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Thursday, August 31, 2006

Can You Prevent Miscarriage?

I had six miscarriages before finally carrying my last pregnancy to term. I continually asked myself, "Is there something I could have done?" You try not to blame yourself, but it's hard since all of this is happening inside your body!

Well, I have read and I do believe that once a miscarriage starts, there's probably nothing you can do to stop it. All the bedrest in the world isn't going to reverse a miscarriage that's already in motion. However, I do believe that you may be less likely to have a miscarriage if your body is in its optimal condition BEFORE you conceive. I previously posted an article about how stress hormones can contribute to less than optimal conditions for pregnancy (and how they contribute to miscarriage). Here is a good article that gives some good nutritional information as it relates to miscarriage and preventing miscarriage:

Miscarriage

Treat yourself right before you conceive. Not only will it help you get pregnant and carry to term, but it will also teach you the good habits you'll need while your pregnant and the rest of your life.

Wednesday, August 23, 2006

Does IVF Result In A Higher Rate of Abnormalities?

When my husband and I were undergoing fertility treatments, I frequently worried about whether or not there would be complications with my future pregnancy or with my baby. I'm a bit of a worrywart to begin with, but I may have had a good reason to be concerned. Here is an article that explains more:

How Do IVF Babies Turn Out?
Fertility specialists confront disturbing evidence


I don't recall my doctor explaining anything about possible abnormalities. I was cautioned that there could be multiples, but that's about it. It seems that we find out more as the years go by. Even though the first "test tube" baby (as they called it back then) was born in the late 70's, assisted reproduction is still a relatively new medical specialty. All these women who are undergoing fertility procedures now are still testing the waters. It seems that wide spread studies of IVF and other fertility procedures' outcomes is just getting underway.

After having a number of complications associated with my failed fertility treatments, it's no secret that I'm an advocate of the "natural route". I do know that some couples have no choice but to undergo assisted reproduction, but I still caution everyone to do your own research and ask a lot of questions.

Monday, August 21, 2006

Survived Disney World and Gained New Perspectives on Getting Pregnant

New Perspective On Pregnancy Over 40

Ok, it wasn't so bad (in my previous post I commented on how I swore I'd never go back to Disney World.) I should mention that one of the attractions we hit twice was...you guessed it..."It's A Small World"---just when I thought I had that song out of my head....my daughter loved it.

My site: www.getpregnantover40.com

Anyway it got me thinking about this strange thing that happens between me and my daughter who just turned 3. Sometimes I have a tune going around in my head and all of a sudden she starts humming or singing it. Many times it's something we haven't heard for months or a song we've only heard once. It's the weirdest thing...I think she can read my mind.

I know this sounds a little "out there", but along those same lines, I truly believe my daughter communicated with me before she was ever conceived. That's probably one reason I absolutely would not give up on trying to get pregnant. I could feel her hovering over me. I had to give her life - I truly believe that she picked me as her mother. It didn't matter what the doctors said or how far into my 40's I was, I knew I was going to get pregnant. So if you're in the same boat, don't give up. Only you know what's right for you. Trust your instincts and listen to those voices in your head--they may be giving you a glimpse of your future.

Friday, August 11, 2006

First Post Pregnancy Vacation..off to Disney World

It was always so annoying when I heard other people talk about their kids and their wonderful family vacations when I was trying to get pregnant. It was very painful to hear about all the fun things they were going to do with their kids while I was stuck in infertility quicksand.

I'm trying not to do that here, but I'd like to at least mention that I will be off for a week for vacation (by the way, we haven't taken one for four years). Off to Disney World - a place I swore I'd never go back to (all the piped in music and characters drove me nuts not to mention I had "it's a small world" stuck in my head for weeks afterwards.) Now we have to deal with the heightened airport security on top of it. Hope I don't sound unappreciative for everything I have - believe me, I've learned to appreciate the smallest of blessings. Well I'm hoping Disney World is better the second time around - especially with a little one in tow. It's times like this I realize that infertility isn't forever.

I remember people telling me that infertility will resolve itself one way or the other. Either you'll get pregnant, adopt, or move on to childfree. Now I can vouch for the fact that they were right. Just about the time when I was at peace with moving on to childfree, I got pregnant with my daughter. I guess you could say I had a double resolution.

Anyway, hang in there. You never know what's around the next corner - you too could be off to Disney World in the very near future.

Tuesday, August 08, 2006

Do Those Miscarried Souls Return?

I've talked to a number of women who've experienced miscarriage or recurrent miscarriage. When these women do succeed in having a baby, many wonder if one of their miscarried baby's souls "came back" into their baby.

Obviously my official answer to this is "I don't know". All I can give you is my experience and my opinion. Before my daughter was born, while I was pregnant with her, she moved around like crazy. I would feel her kick more than 40 times in one hour. After she was born she was and still is VERY active and has a real zest for life. She wants to participate in everything and she isn't one that needs a lot of reassurance or cuddling (I wish she liked to cuddle more). I think one reason she picked me as her mother (and I think she did pick me) is she knew that I had the maturity and patience to deal with her strong personality. I frequently joke around and say "Any baby that can survive in my uterus must be pretty strong willed".

So in answer to whether or not one of my six miscarried babies came back as my daughter, I would have to say no. I think my daughter held on so tight there's no way I could have ever lost her pregnancy. I'm not saying that my babies who miscarried didn't have the will to live (and I try not to blame myself for not being able to give them life), it's just that my "gut" feeling is that they were all different souls.

I often wonder where they are and who they are. My daughter would have loved a sibling (and we're so happy with one, we never even cosidered having another). Maybe we'll all meet again someday.

Saturday, August 05, 2006

Important Information About Preventing Premature Delivery

As I have mentioned in some previous posts, when I finally became pregant I was very concerned not only that I might miscarry, but also that I might deliver prematurely. I certainly don't recommend being as paranoid as I was, but it never hurts to do all you can to have a healthy pregnancy. Here are a couple of good articles on the subject:

How to Avoid Having a Premature Delivery


Lack of Vitamin C May Trigger Premature Delivery


As it turns out I did not deliver prematurely - but I also did a number of things that these articles suggest. Maybe that's why.

Friday, August 04, 2006

Pregnancy Over 40

Pregnancy Over 40, The Trials and Tribulations

After years of struggling with infertility and miscarriage, I finally conceived my daughter. I had a perfectly normal pregnancy and a perfectly normal delivery at the age of 44.

My site: http://www.getpregnantover40.com

 But I have to admit, I was scared out of my mind. I guess I was overeducated on the subject of "pregnancy over 40". Unfortunately, there is so much negative information out there that I was sure I was going to have gestational diabetes, preeclampsia, premature delivery or a c-section. Even if my pregnancy made it all the way through, I was petrified of having a baby with chromosomal abnormalities, birth defects, or some other horrific abnormality.

I Was Just Another Normal Pregnancy and Pregnant Woman Who Just Happened To Be 44


Isn't that a shame? I spent so many years trying to get pregnant and when I finally succeeded, I was gripped with terror the entire time. My well-meaning doctors didn't help matters any. I had numerous ultrasounds, consultations with perinatologists, and I was monitored out the "ying yang"! As hard as they tried, they just couldn't find anything wrong. Much to everyone's surprise, I was just another normal pregnant women who just happened to be 44!

The moral of the story? Be as healthy as you can be. Getting pregnant over the age of 40, can be a perfectly normal and healthy experience. The same good advice applies to women of all ages. Eat well, watch your weight, drink lots of water, and get plenty of rest. Oh, by the way, be careful what you read!

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