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Wednesday, December 07, 2016

IVF = 2X MORE BIRTH DEFECTS

I've done a number of blog postings in the past about studies that show a higher rate of birth defects after assisted reproduction.  Of course I'm an advocate of conceiving through natural means, however I know that some couples don't have any choice except to go through IVF.  But it's always important to weigh the risks.  This article is about a recent study that shows that IVF can be a factor in birth defects.  Read more:


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From the article:
Researchers from Leicester University and the University of Western Australia in Perth examined birth records over a five-year period to reach their findings, which were published in the New England Journal of Medicine.

Dr Jennifer Kurinczuk, an epidemiologist at Leicester University, and co-author of the report, said: 'We found infants conceived with assisted reproductive techniques were more than twice as likely as naturally conceived infants to have major birth defects diagnosed during the first year of life.'

They found that nine per cent of invitro babies suffered birth defects compared with four per cent of natural conceptions.
The defects ranged from minor chromosomal abnormalities to serious and multiple deformities affecting the muscles and skeleton.
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Monday, December 05, 2016

45 YEAR OLD, NATURAL PREGNANCY AFTER IVF, SURROGACY

Well, the stories just keep on coming, I don't watch a lot of TV so I didn't see this when she was on the today show.  This woman has an incredible story.  One of the things I talk about in my book is how assisted reproduction can lead to some disastrous mistakes.  This woman went through IVF, but the clinic implanted the wrong embryo and she carried to term and gave the baby to the biological parents. Back when my husband and I went through assisted reproduction, one of my cycles was cancelled because of a mix up in the lab.  It scared the heck out of me, but at least they admitted to
their mistake.
But to continue the story, this woman had a few more children via IVF and twins through a surrogate.  But then, to her surprise, she became pregnant naturally at the age of 45!  So her already large family is going to welcome one more!  Read more:


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 A 45-year-old mother-of-five, who has had two of her children as a result of IVF, and two via surrogacy, was stunned to find herself pregnant by natural means in April, following a 20-year battle with fertility.

'After two decades without a spontaneous conception; after countless ovarian stimulation cycles, multiple intrauterine insemination and more than five IVF attempts... I was pregnant - the old fashioned way,' Carolyn Savage writes of her discovery for Today.com.

And not only has the Ohio mother suffered several miscarriages in the past, she has even given birth to another couple's child, when, six years ago, doctors accidentally implanted her with the wrong embryo during an IVF mix-up. Mrs Savage made worldwide news when she agreed to carry the child to full term anyway, and then reunite him with his biological parents.

Friday, December 02, 2016

WOMEN'S REPRODUCTION, CHAKRAS, ENERGY BODIES

10 Characteristics of Women's Energy Bodies

Guest Post By Lisa Erickson
Spiritual and energy anatomy traditions including Traditional Chinese Medicine, Tibetan Tantric Buddhism, kundalini yoga, wicca, Kabbalah and more describe differences between the way women's and men's energy, or subtle, bodies function. If you are familiar with the chakras or meridians, you already know what 'energy body' means. If not, then just think of your subtle body like a field of energy that encompasses and interacts with your physical body. Understanding how your energy body works can help you to improve your health, intuition, personal power, and spiritual growth.
The following list is compiled from a variety of traditions, and not all of them may resonate with you. But read through them, and try experimenting with those that seem most true to you.
1) Women's Energy is Centripetal, Men's is Centrifugal

The idea here is that by default women's energy circles inward, and is therefore attractive, drawing things towards it, while by default men's energy cycles outwards, projecting rather than attracting. Both men and women can control and reverse this with their intent (conscious or unconscious) but by default women's energy is centripetal and men's is centrifugal. This especially comes into play with sexual energy, and the different ways the two sexes try and attract sexual partners. It also comes into play in families, with the women in any familial group said to be the energetic 'organizing principle', because of this centripetal quality.
2) Women's Energy Bodies are More Sensitive/Absorbant, Men's are More Solid/Protective

Women's energy bodies are also generally said to be more sensitive to external energies, and more likely to absorb these energies, rather than repel them. This has pros and cons, as external energy can serve as the 'raw data' for intuition, but absorbing too much energy, or the wrong kind, can deplete or disperse a women's energy field more quickly in certain situations, for example, in a large crowd.
3) Women's Energy is More Fluid, Men's More Fixed

Related to the idea that women's energy bodies are more receptive is the idea that they are more fluid - that they change more rapidly and more often than men's, in response to the environment and other people. In nature, this can mean that women merge energetically with their environment more readily and quickly, and the same thing in a group of people (so obviously this also has pros and cons, depending on what you are merging with.)

