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Wednesday, April 30, 2014

ORGANIC, NON GMO FOOD FOR KIDS MORE IMPORTANT

Organic Food For Baby

There is a good reason to feed your kids organically grown food even if you don't eat it yourself. Kids are at greater risk from toxins.  I did not always eat organic food (sometimes I did in pregnancy), but now, with the explosion of GMO's, it may be important to check with your local healthfood store about how products are labeled and if they really do have "organic" or non GMO foods.

From the article:

But babies and children are at greater risk than healthy adults for several reasons:

• A child's immature kidneys are less able to break down toxins that can disrupt their growing nervous or endocrine systems. Exposure to pesticides during central nervous system development may lead to long-lasting effects on brain function and behavior.

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• Until the age of six, a child's body has more water and less fat than adult's. In an adult, fats trap and store pesticide residues, but in a child they are less able to do so, leaving more toxins circulating in the blood.

• Children have greater exposure to pesticides because they eat and drink far more per kilogram of body weight than adults. They also eat more high-risk foods such as fresh fruits and vegetables, which tend to have more pesticides applied during cultivation. A typical one-year-old child consumes 21 times more apple juice, 11 times more grape juice and 2-7 times more grapes, bananas, pears, carrots and broccoli than the average adult, according to the Consumers Union.

In January 1998, the Environmental Working Group (EWG), a Washington, DC-based nonprofit organization, released a controversial report entitled Overexposed: Organophosphate Insecticides in Children's Food, in which they concluded that 1 million children a day are being exposed to "unsafe levels of toxic pesticides in fruit, vegetables and baby food." Of the 1 million children described in the EWG's report, as many as 40,000-50,000 may ingest pesticides at levels 10 times higher than Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) reference doses.

from: foodmarketexchange.com

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

WHAT DOES THE BIBLE SAY ABOUT GETTING PREGNANT?

Trying To Conceive, Get Pregnant and Infertility In The Bible

Whether you are already pregnant, or trying to conceive, you may be interested in what the bible says about getting pregnant and about infertility.  I am not a biblical scholar by any means, and I know the readers of my blogs have many different faiths and belief systems.  However, if any of you are interested, this three part series goes through different biblical stories of women who suffered from infertility.  You may find it helpful.

Click here:

INFERTILITY AND PREGNANCY IN THE BIBLE (getpregnantover40.com)

DRUG SAFETY IN PREGNANCY

What Drugs Are Safe In Pregnancy?

Most women probably know that any kind of drug, whether prescription or over the counter should be either avoided or thoroughly evaluated before being taken in pregnancy. The following article contains a chart classifying drugs in relation to their safety in pregnancy:

From the article:

Category A
Drugs that fall under category A have had several well-controlled studies that found no harmful effects or increase in birth defects. These drugs have all had studies conducted in pregnant woman with positive results. Very few drugs fall into this category. Prenatal vitamins receive a category A rating.
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Category B
Drugs assigned a category B rating are not likely to pose a threat to the fetus from the evidence in animal studies, but no well-controlled studies have been performed in pregnant women. However, a drug may also receive a category B rating if animal studies have shown evidence of fetus damage but the same drug tested on pregnant women posed no threat.

Category C
A category C rating is given to drugs that have been shown to be harmful in animal studies but no studies have been conducted on pregnant humans. Drugs may also receive a category C rating if the drug was not studied in animals and there isn't enough evidence from studies in pregnant humans. This implies that the drug may or may not be safe to take.

Category D
Drugs receive a category D rating when the drugs have been tested in well-controlled or observational (not controlled) studies, which resulted in harm to the unborn baby. In some cases these drugs may still be given if the benefits to the mother outweigh the risks to the baby (for example, cancer treatment).

Category X
A Category X rating is assigned to drugs that should never be used during pregnancy, as there are no benefits that would exceed the potential risk

from:  sciencedaily.healthology.com

Monday, April 28, 2014

BONDING WITH YOUR NEWBORN BABY

Maternal and Newborn Bonding

I think most new mothers are a little hesitant to admit that they didn't feel completely bonded to their baby at the time of their birth. There is so much going on...just the birth process itself is a whirlwind of joy, physical exertion, physical pain, doctors, nurses, family and the list goes on. When you finally get a chance to look at your baby, so much goes through your mind. I was so happy when my baby was born healthy but there was so much activity going on that I hardly had a chance to see her before she was whisked away for all of the clean-up etc. Then, when I got her back it was time to learn how to breastfeed. No, it wasn't a bonding experience for me. It was a mixture of pain, lactation consultants and over zealous nurses forcing me to feed her at specified intervals (even though I was exhausted and she clearly wasn't hungry). It wasn't until I got home that I really had a chance to get to know her (and she "ate" beautifully I might add). Here is a realistic article about what to expect in terms of bonding with your baby:
From the article:

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Maternal bonding is a simple term used to define a powerful and complicated experience-falling in love with one's baby. Contrary to popular belief, it is not one instantaneous superglue event that happens when the mother lays eyes on her baby, preferably within seconds after birth. It is a process that occurs over time and can begin before conception and continues throughout the pregnancy and into infancy. It is also flexible and can overcome many obstacles like anxiety, illness, NICU and separation.

Bonding does have peak moments for a mother: when she actually stops using birth control; when she gets a positive pregnancy test result; when she sees the baby's image on an ultrasound screen; when she feels the baby move for the first time; when she holds her baby after delivery; when her baby is sleeping peacefully. In general, bonding happens when she thinks about or spends sweet times with her baby.

While the maternal bond may be well established early on, it is not an achievement that remains constant after a certain point. Rather, it is a dynamic process that rises and falls. During pregnancy and infancy, there will be times when the mother feels great swells of love and devotion and other times when she feels like running away. There will be times when she is so happy to have this child in her life and other times when she rues the day she invited him in. This is normal. 

from: 
www.storknet.com

COPPER FOR PREGNANT WOMAN'S DIET

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Saturday, April 26, 2014

CAN AROMATHERAPY HELP IN PREGNANCY?

Aromatherapy During Pregnancy - Yes, Essential Oils Are Safe

Guest Post By Donna Chisholm

Aromatherapy is safe during pregnancy, although some of the more active oils should be avoided in the first trimester as a precautionary measure, and some oils should only be used if under the supervision of a trained aromatherapist.
If essential oils have not been used on a regular basis prior to pregnancy, cypress, chamomile, marjoram and peppermint should be avoided, unless you have a trained professional in aromatherapy who is looking after you.
Basil, cajeput, clary sage, cypress, myrrh, niaouli and rosemary are all okay in the second half of pregnancy, but should not be used in the earlier stages.
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It is better to err on the side of caution and stick with the oils that are known to be safe. The small group of oils above could be left alone during pregnancy to ensure no issues will arise.
Essential oils that can be used all through the pregnancy include bergamot, black pepper, cedarwood, eucalyptus, frankincense, geranium, ginger, grapefruit, lavender, lemon, lime, mandarin, neroli, orange bitter, orange sweet, petitgrain, pine, ravensara, rose geranium, rose otto, rosewood, sandalwood, spearmint, tangerine, tea tree and ylang ylang.
Another important note for mothers-to-be is to only use half the normal dosage. A normal dosage for a healthy adult is 8 drops, so if pregnant, only 4 drops of the essential oil should be used (to 15ml of carrier).
If you want to use a mix of 3-4 oils, a good idea is to make the blend of oils first in a larger quantity, ie 4 drops of each oil equals 12-16 drops in total, and then use 4 drops of the actual blend.
Choose two or three oils from those recommended - no need for all the oils at the same time! Enjoy these recipes.
Morning Sickness:
Ginger, spearmint, lemon, pine, sweet orange
In a burner or a few drops on a hanky
Emotional imbalances:
There will be mood swings, from high highs to very lows in the last stages of pregnancy. This can be caused by many things. The mother to be could be extremely happy at the thought of her soon to be born baby, but then there may be other times when she gets frustrated or angry at all the extra weight she is carrying, and not being able to get around like she normally does.
Conflicting emotions can cause mood swings. To be aware that these emotions will get out of kilter at times, and to accept that, will go a long way to lessening the impact if it happens.
Essential oils can greatly assist in balancing the emotions, and some great choices include lavender, geranium, frankincense, rose otto.
A qualified aromatherapist can be a great ally during pregnancy and should be consulted with any questions you may have.
Would you like to know more about aromatherapy and essential oils, particularly for your children? Great educational resource here
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Friday, April 25, 2014

