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Thursday, June 22, 2017

HOW FETAL GROWTH CAN LEAD TO CHILDHOOD ASTHMA

Pregnancy and Infant Growth:  Asthma Connection

A quickly growing baby is a good thing, right? Well, growth that exceeds the norm, could set the child up for asthma.
See also: www.getpregnantover40.com for more articles and information on pregnancy over 40 
Asthma seems to be a growing problem and the reasons can be varied.  I've heard everything from increased air pollution to the diet of the mother during pregnancy.  This article explains more about the theory that excellerated grow early in infancy may set a a child up for a higher risk of asthma.

From the article:

The study of 5,125 children by the Erasmus Medical Center in Rotterdam suggested no connection
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with earlier impaired growth in the womb.

Asthma UK said parents should keep following official baby-feeding advice.

The origins of asthma are still not fully understood, although many researchers believe there is some connection with the way the foetus develops and grows through pregnancy.

The study in the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine compared pregnancy and baby records measuring foetal and postnatal weight gain.
'Critical period'

The babies were then followed up at yearly intervals and their parents questioned about breathing symptoms, as the presence of these can be a reasonable indicator of whether or not a child will go on to develop full blown asthma.

They found that, compared with babies whose growth followed the normal pattern in the months after birth, babies who gained weight rapidly were 44% more likely to suffer wheezing, 22% more likely to have shortness of breath and 30% more likely to have persistent phlegm.

from:  bbc.co.uk

Sunday, June 18, 2017

CAN EATING BEEF HARM YOUR PREGNANCY/BABY?

Pregnancy Over 40 Watch Your Beef Consumption

I was a vegetarian for many years, but I started eating meat because I though it could help me get pregnant (I've read conflicting information about whether or not meat hurts or helps).
See Also: Trying To Conceive As A Vegetarian (www.getpregnantover40.com)
Even after I started eating meat, I didn't eat a lot of it (maybe once per week). Here's an interesting
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article that draws a connection between pregnant women eating meat and its possible connection to low sperm counts in their sons.

http://humrep.oxfordjournals.org/content/22/6/1497.abstract

From the article:
CONCLUSIONS These data suggest that maternal beef consumption, and possibly xenobiotics in beef, may alter a man's testicular development in utero and adversely affect his reproductive capacity. 

See also: what men can do to increase their sperm count naturally 

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

TELLING CHILDREN THEY WERE CONCEIVED WITH IVF OR ASSISTED TECHNIQUES

Difficulty Getting Pregnant Over 40 Doesn't Have To Be A Secret

I fully plan to tell my daughter how long we waited for her and how happy we were when she finally came into the world.  Even though she was conceived naturally, I still plan to tell her about our challenges getting pregnant. My hope is that she won't make some of the same mistakes I made and she will grow up with a better attitude toward family and children than I had for most of my adult life.Many couples who conceived through IVF wonder how much they should share with their child/children. Here are my recommendations:
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  • Assuming you did not use donor eggs, or ICSI, let your child know that the doctors helped the egg and sperm get to each other, but the fertilization was natural. 
  • Let your child know that you wanted them very much and you wanted to do whatever was necessary to bring them into the world
  • Let your child know that approximately half of all pregnancies are unplanned.  For them, it was very well planned and you were ready in every way for their arrival.  
  • I find that whether or not a child was conceived through assisted reproduction, it is important for me to constantly tell my daughter that she's the best thing that ever happened to me.  Even though she knows I love her, she just beams when I tell her that.  Coming myself from a family with parents who never once said "I love you" or showed affection, I know how important it is to always verbalize these things to your child.  
 SEE ALSO: SHARING INFORMATION ABOUT YOUR FERTILITY(getpregnantover40.com)

Saturday, June 10, 2017

PREGNANCY THREATS FROM ENVIRONMENTAL CHEMICALS

Endocrine disrupters - chemicals in the environment hurt fertility and men and women

There are a number of chemicals in the environment due to polluted water and pesticides, herbicides and fertilizers that may travel through the air and get into the soil.
 Many of these chemicals are endocrine disrupters which affect hormone production.  In women they may mimic estrogens and in men they may hinder sperm production.

See my video on environmental threats to fertility at www.getpregnantover40.com

Although the study cited in the following article was done on animals, it's logical to assume that the findings may be true for humans as well. It reinforces how careful you should be about what you eat and what toxins you're exposed to. Read more:

Over recent decades there has been a dramatic increase in the production of industrial and agricultural chemicals and heavy metals, and this has coincided with widespread reports of breeding problems in wild animals. Fertility also appears to be declining among humans and there has also
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been a rise in reproductive defects observed in newborn babies.

Until now, most studies have looked at a short-lived exposure to high doses of single compounds, and have usually done so in mice and rats. Dr. Fowler and his colleagues decided to study the effect of long-term, low-level exposure to a cocktail of chemicals and heavy metals in an animal which has a long pregnancy, therefore better replicating the situation in the human.

"Our 'real life' model exposed developing sheep fetuses by pasturing their mothers on fields fertilised with either inorganic fertiliser, the control group, or, in the case of the treatment group, with digested human sewage sludge, before and during pregnancy", said Dr. Fowler.

"We examined the ovaries from the fetuses at day 110 of gestation, the equivalent of week 27 in a human pregnancy, and found that the ovaries from the fetuses where the mother was grazing the sewage sludge fields contained fewer eggs and also a number of protein abnormalities. These differences could have implications for problems such as cancer in later life." 

from: 
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Wednesday, June 07, 2017

STRESS IN PARENTS = SHY KIDS

More On The Negative Affects Of Stress

There's nothing wrong with having a shy kid. Everyone has their own personality and being shy may just be part of a child's genetic make-up.

