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Sunday, November 30, 2014

WATERCRESS FOR FERTILITY: HEALTHIEST VEGETABLE RANKED BY CDC

I frequently post articles about foods for fertility and I have a whole section on my website (getpregnantover40.com) on foods and recipes to help you get pregnant.  But, much to my surprise, the healthiest vegetable from a study performed by the center for disease control (CDC) is none other than watercress!  If you don't know a lot about watercress, you are probably not alone.  It is a cruciferous vegetable (like broccoli), but it outranks all others (Calculated as the mean of percent daily values (DVs) (based on a 2,000 kcal/d diet) for 17 nutrients (potassium, fiber, protein, calcium, iron, thiamin, riboflavin, niacin, folate, zinc, and vitamins A, B6, B12, C, D, E, and K) as provided by 100 g of food, expressed per 100 kcal of food. Scores above 100 were capped at 100 (indicating that the food provides, on average, 100% DV of the qualifying nutrients per 100 kcal)

So how can watercress help fertility?  Well, if you look at the nutrients that were used to calculate it's rating, most of them are good for fertility.  For example, protein for egg quality and hormone
production, folate to prevent birth defects, zinc for sperm health, iron for ovulation (and essential for pregnancy), fiber to remove toxins and the list goes on. 

CDC

Friday, November 28, 2014

HOW CAN SPIRULINA HELP FERTILITY?

Fertility Cleanse with Spirulina, Great for Health and Pregnancy

If you're feeling a bit bogged down after eating so much over the holiday, you might want to try spirulina as a meal substitute.  Spirulina is a natural algae and it is very high in protein.  It can benefit fertility in many ways:
SEE ALSO: FOODS FOR FERTILITY INCLUDING GREENS (getpregnantover40.com)
  • Spirulina is a protein rich food which is needed for hormone production and high egg quality
  • Spirulina is high in the beneficial omega 3's which not only help with hormone production, but they have an overal anti-inflammatory affect on the body
  • Spirulina has chlorophyll which helps to detoxify  the body.  It can bind with heavy metals to remove them.
  • Spirulina is high in iron which has been shown to help with fertility and is very important should you become pregnant
  • Spirulina is high in B vitamins including folic acid which you should start taking before becoming pregnant to reduce the chance of birth defects
  • Spirulina is high in calcium which is important for pregnancy (it can have 26 times the amount of calcium in milk!)

    Wednesday, November 26, 2014

    Monday, November 24, 2014

    SACRAL CHAKRA: FERTILITY AND REPRODUCTION

    http://getpregnantover40.com/chakras-for-fertility.htmFERTILITY, SACRAL CHAKRA AND THE COLOR ORANGE 

    I recall when I was trying to conceive, I wore quite a bit of orange because I had read that it was associated with fertility.  This is because the sacral chakra"vibrates" at the rate of the color orange.  Confused?  This new page on my site explains more about how our bodies are made of energy and chakras: 

    CLICK HERE FOR THE FULL ARTICLE ON CHAKRAS AND THE SACRAL CHAKRA FOR FERTILITY (getpregnantover40.com)

    http://getpregnantover40.com/chakras-for-fertility.htm

     

     

     

     






    Saturday, November 22, 2014

    FERTILITY SMOOTHIE, FERTILITY SHAKE

    I came across a product that I thought was a wonderful idea and it looks pretty tasty too! It's called "Fertilishake". It has a wonderful blend of countless nutrients, probiotics, herbs, you name it. There is one for women and one for men. I'm not discounting the need for fresh fruits and vegetables, but this looks like a good idea for breakfast, especially if you're in a hurry. I love smoothies and if you are craving something sweet, its a great way to make your calories count.  You can add the fruits of your choice. Here is a list of the nutrition facts:

