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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.

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

Monday, September 28, 2015

THE IMPORTANCE OF ANDROGENS FOR WOMENS FERTILITY

Pregnancy Over 40, Trying To conceive Over 40 Testosterone Needed

Many women may have a problem with an overabundance of male hormones which can lead to fertility problems.
 However, some male hormones are needed for a healthy reproductive system. This article explains how androgens can actually aid in egg development:

SEE ALSO: INCREASE PROGESTERONE NATURALLY (getpregnantover40.com)


Male sex hormones, such as testosterone, have well defined roles in male reproduction and prostate cancer. What may surprise many is that they also play an important role in female fertility. A new study finds that the presence and activity of male sex hormones in the ovaries helps regulate female fertility, likely by controlling follicle growth and development and preventing deterioration of follicles that contain growing eggs.
from: 
www.urmc.rochester.edu

Friday, September 25, 2015

EMBRYOS THAT DIDN'T MAKE IT THROUGH IVF

Pregnancy Over 40, Fertility Treatments, Embryos and Miscarriage

Not exactly the family portrait you'd have hanging on the living room wall. Yes, these are all my children - none of whom are with us now.
 They either didn't survive in the petrie dish or I miscarried them. I found these pictures when I was going through my file cabinet and came across my "fertility file". Wow, what a flood of emotions came cascading down when I found these. I also had a stack about an inch thick of old medical bills associated with my fertility treatments - about $25,000 in total (thankfully all paid).

See Also: Do you need IVF Over 40? (www.getpregnantover40.com)

All of this just reminded me what a bad decision it was for me to go the "high tech" route. When I see these pictures, it seems like I somehow I assaulted mother nature. These eggs were forced to grow with injections of fertility drugs and extracted with surgery, machinery and needles. It almost seems like something out of an alien abduction.

In all fairness, I know plenty of people who have pictures similar to these and they did indeed become their beautiful children. So, it's not mad science. It's just now that I have the benefit of hindsight, I see how I just needed to work with mother nature, and not try to by-pass or outsmart her.

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

SUN CAN HELP MEN'S SPERM

Men's Fertility Helped With Sunshine and Vitamin D

Every time I turn around, I'm hearing about more benefits of vitamin D. It's important for women's fertility, pregnancy and for children. Men also need to get enough vitamin D.

See My Website For More Articles And Research On Female and Male Fertility (www.getpregnantover40.com) 

 According to a study cited in the article below, a daily dose of sunshine can help with sperm quality.   There seems to be evidence that couples conceive while they are on vacation...hence the term "procreation vacation"...it's probably because they're getting more sunshine, Vitamin D, and of course they're reducing their stress levels.   Read more:

From the article:

A study found almost a third of men experiencing fertility problems have low levels of vitamin D, the 'sunshine vitamin'.

Just spending ten minutes outside in their shirt sleeves would be enough of a boost, according to Anne Clark, the medical director of an Australian fertility centre.

Previous studies have shown vitamin D, produced from natural light and found in oily fish and eggs, is important for a healthy pregnancy.

But the latest findings show a deficiency may also affect sperm.

See Also: Fertility Detox (www.getpregnantover40.com)

'The results show lifestyle changes can be beneficial,' Dr Clark told the Fertility Society of Australia, in Brisbane.
The vitamin D deficiency could have been caused by worries about skin cancer and by men trying to avoid too much exposure to sunshine, Dr Clark said.
She suggested that office workers could absorb enough vitamin D by simply having their morning tea break outside in the sunshine with their sleeves rolled up.
Other basic lifestyle changes such as giving up smoking, losing weight, and reducing caffeine and alcohol intake, would also help.

In her group, 105 men agreed to the changes, and to take multivitamins and antioxidants for two to three months.

Afterwards, tests revealed 'an improvement in the shape of the sperm, which can enhance conception,' said Dr Clark.

In fact, 31 of the men went on to achieve a pregnancy 


from:  dailymail.co.uk

Monday, September 21, 2015

WOMEN'S FERTILITY AND THEIR HOROSCOPE




Pregnancy Over 40 With Help From The Stars

I hesitated when I thought about posting this article on my blog.
picture: galacticconnection.com
 Could something like astrology really help you get pregnant? Being the open minded person I am, and knowing how intelligent and educated my readers are, I thought I'd let you be the judge. It never occurred to me to use astrology to conceive, but there may be some evidence that it helps. Read more:

See Also: Get Pregnant With Vision Boards (www.getpregnantover40.com)

She was introduced to the idea by a lecturer in astrology whom she met when researching a book. ‘I’m a scientist and we’re told that we should laugh at ­astrology in our culture,’ she says. ‘But I’ve approached this with an open mind.’

