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Monday, August 21, 2017

TOXINS CAN GET INTO YOUR UTERUS WHEN PREGNANT

Pregnancy and Toxins In Your Uterus

This article gives another reason why to avoid toxic environmental chemicals as much as you can
 The women mentioned actually had their blood tested while pregnant and the results are scary. To learn how to avoid toxic chemicals, click here:

 PREGNANCY DETOXIFICATION, DETOXIFY FOR FERTILITY AND CONCEPTION (getpregnantover40.com)

 

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• Every test subject had at least two and as many as four perfluorinated compounds in her blood. These "Teflon chemicals" are used to create stain-protection products and non-stick cookware and are classified as a likely human carcinogen; in tests on laboratory animals, they have been shown to cause liver, thyroid, pancreatic, testicular and mammary glad tumors.

• Mercury, known to harm brain development, was in the blood of every woman in the study.

• Breakdown products – phthalate monoesters – of at least four phthalates were in the urine of all nine women. Used as plasticizers and fragrance carriers in numerous consumer products, phthalates are linked to reproductive problems and asthma.

 from:
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Thursday, August 17, 2017

NEWBORNS NEED HUMAN SKIN CONTACT

Pregnancy Over 40, After Delivery Skin Contact

When my daughter was born, the plan was to have her put on my chest immediately after delivery. However, since her breathing was slightly labored, she was put on a nearby table where they blew a little oxygen in her face.

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She was fine, but I didn't get to hold her right away. Of course, I wanted what was best for her, but I do regret not being able to have that initial contact. The following article discusses the importance of skin to skin contact with your baby:


Researchers at University Hospital in Linköping, Sweden studied stress levels of seventeen mother-
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infant pairs, with all infants being preterm - between 25 to 33 weeks old. In mothers, stress was measured using salivary cortisol levels, heart rate, mood scale, and a visual analog scale (VAS). In infants, stress was measured using salivary cortisol levels and heart rate. Infants were also measured for pain levels using two separate scales.

Mothers and their babies showed signs of significant stress before physical contact. Also before physical contact, mothers reported experiencing low mood, especially low levels of calmness, control, and pleasantness.

Following pre-contact, initial stress tests, mothers changed into gowns with the front side open. Each baby was taken from an incubator and placed gently on his or her mother's chest in an upright position while wearing only a cap and a diaper. Each baby was then placed inside his or her mother's gown. Extra blankets were placed on top. While babies laid in this position, mothers were given mirrors with which they could watch their babies while they laid together. In all cases, fathers were very close, sitting on a chair.

What were the results?

Upon beginning skin-to-skin contact with their mothers, babies experienced decreased heart rates and pain scores. Mothers experienced decreased salivary cortisol levels (by 32 percent), decreased heart rate (by 7 percent), decreased VAS score (by 89 percent), and increased mood (by 6 percent).

from:
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Monday, August 14, 2017

STRAWBERRIES, SUPERFOOD FOR PREGNANCY

Pregnancy Nutrition, Strawberries and Folate

I've yet to meet anyone who doesn't like strawberries. According to this article, they are high in folate which can contribute to a healthy pregnancy.
See also: www.getpregnantover40.com for my entire series on foods for pregnancy and fertility
 If you can, buy organic, and if they're out of season, you can buy them frozen and put them in a smoothie. Read more:

The good news for strawberry lovers is that a serving of eight medium berries provides nearly 9 per cent of the daily requirement of folate," says Chris Christian, vice president trade and nutrition of the California Strawberry Commission. "Folic acid is the synthetic form of folate, which is especially important for women of child-bearing age because it reduces the chance of some birth defects, such as spina bifida."

Now, a study from researchers at the University of Texas that followed 35,000 pregnant women over four years, found it drastically reduced the chance of premature births, as well.

Folic acid, or folate, helps the body make healthy new cells. Besides occurring naturally in foods like strawberries, it is often used to enrich breads and cereals. But the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) found that the majority of child-bearing aged women were not meeting their daily requirements. 

