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Friday, April 28, 2017


Pregnancy and The Safety of Hair Color

Anyone who colors or highlights their hair will probably have this question because it's hard to go a full nine months without doing it.
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 There have been many articles written about whether or not color is safe during pregnancy or if you are trying to conceive.  According to this article, highlighting is probably the safest since it doesn't usually come in contact with the scalp, but you should always check with a doctor first. Read more:
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has long been an issue for mothers-to-be, who fear that anything they do to their bodies inside or outside can harm their baby. To a certain extent this can be true and where hair coloring is concerned, there is one main reason why the jury is still out on deciding how safe or unsafe it is: which pregnant lady is going to put her hand up to be a part of a clinical trial of hair coloring agents?

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

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

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

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

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


Wednesday, April 26, 2017


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

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

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Monday, April 24, 2017


Pregnancy Over 40, Prenatal Diet Critical

It seems like the research is showing that what happens in utero is more important than we previously thought.
Your prenatal diet is obviously important, but in more ways than you may think. This article talks about how a high fat diet in pregnancy can lead to early onset puberty. Read more:


From the article:
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A high-fat diet during pregnancy and nursing may lead to the child having an early onset of puberty and subsequent adulthood obesity, according to a new animal study. The results were presented Monday, June 16, at The Endocrine Society's 90th Annual Meeting in San Francisco. An early first menstrual period, often used as a marker for early-onset puberty in girls is a risk factor for obesity, insulin resistance, teenage depression, and breast cancer in adulthood, said Deborah Sloboda, PhD, lead author of the study. She is a researcher at The Liggins Institute of the University of Auckland in New Zealand.
"Other research suggests that a combination of prenatal and postnatal influences in girls can affect the onset of menarche [menstruation]," Sloboda said.


Friday, April 21, 2017


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

Guest Post By Johan Petersen

Did you know that taking bee pollen for pregnancy is a great way to make sure that you and your unborn child not only get a wide variety of nutrients, but are safe from disease as well? In addition to this, it also does wonders for helping you feel happier and healthier. Here are a few other things to consider when taking bee pollen.
When it comes to making sure your unborn child is born healthy, the best way to ensure this is to make sure that you get a balanced amount of vitamins, minerals, and nutrients. However, during this chaotic time, it's not uncommon for many pregnant women to experience deficiencies of some kind.
This natural substance is the perfect way to ensure this doesn't happen to you. It doesn't matter what odd foods you crave or eschew during your pregnancy-this amazing supplement provides you with every single one of the daily required nutrients. These include, but aren't limited to:
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� Protein
� Iron
� Potassium
� Magnesium
� Vitamin A
� Vitamin B12
� Vitamin C
� Antioxidants
� Amino Acids
� Copper
� Zinc



This is not only beneficial toward you, but it also helps makes sure your unborn child grows up healthy as well. Studies show that having a balanced amount of nutrients throughout pregnancy can help prevent a variety of physical and mental developmental disorders, such as dyslexia, rickets, weak immune systems, and an amino acid metabolism related disorder called organic acidemia. It also helps prevent poor eyesight, encourages muscle and bone growth, and protects your infant from
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Taking bee pollen for pregnancy is also a good way to ensure the birth goes well. Along with being a natural immune system booster, it also acts as a mild mood stabilizer and gives you a natural energy boost when fatigue sets in.
This is especially helpful when you're flooded with hormones, plagued by aches and pains, and tired to the bone. Bee pollen is wonderful for helping you feel calmer, stronger, and healthier.
If you're wondering if you or your child will experience side effects from taking bee pollen for pregnancy, you can rest assured that most consumers don't experience any negative effects at all.
The few that do occur tend to be very rare and very mild. These include nausea, an itchy mouth or throat, and trouble breathing. If you're unsure about bee pollen, consult your doctor first.
How to Find the Best Bee Pollen:
If you're concerned about contamination, you can rest assured that there is a way to ensure that your supplements are free from harmful chemicals and pollutants. Studies show that bee pollen harvested from New Zealand is naturally pure and clean.
This is because this region is one of the few places on earth that is secluded enough to be relatively free of pollution. This means that your pollen will be completely clean from the very beginning.
Taking bee pollen for pregnancy that has been freeze-dried is a great way to make sure your supplements are as potent as they can be. This is because, unlike other forms of bee pollen, the nutrients aren't lost during the manufacturing process. Instead, they're instantly protected and preserved in this form, which means you can rest easy when it comes to getting all of your daily nutrients.
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Wednesday, April 19, 2017


Nausea and Vomiting In Pregnancy - Hyperemisis

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

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  I've heard all of this nausea could be anything from a reaction to your hormones to a pre-existing intestinal bacteria.   Here is an article that explains some possible causes of nausea and vomiting in

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"While the exact cause of nausea and vomiting of pregnancy is not understood, there may be a link between relaxation of the muscle fibers within the walls of the stomach muscle. Other researchers have noticed changes in bacteria counts in women who have morning sickness. They have found higher than normal levels of a bacteria called helicobacter pylori, which also seems to cause ulcers. Research is ongoing to see if certain antibiotics will treat hyperemesis. Others have found a link to the chemical serotonin, and to elevated levels of the pregnancy hormone HCG. For example, patients with twins or triplets have higher levels of HCG, and are more likely to have vomiting during pregnancy. There is also a higher chance of having severe nausea and vomiting, called "hyperemesis gravidarum," in patients with uncontrolled thyroid problems (hyperthyroidism). "


Monday, April 17, 2017


Heat and EMF's in Pregnancy

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

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

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


Wednesday, April 12, 2017


Morning Sickness, Causes and Toxins

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


Blame that Morning Sickness on Your Ancient Ancestors, Karen Barrow

From the article:

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

Monday, April 10, 2017


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

This is one of the best articles I've seen about kids and sleep. It talks about actual research which shows how detrimental lack of sleep can be on a developing brain.
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The surprise is how much sleep affects academic performance and emotional stability, as well as phenomena that we assumed to be entirely unrelated, such as the international obesity epidemic and the rise of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder.

