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Monday, September 29, 2014

SUDDEN INFANT DEATH AND LINK TO SEROTONIN

SIDS and Serotonin

We've heard many theories about why SIDS occurs. This article seems like they're on to something measurable and possibly treatable. SIDS could be related to actual brain chemistry. Read more:

They said abnormal levels of serotonin may hamper an infant's breathing, especially in challenging situations, such as breathing in too much exhaled carbon dioxide while sleeping face down.

SEE ALSO: PREGNANCY OVER 40 (getpregnantover40com)

"We have known for many years that placing infants to sleep on their backs is the single most effective way to reduce the risk of SIDS," Dr. Alan Guttmacher, director of the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, which funded the study.

"The current findings provide important clues to the biological basis of SIDS and may ultimately lead to ways to identify infants most at risk as well as additional strategies..."

from Reuters

Friday, September 26, 2014

OVERWEIGHT IN PREGNANCY AND ADHD IN KIDS

Overweight in pregnancy and ADHD

I'm always amazed at the number of conditions that could be prevented by maintaining a normal weight. I've written numerous articles about obesity and how it can lead to not only pregnancy complications, but a number of problems with the baby as well. The article below discusses how being overweight in pregnancy could lead to hyperactive children. Read more:

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Women who are overweight when they become pregnant run a much greater risk that their children will exhibit ADHD-like symptoms when they reach school age, reports a study by researchers from Uppsala University. The findings, based on more than 12,500 children in Sweden, Finland, and Denmark, show for the first time that there is a correlation between the mother's body mass index (BMI) at the time she becomes pregnant and symptoms like hyperactivity and concentration problems in the child.

"Many children are being diagnosed with ADHD and at the same time there is an epidemic of obesity in the world, with more and more women already overweight at the time they become pregnant. If it turns out that the mother's weight is of significance and, together with other factors, can influence ADHD-like symptoms in the child, we have not only found a contributory cause but also a potential avenue for preventive work that can enhance the well-being of both mother and child," says Uppsala's Alina Rodriguez.


from: aphroditewomenshealth.com

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

CHILDBIRTH AND PAINFUL INTERCOURSE AFTER DELIVERY

Persistent Pain After Childbirth

Ouch! Intercourse can be painful after childbirth, especially if there were lacerations or instrument assisted births. Even women who've had C-sections may experience problems. I found that I had to stop using tampons for quite a while after giving birth because of the irritation. Some tampons contain bleaches which can be very irritating if your skin has been broken as well. Read more:

See also: Pregnancy Detox (getpregnantover40.com)

Painful intercourse was reported by 19 percent of women who had had caesareans, 34 percent who had had a normal birth and 36 percent of women who had an instrument-assisted birth, such as forceps.
Sex-related health problems were highest among instrument-assisted births (77 percent) and lowest among caesarean births (51 percent), with 64 percent of women having normal births reporting at least one problem related to sex.
Forceps deliveries were also associated with higher levels of stress, urge, and continual incontinence

from (www.aphroditewomenshealth.com) 

Monday, September 22, 2014

THE IMPORTANCE OF YOUR PREGNANCY DIET

Pregnancy Over 40, Good Diet Protects Your Child Too


After reading the article below, I'm so happy I ate a healthy diet before, during and after I conceived my daughter.
 Apparently, a healthy diet high in fruits and vegetables can protect your baby from future cancer. Read more:

There may be another reason for pregnant and nursing women to eat a nutritious diet that includes generous amounts of cruciferous vegetables like broccoli and cabbage - it could help protect their children from cancer, both as infants and later in life.

SEE ALSO FOODS FOR FERTILITY AND PREGANCY (getpregnantover40.com)

A new study by scientists from the Linus Pauling Institute at Oregon State University, done with laboratory mice, found that supplements of a key phytochemical found in certain vegetables provided a very high level of protection against leukemia and lymphoma in young animals, and also significantly protected against lung cancer during the rodent's equivalent of middle age.


The research, published in the journal Carcinogenesis, is one of the first of its type to demonstrate that diet may play a protective role in a fight against cancer that may begin - and could be won or lost - well before a person is ever born. And some of the protective benefits may last into adulthood


 sciencenewsden.com

Friday, September 19, 2014

POSITION OF CHILDBIRTH DELIVERY EASES PAIN

Easing Pain of Childbirth

I recall learning about all of the different positions you could be in to deliver your baby. Unfortunately, by the time I got to that point, I was in so much pain, all I wanted was an epidural and my logical thinking skills went out the window. I was on my back in the position you always see in the movies and on TV. Here is an article about how your position during childbirth could help ease pain:

SEE ALSO: PREGNANCY OVER 40 (getpregnantover40.com

The study is based on a review of earlier research into how the mother’s position affects delivery. The researchers focused on three studies, two looking at women in labor and one looking at women late in pregnancy. In all, more than 2,700 women were involved in the studies.

