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Tuesday, December 30, 2014

2014 MOST POPULAR BABY NAMES

Baby names still following trends 

I recall when I was trying to conceive and experiencing miscarriage, I thought it would jinx my pregnancy if I started picking out baby names.  But...it's hard to resist thinking about what you will call the baby that is or will be coming into your life.  Here is the top 10 list compiled by Babycenter.com as cited by the Huffington Post:
Continuing down the popular girl names list, Madelyn has risen up to no. 10, bumping Chloe off the top 10 list. On the top 10 boys' names list, Caden and Logan have replaced Jayden and Jack. The rankings are based on the names of over 406,000 babies born in 2014 to moms registered on the BabyCenter website.
Most Popular Girl Names:
1. Sophia
2. Emma
3. Olivia
4. Ava
5. Isabella
6. Mia
7. Zoe
8. Lily
9. Emily
10. Madelyn
Most Popular Boy Names:
1. Jackson
2. Aiden
3. Liam
4. Lucas
5. Noah
6. Mason
7. Ethan
8. Caden
9. Jacob
10. Logan

Sunday, December 28, 2014

SLEEP DEPRIVATION WITH NEW BABY

Pregnancy Over 40 and Sleep Deprivation

I remember being so tired when my daughter was a baby that I would just cry.
 Even when she slept through the night, for some reason, I couldn't fall back asleep. It was probably a combination of hormones and worry. This article talks about how new parents really do suffer sleep deprivation:

See Also: Pregnancy Over 40 (www.getpregnantover40.com)

Most adults need at least five hours' shut-eye to function prop-erly and some need eight. But almost two thirds (64%) of parents with babies and under-twos get just three-and-three-quarters hours, according to a poll for Silentnight. Over the course of two years - even accounting for regular power-naps - that means the majority are awake for 912 hours on baby duty.
Sleep expert Iftikhar Mirza said: "Lack of sleep and becoming parents goes hand in hand, but parents can help themselves by trying to get their babies into a routine early, eating healthily and taking gentle exercise to release endorphins, which should lower the risk of mood swings."


from:
www.mirror.co.uk

Friday, December 26, 2014

DOWN SYNDROME WHAT TO DO?

What Would You Do If You Were Told Your Unborn Baby Had Down Syndrome?

By Isla L Brookview

Let's face it - miscarriage is not a pleasant topic. Nobody wants to talk about it since it is a touchy subject so many times it is just brushed under the rug. There is a reason that expectant parents are told to wait until the three month mark before they disclose that a baby is on the way.
I have a great deal of personal experience in this area. Having suffered from recurrent miscarriages for years, I feel the pain of couples that deal with this. I have had a few chemical pregnancies around the 6 week mark, blighted ovum discovered on a 8 week ultrasound, as well as a very late miscarriage at 17.5 weeks that caused a great deal of pain and heartache.

SEE ALSO: PREGNANCY OVER 40 (getpregnantover40.com) 