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Wednesday, August 09, 2017

ACETOMINOPHEN IN PREGNANCY INHIBITS MASCULINITY, FEMALE FERTILITY

Tylenol (acetominophen, paracetamol) is so commonly taken that people tend to forget that it is a drug.  Even though certain drugs are thought to be safe in pregnancy, science is finding more and more reasons not to take anything while pregnant.  This article talks about how this seemingly safe drug can harm male characteristics and can cause female infertility in the offspring of pregnant women.  Read more:

SEE ALSO: HOW TO DETOXIFY TO PREPARE FOR PREGNANCY AND ENHANCE FERTILITY (Getpregnantover40.com) 


Previous studies have shown the paracetamol can inhibit the development of the male sex hormone
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testosterone in male foetuses, thus increasing the risk of malformation of the testicles in infants. But a reduced level of testosterone at the fetal stage is also significant for the behaviours of adult males, says Ph.D. David Møbjerg Kristensen, a researcher employed during the studies at the Department of Biomedical Sciences and the Novo Nordisk Foundation Center for Protein Research at the Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences...

 ...paracetamol during pregnancy also has the potential to influence the subsequent lives of female mice. In 2016, the researchers published a study showing that female mice had fewer eggs in their ovaries if their mothers had had paracetamol during pregnancy. This led to the mice becoming infertile more quickly.

Monday, August 07, 2017

CHIROPRACTIC IN PREGNANCY, SAFE OR NOT?

Is Chiropractic Care During Pregnancy Safe?

Guest Post By Dr. Maya Pande

Many women who are used to receiving regular chiropractic care find themselves questioning whether or not they should continue with this treatment once they become pregnant. There are no known complications to chiropractic care to be concerned with during your pregnancy. All chiropractors are trained to work with women who are pregnant and some have additional training in specific methods.
Chiropractor who use low-force or gentle techniques may be preferred by pregnant women as there is no cracking or twisting of the spine during the adjustment.
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Chiropractic during pregnancy is an effective, drug free and safe treatment for both the mom and her baby. Chiropractic care can continue while you are pregnant, or you can begin a new chiropractic treatment program as early as the first month of pregnancy. Treatment will help you better deal with
the many changes that are occurring with your body. Special adjustments by the chiropractor, designed for pregnancy, help balance the pelvis, reduce any nerve irritation in the spine and generally help your body feel more at ease overall.

SEE ALSO: ARE BIRTH DEFECTS HIGHER OVER AGE 40? (getpregnantover40.com)

The International Chiropractic Pediatric Association recommends that women receive chiropractic care throughout pregnancy in order to establish pelvic balance and optimize the room a baby has for development throughout the pregnancy. With a better balanced pelvis, babies enjoy a greater chance of moving into the correct position for birth which can result in an easier and safer delivery for both the mother and her baby.
What are the Benefits of Chiropractic Care during Pregnancy?
Chiropractic care during pregnancy can lead to a healthier overall pregnancy. Other benefits include controlling nausea symptoms, relieving back, neck and joint pain, reduce the risk of possible cesarean section as well as reducing the amount of time a woman is in labor and delivery. Chiropractors trained in the Webster Technique are able to perform adjustments using this technique when babies are presenting breech. Studies have shown an 82% success rate of babies turning vertex when the Webster Technique was used.
How do I get adjusted while pregnant?
Many chiropractors have either specially designed pillows or tables that allow the expectant mother to lay on her stomach, safely and comfortably during her chiropractic adjustment. Women that are uncomfortable lying this way can still be adjusted by lying on their side.
Are there benefits to Chiropractic Care Post Pregnancy?
After your delivery, your body's supply of relaxin is reduced and your bones and ligaments start to return back to their original positions. Chiropractic adjustments help this process by making sure that everything is aligned. Chiropractic is an essential part of the postpartum process and is especially helpful if you've had a difficult pregnancy or birthing experience.
Chiropractic also helps your body deal with the added stresses that occur as you hold and take care of your baby. Additional bending, lifting, stretching and rocking will become part of your daily routine. Your body will need help adjusting to these new movements and chiropractic is a great help.
As more women look to chiropractic care as a means of maintaining good health throughout pregnancy, more health care providers are referring to chiropractors within their communities. Be sure to discuss chiropractic as an option when you meet with your health care provider. If they are not aware of chiropractic care in pregnancy, ask them to find out it. Most chiropractors welcome the opportunity to partner with other health care providers to help pregnant women enjoy a positive pregnancy experience.
Dr. Maya Pande is the owner of Pande Family Wellness Centre in Toronto. She graduated from the University of Western Ontario and completed her Chiropractic education at Logan College of Chiropractic in St. Louis, Missouri in 1997. Dr. Pande treats a variety of patients, including seniors, pregnant women, children and adults of all ages. Common conditions include low back pain, chronic neck pain, sciatic nerve pain, shoulder joint pain, headache and many others. The low-force chiropractic technique she uses is ideal for everyone especially those preferring a more gentle approach to chiropractic care. http://www.pandechiropractic.ca
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Friday, August 04, 2017