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4) Women's Energy Bodies are More Expansive

Also along these lines is the idea that women can expand their energy fields to encompass others around them more readily (think Bella as a vampire in the Twilight series if you have read it.) Personally, I am not so sure on this one, apart from a mother's energetic relationship with her children (which I'll get to in a minute), as I have seen more men with powerful protective abilities in this regard, perhaps because I have known many martial artists. The centrifugal nature of men's energy seems to actually make their energy fields more readily expandable, in this sense, to me.
5) Women's Energy Bodies are Fertile Ground for Energy Lines

This one is a touchy one. The idea with this one is that in interactions with others, and especially in close relationships, women become the anchor line energetically for both parties. In sexual terms, some traditions teach that a woman actually gets an energy line 'planted' in her energy body with every sexual encounter, that can take years to cut if she wishes to do so (and that this is not the case, or at least less so, for men.) But it's not just sexual energy lines, it's really in all kinds of relationships - the idea is that women naturally harbor these lines. And that this can become especially problematic for us if we are 'anchoring' too many people for us to handle.
6) Maternal Energy Lines are Distinct, and Progress Through Time

This one concerns the energy line between mother and child. The idea is that the first 3-6 months after birth, a child really is an extension of his or her mother energetically - their energy fields are merged. Gradually over time this energy connection separates, and the child becomes a distinct energetic being, although a unique energy line remains between them for life. The energy line between father and child, or other relatives, is established through other means, through emotional bonding and history, rather than through this intrinsic energetic line.
7) A Women's Energy Body is Cyclical

There are lots of variations on this one, but the primary one is that the nature of a women's energy body shifts over the course of her menstrual cycle. Her energy body is 'more' of all the things listed above - centripetal, sensitive, fluid, etc. in the days leading up to menstruation, and especially right before and during, and then is a little less so in the days leading up to ovulation. So her energy body is always waxing and waning (moon cycle and all that!) in this way.
8 ) Women's Energy Bodies Have Distinct Life Phases

Tied to this is the idea that women's energy bodies go through very distinct shifts corresponding to the major reproductive-related physical changes they experience during their lifetime: The onset of menstruation, sexual maturity, pregnancy, nursing, perimenopause, and menopause. This has implications for both their energy health and spiritual path at each point along the way.
9) The 2nd, or Sacral, Chakra Plays a Unique Role in Women

Because of #s 6 - 8, the chakra or energy center related to women's reproductive system, the 2nd or
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sacral chakra, plays a unique role in their personal power and energy health. Just as women and men are each at risk for different physical illnesses because of their physical and hormonal differences, they are at risk for different energetic issues as well. And in the case of the 2nd chakra, this means that any damage or blocks related to it are particularly damaging to women. And conversely, that a healthy sacral chakra has even more benefits.
10) A Women's Sacral Chakra is a Unique Spiritual Doorway

This comes up in some form in all the 'sacred feminine' traditions, even in those that don't define chakras per se. The idea is that the 2nd chakra (or corresponding area in other systems) in women can function like a portal, a doorway to other dimensions and to spiritual insight, in a way that in mainstream teachings usually only the third eye and crown chakra are said to.
Working with your energy body in a conscious way can open up new doorways for you in many areas of your life.
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Lisa Erickson is a teacher and writer, specializing in the chakras, metaphysics, and women's spirituality. Please visit her blog http://www.MommyMystic.com for more information on these topics. Article Source: http://EzineArticles.com/expert/Lisa_Erickson/191153
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Wednesday, November 30, 2016

FOUR MISCARRIAGES, THEN HEALTHY BABY

This is a story many people can relate to who've experienced infertility and recurrent miscarriage.  This woman had gone through fertility treatments and suffered through many pregnancy losses.  When she finally does get pregnant on her own, she automatically assumes it's  going to end in another miscarriage.  But, as fate would have it, she conceived on her own and her pregnancy carried to term.  Read more:

SEE ALSO: MISCARRIAGE OVER AGE 40 AND WHAT TO KNOW (getpregnantover40.com)