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


Older Women Make Better Mothers and They Are Healthier

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


"LONDON (Reuters) - Not having children, having too many, or too young or not spaced far enough
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apart could be detrimental to a woman's health later in life, researchers said on Tuesday.

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

Monday, April 03, 2017


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

The Apgar score, the very first test given to a newborn, occurs in the delivery or birthing room right
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after the baby's birth. The test was designed to quickly evaluate a newborn's physical condition and to see if there's an immediate need for extra medical or emergency care.

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

Apgar Scoring

Apgar Sign 2 1 0

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

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

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

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

(breathing rate and effort)

Normal rate and effort, good cry Slow or irregular breathing, weak cry Absent (no breathing)

Saturday, April 01, 2017


 Pregnancy Over 40 Helped With Iron and Folic Acid

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

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

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

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


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

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

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


Tuesday, March 28, 2017


Chicken pox is always something we think about as a "childhood disease", however older people can get chicken pox too.  Even younger people can get it if they are not vaccinated or if they don't receive the proper dose. 
In any event, if men get chicken pox, can it harm their sperm count or their ability to father a child?
Well, it may or may not.  In some cases, chicken pox can lead to orchitis which is an inflammation of
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the testicles which can ultimately harm the size of their testicles and their sperm production.


Sunday, March 26, 2017


Pregnancy and Physical Activity

Guest Post By Dr. Anuradha K

Regular physical activity is important for many women during pregnancy to have a healthy living lifestyle. You can reap huge benefits during delivery if you undertake regular exercises. In most cases, moderate exercise is safe and beneficial for both mother and the baby. In general, at least 30 minutes of physical activity every day is recommended. You should aim to do a mixture of both aerobic physical activity and muscle-strengthening physical activity. If you are not used to regular exercise, you can start with gentle physical activities and then gradually increase the duration and intensity of the exercises.
What type of exercises should I do whilst pregnant?
Pregnant women should try to do a mixture of both aerobic and muscle-strengthening exercises.
• Aerobic activity is any activity that makes your heart and lungs work harder such as brisk walking, jogging, swimming or dancing. Aerobic activity is something which makes you mildly out of breath
and sweaty.
• Muscle strengthening activity includes weight training, climbing stairs, lifting or carrying shopping, yoga or similar resistance exercises that strengthen major muscle groups.
What kinds of physical activities are recommended during pregnancy?
Being pregnant does not mean that you should restrain yourself from doing any kind of physical activities. However, you do need to be sensible about what type of physical activity you do.
In general, any physical activity which will improve or maintain your physical fitness as well as your health is recommended. It includes:
• Everyday activities. Such as walking, regular domestic chores, gardening etc
• Active recreational activities. Such as dancing, swimming etc
• Gentle Sports: Such as playing tennis/ badminton and regular exercise sessions at the gym etc
Pelvic floor exercises are also important during pregnancy and are advised for all pregnant women. These help in strengthening the pelvic floor muscles which comes under strain when you are pregnant and at the time of labour.


