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Sunday, June 23, 2019

WOMAN 40 PREGNANT NATURALLY AFTER 7 FAILED IVF CYCLES


Wow, what a story. This article talks about a woman who tried to get pregnant for 14 years.
She had numerous failed IVF's and even tried surrogates. Imagine the time, money, and emotional turmoil she went through only to get pregnant naturally.

25% Of Women With Failed IVF Go On To Get Pregnant Naturally

 She did have complications with her pregnancy, but I wonder how much sooner she may have gotten
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pregnant had she not been through all the rigors of fertility treatments.  Last Friday, I posted an article about how 25% of women failing IVF go on to have natural pregnancies.  Here's another one... read more:

From the article:
Lucy Fitzpatrick gave birth to Louis on her 40th birthday after seven attempts at IVF, a twin miscarriage and two tries at using surrogates. She finally became pregnant naturally, but then developed serious complications and gave birth prematurely.
The property developer from central London, who is now 47, was helped to have her son by the research centre at St Thomas' Hospital, funded by baby charity Tommy's. Last week, she returned with Louis, seven, to thank its head of obstetrics Professor Andy Shennan and his team.
In an interview with the Standard, Mrs Fitzpatrick, who conceived Louis naturally, called for more funding for research into preventing complications during pregnancy.
standard.co.uk

Friday, June 21, 2019

SURPRISE PREGNANCY AT 47, HAS BABY UNEXPECTEDLY!

I've been finding quite a few stories of women in their upper 40's who unexpectedly get pregnant.  While I'm on a roll, here is another one!  This article is quite amazing because the woman in the story, Judy Brown, didn't even know she was pregnant until about an hour before she gave birth.  Now, that's a surprise pregnancy.  This was also her first baby.
from the article:

Brown and her husband, Jason — who have been married 22 years — were never fixated on having a
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child, according to ABC affiliate WCVB. The couple described their laidback approach to having a child like so: “If it happens, it happens.” It wasn’t as if Brown didn’t notice her body going through unexpected changes, she told WCVB. A bulge had appeared around her midsection in recent months, she said, but she attributed the sudden weight gain to aging. Being pregnant, she said, never crossed her mind.
“I felt like I was turning into my mother,” she said.

...even women in their late 40s should not assume they are unable to become pregnant.
“Most physicians who see women in their 40s should be counseling them on contraception"

from: washingtonpost.com

Sunday, June 16, 2019

LET GO! IT MAY HELP YOU CONCEIVE AND GET PREGNANT!

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We've all been there...if you are struggling with infertility, it's hard not to feel pain, anger, a feeling of injustice, jealousy and a sense of unworthiness.  You see other women get pregnant at the drop of a hat and you're sure that they don't appreciate what they've been given.  I can relate to this article below....once I totally gave up on the idea of getting pregnant and having a baby....guess what? 
 I got pregnant with my daughter and had a totally uncomplicated pregnancy and delivery.  Sometimes, just letting go is all that is needed.  Although this article speaks of women going through
fertility treatments, it applies to those trying to conceive naturally as well:
From the article:

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Women who cope with the stress of infertility treatment by
relinquishing control are nearly twice as likely to get pregnant as those who don't adopt this strategy, research from Israel shows.

The findings, say the researchers, suggest that techniques like meditation, which is focused on teaching people to "let go," could help improve women's chances of getting pregnant.

SEE ALSO: MEDITATION AND VISUALIZATION FOR FERTILITY AND PREGNANCY (getpregnantover40.com)

There is increasing evidence that stress and emotional distress can influence in-vitro fertilization (IVF) success, Dr. Nathalie Rapoport-Hubschman of the Rabin Medical Center in Petah Tikva and her colleagues note in the journal Fertility and Sterility. But evidence on the effects of other psychological factors has been inconclusive, they add.

