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Monday, December 31, 2018



There is a profile of women who want to have a baby over 40

I previously ran a women's support group for women and couples struggling with infertility for my local infertility organization. Most women (and men) were in their late 30's and 40's and they all started nodding when I spoke about the "infertility profile". Here are some factors we all seem to have in common - see if they apply to you:
1. Career Oriented - enjoy being in a high ranking position
2. Delayed marriage and childbearing to pursue career or other personal interests
3. Somewhat of a perfectionist
4. Perhaps had a less than perfect upbringing or volatile relationship with parents or family
5. Approval Addict (the need for others to recognize that you're doing a good job)
6. Hard worker - always meet deadlines and you may sacrifice your needs for your job
7. Eventually succeed in everything you do (except getting pregnant - at least for the time being!)

My problems with infertility stemmed from my childhood

Well, I can say without a doubt that all of the above factors are NOT consistent with getting pregnant.
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In hindsight, I can say that many of my problems with infertility stemmed from my childhood. I was a bit of a forgotten child (even though most people thought I had a great family) and I spent the rest of my life trying to prove to everyone how "worthy" I was. I pursued a career in a responsible position and I was always considered "the best" at whatever I did. I worked hard at the expense of my health and work became an escape where I didn't have to face that I wasn't happy with my life. When I wanted to get pregnant, my previous "mode of operation" didn't work anymore. When you're in the whirlwind of the corporate pressure cooker, you really don't have time to look within. I finally had to learn how to put me first and I had to take a good look at everything I was running from.

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These are some of the major changes I had to make in my life:
1. I quit my high stress job (which wasn't easy since the "golden shackles" had really built up after 19 years!)
2. I changed my diet - When I worked in the corporate world, I usually had coffee for breakfast and I gulped my lunch down between crises at work. I started eating foods that promote hormonal balance and overall health.
3. I started a program of visualization and meditation which not only helped to reduce my stress level, but it helped me to actually "see" and create my future
4. I confronted my less than perfect childhood and upbringing - I'm convinced that the root of my fertility problems started when I was an unwanted child born to parents that were unequipped to deal with another addition to the family.
5. I finally realized that I am "worthy" just because I am. I didn't have to prove anything to anybody.
If you're trying to conceive and you fit the "profile" I've outlined above, take a good look at your life. Making changes now could make you a much happier person and you just might get pregnant!

Monday, December 24, 2018




When I ran an infertility support group, there were many Christian women and couples who looked to the bible for support and guidance. I said many prayers on the road to parenthood and I know many women and couples who are trying to get pregnant describe it as one of the most difficult times of their lives. It is comforting to fall back on your faith when experiencing such a frustrating and seemingly hopeless situation. I have readers from all over the world with different belief systems. However, many people wonder what the bible says about infertility and if there are bible stories of women who were infertile and how they dealt with it. Although I did have a Christian upbringing, most of my religious education was through the Catholic church which is not known for bible reading like other religions. Since I certainly can't claim to be a biblical scholar, I am including this guest post from Veronica Anusionwu which has a three part series on biblical stories of infertility. I hope it helps those of you interested:

By Veronica Anusionwu Many of you have prayed all year for God to take away the miscarriage and infertility that has troubled you and give you your own child. Low sperm count may have been an issue that has troubled you and stopped you from having your own child. You may have done all you know to do in the physical yet have no answer to your problems. It looks like God has forsaken you.
It looks like heaven has become brass in your case. In times like these what can I do? You may ask?
Today I want us to visit the Bible and see someone who faced the problem of unanswered prayer and how she finally overcame it.
In the book of 1 Samue1- 1:11, I found an unanswered prayer. A woman named Hannah was offering this prayer. It becomes obvious upon close observation that she had been praying this prayer for a long time. If you will notice, her prayer is not unscriptural It is simply unanswered. All she wants is a child. However, no child is born. Day and night she cried out to God to bless her womb and enable her become pregnant with her own child, but nothing happened.
The Bible tells us that Hannah is a faithful child of the Most High God. She and her husband go to Shiloh and worship God each time there is a feast. During those pilgrimages they always make the proper sacrifices and give generously to the work of the Lord in Shiloh.
Since we know that Hannah is a faithful worshiper of Almighty God, it is only reasonable to believe she is also a woman of prayer. Because of her great desire to have a son, we know she is constantly praying to conceive. No doubt she rises early every morning with this special prayer request, "Oh, God, give me a Son!"
Like so many out there she keeps at it, Lord, take away this miscarriage, take away this infertility from my life! Visit my womb with a child. Surely she continues to call out to the Lord Almighty every single day yet nothing seemed to be happening.
Everyone in the house knows her prayer by heart. I am sure she has asked all her family and neighbours again and again to agree with her that she will become pregnant. All the angels of heaven know her desire. To put it bluntly, everyone in heaven and earth seems to have heard her prayer - that is, everyone except God. Here we see the most heart-breaking kind of prayer. It is an unanswered prayer!
The Bible tells us that sorrow over her unanswered petition finally causes her to stop eating, "In bitterness of soul Hannah wept much and prayed to the LORD".
At this point she makes a radical change in the way she prays. Driven by desperation, she makes one last, violent attempt to move God's hand. Thank God, she has the sense to throw tradition to the wind and boldly take hold of that which is rightfully hers! Child of God, don't be turned off by the thought of taking violent action in prayer, for the violent leap of faith almost always brings deliverance, especially when your heaven has turned to brass.We can see the desperation in Hannah's heart in the unusual way she forms her prayer. Her approach to God totally disregards tradition. The words she speaks can be described only as spiritual violence. It did not matter to her any more what anybody had to say.
Hannah's new way of praying swiftly moves God's mighty hand to her point of need. The Bible tells us that within hours of praying, she becomes pregnant. Take a moment, and read her most unusual prayer. (Continue reading in Part 2)
Veronica Anusionwu has devoted a great part of her life to bringing spiritual solutions from the bible to teach women how to get pregnant using God's word. She is the author of "Woman You Are Not Infertile" and "Man You Are Not Infertile, books which have helped many couples overcome male and female infertility. Her book "Who Said You Are Too Old To Conceive" will surely be a blessing to women having difficulty conceiving. Sign up for her free weekly newsletter by visiting http://www.Lwhpublications.org
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Are You Trying to Get Pregnant? Here are Amazing Biblical Keys to Help You! Part 2
By Veronica Anusionwu
Hannah's Prayer:
"she made a vow, saying, O LORD Almighty, if you will only look upon your servant's misery and remember me, and not forget your servant but give her a son, then I will give him to the LORD for all the days of his life, and no razor will ever be used on his head, 1 Samuel 1:11.
In her prayer she openly accuses God of forgetting her and refusing to help her conceive. She dares to bargain with Him for an answer. She talks to God the way a child will talk to a father. She talks to God like one who has a relationship with Him. She knows God's Word does tell us He chooses to be reminded of his word, for the Bible says in, Isaiah 49:14-16.
"But Zion said, The LORD has forsaken me, the Lord has forgotten me. Can a mother forget the baby at her breast and have no compassion on the child she has borne? Though she may forget, I will not forget you! See, I have engraved you on the palms of my hands; your walls are ever before me".
I hope you caught the significance of what you just read? The Bible says your name is tattooed on the palm of God's hand. He has placed it there as a reminder so that He won't forget you. Furthermore, He plainly asks you to remind Him of his word. God wants us to remind Him of our needs, our wants and our desires.
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Be assured that Hannah's new-found way of prayer does not contradict God's Word. She simply expresses her true feelings about her situation and how she feels forgotten by God. She literally storms heaven for an answer. She demands an answer from her God, and she gets one.
She Bargains With God
If you carefully study the next part of her prayer, you will see that she actually bargains with God for an answer.
Hannah's Prayer:
"she made a vow, saying, O LORD Almighty, if you will only look upon your servant's misery and
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remember me, and not forget your servant but give her a son, then I will give him to the LORD for all the days of his life, and no razor will ever be used on his head,1 Samuel 1:11. She gives her unborn child as a gift to God in faith.
Please make a mental note of the extreme value of her gift. It is very precious, for it will be her first-born son. Don't let the thought of mixing your giving and praying together disturb you. It is not unscriptural to strengthen prayer by adding something to it. Many times I always encourage people to strengthen their prayers with their giving, sow your seed into a good ground. If you are believing God to help you become pregnant sow into a ministry that God is using in the earth for such cause. Bless the orphans and give specifically by faith towards your heart's desire. Hannah did it and it moved Gods hand.
Hi, I'm Veronica Anusionwu, the author of, "Woman You Are Not Infertile" a book that has helped many women trying to get pregnant conceive, Sign up for my weekly newsletter that will teach you how to overcome problems conceiving by visiting http://www.beautifulandpregnant.com
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Are You Trying to Have a Baby? Here are Amazing Biblical Keys to Help You! Part 3
By Veronica Anusionwu
Fasting Added to Prayer
Once the Lord Jesus himself instructed his disciples to add something to one of their unanswered prayers. If you remember, He told them to add fasting when prayer alone had failed. "And he said unto them, this kind can come forth by nothing, but by prayer and fasting". Mark 9:29.
This is what Hannah did - she added giving to her prayers. You too can do the same. Note how swiftly God's hand moves when Hannah boldly adds giving to her prayer! Notice carefully the decisive steps that bring her the answer.
- First, she makes a vow (a strong promise)
- Second, she asks that she be no longer forgotten
- Third, she adds sacrificial giving to her prayers
Let's look at her prayer one more time. I want you to have no doubt about what I am saying:
"she made a vow, saying, O LORD Almighty, if you will only look upon your servant's misery and remember me, and not forget your servant but give her a son, then I will give him to the LORD for all the days of his life, and no razor will ever be used on his head, 1 Samuel 1:11.
God remembers her, "Early the next morning they arose and worshiped before the LORD and then went back to their home at Ramah. Elkanah lay with Hannah his wife, and the LORD remembered her, 1 Samuel 1:19.
There you have it in black and white! God states that Hannah's new line of prayer reminded Him of her need. I want you to notice further how quickly her answer comes. As Soon as she returns home she conceives.
While Hannah's prayer may disturb some it is evident that it pleased God. Notice that in just a few days years of unanswered prayer have ended. The miracle does not stop there.
The Bible says that after Hannah gave Samuel to the Lord's work the Lord visited Hannah in a second pregnancy "the LORD was gracious to Hannah; she conceived and gave birth to three sons and two daughters. Meanwhile, the boy Samuel grew up in the presence of the LORD" I Samuel 2:21.
Veronica Anusionwu has devoted a great part of her life to bringing spiritual solutions from the bible to teach women how to get pregnant using God's word. She is the author of "Woman You Are Not Infertile" and "Man You Are Not Infertile," books which have helped many couples overcome male and female infertility. Her book "Who Said You Are Too Old To Conceive" will surely be a blessing to women having difficulty conceiving. Sign up for her free weekly newsletter by visiting http://www.Lwhpublications.org.

