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Friday, May 30, 2014

PRENATAL VITAMINS PREVENT COMPLICATIONS

Pregnancy Over 40 - Pre-eclampsia May Be Reduced With The Right Vitamins

I've always used some type of multivitamin. I especially like multivitamins because it's sort of "one stop shopping" to get most of your vitamins and minerals in one tablet.
I recently read a review of multivitmins from one of the leading consumer magazines. Most well-known brands of multivitmins were tested and found to have what they claimed inside of them. The only recommendation they had was to stay away from some bargain brands such as those found in dollar stores.
 Multivitamins should be used along with a healthy well-balanced diet. Here is an article that explains how multivitamins can reduce the risk of pre-eclampsia:
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"Our data show that women who are not overweight before pregnancy and who used multivitamins at least once a week before conception and in the first three months of pregnancy reduced their risk of preeclampsia by a striking 72 percent compared to those who didn't take a multivitamin during this time period," said researcher Lisa Bodnar. She added that because multivitamins contain many nutrients, it was difficult to know the exact mechanism by which the risk of preeclampsia was reduced."

..."Preeclampsia is a potentially devastating condition for mother and baby," said co-researcher James M. Roberts. "It may be that taking a multivitamin prior to conception positively influences embryonic implantation, which is a physiologic process known to be abnormal in preeclampsia."

from: (www.aphroditewomenshealth.com)

Thursday, May 29, 2014

THE FERTILE VS. THE INFERTILE: HOW THEY VIEW PREGNANCY

Pregnancy Over 40 vs. Pregnancy In Your 20's

 I teach at my local community college and my students' ages range from 16 to well over 50 (and even 60!)
But last summer I had something interesting come up. One of my younger students missed a few classes and emailed me that she was pregnant and very upset. She told me that she was going to try to pull herself together enough to start attending class and she had made a decision that she was going to keep the baby. I was really take off-guard.
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I dealt with infertility for so many years that I forgot that the vast majority of women (especially younger women) spend most of their reproductive years trying to avoid pregnancy. Statistically speaking, half of all pregnancies are unplanned (that includes older women too!) I'm sure many of those pregnancies are met with panic, sadness and even termination. I think those of us who've stuggled with infertility and miscarriage have a hard time understanding the plight of those fertile women who get pregnant by accident.

For me, I try to remember what it would have been like to get pregnant while I was in college. That really would have been a crisis. The last thing I wanted back then was a baby! I had such a distorted view of family and parenting. It truly was a blessing that I didn't get pregnant until I was in my 40's. I had plenty of time to get my priorities straight and plenty of time to confront my less-than-perfect childhood. Oh what a difference 20 years can make! I think back to the clueless and sometimes misguided young woman I was in high school and college. In retrospect, I'm glad I had every one of those 20 years to get my act together. Maybe my daughter waited on purpose to come down and start her life with us. Perhaps she had the wisdom I didn't.

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

PREGNANCY DIET TO AVOID OBESITY: ANTIOXIDANTS KEY

Pregnancy Over 40 and Antioxidants

Eating and supplementing your diet with antioxidants my be especially important during pregnancy.
 I've heard that the obesity epidemic in this country is partly due to the lifestyle and high fat high carb diet, but also it can partially be attributed to the mother's prenatal diet (and whether or not the mother was overweight or obese before pregnancy. This study talks about how it could prevent diabetes and obesity in your baby.

See Also: Foods for Fertility and Pregnancy (www.get pregnant over 40.com)


From the article:

NaturalNews) Antioxidants play a crucial role in preventing the onset of disease, and they can make all the difference in determining whether or not children develop glucose intolerance or become obese. According to a new study out of The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHP), women who consume high amounts of antioxidants before and during their pregnancies may be protecting their children against diabetes and obesity.
Noting that diets high in bad fats and carbohydrates cause harmful oxidative stress that leads to obesity and diabetes, researchers decided to study the effect that antioxidants have in mitigating their onset. The team fed four groups of test rats either a high-fat, high-cholesterol diet, or a healthier and more balanced diet. The first two groups received such diets with no additional antioxidants, while the other two received extra antioxidants with their diets.

At the conclusion of the study, the group eating the unhealthy "Western" diet with no added antioxidants had significantly higher rates of inflammation and oxidative stress than the other groups, and their offspring were larger and had highers rates of glucose intolerance. The Western diet group that consumed added antioxidants, however, produced offspring with markedly lower rates of glucose intolerance and no obesity whatsoever -- and these conditions persisted even after two months.

excerpted from
www.naturalnews.com

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

PREGNANCY OVER 40, HOW MY PAST LED TO DELAYED MOTHERHOOD

Pregnancy After 40, Older Women Are Better Mothers

I know many people make a firm decision they won't make the same mistakes with their own children that their parents made with them.   I certainly fall into that category.  Honestly, I think that's why some people want children, they want a chance to "make things right". 

