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Wednesday, December 28, 2016


Pregnant for the Holidays: To Toast or Not to Toast?

Guest Post By Dr. Michele Brown OBGYN
You are all dressed up and ready to leave for the annual holiday party at your office, at your neighbor's home, or maybe with family. The holidays are so special, festive and romantic, but this year there is a heightened sense of excitement because... you are pregnant.
With the holidays rapidly approaching, the age old question raises itself along with the clink of glasses - can I join in the festivities with family and friends by having an alcoholic drink to celebrate. Maybe just one?
The general rule has always been to avoid alcohol in pregnancy. The prevalence of alcohol use in
pregnancy is estimated to be roughly 12.2% with 1.9% reporting binge drinking. Women have been shown to have a tendency to underestimate their alcohol consumption during pregnancy which often underestimates the fetal exposure also. Factors associated with alcohol use in pregnancy include education level, income level, temptation to drink in social situations, previous drinking history prior to the pregnancy and history of drinking at initiation of prenatal care.
High levels of chronic heavy prenatal alcohol consumption or frequent heavy intermittent use is a known cause of birth defects commonly referred to as Fetal Alcohol Syndrome. Among the characteristics of this condition are:

  • mental retardation
  • fetal growth retardation
  • facial anomalies
  • neurobehavioral deficits including learning disabilities, speech and language problems, hyperactivity and attention deficits.
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  • high risk of preterm birth and small of gestational age babies

Moderate levels of alcohol consumption (1--2 drinks per day) during pregnancy can be associated with milder but clinically significant outcomes such as childhood cognitive, learning, attentional, and behavioral problems.
Prenatal alcohol consumption, even at levels of less than one drink per day, may adversely affect fetal growth and development.
The question always arises - is there a safe level of drinking during pregnancy? (less than 1 drink per week?) It has been clearly found that heavy drinking harms a child's health and development but the role of light drinking has been far more controversial.
This issue is also relevant since in most industrialized countries, women of childbearing age drink alcohol and often this happens in the first trimester prior to pregnancy being recognized.
The mechanism of how alcohol acts as a toxin varies from direct alcohol toxicity, to placental dysfunction, fetal hypoxia, acetaldehyde toxicity, and nutritional deficits. The area of the brain that is commonly affected by alcohol is the hippocampus and development of the cerebral cortex.
What determines toxicity is the concentration of alcohol used, the pattern and quantity consumed and the stage of development of the fetus.

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How much drinking is considered harmful?
Some studies that have reported an association between very low levels of prenatal alcohol exposure and fetal growth, but the the association has not been consistent.
A recent article from the Journal of Epidemiology and Public Health in 2010 by Kelly studied data from 11,000 British children born from 2000 to 2002 found that cognitive deficits and problem behaviors at age 5 were less common among children exposed to light amounts of alcohol (1 or 2 drinks a week during pregnancy). In other words, light drinking may not be as risky for a child's early development as originally feared.
Robinson in the British Journal of OB/Gyn in 2010 also did studies that showed that light drinking (2-6 drinks per week) of alcohol in pregnancy was not a risk factor for child behavioral problems, although this study did not observe physical developmental outcomes.
The British Journal of OB/Gyn in 2007, Henderson also found no convincing evidence of adverse effects of prenatal alcohol exposure at low-moderate levels on consumption of less than 84 g of alcohol per week (1/2 pint of ordinary beer or lager contains 8 grams of alcohol and an ordinary glass of wine contains 12 g of alcohol). His study demonstrates that low levels of alcohol consumed during pregnancy, less than 60 g/week and not more than two standard drinks per occasion, were not associated with preterm birth or SGA infants.
O'Leary authored an article in the journal, Pediatrics in 2009, in which he also did not find an association between low levels of prenatal alcohol consumption and language delay at any period of time in a child's development, compared to mothers who engaged in heavy or binge drinking. He used language development as a significant milestone for children as he took the position that delay in that area might indicate further delay in a child's overall development.
In contrast, in Pediatrics in 2007, Sayal studied 12,678 pregnant women in England to determine whether very low levels of alcohol consumption during pregnancy (less than 1 drink per week) are independently associated with childhood mental health problems between 4 and 8 years of age. His conclusion was affirmative that during early pregnancy these low levels may have a negative impact and persistent effect on mental health outcomes. The developing brain in the first trimester may be especially vulnerable. However, alcohol use before the pregnancy was not associated with adverse outcomes. The other surprising finding was that girls seem to be more vulnerable to the effects of low levels of alcohol compared to boys although this may be a chance finding.
The American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology and the American Academy of Pediatrics continue to feel that no amount of alcohol is safe during pregnancy.
In summary:
The exact safety threshold for the amount of alcohol is unknown, therefore the best advice is to avoid alcohol entirely. There is no established safe level of prenatal alcohol use, which has led to the recommendation of total abstinence. All clinicians taking care of pregnant women should routinely ask about exposure to alcohol during pregnancy. On the the other hand, the data shows that women who have conceived unexpectedly while drinking small quantities of alcohol, should be reassured that they have not placed their unborn child at increased risk of behavioral problems.
Finally, questions concerning a spouses drinking patterns are also important. It has been found that expectant fathers, or partners, could have a major impact on a pregnant woman's health habits. The expectant father could be an influential modifier of prenatal behaviors. Social support is directly related to the extent of alcohol use in pregnancy. Screenings, assessment and intervention with a partner can effectively reduce antenatal alcohol use and minimize fetal risk.
Dr. Michele Brown, is a practicing OBGYN who has delivered over 3,000 babies. She is also founder of Beaute de Maman Natural and Herbal Products for Pregnant Women. Dr. Brown is a graduate of Tufts Medical School and did her residency at Yale University. She has privileges at Stamford Hospital in Stamford, CT.
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Monday, December 26, 2016


The Effects of Too Much Exercise on Pregnancy

Guest Post By Hyashi Machida
When you are pregnant, it is very important for you to exercise. However, it becomes unhealthy when you exercise too much or you choose the incorrect exercise routine, as this may create problems with your pregnancy.
Many studies have been conducted which highlights a link between excessive exercise with miscarriage. When you exercise, whether a little bit or too much, your body loses water through sweating. If you do not provide your body with adequate fluids to balance the loss of water then your body becomes dehydrated. You are at a greater risk of becoming dehydrated when you are exercising in heat and high humidity. When you are dehydrated, you have to ensure that you drink enough water or sports drinks to replace the fluid lost through sweat. Otherwise, you begin to feel faint, you develop muscle cramps and if nothing is done to correct the problem then you will go into a state of shock which can be life threatening for you and your baby.


