respond by wriggling. If they are exposed to the vibrations every 30 seconds, however, they eventually get used to them and stop responding (it generally takes 10 to 12 stimulations), through a process called habituation – much as people living close to a railway track eventually stop noticing the sound of passing trains.
Nijhuis investigated how long this habituation lasted. He found that in a 30-week-old fetus, the "memory" of the vibration lasted around 10 minutes. It improves as fetuses get older, however, so a 38-week-old fetus seemed to retain some memory of vibrations felt at 34 weeks (Child Development, DOI: 10.1111/j.1467-8624.2009.01329.x).
Monday, November 04, 2013
Pregnancy Over 40 and HormonesI 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.
Friday, November 01, 2013
Pregnancy Over 40 and Weight GainI guess it seems logical that heavy mothers have bigger babies. However, according to the article below, women with higher BMI (body mass index) do have a higher incidence of larger infants.
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There may also be a concern that women who go into a pregnancy with a heavier weight can pass insulin resistence on to their child which could lead to a lifetime of weight problems and obesity. Read more:
Lead author of "Maternal weight characteristics influence recurrence of fetal macrosomic in women with normal glucose tolerance", Rhona Mahony examines the relationship between maternal weight and recurrence of fetal macrosomia in non-diabetic women delivering a second infant following first macrosomic pregnancy and finds that increased body mass index (BMI) elevated the risk of a recurrent macrosomic pregnancy.
Out of the 111 women who delivered a first macrosomic baby, about one-third gave birth to a second macrosomic infant. These women who had a second large baby were heavier at the start of the pregnancy compared to women without recurring macrosomic babies.
Another factor that increases the risk of recurrent macrosomic pregnancy is excessive maternal weight gain during pregnancy.
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Wednesday, October 30, 2013
Pregnancy Complications, Sleep and SnoringSnoring can be a very annoying problem for everyone involved. If you're the snorer, your sleep may be disrupted resulting in sleep deprivation and all it's associated problems.
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If you're the bed partner of a snorer...well...need I say more? However, according to the article below, snoring isn't just an annoyance, it could cause or be an indicator of some serious problems - especially in pregnancy. Read more:
Snoring is quite common in pregnancy, and investigators in Sweden studied more than 500 pregnant women to see what effect snoring had on their health. Earlier studies have linked snoring with hypertension in middle-aged women, but according to Karl Franklin, MD, FCCP, and colleagues at the Umea University Hospital in Sweden, no one has investigated whether snoring is associated with hypertensive disorders of pregnancy. Snoring is a sign of increased upper airway resistance and obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) and is known to be associated with arterial hypertension and coronary artery disease (CAD).
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Investigators looked into the snoring-related occurrence of preeclampsia, a toxemia of pregnancy characterized by hypertension, proteinuria (excessive serum proteins), and edema (a buildup of fluids in body tissues), as well as daytime sleepiness, and infant outcome. The study included a questionnaire that women filled out on the day of their delivery with the involvement of their husband or partner. It also included analyzing Apgar scores which reflect the infants heart rate, respiratory effect, muscle tone, reflex irritability, and color, all measured shortly after birth. Snoring increased during pregnancy. By the third trimester, 24 percent of the women reported that they had begun snoring or increased their level of snoring.
Monday, October 28, 2013
Pregnancy Over 40 and Couvade SyndromeCouvade Syndrome may also be referred to as "Sympathetic Pregnancy". This is when your husband starts feeling pregnant just like you.
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I must say, my husband didn't experience this even to the slightest degree. Sometimes I wish he had...especially since I had such terrible morning sickness...but then who would have done my grocery shopping? Read more:
Some people have doubted the reality of couvade syndrome. These doubters say that the weight gain that the father may experience is caused by the eating habits of the mother, nerves, or other changes that pregnancy makes in one's life.The vomiting? Of course, that is blamed on nerves, too.
What do the dads have to say about this? They don't know what to think about vomiting, weight gain, and changes in sexual appetite. How can you tell everyone at work that you need to lie down because you have morning sickness?!? And, of course, they would stop vomiting if they could.
This is something that has been researched and found to be quite real. Some men are more susceptible to couvade than others. For instance if you and your partner have experienced infertility or if you were adopted, you could be more likely to experience couvade syndrome.
from: Couvade Syndrome
Saturday, October 19, 2013
Monday, October 14, 2013
Pregnancy and The Mind Body ConnectionI'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.
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
Pregnancy Over 40, 8 week UltrasoundWith all my fertility and miscarriage issues, I had a number of ultrasounds starting even before 8 weeks.