Rapoport-Hubschman and her team theorized that coping mechanisms, rather than traits like anxiety or hostility, might play a role in IVF success. While problem-focused coping is an effective way to deal with situations that are under a person's control, so-called "emotion-focused coping," which can involve humor, denial, relaxation, and letting go, might be a less stressful way to handle infertility treatment, they suggest.

Thursday, June 06, 2019

WORKOUTS MAY HARM ABILITY TO GET PREGNANT

Workouts May Hurt Fertility

I've posted before about the association between vigorous exercise and infertility or delayed fertility. 
Here is an article about a study which confirms that exercises such as running or aerobics may reduce the chances of a woman getting pregnant.  The article also mentions that it may be harder for a fertilized egg to implant if a woman is too active.  Read more:
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The researchers found that moderate exercise, such as walking, cycling or gardening, was associated with getting pregnant more quickly for all women, regardless of weight.
Women who spent more than five hours per week doing moderate exercise were 18 percent more likely to become pregnant during any given menstrual cycle than women who performed moderate exercise for less than an hour each week.
However, normal-weight and very lean women who reported high levels of vigorous exercise, such as running or aerobics, took longer to get pregnant. Those who exercised vigorously for more than five hours each week had a 32 percent lower chance of becoming pregnant during a given cycle than women who did not exercise vigorously at all...

... Having too little body fat may be a factor for some women, and it's known that competitive female athletes and very underweight women sometimes experience menstrual irregularities.
Exercise may also affect the fertilized egg's ability to implant in the uterus. One previous study of women undergoing in vitro fertilization found a higher risk of implantation failure among women who did a lot of running or cycling.

from:  today.msnbc.com

Monday, June 03, 2019

LUTEAL PHASE DEFECT: VITAMIN C CAN HELP TO GET PREGNANT

Luteal Phase Defect and Vitamin C

I have always associated vitamin C with the immune system.
 This article, however talks about how vitamin C may also play a role in regulating hormones which may hep with conditions like luteal phase defect.  Luteal phase defect is when your hormones fall too fast in the second half of your cycle.
From the article:

A number of factors can cause luteal phase defect. Recent findings have suggested that oxidative damage may play a role, and antioxidant levels, such as vitamin C, vitamin E, and glutathione, were found to be significantly lower in women with luteal phase defect and recurrent miscarriages than in
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healthy women. The potential benefits of antioxidant vitamin supplementation have not been previously explored.

One hundred fifty women with luteal phase defect seeking medical attention for infertility were enrolled in the current study. Levels of estrogen and progesterone were monitored for three menstrual cycles. The participants were randomly assigned to receive 750 mg of vitamin C per day or no treatment beginning at the onset of the third cycle of the study. During the third cycle, progesterone levels increased significantly in women receiving vitamin C but did not change in women receiving no treatment. Estrogen levels also increased in the treatment group but not the untreated group. Moreover, there was a significantly higher pregnancy rate in the vitamin C group than in the untreated group: 25% of the women receiving vitamin C became pregnant within six months of starting treatment, while only 11% of untreated women became pregnant in the same time period.

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Saturday, June 01, 2019

ALMONDS FERTILITY FOOD, FERTILITY SYMBOL

I have often talked about almonds as a fertility food, but I never knew that they were considered a "fertility symbol" for the ancient Romans!  As this article explains, perhaps they knew about the extreme nutritional value of almonds even back then.  Read more:

The Facts on Almond Nutrition

Guest Post By Shauna Hanus
almonds for fertilityAlmonds can be found in such common places as on top of a salad or as a snack while on a plane. They are packed full on nutritional value and are tasty to eat. Almonds are so versatile that they can be used as a key ingredient in dessert or found as a snack in between meals.
Did you know that one ounce of almonds has as much calcium as ¼ cup of milk as well as providing 35% of the recommended daily allowance of Vitamin E. Vitamin E has been proven to help prevent some forms of cancer.
Almonds are also high in folic acid which helps prevent birth defects and have higher levels of magnesium than those found in spinach or oatmeal.

