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Friday, May 31, 2013

Antacids in Pregnancy May Cause Asthma in Child

Pregnancy Over 40, Avoid Childhood Asthma

Here's another good reason not to take anything while pregnant. Apparently, taking antacids could lead to childhood asthma. Read more:


From the article:

Boston, MA (Vocus) December 16, 2008 -- Children of mothers who took acid-suppressive drugs during pregnancy had a 1.5 times higher incidence of asthma when compared to children who were not exposed to the drugs in utero, finds a large population-based study by researchers at Children’s Hospital Boston. The findings, accompanied by an editorial, appear online this week in “Early View” in the journal Clinical and Experimental Allergy.

From:
www.bio-medicine.org


Pesticide Exposure In Pregnancy Affects Child's IQ

Pregnancy Over 40 and Pesticides

I've written about this before, but this article examines pesticide exposure even in areas like big cities - not just farm areas where crops are sprayed.
My site: www.getpregnantover40.com
It's alarming how widespread pesticide exposure really is. It could affect your baby in utero. Read more:

From the article:

This isn't a problem limited to children living near farms where pesticides are regularly sprayed, either. The other two studies, one conducted by scientists at Mt. Sinai Medical Center and the other by researchers at Columbia University, investigated pesticide exposure in urban populations in New York City.

See Also: Detoxify Your Environment For Fertility and Pregnancy (www.getpregnantover40.com)


The Mt. Sinai research involved assessing toddlers at 12 and 24 months of age using standardized testing that measures cognitive and psychomotor development in young children. Then, when the children were between six and nine years old, the researchers administered skill and intelligence tests.

The results? Just as the UC Berkeley researchers found, the Mt. Sinai scientists discovered that exposure to organophosphates negatively impacted perceptual reasoning. In plain English, that means the children did not have the level of nonverbal problem-solving skills that normal, healthy kids are expected to have.

Both the UC Berkeley and Mt. Sinai research teams measured pesticide metabolites in maternal urine; the scientists at Columbia measured umbilical cord blood levels of a specific pesticide, chlorpyrifos. And, it's important to note, the Columbia study is the first to look at neurotoxicity of chlorpyrifos exposure before birth to see how it impacts cognitive development as children reach school age.


From 
www.naturalnews.com



Thursday, May 30, 2013

C-Sections and Vitamin D Deficiency

Pregnancy Over 40, C-Sections and Vitamin D

I've heard so many reasons to take vitamin D, but I have never heard that it could help avoid having a C-Section.
My site: www.getpregnantover40.com
Here is an article that links a possible connection between vitamin D deficiency and an increased rate of C-Sections


From the article:

The researchers studied 253 births at a Boston hospital from 2005 to 2007. After controlling for other variables, the scientists found that women with low blood levels of vitamin D were almost four times as likely to have an emergency C-section as those with normal levels. Vitamin D deficiency has been associated with muscle weakness and high blood pressure, which might help explain the finding.

From: www.nytimes.com

Pregnancy and Migraine Headaches

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Are Organic Foods Better For Your Baby?


Pregnancy Over 40 and Organic Foods

After my daughter was on solid foods, there were certain things I insisted on buying organic, namely, anything diary.
My site: www.getpregnantover40.com
 After that, I pretty much shopped at my regular store. Here is an article that addresses organic foods for babies and kids:

From the article:

What’s a Parent to Do?
First and foremost, it’s important for your child to eat a well-balanced diet. If organic foods are available and you can afford them, great; give them a try. But don’t sacrifice good nutrition for the organic label.


See also:  Foods For Fertility (www.getpregnantover40.com)

Regardless of whether food is organic or not, handle all food carefully and safely.

Shopping and Safety Tips

Buy vegetables and fruits when they’re in season. This will help ensure the best quality. For example, buy apples in the fall and berries and tomatoes in the summer. This also saves on fuel to transport produce from far away.
Read labels carefully. Organic may not mean healthy. Some organic foods are high in fat, sugar or salt.
If you worry about pesticides, peel all fruits and vegetables. Trim the outer leaves of leafy vegetables like lettuce and cabbage. But remember, peeling may also reduce nutritional value. Pesticides are sometimes found in the fatty parts of food. So remove fat from meat and the skin from fish and poultry.
Handle all food carefully and safely. 

