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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.

from:   (www.sciencedaily.com)

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:


From the site:

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.
from: (www.psfk.com)

Pregnancy After Embolization For Fibroids

 

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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.

See Also: Ringing In Ears May Be Related To Blood Pressure

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. 

from:  www.preeclampsia.org

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.”


See Also: IVF Over 40    
(www.getpregnantover40.com)

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.

See Also: 49 and Pregnant (www.getpregnantover40,com)

“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.”
from:

www.express.co.uk

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.
from: 
www.healthscout.com

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:

From the article:

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. 

from: 
www.webmd.com

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.

 See Also: Have A Baby Over 40 (www.getpregnantover40.com)

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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Giving Birth After Running a Marathon


Pregnancy Over 40, Running Marathon's Pregnant?

I usually focus my blog on pregnancy over 40, but I was shocked when I heard about the 27 year old woman who ran a marathon, then gave birth to her full term baby.
My site: www.getpregnantover40.com
 Of course, some exercise in pregnancy is good, but you would never find me running a marathon when pregnant. Read more:

There is little if any research on running during pregnancy, perhaps because, as Dr Rod Jaques, who advised British Triathlon Team at the British Olympic Medical Centre for 17 years until he stepped down in 2007, said in an article published in Runner's World in 2002, scientists would be hard pressed to find women willing to subject themselves to such experiments while pregnant.

Jaques, advises pregnant women to keep their heart rate at or below 140 bpm while running and to take plenty of fluids.

See Also: 49 and Pregnant (www.getpregnantover40.com)

Other experts suggest avoid running in the heat, and never run to the point of exhaustion.

Another point to bear in mind is that pregnant women are at higher risk of injury because they have higher levels of relaxin, a hormone that relaxes joints and ligaments, so they should ease gently into a run and stretch properly afterwards.


from:
medicalnewstoday.com

Saturday, August 17, 2013

How Much Weight Gain In Pregnancy

Pregnancy Over 40, Pregnancy Weight Gain

Even though there are recommendations on how much weight to gain in pregnancy, many women find it difficult to stay within these numbers.
My site: www.getpregnantover40.com
 When I was pregnant, I was soooo hungry all the time and the only thing that seemed to help my nausea was high fat creamy foods like ice cream, egg nog, etc. These are all very high calorie foods, but contrary to my previous healthy diet, I ate them freely because they gave me some relief from the never ending nausea. I did gain a little more than this article suggests, but it may be a good resource for those of you who can control your diet better than I could! Read more:

Where Does the Extra Weight Go During Pregnancy?

Baby
8 pounds

Placenta
2-3 pounds

Amniotic fluid
2-3 pounds

Breast tissue
2-3 pounds

Blood supply
4 pounds

Fat stores for delivery and breastfeeding
5-9 pounds

Uterus increase
2-5 pounds

Total
25 to 35 pounds

from: 
www.webmd.com

Friday, August 16, 2013

Planned Home Births Just As Safe As Hospital


Pregnancy Over 40 and Home Birth

I wouldn't have dreamed of having a home birth just because I was too afraid something would go wrong.
My sitge: www.getpregnantover40.com
 However I do know another woman who had her first baby at the age of 44 who did have a home birth. According to this article, as long as the home birth is planned, it can be a safe experience with good outcomes. Read more:

The study looked at 2889 home births attended by regulated midwives in British Columbia, Canada, and 4752 planned hospital births attended by the same cohort of midwives compared with 5331 physician-attended births in hospital. Women who planned a home birth had a significantly lower risk of obstetric interventions and adverse outcomes, including augmentation of labour, electronic fetal monitoring, epidural analgesia, assisted vaginal delivery, cesarean section, hemorrhage, and infection.