GENE EDITING FOR DISEASES AND BIRTH DEFECTS ON THE HORIZON

This cutting edge study talks about something that I still find unbelievable.  Scientists can edit genes to eliminate certain diseases in the embryo phase. Of course this would be for those undergoing IVF, but if you knew you were a carrier of a certain disease or defect, this would certainly be of interest.  Read more:

SEE ALSO: ENCOURAGING NEWS ABOUT BIRTH DEFECTS AND PREGNANCY COMPLICATIONS IN WOMEN OVER 40 (Getpregnantover40.com)


The work, which is described in Nature on August 2, 2017, is a collaboration between the Salk Institute, Oregon Health and Science University (OHSU) and Korea's Institute for Basic Science and
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could pave the way for improved in vitro fertilization (IVF) outcomes as well as eventual cures for some of the thousands of diseases caused by mutations in single genes.

"Thanks to advances in stem cell technologies and gene editing, we are finally starting to address disease-causing mutations that impact potentially millions of people," says Juan Carlos Izpisua Belmonte, a professor in Salk's Gene Expression Laboratory and a corresponding author of the paper. "Gene editing is still in its infancy so even though this preliminary effort was found to be safe and effective, it is crucial that we continue to proceed with the utmost caution, paying the highest attention to ethical considerations."

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Wednesday, August 02, 2017

RADIATION DANGERS IN PREGNANCY

Pregnancy Over 40, Avoid Radiation

I avoided all types of x-rays (including dental x-rays) and I tried to stay away from excessive computer use and I kept my distance from operating appliances when I was pregnant.
 Here is an article about radiation in pregnancy and some of the affects on the fetus:

Increased Cancer Risk

Radiation exposure before birth can increase a person's risk of getting cancer later in life.
Unborn babies are especially sensitive to the cancer-causing effects of radiation. However, the increased risks depend on the amount of radiation to which the baby was exposed and the amount of time that it was exposed. For example, if the radiation dose to the fetus was roughly equivalent to 500chest x-rays at one time, the increase in lifetime cancer risk would be less than 2% (above the normal lifetime cancer risk of 40 to 50%).


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Other Risks from Radiation Exposure

Health effects other than cancer from radiation exposure are not likely when the dose to the fetus is very low.

Most researchers agree that babies who receive a small dose of radiation (equal to 500 chest x-rays or less) at any time during pregnancy do not have an increased risk for birth defects. The only increased risk to these babies is a slightly higher chance of having cancer later in life (less than 2% higher than the normal expected cancer risk of 40 to 50%).

During the first 2 weeks of pregnancy, the radiation-related health effect of greatest concern is the
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death of the baby.
The fetus is made up of only a few cells during the first 2 weeks of pregnancy. Damage to one cell can cause the death of the embryo before the mother even knows that she is pregnant. Of the babies that survive, however, few will have birth defects related to the exposure, regardless of how much radiation they were exposed to.

Large radiation doses to the fetus during the more sensitive stages of development (between weeks 2 and 15 of pregnancy) can cause birth defects, especially to the brain.
When a fetus is exposed to large doses of radiation (above the dose received from 500 chest x-rays) during the more sensitive stages of development (especially between weeks 8 and 15 of pregnancy), the health consequences can be severe, especially to the brain. Babies exposed to the atomic bombs dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki during the 8- to 15-week stage of pregnancy were found to have a high rate of brain damage that resulted in lower IQs and even severe mental retardation. They also suffered stunted growth (up to 4% shorter than average people) and an increased risk of other birth defects.

