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Thursday, June 28, 2018

SOME BIRTH DEFECTS LOWER IN WOMEN OVER 40

Yes, you heard me correctly, even though the literature out there scares women over the age of 40 about how their baby may be born with birth defects, they're really not that much higher than the rest of the population.  Most women who give birth to babies with Down Syndrome are under the age of 40.  And....there are actually some birth defects that 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.  From the article:
Her group looked at the routine second trimester ultrasound screenings of 76,156 euploid fetuses over the course of 18 years at Washington University Physicians, and the data were split into younger than 35 and 35 and older.

CLICK HERE TO READ THE FULL ARTICLE ON THE REAL RATE OF PREGNANCY COMPLICATIONS AND BIRTH DEFECTS OVER AGE 40 (getpregnantover40.com) 


Overall, 2.4% (1,804) of those screened had a major anomaly. But contrary to previous beliefs, only 1.7% of women of advanced maternal age had a fetus with a major anomaly compared with 2.6% of younger women (aOR 0.59, 95% CI 0.52-0.66, P<0 .001="" em="">
After adjustments for alcohol use, gestational diabetes, pre-gestational diabetes, African-American race, tobacco use, and parity for abdominal wall defect only, the advanced maternal age mothers were less likely to have the following major fetal anomalies compared with women under 35:
  • Central nervous system: 0.4% versus 0.7% (aOR 0.49, 95% CI 0.38-0.62, P<0 .001="" em="">
  • Renal: 0.2% versus 0.3% (aOR 0.49, 95% CI 0.38-0.62, P<0 .001="" em="">
  • Abdominal wall defect: 0.1% versus 0.3% (aOR 0.23, 95% CI 0.13-0.40, P<0 .001="" em="" nbsp="">
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HCG AFTER MISCARRIAGE, DOES IT GO DOWN?

What happens to HcG After a Miscarriage?

If you become pregnant, especially after infertility, you may "live and die" by your HcG numbers. Do you need more information about HcG levels in pregnancy and what the normal levels are? HcG stands for "human chorionic gonadotropin" - otherwise known as the pregnancy hormone. Women who have normal pregnancies may never deal with having HcG levels monitored (except to confirm a
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pregnancy). However, if you've undergone fertility treatments, you will probably have this test done after every cycle. There are a number of things which can affect HcG levels especially on home pregnancy tests. This is why most doctor's offices will use a blood test which is more sensitive and more accurate.

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Tuesday, June 26, 2018

LOUD NOISE, DOES IT HARM UNBORN BABY?

When Pregnant, Use Caution Around Loud Noise

Much has been written about how to protect your hearing especially if you are exposed to loud noise on a repeated basis or if you are attending loud events like rock concerts, etc.  I even went to a church (with a rock concert atmosphere) that handed out earplugs!  We can protect our own ears with plugs, but what about your unborn baby? With all of the musical devices out there you might want to use them sparingly if you're pregnant.
This article tells more about loud music and how loud noise could affect your unborn baby:

SEE ALSO: HOW TO CLEAN UP YOUR ENVIRONMENT IF YOU ARE PREGNANT OR TRYING TO CONCEIVE (getpregnantover40.com) 


American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that doctors advise mothers who were around loud noises on a consistent basis either because of their occupation or from recreational activities such as attending rock concerts, to screen their babies for noise-induced hearing loss. They point to a handful of studies that suggest that unborn babies can experience ill effects—such as hearing loss—from exposure to loud noise in utero. 
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Sunday, June 24, 2018

IS LAYING ON LEFT SIDE BETTER IN PREGNANCY?

Pregnancy Over 40, Sleeping On Your Left Side May Increase Circulation To Baby

I recall when I was pregnant, it was really hard to get comfortable.  I found that laying on my left side was best.  I even did this when I was in a recliner with the foot rest up.  Actually, I found that sitting and even sometimes sleeping in a recliner was best because it helped with the nausea.  When I I would lay down all the way, I think stomach acid would work its way up.  As it turns out, laying on your left side may be the best when you are pregnant.  This article explains more about the best sleep positions:

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Although there's no real harm in sleeping on your right side, lying on your left side is actually good for you and your baby: It improves the flow of blood and nutrients to the placenta and it helps your kidneys efficiently eliminate waste products and fluids from your body. That, in turn, reduces swelling in your ankles, feet, and hands. If you train yourself to sleep on your left side early on, you'll have an easier time falling asleep when your belly is bulging later.