See Also: Pregnancy Over 40 (www.getpregnantover40.com)

The safety of home births is under debate. American, Australian and New Zealand Colleges of Obstetricians and Gynecologists oppose home births while the United Kingdom's Royal College of Obstetrics and Gynecology and the Royal College of Midwives are supportive, as are midwife organizations in Canada, Australia and New Zealand. Canada's Society of Obstetricians and Gynecologists has encouraged further research into the safety of home birth, and this study addresses that directive.

"Women planning birth at home experienced reduced risk for all obstetric interventions measured, and similar or reduced risk for adverse maternal outcomes," writes Dr. Patricia Janssen from the University of British Columbia and coauthors. Newborns born after planned home births were at similar or reduced risk of death, although the likelihood of admission to hospital was higher.
from:



www.sciencedaily.com

IBS Diagnosed Instead Of Pregnancy

Pregnancy Over 40 and Misdiagnosis

I've watched the Discovery Channel show "I didn't know I was Pregnant" quite a few times and it never ceases to amaze me how some women (many older) who didn't think they could get pregnant did. Low and behold, they deliver a baby totally by surprise.
My site: www.getpregnantover40.com
 Here is another article about a woman who had symptoms identified as irritable bowel syndrome, but in fact, she was pregnant. Read more:

From the article:

Yesterday Miss Waite said: 'I can't believe I was pregnant all this time - you would have thought the doctors would have noticed.

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'I did feel like something was moving inside me. But I never considered I was pregnant - and it doesn't seem to have crossed the doctors' minds.'

When Miss Waite initially went to Tiverton and District Hospital in Devon last year, doctors said her discomfort was more than likely to be caused by IBS.



from:
www.dailymail.co.uk

Thursday, August 15, 2013

Premature Babies May Be Harmed By Bright Hospital Lights

Pregnancy Over 40, Delivery and Hospital Lights

Most babies born in maternity wards nowadays "room in" with their moms.
My site: www.getpregnantover40.com
 I know when I had my daughter, she was with me almost from the moment she was born until I went home from the hospital (except for testing, etc.) However, premature babies must usually stay where they are monitored 24 hours a day. The article below discusses how the bright hospital lights may not be such a good thing for a baby that already has so many challenges:

A study in the journal Pediatric Research suggests that bright lights might play havoc with the internal body clocks of premature babies. Douglas McMahon, a researcher from Vanderbilt University, said that exposing baby mice to constant light keeps the master biological clock in their brains from developing properly and this can have a lasting effect on their behavior. While his study only worked with mice, McMahon believes the results might be applicable to premature babies being cared for in bright neonatal wards.

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About 14 million premature babies are born worldwide every year, and in developed nations, this means exposure to bright hospital lighting, usually around the clock. "We are interested in the effects of light on biological clocks because they regulate our physiology extensively, and also have an important effect on our mood," McMahon said. "This study suggests that cycling the lights in neonatal intensive care units may be better than constant lighting for premature babies' from the perspective of developing their internal clocks."

from: 
 (aphroditewomenshealth.com)

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Monday, August 12, 2013

More On Exercise in Pregnancy

Pregnancy Over 40 and Exercise

It's not just pregnant women that have a hard time fitting exercise into their day.
My site: www.getpregnantover40.com
 But according to the study cited below, the pregnant women who did find the time to exercise probably were just better at time management.   I have to admit, I didn't exercise when I was pregnant out of fear that I would miscarry.  In retrospect, I wish I would have at least done some exercise.  Read more about the study:

Results

There were no differences between groups based on maternal age, education levels, employment, number of children, fetal gender, and even maternal height. Although these groups were similar in many ways, there were significant differences between groups and trends as well:

Although the most common reason for not exercising during pregnancy is ‘lack of time,’ 85% of control women spend more than 1 hour at the TV or computer and 77% spend more than 1 hour read/writing/studying. 

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There was a trend for the exercisers to have slightly more sleep and reading time.
There was a trend for non-exercisers to have slightly more TV/computer time.
BMI and maternal pre-pregnancy weight was significantly lower in the exercisers. Additionally, women with more education had lower BMIs, in general for both groups.
For non-exercising pregnant women, employment was a factor in maternal weight and BMI, such that those who were worked outside of the home had lower BMIs


from:   www.sciencedaily.com

What Would I Do Without My Doula?