Between the 16th week of pregnancy and birth, radiation-induced health effects (besides cancer) are unlikely unless the fetus receives an extremely large dose of radiation.
In the 16- to 25-week stage of pregnancy, health consequences similar to those seen in the 8- to 15-week stage could occur, but only when the doses are extremely large (more than about 5,000 chest x-rays received at one time). At this dose level, the mother could be showing signs of acute radiation syndrome, which is sometimes known as radiation sickness.

After the 26th week of pregnancy, the radiation sensitivity of the fetus is similar to that of a newborn.
At the 26th week of pregnancy, the fetus is fully developed though not fully grown. Unborn babies exposed to radiation in the womb during this stage of pregnancy are no more sensitive to the effects of radiation than are newborns. This means that birth defects are not likely to occur, and only a slight increase in the risk of having cancer later in life is expected.

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Monday, July 31, 2017

NEURAL TUBE DEFECTS HELPED WITH FOLIC ACID

Neural Tube Defects - The Role Of Folic Acid Supplementation

Guest Post By Karina Martino, PhD

Neural tube defects (NTDs), which include anencephaly and spina bifida, account for a almost 2,500 birth defects each year in the U.S. Infants born with anencephaly are missing most or all of their brain and die shortly after birth. Most babies born with spina bifida, in which the spinal cord is exposed, grow to adulthood but suffer severe paralysis or other disabilities.
According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, the incidence of these defects could be significantly reduced if all women of childbearing age consumed adequate amounts of folate, a B vitamin. Most women don't know exactly when they get pregnant- and the neural tube of a fetus starts forming immediately. Recommendations for folate advise that any woman capable of becoming pregnant (14-50 years) should get 400 micrograms of folic acid daily from foods fortified with folic acid, from vitamin supplements, or a combination of the two. This is in addition to the folate found naturally in certain foods. Folic acid is the man-made form of folate found in fortified foods and dietary supplements.
The exact role of folic acid in preventing neural tube defects in the fetus is not completely understood yet. Since it is so important to get enough folate even before you know you are pregnant, it may pay to take a multivitamin and mineral supplement, especially if you are planning to become pregnant and you suspect that you are not getting enough from foods fortified with folic acid.
Consumption of folic acid has several other advantages as well, including helping metabolize hormones in the liver, it supports cardiovascular health by lowering homocysteine (an amino acid) levels (an independent risk factor for heart disease). Folic acid is also needed to make genetic material (DNA, RNA), and to manufacture red blood cells. It can also prevent cleft lip. Furthermore, low folate levels are associated with recurrent spontaneous pregnancy loss. High dietary intake of vegetables during pregnancy improves plasma and red blood cell folate concentrations and reduces the risk of folate deficiency. Taking multivitamins prior to conception also significantly reduced the risk of prematurity, and enhances fertility.
Folate in food is about 40%-50% less bioavailable than synthetic folic acid, which is almost 100%
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bioavailable. However, make sure to keep in mind that eating natural and wholefoods will give a wide range of other vitamins, minerals and fibers that you and your baby need as well.
Signs of deficiency include: anemia; gastrointestinal upsets, diarrhea, weight loss; bleeding gums; irritability. Signs of overdose are: convulsions in epileptics; megadoses can interfere with zinc absorption.
Good food sources are: poultry liver; dark-green, leafy vegetables; legumes; fortified whole-gran breads, cerelas; oranges, grapefruit.
For folate deficiency, the typical dose is 250-1000 mcg per day. For preventing neural tube defects, at least 400 mcg folic acid per day from supplements or fortified food should be taken. Women with a history of previous pregnancy complicated by such neural tube defects usually take 4 mg per day beginning one month before and continuing for three months after conception. The adequate intakes (AI) for pregnant women is 600 mcg; for lactating women, 500 mcg. The tolerable upper intake level (UL) is 1000 mcg for everyone over 18 years of age.
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Friday, July 28, 2017

COPPER NEEDED IN PREGNANCY, NO KIDDING!