My upbringing was devoid of love and I spent most of my childhood being shuffled to daycare and constantly wondering when I would get even a little one on one time with my parents or just some attention. Well...I never got that alone time with my parents and as I grew older I developed a hard-shell and a attitude of "who needs 'em anyway?" As a matter of fact, that attitude carried over into my adulthood and manifested itself into non-committed relationships and too much time alone. It wasn't until I was in my upper 30's that I realized I needed to change my attitude and turn my life around.
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After I got married I couldn't get pregnant fast enough

 After I met my husband and married, it seemed like the floodgates opened. I became a friendlier person, I attracted more people into my life, and I couldn't seem to get pregnant fast enough (when before the last thing I wanted was children).

So where am I going with all this? I think those of us who finally see the light realize we want to give our children everything we didn't have. I refuse to put my daughter in daycare, I give her almost 100% of my attention, and I hug her and tell her I love her every opportunity. Wow, what a different life I might have had it my mother could have done that with me. If you are one that had the kind of upbringing I did, just know that it is possible to have a good life and break the cycle. You can't change your past, but you can create your future - and it can be the way things should have been. Maybe waiting until I was older to have a child was really a blessing. When I was younger, I didn't have the maturity or life experience to understand that I had the power all along to create the life I wanted for me, and my daughter.

Monday, May 26, 2014

FOLIC ACID PREVENTS BIRTH DEFECTS

Folic Acid Prevents A Number of Birth Defects

The importance of folic acid in women in their childbearing years has been well publicized for the prevention of neural tube defects.
 However, this article also talks about how folic acid may prevent cleft lip. Read more:

Folic acid is a B vitamin found in leafy vegetables, citrus fruits, beans, and whole grains. It can also be taken as a vitamin supplement, and it is added to flour and other fortified foods. The recommended daily dietary allowance for folate for adults is 400 micrograms or 0.4 mg. The new study was conducted in Norway, which has one of the highest rates of facial clefts in Europe and does not allow foods to be fortified with folic acid. 
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The researchers examined the association between facial clefts and mothers' intake of folic acid supplements, multivitamins, and folates in diet. The researchers found that folic acid supplementation of 400 micrograms or more per day reduced the risk of isolated cleft lip with or without cleft palate by one-third, but had no apparent effect on the risk of cleft palate alone. "Folic acid deficiency causes facial clefts in laboratory animals, so we had a good reason to focus on folic acid in our clefts study," said Wilcox. "It was one of our main hypotheses."

from
aphroditewomenshealth.com

Sunday, May 25, 2014

PREVENTING BIRTH DEFECTS OVER 40 OR ANY AGE

Pregnancy Over 40, Prevent Birth Defects


Here is an informative article written for the FDA about decreasing the chance of birth defects.

Although some of the information here is widely known (i.e. taking folic acid), they also discuss how conditions in the mother could increase the chance of birth defects. Read more:

Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies
A pregnant woman who has a serious medical condition may face a greater than normal risk that her child will have a birth defect. Diabetes, for example, can complicate a pregnancy in many ways.

Women who must take insulin daily to control their blood sugar are three or four times more likely to have a baby with major birth defects than are other mothers. That is not to say they should abandon insulin, however. Without it, many diabetic women and their babies wouldn�t survive pregnancy at all.
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Birth defects among diabetics can be greatly reduced if women get their blood sugar levels under control before becoming pregnant and strictly manage their diets throughout pregnancy. Gestational diabetes, which develops during pregnancy, can also be harmful to mother and child, but it can be controlled through diet or medication.

Epilepsy also increases a woman�s chance of having a baby with a birth defect. It�s not clear whether the disease itself or the drugs used to control it cause malformations, but in either case, the woman�s neurologist and obstetrician should work together to find the safest course of treatment for the epilepsy and pregnancy.

Rubella, toxoplasmosis, cytomegalovirus, and syphilis can cause birth defects in the infants of women who have these infectious diseases. Rubella infection during early pregnancy can cause abnormalities of the heart, eyes and ears.

Any woman planning a pregnancy should be tested for rubella immunity and vaccinated if necessary. She must wait three months after vaccination before becoming pregnant, however, because the vaccine itself can endanger a developing fetus.

Toxoplasmosis is transmitted only through raw meat and cat feces, both of which pregnant women should try to avoid. The disease causes malformations of the brain, liver and spleen if a fetus becomes infected in the first trimester

from www.prevention-news.com

Saturday, May 24, 2014

PREGNANCY WORRY AT 40 AND AFTER MISCARRIAGE


When I finally conceived my daughter, I was gripped with terror much of my pregnancy. After so many losses,
I was so afraid I would lose her. Here is an article that addresses the fear many women experience during pregnancy:


According to the article, here are the standard "check-ups" you should expect:


0 to 12 weeks


You’ll be offered a dating scan and screening tests. You’ll also have blood pressure and urine tests (this may be done over two appointments).

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16 weeks


The results of screening tests will now be through and you will have more blood pressure and urine tests.


18 to 20 weeks





36 weeks


The position of your baby will be checked – she should be head-down by now. Again, your blood pressure and urine will be checked.


38 and 40 weeks


More abdomen, blood and urine checks.

from
motherandbaby.co.uk

Friday, May 23, 2014

PREGNANCY OVER 40: MANY ADVANTAGES

This guest post is contributed by Alisa Gilbert.   She welcomes your comments at her email  alisagilbert599@gmail.com.