How each person handles a miscarriage is very unique and personal no matter what stage of the pregnancy. My first miscarriage was in my second trimester and was also my first pregnancy. I kept it a secret from coworkers and most of my friends and family for the first few months. I was a naive optimist who thought that everything was going to go fine. After all - I had the usual signs of extreme morning sickness and fatigue, something my doctor assured me was a good sign that the pregnancy was progressing well.
I had just turned 35 at the time. I was often mistaken for being younger than my age so when I went for a visit to my doctor and her replacement - who didn't know me - told me not to worry about CVS testing because I was not old enough, I reminded him that I thought it was for women my age. I was told that I could get first trimester screening done as a less invasive procedure to determine any fetal abnormalities. It was a new technique done by blood tests and ultrasounds around the 11 to 13 week mark that was done at a private clinic and would cost a few hundred dollars. I wasn't sure that it was the right choice for us since I didn't feel my age either; I took care of myself and ate healthy - but thought I would go just in case.
I had the procedure at the end of my 13th week. When we were brought in to discuss the test results, my heart sunk. The genetic counselor told us we had a 1:2 chance of having a baby with Down Syndrome - or Trisomy 21 - as it is also known. Since it was now too late for a CVS test, only an amniocentesis would reveal the real results, and we would have to wait a few weeks before that could be done.
Time was going too slow for the next weeks following. I went home and researched online our test results - what the PAPA-a results and HCG ratios meant. If our baby was normal, it would have a very stunted growth pattern as indicated by the PAPP-a ratios. The baby had a nasal bone and most Trisomy 21 babies do not, so I convinced myself that everything would turn out normal. I looked through forums to find other women with results like mine. I couldn't find anyone given as poor odds as me, but I did find another woman with a 1:3 chance. We emailed each other and her amniocentesis revealed a chromosomally normal baby.
Finally - it was time for my amnio. It hurt a lot to get the procedure done, more than I expected, but by this time I was getting over my fear of needles. Because the odds of a Trisomy 21 pregnancy were so great, they sent the results to the lab for what they called a FISH test. This is basically a quick test where we only had to wait about 2 days for the results instead of a couple weeks.
The phone call from the genetic counsellor came. She said that the results came back positive for Down Syndrome since the FISH test revealed 3 copies of chromosome 21. I was in shock, never thinking that I would have a disabled child. I guessed that I was carrying a boy - something she also confirmed to be true. She explained that there were many options and that if we were to carry the baby to term, there would be almost a 50% chance that he would have heart problems. What would be the child's quality of life? Would he be healthy or in and out of the hospital? There were so many questions we had and this is a topic I never thought we would have to consider. From the data, sadly 90% of couples at the time chose to terminate the pregnancy through abortion once they discovered their baby had Trisomy 21.
During this time, we shared the news with some close friends. It was a hard thing to keep to ourselves. They mainly said the same thing - that they really didn't know what they would do if they were in our position. A couple told me they would abort. We struggled with how to handle our lives and had many discussions about the quality of the baby's life. My husband wanted to terminate the pregnancy and I wasn't sure. After all, I was a vegetarian that didn't believe in ending any person or animal's life. This was the ultimate curve ball to make to re-evaluate things.
We didn't have to make a decision in the end because it was made for us. We were advised by the doctor that there was "fetal demise". I suspected that there was something wrong because I had severe abdominal pains days prior and got checked out. An autopsy report revealed that he had a hole in his heart so never would have survived until birth. Although I was sad about the pregnancy ending, in felt a huge weight lifted as not to be put in a position to make a decision that would change my life no matter what - either I go against my husband's wishes and raise a special needs baby, or terminate the pregnancy like most people and live with tremendous guilt for a lifetime.
This late miscarriage was the worst one of all of them I have had. Perhaps having the worst experience possible miscarriage-wise first better prepared me emotionally for dealing with half a dozen more to follow. Each was painful in its own way but I would never wish my first miscarriage experience on anyone. It affected me in a way that would be hard for anyone who hasn't been through it to understand.
Like everyone who has personal experience having had a miscarriage or a partner who has, it is heartbreaking because you develop hopes and dreams of how your unborn child will turn out. I think it is human nature to get attached no matter what stage of pregnancy you are at, and people do not know the right thing to say when it happens a lot of the time. It makes others uncomfortable and they would rather just not bring up the topic at all - which can sometimes be worse to not acknowledge the baby in a way the parents would like. It is a touchy subject, but I personally feel having gone through it, the best response I got was a simple card and flowers to say I'm sorry, and it was just left at that with nothing else needing to be said.
All I can say now is that the tragedies I endured make me look at my children I had years later with such gratitude and appreciation.
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Saturday, December 20, 2014

SLEEP ON LEFT SIDE WHEN PREGNANT

Pregnancy Over 40, Sleeping On Your Left Side May Increase Circulation To Baby

I recall when I was pregnant, it was really hard to get comfortable.  I found that laying on my left side was best.  I even did this when I was in a recliner with the foot rest up.  Actually, I found that sitting and even sometimes sleeping in a recliner was best because it helped with the nausea.  When I I would lay down all the way, I think stomach acid would work its way up.  As it turns out, laying on your left side may be the best when you are pregnant.  This article explains more about the best sleep positions:

SEE ALSO: getpregnantover40.com FOR MORE PREGNANCY AND FERTILITY INFORMATION

Although there's no real harm in sleeping on your right side, lying on your left side is actually good for you and your baby: It improves the flow of blood and nutrients to the placenta and it helps your kidneys efficiently eliminate waste products and fluids from your body. That, in turn, reduces swelling in your ankles, feet, and hands. If you train yourself to sleep on your left side early on, you'll have an easier time falling asleep when your belly is bulging later.

