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Tuesday, December 30, 2014


Baby names still following trends 

I recall when I was trying to conceive and experiencing miscarriage, I thought it would jinx my pregnancy if I started picking out baby names.'s hard to resist thinking about what you will call the baby that is or will be coming into your life.  Here is the top 10 list compiled by as cited by the Huffington Post:
Continuing down the popular girl names list, Madelyn has risen up to no. 10, bumping Chloe off the top 10 list. On the top 10 boys' names list, Caden and Logan have replaced Jayden and Jack. The rankings are based on the names of over 406,000 babies born in 2014 to moms registered on the BabyCenter website.
Most Popular Girl Names:
1. Sophia
2. Emma
3. Olivia
4. Ava
5. Isabella
6. Mia
7. Zoe
8. Lily
9. Emily
10. Madelyn
Most Popular Boy Names:
1. Jackson
2. Aiden
3. Liam
4. Lucas
5. Noah
6. Mason
7. Ethan
8. Caden
9. Jacob
10. Logan

Sunday, December 28, 2014


Pregnancy Over 40 and Sleep Deprivation

I remember being so tired when my daughter was a baby that I would just cry.
 Even when she slept through the night, for some reason, I couldn't fall back asleep. It was probably a combination of hormones and worry. This article talks about how new parents really do suffer sleep deprivation:

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Most adults need at least five hours' shut-eye to function prop-erly and some need eight. But almost two thirds (64%) of parents with babies and under-twos get just three-and-three-quarters hours, according to a poll for Silentnight. Over the course of two years - even accounting for regular power-naps - that means the majority are awake for 912 hours on baby duty.
Sleep expert Iftikhar Mirza said: "Lack of sleep and becoming parents goes hand in hand, but parents can help themselves by trying to get their babies into a routine early, eating healthily and taking gentle exercise to release endorphins, which should lower the risk of mood swings."


Friday, December 26, 2014


What Would You Do If You Were Told Your Unborn Baby Had Down Syndrome?

By Isla L Brookview

Let's face it - miscarriage is not a pleasant topic. Nobody wants to talk about it since it is a touchy subject so many times it is just brushed under the rug. There is a reason that expectant parents are told to wait until the three month mark before they disclose that a baby is on the way.
I have a great deal of personal experience in this area. Having suffered from recurrent miscarriages for years, I feel the pain of couples that deal with this. I have had a few chemical pregnancies around the 6 week mark, blighted ovum discovered on a 8 week ultrasound, as well as a very late miscarriage at 17.5 weeks that caused a great deal of pain and heartache.


How each person handles a miscarriage is very unique and personal no matter what stage of the pregnancy. My first miscarriage was in my second trimester and was also my first pregnancy. I kept it a secret from coworkers and most of my friends and family for the first few months. I was a naive optimist who thought that everything was going to go fine. After all - I had the usual signs of extreme morning sickness and fatigue, something my doctor assured me was a good sign that the pregnancy was progressing well.
I had just turned 35 at the time. I was often mistaken for being younger than my age so when I went for a visit to my doctor and her replacement - who didn't know me - told me not to worry about CVS testing because I was not old enough, I reminded him that I thought it was for women my age. I was told that I could get first trimester screening done as a less invasive procedure to determine any fetal abnormalities. It was a new technique done by blood tests and ultrasounds around the 11 to 13 week mark that was done at a private clinic and would cost a few hundred dollars. I wasn't sure that it was the right choice for us since I didn't feel my age either; I took care of myself and ate healthy - but thought I would go just in case.
I had the procedure at the end of my 13th week. When we were brought in to discuss the test results, my heart sunk. The genetic counselor told us we had a 1:2 chance of having a baby with Down Syndrome - or Trisomy 21 - as it is also known. Since it was now too late for a CVS test, only an amniocentesis would reveal the real results, and we would have to wait a few weeks before that could be done.
Time was going too slow for the next weeks following. I went home and researched online our test results - what the PAPA-a results and HCG ratios meant. If our baby was normal, it would have a very stunted growth pattern as indicated by the PAPP-a ratios. The baby had a nasal bone and most Trisomy 21 babies do not, so I convinced myself that everything would turn out normal. I looked through forums to find other women with results like mine. I couldn't find anyone given as poor odds as me, but I did find another woman with a 1:3 chance. We emailed each other and her amniocentesis revealed a chromosomally normal baby.
Finally - it was time for my amnio. It hurt a lot to get the procedure done, more than I expected, but by this time I was getting over my fear of needles. Because the odds of a Trisomy 21 pregnancy were so great, they sent the results to the lab for what they called a FISH test. This is basically a quick test where we only had to wait about 2 days for the results instead of a couple weeks.
The phone call from the genetic counsellor came. She said that the results came back positive for Down Syndrome since the FISH test revealed 3 copies of chromosome 21. I was in shock, never thinking that I would have a disabled child. I guessed that I was carrying a boy - something she also confirmed to be true. She explained that there were many options and that if we were to carry the baby to term, there would be almost a 50% chance that he would have heart problems. What would be the child's quality of life? Would he be healthy or in and out of the hospital? There were so many questions we had and this is a topic I never thought we would have to consider. From the data, sadly 90% of couples at the time chose to terminate the pregnancy through abortion once they discovered their baby had Trisomy 21.
During this time, we shared the news with some close friends. It was a hard thing to keep to ourselves. They mainly said the same thing - that they really didn't know what they would do if they were in our position. A couple told me they would abort. We struggled with how to handle our lives and had many discussions about the quality of the baby's life. My husband wanted to terminate the pregnancy and I wasn't sure. After all, I was a vegetarian that didn't believe in ending any person or animal's life. This was the ultimate curve ball to make to re-evaluate things.
We didn't have to make a decision in the end because it was made for us. We were advised by the doctor that there was "fetal demise". I suspected that there was something wrong because I had severe abdominal pains days prior and got checked out. An autopsy report revealed that he had a hole in his heart so never would have survived until birth. Although I was sad about the pregnancy ending, in felt a huge weight lifted as not to be put in a position to make a decision that would change my life no matter what - either I go against my husband's wishes and raise a special needs baby, or terminate the pregnancy like most people and live with tremendous guilt for a lifetime.
This late miscarriage was the worst one of all of them I have had. Perhaps having the worst experience possible miscarriage-wise first better prepared me emotionally for dealing with half a dozen more to follow. Each was painful in its own way but I would never wish my first miscarriage experience on anyone. It affected me in a way that would be hard for anyone who hasn't been through it to understand.
Like everyone who has personal experience having had a miscarriage or a partner who has, it is heartbreaking because you develop hopes and dreams of how your unborn child will turn out. I think it is human nature to get attached no matter what stage of pregnancy you are at, and people do not know the right thing to say when it happens a lot of the time. It makes others uncomfortable and they would rather just not bring up the topic at all - which can sometimes be worse to not acknowledge the baby in a way the parents would like. It is a touchy subject, but I personally feel having gone through it, the best response I got was a simple card and flowers to say I'm sorry, and it was just left at that with nothing else needing to be said.
All I can say now is that the tragedies I endured make me look at my children I had years later with such gratitude and appreciation.
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Saturday, December 20, 2014


Pregnancy Over 40, Sleeping On Your Left Side May Increase Circulation To Baby

I recall when I was pregnant, it was really hard to get comfortable.  I found that laying on my left side was best.  I even did this when I was in a recliner with the foot rest up.  Actually, I found that sitting and even sometimes sleeping in a recliner was best because it helped with the nausea.  When I I would lay down all the way, I think stomach acid would work its way up.  As it turns out, laying on your left side may be the best when you are pregnant.  This article explains more about the best sleep positions:


Although there's no real harm in sleeping on your right side, lying on your left side is actually good for you and your baby: It improves the flow of blood and nutrients to the placenta and it helps your kidneys efficiently eliminate waste products and fluids from your body. That, in turn, reduces swelling in your ankles, feet, and hands. If you train yourself to sleep on your left side early on, you'll have an easier time falling asleep when your belly is bulging later.

