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Thursday, October 17, 2019


Pregnancy After 40, Weight Gain May Be Controlled With Probiotics

I keep hearing about the benefits of probiotics for everything from intestinal health to allergies. Many yogurt companies are advertising "live cultures" in their products.
 Here is an article about how they may help with weight during and after pregnancy:
"The results of our study, the first to demonstrate the impact of probiotics-supplemented dietary counselling on adiposity, were encouraging. The women who got the probiotics fared best. One year after childbirth, they had the lowest levels of central obesity as well as the lowest body fat percentage," she said.

"Central obesity, where overall obesity is combined with a particularly fat belly, is considered especially unhealthy. We found it in 25% of the women who had received the probiotics along with

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dietary counselling, compared with 43% in the women who received diet advice alone," she added.

During the study, Kirsi and her colleagues randomly divided 256 women into three groups during the first trimester of pregnancy. Two of the groups received dietary counselling consistent with what''s recommended during pregnancy for healthy weight gain and optimal foetal development.

The study subjects were also given food items like spreads and salad dressings with monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fatty acids, as well as fibre-enriched pasta and breakfast cereal to take home.

The researchers said that one of the groups was daily given capsules containing Lactobacillus and Bifidobacterium, the most commonly used probiotics.

Sunday, October 13, 2019


Bee Pollen for Pregnancy - Is This Super Food Ideal For Your Pregnancy?

Guest Post By Johan Petersen

Did you know that taking bee pollen for pregnancy is a great way to make sure that you and your unborn child not only get a wide variety of nutrients, but are safe from disease as well? In addition to this, it also does wonders for helping you feel happier and healthier. Here are a few other things to consider when taking bee pollen.
When it comes to making sure your unborn child is born healthy, the best way to ensure this is to make sure that you get a balanced amount of vitamins, minerals, and nutrients. However, during this chaotic time, it's not uncommon for many pregnant women to experience deficiencies of some kind.
This natural substance is the perfect way to ensure this doesn't happen to you. It doesn't matter what odd foods you crave or eschew during your pregnancy-this amazing supplement provides you with every single one of the daily required nutrients. These include, but aren't limited to:
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� Protein
� Iron
� Potassium
� Magnesium
� Vitamin A
� Vitamin B12
� Vitamin C
� Antioxidants
� Amino Acids
� Copper
� Zinc


This is not only beneficial toward you, but it also helps makes sure your unborn child grows up healthy as well. Studies show that having a balanced amount of nutrients throughout pregnancy can help prevent a variety of physical and mental developmental disorders, such as dyslexia, rickets, weak immune systems, and an amino acid metabolism related disorder called organic acidemia. It also helps prevent poor eyesight, encourages muscle and bone growth, and protects your infant from
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Taking bee pollen for pregnancy is also a good way to ensure the birth goes well. Along with being a natural immune system booster, it also acts as a mild mood stabilizer and gives you a natural energy boost when fatigue sets in.
This is especially helpful when you're flooded with hormones, plagued by aches and pains, and tired to the bone. Bee pollen is wonderful for helping you feel calmer, stronger, and healthier.
If you're wondering if you or your child will experience side effects from taking bee pollen for pregnancy, you can rest assured that most consumers don't experience any negative effects at all.
The few that do occur tend to be very rare and very mild. These include nausea, an itchy mouth or throat, and trouble breathing. If you're unsure about bee pollen, consult your doctor first.
How to Find the Best Bee Pollen:
If you're concerned about contamination, you can rest assured that there is a way to ensure that your supplements are free from harmful chemicals and pollutants. Studies show that bee pollen harvested from New Zealand is naturally pure and clean.
This is because this region is one of the few places on earth that is secluded enough to be relatively free of pollution. This means that your pollen will be completely clean from the very beginning.
Taking bee pollen for pregnancy that has been freeze-dried is a great way to make sure your supplements are as potent as they can be. This is because, unlike other forms of bee pollen, the nutrients aren't lost during the manufacturing process. Instead, they're instantly protected and preserved in this form, which means you can rest easy when it comes to getting all of your daily nutrients.
Take a moment and visit my website below to learn more about how taking bee pollen for pregnancy is an effective, hassle free way to keep both you and your unborn child healthy and strong.
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Tuesday, October 08, 2019


Pregnancy Over 40, Drugs and Birth Defects

There is a category of drugs called "Retinoids" which should be avoided if you're TTC or already pregnant.
  Usually, physicians won't prescribe them to women of child bearing age unless they have proof of birth control or some type of sterilization procedure.
Read more:

What birth defects are caused by use of isotretinoin during pregnancy?
There is an extremely high risk of birth defects if a woman takes isotretinoin during pregnancy, even if she takes a small amount of the drug for a short period. Birth defects caused by isotretinoin include

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Hydrocephaly (enlargement of the fluid-filled spaces in the brain)
Microcephaly (small head and brain)
Mental retardation
Ear and eye abnormalities
Cleft palate and other facial abnormalities
Heart defects
Isotretinoin can cause birth defects in the early weeks after conception when a woman often does not know she is pregnant. Even babies without obvious birth defects may have mental retardation or learning disabilities (1, 2). The drug also increases the risk of premature delivery and infant death (1, 2).

excerpted from:   (www.marchofdimes.com)