During the second half of pregnancy, avoid sleeping on your back, a position that puts the full weight of your uterus on your spine, back muscles, intestines, and the inferior vena cava (the vein that transports blood from your lower body to the heart). Back-sleeping can also put you at risk for backaches and hemorrhoids, inefficient digestion, and impaired breathing and circulation. Lying on your back in the second and third trimester can also cause changes in blood pressure. For some women, it can cause a drop in blood pressure that can make them feel dizzy; for others, it can cause an unwanted increase in blood pressure.

 from: baby center

Thursday, December 18, 2014

LEAVE BABY WITH MOTHER TO LESSEN INFANT STRESS AFTER BIRTH

Pregnancy Over 40 - Don't Take The Baby Away After Birth

Most of us assume that everything the hospital does is good for our baby.
But what about whisking the baby off immediately after birth?  When I had my daughter they did take her for a few minutes because she had a slight problem breathing and they blew a little oxygen in her face.  It resolved itself and they cleaned her up and gave her back to me.   According to this article, taking the baby away may create some unnecessary stress. Read more:

It is standard practice in a hospital setting, particularly among Western cultures, to separate mothers and their newborns. Separation is also common for babies under medical distress or premature babies, who may be placed in an incubator. In addition, the American Academy of Pediatrics specifically recommends against co-sleeping with an infant, due to its association with Sudden Infant Death Syndrome, or SIDS.

SEE ALSO: PREGNANCY OVER 40 (getpregnantover40.com)

Humans are the only mammals who practice such maternal-neonate separation, but its physiological impact on the baby has been unknown until now. Researchers measured heart rate variability in 2-day-old sleeping babies for one hour each during skin-to-skin contact with mother and alone in a cot next to mother's bed. Neonatal autonomic activity was 176% higher and quiet sleep 86% lower during maternal separation compared to skin-to-skin contact.

Dr. John Krystal, Editor of Biological Psychiatry, commented on the study's findings: "This paper highlights the profound impact of maternal separation on the infant. We knew that this was stressful, but the current study suggests that this is major physiologic stressor for the infant."

from: 
www.sciencedaily.com

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

CONCEPTION OF A BOY AFTER INFERTILITY

Struggle To Get Pregnant Associated With Male Births 

I have previously posted that an acidic cervical environment may encourage conception of a girl.  The theory is that female sperm can survive the harsh environment better than male sperm.  However, it is interesting that couples who take a long time to get pregnant may be more likely to have boys.  I've known a number of women who had boys after a long struggle to get pregnant. Here's an article that may explain why males may be better swimmers:

From the article:

An investigation of 5,283 Dutch women revealed that 57.6 percent of those who took longer than 12 months to become pregnant had boys, compared with 51.1 percent boys among those who became pregnant in less than a year.

See Also: Early Pregnancy Symptoms (www.getpregnantover40.com)

Although human semen has equal numbers of Y-bearing male sperm and X-bearing female sperm, the males may be better swimmers in viscous cervical mucus, the authors speculate. That mucus makes impregnation more difficult.

"The best-supported hypothesis," said Dr. Luc J. M. Smits, the lead author, "is that the Y chromosome is lighter than the X chromosome, while Y- and X-bearing sperms have the same locomotive power. In liquid fluids, this difference would not cause differential speed, but in viscous fluids it would." Dr. Smits is a lecturer in epidemiology at the University of Maastricht in the Netherlands.


 excerpted from:
  (www.boston.com)

Sunday, December 14, 2014

CHICKEN POX AND MENS FERTILITY: CHICKEN POX IN PREGNANCY

CHICKEN POX, MENS FERTILITY AND CHICKEN POX IN PREGNANCY

When I was a little girl, we did not have a chicken pox vaccine, and most of us came down with it. It was a nasty illness because you wound up with these little red scabs all over your body. They eventually scarred over and went away, but, even though I was in pre-school, I remember it well.
But what about chicken pox in adulthood?  Many men wonder if Varicella or chicken pox will hurt their fertility, I have an article on my site that addresses mens fertility and chicken pox (click here: getpregnantover40.com) It is definitely something you do not want to get in pregnant and here are some recommendations for prevention from the CDC:
All pregnant women should talk to a healthcare provider to determine if they are protected against chickenpox. For pregnant women, any of the following are evidence of protection against chickenpox:
Documentation of two doses of varicella vaccine
Blood test showing immunity to varicella
Diagnosis or verification by a health care provider of a history of chickenpox or herpes zoster, also known as shingles