Nutrients for Pregnancy and Fertility

The only thing I think of when I hear "copper" is pennies and piping. However, copper is a nutrient found in some foods, and it may be crucial for fetal development. According to this article, it can help the nervous system and cell development.  Read more:

Three studies, published today, show that the nutrient plays a crucial role in the proper formation of
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organs and tissues in baby mice.

'All of us would bet very heavily that the same is true for humans,' said Professor Dennis Thiele, a biological chemist at the University of Michigan Medical School, whose findings are published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Science.

Copper-rich foods include chocolate, beans, lobster, crab, oysters and other shell-fish, spinach, red wine and peanuts.

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Trace amounts of copper are present in all body tissues. It is needed to process oxygen, generate energy in cells, allow the nervous system to transmit signals, grow blood vessels and develop skin, tendons and hair.

'This is an area we really need to learn more about,' said Dr Gitlin. 'There could be some fascinating things going on there both nutritionally and genetically that we just don't understand.'

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Wednesday, July 26, 2017

BEYOND 40 WEEKS GESTATION MAY BE RISKY OVER AGE 40

Doctors watch women with pregnancies over 40 closely

I recall my OB-GYN recommending that we induce at 39 weeks due to my "advanced age".  Although I wanted an"all natural" delivery, I wanted to do what was safest for my baby.

See also: www.getpregnantover40.com for more on pregnancy, fertility and miscarriage over 40

I went along with the recommendation because the placenta can start to deteriorate after a pregnancy is full term.  For older women, this could be a double whammy since their placentas may be a little "lower quality"  to begin with just because their eggs are older.  Here is a study about complications in post-term pregnancies:
From the article:

The two studies focused on different elements of the risk of progressing beyond 41 weeks of gestation,
but held similar conclusions.* The first study, which followed 1.8 million normal births in California from 1999 to 2003, reported greater odds of infant death among those born at 41 and 42 weeks. The second study examined 2.5 million low-risk births nationwide in 2003, and reported that the risk of cesarean deliveries and poor health outcomes for both mother and child increased at 40 weeks and beyond.

“Significant research has focused on the risks of premature deliveries, but until now, there have been no large-scale studies documenting the increased risk of delivering at 40 weeks or more,” said Aaron Caughey, MD, MPH, PhD, an associate professor of obstetrics at the UCSF Medical Center and UCSF School of Medicine and senior author on both papers. “Combined, these two papers provide

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very compelling evidence of the importance of closely monitoring pregnancies beyond 40 weeks and possibly intervening to prevent complications to both mother and child.”

It is widely accepted that pregnancies that progress beyond 42 weeks gestation are associated with increased risk to both mother and child, said Caughey, who is also affiliated with the UCSF National Center of Excellence in Women’s Health. The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists has recommended fetal surveillance or induction of labor at 42 weeks. Previous studies of infant mortality also have reported that the rate of stillbirths is lowest at 37 to 38 weeks and increases six-fold to 2.12 stillbirths per 1,000 pregnancies at 43 weeks. (www.sciencedaily.com)

Monday, July 24, 2017

CELEBRITIES HAVING BABIES OVER AGE 40

Mothers and Pregnancies Over 40 In The Media

So why are we all so obsessed with celebrities who get pregnant over 40.  Well first of all, we are just obsessed with celebrities.  They are media magnets and whether or not we seek them out, they are beamed into our homes via television, radio and of course, the internet. Pregnant celebrities who have babies are usually big stories and older celebrities who have babies are even bigger...

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Friday, July 21, 2017

SAINT RITA FOR FERTILITY, PREGNANCY (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
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Wednesday, July 19, 2017

CHOLINE, EGGS IN PREGNANCY HELP BREAST HEALTH IN OFFSPRING

Eggs, Pregnancy and Breast Health

I'm always surprised at how much a pregnant woman can determine the health of her baby for years to come. Choline, which is found in eggs, may be one way to help your yet to be born child avoid breast cancer.

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 This interesting article talks about choline and how it may help. Read more:

This finding by a team of biologists at Boston University is the first to link choline consumption during pregnancy to breast cancer. It also is the first to identify possible choline-related genetic changes that affect breast cancer survival rates.