What are the benefits of physical activities during pregnancy?
Regular Physical activity can help you to:
• Improve stamina and increased lung capacity
• Have less fatigue & better sleep
• Maintain healthy weight during and after delivery
• Less chances of developing back ache which occurs frequently in pregnancy
• Avoid constipation
• Less risk of developing swelling of feet, ankles or hands
• Avoid anxiety & depression
• Have a reduced risk of developing diabetes during your pregnancy (gestational diabetes). In women who do develop diabetes during their pregnancy, regular physical activity may help to improve the control of their diabetes.
• Perhaps, have a shorter labour and be less likely to have problems or complications during the delivery of your baby.
What precautions are to be taken while doing exercises in pregnancy?
Special care should be taken while choosing exercise routine as there are many physical changes during pregnancy which can lead to injury if not taken care of. This includes increased blood volume and hormonal changes that can affect the muscles and ligaments, change is mobility of joints and ease of breathing during pregnancy.
• Exercising while lying on your back after 16 weeks of pregnancy can make you feel light-headed and you may faint as vena cava, one of the main blood vessels of your body gets compressed by the developing baby.
• Experts also recommend that you should be careful if you are undertaking activities where you may be more likely to lose your balance and fall, injuring your abdomen, and possibly injuring your developing baby. You are advised to avoid activities such as horse riding, downhill skiing, ice hockey, gymnastics and cycling whilst being pregnant.
• Contact sports such as squash, judo, boxing, kickboxing etc must be avoided as you have a chance of being hit in your abdomen.
If you are joining exercise class that is not designed for pregnant women, do let your trainer know that you are pregnant. Also, you should always remember to warm up and cool down at the beginning and at the end of each session.
How much physical activity should I do whilst pregnant?
If you are used to doing regular exercises before you were pregnant, you can try to keep up with your usual level of physical activity for as long as you can and feel comfortable while doing it. However, it is normal that as your pregnancy goes along, you may have to take it easy and have to slow down the intensity of your physical activity. You may not be able to exercise to the same level as before. A good goal to aim for is at least 30 minutes of aerobic physical activity per day whilst you are pregnant. Keep your exercise sessions to no longer than 45 minutes.
If you are not used to doing regular physical activities before pregnancy, you should not just suddenly start an intensive exercise programme. Start with 15 minutes of physical activity three times a week and then increase this gradually to 30-minute sessions four times a week and finally to 30 minutes every day. Listen to your body and act accordingly
You should aim to become warm, mildly out of breath, and mildly sweaty during your exercise sessions. You should be able to complete a sentence comfortably and hold a conversation whilst you are doing physical activity. If you can do this, you are probably exercising at the right level or intensity. If you become too breathless to talk whilst you are doing physical activity, it probably means that you are doing too much and you have to slow down.
When is it not safe to exercise?
Physical activity during pregnancy is safe for most women. Doctor's advice should be taken as they will be able to guide the expecting mothers better depending upon their medical history. You must seek medical advice before starting physical activity if you have;
• Known heart & lung problems
• Vaginal bleeding that continues throughout the pregnancy
• High blood pressure during pregnancy
History of pre mature labour in the past
• Any signs of preterm labour during this pregnancy
• Premature rupture of the membranes
• Known weakness of their cervix (cervical incompetence), including women who have had a stitch in their cervix
• Low lying placenta for more than 20 weeks
• Signs that their baby may be small-for-dates (Intra uterine growth retardation) on ultrasound scanning during this pregnancy
• A twin or multiple pregnancy (triplets, quadruplets, etc)
• Poorly controlled epilepsy
• Poorly controlled thyroid disease during pregnancy.
• Severe anaemia during pregnancy.
• Bone or joint problems that may affect your ability to exercise.
• Poorly controlled diabetes during pregnancy
Is there any reason why I should stop exercising during pregnancy?
As mentioned above, there are many benefits of doing regular physical activity whilst you are pregnant. However, there are a few things that you should be careful about. You should stop exercising and seek urgent medical attention if you develop:
• Excessive shortness of breath
• Chest pain or palpitations
• Dizziness
• Painful contractions, signs of labour or any leakage of amniotic fluid (waters breaking)
• Heavy vaginal bleeding
• Excessive tiredness
• Severe abdominal pain
• If the movements of the baby have become less than normal
• Calf pain or swelling with redness
When can I start exercises after delivery?
It is generally advised that you can start walking, doing pelvic floor exercises and stretching immediately after birth provided that you have had a normal vaginal delivery with no complications. You should gradually increase your physical activity to build up to your pre-pregnancy levels. If you have had a Caesarean section, you should ask your doctor when it is safe for you to start physical activity. In general, it is not usually recommended to start until after your postnatal check at 6-8 weeks. Postnatal exercise does not reduce the quantity or the quality of your breast milk or have any harmful effects on your baby.
Post natal exercises can help you to:
• Lose weight and get back in shape
• Increase your energy levels
• Improve your mood and avoid anxiety / postnatal depression
• Help to strengthen your pelvic floor muscles and reduce your chance of developing stress incontinence (leakage of urine during strain/coughing),
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Thursday, March 23, 2017


Pregnancy Over 40 and Yeast Infections

I had one quick bout of a yeast infection during my successful pregnancy.
Actually, contrary to most articles I've read (which make it sound like if you have a yeast infection, you'll have symptoms), I had no idea. There are so many things that go on with your body when you're pregnant, you may miss it. My doctor identified mine during a routine prenatal visit and told me how to treat it. Yeast infections can be very common in pregnancy because you have higher hormone levels which may promote the growth of yeast. Here is an article that explains more:


From the article:

Yeast infections are a common type of vaginal infection that are particularly common in pregnant women. These infections — also called monilial vaginitis or vaginal candidiasis — are caused by microscopic fungi in the Candida family, most commonly Candida albicans.
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It's not uncommon to have a certain amount of yeast in your vagina, as well as in your intestinal tract. Yeast only becomes a problem when it grows so fast that it overwhelms other competing microorganisms.
Your higher level of estrogen during pregnancy causes your vagina to produce more glycogen, making it even easier for yeast to grow there. Some researchers think estrogen may also have a direct effect on yeast, causing it to grow faster and stick more easily to the walls of the vagina.


Tuesday, March 21, 2017


Pregnancy Over 40, Vaginal Exams

I was always worried about having any kind of exam when I was pregnant, especially vaginal exams.
 I didn't want anything coming close to my baby - even a doctor with gloves on. My doctor would usually do an exam to check my cervix, and it actually was somewhat painful. Of course, I worried that it would throw me into labor! Well... it didn't (as it turned out I was induced). Here is an article about what information vaginal exams can give you and your doctor late in pregnancy:


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Vaginal exams measure several things:

Dilation & thinning of the cervix
Position of the baby
Station of the baby
Position of the cervix

Vaginal exams do not measure:

When the baby is coming
Whether the baby will fit (in most cases)
All the progress being made in labor

