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Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Surviving Halloween While You're TTC

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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!
 See also my story of pregnancy at 49 (www.getpregnantover40.com)
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 MAY HARM FERTILITY: FERTILITY DRUG COMPLICATIONS

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.

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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.

 from:
medicalnewstoday.com

Saturday, October 12, 2013

Beware of Common Cleaners If You're TTC

Use Nontoxic cleaners if You're Trying To Get Pregnant

Here is a good article on some things you should avoid if you are trying to conceive or pregnant.
My site: for more information on environmental toxins: www.getpregnantover40.com
 Probably household cleaners are the substances that you may come in contact with most frequently, but their safety for use in pregnancy may be in question.


According to the article:

"How Safe Are Household Cleaners?
Although household cleaners have not been proven to be completely unsafe during pregnancy, very little research has been done to prove that they are safe. What research has been performed has shown that cleaning products can, in fact, be dangerous.

A recent British study published in December 2004 showed a link between exposure to household cleaners during pregnancy and asthma in children. Investigators found that those households that used the most chemical-based based products during pregnancy were two times more likely to have children with asthma. These findings backed up a similar Australian study that was published in August of 2004.

While these results are troubling, it is important to remember that no household cleaner has yet to be recognized as a cause of birth defects. However, it doesn’t hurt to err on the side of caution and take some precautionary measures when you know you will be exposed to chemicals. You may also want to try using Environmentally Friendly Cleaning Products

Protecting Yourself
Minimize your risk of exposure to toxic chemicals by following these guidelines:

Always read the labels of your cleaners and avoid any that are marked as toxic
Always clean in a well-ventilated area
Since some chemicals can be absorbed through the skin, it is a good idea to wear rubber gloves when cleaning
Ammonia or chlorine products can trigger nausea so make sure you use these products in a well-ventilated area. However, never mix the two products together; they can create extremely dangerous fumes regardless of whether or not you’re pregnant
Consider using alternative cleaning solutions like baking soda or vinegar
Use a pump spray instead of an aerosol if you can; a pump spray creates less of a vapor cloud and therefore fewer fumes
Some cleaners that you may want to avoid or at least approach with caution include:
Bleach
Window Cleaners
Carpet Cleaners
Disinfectants
Dry-Cleaning Fluid
Aerosols
Air Fresheners
Paint Stripper "



from: pregnancy info,net



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.

Monday, October 07, 2013

SPELLS FOR FERTILITY, CHANTS AND RITUALS

Well, lets take a break from the scientific. Every now and then I come across something that's out of the ordinary, but fun and maybe informative for those who are interested. Here are some fertility rituals, spells and chants:

PROMOTE FERTILITY WITH RITUALS, SPELLS AND CHANTS:

FEMALE: Carry 3 hazelnuts to promote fertility at all times - Jasmine flowers in the home or
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essential oil
MALE: Carry a piece of mandrake root at all times - mandrake root contains poison so ensure to wrap and seal it well
CHARMS: Place an elephant in the west or northwest of the bedroom, wear an elephant charm or a fertility goddess charm
GEMSTONE: Rose Quartz and Amethyst symbolize fertility
 









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CHANTS

 Surround your bed with candles (pink if a girl is desired, blue if a boy is desired). Light candles, and repeat for each direction:

"With one mind, we call to thee
With one heart, we long for thee
Child of Earth, Wind, Fire, and Sea

Into our lives, we welcome thee."

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"Baby Baby come to me,
Baby Baby Mote it be.
God will give you life with me,
Baby Baby mote it be.
Life with you will be so good,
playing games and building wood.
You'll be ours and you will see,
Baby Baby mote it be."


partially excerpted from 
spellsofmagic.com

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.


from: 
www.bbc.co.uk

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