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Wednesday, December 30, 2015

DHEA FOR EGG QUALITY AND FERTILITY

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SEE ALSO: DHEA FOR FERTILITY AND EGG QUALITY (getpregnantover40.com)

Saturday, December 26, 2015

STRESS AND CORTISOL, INFERTILITY CONNECTION

Actually, I hate to talk about reducing stress if you want to get pregnant.  It sounds so obvious and everyone knows they they need to "reduce their stress" to overcome infertility.  The problem is, most people don't know what it means.  I used to be a good example.  When I was first trying to conceive, I had a corporate pressure cooker job.  I left the house in the morning and didn't come home until later in the evening.  I barely had time to eat lunch or run to the bathroom.  But, if you would have asked me back then, I would have told you I was handling my stress just fine!  WRONG!  If I took time out of my work day to go to a doctor appointment, my blood pressure was high.  I blew it off as "white coat syndrome", but I think my blood pressure was elevated from all the balls I was juggling at the time.  Stress hormones can disrupt reproductive hormones...and stress can disrupt your sleep cycle.  All of these things can harm fertility and there is some evidence that stress can contribute to misarriage.

CLICK HERE TO READ THE FULL ARTICLE ON HOW STRESS CAN CAUSE INFERTILITY AND MISCARRIAGE (getpregnantover40.com)

Friday, December 25, 2015

MERRY CHRISTMAS

For those of you who celebrate this time of year, Merry Christmas!  Click on the link below for a wonderful animation!

BEAUTIFUL GREETING CARD FROM JACQUIE LAWSON



From:FROM: Sandy Robertson, getpregnantover40.com 

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

WOMAN, 48 HAS SURPRISE PREGNANCY

I'm constantly finding stories of women who conceive naturally at older ages.  Many women over 40 and over 45 think they're too old to get pregnant and they forget about their birth control.  Here is a story of a women who had a surprise pregnancy at the age of 48!  Imagine her surprise not only because of her age, but because she already has a 28 year old child (and her husband who is 56 has a 36 year old).
Well, it just goes to show you that babies come when they're good and ready.

SEE ALSO: SURPRISE PREGNANCY AT 49 (getpregnantover40.com)

from the article:

New mom Robin said she realizes that when she's 60, Noah will be 12. She says to that fact, "But with the way our children are with him, I know he's going to be loved and cared for no matter what happens to us."
New dad Mark recalls his thoughts upon finding out that his wife was pregnant, "When she told me she was pregnant, I said, 'Unbelievable. It's gotta be a mistake, you gotta go to the doctor.' My concern was that they were healthy. When the doctor said that, I was excited about it."
Being a dad at this age will help keep him young, he said. Teaching Noah how to throw a baseball and other sports, "I'm sure gonna try" he said.
Having lost a daughter when she was 18 in a car accident, Mark said "Maybe this is God's way of repaying me."
from: pregnancy.org

Friday, December 18, 2015

ZINC FOR FERTILITY AND EGG QUALITY

Trying To Get Pregnant, The Importance Of Zinc

 I've written before about the importance of zinc for fertility.
This article talks about how an egg needs zinc to become fertilized and become an embryo. Although this study was not done on humans, it's probably good to make sure your diet includes zinc rich foods. Read more:

From the article:

SEE ALSO: FERTILITY FOODS TO HELP YOU CONCEIVE (getpregnantover40.com)


Northwestern scientists, working with mice, discovered the egg becomes ravenous for zinc and acquires a 50 percent increase in the metal in order to reach full maturity before becoming fertilized. The flood of zinc appears to flip a switch so the egg can progress through the final stages of meiosis. Meiosis is when the egg sheds all but one copy of its maternal chromosomes before it can be fertilized by a sperm and become an embryo.

"Zinc helps the egg exit from a holding pattern to its final critical stage of development," said O'Halloran, the Charles E. and Emma H. Morrison Professor of Chemistry in the Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences at Northwestern. "It's on the knife's edge of becoming a new life form or becoming a cell that dies. It only has 24 hours. Zinc seems to be a key switch that helps control whether the egg moves forward in its development stage. "

 from www.sciencedaily.com

Monday, December 14, 2015

SUPPORT GROUPS INCREASE PREGNANCY RATES


I never thought I was a "support group" person, but after a number of years of going through assisted reproduction and suffering a number of miscarriages, I thought a support group might really help - especially since I wanted to keep my information private from people I knew.  The emotions build up inside of you when you go through all of the pain and anguish of assisted reproduction only to have it fail or have a miscarriage.  Additionally, after working in the corporate world and spending so much time at work, I had previously distanced myself from a lot of old friends who were on the mommy track or from people who were in a different stage of life.

SEE ALSO: REDUCE YOUR STRESS TO GET PREGNANT (getpregnantover40.com)


 I was surprised how much I really enjoyed getting together with other women who were going through the same difficult experiences. Not only was I able to talk freely and openly about my infertility and miscarrages, but I also made a number of friends who I still keep in touch with to this day.