During the second half of pregnancy, avoid sleeping on your back, a position that puts the full weight of your uterus on your spine, back muscles, intestines, and the inferior vena cava (the vein that transports blood from your lower body to the heart). Back-sleeping can also put you at risk for backaches and hemorrhoids, inefficient digestion, and impaired breathing and circulation. Lying on your back in the second and third trimester can also cause changes in blood pressure. For some women, it can cause a drop in blood pressure that can make them feel dizzy; for others, it can cause an unwanted increase in blood pressure.

from: baby center

Friday, June 22, 2018

HERBAL USE IN PREGNANCY, HOW WOMEN USE HERBS

 Pregnancy Over 40 and Herbal Treatments

I think most women consider herbal remedies and preparations as "all natural" and safe.  I did use some herbal teas in combination when I was trying to conceive, but when I was actually pregnant, the only thing that seemed to help my nausea was peppermint green tea (decaffeinated).

Many medicines and herbal preparations are derived from "all natural" sources, but they are not necessarily safe in pregnancy. Always check with your doctor before taking anything in pregnancy. Read more:

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Overall, 462 (10.9 percent) of the 4,239 mothers reported using herbal products in the 3 months before or at some point during pregnancy. The prevalence of herbal use anytime during pregnancy was 9.4 percent. The prevalence during pregnancy was highest (6.9 percent) during the first trimester.

Excluding the 86 mothers whose only use of herbs involved herbal teas, the prevalence of herb

exposure before or during pregnancy was 8.9 percent.

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The most commonly reported products used early in pregnancy were ginger, which has been shown to help ease morning sickness, without side effects to the unborn child, and ephedra, an herbal stimulant that was banned in the U.S. in 2004 after reports linked it to heart attacks, strokes and at least 155 deaths.

The products used most often throughout pregnancy were herbal teas and chamomile, which has also been shown to ease morning sickness.

Herb exposure was more prevalent in women older than 30 and with more than 12 years of education. Of the 10 states studied, Iowa had the lowest rate of herbal use (5.4 percent) and Utah had the highest (16.5 percent).

"The fact that use of herbal products was greatest during the first trimester raises concerns about fetal safety, because this is a critical period of fetal organ development," Broussard noted.


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Wednesday, June 20, 2018

CAN DIET INFLUENCE GENDER OF FUTURE BABY?

Food - It's Impact on the Gender of Your Child

Guest Post By Sarah M Ocean

What you eat can affect the gender of your future child for a magnitude of reasons - however, all you really need to know is that your body's pH level is required to be at a certain level depending on which gender you wish to produce.
If you wish to have a girl, you'll need to focus on foods that will boost acidity in your body. This is because the sperm that carries the x chromosome necessary for the conception of a girl is bigger, and more durable, than their male counterparts. Therefore, they and are favoured by an acidic environment because the male sperm are not strong enough to survive. This leaves only sperm carrying the x chromosome to fertilize the egg.
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The following is a non-exclusive list of foods that will help boost your pH level to a desired level of acidity naturally:

SEE ALSO: ALKALINE AND ACIDIC FOODS FOR FERTILITY (getpregnantover40.com)

Asparagus, beef, bread, buckwheat, butter, cashew nuts, cheese, cereal, crab, cream, eggs, fish, flour,
ham, hazelnuts, honey, jello, lamb, lentils, macaroni, maple syrup, meats, mushrooms, oats, pasta, peanuts, pork, peas, pistachios, rice, prunes, rye, salmon, spaghetti, sugar & wine.
However please keep in mind that the human blood pH level should naturally sit around 7.35 - 7.45, which makes it slightly alkaline. Any level below 7.0 is considered acidic, whilst any level above 7.0 is alkaline. An acidic balance in your blood can result in a decrease in your body's ability to absorb minerals and nutrients, a lowered energy production in cells and a reduction in its ability to repair damaged cells. This can occur not only due to what you eat, but from emotional stress, immune reactions and toxic overload
On the other hand, If you want to conceive a boy, it is better to eat foods that will boost your alkalinity. This type of environment favours male sperm (sperm that carry the y chromosome responsible for conceiving males) because they are naturally more agile than their female counterparts, and the absence of acidity in the uterus allows them to reach the egg for fertilization much faster.
The following is a non-exclusive list of foods that, should you consume, will help boost your alkalinity:
Watermelon, vegetable oils, cranberries, coconut, dates, celery strawberries, spinach, soybeans, rhubarb, raisins, raspberries, pumpkin, apples, bananas, broccoli, passion fruit, peaches, pears, pineapple, oranges, onions, lima beans, lemons, garlic and grapes.
Although there are many more ways to help increase the odds of conceiving a baby of your desired gender, this is one of the most effective and natural methods.
However, as always, please remember that your own health and safety come first and that you need to consult your doctor before undertaking any diet changes.
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Monday, June 18, 2018

