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Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Hooray! Chocolate In Pregnancy May Be Good For Your Baby!

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Thursday, July 25, 2013

What Are Braxton Hicks Contractions In Pregnancy?

Pregnancy Over 40 and Braxton Hicks

I recall when I was pregnant with my daughter I would have this feeling like my abdomen was tightening up.
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 It would eventually go away, but of course, it scared the heck out of me. I later found out there is something called: "Braxton Hicks" contractions and they are a normal part of pregnancy. Read More:

"Braxton Hicks are sporadic uterine contractions that actually start at about 6 weeks, although you won't be able to feel them that early. You probably won't start to notice them until sometime after midpregnancy, if you notice them at all (some women don't). They get their name from John Braxton Hicks, an English doctor who first described them in 1872.

As your pregnancy progresses, Braxton Hicks contractions tend to come somewhat more often, but until you get to your last few weeks, they should remain infrequent, irregular, and essentially painless. Sometimes, though, Braxton Hicks are hard to distinguish from early signs of preterm labor.

Play it safe and don't try to make the diagnosis yourself. If you haven't hit 37 weeks yet and you're having four or more contractions in an hour, or have any other signs of preterm labor, call your caregiver immediately.

By the time you're within a couple of weeks of your due date, these contractions may get more intense and more frequent, and cause some discomfort. Unlike the earlier painless and sporadic Braxton Hicks contractions that caused no obvious cervical change, these may help your cervix "ripen": gradually soften and efface, and maybe even begin to dilate a bit. This period is sometimes referred to as "pre-labor."

How can I tell the difference between Braxton Hicks and true labor contractions?
In the days or weeks before labor, Braxton Hicks contractions may intermittently become rhythmic, relatively close together, and even painful, at times fooling you into thinking you're in labor. But unlike true labor, during this so-called "false labor" the contractions don't grow consistently longer, stronger, and closer together."

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Braxton Hicks Contractions

Saturday, July 20, 2013

How To Deal With Your Doctor/Midwife During Your Pregnancy

 Pregnancy Over 40, Communicating With Your Doctor

When I finally got pregnant with my daughter, I was so scared that every time I went to my prenatal appointments I had to bring my husband with me.
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I figured he could remember everything I couldn't and he would be there to make sure all my questions were answered. Here is a good article on communicating with your doctor or midwife:



"Learning simple ways of asserting yourself is not difficult, although it can take a little courage. One of the key themes in assertiveness training is the theory of personality taken from a branch of psychology called Transaction Analysis. In this theory, we react and act from one of three zones in our personality – the ‘child’, the ‘adult’ or the ‘parent’. If we are faced with a critical authority figure, such as an unfriendly midwife, it can be easy to react as a wounded child. You can deal with this by learning which mode you usually operate in, and how your buttons can be pushed unconsciously by other people’s attitudes and behaviours. Learning to stay in ‘adult’ mode and not be beaten down by someone else’s domineering attitude is a skill made all the more difficult by those wretched hormones and feelings of vulnerability that are part and parcel of being pregnant, but it’s not impossible."

from
 
motherandbaby.ninemsn.com/au

Friday, July 19, 2013

Caffeine, Pregnancy and Breastfeeding

Pregnancy Over 40, Watch Out For Caffeine If You Are Nursing

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We all have heard about how caffeine should be limited in pregnancy, however, if you're nursing, the same advice may apply. Read more:

In a provocative discussion with Dr. Ruth Lawrence, Department of Pediatrics, University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry, Jack E. James, PhD, Editor-in-Chief of Journal of Caffeine Research, asks a variety of probing questions. Is there a safe level of caffeine intake while breastfeeding? Are there potential long-term effects of caffeine exposure on development and intellect? Can a baby whose mother consumed caffeine during pregnancy experience withdrawal if she then abstains from caffeine while breastfeeding? Dr. Lawrence bases her responses on the scientific and medical evidence related to caffeine exposure in breastfed babies, and distinguishes between what is and what is not well understood in this developing field of study.

"Usually a mother, particularly if she is breastfeeding, is cautioned to limit her caffeine intake," says Dr. Lawrence, who is Editor-in-Chief of the peer-reviewed journal Breastfeeding Medicine. After giving birth, mothers "should consume all things in moderation and try to avoid the excesses that might really add up to a lot of caffeine."

from

www.sciencedaily.com

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Uterus Produces Estrogen In Pregnancy

Pregnancy Over 40, The Uterus Produces Estrogen Too

Ovaries produce estrogen, right? Yes, and so does the uterus in pregnancy.
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That's news to most of us! This interesting article talks about how the uterus itself helps to support a pregnancy by producing localized estrogen. Read more:

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - For decades, scientists assumed that the ovary alone produced steroid hormones during pregnancy. In a new study in mice, however, researchers demonstrate that once an embryo attaches to the uterine wall, the uterus itself actually synthesizes the estrogen needed to sustain the pregnancy.

