Celebrities not only entertain us with their on screen performances, they also become a source of entertainment since the media follows their day to day life. Celebrities who have babies over 40 have redefined motherhood. Although I don't always agree with exposing their personal life, many of them are very open about their pregnancies. Although many celebrities don't admit to having fertility treatments, they have certainly changed the perception of having babies older in life. I can't tell you how many times I have heard or read that it's "selfish" to have kids at an older age since "you won't be around to raise them". Honestly that's nonsense. People are living longer and longer, and even if you have a baby in your 40's, chances are you'll be around to see grandkids. If you have your first baby over the age of 40, the longevity statistics are in your favor...women who have their first baby over the age of 40 are four times more likely to live to be 100 than the general population!
Read more about celebrities who had babies over 40:
Zinc Produces Superior Eggs for Healthier Children
Guest Post By Byron Richards
Several new studies show how important zinc is to reproductive health. These studies indicate that Zinc may aid in the creation of a superior-quality egg that is more likely to be fertilized and produce a healthy child, as well as improve the future cardiovascular health of your child.
Researchers measured the concentration of zinc and other minerals in a maturing egg and found that zinc was by far the most important nutrient relating to the process of producing a good egg that will make a healthy embryo. In fact, eggs require a 50% surge in zinc uptake before it can be fertilized. No zinc, no baby.
"Zinc helps the egg exit from a holding pattern to its final critical stage of development," said O'Halloran, the Charles E. and Emma H. Morrison Professor of Chemistry in the Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences at Northwestern. "It's on the knife's edge of becoming a new life form or becoming a cell that dies. It only has 24 hours. Zinc seems to be a key switch that helps control whether the egg moves forward in its development stage."
For years I have given zinc to women who said they had trouble getting pregnant, with a typical "thank you" phone call several months later. Here is some science that proves the point.
Zinc works in hundreds of enzymes relating to growth and metabolism. While a woman may have enough zinc to get pregnant a very important question is: Does she have adequate zinc to give her child a best chance at future health? Another new study shows the extreme importance of this topic.
In this animal study researchers tested the effects of zinc deficiency during pregnancy and lactation on the future health of kidneys and blood pressure regulation. They found that a lack of zinc in these earlier phases of life caused high triglycerides, high blood pressure, and poor kidney function later in life. While restoring zinc status later in life helped reduce triglycerides it could not fully correct the problems with poor kidney function that resulted in higher blood pressure.
This study shows that zinc adequacy during pregnancy and lactation helps optimize the growth and function of kidneys. If a person fails to take advantage of this during development, the kidneys will be a weak spot in metabolism as a person grows older, leading to high blood pressure and higher rates of kidney disease.
On the flip side of this coin, an earlier study showed that giving pregnant women 15 mg of zinc per day resulted in children who had better muscle development between ages 4 months and 12 months. This indicated that zinc adequacy during pregnancy has a profound affect on the thriving ability of an infant.
Another animal study showed that zinc supplementation was able to guard against the adverse effects of alcohol during pregnancy, including still births and mortality in early life. This is a significant finding. Similarly, there is another study that illustrates how zinc protects against damage to the digestive tract from alcohol. This is especially important since a young woman who is consuming alcohol may not know she is pregnant.
Collectively these studies point to the extreme importance of zinc adequacy before, during, and following pregnancy. Its use could have a profound effect on the future health of our nation.
Like this article? Sign up for Byron J. Richards' natural health newsletter at: http://www.wellnessresources.com/store/newsletter.php
Article Source: http://EzineArticles.com/?expert=Byron_Richards http://EzineArticles.com/?Zinc-Produces-Superior-Eggs-for-Healthier-Children&id=5161573
I have heard that you should start preparing your body for conception up to three months in advance. I firmly believe that getting pregnant and preventing miscarriage has everything to do with an overall healthy lifestyle. When your body is getting everything it needs in terms of nutrition, sleep, relaxation etc., it tends to make the right amount of hormones and regulate itself. This will lead to higher quality eggs when they finally become mature and ovulate. According to this article, it can take about 110 days for an egg to mature, but the 48 hours before ovulation is critical.