 Women who attend infertility support groups do have higher rates of pregnancy

As we get older, it seems our social circle tends to shrink, especially if you don't have children. An organized group is a great way to meet new people and to find instant acceptance where you can not only receive support but also help support others.  In the infertility support group that I joined (and eventually ran), most of the women were at least in their 30's and a couple were also in their 40's like me.  I wasn't as sensitive about my age because of this.

This article talks about how support groups actually increase the rate of viable pregnancies in the women who participated in them:

"You might expect that women who attend a support group experience a reduction in symptoms of depression and anxiety, and an increase in feelings of overall well-being. What you probably wouldn't guess is that group attendence may increase the rate of viable pregnancy as well. Research published in Fertility and Sterility (2000) demonstrated that 54% of women who attended a Resolve support group and 55% who attended the Harvard Mind/Body infertility program had a viable pregnancy within one year, compared to 20% in the control group. Patients in both groups received valuable information, support and encouragement from their peers." 

from: 
(www.infertilityblues.com)

Friday, December 11, 2015

DRUGS MAY NOT SOLVE FERTILITY PROBLEMS

 Pregnancy Over 40, Fertility Over 40, Fertility Drugs May Not Be The Answer

I'm not going to talk about illicit drugs here. I'm going to talk about how most people in our society including those in the healthcare industry think there is a pill out there to fix everything.
 I really got to thinking about this when an older relative had hip replacement surgery and was left in a state of confusion, disorientation and "delirium". The scary thing is he was perfectly fine before he went under the knife. Apparently all of the drugs he was prescribed blocked the necessary 'signals' needed for proper brain function. He had to be discharged to a locked Alzheimer's unit until his mental status cleared up. He's fine now that he's been taken off the drugs, but what a nightmare!!

Many Fertility Drugs May Actually Cause Rather Than Cure Conditions

It just goes to show you how mainstream medicine may actually cause rather than cure many conditions. Take infertility for example...I wonder how much longer it took me to get pregnant and stay pregnant because of all of the fertility drugs. If you take the time to read all of the side affects and possible complications it's downright scary!   Some fertility drugs even say they can cause birth defects.

SEE ALSO: DO YOU REALLY NEED IVF OVER 40? (getpregnantover40.com)

I had a number of complications from fertility drugs...everything from hyperstimulation of my ovaries (which can be life threatening), to mood swings, to ectopic pregnancy (which is more common with IVF).

It's just that you want a baby so bad, you're willing to do anything! The best I can do for you is to share my 20/20 hindsight. Cleaning up your lifestyle, eating hormone regulating foods and changing your mindset is certainly healthier, less expensive, and less stressful than anything else out there! Trust and respect your body. Give it the right nutrients and the proper care. It will reward you with excellent health and the best prize of all--you may get pregnant.

Wednesday, December 09, 2015

PCOS MAY MAKE WOMEN FERTILE LONGER

 Ovaries of Women With PCOS Are Active At Older Age

You've probably already heard of PCOS by now (polycystic ovarian syndrome) which can lead to infertility.
There are ways to overcome PCOS naturally with diet and the right nutrients.
 The good news is, according to this article, many women with this disorder eventually conceive with and without help. The other bit of good news is they may be fertile longer. Read more:

About 7 per cent of reproductive-age women have PCOS, which features irregular periods, high levels of male hormones and greater numbers of developing follicles, or cysts, on the surface of their ovaries. In a normal ovary, a few follicles appear each month, one or two of which mature and release an egg; the rest die off. Women with PCOS ovulate less often because their extra follicles interfere with normal hormonal activity and stop follicles maturing past a certain stage. This is how PCOS lowers fertility.
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SEE ALSO: INOSITOL FOR PCOS AND EGG QUALITY (getpregnantover40.com)
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Now it looks like that is not the end of the story. Miriam Hudecova and colleagues at Uppsala University in Sweden interviewed 91 women who were 35 or older and had been diagnosed with PCOS when younger. They found the women had undergone just as many pregnancies and borne as many babies, on average, as PCOS-free women of the same age. Some of the women with PCOS had been treated for infertility, but more than two-thirds had become pregnant without such help.

Hudecova also examined most of the women and found that the ovaries of the older women with PCOS showed signs of being more active, with better hormone levels and more eggs available, than those of control women of the same age (Human Reproduction, DOI: 10.1093/humrep/den482). "As they get older, the chance of getting pregnant may actually be higher," says Hudecova.

from:  www.newscientist.com

Friday, December 04, 2015

VISUALIZE WITH VISION BOARDS TO HELP YOU CONCIEVE

Using visualization techniques has become quite mainstream.  Athletes visualize themselves at their peak performance to win and the medical field is using visualization to help patients do everything from fight cancer to lower blood pressure.  But what about getting pregnant?  Of course I can't prove that visualization helped me get pregnant and have a baby, but I'm personally convinced that it did.  When I was trying to conceive I visualized everything from the sperm meeting the egg, to the healthy attachment in my uterus, and finally the perfect outcome:  the birth of my daughter.

One tool I used was a vision board.  This is where you make a poster board with a collage of pictures of the things you want.  Of course I had pictures of babies and toddlers and anything related to getting pregnant.  I have a page on my site about vision boards, click here.

