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Friday, March 30, 2018


Are you a chocolate lover? As it turns out, chocolate in moderation can be healthy in pregnancy. Just make sure its the dark chocolate not milk chocolate. Read more:


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The good news is that there is no evidence that moderate amounts of caffeine, which certainly is in chocolate, are a problem for your pregnancy.

In fact, there have been reports over the years of chocolate being good for you and your baby:

* Research has found that regularly eating chocolate may reduce the risk of pre-eclampsia.
* Scientists at the University of Helsinki found, through a study with 300 pregnant women, that daily chocolate consumption had a positive impact on the baby’s behaviour: more smiling and laughing and less fear in new situations.

So Easter doesn’t have to be glum after all. However, as always, there is a catch – your consumption has to be “in moderation”.

You should know that eating a litter of chocolate bilby’s isn’t good for you. Advice is to have a “small” amount of chocolate with some confusing contradictions on how much that exactly is. Ask your doctor for advice to ease your conscience.


Tuesday, March 27, 2018


There certainly has been more attention put on kids with disabilities and the diagnostic screening has improved. This may account for more kids being diagnosed with non-physical disabilities. However most agree that the overall incidence is increasing but the underlying cause has not been identified.

Read more:  From the article: According to the report, more than 1 in 5 parents reporting a child with a disability in 2009 cited ADHD — attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder — as an underlying condition. An additional 19 percent cited other mental, emotional or behavioral problems. Today, ADHD is nearly three times more likely than asthma to contribute to childhood disability, the report said. And autism affects about 6 percent of all special-education students, up from 2 percent over the past decade. Officials with the Ohio Department of Education say definitions and criteria periodically shift, moving students from one category to another. But there’s no doubt that developmental, behavioral and mental-health disorders are growing fastest. During the 2010-11 school year, for example, Ohio had 14,268 students in grades K-12 with an autism diagnosis. That’s an increase of about 574 percent from a decade earlier, when the total was 2,118. Overall enrollment was steady during that time

Sunday, March 25, 2018


Hormonal Changes Can Harm Offspring: Environmental Chemicals

Here's another reasong to minimize your exposure to chemicals found in plastics and even soaps and lotions. has more on pregnancy over 40 and fertility over 40
These chemicals can cause your boys to lose some of their masculinity.   My site
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A team of U.S. and British researchers posed a standard play questionnaire to the parents of 145
preschool-age children. Then they ranked the types of play on a scale from most masculine (such as play fighting or using trucks) to most feminine. An effect was identified among the sons of women with higher concentrations of di(2-ethylhexyl) phthalate (DEHP) and dibutyl phthalate (DBP) in their prenatal urine: On average, those boys scored 8 percent further away from the masculine end of the scale than other boys.

The presence of these chemicals, which are in polyvinyl chloride (PVC) tubing and often make it into the human body through consumption of processed food, was not associated with any differences in girls' play behavior.

Thursday, March 22, 2018


Struggle To Get Pregnant Associated With Male Births 

I have previously posted that an acidic cervical environment may encourage conception of a girl.  The theory is that female sperm can survive the harsh environment better than male sperm.  However, it is interesting that couples who take a long time to get pregnant may be more likely to have boys.  I've known a number of women who had boys after a long struggle to get pregnant. Here's an article that may explain why males may be better swimmers:

From the article:
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An investigation of 5,283 Dutch women revealed that 57.6 percent of those who took longer than 12 months to become pregnant had boys, compared with 51.1 percent boys among those who became pregnant in less than a year.

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Although human semen has equal numbers of Y-bearing male sperm and X-bearing female sperm, the males may be better swimmers in viscous cervical mucus, the authors speculate. That mucus makes impregnation more difficult.

"The best-supported hypothesis," said Dr. Luc J. M. Smits, the lead author, "is that the Y chromosome is lighter than the X chromosome, while Y- and X-bearing sperms have the same locomotive power. In liquid fluids, this difference would not cause differential speed, but in viscous fluids it would." Dr. Smits is a lecturer in epidemiology at the University of Maastricht in the Netherlands.