Although this article states that it's difficult to prove that egg quality is affected this far in ahead, it seems to me that a woman should do everything in her control to produce a healthy pregnancy. Read more:
From the article:
The demise of embryos, anywhere from the one-cell to the hundred-cell stage, is largely associated with defects that have occurred in the egg, prior to its fertilization," says Van Blerkom. "So that in fact, you could argue that the stage is set for failure before fertilization."
The difficult part about determining what makes an egg good or bad is that it takes a long time for an egg to mature— about 110 days— and the place it develops, an egg follicle in a woman's ovary, is not an easy place to conduct scientific studies. Researchers are sure, however, that the last 24-48 hours of development, just before ovulation, is the most critical period of development, when chromosomal abnormalities are most likely to occur.
"I think the more pressing concern now is: Could there be insults imposed on the ovary and the development of [the egg] at even earlier times in its development?" says Albertini. "If it takes approximately 100 days to design, build and ensure that [the egg] is going to inherit all the necessary materials that will support embryonic and fetal development, then what impact might there be in not one or two, but even three menstrual cycles before that ovum would actually be released from that ovary?" from:
Wow, I've witnessed this phenomenon numerous times especially when I ran an infertility support group.
It seems like when people take a break from fertility treatments or discontinue them altogether, they get pregnant. At first, I thought it was just coincidence, but according to this article, it's a documented phenomenon. I realize some couples with certain physiological problems must go through fertility treatments to conceive, but for those in the unexplained category, this article may be of interest. Read more:
In fact, emotional stress is the second-most frequently cited reason for dropping out of infertility treatment, trailing only financial constraints. It's not that the treatments are difficult, but that the people undergoing them simply can't take the conception-related pressure for long. In one Swedish study, a group of couples having trouble conceiving was offered three free cycles of IVF. Fifty-four percent dropped out of the program before completing all three cycles. The reason most commonly given was psychological stress. In an Australian study, couples offered six free IVF cycles completed only 3.1, on average; again, stress and mood effects were the top reasons cited for dropping out.
When treatment and its attendant stresses stop, pregnancy occurs often enough to be a documented phenomenon. A 2004 study from the Netherlands found that 26 percent of women who chose to drop out of fertility treatment after their first cycle went on to become pregnant without further treatment. Thirteen percent of women who dropped out after the second treatment cycle also became pregnant afterward.
Exactly how perceived stress results in reduced fertility is still sketchy, but the links in the chain of causation are becoming clearer. Negative emotions can kick stress hormones like cortisol into overdrive. Those stress hormones, in turn, alter physiology in ways that can be at odds with conception—by lengthening the menstrual cycle, for instance. from: www.psychologytoday.com
I don't think it's really that surprising that a woman gets pregnant and has a baby at the age of 42. But what's surprising is the woman in this story had identical triplets! Although she had been trying to conceive for a while, this particular pregnancy was all natural (usually multiples as a result of fertility treatments are fraternal). The odds of that are 1/50,000,000!
If you're not familiar with reflexology, it involves certain points on the hands and feet which correspond with body systems. My DVD has a segment on reflexology (for more information click here: Fertility Bodywork (www.getpregnantover40.com)
These points can be massaged to stimulate the body system that isn't functioning properly. Read more about how reflexology can help those who are trying to conceive:
Doctors had told them Mrs Chapman had a hormone problem which meant fertility treatment would be a waste of time.
But the 40- year-old mother remembered she had read somewhere that reflexology could help with infertility.
With nothing to lose, she had three months of foot massage and, at the end of her course, was delighted to hear that her hormone levels had returned to normal.
She soon became pregnant and gave birth to second son Fraser five months ago. While doctors insist there is nothing to prove the alternative therapy was responsible, she is sure it worked.