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Thursday, December 20, 2018



After years of struggling with infertility and miscarriage, I finally conceived my daughter. I had a perfectly normal pregnancy and a perfectly normal delivery at the age of 44. But I have to admit, I was scared out of my mind. I guess I was overeducated on the subject of "pregnancy over 40" because, at the time I believed all these terrible things were going to happen to me.

There's so much negative information about getting pregnant over the age of 40

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Unfortunately, there is so much negative information out there that I was sure I was going to have gestational diabetes, preeclampsia, premature delivery or a c-section. Even if my pregnancy made it all the way through, I was petrified of having a baby with chromosomal abnormalities, birth defects, or some other horrific abnormality. Isn't that a shame? I spent so many years trying to get pregnant and when I finally succeeded, I was gripped with terror the entire time. My well-meaning doctors and other healthcare professionals didn't help matters either. I had numerous ultrasounds, consultations with perinatologists, and I was monitored to no end! As hard as they tried, they just couldn't find
anything wrong.
Much to everyone's surprise, I was just another normal pregnant women who just happened to be 44! The moral of the story? Be as healthy as you can be. Getting pregnant over the age of 40, can be a perfectly normal and healthy experience. As a matter of fact, women over 40 who get pregnant at a healthy weight and with a healthy lifestyle really don't have that many more complications than younger women. Since writing my book and researching the subject of "pregnancy over 40" I have come across numerous articles, and success stories about women conceiving naturally over 40 and even 50. Does it take older women longer to get pregnant? Yes, it probably does, but it's not impossible.

Many Women Get Pregnant Over 40 By surprise

May women over the age of 40 have been so conditioned by the media to think they are infertile at their age. They don't think they need birth control anymore and they get pregnant by surprise. Sadly, many of these pregnancies are terminated because they were unexpected. The rate of unexpected pregnancies in women over the age of 40 is second only to teenagers! This should be encouraging if you're trying to conceive over 40. The same good advice applies to women of all ages. Eat well, watch your weight, drink lots of water, and get plenty of rest. Oh, by the way, be careful what you read!

Sunday, December 16, 2018



Prolactin is a hormone which is best known for being responsible for milk production in lactating mothers. However, it is a hormone that is present in both men and women. When prolactin is elevated, it affects ovulation and menstrual cycles. This is why you've probably heard that breastfeeding women can't get pregnant (although this is not 100% true, many lactating women do get pregnant). Prolactin can have an effect on other hormones involved witht the reproductive system. Prolactin supresses FSH (follicle stimulating hormone) and another hormone called GnRH (gonadotropin releasing hormone) which are necessary for ovulation.

If you are trying to conceive, and you have elevated prolactin (unrelated to pregnancy), this could be problematic because of the suppressed FSH and GnRH. Hyperprolactinemia, can also cause discharge from the breasts. Men may also experience infertility as a result of elevated prolactin. It can lead to problems with sperm production and erectile dysfunction.
If you have symptoms of hyperprolactinemia, of course, you should talk with your doctor because there are certain tumors that can cause this condition and it can be caused or made worse from some prescription medications. Women with thyroid disorders or PCOS may also be at higher risk for elevated prolactin.

