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Monday, July 30, 2012

BBC Presenter Conceives Naturally After Multiple Failed IVF's

Naturally Pregnant After Multiple Miscarriages

Okay, here's one more "miracle" baby.
My site: www.getpregnantover40.com

  My last couple of posts have been about women who supposedly "beat the odds" and had babies not only over 40, but who were also supposedly hopelessly infertile.  It goes to show you that the label "infertility" isn't always as it seems.
So many women stop treatments and go on to have children.  Read more:

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-2090398/Kate-Silverton-miracle-baby-BBC-presenter-conceived-naturally-just-weeks-halting-IVF-treatment.html

From the article:

She spent two years undergoing IVF treatment, and after four failed attempts thought she had lost all hope of becoming a mother.
picture:   dailymail.co.uk
So it’s little wonder Kate Silverton looks overjoyed as she shows off the baby she never thought she would have – conceived naturally within weeks of stopping the treatment.
The 41-year-old BBC presenter, who is married to Michael Heron, a former Royal Marine, gave birth to daughter Clemency in November, describing her pregnancy as a ‘miracle’.

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

More On Mind Body Fertility


You're Not "Infertile", You're Just A Future Mom


I recently ran across an article called "Your Fertile Mind". I just love this article because it really sums up my life philosophy. It focuses on the power of the subconcious mind.
 My site: www.getpregnantover40.com

As I've mentioned in a previous post, you should not label yourself "Infertile" because it becomes a self fulfilling prophecy. I think people underestimate the power of their thoughts. As far as I'm concerned, thoughts are "things", they can easily move from your mind and manifest in your reality. If you've been trying to get pregnant, and it's not happening, it's easy to get discouraged. You begin to believe that it will never happen and you start to marinate in your failure, disappointment, self doubt, and frustration.

Your thoughts determine what you attract into your life. Don’t be afraid to picture success. Don’t fall into the trap of thinking you’re going to set yourself up for disappointment. These thoughts may be keeping you from the very thing you want so much. That's why I feel visualization is so important. If you really want something,you need to see yourself as already having it. When I was a child I would frequently daydream at school, even to the point of getting in trouble for not listening. Little did I know that this would be one of the secrets of my future success. Let your mind go. Dare to dream! You and only you create your reality.

Monday, July 23, 2012

Getting Pregnant - What Does Sleep Have To Do With It?


We live in such a hustle bustle world. It seems there's barely enough hours in the day to get everything done. But if you are trying to conceive, your lack of sleep (or lack of sunlight if you're cooped up in an office all day) may be having an effect on your fertility. Here is an article that explains more:

How Fertility is Affected by Sleep and Sunlight

According to my mother, I've been a bad sleeper since the day I was born, but I have found a few things that help:

1. Taking a bath about 1 hour before bedtime
2. Using a "white noise" machine (actually I use an air purifier which has a nice humm to it). The white noise blocks out noises that would have previously woke me up.
3. Avoiding any major physical or mental activity close to bedtime.

Wishing you a good night's sleep...

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Cervical Position and Fertility




People frequently monitor their temperature to figure out when they are most fertile, however, there is another way, and that is to monitor the position of your cervix. Granted, it may be a little trickier, but it could be more accurate. Read more:

infertility.about.com

From the article:

As ovulation approaches, the cervix moves higher up, becoming softer and less firm and opening more. High, soft and open is a possible indication of approaching ovulation: you should make time for sex if you want to get pregnant. Low, firm and closed is not a fertile sign, and you’re probably not ovulating yet. Once you get used to checking your cervical position, fertile signs become very easy to recognize, but it does take practice and time to learn. Be patient with yourself.

Here is another site which explains how to monitor your cervix along with pictures:

www.sisterzeus.com

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Unplanned Pregnancy Over 40, Yes, it Happens....Frequently!


