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Friday, November 30, 2012

Infertile Birthdays


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See also:  PREGNANT AT 49 BY SURPRISE (getpregnantover40.com)

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Relaxation Breathing and Meditation For Fertility


Meditation For Fertility - Pregnancy Over 40

I found a great site which gives a number of meditations which may help you conceive. Although their technique is a little different from the one I use in my meditation and visualization CD, you may find it helpful:

www.natural-health-for-fertility.com

From the site:

Relaxation breathing is a very easy way to learn the practice of meditation and visualization. This may take some time, but once you feel how relaxed and at peace you can be, you will not be able to go without meditating a little every day. Fertility meditation and visualization practice through relaxation breathing should become your daily bread and butter if you want to achieve conception faster and it will help especially if you are going through in vitro cycles.
Fertility meditation

Meditating helps your mind become in tune with your body. When your mind is at ease, not wondering around or overwhelmed by worrying thoughts, your body receives messages of wellness and healing can occur.

The time of meditation through relaxation breathing is the time you allow for yourself to heal, to balance, to rejuvenate. Try the following meditations and you will feel more at ease with yourself, your world, and your life.

Monday, November 26, 2012

Miscarriage Risk Triples With Stenuous Exercise


Pregnancy Over 40, Trying To Conceive?  Go Easy On Exercise

I have always suspected that too much exercise will not only affect your ability to get pregnant, but also your ability to stay pregnant (especially in early pregnancy).
My site: www.getpregnantover40.com
 I actually address this in my book that it just makes logical sense that if your body is bouncing around with high impact exercise, it would be harder for an embryo to "take hold" and implant the way it should.  When I was undergoing fertility treatments, my doctor said I had to lay around for at least 7 days after the embryo transfer since their success rates were higher in women who didn't  move around much after the procedure.

So many sources basically dismiss any association between exercise and miscarriage (I even had on PA in my OB's office tell me that I could run a marathon after getting pregnant and it probably wouldn't make a difference....I don't think so!). However, this article talks about a study that was done on exercise in early pregnancy and how it does seem to increase the risk of miscarriage:

Strenuous Exercise During Early Pregnancy Triples the Risk of Miscarriage

From the article:

After collecting the data about the participants, the researchers compared women who did not take any exercise at all with those who exercised more than seven hours a week or played “high-impact” sports, such as ball games and racket sports.

It was found that women who played "high-impact" sports or who exercised for more than seven hours a week were approximately three-and-a-half times more likely to miscarry.

The researchers also found that miscarriage was far rarer later in pregnancy, and that the association between exercise and miscarriage disappeared after the 18-week mark.

"The results of this study suggest that leisure time exercise during pregnancy, and particularly high-impact exercise, is associated with an increased risk of miscarriage in the early stage of pregnancy," the BBC quoted the authors of the study as writing in the British Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology.

However, the study has also shown that swimming, which is one of the most popular exercises among pregnant women, does not increase the risk of miscarriage.

Saturday, November 24, 2012

CHASTEBERRY (VITEX) FOR FERTILITY AND GETTING PREGNANT

Pregnancy Over 40 - Vitex (Chasteberry) Increase LH

Although herbal remedies were not a big part of my pregnancy protocol, I did drink Chasteberry tea.
 Here is an article about how it can enhance fertility and it talks about a study done and the results:

Vitex (Chasteberry) and Fertility

From the article:

Chaste tree berry acts on the hypothalamus and pituitary glands by increasing luteinizing hormone (LH) production and mildly inhibiting the release of follicle stimulating hormone (FSH). The result is a shift in the ratio of estrogen to progesterone, in favor of progesterone. The ability of chaste tree berry to raise progesterone levels in the body is an indirect effect, so the herb itself is not a hormone....

  Click Here To Read Article On Chasteberry-Vitex and Fertility

Friday, November 23, 2012

CAN YOU GET PREGNANT WITH ONE TUBE AFTER ECTOPIC?


Get Pregnant Naturally With Only One Tube

Wow, this is encouraging if any of you have lost a fallopian tube due to an ectopic. According to this question answer article, the chances of conception may be as high as women with both tubes over time. If you've visited my website (http://www.getpregnantover40.com), you know that I conceived multiple times over the age of 40 with only one tube.  Additionally, my mother had an ectopic pregnancy and had three children afterward.
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SEE ALSO: ECTOPIC PREGNANCY, GETTING PREGNANT AFTER ECTOPIC, THE ODDS ARE IN YOUR FAVOR (getpregnantover40.com)__________

Having only one fallopian tube will make it less likely to get pregnant in the short term, but as time goes on and there are more ovulations on the side where your remaining tube is, your chances of conception increase—ultimately to the same pregnancy rates as women with both tubes.