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The phosphorous found in almonds helps to build strong bones and teeth and some of the other nutrients contained in almonds are protein, fiber, iron, zinc, copper and phytochemicals.
Almonds come with a long and rich history. Almonds are mentioned in the book of Numbers which dates back to around 1400 BC. Then around 300BC explorers traveling along the "Silk Road" between Asia and the Mediterranean brought along almonds to eat. These explorers consequently began to grow almonds in such new regions as Morocco, Greece, Israel, Italy and Spain.
During Roman times almonds were considered to be a fertility charm. Maybe ancient Romans new of the nutritional value of almonds and figured it couldn't hurt with fertility. During the mid 18th century almonds made there way from Spain to California. It took a century or so for the almond trees to become established and produce the volumes of almonds we see today.
Then by the early 1900's the San Joaquin and Sacramento areas of California were well established as leaders in the almond industry.
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Wednesday, May 29, 2019

46 YEAR OLD NATURAL PREGNANCY AFTER SPENDING LIFE SAVINGS ON IVF

I can certainly relate to the woman in this story, she struggled with infertility for years and she and her husband spent their life savings on IVF.  After they finally let go, she gets pregnant naturally out of nowhere.  This woman has now become a fertility counselor because she is convinced that there is a mental stress component to infertility.  She and her husband spent every waking moment trying to conceive and this most certainly affected their stress level.

From the article:
We put so much pressure on ourselves to have a baby that everything became very regimented, we
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focused all our energy on conceiving......And three years later I became pregnant, now I'm living proof that really letting go of all the anxiety around conceiving naturally can be solved by changing your mental attitude...
 ...After going through the heartbreak of not being able to conceive for seven years, Liz, who was already a trained therapist, decided to specialise in fertility problems to help other couples who have been through similar struggles.

dailymail.co.uk

Friday, May 24, 2019

FENG SHUI FOR PREGNANCY AND BABY

What are the principles of feng shui for babies?  This guest post explains some do's and don'ts to create the right environment according to the principles of feng shui design.
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Creating Good Feng Shui in Baby's Room

