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Monday, June 17, 2019


Much has been written about communicating with your baby while they are still in the womb, but you may wonder what they can actually hear.  Babies can start to hear as early as 20 weeks.  This article explains how babies perceive sound and noise:

Nature does a pretty good job of programming or presenting the necessary kinds of stimulation that a
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fetus should get at the appropriate times during development," says William Fifer, a developmental psychobiologist at Columbia University. In fact, experts worry that sticking speakers or headphones up to your abdomen could actually disrupt your baby's sleep patterns or the natural order of growth.
If there's any benefit to spending time talking to your baby or letting your favorite music filter naturally through the uterine wall, it's as much for the parents as for the baby, they say. "I think most of the purpose of talking to your baby is to give people a chance to sort of attach, to get used to the fact that this new creature is going to be a big part of your life," says Fifer.  Your baby's hearing is intact by the third trimester, when sonograms show that a fetus will actually turn its head to respond to a sound. But studies have shown that your unborn child can hear sounds as early as 20 weeks and will be startled by loud noises at about 25 weeks. Very loud sounds can cause changes in your baby's heart rate and movements, and sometimes even cause them to empty their bladders.
Instead of the womb being the quiet place scientists once assumed, it is actually awash in sounds, particularly the whooshing of your blood and digestive system, the thumping of your heart and your voice, which sounds louder than it would transmitted through the air since it reverberates through the bones and fluids in your body.  Noises from outside your body are more muffled but they also make it through surprisingly clearly, says Robert Abrams, a fetal physiologist in the department of obstetrics and gynecology at University of Florida. Low frequency sounds, such as those above middle C, tend to be more audible than higher frequency ones. Men's voices, for instance, come through clearer than women's, and music also is easily recognizable.
It appears the fetus can even hear specific speech patterns and intonations, although probably not recognize words themselves, Fifer says. Some studies have shown that babies after birth will recognize -- and be comforted by -- a story read repeatedly to them while in the womb or even by particular songs, like the theme from a television show watched regularly during pregnancy.

From: WebMD

Thursday, June 06, 2019


Pregnancy Over 40 AND 50!  50 Year Old Has Baby

Some people think having a baby over 40 is out of the ordinary, but how about 50? Motherhood really doesn't have an age limit.  There are a number of women who actually do get pregnant with and without help at the age of 50.  This story involves a women who did undergo treatments, but it does happen to some women naturally.

A couple of years on from his arrival, while most 49-year-old women expect their child-rearing days
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to be giving way to becoming a grandparent, Juliet is preparing to rummage under the bed for Rafe's old pram and baby clothes, ready for arrival number two.

She may not quite be in the same league as the world's oldest mum – an Indian woman was revealed at the weekend to have become mum to IVF twins at 72 – but Juliet could be about to claim the title of Edinburgh's oldest new mother.

"People ask me if I'm really happy to be 49 and pregnant and I tell them that of course I am, but if I had the choice I would be pregnant and in my thirties," she shrugs. "Unfortunately I just was not lucky enough to meet the right person until later.

"I do think I'm probably in a better position emotionally and psychologically now, but who knows? If I'd had a child in my 30s then I might well have turned out to be a bad mother."
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Thursday, May 30, 2019


Pregnancy Over 40, Morning Sickness

Even though older women supposedly experience less morning sickness, it's not true for everyone.  I actually had horrible morning sickness for the first trimester of my pregnancy (and it lasted all day).  One thing that was helpful for me was to suck on peppermint lozenges. Here's a great site that gives some help for women who experience morning sickness. Read more:
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General Remedies:

Avoid warm places as heat can increase the nausea feelings.
Take naps during the day (but not right after eating). Tiredness plays a big part in morning sickness.
Get enough sleep at night.
Get out of bed slowly in the morning.
Try eating plain crackers or dry cereal before you get out of bed in the morning.

Open windows or turn on exhaust fans when cooking and after meals.
Cooking in the microwave usually produces less odors.
Silly as it sounds, carry a handkerchief with a few drops of a non nausea causing essential oil (lemon for example) in it and breath through it if you can't get away from the smell that is bothering you.
Food and Drink:

Avoid greasy or spicy foods as they often cause nausea or heartburn.
Eat what you want when you want it. Your cravings will not lead you the wrong way.
Have frequent protein snacks. (Low fat meats and seafood, nuts, eggs and beans are high protein.)
Eat smaller meals every two hours or so.
Eating something salty before a meal can help you "make it through" a meal.
Do not drink fluids with your meals.
Non caffeinated teas like peppermint and ginger can help calm nausea.
Drink small amounts of fluids regularly though out the day to avoid dehydration.
Do not skip meals if you can help it.
Avoid spicy and fried food - both eating and smelling it can increase your nausea.
Cold food may have less nausea inducing smells associated with them.

Try taking your prenatals later in the day.
Talk to your doctor about:
Vitamin B6 - 50 mg. daily. Vitamin B6 has been shown to help with pregnancy induced nausea.
Ginger capsules: 250 mg. three times daily. Ginger has long been associated with alleviating nausea. (Remember drinking ginger ale when you felt sick when you were little?)
Ask your doctor if you can stop taking your Prenatals temporarily to see if the nausea diminishes. You may still need to take a Folic Acid supplement to help protect your baby.
Talk to your doctor about not taking iron supplements unless you are anemic. Iron supplements can be hard for your stomach to deal with.

Sunday, May 26, 2019


Ingesting Your Placenta

I've always been kind of an earthy person, but to be perfectly honest, when I read the below article, my eyes popped out of my head in disbelief.
 I'm not knocking it, but the thought of ingesting a placenta makes me a little queasy. According to the article below, there are some women doing this, and it may help with a number of problems in the post-partum period. Read more:

The practice, known as placentophagy, is far from widespread and is received with great skepticism
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by more traditional medical experts. But among a small but vocal contingent of expectant mothers and proponents, it is strongly believed that the organ created by the woman's body to pass nutrients between mother and fetus and is expelled after birth is rich in chemicals that can help mitigate fluctuations in hormones believed to cause postpartum depression.excerpted from:

Tuesday, May 21, 2019


Can you eat during labor? Does it lead to complications?

I remember when my husband and I went through our prenatal classes.  Our instructor said that some women are allowed to eat (depending on the facility they are in) and other women are not.  The logic is that if a woman is allowed to eat, and complications should arise requiring a C-Section, food in the stomach could cause complications.
I wish I would have known about the study cited below before I went into labor. I was induced, so I
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was told I could not eat anything that day. It was really tough to be starving and then having to go through labor on an empty stomach causing very low energy. I've heard different hospitals have different policies - so check it out ahead of time. Read more:

The review, published by the respected Cochrane Library, found that there were no extra risks.

They recommend that women should be allowed to eat and drink as they want, especially if they are at a low risk of complications.