The past year-and-a-half we had gone through four miscarriages, fertility tests, genetic testing and
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three attempts at assisted reproduction with drugs. We’d had it.
The previous month, we’d made the decision to get off the baby roller coaster and concentrate on us for a while. We even started looking into adoption. I liked the sense of calm I’d been feeling the last few weeks. I was in no rush for a ticket back to Crazyland.
As I got closer to my office, I made the decision to take one more pregnancy test. I wasn’t even really late, but I knew I would rest easier once I knew for a fact that I wasn’t pregnant.
I paid for the familiar pink package and made a deal with myself. Once I got the negative test result, I’d call the doctor and find a really good therapist.
Now at my office, I went right to the ladies’ room and took the test by rote. Then I stood in shock as the two lines appeared.


from: huffington post

Monday, November 28, 2016

LICORICE MAY HARM FERTILITY

Licorice has always been one of may favorite candies and true licorice may be healthy because it has anticancer properties.  However, it may also have negative effects on the ovaries, which, of course, are essential if you are trying to conceive.  This article talks about a study done on mice, but it may indicate problems with humans as well.  Read more:


SEE ALSO: FERTILITY FOODS FOR CONCEPTION (getpregnantover40.com)



Whole licorice root and purified forms of iso are used in herbal supplements, teas, candies and as flavoring agents in tobacco products. Iso is sometimes marketed to women for the relief of hot flashes or other symptoms of menopause, and studies have found that the root has anti-cancer properties for some types of breast, prostate and colon cancer, Mahalingam said.
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The same properties that make iso effective against some cancers also might make it toxic to the normal growth and development of the ovary, Flaws said. Other aromatase inhibitors are already in use in oncology to stop the growth of tumors that respond to estrogen, but doctors warn of potential effects on fertility in women of child-bearing age. Use of iso to inhibit aromatase could have the same effects as other aromatase inhibitors, Flaws said.
from: science daily

Friday, November 25, 2016

47 YEAR OLD GRANDMA, SURPRISE PREGNANCY

I'm surprised I didn't find this article earlier.  It's an amazing story which confirms what I usually write about on this blog and on my website (getpregnantover40.com). 
Women in their 40's, even their upper 40's can be quite fertile!  This story is about Tammy Guarino, a
47 year old grandmother who was on the pill for 25 years.  She goes off of it (probably thinking she was too old to conceive) and eight days later...bingo!  I myself had a surprise pregnancy at the age of 49...the life force is pretty strong! Read more:

She thought her pregnancy days were over, especially being in her late 40s. However, her doctor
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confirmed the news, making her his oldest expecting patient.

"I asked him, 'Is it menopause?'" said Guarino. "He said no and I said, 'Are you kidding me?' And he said, 'No. What did you think?' I said, 'I thought I was going through the change.' And he said, 'You're about to go through a big change!'"
  "We have lots of ladies who come in during their early 40s and are thrilled to be pregnant but by the late 40s, this gets to be less than less," said Dr. Joseph Miller, who specializes in high-risk pregnancies at West Jefferson Medical Center.
 "I said, 'God is so funny to give me a boy after 30 years of girls.' It's a miracle," said Guarino. "Now that I'm 47, I'll be 48 when I have this baby. At this age, you realize how special children are, and we're going to get it back ... and I'm loving it."
from: wdsu.com

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

THANKSGIVING SWEET POTATOES, FERTILE FOOD!

Certain Types of Yams May Lead To More Twin Births

We all know that there are more twins nowadays with the use of fertility drugs.
However, it was recently reported that in an area in Nigeria the incidence of twins is quite common.
No one knows exactly why, but one possibility is that their diet is quite high in yams. Based on previous research I have done, the yams which may stimulate ovulation are not the kind you eat on
Thanksgiving, They are a variety called "Dioscorea villosa".

When I was trying to conceive, I looked for these yams (Dioscorea villosa) at every health food store in my area and I couldn't find them (when I asked, they looked at me like I was speaking Greek). Perhaps they are more common in other areas around the US and the world. Here is the article about
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Monday, November 21, 2016

40 YEAR OLD HAS BABY AFTER TUBAL REVERSAL

I realize that the media frequently focuses on how hard it is for women over the age of 40 to conceive and have a baby.  This article from Australia is about a 40 year old woman who had her tubes tied 12 years ago.  She decided to have the tubal ligation reversed and only eight months later, she was pregnant!  She did have some complications as the placenta attached in the wrong place, but it goes to show you that conception can take place even when the so called "odds" are against you.  Read more:

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“She is a bit of miracle, seeing as I had my tubes tied for 12 years,” said Mrs Fiorenza, who defied
medical expectation and fell pregnant just eight months after having her fallopian tubes untied.

