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Sunday, December 10, 2017

MISCARRIAGE 10 THINGS TO KNOW

After going through 6 miscarriages before I finally had my daughter, I learned quite a bit about miscarriage and I felt like I could have actually taught a thing or two to the healthcare professionals who were doing my ultrasounds and delivering the bad news.  For example, I didn't realize how long it took for the pregnancy hormone (HcG) to get out of your system.  This can be quite uncomfortable because you still feel pregnant even though the the baby is not viable.

Another thing I had to get used to is the term, "spontaneous abortion".  Wow, isn't that a loaded term for a miscarriage?  Granted, it is proper medical terminology, but it seems rather abrasive, insulting
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and offensive when you tried your hardest to not only get pregnant, but stay pregnant.

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Thursday, December 07, 2017

ARE PREGNANCY COMPLICATIONS AND BIRTH DEFECTS HIGHER OVER 40?

If you're a big reader/researcher like I am, and you are trying to conceive or already pregnant over the age over 40 the amount of negative information about birth defects and pregnancy complications can be overwhelming.  The problem with most of these articles is that they do not put things into perspective.  Yes there are more complications for older women, but what we're not told is that the rate of birth defects and complications isn't THAT MUCH greater than younger women.
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Tuesday, December 05, 2017

NEW STORK NECKLACE FOR PREGNANCY OR FERTILITY

We have an expanding line of fertility and pregnancy jewelry through my website and one of our newest pieces is the stork necklace.  This fun and whimsical piece is perfect for anyone who is trying to conceive to visualize their goal or it is great for someone who is already pregnant.  Not only does the necklace have a stork and baby, but it also has Rose Quartz which helps with fertility by supporting the female reproductive system.  It can also be helpful when you are pregnant because it's properties support the love energy between mother and baby and it is thought to reduce swelling and hypertension.  This necklace is great for yourself or could be a great gift for the holidays.
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Sunday, December 03, 2017

LOWER OVARIAN CANCER RATE WITH PREGNANCY OVER 40

Finally! Good News About Pregnancy Over 40

Here's an interesting and encouraging article about how there may be benefits to becoming a mother later in life.

Personally, I think there are many benefits to becoming a mother over 40...financial, emotional, and just being a better parent among them. But now, the scientific community may have to agree.
Although this research is disputed by some, this study disussed below found that having a baby over 40 may reduce your risk of ovarian cancer. Read more:

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Previous research has suggested that women who bear children earlier in life cut their risk of breast cancer. But Hans-Olov Adami's team at the Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm, has found the reverse to be true for ovarian cancer.

Adami said: "After correcting for the number of pregnancies, the risk of ovarian cancer decreased by
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about 10 per cent for each five-year increment in age at first childbirth."

The study involved 20,000 subjects and found that the more children a woman had, the lower her risk from ovarian cancer. This finding agrees with previous work. But the study also found that if a woman had only one child, the risk of ovarian cancer decreased by 50 per cent if she delayed pregnancy from age 20 to 45.

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Wednesday, November 29, 2017

WOMAN, 47 HAS BABY, NATURAL CONCEPTION

Woman Conceives Naturally at 47

Here's another one!
 Here's another story of a woman who got pregnant by surprise at the age of 47.  So all you "youngsters" in your early 40's, it certainly happens!  Read more:

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Becoming pregnant at age 47 wasn't a worry for Robin Brussel. "I enjoyed every minute of being pregnant," she said.
Still, it was a surprise. "I thought I was going through pre-menopause," she said. "It just happened."
Brussel, now 48, gave birth in December to a 6-pound, 10-ounce boy named Noah she carried for 39 weeks. He was a cesarean birth, as were her four older children, ages 18 to 28. Noah was the first child born to her and her husband, Mark Brussel, 56. They've been married nearly four years.
 from St. Louis Today

Monday, November 27, 2017

ASTHMA IN PREGNANCY, WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

Getting Pregnant And Having A Baby While Dealing With Asthma

If you're pregnant and are at risk for asthma, it can lead to serious pregnancy complications.
 Controlling asthma in pregnancy is especially important But there are things you can do with your doctor. Read more:

Asthma is the most common potentially serious medical condition to complicate pregnancy. In fact, asthma affects approximately 8 percent of women in their childbearing years. Well-controlled asthma is not associated with significant risk to mother or fetus. Uncontrolled asthma can cause serious complications to the mother, including high blood pressure, toxemia, premature delivery and rarely death. For the baby, complications of uncontrolled asthma include increased risk of stillbirth, fetal growth retardation, premature birth, low birth weight and a low APGAR score at birth. 


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pregnancy may affect both the nose and sinuses, as well as the lungs. An increase in the hormone estrogen contributes to congestion of the capillaries (tiny blood vessels) in the lining of the nose, which in turn leads to a "stuffy" nose in pregnancy (especially during the third trimester). A rise in progesterone causes increased respiratory drive, and a feeling of shortness of breath may be experienced as a result of this hormonal increase. These events may be confused with or add to allergic or other triggers of asthma. Spirometry and peak flow are measurements of airflow obstruction (a marker of asthma) that help your physician determine if asthma is the cause of shortness of breath during pregnancy.

Friday, November 24, 2017

THE TRUTH ABOUT HAIR COLORING SAFETY IN PREGNANCY

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Color Me Safely: Hair Dyes In Pregnancy