    Thursday, November 20, 2014

    FERTILITY AND PREGNANCY DETOXIFICATION

    DETOXIFY TO CONCEIVE

    On my website, I have a couple of pages which address detoxification of your body in preparation to conceive and detoxification of your environment. One simple but important way to “detoxify” your body is good old fashioned water.
    • First of all, drink plenty of water. This isn't earth shattering information, but when was the last time you actually drank plain old water....eight glasses a day? It's a simple way to remove toxins in the form of sweat and urine. Our skin is all over our body, and is our largest organ just think how many toxins could be sweated out (see number two below).
    • Sit in a steam room. Heat causes toxins to be released from cells into the lymphatic fluid from which sweat is made. The sweat releases the toxins. This can also be beneficial to your kidneys and liver since they will not have to work as hard to remove these toxins.
    • Drink salt water first thing in the morning. Dissolve two teaspoons of salt in a quart of water and drink on an empty stomach in the morning. This will draw toxins out from your digestive system and detoxify your colon.
    • Take an Epson salt bath
      Put two cups of Epson salt in a hot bath, do not use other soaps or shampoos. You may also want to add a cup of baking soda to neutralize other chemicals in your water.

    There are also a number of products on the market like for detoxification.

    SEE ALSO: FERTILITY DETOX (getpregnantover40.com)

    Tuesday, November 18, 2014

    GETTING PREGNANT OVER 40 ENCOURAGING INFORMATION

    Did you know:


  • The rate of  unexpected pregnancies in women over 40 is second only to teenagers?


  • You are still considered fertile until 12 months without a menstrual cycle?


  • The majority of women who experience miscarriage will go on to have a healthy pregnancy - even those with recurrent miscarriage?


  • Women who give birth to their first child over the age of 40 are 4 times more likely to live to be 100?


  • It is estimated that half of all fertility procedures are unnecessary, and given time, these women and couples would conceive naturally?


  • One third of women who go through IVF have a subsequent natural pregnancy?


  • Pregnant women over 40 with a normal weight prior to conception have similar infant outcomes to younger women?



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    Monday, November 17, 2014

    FERTILITY DOLLS AND ARTIFACTS, DO THEY WORK?

    DO FERTILITY SYMBOLS WORK?

    Have you ever wondered if fertility artifacts and dolls really work?  I'll have to admit, I do put some belief in them.  Just from the standpoint of the law of attraction, what you focus on is what you will attract to yoursel, these artifacts just help you focus.  Here is an article about artifacts and dolls for fertility.  Did I get this off some obscure website? No, I got it from "The NY Times"! Does that lend this credibility? I don't know, that's for you to decide. For anyone interested, read more:

    Click Here For More Information On The Fertility Goddess
    As legend has it, a woman named Akua was barren until a healer instructed her to carry and care for a doll as if it were a child. Villagers jeered, but her faith was rewarded with the birth of a daughter -- the ''ba,'' or child, in the doll's name. Now recognized all over Africa as a symbol of political empowerment and intellectual freedom as well as fertility, the doll is mass-manufactured for export and domestic use (both play and ritual). 

    SEE ALSO: FERTILITY GEMS AND SYMBOLS (getpregnantover40.com)

    ''My wife is pregnant, and we have two of them,'' says Mark Bessire, a former Fulbright Fellow in Tanzania who with his wife, Aimee, is the curator of ''Art of Identity: African Sculpture From the Teel Collection'' at the Fogg Museum of Art at Harvard University through next year. ''While you're carrying this figure, you're thinking about the positive experience of having a baby. It's a kind of training. People decorate them or put beads on them to empower them. It's very personal.''

    In African practice, once a doll has done its job, it is piled with others on the shrine of the healer who prescribed it, much as Western women send baby photos to a doctor's office, where they are displayed as proof of the doctor's skill.

    In the African view, fertility is a gift from ancestors, infertility an evil rooted in the discontent of ancestors. Activated by the power of play, dolls function like a wish that is about to come true.
      (www.nytimes.com)
     

    Saturday, November 15, 2014

    PREGNANT NATURALLY AFTER IVF

    Get Pregnant Naturally After IVF

    I recently had a mini reunion with a bunch of my old high school friends.
     Of course I was the one with the youngest child...most had kids who were in their 20's and beyond. (one of my friends who flew in from out of town had a child in her mid 30;s...she got pregnant in her senior year of high school and had the baby that summer).

    Anyway, we were talking about one of my classmates who couldn't make it, but another mutual friend was telling me she had 4 kids. Apparently she went through IVF twice which produced her two oldest children. Then...guess what? Yep, you got it...she got pregnant naturally with twins. What are the odds of that? I'm beginning to thing the odds are actually pretty good. I'm not necessarily talking about the odds of having twins, but the odds of getting pregnant naturally after IVF.