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Tuesday, March 20, 2018


Pregnancy Over 40 and Omega 3

Omega 3's have so man benefits for fertility and overall health.
 If you're prone to depression, these fats may help provide a safe alternative to medications. Of course, this something you should discuss with your doctor. Read more:
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Dr. Kuan-Pin Su and colleagues presented their findings in the April issue of the Journal of Clinical
Psychiatry ( Dr. Su supplemented subjects' diets with 3.4 grams Omega-3 each day. Control subjects received an olive oil derived placebo. At 6 and 8 week follow up testing, the Omega-3 receiving women scored lower on depression measuring scales than the placebo group. These scores indicated less depression. Two thirds of the women consuming the PUFAs showed significant improvement, the study said, compared with 27 per cent of the control group. Many became free from depression altogether.

The best news came when researchers noted the absence of negative effects on either mothers or their newborn babies. A few mothers experienced minor stomach upset the first few days while their systems got used to the new substances.


Sunday, March 18, 2018


By Tony Isaacs

Most Americans do not want genetically modified foods and consider them dangerous. Because the U.S. does not require manufacturers to disclose genetically modified (GM or GMO) ingredients on the product labels, the public is largely unaware of when they are purchasing GM foods. Such foods are now found in up to 70 percent of all grocery store products. While an unwitting public consumes more and more GM foods, evidence of their dangers continues to mount.

Genetically modified foods are created when genes from another species or created in a lab are inserted into a food\'s DNA. The foods which have the highest prevalence of genetic modifications include some of our biggest crops: corn, soybeans, canola, tomatoes, lettuce, and potatoes. Corn oil and high fructose corn syrup are widely used in food items. Virtually every salad dressing and butter substitute finds that they contain one or more of corn oil, canola oil or soybean oil.

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The European Union, Japan, China, Korea, Australia, and New Zealand require labeling of foods containing GMO content. Despite a CBS News survey showing a majority of Americans want labeling, no such laws exist. A CBS poll also found that 53 percent of Americans wouldn\'t buy food
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they knew had been genetically modified.

Experts and consumers are becoming increasingly concerned about GMO foods as evidence of their dangers continues to mount. In a study published in the International Journal of Biological Sciences rats fed genetically modified corn were compared to their parents who had been fed non-GM corn. The results showed a clear difference between the two groups. The rats fed GM food had signs of liver and kidney problems as well as effects on their hearts, adrenal glands, and spleens.

A Russian study found that over 55 percent of the newborn rats from females fed genetically engineered soy flour before, during, and after pregnancy, died within three weeks and 36 percent were underweight. By comparison, only 9 percent of the offspring of rats fed non-GM soy died and less than 7 percent were underweight.

The global leader in the push for GMO foods is Monsanto. A new study which used the same data Monsanto used to gain approval of GMO corn linked organ damage to three strains of the Monsanto GM corn. The study was conducted by the Committee of Research and Information on Genetic Engineering (CRIIGEN) and the Universities of Caen and Rouen in France. The study, completed in December 2009, appears in the International Journal of Biological Sciences (IJBS).

Ninety-nine percent of GMO crops either tolerate or produce insecticide - which might explain why we see bee colony collapse disorder and massive butterfly deaths. If GMOs destroy our pollinators, they could be more disastrous than the threat they pose to humans and other mammals. In addition to possible extinctions and eco-system harm, GMO opponents fear they could trigger the emergence of antibiotic resistant diseases due to viruses and bacteria used to modify some GM foods. They also fear such foods could raise the risk of developing cancer, lead to chronic illnesses such as fibromyalgia and trigger food allergies.