From:

www.marchofdimes.com

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Is There A Genetic Link With Autism?

Pregnancy over 40, Autism and Genetics

I have a cousin who I think is autistic. His parents (my aunt and uncle) never have actually come and said that he has it, however, from what I've read, he exhibits many of the behaviors associated with autism.
My site: www.getpregnantover40.com
Because I know that autism can run in families I worried about my own baby. I am grateful every day that my daughter doesn't have autism, however, here is an article about how researchers may have found a chromosomal link. Read more:


"No one knows the cause, but a study published in the journal Nature Genetics on Sunday found one gene and one stretch of previously unsuspected DNA on chromosome 11 that might be involved.

Advocates have been clamoring for health officials to say there is an autism epidemic. Weeks ago, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention published its first national survey on the prevalence of autism and related disorders. It found that one in 150 children have an autism spectrum disorder -- more than most experts had believed.

Kimmell is not surprised, but she is also not sure this means autism has become more common in recent years.

Many experts believe that autism is being diagnosed more now because people are looking for it."



From: Genetic study offers answers to autism families
By Maggie Fox, Health and Science Editor

Pregnant? Your Belly Isn't The Only Thing Growing

I wondered why I was wearing a larger shoe after my pregnancy.
My feet did swell a little, but even now, years later, I still wear a larger size. This article explains why:

From the article:

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Before Birth Bonding

Pregnancy Over 40 and Bonding With Your Baby

I recall when I was pregnant, I read about massaging your belling in a particular pattern because it could build your child's intelligence.
My site:  www.getpregnantover40.com
 I tried this and even now, my daughter seems to recognize the pattern (massage in three circles then three pats on the belly). Here is another article about how to bond with you baby before birth:

From the article:

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.

See Also: Pregnancy Over 40 and Vision Boards

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."

Some parents talk about feeling connected to their baby from the moment it's conceived, says Hartling. For others, that feeling grows as the baby develops. Fathers tend to begin bonding later than mothers, for obvious reasons, Hartling says, but they can help the process along by going to doctors' visits with the mother, looking at ultrasound pictures, and feeling the baby's kicks.



From: 
www.webmd.com


Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Symptoms In Early and Late Pregnancy: Common and Not So Common

 

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Cramping In Pregnancy

Pregnancy Over 40 and Cramping

Here is an article in its entirety about why women get cramps in pregnancy and what you can do about it:
My site: www.getpregnantover40.com
Cramps During Early Pregnancy - Tips To Help Reduce The Pain

By Terry Edwards
Cramps during early pregnancy are something that happens to many women. Your body is changing and getting ready for your baby to grow.
Many women will experience mild cramps during the first few weeks of pregnancy. In fact, a lot of women think that they are getting ready to start their periods because they feel cramping. This article will teach how why you cramp in early pregnancy and when to call your doctor.
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See Also:   Strange Early Pregnancy Symptoms (www.getpregnantover40.com)
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Your uterus consists mainly of muscle and other surrounding tissues that enable it to expand during pregnancy and to contract when it's time for childbirth. These actions are triggered by hormones.

  • Some women may feel light cramping when the fertilized egg implants itself into the uterine wall. This can take place as early as six to eight days after fertilization. You may experience some light bleeding or "spotting" when the egg implants itself.

  • Another reason for cramping in early pregnancy is that hormones have triggered your uterus to expand to get ready for the growing baby. These cramps may be uncomfortable and feel a lot like period cramps. This is perfectly normal as long as they don't become severe and are accompanied by heavy bleeding. Cramps are most likely to occur after sexual activity or when your bladder is full.

