Fertility Jewelry With Healing Stones

Fertility Jewelry With Healing Stones
Fertility Jewelry With Healing Stones

Tuesday, December 31, 2013


Natural Conception After Infertility and Miscarriage

Wow, what a great story. A woman who experienced infertility and miscarriage spontaneously conceived identical triplets.
What's even more amazing, a different 46 year old woman also naturally conceived triplets and had them at the same hospital just months earlier. Sounds like there's some pretty fertile women in their 40's out there! Read more:

The couple, from Traveston in the Sunshine Coast hinterland, had been trying for a third child for years without success.

"It's been pretty traumatic. The last miscarriage was a month before I fell pregnant with them," Mrs Pernoud said.

"I thought, 'no, that's it. I can't do it any more. There's only so much a woman can take'.

"I had made up my mind to go to the doctor to get my tubes tied."

Instead, she fell pregnant again and, weeks later, learned she was expecting triplets.

"It was very emotional. I thought, 'here we go again for another miscarriage'," she said.

"But miracles happen. They're just meant to be here. I don't know the reason but it's meant to be."

Mr Pernoud now calls his wife "Super Maman" – French for supermum.

The Pernouds have had to renovate their four-bedroom house so the babies can all fit in one room.

Queensland Fertility Group's David Molloy said having identical triplets at 40 was as rare as winning Gold Lotto.

In June, Logan grandmother Janelle Perry, 46, gave birth to naturally conceived triplet boys, Cooper, Kyle and Jordan.  

Read the full article here

Tuesday, December 24, 2013


Pregnancy Over 40, Infertility Over 40, Many Of Us Endure Insensitive Remarks

First, let me say we're so happy with one child, we never even considered another. 
Even so, I'm still a little sensitive about the subject of getting pregnant.

 With the holidays here, many of us see relatives and have to endure probing questions and/or comments about family life. Well...here's an example. I have a relative (about 12 years younger) who told me she and her husband are trying to have another baby. It only took 3 months of trying for her first one (something she's announced numerous times in my presence - even though she knows it took me six years)...all that aside...when she told me that they we're trying, she said that she didn't want anyone to know in case it took a while --I guess she didn't want me to pass her the baton as the one in the family who can't get pregnant....(okay, I got pregnant, but you know what I mean.) I wonder what it would be like to actually plan how far apart you wanted your children...and then actually have them!

She then goes on to say how her mother in law was planning to take her sons and their families on a European vacation in the next year. But she and her husband had to decline because she was going to be pregnant. Wow...what confidence...I never had that luxury...When I was TTC, we planned many vacations  (and took every one of them)

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Oh--I thought I was past all of this (or maybe above it)...but it just goes to show you that years of infertility and recurrent miscarriage really hurt and your self esteem and rationality are a little shaky when it comes to the subject of pregnancy. I really do wish my relative the best...but in my weak moments I think...If it took her a year or so to get pregnant, maybe she'd have a small inkling of what I went through to have my daughter...and it might put an end to a few insensitive remarks I must endure from time to time. For the most part, I've moved on from the pain of those six years - but I also realize there will always be a piece of me that remembers the frustration, jealousy, and shame for the negative thoughts that creep up from time to time.

Even if I didn't have my daughter, I never take anything for granted anymore.

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Holidays May Lead To Depression Especially If You're Trying To Conceive

Pregnancy Over 40, Trying To Conceive Over The Holidays

One thing that backfired when I was trying to conceive was going through fertility treatments right before the holidays.
See: www.getpregnantover40.com for more on pregnancy over 40
 I had these great ideas about how I was going to get pregnant right before Christmas and announce my pregnancy at a family gathering. All I can say about that is BAD IDEA. I did get pregnant, but miscarried just in time to squash any holiday cheer I might have had to begin with. Having timeframes and deadlines for getting pregnant can only lead to disappointment. Babies seem to come when they're good and ready.

Here is an article about how to combat depression around the holidays:

Make realistic expectations for the holiday season.
Set realistic goals for yourself.
Pace yourself. Do not take on more responsibilities than you can handle.
Make a list and prioritize the important activities. This can help make holiday tasks more manageable.
Be realistic about what you can and cannot do.
Do not put all your energy into just one day (i.e., Thanksgiving Day, New Year's Eve). The holiday cheer can be spread from one holiday event to the next.
Live and enjoy the present.
Look to the future with optimism.
Don't set yourself up for disappointment and sadness by comparing today with the good old days of the past.
If you are lonely, try volunteering some time to help others.
Find holiday activities that are free, such as looking at holiday decorations; going window shopping without buying and watching the winter weather whether it's a snowflake, or a raindrop.
Limit your drinking, since excessive drinking will only increase your feelings of depression.
Try something new. Celebrate the holidays in a new way.
Spend time with supportive and caring people.
Reach out and make new friends.
Make time to contact a long lost friend or relative and spread some holiday cheer.
Make time for yourself!
Let others share the responsibilities of holiday tasks.
Keep track of your holiday spending. Over-spending can lead to depression when the bills arrive after the holidays are over. Extra bills with little budget to pay them can lead to further stress and depression


Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Handling The Holidays While You're Trying To Conceive

Trying To Conceive, Holidays Are Tough

Many many articles have been written about handling the holidays while you're going through infertility.   If you're anything like me, you're getting a constant barrage of  Christmas cards featuring one big happy family after another.  There you sit, stuck in infertility quicksand...waiting and watching everyone else get on with their life.  I can't tell you how many Christmas cards sat, unopened, because I knew each one contained a "landmine" of emotions.
See also: www.getpregnantover40.com for more aticles on handling infertility 
You need to do what makes you feel comfortable at a time like this.  If it means having a scaled back holiday, so be it.  You don't have to attend every function, especially if it's family oriented.  Office parties might be okay if it's adults only.  Family gatherings can be problematic because you may get questions about when you're going to have kids. 
 Here is a good article with some suggestions on how to deal with relatives and the onslaught of holiday greeting cards and festivities:

From the article:

"During the holidays people love to tell stories about their children -- what their children are doing in school, athletic achievements and funny anecdotal stories."

To help ease the heartbreak and tensions throughout the holiday season, Burris and other experts offer key survival strategies:

Smooth talk: Find a subtle way to let family members know that, yes, you are trying, but you'd rather focus on enjoying the holiday instead of talking about it right now, Elan Simckes, M.D., for Fertility Partnership of St. Peters, Mo., tells ParentDish.