To avoid GM foods:

• Read the produce stickers on fruits and vegetables. Five-digit numbers beginning with an eight mean it is a GM food. Five-digit numbers beginning with a nine indicate organic foods. Conventionally produced foods have numbers containing four digits.
• Select products that are labeled GM-free.
• Buy foods labeled '100 percent organic.'
• Get your produce from small, local farmers (most GM foods come from large commercial farms).
• Avoid processed foods, especially those containing corn, soy and canola.
Tony Isaacs, is a natural health author, advocate and researcher who hostsThe Best Years in Life website for those who wish to avoid prescription drugs and mainstream managed illness and live longer, healthier and happier lives naturally. Mr. Isaacs is the author of books and articles about natural health, longevity and beating cancer including 'Cancer\'s Natural Enemy

Thursday, March 15, 2018


Although I grew up Catholic but now consider myself somewhat non-denominational now, I still find it comforting to learn about and pray to saints with some of the many struggles in life.  Saint Gerard and Our Lady of Perpetual help are said to help protect pregnancy and they can help those who are trying to conceive.  I have a page on my website devoted to saints for infertility and I have a page devoted to prayers to St. Gerard and Our Lady of Perpetual Help.
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Tuesday, March 13, 2018


SIDS and Serotonin

We've heard many theories about why SIDS occurs. This article seems like they're on to something measurable and possibly treatable. SIDS could be related to actual brain chemistry. Read more:
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They said abnormal levels of serotonin may hamper an infant's breathing, especially in challenging situations, such as breathing in too much exhaled carbon dioxide while sleeping face down.

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CHICAGO - Babies who die from sudden infant death syndrome make low amounts of the message-carrying brain chemical serotonin needed to regulate sleep, breathing and heart rate, U.S. researchers said on Tuesday.
The finding, published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, may help identify babies at risk for SIDS, which each year kills more than 2,300 babies before their first birthday.
They said abnormal levels of serotonin may hamper an infant's breathing, especially in challenging situations, such as breathing in too much exhaled carbon dioxide while sleeping face down.
"We have known for many years that placing infants to sleep on their backs is the single most effective way to reduce the risk of SIDS," Dr. Alan Guttmacher, director of the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, which funded the study.
"The current findings provide important clues to the biological basis of SIDS and may ultimately lead to ways to identify infants most at risk as well as additional strategies for reducing the risk of SIDS for all infants," Guttmacher said in a statement.
In the study, Dr. Hannah Kinney of Harvard Medical School and Children's Hospital Boston and colleagues examined brain tissue from babies who died from SIDS and from other causes.
The tissue came from the medulla, a region at the base of the brain that regulates basic functions such as body temperature, breathing, blood pressure and heart rate.
Kinney's team found that serotonin levels were 26 percent lower in tissue from babies who died of SIDS than those who died from other causes, and they also found low levels of the enzyme tryptophan hydroxylase, which is needed to make serotonin.  

Thursday, March 08, 2018


Genetic Birth Defects: Learn Everything You Need To Know

Guest Post Author: Sandra Wilson
Most couples get a little uncomfortable to confront the chances of a birth defect during pregnancy. However, if you are planning to get pregnant soon, it is very important that you keep yourself knowledgeable about why, how and what causes genetic birth defects. Having enough knowledge about this birth abnormality can help you prevent your baby from having one.
Most birth defects are genetic in nature. Birth defects are irregularities of the function and structure of the baby. More often than not, birth defects are passed on from the parents. In some cases, they are caused by several environmental hazards to which the mother was exposed to during pregnancy. To date, around 4,000 birth defects have been discovered. Birth defects vary in intensity and in types. genetic birth defects usually cause physical and emotional hardships not only to the patient but to the parents as well.
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For some, it can come in the form of physical abnormalities. For others, it can result to developmental delays. For a few, it can cause death. The sad part is that all