Mrs Fiorenza, who runs a gift emporium for kids, wants her story to offer hope to others who may be in a similar situation to the one she was in.
'Hopefully someone reads the story and it gives them comfort in a similar situation to never give up, always think positive and things can turn out all ok,' Mrs Fiorenza wrote in a heartwarming Facebook post.n

Friday, November 18, 2016

SAINT RITA FOR FERTILITY, GETTING PREGNANT

 Even if you did not grow up Catholic, you may still find some comfort in prayer to saints who are
associated with certain causes and conditions.  One of these is Saint Rita. 
Among the other areas, Rita is well-known as a patron of desperate, seemingly impossible causes and situations. This is because she has been involved in so many stages of life – wife, mother, widow, and nun.  Those who are trying to conceive or experiencing miscarriage may truly feel that getting pregnant and having a heathly pregnancy is truly an impossible cause.  But, sometimes the things that we think are out of our reach can come easily.  I have done many blog posts on women who went through fertility treatments only to fail time and time again.  Then, miraculously, they get pregnancy by surprise. 

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Wednesday, November 16, 2016

FERTILITY HORMONE LEVELS EXPLAINED

Monitoring FSH and Other Hormones

If you've ever had your hormone levels tested, you probably know it's hard to know what's high, low, normal or borderline.
See: www.getpregnantover40.com for more on balancing hormones naturally and my video on lowering FSH

I should mention that by the time I conceived my daughter, I had given up on fertility treatments and actually did not even want to know what my hormone levels were.  I figured that if the information was negative, it might derail me.  However, I know many women and their doctors do monitor and want to monitor their hormones.

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 Here is a good resouce which explains hormonal levels:

See Also: HcG Levels and Miscarriage (www.getpregnantover40.com)

Follicle Stimulating Hormone (FSH) Day 3 3-20 mIU/ml FSH is often used as a gauge of ovarian reserve. In general, under 6 is excellent, 6-9 is good, 9-10 fair, 10-13 diminished reserve, 13+ very hard to stimulate. In PCOS testing, the LH:FSH ratio may be used in the diagnosis. The ratio is usually close to 1:1, but if the LH is higher, it is one possible indication of PCOS.
Estradiol (E2) Day 3 25-75 pg/ml Levels on the lower end tend to be better for stimulating. Abnormally high levels on day 3 may indicate existence of a functional cyst or diminished ovarian reserve. 

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 Estradiol (E2) Day 4-5 of meds 100+ pg/ml or 2x Day 3 There are no charts showing E2 levels during stimulation since there is a wide variation depending on how many follicles are being produced and their size. Most doctors will consider any increase in E2 a positive sign, but others use a formula of either 100 pg/ml after 4 days of stims, or a doubling in E2 from the level taken on cycle day 3.
Estradiol (E2) Surge/hCG day 200 + pg/ml The levels should be 200-600 per mature (18 mm) follicle. These levels are sometimes lower in overweight women.
Luteinizing Hormone (LH) Day 3 < 7 mIU/ml A normal LH level is similar to FSH. An LH that is higher than FSH is one indication of PCOS.
Luteinizing Hormone (LH) Surge Day > 20 mIU/ml The LH surge leads to ovulation within 48 hours. 

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Prolactin Day 3 < 24 ng/ml Increased prolactin levels can interfere with ovulation. They may also indicate further testing (MRI) should be done to check for a pituitary tumor. Some women with PCOS also have hyperprolactinemia.
Progesterone (P4) Day 3 < 1.5 ng/ml Often called the follicular phase level. An elevated level may indicate a lower pregnancy rate.
Progesterone (P4) 7 dpo > 15 ng/ml A progesterone test is done to confirm ovulation. When a follicle releases its egg, it becomes what is called a corpus luteum and produces progesterone. A level over 5 probably indicates some form of ovulation, but most doctors want to see a level over 10 on a natural cycle, and a level over 15 on a medicated cycle. There is no mid-luteal level that predicts pregnancy. Some say the test may be more accurate if done first thing in the morning after fasting. 

