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Monday, November 30, 2015

FETAL HEARTRATE EXPLAINED

Pregnancy Over 40, Fetal Heart Rate

Just before one of my miscarriages, I had an ultrasound. The first thing the doctor said when he came into the room after the PA had the ultrasound positioned on my baby was "the heartbeat is slow". I started to get this sinking feeling like he was giving my baby a death sentence. Well...I know it wasn't his fault, he was just the messenger--I did lose the pregnancy.

Many women wonder what a normal fetal heart rate should be. Here is a site that explains more:

"What should my baby's fetal heart-rate be?
The normal fetal heart rate is between 110 to 180 beats per minutes (BPM), but can vary. Fluctuations of the fetal heart rate (usually associated with fetal movement) during different periods of the day are common and often rise above 160, going as high as 180 to 190 and are considered normal. If you have questions or concerns about your baby's fetal heart rate always direct them to your healthcare professional.

See Also: Determining A Miscarriage By Body Temperature (www,getpregnantover40.com)

What hearing a healthy heartbeat signifies
Listening to a normally beating heart using a fetal ultrasound doppler as early as 8 weeks can offer reassurance and cut down on a lot of stress and help assure that the developing fetus is healthy. While miscarriage occurs in only about 15 percent of apparently normal pregnancies, it only occurs in about 1 percent of pregnancies where a normal heartbeat has been seen or heard."


from: 

fetaldopplerFACTS.org

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

INACCURACY OF DUE DATE CALCULATION

Pregnancy Over 40, Due Date Calculation

I remember getting two different due dates from two different healthcare providers when I was pregnant.  The problem is that there are so many variables which determine when a baby will be born.  I think back to my mother's generation...there were no ultrasounds and the due dates were frequently estimated.   Many women didn't even know they were having twins until they delivered!  This article addresses why it is difficult to pinpoint an exact date:

SEE ALSO: getpregnantover40.com FOR MORE ARTICLES ON GETTING PREGNANT AND STAYING PREGNANT OVER THE AGE OF 40

For earlier generations of women, the concept of a due date was “around Thanksgiving” or “late fall.” As birth moved from home to hospital, women were given the approximate date when they should expect to be confined to a hospital bed, called the “estimated date of confinement.” Eventually, this term evolved into “expected date of delivery,” now called “due date.”

Unfortunately, a specified due date has made women (and their family and friends) place too much emphasis on a precise day - to the point that they plan their life around it. Your baby doesn’t have a calendar, however, so it is no surprise that less than 10 percent of babies actually arrive on the date they are due. For the other 90 percent of pregnant women, what does your due date really mean?

The Numbers Game
Many health-care providers use a sonogram to pinpoint your due date, but don’t be swayed by technology: A date based on an ultrasound can be off by a week or more depending on the skill of the technician, the timing of the sonogram and the size of the baby. Until 13 weeks of gestation, most babies grow at the same rate, but as pregnancy progresses, fetal size corresponds less and less to the amount of time that the baby is in the womb. So while many health-care providers keep giving ultrasounds to reassess a woman’s due date throughout her pregnancy, the date is actually becoming less accurate as time goes by. In fact, there’s really no need for a sonogram to determine a due date unless you don’t know the date of your last period.


If you do know the date of your last period, try the following calculation, called Naegele’s Rule. Babies have a gestational period of about 280 days, so count back 3 months from the first day of your last period and add 7 more days. Your approximate due date is that day within the next year. Take note of the word “approximate:” Your baby will grow and mature on his own schedule. The only thing you’ll know for sure is that you should give birth within two weeks before or after that day.

from lamaze.org

Monday, November 23, 2015

HIGH FAT DIET IN PREGNANCY = EARLY PUBERTY

Pregnancy Over 40, Prenatal Diet Critical

It seems like the research is showing that what happens in utero is more important than we previously thought.
Your prenatal diet is obviously important, but in more ways than you may think. This article talks about how a high fat diet in pregnancy can lead to early onset puberty. Read more:

SEE ALSO: FOODS FOR PREGNANCY, FERTILITY AND HORMONE REGULATION (getpregnantover40.com)

From the article:

A high-fat diet during pregnancy and nursing may lead to the child having an early onset of puberty and subsequent adulthood obesity, according to a new animal study. The results were presented Monday, June 16, at The Endocrine Society's 90th Annual Meeting in San Francisco. An early first menstrual period, often used as a marker for early-onset puberty in girls is a risk factor for obesity, insulin resistance, teenage depression, and breast cancer in adulthood, said Deborah Sloboda, PhD, lead author of the study. She is a researcher at The Liggins Institute of the University of Auckland in New Zealand.
"Other research suggests that a combination of prenatal and postnatal influences in girls can affect the onset of menarche [menstruation]," Sloboda said.

from:
 (esciencenews.