This article tells what to expect if you receive and ultrasound at this time:
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 50On my other infertility-fertility blog, I just posted a story about a woman who became pregnant naturally at the age of 53!
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
Pregnancy Over 40 and Down SyndromeMany women, especially those who are older in age, undergo some type of prenatal screening.
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 Over 40,Watch Your Fat IntakeIt seems like everyone worries about what to eat when you're pregnant.
"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."
Monday, September 30, 2013
Drinking Alcohol In PregnancyI 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.
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
Pregnancy Over 40 and Round Ligament PainIf you've never been pregnant before, all those aches and pains can be quite worrisome - especially if you're worried about miscarriage.
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 When Pregnant, How It Hurts Your BabyWe all know you shouldn't smoke when pregnant. However, this article talks about more than just the usual complications of smoking.
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.
Thursday, September 26, 2013
Getting Pregnant And Having A Baby While Dealing With AsthmaIf you're pregnant and are at risk for asthma, it can lead to serious pregnancy complications.
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Controlling asthma in pregnancy is especially important But there are things you can do with your doctor. Read more:
Asthma is the most common potentially serious medical condition to complicate pregnancy. In fact, asthma affects approximately 8 percent of women in their childbearing years. Well-controlled asthma is not associated with significant risk to mother or fetus. Uncontrolled asthma can cause serious complications to the mother, including high blood pressure, toxemia, premature delivery and rarely death. For the baby, complications of uncontrolled asthma include increased risk of stillbirth, fetal growth retardation, premature birth, low birth weight and a low APGAR score at birth.
...Pregnancy may affect asthmatic patients in several ways. Hormonal changes that occur during pregnancy may affect both the nose and sinuses, as well as the lungs. An increase in the hormone estrogen contributes to congestion of the capillaries (tiny blood vessels) in the lining of the nose, which in turn leads to a "stuffy" nose in pregnancy (especially during the third trimester). A rise in progesterone causes increased respiratory drive, and a feeling of shortness of breath may be experienced as a result of this hormonal increase. These events may be confused with or add to allergic or other triggers of asthma. Spirometry and peak flow are measurements of airflow obstruction (a marker of asthma) that help your physician determine if asthma is the cause of shortness of breath during pregnancy.
For pregnant women with asthma, the type and frequency of fetal evaluation is based on gestational age and maternal risk factors. Ultrasound can be performed before 12 weeks if there is concern about the accuracy of an estimated due date and repeated later if a slowing of fetal growth is suspected. Electronic heart rate monitoring, called "non-stress testing" or "contraction stress testing," and ultrasonic determinations in the third trimester may be used to assess fetal well being. For third trimester patients with significant asthma symptoms, the frequency of fetal assessment should be increased if problems are suspected. Asthma patients should record fetal activity or kick counts daily to help monitor their baby according to their physician's instructions.
Wednesday, September 25, 2013
Pregnancy and Birth Defects From Salon ChemicalsI've often thought about the toxic smell of beauty parlors. There's one in the local indoor mall which you can smell long before you even approach it.
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Paul Elliott from Imperial College London, and colleagues, interviewed 471 mothers whose sons had been born with the defect and 490 mothers of children not born with the disorder, to try to find out which chemicals the mothers had been exposed to: including exhaust fumes, printing ink, hairspray, or glues.
While the other substances did not return statistically significant results, the use of hairspray appeared to have a big impact. Of the 74 women who reported regular exposure to hairspray at work during the first three months of pregnancy, 50 gave birth to sons with the genital defect.
In contrast, the proportion of children born with the defect was much lower in women who did not report being in regular contact with hairspray - just 294 out of 618. Overall, the study found that women exposed to hairspray were 2.3 times more likely to have children with the defects.
The team suggests a group of chemicals called phthalates that are found within hairspray may be to blame.
Tuesday, September 24, 2013
Pregnancy Over 40, Infertility And Mental HealthWow, I've often read articles and written blog posts about how infertility can really add a lot of stress to your life.
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
Pregnancy Over 40 and Younger, Down SyndromeWe all know that Down Syndrome is more common in older mothers (but the overall incidence is still rather low).
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.
Early Pregnancy SymptomsIt 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
Montgomery's Tubercules Possible
Skin Changes Possible
Stretch Marks Possible
Enlarging Uterus 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
Sunday, September 22, 2013
Pregnancy Over 40, Gender PredictionA lot of people need to wait for an ultrasound or other invasive procedures to find out the gender of their baby.