Mrs Chapman, who also has a four-year-old son called Jake, said: 'I am convinced I wouldn't have become pregnant without the reflexologist's help. I was absolutely shocked, but obviously delighted, to find I was pregnant after being told we couldn't have a second child. It's a dream come true.'
Mrs Chapman, from Deepcar, Sheffield, said she was 'devastated' to be told she would never conceive again.
'I was told that there was no point in attempting IVF treatment because it would be a waste so I would have to resign myself to the fact that we couldn't have another baby,' she added. A hormone test - which indicates if a woman is entering the menopause - showed levels were too high, suggesting her ovaries had stopped producing enough oestrogen, which controls the reproductive cycle.
To become pregnant, a woman needs a hormone rating of ten or below but Mrs Chapman's was above 25. Following reflexology, however, it dropped to below eight from: (www.dailymail.co.uk)
Pregnancy Over 40, Getting Pregnant May Start With Visualizing Your Child
In my Meditation and Visualization CD (www.getpregnantover40.com) I talk about visualizing your future child. I have always believed that everything begins with a thought and the more you think it and visualize it, the more real it becomes. This article is somewhat related and deals with preconception dreams and visits. If you've recently dreamed about a baby or child, who knows, it could be a prediction of your future. Read more:
From the article: Many people dream before conception about what their child will look like at a certain age and when they get to that age they look exactly the way they did in the dream. Couples who have no intention of having a baby, or who have even had tubal ligations, will dream of a child wanting to be born to them, and this will have the effect of them changing their minds, even reversing surgery. Clearly these are not your ordinary everyday dreams, they have a clear and powerful message that can be life changing. At the least they offer the opportunity to fall in love with your child right from the beginning.
Pre-conception is an ideal time to be thinking about and assessing all aspects of your life and the changes you may want to make before you become pregnant. These changes could be to your career, emotional/psychological, physical and health, in your home or the location of your home, and in your relationship with each other.
Having a baby is going to create huge changes in your lives, which you will have to manage in the midst of sleep deprivation – loss of freedom, changes in your sexual life, etc. These changes can be overwhelming, unless you are prepared.
The kind of womb, and family, that your baby comes into is going to have a profound impact upon her whole life. You can both prepare for your new baby by healing:
♥ Trauma’s based in your sexuality/pelvic area such as sexual abuse ♥ Un-grieved or unresolved prior abortions, miscarriages or stillbirth. ♥ Anything else you are holding in your womb – women often hold stress and trauma in their Pelvic Bowl area, and especially in their reproductive system. ♥ Unresolved conception, womb, birth and bonding trauma’s from your own journey’s here, that are specifically likely to affect the way you bring your own children into life. ♥ Relationship issues you have with each other, particularly around becoming parents, parenting styles, and unresolved parenting and ancestral issues from both sides of your families.
What is Bee Pollen? What is Royal Jelly? How Can They Help Fertility?
First, Royal Jelly is the food of queen bees. It has essential amino acids, essential fatty acids and sugars.
also is a great source of vitamins A, B complex, C, D and E. It is
great for the immune system and it is also thought to regulate
I thought this post was appropriate right on the day after most of us watched fireworks for Independence day. Well, conception can be a bit of a light show...and why shouldn't it be? A new life is being created. This interesting study explains how there is actually a visible spark when sperm meets egg. Read more:
Researchers have captured a stunning explosion of zinc fireworks that occurs when a human egg meets sperm. This is
the first time zinc sparks have been seen in a human egg and the size of
the sparks is a direct measure of the quality of the egg and its
ability to develop into an embryo
Yes, this is one of my guilty pleasures, watching reality TV. I don't know why I've been sucked in to some of the "Real Housewives" shows, but I have. The last episode I watched of the Real Housewives of Orange County, Meghan Edmonds talked about how she is going through fertility treatments. Then, it was revealed that Heather Dubrow and the newest cast member Kelly Dodd both went through IVF to have their children. I guess fertility treatments aren't for "older" women anymore, I consider most of the cast members to be relatively young.