Friday, November 20, 2015

VOMITING IN PREGNANCY = LOWER CANCER RISK?

Pregnancy Over 40, Nausea and Vomiting May Be A Good Sign Even Though It Doesn't Feel Like It!

Well...maybe that horrible nausea and vomiting I experience my entire first trimester has a positive side.  I recall thinking..."I don't know if I can do this" because I was basically confined to a recliner for three months - I honestly consider nausea to be a form of pain.

SEE ALSO: FOODS FOR FERTILITY AND PREGNANCY (getpregnantover40.com)

 I found an interesting article that talks about a possible correlation between nausea and vomiting in pregnancy and a reduced risk of cancer. Although more research needs to be done, at least there is a possible upside to this extremely unpleasant symptom of early pregnancy. Read more:

Although the exact mechanism responsible for causing nausea and vomiting during pregnancy has yet to be pinpointed, it likely is a result of changing levels of ovarian and placental hormone production, which may include higher circulating levels of a hormone called human chorionic gonadotropin," said David Jaworowicz, Jr., first author on the study.

"In vitro studies have shown that this hormone possesses several activities that have potential protective effects against cancer cells," said Jaworowicz, a doctoral candidate in the Department of Social Preventive Medicine in UB's School of Public Health and Health Professions

from: 
www.sciencedaily.com

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

GUM DISEASE MAY AFFECT YOUR PREGNANCY

Mums and Gums: Cause of Miscarriage and Premature Births

Guest Post By Judy Ford

After I had my first child, my dentist complained that I hadn't been looking after my teeth and gums. I was sure that I hadn't been doing anything different from usual. He then went on to complain that all pregnant women and new mothers neglected their teeth and gums. I believe that he was wrong when he suggested that pregnant women suddenly change their oral hygiene habits. But he was correct that the dramatic hormonal changes during pregnancy can greatly affect the gums. If the gums aren't healthy to start with then this seemingly irrelevant problem can seriously baby's growth and health in the womb.

SEE ALSO: MISCARRIAGE OVER 40 (getpregnantover40.com) 

It is now shown beyond any doubt that maternal gum disease causes premature labour. One study performed prospectively in North Carolina looked at the effect of dental health in 812 women. Each woman's dental health was assessed at 26 weeks and then within 48 hours after delivery. The researchers examined both the rate of premature births (less than 28 weeks) and low birth weight (less than 1,000 gms). Their data was adjusted for race, parity and gender. 1.1% of the group with healthy gums (201 women) had premature births. This rate greatly increased in the 566 rated as having mild gum disease to 3.5% and was 11.1% in the 45 women with moderate to severe gum disease. The rates were slightly more dramatic for birth weight. No women with healthy gums had a baby that weighed less than 1,000 gm. Six per cent of the women with mild disease had a baby with low birth weight and 11.4% of those with moderate to severe disease had a low birth weight baby. Studies from Poland, France and Brazil showed similar results.
This research applies equally to second trimester and later miscarriages as well as prematurity at term.
Gum disease might cause low birth weight and prematurity in more than one way. Gum disease allows oral bacteria to move from the mouth into the blood stream. These oral bacteria can cause clotting and are known to be a major factor in strokes. They are also cause endocarditis, a potentially lethal infection of heart valves and inner lining of the heart. Periodontitis, serious gum disease in pregnancy might act through clotting or infection itself.
The great news is that early attention to periodontal (gum) health can reduce these risks.
A study from Chile examined the oral health of 400 pregnant women, aged between 18 and 35, before 28 weeks gestation. Dentists immediately treated periodontal disease in 200 of the women. They treated the other 200 (the controls) only after delivery. The rate of pre-term, low birth weight delivery was 1.8% (3/163) in the treated group and 10.1% (19/188) in the untreated group. Low birth weight and prematurity was 5.5 times more likely in the untreated group.
Prematurity and low birth weight together greatly increase the risk of a baby's death. There are also a large number of other important problems that occur as a result of prematurity. It is sad that it has taken so long to recognise this easily preventable cause of problems.
Let us hope that doctors and dentists will soon work together to prevent the problems in the future. In the meantime, inform every pregnant woman that you know.
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Dr Judy Ford is an internationally respected geneticist who has undertaken considerable research into the cause of miscarriage [http://www.itsnatural.com.au/miscarriage.shtml], cause of infertility and cause of birth defects. She believes that most problems are preventable through changes to healthy lifestyles and healthy habits. More information can be found on her website http://www.itsnatural.com.au
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Sunday, November 15, 2015

POSTPARTUM DEPRESSION HELPED WITH GOOD OMEGA 3 FATS

Good Fats Like Omega 3's May Help With Postpartum Depression

It seems the more I read about food, nutrition, and the importance of diet,  the more I hear about how we need more "good fats" every day or every meal.  Good fats come in the form of "omega 3's".
 Not only are Omega 3's good for fertility in men and women, but they can help with everything from heart disease, to getting pregnant, to depression. Here is an article about how the lack of Omega 3's may contribute to post-partum depression because your body uses more of these fats while you are pregnant. 

