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Sunday, November 30, 2014


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Friday, November 28, 2014


Pregnancy Over 40,  Trying To Conceive Over 40, Watch Out For Salon Chemicals

I've always wondered how hairdressers can stand being in a salon all day with the smell of hairspray and other chemicals floating through the air.
 There's a salon at my local mall (where I walk daily). Every time I walk by the hair salon the smell permeates out into the common area to the point that I pick up my pace to avoid it. Well, according to the following article, it's not just the smell that may be a problem. Hairdressers may be inhaling a number of dangerous chemicals.   I have an aunt who worked as a hairdresser for years. She was told by her doctor to change professions because she was developing lung problems. Read More:


Although there was no clear link between individual exposure and birth defects, frequent perming and spraying during pregnancy were associated with an increased risk of having a small for dates baby, say the authors.
Other factors, which could have biased the results, such as mother's age, weight, height and smoking habit, had only marginal impact on the results.
The authors conclude that while the risk seems to be moderate, hairspray contains chemicals, such as ethanol and acetone, that have sometimes been linked to reduced birth weight.

Hairdressing Linked To Birth Defects

Tuesday, November 25, 2014


How to Cure a Yeast Infection During Pregnancy

By Lisa R Armstrong
Due to hormonal imbalances and other disruptions to the body that can occur when you are expecting a child, yeast infection during pregnancy is quite common. The Candida albicans fungus thrives whenever there are imbalances in our bodies, which makes pregnancy a time at which you can be particularly at risk of developing an infection. Depending upon the stage of your pregnancy at the time you develop the condition, there are different options available for treatment. Natural treatment and prevention are considered the ideal treatment options, but under medical supervision there are alternatives that may be open to you.
If you develop a yeast infection during pregnancy, then you need to consult a doctor before you take any over the counter medications or prescription treatments. As you are carrying a child, any medications could potentially be harmful. Your doctor can advise you about what you can take safely. The alternative to this is to undertake natural preventative measures and natural treatments that will not have an adverse effect upon your baby.
One of the first concerns that expectant mothers will have is whether a yeast infection during pregnancy is harmful to their baby. If you have a yeast infection it is not harmful to your baby while it is in the womb. That means that as long as you treat the infection the baby will be fine. If you have a yeast infection when you deliver and you have a natural birth, it is possible for the baby to contract the infection during childbirth. For this reason, it is generally best to consult a medical specialist if you develop an infection when you are close to your delivery date. Your doctor may prescribe a suitable medication in order to ensure that the infection clears up before the delivery.
During the first trimester of a pregnancy, it is advisable that you do not take any form of over the counter or prescription medication to treat a yeast infection. While it is always advisable to consult an expert before taking any medication during the pregnancy, your baby is especially vulnerable at that time. The best option if you have a yeast infection during pregnancy is therefore to look at natural treatments and preventative measures.
There are a number of options for treating a yeast infection during pregnancy, which can help to provide relief from the symptoms as well as clear the condition and prevent any recurrence.
Among the treatment options during pregnancy are the following:
o Take a natural probiotic to restore the balance of 'good bacteria' in the intestinal tract, thereby preventing an outbreak of the Candida organism.


o Use diluted Tea Tree Oil with its' anti-fungal properties and help your body to stop the growth of the Candida fungus.

o Relieve symptoms such as itching and inflammation around the infected area by placing a cloth soaked in diluted Witches Hazel on the area.

o Apply natural yogurt, which contains 'good bacteria' around the infected area.

o Avoid using strong soaps or scented body washes which can encourage the growth of the organism.

o Wear lose fitting clothing that allows the skin to breath and doesn't promote ideal conditions for the Candida organism to grow in.
By taking steps to make sure that you avoid developing a yeast infection during pregnancy and by using natural preventative measures to help reduce the symptoms if you do, you'll be on track to have a healthy, problem free pregnancy. If any issues should arise that you are unable to manage with these natural treatments, always seek advice from a medical expert.
Lisa Armstrong is a fellow yeast infection sufferer. She spends her time helping others to understand and find the solution to their yeast issues. For more great information on yeast infections during pregnancy visit
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Sunday, November 23, 2014


I suffered through morning sickness with all of my pregnancies and when I had my successful pregnancy with my daughter, I had three long months of nausea, vomiting and a general flu like feeling with aches and pains.  I kept taking my temperature because I felt so feverish (but it was always normal).  Morning sickness can vary between women and it can vary between pregnancies in the same woman.

