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Thursday, March 23, 2017

YEAST INFECTIONS AND PREGNANCY

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:

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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.


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Tuesday, March 21, 2017

VAGINAL EXAMS IN PREGNANCY WHAT DO THEY MEASURE?

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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From the article:

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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
(from: www.childbirth.org)

Sunday, March 19, 2017

ENDOMETRIOSIS, CONCEPTION AND PREGNANCY

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.
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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.
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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
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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 www.BerkleyCenter.com.
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Thursday, March 16, 2017

GO FORTH AND MULTIPLY ON ST PATRICK'S DAY!

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 http://www.saintpatrickcentre.com/saint_patrick.php.
For a copy of St Patrick's powerful prayer of protection-the breastplate prayer go to http://www.knowledgeofgodsperfectlove.com/p/st-patricks-powerful-prayer-breastplate.html.
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

HOW THE UTERUS PRODUCES ITS OWN ESTROGEN

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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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.

;from:
news.illinois.edu

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Friday, March 10, 2017

THE SAFETY OF LOTIONS AND BEAUTY PRODUCTS IN PREGNANCY

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.

 

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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
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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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Tuesday, March 07, 2017

CAN YOU GET A PERIOD DURING PREGNANCY?

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. 

SEE ALSO:  THINGS YOU MAY NOT KNOW ABOUT MISCARRIAGE, PREGNANCY LOSS AND BLEEDING 

 

Sunday, March 05, 2017

PATRON SAINT GERARD FOR PREGNANCY AND MOTHERHOOD

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.

 

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Thursday, March 02, 2017

HOW DO BABIES HEAR MUSIC BEFORE AND AFTER BIRTH?

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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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." 

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