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Monday, April 30, 2018

FISH OILS OMEGA 3 CAN HELP IN PREGNANCY

Pregnancy and Taking  Fish Oils

Fish Oil has been coming up in many articles and news stories about how it has an anti-inflammatory affect on the body.  It is also recommended for a number of neurological conditions.  In pregnancy, fish oils are thought to help prevent conditions like pre-eclampsia and gestational diabetes according to an Australian study.  Some women have what is called "placental inflammation". The researchers found that consuming fish oil led to higher levels of resolvins in the placenta. Resolvins are formed from omega-3 fatty acids and are thought to reduce inflammation.  Fish oils are also thought to assist with fetal brain development.

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Sunday, April 29, 2018

HOW DAD'S CAN BOND WITH BABY BEFORE AND AFTER PREGNANCY

Pregnancy Over 40, Bonding With Baby

I think most articles written about bonding with your baby are written from the women's perspective.
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 I'm guilty of it too. We carry our babies inside of us for nine months and bonding seems like a natural occurrance. Additionally, women are frequently are the primary caregivers to children. But dads are just as important. I know I'm guilty of not allowing my husband to do more with my daughter. I have to stop myself from always telling him how to do things as if my way is the right way. Here is an article on how dads can bond with their babies:

Well, Tim found out quickly what most moms know from the very start: namely, that a baby has charm and grace galore. I'd hand him Kyle to watch for a moment and come back to find the two of them
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Now, after three children, I realize my husband was just shy. Taking care of a newborn is often elementally reduced to feeding and comforting, and some new dads don't know if they have the right equipment for the job. 
The real secret of male-bonding with a baby is realizing that you're not supposed to try to be another mother: Your child already has one of those. What your little one really needs is for you to be yourself.
From: (www.babycenter.com)

Thursday, April 26, 2018

PREGNANCY COMPLICATIONS OVER 40, ENCOURAGING INFORMATION

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 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:

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Monday, April 23, 2018

IS GREEN TEA OKAY IN PREGNANCY?

Some sources claim green tea may possibly increase the chance of pregnancy loss because the tannins could have a negative effect on a developing embryo by constricting blood vessel formation (although I was unable to find scientific research to support an association between green tea and
pregnancy loss). The tannins may also interfere with iron absorption. Since green tea has a number of health benefits unrelated to fertility, I included it in my diet. I drank mint flavored decaffeinated green tea when I was experiencing morning sickness after I conceived my daughter (this was before I knew of any possible association with miscarriage), but obviously it didn’t hurt my pregnancy.
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I always recommend that women check with their doctor if they are pregnant before taking any herbal preparations.  I seriously doubt drinking green tea in moderation would have a negative impact on your pregnancy - especially if it is decaffeinated.

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Tuesday, April 17, 2018

CALCIUM NEEDED IN PREGNANCY, HOW TO GET IT IN YOUR DIET

Pregnancy Over 40 - The Importance Of Calcium

I did take a calcium supplement when I was pregnant.
 I had heard about the importance of getting enough calcium not only because I was over the age of 40, but also because the baby has a tremendous need for their growing skeletal system. Read more:

Calcium is important for both you and your growing baby. Your baby needs it to grow strong, healthy bones, teeth, nerves, heart, and muscles and to develop normal heart rhythm and blood clotting. If you don't get enough calcium in your diet, the fetus will leach it from your bones, which may impair
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your own health later on.

How much of it do I need?

All adults -- male and female -- need at least 1,000 milligrams of calcium daily, while those over 50 should boost their daily intake to 1,200 mg. Pregnant and nursing women over 18 years old also need 1,200 mg daily. Those under 18 need slightly more, about 1,300 mg a day.Even when you're done with pregnancy and nursing, keep up the calcium -- it can ward off osteoporosis (bone loss) later in life.

How do I get more calcium into my diet?