See also: Stress, Cortisol, Infertility and Miscarraige at www.getpregnantover40.com 

However, it seems that shy kids just have to try a litter harder in the social arena than other kids. Many parents may wonder if there is anything they can do to help. According to the article below, stressed parents may contribute to their child's shyness.

From the article:

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In a study published in the February issue of Current Directions in Psychological Science, Nathan Fox, professor and director of the Child Development Laboratory, and his team found that kids who are consistently shy while growing up are particularly likely to be raised by stressed-out parents, and to possess a genetic variant associated with stress sensitivity.

This suggests that shyness relates to interactions between genes and the environment, as opposed to either genes or the environment acting alone. "Moms who report being stressed are likely to act differently toward their child than moms who report little stress," said Fox. "A mom under stress transfers that stress to the child. However, each child reacts to that stress somewhat differently. Our study found that genes play a role in this variability, such that those children who have a stress-sensitive variant of a serotonin-related gene are particularly likely to appear shy while growing up when they also are raised by mothers with high levels of stress.


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Monday, June 05, 2017

A LITTLE WEIGHT LOSS BEFORE PREGNANCY HELPS PREECLAMPSIA

Lose a little weight before becoming pregnant

I've written countless articles on the association between weight, fertility and pregnancy complications. The good news is, according to this article, even a small weight loss of 10lbs can
significantly help. Read more:

“If you are overweight and you lose weight, your rate (of preeclampsia recurrence) is as low as someone in the normal weight category, and if you are overweight and gain weight, your rate is as high as someone in the obese category. Similarly, if normal weight people gain weight they have as high a risk as overweight people,” Mostello said.

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Researchers don't know why some women develop preeclampsia and others don't. Being African American appears to be a risk factor, so is being overweight or obese. While a woman can't do anything about her genetics, she may be able to reduce her risk of a recurrence by “modest, generally achievable degrees of weight loss before pregnancy,” the authors conclude.

from tehrantimes.com

Friday, June 02, 2017

WATER CRITICAL TO DRINK IN PREGNANCY

Pregnancy Over 40, Drink Water For Hydration

I've written before about how critical it is to stay hydrated in pregnancy.  When I was pregnant, I followed the old advice that we've been hearing about dringking water:  8 glasses per day.
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I recall when I had an ultrasound and another test which measured my amniotic fluid.  They always said it looked great and one ultrasound technician said, "I bet you're drinking a lot of water".  That confirmed that I was doing the right thing.
This article gives a good detailed explanation of how water is critical for cell development and
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amniotic fluid

The developing fetus places enormous demands for water onto the newly pregnant mom. The late F. Batmanghelidj, M.D., (Dr. B), was an internationally renowned researcher, author, and advocate of the natural healing power of water. In his books, "Your Body’s Many Cries for Water" and "Water for Health, for Healing, for Life," Dr. B tells pregnant moms to increase their intake of water when conceiving, if not sooner. He explains, “Every time a cell gives rise to a daughter cell, 75 percent or more of its volume has to be filled with water. In short, growth depends on the availability of water. 
from: theepochtimes.com

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

A WOMAN'S CONVERSATION WITH GOD ON GETTING PREGANT

Pregnancy Over 40 and Your Faith

As I've mentioned in the past, I could never be considered a religious scholar and I'm not an expert on bible literature.
 But here is a Christian women's site that did a posting about a woman who had trouble getting pregnant and how she leaned on her faith (and eventually became pregnant). Read more:

From the blog:

I distinctly remember being surrounded by nature's beauty while on vacation in Colorado, surrounded by young families, eating good food and breathing in fresh air...and looking at yet another negative pregnancy test. And in the midst of this idyllic scene, I lost it. Like, alone-in-the-dark, rocking-back-and-forth, lost it. I cried, shouted, and sang mournfully to the Lord. I felt
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downright impolite because I finally admitted to Him that I was disappointed with His seeming inaction.

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I think that the day I got real with God – through tears, snot, and fetal-position wailing about all my worry, pain, doubt, anger, helplessness and inadequacy – was the day I felt His presence, and with that, a reassurance that He would take me through the unknown.
  from: blogs.bible.org

Monday, May 29, 2017

SPOTTING, IMPLANTATION AND BLEEDING IN PREGNANCY

I had a number of incidences of spotting in early pregnancy - even my successful pregnancy.  Spotting and bleeding in early pregnancy can be a danger signal, but it doesn't always mean that you are going to have a miscarriage

Implantation Bleeding During Pregnancy is Scary. Reassuring Facts About Implantation Bleeding

Guest Post by:
Hannah Bajor.C.N.M.,M.S.N. Pregnancy Success Health Coach


What is implantation bleeding?

It is not unusual that some women experience implantation bleeding in the early stages of pregnancy. Any vaginal bleeding outside implantation bleeding of pregnancy is classified as a threatened miscarriage, meaning the pregnancy is threatening to miscarriage. About 25% of all pregnancies are

actually miscarried but 50% of all threatened miscarriages settle down and a normal pregnancy happens.

For more articles and information on pregnancy and miscarriage over 40, visit: www.getpregnantover40.com
 

When does implantation bleeding occur?