Previously doctors have been concerned that patients who ate during labour could develop Mendelson’s syndrome, which can cause potentially fatal damage to the lungs.

The rare complication happens if pieces of regurgitated food are inhaled when patients are under general anaesthetic, for example during a Caesarean section operation.

The review looked at five studies involving a total of 3,130 women, around half of whom were allowed to eat or drink and half who were not.

They found no benefit from limiting food or water, especially in the number of Caesareans needed, a key indicator of labour progression. 


Friday, May 17, 2019


Pregnancy Over 40, Amniotic Fluid May Be Monitored

When I was pregnant with my daughter I had a totally normal pregnancy - but even so, I was closely monitored.
My doctor, however, kept a very close eye on me and I had numerous ultrasounds and tests to measure my amniotic fluid. My doctor told me that, in her opinion, the amniotic fluid measurements were one of the most important factors in assessing the health of my pregnancy. Here is an article about amniotic fluid:
From the article:
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"Amniotic fluid is one of the main ingredients that keeps a baby doing well," says Dr. Robert Atlas, the chairman of the department of obstetrics and gynecology at Mercy Medical Center in Baltimore, Md. "It's a combination of solutes – substances within our own bodies – which help bathe the baby. Early on, it consists of electrolytes, similar to what is in our own blood. The baby then begins to urinate, and that becomes one of the big components of the fluid in the cavity."

This means that the volume of amniotic fluid increases by 10 milliliters until 8 weeks, says Dr. Abu Alam, an OB/GYN affiliated with Overlook Hospital in Summit, N.J. "At this point, the fluid increases up to 60 milliliters per week until 21 weeks when it starts to gradually decline to a steady rate by 33 weeks of pregnancy," says Dr. Alam. "By the end of the pregnancy, it's down to a single liter."

And the purpose of these fluctuating levels of fluid? "Amniotic fluid serves to cushion the fetus to help the baby have normal development and supports the umbilical cord from compression between the fetus and the uterus," Dr. Alam says.

What's more, says Dr. Atlas, is that the fluid allows the baby to move about in the uterus, enabling muscles and tendons to develop. "Otherwise there would be significant orthopedic injuries, which could be lifelong," says Dr. Atlas. "But the most important role for the amniotic fluid is its role in the development of the fetal lungs. The infant breathes in fluid and exhales the fluid, allowing the lungs to develop. If there is no fluid, the lungs won't develop and the fetus will be unable to breathe. Amniotic fluid has an incredibly important role during pregnancy." 


Saturday, May 11, 2019


Pregnancy Over 40 and vitamin C

I had a tremendous craving for oranges when I was pregnant. Maybe it was my body's way of telling me I needed vitamin C. This article explains the importance of vitamin C in your diet especially when pregnant:

Why you need vitamin C during pregnancy
Vitamin C, also known as ascorbic acid, is essential for tissue repair, wound healing, bone growth and repair, and healthy skin. Vitamin C also helps your body fight infection, and it acts as an antioxidant, protecting cells from damage.

Both you and your baby need this vitamin daily – it's necessary for the body to make collagen, a
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structural protein that's a component of cartilage, tendons, bones, and skin. Based on animal studies, some researchers believe that vitamin C deficiencies in newborn babies can impair mental development.

Vitamin C also helps your body absorb iron. Try to include a vitamin C-rich food with every meal to get the most iron out of the other foods you eat.

How much vitamin C you need
Pregnant women: at least 85 milligrams (mg) of vitamin C per day
Pregnant, 18 years or younger: 80 mg

Breastfeeding women: 120 mg
Breastfeeding, 18 years or younger: 115 mg

You don't have to get the recommended amount of vitamin C every day. Instead, aim for that amount as an average over the course of a few days or a week

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Tuesday, May 07, 2019



Being a vegetarian or a vegan can be a very healthy lifestyle. It centers around a plant based diet and, although there still temptations in junk food, being a vegetarian usually lends itself well to eating right. I was a vegetarian for many years and like me, most vegetarians are very well educated on how to have a balanced diet with the right amount of protein. The average person's protein needs will vary, and there are differing opinions in the literature for what the protein needs are for men and women. It's estimated that the average sedentary person should get 46 grams (women) to 56 grams (men) per day. This can vary based on body mass and the amount of physical activity. Pregnancy increases your protein needs to about 70 grams per day (again, this can vary based on body weight, exercise and so on). What may be even more important than the actual protein is the other nutrients that vegetarians may miss. This article explains more:
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Six Common Nutrient Deficiencies in a Vegetarian Diet
By Penny Crowther
Vegetarianism is a healthy way of eating if done properly. However there are 6 nutrients which
require careful attention in a vegetarian diet, in order to avoid deficiency symptoms.
1. Vitamin D deficiency is common, particularly amongst vegetarians. Vital not only for strong bones and preventing osteoporosis, this vitamin has recently been found to play an important role in immune and cardiovascular health and insulin regulation. Vitamin D is made by the body in the presence of sunlight but with the increased use of high SPF factors, we are generally not obtaining adequate vitamin D by this means. The principle food sources for vegetarians are dairy foods. Foods fortified with vitamin D such as breakfast cereals and margarine are often not particularly healthy. Most vegetarians would do well to supplement vitamin D in a strength of 800-1000iu daily, more if a blood test shows very low levels of vitamin D.
2. Zinc is very important for the immune system and for reproductive health in men and women. It is an essential component of healthy sperm. Vegetarians should ensure adequate intake of this mineral through frequent consumption of pumpkin, sesame & sunflower seeds. Pine nuts, pecans, cashew nuts, peas, seaweed, lentils, oats are other good sources. A poor sense of taste or smell, reduced appetite, frequent infections and white spots on the nails may be signs of zinc deficiency. Stress, alcohol and pollution deplete zinc levels. A high fibre vegetarian diet is likely to interfere with zinc absorption.
3. Vitamin B12 is required for healthy nervous system function, healthy blood and the prevention of anaemia. It is only found in animal food sources, the richest sources being meat and fish. There is a smaller amount in dairy foods. Suggestions that algae may be a source have not been proven.
Persistently low iron despite supplementation may be due to a B12 deficiency. Very low energy and tingling sensations in the body may also be present and elevated levels of homocysteine, a risk for stroke. B12 is not well absorbed orally. Look for a sublingual (dissolved under the tongue rather than swallowed) B12 lozenge.
4. Vitamin A (Retinol) is only found in dairy foods in a vegetarian diet. Beta carotene, the vegetable form of vitamin A is found abundantly in orange and yellow fruit and vegetables but not everyone efficiently converts beta carotene into vitamin A. Healthy skin, gums and prevention of recurrent infections (including thrush and cystitis) are dependent on adequate Retinol levels. Vegetarians with an underactive thyroid are particularly likely to have poor vitamin A conversion.
5. Iron is required to maintain good energy levels, resistance to disease and healthy skin tone. Meat, fish and poultry are the only sources of heme iron which is absorbed more efficiently than non heme iron from vegetarian sources such as soya beans, dried apricots, seeds, lentils, cashew nuts, dark green vegetables & wheatgerm. Female vegetarians of child bearing age have a particularly increased need for iron.
6. Essential Fats such as omega 3 and 6 are to be found in nuts, seeds and oils such as hemp, walnut or flax. These fats are vital for mood, brain, hormone and immune function. Dry skin is usually a sign that more essential fats are needed. As with vitamin A conversion, it relatively common for there to be inefficiency in converting the omega 3 and 6 into the highly usable forms, DHA/EPA and GLA. For this reason vegetarians would do well to take a capsule supplement of algae-derived DHA and evening primrose oil to provide GLA.
Penny Crowther is a nutritional therapist with 14 years in clinical practice in London and Bournemouth, UK. Personalised programmes for energy, IBS & digestive problems, pre-conception, cardiovascular health. Consultations in person or by Skype.
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Sunday, May 05, 2019