DO GMO'S HARM FERTILITY AND PREGNANCY?

GMO's, Do They Harm Pregnancy?

I'll admit, it's very confusing out there with all of the information on whether or not organic is better, how GMO's are already in our food supply and how they may affect our fertility, pregnancy and even our children.  This article explains what GMO's are and how they may affect us:

Genetically Modified Foods - Fact You Need to Know

Guest Post By Pamela Levin

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Based on information compiled by the Label GMOs Grassroots Committee, the following are facts we all need to keep in mind to protect our health and to make informed political decisions:
GMO Fact #1
Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) are laboratory creations of agricultural biotechnology engineered by forcing DNA from a foreign species into plants or animals. This foreign DNA may be from a virus, bacteria such as E. coli, insects, animals or humans, resulting in traits that would not
occur naturally.
Upwards of 70 percent of supermarket foods in the U.S. contain GMOs. While 50 other countries including the entire European Union require labeling of GMOs, the U.S. does not.
GMO Fact #2
Animal studies have shown GMOs cause infertility, accelerated aging, dysfunctional insulin regulation, changes in major organs and the gastrointestinal system, and immune problems such as asthma, allergies, and inflammation. As a result of these studies, the American Academy of Environmental Medicine has called for a moratorium on GMOs. The FDA's own scientists warned that GMOs have serious health hazards, but no safety studies are required. Europe has rejected GMOs due to health effects.

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GMO Fact #3
GM food poses higher risks for children - In feeding studies, adolescent rats showed damaged immune systems and digestive function; smaller brains, livers, and testicles; atrophy of the liver; and pre-cancerous cell growth in the intestines after only 10 days of GM feed. One study showed that offspring of rats fed GM soy died within three weeks. Bt toxin, a pesticide that has been engineered into GM corn, has been found in the placenta of pregnant women and and in fetuses. In newborns, since the blood-brain barrier is not yet developed, scientists speculate these toxins may enter the brain and cause serious cognitive problems such ADHD and autism.
GMO Fact #4
Agricultural bio-tech companies have undue influence on government institutions that are supposed to regulate them to protect public health. Many former Monsanto executives are now in the FDA and USDA. Michael Taylor, former VP and attorney for the biggest GMO company, Monsanto, is now the Deputy Commissioner at the FDA. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas is a former Monsanto attorney. Agritech companies give generous campaign contributions and use heavy lobbying to politicians. The FDA has chosen to disregard strong warnings of its own scientists and allowed GMOs in our food supply without any health studies or even labeling.
GMO Fact#5
GMOs offer no benefits to consumers or farmers . GMOs do not provide higher yields, are not more drought tolerant than conventional crops, are less nutritious, and do not taste better. Many GM crops are created to increase tolerance to herbicides, which encourages more herbicide use and increases agritech profits. Because GM plants are engineered to produce sterile seed, farmers must purchase new seed every year. Farmers who do not use GM seed and whose fields become contaminated by GMOs have lost their livelihood due to lawsuits from agritech companies.
GMO Fact #6
Overuse of herbicide on GM crops has led to super-weeds that require super-toxic herbicides, increased incidence of deadly plant diseases, degradation of the soil, and pollution of waterways.
GMO Fact #7
GMOs are widespread in our food supply. U.S. supermarkets sell products containing unlabeled ingredients from genetically engineered soybeans, sugar beets, corn, canola and cottonseed. Genetically engineered Hawaiian papaya, zucchini and crook neck squash are also sold in the U.S. The bovine growth hormone rBGH is genetically engineered. Livestock are routinely raised on feed containing GM soy, corn and cottonseed. The FDA has recently deregulated GM alfalfa, a common feed crop for dairy cattle. The FDA is weighing approval of GM salmon and a variety of other foods.
GMO Fact #8
GMOs could be contributing to the increases seen in childhood food allergies, asthma and autism, which have risen dramatically over the past 15 years since GMOs were introduced. The process of creating GMOs can increase levels of existing allergens, or introduce new allergens. GMO animal feeding studies show immune dysregulation, which is associated with asthma. The pesticide Bt from GM corn has been found in the bloodstream of women and fetuses; pesticides are linked to Autism via their potential to affect changes in the fetal brain.
GMO Fact #9
GMOs can be avoided by using the Non-GMO Shopping Guide or choosing organic foods. The most at-risk ingredients are corn, soy, cottonseed and canola. The guide available at nongmoshoppingguide.com tells how to avoid hidden GM ingredients, e.g. lecithin, modified food starch and high fructose corn syrup. Certified organic products cannot intentionally contain any genetically engineered ingredients.
GMO Fact #10
You can make a difference! Here are action steps recommended by Karen Hudson, Sonoma County Coordinator of Label GMOs Grassroots Committee encourages everyone to do:
*Contact carighttoknow.org to endorse, donate, volunteer, and get more information.
*Watch "Future of Food," "The World According to Monsanto" or
*See Jeffrey Smith's new video "Genetic Roulette."
*Check out Nutiva's 2 min. video on YouTube: "What is a GMO?".
*Forward this article to everyone in your network.
Pamela Levin is an R.N., a Teaching & Supervising Transactional Analyst and award winning author and nutritional journalist with 500 + hours post-graduate training in clinical nutrition, herbology and applied kinesiology. In private practice 42 years, she shares health improvement tips for body, mind, spirit, emotions and relationships in her complimentary bi-weekly newsletter, available at BetterHealthBytes.com. You're invited to register there and to request a topic you'd like covered.
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Saturday, June 16, 2018