PREGNANCY AND HAVING BABIES OVER 40, WOMEN CRITICIZED

Women Who Have A Baby In Their 40's Are Often Criticized

Yes, I've read all the articles out there about women in their 40's and how they are selfish to have babies. However, the argument that they won't be around to see their children grow up doesn't have any basis in fact.  Women who have their first child over the age of 40 are four times more likely to live to be 100 than women who have their children young.  I can certainly speak for myself, I'm much more patient than I would have been if I had my child when I was in my 20's. 
Additionally, if you raise your children right, they're easier to raise.  There is less "acting out" when I child feels loved and paid attention to.
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Women Over 40 Are Better Mothers and More Financially Secure

Much research out there shows that women who have their first baby over 40 are more attentive to their children, more patient, and are more financially secure. All of these things help to make a better and more secure life for children.  Although this article does give a little of the "doom and gloom" about older motherhood, most women in their 40's who have babies wouldn't trade it for the world. Read more:


Often much of that life experience is in the office, which makes late mothers a special case. In his new book, How not to F... them up” clinical psychologist Oliver James divides mothers into three groups: Organisers, Huggers and Fleximums. There are advantages and disadvantages to each approach, but the Organisers (often late mothers) come across as a joyless bunch of careerists, who treat babies as projects to be organised and managed much like a loft extension.
Even James concedes that late motherhood can work well for babies: “There is evidence that older parents are better parents: they relate well to their babies and toddlers, they provide better discipline, and the outcomes are better. It’s not surprising because the later you marry (with the exception of older women who choose toy boys), the less likely you are to get divorced or separate. They also really appreciate their babies, and if they return to work, can afford good nannies.”
(telegraph.co.uk)

Thursday, April 24, 2014

HOME PREGNANCY TESTS USING HOME REMEDIES

I've heard of many ways to determine whether or not you are pregnant but here are some new ones.  I can't say I tried any of these, but this article gives some ways you can determine whether or not you are pregnant with things you may have around your house.  Read more:

Home Pregnancy Test Using Home Remedies
By A. L. Jones

Before technology made it possible for women to simply take a little stick into the bathroom with them to find out if they were pregnant, how did women know they were expecting a baby? Surely they did not wait until they were obviously showing or in labor to know they were pregnant. In fact, they did not. They may not have had the kind of access women today have to at-home pregnancy tests or even blood tests at the doctor's office, but they did have the ability to test for pregnancy with homemade pregnancy tests.
It is important for you to know that while these homemade pregnancy tests are not dangerous to you, they are also not scientifically proven to provide accurate results. Even if the results of your homemade pregnancy test show a positive result, it is important that you take an at-home pregnancy test to verify your pregnancy before calling your doctor to schedule your first prenatal appointment. Additionally, it is also important to handle the contents of some of these tests with care, especially the homemade bleach test. If you are pregnant, you do not want to inhale the fumes from the bleach, and if you spill a little bleach on your clothing or furniture, it could ruin both.
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Homemade Vinegar Test
One simple way to make a homemade pregnancy test is to buy a bottle of vinegar. By pouring your urine into a small cup of vinegar, you are supposed to be able to predict pregnancy. If you are pregnant, the color of the urine and vinegar combination will change. Additionally, there could be some fizzle when you pour the urine into the vinegar. There is no scientific evidence to support this kind of homemade test. Additionally, there is no research available to indicate how much urine or how much vinegar to use to make this test work. The ratios are unknown, which means you might not get an accurate result if you were to use too much vinegar and not enough urine, or vice versa.
It is unknown why this test is believed to work. The waiting time between adding your urine to the vinegar and the color change in the concoction is also unknown. Additionally, it is unknown exactly when you can use this homemade test to predict pregnancy. Some at-home pregnancy tests work as many as six days before your missed period, but there is no indication that this homemade test has the same level of sensitivity. However, it might be better to wait until at least the day of your missed period to take this homemade test for pregnancy.
Homemade Pine Sol Test
You might have pine sol at home. You might use it to clean your kitchen, bathrooms, and floors. Many people do. You can also use it to test for pregnancy. The way you do this is by adding fresh urine to a bottle of pine sol. If the solution changes color, this is supposed to indicate pregnancy.
While this homemade pregnancy test is one that many women swear by, there is no scientific research to show that it is accurate enough to use to predict pregnancy. For one, there is no indication over how long you should wait for the solution to change color. For example, when you take an at-home pregnancy test, you wait the number of minutes listed on the instructions to see your results. There is no time frame for this homemade test. There is also no indication over what kind of color change to look for in the solution. The only piece of advice offered when making this homemade test is that you use natural pine sol void of any additives or fragrances.
Homemade Bleach Test
To test for pregnancy using bleach, pour it into a cup with fresh urine. If the solution turns fizzy, frothy, or starts bubbling, it indicates pregnancy. If the solution does nothing, you are not pregnant. Much like other homemade tests, there is no instruction as to how much bleach to add to how much urine or how much time to wait for the results. There is, however, a precautionary warning when using this type of test. When mixed with urine, bleach produces harmful gasses that could be harmful to you and your potential baby if inhaled. Be sure that when you perform this type of homemade test, you head outside to do it so that you limit your chances of inhaling the dangerous fumes.
Homemade Toothpaste Test
To test for pregnancy using toothpaste, make sure that your toothpaste is white in color. Put the toothpaste on a plate or in a cup and pour urine over it. If you are pregnant, it is alleged that the toothpaste will change color. There is no advice on how much urine or how much toothpaste to use. There is also no indication that you should use a specific type of white toothpaste, just that you should use toothpaste white in color. Additionally, it is unknown how much time you should wait to see if your toothpaste changes color to indicate pregnancy.
Homemade Dandelion Test
This test involves collecting the stems and leaves from several dandelions. You will then saturate the stems and leaves of each dandelion with urine and let it sit for a while. There is no indication of how much time you should allow the dandelion stems and leaves to sit before you check to see if the results indicate pregnancy or not. You will look for red blisters on the leaves and stem. If you see them, it means you are pregnant. If you do not see blisters, you are not pregnant.
While it might be fun to take a homemade pregnancy test, it's not necessarily the best way to learn whether or not you are pregnant. Aside from the potential dangers of the bleach test, they are harmless. However, you shouldn't rely solely on the results of a homemade pregnancy test to determine whether or not you are pregnant.
For more information and resources visit: http://www.negativepregnancytest.com

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Wednesday, April 23, 2014

GUM DISEASE AND PREMATURE BIRTH, PREGNANCY COMPLICATIONS

Gum disease and pregnancy complications

I've written before about how oral health is important for men and women trying to conceive. However, periodontal disease can also be a risk factor for pregnant women. When the body has an inflammatory condition, it produces something called "prostaglandins" which can trigger labor in pregnancy. Read more:

More research is needed to confirm how periodontal disease may affect pregnancy outcomes. It appears that periodontal disease triggers increased levels of biological fluids that induce labor. Furthermore, data suggests that women whose periodontal condition worsens during pregnancy have an even higher risk of having a premature baby.
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All infections are cause for concern among pregnant women because they pose a risk to the health of the baby. The Academy recommends that women considering pregnancy have a periodontal evaluation. 

from: www.perio.org

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

PREGNANCY DREAMS AND ANXIETY

Pregnancy Dreams

Not only did I have nightmares after my daughter was born, but my husband did too. I had dreams about everything from my daughter getting lost to her falling from our balcony (I later cut down huge pieces of cardboard and placed it between the slats of our banister and railings.) My husband would frequently yell my daughter's name in his sleep and would later tell me he thought someone took her. Having a baby is stressful - there's so many things you worry about. Here is an article about how many new mothers have anxious dreams. Read more:

New mothers and women who are about to have babies often do not get a lot of sleep. And when they do, a new study suggests, their dreams may make them sorry that they did.