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Thyroid Stimulating Hormone (TSH) Day 3 .4-4 uIU/ml Mid-range normal in most labs is about 1.7. A high level of TSH combined with a low or normal T4 level generally indicates hypothyroidism, which can have an effect on fertility.
Free Triiodothyronine (T3) Day 3 1.4-4.4 pg/ml Sometimes the diseased thyroid gland will start producing very high levels of T3 but still produce normal levels of T4. Therefore measurement of both hormones provides an even more accurate evaluation of thyroid function. 

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Free Thyroxine (T4) Day 3 .8-2 ng/dl A low level may indicate a diseased thyroid gland or may indicate a non- functioning pituitary gland which is not stimulating the thyroid to produce T4. If the T4 is low and the TSH is normal, that is more likely to indicate a problem with the pituitary. 
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Total Testosterone Day 3 6-86 ng/dl Testosterone is secreted from the adrenal gland and the ovaries. Most would consider a level above 50 to be somewhat elevated.
Free Testosterone Day 3 .7-3.6 pg/ml
Dehydroepiandrosterone Sulfate (DHEAS) Day 3 35-430 ug/dl An elevated DHEAS level may be improved through use of dexamethasone, prednisone, or insulin-sensiting medications. 

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Androstenedione Day 3 .7-3.1 ng/ml
Sex Hormone Binding Globulin (SHBG) Day 3 18-114 nmol/l Increased androgen production often leads to lower SHBG
17 Hydroxyprogesterone Day 3 20-100 ng/dl Mid-cycle peak would be 100-250 ng/dl, luteal phase 100-500 ng/dl
Fasting Insulin 8-16 hours fasting < 30 mIU/ml The normal range here doesn't give all the information. A fasting insulin of 10-13 generally indicates some insulin resistance, and levels above 13 indicate greater insulin resistance. 


 excerpted from:
 www.fertilityplus.org

Monday, November 14, 2016

HOW LIGHT AND DARK AFFECTS OVULATION

Ovulation Light and Dark

I have done numerous posts on how light (and dark) affect fertility. Here is another article which addresses the affects of light on both women and men and cites a study where women actually slept next to a light bulb for part of their cycle to get it regulated.
See also: www.getpregnantover40.com for more on ovulation and fertility 
 I don't want to compare women with chickens, but I have heard that farmers that raise chickens put them on an artificial light/dark cycle to get them to lay eggs on schedule.  It's possible that humans may function the same way!

From the article:
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To keep functioning as it should, the master clock needs to re-sync itself all the time using a very simple signal: a period of bright light followed by a period of darkness, i.e., day and night. That light-dark signal reaches the master clock in the brain via the ocular nerve, which relays the signal to the brain’s pineal gland. A century ago, before the widespread use of artificial lights, the pineal gland (which produces the hormone melatonin) had no problem obtaining the feedback it so desperately seeks. Today it’s not that easy. But once you understand how your body responds to light, you can take steps to make sure that you get the light you need to keep your reproductive system functioning like clockwork.

Light and the Menstrual Cycle
The study of circadian (24-hour) rhythms is still a relatively new science, so it’s not surprising that the research demonstrating a link between light and fertility is still fairly new as well. What makes it so exciting is that it’s a multidisciplinary effort, with contributions coming from experts in gynecology, physics, biology, nursing, astrophysics, psychiatry, and andrology, among others.

Women’s menstrual cycles follow an approximately 28-day pattern based on the 29-day cycle of the moon. The moon’s light ebbs and flows over the course of the 29 days, with the days surrounding a full moon being the brightest. Back in the 1960s and 1970s, researchers started to focus on using light exposure that mimicked moonlight as a means of regulating the menstrual cycle.

Then in 1990, Psychiatry Research published a study (“Night Light Alters Menstrual Cycles”) reporting that women with long and irregular menstrual cycles who slept with a 100-watt bulb beside them from days 13 to 17 of their cycles succeeded in regulating and shortening those cycles from a mean of 45.7 days to 33.1 days.

from: conceiveonline.com

Friday, November 11, 2016

FERTILITY SPELL

Just for fun, I thought I'd take a break from the scientific and talk about Fertility Spells and Rituals.
Here is a fun "fertility spell" which I found from a site called "everything under the moon".  Give it a try and let me know if it works! 