The best position for a baby during delivery is head down, with the back of the head facing forward. When the back of the head is toward the mother’s side or back, the delivery may be longer or more painful.

The study found that the women who went onto their hands and knees during delivery felt better. “The use of this position during labor was associated with a significant reduction in persistent back pain,” the researchers wrote. “Women may therefore be encouraged to use this position for comfort in labor.”

  (www.nytimes.com)

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

HEADACHES IN PREGNANCY

Headaches During Pregnancy - What Is Normal?

Guest Post By Hannah Bajor

Headaches during pregnancy are very challenging as over the counter pain killers are not recommended.Within the first 12 weeks of pregnancy the surging hormones play a part in the development of pregnancy headaches. The 40% increase in blood volume that occurs during pregnancy increases pressure within the blood vessels and this itself can cause headaches during pregnancy.
Headaches and pregnancy are related and can be very dangerous especially if experienced during the last month of pregnancy, as it may also be caused by a condition called pre eclampsia. Pre eclampsia is a condition in pregnancy that has symptoms such as headaches unrelieved by over the counter medication, high blood pressure, swelling and protein in the urine.
Headaches during pregnancy may also be caused or made worst by any of the following:
Stress Lack of sleep Vomiting Low blood sugar Dehydration Caffeine withdrawal Nicotine withdrawal Poor posture Pregnancy related vision changes

SEE ALSO: RINGING IN EARS IN PREGNANCY (getpregnantover40.com) 

What you can do to ease your pregnancy headaches:
Reduce stress. Get more sleep. Treat your early morning sickness. Eat regularly to avoid low blood sugar levels. Drink adequate amounts of high quality water. Get chiropractic adjustments and advice to correct your posture. Avoid over the counter medication especially during the first 12 weeks of pregnancy. Consult a homeopath or an acupuncturist for treatments to relieve your pain. Pregnancy headaches are sometimes relieved with either hot or cold compress around your forehead and on the back of your neck. Have someone massage your shoulders and neck during acute pregnancy headaches. Rest in a dark room and practice deep relaxation breathing. Relaxing in a warm bath or shower sometimes reduces the stress and tension. The fruit mangosteen is well known to support every system in the body. It is all natural and can relieve and prevent pregnancy headaches.
You tried all the above and you still have headaches during pregnancy:
At this point it would be appropriate to call your doctor or midwife for advice. Have your eyesight checked as you may need glasses or a change in glasses.
If you experience any of these symptoms below with a headache call your physician or midwife immediately as these are signs of a severe pregnancy complication called pre-eclampsia:
Blurred vision Right sided abdomen pain Swollen hands and face Sudden weight gain Feeling very agitated or restless
Pregnancy headaches can be very painful and very frustrating, as it is not recommended that you use over the counter medication during pregnancy. When traditional is not allowed, then it is time to investigate what holistic methods of healing are available to you. Basic energy healing is extremely relaxing, it will reduce stress and alleviate some if not all of your headache.
Prevention of pregnancy headaches is the best place to start. Many pregnant clients that have a history of headaches will know their triggering factor to developing a headache. Staying away from these triggers is important.
Many headache clients experienced improvement of their headaches during pregnancy by taking mangosteen and mineral juice on a regular basis. Mangosteen is a very healing fruit and has a natural pain blocker and is pregnancy safe.
Pregnancy can be an extraordinary experience for a woman. It is far more than growing a baby and dealing with issues like fatigue. Pregnancy has a huge emotional, mental, spiritual, and energetic side to it. The more you understand these aspects, the easier and less symptomatic your pregnancy will be. Learning how to connect with the emotions of your unborn child will allow you to enhance your pregnancy experience and surrender to its normal physiological process of pregnancy headaches.
Midwife Hannah Bajor C.N.M., M.S.N. is founder, CEO and Visionary behind the Lumalove� brand of getting pregnant, pregnancy, infertility and miscarriage educational support products and services.
Hannah says "knowing my life's purpose gives one a hug advantage". Her 30 years midwifery experience along with her personal journey through ten years of infertility, having personally experienced a 16 week miscarriage and a near death experience delivering her second child has lit a fire in her soul that NO ONE can put out and that is to "change childbirth education as we know it".
Lumalove LLC helps couples globally access new and dynamic prenatal education and in doing so lays the foundational blueprints for a happier, healthier pregnancy outcome and gives their unborn child the opportunity of unlimited potential.
Take advantage of her FREE offer and experience her ability to help you connect deeper with your growing baby. To get your FREE pregnancy guided visualization mp3 then click on http://www.LumalovePregnancyWeekByWeek.com
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Saturday, September 13, 2014