Wednesday, December 02, 2015

FENG SHUI FOR GETTING PREGNANT

Feng Shui seems to be all the rage now when people are designing the layout of their home and office, but is there anything to it?   Proponents of feng shui believe that there are invisible forces that bind the earth and people.  It incorporates polarity, direction, colors and even the law of attraction.
Using feng shui design does seem to create a sort of calmness in a space, so even if you don't believe in its power, it can provide a starting point for good interior design.

So what about fertility in getting pregnant?  Yes, feng shui addresses that as well!  There are things you can do to attract babies and children into your life.  Click here to read the full article (getpregnantover40.com)



Monday, November 30, 2015

GREENS TO CLEANSE AND IMPROVE FERTILTY

Pregnancy Over 40, Fertility Over 40 Helped With A Fertility Detox Green Cleanse

I'm sure most people feel like I do after a big holiday meal.  For most people, the holidays don't just involve one meal, but weeks of eating sweets, meals out and probably a lack of exercise.
Your whole body feels sluggish, tired and heavy. You might want to try a green cleanse (greens are great for fertility).
Click Here To See How To Fix Greens For Fertility and for the entire series on food for fertility (www.getpregnantover40.com)
picture: all-creatures.org

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

THANKSGIVING MEAL MAY HELP YOU GET PREGNANT

  • Turkey:  lean turkey meat is a great source of protein and iron.  Some protein is needed in your diet to help your body manufacture high quality eggs.  Iron  deficiency has been associated with ovulation problems and meat sources like turkey are the easiest for your body to absorb.

  • Sweet potatoes:  Sweet potatoes are high in vitamin C, B, and vitamin B6. These antioxidants protect against cell damage.  They have a positive affect on blood sugar and they are high in fiber which helps to eliminate toxins.  Read more about sweet potatoes here.

  • Leafy Green Salad or Cooked Greens -
Kale is a superfood which is great for overall health. It's high in a number of vitamins and minerals which help to detoxify the body. Kale is also a great source of iron and calcium which is important for follicular development. Kale can help reduce inflammation in the body.
Collard greens are also a nutritional powerhouse. They are high in fiber and essential nutrients all of which are good for fertility and hormone regulation.
Learn more about making a fertility salad here and cooking greens here

  • Nuts:

Nuts may not be part of the main course, but frequently nuts are  part of the appetizer portion of the meal.  If you can, eat non-roasted nuts as these have the natural beneficial oils perserved.  Almonds and walnuts are a great source of the good fats which help with hormone regulation and walnuts are helpful for women with PCOS

  • Pumpkin Pie:

Okay, I know it's probably going to have some fat and sugar, but pumkins are a fertility power house. Pumpkins are a great source of B vitamins and folate which can help prevent birth defects.  Pumpkins are also a source of calcium and iron.  If you can preserve and eat the pumpkin seeds, even better!

  • Pumpkin seeds: These are great for mens fertility as they are high in zinc and essential fatty acids

Have a wonderful, healthy and safe holiday!

Monday, November 23, 2015

VISUALIZATION AND GETTING PREGNANT

Trying To Conceive Over 40 - Pregnancy Over 40

One of the most frustrating things about trying to conceive month after month is that you can't really see what's going on. Let's face it, most of us don't have a high powered microscope hanging around our house - and even if we did, how on earth would we capture all the events involved with conception...Did the sperm meet the egg? Did the embryo find it's way down the fallopian tube? Did the embryo find a good spot to implant? If it did implant, is it getting the right mix of hormones and nutrients? It goes on and on...if you think about it, it's a miracle anyone gets pregnant.

So how do you deal with moving blindly through the getting pregnant maze? Well...here's how I dealt with it. I made my own step by step, frame by frame story board in my mind. That's what I call visualization. I would picture the sperm meeting the egg, the egg moving effortlessly through the fallopian tube (I only had one), I would visualize a little fairy (similar to Tinkerbell) helping the egg attach and so on. Sound crazy? Maybe, but all I can say is that it works. I truly believe that your mind has the ability to control actual physical processes in your body. At least for me, the best way to communicate to my body through my mind was with the use of pictures.

It's true, a picture is worth a thousand words and it's a heck of a lot easier than trying to use a microscope.

I received so many inquiries about visualization, that I developed my CD on guided visualization and meditation. Learn more here:

Meditation and Visualization CD (www.getpregnantover40.com)

Whether or not you think this CD would be helpful, you should develop your own method of visualizing what you want. Not only does it help you to attract what you want into your life, it can also be a great stress management tool. It's hard to be in a bad mood when you think about your soon to be baby.

Friday, November 20, 2015

PREGNANT NATURALLY AFTER 7 FAILED IVF'S


Wow, what a story. This article talks about a woman who tried to get pregnant for 14 years.
She had numerous failed IVF's and even tried surrogates. Imagine the time, money, and emotional turmoil she went through only to get pregnant naturally.