Your biggest risk is that whatever made you prone to the first ectopic pregnancy may also be present in your remaining tube (old infection, scarring, etc.). Check with your healthcare provider about the condition of your remaining fallopian tube. 

 from www.babyzone.com

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

BLACK BEANS CAN HELP YOU GET PREGNANT

Get Pregnant Over 40 With Beans!

So many people are afraid to eat beans.
 It's a shame, because there are ways to reduce the embarrassing side affects of eating these nutrition packed, fertility enhancing wonder foods.

There are products like "Beano" out there which can eliminate the digestive backlash that may come with eating beans (and no, they didn't pay me to say that). I use the liquid version and I take a little more than the recommended amount, but it works. I frequently make a big pot of bean soup (you can throw in absolutely any vegetable you have on hand - carrots, celery, onion, garlic, broccoli, potato, etc.) and if you want some ham to give it a little more taste, that's fine too. Start with dried beans (very inexpensive),soak the beans overnight, rinse, then throw them in the pot with the vegetables and cook for a few hours (soaking and rinsing the beans also helps to eliminate much of the gas). I freeze the soup in individual containers for a quick lunch.

I ate lots of beans when I was trying to conceive. They're good, filling, and healthy in almost every way. Black beans are loaded with antioxidants which are good for fertility in both men and women.

SEE ALSO: FOODS FOR FERTILITY (getpregnantover40.com)



Monday, November 19, 2012

Fertility Impaired With Carbohydrate Consumption

Want To Have A Baby?  Bad Carbohydrates May Derail You

I am continually hearing about how all the "white stuff" is bad for our bodies.
My site: www.getpregnantover40.com
 Eating the wrong type of carbohydrates can negatively impact fertility as well.   Good carbohydrates are those with a  low glycemic index.  If you want to learn more about what the glycemic index is, click here.
Here is an article which does a good job of explaining why the bad carbohydrates could hurt female fertility. Read more:

The Impact Of Carbs On Infertility (www.womens-health.co.uk)

From the article:

It may be hard to believe that eating carbohydrates can impact on your fertility levels, but this is what scientists are claiming in their latest research. When you eat carbohydrates, your body breaks them down into sugars. These sugars are absorbed into your blood stream causing the pancreas to release more insulin in response.

How Does Insulin Affect Fertility?
One of the side effects of high insulin is that it increases the production of male hormones by the ovaries and therefore increases the hormone levels in the blood. This hormonal imbalance can affect the balance that is necessary for reproduction and ovulation and results in ovulatory infertility.

What Does The Research Claim?
The Nurses Health Study which was done in association with Harvard University studied more than 18,000 women. The study looked at diet and lifestyle among women hoping to conceive over an eight year period.

The study revealed that women who ate easily digested carbs (fast carbs), such as sugared soda drinks, white bread and potatoes, increased their chances of contracting ovulatory infertility.

In contrast, those who ate slowly digested carbs that are richer in fiber had improved fertility. These foods included vegetables, dark breads, brown rice and beans.

Thursday, November 15, 2012

TWINS: BOY GIRL MAY AFFECT FUTURE FERTILITY

Having Twins Can Affect Their Fertility

This article is a little scary since the incidence of fraternal twins has risen sharply since the advent of fertility treatments.
 See: www.getpregnantover40.com for natural pregnancy over 40
Just off the top of my head, I know of five sets of fraternal boy-girl twins. Apparently the mixture of male and female hormones in utero may affect the female child's future fertility. Read more:

Dr Virpi Lummaa and colleagues from the University´s Department of Animal and Plant Sciences used Finnish church records spanning 1734 to 1888 as part of their research. Of 754 twins from five distinct Finnish populations in the records, females who survived to adulthood were 25% less likely to have children if their twin was a male. Those who did have offspring gave birth, on average, to two fewer babies than women who had a twin sister. Women who had a male twin were also 15% less likely to get married.