Guest Post By Dr. Michele Brown OBGYN

When it comes to your own personal grooming, is there anything more satisfying than being crowned with a head of thick, shining hair? Do you divide your life into good hair days and bad ones? Does a bad hair day leave you depressed and lethargic while a good one propels you through glass ceilings. Guess what? You are not alone!
According to Hoovers� there are about 65,000 hair care salons in the United States with combined annual sales of about $19 billion! A small portion of these sales are for hair cuts, but most of this money is spent on... hair color.
If you are pregnant, planning to get pregnant or if you have a job in one of these salons, please read the following carefully. Over 20 million Americans, mostly women, are exposed to hair dyes each year. It has been estimated that at least 35 to 40% of all women in the United States and Europe use hair dyes. Solutions are applied either by a salon hairdresser or by individuals purchasing over the
counter products.
According to the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), concerns exist pertaining to the safety of these products. Why? Because some of the ingredients in hair dye are considered to be carcinogenic and teratogenic (causing malformation in fetuses). Reports of hairdressers having increased risk of spontaneous abortion, congenital malformations, childhood cancer and developmental problems exist. Older literature from the 1980's report that men and women exposed to hair dyes in their occupations may experience increased risk of developing leukemia and cancers of the bladder, ovary, GI tract, and respiratory systems. Nasca, reported in the Journal of the NCI, that there is a higher risk of breast cancer in women that use hair dyes.
Pregnant women throughout the world who commonly use beauty products worry about the risk of exposure to themselves, and to their fetus, because of the potentially carcinogenic chemicals contained in these products. Many women are hesitant to use dyes during pregnancy due to fears regarding chemical use and absorption with risks to the fetus.
More concerning is the fact that many women are giving birth at later ages and therefore the use of hair dyes will become increasingly more popular. The combination of hormonal hair growth increase during pregnancy, and the increased need for coloring as a woman ages, obviously predicts an increased use of these products.
With all this in mind, I thought it would be a good idea to write an article that reviews the literature to date regarding the safety concerns of hair dyes so that you can make the right decision, for yourself, about whether or not to use these products. Overall conclusions, however, should be based upon the method of dye application (personal vs hairdresser), the colors used, the frequency of coloring, and the differences between varying product components available on the market.
How are hair dyes classified?
There are three classifications:

  • Permanent,
  • Semi-permanent
  • Temporary

Chemical composition of the hair dye determines in which classification it is placed
Permanent dyes are the most prevalent and comprise about 75% of all hair dyes. They act by oxidation with hydrogen peroxide of dye precursors that permeate the hair fiber producing the color associated with the dye. Permanent hair dyes are commonly applied with a brush and by a hairdresser. Permanent hair dyes allow more dramatic changes in hair color. They do not wash out and they last until the hair grows or is cut.
Semi-permanent dyes comprise approximately 20% of all dyes and directly penetrate the hair cortex without the use of oxidizing agents. Generally the color lasts between 6 and 12 washings. These dyes, often applied by hand, are mostly used to cover gray or highlight the natural color, and are often purchased over the counter.
Temporary dyes, comprising about 5% of all hair dyes and are used for a single wash. This hair coloring is deposited on the cuticle layer of the hair and remains until shampooed out. It generally will not lighten hair but used to intensify natural color, tint hair another color, or add highlights to natural or tinted hair. It is also used to cover a limited amount of gray hair or eliminate yellowish shades from white or gray hair.
Which hair dye chemicals raise concerns in pregnancy?
Several reported studies have shown an increased risk of childhood brain tumors (CBT) associated with exposure to N-nitroso compounds, commonly found in hair dyes.
There are 2 broad classes of the N-nitroso compounds

  1. nitrosamides
  2. nitrosamines

Nitrosamides are unstable and do not require enzymatic activation and are inclined to tumor formation at the exposure site. In rats, they cross the placenta and are neurocarcinogens.
Nitrosamines, commonly found in tobacco smoke and beer, are considered carcinogenic agents.
Chemicals found in hair dyes are aromatic amines which get converted into nitrosamines. Nitrosamines, require this bioactivation and can initiate tumor formation in places at locations other than the initial exposure site. Hair dyes are considered NOC-related aromatic amines and contain ammonia based solutions, hydrogen peroxide, coal-tar dyes, and lead acetate. Many studies classify these agents as carcinogenic in animals when dosed orally because they alter DNA, but there exists "inadequate evidence" to determine carcinogenicity in humans when applied topically.
Other toxic chemicals found in hair dyes include phthalates, cobalt salts, formaldehyde releasing preservatives, lead acetate, nickel salts, 1,4-dioxane, diethanolamine/triethanolamine, and parabens.
How does exposure to the fetus occur when a pregnant woman uses hair dyes?

Exposure to the fetus occurs during routine use since many of the chemicals used are skin permeable. The particular characteristics of the dye products and their ability to penetrate skin influence their toxicity. Exposure can also occur via ocular, oral, or inhalation routes which can then cross the placenta and affect the fetus. Many of these chemicals can also be stored in body fat and also enter the mothers milk.
What type of toxicities have been described in pregnancy?