"If your relatives don't get the message -- we all have that sweet-but-a-little-obtuse aunt, right? -- think of a short answer to the question before heading to the party, so you won't be put on the spot with nothing to say," Simckes says. "Be armed with other interesting news or information to share with your relatives, so you can give your answer to the baby question and then quickly turn the conversation in another direction."


Monday, December 09, 2013

Tea For Fertility - Blend It Yourself To Get Pregnant

Fertility Tea

I've posted recipes before on how to make a fertility friendly tea.
 Some recipes include green tea and others include herbs with hormone regulating properties.
We frequently hear about Chasteberry and Red Raspberry for fertility, however there are other teas when used in combination can be good for fertility.

Visit this link for a good fertility tea recipe along with instructions and the fertility benefits of these herbs:

Fertility Tea Recipe

Sunday, December 08, 2013

Infertility After You're A Mom

Secondary Infertility

Women who suffer from secondary infertility (i.e. have one child, but can't get pregnant again) probably don't get too much sympathy from women who've never had a child and can't get pregnant at all (or miscarry). However, just because you have one child doesn't mean that infertility hurts any less. One mother I knew who was experiencing secondary infertility said, "You want a second one even more because you know how wonderful it is to have one".

When I ran an infertility support group, there were a couple of women who had already had one child.  They were hesitant to share their stories for fear that the other women would resent them for being "greedy" because they already had a child and they should be happy with what they've got.  Of course, the other women accepted them and wanted them to succeed like everyone else.

There are many causes of secondary infertility.  Your body changes over time and many cases are just plain unexplained.  It can be especially frustrating, especially for couples who were able to get pregnant easily the first time.

The bottom line is that secondary infertility is the same as any other kind of infertility.  I've always believed that you have to start preparing your body at least 3-6 months before you start trying.  Assuming you don't have any blockages or other physical problems that are preventing conception, the best thing you can do is start eating hormone regulating foods (see www.getpregnantover40.com for my series on foods for fertility) and watch out for other "fertility traps" like exercising too much or being too thin or heavy.

Monday, November 25, 2013

Eat Healthy On Thanksgiving - It May Help Your Fertility

Pregnancy Over 40, Fertility Over 40

Thanksgiving Food May Help

Even though most of us think about the holidays as a time to gain weight, your Thanksgiving meal may be good for your health if you eat in moderation.
Visit:  www.getpregnantover40.com for more on fertility foods

 Many of the nutrients in traditional Thankgiving foods may be good for fertility. Here is an article that explains some of the nutritional benefits of a Thanksgiving dinner:

From the article:

  • Be thankful for turkey- a 3 ounce portion is a great source of protein and a good source of iron, niacin, zinc, potassium and other B-vitamins, including B-12.  
  • Be thankful for potatoes- a medium potato (with the skin) is a great source of potassium and contributes to your daily needs for vitamin C, fiber and even iron. 
  • Be thankful for sweet potatoes- these nutritional gems are a great source of vitamin A, fiber, vitamin B6, potassium and manganese. 
  • Be thankful for squash- whether acorn, butternut or spaghetti, this lovely vegetable also supplies the meal with benefits beyond belief.  Full of beta carotene and also loaded with fiber, vitamin C, vitamin B6, magnesium, folate and other B vitamins.
from: nutritioncheckup.com

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Go On Vacation - Get Pregnant?

Getting Pregnant On Vacation

It seems everyone knows somebody who had trouble conceiving, went on vacation and got pregnant.
See www.getpregnantover40.com for more on how stress affects infertility 
Well...according to the article below, there really might be something to it. In retrospect, I wish we had taken all the money we spent on failed fertility treatments and taken a wonderful relaxing vacation. It would have probably been more effective and a lot more fun.   With many people traveling around the holidays, think about taking a "conceptionmoon".
Read more:

"How do conceptionmoons work?
Scientists aren't exactly clear on why stress mucks up the works, but whatever the cause, the effects are pretty clear. Research, like a 2004 study published in the journal Fertility and Sterility, shows that women who regularly worry about things like work or money problems are significantly less likely to conceive than those who don't.

Vacations are about relaxation, so it makes sense that some folks are now combining getting away from it all with something more purposeful. And as far as our survey is concerned, a conceptionmoon looks like a winner. Of the more than 1,000 BabyCenter members surveyed, 40 percent of those who took conceptionmoons conceived while on vacation.

With a success rate like that, conceptionmoons could move from being a new trend to a pre-baby must-do right up there with eating right, knowing when to say when, and tossing your birth control."

So, if you're trying to conceive, maybe you should spend a little money on a good vacation before spending a lot of money on fertility treatments!
from:  babycenter.com

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Infertility Study Participants Needed

Study Participants Needed - Fertility

Long Island University, Brooklyn is currently conducting a research study to better understand the emotional and psychological experience of women who have experienced infertility.

Eligible participants:
·      Must be women
·      Must be between 18 and 50
·      Must have been trying unsuccessfully to conceive for at least the last 12 months or have received a diagnosis of infertility.
Participation involves:
·      Completing an online questionnaire about general demographics, infertility information, current mood and experience. The survey should take under 30 minutes to complete.
·      All participants will have the option to be entered into a raffle to win one of three $25 Amazon gift cards at the end of the data collection period, June 2014.

If you are interested or have any questions, please contact the primary investigator, Alexandra Farber, at infertilitystudyLIU@gmail.com, or proceed directly to the online study: https://liubpsych.co1.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_3OAth2rOo0BE4Bf


Friday, November 15, 2013

Getting Pregnant Over 40 Or Any Age May Take 104 Tries!

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Organochlorines Cause Sperm Abnormalities

Sperm Is Sensitive To Organochlorines

I don't think most of us really think about how much our day to day exposure to chemicals can affect our fertility.

See www.getpregnantover40.com for more on environmental toxins and fertility 

Organochlorines are things we come into contact with every day. They are environmental toxins which are not broken down by the body and they can accumulate in fatty tissue.  Some of these chemicals occur naturally, however, many are synthetic found in pesticides, PVC's and electrical insulation. This article talks about how they can affect men's fertility and there is a link below on how you can minimize your exposure:

From the article:

The research was published online on Dec. 21, 2011 in the journal Environmental Health Perspectives.

