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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:
-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 and
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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.
Safe Treatments
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, 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?

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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.
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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.

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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.
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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).
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Wednesday, November 07, 2018



I am frequently asked, if you had to pick the top 5 things to do to enhance fertility and get pregnant over 40 (or any age), these would be my top 5:

The top 5 things you can do now to get pregnant over 40 naturally include:

1. Eat hormone regulating foods like cruciferous vegetables, leafy greens, blueberries, and nuts and avacados among others

2. Reduce stress - You've heard it all before, but there are scientific reasons that stress affects fertility. The stress hormone cortisol is manufactured when you are under stess and your body will take progesterone to make cortisol.

3. Self Pelvic massage to break small blockages and increase circulation

4. Meditation and Visualization to attract a baby into your life

5. Prepare your body by maintaining a healthy weight and examining your pattern of exercise.
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Tuesday, November 06, 2018



Some women who are trying to conceive over the age of 40 are pushed into fertility treatments before they are given a chance to let nature take its course. It may take a little longer to get pregnant at older ages, but it is not impossible.

IVF Over 40? Not so Fast! When I was trying to conceive, I became the women's support group leader for my local infertility organization. I saw some very interesting results. Many of us got pregnant between treatment cycles! Here are some examples:

Two women were told their FSH was too high and their only chance of success was to consider an egg donor. One of these women got pregnant while looking for the egg donor, the other got pregnant while trying to save up enough money for the procedure(last time I saw her, she was about 8 months
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pregnant with her second!)

One woman (43) developed an ovarian cyst after being on fertility drugs. She was forced to take a break and got pregnant while on her "break" (she went on to have a normal pregnancy and delivered a healthy baby boy on her 44th birthday - a homebirth!)

One woman finally adopted and shortly thereafter got pregnant, had a healthy baby boy and is currently pregnant again (just saw her at her son's first birthday party!)

And...of course there's me, the "longshot" of the group - pregnant naturally with one tube and delivered normally at the age of 44.

It's interesting that a group of women labeled "infertile" (by the medical definition) turned out to be quite fertile indeed! The BBC news published an article (also on my website) that seems to raise the question of whether or not some couples are really infertile or perhaps just impatient: Undue IVF pressure put on couples (BBC News) So, if you're considering fertility treatments, maybe you should consider a little longer. The best treatment may be no treatment.

Monday, November 05, 2018



Do you really need IVF over the age of 40? I have known many women who got pregnant between treatment cycles when undergoing IVF. Obviously, I’m an advocate of conceiving naturally especially since I went through years of fertility treatments only to have my best success following an all-natural protocol. But, I’ve also read that among healthy couples with no known conditions associated with infertility, many who fail to conceive naturally within the first year will conceive naturally in the second year. Most women over 35 are told to “run not walk” to the closest fertility clinic – but the natural route may deserve a chance. There are other reasons to think twice before jumping into fertility treatments:

Higher Incidence of Abnormalities with IVF
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In all fairness, I should start by saying that the vast majority of babies conceived through assisted
reproductive techniques are normal. However, I have read that there may be a higher incidence of certain birth defects, certain types of cancers, cognitive delays and possibly conditions like ADD and autism in babies conceived through IVF. Other sources dispute these findings, however it does make you stop and think about the risk. Most experts agree that more study needs to be done to find out if some abnormalities are due to the procedures themselves or if it might have something to do with the fact that people undergoing IVF probably have other anatomical/medical issues that could contribute to the findings. Women who have undergone IVF are also more likely to have C-Sections, premature delivery, and babies with low birth weight.

More Tubal Pregnancies with IVF

There is an increased risk of having a tubal pregnancy after IVF (something I know all too well since I had two). It’s difficult to know for sure why there is a higher incidence of tubal pregnancies with this procedure. It may be as a result of the type of catheter used during the embryo transfer, it may be a result of the embryo moving up into the tube from the uterus after the transfer, or it may be because the woman has some tubal scarring or other abnormality that might make the it difficult for the embryo to come back down into the uterus to implant. Whatever the reason, tubal pregnancies require immediate attention and frequently require surgery to remove the fallopian tube. Sometimes, a drug called methotrexate (which I received for my second ectopic) can be given if the tubal pregnancy is caught early

IVF and Lab Mix-Ups

I had an interesting incident when we first started going through fertility treatments and we were trying inseminations. I went in for my insemination after my husband gave his "donation". After signing in at the doctor's office, I waited and waited. The receptionist kept giving me these weird looks and after I waited an hour and a half, the doctor himself called me into his office. He sheepishly told me there was a "mix up" in the lab and they had to cancel my insemination. The nurse jokingly says, "We wouldn't want a baby that doesn't look anything like you, now would we?" I sat there somewhat stunned, thinking "EXCUSE ME?? You mean to tell me my husband's sperm is floating around in the wrong pipette? And even worse, some other guy's sperm was in my pipette?!" Well, in their defense, at least the lab technician admitted to the error. I really could have had someone else’s baby. I still wonder if my husband’s sperm was given to another woman. It's scary to think of all the mistakes that are microscopic and aren't known at the time.

