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Thursday, June 26, 2008

Trans Fats and Fertility

I'm so glad the mainstream media has finally started talking about the dangers of trans fats. Even Jay Leno told a joke about how trans fats can cause infertility. If you're sitting there eating some sort of packaged food, there's a good chance you're getting a dose of this artery clogging fat not to mention that it could be hindering your attempts to conceive. Start reading the labels of packaged or processed foods. If you see "partially hydrogenated oil" or "shortening", those are trans fats. Try switching from margarine (made from partially hydrogenated oils) to some of the newer "buttery spreads" which contain no trans fats. Many of these new products are also enriched with omega 3 oils. Read more:

Trans Fats May Increase Infertility
Study Shows Latest Nutrition Bad Guy Can More Than Double Infertility Risk By Salynn Boyles
WebMD Medical News


From the article:

"In their study, nutritionnutrition researchers at the Harvard School of Public Health found that women with ovulationovulation-related fertilityfertility problems tended to eat more trans fats than fertile women.

Obtaining just 2% of total calories from trans fats instead of healthier monounsaturated fats was associated with a doubled risk for this type of infertility.
In addition, each 2% increase in trans fat consumption as a replacement for carbohydrates brought a 73% greater risk of ovulation-related infertility, after adjusting for other known and suspected infertility risk factors, according to the study."

Thursday, June 19, 2008

The Failure Of Infertility: How to Overcome It

Let's face it, part of the pain and anguish associated with infertility is the humiliation of failing at something that should be a basic biological function. You see other people pop their kids out right on "schedule" and presto, their family is complete. I had a cousin who completed her family of two children all during the time I was trying to conceive and it still took me another couple of years before I had my daughter.

Whether it appears like it or not, everybody fails at something. Frequently, people fail over and over before they succeed. I thought I'd post this insightful site which addresses "failure". Some of the information doesn't necessarily pertain to infertility, but some of it could. Read more:

www.meaningoflife.com


Here are a few excerpts from the site:

Success is not to be pursued; it is to be attracted by the person you become.

Don't take the casual approach to life. Casualness leads to casualties.

Success is the study of the obvious. Everyone should take Obvious I and Obvious II in school.

Success is not so much what we have as it is what we are.

Success is 20% skills and 80% strategy. You might know how to read, but more importantly, what's your plan to read?

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Different Perspectives On Pregnancy Between the Fertile and Unfertile Worlds


I teach at my local community college and my students' ages range from 16 to well over 50 (and even 60!) But last summer I had something interesting come up. One of my younger students missed a few classes and emailed me that she was pregnant and very upset. She told me that she was going to try to pull herself together enough to start attending class and she had made a decision that she was going to keep the baby. I was really take off-guard.

I dealt with infertility for so many years that I forgot that the vast majority of women (especially younger women) spend most of their reproductive years trying to avoid pregnancy. Statistically speaking, half of all pregnancies are unplanned (that includes older women too!) I'm sure many of those pregnancies are met with panic, sadness and even termination. I think those of us who've stuggled with infertility and miscarriage have a hard time understanding the plight of those fertile women who get pregnant by accident.

For me, I try to remember what it would have been like to get pregnant while I was in college. That really would have been a crisis. The last thing I wanted back then was a baby! I had such a distorted view of family and parenting. It truly was a blessing that I didn't get pregnant until I was in my 40's. I had plenty of time to get my priorities straight and plenty of time to confront my less-than-perfect childhood. Oh what a difference 20 years can make! I think back to the clueless and sometimes misguided young woman I was in high school and college. In retrospect, I'm glad I had every one of those 20 years to get my act together. Maybe my daughter waited on purpose to come down and start her life with us. Perhaps she had the wisdom I didn't.

Friday, June 06, 2008

TTC After 40 - Excellent Resource

Pregnancy Over 40, How Visualization Can Help

I have an excellent resource whether you are trying to attract a baby into your life or anything else for that matter. It is a book that I read many years ago. The book is called "Creative Visualization" by Shatki Gawain. The information in this book has served me well over the years. It was especially helpful when I was trying to conceive. It helped me to keep my focus on my goal no matter how much negativity I encountered about getting pregnant over the age of 40.  It may have been one of the inspirations for my  Meditation and Visualization CD (www.getpregnantover40.com)

Here is a link to the author's website:

Creative Visualization

It's funny, I have the original version of this book which came out in the late 70's. It is totally dog-eared and tattered - but I can always find it easily (unlike most of my other books that seem to have fallen into a black hole somewhere). It must be good if I'm still here talking about it 28 years later.

Thursday, June 05, 2008

There Is Hope For Women With PCOS Who Are TTC

Pregnancy Over 40 With Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome

I did not have a problem with PCOS when I was trying to conceive, however, I knew of number of women who did have the condition and eventually got pregnant.
My site: www.getpregnantover40.com
 Here is an article on the subject:


Can a Woman with PCOS Get Pregnant?


There is a very encouraging passage in this article:

"Even for those who are told they will never succeed at getting and staying pregnant, there is much reason to hope. Several close friends of mine have surprised themselves and their doctors by getting pregnant after years of infertility. “Lisa” adopted three children and then found herself pregnant in her late 30’s. It seems that for many women their PCOS symptoms mellow out as they get older. “Anne” went to the doctor to find out why she was infertile after several years of marriage—she was 3 already months pregnant and boy number two followed just 15 months later. “Susan” had three miscarriages and was told she would never carry a baby to term. Four months later she was pregnant with her daughter and her son is two years younger. “Barb” got pregnant when she was not even thinking of fertility and now counts herself extremely blessed to have two healthy boys."

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