Dream-associated Behaviors Affecting Pregnant and Postpartum Women (Sleep)Writing in the current issue of Sleep, researchers say they have found that pregnant women and those who have recently given birth commonly have dreams in which their baby is in danger. The dreams can be so vivid that the women call out in their sleep and move around the bed.

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The researchers, Tore Nielsen and Tyna Paquette of Sacred Heart Hospital in Montreal, said pregnancy and birth were known to influence dreams. In a high number of cases, the dreams are of infants in peril, provoking “anxiety in the mother that often spills over into wakefulness.”

The researchers posed questions to 273 women who were pregnant, had just given birth or were in a control group. One dream in particular recurred among different women, and involved a fear that the baby was lost somewhere in the bed. 

from: 
 (www.nytimes.com)

INFERTILITY INCREASING IN MEN

Pregnancy and Men's Fertility

I found this interesting article about how ICSI cycles are increasing which may suggest that infertility is increasing in men. ICSI is a procedure where the sperm are injected directing into the egg in an IVF cycle.
I guess nobody knows for sure why we're seeing more infertility in men, but we do know that many environmental toxins can affect sperm counts. There are also many lifestyle factors which can affect your sperm count. My advice for men: Eat a healthy diet, watch your weight, don't smoke or drink too much alcohol, and avoid workplace chemicals, pesticides and herbicides to the greatest degree possible.


SEE ALSO: NATURAL WAYS TO INCREASE SPERM COUNT AND DEAL WITH MALE FACTOR INFERTILITY

 Dr Anders Nyboe Andersen, Head of the Fertility Clinic at the Rigshospitalet at Copenhagen University Hospital, Denmark, and co-ordinator of the ESHRE IVF monitoring committee, said: "We do not really know why ICSI has become more prevalent. There are probably many reasons. One of them could be that the relative causes of infertility are shifting. We see less and less infertility caused by severe tubal problems in women, probably because of better sexual protection due to the risk of AIDS during the last 15 years. But male subfertility seems to be increasing. Perhaps the data on declining sperm quality are true, and maybe environmental factors are playing an increasing role as the planet becomes more polluted and factors that disrupt the endocrine system enter the food chain." from: www.brightsurf.com

Monday, April 21, 2014

CHOCOLATE GOOD FOR PREGNANCY

Chocolate Good For Pregnancy

With Easter just over, you may have a lot of leftover chocolate around.
More good news for chocolate lovers. It may be healthy to eat chocolate during pregnancy. Just make sure you get the real stuff (dark chocolate), not milk chocolate. Read more:

For more on foods for fertility and pregnancy visit getpregnantover40.com

Good news, chocolate lovers! According to a study from Yale University, snacking on chocolate regularly during pregnancy can help prevent potentially fatal complications from premature births. Women who reported eating more than three servings of chocolate a week had a 50% reduction in the chance of pre-eclampsia.

It’s thought that theobromine, the chemical in cocoa that taste bitter, helps dilate blood vessels and keeps blood pressure steady. Still, there is some criticism of the study, like whether or not the effects are confined to dark chocolate (do milk and white chocolate provide the same benefits?). But hey, I’m willing to believe anything that encourages more guilt-free chocolate eating.

from: 
www.life360.com

CAN STRESS REALLY CAUSE MISCARRIAGE?

Stress Can Hurt Pregnancy and Cause Miscarriage

Most of us have heard about stress and how it can cause a number of health problems.  However, I think we've heard it so much that it becomes similar to when people talk about losing weight.  We know it can be a problem, but it's hard to do anything about it.  It terms of getting pregnant and staying pregnant, it is critical to get your stress under control.  Stress can contribute to miscarriage.  Why?  Stress causes the release of stress hormones and other chemicals which can target uterine cells.  If a woman is pregnant, this can contribute to miscarriage.  When fetuses of women who miscarried were examined, they actually found evidence of stress related hormones in the baby.

CLICK HERE TO READ TH E FULL ARTICLE ON STRESS, MISCARRIAGE AND INFERTILITY

Saturday, April 19, 2014

FISH OIL MAY HELP PREVENT PREGNANCY COMPLICATIONS

Pregnancy and Taking  Fish Oils

Fish Oil has been coming up in many articles and news stories about how it has an anti-inflammatory affect on the body.  It is also recommended for a number of neurological conditions.  In pregnancy, fish oils are thought to help prevent conditions like pre-eclampsia and gestational diabetes according to an Australian study.  Some women have what is called "placental inflammation". The researchers found that consuming fish oil led to higher levels of resolvins in the placenta. Resolvins are formed from omega-3 fatty acids and are thought to reduce inflammation.  Fish oils are also thought to assist with fetal brain development.

Click Here To Read The Full Article On Fish Oils For Pregnancy (getpregnantover40.com)

Friday, April 18, 2014

WHAT TO TELL CHILDREN CONCEIVED THROUGH IVF OR FERTILITY TREATMENTS

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WHAT CHEMICALS AND TOXINS TO AVOID IN PREGNANCY OR WHEN TRYING TO GET PREGNANT

Environmental Chemicals and Threats To Fertility

If you are trying to conceive or already pregnant, it is extra important to avoid certain toxic chemicals which we may come in contact with on a day to day basis. It can be very confusing since many of these toxins are listed in the fine print of the products we buy.  Even some so called "natural" products can be very misleading.  Consumers need to be extra careful about sunscreens, cosmetics, nail polish, plastics, cleaning products and so on.  This site discusses some ways to detoxify your environment if you're trying to conceive or pregnant:

Environmental Threats To Fertility and Pregnancy (getpregnantover40.com)

Thursday, April 17, 2014

TRYING TO GET PREGNANT? HOW MUCH INFORMATION DO YOU SHARE?

Sharing information about your fertility and getting pregnant

No matter what your age, when you are trying to get pregnant, you need to decide how much information you are willing to share with others.  Of course, I usually deal with women and couples who are trying to conceive over 40 and, even though I feel it is totally possible to achieve a pregnancy at this age, it does take older couples longer to conceive than younger ones.  Whether or not you've decided to undergo fertility treatments, it can be extremely embarrassing for others to ask about whether or not you are going to have kids or whether or not you've had any luck trying to conceive.  Getting pregnant involves the most private bodily functions and it really does feel like a violation of privacy when others pry into your personal business.  So how do you handle this?
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RINGING IN EARS: COULD IT MEAN YOU'RE PREGNANT?

Ringing In Ears in Pregnancy

Ringing in ears is also called "tinnitus". and sometimes it can occur in pregnancy.  I have had a few bouts with ear ringing and I must say it can range anywhere from annoying to infuriating.  Many women who are pregnancy may experience ear ringing.  Sometimes the hormonal changes associated with pregnancy can cause the condition and it is thought that just the awareness that your ears are ringing can make your perception of the condition worse.

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Tuesday, April 15, 2014

HANDLING YOUR CAT IN PREGNANCY

Pregnancy Over 40, Handle Cats Safely

Even though cats may carry a parasitic disease called toxoplasmosis, if pregnant women take the right precautions, they can safely keep their pets.

