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Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Couvade Syndrome...It's No Joke!

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Friday, December 27, 2013

Less Known Questions and Answers About Pregnancy

Pregnancy Over 40, Your Questions Answered

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

Here's a few questions from the article:

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


Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Having A Baby Over 40 Rewards and Tips

Pregnancy Over 40, A Child Over 40

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

From the article:


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

Some Issues That Older Moms Are Likely to Face:

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

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

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Monday, December 16, 2013

Not Invited? How Could It Be?

Over-40 Motherhood, Kids and Parties

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

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

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Vitamin E and Preventing Asthma In Your Baby

Vitamin E and Pregnancy Benefits

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

from the article:

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


Monday, December 09, 2013

Morning Sickness Tips From Real People

Natural Remedies For Morning Sickness

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

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

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

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

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


Friday, December 06, 2013

Calcium Helps Prevent Pre-eclampsia

Pre-eclampsia And Calcium

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

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

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

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

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Thursday, December 05, 2013

Inducing Labor Naturally

Natural Methods vs. Medical Labor Induction

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


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

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


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