Monday, October 07, 2019


Mums and Gums: Cause of Miscarriage and Premature Births

Guest Post By Judy Ford

After I had my first child, my dentist complained that I hadn't been looking after my teeth and gums. I was sure that I hadn't been doing anything different from usual. He then went on to complain that all
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pregnant women and new mothers neglected their teeth and gums. I believe that he was wrong when he suggested that pregnant women suddenly change their oral hygiene habits. But he was correct that the dramatic hormonal changes during pregnancy can greatly affect the gums. If the gums aren't healthy to start with then this seemingly irrelevant problem can seriously baby's growth and health in the womb.
It is now shown beyond any doubt that maternal gum disease causes premature labour. One study performed prospectively in North Carolina looked at the effect of dental health in 812 women. Each woman's dental health was assessed at 26 weeks and then within 48 hours after delivery. The researchers examined both the rate of premature births (less than 28 weeks) and low birth weight (less than 1,000 gms). Their data was adjusted for race, parity and gender. 1.1% of the group with healthy gums (201 women) had premature births. This rate greatly increased in the 566 rated as having mild gum disease to 3.5% and was 11.1% in the 45 women with moderate to severe gum disease. The rates were slightly more dramatic for birth weight. No women with healthy gums had a baby that weighed less than 1,000 gm. Six per cent of the women with mild disease had a baby with low birth weight and 11.4% of those with moderate to severe disease had a low birth weight baby. Studies from Poland, France and Brazil showed similar results.
This research applies equally to second trimester and later miscarriages as well as prematurity at term.
Gum disease might cause low birth weight and prematurity in more than one way. Gum disease allows oral bacteria to move from the mouth into the blood stream. These oral bacteria can cause clotting and are known to be a major factor in strokes. They are also cause endocarditis, a potentially lethal infection of heart valves and inner lining of the heart. Periodontitis, serious gum disease in pregnancy might act through clotting or infection itself.
The great news is that early attention to periodontal (gum) health can reduce these risks.
A study from Chile examined the oral health of 400 pregnant women, aged between 18 and 35, before 28 weeks gestation. Dentists immediately treated periodontal disease in 200 of the women. They treated the other 200 (the controls) only after delivery. The rate of pre-term, low birth weight delivery was 1.8% (3/163) in the treated group and 10.1% (19/188) in the untreated group. Low birth weight and prematurity was 5.5 times more likely in the untreated group.
Prematurity and low birth weight together greatly increase the risk of a baby's death. There are also a large number of other important problems that occur as a result of prematurity. It is sad that it has taken so long to recognise this easily preventable cause of problems.
Let us hope that doctors and dentists will soon work together to prevent the problems in the future. In the meantime, inform every pregnant woman that you know.
Dr Judy Ford is an internationally respected geneticist who has undertaken considerable research into the cause of miscarriage [http://www.itsnatural.com.au/miscarriage.shtml], cause of infertility and cause of birth defects. She believes that most problems are preventable through changes to healthy lifestyles and healthy habits. More information can be found on her website http://www.itsnatural.com.au
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Sunday, October 06, 2019


The Sly Masquerader - Thyroid Disease During Pregnancy

Guest Post By Dr. Michele Brown OBGYN

A 26 year old, newly-pregnant woman sits on the exam table in her obstetrician's office. She is excited about her pregnancy and does not want to complain about her nausea, vomiting, weight loss, anxiety, difficulty sleeping, and fatigue. The obstetrician can tell just by looking at her that she seems to be suffering the normal symptoms of pregnancy and is not overly worried. After all, nausea and vomiting occur in 50-80% of all pregnant women, especially between the 5th and 13th week. The doctor reassures the patient that this is normal, and encourages her to hydrate and rest. Sometimes the physician will suggest a medication, or a supplement, to reduce the symptoms of nausea and vomiting.
Is it possible that this woman is experiencing something more severe than the normal, early pregnancy symptoms?
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One of the great masqueraders for pregnant women is thyroid disease. Many of the symptoms that women experience in the early stages of pregnancy are the exact symptoms that occur with thyroid problems. Women will commonly experience fatigue, weight gain, constipation, insomnia, and lethargy. Health care providers will often reassure patients that this is normal and these symptoms are due to the hormonal and physiological changes that one expects with the early stages of a healthy pregnancy. However, one must be on the alert that these same symptoms could be representative of a much more serious underlying problem; one that could have major, negative ramifications on the pregnancy and the newborn infant. Left undiagnosed and untreated, hypothyroidism (low thyroid hormone) could result in serious, high-risk conditions during the pregnancy. Prematurity, preeclampsia, placental separation (abruption), and/or serious consequences in the child such as
congenital cretinism (mental retardation, deafness, muteness).
This weeks article will focus only on hy-PER-thyroidism (when you have too much thyroid hormone.)
Next week we will review hyp-O-thyroidism. (when you have too little thyroid hormone) and its effects on pregnancy.

Who should get screened for thyroid disease in pregnancy?
The current American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology guidelines state that thyroid functions should be checked only in women with a personal history of thyroid disease or symptoms of thyroid disease. It is NOT universally recommended to test all pregnant women even though there are cases of women who have disease that do not have symptoms (subclinical cases).
How does maternal thyroid hormone effect the fetus?
The fetal brain is completely dependent on maternal thyroid hormone until about 12 weeks gestation. At that time, the fetus is able to manufacture its own thyroid hormone in conjunction with the maternal hormone that crosses the placenta. Diminished levels of thyroid hormone in the mother impair fetal brain development. Elevated levels can also cross the placenta and cause excessive production in the fetus. (Graves disease.)
What is hyperthyroidism?
The thyroid is an endocrine gland located in the neck that controls metabolism. It receives a message (TSH) from an area in the brain called the pituitary which releases thyroid hormone (T4).
When the gland produces more hormone than it is supposed to, hyperthyroidism is diagnosed (elevated thyroid hormone T4 and low TSH.) This can occur in about.2% of all pregnancies. The most common form of the disease is Graves disease where certain antibodies are made by the body that stimulate thyroid hormone production. Other causes can be multinodular goiter, subacute thyroiditis, an extra thyroid source of hormone production (certain tumors of the ovary or pituitary), thyroid adenoma.
What are the symptoms of hyperthyroidism?
  • nervousness
  • tremors
  • tachycardia
  • frequent stool
  • excessive sweating
  • heat intolerance
  • weight loss
  • goiter
  • insomnia
  • palpitations
  • hypertension
  • eye changes-lagging of the eyelid and retraction of the eye lid
What are the risks to the mother and the fetus if hyperthyroidism is left untreated?
If left untreated, hyperthyroid can cause:
  • preterm delivery
  • severe preeclampsia
  • heart failure
  • fetal loss
  • low birth weight infants
  • stillbirth
  • fetal hyperthyroidism
How do you treat hyperthyroidism in the mother?
A classification of drugs called thioamides are used to treat hyperthyroidism.
  • PTU
  • methimazole
These drugs prevent the manufacture of the thyroid hormone by preventing a needed substrate iodine from attaching to the thyroid molecule and it also blocks the the manufacture of of another active form of the hormone T3.
These drugs do cross the placenta and can effect the fetal thyroid, although it is generally transient. Generally, these drugs are safe to use in pregnancy but rare side effects of the drug can include fever, sore throat, hepatitis, rash, nausea, loss of taste and smell, loss of appetite and a very serious and rare side effect called agranulocytosis (less than 1%) which is an abnormal condition of the blood characterized by a severe reduction of white blood cells (fever, prostration and bleeding ulcers of rectum, mouth, and vagina.)
Infants must be observed carefully after birth with mothers on antithyroid medication since newborns have been known to have neonatal hypothyroidism and goiter in mothers who have been treated. Babies are ultrasounded during pregnancy looking for fetal goiter and growth problems which can present problems at delivery due to the hyperextension of the neck.
It is generally considered safe to breast feed on these medications.
Other drugs used to treat hyperthyroidism are beta-blockers (propranolol) which act to reduce the rapid heart rate that can occur. Side effects from this drug can include growth retardation in the fetus, fetal bradycardia (slowed heart rate) and hypoglycemia in the infant (low blood sugar).
Radioactive iodine is never used in pregnancy since it can ablate the fetal thyroid. A patient was treated with radioactive iodine prior to becoming pregnant, should avoid becoming pregnant for at least 4 months. If all medications fail, or allergy to the medications exist, thyroidectomy, or surgical excision of the thyroid is recommended.
What is subclinical hyperthyroidism?
In about 1.7% of women there are asymptomatic women with normal thyroid hormone but a low TSH. This condition generally has been found to have no effect on the pregnancy since it is the maternal T4 level that is critical for fetal brain development, regardless of what the TSH level is. However, these women should be observed for osteoporosis, cardiovascular morbidity and progression to overt disease or thyroid failure in the future.
What is thyroid storm?
Thyroid storm is an acute obstetrical emergency that occurs in about 10% of women with hyperthyroidism. Symptoms include a change in mental status, seizures, nausea, diarrhea, and cardiac arrythmias. Patients are placed in the intensive care unit for constant monitoring and observation since there is a high risk of maternal heart failure. Thyroid storm can be precipitated by an acute surgical emergency, infection, diabetes. anesthesia, and noncompliance with thyroid medications. In addition to the usual treatment of hyperthyroidism as described above, steroids are commonly given.
Can thyroid disease present itself right after delivery?
About 6 to 9% of women with no history of thyroid disease can present with disease after delivery, generally within the first year postpartum. This is common in women that have previously known thyroid antibodies that are not activated until after the delivery, or women with a strong family history of diabetes or other autoimmune disorders. Most women have transient hyperthyroidism which then converts to hypothyroidism requiring treatment. About 77% of women will completely recover but 30% will continue with thyroid disease permanently. Many women that recover will develop this disorder again with subsequent pregnancies.
Because of the close similarity of symptoms that occur with a normal early pregnancy, be sure to ask your health care providers if you should be screened for thyroid disease. Discovery and correction of this condition can have beneficial ramifications to ensure a happy, healthy mother and baby. As stated in many previous articles, pregnancy can be the crystal ball of future medical conditions and by being vigilant, pregnancy can help a woman avoid diseases and conditions from surfacing later in life.
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Saturday, October 05, 2019