The researchers studied 192 men who were part of couples that were sub-fertile, to see if the men with higher levels of organochlorines in their blood showed evidence of increased rates of sperm abnormalities. They looked for sperm disomy, which occurs when sperm cells have an abnormal number of chromosomes. While all men have a certain number of sperm with such abnormalities, researchers found that men with higher levels of DDE and PCBs had significantly higher rates of sperm abnormalities.

"This research adds to the already existing body of evidence suggesting that environmental exposure to certain chemicals can affect male fertility and reproduction.


Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Study Participants Needed: First Child Over 40

Dr. Dinah Meyer is interested in surveying women who had their first child at age 40
or later, and whose child is under the age of 4. This is an online survey 
that takes approximately 10 minutes to complete, and participants’ responses
are completely anonymous – their name or any other identifying information will
not be asked.  The questions ask about pregnancy, labor and delivery, and the 
post-partum period. The questions are both medical and social/emotional in nature.
Very little scholarly research has examined the experiences of new mothers over 40,
so the knowledge gained from this study will further our 
understanding and care of this growing population of mothers. 
This study has been approved by the Muskingum University Human Subjects 
Interested readers should go to the following website: 
From there, participants will read a brief informed consent,
and then, if interested, continue on to the survey. Please feel free
to check out the link above to view the survey questions.  Again, this 
is an anonymous survey, and participants will not be contacted in any way 
after their participation. 


Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Getting Pregnant: Halloween Candy May Derail You

Halloween Candy and Fertility

Even if you're not a kid, Halloween is a time when everyone seems to be throwing candy at you. Either you have it around the house for the trick or treaters or there's a big bowl of it at work.

If you're trying to conceive, all that fat and sugar can negatively affect your fertility.
Sugar, in particular can raise and lower insulin levels which can wreak havoc on your adrenal glands.  This stress ultimately weakens them which results in hormonal imbalance.  Sugar can also leave women susceptible to yeast infections which come with a whole set of new problems which may not direct affect infertility, but may create obstacles to getting pregnant.

Chocolate has been in the media lately as having health benefits, however the chocolate they are talking about is "dark chocolate" which has a high cocoa content.  Unfortunately, most of the Halloween candy out there is made with milk chocolate which does more harm than good.

So, this Halloween, give out healthy treats or just give apples or stickers.   If you want something good yourself, have some dark chocolate.  But remember, everything in moderation!

Monday, October 28, 2013

Wow! 53 Year Old Gets Pregnant Naturally While On The Pill

Pregnancy Over 40 and Pregnancy Over 50

I frequently post stories of women who get pregnant over the age of 40 even up to their late 40's naturally.  Well, how about this story?  A women gets pregnant at the age of 53 while on the pill!

Great story for you youngsters in your 40's who are TTC.  Read more:

When I saw the two blue lines my heart was thumping so hard I thought it would burst out of my chest,’ says Debbie, a grandmother-of-two. ‘My first thought was, “I’m too old, this can’t be right”.’
Debbie had only taken the test because her partner Paul Clarke, 45, a heavy goods vehicle driver, had joked ‘Are you pregnant?’ when she complained of a bloated tummy after they’d shared a pizza.

from:  daily mail

Saturday, October 19, 2013


Clomid is frequently used to stimulate ovulation

Oh, now they tell me. Back when we were undergoing fertility treatments, we tried Clomid which was one of the worst drugs for me and my body
 It's a drug you take the week before ovulation to stimulate your ovaries to release more than one egg, but it may not be all it's cracked up to be

Clomid may actually reduce the chance of pregnancy

 We used to call it "the week from hell" because my emotions were on a rollercoaster and my poor husband had to brace himself for yet another month of drama. And no, it didn't get me pregnant - and apparently I'm not the only one. Interestingly,  Clomid can actually decrease your chances of pregnancy.

Click Here To Read Full Article on Clomid and fertility (getpregnantover40.com)


Monday, October 14, 2013

Weight Loss Should Occur Before Conception Not While Trying

Pregnancy Over 40, Lose Weight Before Trying To Conceive

Most people have heard that being overweight can be a risk factor for infertility.  The best way to determine  your ideal weight is with a BMI calculator*.

Visit:  www.getpregnantover40.com for more articles on TTC over 40

 If you're trying to conceive, weight loss (especially rapid weight loss) can have an adverse affect on getting pregnant.
My advice is to give yourself some time to get to your ideal weight before you try to conceive. Once your weight has stabilized, then start trying.

*From WikiHow, here is how to calculate it:
Take your height in inches and square the number. In other words, multiply the number of inches by the same number of inches.Divide your weight in pounds by the second figure. The second figure is your height in inches squared.Multiply that answer by the conversion factor of 703 if you used inches and pounds.

Read more:

But he pointed out that sudden and dramatic reductions in calories and increases in activity during the periconceptual period in all women, including those undergoing assisted reproduction techniques (ART), could have potentially adverse effects. Weight-loss interventions put stress on the reproductive system that could lead to failure through a variety of mechanisms, he warned.

Apart from disruption to normal physiological mechanisms, an additional concern hypothesised is that environmental pollutants stored in fat such as DDT and organochlorine, released into the blood circulation when fat is metabolised during lifestyle interventions, could have potentially adverse effects on the pregnancy.


Wednesday, October 09, 2013

Trying To Conceive Over 40: The Agonizing Wait From Month to Month

TTC Over 40, It May Take Longer, But That Doesn't Mean It Won't Happen

One of the worst parts of TTC was that it was pretty much a waiting game - and although I know women over 40 can and do get pregnant every day, it can take longer.

Visit My site: www.getpregnantover40.com for more articles on pregnancy and fertility over 40

I think I got pretty good at pinpointing my fertile time, but all in all, there's a lot of waiting around. Before ovulation, you're waiting for those days when intercourse is mandatory. Even after ovulation, there's about a two week wait before you can do a pregnancy test. I can't tell you how many explatives came out of my mouth when I did get my period all those years. I didn't know who to be mad at...myself, God, the universe, my husband...etc. etc. etc.

So what can you do while you're waiting around?

1. Keep yourself busy with things you enjoy. I love decorative painting (with non toxic paint) and I redecorated my sister's entire house.

2. My husband and I went on a number of weekend getaways.

3. Reconnect with people you haven't seen for a while (especially those without children). It's nice to be around others who aren't into "kiddie" talk especially when you're feeling down about not being able to get pregnant.

4. See a movie (even if you go by yourself)

5. Cook some healthy meals - I used a lot of my "downtime" to cook vegetables and other healthy meals which helped me to stick with my healthy diet.