Catherine had her consultation with Nicola Smuts in August 2008, just a month after her second ­miscarriage. Nicola pinpointed two fertile times for the couple to try another cycle of IVF. The next was in February 2009, when sadly their frozen embryos failed to ­survive, and then again in August 2009.


‘I knew we would be laughed at for putting credence in astrology,’ says Catherine. ‘But I just kept telling the clinic: “It has to be then.” The way I saw it, we were using a mix of cutting-edge ­science and a dose of magic.’

Nicola’s predications came true, and Willow was born in May. ‘I know many people will say we were successful because we used this new type of IVF, but I also like to think we chose a propitious time. I would say to any woman, try astro-fertility, because I believe it works,’ she says

Her view is shared by health ­psychologist Dr Pat Harris, who researched the link between a woman’s fertility and horoscope for her PhD.

She says: ‘I found that women who knew their exact time of birth who then used an astro­logical chart to p­redict their best time to conceive could increase their chances of conception by 23 per cent.’


from:
dailymail.co.uk

Friday, September 18, 2015

YOGA POSITIONS TO HELP YOU GET PREGNANT

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

How Yoga Positions For Fertility Can Help Couples Conceive

Guest Post By Rebecca Prescott

With more and more women delaying having children until later in life, there are a growing number of couples having difficulties conceiving. From their mid thirties onwards, women's chances of getting pregnant drop dramatically and many are turning to medical intervention to assist them in having a baby.
SEE ALSO, CHAKRAS FOR FERTILITY (getpregnantover40.com)
Chakras for fertility
Trying to conceive can be a very stressful and emotional experience, particularly when it involves undergoing fertility treatment or IVF. Many doctors are now recommending women use yoga in conjunction with their medical treatment, both to assist them in de-stressing and to enhance their possibilities of becoming pregnant.
A Harvard based study found that women who were trying for a baby were three times more likely to conceive if they took fertility focussed yoga courses than those who did not. But what is it about yoga that prepares the body so well for conception and pregnancy?
As we have already mentioned, stress can be a major problems when a couple are having trouble conceiving. Stress can interfere with a woman's menstrual cycle and delay ovulation, as well as reducing sperm production in men. The emotional release of yoga can ease stress and anxiety, enhancing a couples chances of conceiving.
This is most effective if both the male and female participate, and a couple might consider partner yoga in this situation. As well as deepening and strengthening their relationship, partner yoga can teach them how to cope together with the strain of trying for a baby.
There are numerous other ways that a fertility focussed yoga course can help a woman to conceive. In yoga the body is seen as an energy system, with a number of different areas or chakras. Certain yoga positions focus on increasing the energy flow in the second chakra, known as the seat of creation, which is where the reproductive organs can be found.
There are many yoga positions that increase energy in the second chakra. Certain restorative poses are perfect to prepare the body for conception. They can help to soften the abdominal region and remove any tension from the area of the ovaries, fallopian tubes and uterus. Reclining poses are used to elongate the abdominal region, allowing more blood flow to the reproductive organs.
There are also specific yoga positions that a woman can use after sex to increase her chances of conception. One of the most popular is a legs up the wall pose, known as Viprarita Kirani. This ensures that the sperm remain in the optimum position for fertilisation for as long as possible.
A final way that yoga can assist conception is by correcting irregular hormone levels that may be limiting fertility. Certain yoga positions can improve glandular function, which helps to normalize hormone levels.
Although nobody would claim that yoga alone can make you pregnant, following a course of fertility focussed yoga can significantly reduce the stress and emotion of trying to conceive. Used in conjunction with medical treatment, it can prepare your body and mind for pregnancy and greatly increase your chances of creating that longed for baby.
For more information on the best prenatal yoga exercises [http://www.yogatohealth.com/What_Prenatal_Yoga_Exercises_and_Poses_Are_The_Best.html], click here. Rebecca has an online yoga site [http://www.yogatohealth.com] suitable for beginners here.