Pregnancy Over 40, Parenting Over 40

So you're over 40, and you are either currently or pregnant or planning a pregnancy. While older parents are not as rare as they once were, you've most certainly encountered comments from others expressing concerns about waiting so long, or having a child at such a late stage in life, even if it isn't necessarily your first. Still, having a child after 40 has become an increasingly popular phenomenon, especially in countries that are more advanced and industrialized, and with good reason.

From my personal experience, both my parents were over 40 when I came into the world, and I can say without a doubt that I have no regrets being raised by older parents. A Time magazine article published a few decades ago noted that children raised by older parents may miss out on energetic play time. While it may be true that older parents do not have the physical energy that younger ones do, this is still something of an overgeneralization. Energy varies from person to person, and I've known 30 year olds who are more tired and inactive than many 60 year olds.
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The energy argument against older parenting is perhaps the only downside, and even that is not a very strong one. The benefits of waiting to have children, on the other hand, are almost innumerable. For one, you will have by now an established career, such that you are ready to slow things down to focus on your family. Many young families try to juggle a strong focus on career while raising a family, and while many do it with varying degrees of success, solid parenting requires focused, steady attention.

Overall maturity is one part of parenting on which I think our society does not place a strong enough emphasis. When I was in college, I noticed striking differences among some of my friends. Those who were raised by older parents were invariably more serious about school work, more goal-oriented, and were simply more kind and generous. I noticed too that those who were raised in young families had a very different disposition that was much more self-involved.

Although pregnancy over 40 may have its own special challenges, older parents should all celebrate their decision to wait. Even if you've been trying to have children for several years, congratulate yourself for bearing children at a time in your life when you've achieved financial and emotional stability. Although you may not be thinking about it now, your kids will thank you for your wisdom later in life.

This guest post is contributed by Alisa Gilbert who writes on the topic of bachelors degree

Thursday, May 22, 2014

PREGNANCY AND VITAMIN D DEFICIENCY

Pregnancy Over 40 Vitamin Deficiency

Even prenatal vitamins can't totally make up for the lack of vitamin D in most women.
 Pregnant women can help their baby avoid a number of health problems by getting enough vitamin D. With so much emphasis put on avoiding sun exposure, this is only making the problem of vitamin deficiency worse. Read more:

 Even regular use of prenatal multivitamin supplements is not adequate to prevent vitamin D insufficiency, University of Pittsburgh researchers report in the current issue of the Journal of Nutrition, the publication of the American Society for Nutrition. A condition linked to rickets and other musculoskeletal and health complications, vitamin D insufficiency was found to be widespread among women during pregnancy, particularly in the northern latitudes. 

See Also My Series On Food For Pregnancy And Fertility(www.getpregnantover40.com)

"In our study, more than 80 percent of African-American women and nearly half of white women tested at delivery had levels of vitamin D that were too low, even though more than 90 percent of them used prenatal vitamins during pregnancy," said Lisa Bodnar, Ph.D., M.P.H., R.D., assistant professor of epidemiology at the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health (GSPH) and lead author of the study. "The numbers also were striking for their newborns ?92.4 percent of African-American babies and 66.1 percent of white infants were found to have insufficient vitamin D at birth."

A vitamin closely associated with bone health, vitamin D deficiency early in life is associated with rickets ?a disorder characterized by soft bones and thought to have been eradicated in the United States more than 50 years ago ?as well as increased risk for type 1 diabetes, asthma and schizophrenia.

"A newborn's vitamin D stores are completely reliant on vitamin D from the mother," observed Dr. Bodnar, who also is an assistant investigator at the university-affiliated Magee-Womens Research Institute (MWRI). "Not surprisingly, poor maternal vitamin D status during pregnancy is a major risk factor for infant rickets, which again is becoming a major health problem." 


excerpted from:
www.bio-medicine.org

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

LABOR HELPED WITH ACUPRESSURE: FERTILITY AND PREGNANCY

 Acupressure For Labor and Fertility

I've heard of a number of alternative treatments that may be used to induce labor like accpuncture and acupressure.  In my DVD called Fertility Bodywork (getpregnantover40.com) I talk about how women can enhance their fertility with acupressure which they can perform on themselves (along with reflexology, self massage, and yoga.  This article talks about how acupressure can be used for labor:


During the third trimester, acupressure can also help to encourage a head down position for the baby so as to ensure a smoother birth. Stimulation of specific acupressure points is also widely used for inducing labor of full time pregnancies, because it triggers womb contractions. These and some other acupressure points can also be used during childbirth in order to encourage womb contractions and thus assist the labor.
(from: maternityacupressure.com)

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

PRE-ECLAMPSIA PREVENTED BY CALCIUM

Calcium: Benefits in Pregnancy To Prevent Preeclampsia

Most women know that taking calcium has many benefits including reducing your chances of getting osteoporosis. However, calcium may also help reduce the risk of developing preeclampisa or toxemia. Read more from Reuters Health:
Pregnant women who take calcium supplements reduce their risk of developing preeclampsia, sometimes called toxemia of pregnancy, according to a new study. However, calcium supplementation has no effect on the risk of preterm birth or stillbirth.
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Dr. G. J. Hofmeyr, of the University of the Witwatersrand/University of Fort Hare, East London, South Africa, and colleagues conducted a systematic review of 12 clinical trials, involving over 15,500 women, that compared at least 1 gram of calcium daily during pregnancy with an inactive "placebo" supplement.