During the second half of pregnancy, avoid sleeping on your back, a position that puts the full weight of your uterus on your spine, back muscles, intestines, and the inferior vena cava (the vein that transports blood from your lower body to the heart). Back-sleeping can also put you at risk for backaches and hemorrhoids, inefficient digestion, and impaired breathing and circulation. Lying on your back in the second and third trimester can also cause changes in blood pressure. For some women, it can cause a drop in blood pressure that can make them feel dizzy; for others, it can cause an unwanted increase in blood pressure.

 from: baby center

Thursday, December 18, 2014


Pregnancy Over 40 - Don't Take The Baby Away After Birth

Most of us assume that everything the hospital does is good for our baby.
But what about whisking the baby off immediately after birth?  When I had my daughter they did take her for a few minutes because she had a slight problem breathing and they blew a little oxygen in her face.  It resolved itself and they cleaned her up and gave her back to me.   According to this article, taking the baby away may create some unnecessary stress. Read more:

It is standard practice in a hospital setting, particularly among Western cultures, to separate mothers and their newborns. Separation is also common for babies under medical distress or premature babies, who may be placed in an incubator. In addition, the American Academy of Pediatrics specifically recommends against co-sleeping with an infant, due to its association with Sudden Infant Death Syndrome, or SIDS.


Humans are the only mammals who practice such maternal-neonate separation, but its physiological impact on the baby has been unknown until now. Researchers measured heart rate variability in 2-day-old sleeping babies for one hour each during skin-to-skin contact with mother and alone in a cot next to mother's bed. Neonatal autonomic activity was 176% higher and quiet sleep 86% lower during maternal separation compared to skin-to-skin contact.

Dr. John Krystal, Editor of Biological Psychiatry, commented on the study's findings: "This paper highlights the profound impact of maternal separation on the infant. We knew that this was stressful, but the current study suggests that this is major physiologic stressor for the infant."


Tuesday, December 16, 2014


Struggle To Get Pregnant Associated With Male Births 

I have previously posted that an acidic cervical environment may encourage conception of a girl.  The theory is that female sperm can survive the harsh environment better than male sperm.  However, it is interesting that couples who take a long time to get pregnant may be more likely to have boys.  I've known a number of women who had boys after a long struggle to get pregnant. Here's an article that may explain why males may be better swimmers:

From the article:

An investigation of 5,283 Dutch women revealed that 57.6 percent of those who took longer than 12 months to become pregnant had boys, compared with 51.1 percent boys among those who became pregnant in less than a year.

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Although human semen has equal numbers of Y-bearing male sperm and X-bearing female sperm, the males may be better swimmers in viscous cervical mucus, the authors speculate. That mucus makes impregnation more difficult.

"The best-supported hypothesis," said Dr. Luc J. M. Smits, the lead author, "is that the Y chromosome is lighter than the X chromosome, while Y- and X-bearing sperms have the same locomotive power. In liquid fluids, this difference would not cause differential speed, but in viscous fluids it would." Dr. Smits is a lecturer in epidemiology at the University of Maastricht in the Netherlands.

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Sunday, December 14, 2014



When I was a little girl, we did not have a chicken pox vaccine, and most of us came down with it. It was a nasty illness because you wound up with these little red scabs all over your body. They eventually scarred over and went away, but, even though I was in pre-school, I remember it well.
But what about chicken pox in adulthood?  Many men wonder if Varicella or chicken pox will hurt their fertility, I have an article on my site that addresses mens fertility and chicken pox (click here: It is definitely something you do not want to get in pregnant and here are some recommendations for prevention from the CDC:
All pregnant women should talk to a healthcare provider to determine if they are protected against chickenpox. For pregnant women, any of the following are evidence of protection against chickenpox:
Documentation of two doses of varicella vaccine
Blood test showing immunity to varicella
Diagnosis or verification by a health care provider of a history of chickenpox or herpes zoster, also known as shingles

If a woman has never had chickenpox, the best way to protect against chickenpox is to get vaccinated. Women should receive the chickenpox vaccine at least 30 days before becoming pregnant. Women should not receive the chickenpox vaccine within 30 days of pregnancy or during pregnancy. As soon as a pregnant woman who is not protected against chickenpox delivers her baby, she should be vaccinated against chickenpox. The first dose of vaccine can be given before she leaves the hospital, and the second dose at the 6-8-week post-partum visit. The vaccine is safe even for mothers who are nursing.

Women who are thinking about getting pregnant but are not protected against chickenpox should get vaccinated at least one to three months before becoming pregnant. Women should not get vaccinated during pregnancy or during the 30 days before becoming pregnant.

If a pregnant woman is not protected against chickenpox, people who live with her should be protected. If close contacts have not already had chickenpox, vaccination of these contacts is the most effective way to protect a pregnant woman against chickenpox

Pregnant women should stay away from anyone who has chickenpox. This includes people who have been vaccinated and then get a very mild form of chickenpox, sometimes called "breakthrough" chickenpox (usually little or no fever and fewer than 50 skin lesions). "Breakthrough" chickenpox is still contagious.

If a pregnant woman is not protected against chickenpox and finds out that she has been in contact with someone who has chickenpox, she should call her doctor immediately.

Friday, December 12, 2014


Pregnancy Over 40, Watch Out for Fetal Hormone Exposure

The following article goes along with a my previous post on how environmental exposure to estrogens or estrogen-like chemicals can hurt your baby.
 Even the estrogen in birth control pills can be harmful (some women get pregnant even when on the pill). Read more:

Pregnant women could be unwittingly exposing their unborn children to harmful amounts of the hormone oestrogen. Researchers have demonstrated that tiny quantities of this hormone, found in birth-control pills and some plastics, can cause serious deformities in male mouse fetuses.

"There should be a much higher level of concern," says Frederick vom Saal, a biologist at the University of Missouri, Columbia, who headed the study.

Oestrogenic drugs have long been known to cause problems. Since the 1990s, the work of vom Saal and others has revealed links between these drugs and sperm production, sex reversal in amphibians, early onset of puberty and a variety of behavioural changes.


Not all of the evidence is confined to lab studies. For example, many women prescribed an anti-miscarriage oestrogenic drug called diethylstilbestrol in the 1950s gave birth to babies who later developed genital abnormalities.

“There should be a much higher level of concern. ”
Frederick vom Saal
University of Missouri, Columbia
Vom Saal wanted to study the impact of common oestrogens on fetal development. These chemicals include bisphenol A, an artificial compound with oestrogenic properties that is used in the hard plastic lining of tin cans. When tins are exposed to high temperatures, this chemical may leach into food.
The team also looked at the oestrogenic component of birth-control pills, called ethinyl estradiol. About 3% of the 60 million women in the United States and Europe on birth control are estimated to become unintentionally pregnant while taking these drugs.