  • The round ligaments support your uterus. As your uterus grows the round ligaments must expand to support it. This may cause a feeling of cramping or a dull ache in your lower abdomen. It should go away with rest. However, if the cramping becomes severe and is accompanied by heavy bleeding, fever, or any other unusual symptoms, contacts your doctor right away.
There are ways to treat cramps during early pregnancy. A good way to relieve cramping is by applying heat. A heating pad to the lower abdomen works wonder for cramps but be careful to not get it too hot. You may take acetaminophen for pain relief if needed. Sometimes this will help take the edge off of the cramps. But ibuprofen or other NSAIDS should not be taken during pregnancy. Never take any drugs unless it is allowed by your doctor.
Take care of yourself by getting plenty of rest and eating right. The changing hormones in your body can slow down digestion and make you constipated, which can cause abdominal pain. If you feel that you may be constipated, increase your fiber and water intake.
Finally, another way to help relieve cramps in pregnancy is to abstain from sex. Sex does not hurt you or the baby but may increase the cramping and cause some spotting. The combination of cramping and spotting can make you think that you are having a miscarriage.
Cramps during early pregnancy are quite common. Cramps should be mild and never unbearable. However, if they become severe or are more prevalent on one side and are accompanied by any other unusual symptoms, let your doctor know right away.
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Monday, May 27, 2013

Breastfeeding: Good For Mom Too

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Fatherhood May Change Men And Their Children For the Better

Pregnancy Over 40 and Dads

I thought it would be timely to talk about dads today.
My site: www.getpregnantover40.com
I think our society in general tends to overlook the importance of men in raising children. Here is a good article about how fathers don't just change their child's life for the better, but they change their own life for the better too:


"Confidence and pride:

Having a close relationship with your child helps build his confidence and self-esteem. It also helps build yours. Being able to stop your child's tears, making him laugh, or knowing how much he idolizes you can make you feel incredibly competent, and the pride you feel when you see all the great things he can do becomes confirmation that you're doing pretty well at this whole fathering thing. For a while, at least, your child is going to share all your tastes—in music, literature, movies, art, career, politics, and food (as long is it's not too spicy). A lot of these things will change as your child grows up. But I can hardly describe the feeling of pride I get when my kids start discussing Hitchcock movies with my adult friends, belt out a few Janis Joplin lyrics, or pop in a CD of Elgar's cello concerto while they're doing their homework. But beware. Confidence and pride are often made of pretty thin veneer: any misbehavior—especially public—can suddenly make you feel you feel as though you've failed as a father.

Patience—and a better sense of humor:

Things are going to go wrong, whether you like it or not, and you have two choices: take everything seriously and try to change the world, or roll with it and laugh. Learning to laugh at yourself can rub off in other areas and might make you more understanding of the mistakes other people make."


excerpted from 

How Fatherhood Changes Men

Have A Safe Memorial Day Holiday

Pregnancy Over 40


In honor of those of you who are mothers, pregnant or those of you who have lost babies through miscarriage, have a safe memorial day holiday

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Sunday, May 26, 2013

Bedrest Survival Tips

Pregnancy Over 40, Surviving Bedrest

I never was put on bedrest during my pregnancy, however, my first trimester I was so sick (not to mention I had spotting until 12 weeks) I was practically on self imposed bedrest.
My site: www.getpregnantover40.com
 I do know a number of women who were put on bedrest toward the end of their pregnancy (most of them had multiples) and all of them absolutely hated it. Here is an article about how to survive a bedrest order:
Stick to a schedule. Even if you have to stay in bed all day, you'll feel better if you take care of yourself. After you wake up, change into comfortable clothes and plan what to do for the day. Having a plan will make you feel as if you're accomplishing something and will give you something to look forward to.
Catch up while you can. Let's face it, after the baby arrives, you'll be too busy to think about catching up on correspondence or reading your favorite author's latest novel. Try these time passers:

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

From:  Surviving Bedrest (www.kidshealth.org)

How Much Sleep Do New Parents Lose?

 

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Watch Out for Acne Drugs If You're Pregnant Or TTC

 

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Gisele Bundchen Talks Frankly About Childbirth and Motherhood


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Friday, May 24, 2013

Pregnancy Test Sensitivity Which Is Best?


Pregnancy Tests Vary In Sensitivity

When I was trying to conceive, I always had a good supply of pregnancy tests in my bathroom cabinet.
 My site: www.getpregnantover40.com

 I wasn't necessarily loyal to one brand, but I often wondered which ones could really detect a pregnancy the earliest. I do recall once doing a pregnancy test and it was negative. Two days later, I did another one (same brand) and it was positive. That led to a multitude of emotions and an unnecessary "rollercoaster ride".

