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Saturday, February 28, 2015


Pregnancy Heartbeat - Prenatal Music Stimulation and Your Unborn Child

Guest Post By Catherine L Pittman

Once upon a time a device called the "walkman" was invented, making music more portable. In today's world, iPods, MP3 players, cell phones and other small computing devices have made it even more easily accessible and portable than ever before. Expecting mommies can even find belly gear with built-in speakers specifically for baby's listening pleasure in utero!
The Science of Prenatal Music
Researchers now know that music affects us in many ways. The medical profession has found its use in patient rooms and intensive care helps premature babies and patients with serious illness. New studies are being conducted to research how it actually affects babies in the womb. While these studies are still in their infancy, studies performed all conclude that prenatal music stimulation of baby's auditory senses is very beneficial.
The amniotic fluid surrounding your baby not only acts as a protective barrier, but conducts sound very well. Your unborn child is able to clearly hear your voice, music and other external sounds that surround your daily life, and will react to those sounds through an increased heart rate and movement. This has led many researchers to believe there is more to hearing than our ears.
Some believe the use of music stimuli while in the womb may well be the building blocks for intellectual development or musical abilities. There is currently no sound evidence to support claims that listening to music while in the womb will actually increase your child's intelligence, or make your child more musically inclined. However, the studies have found that babies serenaded to before birth respond to and remember the music played long after birth.
Benefits to You and Your Child
Your unborn child has an incredible ability to feel your emotions and know your state of mind, and will react according to your moods and emotions. Whether or not you believe prenatal music can make your child more intelligent or more prone to musical abilities, there are definitely benefits proven beneficial when used during pregnancy.

  • Reduces stress-levels for both baby and mother during pregnancy
  • Begins the bonding process, giving you the opportunity to make an early life-long connection with your child
  • Calming music relaxes even the most agitated baby, placing you and your child in a calm and tranquil state
  • Baby will benefit from the hormones mommy produces when she is relaxed and happy!
  • It provides the building blocks for later brain development
  • Prenatal music is baby's first memory skill
  • Facilitates and enhances baby's physical and emotional well-being
  • Singing lullabies nurtures early communication through the language of music
  • Music creates a bridge from baby's inner womb environment to the outer world
  • Studies and mothers alike have found singing lullabies to baby in utero facilitates sleeping habits after birth; baby remembers the feeling of warmth and comfort of the womb, as well as the song!

Your unborn baby is surrounded by rich and diversified internal rhythmic sounds, which include your breathing, heart beat, physical movements and baby's own cardiovascular pulsations and movements. Because of these internal sounds, outside sounds must be slightly louder than the internal environment, but not so loud that it agitates baby.
Vibrations of the instruments can be felt directly by your body because sound waves travel through matter, which includes your womb aided by the sound conduction of the amniotic fluid. The choice of music as well as the frequency and pitch affects both you and your child. Whether you prefer The Beatles, New Age, Classical music or want to play and sing lullabies, keep it at a lower frequency---one that provides comfortable listening levels for you and baby.
Prenatal music stimulation should be used in moderation. Overstimulation can cause discomfort and agitation for both mother and child.
There is no doubt that your unborn child can respond to external sounds heard while in the comfort of the womb. The gentle strains of lullabies and soft music can act as a balm to nourish the soul. It truly encompasses all aspects of life, affecting us as well as healing our body, heart, mind and spirit.
(c) Copyright April 2010 Catherine L Pittman - All Rights Reserved
About the Author
Catherine currently resides in Oregon, and is the owner, songwriter and main vocalist for the music production company, Pitter Patter Productions. The company has been producing its own line of original award-winning music for children since 1992, specializing in lullabies and music for toddlers and preschoolers. MP3 downloads of our songs and albums are available at, CD Baby and iTunes. CD's are available at:
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Wednesday, February 25, 2015


Pregnancy Over 40, Use Your Intuition

I think all of our senses are heightened when pregnant.
Your sense of smell is heightened, your sense of taste is heightened and according to this article, your intuition may be heightened as well.  I will say that before I got pregnant with my daughter (and I experienced 6 years of infertility and miscarriage) I absolutely knew that I was going to get pregnant.  I could feel my baby hovering over me.  Here are some stories of women's intuition when pregnant:


From the article:
Pregnancy and early motherhood are times when women often become aware of a variety of spiritual experiences, including intuition. Several women we've spoken with have reported experiences of deep inner knowingness, including being positive they were pregnant even when the doctor repeatedly told them otherwise, and being sure of the gender of the baby inspite of what others predicted. Others have mentioned suddenly having a strong desire to name their baby something that they'd never thought they'd even consider, or that a relative or close friend "knew" about their pregnancy before they even knew about it themselves. Several moms have even mentioned sensing certain pregnancy complications and/or the need to do something specific to avert those complications.

Monday, February 23, 2015


3 Kinds of Heartburn Relief In Pregnancy

By Elizabeth Russel

Pregnancy causes all kinds of hormonal changes in a woman's body. Some of these directly affect digestion and can make being pregnant a less than wonderful physical experience. It is possible to find heartburn relief in pregnancy though, using some very simple solutions. Here are 3 ways to get relief:
Over the counter medications:

Tums and other medications like them are safe for you and your baby. They are inexpensive and easy to carry around. You might be surprised to know that raw almonds will work just about as fast. You might want to carry them with you also if natural solutions are important to you. After you give birth, your need for medication should disappear. If over the counter medications don't seem to be working, talk with your doctor.


Lifestyle Changes:

Part of what causes heartburn when you're pregnant is acid backing up into your esophagus. Many things, including hormones, can cause the sphincter between your stomach and esophagus to weaken. Smoking and alcohol will both cause this problem; of course you shouldn't drink or smoke when you're pregnant anyway, this is just another reason. Pressure from the growing fetus may also make it more likely that stomach contents will get pushed up into your esophagus. You can relieve this pressure a little by wearing loose clothing, propping up the head of your bed 6 inches or so or sleeping in a chair. Eating several small meals rather than 3 large ones will help keep the volume of stomach contents down. Wait a couple of hours after eating for your stomach to empty before you lie down. Sometimes something as simple as chewing gum after you eat will help keep your food going the right way. Avoid mint, as mint gum and candy can cause your stomach to produce more acid.


Food can be a blessing or a curse. Certain foods are known to encourage heartburn. Coffee, some teas, tomatoes and tomato sauce, carbonated beverages, beef and acidic fruits are a few of them. But, there are foods that can calm heartburn also. Ripe bananas, almonds and some kinds of honey are used by many people. Certain herbal teas are soothing, but choose carefully since some are not good to use when you're pregnant. Dried papaya can be chewed after a meal to help digest protein. Milk, although used by many people to sooth the esophagus, actually causes your stomach to increase the production of acid. Water is very good to drink and you might think that water would "put out the fire" of heartburn, but drinking water with meals may only serve to increase pressure on the LES (lower esophageal sphincter). Try drinking most of your liquids in between meals instead.
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Wednesday, February 18, 2015


In a world dominated with synthetic products in our homes, the air, and at work, it's no wonder our fertility, unborn babies, and children are suffering the consequences. Here is an article about how some of these chemicals can cuase autism:

Fetuses and newborns are at most risk to harmful chemicals because of the enormous cell growth. The CDC study showed that one in every 18 women of childbearing age in the United States had mercury in their bodies that exceeded the EPA’s safe levels. In their early years, children are at higher risk due to the chemicals in flame retardants, their habit of putting everything in their mouths, and crawling on the floor - and their bodies are less able to metabolize them.



One of the key elements of green building is increased indoor air quality, including the limiting of VOCs, or volatile organic compounds, in the home. These studies highlight the need for better indoor air quality measures and greater education among homeowners and product manufacturers. Additionally, the fact that hundreds of chemicals without known health effects are in widespread use should spur the CDC and EPA to push for their testing or removal from products until they are proven safe.