6. Organize and declutter your house - you'd be surprised how much better you feel when your home is in order. Do you have a room designated for your future son or daughter? Make sure it's in good shape - decorate it (not necessarily in baby decor). I had a room set aside for a nursery. It was a total mess since I sorted laundry in it. I found some flowery fabric, cleaned it up and decorated it. I think on some level, babies want an inviting environment to come into.

7. Work on creating your family tree. I contacted as many relatives as I could find to get the names of my ancestors. I also collected a number of pictures of distant ancestors which I now display on a large dresser in my bedroom. I'm so happy I did this because I know one day, my daughter will appreciate seeing all these pictures (and there's no way I would have time to do this now). This was a time consuming but very fun project. With all of the technology out there you can duplicate some very old photos to near new condition.

Those are just some ideas. Only you know what you enjoy. Keep living your life, it will lift your spirits. It seems like it was when I was busy doing something fun and/or interesting, I didn't obsess on getting pregnant -- and wouldn't you know it -- that's when I would.

Tuesday, October 01, 2013

Defective Gene In Men Makes Conception Difficult

Pregnancy Over 40, Sperm Defects

The discovery of a gene defect may explain why some couples have difficulty getting pregnant even when everything looks okay.

See www.getpregnantover40.com for more articles on male and female fertility 

 A defective gene in sperm may make it more difficult to fertilize an egg (although not impossible). Read more:

The genetic change is in a gene called DEFB126, which codes for a protein that clings to sperm, helping them swim through the woman's body to fertilise the egg.
Abnormal sperm These sperm look normal but have more difficulty getting to the egg

Researchers believe men with the defective gene have sperm that find it harder to make their way through mucus, causing low fertility.

A study of more than 500 married couples in China found that women who had partners with two copies of the defective gene (one from the mother and one from the father) were less likely to get pregnant.

The women also took longer to get pregnant by a couple of months.

Further studies, carried out in people from the US, UK, China, Japan and Africa, found the gene mutation is common around the world.

About half of all men carry one copy of the defective gene; while a quarter have two defective copies.


Monday, September 30, 2013

Phytonutrient DIM In Cruciferous Vegetables for Female Fertility

Fertility and Hormonal Balance With The Right Foods

I have previously done a post and a video about cruciferous vegetables for male and female fertility, but these vegetables are great for promoting hormonal balance and preventing cancer in women too.
This article talks about how these vegetable can help prevent breast cancer:


Here is my recipe for Greek coleslaw (I've heard purple/red cabbage is actually healthier than green):

Shred purple cabbage (I just use a manual cheese shredder)
Add some crumbled feta cheese (I usually buy garlic and herb flavor)
Add 4-5 greek olives
Add some viniagrette dressing (You can buy pre-made viniagrette spritzers which have very few calories)


Friday, September 27, 2013

Cinnamon and Coffee For Male Fertility

 Help To Have A Baby From Cinnamon

NAC is an antioxidant found in cinnamon. According to this article, it may help male fertility.
My site www.getpregnantover40.com has a series on foods for fertility
As far as coffee, it seems like one day the media says it's good, the next day it's bad...but this article also has good news for coffee drinkers! Read more:

Two recent trials describe a new application for NAC, improving male fertility. The first study involved 120 men who were diagnosed with idopathic infertility. 60 of the patients were given 600 mg of NAC per day for 3 months. The remainder received an inactive placebo for the same duration of time. Those receiving the NAC demonstrated improvements in sperm motility, viscosity and volume. In addition, the antioxidant levels in the blood increased, while oxidative stress decreased. Another trial from 2009 found that adding 200 mcg of selenium (a trace mineral) to 600 mg of NAC resulted in positive hormonal changes and improved semen parameters. The authors of that experiment concluded that, “These results indicate that supplemental selenium and N-acetyl-cysteine improve semen quality. We advocate their use for male infertility”. (1,2,3)

Uncontrolled blood sugar can endanger the health of diabetics or those with a tendency toward blood irregularities (”pre-diabetics”). A new paper published in the Journal of the American Board of Family Medicine describes one simple way to improve long term blood glucose levels. A group of 109 type 2 diabetics were randomly given either 1 gram of cinnamon daily or a placebo for 90 days. All of the participants began and continued to receive conventional treatment in addition to the cinnamon or placebo. The researchers tested the patients’ hemoglobin A1C levels at the beginning and end of the trial. HbA1C is a test that reveals long term (3-4 months) blood sugar management. The men and women receiving the cinnamon showed a drop in HbA1C of .83%. It’s important to note that the change found in the cinnamon users could bring dramatic improvements to the overall health of diabetics. The lead author of the study concluded that, “According to the United Kingdom Prospective Diabetes Study, a drop of HbA1C from 7.9% to 7% lowers the risk of macrovascular disease 16%, retinopathy 17% to 21%, and nephropathy 24% to 33%; thus, a 0.83% drop in HbA1C levels in patients might be expected to yield similar reductions in morbidity.” There may even be applications for cinnamon in the population at large. Recent research from Baylor University proposes that cinnamon may help attenuate insulin resistance caused by a lack of sleep. (4,5,6)


Thursday, September 26, 2013

pH Diet and Fertility

Pregnancy Over 40, Diet, and pH

I've read quite a bit of contradictory information about pH balance and fertility. Some resources will list certain foods as acidic and a different resource will list the same food as alkaline.

 See My Series on Foods For Fertility at www.getpregnantover40.com

Here is an article that talks in simple terms about pH and fertility

Chemistry 101

All you need to know about pH to start reaping the health benefits of a more balanced body chemistry, is that it is a measure of acidity (think vinegar) or alkalinity (think baking soda) from 0 to 14. Zero is the most intense level of acidity possible and 14 is the highest level of alkalinity possible, with neutral being in the middle.

Your body maintains much tighter reins than that range and will work diligently to balance your blood at a just slightly alkaline rate of 7.36. However, our highly acid-forming diet (meat, dairy products, sugar and other sweets, wheat and white-flour baked goods and pastas, coffee, tea, trans fats, and food additives found in most packaged and prepared foods) and our high stress lifestyles can take their toll on our body's pH balancing mechanisms, leading to acidity.