25% Of Women With Failed IVF Go On To Get Pregnant Naturally

 She did have complications with her pregnancy, but I wonder how much sooner she may have gotten pregnant had she not been through all the rigors of fertility treatments.  Last Friday, I posted an article about how 25% of women failing IVF go on to have natural pregnancies.  Here's another one... read more:

SEE ALSO: DO YOU NEED IVF OVER 40? (getpregnantover40.com)


From the article:
Lucy Fitzpatrick gave birth to Louis on her 40th birthday after seven attempts at IVF, a twin miscarriage and two tries at using surrogates. She finally became pregnant naturally, but then developed serious complications and gave birth prematurely.
The property developer from central London, who is now 47, was helped to have her son by the research centre at St Thomas' Hospital, funded by baby charity Tommy's. Last week, she returned with Louis, seven, to thank its head of obstetrics Professor Andy Shennan and his team.
In an interview with the Standard, Mrs Fitzpatrick, who conceived Louis naturally, called for more funding for research into preventing complications during pregnancy.
standard.co.uk

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

NONSTICK COOKWARE MAY CONTRIBUTE TO IINFERTILITY

 The Dangers Of Nonstick Cookware

I recently replaced much of my cookware to the non-stick variety. Yes, it's somewhat expensive, but I've heard so much about the dangers of nonstick cookware that it may be worth the investment in something safer.
I know the coated pans are easy to clean, readily available and hard to give up.
However, this article talks about how some non-stick chemicals may affect your fertility:

SEE ALSO: FERTILITY DETOXIFICATION (getpregnantover40.com)

A provocative new study finds that women who have trouble getting pregnant are more likely to have high concentrations of certain nonstick-chemical pollutants circulating in their blood than are those who become pregnant within the first month of trying. The suspect compounds — generally known as PFOA and PFOS — are the original primary constituents of Teflon and Scotchguard products.

Since the potential toxicity of certain perfluorinated chemicals began to emerge about a decade ago, formulations of both commercial nonstick-product lines have been reengineered to avoid reliance on PFOA (perfluorooctanoic acid) and PFOS (perfluorooctane sulfonate). Nonetheless, plenty of both compounds still can be found in air, water and the bodies of people throughout the developed world. Indeed, babies are usually born carrying traces of both compounds — and their chemical kin — supplied by their moms’ blood.

Over the past two years, Chunyuan Fei of the University of California, Los Angeles, and her colleagues have linked elevated concentrations of both PFOA and PFOS in mom with a decreased likelihood that her baby or toddler would meet early developmental milestones — such as being able to sit or walk without support or to retrieve something (such as a toy or book) when asked. 

 from: www.sciencenews.org

Sunday, November 15, 2015

FERTILE WINDOW HARD TO FIND

Pregnancy Over 40, You May Be More Fertile Throughout The Month

You Ovulate on Day 14, right?
 Maybe, maybe not. Here's a very interesting article which happens to be written for women trying to avoid pregnancy, but the information may be very helpful if you're TTC:

SEE ALSO: WHY FERTILITY CHARTING AND BBT MAY NOT WORK (getpregnantover40.com)

From the article:

"Researchers showed that 2% of women started their fertile window by day four of their menstrual cycle, and 17% by day seven. Day one of the menstrual cycle is the day that menstruation begins. More than 70% of women were in their fertile window before day 10 or after day 17. Women who regarded their menstrual cycles as "regular" had a 1 to 6 percent probability of being fertile even on the day that their next period was expected to begin. This leaves few "safe" days for natural birth control methods such as the "rhythm method." Women who participated in the study were required to provide daily urine samples that were tested for estrogen and progesterone. A sudden change in these hormones marks the occurrence of ovulation. This test was used to identify ovulation days during 696 menstrual cycles.

Previous reports by Dr. Wilcox and colleagues had shown that the fertile window spans six days and ended on the day of ovulation; however the new report found that even women whose menstrual cycles are normally regular can experience sporadic ovulation. Late ovulation causes 4 to 6 percent of women to potentially be fertile during the fifth week of their cycles--more than 28 days after menstruation last started."



womenshealth.about.com

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

STORIES OF WOMEN IN MID 40'S GETTING PREGNANT NATURALLY

Wow, I could have written this article myself!  It is called, "IVF, and the great lie about fertility in the over 40's".  It gives stories of women who were "hopelessly infertile" and told they were unable to have children (and many had undergone failed IVF's) only to conceive naturally and have a baby!

From the article:

SEE ALSO: WOMEN WHO CONCEIVED OVER 50 NATURALLY (getpregnantover40.com)


What if women of 38 and over were needlessly spending thousands of pounds on IVF to get pregnant? Or if women who felt their families were already complete were having unwanted pregnancies because of the mistaken belief that their chances of conceiving were negligible?
Recent figures from the Office for National Statistics show that live births to mothers aged 40 and over have nearly doubled in the past decade, and the Mail revealed that the number of women having abortions in their 40s has risen by almost a third in ten years.

Saturday, November 07, 2015

CAN LAUGHING HELP YOU CONCEIVE?



Much has been written about the healing power of laughter and it can be an important factor in changing your mindset and lowering your resistance.  Laughter can lower your blood pressure, reduce stress (and stress hormones), increase endorphins (natural painkillers) and strengthen the immune system.    Best of all it’s free and fun! 