Pregnancy Over 40, Autism and Testosterone

Autism seems to be in the media more now than ever and new theories seem to abound.
This article talks about how higher levels of testosterone may have some association with the disorder. This may also explain why the incidence of autism is higher in boys. Read more:

Of the 452 women contacted, 235 completed and returned both questionnaires and were included in this study. The researchers measured IQ using a standard test in a subgroup of 74 children whose mothers agreed to bring them in for cognitive testing.

The researchers then looked at the levels of testosterone found in the amniotic fluid taken during amniocentesis. The researchers used statistical tests to assess whether there was any relationship
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between testosterone levels in the womb, and the children’s IQ and levels of autistic traits. The researchers also looked at girls and boys separately to see if gender had any effect. The researchers also took into account various factors that might affect their results, such as the mothers’ age, duration of the pregnancies when the amniocentesis was carried out (usually between 14 and 22 weeks), parental education, having an older sibling, and child age at the time of the questionnaire.

What were the results of the study? The researchers found that, as expected, the amniotic fluid in pregnancies carrying males had higher testosterone levels than in pregnancies carrying girls. At age 6-10 boys showed higher levels of autistic traits than girls.

Children whose amniotic fluid contained higher levels of testosterone had stronger autistic traits, as indicated by higher scores on the CAST and AQ-Child questionnaires. The researchers found similar results if they looked at boys and girls separately on the AQ-Child, but on the CAST measure, foetal testosterone levels were only associated with levels of autistic traits in boys, not girls.

from:  Testosterone linked to autism

Monday, April 29, 2019


Even though I am not a religious scholar, I periodically post prayers for fertility and pregnancy.  Here is one you may find helpful if you are pregnant or trying to conceive:

Prayer and Promise for A New Life

Blessed is this new life who will come into our family
We wait for your birth and we pray for your health
You are sent by God as a divine gift
We promise to love and cherish you throughout your life
We promise to raise you according to the word of God
We promise to protect and keep you from harm

Thursday, April 25, 2019


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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Monday, April 22, 2019



Many women hear about natural progesterone cream to help with fertility and hormonal balance.  When I was trying to conceive, I did use natural progesterone cream because I had been told that my progesterone fell too early in my cycle (this was a test I had done when I went through fertility treatments).  I'm certain that it did help me conceive by resolving some of my estrogen dominance.  This article explains what natural progesterone cream is:

If you think you may have estrogen dominance, progesterone opposes the effect of estrogen. I knew my progesterone was low from one of the blood tests I had done during my fertility treatments. Also, my menstrual cycles were quite short (indicating my progesterone was falling too quickly after ovulation.) I kept coming across natural progesterone cream in my reading which I immediately began using. Natural progesterone is a plant extract which has a molecular structure identical to the
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progesterone produced by your body (unlike the synthetic progesterone widely used by the medical community). Using natural progesterone and avoiding xenoestrogens can put your hormones back in balance. Since my menstrual cycles were as short as 21 days (they would range between 21-24 days when I first started trying to get pregnant), I knew progesterone cream could help maintain my uterine lining and lengthen my menstrual cycle.

Natural progesterone cream is used between days 12-27 of your menstrual cycle (if it goes that long) and you can purchase it over the counter at health food stores. You can also purchase it on-line, but I prefer to buy products carried by my health food store because I know they enforce a high quality standard with the manufacturers. Follow the directions on the package. The label will tell you how much to use and how many times per day. Be sure to put it on different parts of your body with each application so your skin doesn’t build up resistance. There are different brands on the market, you just need to look for at least 480mg of USP progesterone per oz. The symbol ‘USP’ stands for United States Pharmacopeia. If a product has this symbol, it must meet certain quality standards so you can be assured you are getting the amount of progesterone stated on the package label. 

I should mention that there seems to be differing opinions in the medical community about natural progesterone cream (assuming they’ve even heard of it). Some doctors don’t think you can get enough to do any good through a topical application. However, there are other doctors who think just the opposite --- that progesterone is best absorbed through the skin. There are even doctors who feel you can get too much with continued use! All I can tell you is my experience. I was fairly certain from previous lab work that I was progesterone deficient in the second half of my cycle. My menstrual cycles did lengthen in the months before I conceived, frequently 26 - 28 days. Most importantly, I did conceive while using it. Many manufacturers of natural progesterone cream claim that it can help prevent first trimester miscarriage by giving your body the progesterone support it needs. Even though I had a problem with miscarriage, I did not use it during pregnancy. I used it up until the time I found out I was pregnant. When you do become pregnant, talk to your doctor about whether it’s safe to continue using natural progesterone cream.

Friday, April 19, 2019


 Acupressure For Labor and Fertility

I've heard of a number of alternative treatments that may be used to induce labor like accpuncture and acupressure.  In my DVD called Fertility Bodywork (available through my Fertility Shop) I talk about how women can enhance their fertility with acupressure which they can perform on themselves (along with reflexology, self massage, and yoga.  This article talks about how acupressure can be used for labor:

During the third trimester, acupressure can also help to encourage a head down position for the baby so as to ensure a smoother birth. Stimulation of specific acupressure points is also widely used for inducing labor of full time pregnancies, because it triggers womb contractions. These and some other acupressure points can also be used during childbirth in order to encourage womb contractions and thus assist the labor.
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Wednesday, April 17, 2019


It seems like the celebrity world is quite fertile indeed!  But haven't you noticed there are quite a few older mothers in Hollywood?  Of course, given that I blog about older motherhood, I keep track of these things!  Do they get pregnant naturally?  Some do and some don't, and I'm sure many celebrities
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don't want to share too much personal information.  I think celebrities become role models and prove to women, that having babies at older ages is possible...however you get there.


