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Sunday, March 29, 2015


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Sunday, March 22, 2015


Stress Affects The Fetus In Your Womb

I have written and posted a number of articles about how stress can affect fertility and your ability to carry a pregnancy to term.  (To read how hormones are affected by stress see:
One study found, after examining the fetuses of women who had miscarried that the stress hormone "cortisol" was found in the offspring of women who were under stress.
Your uterine environment is affected by your stress level as well. This can have long term consequences for your baby including everything from irritability to infections. Read more:

Stress is an example of how a fetus responds to stimuli in the womb and adapts physiologically. "When the mother is stressed, several biological changes occur, including elevation of stress hormones and increased likelihood of intrauterine infection," Dr. Wadhwa says. "The fetus builds itself permanently to deal with this kind of high-stress environment, and once it's born may be at greater risk for a whole bunch of stress-related pathologies."

Thursday, March 19, 2015


Pregnancy Over 40 and The Rh Factor

If you are Rh negative, and you are pregnant or had a miscarriage, you may need to worry about getting an Rhogam shot.
 Rh sensitization can be harmful to your baby, but does not occur until a second pregnancy (if your blood and the baby's blood with different Rh factors have mixed). This article explains more:

What causes Rh sensitization during pregnancy?

Rh sensitization can occur during pregnancy if you are Rh-negative and pregnant with an unborn baby (fetus) who has Rh-positive blood. In most cases, your blood will not mix with your baby’s blood until delivery. It takes a while to make antibodies that can affect the baby, so during your first pregnancy, the baby probably would not be affected.

But if you get pregnant again with an Rh-positive baby, the antibodies already in your blood could attack the baby’s red blood cells. This can cause the baby to have anemia, jaundice, or more serious problems. This is called Rh disease. The problems will tend to get worse with each Rh-positive pregnancy you have.

During your first pregnancy, your baby could be at risk for Rh disease if you were sensitized before or during pregnancy. This can happen if:

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You had a previous miscarriage, abortion, or ectopic pregnancy and you did not receive Rh immune globulin to prevent sensitization.
You had a serious injury to your belly during pregnancy.
You had a medical test such as an amniocentesis or chorionic villus sampling while you were pregnant, and you did not receive Rh immune globulin. These tests could let your blood and your baby’s blood mix.


Monday, March 16, 2015


Pregnancy Over 40, Morning Sickness

Even though older women supposedly experience less morning sickness, it's not true for everyone.  I actually had horrible morning sickness for the first trimester of my pregnancy (and it lasted all day).  One thing that was helpful for me was to suck on peppermint lozenges. Here's a great site that gives some help for women who experience morning sickness. Read more:

General Remedies:

Avoid warm places as heat can increase the nausea feelings.
Take naps during the day (but not right after eating). Tiredness plays a big part in morning sickness.
Get enough sleep at night.
Get out of bed slowly in the morning.
Try eating plain crackers or dry cereal before you get out of bed in the morning.

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Open windows or turn on exhaust fans when cooking and after meals.
Cooking in the microwave usually produces less odors.
Silly as it sounds, carry a handkerchief with a few drops of a non nausea causing essential oil (lemon for example) in it and breath through it if you can't get away from the smell that is bothering you.
Food and Drink:

Avoid greasy or spicy foods as they often cause nausea or heartburn.
Eat what you want when you want it. Your cravings will not lead you the wrong way.
Have frequent protein snacks. (Low fat meats and seafood, nuts, eggs and beans are high protein.)
Eat smaller meals every two hours or so.
Eating something salty before a meal can help you "make it through" a meal.
Do not drink fluids with your meals.
Non caffeinated teas like peppermint and ginger can help calm nausea.
Drink small amounts of fluids regularly though out the day to avoid dehydration.
Do not skip meals if you can help it.
Avoid spicy and fried food - both eating and smelling it can increase your nausea.
Cold food may have less nausea inducing smells associated with them.

Try taking your prenatals later in the day.
Talk to your doctor about:
Vitamin B6 - 50 mg. daily. Vitamin B6 has been shown to help with pregnancy induced nausea.
Ginger capsules: 250 mg. three times daily. Ginger has long been associated with alleviating nausea. (Remember drinking ginger ale when you felt sick when you were little?)
Ask your doctor if you can stop taking your Prenatals temporarily to see if the nausea diminishes. You may still need to take a Folic Acid supplement to help protect your baby.
Talk to your doctor about not taking iron supplements unless you are anemic. Iron supplements can be hard for your stomach to deal with.

Monday, March 09, 2015


Pregnancy Over 40 and Morning Sickness

I guess it's possible that all of that morning sickness may have a payoff.
According to this article, it may lead to a higher IQ in your offspring. Read more:

Irena Nulman and colleagues at the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto, Canada, contacted 120 women who years earlier had called a morning sickness hotline. 
 Thirty did not have morning sickness, but the researchers asked the rest to recall the severity of their sickness, and gave the children of all the women, now aged between 3 and 7, a standard intelligence test.

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 Those whose mothers had nausea and vomiting during pregnancy were more likely to get high scores than those whose mothers did not (The Journal of Pediatrics, DOI: 10.1016/j.jpeds.2009.02.005). The reported severity of the vomiting also correlated with the IQ scores.

Saturday, March 07, 2015


Pregnancy Over 40, Hormone Changes Can Cause Acne

I've known quite a few women who have had a pretty bad bout of acne during pregnancy.
 Many cases of acne are hormonally triggered, so it makes sense that pregnancy can create an acne breeding ground. This article explains some natural ways to deal with the condition and, as a last resort, some medications that may help:

From the article:

To treat pregnancy acne, start with self-care:

Wash your face twice a day. Be gentle and use a mild cleanser with lukewarm water.
If you have oily hair, shampoo daily. Be careful to keep hair off your face.
Avoid picking, scratching, popping or squeezing acne sores. These habits can spread infection and potentially cause scarring.
If you use cosmetics, stick to oil-free products. Look for descriptions such as water-based, noncomedogenic or nonacnegenic.
Avoid resting your face in your hands. This can trap skin oils and sweat, which can irritate acne.


Medication is a second line of treatment for pregnancy acne. Any medication that's applied to your skin or swallowed can enter your bloodstream, so it's important to exercise caution during pregnancy — even with over-the-counter products.

Erythromycin (Erygel) is often the drug of choice for pregnancy acne. Azelaic acid (Azelex, Finacea) may be another option. Both medications are typically applied to the skin as a lotion or gel and are available by prescription. 


Thursday, March 05, 2015


Pregnancy Over 40, The Brewer Diet And Protein

Many people wonder what they should be eating when they're pregnant.  There is some evidence that women who eat a healthy diet in pregnancy may be able to cut their risk of pregnancy complications.
I found this resource called "The Brewer Pregnancy Diet" developed by Dr. Tom Brewer which incorporated adequate amounts of protein. Read more:

From the article:

The Brewer diet is built around ensuring you adequate amounts of protein every day. Proteins are broken down into amino acids by your body and used to repair and build body tissues and organs. Your baby will be built from these amino acids. It is the minimum recommended food you should eat every day, if you need more food eat more.


Unlike carbohydrates which can be stored as fat, your body has no mechanism to store extra protein. The unused proteins are broken down until they can be made into fate and the unique protein part is excreted from the body. If you do not eat enough protein to repair your body and build your baby, your body will begin to break down its own tissues to get building blocks for your baby and neither you nor your baby will have what you need to keep your bodies healthy. Contrary to popular belief, you cannot build a baby from the extra stores of fat on your hips.
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