Has laughter ever been studied in regards to fertility? There was actually a study done in Israel on women undergoing IVF.   Half of them were entertained by a clown for about 15 minutes after the embryos were transferred into their wombs.  The routine included jokes, tricks, and magic and was performed on a one-to-one basis.  The study sample included 219 patients (110 in the intervention group and 109 in the control group). There were no significant differences between the groups regarding age. The pregnancy rate in the intervention group was 36.4%, compared with 20.2% in the control group. Researchers thought “laughter may have an effect on the embryo-uterine interplay through neuroendocrine pathways or non-ovarian stress reduction, augmenting uterine receptivity”.[1]

SEE ALSO: HOW STRESS CAN CONTRIBUTE TO MISCARRIAGE AND INFERTILITY (getpregnantover40.com)


Although this study was done on women undergoing IVF, I can’t help but believe that the beneficial effect of laughter can help women who are trying to conceive naturally too.
How can you laugh at a time like this?  You just have to figure out what tickles your funny bone.  For me, watching the television show where people send in their silly home videos was a guaranteed laugh.  Sometimes I’d have tears running down my face I would laugh so hard.  Try it!  I didn’t always feel like laughing, but I’d start watching and I couldn’t contain myself!  Many cable channels play the reruns at all hours and you can find almost anything online, so it’s pretty easy to find at least one episode per day.  It’s those belly laughs that make you cry that are especially healing and cathartic.    


[1] Friedler, Shevach et al.,The effect of medical clowning on pregnancy rates after in vitro fertilization and embryo transfer, Fertility and Sterility , Volume 95 , Issue 6 , 2127 - 2130

Thursday, November 05, 2015

HOW CAN ACUPUNCTURE HELP YOU GET PREGNANT?

Can Acupuncture Help You Conceive?

If you research acupuncture, you will find that scientifically, no one is really sure how it works. In Chinese medicine, it is believed that we have “meridians” which run through our bodies creating a flow of energy.
 If this energy is blocked, it can cause a number of problems. Acupuncture uses small needles which stimulate certain points on the body which help the energy flow again through these meridians.
It is believed that acupuncture can cause the release of endorphins and some research suggests that it can stimulate parts of the brain corresponding to the acupuncture points where the needles are inserted.
Click Here To Read Full Article  (getpregnantover40.com)

Monday, November 02, 2015

FERTILITY WATER TREATMENT

If You're Trying To Get Pregnant, Drink Water In Morning On An Empty Stomach

I've always known drinking water was good for many conditions, including fertility.
,< This interesting article gives a specific and easy regimen based on the Japanese Water Treatment. It's so easy! Click through and give it a try!

CLICK HERE FOR OTHER ARTICLES ON IMPROVING CERVICAL MUCUS, FERTILITY DIET AND FOODS FOR FERTILITY (getpregnantover40.com)

From the article:

Without water, there would be no life on earth. That is indisputable.

And water for fertility is an absolute essential when considering fertility foods for women.

At different stages of your life your body is mostly made up of water.

New born babies have 78%. By the age of one that drops to about 65%. Adult men have around 60% water and women, who in general have a higher fat content, about 55%. These percentages can vary depending on age, weight and health issues.

So let’s consider the importance of water for your fertility.

Keep Your Tank Full!

Would you run your car without keeping it topped up with gas? Of course not. So why run your body without keeping it topped up with water?

Try the following regime and you may be astonished by the results.

Wake Up to Water

Many Japanese start the day drinking water immediately after waking up.



Why? Because drinking water on an empty stomach first thing in the morning has beneficial effects for so many ailments, including many that relate directly to your fertility issues. These include:

menstrual problems
problems with the uterus
urinary and renal problems
excess fat
diabetes
constipation
headaches
body pains
heart problems

from infertilityacupunctureny.com

Friday, October 30, 2015

TTC? WATCH OUT FOR TOO MUCH CANDY!

Even if you don't have kids, 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. Here's a link to a book and article that discusses how what we eat can affect almost all aspects of our health including fertility:

SEE ALSO: MY SERIES ON FOODS FOR FERTILITY (getpregnantover40.com)

According to the article:

"Many fertility experts believe that an unhealthy diet, high in fat, sugar, and processed foods and low in nutrients essential to fertility, can lead to infertility and increase the chances of miscarriage."

Related to your overall health:

A diet high in fat (particularly saturated fat) and high in salt is associated with an increased risk of coronary heart disease.
It is estimated that, on average, a third of cancers could be prevented by changes in diet. A diet which is high in fiber and whole grain cereal and low in fat has the potential to prevent a number of cancers, including colon, stomach and breast cancer.



A diet high in fat, sugar and salt leads to weight gain and increases the risk of obesity. Carrying excess weight doesn't just increase the risk of heart disease, diabetes, cancer and infertility, it is also associated with fatigue, low self-esteem and poor mental and physical performance.

An unhealthy diet increases the risk of depression and mood swings. It's also linked to PMS, food cravings and anxiety.