But, it's none of my business how people achieve their goal of having a baby. What I really wanted to say is that infertility is a common problem. Here is a group of six women and half of them had trouble getting pregnant! However, I should say that my understanding is that Meghan Edmonds is going through IVF because her husband previously had a vasectomy and they are using his frozen sperm...although I'm not sure why they aren't going through IUI which is much less invasive. Perhaps I missed something along the way.
One of the other Bravo shows, Real Housewives of New Jersey featured Jacqueline Laurita who dealt with recurrent miscarriage for years, then got pregnant and had a baby after wearing a fertility bracelet....this partly inspired my line of fertility jewelry.
So, the moral of the story is, if you are struggling with infertility and/or miscarriage, you are not alone. Women of all ages can experience this problem and overall, I glad that more attention is being brought to the subject.
Those poor little sperm!
They are so sensitive to so much of our newer technology. I've written before about how laptops can be bad for fertility, but it was mainly thought that this was because of the heat. However, this article talks about a new threat from WI-FI Radiation. Just think about how many devices we connect to wifi nowadays!Yikes! Read more:
Published in the medical journal Fertility and Sterility, the study looked at how radiation emitted from wi-fi laptops impacts sperm health. Researchers in Argentina took semen samples from 29 healthy men, and they measured sperm motility after four hours of exposure to wi-fi radiation from a laptop wirelessly connected to the internet. Sperm in the control group was kept at the same temperature for the same amount of time, but was not exposed to wi-fi radiation.
Of the sperm exposed to the wi-fi radiation, 25 percent stopped swimming. Only 14 percent of unexposed sperm ceased to swim after four hours. Wi-fi sperm also showed 9 percent DNA fragmentation, or irreversible damage in the genetic code, while sperm in the control group only showed 3 percent.
Electromagnetic radiation is a product of wireless communication, and researchers suggest this radiation may be causing sperm damage. "We speculate that keeping a laptop connected wirelessly to the internet on the lap near the testes may result in decreased male fertility," say the researchers in their report. They also recommend more studies be done to examine the long-term impact of wi-fi radiation on sperm in a real world setting. from: www.naturalnews.com
I found an interesting article about how prayer can help increase the rate of pregnancy success.
Although the study deals with women going through IVF, I found the results interesting:
to a double blind study in the Journal of Reproductive Medicine,
intercessory prayer can double the success rate of in vitro
fertilization (IVF) treatments.
A team of U.S. researchers asked groups of people around the world to
pray for pregnancy in one half of almost 200 women undergoing the
fertility treatment in South Korea. The prayers continued throughout the
three-week course of IVF treatment. The prayer groups were given only
photographs of the women. The participants in the study were asked to
either pray directly for an increased pregnancy rate in these women, or
to pray that these prayers would be effective. ________________
This was a double-blind study, meaning that neither the women nor their doctors were aware of the study.
The 199 women were treated at the Cha General Hospital in Seoul. Members
of various Christian denominations in the U.S., Canada and Australia
were given photographs of half the women, in batches of five at a time.
An independent statistician had randomized the women into the two
Researchers controlled for age, length of infertility, type of
infertility and number of prior attempts to become pregnant following
Fifty percent of the women who were prayed for became pregnant.
Only 26 percent of women in the control group became pregnant.
The fertilization rates in each group of women were similar. But the
embryo implantation rate was significantly higher in the prayer group.
The number of multiple pregnancies was also higher in this group." from:ncpa.org
I've often wondered why men can make so many sperm, but women only have a limited supply of eggs.
it's because sperm are so susceptible to environmental toxins and
radiation that there has to be millions and even billions to ensure a
high count of healthy sperm. Here is an article about how the plant
aloe vera may be able to protect men from environmental radiation. Read
ALOE VERA acts as a radiation protector and
inhibits testicular damage against gamma radiation. Health experts
attending the 18th annual scientific meet on recent trends held in
Hyderabad expressed this opinion.