Most of the women were at low risk for pregnancy complications, but they had low levels of calcium in their diet. Compared with placebo, calcium supplementation was associated with less high blood pressure and less preeclampsia, the investigators report in the British Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology

  (www.reuters.com)

Monday, May 19, 2014

NAIL PRODUCTS IN PREGNANCY AND BIRTH DEFECTS

Nail Polish and Nail Polish Remover - Dangers

I previously posted an article about some of the dangerous ingredients in nail polish, but there are also dangers with using solvents which may be in some nail polish removers. There is some disagreement withing the scientific community about the seriousness of the threat, but when I was pregnant, I stayed away from both nail polish and nail polish remover.
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A study published in the New York Times found a possible connection between birth defects and solvents.  Solvents are the chemicals which help to dissolve and remove the nail polish.  Animal studies show that these chemicals cause birth defects when administered in high doses.  There also seems to be a higher rate of birth defects in women based on questioning them on their exposure to these chemicals after having a miscarriage or after having a baby with a birth defect.  These defects included deafness, club foot and spina bifida.

Friday, May 16, 2014

ACNE IN PREGNANCY HOW TO TREAT

Treatments for Acne In Pregnancy

I was fortunate that I did not experience acne in pregnancy, however the hormonal changes can wreak havoc on some women's faces.  There are many drugs which need to be avoided in pregnancy (that may be commonly prescribed for acne) because they can cause birth defects.  Read more:

Acne and Tretinoin-

Tretinoin is one of the most common retinoids that are used to treat acne. Tretinoin clears the upper layer of the skin by peeling it off. Tretinoin gives very good results in acne treatment and in improvement of skin. But being a Vitamin A derivative, it cannot be used during pregnancy. All other retinoids also cannot be used.


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Acne and isotretinoin-

Isotretinoin can treat the severe forms of acne. Isotretinoin which is a derivative of Vitamin A is taken orally to treat acne. But isotretinoin is strictly prohibited during pregnancy. Not only that, you must become pregnant only after few months of your stopping use of Isotretinon. So Isotretinoin is a strictly no during pregnancy.

Antibiotics-

Many antibiotics are not allowed to be used during pregnancy. You must talk to your doctor before using any antibiotic in any form during your pregnancy. Please click here to read more about Acne & Pregnancy.

Acne during pregnancy-what to use?

The choices are many to treat acne during pregnancy. Benzoyl peroxide, AHAs, Salicylic acid and few other products may be allowed by your doctor to treat acne. You must use any topical or oral medication even if it is OTC, only after consulting your doctor. Somehow, the acne clears off magically immediately after pregnancy. Is not that good news?

from: acneremovalhelp.com 

SEE ALSO: STRANGE EARLY PREGNANCY SYMPTOMS (getpregnantover40.com) 

Thursday, May 15, 2014

BACK PAIN IN EARLY PREGNANCY

Early Pregnancy Back Pain

Guest Post By Daniel Boon
Normal and short-term phenomenon
Early pregnancy back pain is a normal phenomenon in this most beautiful period of a woman's life. Most of the expectant mothers witness some degree of back pain during the early phase of pregnancy and this pain generally subsides after about 20 weeks. Backache or spasm, which is reflected by stretching of muscles or burning pain in the left or the right side of the quadrant, is normally the result of the softening of the supporting ligaments and disks due to an increase in the progesterone hormone during the early stage. In some cases, urinary infection during pregnancy can also result in pain in the back amongst pregnant women. The extra weight of a pregnant women's body and the change in her centre of gravity also result in backaches and pain.
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Remedies For Pregnancy Back Pain
The most important and safe remedy for the treatment of early pregnancy back pain is exercising. This is mainly because certain medications for back related pain is contraindicated during early pregnancy. Walking, pelvic rocking, bridging (done by lying down on the floor, bending your knees and lifting your buttocks into air), mini-crunches (done by lying down on the floor), bending your knees and lifting your head on exhalation, are good exercises for relief from pack pain during early pregnancy. Pregnant women do these exercises on their own to relieve back pain.
The right body posture and good body mechanics also play an important role in keeping one free of early pregnancy back pain. The right posture for prevention of back pain is standing straight and tall. However, the importance for correct postures is as essential in early pregnancy as before that. However, in late pregnancy, as the uterus becomes big, one tends to pull back her shoulders to offset the additional weight, which results in a back strain. You can reduce this pain during later stages in such a position by frequently changing your sitting position and avoiding standing for long periods.
Adequate rest and sleep are also essential for avoiding or eliminating early pregnancy back pain. You should take proper rest and avoid strenuous activities to avoid it during your pregnancy. You can also do normal yoga exercises to eliminate minor pain. However, if it persists you should consult your doctor and take proper medication for relief from back pain. In some cases of pain in the back, doctors may prescribe physiotherapy for relief. Massages and use of special mattresses are also effective for back pain relief during pregnancy.
Signs of pregnancy are signal of joy for a couple. Back pain during pregnancy [http://www.pregnancy-resources.com/backpainduringpregnancy.html] is a most common pregnancy symptom.For more on early symptoms of pregnancy and other pregnancy problems information, visit, Pregnancy Back Pain [http://www.pregnancy-resources.com/pregnancybackpain-article.html]