Implantation bleeding occurs very early in pregnancy as a direct result of the fertilized egg (your growing baby) burying and snuggling its way into the lining of your womb. Implantation bleeding occurs about 10-14 days after the egg has been fertilized or when conception occurred. This is also around the time when your menstrual cycles would be expected.


Signs of Implantation Bleeding:

Signs of implantation bleeding can vary from one pregnant woman to another. It normally mild in nature and is much lighter than a normal menstrual period.


The color of implantation bleeding:

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The color of implantation bleeding can vary form bright red to brown implantation bleeding. Bright red implantation bleeding means that there is an active area of bleeding within the womb and blood is flowing from the site of implantation to the vagina very quickly. It may indicate that implantation has just occurred.
Brown implantation bleeding is the color of old blood. When you get brown implantation bleeding it normally means that when the fertilized egg buried it way into the womb, a little blood was released. The bleeding that occurred at the moment of implantation stayed in the womb for some time so by the time you see it on your underwear or when you wipe yourself it showed up as brown implantation bleeding.


How long does implantation bleeding last?

Most cases of implantation bleeding last for a few minutes to a few days. If implantation bleeding lasts more than a few days then it may be a sign of vaginal infection or a threatened miscarriage.


How heavy is implantation bleeding?

Heavy implantation bleeding is unusual. The only thing you might notice with implantation bleeding is a pinkish or brown discharge when you wipe yourself after you go to the bathroom.


Cramps with implantation bleeding:

Cramps with implantation bleeding can happen. You may even experience cramps with or without bleeding. The reason you may experience cramps with implantation bleeding is because as the fertilized egg buries into your womb, it caused the muscle of your womb to contract. These contractions press on nerve endings and may result in mild to moderate menstrual like pains for 24-48 hours.


What to do if you have signs of implantation bleeding:

Don\'t panic if you have any of the above signs of implantation bleeding. Remember 50of all cases of implantation bleeding end up in a normal pregnancy.
Know your blood type. Depending on your partner\'s blood type and if you are a rhesus negative blood type then it may be necessary to have an Rh-immune globulin injection within 24 hours of any pregnancy bleeding.
If you suspect you may be pregnant and your bleeding is from implantation bleeding then do a home pregnancy test. This home test should remain positive. If it is positive and you do not know your blood Rhesus factor, then call your provider for consultation for possible Rh-immune globulin.
Never insert a tampon, douche, or have sexual intercourse while you are bleeding.

Keep track of whether the bleeding is increasing or decreasing and how many pads you are using.


If you feel your pregnancy bleeding is heavier or lasting longer than the above ranges then call your health care provider for consultation immediately.
Bleeding during pregnancy is scary. Your fear is picked up by your unborn child. Intra uterine fear can stay with your child for a lifetime, so constantly reassure your baby that he or she is wanted and loved. Want to know more about how pregnancy is like from your babies viewpoint then check out my Birth, A Conscious Choice. at http://www.PregnancySuccessCoach.com
 Hannah Bajor. C.N.M.,M.S.N.
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Thursday, May 25, 2017

FETAL GROWTH HARMED WITH STRESS

Pregnancy Stress Affects Growth Of Baby

Stress not only affects fertility but it can also negatively affect a baby's growth in utero.
 See also: stress, infertility and miscarriage (and more) at getpregnantover40.com
 The stress leads to circulatory problems and can restrict bloodflow.  This article explains how stress
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Stress and anxiety during pregnancy could cause women to have smaller babies, scientists have discovered.

They believe the effect is caused by reduced blood flow through the arteries that feed the uterus.

Doctors from the Queen Charlotte's and Chelsea Hospital in London studied 100 expectant mothers.

They found pregnant women who were more anxious or stressed had "significantly abnormal patterns of blood flow through the uterine arteries".

The findings, published in the British Medical Journal, suggest that "the psychological state of the mother may affect foetal development and therefore birth weight". 

from: 
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Monday, May 22, 2017

WHEN AND WHAT DOES AN UNBORN BABY HEAR?

Pregnancy Over 40, Your Baby's Hearing

A very common question pregnant women have is how much their unborn baby can hear.  Yes, your baby can hear as early as the second month of pregnancy.  You know the old saying about being careful around young ears...it may be important even in your uterus too!  Here is a site which talks about things to do or avoid:

From the site:

Most embryologists will tell you that around the beginning of the 2nd month, many unborn babies ears begin to be functional and will be able to hear mother’s heartbeat, circulation, and digestive sounds! Some women have known that all along…those that are tuned in to their bodies and aware that often the baby will “wake up” or move vigorously when Mom talks loudly or is around a sudden noise.

That’s one reason that keeping the expectant Mom in a healthy sonic environment is so important. Try to avoid:

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•arguing and loud, disagreeable conversations

•fireworks and explosions

•loud music of any kind whether rap, rock and roll or even classical

•sudden or persistant drilling, hammering or other such noises

What’s the best kind of sonic environment?

•calming soothing conversations or music

•singing and talking to baby, beginning in the second trimester

•happy and positive interactions in Mom’s day

•keep any conflict to a minimum
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Friday, May 19, 2017

PREGNANCY AND PELVIC STRENGTH

Pregnancy Over 40 And Your Pelvis

The pelvic floor can be weakened during pregnancy and childbirth.
 Pilates can strengthen this area which can help with a number of physical problems. This site explains what the pelvic floor is and how to target the area:

The muscles of the pelvic floor also function as part of our “core” muscles. The pelvic diaphragm, the floor of the pelvis, is the lower support of the abdominal cavity and assists in respiration as well as spine support. These muscles connect to the pubic bone in front and attach to the tailbone in back so they are extremely important for low back health. Contraction of the deep pelvic floor muscles will also help to fire the transversus abdominis, which is an extremely important stabilizer for the low back and spine.

