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Monday, February 18, 2008

Obesity, Dieting, Infertility, and Pregnancy








Happy President's Day! For those of you who are in the USA and are off for the holiday, have a good one!

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Speaking of the USA:

As the rate of obesity rises in this country, so does the rate of infertility and pregnancy complications. Here is an article that emphasizes the importance of getting down to a normal weight before you get pregnant (since you do not want to be dieting while you are pregnant):

Obesity May Cause Pregnancy Complications

Obesity can lead to a number of health complications including hormonal imbalance and high blood pressure both which can contribute to infertility.

Friday, February 15, 2008

What Do Fertility Treatments Really Cost?


Before I started getting pregnant naturally, before all was said and done, my husband and I spent upwards of $25,000 on fertility treatments. I have often wondered how "cost effective" fertility treatments really are. Here is an excellent article on the subject:

What is a Cost Effective Approach? by Bradley J Van Voorhis, MD

My husband and I are very conservative with our finances. We grew up with very frugal parents and we don't take financial risks. In retrospect, it's amazing that we gambled away our hard earned money on fertility treatments and lost.

The article referenced above takes into account many indirect costs such as lost wages, complications, etc. which many people don't even factor in when considering fertility treatments.

Monday, February 11, 2008

If We're So Infertile, Why Are So Many Of Us "Over 40's" Getting Pregnant?


Unintended Pregnancy Over 40

I'm always running into articles and statistics about how the number of unplanned pregnancies in women over 40 is second only to teenagers!
http://www.getpregnantover40.com
 Fifty one percent of pregnancies in women over 40 are unplanned and unfortunatly, sixty five percent end in termination. If you want to read more click on this link below:

Femalepatient.com

Why do I bring this up? Well...the article is actually talking about the need for contraception in women over 40, but isn't it interesting that all we ever hear is that women over 40 are so darned infertile?! I guess we should start talking about how fertile women over 40 can be! For those who want children, it's great news. Probably all these women who get pregnant unexpectedly have been reading about how unlikely it is that they'll get pregnant.

Maybe our media should take a different angle: warn women over 40 they can get pregnant, and encourage those who want to!

Friday, February 08, 2008

Homocysteine, Infertility, Pregnancy ,Miscarriage


Pregnancy Over 40, Keep Homocysteine In Check

If you've never heard of "homocysteine", it is an amino acid, which, when elevated may be associated with a number of health problems including infertility, miscarriage, and pregnancy complications.
My site: www.getpregnantover40.com
 Here is a site devoted to educating people about homocysteine and how you can lower it naturally:

http://www.homocysteine.org.uk/Pregnancy%20%2526%20Newborns

From the site:

Pregnancy and newborns

Women with high homocysteine levels find it harder to conceive, are at risk from repeated early miscarriages and are over twice as likely to experience pregnancy complications.


5,883 women in Norway were followed through 14,492 pregnancies with their outcomes and complications recorded against their homocysteine levels. When the upper quartile homocysteine level was compared against the lower quartile, the higher homocysteine level led to a 32% increase in risk of pre-eclampsia, 38% increase in premature birth and 101% increase in very low birth weight.


Here's another site which gives some good information about homocysteine

homocysteine (www.wiley.com)

Green Tea and Fertility - Does Green Tea Help? Does It Hurt?

click here to read the full article on fertility and green tea

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