"We've known for a long time that some agents taken by pregnant women, such as diethylstibesterol, 

have adverse consequences for their daughters," said Gerald Weissmann, M.D., Editor-in-Chief of
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The FASEB Journal. "But there's an upside. The emerging science of epigenetics has yielded a breakthrough. For the first time, we've learned that we might be able to prevent breast cancer as early as a mother's pregnancy."

The researchers made the discovery in rats by studying females whose mothers were fed varying amounts of choline during pregnancy. Different groups of pregnant rats received diets containing standard amounts of choline, no choline at all, or extra choline. Then the researchers treated the female offspring with a chemical that causes cancer of the mammary gland (breast cancer). Although animals in all groups developed mammary cancer, the daughters of mothers that had received extra choline during pregnancy had slow growing tumors while daughters of mothers that had no choline during pregnancy had fast growing tumors.

from 
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Monday, July 17, 2017

FIGS, GREAT FOR PREGNANCY

Pregnancy Over 40, Figs In Your Diet

See my entire series on foods for fertility and pregnancy at: www.getpregnantover40.com 

Figs seem to be a forgotten fruit - I had overlooked them until one of my blog readers sent me a link to this article about why people should eat figs when they're pregnant. Read more:

1. Figs have a higher overall mineral profile than any other common fruit or vegetable. They are particularly high in calcium, iron, potassium, and zinc, key nutrients for a healthy pregnancy.

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hypertension associated with preeclampsia, a dangerous pregnancy condition.

3. The mineral content of figs closely resembles that of human breast milk!

4. Figs have the highest fiber content of any common fruit. Rich in both insoluble and soluble fiber, figs really help to mitigate the constipation so common during pregnancy.

5. Figs contain a proteolytic enzyme that also aids in digestion, which is naturally slowed during pregnancy.

6. Figs are highly alkaline, and therefore alkalizing, which has been shown to help curb cravings. This may help control those less-than-healthy urges that can sabotage a healthy pregnancy diet.

7. Figs are high in vitamin B6, which has long been thought to be beneficial in alleviating morning sickness.

8. Even the leaves of figs are therapeutic: ingesting them has been shown to reduce and even eliminate the need for insulin in diabetic patients. Therefore, ingesting them may help to control or avoid a case of gestational diabetes. Furthermore, this ability to balance blood sugar levels should help to relieve a whole host of symptoms – from morning sickness to mood swings.

9. Dried figs contain significant amounts of Omega-3 fatty acids, which are essential to the optimal development of the fetus. Consuming ample Omega-3’s during pregnancy is also associated with a lower incidence of pre-term labor and premature delivery.

10. Psoralens, a chemical found in figs, has been used to treat many skin pigmentation problems and may be beneficial in preventing melasma, the “mask of pregnancy”.

from 
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Wednesday, July 05, 2017

SOY BENEFICIAL FOR BELLY FAT REDUCTION

Pregnancy Over 40, Soy and Belly Fat

There seems to be differing opinions on whether or not soy is harmful or helpful to women. Some sources priase soy for it's health benefits, others claim it's harmful both before and after menopause.
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Personally, I've been drinking soy milk for at least 10 years. Here is an article about how soy can help post menopausal women avoid that dreaded belly fat:


From the article:

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preliminary research suggests.

In a study of 18 postmenopausal women, researchers found that those who drank a soy-based shake every day for three months tended to gain less abdominal fat than those who had a milk-based shake.

Soy contains compounds called isoflavones that are structurally similar to estrogen and bind to estrogen receptors in fat tissue. So in theory, soy isoflavones could help regulate body fat metabolism.

The new findings appear to be the first to show that soy protein may affect abdominal fat distribution, according to the researchers, led by Dr. Cynthia K. Sites of the University of Alabama at Birmingham. They report the results in the medical journal Fertility and Sterility

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Sunday, July 02, 2017

PREGNANCY OVER 40, MANY BENEFITS OF OLDER MOTHERHOOD!

Pregnancy Over 40, It's Okay!!