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Wednesday, May 14, 2014

CLOMID MAY HURT YOUR CHANCES OF NATURAL PREGNANCY

Why Clomid May Not Help You Get Pregnant

Clomid is a popular fertility drug to stimulate ovulation.  However, if Clomid is used alone without inseminations, there may be some drawbacks.  Clomid may actually make it harder to get pregnant because it has negative affects on cervical mucus.  I was given Clomid when we first started fertility treatments and I found it to be a very difficult drug to take.  It wreaks havoc on your emotions and I jokingly called it the "week from hell" when I had to take it prior to ovulation.

CLICK HERE TO READ MORE ABOUT CLOMID AND ITS NEGATIVE AFFECTS ON NATURAL PREGNANCY (getpregnantover40.com)

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

ARE YOUR MENSTRUAL CYCLES TOO SHORT? HOW TO LENGTHEN YOUR CYCLES

Short Menstrual Cycles, Pregnancy and Fertility

Not only is it somewhat annoying, but having menstrual cycles that are too short can also be a factor in whether or not you are able to get pregnant and carry a pregnancy to term.  I know my cycles were  less than three weeks apart before I changed my diet, stress levels and before I started using natural progesterone cream.  When we started working with a fertility doctor, they tested my progesterone, and sure enough, it had a "ski jump" pattern (my doctor's words).  It rose just fine, but it crashed the last half of my cycle.  If you need to lengthen your cycles, this article may help:

LENGTHENING YOUR MENSTRUAL CYCLES(getpregnantover40.com)

Monday, May 12, 2014

FENG SHUI FOR PREGNANCY

Design Features of Feng Shui For Fertility and Pregnancy

Feng Shui has been around for 3000 to 4000 years originating in China. Feng Shui helps to create the proper energy flow which can improve your health and your ability to get pregnant and stay pregnant. It can involve removing clutter from your living space and rearranging furniture (especially in your bedroom). It may also involve placing certain symbols around your home to encourage baby "chi" or energy.

CLICK HERE TO READ MORE ABOUT FENG SHUI FOR PREGNANCY FERTILITY AND MISCARRIAGE (getpregnantover40.com)

PREGNANCY AND MOTHERHOOD: RAISING YOUR OWN KIDS

My experience with bad nannies - Raising your own kids after pregnancy

Watch out, I'm venting here - about bad nannies. Maybe it's none of my business, but I've come across so many bad nannies lately. I just feel bad for the kids that are left with these people day in and day out.

Here are two recent bad nanny examples:

My daughter and I were at the play area at the mall which was quite crowded. I pulled out my daughter's munchies since she was hungry and a little boy toddler came over wanting some. I gladly gave him as much as he wanted, but he sat with us for 15 minutes before a young gal came to claim him (obviously not his mother). I wanted to ask her who her employer was so I could inform the boy's mother that this so called "nanny" was completely negligent. Where would that boy have ended up if he hadn't sat with us all that time?
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We were at storytime at our local bookstore. Three kids were with their nanny. One of the little girls (about two years old) had a terribly runny nose and was pulling books off the shelf and crinkling all the pages (not to mention spreading her nasal bacteria all over the bookstore). The nanny sat there reading a book with a totally "checked out" look on her face. Finally I gave the little girl a tissue. The nanny didn't seem phased at all (don't bother me, I'm reading...!) I wanted to scream at her "HAVE YOU NO SHAME?!"

I've come to the conclusion that even the best of nannies (and in all fairness, I've met some really good ones too) are no substitute for mommy, daddy or even grandma and grandpa. I didn't go through six years of infertility and six miscarriages to have someone else raise my daughter - and incidences like the above only confirm my choice.

Saturday, May 10, 2014

HAVING BABIES, COMPETITION BEWEEN MOMS

Having babies and competitive parenting

I've written before about competitive parenting. Here is blog on the subject which is hilarious, very entertaining and sooooo true.  With Mother's day coming up, I thought this would be appropriate!