If a woman has never had chickenpox, the best way to protect against chickenpox is to get vaccinated. Women should receive the chickenpox vaccine at least 30 days before becoming pregnant. Women should not receive the chickenpox vaccine within 30 days of pregnancy or during pregnancy. As soon as a pregnant woman who is not protected against chickenpox delivers her baby, she should be vaccinated against chickenpox. The first dose of vaccine can be given before she leaves the hospital, and the second dose at the 6-8-week post-partum visit. The vaccine is safe even for mothers who are nursing.

Women who are thinking about getting pregnant but are not protected against chickenpox should get vaccinated at least one to three months before becoming pregnant. Women should not get vaccinated during pregnancy or during the 30 days before becoming pregnant.

If a pregnant woman is not protected against chickenpox, people who live with her should be protected. If close contacts have not already had chickenpox, vaccination of these contacts is the most effective way to protect a pregnant woman against chickenpox

Pregnant women should stay away from anyone who has chickenpox. This includes people who have been vaccinated and then get a very mild form of chickenpox, sometimes called "breakthrough" chickenpox (usually little or no fever and fewer than 50 skin lesions). "Breakthrough" chickenpox is still contagious.

If a pregnant woman is not protected against chickenpox and finds out that she has been in contact with someone who has chickenpox, she should call her doctor immediately.

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

LOUD NOISE IN UTERO, DOES IT HURT BABY?

When Pregnant, Use Caution Around Loud Noise

With all of the musical devices out there you might want to use them sparingly if you're pregnant.
My site: www.getpregnantover40.com
This article tells more about loud music and how loud noise could affect your unborn baby:

American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that doctors advise mothers who were around loud noises on a consistent basis either because of their occupation or from recreational activities such as attending rock concerts, to screen their babies for noise-induced hearing loss. They point to a handful of studies that suggest that unborn babies can experience ill effects—such as hearing loss—from exposure to loud noise in utero. 
excerpted from www.babyzone.com

Thursday, December 04, 2014

DENTAL XRAYS IN PREGNANCY, ARE THEY SAFE?

When Pregnant, Avoid Radiation As Much As Possible

I put all of my routine dental visits on hold while I was pregnant. First of all, my gag reflex was so strong, I probably would have vomited and second of all, I absolutely didn't want any exposure to radiation. According to this article, that may have been a wise choice. Read more:

SEE ALSO: FERTILITY AND PREGNANCY DETOXIFICATION OF YOUR ENVIRONMENT (getpregnantover40.com) 

Researchers studied about 4,500 women. They found women who had dental X-rays were more likely to have babies weighing less than five pounds. Specialists seem surprised by the fact since the amount of radiation pregnant women were exposed to was very low and generally thought to be incapable of inducing observable health effects.

Previous studies show young women who are exposed to radiation for spine problems before getting pregnant also have an increased risk of having a low-birth weight baby.

from: 
www.biomedicine.org

Tuesday, December 02, 2014

WHEN GRANDPARENTS ARE PARENTS


Pregnancy Over 40, Many Older Women Raise Children Or Grandchildren

 I've often said I'm old enough to be my daughter's grandma especially since I have some friends my age with grandkids older than her.
 But what about kids who really do have their grandma raising them? Bless these grandmas who step up to the plate and raise their grandchildren. I thought of this when I was at my daughter's preschool a couple of years ago. She had a little friend at her school who I found out lost her mother. I don't know under what circumstances, but the grandmother told me her daughter passed away. I always saw this little girl with her father and grandmother and I assumed the mother was always working or had some kind of crazy schedule. It never dawned on me that she had died. Another little boy has his great grandmother raising him (yes, I said great grandmother) Again, it's not my place to delve into their personal stories, but it certainly does make you wonder.

People frequently pass judgement on women over 40 who have babies...then you see these grandmas who are raising these very young children. It puts it all into perspective - us women are capable of amazing things at any age.
SEE ALSO: PREGNANCY OVER 40 (getpregnantover40.com)

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