Pregnancy Over 40, How Breasts Change

Breast changes were always one of the first signs I was pregnant and it seems like my breasts were one of the last body parts to return to normal after giving birth and nursing.  Many women worry about new lumps and bumps in their breasts - especially when their milk starts coming in.
Here is an article from the March of Dimes about pregnancy and breast changes:
From the article:

Tingling, swelling, sensitivity to touch, or tenderness. For many women, tenderness in the breasts is
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one of the first signs of pregnancy. It is caused by increased amounts of female hormones in your body.
Increased breast size. During early pregnancy, fat builds up in the breasts. The milk glands increase in size. By six weeks, your breasts may be noticeably larger—by as much as a full cup size or more. Your breasts may keep growing in both size and weight throughout the first three months of pregnancy. 

Itchiness and stretch marks. As your breasts grow and the skin stretches, you may feel itchiness or develop stretch marks.
Larger veins. Increased supplies of blood to the breasts may cause bluish veins to appear just under the skin.
Nipples. The nipples will grow darker and may stand out more.
Areolas. The areolas (the skin around the nipples) darken and grow larger. The small glands on the surface of the areolas become raised and bumpy. These bumps produce an oily substance that keeps your nipples from cracking or drying out.
Leaking. By 12-14 weeks of pregnancy, some women find that their breasts are leaking a fluid. This is colostrum (the fluid that nourishes your baby for the first few days after delivery before your breasts start to make milk). The colostrum may leak on its own or may leak during breast massage or sexual arousal. Early in pregnancy, the colostrum is usually thick and yellow. As delivery approaches, it turns pale and nearly colorless. Don’t worry if your breasts don’t leak during pregnancy. This has no effect on whether or not you’ll be able to breastfeed. Some women don’t start producing colostrum until after delivery


Thursday, October 03, 2019


There are so many tests your infant will undergo after delivery that it can be hard for a new mom to
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For starters, the first test is called the APGAR. Here is an article that explains this assessment:

From article, here are the breakdown of the scores:

Heart rate:
0 - No heart rate
1 - Fewer than 100 beats per minute - the baby is not very responsive
2 - More than 100 beats per minute - the baby is obviously vigorous

0 - Not breathing
1 - Weak cry; may sound like whimpering or grunting
2 - Good, strong cry

Muscle tone:
0 - Limp
1 - Some flexing (bending) of arms and legs
2 - Active motion

Reflex response:
0 - No response to airways being suctioned
1 - Grimace during suctioning
2 - Grimace and cough or sneeze during suctioning

0 - The baby's whole body is completely blue or pale
1 - Good color in body with blue hands or feet
2 - Completely pink or good color


Tuesday, October 01, 2019


Pregnancy and Nosebleeds 

I've known a number of people who were susceptible to nose bleed whether they were pregnant or not.
Pregnancy leads to an increased blood supply in the body - so if you're prone to nosebleeds, pregnancy can exacerbate this condition. This article explains what you can do if you get a nosebleed:

From the article:

Yes, nosebleeds do tend to occur more often during pregnancy. Pregnancy can cause the blood vessels in your nose to expand, and your increased blood supply puts more pressure on those delicate
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vessels, causing them to rupture more easily. Although it's unpleasant and inconvenient, an occasional minor nosebleed is generally harmless.

You're especially likely to get a nosebleed when you have a cold, sinus infection, or allergies, or when the membranes inside your nose dry out, as they do in cold weather, air-conditioned rooms, airline cabins, and other dry environments. Trauma and certain medical conditions, such as high blood pressure or a clotting disorder, may cause nosebleeds as well.
from: www.babycenter.com\

Monday, September 30, 2019


I recall getting very lightheaded when I got up from a chair when I was pregnant.
 Although that was probably just from getting up too fast, there are other reasons why pregnant women feel dizzy. This article explains what you can do to minimize this problem:

Not enough food and drink When you don't eat enough, you can end up with low blood sugar (hypoglycemia), which can make you feel dizzy or faint. This can happen much more easily when you're pregnant.