The researchers believe that this is due to a number of factors. Firstly, females exposed to a male twin can have masculine traits, attitudes and behaviours, therefore affecting their decision to get married or a male´s attractiveness towards them. Secondly, exposure to elevated levels of testosterone during development can promote the onset of diseases that compromise fertility, such as reproductive cancers. 

from: www.sciencedaily.com

Monday, November 12, 2012

Fertility Tea Recipe - Make Your Own Tea For Fertility In Minutes

 Herbal Teas May Help Your Reproductive System To Get Pregnant Naturally

There are some teas on the market which combine a number of herbs to enhance fertility.  I tried a combination of a number of different teas when I was trying to conceive.
See also: www.getpregnantover40.com for my entire series on fertility foods
  Many women trying to conceive take herbal preparations and tea can be a way to get these in your diet
 Here is a
combination of herbal teas which you can put together yourself from your local health food store. Read more:
Click Here For The Ingredients In Homemade Fertility Tea

 Fertility Tea May Help You Get Pregnant

Saturday, November 10, 2012

Fertility Cycle Beads


Getting Pregnant Over 40:  Help With Tracking Ovulation

When I was trying to conceive, I had my trusty "period calendar" (which I kept for years)

My site: www.getpregnantover40.com
 
 However, there were days I would forget to look at it. Even though people use calendars on their smart phone,  here is a nice visual alternative called "Cycle Beads". It's a necklace that helps you track how close you are to ovulation. Read more:

www.early-pregnancy-tests.com

From the article:

How do Cycle Beads Work?
Cycle Beads represent your menstrual cycle and function as a tactile ovulation calendar. Each bead stands for a single day. On the first day of your period, you simply place the rubber ring on the red bead (representing cycle day 1). On each following day, simply move the rubber ring ahead by one bead (an arrow reminds you which direction). As you move through your cycle days, when the ring is on a dark or red bead, fertility is low and your odds of conceiving are less. However, once the ring moves to a white bead - typically cycle day 8 through 19 - you know that you are nearing ovulation or perhaps already ovulating. While the ring is on a white cycle bead, you are at peak fertility and your chances of becoming pregnant are high!

Cycle Beads offer an easy method to increase your odds of conceiving (as well as provide a natural, safe method of family planning). Proven effective, Cycle Beads provide an unambiguous visual method for tracking your ovulatory cycle and identifying the fertile days when conceiving is likely (as well as the infertile days when achieving pregnancy is less probable). Moreover, Cycle Beads are based on a natural family planning practice that has been shown to be over 95% effective!

Friday, November 09, 2012

Fertility From The Chinese Medicine Viewpoint


Get Pregnant Naturally With Chinese Medicine and Philosopy

I incorporated quite a bit of Chinese medicine and philosophy in my "getting pregnant protocol" when I was trying to conceive.

My site: www.getpregnantover40.com

Here is a good article for anyone interested in the Chinese medicine perspective on fertility.  Some of the information you may have seen before, and some of it may be new.

Dr. Maoshing talks about everything from seasonal timing, to eating "live" foods with life giving energy, sleep, and essential fatty acids.

Read more:

Secrets of FertilityPosted by Dr. Maoshing Ni 

From the article:

Live Food Gives New Life
Mother nature has given us foods that naturally enhance fertility. The medical tradition of China - renowned as the most populous country in the world - has long considered certain foods to be of particular value in increasing success with fertility.

These foods that contain the potential for new life include eggs, nuts, seeds, beans, legumes, and berries. Since these foods are themselves capable of propagation when hatched or sprouted, they are said to be abundant in life-giving energy.

Thursday, November 08, 2012

Get Pregnant Naturally Over 40 Resource

Pregnancy Over 40 - Get Pregnant Naturally Resource

I sometimes publish resources for my blog readers that deal with pregnancy over 40 and success stories of getting pregnant naturally over 40.  Here is a great blog I came across which you may enjoy and find informational:

Knock Knock Baby Blog

If you happen to be the author of this blog, please contact me through my website so I may thank you personally!

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

BEE POLLEN AND ROYAL JELLY FOR YOUR REPRODUCTIVE SYSTEM

Trying To Get Pregnant Naturally?  Try Bee Pollen

Years ago, even before I was trying to conceive, I had heard about the benefits of bee pollen for overall health.

Bee pollen has protein, fatty acids and carbohydrates as well as a number of vitamins like B complex and folic acid.
 Although I did not try bee pollen while I was trying to conceive, the following article talks about how bee pollen is good for both men's and women's reproductive systems.  Be careful if you are allergic to bees!  

Click Here To Read Full Article on bee pollen and royal jelly for fertility
 


Wednesday, November 07, 2012

Getting Pregnant Over 40: Frequency of Intercourse For Conception

Pregnancy Over 40, Frequency of Intercourse

So many couples are so anxious to conceive that they treat getting pregnant like a "job" and actually may be having too much intercourse.