Vera, a throny, succulent herb contains natural medicinal properties
that enhance fertility and protect men from radiation-induced
reproduction problems. According to Prashasnika Gehlot and P K Goel of
Radiation and Centre for Bilogical Labortory of Department Zoology,
University of Rajasthan.
Aloe Vera extract initiated in laboratory animals, early recovery from
radiation induced damage to restore normal architecture of testes.
The testes are one of radiosensitive organs because of cell renewal
system. Ionizing radiation was found to produce marked effect on testes
in terms of lethality and impaired spermatogenesis. Extract from the
leaves of Aloe Vera improved the sperm count and rectified the damage
caused to the tissue. from: (www.merinews.com)
Are fertility problems over-exaggerated in women over 40? According to this article and book on the subject, the doom and gloom statistics are overblown and "hopelessly out of date". The woman mentioned had babies at 41, 43 and 48...all naturally conceived. How's that for being fertile over 40? Read more:
Their eldest, Alex, aged nine, was
conceived less than six weeks after the couple started trying for a baby
when Sarah was 41. Isabella, now seven-and-a-half, was also conceived
within six weeks when Sarah was 43. Then,
aged 48, she decided to come off the Pill because she wanted to be able
to recognise the signs of the menopause. When she missed a period, she
assumed it was the start of ‘the change’. It turned out she was pregnant
with Edward. ‘I’ve never taken any chances with contraception since,’ she laughs. ‘I feel that I was much better prepared for motherhood in my 40s than my 30s. I had achieved my career goals, and am a more patient, settled and self-assured person.
Whether or not soy enhances female
fertility seems to be an area of controversy.Some sources say soy can actually be detrimental to fertility because
the phytoestrogens could act as a contraceptive.However, one study, although done on monkeys
(who have menstrual cycles similar to humans), concluded that even though it
may lengthen menstrual cycles (which, for me, was a good thing), it did not
Critics of soy mention other reasons it may harm fertility
and health including:
·Soy is considered a “goitrogen” which may make
it harder for the thyroid to make hormones.However, when studied, this appeared to only be true in populations
deficient in iodine.
·Soy is frequently genetically modified (see my
“things to avoid” section).When I came
up with my fertility diet, less was known or publicized about genetically
modified foods. If you do decide to make
soy a part of your diet, talk with your local health food store about non GMO
·Most Americans are consuming unfermented soy
which is supposedly worse than the fermented variety.Unfermented soy has phytates which may
interfere with nutrient absorption.Some
of the most popular unfermented soy products are soymilk, tofu, soy nuts and
soy meat alternatives. Fermented soy
includes miso, soy sauce, tempeh, and natto.
So, who do you believe? The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality was unable to
substantiate claims that soy products (both fermented and unfermented) were
harmful or helpful to endocrine function although soy did seem to reduce the
incidence of hot flashes.
a firm believer that all foods should be consumed in moderation and you
should vary your diet. I did eat soy when I was trying to conceive,
but I ate plenty of other foods as well.
 Kaplan, J.R. et al., High isoflavone soy protein does not alter menstrual cyclicity or ovarian
function in fully mature, premenopausal monkeys
Fertility and Sterility
, Volume 82 , S269 - S270
 Doerge DR, Sheehan DM., Goitrogenic and estrogenic
activity of soy isoflavones, Environ Health Perspect. 2002 Jun;110 Suppl
 Balk E, Chung
M, Chew P, Ip S, Raman G, Kupelnick B, Tatsioni A, Sun Y, Wolk B, DeVine D, Lau
J.,Effects of Soy on
for Healthcare Research and Quality (US); 2005 Aug.