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Tuesday, September 15, 2015

FERTILITY EXPERT: IVF MAY BE A WASTE OF TIME

I've seen Dr. Robert Winston on television a number of times over the years talking about everything from fertility, to pregnancy and everything in between.  He was recently on British television talking about how IVF may be a waste of time for some couples and compared it with treating a headache with brain surgery before trying to figure out the underlying cause.

from the article:

He explained: 'A large number of people with hormonal problems are not getting the right treatment. Hormone drugs are cheaper but many go straight to IVF.
'One of the most common causes of infertility is tubal damage and this can be investigated with a telescope and then with minor surgery to release and open tubes. 
'Statistically these treatments and hormonal drugs are more effective than IVF and leave patients more likely to be permanently fertile afterwards.'

SEE ALSO: HAVING A BABY OVER 40 (getpregnantover40.com) 

For couples who have been told they have an 'unexplained fertility' problem, Prof Winston - whose Essential Fertility Guide was published this week - said they should push their GP for further investigations. 
'Unexplained fertility is not a diagnosis. There will only be a very small minority who are classed as having explained infertility,' he said.
'The problem is the advice given by GPs is not good enough, they are stressed and have a lot of patients and often see infertility as a minor problem, I get that feeling anyway.'

from: dailymail.co.uk

Saturday, September 12, 2015

CONCEPTION RATES BETTER WHEN LAYING STILL

Lay still For Conception

I recall back when I started fertility treatments, we began with inseminations.
 After the procedure, they had me sit still with my legs up in the air for 15 minutes. Apparently, according to this article, there is research to suggest this does help success rates. I'm sure if you're trying naturally, the same would be true. Lay still and let nature take its course! Read more:

Women who lie still for fifteen minutes after insemination, rather than getting up and walking around, are more likely to get pregnant.

Women who have artificial insemination should lie back and stay still for 15 minutes after the procedure to "significantly" increase their chances of getting pregnant, scientists recommend today.


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







The Dutch researchers found that the pregnancy rate among women who did so was 27%, compared to 18% for for those who got straight up and moved around.

Writing in the British Medical Journal, they said clinics should offer facilities for "immobilisation", which was easy and cost very little, to allow women to lie still after insemination.

"Although immobilisation takes more time and occupies more space in busy rooms, the intervention will be economic in the long run, as pregnant patients will not return in subsequent cycles," the team, from the Academic Medical Centre in Amsterdam, said.

They studied 391 couples, getting 199 of the women to stay lying down and asking 192 to move around.

 guardian.co.uk

Thursday, September 10, 2015

FERTILITY CHARTING BBT: MAY NOT WORK

I know many women and couples rely on fertility charting to determine the best days to conceive.  I tried this method for a while but I wasn't very successful with it.  I found it difficult to really know if I was getting an accurate reading of my temperature...that is if I remembered to do it at the right time.

The problem with charting is that it detects a change in temperature after ovulation has occurred.  Most experts agree, and most studies support that sperm need to be ready and waiting before a woman ovulates.  Many couples who use the charting BBT method as a form of birth control have many unplanned pregnancies due to its unreliability.

CLICK HERE TO READ THE FULL ARTICLE ON FERTILITY CHARTING AND ITS PITFALLS (getpregnantover40.com)

Tuesday, September 08, 2015

ARE ONIONS AND GARLIC GOOD FOR FERTILITY?

Yes! Onions and Garlic have many healthy qualities especially if you are trying to get pregnant. When I was trying to conceive, I would put onions and garlic in everything I could think of. They’re great raw or cooked in most recipes. Onions and garlic are a great way to season most dishes because they have so much flavor, you can use less salt and fat. Onions and garlic are in the “allium” family. These are rich in sulfur-containing amino acids and the anti-oxidant quercetin that helps regulate estrogen.
Much has been written about the medicinal qualities of both onions and garlic and they are also phytoestrogens. There are xenoestrogens (bad) and phytoestrogens (good).

SEE ALSO: FERTILITY DIET, FERTILITY FOODS (getpregnantover40.com)

Xenoestrogen literally means “foreign estrogen”. These xenoestrogens mimic estrogen in your system contributing to estrogen dominance. Xenoestrogens are stored in the body for an extended period of time leading to a number of conditions which ultimately contribute to infertility.

Phytoestrogens, on the other hand, are plant based substances which also mimic estrogens (phytoestrogen means “plant estrogen”), however they are weaker and they differ from xenoestrogens because they are actually beneficial. Phytoestrogens bind with estrogen receptors keeping out the stronger more harmful estrogens (like xenoestrogens). Phytoestrogens are not stored in the body and are easily broken down.