However, in addition to medical therapy, there are natural ways to deal with this condition. They include:

1. Eating foods high in vitamin B6 - this includes chicken, salmon, potatoes, spinach

2. Increasing intake of zinc - you may take a supplement or eat foods like beef and beans which are natural sources of zinc

3. Vitex or Chasteberry

4. Vitamin E (this may work even better if combined with vitamin B6 as mentioned above)

5. Eating foods high in phytoestrogens - The theory here is that higher estrogen levels will supress prolactin. Phytoestrogens are plant based estrogens which are weaker than the ones produced by your body, but they are considered safer than synthetic estrogens which may be prescribed from your local pharmacy. These phytoestrogens bind with the estrogen receptors in your body so the stronger and sometimes more harmful estrogens can't get in. Phytoestrogens are thought to help reduce breast cancer and other estrogen dominant conditions. Foods high in phytoestrogens include: soy, flax seeds, many nuts like walnuts, almonds, pistachios, hazelnuts, Brazil nuts, many beans like kidney, chickpeas, green beans, and other foods like broccoli, cabbage and sprouts.
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Joan Lunden has been a role model for new mothers over 50. Many of us have watched Joan Lunden's growing family over the years with her twins she had over the age of 50. Now she has shown strength and is doing well overcoming her newest struggle with breast cancer. Joan proves that having babies at an older age is possible. She is an active mother who still finds a balance between family and career – even with two sets of young twins.

(see more about Joan Lunden here)
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Joan Lunden on her expanding family in her interview with people magazine:

"Even before I met Jeff, I really wanted to find somebody who wanted to have a family," Lunden told PEOPLE in 2003. As for the manner is which her household grew: "You usually only hear about surrogacy when there's a horror story (over custody). Word needs to get out that it is a viable option if done safely and correctly with a good agency so everyone is protected."

In her interview with Good Housekeeping, Joan said, "These days, when people try to warn Lunden that it’s going to be hard raising babies in her 50s, she quickly sets them straight. “I say, ‘What do you mean having kids now is going to be harder?’ In my 30s, I was up at 3:00 in the morning for GMA. When Jamie was seven, Lindsay was four, and Sarah a newborn, I was up in the middle of the night, breast-feeding and getting ready for the show. I was stretched to the max. Really, it couldn’t possibly be any harder than that. I barely remember buying baby furniture!”

Monday, December 10, 2018



Have you been told you need donor eggs? Many women are encouraged to consider donor eggs by fertility clinics. First, let me say that I personally know three women who had babies using donor eggs, and they collectively have five beautiful children. However, using donor eggs is a big decision which requires much thought. I was given the option of using donor eggs when I went through fertility treatments, however, aside from the exorbitant cost of paying for the donor and all the associated expenses, I couldn't get used to the idea of having a third party involved.
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Here are some things to think about when using donor eggs:

1. Many fertility clinics have age cut-offs for women in their 40's unless they're using donor eggs. If you have unexplained infertility in your 40's, donor eggs are probably going to work as well in a year or two from now as they will if you used them today (assuming you are in good health). TTC naturally may be worth a try first.

2. Before you embark on fertility treatment with donor eggs, you may want to think about what you
are going to tell relatives and friends about your child. Your child may not want everyone knowing that they were conceived with a donor egg.

3. Is the donor going to remain anonymous?
I know one couple who found their donor through an ad in the paper and they have a lengthy legal contract with the woman who donated the eggs. They all met and know each others names, etc.

4. What about the egg donor?
Many of these women are young college-age students, who may be lured in with the money and they don't really understand the risks of taking fertility drugs...knowing what I know now about fertility drugs and the complications I suffered, I would never put myself through that for any amount of money. I wouldn't want to put anyone else through it either.

5. I know at least two women from when I ran an infertility support group who were told to consider donor eggs. Both of these women ended up getting pregnant naturally. One was in the process of saving up for the procedure when she got pregnant on her own and the other had a similar situation. Using a donor is a big step, be sure you've exhausted all other possibilities first.

Monday, December 03, 2018



Since celebrities are constantly in the media and so many celebrity women and couples are having babies at older ages, they become role models and can change cultural attitudes about older motherhood. It seems our society is celebrity obsessed especially when it comes to having babies. We not only look at their appearance, but also their marital status, their weight before and after the pregnancy and, of course, their age. Celebrities are just regular people when they're not on camera. They have the same struggles as us “regular folk”. But I will say, I do pay attention to those celebrities who have babies over the age of 40. I remember when I was trying to conceive, Madonna had just given birth and she is almost exactly my age. I found this to be a source of inspiration even though I don't know whether or not she underwent fertility treatments.

Here is a list of celebrities who had their babies over 40. Some admit to fertility treatments and/or
surrogates, some had natural conceptions and pregnancies, and some keep their information private. In any event, they have joined the “over-40” and sometimes “over 50” club.


Gave birth to her second child at the age of 41

Susan Serandon

Gave birth to a son at the age of 42 and another at the age of 45

Brook Shields

Gave birth to her second child at the age of 40

Halle Berry

Gave had pregnancies at the age of 41 and 46

Sara Palin

Gave birth to her youngest son at the age of 44

Jayne Seymore

Gave birth to twin boys in her mid 40's
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Rachel Dratch

This Saturday Night Live actress had a surprise pregnancy with her boyfriend at the age of 44 and gave birth to a son.

Salma Hayek

Gave birth at the age of 41

Celine Dion

Had twin boys at the age of 42

Joan Lunden

Had Twins at the age of 50

Actress Monica Bellucci

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"This second pregnancy is just as fantastic but I wouldn't say I was an example to follow." Monica said that she had not used medical treatment to fall pregnant." "Maybe it's because my paternal grandmother had a child at 47 years old but I think I'm just lucky" she said

Lucille Ball

This classic comedic actress gave birth to her children at the age of 40 and 42. Of course this was before the days of fertility treatments (or birth control for that matter!)!

Laura Linney

Had baby at the age of 49 after her marriage at the age of 45

Geena Davis

Had a baby at 46 and subsequently had twins at 48!

Nicole Kidman

Had a baby at 41 (by surprise and after infertility and miscarriage) and subsequently had another via surrogate

Meryl Streep

Had her last child at the age of 41

Emma Thompson

Had a baby at 40

Marcia Gay Harden

Had twins at the age of 44

Christie Brinkley

This beautiful supermodel had two babies in her 40's

Annette Benning

Had her 4th child at the age of 42

Jane Kaczmarek

Had three babies in her 40's

Mariah Carey

Had twins at the age of 42

Beverly D'Angelo

Had twins at the age of 50!

Holly Hunter

Gave birth to twins at the age of 47

Helen Hunt

Gave birth at the age of 40

Model Iman

Gave birth at 44

Mimi Rogers

Gave birth at 45

Tina Fey

Became a first time mother at the age of 41

Nancy Grace

Gave birth to twins at the age of 47

Mira Sorvino

Had her third child at the age of 44

Marcia Cross

Give birth to twins at the age of 44

Cherie Blair

Gave birth to her last child at the age of 45

Mary Stuart Masterson

Had twins at 45 and had a baby two years prior

Molly Ringwold

Had twins at the age of 41

Kelly Preston (and John Travolta)

Had their last baby at the age of 48 after tragically losing their son Jett

Kim Fields

She had her second child naturally at the age of 44 after having difficulty conceiving and suffering a number of miscarriages

Saturday, December 01, 2018



You Can Attract A Baby Into Your Life

I used to ask myself, "why can't I have a baby?" all the time. If you were a new soul ready to make your journey into the world (or in this case – into the womb), wouldn’t you prefer to come into an environment that was calm, peaceful and receptive? Take a look at your inner feelings...how would you assess your current state of mind?