When you engage in vigorous exercises where there is bouncing, jarring, leaping and risks of
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abdominal injuries, you are putting your pregnancy at risk and increasing the chance of miscarriage of the baby. Vigorous exercises may also place a strain on the pelvic muscles, which support the uterus, intestines and bladder. When this happens, the uterus holding the baby is unable to support the baby and the possibility of a miscarriage before the baby reaches full-term is likely to occur.
Another problem associated with excessive exercising which can be harmful to your pregnancy, is the severe elevation of your heart rate. Your baby's heart rate is directly linked to yours via the blood vessels. Therefore, during exercise when your heart rate is elevated, your baby's is too. Your heart rate speeds up during exercise because of the muscles' need for oxygen. As a result, the heart has to pump faster to get the oxygen-rich blood there. However, during pregnancy it is very important to monitor your heart rate to reduce the risk of you and your baby going into shock or having a heart attack. These two problems can be very life threatening for both you and the baby.
In a study done by Danish and Norwegian researchers, it was found out that women, who exercise excessively during pregnancy, increase the risk of preeclampsia. Preeclampsia is also known as toxemia and is a condition from which many pregnant women suffer. Women who have preeclampsia often have swelling in the feet, legs and hands. If left untreated, it can develop into eclampsia where the female often experience seizures. These seizures can result in the woman being comatose or even result in death. Preeclampsia can also have a direct impact on the baby in that it prevents the placenta from receiving enough blood, which stunts the growth of the baby. In some of the more severe cases, the baby does not even make it to full-term; death occurs during the first few months.

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Monday, December 19, 2016


Aromatherapy And Pregnancy Over 40

I've always thought that we underestimate the power of our sense of smell. That's why aromatherapy is gaining in popularity.

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It is believed that the inhalation of essential oils stimulates the part of the brain connected to smell - the olfactory system; a signal is sent to the limbic system of the brain that controls emotions and retrieves learned memories. This causes chemicals to be released which make the person feel relaxed, calm, or even stimulated. If the aromatherapy includes massage the effect is to further relax the person.

 Here is how it can help in pregnancy:
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From the article:

Morning Sickness

Select one of the following essential oils to alleviate nausea and queasiness. Inhale either directly from the bottle or pour up to 4 drops of one of the essential oils on a tissue and breathe in. Repeat as needed. Peppermint -Spearmint -Lemon.


To ease heartburn and gassy discomfort in your chest or abdomen, pour 5 drops of lemon essential oil on a tissue and inhale after your meal.

Stretch marks

While it's true stretch marks cannot be prevented, this recipe can help ease the itching and discomfort associated with them. Pour the oil essences into a 60-ml bottle, and add organic vegetable oil to fill. Massage the area each morning and evening. -3 drops Lavender -2 drops Geranium -2 drops Rosewood. 


Thursday, December 15, 2016


My daughter is a good sleeper, the only problem is that she never seems to fall asleep until later in the evening. Although many mornings she sleeps late, now that she's in school, she can't make up that sleep on those mornings. I've heard that sleep deprivation can lead to a number of problems and it's scary that we live in such a sleep deprived society. Here is an article about how it may lead to weight gain in children:



From the article:

"Researchers at Northwestern University found that children who get more sleep tend to have a lower
body mass index (BMI, a ratio of weight to height) and are less likely to be overweight five years later, than kids who get less sleep.

Sleeping an extra hour a night reduced the chance of being overweight from 36 percent to 30 percent in young children, and from 34 percent to 30 percent in older children.

The study is published in the January/February issue of the journal Child Development."

Sleep Keeps Kids Slim
By Betsy Lievense, Ivanhoe Health Correspondent (www.ivanhoe.com)

Tuesday, December 13, 2016


If You're Trying To Get Pregnant, Watch Out For Toxins In Daily Products

With the holidays upon us, I'm sure many women are flocking to the beauty parlors and nail salons.
See: www.getpregnantover40.com for more information on toxins in the environment and pregnancy/fertility
 I had read (from numerous sources) that nail polish may contain some harmful ingredients. I rarely paint my nails (ok, my toenails every now and then) but when I was pregnant I never used any nail products.  Women who work in salons could be at particular risk.  The component that is harmful is called dibutyl phthalate or DBP - read more from the following article:
"A report by the Environmental Working Group (EWG) said the chemical in question is called dibutyl phthalate or DBP. Phthalates are a class of industrial plasticizers that were invented in the 1930s. They are often used in cosmetics because they make nail polish flexible, help bleed the chemicals of fragrances, and help lotion better penetrate the skin. They aren't always required to be labeled on the products.
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Lab animals given dibutyl phthalate had higher numbers of offspring with birth defects, especially of the male reproductive system.
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In September, The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released the results of a study that tested 289 adults aged 20-60 for seven metabolites associated with exposure to various phthalates and found it was present in all of those tested, with women of childbearing age having the highest levels.

Jane Houlihan, Senior Analyst at the EWG, said women between the ages of 15-45 are probably exposed to dibutyl phthalate through cosmetics and particularly nail polish.

"We think that women of childbearing are should avoid all exposures to dibutyl phthalate when they're considering becoming pregnant, when they're pregnant or when they're nursing," Houlihan said." 

from:  CNN.com

Wednesday, December 07, 2016


 There are many well publicized symptoms of early pregnancy.  But there are many women who don't even know they are pregnant until well into their pregnancy.  TLC even has a show called, "I didn't know I was pregnant".  Many women featured in the show are older and they automatically assume that they are too old to get pregnant so it never even enters their mind.  They know they don't feel quite right, and they may experience weight gain, but pregnancy isn't on their radar.  I have devoted a
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Friday, December 02, 2016


Studies on Awareness Prior to Being Born - The Pre-Birth Experience

Guest Post By Gopalakrishnan Tiruvan Chandrasekaran

Studies have been conducted on pre-birth experience (PBE), the one in which the person has clear memories of awareness before birth. In most cases of the PBEs, details of those memories can be verified through those who were there around the time of birth, usually the mother as the main person. This article brings out some of the salient features of PBEs based on information from three studies.
It is rather obvious that awareness (the primary aspect of consciousness) exists after life ends. This has been demonstrated time and again by near death experiences (NDE) when the consciousness leaves the body and is able to perceive worldly occurrences without the help of the five senses. The question of whether consciousness functions the same way before the birth of a person can be a very absorbing one for those who see meaning in the reincarnation paradigm. The writer has come across three probing studies in this connection. Here a brief attempt is made to share the related findings. For further details, the reader is referred to the three books associated with the studies, all available on Amazon.com.