We hear so much negative information about pregnancy over 40 and even parenthood over 40, that it's important to look at the other side of argument.
Most women I've talked to who had children later in life, can't say enough about what a blessing it is and how they enjoyed every minute of raising their child/children. Most women in their 40's have "gotten their act together" and don't get bogged down in the day to day drama. Here is article that discusses the advantages of having children as an older mother.
One exceptionally helpful aspect of the article is that the author, Jan Anderson, interviewed grown children of older parents. There seems to be consistently good feedback. If your over 40 and TTC, pregnant, or already a parent - your outlook looks good. But be sure to live a healthy lifestyle - you'll want to be around to see your grandkids!

SEE ALSO: PREGNANCY OVER 40 (getpregnantover40.com) 

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Gavin, 26, says that he never once thought of his mother as being any different to the younger mothers of his classmates, particularly since his father was also much younger. Gavin was conceived when his mother, now aged 70, embarked on a second marriage with a man 14 years her junior. At the time of Gavin's birth, his mother was 44 and his father was just 30. Despite disapproval from other family members and jibes that the relationship would never last, his parents are still happily married.
Gavin jokes, "I used to get a kick out of telling people that my mum was 14 years older than my dad and I'm sure that some mates wanted to come round to my house just to gawp. Funny thing is that a couple of them actually had a crush on my mum and I must admit, she did look pretty good for her age - and still does! Despite the chronological age gap, biologically there are no discernible differences between my parents.

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Thursday, June 29, 2017

HOW HERBS ARE USED IN PREGNANCY

 Pregnancy Over 40 and Herbal Treatments

I think most women consider herbal remedies and preparations as "all natural" and safe.  I did use some herbal teas in combination when I was trying to conceive, but when I was actually pregnant, the only thing that seemed to help my nausea was peppermint green tea (decaffeinated).

My site: www.getpregnantover40.com for more on making your own teas and natural remedies

Many medicines and herbal preparations are derived from "all natural" sources, but they are not necessarily safe in pregnancy. Always check with your doctor before taking anything in pregnancy. Read more:

Overall, 462 (10.9 percent) of the 4,239 mothers reported using herbal products in the 3 months before or at some point during pregnancy. The prevalence of herbal use anytime during pregnancy was 9.4 percent. The prevalence during pregnancy was highest (6.9 percent) during the first trimester.

Excluding the 86 mothers whose only use of herbs involved herbal teas, the prevalence of herb
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exposure before or during pregnancy was 8.9 percent.

The most commonly reported products used early in pregnancy were ginger, which has been shown to help ease morning sickness, without side effects to the unborn child, and ephedra, an herbal stimulant that was banned in the U.S. in 2004 after reports linked it to heart attacks, strokes and at least 155 deaths.

The products used most often throughout pregnancy were herbal teas and chamomile, which has also been shown to ease morning sickness.

Herb exposure was more prevalent in women older than 30 and with more than 12 years of education. Of the 10 states studied, Iowa had the lowest rate of herbal use (5.4 percent) and Utah had the highest (16.5 percent).

"The fact that use of herbal products was greatest during the first trimester raises concerns about fetal safety, because this is a critical period of fetal organ development," Broussard noted.


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Monday, June 26, 2017

EARLY DOWN SYNDROME DETECTION BLOOD TEST

Pregnancy Over 40, Detect Down Syndrome With Blood Test

Many women, especially those over the age of 40 worry about Down Syndrome.
 Until recently, this was detected by amniocentesis which is fairly safe but still rather invasive. Now there is a blood test which can be done fairly early in the pregnancy which should help put many women at ease. Read more:
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From the article:

Not only do the blood tests eliminate the risk of miscarriage, they are also claimed to have lower error rates than conventional tests. At a conference on prenatal genetic testing at Stanford University
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in California last week, Kenneth Song of Ariosa said that its test turns up false positives in less than 0.1 per cent of cases - compared with 5 per cent from invasive tests. The other companies report similar results.

The new tests can be run from about 10 weeks into pregnancy. In some US states, the extra time this will allow may be crucial as women decide whether to carry a fetus to term. Nine states currently ban abortions after 20 weeks on the grounds that a fetus can feel pain at this age; 11 others are considering such legislation.
from:
newscientist.com

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: 
www.medicalnewstoday.com)

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
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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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can lead to smaller babies. Read more:


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: 
news.bbc.co.uk

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) 



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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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Mother's Day - Fun Facts

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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