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When you’re struggling with infertility, you’re usually in a place of anger, disappointment, jealousy, and frustration. Is this the environment you would choose to start your life? Honestly, I think that’s one reason that some couples get pregnant after giving up their dreams of having a family or after deciding to adopt. They finally let go of their ill feelings and move into acceptance. They quit trying
to force things into place which makes room for success. Believe me, you can’t force babies into anything. They will do things in their own time, on their own schedule. This happened to me. After giving up on fertility treatments and even giving up on trying naturally (I told my support group that I was moving on to "childfree")....I got pregnant. I had a totally normal pregnancy and totally normal delivery despite only having one fallopian tube and being the ripe old age of 44.

After realizing that I was in control of my body and my mind, I quit asking "why can't I have a baby?" I started using visualization to create my reality. I would picture my baby in my mind. I would hold her, I would play with her, and I could feel the love for her deep down in my soul. My visualizations were so strong that I would find myself smiling without even knowing it! When you have such loving thoughts, your mindset is automatically lifted and this becomes your point of attraction. Alternately, when you’re feeling angry and deprived, your point of attraction is heartache and pain and this is what you manifest in your life. I brought myself to a place where in my mind I already had a baby. If I saw other pregnant women, instead of being jealous, I would look at them and think, they have such a miracle inside of them, just like me. I planned out my maternity wardrobe, I planned my nursery, it was a done deal. When you’re in the right mindset it’s easy to succeed. It becomes hard to fail!

Don’t be afraid to picture success. Don’t fall into the trap of thinking you’re going to set yourself up for disappointment. These thoughts may be keeping you from the very thing you want so much. You can create what you want in your life whether it’s having a baby, or anything else. What do you have to lose by picturing your success? You may say to yourself that you don't want to get your hopes up just to fail over and over again, but your chances of success are so much greater when your mind is on board with your conscious desires. Start with a clean slate. Wipe your past failure from your mind and start a new way of thinking

Friday, November 30, 2018



Monitoring ovulation has never been an exact science and recent research has shown it’s even less so than previously thought. Many women ovulate or have the potential to ovulate more than once per month, so having intercourse at other times besides your predicted ovulation date could lead to conception. To further complicate the issue, one study found “in only about 30% of women is the fertile window entirely between days 10 and 17… women can reach their fertile window earlier and others much later. Women should be advised that the timing of their fertile window can be highly unpredictable, even if their cycles are usually regular.” (1)
When I tried taking my temperature to see when I was ovulating I found my temperature fluctuated
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so much I really couldn’t find a pattern. It was also difficult for me to remember to take my temperature at the same time every day. The other problem is that by the time it goes up, you may have already ovulated. Another study found “among healthy women trying to conceive, nearly all pregnancies can be attributed to intercourse during a six-day period ending on the day of ovulation”(2). So you can see if you wait for your temperature to go up, you've pretty much missed your fertile window.

I’ve talked with a number of doctors about the “temperature” method and they weren’t crazy about it. My first fertility doctor came out and said “it doesn’t work”. One way you could use the temperature method is to establish a pattern of your ovulation cycle day just so you can start planning intercourse well before then. For that reason, I have included the BBT method below.

BBT Charting To Establish A Pattern

1. Begin taking your temperature on the first day of your cycle (see above)
2. Take it the same time every day before you get out of bed in the morning and before you eat or drink anything (you will need to keep a thermometer and chart next to your bed and you may need to set an alarm)
3. Take your temperature orally using a digital thermometer (or check with your local drugstore for a special BBT thermometer)
4. Using a piece of graph paper (or a chart), record your temperature each day with temperature on the left (vertical) with each square representing .1 degree. Put the day on the bottom of the graph (horizontal)
5. After ovulation, your temperature should go up about .1 to .4 degrees. Although this is a small change, it is significant. Your temperature may stay elevated until you get your period again (pregnancy will also keep your temperature elevated.)
6. There might be a very slight dip in temperature immediately preceding ovulation

If you go back and analyze the chart after a month or two, you should see that the “follicular” temperatures (those before ovulation) should be lower and the “luteal” (after ovulation) temperatures should be higher. Again, there are pitfalls to this method because there are things unrelated to ovulation and pregnancy that can affect your BBT. Everything from illness, lack of sleep, too much heat or heated blankets, exhaustion and alcohol can all affect your temperature.

(1)Wilcox AJ, Dunson D, Baird DD., The timing of the "fertile window" in the menstrual cycle: day specific estimates from a prospective study, BMJ. 2000 Nov 18;321(7271):1259-62.
(2)Wilcox AJ, Weinberg CR, Baird DD,Timing of sexual intercourse in relation to ovulation. Effects on the probability of conception, survival of the pregnancy, and sex of the baby, N Engl J Med. 1995 Dec 7;333(23):1517-21.

Wednesday, November 28, 2018


Saint Gerard for Pregnancy, Fertility and Motherhood

There are stories in the Bible about women and couples who could not get pregnant. Whether or not you are Catholic, Saint Gerard Majella, is considered to be a powerful patron saint among others to help with infertility. He is known to be the saint to pray to for motherhood, fertility and pregnancy. I know many of my readers have different faiths, but sometimes a prayer can be comforting. It can help you let go for a little bit and it can give you a sense of relief that you are part of a bigger plan. 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 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.

For anyone interested, here is a prayer for motherhood and fertility to St. Gerard:

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O glorious St.Gerard, powerful intercessor before God, and wonder worker of our day, I call upon you and seek your help. You who always fulfilled God's will on earth, help those desiring to conceive to do God's holy will. Intercede with the Giver of Life from whom all parenthood proceeds, that they may conceive and raise children who will please God in this life, and be heirs to the Kingdom of Heaven. Amen.
Our Lady of Perpetual Help is frequently prayed to along with St. Gerard for those trying to conceive. The title, Our Lady of Perpetual Help seems to have originated around the thirteenth century. Traditionally, the image is also known as "Our Lady of Perpetual Succour". The icon depicts our Blessed Mother Mary, under the title "Mother of God", holding the Child Jesus. The Archangels Michael and Gabriel, hovering in the upper corners, hold the instruments of the Passion├»¿½ St. Michael (in the left corner) holds the spear, the wine-soaked sponge, and the crown of thorns, and St. Gabriel (in the right corner) holds the cross and the nails. In a very beautiful way, the Child Jesus grasps the hand of the Blessed Mother. He seeks comfort from His mother, as He sees the instruments of His passion. The position of Mary's hands both holding the Child Jesus and presenting Him to us conveys the reality of our Lord's incarnation, that He is the true God who became also true man. Many recorded miracles are attributed to Our Lady of Perpetual Help.

Friday, November 23, 2018



When I was trying to conceive over the age of 40, I was bombarded with all of the negative outcomes and statistics of how women over 40 suffer higher miscarriage rates, higher stillbirth rates and a higher rate of birth defects. I went out of my way to avoid reading about the doom and gloom of pregnancy over 40. When I finally got pregnant with my daughter, the well-meaning medical professionals added insult to injury by scaring me half to death by constantly reminding me that I was considered to be "advanced maternal age" and I had endless ultrasounds and every prenatal test in the
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book. I was counseled with genetic testing, and told that after my delivery (which could likely be a C-Section), I might need a hysterectomy if they couldn't get the placenta out. As it turns out, I had a completely normal pregnancy with absolutely no complications and a completely normal delivery with no interventions at all. Best of all, my daughter was completely perfect and still is (in my totally unbiased opinion!)