This is the first time that the uterus has been identified as an endocrine organ, said University of Illinois veterinary biosciences professor Indrani Bagchi, who led the study with doctoral student Amrita Das. Their findings appear this week in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

"It's the local estrogen that's critical in maintaining the growth of blood vessels within the uterus," Das said. After an embryo implants, the researchers found, this locally produced estrogen acts in concert with progesterone secreted from the ovaries to spur the differentiation of uterine stromal cells, a process called decidualization, and promotes the growth of blood vessels that support the development of the embryo.

The researchers discovered that during decidualization, mouse uterine stromal cells increase their expression of P450 aromatase, a key enzyme that acts with other enzymes to convert androgens to estrogen.

Even in pregnant mice that have had their ovaries removed, the production of uterine estrogen is able to support the growth and differentiation of the tissue and blood vessels needed to sustain the pregnancy.

from: 

www.brightsurf.com

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Special Milk For Prematurity

Pregnancy Over 40, Prematurity and Milk

It's amazing how our bodies adapt to challenging conditions.
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 Here is an article that discusses how mothers with premature babies produce a type of specially enriched milk. Read more:

 Mothers of premature babies produce a special milk that is better suited to developing an early-born baby's brain and nervous system than is the milk from women with full-term infants, according to a study released today by the United States Department of Agriculture.

Chemists from the Agriculture Department, working with a researcher from Georgetown University, said they found that the milk from mothers whose babies were delivered one to three months early had nearly twice as many long-chain polyunsaturated fatty acids as the milk from mothers of full-term babies.

Joel Bitman, a chemist with the department's Agricultural Research Center in Beltsville, Md., said those acids were vital in the growth of brain cells and the formation of lining around nerve centers.


 www.nytimes.com

Friday, July 12, 2013

How Men Can Bond With Their Baby In Utero

Pregnancy Over 40, Men Can Bond Too

Pregnancy seems to be all about the woman.
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 The baby grows inside of her and it's much easier for a woman to bond with their unborn child. But men can bond with their baby too. Here are some suggestions from pregnancy.org about how men can be part of the pregnancy process:


pregnancy.org

From the article:

1.Try not to talk about pregnancy just in terms of YOU. He needs to hear you talking about "our baby," "his baby." Ask him questions from early on about what he'd like to do as a dad and what sort of dad he wants to be. Get him to write down his thoughts so that he thinks about it and can reflect on it later.
2.Share baby's growth. If you are reading in detail about the development of the baby and he isn't, leave him some cute sticky notes around the house, in his brief case or car. Let him know that today "your baby has developed fingernails" or this week "he’s as big as an orange." Get him thinking that you have a real person inside you.
3.Financial stuff -- there is nothing like writing a will and organizing your finances to make you realize there is change in the wind. Get onto it as early as possible.
4.Supporting mom is being a good dad!Remind him that whilst he can't do anything directly for the baby that by helping you and supporting you he is, in fact, helping the baby. If you are healthier, happier, and more comfortable, so is the baby.
5.Share movements. Once the baby starts moving and kicking when you get into bed get him to spoon you with his hand on your tummy and DON'T TALK. Let him lie in the dark and silence and just feel the baby. Many dads I've spoken with have said that when they have felt the baby kick when their partner was asleep it made them feel truly connected for the first time...

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

How Do Foods Affect Breastmilk?

Pregnancy Over 40 and Breastmilk

While I was nursing my daughter, I always worried about what I should or should not be eating.
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 I never took medications (even over-the-counter) and I avoided caffeine. Here is an article that discusses how certain foods you eat can affect your nursing baby:

Breast Milk Interactions Charts

From the article - here are some common reactions to certain foods:

"Cabbage, onion, garlic, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cauliflower, peppers, cucumbers, and turnips can cause gas and fussiness, which usually lasts up to 24 hours and then disappears. Cut out the offending foods in your diet (at least for the first few months of breastfeeding) until your baby's gastrointestinal tract is more developed.


Cows' milk products (such as milk, cheese, yogurt, and even butter) in your diet may cause an allergic reaction in your baby. Symptoms can appear anywhere from a few minutes to a few hours after breastfeeding and may include diarrhea, rash, fussiness, and gas or runny nose, cough, or congestion. Cut out all dairy products from your diet for two weeks to see if your baby's condition improves.
Citrus fruits such as oranges, lemons, limes, grapefruits, and tangerines are common irritants. Symptoms may include fussiness, vomiting, diarrhea, skin rashes, hives, and sniffles. Cut out the suspect foods for about a week (long enough to get them completely out of your system). Then reintroduce one food at a time to find the culprit.
Chocolate contains a chemical called theobromine that's a gastric irritant. Symptoms may include fussiness and diarrhea. Cut out the candy bars for about a week (long enough to get them completely out of your system) to see if your baby's condition improves.