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Neutral pelvis, as emphasized in Pilates, is where you want to be to strengthen the pelvic floor muscles optimally and evenly. Neutral pelvis refers to the natural curves of your spine. To find neutral, your anterior superior iliac spines (ASIS) and your pubic symphysis are in the same horizontal plane. When lying on your back with your knees bent, the heel of your hands should feel your ASIS and your fingers should feel your pubic symphysis. Rock the pelvis slightly back in forth until you feel that they are in the same horizontal plane. Imagine trying to balance a cup of tea on your lower abdomen.

In order to feel the muscles of the pelvic floor, inhale and as you exhale try to lift and tighten the
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muscles that would normally stop the flow of urine. Try not to use your abdominals and don’t squeeze your buttocks, legs or hold your breath. Try to hold for 5-10 seconds. As you inhale, relax the muscles and lift them again on the exhale. Do 10 contractions, trying to hold each for 5-10 seconds, with a 4 second rest in between.www.pilatesdigest.com

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

CONCEIVING BOYS AND EATING BREAKFAST CEREAL!

 I've always known that your nutrition has a lot to do with whether or not you are more likely to conceive, but I found this article very interesting that women who ate breakfast cereal regularly are more likely to conceive boys.  Read more:

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



The insights came from detailed records of diets reported by the women before and during pregnancy.
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When the researchers divided the women into groups with high, medium and low intake of energy, they found that 56% of women in the high-energy group had boys, compared with 45% in lowest group.
Cereal intake had a bigger effect. “Of women eating cereals daily, 59% had boys, compared with only 43% who bore boys in the group eating less than a bowlful per week,” says Mathews.
The team’s results echo those in animals such as horses and cows, which are statistically more likely to bear males if well-fed.
The findings make evolutionary sense because baby boys are typically 100 grams heavier than baby girls, so female mammals may have evolved ways to favour production of boys when resources are plentiful.

from: newscientist.com

Sunday, May 14, 2017

FUN FACTS ON MOTHER'S DAY

Happy Mother's Day

For those of you who have become mothers and those of you who are expecting, Happy Mother's Day. For those of you still trying to conceive, I wish you much success!
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Guest Post By Amy Allen
Mothers day is a day to honor good mothers everywhere and to bring families together.
Mothers Day Facts
Is the third most popular Holiday, after Christmas then Easter
o The carnation is the special flower for Mothers Day
o England celebrated a day called "Mothering Sunday," in the 1600's
o Anna M. Jarvis and was the founder of the now modern Mother's Day in the United States
o President Wilson proclaimed Mother's Day to be on the second Sunday in May
o President Woodrow Wilson made Mothers Day official in 1914
o Mothers Day is now celebrated in many countries around the world but not all celebrate on the same day
o Mothers Day is the third largest card sending holiday
o Mother's Day is the busiest day for the year for restaurants
o There are more phone calls made on Mother's Day than on any other day of the year
Mother Facts
o There are 84 million moms in the U.S
o The odds of a woman delivering twins is 1-in-33
o The odds of a woman delivering triplets is approximately 1-in-539
o August is the most popular month in which to have a baby
o About 4 million women will have babies this year
o The median age of a woman giving birth for the first time in the U.S. is 24.8
o 4.3 babies are born every second
o 72% of women with babies over the age of 1 work
o 55% of women with babies under the age of 1 work
o 7,300 diapers changes are performed on a child by their 2nd Birthday
Interesting Mom Facts
o Mrs. Vassilyev of Russia gave birth to 69 children between 1725 and 1765 making it the record of most kids.
o Rosanna Dalla Corte gave birth to a baby boy when she was 63 years old in Italy in 1994 making her the oldest to give birth.
o Signora Carmelina Fedele gave birth to a 22 lb 8 oz boy in Italy in 1955 which is the heaviest newborn.

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Thursday, May 11, 2017

ZINC CRITICAL FOR PREGNANCY AND FERTILTIY

Pregnancy and Fertility Over 40, Zinc May Help

If you're TTC or pregnant, make sure you're getting your zinc.  Zinc is an important mineral for both men and women.
It has antioxidant properties which may protect against aging.  Many also believe that it can aide the immune system.  This article talks about how it can help fertility:  Read more:

Why do I need zinc?
Your body needs zinc for the production, repair, and functioning of DNA, our genetic map and a basic building block of cells, so getting enough is particularly important for the rapid cell growth that occurs during pregnancy.

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Zinc is an essential mineral that helps support your immune system, maintain your sense of taste and smell, and heal wounds. It's also important for forming healthy sperm and eggs.

How much do I need?
During pregnancy, you should be getting 11 milligrams (mg) of zinc a day, up from 9 mg when you're not pregnant or nursing. While breastfeeding, you'll need 12 mg. Women age 18 and younger need 13 mg a day during pregnancy and 14 mg while breastfeeding


 from: (babycenter.com)

Tuesday, May 09, 2017

REIKI FOR PREGNANCY AND YOUR UNBORN BABY

Reiki and Your Unborn Child

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
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with emotions which I never knew I had.

 

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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.
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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
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Sunday, May 07, 2017

PREGNANCY AFTER INFERTILITY: WORRY RUNS HIGH!

Pregnancy Over 40 and All The Worry!