Monday, April 15, 2019


There are many benefits of acupuncture during pregnancy; among these is its particular effectiveness in relieving morning sickness. This is great news for women who feel especially sick during the first three months of pregnancy, and even more so for those suffering from potentially dangerous hyperemesis gravidarum, or severe vomiting, during pregnancy. Studies are emerging that show
In the third trimester, acupuncture treatment can bring relief from backache, sciatica, carpal tunnel syndrome, and pubic and joint pain. Fortunately for the mother, the benefits are often immediate. The third trimester is also a time when a great deal of attention is given to the proper positioning of the baby. The acupuncturist should begin to encourage a head-down position by 32 to 34 weeks.
women who receive acupuncture during the first trimester report having less frequent and shorter bouts of nausea than women who don't receive acupuncture. During the first trimester, acupuncture can also relieve migraines, fatigue, and bleeding. During the second trimester, acupuncture aids in maintaining balance by easing heartburn, hemorrhoids and stress. It can also be used to treat high blood pressure, edema and excessive weight gain.
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Saturday, April 13, 2019


Please check with your doctor before you embark on an exercise program in pregnancy. There may be reasons why you should not exercise or you may be on bedrest. Additionally, in very early pregnancy, extreme exercise has been associated with early miscarriage or implantation problems (many women undergoing fertility treatments are told to "lay around" for a week or two following their embryo transfers). However, if you have a normal, well established pregnancy, this article may be of interest:

Exercise and Pregnancy - 70 Things Every Pregnant and Non-Pregnant Woman Should Know