Wednesday, December 10, 2014


When Pregnant, Use Caution Around Loud Noise

With all of the musical devices out there you might want to use them sparingly if you're pregnant.
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This article tells more about loud music and how loud noise could affect your unborn baby:

American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that doctors advise mothers who were around loud noises on a consistent basis either because of their occupation or from recreational activities such as attending rock concerts, to screen their babies for noise-induced hearing loss. They point to a handful of studies that suggest that unborn babies can experience ill effects—such as hearing loss—from exposure to loud noise in utero. 
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Saturday, December 06, 2014


Chinese Pregnancy Calendar

Guest Post By Apurva Shree

Parents-to-be adopt many methods to determine whether the unborn baby is a boy or a girl. The Chinese pregnancy calendar is an often used method to know about the gender of the new life in the mother's womb.
The Chinese pregnancy calendar is an ancient way for predicting the gender of the unborn child. It is also known as a "Chinese conception chart," or the "Chinese Conception Calendar. It is believed that this ancient method is highly accurate, although no clinical studies verify these claims.
History - Chinese Pregnancy Calendar
This chart is an ancient Chinese secret. A Chinese scientist developed this calendar, 700 years ago. According to a legend, the Chinese pregnancy calendar is capable of predicting the baby's gender based on two variables: the baby's month of conception and the mother's age.
This chart was kept in a royal tomb, near the city of Peking in China in ancient times. Now this original Chinese chart is on display at the Beijing Institute of Science. Many people, especially the Chinese, believe that the original Chinese pregnancy calendar is almost 100% accurate.


How it Works?
According to studies, the Chinese pregnancy calendar has been found to be 97% effective in predicting a baby's gender. This accuracy is credited to the use of Chinese lunar calendar.

The Chinese pregnancy calendar is dependent on the lunar calendar. It is based on the month a baby is conceived and not the birth month. The second factor is the mother's age at the time of conception, adding 9 months to her age to adjust the lunar calendar.
The conceived month from January to December is listed on the top row of the Chinese pregnancy chart, and the left column of the chart represents the mother's age during the conception. You need to follow the steps given below to get the most accurate result from the Chinese pregnancy calendar.
1. Note down your age at the time of conception.
2. Add 9 months to the age to adjust to the lunar calendar.
3. Also note down the month when the baby was conceived.
4. Now simply search for the conceived month across the top portion of the chart and the age on the left side of the chart.
5. Lastly, follow these two coordinates to the spot where they intersect, and that will show you either a box containing "B" for boy, or "G" for girl.
In comparison to the Chinese pregnancy calendar, the ultrasound during the 7th or 8th month of the pregnancy is a more reliable method to know the gender of the child. In fact an ultrasound is use to monitor the pregnancy development week by week development right from conception till child birth.
Whether it is a boy or a girl, what does it matter? What matters is that you have fun guessing the gender of your unborn child using the Chinese calendar. All along use a pregnancy journal to record your pregnancy development week by week.

A Chinese pregnancy calendar is used to determine the gender of the unborn child. The pregnancy journal that records the pregnancy development week by week is a more important paper that the Chinese calendar. The pregnancy week by week has to progress smoothly. It does not matter whether it is a boy or a girl, it should be a healthy baby.
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Thursday, December 04, 2014


When Pregnant, Avoid Radiation As Much As Possible

I put all of my routine dental visits on hold while I was pregnant. First of all, my gag reflex was so strong, I probably would have vomited and second of all, I absolutely didn't want any exposure to radiation. According to this article, that may have been a wise choice. Read more:


Researchers studied about 4,500 women. They found women who had dental X-rays were more likely to have babies weighing less than five pounds. Specialists seem surprised by the fact since the amount of radiation pregnant women were exposed to was very low and generally thought to be incapable of inducing observable health effects.

Previous studies show young women who are exposed to radiation for spine problems before getting pregnant also have an increased risk of having a low-birth weight baby.


Tuesday, December 02, 2014


Pregnancy Over 40, Many Older Women Raise Children Or Grandchildren

 I've often said I'm old enough to be my daughter's grandma especially since I have some friends my age with grandkids older than her.
 But what about kids who really do have their grandma raising them? Bless these grandmas who step up to the plate and raise their grandchildren. I thought of this when I was at my daughter's preschool a couple of years ago. She had a little friend at her school who I found out lost her mother. I don't know under what circumstances, but the grandmother told me her daughter passed away. I always saw this little girl with her father and grandmother and I assumed the mother was always working or had some kind of crazy schedule. It never dawned on me that she had died. Another little boy has his great grandmother raising him (yes, I said great grandmother) Again, it's not my place to delve into their personal stories, but it certainly does make you wonder.

People frequently pass judgement on women over 40 who have babies...then you see these grandmas who are raising these very young children. It puts it all into perspective - us women are capable of amazing things at any age.

Sunday, November 30, 2014


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Friday, November 28, 2014


Pregnancy Over 40,  Trying To Conceive Over 40, Watch Out For Salon Chemicals

I've always wondered how hairdressers can stand being in a salon all day with the smell of hairspray and other chemicals floating through the air.
 There's a salon at my local mall (where I walk daily). Every time I walk by the hair salon the smell permeates out into the common area to the point that I pick up my pace to avoid it. Well, according to the following article, it's not just the smell that may be a problem. Hairdressers may be inhaling a number of dangerous chemicals.   I have an aunt who worked as a hairdresser for years. She was told by her doctor to change professions because she was developing lung problems. Read More:


Although there was no clear link between individual exposure and birth defects, frequent perming and spraying during pregnancy were associated with an increased risk of having a small for dates baby, say the authors.
Other factors, which could have biased the results, such as mother's age, weight, height and smoking habit, had only marginal impact on the results.
The authors conclude that while the risk seems to be moderate, hairspray contains chemicals, such as ethanol and acetone, that have sometimes been linked to reduced birth weight.

Hairdressing Linked To Birth Defects

Tuesday, November 25, 2014


How to Cure a Yeast Infection During Pregnancy

By Lisa R Armstrong
Due to hormonal imbalances and other disruptions to the body that can occur when you are expecting a child, yeast infection during pregnancy is quite common. The Candida albicans fungus thrives whenever there are imbalances in our bodies, which makes pregnancy a time at which you can be particularly at risk of developing an infection. Depending upon the stage of your pregnancy at the time you develop the condition, there are different options available for treatment. Natural treatment and prevention are considered the ideal treatment options, but under medical supervision there are alternatives that may be open to you.
If you develop a yeast infection during pregnancy, then you need to consult a doctor before you take any over the counter medications or prescription treatments. As you are carrying a child, any medications could potentially be harmful. Your doctor can advise you about what you can take safely. The alternative to this is to undertake natural preventative measures and natural treatments that will not have an adverse effect upon your baby.
One of the first concerns that expectant mothers will have is whether a yeast infection during pregnancy is harmful to their baby. If you have a yeast infection it is not harmful to your baby while it is in the womb. That means that as long as you treat the infection the baby will be fine. If you have a yeast infection when you deliver and you have a natural birth, it is possible for the baby to contract the infection during childbirth. For this reason, it is generally best to consult a medical specialist if you develop an infection when you are close to your delivery date. Your doctor may prescribe a suitable medication in order to ensure that the infection clears up before the delivery.
During the first trimester of a pregnancy, it is advisable that you do not take any form of over the counter or prescription medication to treat a yeast infection. While it is always advisable to consult an expert before taking any medication during the pregnancy, your baby is especially vulnerable at that time. The best option if you have a yeast infection during pregnancy is therefore to look at natural treatments and preventative measures.
There are a number of options for treating a yeast infection during pregnancy, which can help to provide relief from the symptoms as well as clear the condition and prevent any recurrence.
Among the treatment options during pregnancy are the following:
o Take a natural probiotic to restore the balance of 'good bacteria' in the intestinal tract, thereby preventing an outbreak of the Candida organism.