Saturday, February 14, 2015


Pregnancy Over 40, Chocolate May Help With Pre-eclampsia

In honor of Valentine's Day, it looks like there might be good news for chocolate lovers! 
 A moderate amount might help reduce the chances of developing preeclampsia (of course it should be the healthier dark chocolate.) Read more:

In the study, the researchers observed almost 2,300 women who delivered a baby. They questioned them on the amount of chocolate they had consumed in the first and third trimesters. They found that those who had consumed the most were least likely to be the ones who had developed preeclampsia.


Specifically, if they had eaten five or more servings per week in the third trimester, their chance of developing the condition was 40 percent less likely than the women who had chocolate than than one time per week.

And while the results were more striking in the third semester, there was also some benefit to the women during the first trimester. The study showed that those who ate five or more servings per week had a 19 percent lesser chance of developing preeclampsia than those who had chocolate foods than than a single time a week.

The reason for this could be that theobromine might improve circulation in the woman's placenta, as it also blocks oxidative stress.

Having said all of this, there is still the caffeine issue. Other studies have shown that it could be unhealthy for a pregnant women to consume too much caffeine during their pregnancy--and of course, chocolate contains a small amount of caffeine. So how does the woman balance all of this?

The key is moderation. The American Pregnancy Association says that a moderate amount of caffeine each day--which it defines as no more than 150 to 300 mg a day -- should be fine. And an ounce of dark chocolate could have somewhere between 5 and 35 mg. So this should leave plenty of room for some dark chocolate in the diet.


Thursday, February 12, 2015


You would think that when you do become pregnant after infertility and miscarriage that you would be in a constant state of elation right?  Well, not necessarily.  Yes, you are pregnant, and yes, you are over the moon....but what about the worry and fear?  I experienced six miscarriages before I finally had my successful pregnancy which led to the birth of my daughter.  As much as I wanted to be happy and bond with my baby and pregnancy, I was sort of waiting for the bomb to drop.  I had the rug pulled out from under me so many times in the past that I had a hard time believing that this one was going to be any different.

All of my pregnancies had some spotting....even my successful one.  This led to sheer terror.  Of course, spotting can be caused my a number of things....many of which will not lead to miscarriage.  However, with a history like mine, it's hard not to expect the worst.
The well meaning medical professionals didn't do much to help either.  When I got pregnant with my daughter, I didn't see a doctor right away.  I waited about 8 weeks.  When ultrasound looked good and we saw a strong heartbeat, I finally started see a regular OB doctor.  Imagine that!!! a REGULAR OB doctor!!  But the fear didn't end there.


My first "regular" OB appointment was another scare session.  I was told about all the complications that "typical" women my age experience and all of the possible negative outcomes including stillbirth, delivery complications and other doom and gloom predictions.  I recall coming home from that first appointment and after throwing up from morning sickness, I sat in my recliner where I pretty much stayed for the next 9 months.

Frankly, some exercise would have done me good, and after the nausea subsided in the first trimester, I would have been able to do it...but did I? No!  I was too afraid.  As it turned out, my pregnancy was completely normal as was my delivery and best of all my daughter!

The moral of the story is, yes, you need to get good prenatal care and follow your doctor's instructions, but there is no reason why your caregivers should add to your stress by throwing a bunch of negative statistics and scaring you with every possible negative outcome that could happen.

Enjoy your pregnancy, bond with your baby, talk to your belly and yes, if you have a normal pregnancy, it might do you some good to get up and get a little exercise!  Fear only adds to stress and your pregnancy should be a time to relax.  I often wonder if my daughter picked up on my emotional stress during pregnancy.  Finally, a happy ending....albeit a stressful one!