CALCIUM IN PREGNANCY AND HOW TO GET IT IN YOUR DIET

Pregnancy Over 40 - The Importance Of Calcium

I did take a calcium supplement when I was pregnant.
 I had heard about the importance of getting enough calcium not only because I was over the age of 40, but also because the baby has a tremendous need for their growing skeletal system. Read more:

Calcium is important for both you and your growing baby. Your baby needs it to grow strong, healthy bones, teeth, nerves, heart, and muscles and to develop normal heart rhythm and blood clotting. If you don't get enough calcium in your diet, the fetus will leach it from your bones, which may impair your own health later on.

How much of it do I need?


All adults -- male and female -- need at least 1,000 milligrams of calcium daily, while those over 50 should boost their daily intake to 1,200 mg. Pregnant and nursing women over 18 years old also need 1,200 mg daily. Those under 18 need slightly more, about 1,300 mg a day.Even when you're done with pregnancy and nursing, keep up the calcium -- it can ward off osteoporosis (bone loss) later in life.

How do I get more calcium into my diet?

The best sources of calcium, hands down, are dairy products. But there are surprising amounts of calcium in many tofu products as well as nuts, beans, and some greens. Yogurt supplies one of the best sources, with 415 mg per 8-ounce serving. Milk, ricotta cheese, and some other cheeses, are also excellent sources. You can derive quite a bit of calcium from tofu, canned salmon, and even many greens like turnip greens, broccoli, and kale  (learn how to cook greens here (getpregnantover40.com). 


 excerpted from myonlinewellness.com "Calcium and Pregnancy By Melanie Haiken"

Thursday, September 11, 2014

PREGNANCY AND PARENTING AFFECTED BY YOUR UPBRINGING AS A CHILD

Pregnancy Over 40, Parenting Can Be Affected By Your Past

I write much in my book about how my less than perfect upbringing not only affected my desire and ability to get pregnant, but it was something I needed to address before I could be a good mother to my own child.
 I think having a baby at the age of 44 was directly and indirectly related to the lack of parenting I had as a child. When you don't have good role models, it's hard to want to jump into motherhood. In my case, it wasn't until I was older that I finally realized that I had the ability to break the cycle of poor parenting. Here is an article that talks more about the psychological aspects of pregnancy and motherhood:

SEE ALSO: GETPREGNANTOVER40.COM FOR MORE ON PREGNANCY OVER 40

A woman's past matters as she faces impending motherhood. It matters greatly whether she had a positive or negative nurturing history, for this is part of the well she will draw from to nurture her baby. This doesn't mean the die is cast if beginnings were painful. It's always possible for a determined, thoughtful mother to find healing for her wounds and pass on more love and security to her children than she experienced during a childhood of privation or suffering.

Nine months of pregnancy can be a rich time as a woman reflects on becoming a mother and addresses any past wounds. If you are overwhelmed by the feelings that going home surfaces, then pregnancy is a good time to get your internal house in order. Seek counseling if necessary. I urge my clients to view this period of time as a gift — a time of preparation for the road ahead. A time to begin dealing with the past in earnest. A time to stretch and grow. The fact that a baby is coming is powerful motivation for any prospective mother. (excerpted from:  The Psychological Side of Pregnancy )

Tuesday, September 09, 2014

PREGNANCY TINNITUS: ARE YOUR EARS RINGING IN PREGNANCY?

Ringing In Ears In Pregnancy

Did you know that pregnant women may experience an annoying problem: ringing in ears.  This is also known as pregnancy tinnitus.  It may have a number of causes such as increased blood volume, hormonal shifts and so on.  I have experienced ear ringing on a number of occasions and it can range from annoying to the "I can't live with it" category.  There are things you can do for this condition.