Pregnancy Over 40 With The Help Of a Doula

Guest Post By: Suzanne Doyle-Ingram

By the time my husband and I finally got pregnant the first time, I had done a lot of reading about birth options and we had already decided to have a midwife instead of a doctor. We believe that pregnancy is a healthy state of being, and unless something came up, a midwife was the best way to go for us. Besides, where we live, a midwife can deliver babies at hospitals, so I felt that was the safest way to go. (Although, now, I feel I could have had my babies at home... but that is a whole other article!).

When I was a few weeks pregnant I came across an article on doulas, but I had never heard of a doula so I wasn't quite sure what to make of it. A doula is a woman who supports women through childbirth. "Doula" is an ancient Greek word meaning "servant to women". A doula provides a woman with continuous emotional support, aides in her physical comfort, and encourages the laboring woman. She also provides praise, reassurance, and explains what is going on during the labor. While some husbands and partners may feel that it's their job to offer support to the laboring woman, and therefore initially feel that they would not want a doula, after the birth they are very pleased and relieved that they had one.

A doula can help husbands and partners by suggesting ways they can help the laboring woman, and doulas actually assist the husband to feel like he is contributing. Studies have shown that women supported by a doula during labor have:

  • 50% reduction of cesarean rate
  • 25% shorter labor
  • 60% reduction in epidural requests
  • 30% reduction in analgesia use
  • 40% reduction in forceps delivery

    *From Mothering the Mother: How a Doula Can Help You Have a Shorter, Easier and Healthier Birth
    by Marshall H. Klaus (Perseus Press, 1993)

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When I was about halfway through my pregnancy, we decided to interview some doulas and see if it would be right for us. We met with three doulas. The first one was Jan, who we ultimately picked. We liked her right away and I wanted to hire her on the spot, but my husband insisted that we meet the other doulas too because we might find someone we like even more. (How could that be possible?, I wondered.) Well, it turned out that the other two doulas were wonderful too, but our instincts told us to go with Jan. So we hired her. We had to give her a deposit of $100 to confirm our commitment, and sign an agreement as well.

How do I describe this fabulous woman? She is very tall and has a great presence. She is quiet, knowledgeable and thoughtful; she doesn't speak a lot, but when she does it is carefully thought out. In other words, she is not "chatty" but not shy either. She has an engaging smile, she is discrete, and she is strong. I felt like she could sweep me up in her arms and take care of me!

Jan came over several weeks before my due date to do some one-on-one prenatal training with both James and I. She is a lactation consultant as well so she helped by answering my questions about breastfeeding in addition to my questions about what to expect during labor. I went into labor three days before my due date, on August 13, 2001. It was about midnight and I was just getting into bed when I felt (or heard?) a loud POP! And then another one. And warm liquid dribbling down my legs. My water had broken. Yay! This was finally happening.

The contractions started immediately and James rubbed my thigh while I rested on the bed. The contractions got closer and closer together and James called Jan at about 5:00am when they were about 5 minutes apart. They got really intense after that and by the time Jan arrived, I was vomiting in a bucket on my bed. Jan threw down the birth ball she was carrying, flew across the bed, grabbed my hand, looked me straight in the eye with her face close to mine and said, "I want you to breathe like this."

In an instant, she had me calmed down and breathing effectively. She was amazing. I went from being in a total panic to feeling like everything was going to be ok. When my midwife arrived at 7:00am, she told me I was about 3 centimetres dilated. I was so disappointed! But Jan was my cheerleader, telling me that I was working so hard, and managing so well, and that my body was only going to give me what I could handle. She helped James help me by suggesting things he could do for me, and he felt taken care of by Jan as well.