RECOGNIZING THE IMPORTANCE OF FATHERS

Father's Day:  Recognize the Importance Of Fathers

Yes, fathers are important too. Many moms forget that kids want a relationship with both their parents. Fathers have their own way of relating to kids and even though it's different from women, its valuable to kids.
Our society seems to forget that men have an important role in bringing up kids.  Kids who have a two parent home score higher on achievement tests, they show less aggressive behavior and they have a higher socioeconomic position in society. Read more:

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“Daddy’s bonding time with his girls is working on cars,” said Ms. Calapini, of Olivehurst, Calif.
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“He has his own way of communicating with them, and that’s O.K.”

As much as mothers want their partners to be involved with their children, experts say they often unintentionally discourage men from doing so. Because mothering is their realm, some women micromanage fathers and expect them to do things their way, said Marsha Kline Pruett, a professor at the Smith College School for Social Work at Smith College and a co-author of the new book “Partnership Parenting,” with her husband, the child psychiatrist Dr. Kyle Pruett (Da Capo Press).

 (from www.nytimes.com)

Thursday, June 14, 2018

BIRTH DEFECTS OVER 40, NOT MUCH HIGHER

If you should become pregnant over the age of 40, many well-meaning medical professionals may scare you with all of the doom and gloom regarding older-age pregnancies.  Okay, they are doing their job and trying to inform you of the risks, but how much higher are pregnancy complications and/or birth defects over the age of 40?  I think you'd be surprised that outcomes aren't that different between older women and their younger counterparts.  Some birth defects are actually lower in older women and some measures of childhood outcomes are better for children born to older mothers!


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Tuesday, June 12, 2018

THE IMPORTANCE OF VITAMIN D IN PREGNANCY

Pregnancy Over 40 Vitamin Deficiency

Even prenatal vitamins can't totally make up for the lack of vitamin D in most women.
 Pregnant women can help their baby avoid a number of health problems by getting enough vitamin D. With so much emphasis put on avoiding sun exposure, this is only making the problem of vitamin deficiency worse. Read more:

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 Even regular use of prenatal multivitamin supplements is not adequate to prevent vitamin D insufficiency, University of Pittsburgh researchers report in the current issue of the Journal of Nutrition, the publication of the American Society for Nutrition. A condition linked to rickets and other musculoskeletal and health complications, vitamin D insufficiency was found to be widespread among women during pregnancy, particularly in the northern latitudes. 