My site:  www.getpregnantover40.com

According to the article below, every 48 hours may be best or 2-3 times per week  (assuming you're near the time of ovulation).  Now I should day that there are other articles that recommend daily sex.  I've often said that if you look hard enough, you can find conflicting information to anything!

Daily Intercourse Could Help Male Fertility and semen

The theory behind daily sex is that frequent sex reduces the length of time sperm are exposed to toxins inside the man’s testicles.  When the sperm ejaculated out of the man’s body every day, damaged sperm are removed.  This could reduce the amount of semen, however that may not be a problem for most men.

So, you will have to be your own judge on whether to have daily intercourse or 2-3 times per week.  Sometimes, the stress of "having to have sex" makes 2-3 times per week more reasonable

Read more:

http://www.fertilityfactor.com/conception-sex.html

From the article:

Sex Frequency

Fertility experts say that regular conception sex, two to three times a week is what it takes for a healthy couple to conceive. Having sex at this frequency means that a woman whose reproductive system is functioning normally is likely to have live sperm inside her while she is ovulating. At the time of ovulation itself, sex once a day is recommended.

How Much Is Too Much?

According to the experts, if both the man and the woman are in excellent reproductive health, there is no such thing as too much conception sex (providing both parties have the energy). It's worth bearing in mind that overdoing it at the beginning of your attempts to get pregnant might make you feel less like having regular sex later on, which could be counterproductive.
There are circumstances in which it's possible for a couple with fertility problems to have too much sex. For example, a man with a low sperm count runs the risk of lowering that sperm count further if he ejaculates more than a two to three times a week. You should speak to your doctor if you have any concerns.

Tuesday, November 06, 2012

Fluoride and Fertility


Getting Pregnant Naturally:  Fluoride May Alter Hormones

During the time I was trying to conceive and while I was pregnant, I drank bottled water since I had read that, in some areas, tap water, depending on the source can contain harmful toxins.  Some of these toxins include lead, nitrates, and even fluoride,  could be harmful.

My site: www.getpregnantover40.com


 Fluoride may be good for your teeth, but there may also be negative affects on your thyroid and reproductive hormones.  But also, keep in mind that bottled water is usually packaged in plastic which could be a problem as well.

 Here is another article about how water with fluoride added can also be harmful. Read more:

Why We Changed Our Minds About Water Fluoridation (thyroid.about.com)

Here is an important passage of the article:

"With fluoride added to city water, many millions of people are deliberately exposed to a hormone-altering agent. There is certainly now a massive epidemic of low thyroid, low adrenal, and low functioning sex glands. Many people rightly complain, “There must be something wrong with my hormones.”

Sunday, November 04, 2012

Massage Therapy For Infertility

Getting pregnant over 40 can be hindered by pelvic adhesions

Sometimes, we can have small adhesions in our pelvic area which can block fallopian tubes or slow them down.  Our pelvic region can also become congested if we sit at a desk all day or if we wear tight clothes and even high heeled shoes.

I've written before about something called the "Wurn" technique which can help with female fertility problems. I found an article from massagetherapy.com which explains more about the Wurn technique and the benefits of massage therapy if you're trying to conceive. Also, my DVD, "Fertility Bodywork" has a segment on self pelvic massage. Read more:


www.massagetherapy.com

From the article:

Soft-tissue Massage
About 12 years ago, massage therapist Larry Wurn and his wife Belinda, a physical therapist, came across an alternative treatment for female infertility related to mechanical problems. While treating an infertile woman for low-back and pelvic pain, the therapists discovered their client became pregnant, after seven years of infertility. What made it especially interesting was the client had been diagnosed with two blocked fallopian tubes and had been sexually active the entire time. Intrigued, the massage therapists tried the same technique on eight other infertile women. Half of them became pregnant following the massage therapy.

Wurn's treatment combines physical therapy with site-specific massage. They were encouraged by an early success rate of 50 percent treating female infertility with the process, according to Belinda Wurn. That rate has now climbed to more than 70 percent. "One of our latest cases was infertile for four years," says Wurn. "She came to us with two blocked fallopian tubes and one failed IVF. She had suffered two miscarriages, an ectopic (tubal) pregnancy and a failed attempt to open her tubes surgically, when she came for the therapy. She became pregnant after one week of therapy here and is due to deliver next week.

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