So if you're looking to regulate your estrogen, throw onions and garlic in all your cooking! If you're worried about your breath, brush your teeth and tongue with baking soda afterward. Bon Apetit!

 
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Thursday, September 03, 2015

OBESITY REDUCES EGG QUALITY IN ALL AGES

Pregnancy Over 40, Egg Quality And Obesity

It's no secret that obesity is a risk factor for infertility.
 This article, however, explains how obesity can actually lead to inflammatory changes which affect an egg's development. This is true even for younger women with regular cycles. Read more:


From the article:

Obese women trying to become pregnant experience longer times to conception, even if they are young and have a regular menstrual cycle. This study sought to determine if there are alterations in an egg's environment in obese women which contribute to poorer reproductive outcomes.

"Characteristics of eggs are influenced by the environment in which they develop within the ovary," said Dr. Rebecca Robker, PhD, of Adelaide University in Australia and lead author of the study. "Our study found that obese women have abnormally high levels of fats and inflammation in the fluid surrounding their eggs which can impact an egg's developmental potential."

SEE ALSO: GET PREGNANT WITH HIGH FSH (getpregnantover40.com)

According to Dr. Robker, the fats might alter the very sensitive metabolism of the egg and such changes are known to be harmful to embryo formation. In addition, inflammation can damage cells and when this happens to eggs it can affect embryo survival. Dr. Robker and her colleagues measured hormone and metabolite levels in follicular fluid obtained from the subjects' ovaries during their egg collection procedures. They found that obese women exhibited an altered ovarian follicular environment, particularly increased metabolite and androgen activity levels, which may be associated with poorer reproductive outcomes.
 (www.sciencedaily.com)

Monday, August 31, 2015

PURPLE COLESLAW FOR FERTILITY

For the Cole slaw recipe, click here


SEE ALSO: FOODS FOR FERTILITY (getpregnantover40.com)

Here are some of the many benefits of cabbage as it relates to fertility from the following site:



Vitamin E:
It is a vital component for the good health of hair and skin. It not only treats skin problems but also has anti-aging properties, slows down aging process, fights wrinkles. It is also beneficial in regulating menstrual cycles, easing the pain, aids in proper brain, heart, and eye functioning. It is also good for fertility and reproductive organs.


Magnesium:
It controls high blood pressure, diabetes, asthma, menstrual issues, and heart diseases. It is good for pregnancy, and controls high blood pressure.


 Folate:
It helps in conceiving, prevents coronary and cardiovascular diseases, and reduces the chances of cancer. It aids in normal functioning of brain and nervous system. Intake of folic acid can treat arthritis and bone problems, reduces the risk of skin infections and increases fertility in men and women. It is also good for women going through menopause. 


Other uses include properties like antioxidants which fight with free radicals and prevent cell damage and anti-inflammatory characteristics that help to reduce swelling, redness, and inflammation. 
 excerpted from:  homeremedies.ygoy.com/

Friday, August 28, 2015

CRYSTALS FOR HEALING TO GET PREGNANT

You may have heard about the healing properties of crystals.  If you are trying to conceive, you are probably doing everything you can to get your body back in balance.  This article talks about how crystals can help (see also the links below for how these crystals are incorporated into jewelry):

The Myriad Colours of Crystals and Their Healing Properties

Guest Post By Ron Windred

Though it's not a documented fact, it's fairly safe to say that there are as many crystals as there are colours that represent them. The lore of each type of crystal and its innate healing assets has been passed down from generation to generation, and similar to Chinese medicine shops that specialize in herbal mixtures for remedies of all kinds of ailments, crystals also have distinct yet delicate healing and enhancement facilities.
Wondering which crystal to choose for a specific need? Below is a list of several of the most widely used crystals, and the main purposes for their application:
Amethyst - (purple/violet) - This crystal strengthens the endocrine and immune system, and it is also a powerful blood cleanser and energizer. In addition, it helps relieve mental distress and disorders and enhances psychic and channeling abilities. The Amethyst crystal is very calming, and therefore it's an excellent crystal to use for meditation. (SEE AMETHYST BRACELET BELOW)
Aventurine - (sea-green/forest-green) - The Aventurine crystal is said to purify the "three bodies" - the mental, emotional, and etheric, or "aural" body that extends just outside what appears to be the "edges" of your physical body. It also aids in releasing anxiety and fear and thereby encourages independence.
Carnelian - (bright orange) - This lovely colored crystal improves memory and alleviates sorrow and grief. It also increases courage and creativity while lessening anger, jealousy, and fear. Many people carry the Carnelian crystal for protection and good luck. Helpful hint: It can also assist you in finding the right mate!
Fluorite - (milky white, clear, light green, slate gray) - The properties of the Fluorite crystal are just what you probably already imagine: they strengthen your teeth and bones! They are known as the "health" crystals, because they are also very beneficial for keeping the blood vessels and the spleen clear of any toxins. Fluorite crystals also ground and "fling away" excess energy, so they are also excellent for the advancement of the mind, concentration, and meditation. For those of you who are interested in interplanetary communication, fluorite will also keep you strong and healthy while connecting with interdimensional beings.