To be clear, it's not the acidity of the food itself that matters, but rather the effect of the food on your body chemistry. Food may test acid or alkaline in a laboratory setting, but that has no direct impact on whether it will have an acidifying or alkalizing effect on your body when metabolized. Lemons are a great example. They test highly acidic, but once inside your body they will help to alkalize it.


Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Leptin, Body Fat and Fertility

Pregnancy Over 40 May Be Affected By Low Levels of Fat in Thin Women

I have actually spent quite a bit of time talking about how women
(and men) who are overweight may have trouble conceiving.

See www.getpregnantover40.com for more articles on foods for fertility and resources on getting pregnant naturally

 But women with too little body fat have a problem as well.   I've known a number of women who are thin (or who are muscular with very little body fat) who have trouble conceiving.  It's hard to convince people that they  need to actually gain weight to get pregnant.  This article talks about the role of "leptin" produced in body fat and it's connection to fertility.
From the article:

Leptin is often recognized as an appetite and weight regulation hormone. But did you know that the hormone leptin also serves an indicator that tells the brain and other organs when extremely low energy is available?

Mantzoros goes on, “We know that leptin is produced by the body’s fat tissue and is secreted into the bloodstream in proportion to the amount of energy stored in fat. From there, it travels to the brain where it communicates exactly how much energy is available.” Because of this process, leptin regulates a number of important physiological functions that depend on adequate energy balance. These physiological functions include reproduction, metabolism, and bone function.

As a result, when women have severely low levels of body fat, which may occur after excessive dieting or exercise or in women with eating disorders, the body enters a state of “negative energy balance” that adversely affects reproductive function and metabolism according to Dr. Mantzoros. 

from: Read more:womenshealth.about.com

Monday, September 23, 2013


Pregnancy Over 40 Help From Cupping Therapy

I have heard of cupping from a number of sources (including my grandmother who used to use it for belly aches!).  Cupping is somewhat like acupuncture and it is supposed to help with circulation and lymphatic flow.
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New Study Confirms Higher Rate Of Birth Defects With ART

Fertility Treatments and Birth Defects

I have done a number of posts about how fertility treatments are associated with a higher rate of birth defects.  A new study confirms this and includes quite a bit of data. 

See My site www.getpregnantover40.com for natural ways to conceive 

I know some couples must undergo assisted reproduction to get pregnant, but Clomid which is a common drug given to women to use with inseminations is also associated with defects.  If you see my posting from Friday, Clomid doesn't even seem to increase the rate of pregnancy over trying naturally.  Read more:

IVF's main alternative, Intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI), which involves the injection of a single sperm directly into an egg, posed a higher risk for defects that cannot be controlled for by female fertility factors, and resulted in defects in one in 10 pregnancies.

However, ICSI is primarily used for male fertility problems, and its risk was significantly decreased using frozen eggs, according to the study's lead author, Associate Professor Michael Davies of the University of Adelaide.

He explained: "This may be due to developmentally compromised embryos failing to survive the freeze/thaw process," adding, "while assisted reproductive technologies are associated with an increased risk of major birth defects overall, we found significant differences in risk between available treatments".

In 2005, the last year for which data was available, 5,935 babies were born as a result of IVF treatment compared to 5,265 babies born with the help of ICSI.

One surprising find within the research was a tripling of risk among women who used the drug clomiphene citrate to stimulate ovary production,


Friday, September 20, 2013

Reflexology For Fertility

Fertility Bodywork - Reflexology, Click pictures for more information:


Fertility Bodywork, Acupressure,
Reflexology Yoga for Fertility

New Gel May Help Sperm Swim

Trying To Conceive Over 40, Give Sperm A Boost

I have heard of and written about "sperm friendly" lubricants before, however, there is a new gel on the horizon which may actually help more sperm swim through the cervical canal.
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This is a totally noninvasive treatment which may give just the boost a couple needs to get pregnant. Read more:

Fertility treatments basically involve helping sperm to reach the egg," said Jackson Kirkman-Brown, senior lecturer in reproductive biology at the University of Birmingham and director of the Centre for Human Reproductive Science, Birmingham.

"The majority of these involve doing something quite invasive to the woman, often even though she may be perfectly healthy. If you can give the man's sperm a little more va-va-voom, you could help fertility in a far less invasive way and it would be far cheaper," he said.

"We now have some compounds, that are in the early stages of testing, which can make more sperm swim through cervical mucus, which means you would get more sperm into the uterus. This should increase natural fertility," added Kirkman-Brown, according to the Telegraph. 


Tuesday, September 17, 2013


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Fish Oils and Other Foods May Help You Get Pregnant

I have previously posted how protein may help your menstrual cycle since hormones are made of proteins.  Additionally, a number of vegetables contain hormone regulating properties so eating a wide variety of colorful vegetables and greens can go a long way.
Today, I'm posting more about food and how it can regulate your menstrual cycle which will help you know the best time to conceive.

See also my new series on foods for fertility, click here:

Foods For Fertility, Sandy Robertson (www.getpregnantover40.com)

Five Foods That Make Your Menstrual Cycle Regular

Omega-3 fatty acids – salmon, sardines, etc

The blood vessels in your ovaries are tiny, which makes them vulnerable to damage and poor circulation. Smoking, obesity, and high cholesterol can negatively affect your ovarian blood vessels, which blocks hormones and blood flow. Fish oils enhance blood circulation, reduce damage from free radicals, fight the effects of aging, and increase dopamine (which improves your mood!). Dr Booth recommends adding a fish oil supplement to your diet, instead of eating a high fish diet (because of the mercury in some tuna, swordfish, mackerel, etc).
Non-white foods

Most natural foods are not white, so you can assume that if a food is white, it is probably processed to the point of being unhealthy! To make your menstrual cycle regular, avoid white flour, sugar, white potatoes, white bread, white pasta, and white rice. They disrupt your menstrual cycle by creating insulin surges that result in fat storage. This excess fat storage negatively affects ovulation and your periods.
Protein – cottage cheese, lean meats, nuts

“Finding sources of balanced protein can be a challenge for busy women, but it is a must for hormonal balance, writes Dr Booth in The Venus Week. The more you balance your hormones, the more regular your menstrual cycle will be. Plant proteins are especially good for enhancing fertility and hormonal balance: almonds, walnuts, peanuts, cheese, hard boiled eggs, soy chips, hummus, canned sardines, and edamame.
Vitamin D – perhaps take a supplement

This vitamin improves communication between your cells, which stabilizes your hormones. Vitamin D is also vital in cancer protection – especially breast, colon, ovarian, and prostate cancers. “Vitamin D is a little hard to come by in food,” writes Dr Booth. Eat vitamin D-fortified milk products, tuna, egg yolks, salmon, sardines, and (yuck) cod liver oil.