If you are like me and suffered through many years of infertility and miscarriage, you don't dare complain about feeling sick when you are pregnant with what appears to be a healthy pregnancy.  Not only do you think this will jinx it, but you know there are plenty of women going through infertility who would gladly change places with you.

One thing that did seem to help me through the constant nausea was sucking on starlight mints (the little red and white peppermints that you get at restaurants).  I ate so many of those I was worried about tooth decay!  Although they did not take away the nausea, the peppermints smoothed over my gag reflex so I wasn't always gagging to the point of vomiting.

There is another product on the market which I'm not sure was around when I was pregnant, but I would have given it a try if it was.  It is called "Preggie Pops".  These colorful lollipops have a number of safe ingredients which can help with morning sickness.  From the manufacturer:

Preggie Pops work by a combination of:
  • Specific essential oils flavors known to help stomach problems
  • Aromatherapy
  • Mode of delivery
  • Sugars to combat hypoglycemic queasy stomach
  • And, they are safe because they are all natural

Friday, November 21, 2014


It seems like the celebrity world is quite fertile indeed!  But haven't you noticed there are quite a few older mothers in Hollywood?  Of course, given that I blog about older motherhood, I keep track of these things!  Do they get pregnant naturally?  Some do and some don't, and I'm sure many celebrities don't want to share too much personal information.  I think celebrities become role models and prove to women, that having babies at older ages is possible...however you get there.


Wednesday, November 19, 2014


Can Prenatal Music Benefit Your Baby?

There does seem to be conflicting information out there, but the sources that believe that prenatal music can be beneficial claim the following:
  • Babies who heard particular music while in the womb seem to remember it after birth
  • Music played before birth creates some type of consistency between being in the womb and coming into the outside world
  • Music can relax the mother and this state of relaxation can benefit the unborn baby
  • An unborn baby's sense of sound and hearing begins at about the 22nd day of gestation and the ear matures around month 5
  • The unborn baby's response to music has been recorded through a change in heartbeat showing a state of attentiveness.
  • Listening stimulates the nervous system
  • There is certainly no harm in listening to prenatal music. The volume should be around 50-60 decibels which is about the volume you would listen in your home.

Monday, November 17, 2014



I had never heard of the term "lightening" until I read this article. Further along in a pregnancy, when labor is near, the baby may move down and bit which lessens the pressure on the mother's rib cage and surrounding structures. Read more:


Lightening during pregnancy actually refers to the term used to describe the baby engaging in the pelvis before vaginal birth. It is thus named because as the baby moved down from under the rib cage, the mother may feel a sense of relief in that her rib cage expands more easily allowing her to draw deeper breaths and eat without feeling full so quickly.

Although lightening may eliminate some uncomfortable symptoms, it may increase others. Some women feel more pressure on their bladders which causes them to urinate more frequently while others have a perpetual feeling that the baby is about to fall out. These feelings result from the added pressure that the baby's head is placing on the rectum and pelvic floor.

Saturday, November 15, 2014


Women Who Have a Baby Over 40 Want To Be Around To See Their Children Grow Up

 Most women who have children a little later in life worry about whether or not they'll be around to see their kids grow up.

 Breast cancer is something many women worry quite a bit about (even though heart disease claims more lives). Here is an article about how certain foods considered to be phytoestrogens may reduce your risk.  I think you'll find that the foods that are great for overall health are also great for fertility and pregnancy:

In one study of nearly 60,000 postmenopausal women in France, for example, the one-quarter of women with the highest lignan intake were 17 percent less likely to develop breast cancer during the study period compared with the one-quarter with the lowest intake -- estimated based on dietary questionnaires the women completed at the outset.


Breast cancer is the most common cancer in women worldwide, accounting for around 16 percent of all female cancers. It kills around 519,000 people globally each year....

Lignans are one of the three main types of phytoestrogen. The new study focused on lignans, in part because they are the main phytoestrogen in the typical Western diet.
Flaxseed and sesame are particularly high in lignans, and the compounds are also found in whole grains, berries and some other fruits, a number of vegetables such as broccoli and kale, and green tea...
The researchers on the French study accounted for a number of other factors in breast cancer risk -- including the women's age, family history of breast cancer, weight and history of estrogen exposure from birth control pills or hormone replacement therapy. The relationship between lignan intake and breast cancer risk remained.