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

Clear Quartz - (white, clear) - The Clear Quartz crystal might be the most popular in certain circles, simply because of its pure simplicity. This wonderful crystal activates and enhances the pineal and pituitary glands, which regulate growth, so this crystal is recommended for children and adolescents,
http://getpregnantover40.com/healing-crystals-jewelry.htm
Read More About Healing Crystals and Jewelry (getpregnantover40.com)
in particular. These crystals also serve as great emotional "balancers" while amplifying the thought process, making clairvoyance that much easier. Hang these crystals in front of a window to let the full spectrum of energy activate all your levels of consciousness, especially when you are feeling down - these crystals are pros at dispelling negative energy.
Lapis - (topaz/blue) - Lapis Lazuli, as this crystal is also known, is very effective for the internal organs: use this crystal if you suffer from migraines, acid reflux or other digestive problems, or bloating. It also aids in spiritual development.
Hematite - (silver gray/dark gray) - Hematite has an extremely positive effect on the smooth flow of the bloodstream. It also removes toxins from and activates spleen activity, which filters blood and regulates the red blood cells with the white blood cells. Hematite is also used to relieve stress and strengthen the physical body; it has unique energizing properties, and it also enhances personal magnetism, which of course promotes optimism, courage, and all those good things!
Rose Quartz - (pink/rose) - This crystal is often found near the bedside, as it is believed to increase fertility and ease sexual and emotional imbalances. Naturally, this clears away stored-up anger, resentment, guilt, fear, and jealousy. Have a hot temper, or a friend who flares up a little too much? Get a Rose Quartz crystal, by all means! "Everything sweet" is the perfect description for this crystal, which also promotes forgiveness, compassion, and love. No one should be without it!
Jasper - (light brown/spotted/flecked) - The Jasper crystal emits tremendous emotional and psychological healing, and it promotes harmony and balance. Some say it reveals hidden thoughts, hopes, and fears. It definitely enhances creative visualization, so have this one in hand while you're meditating.
Moonstone - (cream/often bluish-green) - The moonstone crystal is associated with love and protection, and it also drums up extra intuition and psychic abilities.
Obsidian - (black/gray) - This shiny crystal is popular because it brings serenity and a sense of purity to those who either, carry, wear, or use it for healing purposes. It brings both positive and negative emotions to the surface, offering balance in times of change and transition.
Sodalite - (smoky blue/clear, dark blue) - This gorgeous crystal is also an inner-organ healer; it positively affects the pancreas and endocrine system. Also, it is said to remove fear and has a way of balancing the male/female, or yin/yang polarities in those who feel in need of "centering." It also is great for communication and creative expression.
Tiger Eye - (brown/striped/tan/yellow) - This is another crystal many people carry around for health purposes: Tiger Eye crystals cover almost everything: the spleen, pancreas, intestines, and the colon. It is extremely grounding and centering. Have a stubborn friend? Slip one of these into his or her pocket as a token of love. Soon they'll turn to you with a sudden, yet clear sense of perception and insight!
Ron is a Crystal and Reiki Master, Metaphysician and Meditation teacher who lives and works at 'Akasha Keep'; a spiritual centre dedicated to healing and teaching, located in the beautiful Somerset region of Queensland, Australia.
Disclaimer: The metaphysical and healing properties outlined in this article are for inspiration and reference. These alleged properties are gathered from writings, books, folklore and various other sources. They are dependent upon the attitude and beliefs of the individual. In no way are they meant to replace diagnosis or treatment by a qualified therapist or physician.
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