It was only about an hour later that Jan noticed my breathing had changed and she called out to our midwife who was in another room doing paperwork. Our midwife didn't think that I could have progressed that quickly but Jan stood her ground and said, "It really sounds like she is trying to
push." So the midwife checked me again (doulas do not perform medical tasks) and I was about 7 cm dilated! This was going fast. Suddenly everybody sprung into action and started gathering up all the bags and things we needed for the hospital. If it wasn't for Jan, I really don't think we would have made it on time.

While James drove, Jan sat with me in the backseat holding my hand, talking to me, encouraging me and calming me. She was so amazing! After we got to the hospital, she never left my side. James had to go fill out the paperwork and park the car, but Jan was there beside me constantly. I felt such complete trust in Jan that I had to hold her right hand a particular way through each contraction. It was quite funny! A contraction would start and I'd yell, "Hand! Hand!" and Jan would come running and grab my hand. I don't know why, but it was only Jan's hand that comforted me. It had to be Jan's hand.

She also helped by taking me to the bathroom and getting me water to drink, a cold cloth for my forehead (without being asked), and waving tissues with aromatherapy oil on them around the room. I found that I couldn't communicate what I wanted or needed, but Jan always seemed to know, thank goodness. She suggested different laboring positions and she helped during the delivery by suggesting positions for pushing, too. I only pushed one hour and then our beautiful Hana was born. (Hana means "flower" in Japanese).

Jan stayed with me while I delivered the placenta (James was on the other side of the room with Hana) and helped me attempt to breastfeed right away. She stayed for about 4 hours after Hana was born and helped me take a shower and gave me lots of help with breastfeeding.

What more can I say about having a doula? She made my birth experience fantastic. I am one of those people who can honestly say that I enjoyed labor (twice!) and I want to do it again! When we found out we were pregnant for the second time, I could not imagine doing it without Jan. It was a much easier labor and birth, but I am still so grateful that Jan was there - she made it a great experience again. It is true that continuous support during labor has many, many benefits, and I am one of the "lucky" (or is it "well prepared" because I hired a doula?) women who was able to fully experience birth without drugs, or intervention. I had a healthy birth and a healthy baby. And a doula to help us through it all.

For more information, or to find a doula in your city, visit www.dona.org, the Doulas of North America website. I wish you all the best during your labor and birth!

Author Bio

Suzanne Doyle-Ingram is mother of two girls, Hana and Alexa, and married to her best friend James, who is a stay-at-home dad. Suzanne is also the creator of the Pregnancy Leads to New Babies.com website (http://www.pregnancy-leads-to-new-babies.com), an informative site for pregnant women and new Moms, which provides information on pregnancy, labor, and how to take care of your new baby. As a family, Suzanne, James, and the girls enjoy kite flying, swimming at the beach, and visiting new restaurants.

Visit her website at www.pregnancy-leads-to-new-babies.com for more of Suzanne's articles.

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Sunday, August 11, 2013

Infant Massage

Pregnancy Over 40, Motherhood and Infant Massage

I'm sorry I never knew or learned about infant massage.
My site: www.getpregnantover40.com
Although my daughter was an easy baby who was quite content most of the time, she probably could have benefited from a massage when she was fussy.

Here is an article  which gives some pointers on infant massage:

"The best time to massage your baby is at bath time or bedtime – massaged babies fall asleep right away, so it’s better not to massage immediately after a feeding or when a baby is hungry.

Choose a room that is warm and draft-free where you can sit on the floor or a bed with the baby in front of you on a padded pillow or blanket.

Take a few deep breaths to relax before you begin. Stretch and shake the tension from your body.

Make sure your hands are clean and warm, remove jewelry and be sure to rub in a way that your nails don’t scratch the baby’s skin.

Use some cold-pressed, natural oil – such as coconut or canola oil – [Rick: I prefer Jojoba Oil] to prevent friction and to allow for deeper stroking. Refrain from using mineral oil, which clogs the pores, and nut oils, in case of allergies. Choosing something unscented lets your baby bond with your scent first. Keep your hands well-oiled throughout.