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During your most fertile time (usually 2 days before, during and after ovulation), light 9 white
candles in your bedroom. Place them around your bed. Sit or stand nude with your partner, facing the North, and repeat the following:

With one mind, we call to thee.
With one heart, we long for thee
Child of Earth, Wind, Fire & Sea,
Into our lives, we welcome thee


Turn to the East, then South, then West, repeating this incantation each time you do so. Proceed as nature requires. Repeat this spell each of the five nights before intercourse.


from: everythingunderthemoon
 

Wednesday, November 09, 2016

ACTRESS KIM FIELDS HAD 2ND BABY AT 44, NATURALLY

From: Own
People in my age group remember Kim Fields as Tootie from the TV show, "The Facts of Life", but
http://getpregnantover40.com/chakras-for-fertility.htmmore recently, she was on "The Real Housewives of Atlanta". I'm not a regular watcher of the show, but I was watching "Where Are They Now" on the OWN network the other night. Kim Fields was interviewed and she talked about how she and her husband wanted a second child, but not only had trouble conceiving, but also had a number of miscarriages. Then, at the age of 44, she unexpectedly found out she was pregnant! It sounds very familiar to me!

They happily had their second child in 2013. I'm surprised I didn't find this story earlier, but better late than never!


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Monday, November 07, 2016

TIPS FOR FERTILITY PREGNANCY VISUALIZATION

 One very helpful technique to use if you are trying to attract a baby into your life is to create a vision board.  This is a way to create a 3D version of what you are trying to visualize.  Some people have a hard time actually "drawing a picture" in their minds in the visualization process.  Creating a vision board is simple and can be quite fun.  Best of all it is extremely effective!


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Friday, November 04, 2016

WOMAN, 47 HAS SURPRISE TRIPLETS

Here's another amazing story of a surprise pregnancy well over the age of 40.  Not only was this woman 47 years old, but she also gave birth to triplets.  These babies were conceived without fertility treatments and the women in the story already had older children (one was 25). 

 

SEE ALSO: TRUE STORIES OF PREGNANCY OVER 50 NATURALLY (NO FERTILITY TREATMENTS) - Getpregnantover40.com 


From the article:

That's because Sharon Lewis is 47 and already has two older children, a 25-year-old daughter and 14-year-old son.
The school cafeteria monitor wasn't trying to become pregnant and thought it was impossible at her age when she was told she'd be giving birth to three baby boys.
'This was all a big surprise to me, but it was a wonderful surprise,' Lewis said.
'I felt that it was nobody but God that blessed my womb at 47. I do believe he brought me to it, he'll bring me through it,' she said smiling at Tuesday's press conference. 
from: dailymail

Wednesday, November 02, 2016

A NATUROPATH'S THYROID ASSESSMENT FOR FERTILITY

Is Poor Thyroid Function Impacting Your Fertility?

Guest Post By Christine Sullivan
If you have been unsuccessfully trying to get pregnant for more than 6 months, before you embark on invasive medical procedures and spend thousands of dollars for assisted reproductive technology, ensure that your thyroid is functioning at its optimum.
Many women don't realize that good thyroid function is necessary for fertility, the ability to conceive and to maintain a pregnancy. An under (or over) functioning thyroid can prevent you from achieving that much desired pregnancy. While there are many and varied reasons for infertility, suboptimal thyroid function may be that "missing link" especially for those with no specific reproductive problems.
A full thyroid evaluation is essential, and should be done as soon as possible for any woman who wants to get pregnant, especially if she -

  • Has been trying unsuccessfully to get pregnant for more than 6 months
  • Has had two or more miscarriages
  • Has an irregular menstrual cycle
  • Has any family history of thyroid problems.

SEE ALSO: THE THYROID'S ROLE IN INFERTILITY AND MISCARRIAGE (getpregnantover40.com) 

 

What Does the Thyroid Gland Do?
The thyroid gland is located near the front of the throat, just below the voice box & just above the collar bones. Every cell in the body depends upon thyroid hormones for regulation of the body's metabolism, blood calcium levels, energy production, fat metabolism, oxygen utilization, balance of other hormones & weight maintenance.
Hormones involved with thyroid function include Thyroid Releasing Hormone (TRH) released from the hypothalamus in the brain, which stimulates the pituitary gland at the base of the brain to release Thyroid Stimulating Hormone (TSH) which in turn stimulates the thyroid gland to produce Thyroxine (T4) & Triiodothyronine (T3). Much of T4 is converted to T3 (the active form) in the liver. Thyroid hormones are synthesized from iodine and the amino acid Tyrosine (from protein), and the conversion to the active form is reliant on the trace mineral Selenium.
Healthy Thyroid function can be affected by -