Sunday, March 19, 2017


How Endometriosis Affects Conception

Guest Post By Dr. Mike Berkley

Endometriosis is a common, yet poorly understood disease. It can strike women of any socioeconomic class, age, or race. It is estimated that between 10 and 20 percent of American women of childbearing age have endometriosis.
While some women with endometriosis may have severe pelvic pain, others who have the condition have no symptoms. Nothing about endometriosis is simple, and there are no absolute cures. The disease can affect a woman's whole existence--her ability to work, her ability to reproduce, and her relationships with her mate, her child, and everyone around her.
What is Endometriosis?
The name endometriosis comes from the word "endometrium," the tissue that lines the inside of the uterus. If a woman is not pregnant, this tissue builds up and is shed each month. It is discharged as menstrual flow at the end of each cycle. In endometriosis, tissue that looks and acts like endometrial tissue is found outside the uterus, usually inside the abdominal cavity. Endometrial tissue residing outside the uterus responds to the menstrual cycle in a way that is similar to the way endometrium usually responds in the uterus.
At the end of every cycle, when hormones cause the uterus to shed its endometrial lining, endometrial tissue growing outside the uterus will break apart and bleed. However, unlike menstrual fluid from the uterus, which is discharged from the body during menstruation, blood from the misplaced uterus has no place to go. Tissues surrounding the area of endometriosis may become inflamed or swollen. The inflammation may produce scar tissue around the area of endometriosis. These endometrial tissue sites may develop into what are called "lesions," "implants," "nodules," or "growths."
Endometriosis is most often found in the ovaries, on the fallopian tubes, and the ligaments supporting the uterus, in the internal area between the vagina and rectum, on the outer surface of the uterus, and on the lining of the pelvic cavity. Infrequently, endometrial growths are found on the intestines or in the rectum, on the bladder, vagina cervix, and vulva (external genitals), or in abdominal surgery scars, Very rarely, endometrial growths have been found outside the abdomen, in the thigh, arm, or lung.
Physicians may use stages to describe the severity of endometriosis. Endometrial implants that are small and not widespread are considered minimal or mild endometriosis. Moderate endometriosis means that larger implants or more extensive scar tissue is present. Severe endometriosis is used to describe large implants and extensive scar tissue.
What are the Symptoms?
Most commonly, the symptoms of endometriosis start years after menstrual periods begin. Over the years, the symptoms tend to gradually increase as the endometriosis areas increase in size. After menopause, the abnormal implants shrink away and the symptoms subside. The most common symptom is pain, specially excessive menstrual cramps (dysmenorrhea) which may be felt in the abdomen or lower back or pain during or after sexual activity (dyspareunia). Infertility occurs in about 30-40 percent of women with endometriosis.
Rarely, the irritation caused by endometrial implants may progress into infection or abscesses causing pain independent of the menstrual cycle.

Endometrial patches may also be tender to touch or pressure, the intestinal pain may also result from endometrial patches on the walls of the colon or intestine. The amount of pain is not always related to the severity of the disease. Some women with severe endometriosis have no pain; while others with just a few small growths have incapacitating pain.
Endometrial cancer is very rarely associated with endometriosis, occurring in less than 1 percent of women who have the disease. When it does occur, it is usually found in more advanced patches of endometriosis in older women and the long-term outlook in these unusual cases is reasonably good.
How is Endometriosis Related to Fertility Problems?
Severe endometriosis with extensive scarring and organ damage may affect fertility. It is considered
one of the three major causes of female infertility.
However, unsuspected or mild endometriosis is a common finding among infertile women. How this type of endometriosis affects fertility is still not clear.
While the pregnancy rates for patients with endometriosis remain lower than those of the general population, most patients with endometriosis do not experience fertility problems. We do not have a clear understanding of the cause-effect relationship of endometriosis and infertility
What is the Cause of Endometriosis?
The cause of endometriosis is still unknown. One theory is that during menstruation some of the menstrual tissue backs up through the fallopian tubes into the abdomen, where it implants and grows. Another theory suggests that endometriosis may be a genetic process or that certain families may have predisposing factors to endometriosis. In the latter view, endometriosis is seen as the tissue development process gone awry.
According to the theory of traditional chinese medicine, endometriosis is a disease which is caused by the stagnation of blood. Blood stagnation may occur due to one or more abortions or lower abdominal or pelvic surgeries.
Additionally, engaging in sexual intercourse during menstruation may very likely over time cause blood stagnation. Emotional trauma, severe stress, physical or emotional abuse can all lead to the stagnation of blood.
Additionally, diet may be a precipitating factor. The constant, long term ingestion of cold foods can congeal blood and thus contribute to the stagnation thereof. Cold foods include raw vegetable, ices, ice cream, ice in drinks, frozen yogurt, etc. Remember, cold congeals. Think about what happens to a normal glass of water when put in the freezer. It turns to ice.
The blood is affected similarly. That is to say, it congeals, doesn't flow smoothly and can form endometrial adhesions, chocolate cysts, uterine fibroids. Whatever the cause of endometriosis, its progression is influenced by various stimulating factors such as hormones or growth factors. In this regard, investigators are studying the role of the immune system in activating cells that may secrete factors which, in turn, stimulate endometriosis.
In addition to these new hypotheses, investigators are continuing to look into previous theories that endometriosis is a disease influenced by delaying childbearing. Since the hormones made by the placenta during pregnancy prevent ovulation, the progress of endometriosis is slowed or stopped during pregnancy and the total number of lifetime cycles is reduced for a woman who had multiple pregnancies.
How is Endometriosis Diagnosed?