So, for the rest of you who are trying to conceive over 40 or if you are already pregnant over the age of 40, lets look at the facts about birth defects and other pregnancy complications:

What is the rate of Down Syndrome?

Most of the babies (80%) with Down Syndrome are born to women under the age of 35. If you are 40 years old, your chance of having a baby with Down Syndrome is only .8% and if you are 45 your chances are only 3.5%. So, yes, the risk increases, but it's not as high as you might be led to believe.

What is the rate of Miscarriage Over the Age of 40?

It's probably hard to get really good statistics about miscarriage. Many women have miscarriages and don't even know it, or they have a miscarriage and don't seek medical treatment (so the miscarriage is not counted in the statistics). Miscarriage is actually quite common for women of all ages. In the general population, the miscarriage rate is 20%. In women over 40, the rate is 25%. That's not a huge difference!

Do Women Over 40 Have More Pregnancy Complications or Worse Fetal Outcomes?

One of the biggest risk factors for pregnancy complications seems to be your weight rather than your age. According to the Life Issues Institute:

"in women of normal weight over 40, there was no difference in high blood pressure, no increase in large babies, no increase in fetal death rate, no more distress at delivery. Women of normal weight over 40 did have a little more diabetes and had a few more Caesarean sections. But their infant outcome was no different from that of the younger women."
Additionally, the American Journal of Perinatology found that even women over the age of 50 who became pregnant with donor eggs didn't have a significantly higher rate of complications than women under the age of 42 and actually do pretty well if they are motivated to take care of themselves and get good prenatal care.

Did You Know Some Birth Defects Are LESS Common in Women Over 40?

The Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine reported that major congenital malformations were 40% less likely in pregnant women over the age of 35. There were lower rates of brain, kidney and abdominal wall defects.

Women Having Babies Over 40 and Childhood Outcomes

A study funded by the Wellcome Foundation in Britain done by researchers at the Institute of Child Health, University College London and Birkbeck College, London, found:

"We have clear evidence that there are more desirable outcomes for children of older mothers compared with younger ages."

Children of older mothers were found to be less likely to need hospitalization or be in accidents. The study also looked at other outcomes like the child's ability to identify shapes, pictures, naming vocabulary and results of British IQ assessments. Children of older mothers had higher scores even after taking social class into account.

So the take away here is:
Yes, there are increases in miscarriage, Down Syndrome and some pregnancy complications in pregnant women over 40, however they are not huge increases. Probably the single most important thing you can do for yourself if you plan to get pregnant over the age of 40 is to bring your weight back into the normal range. This will help your blood pressure and decrease your chances of diabetes as well. See my series on foods for fertility, they are healthy, hormone regulating foods that, if eaten regularly will not only help maintain a normal weight, but they will also enhance your fertility.

Wednesday, November 21, 2018



Trying to get pregnant revolves around the most private of bodily functions. I was always quite embarrassed to talk about the fact that we were even trying. I have a neighbor who was very persistent about asking when we were going to have kids. Even though I kept my struggle with infertility rather private, I finally I told her we'd been trying for a number of years. Then she says, “have you seen a doctor?” I wanted to give some snide response like,
"Gee...we never thought of that...what a novel idea!".
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Instead I quietly said, “uhhh..yes, we're working on it.” Then comes the story about her friend who “Oh they've been trying for years....they want a baby more than anything”. On another occasion, a family member said at a gathering, “You should eat more, maybe that's why you're having such a hard time getting pregnant”. Don't these people realize that my reproductive history isn't in the “public domain”? Who are they to share my most private and sometimes embarrassing history? Fertility issues revolve around the most private bodily functions. Getting pregnant is all about egg quality, sperm counts, intercourse, menstrual cycles, etc. It doesn't get more private or personal than that.
saw a particular doctor and got pregnant on the first try. Even close friends and family members can unknowingly do or say hurtful things. Once a close friend of mine who knew of my struggle blurted out my very private and what I thought was confidential information in front of others.

"Have You Considered Adoption?”

And of course, there's the “have you considered adoption?” question . Now, for the record, I have nothing against adoption. I know plenty of people who've adopted and it has worked out beautifully. However, the decision to adopt is very personal and for someone else to throw it out there like we're not aware of it is frankly, insulting. It's almost like they're coming up with a quick and easy solution to a very complicated issue. After one of my miscarriages was diagnosed on ultrasound, the PA who was performing the procedure asked the “adoption” question. All I really needed at that moment was a shoulder to cry on, not advice on what was really none of her business.

Decide Up-Front How Much To Share and With Whom

So how do you deal with the questions that will inevitably come up? Consider the following:
  • Be prepared. Have two or three responses that your can always “pull out of your back pocket” when necessary. If you're going to see friends or family and you know the “children” question is a possibility, rehearse some possible come backs.
  • Decide up-front with your partner how much information you're willing to share and with whom.
  • If you do share information with others and you expect confidentiality, let them know before sharing that you do not want this information repeated.
  • If you don't want to discuss your infertility with friends and family, consider joining a support group. You will be in a safe confidential environment where everyone will understand your struggle and you can speak freely without the fear that your information will be repeated.

Monday, November 19, 2018



Many women and healthcare providers underestimate the importance of the thyroid gland when evaluating women for infertility. A number of lifestyle factors can influence how the thyroid functions. For instance, poor nutrition, high levels of stress, infections, exposure to environmental radiation, toxins and even fluoride can throw the thyroid out of whack. You may also have a genetic predisposition to thyroid irregularities.

If the thyroid is underperforming (hypothyroidism), a woman may have the following problems:
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-lack of ovulation
-short menstrual cycles
-hormone regulation problems like high prolactin, estrogen dominance, low progesterone

Hyperthyroidism (over-production)is less common and may require medication or possibly surgery. If it is left untreated and a woman becomes pregnant, it could lead to a number of pregnancy complications or miscarriage. If the thyroid is overproducing, you may be experiencing the following:
-feeling irritable or nervous
-weight loss
-rapid heartbeat

Based on my research, if you are experiencing the more common “hypothyroidism” there are ways you can treat it naturally. These include:
-Yoga poses that increase circulation to the area around the thyroid. The “Shoulder stand” is one example (see picture from: yogalifejourney.com)
-General Exercise: This helps to increase metabolism and counteract weight gain.
-Sunlight and/or 2000iu of -Fish Oils (about 2 grams per day)
-Make sure you are getting enough iodine (iodized salt and seaweed may be sources as found in Brazil nuts, peanuts, brown rice and supplements
-Herbs such as black cohosh, hypericum and cayenne
-Drink plenty of water
-Reduce your intake of soy foods which are thought to disrupt the thyroid

Here is an article about how BBT may be an indicator of thyroid problems:

Basal Temperature Charts Measure Thyroid Function As Well As Ovulation
By Judy Ford
Basal temperature is frequently measured by women wishing to discover when and if they are ovulating normally. Women also use this to discover the best time to have sex and there are various products that promise success.
Keeping a basal temperature chart can be a very informative exercise and is a far cheaper alternative than expensive hormonal tests. Strangely enough, although it is so 'low tech' the humble temperature chart can reveal a great deal more useful information than many laboratory tests. One of these outcomes is the diagnosis of previously unsuspected thyroid problems. Despite being quite common, thyroid disease can often remain undiagnosed for many years and can be a source of general health, psychological and reproductive problems. Clinicians other than Endocrinologists seem to be generally tuned out to the possibility of thyroid problems despite its prevalence and importance.