There have been many inconsistent results between use of hair dyes and various childhood cancers.
Some studies have shown an association between maternal hair dye and elevated risk of childhood cancer. The immature nervous system of the fetus has been found to be especially vulnerable to carcinogens and mutagens. If exposure occurs during the development of the nervous system during the first trimester, this may make the nervous system more susceptible to cancer and brain tumors.
Neuroblastoma, comprising about 6 to 10% of all childhood tumors in the developed world, is one of the most common cancers in children during the first year of life. A 3 fold increased risk was found in children of women exposed to hair dyes during pregnancy according to an article written by Kramer in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute in 1987. This increased risk is also confirmed by McCalls article in 2005 in Cancer Causes and Control. Wilms tumor, a cancer of the kidneys in children, had a 4 fold increased risk according to a study by Bunin in Cancer Research in 1987. Many of the chemicals used in 1987 in hair dyes have since been discontinued (2-4-diaminoanisole, 4-amino-2 nitrophenol, and HC Blue No.1) but other chemicals in the N-nitroso aromatic amines commonly used in hair dyes are still present which are carcinogenic in animals.
Other studies from the West Coast have found no association with hair dye use before or during pregnancy. (Holly in Pediatric Perinatal Epidemiology, 2002) One large study by Effird in Journal of Neuro-Oncology in 2005 also confirmed no statistically significant association between temporary, semi-permanent, or permanent hair dyes during pregnancy and childhood brain tumors, except for a 3 fold higher incidence of for brain tumor among Israeli children using semi-permanent hair color.
Do different types of hair dyes present different levels of risk?
Temporary dyes (includes semi-permanent) appear to have more toxicity than permanent dyes in pregnancy. Studies of scalp penetration of semi-permanent dyes compared to permanent dyes in both humans and monkeys found that semi-permanent dyes penetrated the scalp more than permanent dyes in both species. Unlike permanent dyes that contain oxidizing agents that allow the dye to irreversible bind to the hair shaft and therefore has lower skin absorption, semi permanent dyes achieve their coloring action via the use of various solvents (alcohols and ethylene glycol ethers) which penetrate the scalp more efficiently compared to permanent dyes. Also, greater skin contact occurs with semi-permanent dyes since they are applied as foam, rinse or surfactant solutions which tend to facilitate uptake by the skin. Semi-permanent hair coloring products also contain nitro derivatives of phenylenediamines or aminophenols, azo dyes and aminoanthraquinone dyes and N-nitroso compounds that have been shown to be transplacental neurocarcinogens in rodents.
Also, semi-permanent dyes are more likely applied by the person herself whereas permanent dyes were more likely applied by a hairdresser. With self-application there is more exposure to skin surface, such as hands, than if an outside person did the applications.
Smokers were also found to have greater toxicity than nonsmokers with dye use. Added exposure to nitrosamines and other carcinogens in cigarette smoke added to those carcinogens present in the hair dyes.
Do hairdressers have added risk?
The occupation of being a hairdresser may entail some risks that are possibly carcinogenic.(International Agency of for Research on cancer-IARC-1993) Certainly skin disorders like contact dermatitis and occupational asthma are major health problems for hair dressers. Other studies have not supported increased risk of reproductive disorders among hairdressers, such as infertility, reproductive loss, congenital malformations, childhood cancers, and developmental disorders in offspring. (Kersemaekers, 1995)
Summary:
Limited human data, inconsistent results, and differences among products with varying chemical formulations used make it impossible to draw conclusions on safety. Differences in duration of exposure and amount of exposure can also determine differences in toxicity. Overall, many studies support no consistent association of congenital anomalies with hair dyes after many of the regulated carcinogens were removed. However, risk cannot be completely excluded so precautions should be taken.
There does appear to be some difference between the use of permanent and temporary hair dyes in pregnancy. Risk seems to be higher for mothers using semi-permanent dyes at any time during pregnancy, or the months prior to pregnancy, compared to the other types of hair dyes used.
Hair dye formulations have changed over time with removal of some substances and inclusion of new and better ones for color range. There has been a reduction in certain nitrophenols. The FDA has discontinued use of 2,4-diaminotoluene, and 2,4-diaminoanisole in permanent dyes and HC Blue No 1 and 4-amino-2-nitrophenol used in semi-permanent dyes because of possible carcinogenic effects.
It is imperative that pregnant women reduce their level of exposure, especially during first trimester. If dyes are going to be used, using protective gloves and facial mask, using a well-ventilated room, avoiding eating or drinking during exposure, and avoiding frequent exposure are essential. Avoid chemicals that may enhance absorption into the scalp or the hair shaft.
If one chooses to use hair dyes, it is generally recommended to wait until after first trimester when most of the baby's organ systems have been formed. If you must dye your hair during pregnancy, ask your stylist to use the old fashioned method - a plastic cap with tiny holes to pull the hair through. Dying the strands in this manner will prevent the chemicals from contacting your scalp, reducing the absorption risks.
Once again, this information is provided so that you can make the best decision for yourself and your baby. Consult your obstetrician for further information.
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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Wednesday, November 22, 2017

ARE PREGNANCY DUE DATES REALLY ACCURATE?

Pregnancy Over 40, Due Date Calculation

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

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

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

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


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

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Monday, November 20, 2017

PREGNANCY MASSAGE, DO'S AND DON'TS

Here are some facts about massage during pregnancy.  Many women and massage therapists are reluctant to have a massage for fear that it may trigger a miscarriage, however, this article should help clear up some the the confusion:

Myths about Pregnancy Massage

By Leon Pierre Potgieter

1) Massage during the first trimester
Some massage practitioners refuse to give massage during the first trimester as this is when most miscarriages occur. This is merely because they do not want to be associated with this event should it happen. However, there is no evidence that massage can lead to a miscarriage and massage is not contraindicated during the first trimester. In fact, massage at this time is entirely necessary since it supports a woman as she negotiates the physical, emotional and spiritual changes of her pregnancy. Her potential is maturing into a powerful new role and identity
2) Massage on the legs during pregnancy
Deep vein thrombosis in the legs only occurs in 15 out of 10 000 pregnant women (data from live births in Olmsted County between 1966 and 1995). Of these 12 will have clear signs of a possible blood clot, leaving 3 out 10 000 pregnant women with an undiagnosed blood clot. Despite these low figures, some massage practitioners indicate that massage work on the inner leg is not advisable as it might dislodge an undiagnosed clot. Keeping in mind that massage improves blood flow and thus reduces the risk of a blood clot forming, refusing to give a competent massage on the legs potentially exposes 9997 out of 10 000 pregnant women to unnecessary risk.

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A more realistic approach is to give a competent massage while checking for any signs and symptoms of a possible blood clot. The simplistic solution of prohibiting deep massage or massage altogether on the inner legs appears to be more prevalent in countries where litigation is high and seems to be based on misunderstanding and fear rather than on existing evidence-based practice for the following reasons:
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  • In spite of this exaggerated emphasis on blood clots, no reliable method is given to assess whether a blood clot is present so there is no good reason to either proceed with or stop the massage. Homan's test is still routinely taught in massage schools to test for deep vein thrombosis even though it is unreliable and is no longer used, other clinical tests being used in its place.
  • Massage helps prevent clots from forming by preventing a build up of stagnant blood in the legs. It is very necessary during pregnancy as there is stronger tendency for blood to clot during pregnancy.
  • Pregnant women who have been put on bed rest are at greater risk of developing blood clots as their inactivity causes blood to pool in the legs. They are advised to exercise their legs by pointing the foot up and down. This creates a strong pumping action in the calves which helps keep blood flowing through the legs. This has a more powerful effect than massage or work on pressure points. If massage is considered risky, then standard hospital care is even riskier.
  • The Spleen, Liver and Kidney meridians of Traditional Chinese Medicine play an important role in health, especially during pregnancy. As they run through the inner legs, work on pressure points in the legs can be extremely beneficial. In particular, it substantially reduces risk in diabetic mothers when their diabetes is a Spleen and Kidney Yang Deficiency type diabetes (here there may not be the excessive thirst, hunger, urination or heat normally associated with diabetes but there is increased risk of incompetent cervix, placenta praevia and detached placenta). Giving only a light, superficial leg massage in this case may expose the mother to far greater risk than a massage of normal, firmer pressure.