Begin with the legs and feet using slow, gentle strokes. Babies are delicate, but too light a touch can be ticklish and aggravating, advises Karen Wright, a certified infant massage instructor. If your baby splays her fingers or toes, or avoids your gaze and looks away, she’s telling you that she’s stressed or that you’re using too much pressure, Wright says. If your baby clenches her fists in front of her chest, don’t try to pull her arms apart. This is a stance that the baby isn’t ready to be touched there. Some infants are extremely sensitive and can’t deal with a lot of touching at first. Maintain eye contact and observe your baby’s body language.

Massage your baby for about 15 minutes, stroking both sides of his body symmetrically. Think of the massage as a gentle, warm communication. Go slowly at the beginning so your baby can get used to the new sensations gradually.

Stop if your baby cries. You cannot force a baby to relax. Try again when the baby is more receptive.
“There are no mistakes in terms of technique,” says Wright. “Follow your baby’s cues. Massage is supposed to be enjoyable for both of you.”

 from mothersintuitionmassage.com

Pregnancy Discrimination - What You Should Know

Pregnancy Over 40 and Discrimination

You would think that in this day and age, pregnant women would have equal footing with everyone else.
My site: www.getpregnantover40.com
 But, as this article explains, some forms of discrimination may be more subtle. Read more:

Aside from blatant discrimination, one of the most contentious issues among pregnant women and their employers is how much time an employee is allowed to take after the baby is born, says Elaina Smiley, a Pittsburgh employment lawyer who herself recently returned to work from a maternity leave.

Under the Family and Medical Leave Act, workers who are employed by firms with 50 employees or more and have worked for a company for at least 12 months have to provide 12 weeks of unpaid leave to employees for medical reasons including pregnancy and the birth of a child.

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Often disputes arise when employers either don’t honor that or employees take more than 12 weeks, only to find their job has been given away. There is no law that says a company has to keep your job open beyond the 12 weeks, but if you find your employer is offering other workers at the firm longer leaves for things like illnesses or to take care of a sick parent, and you’re not afforded the same benefit, then you may be able to prove you were a victim of discrimination, Smiley explains.

 from: www.msnbc.msn.com

Friday, August 09, 2013

How You Change After Motherhood

Pregnancy Over 40 and Motherhood

I've often wondered if my life is different just because I'm a little older or if my life is different becuase I have a young child.
My site: www.getpregnantover40.com
 Well...I believe it's the latter (I think I just appreciate how my life has changed more because I'm older). Here's a fun article which kept me smiling and nodding when as I read it:


Here's a few things from the site:

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4. "You'd rather buy a plastic tricycle than those shoes that you've been dying to have." — Sophie's mom

5. "You realize that although sticky, lollipops have magical powers." — Roxanne

6. "You don't mind going to bed at 9 p.m. on Friday night." — Kellye

7. "Silence? What's that?" — Anonymous


from:
babycenter.com

Sore Breasts As A Sign Of Early Pregnancy Symptoms

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Wednesday, August 07, 2013

Pregnancy Over 40 - It's Not All Bad!

Pregnancy Over 40 Can Be Very Healthy

Did you know that women who have their first full term pregnancy and first child over 40 are four times more likely to live to be 100? Yes, that's right and it's very encouraging. So if people think it's selfish to want a baby over the age of 40 because "you won't be around to see your kids grow up", they don't really know what they're talking about. I'm not big on statistics but they certainly back me up in this case.

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Here are some reasons why women who have their first successful pregnancy over 40 live longer.