Guest Post By Barton Waldon

The following are 70 things every pregnant and non-pregnant woman should know about exercise and pregnancy in general:
1. Myths surrounding exercise and pregnancy:
Exercise during pregnancy was thought to cause miscarriage, hormonal imbalance, over-stressing of
the joints, redirecting blood flow away from the fetus, to the muscle, overheating the fetus, uterine bleeding, displacement or rupture of the placenta, entangled umbilical cord, breech position, increase risk of c-section, high blood pressure, abnormal genes in the baby, growth retardation, meconium-stained amniotic fluid, premature labor, prolonged labor, fetal distress, still birth, low birth weight, low apgar scores, difficulties for the baby after birth, and difficult maternal recovery after birth.
2. How the myths came and went:
Many of the myths, about the effects of prenatal exercise, were perpetuated by both the fitness and medical community out of fear and ignorance. Such myths have been dis-proven by modern medical research.
3. How exercise affects the woman's fetus:
Currently, all medical studies point to positive effects on the fetus as a result of exercising throughout the pregnancy. There are less complications during pregnancy when exercising. The woman's fetus becomes tougher, leaner, and more able to adapt and handle stress.
4. Roles of pregnancy hormones:
The following are the six hormones that are produced during pregnancy and their roles: Relaxin, is a hormone that relaxes and softens the cartilage and ligaments that support the joints to prepare the body for an easy pregnancy; Androgen, is a hormone produced in men, and helps to give the pregnant woman more strength, energy, and sex drive; Progesterone is a hormone that supports the growth of the fetus, uterus, breast, and even speeds up the metabolism. Progesterone also is responsible for fat accumulation to cushion the uterus and storage during the first and second trimester; Estrogen is a hormone that works with progesterone to maintain the pregnancy. In pregnancy, estrogen makes the uterus more elastic, softens the joints, retains fluid, and increases the size of the breast; hCG, human chorionic gonadotropin, is a hormone produced by the placenta to stimulate the ovaries to produce estrogen and progesterone; Insulin, a hormone that permits glucose to enter the muscle cells, can cause hypo or hyperglycemia in a pregnant woman if blood sugar levels are not maintained with a proper diet.
5. Diastasis Recti:
Diastasis recti (abdominal separation) occurs when the abdominal muscles are stretched out, as they are in pregnancy. Diastasis is the space in the mid abdominal region. Such separation generally occurs in the second or third trimester and is painless.
6. Dizziness and faintness in pregnant women:
When a pregnant woman feels dizzy or faint, it is usually due to poor circulation. This poor circulation may be caused by blood pooled into the legs from lying in the supine position or standing for an extended period of time.
7. Dizziness alleviation:
Use the legs to help pump blood around by moving around or walking. Remember to eat often and do not go more than four hours without having something to eat.
8. Primary reasons not to exercise during pregnancy:
The ACOG recommends that women who are pregnant, should not exercise if certain conditions or risk factors are present. Such factors include cardiac, vascular, pulmonary, and/or thyroid diseases. Other contradictions include diabetes, seizure disorder, obesity, hypertension, anemia, and problems with the back, joints, and/or muscles.
9. Pregnancy induced hypertension:
A woman who suffers from pregnancy induced hypertension is in a high-risk pregnancy and should not take part in a regular exercise program. Some light exercises and slow-moderate walks may be performed.
10. Best method for a pregnant woman to measure exercise intensity:
Due to the fact that the resting heart rate of a pregnant woman can rise up to twenty beats per minute over normal levels, measuring exercise intensity with heart rates will simply not work. The rate of perceived exertion should be used to measure exercise intensity because it involves listening to one's body and is easy to use.
11. Ten workout guidelines for beginners:
  1. Start slowly and gradually increase exercise intensity.
  2. Consult with a doctor, and get written permission before beginning any exercise program.
  3. After each workout, cool down and stretch slowly and carefully.
  4. Listen to your body and change the program as you see fit.
  5. Move your legs and walk around between exercises.
  6. Do not exercise in hot or humid weather.
  7. Practice proper posture, alignment, and muscle control.
  8. Avoid interval training.
  9. Get a complete physical before you start any exercise program.
  10. Do not exercise at altitudes of 8,000 ft or higher.
12. Benefits of strength training during pregnancy:
Strength training will improve muscle tone and strength. The added strength can aid in carrying the added weight of pregnancy, improve stability, balance, energy, sense of well-being and self-esteem. The threshold for pain will also be improved.
13. Popular sports and activities pregnant women should avoid:
Gymnastics, roller skating, snowboarding, softball, soccer, and volleyball.
14. Three basic exercises to include in an exercise program:
Kegels, Abdominal Pulses, and Pelvic Tilts.
15. How to do Kegels, Abdominal Pulses, and Pelvic Tilts:
Kegels- Visualize the pelvic floor muscles, starting at the anus. Squeeze the muscles around the anus tightly. After a few times, focus on the sphincters around the opening of the vagina. Squeeze them tightly and then relax. Then squeeze and pull the perineum in and up, holding as long as possible before relaxing. Remember to exhale as you squeeze and pull up, and inhale as you release.
Abdominal Pulse- Begin by sitting on the buttocks with the legs crossed up against your wall or bed. Inhale and let your lungs expand with air. Relax the abdominal muscles. Exhale and contract the abdominal muscles tightly by pulling them in. Repeat for ten to fifty repetitions for two sets.
Pelvic Tilts- This exercise can be performed supine, standing, seated, side lying, on all fours, or on a ball. Begin by sitting on the ball and walking forward, rolling with it until the shoulders and head are resting on top of the ball. Pull the abdominal muscles in and contract your glutes as you tilt your pelvis forward to round the lower back and exhale. Perform ten repetitions for two sets.
16. Three exercises to help pregnant women stretch the lower back:
Pelvic Tilt, Cat Stretch, Opposite Arm and Leg Raise.
17. Physical and psychological effect of confined bed rest:
After just twenty-one days of total bed rest, the body deconditions by twenty-five percent. Psychological effects include depression, anxiety, low self-esteem, and a negative mentality.
18. Not confined to bed rest, but still considered high risk:
Chronic hypertension, thyroid, cardiac, vascular, or lung disease, fetus in the breech position, anemic, and a mother carrying twins.
19. How posture, stretching, relaxation, breathing, and yoga are beneficial:
Practicing good posture will decrease the strain on the musculoskeletal system. Yoga and stretching lengthen the muscles, improve posture, and aid in relaxation. Breathing techniques help to expand lung capacity, helping to offset the pressure of the growing uterus on the lungs.
20. Advice for women experiencing neck and shoulder pain:
Strengthen the upper back and neck; Stretch the chest; Stretch the neck forward, to the sides, and in half-circles from one shoulder to the other; Use a firm mattress; Wear a bra at night; Get neck and shoulder massages; Use hip mobility exercises; For severe pain, walk with crutches until pregnancy is over.
21. Five yoga positions a pregnant woman may want to avoid:
Avoid shoulder stands, down dog, back bends, plow pose, and seated forward bends.
22. Diaphragmatic breathing:
Sit comfortably in a chair while holding the belly button with both hands. Breath in and concentrate on slow inhalation, letting the chest and abdominal cavity fill with air. Expel the air out slowly, and feel the abdomen deflate.
23. Possible result of women having very low body fat before and/or during pregnancy:
If a woman has very low body fat before and/or during pregnancy, her estrogen production may decrease, which could cause infertility or even miscarriage. If fat is extremely limited, the mother will use protein sources for energy and that can inhibit the proper development of the baby.
24. Weight gain distribution of 24-28 pounds in a pregnant woman:
Forty percent of the weight gain is accounted for by the fetus, and the other sixty percent is from maternal change. Most of the weight that is gained is extra water. Much of the necessary maternal fat gain is deposited internally and externally in the pelvic and abdominal region during the first trimester. The baby will accumulate its own fat and fat cells during the last ten weeks of pregnancy.
25. Morning sickness:
Morning sickness is a physical reaction to the hormonal influx and other changes your body is experiencing. This may increase estrogen levels and, in turn, increase sensitivity to certain smells which may cause nausea. A high intake of complex carbohydrates and protein can help decrease nausea. Eating smaller meals more often will also help and vitamin B6 has been shown to alleviate morning sickness.
26. Why a pregnant woman should avoid hair coloring and chemicals:
It is important that pregnant women do not use hair coloring and other chemicals because they can be toxic to the unborn baby. Do not inhale or let chemicals touch the skin.
27. Suggested servings of water when pregnant:
A pregnant woman should drink at least 10 cups of water throughout the day because dehydration can increase body temperature, slow blood and nutrient flow to the baby, and cause premature labor.
28. Most important vitamin to stock up on before conceiving:
Folic acid is the most important vitamin to stock up on before conceiving. The body needs to have enough folate in storage before implantation of the fertilized egg in order to prevent spinal and brain deformations called neural tube effects.
29. Reconsidering consumption of milk as part of an everyday diet:
Milk, non-fat or full fat, it may exacerbate and/or contribute to a variety of problems, such as heart disease, cancer, arthritis, migraines/headaches, allergies, colds, asthma, ear infections, thyroid and metabolic problems, behavioral problems, skin problems, fluid retention, bloating, abdominal cramps, and osteoporosis.
30. Five benefits of exercising during pregnancy:
Exercise, during pregnancy, increases blood volume, heart chamber volumes, maximal cardiac output, blood vessel growth, the ability to dissipate heat, and the delivery of oxygen and nutrients to the tissues.
31. Bone density, muscle tone and ligament integrity during pregnancy:
During pregnancy bone density is maintained and ligaments relax while changes in muscle function are unclear.
32. Several early pregnancy issues:
Several early pregnancy issues include miscarriage and congenital defects. Miscarriages are basically spontaneous abortions of the fetus and are common. Congenital defects are due to abnormal development of the placenta.
33. Steps to avoid miscarriage:
Stay hydrated, eat multiple meals throughout the day, and exercise regularly.
34. How exercise affects fertility:
Exercise has not been shown to decrease fertility in women, but actually slightly increases fertility.
35. Physiological effects of beginning an exercise program during pregnancy:
Starting a regular fitness program during pregnancy increases birth weight unless the volume of exercise is very high. Starting exercise in the second month reduces birth weight and newborn fat mass, but only if exercise intensity and frequency are very high.
36. Regular exercise and premature birth:
Continuing a regular, vigorous exercise throughout pregnancy does not increase the incidence of either membrane rupture or premature birth.
37. Active pregnant women vs sedentary:
Women who exercise tend to be leaner both during and after the pregnancy and recover faster than sedentary women.
38. Can women continue exercise throughout pregnancy:
Yes, women can continue to exercise throughout their pregnancy and in fact should, but if exercise is suddenly stopped mid or later in pregnancy the baby could become "fatter" than normal babies. This should not happen if regular exercise is continued for the entire pregnancy.
39. Psychological benefits of exercise for pregnant women:
Pregnant women who exercise regularly tend to maintain a positive attitude about themselves, their pregnancy, and their soon to be labor and delivery.
40. Positive points to implement:
Remember that you will come out of your pregnancy leaner than most sedentary women if you continue to regularly exercise throughout the pregnancy. Not only that, but your baby will be stronger, leaner, and more able to adapt to its surroundings if regular exercise is continued throughout pregnancy.
41. Four big contra-indications to exercise:
The big four contra-indications to exercise are injury, disease, pain, and bleeding.
42. Spontaneous patterns of exercise performance after birth:
There were many active women who resumed exercising within the two weeks following the birth of their child. Many of these active women, within the first year after birth, returned to their formal pre-pregnancy fat levels and even exceeded pre-pregnancy exercise performance levels. It is okay to exercise after pregnancy if it does not hurt or make the women heavily bleed.
43. Key points for exercise during the first six weeks after birth:
The woman should exercise 3 or more times a week; all exercises should feel good and enhance her sense of well-being; adequate rest is essential.
44. Key rules for exercise after pregnancy:
Be sure that the amount of exercise is enough, but not too much; be sure that the exercises feel good; pay attention to the little things; do not chart your performance progress; do not ignore fatigue or pain.
45. Three "absolute contra-indications" to exercise after pregnancy:
Bright red bleeding that last for several hours. If it hurts anywhere then stop, and breast infection or abscess.
46. Instructions and safety concerns for both the mother and baby:
Focus on monitoring performance, well-being, and the growth and development of the baby. One concern is milk production and can be used as an index for monitoring the growth and development of the baby.
47. How exercise has been proven to be a stress reliever:
Just taking walks on most days of the week can elevate your mood and prepare your body for the changes that occur in pregnancy. Other aerobic activities also relieve stress.
48. Stability:
Stability is the capacity of the body to maintain or return to a state of equilibrium. Exercising before, during, and after pregnancy helps to improve stability.
49. "Move from the core"
The phrase "move from the core" refers to when the deep muscles of the spine and the abdominal muscles that support the spine react quickly to the changes in movement which respond first in keeping the spine aligned.
50. Why the kegel exercise is important for the expecting mother:
Kegel exercises help to strengthen the pelvic muscles, which in return help to prevent urine leakage during and after pregnancy, as well as restoring muscle tone after delivery. If a pregnant woman should avoid strengthening the pelvic floor muscles, she may experience bowel and bladder incontinence problems later in life. It is for the above reasons that kegel exercises are the most important exercises a pregnant woman can ever do.
51. Why blood pooling is dangerous and what can be done:
Blood pooling is dangerous, because it shifts blood flow away from the internal organs and puts additional stress on the heart, causing less oxygen to travel to the brain and the fetus. This could cause pregnant women to feel faint or even pass out. To avoid blood pooling, it is important that the legs are in motion when not exercising to increasing blood flow back up to the heart. An effective cool-down helps to reestablish circulation and prevent blood pooling.
52. Four common changes during early pregnancy:
1. The pregnancy hormones tend to slow the digestive system.
2. The pressure from the enlarged uterus relaxes the pelvic floor muscles.
3. Emotions are affected by the new pregnancy hormones.
4. The growing uterus puts pressure on the diaphragm.
53. How a pregnant woman can reduce the incidence of nausea:
The incidence of nausea can be reduced by doing the following: Eating small, frequent meals throughout the day which will help prevent over-distending of the stomach while providing the much-needed nutrients; take prenatal vitamins with evening meal so, if they upset your stomach, it is while you sleep; keep crackers by the bedside to snack on in the morning; eat calcium-rich foods; suck on ice cubes; sniff or suck on lemons; wear a sea-band; place three fingers on your right hand on the inner aspect of your left wrist with the ring finger of the right hand directly over the wrist and hold firmly.
54. Reducing constipation during pregnancy:
Constipation and eventually hemorrhoids are caused by the increase in progesterone which slows the digestive tract. Drinking eight to ten glasses of water a day along with eating high fiber foods should help relieve constipation. Exercising also helps to relieve constipation.
55. Steps to take to reduce leg cramps during pregnancy:
The primary cause of leg cramps in pregnant women is slowed circulation, calcium deficiency, and consuming too many carbohydrate drinks. For leg cramps at night, place a pillow between the knees to help improve circulation. For calcium deficiency caused cramps, be sure to consume adequate amounts of calcium in your diet or take a calcium supplement. Vitamin C may also help to prevent leg cramps. If you feel cramping, flex the foot of the affected leg so the toes point toward the head. If cramping persist or is hot to touch then seek medical advice.
56. Three tips to help reduce water retention during pregnancy:
1. Avoid ingesting large amounts of sodium.
2. Perform ankle circles throughout the day.
3. Whenever possible prop feet up on a chair or stool.
57. Pregnancy gingivitis and how it can be avoided:
Pregnancy gingivitis is when the gums swell and bleed which may lead to infection and discomfort. To prevent gingivitis brush your teeth at least twice a day with a soft nylon brush. It is ideal to brush after every meal and before bed. See your dentist at least twice during the pregnancy for checkup and cleaning.
58. Importance of diaphragmatic breathing for the expecting mother:
Diaphragmatic breathing stimulates the parasympathetic nervous system, which calms the body. The more relaxed the women is during labor and delivery, the less discomfort she will experience.
59. Nostril breathing and its benefit:
Nostril breathing is the process of breathing through one nostril for up to five cycles at a time to help aerate the sinuses and bring balance into both sides of the nose.
60. Optimal range of weight gain during pregnancy:
The general guidelines recommend that a pregnant woman gains 25 to 35 pounds during pregnancy. The preferred scenario is that you gain about 4 to 6 pounds the first trimester, 11 to 15 pounds the second trimester, and 11 to 15 pounds the third trimester.
61. Average amount of Calories a healthy pregnant woman should consume:
The average amount of calories a pregnant woman should consume is around 1800 Calories. Active women who exercise an hour or more a day should consume 2400 Calories. Calorie intake should be increased by an additional 350-450 calories per day during the second and third trimester.
62. Five tips for avoiding excessive weight gain during pregnancy:
1. Eat an adequate breakfast. Skipping meals will attribute to eating in excess amounts later in the day and could possibly make you feel light head mid morning.
2. Drink at least eight glasses of water each day because dehydration can be interpreted as hunger causing the ingestion of unnecessary Calories.
3. Choose foods that are high in fiber, low in fat, and low in sugar because fatty foods can make you feel tired, and sugary foods can spike insulin.
4. Plan meals to balance your diet ahead of time with the essential nutrients you need.
5. Avoid eating with people who want you to overeat. Such individuals can cause you to eat an additional 750 extra calories for social reasons alone.
63. Some foods to avoid during pregnancy:
Do not eat raw seafood that is not frozen and sealed tightly with an "A" rating, soft cheeses, and free range eggs.
64. Benefits of weight-bearing exercise for the expecting mother:
Improved stamina; more energy; enhanced ability to handle heat stress; improved musculoskeletal function; increased metabolic capacity; increased insulin sensitivity; decreased maternal discomforts; easier labor and delivery; positive attitude and outlook of the pregnancy.
65. How exercise improves the mothers ability to handle heat stress:
Exercising regularly helps to increase blood flow to the skin which in turn helps dissipate heat. Exercise also decreases the core temperature threshold for perspiring.
66. How exercise can improve labor and delivery:
Women who continue a regular weight-bearing exercise program throughout their pregnancy have shown a marked decrease in the need for pain relief during labor, in the incidence of maternal exhaustion, and in the need for artificially rupturing the membranes to progress the labor. Women who follow a weight-bearing exercise routine throughout their entire pregnancies also have a lower incidence of induced labors, episiotomies, abnormal fetal heart rates, and the need for operative interventions.
67. Symptoms of over-training:
Some symptoms of over-training include fatigue, pain, loss of motivation, increased susceptibility of injury, and common infections. Over-training can negatively affect the baby by limiting its oxygen supply and nutrients.
68. Avoid pressure on the Inferior Vena Cava during the second trimester:
It is important to avoid pressure of the Inferior Vena Cava because it interferes with blood flow getting to the heart and lungs and results in less blood going to the aorta to the baby. When exercising on your back, putting pressure on the Vena Cava, you not only restrict blood flow to your muscles but also to your baby.
69. Healthy food plan for new mothers and benefit of exercise during first month after birth:
The daily diet of a new mother who is trying to lose her pregnancy fat should consume the following postpartum each day: 6 servings of whole grains; 2 servings of low-fat dairy; 2 servings of lean protein; 1 serving of nuts, legumes; at least 4 servings of vegetables; 2 servings of fruit; 2 servings of plant oils. The following should be consumed when lactating: 9 servings of whole; 3 servings of low-fat dairy; 2 servings of lean protein; 2 serving of nuts, legumes; at least 4 servings of vegetables; 3 servings of fruit; 2 servings of plant oils.
Exercise during the first month after delivery helps the mother recover postpartum, return to pre-pregnancy proportions, and increase energy.
70. Examples for developing a lifetime of fitness for the whole family:

  • Plan family fitness time at least twice a week.
  • Choose activities that allow everyone to participate in.
  • Follow good exercise principles, including warming up, cooling down, and stretching.
  • Include other family members.
  • Emphasize the importance of having fun.
  • Use physical activity as a reward, not food.
  • Dance with your family.
  • Provide space in your yard for sports.
  • Always use the stairs going down and up, if you and your family can tolerate it.
  • Keep fresh fruits and vegetables washed, cut up, and ready to eat for quick snacks.
  • Take a family fitness vacation such as skiing, canoeing, camping, or hiking.
  • Select fitness oriented gifts for birthdays and holidays.

Disclaimer: Always consult with your doctor before starting any exercise program.
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Monday, April 08, 2019


Pregnancy Over 40 and Lower Cancer Risk

Good news for women who have babies in their 40's.
 According to this article, it may have a protective affect on your uterus.  Perhaps it's the hormones or perhaps it's that the uterus sheds "bad" cells, but either way, it's a good thing.  Read more:

The researchers reviewed data from 17 studies involving 8,671 women with endometrial cancer and 16,562 women without the disease. They looked at how childbearing affected women's cancer risk, and accounted for other variables known to affect risk, such as contraception use and number of children.
Researchers aren't sure exactly why the later childbearing may affect endometrial cancer risk. Setiawan said it may be that hormone levels during pregnancy are beneficial in preventing cancer at
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older ages. Giving birth may rid the uterus of cancer-causing cells, she said, or it could be that women who are able to become pregnant later in life have healthier uteruses to begin with.

Thursday, April 04, 2019


I've always been a fan of the actress, Laura Linney and even though it's been a few years now, I thought I would write about her pregnancy (which she kept very secret from the media) at the age of 49.  Who knows how she conceived and it really isn't anyone's business.  I've written many times about how older mothers are actually better.  They tend to have better adjusted children and they also
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tend to be more financially stable.  That's better for all of us!

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In fact, she says, there is only one downside to having a child this late, “and that is the bittersweet reality of chronology. I hope to prepare him in a way that whenever ... I mean, anybody could die at any moment, but you know, my being alive when he’s 50 is unlikely. Even 40 is unlikely. But other than that, there’s no downside. None. I can remember being awake at 4.30am with him when he was an infant and loving it. When you don’t think it’s going to happen for you and somehow it does, there is a spiritual aspect that’s undeniable. You don’t take it for granted.”

Sunday, March 31, 2019


Pregnancy Over 40, Are artificial Sweeteners Safe?

I have removed almost all artificial sweeteners except for stevia from my diet.
Long before I became pregnant, I had heard that aspartame could be problematic for fertility and
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pregnancy. This article explains why:

Another problem associated with aspartame use is infertility. Dr. Madelon Price writes, “I showed (in rodents) that both amino acids [in aspartame] freely enter the arcuate nucleus and (at low dose) cause inappropriate release of hormones, and at high dose actually destroy these regulatory neurons. That is why sexual dysfunction is associated with aspartame & MSG”
According to this statement, the first issue in pregnancy resulting from aspartame is in getting pregnant in the first place. I also asked Dr. Blaylock about fertility and pregnancy. His response was “a number of studies have shown reduced fertility in both males and females - shrunken testes and ovaries were seen in the original studies by the makers of aspartame... we see reduction in the gonadotrophins-ICSH, FSH, LH and prolactin. In addition there are direct effects on the sperm and ova".


Friday, March 29, 2019


I saw this article about what used to be a rare birth defect which is becoming alarmingly commonplace.
The condition is called gastroschisis where a baby's intestines are outside the body when they're born. I remember seeing a story about this on TV when I was pregnant and it scared the heck out of me. Interestingly, even though women over 40 seem to get a bad wrap when it comes to pregnancy statistics and pregnancy outcomes, this particular condition is three times more common in women who give birth either at or under the age of 20. According to the article, aside from the age factor, research is being conducted to hopefully isolate drugs, toxins, and other environmental factors which might be contributing to this condition.

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If you are trying to conceive, this article should give you even more incentive to clean up your diet,
cut out your bad habits, and as much as possible, avoid environmental toxins. Even though this condition seems to be prevalent among younger women, it never hurts to do all you can to have a happy healthy pregnancy and, of course, a healthy baby.

Read more about gastrochschisis here:

Researchers theorize that gastroschisis happens because something inhibits growth of the baby’s blood vessels, and they have compiled a long list of possible culprits. Cigarettes, pesticides and methamphetamine are on the list, but so are such seemingly innocuous things as aspirin and Sudafed.
“It’s not something biological. It has to do with environmental factors – either drugs or nutritional issues or both,” said Hall.
Chapra believes that whatever the environmental trigger may be, the timing of exposure to it is critical.
She points to one study in which mice were given aspirin on day eight of pregnancy. There was no increase in gastroschisis among their babies.
But when mice moms-to-be were given aspirin at nine days, there was an increase, she said.

Monday, March 25, 2019


When I was pregnant, I was teaching a class at a local college.  I found it very difficult to do a lot of standing just because I was tired and the extra weight of the pregnancy made my feet hurt.  However, there may be other good reasons not to stand too much during pregnancy.

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If you have a job which requires long hours standing, you may want to modify your work situation, especially in the 3rd trimester. Standing for long periods at this time may affect fetal growth:
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But during the third trimester of pregnancy, they found that long periods of standing were signi´Čücantly associated with a 3 percent smaller head circumference in infants. In addition, working more than 40 hours a week was associated with a smaller head circumference and lower fetal growth. Long working hours were associated with approximately a 5 to 7 ounce lower birth weight.

“This effect seems to be of similar magnitude than the effects of other well-known lifestyle factors, such as smoking and caffeine intake,” the authors wrote.