3) The use of a belly hole in the massage table
This is done to allow the mother to lie face down without compressing her stomach during a massage therapy session. However, as her stomach is now not correctly supported, her lower back and pelvis are placed under stress and her uterine ligaments are stretched. These are both common causes of pain during pregnancy. The pressure of the hole's edges on the abdomen also cuts down blood supply to the abdomen.
4) Avoiding lying the back during pregnancy
This ignores that a pregnant women is often positioned on the back for long periods during birth, a common hospital procedure. Only avoid lying on the back in a massage or in general if there is 1) a known threat of blood clots forming in the legs, 2) supine hypotension or 3) lower back pain or pain due to sacroiliac or iliosacral dysfunction.
5) Lying only on the left hand side during pregnancy
It is assumed that lying on the right side will put slight pressure on the inferior vena cava, a large vein carrying blood from the legs and pelvis to the heart. However, although the inferior vena cava lies to the right hand border of the spine, it is questionable if lying on the right hand side can slow down blood flow through this vein. Also, lying on the left hand side puts pressure on the heart and stomach so they may not function at optimum efficiency.
6) The use of contraindicated pressure points
Massage schools teach some pressure points are not to be used during pregnancy as they might induce labour. However they may be used if there is a good reason to use them. If massage could induce labour, abortion clinics would use massage on these points instead of costly medical interventions. Pressure on these points can only induce labour at the end of term and then it is still difficult to do this.
All pregnant women can benefit from pregnancy massage. If at any time during the massage you experience discomfort, tell your therapist immediately.

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Friday, November 17, 2017

THE STAY HOME VS. CAREER DILEMMA FOR NEW MOMS

I rarely sit and watch TV, but quite a while back,  a TV show's topic was about women's choices about staying home with their kids vs. going out and pursuing their career and putting their kids in daycare.

Well... I need to put my two cents in here. This is one area where being an older mom is really an advantage. I did the whole career thing when I was younger. In retrospect, it wasn't really that great. It can be a cut throat world out there and, for me, it led to a stressful, unhealthy lifestyle. But what if you have kids and want to go back to work? I speak from experience here as the product of daycare. My mother worked when I was a toddler. I absolutely hated being institutionalized all day. I cried all day every day and never stopped until my mother came to pick me up - I was always the last one since my mother was always late. I felt imprisoned and very hopeless.

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I think of all the attention I give my daughter now. I teach at a community college, but I teach evening classes when my husband is home. She's always with one of us. I wonder who tells kids in daycare that they love them?? Nobody ever told me - as a matter of fact I was a big thorn in the daycare staff's side since I was so upset about being there. I can't even count how many times I hug
my daughter and tell her I love her during the day. I have sat with her one on one to teach her everything from ABC's, 123's or to how to have a tea party.  Now that she's older, I help her with homework and help her navigate sticky social situations.  She's so much more happy and secure than I was as a child. Additionally, the pace of our life is pleasant. I see some of these families get their kids up while it's still dark out. Their children get shuffled out the door and dropped off before they're even totally awake. I remember those days as a child. Not only was I cheated out of sleep, but I never really ate a good meal since it was too early to eat breakfast and I hated the food they forced us to eat at the "institution".

I was a very stressed-out kid...maybe that was the start of my fertility problems...I know it was the start of my negative impression of family life.  So the moral of the story is to seize every moment in the "now".  It really is true that time flies by fast.  I'm so happy I've taken every opportunity to spend time with my daughter.

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

UNNECESSARY FEARS WITH GENETIC SCREENING

Pregnancy Over 40, Genetic Screening and The Fear

I've often wondered about the implications of genetic screening.
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Some couples terminate their pregnancies after finding out that their baby has a genetic defect. However, as this article discusses, some of these problems can be mild and the child could have a normal life. Read more:

A number of couples in Israel were told their fetuses screened positive for Gaucher's disease and decided to terminate their pregnancies. Gaucher's disease ranges from mild and very treatable to severe. An article in the September 19 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) puts forward a number of questions regarding the appropriateness of some types of genetic screenings.

The authors explain "Carrier screening can reduce the burden of genetic disease, especially in populations in which specific diseases are common. Although generally performed for severe, untreatable disorders, carrier screening for less serious yet prevalent conditions is also possible, but
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there is little information on its implications, even though it is likely to become more common."

Gaucher's disease (GD) is much more common among Ashkenazi Jews compared to other populations. GD includes three diseases, they are all due to deficient activity of a type of enzyme (glucocerebrosidase), leading to an accumulation of its substrate, the fatty substance glucocerebroside (glucosylceramide). A person with Gauther's disease may have an enlarged spleen and liver, malformation of the liver, skeletal disorders and painful bone lesions, serious neurologic complications, swelling of lymph nodes and sometimes adjacent joints, a brownish tint to the skin, anemia, distended abdomen, and low blood platelets. In more severe cases the patient is also more susceptible to infection. A French doctor, Philippe Gaucher, originally described the disease, hence its name.

Screening people for GD is controversial because, for example, type 1 GD usually has no symptoms; it is not severe and is completely treatable. The problem is that carrier screening for GD does not tell you how severe the GD is. Since 1995 Ashkenazi Jews have been offered screening globally and in Israel. 


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Saturday, November 11, 2017

HOW FISH OILS HELP PREGNANCY

Pregnancy and Taking  Fish Oils

Fish Oil has been coming up in many articles and news stories about how it has an anti-inflammatory affect on the body.  It is also recommended for a number of neurological conditions.  In pregnancy, fish oils are thought to help prevent conditions like pre-eclampsia and gestational diabetes according to an Australian study.  Some women have what is called "placental inflammation". The researchers found that consuming fish oil led to higher levels of resolvins in the placenta. Resolvins are formed from omega-3 fatty acids and are thought to reduce inflammation.  Fish oils are also thought to assist with fetal brain development.

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Thursday, November 09, 2017

PREGNANCY ANTIOXIDANTS PREVENT DIABETES, OBESITY IN BABY

Pregnancy Over 40 and Antioxidants

Eating and supplementing your diet with antioxidants my be especially important during pregnancy.
 I've  heard that the obesity epidemic in this country is partly due to the  lifestyle and high fat high carb diet, but also it can partially be  attributed to the mother's prenatal diet (and whether or not the mother  was overweight or obese before pregnancy. This study talks about how it  could prevent diabetes and obesity in your baby.

