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Saturday, July 22, 2006

Fertility: An Ounce Of Prevention....

We all know how the old saying goes...and ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. Probably when most of us over-40 people were younger, we didn't think too much about preserving our fertility. Many of us were part of a generation when birth control was the big advance in reproductive medicine, not fertility treatments! It wasn't until we all got older that the research was actually done on how our environment and bad habits could affect fertility that most of us stood up and took notice.

But, now that we know better, it's our job to educate the younger generation who may want to delay parenthood. I'm not saying they shouldn't, but I don't think the 20 year olds worry too much about whether the cigarettes they smoke, the toxins they're exposed to, and the future stress they may encounter is going to affect whether or not they can have a baby. I continually am talking to my nieces about all of the research I've done and what they should and should not do to protect their future. And even though they probably think..."There goes Aunt Sandy again"... I also know by things they've said that they are listening.

We should all protect young people by giving them the information we know. They truly are our future and so is their ability to have kids!

Friday, July 21, 2006

What's She Got That I Don't? TTC over 40

Trying To Get Pregnant Over 40, Jealousy Toward Pregnant Women

Excuse my poor grammar, but that was a question I used to ask myself all the time.
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 I would see pregnant women or I would hear of friends, family, etc. getting pregnant. I would always wonder, "What's she got that I don't?"

Your self esteem takes a beating when you can't conceive or if you get pregnant only to miscarry or miscarry repeatedly. You start to wonder if this is your punishment for leading a bad life, or if you're just not worthy of being a parent. I went through all those emotions. I started to view myself as some kind of "second class" citizen. One who has only a limited number of privileges unlike all the "first class" citzens who get to have the finer things in life.

I firmly believe that these feelings start a vicious cycle which can spiral out of control. Your initial failure leads to a negative mindset, and a negative mindset leads to failure. So what's a person to do?


    Know that it may take time to conceive. Just because you're having trouble conceiving now, it doesn't mean that you will never have a baby. I've known so many couples who conceived naturally given time. Know that you are not being punished and you are not a second class citizen. Some of the nicest, most generous people I've known have struggled with infertility. Think of this as a journey. Everyone will succeed on their own schedule. Maintain a positive mindset. There's nothing wrong with feeling anger and disappointment. Scream, cry, and get it out of your system. This will help you release the emotions that spiral into a vicious cycle that a negative mindset can create. Know that your baby is on the way. Let them come on their own schedule.

Monday, July 17, 2006

Having A Baby Over 40, A Well Rounded Perspective

Women Who Have A Baby Over 40 Have Smarter, Less Accident Prone Kids

I rarely find good, well rounded articles about pregnancy over 40 or over-40 motherhood, but here's one that I thought gave a nice plug to women over 40.
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 Their kids are healthier and more intelligent! The findings are actually based on research of kids born to older women.   So, if you have a baby over 40, you're in good company!   Read more:

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-2147848/Children-mothers-40-healthier-intelligent.html

From the article

He said: ‘We have clear evidence that there are more desirable outcomes for children of older mothers compared with younger ages. We can reassure these older women that their children are probably better off
The research also checked a number of outcomes linked to parenting skills, including naming vocabulary, picture and shapes identification and developmental IQ using established British assessment scales.
The findings showed greater ability among children born to older mothers once social class was taken into acco


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The research also checked a number of outcomes linked to parenting skills, including naming vocabulary, picture and shapes identification and developmental IQ using established British assessment scales.
The findings showed greater ability among children born to older mothers once social class was taken into accont

He said: ‘We have clear evidence that there are more desirable outcomes for children of older mothers compared with younger ages. We can reassure these older women that their children are probably better off

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He said: ‘We have clear evidence that there are more desirable outcomes for children of older mothers compared with younger ages. We can reassure these older women that their children are probably better off.’

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He said: ‘We have clear evidence that there are more desirable outcomes for children of older mothers compared with younger ages. We can reassure these older women that their children are probably better off.’

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He said: ‘We have clear evidence that there are more desirable outcomes for children of older mothers compared with younger ages. We can reassure these older women that their children are probably better off.’

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-2147848/Children-mothers-40-healthier-intelligent.html#ixzz2CdYEz7LX
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Thursday, July 13, 2006

Don't Tell Me I Can't Have a Baby!

Well...let me clarify that a bit. Nobody ever came right out and said that I couldn't have a baby, but the message was definitely there. Whenever I was at one of my dreaded GYN or RE visits following one of my miscarriages, I would get yet another depressing lecture about the chance of chromosomal abnormalities at my age which leads to a higher miscarriage rate.

Honestly, except for one miscarriage, the fetal tissue was never examined. So there's no way anyone could know if I miscarried because of a chromosomal problem. The one time I had genetic testing on the fetal tissue (I had a D & C after one miscarriage), it was normal! So there!

I believe my problem was hormonal - even if some of my failed pregnancies had chromosomal problems, that doesn't mean all my eggs were bad. I believe through all natural methods, I was able to correct my hormonal imbalances which eventually led to the birth of my daughter.

The moral of the story: Dont let anyone tell you that you can't have a baby!

Friday, July 07, 2006

HAVING A BABY OVER 40? 40 IS THE NEW 30

You Can Have A Baby Over 40

So you want a baby over the age of 40? Every generation is delaying their childbearing even later than the previous generation. That means that statistically, Generation "X" is waiting longer than the "Baby Boomers", and the "Echoboomers" - or "Generation Y" will probably wait longer than Generation X.

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I fall into the "Baby Boomer" generation. We're all now in our 40's and 50's. We've been defined by all sorts of things...i.e. Beach Blanket Bingo (if you don't know what that is, you may be too young to be reading this!), the Hippie Movement, the Women's Movement, and maybe even a little "Madonna" (who happens to be exactly my age - as well as another over-40 mom). Even though many women of my generation delayed their childbearing, many had kids in their 20's. I ran into an old high school classmate not too long ago. She has a daughter in her late 20's and some of her grandkids are older than my daughter!

Having A Baby Over 40 - No Regrets

I don't regret waiting to have a baby. Even though some of my peer group thinks I'm crazy, I thoroughly enjoy being an older parent. I do get some rude remarks like: "Why would anyone want a baby at your age?", or "I can't imagine getting pregnant again now." Those remarks just roll off my back now. This is my life, and only I can decide what's right for me. I would have been a TERRIBLE mother in my 20's. I'm so patient now and I don't have any hidden agendas for my daughter. Since I've already accomplished everything I wanted to do in my life, I'm not trying to live my dreams through her.  As I've said before, if you raise your kids right (older couples actually have been shown to be better parents) they are easier to raise!

If you're over 40 and trying to conceive, don't feel alone. You really are in good company.

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