A diet high in additives, preservatives and refined sugar can cause poor concentration, hyperactivity and aggression. This is because foods high in sugar and additives lack chromium, which is removed in the refining process. Chromium is needed for controlling blood sugar levels; when these levels are out of control it can trigger these behavioral problems.

A diet that is low in the essential nutrient calcium (needed to keep your bones strong) increases the risk of bones becoming weak or brittle - a condition known as osteoporosis.

A diet low in nutrients puts enormous strain on the liver. The liver is essential for the proper digestion and absorption of life-sustaining vitamins and minerals. For optimum health you need your liver to be in peak condition. The liver cannot cope with large amounts of saturated fat and alcohol and this can lead to liver and kidney problems, such as kidney disease and cirrhosis (a life-threatening condition where the cells of the liver die).

A diet too high in sugar can lead to too much glucose (a form of sugar carried in the bloodstream) circulating in your body. Too much glucose in the blood indicates development of blood sugar problems such as diabetes mellitus. Its symptoms are thirst, frequent need to urinate due to excess glucose, problems with vision, fatigue and recurrent infections.

If your diet is poor this can compromise your immune system and make you more susceptible to colds, flu and poor health. We need a steady and balanced intake of essential vitamins and minerals to keep our immune systems working properly, to provide protection from infections and disease. 


Excerpted from:
You Are What You Eat: The Plan that Will Change Your Life
by Gillian McKeith, Ph.D.

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

SLEEP DOES HELP INFERTILITY AND HORMONES

Fertility Over 40 - Pregnancy Over 40 Helped With Sleep

I've read much research about how getting enough sleep can help regulate hormones and reduce stress.   There is a natural cycle of light and dark which helps to regulate your circadian rhythms,
To me, there's nothing more satisfying than waking up refreshed after sleeping through the night. I've had a hard time sleeping since I was a child, but I've found a number of things that help. Here is a site that gives some great tips for a good night's sleep:



A relaxed body is essential for a sound sleep. This may sound like we're contradicting what we just said about our minds keeping us awake, but it's no contradiction. Eastern sciences (such as yoga) have known for thousands of years that the mind and body are connected (actually they're not just connected, they're one, but the idea that they're connected is sufficient for our purposes here.) So if the mind is not relaxed, the body is not relaxed. Conversely, the body has to be relaxed for the mind to be relaxed. It's a package deal.

SEE ALSO: STRESS, INFERTILITY AND MISCARRIAGE (getpregnantover40.com)

So how do you relax your body? We've already mentioned milk, herbal teas, exercise, and avoiding caffeine. But there are techniques you can do directly with your body. Toe Wiggling is one of them.

Lie on your back (where you should be in the first place) and wiggle your toes up and down 12 times, wiggling the toes of both feet at the same time. This will relax your entire body, inside and out.

How does it work? According to the science of Reflexology -- which has been around in other cultures for thousands of years -- your feet are a kind of master control panel for the rest of your body. "Meridians" in the body -- which are those channels of energy treated by acupuncture -- end up in the feet. So the ends of those meridians in your feet connect with every organ and every part of your entire body.

When you wiggle your toes, you are stimulating -- and thus relaxing -- your entire body. (Incidentally, this is a good place to mention that you can be energized and relaxed at the same time. It's a matter of the quality of that energy. If it flows freely and smoothly, you will be relaxed. If the energy flow in your body is restricted or blocked, you will be tense. And toe wiggling helps to bring about a relaxing, free-flowing energy.)

Note: This same exercise is also great first thing in the morning before getting out of bed in order to energize the body.

  from: (www.well.com)

Saturday, October 24, 2015

HOW VITAMIN D CAN HELP YOU GET PREGNANT

Vitamin D can help women get pregnant naturally stimulating ovaries in women and helping men manufacture testosterone

I've written before about how vitamin D can help women get pregnant naturally and it can help men with sperm quality as well.  There are a number of specific ways that vitamin D can help fertility including:

See also:  foods for fertility (www.getpregnantover40.com)


Vitamin D can help women get pregnant naturally by working on the ovaries to stimulate follicles to mature

Vitamin D can work on men by helping them manufacture testosterone
fit4thecause.org

Vitamin D deficiency can lead to infertility early stage miscarriage
It is recommended to get at least 2000 units of vitamin D every day for fertility.  There are many foods that can also help including salmon, milk, cereal, and other fortified foods.

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

STORIES OF SURPRISE PREGNANCY OVER 40

It's not a big surprise to me that many women get pregnant by surprise over the age of 40.  As a matter of fact, the rate of unintended pregnancies in women over 40 is second only to teenagers.  Many of these women aren't always happy with the news and some of these pregnancies are terminated.  But if you are trying to conceive, this may provide some encouragement.  Women over 40 can actually be very fertile given the right circumstances.  The media focuses so much on how fertility declines that many women over 40 think they're too old and they get a little lax with their birth control.  Here are a number of stories of women who got pregnant without even trying:

SEE ALSO: SURPRISE PREGNANCIES OVER AGE 50 (getpregnantover40.com)