See Also:  Foods for Fertility and Pregnancy (www.getpregnantover40.com)

From the article:


(NaturalNews)  Antioxidants play a crucial role in preventing the onset of disease,  and they can
make all the difference in determining whether or not  children develop glucose intolerance or
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become obese. According to a new  study out of The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHP), women who  consume high amounts of antioxidants before and during their pregnancies  may be protecting their children against diabetes and obesity.
Noting that diets high in bad fats and carbohydrates cause harmful  oxidative stress that leads to obesity and diabetes, researchers decided  to study the effect that antioxidants have in mitigating their onset.  The team fed four groups of test rats either a high-fat,  high-cholesterol diet, or a healthier and more balanced diet. The first  two groups received such diets with no additional

antioxidants, while  the other two received extra antioxidants with their diets.
At the conclusion of the study, the group eating the unhealthy "Western"  diet with no added antioxidants had significantly higher rates of  inflammation and oxidative stress than the other groups, and their  offspring were larger and had highers rates of glucose intolerance. The  Western diet group that consumed added antioxidants, however, produced  offspring with markedly lower rates of glucose intolerance and no  obesity whatsoever -- and these conditions persisted even after two  months.

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Tuesday, November 07, 2017

BABIES DO REMEMBER BEFORE BIRTH

Your Baby Before Birth

I remember playing one of my CD's frquently when I was pregnant and my daughter now loves it.

See also: www.getpregnantover40.com for more pregnancy articles 

Did she remember it from when she was inside me - or does she just like the music? This article talks about some studies done on whether or not babies can remember sounds in utero:

From the article:

Hepper has investigated just how much of what we hear in the uterus can be remembered. In one famous experiment, he showed that newborns seemed to respond to the theme tune of the Australian soap opera Neighbours if their mothers had watched it during pregnancy. Newborns born to mothers who watched Neighbours stopped crying and became more alert when the tune was played to them, while newborns of mothers who hadn't watched the programme showed no reaction. Other tunes, or the same tune played backwards, elicited no response from either group of newborns (Lancet, DOI:
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10.1016/s0140-6736(88)92170-8).

Just that vibration again
More recently, Jan Nijhuis of Maastricht University Medical Centre in the Netherlands and his colleagues investigated just how long fetal memories could persist. They held a vibrating probe against the bellies of pregnant women, to which fetuses generally respond by wriggling. If they are exposed to the vibrations every 30 seconds, however, they eventually get used to them and stop responding (it generally takes 10 to 12 stimulations), through a process called habituation – much as people living close to a railway track eventually stop noticing the sound of passing trains.

Nijhuis investigated how long this habituation lasted. He found that in a 30-week-old fetus, the "memory" of the vibration lasted around 10 minutes. It improves as fetuses get older, however, so a 38-week-old fetus seemed to retain some memory of vibrations felt at 34 weeks (Child Development, DOI: 10.1111/j.1467-8624.2009.01329.x).


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Saturday, November 04, 2017

YOUR THYROID MAY AFFECT PREGNANCY AND BABY

Thyroid Functioning Could Affect Having A Baby and Health Of Baby

Thyroid problems and pregnancy complications It seems that the thyroid gland is not only a critical piece of getting pregnant and staying pregnant, but it's proper functioning is also important for the health of your unborn baby.
Here is an article that discusses how maternal hypothyroidism can affect the baby's vision:

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Children of women with hypothyroidism an under active thyroid who had elevated thyroid stimulating hormone (TSH) in the first and second trimesters of pregnancy, had a significantly reduced ability to see visual contrasts, compared to women with hypothyroidism with normal TSH levels during the first two trimesters, and pregnant women with normal thyroid levels, according to a new study being presented on Thursday, Oct. 4, at the 78th Annual Meeting of the American Thyroid Association (ATA) in New York. Adequate contrast sensitivity is an important ability for reading, viewing information of low contrast such as maps, and visuospatial ability in general.

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 The study shows that visual processing problems among infants of women with hypothyroidism were directly correlated with the mothers' high level of TSH. These findings suggest that thyroid hormone is critical in early pregnancy for normal development of visual processing abilities.

A previous study showed that infants born to women who had hypothyroidism diagnosed prior to or during pregnancy had reduced ability to see visual contrasts and that the severity of their deficit was related to how hypothyroid their mothers were during the pregnancy. This research was based on an electrophysiological task where children saw bars that swept from low to high levels of contrast at a slow speed.

from: (www.medicalnewstoday.com)

Wednesday, November 01, 2017

PREVENTING BIRTH DEFECTS

Pregnancy Over 40, Prevent Birth Defects

Here is an informative article written for the FDA about decreasing the chance of birth defects.

Although some of the information here is widely known (i.e. taking folic acid), they also discuss how conditions in the mother could increase the chance of birth defects. Read more:

Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies
A pregnant woman who has a serious medical condition may face a greater than normal risk that her child will have a birth defect. Diabetes, for example, can complicate a pregnancy in many ways.

Women who must take insulin daily to control their blood sugar are three or four times more likely to have a baby with major birth defects than are other mothers. That is not to say they should abandon insulin, however. Without it, many diabetic women and their babies wouldn�t survive pregnancy at all.
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Birth defects among diabetics can be greatly reduced if women get their blood sugar levels under
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control before becoming pregnant and strictly manage their diets throughout pregnancy. Gestational diabetes, which develops during pregnancy, can also be harmful to mother and child, but it can be controlled through diet or medication.


Epilepsy also increases a woman�s chance of having a baby with a birth defect. It�s not clear whether the disease itself or the drugs used to control it cause malformations, but in either case, the woman�s neurologist and obstetrician should work together to find the safest course of treatment for the epilepsy and pregnancy.

Rubella, toxoplasmosis, cytomegalovirus, and syphilis can cause birth defects in the infants of women who have these infectious diseases. Rubella infection during early pregnancy can cause abnormalities of the heart, eyes and ears.

Any woman planning a pregnancy should be tested for rubella immunity and vaccinated if necessary. She must wait three months after vaccination before becoming pregnant, however, because the vaccine itself can endanger a developing fetus.

Toxoplasmosis is transmitted only through raw meat and cat feces, both of which pregnant women should try to avoid. The disease causes malformations of the brain, liver and spleen if a fetus becomes infected in the first trimester
from www.prevention-news.com

Monday, October 30, 2017

SHOULD YOU WORRY ABOUT VITAMIN A IN PREGNANCY?