Diagnosis of endometriosis begins with a gynecologist evaluating the patient's medical history. A complete physical exam, including a pelvic examination, is also necessary. However, diagnosis of endometriosis is only complete when proven by a laparoscopy, a minor surgical procedure in which a laparoscope (a tube with a light in it) is inserted into a small incision in the abdomen.
The laparoscope is moved around the abdomen, which has been distended with carbon dioxide gas to make the organs easier to see. The surgeon can then check the condition of the abdominal organs and see the endometrial implants. The laparoscopy will show the locations, extent, and size of the growths and will help the patient and her doctor make better-informed decisions about treatment. Endometriosis is a long-standing disease that often develops slowly.
What is the Treatment?
While the treatment for endometriosis has varied over the years, doctors now agree that if the symptoms are mild, no further treatment other than medication for pain may be needed. Endometriosis is a progressive disorder.
It is my opinion that by not treating endometriosis it will get worse. Treatment should immediately after a positive diagnosis is made. The pain associated with endometriosis can be diminished by using acupuncture and herbal medicine. I have treated many women with endometriosis and have successfully alleviated pain and slowed down growth and recurrence of endometriosis.
For those patients with mild or minimal endometriosis who wish to become pregnant, doctors are advising that, depending on the age of the patient and the amount of pain associated with the disease, the best course of action is to have a trial period of unprotected intercourse for 6 months to 1 year. If pregnancy does not occur within that time, then further treatment may be needed. Again, these patients should consider herbal medicine to aid in the process of conception.
Dr. Mike Berkley is the founder and director of The Berkley Center for Reproductive Wellness, in New York. He works exclusively in the area of reproductive medicine and enjoys working in conjunction with some of New York�s most prestigious reproductive endocrinologists. Sign up for his free newsletter at
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Thursday, March 16, 2017


St Patrick - The Shamrock Saint!

Guest Post By Rose M.

If you're interested in St Patrick then keep reading! Specifically, I'll be covering his feast day and a short history of his life. St Patrick's day is world famous, it is a day of pride and also a day of religious observance in Ireland (Catholics are obliged to attend Church as part of the celebrations). It has also become a day of entertainment and celebration across the globe. It is a special day for the Irish, their culture and their way of life for their worldwide and countless descendants.
When God said "Go forth and multiply" the Irish took this literally! A nation of 'saints and sinners,' the Irish have spread their good cheer, love of the 'craic' and their faith in God across all the continents.
A gifted, intelligent people of naturally modest dispositions, their tiny cradle of firm missionary beliefs from the emerald isle has reached places that not even armies could reach such as places in Africa in the 20's and Papua New Guinea even in the 50's.

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St Patrick I am sure, gazes with a twinkle of joy in his eyes on his adopted country on his feast day, March 17th, which has
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become by default, his adopted country's feast day. I am sure he casts over to St Bridget, the other patron saint of Ireland, a wee gaze of apology as she is forgotten mostly outside of Ireland, apart from her remarkable straw cross which you see above many a door even to this day.
St Patrick came to the Irish people voluntarily, as a Bishop (after first being dragged there first as a slave by raiders and managing to escape as a teen). He went back to set the religious world to rights for the Irish and to lead them directly and securely on their path towards Christianity and God.
St Patrick came to fertile ground on his travels as the Irish have a predisposition towards the mystical and the unseen. St Patrick knew he just needed to steer the people, his flock, in the right direction and his zeal in preaching the truth of God's Kingdom spread far and wide throughout the kingdom.
The use of the Irish three leafed shamrock proved his need to keep the new religion both practical and in tune with the mysteries of the Divinity as one God in three persons, Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
The effects of St Patrick's almighty preaching and zeal are still felt throughout the globe to this day and there is barely a country in the world which doesn't have schools, universities and confraternities built by the dedicated and often heroic Irish immigrants and missionaries of yester year and often named after the man himself.
The land of Tara has indeed spread her faith, her song and her giftedness through the world following the natural wanderlust of the Irish. The modern phenomenon of Riverdance which took the world by storm from 1995 onwards shows how relevant and beautiful Irish culture steeped in elemental spirituality still is.
As for St Patrick (circa 387-493) himself there is little hard substantiated evidence of his life. As mentioned above, whilst a Roman citizen living in Great Britain, he was captured by raiders and taken as a slave to Ireland whereon he returned there again when free to lead the Irish to Christ.
Many places in Scotland and England claim St Patrick's birthplace as their heritage such as Argyll and Bute in the Scottish Highlands, however no association has been linked categorically with any Church named after him.
Out of all the patron saints, St Patrick has done the best missionary work as far as Church attendance on his feast is concerned and also entertainment, he draws the crowds in.
The oldest surviving prayer to St Patrick's is the 'breastplate' prayer calling down divine protection and reminding us of the mystical divine presence of God in our midst.
For more information on who St Patrick is and a copy of his Confession, one of the only documents surviving from St Patrick's teaching go to
For a copy of St Patrick's powerful prayer of protection-the breastplate prayer go to
Rose M McGee is an author and catechist who loves to share the knowledge of God's love with others.
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Tuesday, March 14, 2017


Estrogen Produced In Uterus

Ovaries produce estrogen right? Well yes, but according to this article, the uterus may be the newest endocrine gland.

Surprisingly, the uterus has been found to produce it's own estrogen which helps to support a
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pregnancy. Read more:

CHAMPAIGN, lll. – For decades, scientists assumed that the ovary alone produced steroid hormones during pregnancy. In a new study in mice, however, researchers demonstrate that once an embryo attaches to the uterine wall, the uterus itself actually synthesizes the estrogen needed to sustain the pregnancy.