Sunday, February 08, 2015


Attributes of the Unborn Baby - Baby Psychology and Parenting Psychology Interconnect

By Neil Mastelloneand Jeanie Mastellone

Our understanding of baby psychology and parent psychology is superficial. Much accepted knowledge is based upon erroneous theories and ideas. Baby psychology and parent psychology are interconnected and affect one another. To properly understand a baby, it is important to understand common negative family dynamics, and serious disorders and dysfunctional behavior patterns that are present in the lives of most people. These factors influence exchanges, agreements, and reactions that occur subconsciously between baby and parents.
Before birth and during infancy (until a child acquires social language skills) baby and parent communications take place naturally and primarily as subconscious communications. When parents are extremely selfish and negative, it creates a distressing and painful mental and emotional experience for a vulnerable and sensitive unborn baby or infant.
Unborn babies are alive and growing the moment the sperm penetrates the egg. It takes about three weeks before the physical heart starts beating. By sixth weeks, babies are rotating their arms, legs, and head. Their physical movements reveal whether they are feeling comfortable or uncomfortable, and, also, give the babies a sense that they are separate from their environment.


12 weeks
By twelve weeks, their major physical organs are developed enough to be visible, and they have begun regular observable cycles of activity and rest. By fifteen weeks, ultrasound recordings show fetuses moving in response to their mothers' laughs or coughs. They demonstrate an ability to taste and discern taste differences between sweet, bitter, and sour.
Four-month old fetuses make "purposeful movements" such as sucking their thumb in an effort to calm themselves when stressed or threatened. Ultrasound images have captured unborn twins expressing a variety of feelings by repeatedly hitting, kicking, kissing, or playing together inside the womb. They develop the ability to hear sounds at around four months, which enables. them to take a giant leap in awareness. Even though a baby's physical ears will not be fully formed until the sixth month, experiments confirm that unborn babies are able to hear months before that time because of a primal listening system. Babies in the womb seem able to memorize the voices of their mothers (and fathers). Immediately after birth, tests show that many prefer their mother's voice when exposed to the voices of a variety of other women.
Their eyelids remain fused until the sixth month. Yet, amazingly, experiments show that unborn babies are actually able to "see" months before their eyelids open. They can "see" without the use of their physical eyes. They visibly respond when a bright light is shone on the outside of their mothers' stomachs. Some fetuses move toward and fixate on the light, others move away from the light apparently disturbed by it. In reacting to the lights, prenates are demonstrating their ability to see objects in space and respond to them in a determined and coordinated way.
6 months
During the sixth month, brain wave tests pick up periods of REM sleep indicating a "dream state," and dreaming signifies thinking and the processing of images that have meaning to the baby. Facial expressions and body movements that occur while a fetus is sleeping show whether a baby is having a pleasant or unpleasant sleep experience.
Fetuses apparently listen all the time and are observed moving their bodies and dancing to the rhythm of their mothers' speech and moving to certain kinds of music. Most fetuses are "startled" by a loud noise, but learn to discriminate and ignore certain routine noises that reoccur in their external environments.
Scientists have done studies that demonstrate that by the sixth month, a prenate has the ability to remember and retain memories. At this time, they are able to discern subtle differences in their mothers' attitudes and feelings and have been observed responding to them. Psychological, neurological, biochemical and psychological testing done on unborn babies in the womb point to the fact that fetuses make choices, think, feel, remember, hear, learn, and react in positive or negative ways. Science now confirms that the unborn baby ready to be born already has a distinctive, observable personality.
Reaction - Reactive Patterns of Behavior
Unborn babies shape their attitudes by how they choose to react to what they are feeling and perceiving. They start forming their basic approaches to life by their choices in relation to the intentions, attitudes, choices, and demands of their mothers and fathers, and the various subconscious messages they receive from their parents during womb life.
Bundles of pain
By the time our babies arrive into the air world, they are already weighed-down with substantial, subconscious, negative psychological "baggage." At birth, many are "bundles of pain," not bundles of joy.
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Friday, February 06, 2015


Pregnancy Over 40, Pregnancy Over 50

I have numerous articles on my website about women having babies later in life.  Even though the media seems to take a "doom and gloom" perspective on getting pregnant over 40 and they seem to focus on negative outcomes, the vast majority of women do just fine with their older age pregnancies.
Entering motherhood in your 40's and even 50's is becoming more commonplace. Here is an article by "The Independent" where women tell their stories:

My mother was a bit taken aback when I told her I was pregnant, and worried that I wouldn't have the energy - but I do. I'm a London guide, and when I was pregnant I worked up until a week before he was born. I worked with two colleagues who were in their early thirties and pregnant and they were always having days off because they didn't feel well, and they stopped working way before they gave birth. I had no problem at all.