The Truth About Vitamin A Safety in Prenatal Vitamins
By Dr Dean Raffelock

The most common question that pregnant women ask me is "My obstetrician says that it is very dangerous for me to take vitamin A while I'm pregnant. As an expert in nutrition, what is your opinion?"
No doubt, there is a lot of fear and confusion on this topic. So let's get right down to the truth of the matter. As usual, the truth is to be found in the middle of two opposite points of view. One point of view is that pregnant women should avoid taking any vitamin A. The other point of view is that pregnant women do not need to be concerned at all with their vitamin A consumption because the risks are minimal.

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So let's clarify the issue so you can make the most informed choice for yourself and your baby:
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In 1995, the prestigious New England Journal of Medicine published a study that showed strong evidence that approximately 1.7% of pregnant women in the U.S. consuming greater than 10,000 International Units (IUs) of vitamin A (retinol) per day during the first 7 weeks of their pregnancy gave birth to children afflicted with some form of birth defect. This was one out of every 57 women.
This created a wave of fear in obstetricians and their pregnant patients that continues to this day.
The good news about this study is that it alerted doctors to strongly caution their pregnant patients that consuming over 10,000 IUs of vitamin A per day for the first 7 weeks of her pregnancy can be risky. To my way of thinking this should also hold true for women of childbearing age who are actively trying to become pregnant. Women who are given very high dosages of vitamin A for acne treatments should avoid becoming pregnant until their blood levels of vitamin A are well within the normal range.
The bad news about the effects the NEJM vitamin A study is that it made far too many obstetricians and obstetrical nurses overly cautious, even paranoid, about women taking anyform of vitamin A, even supplements containing beta-carotene. Obviously no pregnant woman wants to put her developing baby at risk, so when their obstetrician tells them to avoid taking all vitamin A they listen.
The other side of the truth is that developing babies need somevitamin A. Vitamin A deficiency can cause fetal and infant growth retardation. It is well known that plant scientists have been trying to perfect modified strains of rice to contain beta-carotene (orange in color) for third world countries. Why? To help prevent the large amount of infants born blind every year because their mother's bodies did not have enough vitamin A to donate an adequate amount to their developing eyes!
The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that between 250,000 and 500,000 children are born blind every year. WHO also estimates that 13.8 million children have some degree of visual loss related to vitamin A deficiency.
Carotenes and carotenoids are natural pigments that give colored fruits and vegetables their bright colors. Carrots are a good example because their orange color is reflective of an abundance of carotenoids and carotenes. There are over 600 carotenoids/carotenes and less than 50 seem to be able to be converted into vitamin A. This conversion is essential, however, because the human vision is dependent upon these pigments.
The conversion of carotenes to vitamin A depends upon a number of factors including adequate zinc, vitamin C, protein status, bile salts, pancreatic enzymes and optimal thyroid gland health. So women with inadequate levels of these necessary co-factors have more difficulty converting high pigment foods into vitamin A.
One International Unit (IU) of vitamin A (retinol) does not equal one IU of beta-carotene because only between 40%-60% of beta-carotene is absorbed and converted into vitamin A. Also, the absorption of beta-carotene is self-limiting. This means that beyond a healthy level, the more you take the less you absorb. Beta-carotene taken in supplement form absorbs better than beta-carotene from foods. Betacarotene is safe and necessary.
On average, a healthy daily intake of vitamin A for pregnant women is approx. 4000 IUs. This means that if you have been told by your obstetrician to avoid taking all vitamin A and you are receiving less than about 8000 IUs of carotenes from your prenatal vitamin and your diet combined, there is increased risk that your child may suffer some degree of visual loss or growth retardation. The risk of pregnant women receiving too little vitamin A is just as unacceptable as too much vitamin A.
As previously stated, the truth tends to be found right in the middle of the two opposite points of view. Too much vitamin A brings a small but significant risk of birth defects. Too little vitamin A brings a risk of visual loss or growth retardation.
So what do you do when you become pregnant?
Here are some guidelines:
(1) To be on the safe side, it is best to avoid prenatal vitamins that contain any of the retinol form of vitamin A.
(2) Try to make sure that your daily intake of vitamin A does not exceed 6000 IUs during the first 2 months of your pregnancy.
(3) Avoid eating foods very high in the retinol form of vitamin A on a daily basis, especially beef liver (43,900 IUs/3.5 oz serving) and calves liver (22,500 IUs/3.5 oz. serving).
(4) Make sure that your prenatal vitamin contains at least 3500 IUs of betacarotene.
(5) Try to obtain 4000-5000 IUs of carotenes and carotenoids from your diet. You can do this by eating lots of colored vegetables like carrots and green leafy vegetables.
(6) Eat brightly colored fruits.
(7) If you cannot eat enough colored vegetables, find a good tasting vegetable powder that can provide you with 4000-5000 IUs of these essential precursors to vitamin A.
(8) Do your best to take this middle ground and try not to worry.

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Dr. Dean Raffelock is the lead author of A NATURAL GUIDE TO PREGNANCY AND POSTPARTUM HEALTH published by Avery in 2003. He is a holistic doctor who has been in private since 1977 and practices in Boulder, Colorado. He has earned four board certifications including clinical nutrition, acupuncture, chiropractic, and applied kinesiology and continues to teach research-based clinical nutrition for numerous medical organizations. Dr. Raffelock is Vice President of Research and Development for Soundformulas.com the makers of After Baby Boost- the first and only clinically tested comprehensive postnatal nutrient system and Before Baby Boost the first and only comprehensive 3 bottle prenatal nutrient system. He is also President of Sound Formulations, LLC a consulting company that formulates and manufactures premium quality nutritional products for nutriceutical companies. He may be reached at DrDeanR@Soundformulas.com, http://SoundFormulas.com
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Wednesday, October 25, 2017

THE DANGERS OF GETTING THE FLU IN PREGNANCY

Compromised immune system in pregnancy can make you susceptible to the flu

I know there has been some worry about getting the flu vaccine in pregnancy, but the actual flu may be problematic as well.  Flu season is right around the corner so this information could be timely for pregnant women.
 Pregnant women are thought to have a somewhat compromised immune system which is the body's way of protecting the pregnancy.  This is so your own immune system doesn't attach the embryo thinking it's a foreign intruder.

SEE ALSO: INFECTIONS, INFERTILITY AND PREGNANCY (getpregnantover40.com 


In pregnancy, the flu may affect a fetus and their brain
This article is scary because it talks about flu in pregnancy and even though it was done in monkeys,
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it may show us how flu could affect a human fetus and their brain.