Tuesday, November 11, 2014


Even though I was elated to be pregnant, I'll have to admit, it was a really uncomfortable time, especially when trying to sleep. I had an old fashioned water bed at the time (which I unplugged when I was in it) and that did help since it would conform to my shape. Oddly, my back never hurt in pregnancy, even though I had fairly severe back pain before I was pregnant (a doctor told me that back pain can be cyclical with your periods due to "referred pain" from the uterus during your menstrual cycle.
Very few people have waterbeds anymore (especially the old fashioned kind, and pregnant women may want other options. A maternity mattress may help.

Friday, November 07, 2014


Pregnancy Over 40, Prematurity and Autism

It seems that autism has taken center stage lately with a number of celebrities going public with their children's condition.
 This article from CNN talks about how extreme prematurity is another risk factor.  However, having said that, I know a number of women who had multiples and delivered as early as 26 weeks.  Their children are now over the age of 10 and they are as normal as can be. Read more:

Children who are born more than three months premature have double the expected rate of autism at age two as full-term children, according to a study published Wednesday in the Journal of Pediatrics.


Twenty-six percent of babies born extremely premature had cognitive impairment, according to the study.

Overall, about one in 10 of the extremely premature infants who did not have other health problems (including cerebral palsy, mental impairment, or vision or hearing problems) tested positive for autism at age two.

The study assessed the children via a survey of behavior known as the Modified Checklist for Autism in Toddlers (M-CHAT). But not all children who test positive definitely have the brain development disorder. Autism spectrum disorders (which include a range of diagnoses, from mild to more severe autism) aren't typically diagnosed until age three or older, and M-CHAT is not considered a definitive test.

However, the finding is not surprising, according to Dr. Antonio Hardan, director of the Autism and Developmental Disabilities Clinic at the Lucile Packard Children's Hospital at Stanford University, who was not involved in the study.

"We have to be in the womb for nine months for a good reason," says Dr. Hardan. "There are a lot of steps of brain development that should occur in the right environment, and the ideal environment is in the womb." Depression during pregnancy doubles risk of preterm birth

In the new study, which was conducted by a team led by Karl Kuban of the Boston University Medical Center and Boston Medical Center, 26 percent of children who were born extremely premature (27 weeks gestation or less, as opposed to a full-term of 37 weeks or more) had cognitive impairment, 11 percent had cerebral palsy, 3 percent had problems with vision, and 2 percent had hearing impairment.

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Wednesday, November 05, 2014


The Truth About Vitamin A Safety in Prenatal Vitamins
By Dr Dean Raffelock

The most common question that pregnant women ask me is "My obstetrician says that it is very dangerous for me to take vitamin A while I'm pregnant. As an expert in nutrition, what is your opinion?"
No doubt, there is a lot of fear and confusion on this topic. So let's get right down to the truth of the matter. As usual, the truth is to be found in the middle of two opposite points of view. One point of view is that pregnant women should avoid taking any vitamin A. The other point of view is that pregnant women do not need to be concerned at all with their vitamin A consumption because the risks are minimal.