Maybe we're overeducated...maybe we're overly cautious...all I can say is that ignorance may be bliss. Well...to a point. When it comes to being pregnant, anything you can do to have a healthy happy baby, you should do. However, with the information age upon us, it seems that we're bombarded with all of the "what if's" that statistically will probably never happen.

See Also: IVF Over 40 (getpregnantover40.com) 

I spent six years reading everything I could find about fertility, pregnancy, miscarriage, etc. In retrospect, I'm glad I did because I developed my "pregnancy protocol" which, I believe, was a key everything was normal. Imagine that, I could have been one of those carefree women whose biggest problem was how to plan her maternity wardrobe! Oh what I put myself through those nine months. Funny thing is, there's still a piece of me that thinks if I was "overconfident" about being pregnant, something would have gone wrong. Once a worrywart, always a worrywart.
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piece of my successful pregnancy. The only problem was that I read too many horror stories along the way. When I finally did get pregnant with my daughter, I not only had a plan on how to have a healthy pregnancy, but I had a plan on how I was going to deal with every complication from pre-eclampsia, placenta previa, premature birth, incompetent cervix, Down Syndrome and the list goes on. I finally realized about nine months into my pregnancy that

Friday, May 05, 2017

RESEARCH SHOWS CONNECTION: STRESS=MISCARRIAGE

Miscarriage and Stress

I've written countless posts on stress, infertility and miscarriage.  The medical community frequently denies a link between stress and miscarriage, although most sources now acknowledge that stress can affect hormones.
I have more articles on stress, fertility and miscarriage at: www.getpregnantover40.com 
The stress hormone "cortisol" can rob the body of progesterone, which is needed not just to get pregnant and maintain your uterine lining, but it is needed throughout pregnancy ("progesterone = pro-gestation"
Read more:

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researchers are recognizing that there are two facets to the link between stress and miscarriage. One is that a stressful life can contribute to miscarriage. The other is that the stress of multiple miscarriages can make subsequent miscarriages more likely.

A 2004 study published in New Scientist concluded that stress releases a "cascade of hormones" that can lead to spontaneous abortion. It followed 864 pregnant women – 55 of whom miscarried. Those who miscarried were more likely to have identified themselves as experiencing stress before or during pregnancy.

"We don't know it, but it's fair to say that the daily stress probably affects most of our bodily systems, including the reproductive tract," says Dr. Leondires. "There is data from research showing that stress can lead to menstrual dysfunction, which would indicate a probable link between stress and either infertility or miscarriage."

Finding a Link-Finding a Link Between Stress and MiscarriageDr. Leondires emphasizes that there are many known causes of miscarriage that have nothing to do with stress. In addition, a definitive cause for miscarriage can be found in only about 40 percent of cases. Still, the research on the link between stress and miscarriage is valid and ongoing.


from:  pregnancytoday.com

Thursday, May 04, 2017

CAN YOU HAVE A PERIOD WHILE PREGNANT?

Pregnancy Over 40, Pregnancy Bleeding

I've heard many women say that they continued to get periods while they were pregnant.
Actually, according to this article, they are not true periods, but women may confuse pregnancy bleeding with their period. Read more:

If you are indeed pregnant, technically, you cannot get your periods. Missing your period is actually the first sign of pregnancy. Bleeding in early pregnancy is a common occurrence, but this does not signal a true menstrual cycle. You must realize that the hormones that are active during pregnancy
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totally prevent ovulation. As we know, ovulation is the time in your cycle when the egg is released into the uterus and women experience menstrual bleeding. Since the egg in pregnant women is already fertilized, ovulation does not occur and hence no bleeding.

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Early Pregnancy Bleeding
However, it is not uncommon to find that many women do report getting what seem like regular periods during early pregnancy. The bleeding that pregnant women complain about though is not truly a menstrual period. It can be called as early pregnancy bleeding. The perception of having a menstrual period (or more than one) in early pregnancy can confuse the due date and delay some pregnant women from seeking appropriate and timely medical care. In instances where a couple is unaware that they are expecting, it can be particularly emotionally challenging to find out about the pregnancy at the same time they are told that the bleeding might signal a problem.

from: 
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Monday, May 01, 2017

ALL ABOUT YOUR BABY'S BRAIN DEVELOPMENT

Pregnancy Over 40, Infant Brain Development

I don't know any new mother or father who hasn't wondered what their baby is thinking. I would always talk to my daughter as if she understood every word I said. On some level, I think she did, even if it was just the "feeling" I transmitted behind my words.
 On thing parents always worry about while they're pregnant and after delivery is how the baby's brain is developing.
Here is an interesting article about the functioning of baby's brains:


SEE ALSO: THE REAL RATE OF BIRTH DEFECTS AND COMPLICATIONS OF PREGNANCY OVER 40 (getpregnantover40.com)



From The Article:

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has a lot more going on inside his head than you ever imagined. A wealth of new research is leading pediatricians and child psychologists to rethink their long-held beliefs about the emotional and intellectual abilities of even very young babies. In 1890, psychologist William James famously described an infant's view of the world as "one great blooming, buzzing confusion." It was a notion that held for nearly a century: infants were simple-minded creatures who merely mimicked those around them and grasped only the most basic emotions—happy, sad, angry. Science is now giving us a much different picture of what goes on inside their hearts and heads. Long before they form their first words or attempt the feat of sitting up, they are already mastering complex emotions—jealousy, empathy, frustration—that were once thought to be learned much later in toddlerhood.