Women suffering from thyroid problems have reduced fertility. The thyroid gland is the controller of our metabolism and its normal functioning is critical to the health of our bodies. In some ways we can think of the thyroid as the conductor of the orchestra of the body, in the sense that it sets the correct time and rhythm. One of its critical functions is to control body temperature. Low thyroid function is characterized by tiredness, weight gain, feeling the cold, depression, slowed reflexes, coarsening and dryness of the skin and deepening of the voice especially when tired.
My first experience of diagnosing hypothyroidism (low thyroid function) happened thirty years ago when I was asked to counsel a woman who was both infertile and depressed. She had been receiving treatment for her conditions from both a psychiatrist and fertility specialist. When she arrived I noticed that she had a large goiter and asked who was treating her thyroid problem? She in turn said "What thyroid problem"? Neither specialist had observed this most obvious symptom because it was not in their area of specialization!
Another case came when I was jointly advising an infertility client with a naturopath. In this case I observed low temperatures on the basal temperature chart and asked whether the thyroid function had been tested. The naturopath had no idea that these low temperatures indicated a thyroid problem so was pleased that we had shared the information as a learning experience.
Low thyroid function can be caused by iodine deficiency, which is correctable by supplementing the diet. If the temperature is only slightly low and no other symptoms are present then the condition might be cured by eating seaweed and eating Sushi is a great way of doing this. However low thyroid function is often the result of an inherited autoimmune condition called Hashimoto's thyroiditis and must be treated with medication by a Specialist.
It is important to recognise the early signs of thyroid disease as it can lead to both infertility and miscarriage. When a woman is hypothyroid it is still possible for her to become pregnant. If she does, maternal antibodies against the thyroid can cross the placenta and destroy the baby's thyroid gland. Babies affected in this way are born with hypothyroidism, which causes a condition known as cretinism. If not treated at birth, the child will have deformed growth and mental retardation.
The other extreme of thyroid disease is the overactive thyroid. The symptoms are loss of weight, feeling hot, profuse sweating and eyes that appear to be about to pop out of their sockets. This is a potentially very dangerous illness and needs immediate treatment. However it is not usually picked up in basal temperature charts.
Dr Judy Ford is an internationally respected geneticist who has undertaken considerable research into the causes of miscarriage, causes of infertility and birth defects. Her research has shown that most problems are preventable through changes to healthy lifestyles and healthy habits. More information can be found on her websites http://www.ez-fertility.co.uk and http://www.itsnatural.com.au.
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Sunday, November 18, 2018



Do you think you may be pregnant but you're not sure of the signs and symptoms? I had quite a few pregnancies before I had my daughter. Even though most of them ended in miscarriage, I noticed that there were some strange signs and symptoms of pregnancy. Even in my earliest days after conception, I could feel butterflies in my abdomen. I also would have sore breasts and tiny little waves of nausea. It seems crazy that such a microscopic change in your body can create such noticeable symptoms. When I ran an infertility support group, there was one woman there (who finally became pregnant naturally) who swore she felt herself conceive! Impossible? Maybe not! Read more about some strange signs and symptoms that you might be pregnant:

Here are some symptoms you may not have heard of (or some you have)

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1. Sore breasts – Most women will report very early changes in breasts...swelling and pain (this was always one of my most pronounced signs of VERY early pregnancy

2. Metallic Taste In Mouth – Hormones can cause odd tastes in your mouth

3. Constipation and Flatulence: Hormones again can be responsible for these changes. Increasing
your fiber can help with constipation, but for some it can increase flatulence. Drink plenty of water to help with these symptoms.

4. Stuffy nose and congestion has been reported by many pregnant women.

5. Odd pigmentation, especially on your face – Pregnancy hormones can cause little areas of pigmentation on your face that look like age spots. These will lessen after pregnancy

6. Ravenous hunger – This was always one of my first pregnancy symptoms. It seemed like I had to eat just about every two hours. It got to the point that I never had enough food in the house. Eating also helped with the little waves of nausea in very early pregnancy (the butterfly feeling)

7. Spotting or slight bleeding – This bleeding may be dark red or even brown. This can be caused by the implantation of the pregnancy. I spotted with all my pregnancies, even my successful one, so spotting isn't necessarily a sign of danger, but it might be something to check out especially if it turns to full bleeding.

8. Frequent trips to the bathroom – Even in early pregnancy before the baby can be seen with the naked eye, many women report having to urinate much more than usual. This again could be hormonal changes.

9. Slight cramping – Even though cramping could be a sign of miscarriage, many women report cramping to the point that they think they are getting their period. If you think you may be pregnant, do not take any medications before you know if you truly are pregnant. I had cramping with all my pregnancies, even my successful one.

10. Extreme fatigue – I was very tired all throughout my successful pregnancy, even in the very early stages. The good news is, at least in my case, that I slept better than ever.

11.Leg cramping and tiredness – My legs were very achy and tired. I have always been big on exercise, but my legs were so tired that I usually stayed off my feet in early pregnancy.

If you thing you may be pregnant, it's a good idea to take a pregnancy test. This way you will be sure to watch what you eat, avoid alcohol and other environmental toxins.

Friday, November 16, 2018



If you believe everything you read, you might feel like getting pregnant naturally over 40 is impossible or only happens to a lucky few. In reality, it's quite common for women to get pregnant at older ages. The rate of unexpected pregnancies in women over 40 is second only to teenagers!

I truly believe I was not a “victim” of infertility. When you see yourself as a victim, you automatically think there isn’t anything you can do to change your situation. Where I am today is the cumulative effect of my past choices. It was my choice to delay childbearing, it was my choice to throw myself into my career, it was my choice to lead a stressful lifestyle. All of these things ultimately affected my ability to get pregnant.

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On the other hand, it was my choice to assume responsibility for my fertility. I finally realized that I was in control of my body, not the doctors! My natural journey to pregnancy has proved to me, once again, that with the right knowledge and commitment, you can achieve anything in life.

When I was trying to get pregnant over the age of 40, I ran into so much negativity, I thought it would be helpful to share my story with others who were also trying. I am living proof that it can be done. I got pregnant naturally at 43 and 11 months with only one fallopian tube and had a baby at 44. I hope my story inspires you in an otherwise seemingly hopeless situation. Infertility is one of the most difficult challenges I have faced in my life. What I didn’t know in the beginning of my journey that I do know now is I had more control over my fertility than I was led to believe by the medical professionals.

When it came to fertility treatments, I found the most effective treatment was no treatment! I’m not saying there isn’t a place for assisted reproductive technologies, but if you fall into the unexplained category and you’re older in reproductive terms, you may get pregnant naturally. Most natural methods of enhancing fertility are extremely good for your body, mind, and soul. In retrospect, my journey through infertility has actually improved my health and forced me to confront much of my past that acted as a roadblock to my success (not just in having a child but in all aspects of my life).

