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Sunday, April 24, 2016


If you live or work near heavy traffic, you may want to limit your exposure to traffic fumes as much as possible.  Not only can fumes affect fertility in men and women, but they can also harm your pregnancy.
 According to the article below, traffic fumes can affect your baby's birthweight. Read more:

SEE ALSO: PREGNANCY OVER 40 (getpregnantover40.com)


The proportion of newborns with a birth weight below 3,000 grams increased with increasing concentrations of fine particulate matter (PM2,5) during pregnancy. A similar association was observed between the absorbance of fine particulate matter and birth weight. The absorbance of particulate matter is considered to be a marker of the particles originating from traffic, and in particular from diesel vehicles.

Earlier American Studies had already suggested that fine particulate matter might influence the birth weight. This recent study is the first study from Germany and Western Europe and also the first one to suggest so clearly that traffic-related air pollutants have an influence. 

Science Daily

Wednesday, April 20, 2016


Pregnancy and Sun Exposure

Getting enough vitamin D in pregnancy is a good thing, but what about the dangers of too much sun in pregnancy?
  We all seem to pay attention to sun exposure throughout our lives but this article talks about some common sense precautions you should take when pregnant:

What is the main danger?

Many women experience dark irregular patches on the skin, caused by the extra hormones and an enzyme called Tyrosinase over-producing melanin which darkens the skin (this is called the 'mask of pregnancy' or to give its proper name, chloasma). This is often a sign that she is particularly sensitive to UV rays from the sun. Luckily, in the vast majority of cases, this skin coloration disappears after the baby is born. For those that are not so lucky, a visit to the dermatologist will help solve the problem after the birth.


What are the dangers to the foetus?

There are insufficient studies to provide a definitive answer to this, but it is generally thought that there are no direct dangers to the developing baby. Having said that, exposure to UV light has been linked to reduced folic acid levels. Folic acid is vital for the early development of the foetus during the first eight to ten weeks and it can be broken down by bright sunlight. Another issue to take into account is overheating and/or dehydration... Lying in the sun can cause the body to overheat, which is not safe for the baby, so if going out into the sun, never allow the body to heat up too much and drink plenty of fluids.

What protection?


An elevated sun-factor cream should be used (factor 10 or above).

Renew application every 2 hours

Avoid exposure to the sun between midday and four in the afternoon. This is when the UV rays from the sun are at their fiercest.

Avoid using products that are photosensitive such as some body lotions and perfumes.

Take a large brimmed hat to protect the face and neck.

If topless sunbathing, apply extra cream to the breasts and nipples (which are more sensitive to UV light due to under exposure.

Always carry water and stay hydrated.

Never get overheated.

Can a sun bed be used?

Sun beds carry the same risks as normal sunlight and should probably be avoided during a pregnancy.

What about a fake tan from a bottle?

Again, there have been insufficient studies on this and due to the lack of data, many doctors are now recommending to avoid these chemicals completely during a pregnancy. This is obviously the best approach. Why take any risks for the sake of a sun tan?


Saturday, April 16, 2016


Pregnancy Over 40 and Breastfeeding

 I recall being in my childbirth classes and the instructor approached the topic of breastfeeding.
 She had to "walk on eggshells" because some of the women who were not going to breastfeed were afraid to speak up for fear of being criticized. However, this article apparently found some solid evidence that breastfeeding does help children intellectually. Read more:



At age 6.5, the children in the breastfeeding group scored an average of 7.5 points higher on tests measuring verbal intelligence, 2.9 points higher on tests measuring non-verbal intelligence and 5.9 points higher on tests measuring overall intelligence. Teachers also rated these children significantly higher academically than control children in both reading and writing.

"The effect of breastfeeding on brain development and intelligence has long been a popular and hotly debated topic," says Prof Kramer. "While most studies have been based on association, however, we can now make a causal inference between breastfeeding and intelligence - because of the randomized design of our study."



Thursday, April 14, 2016


We are a Hollywood obsessed society and of course baby news is big news.  When celebrities have babies at any age, it seems to be the talk of the town.  But when celebrities have babies over 40 it sees even bigger.  There certainly seems to be a trend of famous women delaying motherhood and it's certainly understandable since actresses may have a harder time getting parts after pregnancy and motherhood set in.  One positive aspect of famous women getting pregnant over age 40 is that society seems to be more accepting of older motherhood than in the past because it is so commonplace.  I've dedicated a page on my website to celebrity mothers over 40.