They are also far more sophisticated intellectually than we once believed. Babies as young as 4 months have advanced powers of deduction and an ability to decipher intricate patterns. They have a strikingly nuanced visual palette, which enables them to notice small differences, especially in faces, that adults and older children lose the ability to see. Until a baby is 3 months old, he can recognize a scrambled photograph of his mother just as quickly as a photo in which everything is in the right place. And big brothers and sisters beware: your sib has a long memory—and she can hold a grudge.

The new research is sure to enthrall new parents—See, Junior is a genius!—but it's more than just an academic exercise. Armed with the new information, pediatricians are starting to change the way they evaluate their youngest patients. In addition to tracking physical development, they are now focusing much more deeply on emotional advancement. The research shows how powerful emotional well-being is to a child's future health. A baby who fails to meet certain key "emotional milestones" may have trouble learning to speak, read and, later, do well in school. By reading emotional responses, doctors have begun to discover ways to tell if a baby as young as 3 months is showing early signs of possible psychological disorders, including depression, anxiety, learning disabilities and perhaps autism. "Instead of just asking if they're crawling or sitting, we're asking more questions about how they share their world with their caregivers," says Dr. Chet Johnson, chairman of the American Academy of Pediatrics' early-childhood committee. "Do they point to things? When they see a new person, how do they react? How children do on social and emotional and language skills are better predictors of success in adulthood than motor skills are." The goal: in the not-too-distant future, researchers hope doctors will routinely identify at-risk kids years earlier than they do now—giving parents crucial extra time to turn things around..."


from: MSN/Newsweek

Friday, April 28, 2017

IS COLORING HAIR SAFE IN PREGNANCY?

Pregnancy and The Safety of Hair Color

Anyone who colors or highlights their hair will probably have this question because it's hard to go a full nine months without doing it.
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 There have been many articles written about whether or not color is safe during pregnancy or if you are trying to conceive.  According to this article, highlighting is probably the safest since it doesn't usually come in contact with the scalp, but you should always check with a doctor first. Read more:

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has long been an issue for mothers-to-be, who fear that anything they do to their bodies inside or outside can harm their baby. To a certain extent this can be true and where hair coloring is concerned, there is one main reason why the jury is still out on deciding how safe or unsafe it is: which pregnant lady is going to put her hand up to be a part of a clinical trial of hair coloring agents?

Highlighting is the best way of giving your personal color scheme a bit of a lift. Because the chemicals don’t go onto the roots of your hair, nothing is absorbed into the bloodstream and therefore, there is minimal chance of your baby coming to any harm. Also, the fumes are enclosed in the foil that is wrapped around the processing hair.

Before you get too precious about the word ‘chemicals’, remember that some natural products can also be toxic. Consider the case of aromatherapy and how some essential oils, such as rosemary, should not be used in pregnancy.

Basically, if you follow the simple rule of checking with your pharmacist or physician before using anything about which you have doubts, you should have no reason to be concerned. There are a gazillion things to avoid when you’re carrying a little bundle in your belly, from drinking tap water to enjoying a spell in a Jacuzzi. Erring on the side of caution is always best during pregnancy, and also, asking around about other people’s experiences is wise.

One important consideration is to avoid anything even remotely risky during the first trimester when your baby’s development is at its most crucial stage.

As for highlighting your hair, go ahead and check with your doctor … a quick call may be all that’s required and then you can take off to the hairdressing salon and make that makeover happen.

from:
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Wednesday, April 26, 2017

SAINT RITA, NEW PENDANT NECKLACE FOR IMPOSSIBLE CAUSES

 Even if you did not grow up Catholic, you may still find some comfort in prayer to saints who are
associated with certain causes and conditions.  One of these is Saint Rita. 

Among the other areas, Rita is well-known as a patron of desperate, seemingly impossible causes and situations. This is because she has been involved in so many stages of life – wife, mother, widow, and nun.  Those who are trying to conceive or experiencing miscarriage may truly feel that getting pregnant and having a heathly pregnancy is truly an impossible cause.  But, sometimes the things that
we think are out of our reach can come easily.  I have done many blog posts on women who went through fertility treatments only to fail time and time again.  Then, miraculously, they get pregnancy by surprise.

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Monday, April 24, 2017

HIGH FAT PREGNANCY DIET MAY LEAD TO EARLY PUBERTY IN CHILD

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:

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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.

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Friday, April 21, 2017

IS BEE POLLEN GOOD FOR PREGNANT WOMEN?

Bee Pollen for Pregnancy - Is This Super Food Ideal For Your Pregnancy?