o Use diluted Tea Tree Oil with its' anti-fungal properties and help your body to stop the growth of the Candida fungus.

o Relieve symptoms such as itching and inflammation around the infected area by placing a cloth soaked in diluted Witches Hazel on the area.

o Apply natural yogurt, which contains 'good bacteria' around the infected area.

o Avoid using strong soaps or scented body washes which can encourage the growth of the organism.

o Wear lose fitting clothing that allows the skin to breath and doesn't promote ideal conditions for the Candida organism to grow in.
By taking steps to make sure that you avoid developing a yeast infection during pregnancy and by using natural preventative measures to help reduce the symptoms if you do, you'll be on track to have a healthy, problem free pregnancy. If any issues should arise that you are unable to manage with these natural treatments, always seek advice from a medical expert.
Lisa Armstrong is a fellow yeast infection sufferer. She spends her time helping others to understand and find the solution to their yeast issues. For more great information on yeast infections during pregnancy visit
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Sunday, November 23, 2014


I suffered through morning sickness with all of my pregnancies and when I had my successful pregnancy with my daughter, I had three long months of nausea, vomiting and a general flu like feeling with aches and pains.  I kept taking my temperature because I felt so feverish (but it was always normal).  Morning sickness can vary between women and it can vary between pregnancies in the same woman.

If you are like me and suffered through many years of infertility and miscarriage, you don't dare complain about feeling sick when you are pregnant with what appears to be a healthy pregnancy.  Not only do you think this will jinx it, but you know there are plenty of women going through infertility who would gladly change places with you.

One thing that did seem to help me through the constant nausea was sucking on starlight mints (the little red and white peppermints that you get at restaurants).  I ate so many of those I was worried about tooth decay!  Although they did not take away the nausea, the peppermints smoothed over my gag reflex so I wasn't always gagging to the point of vomiting.

There is another product on the market which I'm not sure was around when I was pregnant, but I would have given it a try if it was.  It is called "Preggie Pops".  These colorful lollipops have a number of safe ingredients which can help with morning sickness.  From the manufacturer:

Preggie Pops work by a combination of:
  • Specific essential oils flavors known to help stomach problems
  • Aromatherapy
  • Mode of delivery
  • Sugars to combat hypoglycemic queasy stomach
  • And, they are safe because they are all natural

Friday, November 21, 2014


It seems like the celebrity world is quite fertile indeed!  But haven't you noticed there are quite a few older mothers in Hollywood?  Of course, given that I blog about older motherhood, I keep track of these things!  Do they get pregnant naturally?  Some do and some don't, and I'm sure many celebrities don't want to share too much personal information.  I think celebrities become role models and prove to women, that having babies at older ages is possible...however you get there.


Wednesday, November 19, 2014


Can Prenatal Music Benefit Your Baby?

There does seem to be conflicting information out there, but the sources that believe that prenatal music can be beneficial claim the following:
  • Babies who heard particular music while in the womb seem to remember it after birth
  • Music played before birth creates some type of consistency between being in the womb and coming into the outside world
  • Music can relax the mother and this state of relaxation can benefit the unborn baby
  • An unborn baby's sense of sound and hearing begins at about the 22nd day of gestation and the ear matures around month 5
  • The unborn baby's response to music has been recorded through a change in heartbeat showing a state of attentiveness.
  • Listening stimulates the nervous system
  • There is certainly no harm in listening to prenatal music. The volume should be around 50-60 decibels which is about the volume you would listen in your home.

Monday, November 17, 2014



I had never heard of the term "lightening" until I read this article. Further along in a pregnancy, when labor is near, the baby may move down and bit which lessens the pressure on the mother's rib cage and surrounding structures. Read more:


Lightening during pregnancy actually refers to the term used to describe the baby engaging in the pelvis before vaginal birth. It is thus named because as the baby moved down from under the rib cage, the mother may feel a sense of relief in that her rib cage expands more easily allowing her to draw deeper breaths and eat without feeling full so quickly.

Although lightening may eliminate some uncomfortable symptoms, it may increase others. Some women feel more pressure on their bladders which causes them to urinate more frequently while others have a perpetual feeling that the baby is about to fall out. These feelings result from the added pressure that the baby's head is placing on the rectum and pelvic floor.

Saturday, November 15, 2014


Women Who Have a Baby Over 40 Want To Be Around To See Their Children Grow Up

 Most women who have children a little later in life worry about whether or not they'll be around to see their kids grow up.

 Breast cancer is something many women worry quite a bit about (even though heart disease claims more lives). Here is an article about how certain foods considered to be phytoestrogens may reduce your risk.  I think you'll find that the foods that are great for overall health are also great for fertility and pregnancy:

In one study of nearly 60,000 postmenopausal women in France, for example, the one-quarter of women with the highest lignan intake were 17 percent less likely to develop breast cancer during the study period compared with the one-quarter with the lowest intake -- estimated based on dietary questionnaires the women completed at the outset.


Breast cancer is the most common cancer in women worldwide, accounting for around 16 percent of all female cancers. It kills around 519,000 people globally each year....

Lignans are one of the three main types of phytoestrogen. The new study focused on lignans, in part because they are the main phytoestrogen in the typical Western diet.
Flaxseed and sesame are particularly high in lignans, and the compounds are also found in whole grains, berries and some other fruits, a number of vegetables such as broccoli and kale, and green tea...
The researchers on the French study accounted for a number of other factors in breast cancer risk -- including the women's age, family history of breast cancer, weight and history of estrogen exposure from birth control pills or hormone replacement therapy. The relationship between lignan intake and breast cancer risk remained.


Wednesday, November 12, 2014


I recall seeing a gynecologist just before we decided to start trying to have a baby.  This was before I knew that I would struggle for 6 years to have a baby.  She immediately gave me some packages of pre-natal vitamins she had received as samples.  She educated me on the importance of folic acid prior to conception to reduce the chance of neural tube defects.  Here are some other questions you may have about prenatal vitamins.

Prenatal Vitamins - Answers to Eight Frequently Asked Questions

Guest Post By Dawn K. Smith

Although they can never replace healthy eating habits, prenatal vitamins are essential for the pregnant woman.
Below are the answers to eight frequently asked questions asked by women concerning prenatal vitamins.
1). Q: How soon should I start taking pre natal vitamins?
A:. If at all possible, it's best to begin three months before you even start trying to become pregnant because the egg begins to mature approximately three months before it is released. Proper nutrition is critical during this early stage.
2). Q: Which pre natal vitamins are the most important to take?
A: Research has shown that Folic Acid, Calcium, and Iron are the most essential.
3). Q: Are all the different varieties similar?
A. No. Even though prescription vitamins are regulated by the FDA they are not required to include certain nutrients.
4). Q: Is it okay to take organic or over-the-counter brands?
A). Yes, but make sure they have a USP seal or NSF certification. These organizations monitor the quality of supplements.
5). Q: Should I take any supplements in addition to pre natal vitamins?
A: Most prenatal vitamins don't contain enough calcium so you will probably want to supplement that.