Study 1: Psychologist Dr. Helen Wambach wrote a book entitled 'Life Before Life' in 1979. It explores the fascinating answers to probing questions asked of 750 subjects under hypnosis about life before birth. Wambach says that 90 % of her subjects flash on images from their past lives. She adds that, "I am convinced that the time has come to study rigorously the plausibility of reincarnation." Three of her questions to her subjects under hypnosis and the answers are the following:
Question 1: Did you choose to be born?
81 % of her subjects said that they did choose to be born and that it was their choice to make. However, only 28 % felt enthusiastic about being alive again; they felt that they had planned carefully and were ready to begin.
Question 2: Why did you choose the 20th Century?
About 59 % gave relevant answers to this question. Their response contained many different reasons for the choice. Some felt that their choosing the specific time period was to have contact with particular people who chose the same period. One answer was, "I came in this time period to correct past errors and to work out my guilt about certain relationships."
Question 3: Why are we here on earth?
Not all of the subjects were clear about this item but quite a few came up with interesting answers. Some of these people said that there is so much to learn on this planet, especially in terms of relationship, love and humility, and that there are many experiences, good and bad, to go through. Others mentioned about learning that can help in going beyond fear and loneliness. Some indicated the need to be with people to make up for the hurt they had caused in former lives.
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The above samples represent a very small part of Wambach's research. Her book contains a great deal more of fascinating information on pre-birth memories.
Study 2: This work is also related to consciousness prior to birth but is not through regression, hypnosis or drugs. Elizabeth and Neil Carman compiled a book on PBEs through interviewees recalling their pre-birth existence while they were completely sober and awake. The title of the book is 'Cosmic Cradle, Spiritual Dimensions of Life before Birth'. A report on the book says that it transports us beyond the conventional materialistic idea that heredity and social environment explain human life. In contrast, our life's drama is planned long before birth.
Where was your soul before you were born? If your soul is immortal, did it have a "life" prior to birth? Did you choose your life and parents? Is reincarnation real? Elizabeth and Neil Carman address these questions through interviews with adults and children. They also state that Buddha pointed out four modes of human birth:
1. To enter the mother's womb fully conscious, stay in the womb with full awareness, and experience birth consciously. Enlightened masters report these memories.
2. To enter the mother's womb fully conscious, stay in the womb with full awareness, but lose awareness during birth.
3. To enter the mother's womb fully conscious, but lose awareness in the womb and throughout birth.
4. To enter the mother's womb unconsciously and remain unconscious throughout womb-time and birth. This heavily veiled memory is more typical of most human births.
The above rendering by Buddha clearly points to the fact that pre-birth awareness is a fact.
Study 3: This study by PMH Atwater, primarily on near death experiences, touches on PBEs also. The title of her book is 'The Complete Idiot's Guide to Near Death Experiences'. She says that one-third of the 277 child experiencers in her research base had clear, coherent memories of happenings before they were born. A particularly interesting study is the one given below.
Two weeks before the birth of Carroll Gray of Atlanta, Georgia, the doctor informed her mother that there was no heart beat and the baby was dead. Her father, eagerly expecting a son, was severely disappointed at this. He accused Carroll's mother of having killed his son; threw her from her bed resulting in her uterus being ruptured. The mother was rushed to the hospital and a dead baby was delivered. But, like a miracle, the child began to breath! What was even more astonishing was the fact that, after two and half years, Carroll spoke out the very words her father said at the time of throwing his wife off the bed. Obviously, everyone was dumbfounded as the family had never discussed that unfortunate incident among themselves. Further, Carroll also recalled the difficulties she came through as a newborn baby because of the unusual conditions of her birth.
Atwater says that stories with the accuracy of Carroll's are so numerous, they challenge the notion that unborn babies are oblivious to anything outside their mother's womb.
In Conclusion: For people who are interested in understanding the long journey of life across many incarnate and discarnate periods, the above studies can be invaluable as their areas of spiritual exploration. Those studies expand our perspectives on life and the afterlife. Our day-to-day life guided by such far-reaching insights can have a depth and meaning that the conventional belief systems can never bring about. Related matters are covered in the website http://spirituality.yolasite.com
Gopalakrishnan TC was born in Madras (now Chennai), India, in 1941. He received his doctoral degree in Coastal Engineering from the North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC, USA in 1978; served on the research and teaching faculty of the Indian and US universities; is a member of the International Association for Near Death Studies, Durham, NC, USA. Blog: http://nde-thedeeperself.blogspot.com
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Wednesday, November 30, 2016


Much has been written about pregnancy over the age of 40 which can scare any woman half to death.  When I found out I was finally pregnant with my daughter, my joy was quickly squelched by all of the doom and gloom presented to me by the well meaning medical professionals. I was given a list of all the possible complications that could occur during my pregnancy due to the fact that I was 44. 
And guess what?  I had a completely normal pregnancy and normal vaginal delivery.  So there!
But what about birth defects and pregnancy complications over the age of 40?  Are they that much higher?  Not really.  Read more:

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Monday, November 28, 2016


Women who have a pregnancy over the age of 35 (and over 40) were found to be mentally sharper as they aged.  According to this article, they theorize that the surge of reproductive hormones can be beneficial as women age.  Read more:


The main hormones at play are estrogen and progesterone. In animal studies, estrogen has a beneficial impact on brain chemistry, function and structure; progesterone is linked with growth and development of brain tissue, Karim said.
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The study, published this month in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, includes 830 women who, on average, were 60 years old. The data was adjusted for age, race and ethnicity, income and education.
Participants were given a series of tests that included assessments of verbal memory (remembering a list of words or retelling a story after some distraction), psychomotor speed, attention and concentration, planning, visual perception and memory.
Previous research has shown that many women experience brainpower and memory declines in their postmenopausal years. An outpouring of estrogen and progesterone, especially in later life, appears to be beneficial, Karim said.
from:science daily

Friday, November 25, 2016


 Pregnancy Over 40 - worrying

Motherhood may contribute to your worry, but according to the article below, women tend to worry more than men in general.
That doesn't surprise most of us, but the article helps to explain why.
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From the article:

Scientists have known that on the whole, females of all ages tend to worry more and have more intense worries than males. Women also tend to perceive more risk in situations and grow more anxious than men.

Now we know why.

Women are more likely than men to believe that past experiences accurately forecast the future, according to two new studies.

The research, involving both 3- to 6-year-olds and adults of both genders, tested the extent to which participants' thought that worry can be caused by thinking that a bad event that happened in the past could happen again in the future. (This skill, in its simplest form, is critical to social understanding as it is important to making decisions and assessing risk.)


Monday, November 21, 2016


I posted in the past that 50 year old Janet Jackson was pregnant.  Although we don't really know all of the circumstances that led to her pregnancy, I couldn't be happier for her!  Everyone deserves to have a baby no matter what their age.  We finally have an update on how she is doing!

Janet Jackson offered a rare personal update as she nears the birth of her first child, assuring fans she's doing well in her first tweet since confirming her pregnancy.
"Hey you guys.. It's been awhile.. but I'm still listening," the 50-year-old vocalist wrote on Twitter. "I feel your love and prayers.. Thank you.. and I'm doing well." (nydailynews)

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Within hours of Jackson’s Twitter status becoming public, a mass of media outlets — from Perez Hilton to US Weekly, E! News and even Emirates Woman — covered the short, but sweet social media reach-out, and treated it as front-page news. To say that it was quite the feat somehow shortchanges the actual impact, but considering the way the entertainment world has continuously negated Jackson’s reach and influence, it also serves as a bit of comeuppance toward her many naysayers.(inquisitor)

Friday, November 18, 2016


Fructose is a kind of sugar which is present in fruits as well as processed foods in the form of "high fructose corn syrup".  Unfortunately, it can wreak havoc on our bodies and in pregnancy it can lead to complications in the placenta and the future growth of the baby.  Read more:


Consuming a high-fructose diet during pregnancy may cause defects in the placenta and restrict fetal growth, potentially increasing a baby's risk for metabolic health problems later in life, according to research in mice and people by a team at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis.