Guest Post By Johan Petersen

Did you know that taking bee pollen for pregnancy is a great way to make sure that you and your unborn child not only get a wide variety of nutrients, but are safe from disease as well? In addition to this, it also does wonders for helping you feel happier and healthier. Here are a few other things to consider when taking bee pollen.
When it comes to making sure your unborn child is born healthy, the best way to ensure this is to make sure that you get a balanced amount of vitamins, minerals, and nutrients. However, during this chaotic time, it's not uncommon for many pregnant women to experience deficiencies of some kind.
This natural substance is the perfect way to ensure this doesn't happen to you. It doesn't matter what odd foods you crave or eschew during your pregnancy-this amazing supplement provides you with every single one of the daily required nutrients. These include, but aren't limited to:
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� Amino Acids
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This is not only beneficial toward you, but it also helps makes sure your unborn child grows up healthy as well. Studies show that having a balanced amount of nutrients throughout pregnancy can help prevent a variety of physical and mental developmental disorders, such as dyslexia, rickets, weak immune systems, and an amino acid metabolism related disorder called organic acidemia. It also helps prevent poor eyesight, encourages muscle and bone growth, and protects your infant from
disease.
How Bee Pollen Can Help With the Pregnancy:
Taking bee pollen for pregnancy is also a good way to ensure the birth goes well. Along with being a natural immune system booster, it also acts as a mild mood stabilizer and gives you a natural energy boost when fatigue sets in.
This is especially helpful when you're flooded with hormones, plagued by aches and pains, and tired to the bone. Bee pollen is wonderful for helping you feel calmer, stronger, and healthier.
If you're wondering if you or your child will experience side effects from taking bee pollen for pregnancy, you can rest assured that most consumers don't experience any negative effects at all.
The few that do occur tend to be very rare and very mild. These include nausea, an itchy mouth or throat, and trouble breathing. If you're unsure about bee pollen, consult your doctor first.
How to Find the Best Bee Pollen:
If you're concerned about contamination, you can rest assured that there is a way to ensure that your supplements are free from harmful chemicals and pollutants. Studies show that bee pollen harvested from New Zealand is naturally pure and clean.
This is because this region is one of the few places on earth that is secluded enough to be relatively free of pollution. This means that your pollen will be completely clean from the very beginning.
Taking bee pollen for pregnancy that has been freeze-dried is a great way to make sure your supplements are as potent as they can be. This is because, unlike other forms of bee pollen, the nutrients aren't lost during the manufacturing process. Instead, they're instantly protected and preserved in this form, which means you can rest easy when it comes to getting all of your daily nutrients.
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Wednesday, April 19, 2017

PREGNANCY HYPEREMESIS (N&V) AND WHY IT HAPPENS

Nausea and Vomiting In Pregnancy - Hyperemisis

I've always wondered why some women (like me) get terribly sick with pregnancy and other women sail through feeling great the whole time.

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  I've heard all of this nausea could be anything from a reaction to your hormones to a pre-existing intestinal bacteria.   Here is an article that explains some possible causes of nausea and vomiting in
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"While the exact cause of nausea and vomiting of pregnancy is not understood, there may be a link between relaxation of the muscle fibers within the walls of the stomach muscle. Other researchers have noticed changes in bacteria counts in women who have morning sickness. They have found higher than normal levels of a bacteria called helicobacter pylori, which also seems to cause ulcers. Research is ongoing to see if certain antibiotics will treat hyperemesis. Others have found a link to the chemical serotonin, and to elevated levels of the pregnancy hormone HCG. For example, patients with twins or triplets have higher levels of HCG, and are more likely to have vomiting during pregnancy. There is also a higher chance of having severe nausea and vomiting, called "hyperemesis gravidarum," in patients with uncontrolled thyroid problems (hyperthyroidism). "

from:  obgyn.net

Monday, April 17, 2017

ELECTROMAGNETIC FIELDS FROM ELECTRIC BLANKETS

Heat and EMF's in Pregnancy

When I was pregnant, I still had my old waterbed which I would plug in during the day and unplug at night. But now that the cold weather is here and waterbeds may be a thing of the past, many women like to use electric blankets. This article discusses when and if these may pose a problem in pregnancy:
See Also: www.getpregnantover40.com for more on having a healthy pregnancy and preventing miscarriage
The research findings were not completely consistent; it was generally found however that women
who used electric blankets on very high settings for short amounts of time. (IE quickly turning the blanket on high to warm up) were at a slightly increased risk of miss carriage particularly during the first seven weeks of pregnancy.

The research also found that women who used electric blankets during the last month of there pregnancy were at slightly increased risk of giving birth to an under weight child.

However, women who used electric blankets on low settings for extended periods of time (IE keeping the blanket at a constant temperature over night) were not exposed to particularly high magnetic fields as the blanket uses less electricity to regulate the temperature in this way. The research actually found that women who did this were at a slightly decreased risk of miscarriage.

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Wednesday, April 12, 2017

MORNING SICKNESS, PART OF EVOLUTION

Morning Sickness, Causes and Toxins

I don't know if morning sickness runs in my family.  I was terribly nauseated the entire first trimester when I was pregnant with my daughter.  I had to sit in a recliner all day since laying down made it worse.
 My mother doesn't really remember, and I never had the opportunity to ask my grandmothers (and both have passed away). However, there may be an "evolutionary" reason we experience morning sickness. The following article explains more:


SEE ALSO: FOOD FOR FERTILITY AND PREGNANCY (getpregnantover40.com



Blame that Morning Sickness on Your Ancient Ancestors, Karen Barrow

From the article:


To further look at this phenomenon, Roberts then compared only those women from Europe and North America and pinpointed the types of foods that seem to trigger the symptoms of morning sickness: sugars, alcohol and meat. Additionally, women who ate high amounts of cereal-based products tended to have lower-than-average rates of nausea and vomiting during pregnancy.
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The researchers theorize that women's bodies have slowly developed an aversion to sugar, alcohol and meat because all of these foods contain high levels of toxins that could be potentially dangerous to a mother and her child. Cereals, on the other hand, tend to contain a very low level of toxins, so they could possibly be safer for a woman to eat. Remember, however, that these toxins may not pose the same hazard now that they did in the days of ancient man.
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Monday, April 10, 2017

SLEEP CRITICAL IN BABIES AND KIDS

Pregnancy Over 40, Mothers Make Sure Babies and Kids Get Sleep

This is one of the best articles I've seen about kids and sleep. It talks about actual research which shows how detrimental lack of sleep can be on a developing brain.
 Read more:

The surprise is how much sleep affects academic performance and emotional stability, as well as phenomena that we assumed to be entirely unrelated, such as the international obesity epidemic and the rise of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder.