Tuesday, November 13, 2018



I have had bouts of tinnitus over the years and I can say from experience, it is a very annoying problem. It's hard to concentrate with all of this background noise. However, pregnancy can make it more likely that you will experience this condition. You may be wondering why it happens and if there is anything you can do about the ringing in your ears in pregnancy. This article explains more:
Is Ringing Ears During Pregnancy A Common Phenomena?
By Kevin Cordahl
Pregnancy is an exciting time for an expectant mother, although it can also be one of the most stressful due to the radical

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changes taking place within the body. As the body changes, strange and sometime unusual phenomena may take place. One such phenomena is a medical condition known as tinnitus, also
referred to as ringing in the ears. Tinnitus, or ringing in the ears, does not only affect pregnant women, worldwide one in five individual are affected by the condition.However, in pregnant women, tinnitus takes on a more troubling dimension because it seems to come from out of nowhere and can be a frightening experience for those who never experienced it. For those who have experienced tinnitus in the past, pregnancy seems to heighten the severity, frequency and duration of the annoying sounds. Needless to say, with the many already aggravations of pregnancy from the morning sickness to the mental doubts, ringing in the ears is an unwelcome presence.
Aspects of Pregnancy Leading to Tinnitus
So, what exactly brings on the ringing ears during pregnancy? Scientific research on the subject has revealed the following connections:
  • High blood pressure has been known to cause or to intensity tinnitus. In pregnant women, blood pressure levels can become elevated and lead to hypertension.
  • The increased levels of emotional and physical stress, coupled with the fatigue experienced by pregnant women also heighten awareness and brings on episodes of tinnitus. It appears that the expectant mothers increased sensitivity to her surroundings also makes her more sensitive to the triggers that cause tinnitus.
  • Depression is common in expectant and new mothers, which is known as pre and postpartum depression. Unfortunately, this medical condition has been known to lead to tinnitus among susceptible individuals.
  • The use of anti-depression drugs have also been known to trigger tinnitus
For some women, the ringing in the ears they experienced during pregnancy does not stop after the baby has been delivered. New mothers are constantly under emotional and physical stress caring for a newborn. Stress is one of the leading causes of tinnitus; therefore, experiencing tinnitus after the baby is born is not an unusual occurrence.
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Fortunately, there is good news for tinnitus sufferers including expectant mothers. Ringing in the ears can be significantly lessened in intensity, severity and duration, if not completely eliminated during and after pregnancy. Since expectant mothers have to think of the unborn baby, they must seek medical advice before taking any medication to reduce the affects of tinnitus. Your doctor is the best professional to perform diagnostic tests to determine and treat the causes of your tinnitus.

Adapting a healthy lifestyle will help you reduce the symptoms associate with tinnitus. This includes:
  • Avoid possible irritants like loud noises in the environment. Wearing ear plugs when around loud noises to block out loud sounds will help.
  • Use white noise to mask any ringing sounds you may be suffering from. White noise machines can be purchased; however, playing a radio or TV softly in the background is just as effective.
  • Take care of your heart's health. Taking care of your heart will help you avoid high blood pressure. Studies have shown that high blood pressure is one of the causes of tinnitus.
By talking to your doctor and taking the necessary step to prevent or cope with the ring in the ear sounds you hear during your pregnancy, you will be able to enjoy your pregnancy without the unwanted ringing sounds brought on by your pregnancy.
My name is Kevin Cordahl and I have been a tinnitus sufferer for many years. I have spent countless hours reading and studying everything published by top experts in the field of tinnitus. To learn more about tinnitus suffering and what can be done to reduce if not eliminate the constant ringing in your ears, check out my website here
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Sunday, November 11, 2018



Most people think getting pregnant over 40 is amazing, but what about getting pregnant over 50 with a natural conception? Can women get pregnant over 50 naturally? Yes, there are documented cases of women who had natural successful pregnancies in their 50's, many times by surprise. It's quite common for women to get pregnant over 40 naturally and some women who are still getting periods can be fertile in their 50's. Here are some published cases of remarkable women who had babies in their 50's without fertility treatments:

Case #1 Debbie Hughes, England
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What makes this case remarkable, as reported by the Daily Mail, is that Debbie got pregnant by surprise at the age of 53, and she was on the pill at the time. She also admits to a "once in a blue moon" love life! What are the odds of that? Her pregnancy had a fairytale ending too. She carried to
term and had a healthy baby after a natural delivery. At the time of her pregnancy she also had two grandchildren from her two grown kids. After delivering her baby, she said her motherly instinct kicked in right a way and her age just was not a factor (except to the doctors who, when finding out her age, automatically assumed she had donor eggs!)
Case #2 Dawn Brooke, England
This case was also reported by the Daily Mail. Dawn Brooke gave birth at the age of 59 and was said to have a natural conception without fertility treatments. She gave birth to a healthy baby boy who grew up to love math and Harry Potter! Case #3 Ruth Kistler
Ruth Kistler of Portland, Oregon gave birth to a daughter in Los Angeles, California, on October 18, 1956, at the age of 57. This was obviously before the days of fertility treatments!
Case #4 Anthea Burns
This case was reported by Australian media outlets. Anthea Burns conceived naturally and had a healthy baby boy at the age of 50. Her husband was 54. After being told a year earlier that she was in menopause, and her husband being told that he had “couch potato sperm” they spontaneously conceived their son.
Case #5 Giovanni Ciardi
This Italian woman amazed doctors by getting pregnant at 54 and having a successful pregnancy and a healthy baby girl. She was still having periods and thought the cessation of her menses was due to menopause. When she started feeling nauseous she suspected she might be pregnant.
Case #6 Arcelia Garcia
This 54 year old women and her 60 year old husband had triplets without the use of fertility drugs or fertility treatments. As reported by the LA Times, Ms. Garcia said, “to receive a child, no woman is too old”. Ms. Garcia considered her triplets a big wonderful surprise.
Case #7 Antonietta Mellone
This 52 year old woman give birth to triplets in Naples Italy. She did not use fertility treatments and a reporter at the Daily Mail could not find any records of fertility treatments. She also claims that pregnancy over 50 is not unusual for her family, her cousin had a baby at the age of 51!
Case #8 Kate Fezigha
This is another story of a 52 year old woman from Africa who had wanted children most of her married life and even tried to adopt without success. Just when she thought some strange symptoms were related to menopause, she found out she was pregnant.
Case #9 Morgan Zantua
According to parenting.com, Morgan Zantua had a surprise pregnancy at the age of 51. "I was stunned," she says. "I have friends younger than I am who are grandparents, and here I was becoming a mom."

The Telegraph UK online interviewed Professor Kypros Nicolaides, a maternal-fetal medicine specialist in the UK. He told the the paper that his own grandmother had a child at 53, and he was quoted to say, ''The risks of late motherhood are completely exaggerated...There's an increased risk of Down's syndrome but the vast majority of women have normal babies at 40 and completely normal pregnancies.''

Saturday, November 10, 2018


Saints For Fertility, Conception, Pregnancy and Getting Pregnant

I realize I have readers from all over the world who hold a whole host of religious beliefs. Although I certainly don't claim to be a religious scholar, I have done some research on the saints which can help women and couples struggling with infertility or who are having trouble getting pregnant. I said many prayers during the six years of trying to get pregnant and many of those prayers were directly to God and some were to saints.
Why should you pray to saints rather directly to God?