To increase your vitamin D and make your menstrual cycle regular, make sure you getting enough sunlight. Where you live and the color of your skin determines how much time you should spend in the sun, but my research tells me that the average North American should spend about 10 minutes in the sun about 2-3 times per week.
Dark chocolate!

“Chocolate contains flavenoids, which have estrogen-like activity and help improve circulation by reducing platelet clumping, writes Dr Booth in The Venus Week. Flavenoids also enhance microcirculation in the ovaries and endocrine glands, and increase dopamine (a “feel good” hormone). Not just any old chocolate will do: eat dark chocolate that contains at least 70% cocoa solids.

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Monday, September 16, 2013

Having A Baby In Your 40's and 50's May Help You Live Longer

Having A Baby Over 40 May Help You Live Longer!

Good news for women who become mothers late in life. You and your siblings have a higher likelihood of living longer.

More articles about pregnancy over 40 at www.getpregnantover40.com

This interesting study cited below explains how having a baby over 45 may lead to a bright future. This certainly will give you a "come back" when people criticize how supposedly "selfish" it is to have a baby later in life because you won't be around to raise them...the fact is, you're more likely to be around to raise them! Read more:

1. Late fertility in women, which means giving birth at the age of 45 or above, was better-off. These women had a 15 to 17 percent lower risk to die at any age post to 50 in comparison to those women who had delivered their child before the age of 40. This is consistent with earlier studies that had already proven that late motherhood is associated with genes or social and environmental factors (like nutrition) leading longer life.

2. Brothers who had sisters giving birth at late age lived longer. It appeared that brothers who had a minimum of 3 sisters where at least one of these sisters gave birth after the age of 45 had 20 to 22 percent less likely to die during any year after the age of 50 in comparison to brothers, who had no late fertility sister. The study shows that the same gene may influence longevity of both male and female. 


Fertility and Health May Be Affected By Popular Laundry Detergents

Fertility and Toxic Chemicals

I always loved that clean smell in my clothes after washing them in the "fresh scent" laundry detergents. Then there are, of course, all of the claims that your clothes will be cleaner and brighter with many of the advertised brands.

See my site for more articles on detoxifying your environment to conceive: www.getpregnantover40.com 

However, you may be interested to know that what makes your clothes look and smell so great could be a problem not only for your health and fertility, but also for the environment. Here is an article that discusses some of the dangers lurking in your laundry soap.  When I was trying to conceive, I tried to use only a minimal amount of detergent.

Here are just a few of the chemicals discussed in the article:

Phenols: According to the National Institutes of Health, phenol is toxic and people who are hypersensitive to it could experience death or serious side effects at very low exposures. Plus, it is rapidly absorbed and can cause toxicity throughout the entire body. Typically, death and severe toxicity result from phenol's effects on the central nervous system, heart, blood vessels, lungs and kidneys.

One common surfactant in U.S. laundry detergents is nonyl phenol ethoxylate (this chemical has been banned in Europe, and was found to slowly biodegrade into even more toxic compounds). Studies have found that this surfactant stimulates the growth of breast cancer cells and feminizes male fish.

Are chemicals in commercial laundry detergents leaving your clothes dangerously clean?

Optical brighteners: These synthetic chemicals convert UV light wavelengths into visible light, which makes laundered clothes appear whiter (although does not actually affect the cleanliness of the clothing). They've been found to be toxic to fish and to cause bacterial mutations. Further, they can cause allergic reactions when exposed to skin that is later exposed to sunlight.

Phosphates: These chemicals are used to remove hard-water minerals to make detergents more effective, and to prevent dirt from settling back onto clothes during a wash. A major problem with them is that, when released into the environment, they stimulate the growth of certain marine plants, which contributes to unbalanced ecosystems. Many states have banned or restricted the use of phosphates for this reason, and you may see laundry detergents advertised as "low-phosphate" or "phosphate-free."

Sodium hypochlorite (household bleach): This is a chemical precursor to chlorine, which is highly toxic and involved in more household poisonings than any other chemical. When it reacts with organic materials in the environment, carcinogenic and toxic compounds are created than can cause reproductive, endocrine and immune system disorders.



Friday, September 13, 2013

How Much and Type Of Protein For Optimum Fertility?

Pregnancy Over 40, Fertility Over 40 and Protein

Diets high in animal protein may not necessarily be the way to go. There are many sources of vegetable protein which may be a better option if you're trying to conceive. The daily protein needs of non-pregnant women run somewhere around 45-46 grams.

See Also My Series On Fertility Foods at www.getpregnantover40.com 

 Some protein in your diet is important because the building blocks of hormones are proteins.   Read more:

How Much Protein?

A high-protein diet increases the amount of protein you eat above recommended levels while also decreasing the amount of carbohydrates you consume. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says that females ages 14 and older need 46 g of protein each day. This level of protein consumption is suitable for women during their childbearing years.

Fertility Complications

A high-protein diet might cause further complications for women with fertility-related problems. For example, a study published in the March 2004 journal "Fertility and Sterility" reported that when eaten over a one-month period during the study, a diet high in carbohydrates significantly improved fertility abnormalities for obese women with polycystic ovary syndrome. Women who ate a high-protein diet during the same period demonstrated no improvement in fertility indicators.

The source of the protein in your diet might impact your fertility. A study published in the February 2008 "American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology" found that women who consumed most of their protein from animal sources faced an increased risk of ovulatory infertility. In contrast, women who ate protein from vegetable sources instead of carbohydrates or protein from animal sources faced a "substantially lower risk of ovulatory fertility."
Other Risks

Consuming a high-protein diet impacts areas of your health other than your ability to conceive. The Better Health Channel says that high-protein diets can harm your kidneys and liver and cause dehydration. The high levels of saturated fat and cholesterol in animal protein can lead to high blood cholesterol levels and cardiovascular disease. Restricting the amount of fiber in your diet can cause constipation and increase your risk of colon cancer.