This is the first time that the uterus has been identified as an endocrine organ, said University of Illinois veterinary biosciences professor Indrani Bagchi, who led the study with doctoral student Amrita Das. Their findings appear this week in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Science.



Friday, March 10, 2017


Are Beauty Products Toxic to Your Pregnancy?

Guest Post By Amos Grunebaum M.D.

Being pregnant is not a reason to stop feeling beautiful. Many common beauty treatments, however, are not approved for use during pregnancy and should be replaced with alternative beauty regimes until baby is born.
Hairspray, Gel, and Mousse - Some hair care products contain an ingredient called phthalates. This chemical has been linked to birth defects in animal studies and some human studies. The FDA does not recognize this ingredient as being unsafe during pregnancy due to lack of conclusive evidence, but the chance is worth changing up hair care products while pregnant.
Sunscreen Safety - UV rays are touted as a major cause of premature aging and skin cancer. Pregnant women may believe they are protecting their skin with sunscreen and SPF facial and body lotion. They could be wrong. Oxybenzone, a common ingredient in skin care products, may be linked to low birth weight in female infants and cell damage.



Soap and Shampoo - Two of the common ingredients in soap and shampoo are sodium laurel sulfate and sodium laureth sulfate. The names may look similar, but the effects on the body could not be any different. Sodium laurel sulfate is generally considered safe for use during pregnancy, though skin irritation has been an issue for some pregnant women. Sodium laureth sulfate, on the other hand, may bring 1,4-dioxane along with it. 1,4-dioxane is a known carcinogen.
Lotion and Skin Oil - The first ingredient in many skin lotions is water. While this is a safe ingredient, high concentrations of water often used as a filler ingredient require chemical anti-bacterial agents to prevent bacterial growth in the product. If your lotion ingredients start with water and then move onto ingredients with chemical names and tons of syllables, chances are the lotion is not safe during pregnancy.
Acne Treatments - Accutane and Retinoic Acid - Fighting adult acne can include using Accutane or
other retinoic acid based skin treatments. While effective at fighting skin breakouts, these products are considered category X for pregnant women. Under no circumstances should Accutane or retinoic acid be used during pregnancy.
Retinoids - Accutane is a retinoid used for treatment of severe acne, but other medications containing retinoids are used to treat psoriasis and certain forms of blood cancer. The March of Dimes offers the iPledge program where women who are of childbearing age can pledge they will not become pregnant while taking these risky medications.
Skin Bleaching - Skin bleaching creams contain hydroquinone. This ingredient is listed as a category C pregnancy risk. This means animals have had fetal side effects associated with consumption or use of hydroquinone. Though no human studies have proven human fetal birth defects, women should err on the side of caution when choosing skin care products during pregnancy.
There are healthy alternative beauty treatments approved for use during pregnancy. When in doubt about a beauty product, contact your obstetrician or take the product to your next prenatal check-up. Many skin care products contain toxic and risky ingredients that can affect fetal health for a lifetime.

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Amos Grunebaum M.D. is a practicing obstetrician and gynecologist in one of the top 10 hospitals in the United States. In addition to providing pregnant women researched information on pregnancy at, Amos specializes in pregnancy beauty treatments.
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Tuesday, March 07, 2017


Many women don't suspect they are pregnant because they experience bleeding which leads them to believe they are getting their period.  Bleeding during pregnancy is surprisingly common for a multitude of reasons.
  • First, hormonal changes can cause something called"breakthrough bleeding" even when you are actually pregnant.  This bleeding can follow the normal hormonal ups and downs you experience in your monthly cycle.  It can be very confusing, but usually the bleeding is lighter and somewhat different than an actual period.  Additionally, if your progesterone is too low, your uterus may not be able to maintain the uterine lining which could be problematic in pregnancy.
  • Implantation spotting is also quite common.  I had bleeding with all my pregnancies.  However, the spotting was usually darker in color than a normal period.  If the bleeding is bright red, this could be a sign of trouble.  Implantation spotting usually only lasts a few days, however, even with my successful pregnancy, I spotted the full first trimester
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  • Ectopic pregnancy can cause bleeding also.  I also had an ectopic pregnancy and I did feel pain, even before it ruptured.  Pregnancy really shouldn't be painful, so if you are experiencing pain, you should get it checked out.  
  • Miscarriage will of course cause bleeding.  Many times the bleeding starts light and when the uterine contents are expelled, it can get quite heavy.  One of my miscarriages included quite heavy bleeding which ended with the passage of some tissue.  The cramping was quite severe. 



Sunday, March 05, 2017


What is a patron saint?  It is a saint who protects or guides a person or place.

Saint Gerard is known as the saint to pray to not just for fertility, but also for pregnancy and motherhood.  Majella's last recorded miracle is one that many credit toward his becoming the patron of expectant mothers. Shortly before his death, Majella encountered a young girl. He had dropped his handkerchief and she set out to return it, only to be told to keep it. Majella told her she "may need it
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someday." Years after Majella's passing, the young girl became married and with child. She unexpectedly went into labor and was on the verge of losing her baby. She called for Majella's handkerchief to be applied to her. Almost immediately, her pain abated and she proceeded to give birth to a healthy child.



Thursday, March 02, 2017


What Does Your Baby Hear before and after birth?

