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Friday, August 29, 2014


Baby Lotions contain phthalates

Every mom loves the smell of those baby shampoos and lotions. However, just because they smell good and look good, that doesn't mean they're healthy. Here is an article about how these lotions can contain hormone altering ingredients:

From the article:

In the study, doctors tested the urine of 163 children between the ages of 2 months and 28 months born in Los Angeles, Minneapolis and Columbia, Mo., between 2000 and 2005. All had detectable amounts of at least one type of phthalate, and more than 80% had seven or more types.


"Phthalate exposure is widespread and variable in infants. We found that mothers' reported use of infant lotion, infant powder and shampoo was significantly associated with . . . urinary concentrations," the scientists wrote in the new study.

In the study, babies exposed to baby lotion, shampoo and powder had more than four times the level of phthalates in their urine than babies whose parents had not used the products. The highest levels were reported in babies under 8 months old, and those exposed to lotions.


Wednesday, August 27, 2014


Pregnancy Over 40, Possible Cause Of Birth Defects:  Antibiotics

Some antibiotics are necessary for pregnant women, however, there are certain categories which should be avoided to prevent birth defects.
Sulfonamides and nitrofurantoins could cause problems for your unborn baby.  Of course, talk with both your doctor and pharmacist before taking anything in pregnancy.

Read more:

Antibacterial use among all women increased during pregnancy, peaking during the third month. A total of 3,863 mothers of children with birth defects (29.4 percent) and 1,467 control mothers (29.7 percent) used antibacterials sometime between three months before pregnancy and the end of pregnancy.


"Reassuringly, penicillins, erythromycins and cephalosporins, although used commonly by pregnant women, were not associated with many birth defects," the authors write. Two defects were associated with erythromycins (used by 1.5 percent of the mothers whose children had birth defects and 1.6 percent of controls), one with penicillins (used by 5.5 percent of case mothers and 5.9 percent of controls), one with cephalosporins (used by 1 percent of both cases and controls) and one with quinolones (used by 0.3 percent of both cases and controls).

Two medications -- sulfonamides and nitrofurantoins (each used by 1.1 percent of cases and 0.9 percent of controls) -- were associated with several birth defects, suggesting that additional study is needed before they can be safely prescribed to pregnant women.


Monday, August 25, 2014


Down Syndrome - Three "Screening Tests" Are the First Step in Diagnosing Down Syndrome

Guest Post By Craig Kendall

Doctors can make a Down syndrome diagnosis for a baby while the mother is still pregnant. Down syndrome is caused by the presence of an extra 21st chromosome in the baby.
Babies that don't have Down syndrome have two 21st chromosomes and babies with Down syndrome normally have three 21st chromosomes. People usually have 46 chromosomes - or 26 pairs of chromosomes. Chromosomes are the material in our bodies that gives our bodies instructions as to how to grow, develop and work.
If you're spending some time reading about Down syndrome you may also see it called Trisomy 21.
Pregnant Mothers Over 35 Are Particularly At Risk
In the past, mothers were given the choice of having tests to determine if their baby might have Down syndrome. Mothers over 35 are particularly at risk to have a Down syndrome baby.
Today most mothers, especially mothers over 35, are strongly encouraged to have the first set of tests, called screening tests, to see if there is any risk of Down syndrome.
Today there are so many things that can be done to help a baby with Down syndrome. Some can be done while the baby is still in the mother's uterus and some right after birth so it's good to know as early as possible if your baby has Down syndrome. Some mothers, though, may choose not to have these tests because they don't want to know, before birth, if their baby has Down syndrome.
Down Syndrome "Screening Tests" are Available During Pregnancy
Three types of screening tests for diagnosing Down Syndrome are common. Screening tests cannot diagnosis Down Syndrome but they can tell your doctor if your baby has some characteristics that might indicate that your baby is at risk for Down Syndrome.
1. Ultrasound - a regular ultrasound or sonogram. Ultrasound allows your doctor to look at a picture of your baby while it's still in your womb. There are things that a doctor can see in an ultrasound that might make the doctor think that a baby could possibly have Down syndrome. These include:

  • A bone in the baby's legs, called a femur, that's shorter than usual
  • Some heart problems
  • Extra skin at the back of the baby's neck (called "nuchal translucency")
  • Defects in the baby's stomach or intestines
  • Cysts in the part of the baby's brain where spinal fluid is produced. These cysts are called "choroid plexus cysts."

