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Wednesday, November 20, 2013


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Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Soy: Helps Older Women Avoid Belly Fat

Pregnancy Over 40, Soy and Belly Fat

There seems to be differing opinions on whether or not soy is harmful or helpful to women. Some sources priase soy for it's health benefits, others claim it's harmful both before and after menopause.
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Personally, I've been drinking soy milk for at least 10 years. Here is an article about how soy can help post menopausal women avoid that dreaded belly fat:

From the article:

A daily serving of soy may help postmenopausal women avoid gaining fat around the middle, preliminary research suggests.

In a study of 18 postmenopausal women, researchers found that those who drank a soy-based shake every day for three months tended to gain less abdominal fat than those who had a milk-based shake.

Soy contains compounds called isoflavones that are structurally similar to estrogen and bind to estrogen receptors in fat tissue. So in theory, soy isoflavones could help regulate body fat metabolism.

The new findings appear to be the first to show that soy protein may affect abdominal fat distribution, according to the researchers, led by Dr. Cynthia K. Sites of the University of Alabama at Birmingham. They report the results in the medical journal Fertility and Sterility

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Monday, November 18, 2013

Modern Pregnancy Myths, Miscarriage

Pregnancy Over 40, Miscarriage, Folklore or Fact

Gender selection, what causes miscarriage and what's safe in pregnancy... there's much folklore and sometimes little fact about what's true and what isn't.
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 Here's an article that addresses common pregnancy myths. Read more:

Explaining What We Don't Understand
Young feels the same sentiment fueled the study about cereal and the baby's gender.

"There's sort of a bias that comes into this," said Young. "Human beings like a rational explanation; they don't like a random cause."

However, that same search for an explanation may fuel myths about miscarriages, too. Moore said many women, and doctors, have trouble explaining what happened in a miscarriage.

"At this point, science can't give us a clear explanation for why one in nine pregnancies end in miscarriages," said Moore. "In most cases the cause is just unknown, and doctors assume that most likely it was some sort of genetic abnormality."

Just like pregnancy and gender, misconceptions abound about what causes a miscarriage or an early labor.

Spicy food, exercise, any sex at all and sleeping on your back are all popular misconceptions about troublesome labor, or danger to the baby.

Moore once had a patient who preemptively ended a pregnancy because she was convinced she had damaged the baby.

"She had chest X-rays and later found out she was pregnant and then had an abortion because she thought she had caused damage to the baby," said Moore. "Then, tragically, she had complications with the abortion."

While it's not a great idea to get X-rays during pregnancy, Moore said the fetus was likely OK.

"If a fetus is exposed to enough radiation to cause damage, it probably would be major damage like the Hiroshima bomb or Chernobyl," she said.

Moore thinks the myths about miscarriage and damage might be the most damaging.

"It's the opposite of the miracle explanation," said Moore. "As a result of many of these myths, many women suffer from tremendous guilt that they may have done something wrong." 


Thursday, November 14, 2013

Ultrasound In Pregnancy: Are There Risks? Are They Safe?

Do Ultrasounds Contribute To Pregnancy Complications?

When I was pregnant, I had at least 6 or 7 ultrasounds because of my age and past history of miscarriage.
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I was never told that there could be risks associated with the ultrasound itself. I found this article (below) about some of the risks that might be associated with ultrasound. It's really scary...none of this information is given to patients. Read more:

Obstetricians in Michigan (Lorenz et al., 1990) studied fifty-seven women who were at risk of giving birth prematurely. Half were given a weekly ultrasound examination; the rest had pelvic examinations. Preterm labour was more than doubled in the ultrasound group–52 percent–compared with 25 percent in the controls. Although the numbers were small the difference was unlikely to have emerged by chance.

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Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Study Participants Needed: First Child Over 40

Dr. Dinah Meyer is interested in surveying women who had their first child at age 40
or later, and whose child is under the age of 4. This is an online survey 
that takes approximately 10 minutes to complete, and participants’ responses
are completely anonymous – their name or any other identifying information will
not be asked.  The questions ask about pregnancy, labor and delivery, and the 
post-partum period. The questions are both medical and social/emotional in nature.
Very little scholarly research has examined the experiences of new mothers over 40,
so the knowledge gained from this study will further our 
understanding and care of this growing population of mothers. 
This study has been approved by the Muskingum University Human Subjects 
Interested readers should go to the following website:
From there, participants will read a brief informed consent,
and then, if interested, continue on to the survey. Please feel free
to check out the link above to view the survey questions.  Again, this 
is an anonymous survey, and participants will not be contacted in any way 
after their participation.