6). Q: I read somewhere that Iodine is important. Will I need to supplement that also?
A: It shouldn't be necessary, but always check with your physician before making any decisions.
7). Q: Should Vegetarian's take additional supplements?
A: Strict Vegetarian's don't consume enough protein, which comes from meat, therefore are usually lacking in B12, iron, zinc, and omega3 fatty-acids such as DHA. They need to make sure their prenatal vitamins include these in the ingredients.

8). Q: What should I do if I get morning sickness and can't hold my pre natal vitamins down?
A: Try taking them at night before bed so you can sleep through any nausea symptoms.
Important nutrients for pregnant women include RDA, Calcium-1000mg, DHA-200 mg, Folic Acid-600 mcg, Iodine-220 mcg, Iron-27 mg, Vitamin B4-1.9 mg, Vitamin B12-2.6 mcg, Vitamin C-80 mg, Vitamin D-200 IU, Vitamin E-15 mg, Zinc-11 mg.
Although they can never replace healthy eating habits, prenatal vitamins are essential for the pregnant woman.
Choose the best prenatal vitamins for your future baby. Read my comprehensive prenatal vitamins reviews
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Tuesday, November 11, 2014


Even though I was elated to be pregnant, I'll have to admit, it was a really uncomfortable time, especially when trying to sleep. I had an old fashioned water bed at the time (which I unplugged when I was in it) and that did help since it would conform to my shape. Oddly, my back never hurt in pregnancy, even though I had fairly severe back pain before I was pregnant (a doctor told me that back pain can be cyclical with your periods due to "referred pain" from the uterus during your menstrual cycle.
Very few people have waterbeds anymore (especially the old fashioned kind, and pregnant women may want other options. A maternity mattress may help.

Sunday, November 09, 2014


Pregnancy Yoga Exercises and Various Yogic Postures for Keeping Away From Various Health Problems

Guest Post By Khushi Garg

Pregnancy yoga exercises are a source of constant relief for the expectant mothers during their nine months pregnancy period. These exercises are prominently specific yogic postures which commingle with yogic breathing and meditation to bring about remarkable positive changes for the expectant mothers.
1. Pregnancy yoga exercises loosen the knee joints and hip though practice of half butterfly pose which leads to quicker delivery.
2. The full butterfly posture relieves the tension from inner thigh muscles which does away with the tiredness of legs and strengthens them to bear the weight of expanding body.
3. The sleeping abdominal stretch pose improves digestion and eliminates constipation while relieving strain and stiffness set in by protracted sitting.
4. Churning the mill pose tones the nerves, pelvis and abdominal region, regulates menstrual cycle and prepares the body for pregnancy related stress.
5. The chopping wood pose impacts the pelvic girdle by loosening it up and also exercises the pelvic muscles.
6. The cat stretch pose promotes the agility of shoulders, neck and spine in addition to keeping the female reproductive system toned.


Pregnancy yoga exercises for second trimester prominently features the flapping fish pose which relaxes the leg nerves, improve digestion, prevents constipation and allows the mother to relax by relieving the pressure over major veins and ensuring smooth blood circulation. It also causes the excess weight around the waistline to redistribute across the body.
Pregnancy yoga exercises in the third semester stimulate the smooth functioning of the mammary glands, relive stress around the heart and lungs, promote better breathing and remove stiffness.
Pregnancy Yoga exercises involves a lot of stretching of body parts and consequently they entail that they should be performed under the guidance of an experienced instructor who will take care of the intensity of exercises. This is important to avoid arising of any unwanted complications.
Exercise during pregnancy [] is essential for every pregnant lady. You should also try out various other things like Healthy Indian Recipes [], aerobics, yoga, meditation and much more during your pregnancy time so that you can live healthy and fit during your pregnancy period.
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Friday, November 07, 2014


Pregnancy Over 40, Prematurity and Autism

It seems that autism has taken center stage lately with a number of celebrities going public with their children's condition.
 This article from CNN talks about how extreme prematurity is another risk factor.  However, having said that, I know a number of women who had multiples and delivered as early as 26 weeks.  Their children are now over the age of 10 and they are as normal as can be. Read more:

Children who are born more than three months premature have double the expected rate of autism at age two as full-term children, according to a study published Wednesday in the Journal of Pediatrics.


Twenty-six percent of babies born extremely premature had cognitive impairment, according to the study.

Overall, about one in 10 of the extremely premature infants who did not have other health problems (including cerebral palsy, mental impairment, or vision or hearing problems) tested positive for autism at age two.

The study assessed the children via a survey of behavior known as the Modified Checklist for Autism in Toddlers (M-CHAT). But not all children who test positive definitely have the brain development disorder. Autism spectrum disorders (which include a range of diagnoses, from mild to more severe autism) aren't typically diagnosed until age three or older, and M-CHAT is not considered a definitive test.

However, the finding is not surprising, according to Dr. Antonio Hardan, director of the Autism and Developmental Disabilities Clinic at the Lucile Packard Children's Hospital at Stanford University, who was not involved in the study.

"We have to be in the womb for nine months for a good reason," says Dr. Hardan. "There are a lot of steps of brain development that should occur in the right environment, and the ideal environment is in the womb." Depression during pregnancy doubles risk of preterm birth

In the new study, which was conducted by a team led by Karl Kuban of the Boston University Medical Center and Boston Medical Center, 26 percent of children who were born extremely premature (27 weeks gestation or less, as opposed to a full-term of 37 weeks or more) had cognitive impairment, 11 percent had cerebral palsy, 3 percent had problems with vision, and 2 percent had hearing impairment.

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Wednesday, November 05, 2014


The Truth About Vitamin A Safety in Prenatal Vitamins
By Dr Dean Raffelock

The most common question that pregnant women ask me is "My obstetrician says that it is very dangerous for me to take vitamin A while I'm pregnant. As an expert in nutrition, what is your opinion?"
No doubt, there is a lot of fear and confusion on this topic. So let's get right down to the truth of the matter. As usual, the truth is to be found in the middle of two opposite points of view. One point of view is that pregnant women should avoid taking any vitamin A. The other point of view is that pregnant women do not need to be concerned at all with their vitamin A consumption because the risks are minimal.