According to catholic.com:
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In addition to our prayers directly to God and Jesus (which are absolutely essential to the Christian life), there are abundant reasons to ask our fellow Christians in heaven to pray for us. The Bible indicates that they are aware of our prayers, that they intercede for us, and that their prayers are effective (else they would not be offered). It is only narrow-mindedness that suggests we should refrain from asking our fellow Christians in heaven to do what we already know them to be anxious and capable of doing...
...Not only do those in heaven pray with us, they also pray for us. In the book of Revelation, John sees that "the twenty-four elders [the leaders of the people of God in heaven] fell down before the Lamb,

When I was trying to conceive over the age of 40, I was bombarded with all of the negative outcomes and statistics each holding a harp, and with golden bowls full of incense, which are the prayers of the saints" (Rev. 5:8). Thus the saints in heaven offer to God the prayers of the saints on earth.

It is usually recommended to read up on the life of a saint, so you understand their history and why they have reached sainthood. Stay calm and focused and find a quiet place where you will not be interrupted. Compose your own prayer in your own words. Speak from your heart. Conclude your prayer with "Amen".

Can non-Catholics and non-Christians pray to saints?

Yes, around the world, people are taught prayers and the Rosary even though they may not have been brought up Catholic or Christian. They report finding peace and comfort in these prayers. It is thought to be not just a benefit to them, but to the entire world.

Saint Anne

St. Anne was the Grandmother of Jesus Christ. She was the wife of Saint Joachim. St. Anne was quite elderly when Mary was born, and Mary was her only child. The belief that Anne remained a virgin in the conception and birth of Mary was condemned by the Vatican in 1677. Most sources say that Anne and her husband Joachim were married for 20 years and had no children, although they certainly wanted them. The legend suggests that Anne prayed that if she were given a child, she would dedicate it to the Lord's service. An angel came to Anne and told her she would conceive a child. They did have a child, again at an "elderly" age (although I can't seem to find how old she actually was) and of course named her Mary. Even though they longed for this child, when Mary was three, they brought her to the Temple of Jerusalem where they left her to be brought up. And, Mary became the mother of Jesus. Many infertile women and couples pray to St. Anne because not only did she succeed in getting pregnant after many years of wanting a child, but she also succeeded in having a baby at an older age.

Saint Mary

Mary was the mother of Jesus. She conceived Jesus while a virgin. She married Joseph and went with him to Bethlehem where Jesus was born. Her age when giving birth was unknown. The Angel Gabriel appear to her to announce that she was selected to be the mother of Jesus. Mary is frequently mentioned as "Our Lady of Perpetual Help". The title, Our Lady of Perpetual Help seems to have originated around the thirteenth century. Traditionally, the image is also known as “Our Lady of Perpetual Succour.” The icon depicts our Blessed Mother Mary, under the title “Mother of God,” holding the Child Jesus. The Archangels Michael and Gabriel, hovering in the upper corners, hold the instruments of the Passion– St. Michael (in the left corner) holds the spear, the wine-soaked sponge, and the crown of thorns, and St. Gabriel (in the right corner) holds the cross and the nails. In a very beautiful way, the Child Jesus grasps the hand of the Blessed Mother. He seeks comfort from His mother, as He sees the instruments of His passion. The position of Mary’s hands– both holding the Child Jesus and presenting Him to us– convey the reality of our Lord’s incarnation, that He is true God who became also true man. Many recorded miracles are attributed to Our Lady of Perpetual Help.

Saint Rita of Cascia

Daughter of Antonio and Amata Lotti, a couple known as the Peacemakers of Jesus; they had Rita late in life.
From her early youth, Rita visited the Augustinian nuns at Cascia, Italy, and showed interest in a religious life. However, when she was twelve, her parents betrothed her to Paolo Mancini, an ill-tempered, abusive individual who worked as town watchman, and who was dragged into the political disputes of the Guelphs and Ghibellines. Disappointed but obedient, Rita married him when she was 18, and was the mother of twin sons. She put up with Paolo’s abuses for eighteen years before he was ambushed and stabbed to death. Her sons swore vengeance on the killers of their father, but through the prayers and interventions of Rita, they forgave the offenders. Upon the deaths of her sons, Rita again felt the call to religious life. However, some of the sisters at the Augustinian monastery were relatives of her husband’s murderers, and she was denied entry for fear of causing dissension. Asking for the intervention of Saint John the Baptist, Saint Augustine of Hippo, and Saint Nicholas of Tolentino, she managed to bring the warring factions together, not completely, but sufficiently that there was peace, and she was admitted to the monastery of Saint Mary Magdalen at age 36. Rita lived 40 years in the convent, spending her time in prayer and charity, and working for peace in the region. She was devoted to the Passion, and in response to a prayer to suffer as Christ, she received a chronic head wound that appeared to have been caused by a crown of thorns, and which bled for 15 years. Confined to her bed the last four years of her life, eating little more than the Eucharist, teaching and directing the younger sisters. Near the end she had a visitor from her home town who asked if she’d like anything; Rita’s only request was a rose from her family’s estate. The visitor went to the home, but it being January, knew there was no hope of finding a flower; there, sprouted on an otherwise bare bush, was a single rose blossom. 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, she buried her family, helped bring peace to her city, saw her dreams denied and fulfilled – and never lost her faith in God, or her desire to be with Him.
partially excerpted from: catholicsaints.info.

Saints for Pregnancy and Childbirth

In addition to St. Anne and St. Mary listed above, the following saints are associated with protecting a woman's pregnancy and helping in childbirth

St. Gerard Majella (Fertility and Pregnancy)

This humble servant of God also had faculties associated with certain mystics including, levitation, bi-location and the ability to read souls. His charity, obedience, and selfless service as well as his ceaseless mortification for Christ, made him the perfect model of lay brothers. Throughout his years of life, several reported miracles are tied to Majella including, restoring a boy's life after he fell from a high cliff; blessing a poor farmer's crops, ridding it of mice; blessing a poor family's supply of wheat, causing it to last until the next harvest; and he multiplied bread for the poor on several occasions.

(partially excerpted from catholic.org)

St. Raymond Nonnatus

Raymond was born at Portella, Catalonia, Spain. He was delivered by caesarean operation when his mother died in childbirth. Hence his name non natus (not born). in 1239, he was appointed Cardinal by Pope Gregory IX, but died at Cardona a short distance from Barcelona the next year while on the way to Rome. He was canonized in 1657. He is the patron saint of expectant mothers and midwives because of the nature of his own birth. Although his mother died in labor, Raymond miraculously survived the ordeal.
(partially excerpted from catholic.org)

Saint Dominic of Silos

One of the most beloved of Spanish saints, there were churches and monasteries dedicated to him as early as 1085, and the monastery he rebuilt is now known as Saint Dominic’s. Many miracles were attributed to his prayers after his death, especially with regard to pregnancy. Dominic’s abbatial staff was used to bless Spanish queens and was kept by their beds when they were in labour. Blessed Joan de Aza de Guzm├ín prayed at his shrine to conceive the child whom she called Dominic, after the abbot of Silos, and who founded the Order of Preachers (the Dominicans).
(partially excerpted from catholicsaints.info)

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