Here's an excerpt:

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Whenever you’re somewhere that mommies congregate, one of the first things a woman with a similarly aged baby will ask you is “is she doing such and such?” For some, it genuinely is a friendly question, meant to break the ice. But in almost any assemblage of mommies, there will lurk Competitive Mom. With this woman, almost any question of this sort is actually the opening shot in a gunfight at the development corral. And you’d better know that the women who shelled out $800 dollars for that top shelf stroller is going to be equally invested in making sure her Brianna is the first in the playgroup to drink from a sippy cup. Thus begins a vicious cycle from which no baby will emerge unscathed: the competitive mom will open the competition asking about something your baby is able to do and then to top you, she’ll come up with something your baby can’t do but hers is doing fantastically. 
fromwestnewyorkmommys.blogspot.com

Friday, May 09, 2014

BENEFITS OF OMEGA 3'S IN PREGNANCY

Pregnancy Over 40 and Omega 3

Omega 3's have so man benefits for fertility and overall health.
 If you're prone to depression, these fats may help provide a safe alternative to medications. Of course, this something you should discuss with your doctor. Read more:
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Dr. Kuan-Pin Su and colleagues presented their findings in the April issue of the Journal of Clinical Psychiatry (http://www.psychiatrist.com/abstrac...). Dr. Su supplemented subjects' diets with 3.4 grams Omega-3 each day. Control subjects received an olive oil derived placebo. At 6 and 8 week follow up testing, the Omega-3 receiving women scored lower on depression measuring scales than the placebo group. These scores indicated less depression. Two thirds of the women consuming the PUFAs showed significant improvement, the study said, compared with 27 per cent of the control group. Many became free from depression altogether.

The best news came when researchers noted the absence of negative effects on either mothers or their newborn babies. A few mothers experienced minor stomach upset the first few days while their systems got used to the new substances.



from
www.naturalnews.com

Thursday, May 08, 2014

CAN DIABETES CAUSE BIRTH DEFECTS?

Diabetes before pregnancy can increase birth defects in women over 40 or any age

I knew that having diabetes could complicate a pregnancy, but I never knew the condition could be a risk factor for birth defects.  These defects can involve a number of body systems including the heart, kidneys, gastrointestinal system, cleft palate and more.
 Here is an article that explains how birth defects are more common if the mother had diabetes before becoming pregnant (rather than developing the condition after becoming pregnant):
From the article:

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Women who have diabetes before becoming pregnant are about three times as likely as other women to have a baby with at least one birth defect, U.S. researchers said on Wednesday.
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A variety of different birth defects are associated with mothers who have type 1 diabetes, also called juvenile diabetes, or type 2 diabetes, the most common form of the disease that is linked to obesity, the researchers said.

These included defects of the heart, brain, spine, limbs, kidneys and gastrointestinal tract, penile and ear abnormalities and cleft palate, the researchers wrote in the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology.

"This study documents the fact that diabetes is associated with a wider range of defects than we had been aware of in the past," Dr. Adolfo Correa of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, who led the study, said in a telephone interview.

Correa said it appears that the condition called gestational diabetes is not associated with an increased risk of birth defects. This is a short-lived form of diabetes that can appear in a woman during pregnancy, but blood sugar levels usually return to normal shortly after the baby is born.

But Correa said some cases diagnosed as gestational diabetes may actually be type 2 diabetes that simply had gone unrecognized until the pregnancy.

The study involved 13,030 babies born with birth defects around the United States and 4,895 babies without birth defects, and the researchers determined which of the mothers had diabetes before becoming pregnant.


Wednesday, May 07, 2014

POSTPARTUM DEPRESSION AND STRESS LINKED

Postpartum Depression and Stress

A number of celebrities had told their stories of how they suffered from postpartum depression after their child was born.  Marie Osmond and Brook Shields are a few I can recall. I was fortunate that I did not experience post-partum depression. I did have my hormonal moments after my daughter was born, but in general she was an easy baby. However, I've read many stories of women who had debilitating depression after the birth of their babies. Here is an article that links stress with post-partum depression:
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From the article:

...Bringing home a difficult infant, Cutrona found, did lead to greater maternal depression, accounting for one-third of the difference between the mothers' postpartum levels of depression. The link between infant temperament and maternal depression may arise from the mother's feelings about herself, Cutrona says. When a woman has trouble comforting her child, she feels less competent as a mother. She may develop ambivalent feelings toward her child, causing guilt and further lowering her self-esteem.

Although there's not much a mother can do to alter her baby's basic temperament, she can lower the stress she feels by developing a network of supportive people. Women who reported high levels of support from spouses, parents or friends before

their babies were born had more confidence as parents and felt less depressed three months after delivery, Cutrona says. This is bescause social contacts - reliable friends and esteem-building colleagues - can help a person maintain a sense of self-worth in times of stress..."


from: Psychology Today, by Sarah Vandershaf

Tuesday, May 06, 2014

BABY'S IQ LOWERED WITH DIETING IN PREGNANCY

Don't Diet In Pregnancy

I've always said that the best time to get yourself in shape and lose weight is before you try to conceive.
 Calorie restriction can hinder your ability to get pregnant and, according to this article, it can harm your baby if you're already pregnant. Read more:

Women may be risking a low intelligence quotient (IQ) for their unborn babies by dieting during pregnancy, a new research indicates.
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Cutting back on vital nutrients and calories in the first half of pregnancy stunts the development of an unborn child’s brain, says a new study.