Studying mice, the researchers found elevated uric acid and triglycerides in otherwise healthy mice who were fed a high-fructose diet during pregnancy. Additionally, the mice developed smaller fetuses and larger placentas than those fed standard rodent chow.
Genetically, Moley said, a small fetus may become wired to grow more after birth than a normal-sized fetus. "The body tries to compensate for the small growth in utero," Moley said. "These babies can become kids and then adults struggling with obesity and other health problems."
from: sciencedaily.com 

Wednesday, November 16, 2016


  As a general rule, pregnant women should avoid the use of any type of drug.  Even drugs that are considered "safe" may have consequences that we don't know about.  Here is an article about how acetaminophen may be associated with autism and ADHD.  Read more:

The researchers found that 43 percent of the children assessed at the age of 1 and 41 percent of those assessed at age 5 were born to mothers who used acetaminophen in the first 32 weeks of pregnancy.
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Compared with children born to mothers who did not take acetaminophen during pregnancy, the researchers found that those whose mothers used acetaminophen in the first 32 weeks of pregnancy were 30 percent more likely at age 5 to have attention impairments, often found in children with autism or ADHD.
Children prenatally exposed to acetaminophen were also more likely to have symptoms of hyperactivity or impulsivity at the age of 5. Those who had been persistently exposed to the drug performed worse on tests of attention, impulsivity, and visual speed processing. 

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Monday, November 14, 2016


Doctor's Advice on Pregnancy - Air Travel

Guest Post By Dr. Sloan Charles, M.D.

Being a medical doctor, I have been approached quite often by pregnant mothers to issue a letter of fitness prior to their travel by plane.
Usually, the airline rules and regulations clearly states that pregnancy below 28 weeks would be allowed to fly after signing a "Release & Indemnity Form" to absolve the airline of any liabilities should anything unforeseen happen. Pregnancy between 28-34 weeks would require a medical certificate from the attending doctor stating the date and fitness to fly. Pregnancy at and beyond 35 weeks are not allowed to travel by air.


In addition to that, expectant mother should be informed that
1) The letter of fitness issued by the attending doctor MUST be within 1week prior to the date of
departure. Thus, it is only wise to consult the doctor and get the ultrasound scan done and letter issue after the date of departure has been arranged.
2) Generally, it is wise to avoid travel by plane during the first trimester (0-12 weeks pregnancy) as miscarriages takes place at the period. This is more so if the pregnant mother has history of recurring pregnancy losses.
3) Relatively speaking, it is better to travel by air in the second trimester (13-27 weeks pregnancy) also known as honeymoon period because many of the unpleasant effects of early pregnancy have ended. During this period, the pregnancy is more established and more stable.
4) Pregnancy itself is a risk factor to develop DVT (Deep Vein Thrombosis) and coupled with the long distance air travel, the risk is higher.
DVT : A condition where a clot is formed in the veins of the leg and may lead to serious consequences to health.
5) Always inform the airline and check the airline policy in carrying the pregnant passengers.
Dr. Sloan, Md., is a qualified practicing medical doctor with a passion for the promotion of a healthy lifestyle and the prevention of illnesses and diseases. Subscribe for his newsletter containing solid information and advice at http://www.drsloanmd.com.
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Tuesday, November 08, 2016


Decreasing Your Risk For Preeclampsia (High Blood Pressure) During Pregnancy

Guest Post By Dr. Mark Zakowski

Preeclampsia, or high blood pressure during pregnancy, remains one of the top diseases of pregnant
women. Preeclampsia today causes premature delivery, major complications, and even death of mom and baby. A whopping 7-10% of all pregnant women develop signs of preeclampsia. What can you do about it? New evidence shows that vitamin supplementation can reduce the risk of preeclampsia and the terrible problems that it can cause!
Preeclampsia is a disorder that occurs only during pregnancy and the postpartum period and affects both the mother and the unborn baby. Affecting at least 5-8%, and as high as 10% of all pregnancies, it is a rapidly progressive condition characterized by high blood pressure and the presence of protein in the urine. Swelling, sudden weight gain, headaches and changes in vision are important symptoms; however, some pregnant women with rapidly advancing disease report few symptoms.
Severe preeclampsia requires not only treatment of blood pressure but also childbirth of the baby, regardless of the gestational age. Under these adverse conditions, the baby is not going to continue growing, and even more dangerous - mom's life is at risk!



Those at risk include:

  • Women less than 20 years old
  • Women older than 40 years old
  • Obese women
  • Women with preeclampsia in a prior pregnancy
  • Having a family history of preeclampsia
  • Twins or triplets (multiple gestation)
  • Pre-existing medical problems:
  • Chronic hypertension
  • Diabetes
  • Kidney disease
  • Autoimmune disease
  • Anti-phospholipid syndrome

The main signs of preeclampsia are high blood pressure and protein in the urine. Pregnant women with preeclampsia may also have:

  • Swelling (edema) of the hands and feet
  • Sudden weight gain (5 or more pounds in one week)
  • Problems with vision, such as blurriness or flashing lights
  • Severe headaches
  • Dizziness
  • Intense pain in the upper right part of the belly.

Pregnant women with mild preeclampsia often have no obvious symptoms. So if you have it, you may not suspect that anything is wrong.
Preeclampsia is usually detected during a routine prenatal visit. That's one reason why it's important to keep all your appointments during your pregnancy. During prenatal visits, the health care provider measures your blood pressure and checks your urine for protein. If preeclampsia is diagnosed, it can usually be managed before it becomes serious.
Evidence shows you CAN decrease your chance of getting preeclampsia during pregnancy.
The oral intake of Vitamin C 1000 mg and Vitamin E 400 IU each day significantly reduces the chance of getting preeclampsia.
You should take 1000mg of vitamin C and 400IU of Vitamin E every day, starting as soon as you know you're pregnant! Studies by Chappell (Lancet 1999 and Am J Obstet Gynecol 2002) have shown that taking 1000 mg of Vitamin C and 400 IU of Vitamin E a day beginning early in pregnancy can reduce the risk of preeclampsia by a staggering 76 percent. Preeclampsia is one of the biggest causes of premature birth, low birth weight babies, can lead to liver and bleeding problems in mom, and even death! Remember, up to 15% of preterm births are a result of preeclampsia.
However, starting antioxidant therapy once preeclampsia becomes a factor is not effective - it is too late! Even starting vitamins therapy at 24 weeks or later may be too late, as many of the changes that cause preeclampsia will already have occurred.
Taking care of your health will help ensure the health of your baby during pregnancy and a safe delivery when giving birth.
Disclaimer: The Safe Baby System and the information in this article are for educational purposes only and are not a replacement for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Always consult a doctor or other qualified health provider regarding any medical condition and before beginning any diet or exercise regimen and before taking any dietary supplements or other medications. Any information obtained through hyperlinked words or phrases to another web page does not reflect the advice or opinions of Dr. Mark Zakowski.
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Dr. Mark Zakowski has personally assisted over 20,000 women in giving birth. He has been Chief of Obstetric Anesthesiology for over 18 years at nationally recognized hospitals in New York and Los Angeles. Dr. Zakowski has been in charge of over 105,000 deliveries, giving him unique and valuable insights on how to best ensure a happy mom, a healthy baby, and a safe childbirth. Dr. Zakowski has served on various departmental and hospital quality improvement committees for over 18 years. Dr. Zakowski received an M.D. from Albert Einstein College of Medicine. He currently serves as Adjunct Associate Professor at a major and nationally prominent medical center in Los Angeles. Go to http://www.safebabysystem.com/specialreport5.html to get expert medical advice to help ensure the health of your baby during pregnancy and a safe delivery when giving birth. You can read more of Dr. Zakowski's advice on his blog at http://safebabysystem.blogspot.com.
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Monday, November 07, 2016


Does Spotting Mean You’re Going To Miscarry?