Dehydration can have a similar affect. Make sure you stay well hydrated by drinking eight to ten

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glasses of water a day — more if you're exercising or if it's hot.

Try to keep your blood sugar from getting too low by eating small, frequent meals during the day instead of three large ones. Carry healthy snacks so you can eat when you get hungry.
Anemia If you're anemic, you have fewer red blood cells to carry oxygen to your brain and other organs, which can leave you feeling lightheaded. Iron deficiency is the most common cause of anemia, so be sure to eat an iron-rich diet and take a prenatal vitamin with iron, especially in your second and third trimesters. If you become anemic, your caregiver will probably prescribe a separate iron supplement as well.
Getting overheated Spending time in a very hot room or taking a hot bath or shower can cause your blood vessels to dilate, lowering your blood pressure and making you woozy.
If you feel dizzy when you get too hot, avoid stuffy crowded places and dress in layers so you can shed clothes as necessary. Take warm showers or baths instead of hot ones, and try to keep the bathroom cool.
Hyperventilation Excessive exercise or anxiety can sometimes cause you to hyperventilate and feel faint. Although exercise can help your circulation, be careful not to overdo it if you're feeling tired or not well. Start out slowly. If you start to feel lightheaded or dizzy while exercising, stop and lie down.
Vasovagal syncope Some people get dizzy when they strain to cough, pee, or have a bowel movement. These actions can prompt a vasovagal response (that is, an effect on your circulatory system by your vagus nerve) — a decrease in blood pressure and heart rate, leading to dizziness and fainting. (The word syncope means fainting.)

Dehydration, anxiety, and pain can also trigger this type of reaction, and pregnant women are more vulnerable to it. Lightheadedness and warning signs such as a feeling of warmth, paleness, sweating, nausea, yawning, and hyperventilation often precede vasovagal syncope. Pay attention to these signs and lie down immediately to help keep yourself from fainting.

from www.babycenter.com

Saturday, September 28, 2019


In my line of Fertility Jewelry, I incorporate Saints for Pregnancy Protection along with healing stones.

Gerard 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.

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.

Rose Quartz is also called Pink Quartz. It is a popular stone for healing and is frequently used in feng

Moonstone can help clear negative energy from all of your chakras but it can specifically smooth and open the sacral chakra which is important for reproductive health.   It is tied to the energy of the moon and is thought to have healing properties for women. It is good for regulating hormones and cycles (because it is tied to the moon) and may be helpful for women who are experiencing miscarriage because it is good for receptivity. It will also help prepare the body for pregnancy after a miscarriage. 

White Turquoise brings calmness, aligns the chakras and unites male and female energy. It reduces acidity which is good for female fertility. It has anti-inflammatory properties and it helps to alleviate pain and cramps.

Amethyst is considered to be a healing crystal and specifically targets the Crown Chakra and Brow Chakra. It is supposed to strengthen the endocrine glands which are at the root of hormonal balance and it is good for the nervous system. It balances your energy and it is thought to be good for sleep which is essential if you are trying to conceive. Amethyst is thought to absorb negative energy and promote positivity.
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shui. The pink color of rose quartz is thought to attract love energy. Rose quartz is thought to carry feminine energy and it targets the heart chakra. Rose quartz promotes vitality, energy and fertility and it is commonly thought of as a fertility stone. It can also be helpful to put rose quartz on your belly when you do become pregnant.

Wednesday, September 25, 2019


Your Baby Before Birth

I remember playing one of my CD's frquently when I was pregnant and my daughter now loves it.
Did she remember it from when she was inside me - or does she just like the music? This article talks about some studies done on whether or not babies can remember sounds in utero:

From the article:

Hepper has investigated just how much of what we hear in the uterus can be remembered. In one famous experiment, he showed that newborns seemed to respond to the theme tune of the Australian soap opera Neighbours if their mothers had watched it during pregnancy. Newborns born to mothers who watched Neighbours stopped crying and became more alert when the tune was played to them, while newborns of mothers who hadn't watched the programme showed no reaction. Other tunes, or the same tune played backwards, elicited no response from either group of newborns (Lancet, DOI:
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Just that vibration again
More recently, Jan Nijhuis of Maastricht University Medical Centre in the Netherlands and his colleagues investigated just how long fetal memories could persist. They held a vibrating probe against the bellies of pregnant women, to which fetuses generally respond by wriggling. If they are exposed to the vibrations every 30 seconds, however, they eventually get used to them and stop responding (it generally takes 10 to 12 stimulations), through a process called habituation – much as people living close to a railway track eventually stop noticing the sound of passing trains.

Nijhuis investigated how long this habituation lasted. He found that in a 30-week-old fetus, the "memory" of the vibration lasted around 10 minutes. It improves as fetuses get older, however, so a 38-week-old fetus seemed to retain some memory of vibrations felt at 34 weeks (Child Development, DOI: 10.1111/j.1467-8624.2009.01329.x).


Sunday, September 22, 2019


 I never would have guessed that there would be an association between a person's IQ and how late they were born in a pregnancy.  According to this article, babies born after 41 weeks have a higher IQ.  However, according to this study, they may have a higher rate of physical problems.  Read more:

Later birth indicates higher cognitive functioning

For all three cognitive measures, infants who were born late achieved higher scores than those born
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full term. Results indicate that those born in week 41 had higher average test scores in elementary and middle school, a 2.8 percent greater chance of being classed as gifted, and a 3.1 percent lower probability of poor cognitive outcomes. However, they also had a 2.1 percent higher rate of physical disabilities at school age, and they were more likely to have had health problems at the time of birth.
The findings suggest that there may be a "tradeoff" between physical and cognitive outcomes in those who are born late, say the authors.
Those who are born late appear to have a greater risk of abnormal conditions at birth and physical challenges during childhood, but they also have an increased chance of higher cognitive functioning.
The authors note that the results could help parents and doctors when making decisions about inducing delivery.


Friday, September 20, 2019


Amethyst is one variation of quartz which is reported to have a number of helpful effects on the human body.  If you are trying to conceive or already pregnant, Amethyst is said to help hormone production by targeting the endocrine glands and the immune system.  It receives energy to sustain
Amethyst is thought to target the Crown Chakra which can help one connect to a higher
life and it gives the wearer energy to connect with all there is. It is even thought to help the human
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body fight off diseases like cancer.
consciousness and awareness.  It can help foster spirituality and was even used by Catholic priests because of this association.  Amethyst is frequently worn or used during meditation because of it's ability to help you connect  to the spiritual aspects of the universe.
Not only does Amethyst have all of these powerful qualities, but it is a beautiful stone and is seen in differing shades of purple.  The "purple ray" of Amethyst has been associated with Archangel Zadkiel who is thought to help with turning negative energy into positive and help with forgiveness and tolerance.