Monday, April 11, 2016


It seems that we're always hearing about keeping our weight down and not gaining too much weight in pregnancy.
 The following article talks about the opposite problem: not gaining enough weight and it's surpising connection to clogged arteries in the child. Read more:


From the article:

A study of 200 children found that, on average, the lower the mother's calorific intake during pregnancy, the thicker the child's artery walls.

Clogged up arteries - atherosclerosis - can lead to heart disease and strokes.

The University of Southampton team said the reasons for the apparent link were unclear and needed further exploration.

Their study appears in Arteriosclerosis, Thrombosis and Vascular Biology.

Maternal energy intake in pregnancy may affect the child's blood cholesterol concentrations

Dr Catharine Gale

The researchers used ultrasound scans to measure the thickness of the wall of the carotid artery in more than 200 nine-year-old children whose mothers had taken part in a nutrition study during pregnancy.

Experts usually say a pregnant woman needs to eat around 2,500 calories per day. 


Wednesday, April 06, 2016


 Getting Pregnant After 40 Is Not Doom and Gloom

I found an article that discusses a magazine whose target market is "older" pregnant women. It sounds like a great idea, especially since most of what you read in the mainstream media is enough to scare you into miscarriage (I certainly did my share of worrying when I was pregnant with my daughter).

 I wish I would have known about this magazine called "Plum". Read More:

See Also: Have A Baby Over 40 (www.getpregnantover40.com)

"I've cared for 20-year-olds who were at far greater risks for problem pregnancies than were their 40-year-old counterparts," she says. "The majority of pregnancies over 35 and even over 40 go just great, but they do need more attention and diagnostic procedures." That's what we want to hear.

The issue's cover story shows off designer Cynthia Rowley's take on maternity fashion in a 12-page spread. Rowley is also a "Plum mom" who, in lieu of divulging her age, joked she half-expected to be in diapers before her daughter was out of them. (Rowley is 41. She had her second daughter, Gigi, when she was 40.)

Plum was founded by Rebekah Meola at the end of 2004 to serve one of the fastest-growing demographics in the U.S.--pregnant women over 35. Between 1970 and 2003 in the U.S., the Centre for Disease Control reports that the birth rate among women between the ages of 35 to 39 increased by 38.17 per cent.

The trend in this country is similar: According to Statistics Canada, 48 per cent of births in 2003 were to women over the age of 30.

Meola says the aim of the magazine was both to educate women on risks of later child-bearing and to soothe anxieties so they could relax and enjoy their pregnancies. "High risk can sound very scary," says Meola. "Plum was brought about to help women understand what high risk means. It doesn't have to be doom and gloom -- it's just being aware and having all the information and managing the risks."

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Monday, April 04, 2016


Pregnancy and Lower Back Pain, What Every Pregnant Woman Should Know

Guest Post By Hannah Bajor

Back pain and pregnancy, tips on what you can do to make your pregnancy and lower back pain a little easier to deal with.
Normal weight gain in pregnancy is about 35 pounds, but lots of women I have met over my twenty-year midwifery career gained 35 pounds to 70 pounds during pregnancy. The stress of sudden weight gain during the short cycle of pregnancy can cause back pain and pregnancy misery.