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."
Friday, September 20, 2013
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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Pregnancy Over 40 and TwinsI 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.
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
Pregnancy Over 40, Labor AlternativesEven though I took prenatal classes which included some pain management techniques, when those labor pains started, I basically panicked.
My site: www.getpregnantover40.com has much more on pregnancy and fertility over 40 (www.getpregnantover40.com)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:
Fron the article:
" 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."
Monday, September 16, 2013
Eggs, Pregnancy and Breast HealthI'm always surprised at how much a pregnant woman can determine the health of her baby for years to come. Choline, which is found in eggs, may be one way to help your yet to be born child avoid breast cancer.
This finding by a team of biologists at Boston University is the first to link choline consumption during pregnancy to breast cancer. It also is the first to identify possible choline-related genetic changes that affect breast cancer survival rates.
"We've known for a long time that some agents taken by pregnant women, such as diethylstibesterol, have adverse consequences for their daughters," said Gerald Weissmann, M.D., Editor-in-Chief of The FASEB Journal. "But there's an upside. The emerging science of epigenetics has yielded a breakthrough. For the first time, we've learned that we might be able to prevent breast cancer as early as a mother's pregnancy."
The researchers made the discovery in rats by studying females whose mothers were fed varying amounts of choline during pregnancy. Different groups of pregnant rats received diets containing standard amounts of choline, no choline at all, or extra choline. Then the researchers treated the female offspring with a chemical that causes cancer of the mammary gland (breast cancer). Although animals in all groups developed mammary cancer, the daughters of mothers that had received extra choline during pregnancy had slow growing tumors while daughters of mothers that had no choline during pregnancy had fast growing tumors.
Pregnancy Over 40, Breastfeeding ToddlersI 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:
From the article:
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
You Don't Have To Have A Baby To Be A New Mother at 50I 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."
Full-Time Mom at 50
Thursday, September 12, 2013
Pregnancy Over 40, After Delivery Skin ContactWhen my daughter was born, the plan was to have her put on my chest immediately after delivery. However, since her breathing was slightly labored, she was put on a nearby table where they blew a little oxygen in her face.
Researchers at University Hospital in Linköping, Sweden studied stress levels of seventeen mother-infant pairs, with all infants being preterm - between 25 to 33 weeks old. In mothers, stress was measured using salivary cortisol levels, heart rate, mood scale, and a visual analog scale (VAS). In infants, stress was measured using salivary cortisol levels and heart rate. Infants were also measured for pain levels using two separate scales.
Mothers and their babies showed signs of significant stress before physical contact. Also before physical contact, mothers reported experiencing low mood, especially low levels of calmness, control, and pleasantness.
Following pre-contact, initial stress tests, mothers changed into gowns with the front side open. Each baby was taken from an incubator and placed gently on his or her mother's chest in an upright position while wearing only a cap and a diaper. Each baby was then placed inside his or her mother's gown. Extra blankets were placed on top. While babies laid in this position, mothers were given mirrors with which they could watch their babies while they laid together. In all cases, fathers were very close, sitting on a chair.
What were the results?
Upon beginning skin-to-skin contact with their mothers, babies experienced decreased heart rates and pain scores. Mothers experienced decreased salivary cortisol levels (by 32 percent), decreased heart rate (by 7 percent), decreased VAS score (by 89 percent), and increased mood (by 6 percent).
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After Pregnancy, Weight Loss Should Be GradualAfter I delivered my daughter, and after gaining 37 pounds with my pregnancy, I was really anxious to get back to my normal weight.
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
Pregnancy Over 40, Bond With Your BabyWhen 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 (www.getpregnantover40.com)
From the article:
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 Over 40, Allergies and How It May Affect Your ChildrenI'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
From Daniel More, MD (allergies.about.com)
Pregnancy Over 40 and StressStress 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.
Read more about the affects of stress:
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
Pregnancy Over 40, Vitamin D For BabiesI 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.
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.
Wednesday, September 04, 2013
Twin Pregnancies Over 40, Not Just Age or Fertility TreatmentsMost 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.
Tuesday, September 03, 2013
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Pregnancy Over 40 and Morning SicknessI've often heard of ginger as a home remedy for a number of conditions, including nausea and vomiting.
See Also My site for more articles on foods for fertility and pregnancy over 40 (www.getpregnantover40.com)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 Over 40 and InfectionAlthough 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.
•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
Pregnancy Over 40 and Pre-eclampsiaI 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.
See Also: Get Pregnant Naturally www.getpregnantover40.comThey 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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