Eggs, wheat, corn, fish, peanuts, nuts, and soy are allergens. Symptoms may include fussiness, vomiting, diarrhea, skin rashes, hives, and sniffles. "Stray" proteins from some of these foods may be absorbed into your bloodstream and pass into your milk. Keep a chart of what you've been eating, and when. Cut out the suspect foods for about a week (long enough to get them completely out of your system). Then reintroduce one food at a time to find the culprit. But don't drastically alter your diet without talking to your doctor first."

from: 
Breast Milk Interactions Charts

Monday, July 08, 2013

New Treatment For Endometriosis May Be On The Horizon

Endometriosis and is a common cause of pain and infertility in women

I'm surprised how common endometriosis is not only in older women, but younger women as well.
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 Here is an article about a possible new treatment. Read more:


From the article:

Dr. Edurne Novella-Maestre and colleagues from the Valencia Infertility Institute (IVI), Spain, studied Vascular Endometrial Growth Factor (VEGF), which is known to be particularly involved in the angiogenesis process and therefore in the development of endometriosis. They created an experimental model of endometriosis in nude mice in order to test whether dopamine agonists, much used in other infertility treatment such as the prevention of ovarian hyper-stimulation syndrome, could be a new strategy for inhibiting endometrial lesions. "We know that dopamine agonists are a safe treatment, and that they have been used for many years in order to stop breastfeeding, for example, without any major side effects", says Dr. Novella-Maestre, "so we decided to see what effect they would have on the experimental mice."

The scientists found that the blood vessel formation in the lesions was significantly decreased. "The percentage of new blood vessels in the two treatment groups was reduced in comparison to the control group, and we also found that the percentage of old blood vessels in these groups were higher", says Dr. Novella-Maestre. "The total number of the blood vessels was not dissimilar in the treatment and control groups, but the ratio of new/old blood vessels, the numbers of cells growing in the endometrial area, and the area lesions were totally different, suggesting that there was inhibition of blood vessel replacement in the treatment group." 

from: 

Medical News Today

Saturday, July 06, 2013

What is society's problem with older moms?

Pregnancy Over 40 and Our Society

It seems like there's never a shortage of articles about "how old is too old to have a baby"...here is an article that discusses that question:
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From the article:

Imagine walking past a poster on the street. It shows a mother and baby. The mother, however, is old enough to be the baby's grandmother. The initial reaction of many passers-by, upon being told that this grey-haired and wrinkled woman is the mother, would be one of revulsion. There is something deeply unnatural about the image.

These are the thoughts that many have had in response to the news that Susan Tollefsen, who became a mother at 57, is now considering IVF treatment again at the age of 59. But is there a rational basis for concern? 

from: 
news.bbc.co.uk

Friday, July 05, 2013

Support Hose To Help With Swollen Legs and Feet In Pregnancy

Pregnancy Over 40, Swollen Feet And Support Hose

It seems all pregnant women have swollen legs, ankles and feet to a certain degree when pregnant.
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Wearing support hose and help. Here is an article about what to look for:


From the article:

Support Hose
Compression stockings are not your typical pair of nylon stockings. A medically accepted way to treat a host of leg discomforts, medical compression hosiery is a great alternative to surgery when it comes to relieving minor to major leg issues. Problems like swelling tend to plague pregnant women.

Most leg problems are due to poor circulation since your blood and veins need to work against gravity to get the blood back up to your heart. During pregnancy, though, your expanding belly, coupled with the extra pressure your baby puts on your body causes your veins to dilate and work much less efficiently.

Support stockings work by promoting circulation and the return of blood back up to your heart through the venous system. They apply gradual amounts of pressure to your leg, with the most compression occurring at your ankle and lessening the further up the leg you go. While compression hose may sound similar to a tensor bandage, it is not the same thing. In fact, using a tensor bandage to relieve swelling or leg pain may actually make the problem worse by cutting off your circulation completely. 

from: 

www.pregnancy-info.net

Wednesday, July 03, 2013

Neck Pain In Pregnancy

Pregnancy Over 40, Neckpain

So many women have neck pain, back pain, or both in pregnancy.   I had to sleep on a number of pillows when I was pregnant because it helped my nausea to be in that position.  However, this could be one common cause of neck pain.