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

A few scientists theorize that sleep problems during formative years can cause permanent changes in a child’s brain structure: damage that one can’t sleep off like a hangover. It’s even possible that many of the hallmark characteristics of being a tweener and teen—moodiness, depression, and even binge eating—are actually symptoms of chronic sleep deprivation. 
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Thursday, April 06, 2017

PREGNANCY OVER 40, GOOD FOR YOUR HEALTH!

Older Women Make Better Mothers and They Are Healthier

Sometimes women who want to get pregnant over the age of 40 or women who have babies over 40 are criticized.
 People may say "You won't be around to see your children grow up" or "That's selfish".  But the fact is, older women are probably better mothers, more financially secure, and healthier!  Part of the reason may be that women over 40 have fewer children which is easier financially.  Women who were not in good health later in life may have had children very young and closer togethre.   Read more:

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apart could be detrimental to a woman's health later in life, researchers said on Tuesday.

And although women have a harder time conceiving after 40, those who do seem to have fewer medical problems as they age.
"We have shown that partnership and parenting histories are important influences on later life health and, in many cases, are as influential as the effects of a person's socio-economic status," said Professor Emily Grundy of the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.
In research funded by Britain's Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), Grundy and her team used three separate sets of data from Britain and the United States on women born in 1911 and later to assess the impact of having children on their risk of death and poor health.
"We got consistent results using these three data sets," Grundy said in an interview.
Poorer health in later life was associated with teenage births, big families of five or more children and closely spaced pregnancies of less than 18 months apart.
But older mothers experienced better health in their later years, according to the research."

Monday, April 03, 2017

EXPLANATION OF APGAR SCORE IN NEWBORN

 If you've ever been pregnant or if you are currently pregnant, you've probably heard of the Apgar score which is an assessment of the baby's condition and birth and shortly thereafter.  This article explains what it is and how it is calculated.  Read more:

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after the baby's birth. The test was designed to quickly evaluate a newborn's physical condition and to see if there's an immediate need for extra medical or emergency care.

Although the Apgar score was developed in 1952 by an anesthesiologist named Virginia Apgar, you also might hear it referred to as an acronym for: Appearance, Pulse, Grimace, Activity, and Respiration.
The Apgar test is usually given to a baby twice: once at 1 minute after birth, and again at 5 minutes after birth. Sometimes, if there are concerns about the baby's condition or the score at 5 minutes is low, the test may be scored for a third time at 10 minutes after birth.
Five factors are used to evaluate the baby's condition and each factor is scored on a scale of 0 to 2, with 2 being the best score:
  1. Appearance (skin color)
  2. Pulse (heart rate)
  3. Grimace response (reflexes)
  4. Activity (muscle tone)
  5. Respiration (breathing rate and effort)
Doctors, midwives, or nurses combine these five factors for the Apgar score, which will be between 10 and 0 — 10 is the highest score possible, but it's rarely obtained.

Apgar Scoring

Apgar Sign 2 1 0

Appearance
(skin color)
Normal color all over (hands and feet are pink) Normal color (but hands and feet are bluish) Bluish-gray or pale all over

Pulse
(heart rate)
Normal (above 100 beats per minute) Below 100 beats per minute Absent
(no pulse)

Grimace
("reflex irritability")
Pulls away, sneezes, coughs, or cries with stimulation Facial movement only (grimace) with stimulation Absent (no response to stimulation)

Activity
(muscle tone)
Active, spontaneous movement Arms and legs flexed with little movement No movement, "floppy" tone

Respiration
(breathing rate and effort)

from: kidshealth.org
Normal rate and effort, good cry Slow or irregular breathing, weak cry Absent (no breathing)

Saturday, April 01, 2017

IRON AND FOLIC ACID HELP DEVELOP BABY'S NERVOUS SYSTEM

 Pregnancy Over 40 Helped With Iron and Folic Acid

If your doctor recommends prenatal vitamins, rest assured, there's a good reason.
This article talks about the importance of folic acid and iron:

Iron is essential for the development of the central nervous system," said Parul Christian, an expert in international health at the Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health, whose study appears in the Journal of the American Medical Association.

Iron deficiency is the most common and widespread nutritional disorder in the world, affecting 2 billion people, according to the World Health Organization.

Early iron deficiency can interfere with nerve development, biochemistry and metabolism, hampering both intellectual and fine motor development.

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

Christian's team studied 676 school-age children whose mothers had been in a clinical trial in which some got iron and folic acid supplements and other nutrients while they were pregnant. About 80
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percent of the children -- aged 7 to 9 -- were enrolled in school.

"We had the opportunity to follow the offspring of women who had participated in a randomized trial of iron and folic acid and other micronutrients to assess neurocognitive function and outcomes," Christian said in a telephone interview.

"What we showed is prenatal iron and folic acid supplementation had a significant impact on the offspring's intellectual level and motor ability and ability during school age, which was a very exciting finding," she said.

from 
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Tuesday, March 28, 2017

DOES CHICKEN POX HURT MEN'S ABILITY TO FATHER A CHILD?

Chicken pox is always something we think about as a "childhood disease", however older people can get chicken pox too.  Even younger people can get it if they are not vaccinated or if they don't receive the proper dose. 
In any event, if men get chicken pox, can it harm their sperm count or their ability to father a child?
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