Wednesday, September 18, 2019



When I was a little girl, we did not have a chicken pox vaccine, and most of us came down with it. It was a nasty illness because you wound up with these little red scabs all over your body. They eventually scarred over and went away, but, even though I was in pre-school, I remember it well.
But what about chicken pox in adulthood?  Many men wonder if Varicella or chicken pox will hurt their fertility,  It is definitely something you do not want to get in pregnancy and here are some recommendations for prevention from the CDC:
All pregnant women should talk to a healthcare provider to determine if they are protected against chickenpox. For pregnant women, any of the following are evidence of protection against chickenpox:
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Documentation of two doses of varicella vaccine
Blood test showing immunity to varicella
Diagnosis or verification by a health care provider of a history of chickenpox or herpes zoster, also known as shingles

If a woman has never had chickenpox, the best way to protect against chickenpox is to get vaccinated. Women should receive the chickenpox vaccine at least 30 days before becoming pregnant. Women should not receive the chickenpox vaccine within 30 days of pregnancy or during pregnancy. As soon as a pregnant woman who is not protected against chickenpox delivers her baby, she should be vaccinated against chickenpox. The first dose of vaccine can be given before she leaves the hospital, and the second dose at the 6-8-week post-partum visit. The vaccine is safe even for mothers who are nursing.

Women who are thinking about getting pregnant but are not protected against chickenpox should get vaccinated at least one to three months before becoming pregnant. Women should not get vaccinated during pregnancy or during the 30 days before becoming pregnant.

If a pregnant woman is not protected against chickenpox, people who live with her should be protected. If close contacts have not already had chickenpox, vaccination of these contacts is the most effective way to protect a pregnant woman against chickenpox

Pregnant women should stay away from anyone who has chickenpox. This includes people who have been vaccinated and then get a very mild form of chickenpox, sometimes called "breakthrough" chickenpox (usually little or no fever and fewer than 50 skin lesions). "Breakthrough" chickenpox is still contagious.

If a pregnant woman is not protected against chickenpox and finds out that she has been in contact with someone who has chickenpox, she should call her doctor immediately.

Monday, September 16, 2019


Many women don't suspect they are pregnant because they experience bleeding which leads them to believe they are getting their period.  Bleeding during pregnancy is surprisingly common for a multitude of reasons.
  • First, hormonal changes can cause something called"breakthrough bleeding" even when you are actually pregnant.  This bleeding can follow the normal hormonal ups and downs you experience in your monthly cycle.  It can be very confusing, but usually the bleeding is lighter and somewhat different than an actual period.  Additionally, if your progesterone is too low, your uterus may not be able to maintain the uterine lining which could be problematic in pregnancy.
  • Implantation spotting is also quite common.  I had bleeding with all my pregnancies.  However, the spotting was usually darker in color than a normal period.  If the bleeding is bright red, this could be a sign of trouble.  Implantation spotting usually only lasts a few days, however, even with my successful pregnancy, I spotted the full first trimester
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  • Ectopic pregnancy can cause bleeding also.  I also had an ectopic pregnancy and I did feel pain, even before it ruptured.  Pregnancy really shouldn't be painful, so if you are experiencing pain, you should get it checked out.  
  • Miscarriage will of course cause bleeding.  Many times the bleeding starts light and when the uterine contents are expelled, it can get quite heavy.  One of my miscarriages included quite heavy bleeding which ended with the passage of some tissue.  The cramping was quite severe. 


Friday, September 13, 2019


Pregnancy Over 40 and Migraines

Many migraines can be hormonally triggered. I've found that on the few occasions I get migraines, they usually occur right before my menstrual cycle.
 I also got one migraine while I was pregnant and one a couple of weeks after delivery. Here is an article about migraines in pregnancy and what to do about them:

From the article:

How does pregnancy affect migraine headaches?
About 15 to 20 percent of pregnant women have migraines. Over half of women find that their migraines occur less often in the last few months of pregnancy. However, migraines may worsen after delivery, during the postpartum period. Although migraine headaches may cause severe pain for the mother, there are no dangers for the developing fetus.

How are migraine headaches managed in pregnancy?
If a woman has a history of migraine headaches, and there are no other health problems, migraines

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during pregnancy are not usually a concern. However, if a first-time migraine-like headache occurs in pregnancy, it is important to rule out any other type of condition that may be dangerous, such as bleeding in the brain, meningitis (infection in the brain tissues), or tumors. Further testing may be needed to determine the cause of the headache.

Treatment of migraines in pregnancy may include soothing and non-drug measures such as cold packs, darkened room, and sleep. Avoiding triggers such as certain foods and stress may also be helpful. Medications must be carefully chosen because many drugs pass through the placenta to the developing fetus. Small doses of caffeine and acetaminophen are generally safe after the first trimester of pregnancy, however, only as advised by your physician. Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs are sometimes used but should be avoided in the third trimester because they can have serious health effects on the fetus and newborn. Consult your physician for more specific information regarding treatment for migraines during pregnancy



Wednesday, September 11, 2019


It seems the more I read, the more I realize how excess body weight can lead to a number of problems. This article specifically addresses excessive weight gain in pregnancy and it's possible association with breast cancer:
From the article:

Clarke said one possible explanation for the link between pregnancy weight gain and late life breast
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In a related study, Margot Cleary, PhD, of the Hormel Institute, Austin, Minn., reported that when leptin, a protein linked to weight gain, is added to either normal breast cells or malignant breast cancer cells in lab studies, the leptin "promotes cell growth." 


Saturday, September 07, 2019


Pregnancy, Peanuts and Childhood Allergies

I'll admit, I ate lots of peanut butter when I was pregnant. It was a nice snack when I got hungry between meals.

 Now that I have my daughter, I see how many kids have peanut allergies (some cases can be life threatening).   According to the article below, you may want to avoid peanuts under certain circumstances. Read more:

The UK government recommends that certain women avoid eating peanuts while they are pregnant. You are advised to avoid peanuts if you, your baby's father, or one of your previous children has had
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an allergic reaction to something. Allergic conditions include:

• eczema

• asthma

• hayfever

• any allergic response (rashes, itches, bumps) if you've eaten food such as strawberries, shellfish, or peanuts.

It is only peanuts that should be avoided by some women - other nuts, such as brazil, hazelnuts, walnuts or cashew nuts are perfectly safe. 