THE brains of monkeys whose mothers had flu while pregnant resemble those of people with schizophrenia. The finding backs up studies in people that suggest flu in mothers-to-be affects the brain of the developing fetus.

Previous research had found that the children of women who caught flu while pregnant are more likely to develop schizophrenia later in life. To investigate further, Sarah Short and Chris Coe at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, infected 12 pregnant rhesus monkeys with mild flu.

Their 19 offspring seemed to develop normally. Yet MRI scans of the 1-year-old juveniles - equivalent in age to a 5 to 7-year-old human child - revealed that their brains had features similar to those seen in people with schizophrenia, including less grey matter in the cortex and enlarged ventricles. Monkeys whose mothers had not had flu did not have these features (Biological Psychiatry, DOI: 10.1016/j.biopsych.2009.11.026).

from: (newsientist.com)

Sunday, October 22, 2017

WHAT DO CRAMPS MEAN IN PREGNANCY?

Cramping In Pregnancy Can Be Triggered By Hormones and Changes In Uterus

I had mild cramping on and off throughout my pregnancy.  I was surprised how common it is to feel some minor muscle tightening when you're pregnant
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 It's a little scary and of course, you don't want to be taking medications (unless approved by your doctor). So why do you get them, and what can you do? This article from Terry Edwards explains more:

Cramps During Early Pregnancy - Tips To Help Reduce The Pain

By Terry Edwards

Cramps during early pregnancy are something that happens to many women. Your body is changing and getting ready for your baby to grow.
Many women will experience mild cramps during the first few weeks of pregnancy. In fact, a lot of
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women think that they are getting ready to start their periods because they feel cramping. This article will teach how why you cramp in early pregnancy and when to call your doctor.
Your uterus consists mainly of muscle and other surrounding tissues that enable it to expand during pregnancy and to contract when it's time for childbirth. These actions are triggered by hormones.

  • Some women may feel light cramping when the fertilized egg implants itself into the uterine wall. This can take place as early as six to eight days after fertilization. You may experience some light bleeding or "spotting" when the egg implants itself.

  • Another reason for cramping in early pregnancy is that hormones have triggered your uterus to expand to get ready for the growing baby. These cramps may be uncomfortable and feel a lot like period cramps. This is perfectly normal as long as they don't become severe and are accompanied by heavy bleeding. Cramps are most likely to occur after sexual activity or when your bladder is full.

  • The round ligaments support your uterus. As your uterus grows the round ligaments must expand to support it. This may cause a feeling of cramping or a dull ache in your lower abdomen. It should go away with rest. However, if the cramping becomes severe and is accompanied by heavy bleeding, fever, or any other unusual symptoms, contacts your doctor right away.
There are ways to treat cramps during early pregnancy. A good way to relieve cramping is by applying heat. A heating pad to the lower abdomen works wonder for cramps but be careful to not get it too hot. You may take acetaminophen for pain relief if needed. Sometimes this will help take the edge off of the cramps. But ibuprofen or other NSAIDS should not be taken during pregnancy. Never take any drugs unless it is allowed by your doctor.
Take care of yourself by getting plenty of rest and eating right. The changing hormones in your body can slow down digestion and make you constipated, which can cause abdominal pain. If you feel that you may be constipated, increase your fiber and water intake.
Finally, another way to help relieve cramps in pregnancy is to abstain from sex. Sex does not hurt you or the baby but may increase the cramping and cause some spotting. The combination of cramping and spotting can make you think that you are having a miscarriage.
Cramps during early pregnancy are quite common. Cramps should be mild and never unbearable. However, if they become severe or are more prevalent on one side and are accompanied by any other unusual symptoms, let your doctor know right away.
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Wednesday, October 18, 2017

ESTROGEN OR ESTROGEN LIKE CHEMICALS HURT FETUS

Pregnancy Over 40, Watch Out for Fetal Hormone Exposure

The following article goes along with a my previous post on how environmental exposure to estrogens or estrogen-like chemicals can hurt your baby.
 Even the estrogen in birth control pills can be harmful (some women get pregnant even when on the pill). Read more:

Pregnant women could be unwittingly exposing their unborn children to harmful amounts of the hormone oestrogen. Researchers have demonstrated that tiny quantities of this hormone, found in birth-control pills and some plastics, can cause serious deformities in male mouse fetuses.

"There should be a much higher level of concern," says Frederick vom Saal, a biologist at the University of Missouri, Columbia, who headed the study.

Oestrogenic drugs have long been known to cause problems. Since the 1990s, the work of vom Saal
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and others has revealed links between these drugs and sperm production, sex reversal in amphibians, early onset of puberty and a variety of behavioural changes.

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Not all of the evidence is confined to lab studies. For example, many women prescribed an anti-miscarriage oestrogenic drug called diethylstilbestrol in the 1950s gave birth to babies who later developed genital abnormalities.

“There should be a much higher level of concern. ”
Frederick vom Saal
University of Missouri, Columbia
Vom Saal wanted to study the impact of common oestrogens on fetal development. These chemicals include bisphenol A, an artificial compound with oestrogenic properties that is used in the hard plastic lining of tin cans. When tins are exposed to high temperatures, this chemical may leach into food.
The team also looked at the oestrogenic component of birth-control pills, called ethinyl estradiol. About 3% of the 60 million women in the United States and Europe on birth control are estimated to become unintentionally pregnant while taking these drugs.

 from: bioedonline.org

Monday, October 16, 2017

NAUSEA AND VOMITING IN PREGNANCY, GOOD OR NOT?

Nausea and Vomiting In Pregnancy

I get nauseated just thinking about how sick I was my first three months of pregnancy. I keep hearing how morning sickness is a good thing even though it doesn't feel that way.
See also: www.getpregnantover40.com for more on pregnancy and fertility over 40 and preventing miscarriage
 This article talks about the evolutionary connection with pregnancy nausea:

From the article:

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foods that may be damaging to her fetus when its major organ systems are developing. Organ development takes place during the first three months of pregnancy, which is when morning sickness is most prominent. ''There is an obvious -- indeed striking -- correspondence between the sensitive periods in embryonic organogenesis and the peak occurrence of N.V.P.,'' the scientists wrote.