Spotting isn’t necessarily a good sign, but it certainly doesn’t mean you’re going to miscarry.  I’ve heard estimates as high as 25-30% of all pregnancies have some spotting.  This can be cause by a variety of conditions from yeast infections to implantation bleeding.  I had spotting with all my pregnancies, including my successful pregnancy.  When I was pregnant with my daughter, I spotted for a full three months.  It appeared, from the ultrasound, that some implantation blood was trapped between the uterus and the gestational sac.  It was coming out very slowly which led to the spotting.

 SEE ALSO: MISCARRIAGE OVER 40 (getpregnantover40.com)

I also had a few other incidences of spotting during my successful pregnancy.  Although no definitive reason was found, it obviously didn’t lead to a miscarriage.  One study found that spotting and light episodes of bleeding are not associated with miscarriage, especially if only lasting 1–2 days.(1)
 If you are pregnant and you are spotting, it’s a good idea to see your doctor.  Spotting can be an indicator of more severe problems, but having said that, I found the medical community to be rather  unconcerned with most cases of spotting (obviously it’s quite common).  If nothing else, they can help put your mind at ease

(1)Hasan, R., Baird, D. D., Herring, A. H., Olshan, A. F., Jonsson Funk, M. L., & Hartmann, K. E. (2009). Association Between First-Trimester Vaginal Bleeding and Miscarriage. Obstetrics and Gynecology

Friday, November 04, 2016


Many readers of my website and blogs have expressed an interest in saints for fertility, pregnancy and motherhood.  One saint which I have devoted a page on my website to is Saint Gerard. 
Saint Gerard Majella has an interesting story.   Majella's last recorded miracle is one that many credit toward his becoming the patron of expectant mothers. Shortly before his death, Majella encountered a young girl. He had dropped his handkerchief and she set out to return it, only to be told to keep it. Majella told her she "may need it someday." Years after Majella's passing, the young girl became married and with child. She unexpectedly went into labor and was on the verge of losing her baby. She called for Majella's handkerchief to be applied to her. Almost immediately, her pain abated and she proceeded to give birth to a healthy child.

Click here for the prayer to St. Gerard (getpregnantover40.com

Wednesday, November 02, 2016


Is Pregnancy Massage Truly Safe?

Guest Post By Fran Kehoe

Women have aches, tension and pain when they are pregnant just like they do when they are not carrying a baby. Pregnant massage is effective in relieving their discomfort. However, is pregnancy massage truly safe for an expectant mother?
Benefits from Massage for an Expectant Mother
Research backs up the fact that expectant mother receive benefits from massage such as a lift in mood, reduction of stress, and relief of aches and pains. It can even improve the birth process lessening the strain on the new-born. Massage even helps reduce stress hormones and elevate serotonin and dopamine levels, which improve mood.
Another benefit of massage during pregnancy is that swelling or edema is reduced. The massaging action helps the fluids move from the soft tissues they have settled in, this typically makes the joints less swollen. The fluids then are flushed out of the body with the other waste.


Types of Massage Approved for Pregnant Women
Shiatsu is one form of massage recommended for pregnant women, because it uses various points on the body to stimulate the body's qi or natural energy. Pressure is applied on these points to release the body's own natural healing powers. At times, a tapping motion also is used.
Another one that is safe for pregnant women is Swedish massage. This type using long strokes on the muscles to relax them and it also works to improve the mobility of joints. This massage also addresses certain problems that occur in the body, because of the changes in circulation during pregnancy.
The expectant mother needs to make sure that the massage therapist is experienced with performing massage on pregnant women. Certain precautions do have to be taken such as the woman not lying on her back too long or flat on her stomach should be taken for one thing. There are special massage tables that are available at some places that allow room for the expanding belly. Other times the therapist will have the woman lie on her side.
In the first trimester, massage should not be performed over the lower part of the pelvic area where the uterus is located. The first trimester is tricky for some women to get past without having a miscarriage, so caution is warranted during this time. An expectant mother going through a high-risk pregnancy should avoid getting a massage. The chance is too great for problems under these circumstances.
As long as these precautions are followed, pregnancy massage is safe for the woman and foetus. The expectant mother needs to be as relaxed and happy as possible during her pregnancy. Otherwise, she could become depressed. This will make the pregnancy harder to get through and could harm the health of both mother and the foetus. Pregnancy massage can offer such relief for many of the discomfort that happens during this time. It is well worth using it to improve the mood and health of the expectant mother. Remember, a doctor should be consulted before the massage is performed just to make sure it will not cause a problem.
Fran Kehoe is a fully qualified and insured Sports and remedial massage therapist with ITEC Diplomas in Sports Massage, Reflexology, Anatomy & Physiology, Holistic Massage and a FHT Certificate at The Massage Centre, Chiswick.
Click here for more information on Pregnancy Massage and its health benefits.
Or call Fran for a no-obligation chat: 020 8166 8958
Article Source: http://EzineArticles.com/expert/Fran_Kehoe/1230316

Monday, October 31, 2016


Chocolate in Pregnancy and Antioxidants

Most of us have heard that not all chocolate is created equal. Dark chocolate with a high cocoa content can actually be very healthy in moderation.


 The article below talks about the health benefits of cocoa and dark chocolate. So if you're going to indulge this Halloween, look for the highest content of cocoa you can. Read more:

From the article:

Raw cocoa has the highest antioxidant value of all the natural foods in the world!

...Cocoa also appears to have anti-aging and anti-inflammatory properties. And cocoa is a good source of the minerals magnesium, sulphur, calcium, iron, zinc, copper, potassium, and manganese; plus some of the B Vitamins.

When heart problems occur, magnesium is the most likely mineral to be missing in the person's diet.

Cocoa has a high content of the "beauty" mineral, sulfur. Sulfur helps build strong nails and hair, promotes healthy and beautiful skin, helps detoxify the liver, and supports healthy functioning of the pancreas.

Fresh cocoa beans are super-rich in the type of bioflavonoid called flavanols which are strong antioxidants that help maintain healthy blood flow and blood pressure. The heart-healthy flavanols in cocoa, especially the epicatechins, prevent fatty substances in the bloodstream from oxidizing and then clogging the arteries.

Flavanols help make blood platelets less likely to stick together and cause blood clots, heart attacks, and strokes - without the negative side effects associated with the use of aspirin (ASA) and other pharmaceutical blood-thinners.