So let's clarify the issue so you can make the most informed choice for yourself and your baby:
In 1995, the prestigious New England Journal of Medicine published a study that showed strong evidence that approximately 1.7% of pregnant women in the U.S. consuming greater than 10,000 International Units (IUs) of vitamin A (retinol) per day during the first 7 weeks of their pregnancy gave birth to children afflicted with some form of birth defect. This was one out of every 57 women. This created a wave of fear in obstetricians and their pregnant patients that continues to this day.
The good news about this study is that it alerted doctors to strongly caution their pregnant patients that consuming over 10,000 IUs of vitamin A per day for the first 7 weeks of her pregnancy can be risky. To my way of thinking this should also hold true for women of childbearing age who are actively trying to become pregnant. Women who are given very high dosages of vitamin A for acne treatments should avoid becoming pregnant until their blood levels of vitamin A are well within the normal range.
The bad news about the effects the NEJM vitamin A study is that it made far too many obstetricians and obstetrical nurses overly cautious, even paranoid, about women taking anyform of vitamin A, even supplements containing beta-carotene. Obviously no pregnant woman wants to put her developing baby at risk, so when their obstetrician tells them to avoid taking all vitamin A they listen.
The other side of the truth is that developing babies need somevitamin A. Vitamin A deficiency can cause fetal and infant growth retardation. It is well known that plant scientists have been trying to perfect modified strains of rice to contain beta-carotene (orange in color) for third world countries. Why? To help prevent the large amount of infants born blind every year because their mother's bodies did not have enough vitamin A to donate an adequate amount to their developing eyes!
The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that between 250,000 and 500,000 children are born blind every year. WHO also estimates that 13.8 million children have some degree of visual loss related to vitamin A deficiency.
Carotenes and carotenoids are natural pigments that give colored fruits and vegetables their bright colors. Carrots are a good example because their orange color is reflective of an abundance of carotenoids and carotenes. There are over 600 carotenoids/carotenes and less than 50 seem to be able to be converted into vitamin A. This conversion is essential, however, because the human vision is dependent upon these pigments.
The conversion of carotenes to vitamin A depends upon a number of factors including adequate zinc, vitamin C, protein status, bile salts, pancreatic enzymes and optimal thyroid gland health. So women with inadequate levels of these necessary co-factors have more difficulty converting high pigment foods into vitamin A.
One International Unit (IU) of vitamin A (retinol) does not equal one IU of beta-carotene because only between 40%-60% of beta-carotene is absorbed and converted into vitamin A. Also, the absorption of beta-carotene is self-limiting. This means that beyond a healthy level, the more you take the less you absorb. Beta-carotene taken in supplement form absorbs better than beta-carotene from foods. Betacarotene is safe and necessary.
On average, a healthy daily intake of vitamin A for pregnant women is approx. 4000 IUs. This means that if you have been told by your obstetrician to avoid taking all vitamin A and you are receiving less than about 8000 IUs of carotenes from your prenatal vitamin and your diet combined, there is increased risk that your child may suffer some degree of visual loss or growth retardation. The risk of pregnant women receiving too little vitamin A is just as unacceptable as too much vitamin A.
As previously stated, the truth tends to be found right in the middle of the two opposite points of view. Too much vitamin A brings a small but significant risk of birth defects. Too little vitamin A brings a risk of visual loss or growth retardation.
So what do you do when you become pregnant?
Here are some guidelines:
(1) To be on the safe side, it is best to avoid prenatal vitamins that contain any of the retinol form of vitamin A.
(2) Try to make sure that your daily intake of vitamin A does not exceed 6000 IUs during the first 2 months of your pregnancy.
(3) Avoid eating foods very high in the retinol form of vitamin A on a daily basis, especially beef liver (43,900 IUs/3.5 oz serving) and calves liver (22,500 IUs/3.5 oz. serving).
(4) Make sure that your prenatal vitamin contains at least 3500 IUs of betacarotene.
(5) Try to obtain 4000-5000 IUs of carotenes and carotenoids from your diet. You can do this by eating lots of colored vegetables like carrots and green leafy vegetables.
(6) Eat brightly colored fruits.
(7) If you cannot eat enough colored vegetables, find a good tasting vegetable powder that can provide you with 4000-5000 IUs of these essential precursors to vitamin A.
(8) Do your best to take this middle ground and try not to worry.
Dr. Dean Raffelock is the lead author of A NATURAL GUIDE TO PREGNANCY AND POSTPARTUM HEALTH published by Avery in 2003. He is a holistic doctor who has been in private since 1977 and practices in Boulder, Colorado. He has earned four board certifications including clinical nutrition, acupuncture, chiropractic, and applied kinesiology and continues to teach research-based clinical nutrition for numerous medical organizations. Dr. Raffelock is Vice President of Research and Development for the makers of After Baby Boost- the first and only clinically tested comprehensive postnatal nutrient system and Before Baby Boost the first and only comprehensive 3 bottle prenatal nutrient system. He is also President of Sound Formulations, LLC a consulting company that formulates and manufactures premium quality nutritional products for nutriceutical companies. He may be reached at,
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Monday, November 03, 2014


Finally! Good News About Pregnancy Over 40

Here's an interesting and encouraging article about how there may be benefits to becoming a mother later in life.

Personally, I think there are many benefits to becoming a mother over, emotional, and just being a better parent among them. But now, the scientific community may have to agree.

Although this research is disputed by some, this study disussed below found that having a baby over 40 may reduce your risk of ovarian cancer. Read more:


Previous research has suggested that women who bear children earlier in life cut their risk of breast cancer. But Hans-Olov Adami's team at the Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm, has found the reverse to be true for ovarian cancer.

Adami said: "After correcting for the number of pregnancies, the risk of ovarian cancer decreased by about 10 per cent for each five-year increment in age at first childbirth."

The study involved 20,000 subjects and found that the more children a woman had, the lower her risk from ovarian cancer. This finding agrees with previous work. But the study also found that if a woman had only one child, the risk of ovarian cancer decreased by 50 per cent if she delayed pregnancy from age 20 to 45.

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Thursday, October 30, 2014


 The Dangers of Licorice

With Halloween upon us and the abundance of candy everywhere for the holidays, this may be an article you should read if you're pregnant or think you might become pregnant.
 Licorice is used in many holiday recipes as decoration, but it may negatively affect fetal brain development. Read more:


It is thought that a component in licorice called glycyrrhizin may impair the placenta, allowing stress hormones to cross from the mother to the baby.

High levels of such hormones, known as glucocorticoids, are thought to affect fetal brain development and have been linked to behavioral disorders in children.

The results of the study are published in the American Journal of Epidemiology. Eight-year-olds whose mothers had been monitored for licorice consumption during pregnancy were tested on a range of cognitive functions including vocabulary, memory and spatial awareness.


Tuesday, October 28, 2014


Your privacy online and how to protect it

If you are pregnant or trying to conceive, no doubt you've done quite a few internet searches on the subject.  Let's face it, getting pregnant or being pregnant can involve some of the most private bodily functions.  You may not know it, but there's quite a bit of "data mining" software that can build a pretty accurate profile of you and your medical conditions.  So how can you protect yourself and your privacy?  Most search engines have a "private mode" or "incognito" mode, but that may be giving users a false sense of security.  There are alternatives that make you untrackable online.


Sunday, October 26, 2014


Don't let all the negative and discouraging information get you if you are pregnant over 40 or trying to conceive over 40

Are you pregnant over the age of 40? Are you trying to conceive over the age of 40?  Not only did I run into a lot of negative information when I was trying to conceive, but I also had to endure a lot of negative "warnings" after I became pregnant with my daughter.  After years of infertility, failed fertility treatments, and finally the natural conception of my daughter, I had to nagivate the attitude of "she's old, she must be high risk" of the OB/GYN community.  Now granted, I was 44, and had a multitude of surgeries and fertility problems behind me, but a number of my problems were caused by the fertility treatments themselves.  I had a completely normal pregnancy and a normal delivery, but the well-meaning medical personnel just couldn't accept that I was a normal pregnant women who just happened to be 44.  As a result, I had every test in the book, multiple ultrasounds, consultations with perinatologists and on and on.  As hard as they tried, they just couldn't find anything wrong!