Guest Post By Kathryn Weber

Getting ready for a new baby requires a lot of thought and planning from what diapers the baby will
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wear down to the decoration and arrangement of baby's room. Today's parents want to create a haven for their little one that will help the baby feel comforted and nurtured, as well as stimulated enough so that they thrive. Increasingly, parents are going beyond the traditional coordinated "theme" rooms to ensure baby has a healthy environment by incorporating feng shui.
Feng shui, the Chinese system for arrangement and placement, so often used in businesses and homes is now making its way into the nursery, and for good reason, too. Feng Shui proposes that by arranging and aligning the room correctly, energy will flow better in the room and that all who reside in the room will thrive and prosper better than if the energy is the room was incorrect or did not flow smoothly. Understandably, no one needs to thrive and prosper more than a baby.
To maximize the energy in baby's room, there are several important factors to consider, such as room location, safety, colors, and furniture arrangement. Using feng shui in the nursery will help to make babies less fussy, who will feel more comfortable in their surroundings, and who will be healthy and flourish. What does it take to accomplish this? Following some basic considerations will help both baby and parents create a room that makes them both happy.
Select a good location for the baby's bedroom. A new baby should have a bedroom that is not over a garage or has an empty space below. The bedroom also shouldn't be located where there is excessive noise that might keep the baby from sleeping, such as close to a living room where the TV is on, or close to a noisy street or neighbor.
Bed placement is important. The bed should not be against a window or be directly in line with the door. Put the baby on a solid wall with the head of the crib against the wall, rather than lengthwise. Make sure the baby does not sleep or is placed against a slanted wall. These press on the baby. Avoid placing the baby against a wall that is shared with a bathroom, toilet, storage, or utility-type room.
Opt for soothing colors. Children benefit from bright colors in play areas, but if these are used in a baby's room, infants can be over stimulated to the point that they do not rest well. Because deep sleep in babies is necessary for healthy growth, be sure to select restful, muted colors. Whites are excellent for children, but avoid black and white color scheme because there is too much contrast. Select color palettes that are close to one another and harmonious, such as green and blue, white and beige, or pink and yellow.
Create soft movement in the room. A room that is too still becomes stagnant and this is not beneficial for the growth of the child. To create good, but soft energy and movement, hang mobiles close to a window to move gently in the breeze and keep soft music playing in the room. You can also place a small fan on a dresser turned on low to keep air moving in the room. Avoid placing the baby under a ceiling fan as these disrupt their body energy.
Watch for pointed objects. Make sure there are no hard corners from dressers or changing tables pointed at the baby's head or body. Move these to another part of the room where they are not pointed in the direction of the bed.
Select design motifs with care. Make sure that designs do not have harsh points, such as arrows, crosses, diamonds, or triangles. Nature designs are excellent and promote growth. Animal designs should also be chosen carefully. Ferocious or aggressive animals, even when they are made for a baby's room, should not be chosen. Some of these are found in jungle motif designs and include lions, tigers, bears, and reptiles. Motifs with fish are fine as long as the watery theme is not overly dominant. Otherwise, respiratory, lung, nasal, or kidney problems could develop.
Keep lighting balanced. During the day, the light in the baby's room should neither be too bright or too dark. Install blinds that can be lowered or raised as needed to keep the room at a pleasant level of lighting. If the room is too bright, the baby won't rest deeply. If too dim, the room would be too "yin" and the baby could fail to thrive or have respiratory problems.
Kathryn Weber is the publisher of the Red Lotus Letter Feng Shui E-zine and certified feng shui consultant in classical Chinese feng shui. Kathryn helps her readers improve their lives and generate more wealth with feng shui. For more information visit http://www.redlotusletter.com and learn the fast and fun way how feng shui can make your life more prosperous and abundant! To subscribe and receive the FREE Ebook, "Easy Money - 3 Steps to Building Massive Wealth with Feng Shui,"logon to http://www.redlotusletter.com
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Thursday, May 23, 2019

POSITIVE THINKING SHOWN TO HELP YOU GET PREGNANT

Believe me, I'm not a "Pollyanna" who always sees the glass half full, but I have learned how to visualize what I want and know that somehow, someway, I'm going to get it. I guess I'd put that in the category of positive thinking. Here is an article about positive thinking and how it may help you conceive (and how negative emotions may be keeping you from your goal):

From the article

A study published in the Italian fertility journal, Minerva Ginecologica, suggests that emotional
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 stress can cause severe upheaval in a woman’s reproductive cycle. Women with fertility problems were found to have very high levels of the stress hormone cortisol in their bloodstream. This is the same hormone that has been found to shut down ovulation in female athletes. The study also discovered that more than 5% of all women experienced disruptions in the menstrual cycles merely because of emotional stress. This can make conception difficult or even impossible for some couples.

A study performed at the University of California at San Diego analyzed women undergoing differing levels of depression. This study found that women who showed the most markers of depression were up to 93% less likely to become pregnant than their less-depressed peers. A study performed in 1992 showed similar results for men who were experiencing depression. Couples in which the male partner was depressed were much less likely to conceive than those couples who were not going through depression.
A study at Brown University in Rhode Island also concluded that depression and infertility appear to be linked. In this study regarding women’s mental health, Brown University researchers discovered that women with a past history of depression were up to twice as likely to undergo examinations for fertility concerns."

...Does Positive Thinking Work?
According to recent studies, there is some merit in maintaining positive thought patterns when it comes to improving fertility. A study was performed in 2000 examining the effects of positive thinking on fertility rates in women struggling with infertility.

