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Wednesday, October 30, 2013


Pregnancy Complications, Sleep and Snoring

Snoring 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). 

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

Is Your Husband Pregnant Too? What is Couvade Syndrome?

Pregnancy Over 40 and Couvade Syndrome

Couvade 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.

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Monday, October 14, 2013

Depression And Premature Birth

Pregnancy and The Mind Body Connection

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

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

From the article:

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

Wednesday, October 09, 2013

What To Expect On An 8 Week Ultrasound

Pregnancy Over 40, 8 week Ultrasound

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

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

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

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

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


Monday, October 07, 2013


Pregnancy Over 40, Pregnancy Over 50

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

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

From the article:

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

Friday, October 04, 2013

Downs Test Warning

Pregnancy Over 40 and Down Syndrome

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

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

Needle test

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

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

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

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

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

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


Tuesday, October 01, 2013

Pregnancy High Fat Diet May Lead To Obesity In Child

Pregnancy Over 40,Watch Your Fat Intake

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

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

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

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