  • Exposure to environmental toxins - electromagnetic radiation, chemicals, pesticides, heavy metals e.g. mercury & fluoride
  • Genetic susceptibility
  • High levels of stress
  • Nutrient deficiencies
  • Autoimmune disorders
  • Infections
  • Other hormone imbalances e.g. oestrogen dominance, high prolactin levels
How Does Hypothyroidism (Low) affect fertility?
Anovulatory cycles - not releasing an egg / ovulating. This makes pregnancy impossible.
Luteal Phase Problems - With a short second half of the menstrual cycle a fertilized egg can't implant securely and ends up leaving the body at the same time that menstruation would occur (very early miscarriage) & is often mistaken as a regular period.
High Prolactin Levels - due to elevated levels of Thyroid Releasing Hormone (TRH) and low levels of Thyroxine (T4) resulting in irregular ovulation or no ovulation.
Other Hormonal Imbalances - reduced sex hormone binding globulin (SHBG), oestrogen dominance, progesterone deficiency, all of which interfere with proper reproductive hormone balance.
Your check list for thyroid assessment:
1. Do you have any of the common signs & symptoms associated with low thyroid function?

  • Inability to conceive / infertility
  • Miscarriage
  • Menstrual irregularities
  • Period pain
  • Low libido
  • Lethargy & fatigue
  • Susceptibility to the cold / cold hands & feet
  • Inability to lose weight
  • Changes in texture of skin, nails, hair, hair loss
  • Recurrent infections
  • Constipation
2. Is your basal temperature consistently below 36.5 degrees C? Take your oral temperature at rest first thing in the morning before moving out of bed for 7 -10 days in the first 14 days of your cycle. Your temperature should be between 36 degrees and 37 degrees C but ideally above 36.5 degrees C.
3. Blood Tests - For full thyroid assessment you require readings for TSH, T4, T3, rT3 & Thyroid Antibodies. TRH may also be required. For optimum fertility, your TSH level should be between 1 and 2. Your doctor or naturopath can order these tests for you.
4. Urinary Iodine - Iodine is a key component of thyroid hormone. Excessive iodine as well as a deficiency of iodine can result in low thyroid function. Your doctor or naturopath can order this test for you.
5. Diet & Lifestyle - Our modern western diet is a major contributor to increasing thyroid health problems. Foods detrimental to thyroid health include refined grains, simple sugars, soy products, peanuts & peanut products, caffeine, hydrogenated oils, cigarette smoking and alcohol. Excessive consumption of vegetables such as cabbage, broccoli, turnips, Brussels sprouts have the ability to block the absorption of iodine.
Exposure to heavy metals e.g. mercury (amalgam fillings) and fluoride (water supply, toothpaste) may also be detrimental.
Stress management is imperative. Stress results in elevated levels of cortisol, the main hormone released by the adrenal glands. Increased cortisol will inhibit the conversion of T4 to the active T3 hormone.
Exercise is beneficial as it will stimulate thyroid hormone secretion and increases tissue sensitivity to thyroid hormones.
Treating thyroid function is not a magic cure for all fertility issues but I have found that for many women, once thyroid health has been improved, their fertility issues were resolved and they have gone on to have a healthy pregnancy and enjoyed the treasures of motherhood.
If you suspect that less than ideal thyroid health may be contributing to your fertility difficulties or just impinging on your health generally, take action now!
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Christine Sullivan is one of Brisbane's leading Naturopaths in the field of natural fertility, women's health, preconception care, pregnancy, family, infant and child health. Visit http://www.christinesullivan.com.au
With qualifications in Naturopathy, Herbal Medicine, Nutrition Medicine and Natural Fertility Management as well as more than 20 years of clinical experience, Christine seeks to provide excellence in nutrition medicine and natural health care through supporting, informing and educating women of all ages to achieve optimum health.
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Monday, October 31, 2016

PUMPKINS, NOT JUST FOR HALLOWEEN, GREAT FOR FERTILITY

It's Halloween and its pumpkin season if you haven't noticed! If you're trying to conceive over 40 or any age, take advantage of every nutritional benefit this season has to offer.  I never think of pumpkins as squash, but essentially, that's what they are.  They are loaded with phytochemicals and phytonutrients which tend to be good for overall health

SEE ALSO: FOODS FOR FERTILITY (getpregnantover40.com)

Pumpkins are very affordable and pumpkin seeds are wonderful sources of zinc, essential fatty acids and many other nutrients which are great for male and female fertility.  Unfortunately, these fertility superstars are usually thrown out when people carve their pumpkins.  To prepare the pumpkin seeds, scrape out the inside of the pumpkin, separate the seeds, boil them for 10 minutes in salted water, then bake till crispy on  a baking sheet with olive oil.