    See also:  www.getpregnantover40.com for more on women who conceived spontaneously after failed IVF

    Thursday, November 13, 2014

    PREGNANCY SUCCESS FROM AN INFERTILITY SUPPORT GROUP

    I thought I would give you a summary of the women who were previously in my infertility support group and now have one or more children. Believe me, I'm not doing this to torture you, I'm letting you know that all of these women were in various stages of desperation - sometimes angry, sometimes hopeless, and always wondering if getting pregnant was the impossible dream. Here's a recap:

    M.A. = Conceived at the age of 43 (naturally) had her baby at the age of 44. Got pregnant after she was turned down for IVF because she was too "old".

    J.S. = Tried at least 3 years to conceive with various low tech fertility treatments (i.e. inseminations, drugs etc.)then adopted an 8 year old boy. Had some endometriosis removed, conceived naturally in her upper 30's had a son, then conceived naturally again a year later, had a daughter.

    SEE ALSO: GETTING PREGNANT NATURALLY (getpregnantover40.com)

    S.S. = Was told her FSH was too high, egg quality too low and should consider IVF with genetic testing on embryo's prior to implantation. Took a break from fertility treatments to save up enough money to try again and conceived naturally in her upper 30's had a boy, conceived naturally again, had a daughter.

    M.S. = Had male factor infertility and she had surgery to remove strange tissue around ovaries. Got pregnant with ICSI and IVF, now has a daughter

    M.R. = Had PCOS, conceived first try IVF, now has a daughter

    S.C. = Unexplained infertility, has two children through IVF.

    There were many others that I know succeeded both naturally and with fertility treatments, but I've lost touch with them. The moral of the story? There's always hope. Everyone of these people succeeded despite feeling like they NEVER would. Even though I'm an advocate of getting pregnant with natural means, I do understand that depending on your diagnosis, fertility treatments may be necessary. But no matter whether or not you go the high tech. route, there are many people out there who were labeled "long shots" by the medical community (including me) and succeeding in giving birth. It could happen to you too.

    Sunday, November 09, 2014

    CREATE A VISION BOARD FOR PREGNANCY VISUALIZATION

    VISUALIZATION WITH VISION BOARDS

    Have you ever wanted to practice visualization (with or without meditation) especially if you are trying to conceive?  When I was trying to conceive, I made visualization and meditation part of my "pregnancy protocol" and I believe it was a key piece of my success.  If you think this idea is "way out there", this practice is quite common within the sports community.  And if you're the kind of person that needs proof it works, there was a study done by an Australian psychologist who worked with basketball players.  Half the players in the study practiced daily, and the other half just visualized outstanding performance.  The player who visualized only were almost equal to those who practiced daily.
    So how do we translate this to getting pregnant?  If you want to attract a baby into your life, don't just say "I want a baby", you need to actually SEE yourself with your baby.  That's where visualization can help.  I created a vision board and I looked at it every day.  This page on my site explains more:

    PREGNANCY VISUALIZATION (getpregnantover40.com)













    Friday, November 07, 2014

    CAN YOU OVULATE MORE THAN ONCE PER MONTH?

    Ovulation Can Occur More Than Once Per Month

    Question: What do you call people who use the rhythm method of birth control?
    Answer: Parents!
    Have you ever heard anyone (in the fertile world) say, "I don't know how I got pregnant, I wasn't anywhere near ovulation!" Well recent research may have found the answer (see article below)

    This may not be good news for fertile people using the rhythm method, but if you're trying to conceive, it should be very encouraging. I once heard a doctor on a television program say: "If you want to get pregnant, have sex and have it often". He said it in a joking sort of way, but it may be good advice.