Cocoa beans contain 10,000 milligrams (10 grams) of flavanol antioxidants per 100 grams - or an amazing 10% antioxidant concentration level! When it comes to supplying your body with effective antioxidants, no other natural food can even come close. No exotic super-fruit like Acai berries, no high-antioxidant fruits like prunes or blueberries, and no vegetables. The antioxidants in cocoa are easily absorbed by the human body, and are more stable and long-lasting than those in any other foods.

Cocoa also contains the amino acid Tryptophan which makes the neurotransmitter known as serotonin, which promotes positive feelings and helps keep us from feeling depressed. Cocoa contains the neurotransmitters dopamine, and phenylethylamine (PEA), and contains anandamide and MAO Inhibitors - which make this heart-healthy food a healthy food for the brain too.

Phenylethylamine (PEA) helps promote mental alertness and the ability to concentrate. The PEA in healthy chocolate can be of help to students taking tests, and to senior citizens who want to retain the mental capacity of a younger person and postpone the onset of dementia.

Studies have indicated that consuming dark chocolate produced an increased sensitivity to insulin (which indicates a protective effect against diabetes). 

from: www.astrologyzine.com

Friday, October 28, 2016


Pregnancy Over 40, Motherhood Over 40, It's Hard To Get Sleep

I have been a horrible sleeper since the day I was born. I was truly worried that I would be up all night with my new baby.
As it turns out, she was a wonderful sleeper and started sleeping through the night at 6 weeks of age. However, for some reason, I still couldn't get a good night's sleep. I've talked to a number of women who had the same problem. I've heard when estrogen is lower
(as it is when you're breastfeeding), you don't sleep as well - so that may be part of it. Also, when you're a first time parent, you constantly worry whether or not your baby is ok - that certainly doesn't help you relax and fall asleep. Us older mothers also had to try harder to conceive and many of us suffered multiple miscarriages. Somehow all of that "history" behind us makes us a little more neurotic all the way around. Here is an article about sleep deprivation in new parents and it has some suggestions on how to get more rest and sleep:

SEE ALSO: PREGNANCY OVER 40, HOW IT IS DIFFERENT (getpregnantover40.com)

From the article:

When sleep deprivation is not addressed, the consequences can sometimes be devastating. The National Commission on Sleep Disorders Research found that infant abuse may be more likely for sleep-deprived parents, who may feel they are at their wits' end and shake or hit a crying infant. Also, co-sleeping parents who are exhausted may be less aware of the baby sleeping next to them. Sleep deprivation tragedies can occur outside the home as well. The National Sleep Foundation states that more than 1,500 people die every year due to fatigue-related vehicle crashes.

And there's yet another reason to get as much rest as you can: Sleep deprivation can be a contributing factor in postpartum depression. If your fatigue is overwhelming and you experience the "baby blues" for longer than two weeks after delivery, be sure to see your physician. 

 from consumer.healthday.com

Monday, October 24, 2016


How To Deal With Pelvic and Pubic Bone Pain

I remember have pelvic bone pain toward the end of my pregnancy, especially when walking up stairs. Pubic bone pain occurs because your body is carrying more weight and the pelvic joints get looser so they can move in relation to one another.
This pain can start during pregnancy even in the first trimester but frequently occurs later in pregnancy.   It can be worse when laying down on your back or getting up after sitting for a long time.  It can also hurt when you try to move your legs apart.  This condition can cause pain that shoots down your leg or it can be felt in the hips, back, and buttocks.  It can alternate sides or be felt on both sides.


So What Can You Do For Pelvic/Pubic Bone Pain In Pregnancy?

  • First, there are support belts that can be worn safely.  You may need to consult your doctor or physical therapist.  
  • When you are walking, you may need to arch your back slightly
  • When sitting, try sitting on a fitball (large exercise ball)
  • Avoid heavy lifting
  • Avoid heavy pushing
  • Sleep on a softer surface

Friday, October 21, 2016


I often say that my daughter chose me.  I had to wait six long years and I had to suffer through infertility and miscarriage, but it was certainly worth the wait.  So how does all of this work?  Well, no one knows for sure, but there are experts in the subject like Edgar Cayce, read more:


Edgar Cayce: “…..As difficult as it may be for us to believe, each soul actually chooses its parents – with one exception. If a soul has abused its gift of free will, then it comes under the strong influence of the Universal Law and is carried along on the force of its past actions into present relationships that it simply must face up to. Of course, no soul is given more than it can handle, not that it won’t suffer, but it won’t be totally lost or destroyed by the burdens of its karma. Generally, however, a soul chooses its parents prior to entering the Earth…”
Edgar Cayce made a strong case by insisting that we choose our families, our parents, and even make agreements, where possible, to choose our spouses and children. This is not to infer that changes in plans will not occur, but we should be aware of the vast amount of planning that is done before our earthly incarnation. 


Wednesday, October 19, 2016


Indigo Children Do You Believe?

I have heard about "indigo or new age children" on and off over the years.
This article explains the theory and some of the characteristics of these kids. It's not everyone's belief, but it's an interesting theory. Read more:



The Indigos are creating chaos with the end result being a peaceful, loving world. Many, but not all Indigos are labeled by the medical world as Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder or more commonly known as ADD/ADHD because they can't be still, they can't focus, they bore easily, they are impulsive and they do things super fast. Giving them medication is not the answer! That is once again a control factor not to mention all the detrimental health problems including death that occurs from these types of medications. Indigo and Crystal children are extremely intelligent and need their minds stimulated with things they enjoy to do. They have amazing memories and are gifted souls with an evolved consciousness. They need to be taught in a different way, through subjects they love that stimulate their whole beings! We are moving beyond the mind and into the heart. These Indigo children will not conform to the old ritual text book teachings. This system is old and needs to be replaced. They are trying to show the teachers of the school systems that they need a new way of learning. This is beginning to happen.
from: newagejournal.com by Lisa Whatley

Friday, October 14, 2016


Reiki and Your Unborn Child

Guest Post By Bronwen Stiene

We were living and teaching Reiki in Darjeeling, India, when we decided to try for a child. Straight after conception I placed my hands on Bronwen's sacral chakra, the area of the ovaries and a tremendous heat was channeled into the womb and it felt as of I was helping the seeds of life. This was the first contact that I had with my child because we soon realised that Bronwen was pregnant. After a 10 year relationship we had imagined that it would take a much longer period before she became pregnant, but we were now both sure that the Reiki energy was helping to speed things up.
I decided to do a daily Reiki session on our baby. It began to feel as if I was a part of the baby and of Bronwen, who had a deeper connection than
I did with our new child. When I placed my hands on the womb I immediately sensed a beautiful energy streaming into our baby and I felt overwhelmed with emotions which I never knew I had.