For more on environmental factors which may affect fertility and pregnancy, visit www.getpregnantover40.com

The following article discusses pregnancy, babies and cats:


Because toxoplasmosis can cause birth defects in children, pregnant women sometimes assume that they must get rid of their cat. This is entirely unnecessary, as a few simple measures will thoroughly safeguard against catching the disease, especially from your cat. Toxoplasmosis is a disease caused by a parasite that can infect your cat if she eats prey already harboring the parasite or comes into contact with contaminated soil. Toxoplasmosis is rare among indoor-only cats.
Note that cats who contract toxoplasmosis do not always show symptoms. To prevent getting infected with the disease, whenever you scoop or clean the litter box, wear disposable gloves and wash your hands immediately afterward. Even better, get a friend or adult member of the family to take over litter box maintenance while Mom is pregnant.

Eating raw or undercooked meat is the most common way that humans contract toxoplasmosis. If you eat meat, wash off all surfaces and utensils that touched raw meat, and don't prepare meat and raw foods like salads on the same cutting board. Wash your hands thoroughly after handling raw meat.

If you garden, wear gloves when working in the soil. The toxoplasmosis parasite lives in the dirt, so also wash your hands well after gardening. Many people naturally acquire an immunity to toxoplasmosis, and will not pass it on to their unborn child. Your doctor can test to see if you are in this group. 


from about.com

CHICKEN POX BEFORE AND IN PREGNANCY


Chicken Pox - What You Should Know About This Infectious Disease

Chicken Pox - What You Should Know About This Infectious Disease

Guest Post By Heather Colman


Chicken pox is the common name for Varicella simplex, classically one of the childhood infectious diseases caught and survived by most children.
Chicken pox is caused by the varicella-zoster virus. It starts with moderate fever and then characteristic spots appearing in two or three waves, mainly on the body and head rather than the hands and becoming itchy raw pox (pocks), small open sores which heal mostly without scarring.
This infectious disease has a two-week incubation period and is highly contagious by air transmission two days before symptoms appear. Therefore, it spreads quickly through schools and other places of close contact.
Once someone has been infected with the disease, they usually develop protective immunity for life. It is fairly rare to get the chicken pox multiple times, but it is possible for people with irregular immune systems.
As the disease is more severe if contracted by an adult, parents have been known to ensure their children become infected before adulthood.

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The disease can be fatal. Pregnant women and those with immune system depression are more at risk. Death is usually from varicella pneumonia. In the US, 55 percent of chicken pox deaths were in the over-20 age group. Pregnant women not known to be immune and who come into contact with chicken pox should contact their doctor immediately, as the virus can cause serious problems for the fetus.
A vaccine has been available since 1995, and is now required in some countries for children to be admitted into elementary school. In addition, effective medications (e.g., aciclovir) are available to treat healthy and immunocompromised persons. Calamine lotion is often used to ease itching and paracetamol to reduce fever. Aspirin is not recommended in children as it can lead to Reye's syndrome.
Chicken pox is an infection that spreads from person to person by direct contact or through the air from an infected person's coughing or sneezing. Touching the fluid from a chicken pox blister can also spread the disease. A person is contagious 1-2 days before the rash appears and until all blisters have formed scabs. This may take between 5-10 days. It takes from 10-21 days after contact with an infected person for someone to develop the disease.
The blisters start as a small red papule which develops an irregular outline in the shape of a rose petal. A thin-walled, clear vesicle (dew drop) develops on top of the area of redness. This "dew drop on a rose petal" lesion is very characteristic for chicken pox. After about 8-12 hours the fluid in the vesicle gets cloudy and the vesicle breaks leaving a crust. The fluid is highly contagious, but once the lesion crusts over, it is not considered contagious. The crust usually falls off after 7 days sometimes leaving a craterlike scar.
Although one lesion goes through this complete cycle in about 7 days, another hallmark of chicken pox is the fact that new lesions crop up every day for several days. Therefore, it may take about a week until new lesions stop appearing and existing lesions crust over.
Second infections with occur in immunocompetent individuals, but are uncommon and rarely severe.
Japan was among the first countries to routinely vaccinate for chicken pox. Routine vaccination against varicella zoster virus is also performed in the United States, and the incidence of chicken pox has been dramatically reduced from 4 million cases per year in the pre-vaccine era to approximately 400,000 cases per year as of 2005.
The vaccine is exceedingly safe: approximately 5% of children who receive the vaccine develop a fever or rash, but there have been no deaths, as of May 2006, attributable to the vaccine despite more than 40 million doses being administered.
41 of the 50 US states require immunization for children attending government- run schools. The vaccination is not routine in the United Kingdom. Debate continues in the UK on the time when it will be desirable to adopt routine vaccination, and in the US opinions that it should be dropped, individually, or along with all immunizations, are also voiced.
The CDC and corresponding national organisations are carefully observing the failure rate which may be high compared with other modern vaccines - large outbreaks of chicken pox having occurred at schools which required their children to be vaccinated.
Catching wild chicken pox as a child has been thought to commonly result in lifelong immunity. Parents have deliberately ensured this in the past with pox parties and similarly for some other diseases such as rubella.
Historically, exposure of adults to contagious children has boosted their immunity, reducing the risk of shingles.
Disclaimer: This article should not be substituted for medical advice. Please  talk to a qualified professional for more information about chicken pox.
[Copyright � 2007, Heather Colman.  Find more of Heather's articles at eBook Palace. Her articles are available for syndication. Reprinting individual articles is permissible provided no changes are made.]

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Chicken Pox - What You Should Know About This Infectious Disease



Chicken Pox - What You Should Know About This Infectious Disease

By Heather Colman


Chicken pox is the common name for Varicella simplex, classically one of the childhood infectious diseases caught and survived by most children.
Chicken pox is caused by the varicella-zoster virus. It starts with moderate fever and then characteristic spots appearing in two or three waves, mainly on the body and head rather than the hands and becoming itchy raw pox (pocks), small open sores which heal mostly without scarring.
This infectious disease has a two-week incubation period and is highly contagious by air transmission two days before symptoms appear. Therefore, it spreads quickly through schools and other places of close contact.
Once someone has been infected with the disease, they usually develop protective immunity for life. It is fairly rare to get the chicken pox multiple times, but it is possible for people with irregular immune systems.
As the disease is more severe if contracted by an adult, parents have been known to ensure their children become infected before adulthood.