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Being older I have more experience of life to share. I have done a lot, so I'm not desperate to travel. I have friends who had children in their twenties who are at university or leaving home and they're wondering what to do now. I'm too old to go backpacking and I'm lucky that I got all that out of my system before I had Toby. We also had a house, so we weren't struggling to get a foot on the property ladder.

Wednesday, February 04, 2015


I recall when I became pregnant with my daughter....I had suffered a number of miscarriage and I was afraid to start making plans since of course I didn't know if this pregnancy was going to make it. However, most women want to know as soon as possible what their projected due date it. I was surprised to find out (through my prenatal classes) that there is a wide range of definitions of what "full term" really means. Most sources are going to say about 40 weeks, but my OB doctor said anything after 37 is full term. Whatever figure you and your doctor decide to use, this pregnancy calculator might be of help:


Monday, February 02, 2015


Pregnancy Over 40, Watch Your Blood Pressure - Be Careful With Medications

If you've been diagnosed with hypertension either before or during pregnancy, this article may be of interest.
Of course, you want to be extra careful with taking medications and there is an explanation of the recommended drugs and possible alternatives. Read more:

ethyldopa - A Drug of First Choice

Methyldopa is a drug of first choice for control of mild to moderate hypertension in pregnancy and is the most widely prescribed antihypertensive for this indication in several countries, including the US and the UK.[1,2] The wide use of this drug in pregnancy reflects the fact that it has the best documented maternal and fetal safety record, including favourable long term (4.5 to 7.5 year) paediatric follow-up data.[1] During long term use in pregnancy, methyldopa does not alter maternal cardiac output or blood flow to the uterus or kidneys,[1,2] and for all these reasons is generally considered the agent of choice for chronic blood pressure control in pregnancy.[1]
Labetalol -- A Reasonable Alternative


The combined and ß-adrenoceptor blocker labetalol is a peripheral vasodilator which has been shown to be effective in pre-eclamptic and non-proteinuric hypertension in pregnancy.[1] Available data suggest that the antihypertensive effect is not associated with compromised renal or uterine blood flow.[1] In a randomised comparative trial of 263 pregnant women with mild to moderate hypertension, treatment with either labetalol or methyldopa achieved significantly lower maternal blood pressures throughout gestation compared with no medication, and there were no differences among the 3 groups with respect to various clinical outcomes (e.g. gestational age at delivery, birthweight, fetal growth retardation).[7] However, because the safety record of labetalol in pregnancy is not as well established as that of methyldopa, labetalol should probably be considered a second-line agent for pregnant women with chronic hypertension requiring long term drug therapy.[1]
ß-Blockers Useful in Late Pregnancy...

While earlier studies suggested that administration of ß-blockers (particularly those without intrinsic sympathomimetic activity[8]) during pregnancy might increase the chance of intrauterine growth retardation, recent studies have been more reassuring on this point.[1] Nevertheless, the available data are insufficient to rule out unrecognised adverse effects of early and prolonged use of ß-blockers in pregnancy. When used for short periods (<6 and="and" are="are" blockers="blockers" br="br" during="during" effective="effective" growth="growth" impairment.="impairment." intrauterine="intrauterine" no="no" of="of" provided="provided" signs="signs" the="the" there="there" third="third" tolerated="tolerated" trimester="trimester" weeks="weeks" well="well">...But Avoid Atenolol

Use of the cardioselective ß-blocker atenolol early in pregnancy in women with chronic hypertension has been shown to result in significantly lower birthweights compared with placebo and other antihypertensive agents.[9,10] The results of these and other studies indicate that treatment with atenolol is associated with fetal growth impairment and that this effect is related to duration of therapy.[9-11] Thus, atenolol should be avoided in early pregnancy and used only with caution in later pregnancy;[1] some advise avoidance of atenolol altogether in pregnancy.[2] 


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