Friday, October 24, 2014


Thyroid Functioning Could Affect Having A Baby and Health Of Baby

Thyroid problems and pregnancy complications It seems that the thyroid gland is not only a critical piece of getting pregnant and staying pregnant, but it's proper functioning is also important for the health of your unborn baby.
Here is an article that discusses how maternal hypothyroidism can affect the baby's vision:

Children of women with hypothyroidism an under active thyroid who had elevated thyroid stimulating hormone (TSH) in the first and second trimesters of pregnancy, had a significantly reduced ability to see visual contrasts, compared to women with hypothyroidism with normal TSH levels during the first two trimesters, and pregnant women with normal thyroid levels, according to a new study being presented on Thursday, Oct. 4, at the 78th Annual Meeting of the American Thyroid Association (ATA) in New York. Adequate contrast sensitivity is an important ability for reading, viewing information of low contrast such as maps, and visuospatial ability in general.


 The study shows that visual processing problems among infants of women with hypothyroidism were directly correlated with the mothers' high level of TSH. These findings suggest that thyroid hormone is critical in early pregnancy for normal development of visual processing abilities.

A previous study showed that infants born to women who had hypothyroidism diagnosed prior to or during pregnancy had reduced ability to see visual contrasts and that the severity of their deficit was related to how hypothyroid their mothers were during the pregnancy. This research was based on an electrophysiological task where children saw bars that swept from low to high levels of contrast at a slow speed.

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Wednesday, October 22, 2014


Compromised immune system in pregnancy can make you susceptible to the flu

I know there has been some worry about getting the flu vaccine in pregnancy, but the actual flu may be problematic as well.  Flu season is right around the corner so this information could be timely for pregnant women.
 Pregnant women are thought to have a somewhat compromised immune system which is the body's way of protecting the pregnancy.  This is so your own immune system doesn't attach the embryo thinking it's a foreign intruder.


In pregnancy, the flu may affect a fetus and their brain
This article is scary because it talks about flu in pregnancy and even though it was done in monkeys, it may show us how flu could affect a human fetus and their brain.

THE brains of monkeys whose mothers had flu while pregnant resemble those of people with schizophrenia. The finding backs up studies in people that suggest flu in mothers-to-be affects the brain of the developing fetus.

Previous research had found that the children of women who caught flu while pregnant are more likely to develop schizophrenia later in life. To investigate further, Sarah Short and Chris Coe at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, infected 12 pregnant rhesus monkeys with mild flu.

Their 19 offspring seemed to develop normally. Yet MRI scans of the 1-year-old juveniles - equivalent in age to a 5 to 7-year-old human child - revealed that their brains had features similar to those seen in people with schizophrenia, including less grey matter in the cortex and enlarged ventricles. Monkeys whose mothers had not had flu did not have these features (Biological Psychiatry, DOI: 10.1016/j.biopsych.2009.11.026).

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Monday, October 20, 2014


Nursing and Obesity

Here's another reason to maintain a healthy weight before you get pregnant.
 This article talks about how obese women have a harder time with breastfeeding. Read more:

"We found that overweight and obese women have a lower prolactin response to suckling," says Kathleen Rasmussen, professor of nutritional sciences at Cornell and the lead researcher of the study, which is published in the journal Pediatrics (Vol. 113, No. 5, May 2004). Prolactin is a hormone produced by the pituitary gland that stimulates the mammary glands to produce milk soon after birth.


"This lower prolactin response to suckling would be expected to compromise the ability of overweight and obese women to produce milk and, over time, lead to a significantly shorter period of breast-feeding," she adds.

Saturday, October 18, 2014


Pregnancy Over 40 May Be More Susceptible To Anemia

Pregnant women may be more susceptible to anemia.  Your actual blood volume can increase up to 50% during your pregnancy.
 Because of the additional blood volume, more iron is necessary to manufacture hemoglobin.  Anemia in severe cases can lead to growth problems in your baby, premature birth and low birth weight.  Women over 40 may be more likely to get anemia and pregnancy could exacerbate this.


Avoid Anemia In Pregnancy By Eating the Right Foods

Anemia in pregnancy can be avoided if you eat the right foods. This article gives some suggestions on what you can eat to get the right amounts of Folate, B12 and Iron:

From the article:

The recommended dietary allowance (RDA) of iron during pregnancy is 30 mgs. Here are some foods rich in iron.

Foods that provide 0.5-1.5mgs of iron-

Chicken, 3 ounces

Green peas, 1/2 cup

Tomato juice, 6 ounces

Broccoli, 1/2 cup

Brussels sprouts, 1/2 cup cooked

Whole wheat bread, 1 slice

Dried apricots, 5 halves

Raspberries, 1 cup

Strawberries, 1 cup

Foods that provide 1.6-3mgs of iron-

Sirloin steak, 3 ounces

Roast beef, 3 ounces

Lean hamburger, 3 ounces

Baked potato with skin

Kidney beans, 1/2 cup cooked

Lima beans, 1/2 cup cooked

Navy beans, 1/2 cup cooked

Oatmeal, 1 cup cooked

Raisins, 1/2 cup

Foods that provide 3-12mgs of iron-

Clams, 4 large or 9 small

Oysters, 6 medium

Spinach, 1/2 cup cooked

Fortified cereal, 1 cup


Thursday, October 16, 2014


How EFT Can Help Conception and Delivery

EFT or Emotional Freedom Technique is also called tapping.  It is based on the principles of kinesiology, acupuncture and acupressure and it is known to help people overcome a number of emotional stumbling blocks that may be preventing them from attracting what they want into their life.
If you are trying to conceive, EFT can help you overcome infertility by working on the mind-body connection.  If you are already pregnant (especially after trying for a while), EFT can help you overcome your fears of pregnancy and delivery.


Tuesday, October 14, 2014


How Do Infections Affect Pregnancy and Fertility?

There are a number of infections that can affect pregnancy and your ability to get pregnant.  Many women and couples have infections and don't even know it.  Not all infections in your reproductive system are sexually transmitted.  Yeast infections are very common in pregnancy and can be treated with over-the-counter preparations (I had a yeast infection when I was pregnant and didn't even know it).  If a yeast infections is left untreated, it could cause "thrush" in the baby.
There are a number of other infections in the reproductive system that can cause infertility.  Read more about infections that can harm your ability to get pregnant:


Sunday, October 12, 2014


Sleeping Too Much Or Too Little In Pregnancy  Affects Blood Pressure

 The one time in my life when I was able to sleep quite soundly was when I was pregnant.
 I found it interesting that not sleeping enough or sleeping too much could lead to structural changes in the cardiovascular system.   Differing sleep patterns can change the hormones that regulate blood pressure. Read more:


The study involved 1,272 healthy, pregnant women who completed a structured interview at 14 weeks gestation, on average. Sleep duration in early pregnancy was evaluated by the question, "Since becoming pregnant, how many hours per night do you sleep?"

Only about 20.5 percent of women reported a sleep duration of nine hours per night, which was used as the "normal" reference category because prior research indicates that pregnant women tend to have longer sleep duration patterns.