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See also:  Chicken Pox and Men's Fertility (getpregnantover40.com)
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The disease can be fatal. Pregnant women and those with immune system depression are more at risk. Death is usually from varicella pneumonia. In the US, 55 percent of chicken pox deaths were in the over-20 age group. Pregnant women not known to be immune and who come into contact with chicken pox should contact their doctor immediately, as the virus can cause serious problems for the fetus.
A vaccine has been available since 1995, and is now required in some countries for children to be admitted into elementary school. In addition, effective medications (e.g., aciclovir) are available to treat healthy and immunocompromised persons. Calamine lotion is often used to ease itching and paracetamol to reduce fever. Aspirin is not recommended in children as it can lead to Reye's syndrome.
Chicken pox is an infection that spreads from person to person by direct contact or through the air from an infected person's coughing or sneezing. Touching the fluid from a chicken pox blister can also spread the disease. A person is contagious 1-2 days before the rash appears and until all blisters have formed scabs. This may take between 5-10 days. It takes from 10-21 days after contact with an infected person for someone to develop the disease.
The blisters start as a small red papule which develops an irregular outline in the shape of a rose petal. A thin-walled, clear vesicle (dew drop) develops on top of the area of redness. This "dew drop on a rose petal" lesion is very characteristic for chicken pox. After about 8-12 hours the fluid in the vesicle gets cloudy and the vesicle breaks leaving a crust. The fluid is highly contagious, but once the lesion crusts over, it is not considered contagious. The crust usually falls off after 7 days sometimes leaving a craterlike scar.
Although one lesion goes through this complete cycle in about 7 days, another hallmark of chicken pox is the fact that new lesions crop up every day for several days. Therefore, it may take about a week until new lesions stop appearing and existing lesions crust over.
Second infections with occur in immunocompetent individuals, but are uncommon and rarely severe.
Japan was among the first countries to routinely vaccinate for chicken pox. Routine vaccination against varicella zoster virus is also performed in the United States, and the incidence of chicken pox has been dramatically reduced from 4 million cases per year in the pre-vaccine era to approximately 400,000 cases per year as of 2005.
The vaccine is exceedingly safe: approximately 5% of children who receive the vaccine develop a fever or rash, but there have been no deaths, as of May 2006, attributable to the vaccine despite more than 40 million doses being administered.
41 of the 50 US states require immunization for children attending government- run schools. The vaccination is not routine in the United Kingdom. Debate continues in the UK on the time when it will be desirable to adopt routine vaccination, and in the US opinions that it should be dropped, individually, or along with all immunizations, are also voiced.
The CDC and corresponding national organisations are carefully observing the failure rate which may be high compared with other modern vaccines - large outbreaks of chicken pox having occurred at schools which required their children to be vaccinated.
Catching wild chicken pox as a child has been thought to commonly result in lifelong immunity. Parents have deliberately ensured this in the past with pox parties and similarly for some other diseases such as rubella.
Historically, exposure of adults to contagious children has boosted their immunity, reducing the risk of shingles.
Disclaimer: This article should not be substituted for medical advice. Please  talk to a qualified professional for more information about chicken pox.
[Copyright � 2007, Heather Colman.  Find more of Heather's articles at eBook Palace. Her articles are available for syndication. Reprinting individual articles is permissible provided no changes are made.]

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Chicken Pox - What You Should Know About This Infectious Disease



Chicken Pox - What You Should Know About This Infectious Disease

By Heather Colman


Chicken pox is the common name for Varicella simplex, classically one of the childhood infectious diseases caught and survived by most children.
Chicken pox is caused by the varicella-zoster virus. It starts with moderate fever and then characteristic spots appearing in two or three waves, mainly on the body and head rather than the hands and becoming itchy raw pox (pocks), small open sores which heal mostly without scarring.
This infectious disease has a two-week incubation period and is highly contagious by air transmission two days before symptoms appear. Therefore, it spreads quickly through schools and other places of close contact.
Once someone has been infected with the disease, they usually develop protective immunity for life. It is fairly rare to get the chicken pox multiple times, but it is possible for people with irregular immune systems.
As the disease is more severe if contracted by an adult, parents have been known to ensure their children become infected before adulthood.

_______________
See also: Chicken Pox and Men's Fertility (getpregnantover40.com)
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The disease can be fatal. Pregnant women and those with immune system depression are more at risk. Death is usually from varicella pneumonia. In the US, 55 percent of chicken pox deaths were in the over-20 age group. Pregnant women not known to be immune and who come into contact with chicken pox should contact their doctor immediately, as the virus can cause serious problems for the fetus.
A vaccine has been available since 1995, and is now required in some countries for children to be admitted into elementary school. In addition, effective medications (e.g., aciclovir) are available to treat healthy and immunocompromised persons. Calamine lotion is often used to ease itching and paracetamol to reduce fever. Aspirin is not recommended in children as it can lead to Reye's syndrome.
Chicken pox is an infection that spreads from person to person by direct contact or through the air from an infected person's coughing or sneezing. Touching the fluid from a chicken pox blister can also spread the disease. A person is contagious 1-2 days before the rash appears and until all blisters have formed scabs. This may take between 5-10 days. It takes from 10-21 days after contact with an infected person for someone to develop the disease.
The blisters start as a small red papule which develops an irregular outline in the shape of a rose petal. A thin-walled, clear vesicle (dew drop) develops on top of the area of redness. This "dew drop on a rose petal" lesion is very characteristic for chicken pox. After about 8-12 hours the fluid in the vesicle gets cloudy and the vesicle breaks leaving a crust. The fluid is highly contagious, but once the lesion crusts over, it is not considered contagious. The crust usually falls off after 7 days sometimes leaving a craterlike scar.
Although one lesion goes through this complete cycle in about 7 days, another hallmark of chicken pox is the fact that new lesions crop up every day for several days. Therefore, it may take about a week until new lesions stop appearing and existing lesions crust over.
Second infections with occur in immunocompetent individuals, but are uncommon and rarely severe.
Japan was among the first countries to routinely vaccinate for chicken pox. Routine vaccination against varicella zoster virus is also performed in the United States, and the incidence of chicken pox has been dramatically reduced from 4 million cases per year in the pre-vaccine era to approximately 400,000 cases per year as of 2005.
The vaccine is exceedingly safe: approximately 5% of children who receive the vaccine develop a fever or rash, but there have been no deaths, as of May 2006, attributable to the vaccine despite more than 40 million doses being administered.
41 of the 50 US states require immunization for children attending government- run schools. The vaccination is not routine in the United Kingdom. Debate continues in the UK on the time when it will be desirable to adopt routine vaccination, and in the US opinions that it should be dropped, individually, or along with all immunizations, are also voiced.
The CDC and corresponding national organisations are carefully observing the failure rate which may be high compared with other modern vaccines - large outbreaks of chicken pox having occurred at schools which required their children to be vaccinated.
Catching wild chicken pox as a child has been thought to commonly result in lifelong immunity. Parents have deliberately ensured this in the past with pox parties and similarly for some other diseases such as rubella.
Historically, exposure of adults to contagious children has boosted their immunity, reducing the risk of shingles.
Disclaimer: This article should not be substituted for medical advice. Please talk to a qualified professional for more information about chicken pox.
[Copyright � 2007, Heather Colman. Find more of Heather's articles at eBook Palace. Her articles are available for syndication. Reprinting individual articles is permissible provided no changes are made.]

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Monday, April 14, 2014

DO YOU NEED IVF IF YOU'RE OVER 40?

IVF Over 40, Can You Get Pregnant Naturally?

Did you know that the rate of surprise pregnancies in women over the age of 40 is second only to teenagers?  Did you know that quite a few women and couples who undergo fertility treatments (including IVF) conceive naturally afterwards (either after having a child through IVF or after fertility treatments failed)?
I am a living example that a natural pregnancy is possible against seemingly insurmountable odds.  Fertility treatments left me with only one fallopian tube after I had an ectopic pregnancy and I still managed to conceive after years of infertility, fertility treatments and multiple complications from those treatments.  So, is IVF absolutely necessary if you're over the age of 40?  Well, I think it depends on your physical situation.  If you know that your tubes are blocked, IVF may be the only way around that.  If you fall into the "unexplained" category, the natural route may deserve a chance.
Click Here to Read the Full Article on IVF Over 40 (getpregnantover40.com)

STRESS LEADS TO SMALLER BABIES: AFFECTS FETAL GROWTH

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 See also: stress, infertility and miscarriage (and more) at getpregnantover40.com