I've always been amazed how children love to move to music.
There may be a reason they pick up the beat so easily. Here is an article about how we might be wired for rhythm. Read more:

McMaster University auditory development specialist Laurel Trainor agreed with Honing that beat induction underlies musical rather than linguistic faculties, but cautioned that it could still be learned albeit much earlier than expected.

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"Infants are hearing from the sixth prenatal month," she said. "They are certainly getting a lot of
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experience with rhythmic sounds before birth, such as the mother’s heartbeat," and even loud music.
But whether in our hearts or learned from a mother’s heart, beat induction’s musical essence raises questions about the purpose of music.

Perhaps, write Honing and colleagues, musical capacity provides some as-yet-unidentified evolutionary advantage, with the ability to process it a basic part of humanity’s biological heritage.

"I’d be very intrigued to go one step up and see if babies are also sensitive to meter, as opposed to only beat induction," he said. "I’d like to see if they can appreciate the difference between a 2/4 and 4/4
beat, or a march and a waltz."

Sunday, February 26, 2017


Pregnancy Over 40 C-Sections And Stature Related

It's not always fair, but the world and our biology doesn't always cater to shorter people.
 Even in childbirth, shorter stature may be statistically associated with a higher c-section rate. I'm a petite person myself, but the good news is, I had a normal delivery. So, take statistics with a grain of salt. Read more about the study on C-Sections and Stature:

Results. The Caesarean section rate was 17.7%. Beside newborn
somatometric characteristics, such as head dimensions and birth weight, maternal
stature was significantly associated with the rate of caesarean section. 

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With decreasing maternal stature the risk of Caesarean sections increased significantly.
Especially among short and very short women 
maternal stature had a significant impact on the mode of delivery, while, in
contrast, no significant associations between the mode of delivery and maternal
age, prepregnancy weight status, pregnancy weight gain as well as pelvic dimensions
were found.
Conclusion. Short stature is significantly associated with the risk of
Caesarean delivery.

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Monday, February 20, 2017


Pregnancy Over 40, Breast Changes

Sore breasts can definitely be one of the first signs of pregnancy.
I had sore breasts as early as day 25-26 of my cycle for most of my pregnancies. However, I've also had sore breasts right before my period was about to start. So, If you're trying to figure out if your pregnant, there's probably a few other factors to take into account as explained in this article:

Before you’ve even carried out a home pregnancy test, you may be alerted to the possibility by feeling a sense of heaviness in the breasts, or perhaps noticed some swelling. These symptoms are particularly noticeable at bedtime when you’re attempting to get comfortable, or when you are carrying out your normal exercise routine. The new buxom you could be expecting a visit from the
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proverbial stork.

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Pregnancy sets a number of processes in motion in a woman’s body. The change in hormones can cause breast tenderness, darkening of the nipples and an overall increase in sensation in the area. These changes will start to occur from as early as one to two weeks following conception.

Be advised, however, that increased breast soreness can be a symptom of PMT, and your wish to become pregnant could be heightening your awareness of the sensations.

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Wednesday, February 15, 2017


Yoga and Pregnancy: Let's Get Down Dog!

Guest Post By Liza D Janda

Whether you are a few weeks or a few months pregnant, you are going to want to keep building your strength, because whether you're ready or not you are growing another human being throughout this pregnancy, which along with labor takes energy and strength.  Prenatal Yoga helps to build strength and stability in your upper and lower body, legs, and back. Building strength in these areas helps tremendously in carrying that added weight, in preventing back pain in pregnancy, and will help compensate for the balance changes that will quickly be headed your way!

Have you been feeling a bit clumsy lately? Welcome to pregnancy!
Between the extra pounds and surging hormones, you may have been feeling a little wobbly. Yoga
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will help tremendously during these changes; from your weight, to body shape, to recovery after birth. There are many different poses to help with balance and strength. One of the more celebrated poses is Downward Facing Dog (Adho Mukha Savanasa). This pose uses every muscle in your body as it stretches and tones. It also helps your baby move in to a head-down position with the aid of gravity. It takes pressure off the pelvic floor and lower back as you support your own body weight with your arms, legs, and core muscles.
Back Pains:
If you're newly pregnant you may not have any complaints about back pain in pregnancy yet, but in no time it will make an ugly appearance. Most moms will attest to this.
Back pain in pregnancy usually increases as your uterus and baby grow, which causes more forward pull on your back, known as "Lordosis". If you are experiencing this, I am sure that exercise is the last thing you think you want to do, but prenatal yoga can actually prevent this pain and make it go away altogether with regular practice. If you do only one thing, try the Cow and Cat Stretch sequence (Bitilasana).  Get on your hands and knees and arch your back as you inhale, and round your back on the exhale. It feels great!
It's only natural to get nervous or have anxiety about labor, especially for a first baby. It doesn't help that everyone and their moms have some drama-filled birth story to tell you.  Believe it or not, yoga's practice of deep abdominal breathing helps you relax, and relieve anxiety. It causes your body to produce endorphins and reduce your perception of pain.
You will learn to be in tune with your breathing, recognizing every breath you take, in and out. The calm atmosphere with peaceful music playing sets the stage. All of your worries will soon disappear as you learn to enjoy the moment. This serenity actually leads to a deeper bond with your baby, knowing every breath you take, every beat of your heart nourish and nurture both you and your baby.
Not only can yoga increase your strength, it can also help you to have an easier birth.
Prenatal yoga is amazing for helping to open your hips. There are many positions and stretches you will learn throughout your classes that will prepare you and your baby for birth, helping your baby drop into the right position for labor and help with the pushing phase of labor and birth.
What Have You Got To Lose?
Here's a short list: anxiety, back pain, sciatica pain, pregnancy discomfort. You will gain confidence in yourself and your body as you prepare for labor. Maybe you'll make new friends when you will meet a handful of pregnant moms who are experiencing all the same things you are. So, mamas, get going. You are going to love it! "Let's Get Down Dog!"