I would love to promote Reiki as a means of helping couples to cope with pregnancy and as a way of supporting husbands to become more involved as this is a special time for sharing and communicating with each other, for all three of you.
Men are often overlooked as being important in the pregnancy - or at least many feel this way. If they were to practise Reiki they would have no excuse not to take part and already show their child love and support.
Hands can be placed on the Mother's uterus - on the baby - with the intention that energy moves freely to wherever the baby requires it at that moment in its life. The father can also do Reiki on the mother to offer his support for her. And lastly the father can also offer energy to himself. Everyone needs support and love and fathers are no different.
During childbirth I also used Reiki as a technique for releasing tension and stress (when Bronwen allowed me!). I placed my hands on her tailbone and gave energy, when I felt that I couldn't do much I sent her energy as well. It was wonderful to feel that even this process - the birth - was something that I could be involved and supportive in.
For me it felt like I was more a part of the pregnancy and birth. When our baby finally arrived and we touched each other's skin it was with recognition as we had already known each other's energies.
Reiki Masters Frans and Bronwen Stiene (pronounced stee-nuh) are authors of the internationally acclaimed The Reiki Sourcebook, The Japanese Art of Reiki, Reiki Techniques Card Deck and the A-Z of Reiki and are the founders of the International House of Reiki.
Their website is the http://www.reiki.net.au which is full of lots of articles and research into Reiki.
With over 16 years of combined experience as practitioners, teachers and speakers in healing and spirituality they have worked with, taught and researched healing in the USA, Europe, Asia, Australia and Japan. They are teachers whose passion is truth, education, support and spiritual development for all.
Article Source: http://EzineArticles.com/expert/Bronwen_Stiene/32180

Wednesday, October 12, 2016


I realize some women and couples have to go through IVF due to anatomical problems like blockages in women and/or sperm count abnormalities in men.  However there are some things to consider before jumping into fertility treatments before thoroughly exploring the natural route.  There is some evidence that the IVF procedure itself can lead to abnormalities in the offspring.  There are also a multitude of complications that can occur when you are pumping yourself full of hormones and other drugs during the IVF cycle.  For example, I experienced something called "hyperstimulation" of my ovaries which can be life threatening.  Tubal pregnancies are also more common with IVF (also a life threatening condition if not found in time.

Here is a page on my website that discusses the pros and cons of IVF (getpregnantover40.com)

Saturday, October 08, 2016


I frequently find myself thinking, "they (i.e. other moms) should know better than that", or "isn't that a bit rude?", or "I can't believe they think that's okay". Maybe since I'm older, I was brought up when there were certain social graces that everyone knew to follow. But now, many moms behave in ways that I can't always condone. Here are ten ways to tactfully dealing with your child's social interactions:
1. Party etiquette: If your child is invited to a child's birthday party, some reciprocation is expected (especially if your child attends the party). If they invite you, you should invite them. Yes, I know that some parents need to keep parties small for financial reasons, but if that's the case, have a party in your back yard or basement. Kids just want to run around and have some fun.
RSVP to party invitations as soon as possible. Don't show up without an RSVP - if you don't know if you can make it, let them know that as soon as you can. Parents throwing the party don't know how many party bags to make, etc. If you RSVP to say you are coming, then come! If some emergency arises, call the other parent to let them know as soon as you can. Additionally, if your child is invited to a party, that doesn't mean all of their siblings may attend as well. The invitation is to the child whose name is on the envelope. If it is an electronic invitation which is sent to the parent's email, clarify which child or children should attend.
If your child attends a birthday party, don't show up empty handed. A gift is expected (unless donations to a charitable organization are requested instead). There are plenty of gifts under $5 that children are happy with. Browse around the dollar store as a last resort.
2. Play date etiquette: Play dates should also be reciprocated. If you can't host a play date at your house, go to the park.
If another mom asks if you want a play date, get back to them right away. Don't leave them hanging wondering if it's a yes or no. If you don't know your schedule, tell them that.
If you have a young child, always offer to stay for the play date, especially if your child has separation anxiety or if you know they can be a "handful".
3. Playground etiquette: Younger children should have a parent or sitter present while at the playground. If your child needs help on the equipment, the parent or sitter should be the one helping, not the other moms or dads. I've seen some parents and nannies who let the kids run wild on the playground while they sit and talk on their cell phone completely ignoring what's going on. Once while at an indoor mall playground, a little boy sat with us for 15 minutes (I gave him a snack because he asked for one) and the nanny was no where to be found. I had no idea who the boy belonged to, but finally a young girl looking embarrassed came to claim the boy. This was a small enough playground that if she were there, she would have seen him with us (I guess she had some shopping to do - ahem!)
4. Don't gossip about other children to other moms. Gossip is downright wrong no matter who its about. If you have a real issue with a certain child, call their mom directly and discuss it. Nobody else needs to know or hear about the problem.
5. Don't tell other moms how to raise their kids. If you have a problem with another child and it must be brought to the attention of their mother, do so tactfully. What works for one child doesn't necessarily work for another so leave out the part of how you would handle it or what you do with your kid. Refrain from lecturing other mothers on how you enforce rules, how you require they eat their meals and so on. The vast majority of mothers out there do a completely adequate job of raising their kids. Unless you are truly concerned about a child's welfare, don't get involved.
6. Don't comment on another child's physical appearance. This is common sense, right? Apparently, not to some people. Refrain from commenting on how tall another child is, how short another child is, how heavy or thin a child is, etc. Chances are, if a child is very large or very small, it could be something the mother and/or child is sensitive about. Your comments only state the obvious and lead to embarrassment or hurt feelings. Keep it to yourself!
7. Don't discipline other children. If you are at the park or an area where a lot of kids are playing, and a child does something that is clearly not okay, do your best to find their mom and discuss it. If you can't find the other mother, nicely approach the child and say "Honey, my son/daughter doesn't like it when you push, can you be a little more gentle with them?" or "My child just got that bike for Christmas and she's not ready to have anyone else ride it yet". I was actually at a park when one child started riding another child's bike and the mother of the bike owner screamed, "THAT'S NOT YOUR BIKE, GET OFF!" On another occasion, I heard one mother say to a child (not hers) "you need to learn how to share", the child's mother was sitting right there and raised her eyebrows at the comment. I know there are times when you wish a child's mother would take certain actions, but that doesn't give you the right to take those actions for them.
8. Don't discipline your own child in front of other kids (or parents). Yes, I know there are times you need to tell your child to stop doing something, but whenever possible, pull them aside and tell them by whispering. Constantly yelling or reprimanding your child publicly may give other kids "license" to do the same. This can lead to other kids ganging up on yours or other parents labeling your kid as a troublemaker. Another option for less urgent matters is to bring it up and discuss it once you are home alone. Likewise, don't announce to others that your child is grounded or "in trouble". If grounding is part of your discipline, simply tell others that your child can't make it that day.
9. Don't Brag. Period. If someone asks you about one of your child's accomplishments, answer honestly and don't embellish. I realize parents (and grandparents) feel like they've earned bragging rights, but its annoying and it makes other parents and kids feel inferior. That's actually one reason other kids may not want to hang out with yours. Your child's accomplishments will stand on their own. Teach your child not to brag...they will be more respected if they don't constantly sing their own praise.
On the same note, don't brag to other parents about all the parties, play dates, or fun things your child is doing or going to do. Teach your child not to talk about play dates or parties with other children. If the child they're talking to isn't invited, it leads to hurt feelings - nobody likes to be left out. This not only hurts the child, it hurts the mother too.
10. If your child goes to the movies, pool, or any other place where there is a charge for admission (even if they are invited by another child) - send them with enough money to cover admission and perhaps a snack. Unless it's a party, don't assume the other parent is going to cover the cost. They may refuse the money, but you should always offer.