Sunday, April 13, 2014

ONLY CHILDREN, PROS AND CONS

Pregnancy Over 40, Having An Only Child

Many people who started their families later in life or who struggled with infertility end up having only one child.  Sometimes it's a choice, other times another pregnancy is just not possible. I know for me, I'm so happy with one child, I never even considered another. I'm enjoying every moment with my daughter. Here are the benefits and drawbacks of only having one child:
Benefits:
  • Fewer children is less stress (and less stress makes you a better parent)
  • Children are expensive!  Having one child allows you to participate in more sports and activities (along with fees, uniforms, travel, etc.)
  • Only children have higher achievement levels (and you have more time to help them by reading, tutoring, etc.)
  • You have more time to give to an only child...only children rarely feel neglected or ignored (I can speak from experience on this one...I was the youngest of three and I rarely spoke with either of my parents one on one)
See also: for more on pregnancy over 40 and preventing complications at www.getpregnantover40.com
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Drawbacks:
  • You need to give your child many opportunities to socialize and learn to get along with other children.  This means setting up lots of playdates and teaching them how to interact
  • Only children can be more sensitive because they spend time with adults who may cater to them (when they get around other kids, they're aren't used to the brutal honesty etc.)
  • The child may feel deprived since they don't have siblings like many of their friends.  Again, setting up time with other kids and bringing friends along to other activities helps

Saturday, April 12, 2014

AGE WHEN PERIOD STARTS AFFECTS CHILD'S HEIGHT

Having A Baby Over 40, Do You Remember When You Started Your Period?  It May Affect Child's Height

It never ceases to amaze me how much a child is affected by their mother's genetics and lifestyle. This article talks about how a child's height may be affected by when a mother starts her first period. Read more:


From birth through age 8, the two groups had small but consistent differences in height, weight and body mass index (BMI) -- a measure of weight that accounts for height.

By age 8, children of mothers who had early periods were an average of a third of an inch taller and 2 pounds heavier than children whose mothers' periods started late. Their average BMI was also slightly higher, although still within the normal range. (A third of an inch may not sound like much, but as an average in a group of this size it's a significant difference, according to the research team.)

See also: getpregnantover40.com for more on pregnancy, miscarriage and fertility over 35 and 40 

The differences held regardless of sex, race, socioeconomic status, and mother's age and size, the researchers say in the International Journal of Obesity.
from: www.reuters.com

Friday, April 11, 2014

WAYS TO BOND WITH YOUR BABY IN PREGNANCY

Pregnancy Over 40, Bond With Your Baby

I remember talking to my daughter when I was pregnant.
My husband probably thought I was crazy, but I would frequently rub my belly and talk in a high voice to her.  I'm convinced that this really helped us to bond before and after birth.  Here  an article with 15 ways to bond with your baby:

Here are a few from the site:

  1. When you feel the slightest butterfly feeling (as we do in the early, early months), touch your belly and talk to your baby. Let her know you felt it, and that you acknowledge her presence. It feels SO good to baby!
  2. At night, when you are going to sleep, touch and rub your belly, and talk to your baby. Talk about what you did or how it felt to have him with you all day. Talk about having a “wonderful night sleep, resting, growing, and feeling loved.”
See Also getpregnantover40.com for more ways to get pregnant and deal with pregnancy over 40 
  1. Play gentle, soothing music while you are going to sleep. If you play a special soft, relaxing music while you lay down to sleep every night with your baby, she WILL remember the music. It may not be a conscious memory where she can tell you why that music feels good to her (i.e. she “remembers” it in the womb), but she will gravitate towards it. (And, do not be surprised if your kids DO remember the music is from the womb! We remember everything.) My kids still LOVE the music I played during pregnancy. And, what an awesome opportunity that has been for me to remind them how much I loved and enjoyed them during pregnancy. (And I recommend playing the same music after birth. They love it; it is soothing as they transition into this new world.) 
from: .alovingway.com

    STRESS, PREGNANCY AND AFFECTS ON BABY

     Your Stress In Pregnancy May Affect Your Baby

    Stress in pregnancy can lead to conditions in the baby like fibromyalgia when they grow up.
    Here is another article about PTSD and how it may affect babies born to women who have suffered trauma:

    From the article:

    She is now the mother of two. She says her older son seems like a normal little boy, but notes that he "has fears" and is "definitely more risk-averse" than his younger brother. Though she's no doctor, and can't tell if her son's behavior is just what she would call "first child syndrome" or actually associated with her own trauma, her observation is not unfounded. 

    See also: getpregnantover40.com for my article on stress, infertility and miscarriage and how it affects progesterone

     A recent study based on a group of anonymous women (not including Tung) who were all pregnant and near the Twin Towers on the day of the attacks, suggests that women who developed PTSD, may have passed on a chemical marker for the disorder to their unborn children.

    "What this means for children whose mothers have PTSD, is that they may also be at risk for having PTSD in response to a traumatic event that would occur in their own lifetime," says the study's lead researcher, Bronx Veterans Affairs Medical Center psychiatrist Rachel Yehuda.

    excerpted from sciencentral,com

    Thursday, April 10, 2014

    NATURAL REMEDIES FOR PREGNANCY DISCOMFORTS

    Natural Ways To Deal With Pregnancy Discomforts

    Of course you don't want to be taking any type of medication during pregnancy (unless deemed necessary by your doctor), so finding natural remedies for common pregnancy complaints is can be very helpful. Here is a great article about everything from nausea to hemorrhoids and how you can manage these naturally:

    Suggestion from the article:
    Constipation can become a problem in pregnancy due to hormonal changes affecting the digestive system. However, iron tablets can also lead to constipation as well as a lack of fiber in your diet. Hemorrhoids are varicose veins of the rectum which are associated with pregnancy. Preventing constipation is a good start to preventing hemorrhoids.

    For More on Alternative Medicine and Home Remedies for Pregnancy and Miscarriage, visit: getpregnantover40.com 

    Suggestions for constipation:

  1. Regular exercise, especially squatting

  2. Plenty of fruits and vegetables in your diet

  3. Drink plenty of fluids

  4. Drink prune juice

  5. Nux Vomica 6X three times daily

  6. When you have to go..GO! Do not delay the urge to defecate.

  7. Avoid straining your bowels (This will also help prevent hemorrhoids.) Suggestions for Hemorrhoids:

  8. Avoid straining

  9. Apply baking soda wet or dry to take away the itch, even add some to your bath water

  10. Hamamelis 30X

  11. Witch hazel or lemon juice to reduce swelling or bleeding

  12. Comfrey or Yellowdock Root ointment

  13. Herbal sitz baths

  14. from (www.childbirth.org)

    COMMON PREGNANCY FEARS

    Dealing with Common Pregnancy Fears

    Author: Crystal Egger

    Experts claim that many pregnant women constantly worry about the baby's health and are fearful about the experience of childbirth. Laura Riley, who wrote healthy pregnancy book such as ‘Pregnancy: You and Your Baby' says, "If your first pregnancy was easy, you worry that your second one will be hard; if your first one was hard, you're terrified that history will repeat itself. And if you've never done this before, well, your imagination can simply go wild as you begin to imagine every worst-case scenario possible". Here are few common pregnancy fears and ways to deal with them.

    Fear of miscarriage

    Soon after discovering the early signs of pregnancy, many woman start obsessing about miscarriage. Experts, however, claim that most pregnancies result in the delivery of healthy babies and American Pregnancy Association states that miscarriages account for only 10-25% of pregnancies. Karyn Morse, who is associated with Cedars-Sinai Medical Center says, "Remember also that most miscarriages also happen within the first few weeks of pregnancy". This means that once you have crossed this sensitive phase, it is unlikely that you will experience miscarriage. And if you have already suffered one miscarriage, there is reassuring news for you. Diane Ashton, medical director, March of Dimes states that chances of second miscarriage are less than 3%.

    Consequences of morning sickness

    Many pregnant women think that morning sickness is preventing the baby from getting adequate nutrition. Morse, however, has a different opinion. According to Morse, babies are capable of deriving nutrition from whatever you are eating. Ashton agrees with this fact when she remarks that you should worry only if you start suffering from severe dehydration and feel so sick that you have to call your doctor. Apart from that, morning sickness will not interfere with a healthy pregnancy. Morse provides the pregnancy advice of eating small, frequent meals and opting for prenatal vitamins, if required.