Why Triclosan Hurts Fertility and Other Dangers Of Antibacterial Agents

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 See Also:   Environmental Toxins and Your Fertility (www.getpregnantover40.com)


Thursday, September 12, 2013


Safe Vaginal Lubricants To Get Pregnant Over 40

I think most of us know to stay away from vaginal lubricants when trying to conceive.  I have heard, however that some lubricants sold over the counter claim to actually facilitate conception.
See Also: Improving Your Cervical Mucus (www.getpregnantover40.com)
The study cited below shows that there are some sperm friendly vaginal lubricants including cannola oil (skip the vinegar!) Read more:

From the study:

MAIN OUTCOME MEASURES: Sperm motility was evaluated by manual motility counts and by computer-assisted semen analysis. Sperm viability was evaluated with Hoechst 33258 dye. The effects of the various lubricants were compared with those of a spermicidal agent, Gynol II (negative control) and Ham's F-10 (positive control). RESULTS: Commercial lubricants inhibited sperm motility by 60-100% after 60 minutes of incubation. Sperm exposed to Replens or Astroglide were nonmotile and nonviable after incubation for 60 minutes, similar to the control, nonoxynol-9 containing product Gynol II. Canola oil had no detrimental effects and was indistinguishable from Ham's F-10 in terms of sperm viability and motility.

from: NIH.gov

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Does High FSH Mean I Can't Get Pregnant?

Pregnancy Over 40:  FSH vs. Inhibin 

Women who want to conceive later in life seem to live and die by their FSH numbers.  I did have my FSH tested when I was going through fertility treatments and it was in the normal range when I was in my late 30's, but I didn't get pregnant with my daughter until many years after that and I'm sure it had risen.

Visit my site for more articles on FSH and natual ways to conceive ( www.getpregnantover40.com)

However, according to this article, FSH may not be the best measure of ovarian function. There is also something called "inhibin" levels which may provide a more accurate picture.  This article explains more:

From the article:

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- New research suggests that measuring the levels of two specific ovarian hormones may help doctors better determine the reproductive potential of older women.

Researchers found that measuring the levels of the hormones inhibin-a and inhibin-b were a more sensitive test of a woman’s ovarian reserve -- or reproductive potential -- than the most commonly used test today. The current test measures the levels of follicle stimulating hormone (FSH).

“Measuring inhibin levels may be a more accurate way to assess a woman’s fertility,” said Douglas Danforth, associate professor of obstetrics and gynecology at Ohio State University.

Production of inhibin-a and inhibin-b drops as a woman goes through perimenopause, the phase just before menopause. Because the inhibins are produced in the ovaries, they can serve as a direct measure of ovarian function.

The research appears in a recent issue of the journal Fertility and Sterility.

Danforth and his colleagues measured hormone levels in 25 women aged 39 to 52. Women in this age range are usually considered perimenopausal. All subjects still had normal menstrual cycles. Blood serum samples were analyzed for the hormone levels during specific times of the menstrual cycle.

The results showed that levels of inhibin-a and inhibin-b were lower in the women aged 46-52 than in the women aged 39-45. This is consistent with the fact that older women, who are nearer menopause, should have reduced ovarian function compared to younger women, Danforth said. However, the results showed no difference between the older and younger women in terms of FSH levels.

“This suggests that inhibin levels may be a more sensitive gauge of ovarian function than FSH levels


Monday, September 09, 2013

46 Year Old Spontaneously Conceives After Tubal Ligation

Pregnant Naturally At 46 With Tubal Ligation

I thought I had heard it all after writing this blog for a number of years. But I happened to see an episode of "I Didn't Know I Was Pregnant" on the TLC network.
 I always find it surprising that some women can go through a whole pregnancy and not know they are pregnant. But this particular episode was particularly impressive because the woman was 46 years old with two grown children and she had a tubal ligation after her second child. Amazingly, somehow one of her tubes must have grown back together and she conceived spontaneously!
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Saturday, September 07, 2013


Pregnancy Over 40, Folklore

I think we've all been there....turning to superstition, old wives tales and folklore to increase our chances of getting pregnant. Here is a fun article on "Fertility Folklore" - hey, it may help - even if your belief triggers the "placebo affect"!

See also: Create Your Own Vision Boards (www.getpregnantover40.com)

From the article:

Symbols and Personal Charms
Various items have been named as "lucky" or "positive" when it comes to influencing conception. Here are the most popular ones:

Kokopelli – Native American symbol of abundance, fertility and entertainment. Images of this flute player, depicted with a hunchback, can be found on jewelry and in artwork.
Rose quartz – This beautiful stone is sometimes called the "love stone" and has been credited with increasing fertility and creativity in those that behold it.
Cowery shell – The simple shape of this shell conjures up images of the uterus. Is it any wonder then why this item is believed to increase fertility and sexual potency? Bracelets and necklaces are a popular way to utilize the cowery shell in jewelry making.
These are only a few of the many people, places and things that are rumored to hold positive fertility powers. While it's never wise to turn you back on sound medical advice, it doesn't hurt to couple your doctor's wisdom with a little fertility folklore fun.

from:  preconception.com

Friday, September 06, 2013

EFT, Tapping and Fertility - Emotional Freedom Technique

Get Pregnant Naturally With The Emotional Freedom Technique

I remember, years ago when I was trying to conceive, I heard about EFT and tapping.  It's an interesting concept and I do recall trying it...who knows, it may have helped! This article explains how it can help fertility and the second link gives some specific instructions:

See my site for more natural ways to conceive: www.getpregnantover40.com

Fertility Issues

There are few things more heart breaking than working with clients who want to grow their families, but are having a hard time doing it. Even with infertility medicine there are still many couples that have trouble conceiving. In this article UK based Sejual Shah talks about some on the non-medical reasons that can make conceiving difficult as well as advice on how to approach some of these with tapping (EvEFT/EFT).

[Sejual Shah is a Hertfordshire, UK base practitioner. She works in person, by phone, and webcam with clients on over 4 continents. She loves seeing the joy her work brings to her clients. She can be contacted @ healthyinmind.com]

Wanting to conceive a baby is a natural part of our growth and development as humans. However, many find starting their families difficult. Using controlled practices such as timing intercourse to ovulation can lead to a lot of stress for both parents and conceiving even the first baby becomes a nightmare instead of the anticipated joy.

Pregnancies attempted late in life are perceived in the medical field as difficult since a woman’s fertility declines heavily after her mid-30s. What many Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT) practitioners, myself included, are finding is that these and other problems can be neutralised with tapping to enable a healthy conception leading all the way to realising that cherished birth of innocent joy.

