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Thursday, October 30, 2014


 The Dangers of Licorice

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


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

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

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


Tuesday, October 28, 2014


Your privacy online and how to protect it

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


Sunday, October 26, 2014


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

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


Monday, October 20, 2014


Nursing and Obesity

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

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


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

Thursday, October 16, 2014


How EFT Can Help Conception and Delivery

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


Tuesday, October 14, 2014


How Do Infections Affect Pregnancy and Fertility?

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


Sunday, October 12, 2014


Sleeping Too Much Or Too Little In Pregnancy  Affects Blood Pressure

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


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

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

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

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

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


Friday, October 10, 2014


Pregnancy Over 40, Calcium Supplements

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

Calcium is needed in Pregnancy For Both Mother and Baby 

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

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


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

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

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

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Wednesday, October 08, 2014


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

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


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

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

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

Saturday, October 04, 2014


Cleaning Agents - Cause of Infertility, Miscarriage, and Birth Defects

Guest Post By Judy Ford

A modern home is likely to retain a range of highly toxic chemicals for cleaning. They often come with tantalising labels that offer protection from infections and illness. In addition there are often toxic air fresheners, room deodorizers and toilet sanitizers, all of which claim to remove noxious smells and contaminants from the indoor environment. In reality these sophisticated cleaning agents are usually far more dangerous to health than the infectious agents they purport to remove. They frequently contain several toxic chemicals Many affect reproduction as well as seriously compromising general health.
I was alerted to the dangers of bathroom cleaners to reproduction after giving talks about my research results on lifestyle and reproduction. One woman told me that every time she cleaned her shower she would become dizzy and nauseous. Apparently her technique was to get into the shower, spray her cleaner on the tiles and then wash it off with very hot water. The heat plus the fumes were a dangerous combination. She was not alone. I soon discovered that many women regularly had reactions to their zealous cleaning. Many of these women had been told they had unexplained infertility. Others, who worked as cleaners, spoke about the disturbances in their menstrual cycles that occurred soon after taking up cleaning work.


The medical literature has many studies on the health risks of working with cleaning agents. These risks commonly include high rates of asthma and general high disability rates. Studies from Mexican American and Dutch women show increased rates of neural tube defects (spina bifida and anencephaly) in the children of female cleaners. Even fathers who are exposed to moderate to high levels of cleaning agents have increased numbers of children with neural tube defects.
The chemical p-dichlorobenzene is an example of a chemical frequently found in sanitisers, especially toilet bowl deodorisers and mothballs. This is an extremely dangerous chemical. A group of animals repeatedly exposed to 798 ppm of p-dichlorobenzene developed eye irritation, marked tremors, weakness, and loss of weight. Some died. In five cases of human exposure to p-dichlorobenzene in mothballs, one person with only moderate exposure complained of severe headache, swelling of tissues around the eyes and profuse rhinitis. These symptoms subsided 24 hours after cessation of exposure. However, the other four persons who had more prolonged exposure developed anorexia, nausea, vomiting, weight loss, and liver involvement with jaundice. Two of these people died. A third developed cirrhosis of the liver.
From a reproductive perspective, the most dangerous chemicals found in cleaning agents are formaldehyde, toluene and ethylene glycol butyl ether. Formaldehyde is commonly used to suppress the central nervous system smell receptors so that we cannot smell bad smells. It is used in most air fresheners. As well as causing cancer, it disrupts the menstrual cycle hence causing infertility, miscarriage and birth defects. Toluene is a solvent used in many different types of cleaning agents. It is also a reproductive toxin. Ethylene glycol butyl ether (2-butoxyethanol) is a solvent in carpet and specialist cleaners. It causes reproductive problems as well as blood disorders, liver and kidney problems. Ammonia may also cause problems. It is a natural fertility inhibitor and is also a respiratory irritant.
Books on safe cleaning methods advocate using bicarbonate of soda on a cloth for lightly soiled surfaces and bicarbonate and a brush for more difficult stains. Vinegar or lemon juice or vinegar with bicarbonate will remove most stains including baked on grease. In my experience you can really achieve a great deal with any one of these alone or with mixtures of them. Lemon juice is particularly good in shower recesses. Vinegar and bicarbonate will have your toilet shining. Eucalyptus Oil or Vanilla will give it a pleasant smell. These natural products are safe, effective and cheap and won't compromise fertility.
It amazes me that clever marketing convinces us to fill our homes with toxic chemicals when simple, old-fashioned techniques are as, if not more effective. Many women needlessly suffer reproductive problems all in the mistaken belief that they are improving their own and their family's health.
Dr Judy Ford is an internationally respected geneticist who has undertaken considerable research into the causes of miscarriage [], causes of infertility and birth defects []. She believes that most problems are preventable through changes to healthy lifestyles and healthy habits. More information can be found on her website
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Wednesday, October 01, 2014


Pregnancy After 40, Try This Exercise

I was too afraid to exercise in pregnancy, but I probably should have tried this new combination called "gyrotonics". 
 This form of exercise is supposed to help circulation and assist with a number of the discomforts of pregnancy.  It can also help after delivery to get back into shape.


 Read more:


TV presenter and beauty expert Julia Carling has followed an unusual form of exercise called 'gyrotonics' which has left her feeling slimmed down and toned.

What is it? An exercise system similar to Pilates developed by a Hungarian called Julio Horvath. Unlike Pilates, it is based on the principles of yoga, Tai Chi and dance. The technique benefits pregnant woman before and after labour because it encourages flexibility, abdominal strength and deep breathing to aid relaxation during labour.

What's involved?
Gyrotonics is designed to lengthen and strengthen the abdominal muscles which are used to support the uterus. This is done through breathing and simple exercises. The main difference between the two systems is that gyrotonics emphasises quality of movement - making it slightly more cardiovascular than Pilates.

This helps boosts blood circulation - important to avoid varicose veins and leg cramps associated with pregnancy. It also supports the pelvis which stops the spine from becoming curved due to the load of the baby - and encourages flexibility for childbirth.

Some gyrotonic exercises are performed using a special piece of equipment called a 'tower' - a bench-like table with weights connected to a pulley system. Others are performed standing, sitting or kneeling on all fours. The exercises help to strengthen the spine to support the weight of the baby, prevent the pelvis from tilting back too far, thus straining the lower back and prevents the abdominal muscles from separating too much.


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