    See Also: Strange Early Pregnancy Symptoms (getpregnantover40.com)

    Fear of eating things that are not allowed in your pregnancy diet

    Most would-be mothers are under the tremendous pressure of eating the ‘right' things and believe that even a small mistake may interfere with a safe pregnancy. Doctors, on the other hand, state that there is no need to fret if you mistakenly eat anything that is not allowed, while being pregnant. As Ashton says, "Even the risks associated from things like eating unpasteurized cheese or dying your hair during your first trimester — both of which doctors' advice against — are probably very, very small, and we're just being extra cautious." Of course, for the sake of a happy pregnancy, avoid eating the forbidden food too often.

    Pregnancy care for reducing birth defects

    Most moms whisper a silent prayer every time they go for prenatal tests, desperately hoping that results will show that the baby is experiencing a healthy development. Relax! Experts reveal that only 4% of babies are born with birth defects. These include serious problems such as Down syndrome and other minor problems that hardly interfere with the normal life. To reduce the risk for birth defect, do not forget to include folic acid in your pregnancy nutrition. A report published in the National Institutes of Health reveals that folic acid supplements taken before and during pregnancy can significantly reduce the risk for birth defects.

    Importance of pregnancy exercises

    Many women believe that they will never be able to shed the post-pregnancy extra weight. Experts say that to get back into shape after birth of your baby, it is crucial to stick to weight guidelines recommended by American Pregnancy Association. For a happy pregnancy, you may opt for light exercises such as walking, jogging or swimming. A report published by the University of Auckland states that aerobic exercises contribute in a safe pregnancy by positively affecting the baby's health. Other studies suggest that regular exercises during pregnancy make it easier for the mom to shed the extra fat after the baby is born.

    It is understandable that pregnancy brings in loads of excitement, changes and fear about the unknown. It is crucial not to stress too much about these changes, since it may negatively affect your baby. Learn to relax, while being pregnant and enjoy the best phase of your life.

    Article Source: http://www.articlesbase.com/pregnancy-articles/dealing-with-common-pregnancy-fears-4844925.html
    About the Author
    Crystal Egger is the editor of MyBabies'Planet.com, a website providing information on pregnancy, parenting, and baby's gifts. In addition to parenting articles, pregnancy articles and baby gift ideas, the site also provides a forum for pregnant women and parents. To access more information about stages of pregnancy and parenting advice visit http://www.mybabiesplanet.com/
       

    Monday, April 07, 2014

    HAIR DYE: SAFE IN PREGNANCY?

    Healthy Pregnancy Over 40 - Hair Dye Questions

    Many of us older moms had been coloring our hair long before we got pregnant.
    For mor on environmental factors as well as chemicals related to infertility, visit: www.getpregnantover40.com
     I've often wondered about the safety of using these chemicals.  This article explains some of the risks and other healthier alternatives:

    From the article:

    In 2008, the World Health Organisation said there is some evidence that hair dyes increase the risk of bladder cancer for hairdressers who use them all the time. The American Pregnancy Association however, said it was unlikely that hair dye could harm an unborn baby- too little of the chemicals would reach it- although it did say that pregnant women should avoid strong chemical fumes from ammonia in dye and might want to wait to get their hair dyed until the second trimester.
    Solution: There isn't strong evidence of a link between hair dye and cancer, however unhealthy it feels to keep applying smelly chemicals to your hair. However, there is, as shown by the studies, some association. If you are sure you don't want to go grey, you might want to try plant-based hair colour such as henna, make sure you don't leave dye on too long, rinse it off thoroughly and do it less often. Or you could go blonde – it seems lighter dyes have less risk.
    from: www.guardian.co.uk

    WHAT CAUSES GENETIC BIRTH DEFECTS?

    Genetic Birth Defects: Learn Everything You Need To Know

    Author: Sandra Wilson

    Most couples get a little uncomfortable to confront the chances of a birth defect during pregnancy. However, if you are planning to get pregnant soon, it is very important that you keep yourself knowledgeable about why, how and what causes genetic birth defects. Having enough knowledge about this birth abnormality can help you prevent your baby from having one.
    Most birth defects are genetic in nature. Birth defects are irregularities of the function and structure of the baby. More often than not, birth defects are passed on from the parents. In some cases, they are caused by several environmental hazards to which the mother was exposed to during pregnancy. To date, around 4,000 birth defects have been discovered. Birth defects vary in intensity and in types. For some, it can come in the form of physical abnormalities. For others, it can result to developmental delays. For a few, it can cause death. The sad part is that all genetic birth defects usually cause physical and emotional hardships not only to the patient but to the parents as well.

    See Also GMOs, fertility and pregnancy (getpregnantover40.com)

    Genetic birth defects can be passed down through different ways. It can be passed on by the father. It can also be passed on by the mother. In some cases, it can even be passed on by both. Below, we will discuss the three ways to pass on birth defect.
    Recessive inheritance – In this case, the mother and the father need to have a faulty gene in order for the defect to materialize in the offspring. Cystic Fibrosis and Tays-Sachs are birth abnormalities which are inherited recessively.
    Dominant inheritance – For this particular condition, only one parent needs a genetic defect for the irregularity to be passed on to a child. Achondroplasia and Marfan Syndrome are two examples of dominantly inherited genetic birth defects.
    X-linked – This is the birth abnormality passed on by mothers to their sons. In this case, the defect affects only the X-chromosome. Males have only one X chromosome. In the case that the X chromosome was faulty, then the baby is most likely to be born with a genetic defect.
    There are a wide range of birth defects. Some of the most common hereditary birth defects are the following:
    Muscular Dystrophy – It is a muscle disease that causes the muscles to weaken. Such hereditary defect is inherited from the mother.
    Tay-Sachs Disease – This disease affects the patient's central nervous system. It can cause dementia, blindness and seizures. Such abnormality can be dangerous and fatal. If both the mother and the father have a faulty gene, their offspring has a 25% chance of being born with the disease.
    Sickle Cell Anemia – This is a disorder of the red blood cells. This can cause pain, fatigue and other health complications. This defect is common among Latin-Americans and African-Americans. If both parents carry the gene, their child has a 25% chance of being born with the disease.
    As mentioned above, genetic birth defects are hereditary in nature. However, if you want to make sure that your baby will come out healthy and normal, ensure a healthy lifestyle and diet throughout your pregnancy.
    Article Source: http://www.articlesbase.com/pregnancy-articles/genetic-birth-defects-learn-everything-you-need-to-know-1154249.html
    About the Author

    Get helpful tips about pregnancy and a useful information on genetic birth defects at Aha! Baby.

    Sunday, April 06, 2014

    PREGNANCY, PARENTING AND MOTHERHOOD, HOW CAN YOU LAUGH?

    Laughing About Pregnancy And Motherhood

    I found this article very funny, very honest, and it says many things most of us think but are afraid to say. If you've had a hard time getting pregnant, you don't feel entitled to complain, so this article does it for you! Read more:

    From the article:

    Look at them! SO. FRAGILE. Loving a child means spending countless hours, days, weeks, years fearing for that child. You fear that they will be hurt, that they will become sick, that they will die, you fear that you will die and they will be orphaned, you fear that they will ask you about death and you won't have an answer; you fear that they will be the one kid in their kindergarten class that isn't invited to that one girl's birthday party; you fear that they will never love books as much as you do; you fear that they will worry about their looks; you fear that their heart will someday be broken. You lay awake at night worrying about the fact that their heart will someday be broken. You lay awake at night, worrying. Which is why, on those rare nights when the children sleep right through? You're still not sleeping.