Although it was carried out on primates, researchers say the same findings are likely to be true for women, reports the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

Thomas McDonald of the University of Texas Health Science Centre US, who conducted the study, said: “This study is a further demonstration of the importance of good maternal health and diet.”

from:.thehindu.com

Sunday, May 04, 2014

ITS YOUR PREGNANCY, NOT THE DOCTORS - GETTING PREGNANT OVER 40

If you've ever struggled with infertility, and you see a doctor, all of a sudden a big shift in "power".  It's like they take over the ability for you to get pregnant.  After going through every fertility treatment in the book including two failed IVF's, and ectopic pregnancy and surgery, we decided to discontinue working with the fertility clinic.  It was then that I realized that I was in control of my fertility, my body and my ability to get pregnant.  It was very empowering to take back my control.  My attitude really changed at that point.  How dare they tell me I can't have a baby!  Click here to read more:


ASSUME RESPONSIBILITY FOR GETTING PREGNANT (ITS YOURS NOT THE DOCTORS! - getpregnantover40.com))

Saturday, May 03, 2014

BENEFITS OF ACUPUNCTURE IN PREGNANCY

Acupuncture and Pregnancy - A World of Benefits

Guest Post By Jenny Heart

It is well known by now that acupuncture is effective in the treatment and prevention of many illnesses. From migraine headaches to premenstrual cramps to insomnia, there are virtually no limits to the conditions that can be alleviated by this ancient Chinese healing art. Used by physicians, dentists and holistic practitioners worldwide, acupuncture is highly regarded in both Eastern and Western medical practices. The National Institute of Health reports an ever increasing use of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), and one Harvard study estimates that Americans visit acupuncturists more than five million times per year.
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In all of its purported uses, it comes as no surprise, then, that acupuncture is also effective in treating pregnant women. More and more, women are seeking drug-free treatment for various pregnancy-related conditions. Thus, acupuncture, having no contraindications, is becoming highly sought after, as women are learning that it is both safe and beneficial for mother and baby.
Pregnant women living here in Western North Carolina might consider visiting an Asheville acupuncture practitioner. Regularly scheduled balancing treatments throughout pregnancy enhance the health of the mother, influence the development of the baby, and help to prevent complications during childbirth. Acupuncture treatments can be given once a month until the final month, when weekly sessions help prepare for labor. Some treatments may cause a slight increase in fetal movements, but no acupuncture treatment - unless it is intended to induce labor - should significantly increase uterine activity.
There are many benefits of acupuncture during pregnancy; among these is its particular effectiveness in relieving morning sickness. This is great news for women who feel especially sick during the first three months of pregnancy, and even more so for those suffering from potentially dangerous hyperemesis gravidarum, or severe vomiting, during pregnancy. Studies are emerging that show women who receive acupuncture during the first trimester report having less frequent and shorter bouts of nausea than women who don't receive acupuncture. During the first trimester, acupuncture can also relieve migraines, fatigue, and bleeding. During the second trimester, acupuncture aids in maintaining balance by easing heartburn, hemorrhoids and stress. It can also be used to treat high blood pressure, edema and excessive weight gain.
In the third trimester, acupuncture treatment can bring relief from backache, sciatica, carpal tunnel syndrome, and pubic and joint pain. Fortunately for the mother, the benefits are often immediate. The third trimester is also a time when a great deal of attention is given to the proper positioning of the baby. The acupuncturist should begin to encourage a head-down position by 32 to 34 weeks.
If you live in Asheville, acupuncture is very much an available resource for you during your pregnancy. Be sure to find an acupuncture practitioner who is nationally certified as a diplomate of acupuncture and who has experience in treating women who are pregnant. Acupuncturists with adequate training in the care of pregnant women should recognize the potentially serious nature of certain symptoms and only offer care that coincides with their patient's Western medical care regimen as dictated by their primary care doctor or obstetrician.
By Jenny Heart. Asheville Acupuncture by Nance Pettit. Deep healing heart centered acupuncture Asheville NC. Chinese acupuncture and Asheville NC acupuncture, integrative medicine and energy healing.
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Friday, May 02, 2014