Pregnancy posture change:
Pregnancy and lower back pain happens because of pregnancy weight gain and the automatic adjustments your body makes in posture to accommodate the growing womb. This change in posture is called pregnancy lordosis. Upper and lower back pain and pregnancy lordosis go hand in hand because your spine becomes super curved, elongated, and your breast and buttocks stick out pulling and stretching your back muscles.
Pregnancy hormones:
On top of this, back pain and pregnancy go hand in hand because of the higher levels of pregnancy hormones you produce. Pregnancy hormones have a relaxing effect on many of the muscles in your body to accommodate the muscle stretching that is required during pregnancy. Relaxed muscles are not as supportive to the spine and abdominal muscles, therefore many women complain of back pain and pregnancy shoulder stress.
Pregnancy pelvic changes:
The female pelvis is made up of many different bones. When you get towards the end of your pregnancy, a baby cannot fit to a normal-sized woman's pelvis without the pelvis opening and expanding. The pelvis has two major joints; one towards the right and one towards the left of your lower back along with a hinge joint at the very tail end of your spine.
Back pain and pregnancy ligament pulling and stretching is a direct result of your pelvis opening, which will allow your baby's head to engage or enter into the cavity of your pelvis. Pregnancy and lower back pain is also caused by the excess pressure felt deep within your pelvis as your baby sits and waits for labor to commence.
All of these factors taken together, it is not unusual for pregnant women to get backache. So if you get a backache straight away start doing things to prevent your backache from getting worse or getting out of control.
How to help minimize symptoms associated with pregnancy and lower back pain:
I definitely recommend having nice warm bath soaks, putting nice warm compresses on your back, or even better still having back massages to help with your pregnancy and lower back pain.
I would absolutely recommend that every pregnant woman go to see a chiropractor during pregnancy. A lot of traditional obstetrician, gynecologist and midwives are a little afraid of sending the women to a chiropractor because they are just not informed as to what chiropractors actually do. A chiropractor can help your spine accommodate easier to all the posture changes that happens during your pregnancy and relieve pain associated to pulled and stressed muscles associated to pregnancy and lower back pain
Apart from that, let us look at what things can you do to your own body to help minimize back pain and pregnancy. Wearing a good supporting bra during your pregnancy will support the increased breast weight and uplift your breasts so they do not feel so heavy. This will alleviate a lot of the upper back stress associated with pregnancy and lower back pain.
There are also a lot of pregnancy stomach binders that have been created to help support the weight of your growing womb which can help relieve back pain and pregnancy ligament discomfort.
Many women are focused on fashionable shoes and wear ridiculous footwear during pregnancies that do not support their posture and feet. I cannot believe how many pregnant women out there are wearing ridiculously high shoes or low shoes. Remember, as you become more and more pregnant all the bones and muscles within your feet are stressed.
Take a good look at the shoes you are wearing during your pregnancy and ask yourself these questions to evaluate the importance of your feet:
Do your shoes have a good supportive arch in them?
Are your shoes nice and wide to accommodate the increasing growth and widening of my foot associated to extra blood volume and swelling that occurs during pregnancy?
Can your foot easily slip out of your shoe? If so you could trip and fall and injure yourself or your baby.
The more informed you are about pregnancy the better choices you will make. Better choices mean a happier healthier mom and baby. Pregnancy can be an extraordinary experience for a woman. It is far more than growing a baby and understanding pregnancy and lower back pain.
Pregnancy has a huge emotional, mental, spiritual, and energetic side to it. The more you understand these aspects, the easier and less symptomatic your pregnancy will be. Learning how to connect with the emotions of your unborn child will allow you to enhance your pregnancy experience and surrender to its normal physiological process of pregnancy and lower back pain.
Midwife Hannah Bajor C.N.M., M.S.N. is founder, CEO and Visionary behind the Lumalove® brand of getting pregnant, pregnancy, infertility and miscarriage educational support products and services.
Hannah says "knowing my life's purpose gives one a hug advantage". Her 30 years midwifery experience along with her personal journey through ten years of infertility, having personally experienced a 16 week miscarriage and a near death experience delivering her second child has lit a fire in her soul that NO ONE can put out and that is to "change childbirth education as we know it".
Lumalove LLC helps couples globally access new and dynamic prenatal education and in doing so lays the foundational blueprints for a happier, healthier pregnancy outcome and gives their unborn child the opportunity of unlimited potential.
Take advantage of her FREE offer and experience her ability to help you connect deeper with your growing baby. To get your FREE pregnancy guided visualization mp3 then click on [http://www.LumalovePregnancyWeekByWeek.com]
Article Source: http://EzineArticles.com/expert/Hannah_Bajor/238593

Friday, April 01, 2016


Breast Cancer Related To Larger Babies?

I found this interesting article about how babies who are larger at birth may have a higher risk of breast cancer.
 It sounds like the risk is small and more study may be needed but it's interesting how much of our health may be determined even before birth. Read more:

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

Big baby girls are likelier to develop breast cancer as adults than average-sized infants, according to a study of more than 22,000 women with the disease.

A 500-gram increase in birthweight increases a child's risk of developing breast cancer by 7%, while a 2-centimetre increase in height boosts the odds by 10%, says Isabel dos Santos Silva, an epidemiologist at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine who headed the international study.

She and colleagues reanalysed data from dozens of clinical studies performed over the last 20 years.

Many of these hinted at a connection between birth size and breast tumours, but few of the studies included enough patients to determine whether the link was real or a statistical fluke, as well as the magnitude of the connection.

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