2. Maternal Serum Tests - tests of the mother's blood. These tests work because a mom's circulation system is shared with her baby. A baby makes chemicals that can be detected in the mother's blood tests. There are several different kinds of maternal serum, or blood tests, that can be done and some are given in the first trimester (first three months) of pregnancy and some in the second trimester (second three months of pregnancy.)
3. Integrated Screening - is a combination of ultrasound and maternal serum testing. Your doctor will advise you about the best diagnostic testing for Down syndrome given your age, family history and your medical history.
What if the pregnancy tests come back with a possible Down Syndrome diagnosis?
If your doctor is concerned that your baby may have Down syndrome, he or she will probably recommend another series of tests. These tests are called diagnostic tests. To make a definite Down syndrome diagnosis a doctor needs to conduct one of several diagnostic tests that are accurate 98-99% of the time if they come back positive for Down syndrome.
Parents will want to think about whether or not they want to have diagnostic screen testing for their baby and discuss the tests carefully with their doctors. There are pros and cons to diagnostic testing and it's essential to discuss how important it is to you and to your doctor to know for sure, before the birth of your baby, if your baby will have a Down syndrome diagnosis.
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Saturday, August 23, 2014


Pregnancy Over 40, Is Cramping Normal?

I actually had quite a bit of cramping early in my successful pregnancy.

 It's tricky because this can feel exactly like you're about to get your period, so don't take ibuprofen, because it can contribute to miscarriage. This article explains some of the causes of craming early in pregnancy and later in pregnancy.

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Causes of Cramping During Early Pregnancy

1. Implantation cramping - Some women will experience cramping upon implantation. Implantation usually occurs 8-10 days after ovulation. You should not experience implantation cramping after a positive pregnancy test; however, many a woman has experienced cramping only to find that she is indeed pregnant shortly there after.
2. Stretching uterus - As your body prepares for it's new baby your uterus will stretch and expand. The ligaments that support the uterus will stretch and with this stretching may cause mild cramps.

Monday, August 18, 2014


Pregnancy Over 40, Overactive Sense Of Smell

Every woman I know who has been pregnant has had a hypersensitivity to smells.

 I could never go to the grocery store without having to run out again. Sometimes things that were supposed to smell good (like air fresheners) would set me off. Here is an article that explains why:


From the article:

Pregnancy, a wild hormone heyday for women, activates the pheromone receptors making them hyper sensitive. This is more in some women than others. Simultaneously, the olfactory receptors also become sensitive during pregnancy. These sensitivities are nature's way of enabling our ancestral moms to detect good and spoiled food, good and bad people to be with, and to smell out a bargain in a neighboring village. It is worth remembering that our primordial development history there were far less smells to contend with: no perfumes, car fresheners, Outback steakhouses blowing free smells to the neighborhood, or frosted crescent roll kiosks overwhelming grandma's nose.

The downside to this new smell skill is that many pregnant women's systems respond by feeling nauseous, while those that aren't pregnant don't detect any smell at all. This biology is so powerful that pregnant women can even trigger overpowering smells with just their imagination. That is, they can imagine a particular odor, make it quite real to the brain, and become sick over it!


Tuesday, August 12, 2014



If you are trying to conceive over 40, or if you have had a baby over 40, you probably realize that there is quite a bit of negative information out there which can be quite discouraging.  When I was trying to conceive, I had doctors continually look at me with that "give it up" attitude - especially considering my history of miscarriage and since I had lost one of my fallopian tubes after IVF left me with an ectopic pregnancy.   Then, when I finally did become pregnant, I was bombarded with all of the "warnings" about what could go wrong at my age....everything  stillbirth, to Down Syndrome, to placenta problems was thrown at me.  Even though I had a completely normal pregnancy (and I was at a healthy weight and blood pressure before becoming pregnant) I was still considered "high risk" by some in the medical community...


Friday, August 01, 2014


Pregnancy After 40, Weight Gain May Be Controlled With Probiotics

I keep hearing about the benefits of probiotics for everything from intestinal health to allergies. Many yogurt companies are advertising "live cultures" in their products.
 Here is an article about how they may help with weight during and after pregnancy:


"The results of our study, the first to demonstrate the impact of probiotics-supplemented dietary counselling on adiposity, were encouraging. The women who got the probiotics fared best. One year after childbirth, they had the lowest levels of central obesity as well as the lowest body fat percentage," she said.

"Central obesity, where overall obesity is combined with a particularly fat belly, is considered especially unhealthy. We found it in 25% of the women who had received the probiotics along with dietary counselling, compared with 43% in the women who received diet advice alone," she added.

During the study, Kirsi and her colleagues randomly divided 256 women into three groups during the first trimester of pregnancy. Two of the groups received dietary counselling consistent with what''s recommended during pregnancy for healthy weight gain and optimal foetal development.

The study subjects were also given food items like spreads and salad dressings with monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fatty acids, as well as fibre-enriched pasta and breakfast cereal to take home.

The researchers said that one of the groups was daily given capsules containing Lactobacillus and Bifidobacterium, the most commonly used probiotics.

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