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Friday, June 30, 2006

Infertility and My View on The View

If you watch TV you most certainly have heard something about Star Jones' exit from the television show, "The View". Honestly, I don't watch much TV, but in the morning I usually have The View chattering in the background. I was really suprised about all the events that occured this week. I've always liked both Barbara Walters and Star Jones. It's kind of sad to see what I thought was a good working relationship go so bad.

Why do I bring this up here? Well it reminds me why I left the corporate world. I saw many hard working people put a good part of their adult life into a company only to be let go or laid off on what seemed to be a whim. I'm sure there's always more to the story than most people know, but the bottom line is that a job is a job. The only people you can really count on are your family and close friends. I have my infertility to thank for getting me away from a job that was eating away at my health (both physical and mental). I decided to quit my job when we were going through fertility treatments - I absolutely couldn't take the stress of both! Thankfully, it was my decision to leave my job, but I bet if I stayed long enough I might another casualty.

Don't let your job be the number one priority in your life. Climbing the corporate ladder leads to an empty existence. If you're trying to conceive, the stress of your job may be contributing to your infertility. I know that I would have never conceived naturally working in the "corporate pressure cooker".

Tuesday, June 20, 2006

More On The Environment and Miscarriage

Here is another article about how a toxic environment can cause or contribute to miscarriage.

Pesticides linked to miscarriage

Yesterday I posted an article about how plastic may be a factor in recurrent miscarriage. Pesticide exposure is a little harder to control, but at least if you're aware of it, you might be able to avoid it to the greatest degree possible.

Friday, June 16, 2006

Natural Conception and Pregnancy over 40... Don't Miss the Obvious

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It seems that many women who are in their late 30's and 40's have heard so much about how they're going to have trouble getting pregnant that they run to the nearest fertility clinic before giving mother nature a real chance.   There are so many things you can do to enhance your fertility naturally. Have you done all you can do short of assisted reproduction?

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 I wish I had done my research before I started fertility treatments! Deep down, I knew I could get pregnant, but unfortunately I didn't trust my inner voice. As a result I put myself through the physical pain and rigors of fertility treatments only to find out I had it in me all along. Don't make the same mistake I did. Give your body what it needs to succeed - you may be surprised what you're capable of!

I have numerous articles on my website (see center column toward the bottom of the page) of women who conceived naturally after IVF or women who were over 40, labeled "too old" then conceived naturally.


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Monday, June 05, 2006

More Encouragement for Pregnancy Over 40

Pregnancy Over 40 Is Totally Possible

There's so much negative information out there about "Pregnancy Over 40".
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 If you pick your favorite search engine online and enter that phrase, you are bombarded with complications, dismal statistics, and chromosomal abnormalities and other birth defects.

Now...wait just a minute....I conceived naturally and had a perfectly healthy pregnancy at the age of 44. I know of many other women over 40 who did too.  Before the days of birth control and tubal ligations, it was quite commonplace for women to have babies well into their 40's and some in their 50's.  There is a website that is compiling stories of pregnancy and birth for women who are in their 40's:

Stories of Pregnancy and Birth Over 44

If you're getting discouraged, read through some of these stories. Women over 40 can be quite fertile indeed!

Here's another article for more encouragement:

40-plus: Picture-perfect pregnancies

Next time you're surfing the web, be selective about what you read. Positive information helps to maintain a positive mindset. A positive mindset will help you succeed.

Saturday, June 03, 2006

Ectopic Pregnancy

 Pregnancy Over 40 - Ectopic Pregnancy

One of the most devastating experiences I went through was having an ectopic pregnancy (actually, I had two).
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 Most ectopic pregnancies occur in the fallopian tube, and occasionally, the tube can be salvaged, but more often than not, the damage to the tube is so severe, it must be surgically taken out. If you can catch the ectopic early enough, it is possible to treat it medically. My first ectopic had to be removed laparoscopically, however for my second, I was given a drug called "Methotrexate" which stops the pregnancy from growing in the tube so it can expel naturally.

Aside from the inevitable depression that follows most miscarriages (I've read that up to 70% of women suffer some form of depression following a miscarriage), If you're over 40, and have had an ectopic pregnancy, you are most likely saying to yourself, "I don't have time for this! You want to try again right away, but you're still recovering from surgery. When I was going through fertility treatments, my doctor told me I had to wait until I had 3 full menstrual cycles before we could try again. What??? Three Months???That sounded like an eternity. Even if your ectopic pregnancy is treated medically with Methotrexate, you are warned not to concieve for a full three months after being given this drug because it could cause birth defects if you conceive while it is in your system.

If you are trying to get pregnant naturally, you feel like the removal of one of your fallopian tubes is a major setback because it can essentially cut your chances of conceiving in half. But as long as you still have one tube, you can still get pregnant. Interestingly, my mother's first pregnancy was ectopic and she went on to have three children. And, even though I was over the age of 40, I conceived 4 times with only one fallopian tube. So, optimally it would great to have both tubes, but you can still do just fine with one.

So, what should you do if you've had an ectopic pregnancy?

    Don't think this is the end of the world. Yes, it is a setback, but as long as you still have one functioning tube, you can still get pregnant.

    Take care of yourself. Know that you can try again. Even if you're in your 40's, just the fact that you got pregnant should be encouraging. You can use this 3 months before you try again to get your body ready. Eat foods that promote hormonal balance and overall health. Mentally go through the greiving process so you're receptive to trying again.

    Get emotional support. Join a support group, or join an on-line support forum. There are many women out there who've gone through this experience. It is very comforting to talk to others who know what you're going through. It's also encouraging to see others in your situation succeed.

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