Thursday, October 06, 2016


We all know that the media likes to focus on the doom and gloom surrounding pregnancy over 40.  But the unexpected rate of pregnancy over 40 is second only to teenagers.  Many women just haven't given it enough time or they have spent time and money going through fertility treatments which may further throw their hormones out of whack.  Here are some of the stories I came across when I ran a women's infertility support group, click here:

Tuesday, October 04, 2016


Blood test can determine baby's sex early in pregnancy

Good news for parents who can't wait to find out the sex of their baby. There is now a blood tests that can be done in early pregnancy which appears to be very accurate.  Of course, there are critics who think that some couples may terminate pregnancies if they had there hearts set on a boy or a girl.

For more on pregnancy over 40 and preventing miscarriage and other complications, visit: getpregnantover40.com 

 However, the test may eliminate the need for other more invasive screening procedures:
 Read more:

Most importantly, it appears to be 100 percent accurate, say Dutch researchers whose findings were reported in Monday’s edition of the journal Obstetrics and Gynecology.
The Dutch study took place over the course of five years, from 2003 to 2009 and included 201 expectant mothers referred by geneticists or gynecologists in the Netherlands. Of 201 women tested, the researchers were able to issue a conclusion 189 times. They were correct every time.
The technique is less a breakthrough than a continuation of successful research and trials that have brought such non-invasive fetal testing to the brink of wide commercialization, said Dr. Diana Bianchi, the Natalie V. Zucker professor of pediatrics, obstetrics and gynecology at Tufts University. Bianchi is not affiliated with the Dutch study. 
from: www.msnbc.com

Sunday, October 02, 2016


Everyone knows that we have a real weight problem in this country and many children are doomed from the start. When these kids grow up, they may think gastric bypass surgery is the only option - especially if they are morbidly obese. However, according to this article, undergoing surgery can lead to future problems when pregnant. Read more:

Gastric bypass surgery may help teenage girls squeeze into their prom dresses -- if they don't mind having deformed and brain-damaged children later on.


Faced with the disturbing prospect of diet and exercise -- which can take weeks, even months of commitment before yielding results -- more and more overweight teens want to drop the pounds (now) by getting their stomachs stapled.

However, a report presented at the American Association of Pediatrics in San Francisco last week showed that girls who go under the knife risk losing the ability to absorb enough Vitamin B9, or folic acid, which is needed to have healthy babies.

The babies could be born with deformed spines or brain damage, warns Diana Farmer, chief of pediatric surgery at Benioff Children's Hospital at the University of California in San Francisco, who presented the report.

Too little is known about long-term consequences of the gastric bypass surgery, she tells Bloomberg.com.

Wednesday, September 28, 2016


A Heart Centered Approach to a Spiritual Pregnancy

Guest Post By Kelly Meehan
A spiritual pregnancy is a deeply unique experience that is lived by each woman who accepts pregnancy and prepares for motherhood. Many thoughts may come to mind when putting together spirituality and pregnancy. Does a spiritual pregnancy mean its time to begin meditating, praying for guidance, or chanting mantras? Yes and no. It can't hurt to meditate nor could it hurt to have a belief system that can offer inner guidance and a positive outlook about pregnancy.
The foundation of a heart centered approach during pregnancy starts with self awareness. Self awareness of: thoughts, feelings, sensations, and intuition. All those amazing parts of the human's capacity to reflect and move inward all create a harmonious system of understanding the natural spiritual aspects of motherhood. Awareness can help make the experience of pregnancy more peaceful as the body grows, emotions change, priorities shift, intuition strengthens, and receiving each day as it arrives.


Creating a pregnancy in awareness begins with inviting explored and unexplored experiences. It is having the ability to investigate beliefs, experience true feelings, dissect mental patterns, release old systems, and continue to move within the cycles of personal transformation. A spiritual pregnancy is not limited to blissful states of constant positive energy, but this includes feelings of uncertainty and fear. It is about accepting all experiences and knowing that each has purpose.
How does one stay connected to a spiritual pregnancy when cultures of society can easily impact how pregnancy looks and happens? Society can easily influence birthing and pregnancy with extensive books and experts all sharing information about the biological and emotional needs of a mother. Many of these so-called "experts" like to offer hard data with limiting forms of study or hard to understand data, but with great persuasive skills to fool the smartest and activate the energy of fear. The gift of negative images and media selling scare tactics around pregnancy is that the fear can bring about a lesson of personal discernment. It does not have to damage the mind and build fear, but it can challenge the mind into moving more deeply to tune into the internal intuitive system of information. Intuitive information lives within each person and always available for needed advice and wise knowledge.
Pregnancy must be about going with the flow and letting go into the unknown. The idea of letting go in pregnancy can feel scary. Actually, letting go in general can bring up feelings of personal loss and identity, but in the energy of birthing a new identity of mother is born. Letting go and letting birth is one way to welcome a new thought process. A spiritual pregnancy into spiritual birth requires the woman to pay attention to the wisdom of the body, while tuning into the wise callings of the ancient energies of labor that birthed before.
A heart centered approach to a spiritual pregnancy can be many things with many influential parts. It starts with the individual entering a state of self awareness, creating a system of prayer, meditation or mantras, making choices based on intuition, exploration of the psyche, embracing fears with acceptance, forgiveness, and letting go. It's good to remember that having a spiritual pregnancy is not about following ridged rules, orders, religious doctrines or archaic advice. It is about following the brilliantly divine information that comes from inside the energy of choices that lives within personal wisdom.
Article Source: http://EzineArticles.com/expert/Kelly_Meehan/1406819

Monday, September 26, 2016


Pregnancy Over 40, Triple Screen

 Since I decided early on in my pregnancy to have an amniocentesis, I didn't go through the "triple screen".
My cousin, who is much younger than me did go through the triple screen, and she was told there might be a problem with her baby. She and her husband decided to do an amniocentesis to find out for sure. They went through weeks of sheer agony between the time of their triple screen results and their amniocentesis only to find out that their baby was fine. Although they were elated with the good news, it brings up the point that the triple screen is not always accurate as the article below explains:


"What is a triple screen?
A triple screen is a blood test that measures three things called alpha-fetoprotein, human chorionic gonadotropin and unconjugated estriol. The results of the blood test can help your doctor see if your baby may be at higher risk for certain birth defects such as Down syndrome and neural tube defects.

Why is it called a "screen"?
These test results can only show that there may be a problem -- they can't prove that there is one. An abnormal test result doesn't mean that your baby has a birth defect. Most often, the blood test results are abnormal because the baby is younger or older than your doctor thought. And some birth defects will not be detected by this test. Remember, this test does not screen for all birth defects."

 from familydoctor,org

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