Saturday, November 03, 2018



If you've never heard of tapping, you are not alone. EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique) is also called tapping. This natural technique which you can perform yourself may help you get your mind and body in sync, reduce stress and help you conceive naturally
What is Emotional Freedom Technique and How Can it Help Me Get Pregnant?
By Gabriela Rosa
Several thousand years ago, the Chinese discovered a complex system of energy circuits, called energy meridians, running throughout the body. Meridians are the centerpiece of Eastern medicine and health practices. More recently, Western medicine has started to pay attention to energy flows and their effect on mental and physical health. Many therapeutic modalities ranging from acupuncture to kinesiology (muscle testing) work based on these principles.
Emotional Freedom Technique is best described as emotional acupuncture without needles. It also works extremely well for physical aspects, such as physical pain. EFT helps to "re-organise" the body
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and mind, inducing relaxation, which enables a realignment of the body's energy systems.
Essentially EFT helps one see situations, and experiences with "fresh eyes", facilitating and being catalyst for a positive change. As it is able to cause powerful shifts in how one feels and behaves in various different circumstances. EFT does not change the way things are, but it does have a powerful effect on how "bothered" one gets about things. The best way to understand it is to experience it.
One of the greatest benefits of EFT is that it is a self applied, tapping technique based on the healing modalities of acupuncture, acupressure and kinesiology (yes, you tap certain points on your face and upper body and so what if you temporarily look a little bit silly - it works, that is what matters!). What these modalities have in common is that they all work to balance the system in different ways and you don't need to become a master in any of them in order to very simply, quickly and effectively master EFT for self use. In fact the founder of EFT Gary Craig suggests trying it on everything and with the results I have had in clinical practice over the years, I couldn't agree more.
It is worth applying EFT to whatever may be causing you discomfort right now. The likelihood is that with a little persistence you will see any uncomfortable or unsettling feelings disappear. EFT enables positive cognitive shifts, its genius is that you can pretty much pull up anything that bothers you and turn it "off" on purpose. It also modifies the anxiety/stress response, fostering positive body awareness.
I often see men and women in my practice that are distressed with different aspects and in different stages of their fertility journey, some really are at their wits' end and this technique is absolutely fabulous for helping to rebalance one's emotions.
Below you will see a case study with one of my patients and how EFT was able to help her address her fear of childlessness.
Case Study - Fear of Childlessness
(Result in 38 minutes)
Susie*, was a fertility patient who attended one of the EFT seminars with her husband Steve* because the workshop is a compulsory and also very important part of my in-house fertility program.
Susie volunteered to work at the front with me as an example for the group. And as she came up she said the thing she wanted to work on was her fear of not having a baby. Susie and Steve had been trying to conceive for a couple of years without having much luck and she was afraid it wasn't going to happen.
I started working with Susie on that and her aspects kept changing, so the fear that was at 10/10 was only very slowly going down. Then after a particular round something else popped up for her. She remembered that the fear stared when she was in high school and she remembered herself thinking that being childless was really scary. So we changed the wording for her and instead of saying "Even though I have this fear of not having a baby", we said "Even though I have this fear of childlessness" which to her meant growing old without a family.
And all of a sudden after a couple of rounds her intensity and anxiety about the whole thing was completely gone and testing, did not bring it back up. A follow up with her a week later and she still reported how great she felt about the idea of having a baby and even not having a baby, although of course she would still prefer to have a child. That gripping feeling had completely disappeared.
The most interesting part of all is that one month later Susie was pregnant! She had a great pregnancy and delivered a healthy baby girl.
* names have been changed to protect their privacy.
Copyright (c) 2009 Gabriela Rosa and Natural Fertility & Health Solutions P/L.Leading Sydney-based natural fertility specialist, researcher and author Gabriela Rosa is devoted to helping bring healthy babies into the world and empower individuals through better health. Boost your natural fertility, get pregnant fast, increase the odds of IVF, prevent miscarriages and take home a healthier baby. Article Source:

How to End Your EFT Set-Up Phrase Effectively

How to End Your EFT Set-Up Phrase Effectively
By Andrew Wilkie
How can you make the EFT set-up phrase even more powerful for you?
An EFT tapping round normally begins with a set-up phrase. Out loud whilst tapping on your Karate Chop point, you would say 3 times:
Even though I have this _____________,I deeply and completely accept myself.
The EFT Manual details the following standard 2 endings.
I deeply and completely accept myself.
I deeply and profoundly accept myself.
There is a slight 3rd variation which is: I love and accept myself even though I have this_______________." I tend not to use it. As the ending starts off the set-up phrase.
My standard EFT Setup phrase is
Even though I have this _____________. I deeply and completely, love, forgive and accept myself.
Why Would You Want Other Endings?
Often somebody using EFT, can't say out loud or to themselves I deeply and completely accept myself. This in its self needs some EFT tapping. Yet, that's for another post.
My favorite 10 set-up endings, which I most regularly use are:
1. I choose to forgive myself for holding onto this and I choose to forgive those others that may have contributed to this in any way, shape or form.
2. I'm choosing to have compassion for myself even though I can't yet love and accept myself.
3. I accept all of me anyway.
4. I am still a good person.
5. I'm willing for this to change.
6. I'm willing to accept all of my feelings without judgment.
7. I'm ready to let go of it now.
8. I'm open to letting go of this now.
9. I choose to _____________. You can add a positive alternative emotion or say something to indicated movement towards your goal.
10. I totally love, accept and forgive myself.
From here, the world is your oyster. You can go wherever you mind takes you. You could easily combine 2 or 3 of the above to create a new set-up ending.
How do you end your setup phrase?Are you afraid to get real results with EFT?EFT can change your life. To get your FREE EFT Tapping Guide Click HereAndrew Wilkie travels the world, works with his laptop and helps people change their lives with their finger tips. Article Source:

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