    See also: www.getpregnantover40.com for more on pregnancy, getting pregnant and avoiding miscarriage

    But then, also, there is THIS...
    My family. My children. Who are amazing, inspiring creatures and who fill my life with such light and love as to nearly, at times, overwhelm me. Who make me laugh and who make me cry and who make me laugh until I cry, every single day. Who make me grateful for my soft belly and squishy boobs and for my messy hair and my undereye circles and my scars, because these are the markers of this work that I do - this tiring, often frustrating work - and of the miracles that I have produced and that I am, every day, producing, through this work; these miracles, my children, without whom I would not know love as completely as I do. My children, for whom I do this work, if not gladly, then without regret. My children, who make it possible for me to bitch tirelessly about motherhood while still feeling, deeply, to the very tips of my toes and possibly even further, that this motherhood thing is the most beautiful - the most hazily, gauzily, barefoot-in-a-field-of-daisies romantic - thing in the world. And if I happen to be clutching a bottle of tequila and an Ativan prescription while I dance in those daisies, well, so be it. 

    from: 
    shine.yahoo.com

    Saturday, April 05, 2014

    PREGNANCY DIET: JUNK FOOD LEADS TO OBESITY IN KIDS

    Junk food in pregnancy and obesity in kids

    We all know that junk food is bad for your overall health. However, if you're pregnant or lactating, eating junk food could affect your offspring. Although the study mentioned in the article below was not done on humans, it certainly makes a case for eating a healthy diet while pregnant and nursing.
    See also: www.getpregnantover40.com for more on foods for fertility and detoxification 
     Read more:

    This study shows that a maternal junk food diet during pregnancy and lactation may be an important contributing factor in the development of obesity," they write in the British Journal of Nutrition.

    The researchers also put it more bluntly, stating that women shouldn't see pregnancy and breastfeeding as "an opportunity to overindulge in fatty, sugary, and salty foods on the misguided assumption that they are 'eating for two."

    (www.cbsnews.com)

    Friday, April 04, 2014

    PREGNANCY AND TRYING TO CONCEIVE OVER 40 - SO MUCH NEGATIVE INFORMATION!

    Trying To Conceive and Having A Baby Over 40

    It seems like every time I read an article online (or anywhere else) about having babies over 40, I am bombarded with scary statistics, and warnings about birth defects, chromosomal abnormalities, gestational diabetes, hypertension and the list goes on.  On top of that, people want to put their two cents in on "how old is too old to have a baby".  The fact of the matter is that many women over 40 get pregnant by surprise...with all the media attention about how "infertile" women at this age many women are a bit lax with their birth control.  The rate of unintended pregnancies in women over 40 is second only to teenagers!
    Click Here to Read The Full Article on Pregnancy Over 40 (getpregnantover40.com) 

    Thursday, April 03, 2014

    ELECTRIC BLANKETS, EMFs IN PREGNANCY

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    C-SECTIONS: RISKS FOR FUTURE PREGNANCY

    Birth After C-Section

    I realize many women have to have C-Sections not only for their own safety, but for the welfare of their baby. However, sometimes, women opt for C-Sections when a vaginal delivery may be possible. Here is an article that talks about how future pregnancies/deliveries may be more complicated after the first C-Section:

    From the article:

    They found that the risks of a whole host of problems including bleeding, prolonged labor, malpresentation, ruptured uterus, and emergency cesarean, were significantly higher among women who delivered by cesarean section in their first pregnancy than among women who first delivered vaginally.
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    Infants in the cesarean group were also more likely to be preterm (before 37 weeks' gestation) or very preterm (before 32 weeks' gestation), small for gestational age, low birth weight or stillborn, compared with infants in the vaginal group.

    from   (Reuters)

    Tuesday, April 01, 2014

    GMOs, YOUR PREGNANCY AND FERTILITY

    Unwitting public consuming more GMO foods while evidence of harm continues to mount

    Author:Tony Isaacs
    Most Americans do not want genetically modified foods and consider them dangerous. Because the U.S. does not require manufacturers to disclose genetically modified (GM or GMO) ingredients on the product labels, the public is largely unaware of when they are purchasing GM foods. Such foods are now found in up to 70 percent of all grocery store products. While an unwitting public consumes more and more GM foods, evidence of their dangers continues to mount.

    Genetically modified foods are created when genes from another species or created in a lab are inserted into a food\'s DNA. The foods which have the highest prevalence of genetic modifications include some of our biggest crops: corn, soybeans, canola, tomatoes, lettuce, and potatoes. Corn oil and high fructose corn syrup are widely used in food items. Virtually every salad dressing and butter substitute finds that they contain one or more of corn oil, canola oil or soybean oil.

    See Also, GMO's and Your Fertility

    The European Union, Japan, China, Korea, Australia, and New Zealand require labeling of foods containing GMO content. Despite a CBS News survey showing a majority of Americans want labeling, no such laws exist. A CBS poll also found that 53 percent of Americans wouldn\'t buy food they knew had been genetically modified.

    Experts and consumers are becoming increasingly concerned about GMO foods as evidence of their dangers continues to mount. In a study published in the International Journal of Biological Sciences rats fed genetically modified corn were compared to their parents who had been fed non-GM corn. The results showed a clear difference between the two groups. The rats fed GM food had signs of liver and kidney problems as well as effects on their hearts, adrenal glands, and spleens.

    A Russian study found that over 55 percent of the newborn rats from females fed genetically engineered soy flour before, during, and after pregnancy, died within three weeks and 36 percent were underweight. By comparison, only 9 percent of the offspring of rats fed non-GM soy died and less than 7 percent were underweight.

    The global leader in the push for GMO foods is Monsanto. A new study which used the same data Monsanto used to gain approval of GMO corn linked organ damage to three strains of the Monsanto GM corn. The study was conducted by the Committee of Research and Information on Genetic Engineering (CRIIGEN) and the Universities of Caen and Rouen in France. The study, completed in December 2009, appears in the International Journal of Biological Sciences (IJBS).

    Ninety-nine percent of GMO crops either tolerate or produce insecticide - which might explain why we see bee colony collapse disorder and massive butterfly deaths. If GMOs destroy our pollinators, they could be more disastrous than the threat they pose to humans and other mammals. In addition to possible extinctions and eco-system harm, GMO opponents fear they could trigger the emergence of antibiotic resistant diseases due to viruses and bacteria used to modify some GM foods. They also fear such foods could raise the risk of developing cancer, lead to chronic illnesses such as fibromyalgia and trigger food allergies.

    To avoid GM foods:

    • Read the produce stickers on fruits and vegetables. Five-digit numbers beginning with an eight mean it is a GM food. Five-digit numbers beginning with a nine indicate organic foods. Conventionally produced foods have numbers containing four digits.
    • Select products that are labeled GM-free.
    • Buy foods labeled '100 percent organic.'
    • Get your produce from small, local farmers (most GM foods come from large commercial farms).
    • Avoid processed foods, especially those containing corn, soy and canola.
    Article Source: http://www.articlesbase.com/nutrition-articles/unwitting-public-consuming-more-gmo-foods-while-evidence-of-harm-continues-to-mount-5273633.html
    About the Author
    Tony Isaacs, is a natural health author, advocate and researcher who hostsThe Best Years in Life website for those who wish to avoid prescription drugs and mainstream managed illness and live longer, healthier and happier lives naturally. Mr. Isaacs is the author of books and articles about natural health, longevity and beating cancer including 'Cancer\'s Natural Enemy' and is working on a major book project due to be published later this year. He is also a contributing author for the worldwide advocacy group 'S.A.N.E. Vax. Inc.' which endeavors to uncover the truth about HPV vaccine dangers. Mr. Isaacs is currently residing in scenic East Texas and frequently commutes to the even more scenic Texas hill country near Austin and San Antonio to give lectures and health seminars. He also hosts the CureZone 'Ask Tony Isaacs - Featuring Luella May' forum as well as the Yahoo Health Group 'Oleandersoup' and he serves as a consultant to the 'Utopia Silver Company'.

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