    SEE ALSO: SHORT MENSTRUAL CYCLES AND FERTILITYT (getpregnantover40.com)

    When you're trying to conceive, it seems you put all your eggs in one basket (no pun intended!) for the one or two days when you think you might be ovulating. I know many infertile couples experience so much stress that lovemaking becomes a "job". But it just may be helpful to be a little more spontaneous throughout the month.

     from the article: "It's been assumed until now that women have just one wave per monthly cycle, leading to one ovulation, but nobody has actually carried out detailed analysis before," said Roger Pierson, who led the study. "In fact, all the women in our study had at least two waves and 30 per cent of them had three."
     from
    newscientist.com

    Wednesday, November 05, 2014

    FLAXSEEDS FOR WOMEN AND MENS FERTILITY

    Flaxseeds are a wonderful food.  they have a number of nutritional properties that can help with female and male fertility.  They are an excellent source of the "good fats" which can help manufacture hormones in women and, for men, sperm production.  Read more from this guest post:

    Overcome Male Infertility - How to Treat Infertility With Flaxseed

    Guest Post By Kyle J Norton
    As we mentioned in previous articles, infertility is defined as inability of a couple to conceive after 12 months of unprotected sexual intercourse. It effects over 5 millions couple alone in the U. S. and many times more in the world. Because of unawareness of treatments, only 10% seeks help from professional specialist.We have spent most of the time in this series discussing the conventional and Chinese medicine in treating fertility. I believe, it is the best time to change the subject by discussing how to treat male infertility with flaxseed oil.

    SEE ALSO: INCREASING SPERM COUNT NATURALLY (getpregnantover40.com) 

    and

    FOODS FOR FERTILITY (getpregnantover40.com) 

    I. Definition

    http://getpregnantover40.com/buy-fertility-jewelry.htmFlax, also known Linum usitatissimum, is a member of the genus Linum. Belonging to the family Linaceae, it's seed has been used in traditional medicine in treating heart diseases caused by high levels of cholesterol.
    II. How flaxseed oil effects male fertility

    1. Essential fatty acid

    Flaxseed oil contains high levels of essential fatty acid Omega 3 and 6, it not only help to eliminate the trans fat and saturate fat through liver waste elimination, but also helps to increasing blood flow to the reproductive organs resulting in increasing the production of sperm count and sperm quality.
    2. Lignan

    flaxseed contains high amount of ligan, it is proven in helping to strengthen not only the immune system in fighting against irregular cells growth, but also improve it's function in protecting the body own tissues, including sperm.
    3. Lecithin

    Lecithin is a fat like substance (phospholipid) found in flaxseed not only helps to inhibit the levels of bad cholesterol, but also is a key building block of cell membranes resulting in protecting protects cells from oxidation in the surrounding the brain, thus lessening the risk of nervous tension, hormone imbalance and low libido.
    4. Fiber

    Flax seeds contain high amount of fiber which is vital in helping liver in regulating spleen in insulin production, resulting in decreasing the risk of blood stagnation and qi imbalance in spleen, leading to normalizing the production of testosterone and increasing the chance of good quality sperm production.
    5. Alpha linolenic acid

    It also contains high levels of alpha linolenic acid which is vital for a healthy prostate gland, resulting in increasing the kidney function in regulating sperm production as well as strong ejaculation.
    III. Side effects

    1. Intestinal blockage, if it is taken in large amounts. Please remember to drink a lot of liquids to avoid this to happen.

    2. Because of it' high concentration of fiber, it may reduce the effectiveness of some oral medicine.

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    Monday, November 03, 2014

    ADRENAL HYPERPLASIA AS A CAUSE OF INFERTILITY

    Pregnancy Over 40 and Fertility Over 40 Affected By Adrenal Glands

    I've been researching causes of infertility for years and I've never come across "adrenal hyperplasia".
     It does seem to be similar and possibly related to PCOS. The good news is, if you have this condition, it is treatable.

    SEE ALSO: FERTILITY AND ADRENAL FATIGUE (getpregnantover40.com)

    From the article:

    The condition is nonclassical congenital adrenal hyperplasia, or C.A.H. — a hormone deficiency that leads to excess production of androgens. In women it can interfere with ovulation; in men it can cause low sperm count. In addition, it can lead to short stature, body odor, acne, irregular menstruation and the excessive hair growth called hirsutism. (Ms. Citrone, now 38, had some of these symptoms, too.)

    “The treatment is so cheap and easy,” said Dr. Maria New, a professor of pediatrics and human genetics at Mount Sinai School of Medicine who is considered the leading authority on C.A.H.


    The diagnosis is based on a blood test for excess levels of a hormone called 17-hydroxyprogesterone — there is also a genetic test — and treatment involves small doses of the steroid dexamethasone. It can reverse many of the symptoms in three months to two and a half years. 

      from: (www.nytimes.com)

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