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Monday, September 02, 2019


Pregnancy Over 40, How Cholesterol May Help

I think it's been drummed into all of our heads that you should try to keep your cholesterol levels low.
 However, I was surprised to read, according to the study cited below, low cholesterol could lead to pre-term births in pregnant women. Read more:

Mothers with low serum cholesterol levels are significantly more likely to deliver premature babies,
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or full-term babies with lower weight, according to the study, "Adverse Birth Outcomes Among Mothers With Low Serum Cholesterol." Researchers studied 118 women with low total cholesterol (less than the 10th percentile) and 940 women with mid-range cholesterol levels. The women - between the ages of 21 and 34; all nonsmokers without diabetes - were referred to South Carolina clinics for routine second-trimester prenatal care between 1996 and 2001. Among white mothers, the prevalence of preterm delivery was 21 percent for the low cholesterol mothers, compared to 5 percent for the mid-cholesterol mothers. There were no significant increases in preterm birth rates among African American mothers. However, a low maternal serum cholesterol level was associated with lower infant birth weights at term - 150 grams less, on average - in both racial groups. In addition, a trend was found towards small head size among babies born to mothers with very low cholesterol. Low serum cholesterol levels often reflect poor diet or nutritional deficiencies. 
Froms (www.medicalnewstoday.com)

Sunday, September 01, 2019


Are Beauty Products Toxic to Your Pregnancy?

Guest Post By Amos Grunebaum M.D.

Being pregnant is not a reason to stop feeling beautiful. Many common beauty treatments, however, are not approved for use during pregnancy and should be replaced with alternative beauty regimes until baby is born.
Hairspray, Gel, and Mousse - Some hair care products contain an ingredient called phthalates. This chemical has been linked to birth defects in animal studies and some human studies. The FDA does not recognize this ingredient as being unsafe during pregnancy due to lack of conclusive evidence, but the chance is worth changing up hair care products while pregnant.
Sunscreen Safety - UV rays are touted as a major cause of premature aging and skin cancer. Pregnant women may believe they are protecting their skin with sunscreen and SPF facial and body lotion. They could be wrong. Oxybenzone, a common ingredient in skin care products, may be linked to low birth weight in female infants and cell damage.

Soap and Shampoo - Two of the common ingredients in soap and shampoo are sodium laurel sulfate and sodium laureth sulfate. The names may look similar, but the effects on the body could not be any different. Sodium laurel sulfate is generally considered safe for use during pregnancy, though skin irritation has been an issue for some pregnant women. Sodium laureth sulfate, on the other hand, may bring 1,4-dioxane along with it. 1,4-dioxane is a known carcinogen.
Lotion and Skin Oil - The first ingredient in many skin lotions is water. While this is a safe ingredient, high concentrations of water often used as a filler ingredient require chemical anti-bacterial agents to prevent bacterial growth in the product. If your lotion ingredients start with water and then move onto ingredients with chemical names and tons of syllables, chances are the lotion is not safe during pregnancy.
Acne Treatments - Accutane and Retinoic Acid - Fighting adult acne can include using Accutane or
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other retinoic acid based skin treatments. While effective at fighting skin breakouts, these products are considered category X for pregnant women. Under no circumstances should Accutane or retinoic acid be used during pregnancy.
Retinoids - Accutane is a retinoid used for treatment of severe acne, but other medications containing retinoids are used to treat psoriasis and certain forms of blood cancer. The March of Dimes offers the iPledge program where women who are of childbearing age can pledge they will not become pregnant while taking these risky medications.
Skin Bleaching - Skin bleaching creams contain hydroquinone. This ingredient is listed as a category C pregnancy risk. This means animals have had fetal side effects associated with consumption or use of hydroquinone. Though no human studies have proven human fetal birth defects, women should err on the side of caution when choosing skin care products during pregnancy.
There are healthy alternative beauty treatments approved for use during pregnancy. When in doubt about a beauty product, contact your obstetrician or take the product to your next prenatal check-up. Many skin care products contain toxic and risky ingredients that can affect fetal health for a lifetime.

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Amos Grunebaum M.D. is a practicing obstetrician and gynecologist in one of the top 10 hospitals in the United States. In addition to providing pregnant women researched information on pregnancy at BabyMed.com, Amos specializes in pregnancy beauty treatments.
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Saturday, August 31, 2019


Case Study: Acupuncture for Gestational Diabetes

Guest Post By Richard Lobbenberg

A 34 year-old pregnant woman in her sixth month came to me worried about how her newly diagnosed gestational diabetes might affect her baby's health, and that of her own in the long term. She had not previously suffered from diabetes, although she explained that her father had had type-2
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diabetes since his forties. She did not have high blood pressure, was not overweight before becoming pregnant, and neither did she have any of the other risk factors associated with gestational diabetes. This was her third baby and she had not had any issues associated with her previous two pregnancies.
The patient presented with fatigue in the late afternoon/evening as well as occasional back pain and she also complained of feeling a little cold in the evenings. She said that before becoming pregnant, she had always maintained good eating habits but did not exercise very much. Part of her worry with the gestational diabetes was that in this case, exercise did not seem to help regulate her blood sugar levels and she was concerned about taking too much insulin. She also wanted to prevent the possibility of her baby gaining too much weight in utero and possibly having other complications.
As she had been told by her doctor I explained that taking insulin while pregnant cannot harm the baby, but she hoped nonetheless to minimize the amount she had to take. I explained that acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine might help regulate her blood sugar levels but that she should continue to also follow her doctor's advice and monitor her levels and also take insulin as directed by her specialist.


She began to see me once a week for acupuncture and Chinese herbs. My approach was aimed at strengthening her Spleen and Kidney (words capitalized here indicate differentiation from their scientific definitions) energy systems to combat the fatigue and manage her blood sugar levels by essentially helping her digestive system (i.e. her Spleen) function more efficiently.
Her pulse was choppy and slippery, and was also somewhat weak. Since she had occasional back pain recently and tended towards feeling a little cold in the evenings, I attributed these signs to a slight Kidney deficiency, possibly brought on by a third pregnancy. We used point such as DU 20, BL 17, BL 20, BL 23, ST 36, KD 2, KD 6.
The herbal formula used in this case was You Gui Wan, meant to tonify her Kidney deficiency to, in effect, support her Spleen and improve the efficiency of her digestive system. In this case the lower energy and feelings of cold indicated Kidney Yang deficiency.
Over the course of two months, with treatment nearly once per week, the patient was able to manage her gestational diabetes well and needed insulin injections most often only at night. In her last month of pregnancy, her specialist advised her to decrease the amount of insulin she was using, and we were able to reduce our frequency of treatments as well.
She came back to me two months after giving birth, and was happy to claim that her baby was in great health, and that her own blood sugar levels were back to normal and she no longer would need any insulin.
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Friday, August 30, 2019


Can You Ovulate While Breastfeeding?