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Here is a article about how sensitive the different brands of pregnancy tests are:

Pregnancy Test - Sensitivity Comparison



Eating...WHAT? After Birth?

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The Multitude of Benefits of Antioxidants in Pregnancy

 

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Thursday, May 23, 2013

Pregnancy Warning Signs

Hypertension In Pregnancy

The following article discusses pregnancy induced hypertension and how it can become quite dangerous in a short period of time.
My site: www.getpregnantover40.com
 The article also discusses the warning signs to look for. Read more:



From the article:

Women should call their physician if they're experiencing headaches, dizziness, frequent vomiting and malaise, Black said.

Usually, the blood vessels expand during pregnancy to increase blood flow, but high blood pressure causes them to clamp down, Black explained.

Nurses currently monitor the condition on an outpatient basis by checking in regularly with their patients. They generally look for the symptoms of persistent headache, blurred vision and abdominal pain as signs that it could be getting worse. In the study, Black suggests also assessing for other symptoms such as perceived stress, vertigo, inability to concentrate and mental changes,


excerpted from:
Science Daily

Time Between Pregnancies -18 Months to 5 Years Optimal

Pregnancy - Optimal Spacing

Most women and couples who struggle to get pregnant will try for a baby whenever the opportunity arises.
My site: www.getpregnantover40.com
However, this article talks about the optimal way to space pregnancies:

From the article:

CHICAGO (AP) — Women can maximize their chances of having healthy babies by spacing their pregnancies at least 18 months but no more than five years apart, researchers say.
The researchers reached that conclusion after an analysis of 67 international studies involving more than 11 million pregnancies.

The analysis found that spacing babies too close together or too far apart raises the risk of complications such as premature births and low birth weight.

The findings suggest that millions of infant deaths could be avoided worldwide with better family planning, said co-author Agustin Conde-Agudelo of Santa Fe de Bogota Foundation in Colombia.

"The financial cost of birth spacing programs is lower than the financial cost of infant deaths, of course," Conde-Agudelo said in an e-mail.

Pregnancy and nursing use up nutrients in a woman's body, he said, and for a woman to get pregnant again before she has a chance to recover nutritionally may mean higher risks for the baby.

As for why long intervals between births cause problems too, he speculated that time could diminish a woman's reproductive capacity and that factors that decrease fertility also could lead to poor fetal development.

The analysis found that for each month under 18 months between pregnancies, the risk of premature birth increased 1.9%. For each month longer than 59 months between pregnancies, the chances of premature birth climbed 0.6%.

Big Babies and Breast Cancer Risk

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Vitamin D Deficiency Common In Pregnancy

 

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Friday, May 17, 2013

Stress And Pregnancy May Lead To Pre-eclampsia


The Pregnancy and Pre-eclampsia Connection

I've written much about how stress can interfere with your ability to conceive and how stress can lead to miscarriage.
My site: www.getpregnantover40.com
 Well, I also found an interesting article about how stress can be linked to pregnancy complications, specifically, "Pre-eclampsia":

Work Stress Linked to Pre-eclampsia

The article mentions that women who work during pregnancy especially in jobs that produce higher blood pressures might be at a higher risk of developing pre-eclampsia.
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See Also:  Stress, Infertility and Miscarriage (www.getpregnantover40.com)

I worked very little while I was pregnant.  I taught a couple of classes at my local community college but the rest of my time I completely relaxed at home.  I was always amazed at women who worked full time.  How on earth did they do that?  I must admit, I was pretty tired even after working just a couple of hours a day.  I think many women don't listen to their bodies.  Being pregnant just by itself can be very demanding on your body's resources.


Not only can high blood pressure lead to poor pregnancy outcomes, but it has also been shown to negatively affect fertility. If you're trying to conceive, evaluate your work schedule.  The stress you're under may be preventing the very thing you want so much.  When I worked in the corporate world, I would frequently have high blood pressure readings.  Thank heavens I had the sense to leave the 'corporate pressure cooker'. Otherwise, I might still be running the 'rat race' and I may have never had my daughter.