Sarah Munro, 44, a barrister, took a laid-back approach to birth control and has a five-week-old son, Monty, as a result. Incredibly, she was almost six months pregnant before she realised she was expecting.
‘Looking back, of course, it sounds ridiculous but it just didn’t occur to me that I could be pregnant,’ she says.
And like so many other women her age, Sarah has also had a wake-up call — just because she is old enough to go through the menopause doesn’t mean she is too old to fall pregnant.

dailymail.co.uk

Monday, October 19, 2015

THE CIRCLE OF LIFE, HAVING A BABY OVER 40

It's been a whirlwind of emotions over the last week.  My father in law has suffered from Alzheimers for the 5-8 years, but was recently diagnosed with GI cancer.  He lost his battle a few days ago and our family has been dealing with not only his death, but the flood of emotions and reflection that comes when dealing with the loss of a loved one.  No matter how much you prepare for a death, it always seems to be a surprise when it happens.  It's hard not to look at your own mortaility when you see someone move to the other side.  I do believe in an afterlife which certainly does help the process. 

SEE ALSO: SHARING INFORMATION ABOUT YOUR INFERTILITY (getpregnantover40.com)

I am no stranger to death.  I lost my own father in my early 20's and most of my grandparents died when I was a child.   When I was trying to conceive, I went through 6 horrible miscarriages and I began to associate getting pregnant with what I thought was the inevitable loss of my baby.  You deal with a lot of thoughts of death and even to this day, I worry unnecessarily about something happening to my daughter.  You just can't go through that much trauma without some long-term consequences. 

Reflecting on my father-in-law's life, you see how our time here is just a "blink of an eye" (in the words of Deepok Chopra).  Time marches on and you really do need to make the most of it.  If you are struggling with infertility, I know there is a temptation to put your life on hold while you focus every ounce of energy on getting pregnant.  During the years I was trying to conceive, I tried to focus my attention on things I enjoyed.  I did quite a bit of decorative painting in my house and my sister's house and I gathered quite a bit of information on my family tree and my husband's family tree.  Wow, did that information come in handy after my father-in-law passed away.  We went back through his family tree for his memorial service.  Not only did I gather information about the family tree, I also wrote to distant relatives to gather as many pictures to put names with faces.  My daughter loves looking at those pictures and I'm glad I made the effort since many relatives have since died.

Remember, you only have one life, you need to live every day as if it is your last.  Trying to conceive is just one piece of your life right now...be sure to make every day worthwhile with no regrets.

My father in law holding my daughter as a newborn



Saturday, October 17, 2015

YES, STRESS IS RELATED TO INFERTILITY

Stress: The Most Overlooked Factor In Our Control When It Comes To Our Fertility?

Reduce stress if you want to get pregnant. I'm not telling you anything you haven't already heard right?

It's been written and rewritten to the point that everyone just says, "I do yoga, I deep breathe, now why aren't I pregnant?!" When I was first trying to conceive, I had what I now call a “corporate pressure cooker” job. I worked up to 10-12 hours per day, I was continually feeling a time pressure trying to meet deadlines, I battled rush hour
traffic, I gulped my not-so-healthy lunch between meetings...
read the full article here (getpregnantover40.com)

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

INSIDE INFERTILITY: YOUR BODY IS STILL YOURS

Fertility Treatments Over 40 Or Any Age, One Woman's Perspective

I frequently write about my experience with fertility treatments and how I felt like I was losing control.   It seems like I just turned my body over to the doctors and other health professionals rather than making this my journey to conceive.  In retrospect, it wasn't until I attracted my baby into my life that I got pregnant.  Here is an essay from Amelia Jones which is very insightful.  Read more:

SEE ALSO: EMOTIONAL FREEDOM TECHNIQUE AND FERTILITY (getpregnantover40.com)

If we allow our bodies to be instrumentalized as purely reproductive sites
rather than asserted as aspects of ourselves in a fully intersubjective relationship with the doctors we turn to for help, we are allowing our physical body to be separated from our emotional/mental self in the most dangerous process of commodifying human life. This is a process that ultimately leads to the horrors of such cases as the recent suit brought by a divorcee in order to claim possession of embryos developed from donor eggs fertilized by her ex-husband’s sperm. Those who have infertility problems must recognize at every step our participation in this commodification and continually work to keep our bodies fully attached to our minds.


from: 
Inside Infertility

Friday, October 09, 2015

ZINC IMPORTANT FOR MENS AND WOMENS FERTILITY

Zinc in your supplements and diet may be critical for men and women who want to enhance their fertility.  In women, zinc helps to manufacture and balance reproductive hormones.  It also helps with protein metabolism and egg quality and maturation.  Once a women does get pregnant, zinc can help support a healthy pregnancy

In men, zinc can help with healthy sperm production and maturation and normal chromosome development.  Testosterone production is also helped by zinc.

Good sources of zinc include pumpkin seeds, beef, chicken, pork and beans.