The best sources of calcium, hands down, are dairy products. But there are surprising amounts of calcium in many tofu products as well as nuts, beans, and some greens. Yogurt supplies one of the best sources, with 415 mg per 8-ounce serving. Milk, ricotta cheese, and some other cheeses, are also excellent sources. You can derive quite a bit of calcium from tofu, canned salmon, and even many greens like turnip greens, broccoli, and kale  (learn how to cook greens here (getpregnantover40.com). 


 excerpted from myonlinewellness.com "Calcium and Pregnancy By Melanie Haiken"

Sunday, April 15, 2018

ANXIETY CAN MANIFEST IN PREGNANCY DREAMS

Pregnancy Dreams

Not only did I have nightmares after my daughter was born, but my husband did too. I had dreams about everything from my daughter getting lost to her falling from our balcony (I later cut down huge pieces of cardboard and placed it between the slats of our banister and railings.) My husband would frequently yell my daughter's name in his sleep and would later tell me he thought someone took her. Having a baby is stressful - there's so many things you worry about. Here is an article about how many new mothers have anxious dreams. Read more:

New mothers and women who are about to have babies often do not get a lot of sleep. And when they do, a new study suggests, their dreams may make them sorry that they did.

Dream-associated Behaviors Affecting Pregnant and Postpartum Women (Sleep)Writing in the current issue of Sleep, researchers say they have found that pregnant women and those who have recently given birth commonly have dreams in which their baby is in danger. The dreams can be so
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vivid that the women call out in their sleep and move around the bed.

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The researchers, Tore Nielsen and Tyna Paquette of Sacred Heart Hospital in Montreal, said pregnancy and birth were known to influence dreams. In a high number of cases, the dreams are of infants in peril, provoking “anxiety in the mother that often spills over into wakefulness.”

The researchers posed questions to 273 women who were pregnant, had just given birth or were in a control group. One dream in particular recurred among different women, and involved a fear that the baby was lost somewhere in the bed. 

from: 
 (www.nytimes.com)

Thursday, April 12, 2018

COMPETITIVE PARENTING, THE RACE IS ON!

Pregnancy Over 40, Parenting Over 40

The first three months of my daughter’s life, I was totally insulated from “the competition” (i.e. other mothers). I had wonderful days alone with her where I nursed her and spent a good part of the day cuddling. It doesn’t get much better than this, I thought.

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My first experience with other mothers, which, by the way, are young enough to be my daughter was interesting.  When I started bringing my baby to the library story times when she was 4 months I immediately felt like I was being “grilled”. How much does your baby weigh? Are you nursing?
Does she roll over? Do you let her watch TV? Does she eat food yet?

Once I answered the above questions (wondering if I was giving the “right” answers), I was bombarded with what their baby could do. I listened politely, but was always thinking in the back of my mind, “Why are they telling me all this? Do they think I’m a pediatrician or something?” Does it really matter whether or not their baby can eat strained sweet potatoes or green beans or whether or not their baby can lift their head? What’s going on here?
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I finally realized that it’s the mother’s insecurity at work. They were feeling like their baby might not be doing everything they should, so they ask other people what their baby is doing. When the other person’s baby isn’t doing as much as theirs - bingo – my kid’s better than yours! Maybe I’m an OK mother after all!

My advice? Take it all in stride. Try to surround yourself with other mothers who don't get caught up in the "competition". I like to get together with other "mature" moms who have more than one child. They have a better perspective on how each child is unique with their own strengths and weaknesses. In the end most kids grow up being able to do most things with a reasonable level of proficiency. So if your baby is the last one to eat their sweet potatoes, never fear - they may just be a "green bean" person!

Monday, April 09, 2018

RINGING IN EARS IN PREGNANCY, WHY IT HAPPENS AND WHAT YOU CAN DO

I have had bouts of tinnitus over the years and women who are pregnant complain of this problem as well.  It can be very annoying and a burden to live with.  Tinnitus is also known as "ringing in the ears".  Usually it is a constant high pitched sound.  Pregnant women have so many changes going on in their body that may trigger this condition.  For starters, you're gaining weight and some of that is just sheer blood volume.  This can raise blood pressure which may trigger the condition.


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Friday, April 06, 2018

WHAT PREGNANT WOMEN NEED TO KNOW ABOUT RADIATION EXPOSURE

Pregnancy Over 40, Avoid Radiation

I avoided all types of x-rays (including dental x-rays) and I tried to stay away from excessive computer use and I kept my distance from operating appliances when I was pregnant.
 Here is an article about radiation in pregnancy and some of the affects on the fetus:

Increased Cancer Risk

Radiation exposure before birth can increase a person's risk of getting cancer later in life.
Unborn babies are especially sensitive to the cancer-causing effects of radiation. However, the increased risks depend on the amount of radiation to which the baby was exposed and the amount of time that it was exposed. For example, if the radiation dose to the fetus was roughly equivalent to 500chest x-rays at one time, the increase in lifetime cancer risk would be less than 2% (above the normal lifetime cancer risk of 40 to 50%).