I have frequently thought that the message given to "older" women about how "difficult" it is to get pregnant is exaggerated.  This article underscores that women can and do get pregnant and those that don't want to should take action to prevent it.  But for those of you trying to conceive, all of this should be very encouraging!  Read more:

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/health/8503726.stm

From the article:


Experts fear older women are ditching contraception in the mistaken belief that they cannot get pregnant past a certain age.
The Family Planning Association (FPA) believes the message on infertility and age has gone "too far".
Although fertility does wane, women can still get pregnant well into their thirties, forties and even fifties.
Abortion rates for women aged 40 to 44 match those for the under 16s, figures for England and Wales show.
In 2008, both of these groups had an abortion rate of four per 1,000 women.

Monday, July 16, 2012

Australian Designer Pregnant Naturally At 46

46 and Pregnant Naturally

Colette Dinnigan, an Australian Designer, is pregnant with her second child at the age of 46.
 http://www.getpregnantover40.com
Although she cautions women not to wait too long to get pregnant, she conceived this child naturally.  Read more:

http://www.smh.com.au/lifestyle/celebrity/collette-dinnigan-pregnant-at-46-20120604-1zr4w.html

From the article:

Dinnigan has always made public that she yearned for a sibling for Estella, and has beaten the odds by conceiving naturally.
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picture:  www.smh.com.a
As she told News Ltd newspapers: "We are absolutely thrilled, our whole family is very happy. Estella is beside herself and we are just looking forward to the baby arriving."
While Dinnigan says she conceived naturally, the designer warned women against waiting too long.

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Hormones In Milk - Yikes!


I've written before about drinking or eating dairy and it's possible affects on fertility. There is quite a bit of conflicting information out there. But if you happen to consume dairy, read this first! It may be worth a trip to your local health food store to get hormone free milk. Read more:

www.news.harvard.edu

From the article:

The link between cancer and dietary hormones - estrogen in particular - has been a source of great concern among scientists, said Ganmaa, but it has not been widely studied or discussed.

The potential for risk is large. Natural estrogens are up to 100,000 times more potent than their environmental counterparts, such as the estrogen-like compounds in pesticides.

"Among the routes of human exposure to estrogens, we are mostly concerned about cow's milk, which contains considerable amounts of female sex hormones," Ganmaa told her audience. Dairy, she added, accounts for 60 percent to 80 percent of estrogens consumed.

Part of the problem seems to be milk from modern dairy farms, where cows are milked about 300 days a year. For much of that time, the cows are pregnant. The later in pregnancy a cow is, the more hormones appear in her milk.

Friday, July 06, 2012

Two Common Fertility Treatments Found To Be of No Benefit


Yes, I had inseminations with Clomid, and no, I didn't get pregnant with them. Apparently neither did a lot of other people. According to the statistics cited in this article, inseminations and Clomid may reassure patients that the doctors are "doing something", but it doesn't necessarily mean high pregnancy rates. Read more:

news.bbc.co.uk

From the article:

The treatments have both been offered for many years because "doing nothing" is an unpopular choice among patients, the researchers said.

But until now there has been little rigorous testing of their effectiveness.

Five hospitals were involved in the study: Aberdeen Royal Infirmary, Edinburgh Royal Infirmary, Ninewells Hospital in Dundee, Falkirk and District Royal Infirmary and Glasgow Royal Infirmary.

Scientists from Oxford University also took part in the research.

In the six-month study, participants had all suffered unexplained fertility problems for more than two years.

Overall, 101 women ended up having a successful pregnancy.

Of those who tried to conceive naturally, 17% became pregnant and gave birth to a live baby.

For clomid, the birth rate was 14%, and insemination 23% - not significantly different from the chances of success with no intervention.

However, the women undergoing active treatment were more reassured.

Between 10 and 20% of women taking the drug had side-effects, including abdominal pain, bloating, hot flushes, nausea and headaches.