About 55.2 percent of women reported sleeping seven to eight hours per night, 13.7 percent slept six hours or less and about 10.6 percent slept 10 hours or more.

According to the authors, a number of mechanisms by which habitual short sleep duration may lead to increased blood pressure have been proposed. Because blood pressure is known to dip by an average of 10 to 20 percent during sleep, short sleep durations may raise the average 24-hour blood pressure and heart rate.

This may lead to structural changes that gradually raise the pressure equilibrium of the entire cardiovascular system. Sleep restriction also may produce abnormalities in the levels of hormones such as endothelin and vasopressin, which play an important role in the cardiovascular system.


Friday, October 10, 2014


Pregnancy Over 40, Calcium Supplements

Calcium is important in pregnancy, not only for bones but it may also help with hypertension.  I did take a calcium supplement when I was pregnant.  Calcium isn't just important for pregnant women, but for all women and even children.
I had heard that much of a mother's calcium will go to the baby and it may rob the mother's bones to get it.  Women who have had a number of pregnancies without adquate calcium intake may be at risk for osteoporosis when they're older.

Calcium is needed in Pregnancy For Both Mother and Baby 

So calcium is necessary for both the mother and baby.  Even when they're not pregnant, 70% of women don't get enough calcium in their diet.  As the article below mentions, green leafy vegetables, dairy and beans and peas are good sources in your diet.

 Here is an article about the need for calcium in pregnancy:


Calcium is the nutrient that is needed to build your baby's bones and teeth during pregnancy. Throughout your pregnancy, if you do not consume enough calcium, it will be leeched from your bones. It is also important to feed your body calcium to keep your bones and teeth strong, and your body is also storing calcium to use in milk production later. Calcium is also involved in muscle contractions, the clotting of blood, nerve function and the regulation of heart rhythm. These are all very important functions during pregnancy. Therefore, the calcium recommendation for pregnant women is 1,000 milligrams each day.

This can be achieved by consuming 3 to 4 servings of dairy products a day. Do not assume you are meeting your calcium needs by taking your prenatal supplement. Most prenatal supplements only have 170-300 milligrams. (Breastfeeding moms need 1,200 milligrams, while bottlefeeding moms need 1,000.) If you are wondering how to give your bones a boost, check out these food sources high in calcium. Food sources Milligrams

Fruit yogurt, 8 ounces 345
Canned sardines with bones, 3 ounces 325
Milk, 1 cup 300
Calcium fortified juice, 1 cup 300
Cheese pizza, 1/4 of a 12 inch 220
Black-eyed peas 1 cup, cooked 211
Cheese, 1 ounce 200
Canned salmon with bones, 3 ounces 180
Blackstrap molasses 1 T 172
Baked beans, 1 cup 154
Pudding, 1/2 cup 150
Tofu, calcium set, 1 cup 130
Taco with cheese, 1 small 109
Frozen yogurt, 1/2 cup 106
Kale, 1 cup 94
Collard greens, cooked, 1/2 cup 90
Ice cream, 1/2 cup 88
Cottage cheese, 1/2 cup 77
Chinese cabbage 1 cup 74
Pancakes made with milk, 2 - 4 inch round 72
Almonds 1 ounce 70
Orange, 1 medium 52
Broccoli, cooked, 1/2 cup 47 

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Wednesday, October 08, 2014


Oh it's already begun...our first encounter with a "mean girl". I had no idea all this girl stuff started in toddlerhood. Here's what happened when my daughter was younger:

I took my daughter to a bouncy castle place (a big place with five giant bouncy castles). My daughter found a couple of girls her age to play with and was absolutely jumping for joy with excitement (literally). But later I observed one of the little girls, "Emma" (maybe about 6 months older) started pushing my daughter and telling her she was a "baby"). My daughter adamantly hollered back "I'm not a baby!!" Emma then told my daughter to "go sit over there" and my daughter, feeling somewhat overpowered followed her instructions. I had to intervene a few times because Emma started getting a little too physical. Emma's mother was too busy taking care of a newborn and another little girl to notice what was happening.


I guess my daughter is a little to young to process all of this because she kept running back to play with these little girls (the other little girl "Kayla" seemed to be a little nicer).

Wow, I was surprised at my reaction to all of this. I wanted to pull Emma aside and give her a time-out and a lecture on playground etiquette since her mother was unavailable to do so - but of course I just smiled and made sure things stayed amicable. I kept wondering if I was expecting too much of kids this age, but then again, if that were my kid I would have put a stop to that behavior immediately. The longer it's allowed to go on, the longer it will go on. When we finally left to go home, I asked my daughter if she had fun. She said "yes, but those girls didn't like me". I explained to her that sometimes other kids aren't very nice, but I always wanted her to be nice to others.

I'm sure we'll never see these girls again because this bouncy castle place is quite a distance from our home, but I have these visions of Emma growing up to be the primadonna prom queen who leaves destruction in her wake. I guess kids learn to work all this stuff out on their own. I recall being totally unimpressed by those "mean girls" throughout my school years. I hope Emma's mom can find the time to give her daughter some direction. I'm sure Emma will have a happier life (and those in her midst will too) if she can be taught how to play with everyone. All of this just reinforced in my own mind how kids need to be nutured and directed at a very early age to do the right thing.

Monday, October 06, 2014


Tea and Safety in Pregnancy

I was very careful about anything I ate or drank during pregnancy. I was extremely nauseated my entire first trimester and I found that if I heated my drinking water, it was easier on my stomach. Also, I drank decaffeinated green tea with a little bit of mint (and I even worried about that). Here is an article about the safety of tea in pregnancy:


"What teas are safe to consume during pregnancy?

Non-Herbal Teas

Although non-herbal tea is assumed to have great health benefits due to the antioxidants, it also contains caffeine, which pregnant women are often encouraged to eliminate or cut down on during pregnancy. The average cup of non-herbal tea contains about 40-50 milligrams of caffeine. Decaffeinated non-herbal tea does still contain a bit of caffeine, however the amount is usually only about .4 milligrams.

Caffeine does cross the placenta and reaches your developing baby, and the baby cannot metabolize caffeine like an adult can. For this reason, there is much controversy on how much caffeine is safe or if it should be avoided altogether. We know that the least amount of caffeine consumed, the better it is for your pregnancy. Talk with your midwife or doctor about what amount you feel is safe for you. This will then help you make the decision on whether to consume non-herbal teas like green or black teas.

Herbal teas

Herbal teas are naturally caffeine free, so caffeine is not an issue when consuming this type of tea. The concern with consuming herbal teas during pregnancy is the lack of data available on most herbs and their effect on a developing fetus. There are mixed opinions on the safety of herbal teas, for both pregnant and non-pregnant women.

Most commercial brands of herbal teas are thought to be safe for anyone to consume in reasonable amounts. Herbal tea companies, such as Celestial Seasonings, report that they do not use any herbs that are considered dangerous and choose to use herbs from a guideline that the FDA published. The herbal teas that are considered to be unsafe are those that are not made commercially, those made with excessive amounts of herbs (amounts larger than that found in common foods or drinks), or those made with herbs that are known to be toxic. As with most things, it is always best to talk with your midwife or doctor about any herbal teas that you are interested in drinking."

 from: American Pregnancy Association

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