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Genetic birth defects can be passed down through different ways. It can be passed on by the father. It can also be passed on by the mother. In some cases, it can even be passed on by both. Below, we will discuss the three ways to pass on birth defect.
Recessive inheritance – In this case, the mother and the father need to have a faulty gene in order for the defect to materialize in the offspring. Cystic Fibrosis and Tays-Sachs are birth abnormalities which are inherited recessively.
Dominant inheritance – For this particular condition, only one parent needs a genetic defect for the irregularity to be passed on to a child. Achondroplasia and Marfan Syndrome are two examples of dominantly inherited genetic birth defects.
X-linked – This is the birth abnormality passed on by mothers to their sons. In this case, the defect affects only the X-chromosome. Males have only one X chromosome. In the case that the X chromosome was faulty, then the baby is most likely to be born with a genetic defect.
There are a wide range of birth defects. Some of the most common hereditary birth defects are the following:
Muscular Dystrophy – It is a muscle disease that causes the muscles to weaken. Such hereditary defect is inherited from the mother.
Tay-Sachs Disease – This disease affects the patient's central nervous system. It can cause dementia, blindness and seizures. Such abnormality can be dangerous and fatal. If both the mother and the father have a faulty gene, their offspring has a 25% chance of being born with the disease.
Sickle Cell Anemia – This is a disorder of the red blood cells. This can cause pain, fatigue and other health complications. This defect is common among Latin-Americans and African-Americans. If both parents carry the gene, their child has a 25% chance of being born with the disease.
As mentioned above, genetic birth defects are hereditary in nature. However, if you want to make sure that your baby will come out healthy and normal, ensure a healthy lifestyle and diet throughout your pregnancy.
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Sunday, March 04, 2018


Pregnancy and Men's Fertility

I found this interesting article about how ICSI cycles are increasing which may suggest that infertility is increasing in men. ICSI is a procedure where the sperm are injected directing into the egg in an IVF cycle.
I guess nobody knows for sure why we're seeing more infertility in men, but we do know that many environmental toxins can affect sperm counts. There are also many lifestyle factors which can affect your sperm count. My advice for men: Eat a healthy diet, watch your weight, don't smoke or drink too much alcohol, and avoid workplace chemicals, pesticides and herbicides to the greatest degree possible.
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 Dr Anders Nyboe Andersen, Head of the Fertility Clinic at the Rigshospitalet at Copenhagen University Hospital, Denmark, and co-ordinator of the ESHRE IVF monitoring committee, said: "We do not really know why ICSI has become more prevalent. There are probably many reasons. One of them could be that the relative causes of infertility are shifting. We see less and less infertility caused by severe tubal problems in women, probably because of better sexual protection due to the risk of AIDS during the last 15 years. But male subfertility seems to be increasing. Perhaps the data on declining sperm quality are true, and maybe environmental factors are playing an increasing role as the planet becomes more polluted and factors that disrupt the endocrine system enter the food chain." from:

Friday, March 02, 2018


Pregnancy Over 40, Parenting Can Be Affected By Your Past

I write much in my book about how my less than perfect upbringing not only affected my desire and ability to get pregnant, but it was something I needed to address before I could be a good mother to my own child.
 I think having a baby at the age of 44 was directly and indirectly related to the lack of parenting I had as a child. When you don't have good role models, it's hard to want to jump into motherhood. In my case, it wasn't until I was older that I finally realized that I had the ability to break the cycle of poor parenting. Here is an article that talks more about the psychological aspects of pregnancy and motherhood:

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A woman's past matters as she faces impending motherhood. It matters greatly whether she had a positive or negative nurturing history, for this is part of the well she will draw from to nurture her baby. This doesn't mean the die is cast if beginnings were painful. It's always possible for a determined, thoughtful mother to find healing for her wounds and pass on more love and security to her children than she experienced during a childhood of privation or suffering.

Nine months of pregnancy can be a rich time as a woman reflects on becoming a mother and addresses any past wounds. If you are overwhelmed by the feelings that going home surfaces, then pregnancy is a good time to get your internal house in order. Seek counseling if necessary. I urge my clients to view this period of time as a gift — a time of preparation for the road ahead. A time to begin dealing with the past in earnest. A time to stretch and grow. The fact that a baby is coming is powerful motivation for any prospective mother. (excerpted from:  The Psychological Side of Pregnancy )

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