Thursday, July 05, 2012

Holistic Fertility

Pregnancy Over 40, Holistic Methods To Improve Fertility

Every now and then I come across articles on holistic health as it relates to fertility and pregnancy.
My site: www.getpregnantover40.com
 The following article caught my eye and it discusses everything from nutrition, to massage, to meditation. Most things I recommend in my book don't require the services of paid professionals, however, this article talks about some of the therapies that are out there should you decide to use them. Read more:

Having a child can be all too easy for some people, and painfully difficult to impossible for others. Fortunately, there are many alternative approaches to fertility to try alongside even the most invasive fertility treatments. However, it important that all caregivers involved—conventional and holistic alike—are aware of what each other are doing so as to maximize the chances of a safe and positive outcome.

Holistic approaches to fertility and healthy pregnancy typically concern at least one of these four goals:

1. Enriching Soil and Seed

Many holistic health approaches emphasize the importance of a healthy body, mind and spirit in order to make both sperm and egg as vital as possible. Certain holistic practitioners emphasize making dietary changes; I recommend consulting a holistic nutritionist or a naturopathic doctor for advice on foods that promote healthy fertility. Taking herbs that are said to balance the body’s hormones and promote fertility is another popular option. In this case, it’s a good idea to seek out a traditional western herbalist, acupuncturist, or traditional Chinese herbalist who specializes in fertility enhancement. Also, some practitioners recommend addressing potentially harmful environmental factors, such as lead or pesticide exposure by checking your blood lead levels and choosing whole, organic foods over processed foods.

2. Unblocking

This school of thought says that there is some kind of block that is preventing pregnancy from happening. Practitioners of Maya Abdominal Massage consider the block often to be physical. They believe that the uterus can get prolapsed and that their form of massage can help realign it and promote fertility. To find a qualified Maya Abdominal Massage practitioner near you, visit www.arvigomassage.com. Practitioners of acupuncture, yoga, reiki, qi gong, crystal therapy, or homeopathy can see fertility problems as an energetic blockage, and apply their techniques to unblock this stuck or stagnant energy. And finally, the block can be seen as an emotional one, that can be opened through emotionally releasing approaches such as breathwork or expressive therapies.

3. Addressing Emotional Overload

It’s very understandable that having difficulty getting pregnant can make people feel sad, angry, guilty, lonely, or anxious—or all of the above! Since high stress is clearly not the most hospitable environment for sperm and egg, stress surrounding repeated attempts at pregnancy can create a vicious cycle. Some people have broken this cycle by signing up with a Mind/Body fertility program, which helps them relax more and think more positively. Mindfulness meditation also can help you face these difficulty emotions more effectively. Additionally, modalities such as hypnotherapy and talk therapy can notch the stress down, as can many other healing approaches such as bodywork, t’ai chi, aromatherapy—anything that can help one relax and renew.

4. Connecting with a Bigger Picture

These approaches aim at tapping positive forces deep inside yourself and beyond yourself. Some people have reported success through imagery exercises—imagining, for example, a vibrant fertilized egg settling onto a nourishing uterine wall. Others have used prayer or ritual to help reach a stable fertility. One ritual, for example, would be to acknowledge the great chain of ancestors and helpers that got you here, and to thank them in some symbolic way. Another approach could be to ask the universe why your attempts at viable pregnancy have been so difficult, and then look for answers—in your intuition, in meditation or prayer, in visualizations, in your dreams, or in what you might spontaneously feel like drawing, writing, or expressing in other ways.

Why some of these approaches help some people but not others remains a true mystery, and it’s hard to point you to any particular modality without knowing an individual’s particular health history. For those who are having trouble conceiving or who are miscarrying, I recommend trying at least one approach from each of the four categories above. The beauty of these approaches is that many work very well with each other and are compatible with western medical approaches.

All too often, science and society falsely see fertility problems as exclusively as the woman’s problem. This is a heavy and unfair burden that only adds to the stress. Remember that it’s the man’s problem too, and I recommend that both partners who are trying hard to have a child explore some of the above approaches together. And with sperm counts declining in our country, it’s society’s problem too, and up to all up to all of us to help restore balance to our planet and support its collective fertility in any way we can. 

from Holistic Approaches To Fertility And A Healthy Pregnancy
by Karlo Berger (www.ofspirit.com)

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