How does fertility jewelry work? There is certainly something to be said for symbolism, because not only does the belief in something work, but wearing symbolic jewelry helps to remind you of your goal of increased fertility and getting pregnant. I also have a page on my site about vision boards
which can help you visualize your goal and tap into the universal law of attraction. Fertility jewelry uses the same concept. There are also some healing stones that are thought to be good for fertility. Here are the components of the fertility necklace and what they symbolize:
The Turtle is a common symbol for fertility for a number of reasons. First, the turtle is a water animal and water is related to a fertile womb. Turtles also lay a large number of eggs and have a large number of offspring. Turtles have been linked with the fertility goddess Aphrodite, the Greek goddess of love and procreation. The turtle is also associated with the moon, the 13 squares in the middle of its shell are connected to the 13 full moons each year. The turtle also has 28 smaller squares around the outside of the shell which are associated with the 28 days of the lunar month which corresponds to a woman's cycle. Turtles are also thought to be protective, so if you are concerned about miscarriage, the turtle may protect your pregnancy.
This originated from the Native American culture. It has the flute player with feathers on his head. This is a well known and well accepted symbol for fertility. Kokopelli is thought to carry an unborn babies on his back and gives them to women. Like many fertility symbols, Kokopelli also represents fertility in terms of agriculture. His flute is thought to chase away winter and bring in the warmer weather of spring. Kokopelli is thought to be fun loving, music making and a bit of a trickster....sounds like the true spirit of a child which you want to bring into your life!
The Fertility Goddess
An ancient symbol, the fertility goddess is the giver and creator of all life, from humans to the land we walk. She oversees the growth of children and earth. Her presence is perfect for those trying to conceive and soon-to-be and new mothers, and she is a wonderful reminder of the beauty of life.
Rose Quartz is also called Pink Quartz. It is a popular stone for healing and is frequently used in feng 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.
Moonstone is thought to be tied to the energy of the moon and is thought to have healing properties for women. It is good for regulating hormones and cycles (probably 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.
Saint Gerard, in the Catholic faith is said to be the patron saint of
motherhood. I know many of my readers have different faiths, but
sometimes a prayer can be comforting. It can help you let go for a
little bit and it can give you a sense of relief that you are part of a
bigger plan. For anyone interested, here is a prayer for motherhood and
fertility to St. Gerard:
O glorious St.Gerard, powerful intercessor before God, and wonder worker of our day, I call upon you and seek your help.
You who always fulfilled God’s will on earth, help those desiring to conceive to do God’s holy will.
Intercede with the Giver of Life from whom all parenthood proceeds, that they may conceive and raise children who
will please God in this life, and be heirs to the Kingdom of Heaven. Amen.
Pregnancy Over 40, Estrogen-like Food Additives Can Disrupt Hormones
Yikes! Now there's more to watch out for in our food supply.
Some food additives are xenoestrogens which mimic estrogens in our body. This article talks about some food additives which can affect fertility. Read more:
They used the method in a large-scale screening of additives that discovered two additives with previously unrecognized xenoestrogen effects.
In the study, Pietro Cozzini and colleagues cite increasing concern about identifying these substances and about the possible health effects. Synthetic chemicals that mimic natural estrogens (called "xenoestrogens," literally, "foreign estrogens") have been linked to a range of human health effects. They range from reduced sperm counts in men to an increased risk of breast cancer in women.
The scientists used the new method to search a food additive database of 1,500 substances, and verified that the method could identify xenoestrogens. In the course of that work, they identified two previous unrecognized xenoestrogens. One was propyl gallate, a preservative used to prevent fats and oils from spoiling. The other was 4-hexylresorcinol, used to prevent discoloration in shrimp and other shellfish. "Some caution should be issued for the use of propyl gallate and 4-hexylresocrinol as food additives," they recommend in the study. from: science daily
You May Also Be Interested in these products from my website:
The material provided on this blog and products sold on associated websites are for informational purposes only. The content is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition. Never disregard professional medical advice or delay in seeking it because of something you have read on this site and/or products sold on this site. We also provide links to other websites for the convenience of our site visitors. We take no responsibility, implied or otherwise for the content or accuracy of third party sites.