SEE ALSO: FOODS FOR FERTILITY AND PREGNANCY (getpregnantover40.com)

From the article

Many psychiatrists treat depression with drugs that raise brain levels of serotonin. Now we learn that a diet deficient in omega-3 fatty acids may lower brain levels of serotonin and can cause depression. Studies show that depression is associated with low levels of red blood cell membrane and low intake of omega-3 fatty acids, that increased ratio of omega-6 to omega-3 fatty acids is associated with increased severity of depression. Depression is 60 times more common in New Zealand (6 percent) than in Japan (.12 percent); the difference may be explained by the high intake of omega-3-rich fish by the Japanese.

Post-partum depression is common in women after they give birth. Pregnancy uses up huge amounts of omega-3 fatty acids. Women with the lowest blood levels of omega-3s are the ones most likely to suffer post-partum depression.

from: 
(www.lifedynamix.com)

Monday, November 09, 2015

FAST SNACKS AND FOOD IN PREGNANCY

 Pregnancy and What To Eat Fast

When you're pregnant, the word "hungry" has new meaning.
 Not only are you hungry, but sometimes you feel like if you don't get something to eat, you're going to faint. I can't recall a time when I was so absolutely famished. For this reason, you need to have many quick, easy, and healthy foods to eat - especially between meals.

SEE ALSO: FERTILITY AND PREGNANCY FOODS (getpregnantover40.com)

Foods to avoid

1. Packaged ramen noodles
Read the label: These quick-cooking noodles are packed with salt, fat, and little else.
2. Soda If you fill up on empty calories and sugar, you won't have any room for more nutritious drinks. Low-fat milk, water, and juice are better choices.
3. Shelf-stable commercial lunches
Sure, they're a quick fix for hunger pangs, but preservatives, salt, and fat make most of them a poor choice. There are some okay packaged lunch options out there, though, so check the labels!
  from: babycenter.com

Thursday, November 05, 2015

HOW NURSING CAN HELP MOM AND BABY

Pregnancy Over 40 and Nursing

I was surprised when I read the following article because it mentions that some women have actually been taught to believe that infant formula is better than breastmilk.
 Also there are many misconceptions about breastfeeding (for instance that smaller breasts can't produce enough milk). Hopefully this article will help to set the record straight - breastfeeding is good for babies and moms. Read more:

Manufacturers of infant formula are spending millions of dollars to promote their products, and this has led most mothers to believe that breast milk substitutes are better than the real thing, he said.

SEE ALSO: EARLY PREGNANCY SYMPTOMS (getpregnantover40.com)

"There"s no truth to this. Breast milk is the best source of nutrition for babies. We will intensify our program and continue to encourage mothers to breast-feed up to two years," the health secretary said.

"Breast-feeding is not only for babies but for mothers as well. They will be at lower risk for illnesses like breast cancer, uterus tumors and lumps," he said.

Excerpted from:
Breast-feeding best for mothers, too, experts say
By Allison Lopez

Monday, November 02, 2015

AUTISM AND GENES

Genetic Cause Of Autism May Have Been Discovered

Here's another discovery in autism research.
 Apparently they've found a gene variant in a high percentage of people with the condition.

From the article:

"We have for the first time identified a common variant, present in over 65 per cent of autism cases."

To identify the gene, Hakonarson and his colleagues screened DNA from more than 2500 people with autism and more than 7000 healthy controls, searching for common gene variants that were associated with the condition.

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

The gene lies between two other genes called CAD 10 and CAD 9, which encode adhesion molecules that enable neurons to connect and communicate with one another – and CAD 10 is already known to be expressed in the very regions of the brain that appear to malfunction in people with autism.

Unknown factors
Because other, rarer genes associated with autism also encode cell adhesion molecules, researchers had previously speculated that a breakdown in neural connections during development might lie at the root of the condition. The current study provides the first genetic evidence that a similar problem could be implicated in a large number of cases, Hakonarson says.

from:  www.newscientist.com

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