Friday, March 22, 2019


Miscarriage and Flawed Eggs

I can't tell you the amount of literature I've read about older women, egg quality, and the higher chance of chromosomal abnormalities.
 Here is an interesting article about how younger women may also have a high incidence of chromosomal problems. This article talks about how embryos of younger women (ages 21-31) were examined from donor cycles. I found it interesting that it's also possible that the chromosomal problems may be as a result of the IVF procedure itself or possibly the sperm:


Paulette Browne, at the Shady Grove Center for Preimplantation Genetics in Rockville, Maryland,
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US, and her colleagues, examined 275 embryos created from the donated eggs of women aged between 21 and 31. All the donors were ostensibly healthy. The researchers removed cells three days after conception and examined them for aneuploidies. They found that 137 - half - of the embryos had at least one error.

In a similar study, Nelson and colleagues looked at 289 embryos created using eggs from 22 donors under the age of 30. About 42% had chromosomal problems. "Initially, it shocked me," says Nelson. The studies were presented at a meeting of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine in Montreal, Canada, on Monday.

Wednesday, March 13, 2019


I know there are those who feel that women in their 40's and 50's should not be having children.
 The reasons usually revolve around whether or not they are capable or whether or not they will be around to see their children grow up. Here is an article about a study that was done on older women - they were found to be just as "capable" as their younger counterparts (but we already knew that!):

"The scientists said: "The subjects were given surveys to determine their physical and mental functioning and parental stress.

"Overall the researchers found that the women in their 50s did not have reduced parental capacity or
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higher stress levels than the younger women."

Dr Anne Steiner, who carried out the research, said the study suggested opposition to older mothers may be based on prejudice rather than evidence they were poor parents.

She said: "The conclusion from this study, though it is limited and of small size, is that if we look from the perspective of stress and physical and mental functioning, it doesn't seem like we can restrict parenting based on these reasons." 

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Friday, March 01, 2019


Pregnancy Over 40, Stay Away From High Fat Diets

I've been writing about the importance of your diet during pregnancy.
 Another good reason to really watch what you eat during pregnancy. According to the article below, babies may be predisposed to weight problems and obesity if their mothers consumed a high fat diet
in pregnancy. Read more:
A study in rats shows that exposure to a high-fat diet during pregnancy produces permanent changes in the offspring's brain that lead to overeating and obesity early in life, according to new research by Rockefeller University scientists. This surprising finding, reported in the Nov. 12 issue of the Journal of Neuroscience, provides a key step toward understanding mechanisms of fetal programming involving the production of new brain cells that may help explain the increased prevalence of childhood obesity during the last 30 years. "We've shown that short-term exposure to a high-fat diet in utero produces permanent neurons in the fetal brain that later increase the appetite for fat," says senior author Sarah F. Leibowitz, who directs the Laboratory of Behavioral Neurobiology at Rockefeller. "This work provides the first evidence for a fetal program that links high levels of fats circulating in the mother's blood during pregnancy to the overeating and increased weight gain of offspring after weaning."
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Sunday, February 24, 2019


Folic Acid In Pregnancy

Most of us know that folic acid is essential to start taking before you plan on becoming pregnant.  Getting enough folic acid can help prevent some birth defects and has even been associated with reducing the chances of a baby being born with Down Syndrome.  Additionally, some research suggests it may play a role in preventing autism.
This article explains how a woman can be tested for folic acid and the different ways the test may be done. Read more:

A folic acid test measures the amount of folic acid in the blood. Folic acid is one of many B vitamins.
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The body needs folic acid to make red blood cells (RBC), white blood cells (WBC), platelets, new genetic material (DNA) in cells, and for normal growth. Folic acid also is important for the normal development of a baby (fetus).

Folic acid can be measured in the liquid portion of blood (plasma). This reflects a person's recent intake of folic acid in the diet. Folic acid is found in foods such as liver; citrus fruits; dark green, leafy vegetables (spinach); whole grains; cereals with added B vitamins; beans; milk; kidney; and yeast.

Folic acid may also be measured as the amount in the red blood cells. This test may be a better way than the plasma test to measure the amount of folic acid stored in the body. The amount of folic acid in red blood cells measures the level when the cell was made, as much as 2 months earlier. This level is not usually affected by the amount of folic acid in your diet each day. It is a more accurate way to measure the body's level of folic acid.

Women who are pregnant or planning to become pregnant need extra folic acid to make more red blood cells and maintain normal growth of their baby. Women who do not get enough folic acid before and during pregnancy are more likely to have a child born with a birth defect, such as a cleft lip or cleft palate or a neural tube defect, such as spina bifida.


Wednesday, February 13, 2019


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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Friday, February 08, 2019


Prenatal Omega 3 Fatty Acids - Find Out Why it is Important For You and Your Baby

Guest Post By Chuck Blake

Prenatal omega 3 fatty acids in pregnancy work like lock and key combination for both mother and the baby. They are essential long chain polyunsaturated omega3 fats that are required for mother's health and baby's proper development.
Importance of prenatal omega 3 fats for the mother

1. Protection from post partum depression
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2. Reduced risk of miscarriages, pre-term labor and cesarean

3. Reduced chances of breast cancer

4. Protection from pre-eclampsia

5. Safe delivery
Importance of prenatal omega 3 fats for the baby

1. Proper brain development

2. Better eye sight

3. Less sleep disorder

4. Better hand/eye coordination

5. Good nervous system development

6. Reduced risk of neurobehavioral disorders like Autism, Dyslexia, etc

7. Enhanced concentrating and comprehending skills

8. Improved memory

9. Higher IQ

10. Better immunity
Because of the enormous and unmatched health benefits of omegs3 fats for both mother and baby, doctors around the globe recommend a high DHA omega3 diet during as well as after the pregnancy. This is because pregnant women are the only source of nutrition for both fetus and the newborn baby. She has to have high levels of DHA fats to cater the need of both baby and her body.
Experts recommend that pregnant females should take 500mg of DHA daily. This is equivalent to having one healthy, oily and naturally DHA rich fish (like hoki, tuna, salmon, etc.) serving daily. However, because of increase in water pollution, there is an increased risk of toxin poisoning by eating too much fish. Thus, fish supplements that undergo refining process to filter out the harmful chemicals from the oil are recommended instead.
Ideal prenatal omega 3 fish oil supplement
1. High DHA content

Since, DHA fat is often called as brain food, it is vital to have a supplement that is rich in DHA fats. 1000mg of oil should at least have 250 mg of DHA.
2. Fresh

Supplement should be fresh and should smell like ocean waters. Consumption of stale oil could result in fishy burps, long lasting metallic after taste, and increased free radical activity in the body.
3. Pure

The presence of impurities like mercury, lead, arsenic, etc. in the oil via fish caught from polluted ocean waters could be dangerous. Look for supplements that undergo the molecular distillation process to ensure that all the oil is of pharmaceutical grade quality.
Now that you know the importance of prenatal omega 3 fats and what to look for in an effective fish oil supplement, your next step should be put this information to test and find out an effective prenatal omega 3 supplement and start taking it for safe delivery and healthy baby.
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