Many women wonder if they can get pregnant while breastfeeding.
I should mention that even though menstrual cycles typically stop or become irregular when nursing, it should not be considered a contraceptive.  I know a number of women who got pregnant while breastfeeding.

 Here is an excellent article which explains in detail how the menstrual cycle may change while breastfeeding:
“Most nonlactating women resume menses within 4 to 6 weeks of delivery, but about one-third of the
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first cycles are anovulatory, and a high proportion of first ovulatory cycles have a deficient corpus luteum that secretes sub-normal amounts of steroids. In the second and third menstural cycles, 15% are anovulatory and 25% of ovulatory cycles have luteal-phase defects…Lactation, or breastfeeding, further extends the period of infertility and despresses ovarian function. Plasma levels of FSH return to normal follicular phase values by 4 to 8 weeks postpartum in breastfeeding women. In contrast, pulsatile LH stimulation is depressed…in the majority of lactating women throughout most of the period of lactational amenorrhea.” [1]

In other words, after not menstruating for so many months, it takes the body a few tries to get the delicate hormone balance back up to speed again. The first few cycles either don’t release an egg, or if an egg is released, the corpus luteum, which is responsible for secreting enough progesterone to maintain the pregnancy until the placenta can take over, isn’t quite up to the task. This is called a luteal phase defect, and it’s a very common cause of early miscarriages. In women who are breastfeeding, the process of returning to normal ovarian cycles takes even longer

Wednesday, August 28, 2019


What is a patron saint?  It is a saint who protects or guides a person or place.

Saint Gerard is known as the saint to pray to not just for fertility, but also for pregnancy and motherhood.  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.






Sunday, August 25, 2019


I have hear so many do's and don'ts when it comes to eating peanuts or peanut butter during pregnancy.  It was once thought that eating nuts would predispose a child to peanut allergies which seem to be on the rise (especially life threatening ones).  Schools now come equipped with peanut free tables and so on.  But, here is an article which says that eating peanuts in pregnancy may actually help avoid the allergy.  Read more:
Researchers at the Boston Children's Hospital examined surveys of over 8,000 children, in comparison to surveys about their mothers' prenatal diets. They found that mothers who ate peanuts
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and tree nuts five or more times a week were least likely to have children who were allergic to the nuts. This group of mothers were also more likely to give their children nuts before they were one-year-old.
"People once assumed that reduced exposure to peanuts might prevent the development of peanut allergies," says Dale Umetsu, PhD, former Professor of Immunology at the Boston Children's Hospital, who wasn't involved in the study. "But now, the advice is seen as just that—an assumption."

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Tuesday, August 20, 2019


How to Cure a Yeast Infection During Pregnancy

By Lisa R Armstrong
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Due to hormonal imbalances and other disruptions to the body that can occur when you are expecting a child, yeast infection during pregnancy is quite common. The Candida albicans fungus thrives whenever there are imbalances in our bodies, which makes pregnancy a time at which you can be particularly at risk of developing an infection. Depending upon the stage of your pregnancy at the time you develop the condition, there are different options available for treatment. Natural treatment and prevention are considered the ideal treatment options, but under medical supervision there are alternatives that may be open to you.
If you develop a yeast infection during pregnancy, then you need to consult a doctor before you take any over the counter medications or prescription treatments. As you are carrying a child, any medications could potentially be harmful. Your doctor can advise you about what you can take safely.
The alternative to this is to undertake natural preventative measures and natural treatments that will not have an adverse effect upon your baby.
One of the first concerns that expectant mothers will have is whether a yeast infection during pregnancy is harmful to their baby. If you have a yeast infection it is not harmful to your baby while it is in the womb. That means that as long as you treat the infection the baby will be fine. If you have a yeast infection when you deliver and you have a natural birth, it is possible for the baby to contract the infection during childbirth. For this reason, it is generally best to consult a medical specialist if you develop an infection when you are close to your delivery date. Your doctor may prescribe a suitable medication in order to ensure that the infection clears up before the delivery.
During the first trimester of a pregnancy, it is advisable that you do not take any form of over the counter or prescription medication to treat a yeast infection. While it is always advisable to consult an expert before taking any medication during the pregnancy, your baby is especially vulnerable at that time. The best option if you have a yeast infection during pregnancy is therefore to look at natural treatments and preventative measures.
There are a number of options for treating a yeast infection during pregnancy, which can help to provide relief from the symptoms as well as clear the condition and prevent any recurrence.
Among the treatment options during pregnancy are the following:
o Take a natural probiotic to restore the balance of 'good bacteria' in the intestinal tract, thereby preventing an outbreak of the Candida organism.
o Use diluted Tea Tree Oil with its' anti-fungal properties and help your body to stop the growth of the Candida fungus.

o Relieve symptoms such as itching and inflammation around the infected area by placing a cloth soaked in diluted Witches Hazel on the area.

o Apply natural yogurt, which contains 'good bacteria' around the infected area.

o Avoid using strong soaps or scented body washes which can encourage the growth of the organism.

o Wear lose fitting clothing that allows the skin to breath and doesn't promote ideal conditions for the Candida organism to grow in.
By taking steps to make sure that you avoid developing a yeast infection during pregnancy and by using natural preventative measures to help reduce the symptoms if you do, you'll be on track to have a healthy, problem free pregnancy. If any issues should arise that you are unable to manage with these natural treatments, always seek advice from a medical expert.
Lisa Armstrong is a fellow yeast infection sufferer. She spends her time helping others to understand and find the solution to their yeast issues. For more great information on yeast infections during pregnancy visit http://www.beatingyeastinfections.com
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Sunday, August 18, 2019


Pregnancy: The Psychology of Dreams

Guest Post By Liza D Janda
"Pregnancy dreams are nature's way of assisting the woman through the process of transformation from woman to mother." - Raina M. Paris, author of The Mother-to-Be's Dream Book
Your pregnancy is going to bring about plenty of physical changes, and there are even a few stereotypical mental changes that often come to mind, but what I'm sure you haven't thought of yet is what your dreams during pregnancy are going to be like.
Or, perhaps, you're already experiencing the gradual progression of bizarre dancing behind the back of closed eyelids and just want to know... what is going on here? I'm going mad!
You're not going mad, I assure you. These dreams are perfectly normal and perfectly healthy; in fact, there's even a science to this profound mental expansion that you should take a closer look at. They're not just dreams, they're an awakening of sorts.
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According to Paris, each of your trimesters will bring about a different stage of dreaming that falls in
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line with your body's mental and physical state as it prepares itself to give birth.