1. They are more motivated to take care of themselves
2. Their body has endured less "wear and tear" since they usually have either one child or fewer children than other women
3. The hormones related to pregnancy seem to have a protective affect against certain cancers, especially female cancers

So all you women who want to have your first pregnancy over 40, there's good research behind you!
It seems we're bombarded with negative information about getting pregnant over 40, here is an article that gives the pros and cons:

From the article:

" According to Michael O'Reilly, M.D., an obstetrician and gynecologist in Ansonia, Conn., "More and more women are having babies after 40 due to career commitments, improved contraceptives, later marriage, economic considerations and infertility."

Compared to younger women, women who are 40 and over tend to take far better care of themselves during pregnancy, says O'Reilly. "They can be just as healthy during pregnancy and delivery as women half their age are." 

from: 
thirdage.com

Nausea In The Third Trimester

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Monday, August 05, 2013

Baby Hears the Beat

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Home Remedies for Yeast Infections in Pregnancy

Pregnancy Over 40 and Yeast Infections

Here is a guest post on treating a yeast infection through natural means during pregnancy.
 Of course, check with your doctor if you experience any type of infection during pregnancy:


Safe Yeast Infection Treatment During Pregnancy - Top Home Remedies For Yeast Infection Treatment

By Sandra Greene
While pregnant, people would be rightfully scared to take any unsafe medication. When the best of the treatments are available through nature, there is no need to resort to drugs and other dangerous treatments to treat pregnancy yeast infection.
At any given time, whether pregnant or not, over the counter medications are not the ones to be taken to treat yeast infections. They treat only the symptoms by giving a temporary relief from the itches, but it does nothing to treat the root cause of yeast infection which is excessive activity of Candida in the body. In fact, antibiotics and pills that conventional medical systems prescribe can actually do more harm than good. They do nothing to keep Candida, and shockingly kill the good useful bacteria that are meant to keep the Candida yeast in check. Hence, it is common to find people suffer from recurring yeast infections after trying antibiotics.

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So what are the best home remedies to treat yeast infection pregnancy?
You can do the following to relieve yourself of the itches immediately.
1. Applying unsweetened yogurt in the vagina can relieve the itches and burns immediately. It also has a cooling effect associated with its application. Yogurt is rich in bacteria that have yeast fighting properties.
2. Garlic is the best natural anti fungal option known to man. Garlic bulbs can be inserted into the vagina during bed time to get a cure from yeast infection.
3. Applying a dilute quantity of tea tree oil also helps fight the yeast infections.
The above treatments are very effective treatments to relieve you of the itches and burns due to yeast infection. However, to gain a complete relief from yeast infections, it is important to treat the yeast infection at its roots so that it does not recur.
Yeast infection if left untreated at its roots will keep recurring and over a period of time can turn chronic. It can be hazardous to health and causes various immune related disorders.
Pregnancy is too beautiful a time to be spent worrying about yeast infections. Take action now and rid your yeast infections forever.
To Cure yeast infection during pregnancy by means of a Simple Effective Permanent Natural Cure, Visit Yeast Infection Pregnancy You will Discover how to get rid of even Severe Yeast Infection forever and stay away from those embarrassing itches and burns by treating the Root cause of the infection right away in 12 Hours!
Sandra Greene, an ex-yeast infection sufferer had compared the best treatments available to help you Get Rid of Yeast Infections forever!

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Sunday, August 04, 2013

Rest Before and After Delivery Helps Breastfeeding

Pregnancy Over 40 and Nursing

Women in the American culture seems to be in a whirlwind.
My site: www.getpregnantover40.com
 They work up to their delivery date and hardly rest even when their body needs it. According to this article, rest is needed both before and after delivery if you want the greatest chance for success in nursing.

From the article:

''We don't have a culture in the United States of taking rest before the birth of a child because there is an assumption that the real work comes after the baby is born. People forget that mothers need restoration before delivery. In other cultures, including Latino and Asian societies, women are really expected to rest in preparation for this major life event,'' said Guendelman.

For the second study, the researchers used data from 770 full-time working mothers in Southern California, and assessed whether maternity leave predicted breastfeeding establishment. Phone interviews were conducted 4.5 months, on average, after delivery.