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"In our study, more than 80 percent of African-American women and nearly half of white women tested at delivery had levels of vitamin D that were too low, even though more than 90 percent of them used prenatal vitamins during pregnancy," said Lisa Bodnar, Ph.D., M.P.H., R.D., assistant professor of epidemiology at the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health (GSPH) and lead author of the study. "The numbers also were striking for their newborns ?92.4 percent of African-American babies and 66.1 percent of white infants were found to have insufficient vitamin D at birth."

A vitamin closely associated with bone health, vitamin D deficiency early in life is associated with rickets ?a disorder characterized by soft bones and thought to have been eradicated in the United States more than 50 years ago ?as well as increased risk for type 1 diabetes, asthma and schizophrenia.

"A newborn's vitamin D stores are completely reliant on vitamin D from the mother," observed Dr. Bodnar, who also is an assistant investigator at the university-affiliated Magee-Womens Research Institute (MWRI). "Not surprisingly, poor maternal vitamin D status during pregnancy is a major risk factor for infant rickets, which again is becoming a major health problem." 

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Sunday, June 10, 2018

CAN I DRINK TEA SAFELY IN PREGNANCY?

Tea and Safety in Pregnancy

I was very careful about anything I ate or drank during pregnancy. I was extremely nauseated my entire first trimester and I found that if I heated my drinking water, it was easier on my stomach. Also, I drank decaffeinated green tea with a little bit of mint (and I even worried about that). Here is an article about the safety of tea in pregnancy:

SEE ALSO: FERTILITY TEA RECIPE (getpregnantover40.com)

"What teas are safe to consume during pregnancy?

Non-Herbal Teas

Although non-herbal tea is assumed to have great health benefits due to the antioxidants, it also contains caffeine, which pregnant women are often encouraged to eliminate or cut down on during

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pregnancy. The average cup of non-herbal tea contains about 40-50 milligrams of caffeine. Decaffeinated non-herbal tea does still contain a bit of caffeine, however the amount is usually only about .4 milligrams.

Caffeine does cross the placenta and reaches your developing baby, and the baby cannot metabolize caffeine like an adult can. For this reason, there is much controversy on how much caffeine is safe or if it should be avoided altogether. We know that the least amount of caffeine consumed, the better it is for your pregnancy. Talk with your midwife or doctor about what amount you feel is safe for you. This will then help you make the decision on whether to consume non-herbal teas like green or black teas.

Herbal teas

Herbal teas are naturally caffeine free, so caffeine is not an issue when consuming this type of tea. The concern with consuming herbal teas during pregnancy is the lack of data available on most herbs and their effect on a developing fetus. There are mixed opinions on the safety of herbal teas, for both pregnant and non-pregnant women.

Most commercial brands of herbal teas are thought to be safe for anyone to consume in reasonable amounts. Herbal tea companies, such as Celestial Seasonings, report that they do not use any herbs that are considered dangerous and choose to use herbs from a guideline that the FDA published. The herbal teas that are considered to be unsafe are those that are not made commercially, those made with excessive amounts of herbs (amounts larger than that found in common foods or drinks), or those made with herbs that are known to be toxic. As with most things, it is always best to talk with your midwife or doctor about any herbal teas that you are interested in drinking."
American Pregnancy Association

Saturday, June 02, 2018

BRIGITTE NIELSEN, 54 AND PREGNANT

I have a page on my website devoted to women who got pregnant over the age of 50 naturally (click here to read about these true stories - getpregnantover40.com).  If you haven't noticed, it's all over the news that Danish actress Brigitte Nielsen is pregnant at the age of 54!  Although it is not mentioned what measures she took to have a baby at her age, the last picture I saw she looked very pregnant.  Brigitte has older children and even has one in his 30's!  My best wishes to her and her family, it just goes to show you that age is just a number and motherhood is far from over when a woman turns 40 or even 50!

The former wife of Sylvester Stallone with whom she starred in Rocky IV made her pregnancy public
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via Instagram on Wednesday, sharing a photo of herself with her hands cradling her bulging baby bump.
She added the caption: 'family getting large
She followed it up with a second photo of herself reclining on a sofa, writing: 'happy time positive vibes.'  
the hevaily pregnant model adn actress was seen out ad about in Los angeles  Wednesday following her baby reveal.
Although it is highly unusual for women in their fifties to have children, the Centers For Disease Control And Prevention says births by women between the ages of 50 and 54 increased by more than 165 percent from 2000 to 2013.
 

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