  • First Trimester Blasts from the Past

Any unresolved issues that you may have tend to resurface as your body and mind begin to fully realize that you're about to undergo a major life milestone; one which will press the reset button in a lot of ways.

  • What to Expect: Unresolved issues in the form of childhood memories, ex-boyfriends, traumatic life experiences, or people who revolved around major turning points.
  • Themes: At this stage in your pregnancy, these dreams will represent your vulnerability, which will often be symbolized via nakedness. Due to this vulnerability, your mind may react protectively, or territorially, which could become a factor within the dream.
  • Second Trimester Bonding & Anxiety

Once you're this far along in your pregnancy, you become keenly aware of the life growing inside of you and start bonding with your infant as an actual person, profoundly connected to you. Dreams during pregnancy, at this stage, will reflect that bonding experience and it will also become a worry for you to protect it.

  • What to Expect: Dreams of animals, and creatures in mother-nature, bonding with their offspring, which can be followed by anxiety-filled dreams of leaving your baby somewhere, or of it being born with some deformity.
  • Themes: These dreams are representations of the bond that is forming between you and your child, which can inspire new fears of losing that bond. These dreams during pregnancy are normal, and simply mean that you care about your child and are worried about it even when sleeping; a theme that will repeat long after the baby is born.
  • Third Trimester Imagery & Star Status

At this point in your pregnancy, your body and mind are preparing for the act of giving birth as the date grows closer and closer.

  • What to Expect: Vivid imagery of colossal acts of nature, i.e. tidal waves, volcano eruptions, hurricanes, tornadoes, dams bursting, etc. Celebrities may even make an appearance!
  • Themes: These images are representations of the act of giving birth itself, sometimes even becoming less symbolic, as you may dream of the entire act of giving birth. As for the celebrities, well... you are the star in this, so you might just see stars!

It's important to keep in mind that no matter how bizarre these dreams during pregnancy seem to get, they are a perfectly normal symbolism of what you're going through. In fact, in a way, they're helping to prepare you for what's coming, so pay attention, and embrace them!
If you don't believe me, believe Dr. DiLeo:
"For first-time mothers especially, the bizarre dreams are a very real acknowledgement of the emotional investment of a pregnancy. This responsibility can weigh a bit heavy. I explain to my pregnant patients that strange, anxiety-producing dreams are simply the psyche's way of processing all that the conscious mind is already rationalizing." - Obstetrician,Dr. Gerard DiLeo, MD
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Disclaimer: The information contained in this article is for educational purposes only and should not be used for diagnosis or to guide treatment without the opinion of a health professional. Any reader should contact a licensed medical professional regarding their own condition.
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Wednesday, August 14, 2019


Conflicting Information On Ginseng In Pregnancy

I've heard and read so much about the health benefits of Gensing.
 It also is frequently recognized as something to take for morning sickness.  However, you may want to think twice about taking Gensing if you're pregnant or trying to conceive because of some studies done on animals. Read more:

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"Researchers from Hong Kong have warned that women should be cautious about using the herbal remedy ginseng in the early stages of pregnancy.

They have found evidence that ginsenoside Rb1 - one of the principal active components of ginseng - can cause abnormalities in rat embryos.

Their research is published in Europe's reproductive medicine journal Human Reproduction.  
Dr Louis Chan and colleagues at the Chinese University of Hong Kong Prince of Wales Hospital, tested ginsenoside Rb1 in various concentrations on 9-day old rat embryos.

They found that embryos exposed to more than 30 micrograms per millilitre of ginsenoside Rb1 had significantly lower morphological scores. Morphological scores are a way of assessing the development of the important organs of embryos: the higher the score, the more normal is the development of the embryo.

At 30 micrograms the total morphological scores were significantly lower than the scores of the control group, which had not been exposed to gensinoside - 35 as opposed to 45 - and they had lower scores for heart, limbs, eye development and flexion. At the highest dose of 50 micrograms the total score fell to 28 and the embryos were also significantly shorter in body length and had fewer somites (muscle pre-cursor cells).

"Our study has demonstrated that ginsenoside exerts a direct teratogenic effect on rat embryos: that is to say it is capable of causing malformations in rat embryos," said Dr Chan.

"Although there are numerous reports in the literature concerning the potential benefit of ginseng, much less is know about the potential toxicity and there are no data about its potential effect on the developing human foetus. Yet a survey published in 2001 showed that over 9% of pregnant women report using herbal supplements, and in Asia up to 10% have taken ginseng during pregnancy," he said."

from: (www.aphroditewomenshealth.com)

Monday, August 12, 2019


Trying To Get Pregnant Naturally?  A D&C May Cause Scarring and Affect Fertility

Ever heard of Asherman's syndrome? It can be caused by a previous D & C which can be done for a number of reasons from heavy bleeding to an incomplete miscarriage.
 I recall being advised to have a D & C after one of my miscarriages. I didn't want to because I didn't really want any sharp instruments inside my one and only uterus, but I wound up having it anyway because it appeared that the pregnancy tissue was still growing even though there was no heartbeat and the fetus wasn't viable. Here is more information about how adhesions can affect your fertility:

From the article:

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Asherman's syndrome is a type of adhesion - where bands of scar-like tissue form inside the body between two surfaces, causing them to stick together. Adhesions are a common problem, affecting 93 per cent of patients who undergo surgery.

All the abdominal and pelvic organs - which are most susceptible to adhesions - are wrapped together in a clear membrane, the peritoneum. When this is traumatised either by infection or surgery, it triggers an inflammatory response, stimulating the growth of fibrous scar tissue. Asherman's is the term given to adhesions in the womb.

The problem is triggered by a dilation and curettage (D&C), a standard procedure used to clear the womb after a miscarriage, or when the placenta is retained after childbirth or a termination, says Adrian Lower, a consultant gynaecologist and one of only a handful of Asherman's specialists in the UK.

An ultrasound revealed parts of the placenta had embedded into Sophie's womb. Left untreated, it could lead to serious infection

He says: 'During the procedure, a spoon-shaped instrument [a curette] is used to scrape the uterus lining.

'It's thought that Asherman's occurs when this is done too forcefully,' he says. Around 100,000 procedures are carried out each year, with five per cent resulting in Asherman's.

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