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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:
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Thursday, June 22, 2017

HOW FETAL GROWTH CAN LEAD TO CHILDHOOD ASTHMA

Pregnancy and Infant Growth:  Asthma Connection

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

From the article:

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

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

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

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

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

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

from:  bbc.co.uk

Sunday, June 18, 2017

CAN EATING BEEF HARM YOUR PREGNANCY/BABY?

Pregnancy Over 40 Watch Your Beef Consumption

I was a vegetarian for many years, but I started eating meat because I though it could help me get pregnant (I've read conflicting information about whether or not meat hurts or helps).
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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.  
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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.


sciencedaily

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

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