Wednesday, November 06, 2013

Pregnancy and Colds

Pregnancy Over 40, Alternative To Cold Medicine

I've heard that women tend to get sick more often when their pregnant since their immune systems are somewhat suppressed. This may be natures way of ensuring that the immune system doesn't attack the embryo since it may be perceived as a foreign body. When I was pregnant I had two major colds which progressed into major coughs.
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 It was very hard to breathe not only because I had a cold, but also because the pregnancy was pressing up against my chest. Of course, I didn't want to take anything (most things don't really help anyway). However, I did use a product which I swear by: Breathe Right Nasal Strips:

The company did not pay me to do this post either! I just found that opening up my nasal passages did help tremendously and I didn't have to worry about taking pharmaceuticals which could affect my baby. I still use this product today when I have a cold. I also found it helpful to use a humidifier. Believe it or not, all the extra air you take in can dry out your throat. Here's wishing you a healthy fall/winter season!

Tuesday, November 05, 2013

How Much Does Your Baby Remember In Utero?

Your Baby Before Birth

I remember playing one of my CD's frquently when I was pregnant and my daughter now loves it.

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Did she remember it from when she was inside me - or does she just like the music? This article talks about some studies done on whether or not babies can remember sounds in utero:

From the article:

Hepper has investigated just how much of what we hear in the uterus can be remembered. In one famous experiment, he showed that newborns seemed to respond to the theme tune of the Australian soap opera Neighbours if their mothers had watched it during pregnancy. Newborns born to mothers who watched Neighbours stopped crying and became more alert when the tune was played to them, while newborns of mothers who hadn't watched the programme showed no reaction. Other tunes, or the same tune played backwards, elicited no response from either group of newborns (Lancet, DOI: 10.1016/s0140-6736(88)92170-8).

Just that vibration again
More recently, Jan Nijhuis of Maastricht University Medical Centre in the Netherlands and his colleagues investigated just how long fetal memories could persist. They held a vibrating probe against the bellies of pregnant women, to which fetuses generally respond by wriggling. If they are exposed to the vibrations every 30 seconds, however, they eventually get used to them and stop responding (it generally takes 10 to 12 stimulations), through a process called habituation – much as people living close to a railway track eventually stop noticing the sound of passing trains.

Nijhuis investigated how long this habituation lasted. He found that in a 30-week-old fetus, the "memory" of the vibration lasted around 10 minutes. It improves as fetuses get older, however, so a 38-week-old fetus seemed to retain some memory of vibrations felt at 34 weeks (Child Development, DOI: 10.1111/j.1467-8624.2009.01329.x).


Monday, November 04, 2013

Estrogen in Pregnancy and Child's future fertility

Pregnancy Over 40 and Hormones

I found an interesting study done by the University of Maryland School of Medicine which found that low estrogen levels in pregnancy could affect the fertility of the offspring.
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 Although this study was done on baboons, it may translate to humans. Read more:

A team of researchers at the University of Maryland School of Medicine in Baltimore and the Eastern Virginia Medical School in Norfolk has shown that low estrogen levels during pregnancy can impair fetal ovary development and reduce the number of follicles (eggs) a female is born with.

"Low estrogen levels during pregnancy mean the female baby will be born with fewer eggs," says Dr. Gene Albrecht Ph.D., professor of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences at the University of Maryland School of Medicine and co-investigator for the study. Because women are born with all of the eggs they will ever have during their reproductive life, the findings may help to explain adult fertility problems and the early onset of menopause.

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Friday, November 01, 2013

Big Babies Born To Heavier Moms

Pregnancy Over 40 and Weight Gain

I guess it seems logical that heavy mothers have bigger babies. However, according to the article below, women with higher BMI (body mass index) do have a higher incidence of larger infants.
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There may also be a concern that women who go into a pregnancy with a heavier weight can pass insulin resistence on to their child which could lead to a lifetime of weight problems and obesity. Read more:

Lead author of "Maternal weight characteristics influence recurrence of fetal macrosomic in women with normal glucose tolerance", Rhona Mahony examines the relationship between maternal weight and recurrence of fetal macrosomia in non-diabetic women delivering a second infant following first macrosomic pregnancy and finds that increased body mass index (BMI) elevated the risk of a recurrent macrosomic pregnancy.

Out of the 111 women who delivered a first macrosomic baby, about one-third gave birth to a second macrosomic infant. These women who had a second large baby were heavier at the start of the pregnancy compared to women without recurring macrosomic babies.

Another factor that increases the risk of recurrent macrosomic pregnancy is excessive maternal weight gain during pregnancy. 

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