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Other Risks from Radiation Exposure

Health effects other than cancer from radiation exposure are not likely when the dose to the fetus is very low.

Most researchers agree that babies who receive a small dose of radiation (equal to 500 chest x-rays or less) at any time during pregnancy do not have an increased risk for birth defects. The only increased risk to these babies is a slightly higher chance of having cancer later in life (less than 2% higher than the normal expected cancer risk of 40 to 50%).

During the first 2 weeks of pregnancy, the radiation-related health effect of greatest concern is the

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death of the baby.
The fetus is made up of only a few cells during the first 2 weeks of pregnancy. Damage to one cell can cause the death of the embryo before the mother even knows that she is pregnant. Of the babies that survive, however, few will have birth defects related to the exposure, regardless of how much radiation they were exposed to.

Large radiation doses to the fetus during the more sensitive stages of development (between weeks 2 and 15 of pregnancy) can cause birth defects, especially to the brain.
When a fetus is exposed to large doses of radiation (above the dose received from 500 chest x-rays) during the more sensitive stages of development (especially between weeks 8 and 15 of pregnancy), the health consequences can be severe, especially to the brain. Babies exposed to the atomic bombs dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki during the 8- to 15-week stage of pregnancy were found to have a high rate of brain damage that resulted in lower IQs and even severe mental retardation. They also suffered stunted growth (up to 4% shorter than average people) and an increased risk of other birth defects.

Between the 16th week of pregnancy and birth, radiation-induced health effects (besides cancer) are unlikely unless the fetus receives an extremely large dose of radiation.
In the 16- to 25-week stage of pregnancy, health consequences similar to those seen in the 8- to 15-week stage could occur, but only when the doses are extremely large (more than about 5,000 chest x-rays received at one time). At this dose level, the mother could be showing signs of acute radiation syndrome, which is sometimes known as radiation sickness.

After the 26th week of pregnancy, the radiation sensitivity of the fetus is similar to that of a newborn.
At the 26th week of pregnancy, the fetus is fully developed though not fully grown. Unborn babies exposed to radiation in the womb during this stage of pregnancy are no more sensitive to the effects of radiation than are newborns. This means that birth defects are not likely to occur, and only a slight increase in the risk of having cancer later in life is expected.
excerpted from:

bt.cdc.gov/radiation

Monday, April 02, 2018

HANDLING CAT LITTER IN PREGNANCY

Pregnancy Over 40, Handle Cats Safely

Even though cats may carry a parasitic disease called toxoplasmosis, if pregnant women take the right precautions, they can safely keep their pets. The following article discusses pregnancy, babies and cats:

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Because toxoplasmosis can cause birth defects in children, pregnant women sometimes assume that they must get rid of their cat. This is entirely unnecessary, as a few simple measures will thoroughly safeguard against catching the disease, especially from your cat. Toxoplasmosis is a disease caused by a parasite that can infect your cat if she eats prey already harboring the parasite or comes into contact with contaminated soil. Toxoplasmosis is rare among indoor-only cats.
Note that cats who contract toxoplasmosis do not always show symptoms. To prevent getting infected with the disease, whenever you scoop or clean the litter box, wear disposable gloves and wash your hands immediately afterward. Even better, get a friend or adult member of the family to take over litter box maintenance while Mom is pregnant.

Eating raw or undercooked meat is the most common way that humans contract toxoplasmosis. If you eat meat, wash off all surfaces and utensils that touched raw meat, and don't prepare meat and raw foods like salads on the same cutting board. Wash your hands thoroughly after handling raw meat.

If you garden, wear gloves when working in the soil. The toxoplasmosis parasite lives in the dirt, so also wash your hands well after gardening. Many people naturally acquire an immunity to toxoplasmosis, and will not pass it on to their unborn child. Your doctor can test to see if you are in this group.
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