The 184 women involved in the study were divided into three separate groups: a cognitive restructuring group (those that took cognitive restructuring lessons), a support group (those who attended support groups to deal with the emotional stress of infertility), and a control group (those who sought no additional support for their infertility). Pregnancy rates amongst the women in the control reached only 20%, while pregnancy rates for the other two groups were between 54% and 55%. Therefore, it appears that the power of positive thought really may have an influence on your fertility.
 (www.sharedjourney.com)

Tuesday, May 21, 2019

STORIES OF "IMPOSSIBLE" NATURAL CONCEPTION IN WOMEN OVER 40

Wow, I could have written this article myself!  It is called, "IVF, and the great lie about fertility in the over 40's".  It gives stories of women who were "hopelessly infertile" and told they were unable to have children (and many had undergone failed IVF's) only to conceive naturally and have a baby!

From the article:

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What if women of 38 and over were needlessly spending thousands of pounds on IVF to get pregnant? Or if women who felt their families were already complete were having unwanted pregnancies because of the mistaken belief that their chances of conceiving were negligible?

Recent figures from the Office for National Statistics show that live births to mothers aged 40 and over have nearly doubled in the past decade, and the Mail revealed that the number of women having abortions in their 40s has risen by almost a third in ten years...

...It wasn’t until someone commented on my new cleavage that it occurred to me to take a pregnancy test. I had been so brainwashed into believing that I was too old for motherhood that I had not used contraception. I took four home pregnancy tests — all positive — before I made an appointment to see my GP.

Despite a trouble-free pregnancy, I could sense a feeling of caution whenever I went for a scan or a check-up, as if my pregnancy were a freak accident that was bound to end in tears. In fact my daughter, Deia, was born healthy and well...

from: dailymail.co.uk

Sunday, May 19, 2019

LAYING STILL AFTER CONCEPTION = HIGHER PREGNANCY RATES

Lay still For Conception

I recall back when I started fertility treatments, we began with inseminations.
 After the procedure, they had me sit still with my legs up in the air for 15 minutes. Apparently, according to this article, there is research to suggest this does help success rates. I'm sure if you're trying naturally, the same would be true. Lay still and let nature take its course! Read more:

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are more likely to get pregnant.

Women who have artificial insemination should lie back and stay still for 15 minutes after the procedure to "significantly" increase their chances of getting pregnant, scientists recommend today.

The Dutch researchers found that the pregnancy rate among women who did so was 27%, compared to 18% for for those who got straight up and moved around.

Writing in the British Medical Journal, they said clinics should offer facilities for "immobilisation", which was easy and cost very little, to allow women to lie still after insemination.

"Although immobilisation takes more time and occupies more space in busy rooms, the intervention will be economic in the long run, as pregnant patients will not return in subsequent cycles," the team, from the Academic Medical Centre in Amsterdam, said.

They studied 391 couples, getting 199 of the women to stay lying down and asking 192 to move around.

 guardian.co.uk

Friday, May 17, 2019

SAINT ANNE HAD BABY AT OLDER AGE

First, let me say I am not, by any stretch of the imagination, a religious scholar.  But through my reading, I have discovered that the grandmother of Jesus (Mary's mother) was considered quite elderly when she had her daughter Mary.  Most sources say that Anne and her husband Joachim were
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married for 20 years and still had no children, although they certainly wanted them.  The legend suggests that Anne prayed that if she were given a child, she would dedicate it to the Lord's service.  An angel came to Anne and told her she would conceive a child.

They did have a child (again at an "elderly" age (although I can't seem to find how old she actually was) and of course named her Mary.  Even though they longed for this child, when Mary was three, they brought her to the Temple of Jerusalem where they left her to be brought up.  And, Mary became the mother of Jesus.

I realize I have a number of readers of different faiths, but every now and then I like to bring up historical stories of infertility and older motherhood.

Wednesday, May 15, 2019

ENDOCRINE FUNCTION BOOSTED WITH AMETHYST

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, Amethyst is said to help hormone production by targeting the endocrine glands and the immune system.  It receives energy to sustain life and it gives the wearer energy to connect with all there is. It is even thought to help the human body fight off diseases like cancer.
Amethyst is thought to target the Crown Chakra which can help one connect to a higher

consciousness and awareness.  It can help foster spirituality and was even used by Catholic priests
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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.

