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Thursday, January 31, 2008

Trying To Conceive May Be Good For your Health!


Trying To Conceive Over 40 - Pregnancy Over 40

One of the best things I did for my overall health was trying to conceive.
My site: www.getpregnantover40.com
Why? I was forced to confront every aspect of my life. Here I was, over 40 years old, and I was still trying to prove to everyone, including myself, how "worthy" I was.

Once I got serious about having a baby, I quit a high stress job, which gave me the time and the energy to revamp my diet and confront my less than perfect upbringing. Yes, it was a big decision to quit my job, I had been there for 19 years and the "golden shackles" were hard to walk away from. It's just that I made up my mind that having a baby was the most important thing in my life. Jobs come and go and the "career track" doesn't always leave room for having a baby.

Trying to conceive gave me a reason to do what I should have done years ago. I starting being good to myself. I started to respect my body and I realized that if my body was going to produce the miracle of life, I had to treat it with the utmost care. I also took care of my mind and my emotional health by journaling, meditating and visualizing what I wanted for my future. All of these things (and many others) I put together in what I now call my "pregnancy protocol".

The result? I'm happier than I've ever been, I'm healthier than I've ever been and to top it all off, I have a wonderful daughter and husband to share it with. I wonder what would have happened if it didn't take me so long to get pregnant. Perhaps I wouldn't have had the incentive to make the changes that will be so beneficial for the rest of my life.

Tuesday, January 15, 2008

Delayed Parenthood Over 40 - Is There a Profile?


I previously ran a women's support group and I spoke to women and couples struggling with infertility for my local infertility organization. Most women (and men) were in their late 30's and 40's. Here are some factors we all seem to have in common - see if they apply to you:

1. Career Oriented - enjoy being in a high ranking position
2. Somewhat of a perfectionist
3. Perhaps had a less than perfect upbringing or volatile relationship with parents or family
4. Approval Addict (the need for others to recognize that you're doing a good job)
5. Hard worker - always meet deadlines
6. Eventually succeed in everything you do (except getting pregnant - at least for the time being!)

Well, I can say without a doubt that all of these things are NOT consistent with getting pregnant. In hindsight, I can say that many of my problems with infertility stemmed from my childhood. I was a bit of a forgotten child (even though most people thought I had a great family) and I spent the rest of my life trying to prove to everyone how "worthy" I was. I had a good career in a responsible position and I was always considered "the best" at whatever I did. I worked hard at the expense of my health and work became an escape where I didn't have to face that I wasn't happy with my life.

When I wanted to get pregnant, my previous "mode of operation" didn't work anymore. I finally had to learn how to put me first and I had to take a good look at everything I was running from. Not only did it help me succeed in getting pregnant, but I now know I am "worthy" just because I am! What a relief!

Monday, January 14, 2008

Tap Water and Miscarriage?


I'm constantly wondering whether or not to drink bottled water vs. tap water.
My site: www.getpregnantover40.com
 I've read and heard so many conflicting stories about which one is really better. I don't really have the answer, but here is an article on the subject:

Study Links Tap Water Chemical to Miscarriages (www.crcwater.org)


I had heard about the correlation between tap water and miscarriage so I only drank bottled water while I was trying to conceive and during my pregnancy. I've switched back to tap water now that I'm not trying to conceive anymore. But I'm always wondering what I should be giving my daughter. Bottled water usually does not contain fluoride, but, again, I've read that although fluoride may be good for your teeth, it may not be so good for your overall health (some areas of the country have been shown to have too much fluoride which can actually damage teeth!) The quality of your tap water probably depends on where you live and possibly the condition of the pipes in your home. It may be a good idea to get it tested.

Friday, January 11, 2008

Take A Moment From Infertility and Watch This


I received a link to this very touching video which I would like to share with all my readers. Take a few moments from your daily routine to watch this video. It may put things in perspective:

Until We Meet Again !!!

Monday, January 07, 2008

Women Over 40 Trying To Conceive Needed for Tyra Banks Show

I've been contacted by the Tyra Banks show. They are doing a story on women over 40 who are trying to conceive their first child. If anyone is interested in participating in the show, please contact Kim Saunders by Tuesday 1-8-08. Here is her contact information:


Kim Saunders
Associate Producer

226 West 26th Street 4th Fl
New York, NY 10001
646.638.5641
Kimberly.saunders@tyratv.com

Fertility Diet in Newsweek


The connection between diet/lifestyle choices and fertility has gone mainstream. Here is a lengthly article from newsweek.com about "The Fertility Diet" and how it can help couples conceive. I'll admit, I haven't read the book (I don't think it was around when I was trying to conceive), but it certainly looks like there is overlap between what I recommend. Give yourself some time to plow through this article since it's 9 pages long:

Fat, Carbs and the Science of Conception (www.newsweek.com)

From the article:

We set out to change this critical information gap with the help of more than 18,000 women taking part in the Nurses' Health Study, a long-term research project looking at the effects of diet and other factors on the development of chronic conditions such as heart disease, cancer and other diseases. Each of these women said she was trying to have a baby. Over eight years of follow-up, most of them did. About one in six women, though, had some trouble getting pregnant, including hundreds who experienced ovulatory infertility—a problem related to the maturation or release of a mature egg each month. When we compared their diets, exercise habits and other lifestyle choices with those of women who readily got pregnant, several key differences emerged. We have translated these differences into fertility-boosting strategies.

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