Wednesday, May 08, 2013

Jewish Prayer For Pregnancy

Pregnancy Over 40, Jewish Prayer

As I've mentioned before, I have readers from all over the world with many different beliefs.
My site: www.getpregnantover40.com
For any of you interested, here is a Jewish prayer for pregnancy from judaism.about.com:


From the article:

There are many techinot for women during pregnancy and childbirth. The following prayer is adapted from a techinah published in 1825:

"May it be your will, Adonai my God and God of my ancestors, that you will ease the pains of pregnancy for me, that You will increase my strength and the strength of my baby. When my time to give birth arrives, may I give birth easily. May the pain of childbirth fulfill my transition into motherhood. May the baby go out into the air of the world easily, without harm. 


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See also:  Infertility In The Bible (www.getpregnantover40.com)
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May the baby be born with good fortune into life, peace, health, comfort and honor. May my child find grace in Your eyes and in the eyes of all your creations. May this child's life fulfill the verse: "God sets the childless woman among her household as a happy mother of children. Hallelujah." May my husband and I raise this child to serve You. May we merit to teach this child your holy Torah, to have peace and comfort, honor and rest. Guard us, my baby and me, that we will not come to harm. May You strengthen my courage, my strength, and my might, as it says: "My Lord, my life-breath is revived. You have restored me to health and revived me." Amen."


excerpted from:  I am pregnant. Is there a prayer I can say for the baby's health?
From Rabbi Jeffrey Wolfson Goldwasser






Monday, May 06, 2013

Pros and Cons of Kids Watcing TV

Over 40 Mom, Kids Watching TV?

I'm lucky that my daughter gets bored with TV viewing unless she's tired. It can become quite addicting.
My site: www.getpregnantover40.com
 TV isn't all bad, kids can learn things and stay up-to-date. Here is an article that discusses the pros and cons of TV for kids:

Positive Effects Of TV On Children

Preschoolers can learn the alphabets, colors and numbers from television.
Children can get information on wildlife and expand their knowledge with quiz contests and others games on TV.
With television, children can keep a track of the latest happenings and the current events.
Television comes across as an excellent form of entertainment for kids, in the form of cartoons and kids programs.

Negative Effects Of TV On Children

Children who watch TV for more hours are more likely to be prone to overweight problems.
The aggressiveness and violent acts shown on TV can create an apprehensive outlook in a child, about the world as a whole.
It is said that children learn bad habits much faster than the good ones. If a child sees people smoke and drink on screen, he might end up adopting the same habits.
Television can instill the concepts of racial discrimination and gender differences in the mind of children, from a very tender age.
Advertisements influence the eating and drinking habits of children. They might get encouraged to eat unhealthy, especially high calorie foods and drinks. 

excerpted from 
How TV Affects Your Child (www.iloveindia.com)


Thursday, May 02, 2013

Why Autism Is More Prevalent In Boys

Pregnancy Over 40, Autism In Boys

Most of the people I personally know who have a child with autism have boys.
My site: www.getpregnantover40.com
That's probably because the conditions does seem to be more prevalent in boys. This article talks about how it may be related to a particular gene which regulates the flow of calcium to nerve cells.
From the article:

The newly discovered autism-risk gene, identified by authors as CACNA1G, is more common in boys than in girls (why that's so is still not clear), and the authors suggest it plays a role in boys' increased risk of the developmental disorder. CACNA1G, which sits on chromosome 17, amid other genes that have been previously linked to autism, is responsible for regulating the flow of calcium into and out of cells. Nerve cells in the brain rely on calcium to become activated, and research suggests that imbalances in the mineral can result in the overstimulation of neural connections and create developmental problems, such as autism and even epilepsy, which is also a common feature of autism.


"Our current theories about autism suggest that the disorder is related to overexcitability at nerve endings," says Geri Dawson, chief science officer of Autism Speaks, an advocacy group that provided the genetic data used by the study's authors. "It's interesting to see that the gene they identified appears to modulate excitability of neurons."



excerpted from time.com

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