Monday, May 13, 2019

SURPRISE PREGNANCY AT 43, WOMAN TELLS HER STORY

 I found this article to be very insightful about women's fertility and pregnancy over the age of 40.  Many women get pregnant by surprise forgetting that, despite the doom and gloom reported in the media about women having babies at older ages, women can be quite fertile even through their mid forties.  If they do get pregnant, they are bombarded with negative outcomes, when in fact, the vast majority  babies born to women over 40 are perfectly normal.
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 Media sensationalism and the protectionism bred by fear of medical malpractice lawsuits perpetuate the myth that having a child naturally later in life is virtually impossible —and therefore should be avoided.
The media’s infertility stories and glamorization of alternate means of achieving parenthood, along with medical experts’ reasonable cautions about pregnancy after age 35, have been distorted to mean that natural pregnancy after age 40 is rare and a significant health risk for mother and child. Yet the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists states that “many older women show no greater signs of problems than do younger women. Age need not be a barrier to a safe, healthy pregnancy.”5
 
The well-publicized increased chance of chromosomal defects resulting in conditions such as Down syndrome and trisomy 18 can horrify women, even though such risks are actually still very small. According to the ACOG, at 43, my age-related risk for a Down syndrome baby was two percent and three percent for a baby with any chromosomal defect.6 According to my OB-GYN’s office, when my health and my baby’s ultrasound were factored in, the calculated risks were 1.5 percent for Down syndrome and .02 percent for trisomy 18. Thus, older women who are healthy enough to conceive naturally without “trying” are often healthier than age-related risk calculations might reflect.

Due to my age, I chose an OB-GYN practice that specialized in “high risk” pregnancies. Much screening and testing of my baby was recommended. Each time I refused a procedure, the physician meticulously recorded my refusal. At each subsequent appointment, I was asked to confirm that, if my baby were born with a birth defect, I had knowingly declined testing and the option of ending the pregnancy. The experience was emotionally disturbing and faith-testing, as I was tempted to second-guess my choices.

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Friday, May 10, 2019

MOTHER'S DAY...WORST "HOLIDAY" FOR THE INFERTILE

Well, this "holiday" coming up may be the worst one of them all if you're trying to conceive. What could be harder than watching the rest of the country celebrate the joys of motherhood while you sit there stuck in infertility  quicksand.

I know much has been written by myself and others about surviving holidays while you're trying to conceive. Mother's day is a big one...so how do you get through it? Many years ago, I started the tradition of hosting a mother's day brunch at my house. I actually started this before I was even married and I continued it while I was struggling with infertility and miscarriage. Even though it seems counter-intuitive, it actually was a great thing to do. I love a good project and planning and
organizing a big get-together was just enough to keep my mind off my woes.

Even if you decide not to host a big get-together at your house, try to find something that's going to
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keep you busy over the mother's day weekend. Since the weather's finally getting nicer, plan some outdoor activities. Work in your yard or garden, or plan a home improvement project. I can't tell you how many projects I completed during the six years I was trying to conceive. In retrospect, I'm glad I used my time productively...not only was it good for my mental health, but it was nice to get so many projects out of the way that I don't have time for now. It will be your turn one day...don't put your life on hold while you're waiting.

When I was trying to get pregant, I watched many mothers' days come and go. I remember thinking, wouldn't it be neat if I got pregnant right before mother's day and I could announce it to everyone on mother's day? Well...it never happens like that unless you're reading a romance novel or watching made-for-TV movie.

My advice? Don't ever put dates or deadlines on when you're going to get pregnant. You really will be setting yourself up for failure. Every pregnancy I had always came as a total shock (even though I was actively trying). I realize that when you're trying to conceive, every month is an opportunity for success, but it's when you start trying to force things into place that you get into trouble. If you're not pregnant this month, it doesn't mean that you're doomed. It simply means that you're not pregnant this month. When I really want something, I make my intentions known to the universe through visualization and meditation, and then I try to divert my attention elsewhere. That way I don't try too hard which essentially acts as a roadblock to my success.