At this time, too, the Cornell biologists noted, a pregnant woman's immune system is naturally suppressed to keep her from rejecting the fetus as a foreign tissue. But immune suppression renders her more susceptible to food-borne parasites and microorganisms and the toxins they produce, so N.V.P. would protect her, too. 

from:
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Friday, October 13, 2017

HOW OMEGA 3 OILS CAN HELP PREGNANCY

Pregnancy Over 40 and Omega 3

Omega 3's have so man benefits for fertility and overall health.
 If you're prone to depression, these fats may help provide a safe alternative to medications. Of course, this something you should discuss with your doctor. Read more:
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Dr. Kuan-Pin Su and colleagues presented their findings in the April issue of the Journal of Clinical
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Psychiatry (http://www.psychiatrist.com/abstrac...). Dr. Su supplemented subjects' diets with 3.4 grams Omega-3 each day. Control subjects received an olive oil derived placebo. At 6 and 8 week follow up testing, the Omega-3 receiving women scored lower on depression measuring scales than the placebo group. These scores indicated less depression. Two thirds of the women consuming the PUFAs showed significant improvement, the study said, compared with 27 per cent of the control group. Many became free from depression altogether.

The best news came when researchers noted the absence of negative effects on either mothers or their newborn babies. A few mothers experienced minor stomach upset the first few days while their systems got used to the new substances.



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Wednesday, October 11, 2017

CHINESE PREGNANCY CALENDAR AND GENDER PREDICTION

Chinese Pregnancy Calendar

Guest Post By Apurva Shree

Parents-to-be adopt many methods to determine whether the unborn baby is a boy or a girl. The Chinese pregnancy calendar is an often used method to know about the gender of the new life in the mother's womb.
The Chinese pregnancy calendar is an ancient way for predicting the gender of the unborn child. It is also known as a "Chinese conception chart," or the "Chinese Conception Calendar. It is believed that
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this ancient method is highly accurate, although no clinical studies verify these claims.
History - Chinese Pregnancy Calendar
This chart is an ancient Chinese secret. A Chinese scientist developed this calendar, 700 years ago. According to a legend, the Chinese pregnancy calendar is capable of predicting the baby's gender based on two variables: the baby's month of conception and the mother's age.
This chart was kept in a royal tomb, near the city of Peking in China in ancient times. Now this original Chinese chart is on display at the Beijing Institute of Science. Many people, especially the Chinese, believe that the original Chinese pregnancy calendar is almost 100% accurate.

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How it Works?
According to studies, the Chinese pregnancy calendar has been found to be 97% effective in predicting a baby's gender. This accuracy is credited to the use of Chinese lunar calendar.

The Chinese pregnancy calendar is dependent on the lunar calendar. It is based on the month a baby is conceived and not the birth month. The second factor is the mother's age at the time of conception, adding 9 months to her age to adjust the lunar calendar.
The conceived month from January to December is listed on the top row of the Chinese pregnancy chart, and the left column of the chart represents the mother's age during the conception. You need to follow the steps given below to get the most accurate result from the Chinese pregnancy calendar.
1. Note down your age at the time of conception.
2. Add 9 months to the age to adjust to the lunar calendar.
3. Also note down the month when the baby was conceived.
4. Now simply search for the conceived month across the top portion of the chart and the age on the left side of the chart.
5. Lastly, follow these two coordinates to the spot where they intersect, and that will show you either a box containing "B" for boy, or "G" for girl.
In comparison to the Chinese pregnancy calendar, the ultrasound during the 7th or 8th month of the pregnancy is a more reliable method to know the gender of the child. In fact an ultrasound is use to monitor the pregnancy development week by week development right from conception till child birth.
Whether it is a boy or a girl, what does it matter? What matters is that you have fun guessing the gender of your unborn child using the Chinese calendar. All along use a pregnancy journal to record your pregnancy development week by week.

Chinese pregnancy calendar is used to determine the gender of the unborn child. The pregnancy journal that records the pregnancy development week by week is a more important paper that the Chinese calendar. The pregnancy week by week has to progress smoothly. It does not matter whether it is a boy or a girl, it should be a healthy baby.
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Sunday, October 08, 2017

PRENATAL VITAMINS, WHAT TO LOOK FOR

Prenatal Vitamins - Answers to Eight Frequently Asked Questions

Guest Post By Dawn K. Smith

Although they can never replace healthy eating habits, prenatal vitamins are essential for the pregnant woman.
Below are the answers to eight frequently asked questions asked by women concerning prenatal vitamins.
1). Q: How soon should I start taking pre natal vitamins?
A:. If at all possible, it's best to begin three months before you even start trying to become pregnant because the egg begins to mature approximately three months before it is released. Proper nutrition is critical during this early stage.
2). Q: Which pre natal vitamins are the most important to take?
A: Research has shown that Folic Acid, Calcium, and Iron are the most essential.
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3). Q: Are all the different varieties similar?
A. No. Even though prescription vitamins are regulated by the FDA they are not required to include certain nutrients.
4). Q: Is it okay to take organic or over-the-counter brands?
A). Yes, but make sure they have a USP seal or NSF certification. These organizations monitor the quality of supplements.
5). Q: Should I take any supplements in addition to pre natal vitamins?
A: Most prenatal vitamins don't contain enough calcium so you will probably want to supplement that.

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

6). Q: I read somewhere that Iodine is important. Will I need to supplement that also?
A: It shouldn't be necessary, but always check with your physician before making any decisions.
7). Q: Should Vegetarian's take additional supplements?
A: Strict Vegetarian's don't consume enough protein, which comes from meat, therefore are usually lacking in B12, iron, zinc, and omega3 fatty-acids such as DHA. They need to make sure their prenatal vitamins include these in the ingredients.
8). Q: What should I do if I get morning sickness and can't hold my pre natal vitamins down?
A: Try taking them at night before bed so you can sleep through any nausea symptoms.
Important nutrients for pregnant women include RDA, Calcium-1000mg, DHA-200 mg, Folic Acid-600 mcg, Iodine-220 mcg, Iron-27 mg, Vitamin B4-1.9 mg, Vitamin B12-2.6 mcg, Vitamin C-80 mg, Vitamin D-200 IU, Vitamin E-15 mg, Zinc-11 mg.
Although they can never replace healthy eating habits, prenatal vitamins are essential for the pregnant woman.
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Friday, October 06, 2017

CASTING CALL FOR FIRST TIME MOTHERS

I have been asked to share the following information with my blog readers, if this applies to you, and you are interested, the contact information is listed below:
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