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 (getpregnantover40.com) 

Sunday, September 07, 2014

PREGNANCY BLOOD SUGAR CAUSES OVERWEIGHT CHILDREN

Pregnancy Over 40, Watch Your Blood Sugar

Here's an interesting article/video which talks about the importance of the prenatal environment before birth, after birth, and into childhood.
 A mother's blood sugar level can lead to childhood obesity. Read more:

A study in the September issue of Diabetes Care has found the risk of childhood obesity increases in line with the pregnant mother's blood sugar levels. The research team of Kaiser Permanent Center for Health Research analyzed records of nearly 9,500 mother-child pairs who were members of the organizations health plan through the years of 1995 and 2000. The evidence found that diabetes in pregnant women resulted in an 89 percent higher risk of the child becoming overweight and an 82 percent higher risk of the child becoming obese between the ages of 5 and 7 years.

SEE ALSO: FERTILITY AND PREGNANCY FOODS (getpregnantover40.com) 

Researchers found that when pregnant women were treated for diabetes, the child obesity risk was reduced to the same level of children born from mothers who had normal blood sugar levels. Lead author, Dr. Teresa Hillier advises pregnant women to talk to their doctor about diabetes screening and, if necessary, should work with their doctor to receive treatment.
 from: (www.empowereddoctor.com)

Friday, September 05, 2014

VITAMIN E, BIRTH DEFECTS AND PREGNANCY COMPLICATIONS

Pregnancy Over 40, Use Vitamin E With Caution

Although I took vitamin E while I was trying to conceive, I only took one prenatal vitamin per day while I was pregnant.
 Here is an article that discusses a newly discovered danger to an unborn baby if the mother took vitamin E while pregnant. Read more:

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Women who've just become pregnant may want to watch how much vitamin E they take in. It seems that high levels of vitamin E early in pregnancy may increase the risk of the baby being born with a heart defect, according to a Dutch research team.

They studied 276 mothers of children born with heart defects and 324 "control" mothers whose babies were free of heart defects.

SEE ALSO: FOODS FOR FERTILITY AND PREGNANCY (getpregnantover40.com)

When their infants were 16 months old, the mothers completed food frequency questionnaires for the 4 weeks prior to the study. According to the researchers, dietary patterns during this time are similar to those before the women became pregnant.

The likelihood of having a baby with a heart defect was 70 percent higher for women with the highest vitamin E intake from diet alone, compared to those with the lowest intake, the investigators found.

Moreover, high dietary vitamin E intake plus the use of a supplement containing vitamin E increased the risk of congenital heart defects 5- to 9-fold, Dr. R. P. M. Steegers-Theunissen at University Medical Center, Rotterdam, and colleagues report in BJOG: An International Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology.

The researchers point out that high levels of vitamin E "may imbalance the oxidant/antioxidant state" in embryonic tissues.

from: 
www.reuters.com

Wednesday, September 03, 2014

BICORNATE UTERUS AND PREGNANCY

Pregnancy Over 40:  Bicornate Uterus

Some women are born with a defect in their uterus.
 There is something called a bicornate uterus where it looks somewhat like a heart shape. It is possible to have a successful pregnancy, however there can also be complications with a a uterus that isn't the normal pear shape. Read more:

Click here see a full article about uterine abnormalities including arcuate uterus (getpregnantover40.com)

Picture: pregnancy.families.com
From the article:

The reason that a pregnancy may not reach full-term in a bicornuate uterus often happens when the baby begins to grow in either of the protrusions at the top. The pregnancy will usually end in a miscarriage because there is not enough room for baby to grow there. As a normal uterus will expand with a growing baby, the septum area of the bicornuate uterus cannot expand enough to accommodate growth. According to research, there is a 55 -63% fetal survival rate associated with the condition.

If the baby happens to implant itself in the largest part of the uterus, it will have a chance of growing to full-term. However these babies often find themselves in an abnormal presentation, such as breech or transverse, since they may find it difficult to fit comfortably in a head-down position. The larger the baby grows the more likely this will be, thus there is a 15-25% rate of preterm delivery of these infants. Because of this and other factors, a pregnant woman with a bicornuate uterus will most likely be considered high-risk.

The condition may also cause fetal growth retardation, which is defined as having less than ten percent of fetal weight according to gestational age of the baby, but this is rare. More often, the baby will simply not survive or it will thrive normally but deliver prematurely. Sometimes various other birth defects of the baby can result


  (from: pregnancy.families.com)

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