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Monday, February 13, 2017


Pregnancy Over 40, Our Generation

Mitch Miller, Lawrence Welk, Ed Sullivan, Sherrie Lewis (Lambchop,)...if you know who I'm talking about you must be somewhere in my age range. I often feel privileged to have had a baby later in life. Not only do I know all of the above entertainers, but I know I'm going to know everything about the new hip entertainers as my daughter grows up. She's not only going to teach me what's "cool", but she's going to keep me active.

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You know the old saying..."kids keep you young". I do believe that's true. I frequently run into people I went to school with with since I live very close to where I grew up. I must say many of them have "old people!" Most are empty nesters with their kids off to college or even married. Some have become grandparents (with grandkids older than my daughter). I guess they feel entitled to kick back and observe life rather than getting out there and living it. It's almost like I have redefined my peer group. I now hang out with other (younger) moms and I never bring up my age (afterall, it is just a number).
let their age get the best of them. Not only have they slid into "frumpyhood", but they're acting like

Yes, there are times I would like to sit in my recliner and watch TV without the constant noise and interruption. I've learned to record the few things I care to see and watch it after my daughter goes to bed. What's so great about watching TV anyway???
Us older parents are more motivated to stay in shape and take care of we are around to see our grandchildren. Statistically speaking, women who have their first child over the age of 40 are four times more likely to live to be 100!

Thursday, February 09, 2017


When I was trying to conceive, I became an expert in monitoring my body for any possible sign of pregnancy.  Yes, it's possible that I read too much into every little ache or pain or flutter in my stomach, however I went through many failed pregnancies before I finally had my successful pregnancy which led to the birth of my daughter.  I did find there were some symptoms that were
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definitely associated with pregnancy and not just the run-of-the-mill PMS symptoms that you might feel the week before or a few days before you get your period.  It's amazing how such a microscopic change in your body can produce such pronounced physical changes.  One woman from my infertility support group actually said she felt herself conceive!

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Monday, February 06, 2017


Common Reasons For Pregnancy Nausea in Third Trimester

Guest Post By Lisa C Packer

For most pregnant women, nausea and vomiting are most likely to develop in the first month or two of pregnancy and start tapering off by the end of the first trimester-by week 18 at the outside. But as many as 20 percent of women may find that their symptoms of pregnancy nausea lasting into the third trimester, and 5 percent experience nausea and vomiting right up to delivery.
For some women, morning sickness stops after a few weeks at the start of their pregnancy, only to return again around week 27 or after. Still other women have no nausea at all in early stages, and are quite surprised to find it developing in the last three months.

Of course, at any time, a sudden onset of nausea and vomiting can be due to a virus or other illness. Especially if it is accompanied by diarrhea, it could be the flu or food poisoning. If such symptoms are severe at any time during pregnancy, it's important to be wary of dehydration and make sure to
replenish the fluids being lost.
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Starting around week 27, hormone activity tends to pick up again, after having leveled off somewhat for most women during the mid-stages of pregnancy. Women who maintain high levels of the hCG hormone are particularly likely to find that their NVP also continues throughout pregnancy.

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Another instigator of nausea and vomiting the later stages of pregnancy is simply the size of the growing fetus. At this time it's most common for nausea to strike immediately after a meal, often accompanied by heartburn. As the baby gets bigger, the uterus exerts more pressure on the stomach causing heartburn and nausea when the stomach is filled. At this point, stomach capacity is even smaller, and it's even more important to stick to smaller meals to reduce this stress.
So nausea in the third trimester isn't necessarily unusual or worrisome. However, there are a couple of serious late-pregnancy liver diseases that can also lead to nausea and vomiting, including acute fatty liver of pregnancy and HELLP syndrome. Though both of these ailments are truly rare, they are also life-threatening if untreated. For this reason, doctors now recommend that any woman experiencing nausea and vomiting accompanied by upper abdominal pain and "malaise" in the third trimester of pregnancy have her liver enzymes and renal function evaluated, along with a complete blood count.
Also, any woman who is experiencing nausea and vomiting in combination with severe headaches, facial swelling, sudden swelling, abdominal pain, and visual disturbances (e.g., seeing spots) should call her physician immediately. These are signs of preeclampsia, an illness that can develop quite rapidly anytime after the 20th week of pregnancy and that affects as many as 8 percent of pregnancies. Preeclampsia can cause strokes and kidney damage, liver failure, blot clots, fluid in the lungs, seizures, and even death of both the child and the mother.
There is one final factor that can lead to nausea in late pregnancy-though in this instance it is a bit easier to diagnose. If nausea, vomiting and diarrhea coincide with cramps, backache, pelvic pressure, and contractions occurring less than 10 minutes apart, labor has begun.
While not uncommon, then, nausea late in any pregnancy merits a consultation with your care provider. In most cases there are ordinary and harmless reasons for it, but there is an outside chance that is a symptom of one of these several serious illnesses that occasionally arise during the late weeks of pregnancy.
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