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Wednesday, May 31, 2017


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.

Monday, May 29, 2017


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.

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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
 Hannah Bajor. C.N.M.,M.S.N.
Certified Nurse Midwife
Pregnancy Success Coach

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Thursday, May 25, 2017


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
 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". 


Monday, May 22, 2017


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 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

Friday, May 19, 2017


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

Tuesday, May 16, 2017


 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:


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


Sunday, May 14, 2017


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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Thursday, May 11, 2017


Pregnancy and Fertility Over 40, Zinc May Help

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

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


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

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

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Tuesday, May 09, 2017


Reiki and Your Unborn Child

By Bronwen Stiene

We were living and teaching Reiki in Darjeeling, India, when we decided to try for a child. Straight after conception I placed my hands on Bronwen's sacral chakra, the area of the ovaries and a tremendous heat was channeled into the womb and it felt as of I was helping the seeds of life. This was the first contact that I had with my child because we soon realised that Bronwen was pregnant. After a 10 year relationship we had imagined that it would take a much longer period before she became pregnant, but we were now both sure that the Reiki energy was helping to speed things up.
I decided to do a daily Reiki session on our baby. It began to feel as if I was a part of the baby and of Bronwen, who had a deeper connection than I did with our new child. When I placed my hands on the womb I immediately sensed a beautiful energy streaming into our baby and I felt overwhelmed
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with emotions which I never knew I had.



I would love to promote Reiki as a means of helping couples to cope with pregnancy and as a way of supporting husbands to become more involved as this is a special time for sharing and communicating with each other, for all three of you.
Men are often overlooked as being important in the pregnancy - or at least many feel this way. If they were to practise Reiki they would have no excuse not to take part and already show their child love and support.
Hands can be placed on the Mother's uterus - on the baby - with the intention that energy moves freely to wherever the baby requires it at that moment in its life. The father can also do Reiki on the mother to offer his support for her. And lastly the father can also offer energy to himself. Everyone needs support and love and fathers are no different.
During childbirth I also used Reiki as a technique for releasing tension and stress (when Bronwen allowed me!). I placed my hands on her tailbone and gave energy, when I felt that I couldn't do much I sent her energy as well. It was wonderful to feel that even this process - the birth - was something that I could be involved and supportive in.
For me it felt like I was more a part of the pregnancy and birth. When our baby finally arrived and we touched each other's skin it was with recognition as we had already known each other's energies.
Reiki Masters Frans and Bronwen Stiene (pronounced stee-nuh) are authors of the internationally acclaimed The Reiki Sourcebook, The Japanese Art of Reiki, Reiki Techniques Card Deck and the A-Z of Reiki and are the founders of the International House of Reiki.
Their website is the which is full of lots of articles and research into Reiki.
With over 16 years of combined experience as practitioners, teachers and speakers in healing and spirituality they have worked with, taught and researched healing in the USA, Europe, Asia, Australia and Japan. They are teachers whose passion is truth, education, support and spiritual development for all.Article Source:

Sunday, May 07, 2017


Pregnancy Over 40 and All The Worry!

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

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

Friday, May 05, 2017


Miscarriage and Stress

I've written countless posts on stress, infertility and miscarriage.  The medical community frequently denies a link between stress and miscarriage, although most sources now acknowledge that stress can affect hormones.
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The stress hormone "cortisol" can rob the body of progesterone, which is needed not just to get pregnant and maintain your uterine lining, but it is needed throughout pregnancy ("progesterone = pro-gestation"
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researchers are recognizing that there are two facets to the link between stress and miscarriage. One is that a stressful life can contribute to miscarriage. The other is that the stress of multiple miscarriages can make subsequent miscarriages more likely.

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

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

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


Thursday, May 04, 2017


Pregnancy Over 40, Pregnancy Bleeding

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

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

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


Monday, May 01, 2017


Pregnancy Over 40, Infant Brain Development

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


From The Article:

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

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

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

from: MSN/Newsweek

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