So let's clarify the issue so you can make the most informed choice for yourself and your baby:
In 1995, the prestigious New England Journal of Medicine published a study that showed strong evidence that approximately 1.7% of pregnant women in the U.S. consuming greater than 10,000 International Units (IUs) of vitamin A (retinol) per day during the first 7 weeks of their pregnancy gave birth to children afflicted with some form of birth defect. This was one out of every 57 women. This created a wave of fear in obstetricians and their pregnant patients that continues to this day.
The good news about this study is that it alerted doctors to strongly caution their pregnant patients that consuming over 10,000 IUs of vitamin A per day for the first 7 weeks of her pregnancy can be risky. To my way of thinking this should also hold true for women of childbearing age who are actively trying to become pregnant. Women who are given very high dosages of vitamin A for acne treatments should avoid becoming pregnant until their blood levels of vitamin A are well within the normal range.
The bad news about the effects the NEJM vitamin A study is that it made far too many obstetricians and obstetrical nurses overly cautious, even paranoid, about women taking anyform of vitamin A, even supplements containing beta-carotene. Obviously no pregnant woman wants to put her developing baby at risk, so when their obstetrician tells them to avoid taking all vitamin A they listen.
The other side of the truth is that developing babies need somevitamin A. Vitamin A deficiency can cause fetal and infant growth retardation. It is well known that plant scientists have been trying to perfect modified strains of rice to contain beta-carotene (orange in color) for third world countries. Why? To help prevent the large amount of infants born blind every year because their mother's bodies did not have enough vitamin A to donate an adequate amount to their developing eyes!
The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that between 250,000 and 500,000 children are born blind every year. WHO also estimates that 13.8 million children have some degree of visual loss related to vitamin A deficiency.
Carotenes and carotenoids are natural pigments that give colored fruits and vegetables their bright colors. Carrots are a good example because their orange color is reflective of an abundance of carotenoids and carotenes. There are over 600 carotenoids/carotenes and less than 50 seem to be able to be converted into vitamin A. This conversion is essential, however, because the human vision is dependent upon these pigments.
The conversion of carotenes to vitamin A depends upon a number of factors including adequate zinc, vitamin C, protein status, bile salts, pancreatic enzymes and optimal thyroid gland health. So women with inadequate levels of these necessary co-factors have more difficulty converting high pigment foods into vitamin A.
One International Unit (IU) of vitamin A (retinol) does not equal one IU of beta-carotene because only between 40%-60% of beta-carotene is absorbed and converted into vitamin A. Also, the absorption of beta-carotene is self-limiting. This means that beyond a healthy level, the more you take the less you absorb. Beta-carotene taken in supplement form absorbs better than beta-carotene from foods. Betacarotene is safe and necessary.
On average, a healthy daily intake of vitamin A for pregnant women is approx. 4000 IUs. This means that if you have been told by your obstetrician to avoid taking all vitamin A and you are receiving less than about 8000 IUs of carotenes from your prenatal vitamin and your diet combined, there is increased risk that your child may suffer some degree of visual loss or growth retardation. The risk of pregnant women receiving too little vitamin A is just as unacceptable as too much vitamin A.
As previously stated, the truth tends to be found right in the middle of the two opposite points of view. Too much vitamin A brings a small but significant risk of birth defects. Too little vitamin A brings a risk of visual loss or growth retardation.
So what do you do when you become pregnant?
Here are some guidelines:
(1) To be on the safe side, it is best to avoid prenatal vitamins that contain any of the retinol form of vitamin A.
(2) Try to make sure that your daily intake of vitamin A does not exceed 6000 IUs during the first 2 months of your pregnancy.
(3) Avoid eating foods very high in the retinol form of vitamin A on a daily basis, especially beef liver (43,900 IUs/3.5 oz serving) and calves liver (22,500 IUs/3.5 oz. serving).
(4) Make sure that your prenatal vitamin contains at least 3500 IUs of betacarotene.
(5) Try to obtain 4000-5000 IUs of carotenes and carotenoids from your diet. You can do this by eating lots of colored vegetables like carrots and green leafy vegetables.
(6) Eat brightly colored fruits.
(7) If you cannot eat enough colored vegetables, find a good tasting vegetable powder that can provide you with 4000-5000 IUs of these essential precursors to vitamin A.
(8) Do your best to take this middle ground and try not to worry.
Dr. Dean Raffelock is the lead author of A NATURAL GUIDE TO PREGNANCY AND POSTPARTUM HEALTH published by Avery in 2003. He is a holistic doctor who has been in private since 1977 and practices in Boulder, Colorado. He has earned four board certifications including clinical nutrition, acupuncture, chiropractic, and applied kinesiology and continues to teach research-based clinical nutrition for numerous medical organizations. Dr. Raffelock is Vice President of Research and Development for the makers of After Baby Boost- the first and only clinically tested comprehensive postnatal nutrient system and Before Baby Boost the first and only comprehensive 3 bottle prenatal nutrient system. He is also President of Sound Formulations, LLC a consulting company that formulates and manufactures premium quality nutritional products for nutriceutical companies. He may be reached at,
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Monday, November 03, 2014


Finally! Good News About Pregnancy Over 40

Here's an interesting and encouraging article about how there may be benefits to becoming a mother later in life.

Personally, I think there are many benefits to becoming a mother over, emotional, and just being a better parent among them. But now, the scientific community may have to agree.

Although this research is disputed by some, this study disussed below found that having a baby over 40 may reduce your risk of ovarian cancer. Read more:


Previous research has suggested that women who bear children earlier in life cut their risk of breast cancer. But Hans-Olov Adami's team at the Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm, has found the reverse to be true for ovarian cancer.

Adami said: "After correcting for the number of pregnancies, the risk of ovarian cancer decreased by about 10 per cent for each five-year increment in age at first childbirth."

The study involved 20,000 subjects and found that the more children a woman had, the lower her risk from ovarian cancer. This finding agrees with previous work. But the study also found that if a woman had only one child, the risk of ovarian cancer decreased by 50 per cent if she delayed pregnancy from age 20 to 45.

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