Thursday, May 09, 2019

XENOESTROGENS AND HOW THEY CAUSE INFERTILITY

Fertility and Hormone Regulation - Avoid Xenoestrogens

I have heard about xenoestrogens for many years and I talk about them in my book on how to overcome estrogen dominance.
 This article discusses what things to do and avoid. I should mention, I don't agree with everything in this article (for instance, it says to avoid flax seeds, which were part of may pregnancy protocol), but it still as a lot of good information. Read more:

Did you know that synthetic estrogen and progestins are found in the urine of millions of women who

take either birth control pill or hormone replacement therapy and flushed them down the toilet ending up in rivers and lakes where your drinking water comes from? Water treatment involves adding chemicals like chlorine (also a hormonal disruptor) to kill E-coli bacteria, but nothing is done to remove harmful chemicals from your drinking water! Once your body becomes contaminated with toxic chemical, it stores it in the fatty tissue.
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Natural estrogen is responsible in stimulating cell division in hormone responsive tissue like the uterus lining, breast tissue and the ovaries. When xenoestrogen is overloading your body, it mimics the action of natural estrogen and stimulates tissue growth causing ovarian cysts, endometriosis, fibrocystic breast disease, and even cancer. When a women is said to suffer from estrogen dominance, it refers to the high level of estrogen over progesterone. That is why women who experience infertility are advised to detoxify before conception. Xenoestrogen can also cause miscarriages and luteal phase defect. It may be present in breast milk and cross the placenta during gestation and become especially harmful to the foetus during the development of the sexual organs.  http://www.natural-health-for-fertility.com/xenoestrogen.html

Tuesday, May 07, 2019

THE DANGERS OF FLUORIDE ADDED TO DRINKING WATER IN PREGNANCY

When I was trying to conceive, I was worried about the quality of my tap water, although I never had it tested, I bought bottled water and tried to get fluoride free water.  Fluoride is added to community water in most areas, but it has been associated with declining birth rates and hypothyroidism.

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

This articles explain more:

Findings We found that higher levels of fluoride in drinking water provide a useful contribution for
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predicting prevalence of hypothyroidism. We found that practices located in the West Midlands (a wholly fluoridated area) are nearly twice as likely to report high hypothyroidism prevalence in comparison to Greater Manchester (non-fluoridated area).


Interpretation In many areas of the world, hypothyroidism is a major health concern and in addition to other factors—such as iodine deficiency—fluoride exposure should be considered as a contributing factor. The findings of the study raise particular concerns about the validity of community fluoridation as a safe public health measure. 

Sunday, May 05, 2019

FERTILITY ENHANCED WITH MUSTARD! THE HERO OF CONDIMENTS!

I consider mustard to be the hero of condiments.  Why is mustard good for your health and fertility?  Mustard comes from the seeds of the mustard plant which is one of the superstar cruciferous vegetables. 
Not only is mustard extremely healthy, but you can eat a lot of it, guilt free.  It is extremely low in calories and it adds a lot of tangy flavor to your food.  So what are the benefits of eating mustard if you are trying to conceive?
  • Mustard it high in phytonutrients which help regulate hormones.
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  • Mustard is high in Selenium which  has been found in large healthy follicles and it has been associated with a decreased risk of misarriage.
  •  Mustard is high in Magnesium. Magnesium supplementation has been shown to help previously infertile women succeed in getting pregnant.  The women in one study received supplemental magnesium which normalized their red cell magnesium levels and helped with fertility
  •  Mustard is a source of omega 3 fatty acids which can help with hormone production.

I've actually started adding some mustard to my balsamic vinegar salad dressing (I mix olive oil, balsamic vinegar and mustard with some salt and pepper).  It's really delicious and it adds a creamy texture to the dressing.  You can also eat "mustard greens"  

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