CLICK HERE FOR MORE ON ZINC FOR MEN'S FERTILITY (getpregnantover40.com)

The flood of zinc appears to flip a switch so the egg can progress through the final stages of meiosis.(Meiosis is when the egg sheds all but one copy of its maternal chromosomes before it can be fertilized by a sperm and become an embryo.)... Zinc seems to be a key switch that helps control whether the egg moves forward in its development stage. ”

from:  futurity.org



Wednesday, October 07, 2015

SECONDARY INFERTILITY: REASONS EXPLAINED

Secondary infertility is a common problem and I hear from women all the time who have had one child but can't get pregnant with their second. Not only are these women frustrated because they can't get pregnant, but they find little support because women who are experiencing primary infertility feel they should be happy that they at least have one child. Here is an article that explains some reasons why women may experience secondary infertility:

SEE ALSO: PREGNANCY OVER 40 (getpregnantover40.com)
 
There can be medical causes of SI, says West. "The thyroid is always something we check. Birth can put the thyroid out of kilter." Anwen, a woman in her 40s, tried for five years to have a second child. "I had my daughter when I was 30," she says, "which, at the time, seemed very early. I was the first among all our friends to have a baby." She decided to try for a second when her daughter was three. "But a year went by and nothing happened. I went to the GP and he told me not to worry. 'If you've already given birth, there won't be a problem,' he said. But my daughter turned five and I still wasn't pregnant." Eventually, Anwen persuaded her GP to refer her to a fertility consultant who, after some simple investigations, informed her she had polycystic ovarian syndrome. "He said I'd probably had
it all my life and that my daughter was an amazing one-off. I had no idea that anything was wrong." She was given a prescription for the fertility drug Clomid; two months later, she conceived her son.

from: 
www.guardian.co.uk

Monday, October 05, 2015

REPORTER HAS BABIES AT 40,43 AND 45

The article I have linked to below talks about how women may actually make new eggs in their ovaries.  Contrary to what most of the literature has claimed, that women may run out of "good" eggs, new research may be proving that wrong. This reporter had babies at 40, 43 and 45 and advocates a healthy lifestyle to preserve egg quality.

SEE ALSO: WOMEN WHO HAD A NATURAL PREGNANCY OVER 50 (getpregnantover40.com)

From the article:

It may sound simple and in theory it is. It's the practice that lets us down. It's generations of women who have this notion of menopause and 'you can only have a baby until you're 40 or 45' or whatever your lineage of females led you to believe and etched into your evolutionary DNA. The magic is we can change that - with only a quantum leap in consciousness, perhaps.
The more intact and toxin-free the environment the egg follicle grows in, the better the quality of the egg. Fertility experts all seem to agree on this. Much of the food we eat is so processed it isn't even real food anymore. This causes inflammation in the body and bang goes our egg health. It's impossible of course to be toxin-free in today's world and the older you are the more accumulated toxins you have. Hence the old eggs theory. By the way sperm are exposed to far too many modern day toxins as well and they carry half the DNA for a baby. So blame the fertility crisis on the guys too please.
Fact remains we are being misled concerning the sell-by date of our eggs and it has cost us dearly: Panic over egg reserve, money spent on tests and expensive treatments and decisions which may have been taken differently had we known otherwise. With stress hormones blocking the receptors of pregnancy hormones and negative thoughts about age, the body does one thing. It shuts down the baby making department. The mind has a huge impact on how every cell in the body functions. We are only just beginning to understand the magnitude of this.

from: Huffington Post

Friday, October 02, 2015

HERBS THAT MAY HURT FERTILITY

Pregnancy and Fertility Over 40 With Herbs

Much has been written about how herbs can help fertility for both men and women. However, not all herbs are helpful, and some can hurt. 
Some herbs like St. Johns Wort, Echinacea, and Gingko Biloba may actually hurt fertility. One of the reasons I didn't go the "herbal route" (aside from some herbal teas) when trying to conceive is just because herbs are "natural", it doesn't always mean they're safe. I have a friend who wound up in the ER with an irregular heartbeat after taking herbs (this wasn't someone trying to conceive) - but it just goes to show you that you have to be careful.

 Read more about both side of the issue: 

 SEE ALSO: HERBS FOR FERTILITY AND PREGNANCY (getpregnantover40.com)

"some herbal remedies may also be expected to interfere with normal reproductive function. This expectation prompted researchers at Loma Linda University School of Medicine in Loma Linda, Calif., to explore the effects of four popular herbs on eggs and sperm. Their findings were published in the current issue of Fertility and Sterility, the journal of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine.
Three of the herbs, St. John's wort, Echinacea purpura and Ginkgo biloba, had ill effects on either eggs or sperm or both. The damage, the researchers said, included a reduced ability of sperm to penetrate an egg, changes to the genetic material in sperm, poor sperm viability and, in the case of St. John's wort, mutation of the tumor suppressor gene, BRCA1, a change that can increase the risk of breast and ovarian cancers in women who inherit the mutated gene.
Of the herbs tested, only saw palmetto, which is commonly taken by men to relieve the symptoms of an enlarged prostate, did not damage eggs or sperm in the doses tested. But even saw palmetto reduced the viability of sperm that were exposed to the herbal preparation for seven days.
The journal's editor, Dr. Alan H. DeCherney, said, ''This is a very important study that could provide important information to patients suffering from infertility.'' He added, ''The growing popularity of these herbal products means we must examine all their possible effects.''

from: nytimes.com

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