Here is an article about the nutritional value of pumpkins

Pumpkin seeds, raw

In-depth nutrient analysis:

Pumpkin seeds, raw
(Note: "--" indicates data is unavailable)
amount 0.25 cup
total weight 34.50 g
Basic Components
nutrient amount %DV
calories 186.65 10.37
calories from fat 142.36
calories from saturated fat 26.93
protein 8.47 g 16.94
carbohydrates 6.14 g 2.05
dietary fiber 1.35 g 5.40
soluble fiber 0.19 g
insoluble fiber 1.16 g
sugar - total 0.35 g
monosaccharides 0.00 g
disaccharides 0.35 g
other carbs 4.45 g
fat - total 15.82 g 24.34
saturated fat 2.99 g 14.95
mono fat 4.92 g 20.50
poly fat 7.21 g 30.04
trans fatty acids 0.00 g
cholesterol 0.00 mg 0.00
water 2.39 g
ash 1.68 g
Vitamins
nutrient amount %DV
vitamin A IU 131.10 IU 2.62
vitamin A RE 13.11 RE
A - carotenoid 13.11 RE 0.17
A - retinol 0.00 RE
A - beta carotene 78.66 mcg
thiamin - B1 0.07 mg 4.67
riboflavin - B2 0.11 mg 6.47
niacin - B3 0.60 mg 3.00
niacin equiv 2.48 mg
vitamin B6 0.08 mg 4.00
vitamin B12 0.00 mcg 0.00
biotin -- mcg --
vitamin C 0.66 mg 1.10
vitamin D IU 0.00 IU 0.00
vitamin D mcg 0.00 mcg
vitamin E alpha equiv 0.35 mg 1.75
vitamin E IU 0.51 IU
vitamin E mg 3.76 mg
folate 19.84 mcg 4.96
vitamin K 17.73 mcg 22.16
pantothenic acid 0.12 mg 1.20
Minerals
nutrient amount %DV
boron -- mcg
calcium 14.84 mg 1.48
chloride -- mg
chromium -- mcg --
copper 0.48 mg 24.00
fluoride -- mg --
iodine -- mcg --
iron 5.16 mg 28.67
magnesium 184.58 mg 46.15
manganese 1.04 mg 52.00
molybdenum -- mcg --
phosphorus 405.03 mg 40.50
potassium 278.42 mg 7.95
selenium 1.93 mcg 2.76
sodium 6.21 mg 0.26
zinc 2.57 mg 17.13

 

from
www.whfoods.com

Friday, October 28, 2016

HOW I CHANGED MY 'BODY CHEMISTRY' TO CONCEIVE

I've often wondered how much we control our "body chemistry".
 Now, I certainly don't want to give anyone the impression that I'm a medical professional or anything remotely resembling a biologist, but I must say, somewhere along the line I changed my body chemistry.

I tried for many years to get pregnant. First I couldn't get pregnant at all, then when I did, I continually miscarried. I had six miscarriages in all (two were ectopics). After being labeled a "habitual aborter" (the medical term for one who repeatedly miscarries - a bit offensive, don't you think?), I somehow carried my last pregnancy to term at the age of 44 with the 'odds' totally against me (especially since I only had one tube and conceived naturally).


SEE ALSO: FERTILITY BODYWORK VIDEO (getpregnantover40.com)


In hindsight, I'm completely convinced that through diet, visualization, meditation, stress management, and a number of other treatments which I now call my 'pregnancy protocol' I changed whatever it was in my body's chemistry that was keeping me from having a successful pregnancy. Getting pregnant is an orchestration of synchronistic events that play out like a beautiful musical masterpiece. Each instrument has to play on cue. I'll admit, most of my adult life, my orchestra didn't just need 'fine tuning', it needed a complete overhaul. But overhaul I did, and it was worth it. Not only did I change my lifestyle completely, but I'm happier, healthier, and a much nicer person than I've ever been.

I truly believe that everyone has 'lessons' to learn in this life. I think I learned a big one during my journey to get pregnant. I confronted my less than perfect upbringing and I've 'cleaned up' most of my unhealthy thought processes. I now know that I'm capable of just about anything - even changing my body chemistry!

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