The support I give is of help to both people in the relationship. Men’s stress levels and worries about conceiving are equally important as the problems a woman experiences as both parents need to be healthy to create a baby.

Common Problems with Fertility
The most common problems I encounter in my practice and have success in helping with EFT are:

Unresolved grief about earlier miscarriages, stillbirths and traumatic loss of loved ones
High stress levels
Residual post-natal depression
Previous problematic births
Couple problems – relationship and communication issues.

This article will deal with the first two.

Unresolved Grief
Conceiving a child is an act of joy. When we are harbouring a deep-seated grief it is too far removed for the joy and happiness to come in. It is like the two sets of emotions are incompatible and as the grief has been there longer it stops the new possibilities from coming in.

This grief comes in so many shapes and forms. “Heather” was 44 and was still waiting to conceive her first child. She felt the pressure of not being able to, conceive. She had tried natural approaches and IVF, but nothing was working. When we talked about her personal history it quickly became evident that she’d never finished grieving over the loss of her beloved mother ten years before. She still had her mother’s ashes in a cupboard in the bedroom.

For more on EFT and Tapping Instructions, See www.getpregnantover40.com/emotional-freedom-technique-to-get-pregnant-fertility.htm

Women on Fertility Drugs: 90% Receive Wrong Dose

Trying To Have A Baby Over 40?  Watch Out For Fertility Drugs And Doseage

Wow, I was astounded when I saw this article. I've often wondered why fertility clinics use the "one size fits all" approach to fertility drugs.

More On The Dangers of Fertility Treatments at getpregnantover40.com

Back in the days when I underwent fertility treatments, my height and weight were never taken into consideration when I was prescribed fertility drugs. I'm not a large person, and I believe I fall into the 10th percentile for adults. Isn't is odd that I was given the same dosage of drugs as someone who could weigh 50-75 pounds more than me? No wonder I had hyperstimulation of my ovaries...the more I think about it, the more it upsets me that I voluntarily put my body through the rigors of pill popping and injections - especially now that I know I probably got the wrong dose. Read more:

From the article:

MORE than 90 per cent of women undergoing fertility treatments may be getting the wrong doses of the drugs used to stimulate their ovaries. As well as putting them at greater risk of side effects, the drugs may not work properly.

Women usually release one egg during each menstrual cycle, but during IVF, drugs are given to make them release more eggs, which are then collected surgically. Until recently, it was hard to work out the precise dose a woman needed. Now, Geoffrey Trew of Hammersmith Hospital in London and his colleagues have used a "dose calculator" to tailor the dose according to a woman's age, body mass index, the estimated number of eggs left in her ovaries, and levels of a hormone called FSH that triggers egg development.

They tried the calculator on 161 women and determined that 75 per cent of them should be given a lower dose of drugs than they would usually receive, while 15 per cent should get a higher dose. When 113 of the women were then given the right dose, an average of 10 eggs were harvested. "That is the ideal number of eggs you would be looking for," says Trew, who presented his results at a meeting of the European Society for Human Reproduction and Embryology in Lyon, France, last week. Over 40 per cent of the women become pregnant, which is comparable to standard IVF.

From issue 2612 of New Scientist magazine, 14 July 2007

Thursday, September 05, 2013

Can Endometriosis Be Identified With A Pelvic Exam?

Fertility and Pregnancy Over 40 With Endometriosis

Endometriosis can be a major cause of infertility. However, many women have endometriosis and don't even know it. That was exactly my situation until I had a laparoscopy prior to starting fertility treatments.  One big indicator for many women is painful periods, painful intercourse and just that feeling like things may be hooked together.

See Also: Endometriosis, Fertility and Miscarriage (www.getpregnantover40.com) 

 I've always wondered if there was a less invasive way to diagnose this condition, and according to the article below, there may be signs to look for in a pelvic exam.

From the article:


Results that may indicate endometriosis include the following:

Your health professional may not be able to move the uterus even slightly during the exam, indicating that scar tissue (adhesions) may be binding the uterus.
You have pain or tenderness when the uterus is moved slightly.

Outside of the uterus

Results that may indicate endometriosis include the following:

You have pain when the area between the uterus and rectum is touched.
Abnormal tissue is felt near the uterus or between the uterus and rectum.
The ovaries are painful when touched, are enlarged, or are not movable. This indicates that adhesions may be holding the ovaries in place.
Hardening of tissue is felt.
The folds of skin around the opening of the vagina (external genitalia, labia) have small bluish bumps (lesions).
Lesions are present on the surface of the vagina or cervix. 


Wednesday, September 04, 2013

Creating A "Baby Alter" For Your Yet To Be Conceived Child

Pregnancy Over 40, Connecting With Your Baby

One of the women I worked with in the infertility support group I ran was a client of Teresa Robertson. Teresa is a birth intuitive who helps people connect with their yet-to-be conceived child. Below is an excerpt from her website about creating a baby alter to help with this connection.  I did not create an alter as mentioned here, but I did create my own "Vision Board" which I explain on my site here:

Have A Baby Over 40 With Vision Boards (www.getpregnantover40.com)

From Teresa Robertson: 
The baby altar is a way to create physical space within your home for an unborn child. It can also serve as a spiritual focus. Creating a baby altar is one of the things I urge anyone to do in preparation for conception or during pregnancy. Of course, my use of the word altar reflects my Catholic upbringing -- substitute any word (puja, shrine etc.) which has significance for you. The baby altar delineates a specific energetic space for the spirit of your baby. For several reasons, the bedroom is often chosen as its location. People with specific meditation rooms might wish to create a separate baby altar there. Your bedroom is usually a quieter and more private space, therefore it is an area that will gain the least attention and influence from other people. Secondly, for many couples the bedroom is their sanctuary and so contains that kind of energy already. Thirdly, your bedroom is where you are awake and sleepy -- times you may feel more connected to spiritual realms and/or the world of dreams. And finally, your bedroom is often the location where you will be making love to conceive this baby. The size of the altar and number of items on it are not important, but the intention of the space is. Again, maybe this is a reflection of my Catholic background, but I see a candle as an essential component of an altar. For many people the flame of a candle represents the essence of a soul quality, the spirit of life force, the spark of creativity. There are so many candle choices available now with many different colors, scents, shapes and sizes. I like to suggest placing a baby picture of each parent on the altar. Other objects which can be used include (but are not limited to) special cards, fertility symbols or amulets, baby booties, shells, stones, crystals, flowers or a plant.

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