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Of course, you don't want to take pain medication, so you want to try natural remedies first. This article talks about what you can do to prevent or alleviate the pain:

From the site:

1) Don't sleep with so many pillows- you want to have one good cervical support neck pillow. One that will make sure that your head and neck are properly aligned while sleeping. Sleeping with too many pillow can create forward head posture which puts a ton of pressure on the neck muslces and nerves- which means neck pain, stiff neck and overall decrease in neck range of motion. Check out the Tri Core Support Neck Pillow or the Linear Gravity Cervical Support Neck Pillow

2) Because you are pregnant you want to make sure you are as comfortable as possible- take two pillows and place them under your knees- this will take pressure off the lower back when you are sleeping on your back. Incidently, sleeping on your back during pregancy is not recommended- especially during the later months. Avoiding it all together is a good idea because the extra weight of the uterus lies on the spine, muscles, intestines, blood vessels etc. This can be the cause of aches and pains, reducing the circulation of blood to you and your baby. Furthermore, it can cause a decrease in blood pressure ( for some it can cause an increase as well) causing dizziness. If you are a side sleeper, then you can put pillows under in between your knees. ** According to Sleep Expert, Donna Arand from BabyCenter.Com sleeping on your left side is recommended during pregnancy. It benefits the baby's blood flow allowing nutrients to get to the placenta. It also aids in helping your kidneys eliminate waste products efficiently and fluids from your body, reducing swelling in your ankles, feet and hands. To assist in sleeping on your left side, place pillows behind your back and and between your legs for ultimate comfort.

 neckpainsupport.com

Monday, July 01, 2013

Spotting In Pregnancy: Bleeding In Pregnancy

Spotting During Early Pregnancy 101 - The What, Who, Why, When & How!


By Ty Lamai

Pregnancy, for most women I know or have met, is usually a time when they are at their most excited. This is usually as a direct result of the anticipation of new life. This anticipation and excitement can be short-lived and overshadowed by the fear that spotting or light bleeding causes. Although this spotting is usually indicative of complications like miscarriages and ectopic pregnancy, it is not usually affirmative, and as such should not be worsened by the development of anxiety as a first course of action. This article will discuss the various aspects of spotting during early pregnancy so that you can have well-rounded knowledge about what it really entails.

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1. The Misunderstanding...
Allow me to state from the get go that; the fact that quite a number of women become certain that they are experiencing a miscarriage once they begin spotting, the appearance of light bleeding is not an automatic conclusion or indication that a miscarriage is unavoidable. The fact is this; during pregnancy over 1 in 10 women will experience non-malignant spotting at some point in their pregnancy term. When evaluating spotting you should consider the when and the how - that is, when it occurs, and how it presents itself.
2. The Nature...
Not all spotting is alike - this is an important point to note. For example; implantation bleeding is a type of spotting that many women experience. This type of bleeding is characterized by a light "period-like" flow of blood which usually occurs around a time when a woman would normally see her period. This fact makes it a very confusing condition for most women as they usually mistake it for their periods and become worried because of its dissimilarity to the said period. This implantation bleeding usually occurs 5 - 12 days after the fertilization of the egg, a term referred to commonly as "conception". It does not last for long and has a light texture and color. This is the most common cause of spotting during early pregnancy.
3. Time Frame...
It is entirely common to spot during your fist trimester. You must endeavor to report all sightings of vaginal discharges (light pink, brownish, yellowish etc) to your health care provider; doctor, midwife, nurse, whoever. Just make sure you do not get into a panic as that won't be beneficial in any way. Due to the fact that your body is adjusting to the changing levels of its hormones, you are more prone to these kinds of spotting, especially if you are a first-time mother. As the blood vessels on the cervix' surface become more engorged and sensitive, you may begin to experience post-coital bleeding which may remain throughout the rest of your pregnancy term.
4. Other Considerations...
Bleeding during the second and third trimesters can be indicative of health issues that are more grievous to you or your unborn baby. Examples of these include, but are not limited to, the following; pre-term labor, placental previa, or ectopic pregnancy.
5. Significance...
Unfortunately, over 50% of spotting which occurs during the first 12 weeks of pregnancy is indicative of an impending loss of pregnancy. If you experience cramping and the passing of clots accompanying slight bleeding which progressively becomes heavier, you might actually, unfortunately be experiencing a miscarriage. Regrettably, this can rarely be avoided or prevented. This is because your body is naturally dealing with ectopic, molar or an otherwise unhealthy pregnancy and this is its way of doing it, theoretically.
6. Caution...
Whatever the type or kind of spotting, spotting during early pregnancy should be reported to your health care giver so that they can professionally evaluate your condition and advise accordingly. Avoid wearing tampons and go for pads instead. Pads help you monitor the frequency and volume of the spotting so that you can track its severity and determine what type it is. Ensure that you keep your doctor in the loop at all times.
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