Overall, the study found that returning to work within 12 weeks of delivery had a greater impact on breastfeeding establishment for women in non-managerial positions, with inflexible jobs or who reported high psychosocial distress, including serious arguments with a spouse or partner and unusual money problems.

''The findings suggest that if a woman postpones her return to work, she'll increase her chances of breastfeeding success, especially if she's got a job where she's on the clock and has less discretion with her time. Also, women who are in jobs where they have more authority may feel more empowered with how they use their time,'' said Guendelman. 

from: 
  www.medindia.net

The Stay-At-Home Mom Debate


I rarely sit and watch TV, but quite a while back, Oprah had a show featuring Elizabeth Vargas on whether or not women can have it all (or all at once).
 My site: www.getpregnantover40.com
 Elizabeth had her last (surprise) pregnancy in her 40's and decided she needed to cut back on her news reporting career. The show then went on to talk about women's choices about staying home with their kids vs. going out and pursuing their career and putting their kids in daycare.

Well... I need to put my two cents in here. This is one area where being an older mom is really an advantage. I did the whole career thing when I was younger. In retrospect, it wasn't really that great. It can be a cut throat world out there and, for me, it led to a stressful, unhealthy lifestyle. But what if you have kids and want to go back to work? I speak from experience here as the product of daycare. My mother worked when I was a toddler. I absolutely hated being institutionalized all day. I cried all day every day and never stopped until my mother came to pick me up - I was always the last one since my mother was always late. I felt imprisoned and very hopeless.

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I think of all the attention I give my daughter now. I teach at a community college, but I teach evening classes when my husband is home. She's always with one of us. I wonder who tells kids in daycare that they love them?? Nobody ever told me - as a matter of fact I was a big thorn in the daycare staff's side since I was so upset about being there. I can't even count how many times I hug my daughter and tell her I love her during the day. I sit with her one on one and teach her everything from ABC's, 123's to how to have a tea party. She's so much more happy and secure than I was as a child. Additionally, the pace of our life is pleasant. I see some of these families get their kids up while it's still dark out. Their children get shuffled out the door and dropped off before they're even totally awake. I remember those days as a child. Not only was I cheated out of sleep, but I never really ate a good meal since it was too early to eat breakfast and I hated the food they forced us to eat at the "institution".

I was a very stressed-out kid...maybe that was the start of my fertility problems...I know it was the start of my negative impression of family life.

Older Mothers Are In Good Company

Pregnancy Over 40, Motherhood

Here is an article that discusses the increasing number of women who are having children later in life:
My site: www.getpregnantover40.com
From the article as it pertains to the United States:

"In March 2005, a 'snapshot' into US birth trends by the magazine 'Pediatrics' showed that the birth rate rose for women aged 25-44 years and dropped three percent for teens and women in their early to mid-20s. It also revealed that the birth rate for women aged 30 to 44 was the highest in thirty years."
  from mothers35plus.co.uk

Thursday, August 01, 2013

Quickening!

Pregnancy Over 40 and Quickening

Well...at first glance that sounds like a bisquit mix in a hurry!
My site: www.getpregnantover40.com
 But no, it's a term that describes the first fetal movements you feel in early pregnancy. Sources say that this occurs in most women between 18 and 24 weeks gestation. I guess I've always been a little off the norm, but I swear I felt my baby move at 9 weeks. Yep, I said 9 weeks. I was told by a number of my healthcare providers that it would be impossible to feel your baby move at 9 weeks, but I know what I felt!

See Also: Strange Early Pregnancy Symptoms (www.getpregnantover40.com) 

 All that aside, here is an article which includes a number of women describing this sensation:

 "We were sitting there on the couch. I felt something and I looked around, no one else seemed to be aware of it. Then I realized it must have been the baby. It was a nice little secret to keep for the few weeks only I could feel him flutter about."
Amanda, mother to Pierce 3 years old


from: Quickening

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