WHAT TO EAT IN PREGNANCY

Pregnancy Staple: The Super-Foods

By Mehnaz S Tabassum
While pregnancy is the most amazing experience in a woman's life, it is, to many extents, excruciating too. The body and the mind goes through so many unique changes during this time, that both become exhausted and wearied. It is inevitable, but to-be-moms can actually minimize the side effects of pregnancy by taking proper care of themselves, and it definitely starts with a balanced diet. There are some super-foods, which have been proven to make pregnancy a better experience, for both mommy and baby.
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Loveable Leafy Greens
We all have heard this over and over again that how beneficial leafy green veggies are during pregnancy. It does not matter how much overstated it sounds, but it is utterly important to have a healthy amount of leafy greens in to-be-moms' daily diets. This is why the green beauties like spinach, collard greens, kale, cabbages, brussels and all such rich resources of Vitamin A, C, lutein, carotene, calcium and many more, have topped our super-foods' list!
League of Legumes and Beans
These are the ultimate, super convenient super-foods which should be there in expectant moms' menus everyday. Rich in fibers, protein, iron, niacin, thiamine, calcium, sodium and many other good things, the beans and legumes also come with the longest storage lives. These can be stored and frozen easily while keeping the nutrients intact for days. Whether in thick soups, or healthy salads, these are perfect to be tried the way pregnant moms feel comfortable with. After all, they do become choosy when it is about food, so they are the ones to decide how to eat their beans, indeed!
Wholesome Whole Grains
While processed grains destroy many of the goodness in food, whole grains actually fill up those losses. For expectant moms, inclusion of whole grains in their daily meals is nothing but a must. The minerals, proteins, fibers, and vitamins, particularly the Vitamin B Complex is vital to ensure both baby and mom's well-being. Having more oats, quinoa or brown rice instead of the regular processed ones will add more benefits.
Nourishing Nuts (and Seeds, too!)
Nuts and seeds are our all time favorite pregnancy snacks. We can not deny the sudden cravings for bizarre things, but for the other times, tossing nuts and seeds in the mouth like good old days can not be beaten. Moreover, having a portion of these everyday will include important nutrients like fiber, minerals and omega-3 fatty acid. It will be a good idea to skip the packaged ones, since they are full of added salts, oils and other unwanted taste-enhancers. Being as much natural as possible always works, so just home-roasting walnuts, pumpkin seeds, almonds, cashews etc. will do great.
Pregnancy is one crucial time for both mom and her baby. All it needs is the right care. When you are responsible to provide nutrition to two human lives, it is worth the work. While these super-foods are must to have, do not forget to drink a lot of water throughout the day.
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PREGNANCY OVER 40, DEALING WITH OTHER MOTHERS

Pregnancy Over 40, Parenting Over 40

The first three months of my daughter’s life, I was totally insulated from “the competition” (i.e. other mothers). I had wonderful days alone with her where I nursed her and spent a good part of the day cuddling. It doesn’t get much better than this, I thought.

Getting Pregnant Over 40, Most Other Mothers Are Younger

My first experience with other mothers, which, by the way, are young enough to be my daughter was interesting.  When I started bringing my baby to the library story times when she was 4 months I immediately felt like I was being “grilled”. How much does your baby weigh? Are you nursing? Does she roll over? Do you let her watch TV? Does she eat food yet?

Once I answered the above questions (wondering if I was giving the “right” answers), I was bombarded with what their baby could do. I listened politely, but was always thinking in the back of my mind, “Why are they telling me all this? Do they think I’m a pediatrician or something?” Does it really matter whether or not their baby can eat strained sweet potatoes or green beans or whether or not their baby can lift their head? What’s going on here?
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I finally realized that it’s the mother’s insecurity at work. They were feeling like their baby might not be doing everything they should, so they ask other people what their baby is doing. When the other person’s baby isn’t doing as much as theirs - bingo – my kid’s better than yours! Maybe I’m an OK mother afterall!

My advice? Take it all in stride. Try to surround yourself with other mothers who don't get caught up in the "competition". I like to get together with other "mature" moms who have more than one child. They have a better perspective on how each child is unique with their own strengths and weaknesses. In the end most kids grow up being able to do most things with a reasonable level of proficiency. So if your baby is the last one to eat their sweet potatoes, never fear - they may just be a "green bean" person!

Thursday, May 01, 2014

GISELE BUNDCHEN TALKS ABOUT PREGNANCY OVER 40

Pregnancy Over 40 Or Any Age Isn't Always Perfect - Even For Celebrities!

This article from the UK almost made me laugh. It was very refreshing to have someone talk about the hardships of pregnancy and early motherhood.
 Most of us who have had a hard time getting pregnant don't dare complain, and there are many wonderful aspects of becoming a mother! However, this article talks frankly about things most people don't know about but should be prepared for:

From the article:

Welcome to motherhood.

The truth for me was being a mother for the first time was unbelievably, and ­sometimes unbearably, hard It was a relentless and ­thankless chore that left me fat, frustrated and fed-up. Was I the only one sick to the back teeth of images of calm

See Also Joan Lunden Twins At 50 (www.getpregnantover40.com) and

Celebrities Pregnant Over 40

celebrity mums waltzing around, impeccably groomed within hours of the birth?

They perpetuate ridiculous parenting myths. Mums feel pressure enough from images of perfect celebs and cherubic babies without them bleating on about childbirth not hurting and their bodies snapping back into place. Gisele, it just doesn’t help.

excerpted from www.mirror.co.uk

PREGNANCY OVER 40, DEALING WITH FEAR

Women Over 40 Are Bombarded with Negative Information about Pregnancy Over 40

It's not uncommon for women to be completely scared during their pregnancy - this is especially true for their first one.  There is so much information out there about all the things that can go wrong, in particular for women over 40. After six miscarriages, I couldn't believe everything could go so right for once. I was almost paralyzed by the fear. I spent most of my pregnancy laying around because I was sure my baby would "fall out" if I moved around too much. In retrospect I'm sorry I let my fear get the best of me.  As it turns out, the nausea was so intense my first trimester, that I couldn't really do much anyway, but I think it would have been good to get some exercise.

If it's you're first pregnancy or if you've previously miscarried, the fear may be even more intense, but there are ways to cope with it.

Here's an article about pregnancy fears and dealing with negative information:

Pregnancy Over 40 (getpregnantover40.com)

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