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Wednesday, December 30, 2015


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Saturday, December 26, 2015


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.


Friday, December 25, 2015


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Wednesday, December 23, 2015


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.


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."

Friday, December 18, 2015


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:


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. "


Wednesday, December 16, 2015


I heard about EFT many years ago when I was searching and researching natural ways to prepare my body for pregnancy.  EFT stands for "Emotional Freedom Technique" and it can be thought of as emotional acupuncture or acupressure.  It is a system of  clearing out emotional blockages that may be preventing you from getting pregnant (it can be used for a number of disorders, not just infertility).
It combines the physical benefits of acupunture with the benefits of cognitive therapy.  Many women who delay childbearing do so for reasons relating to their childhood and their upbringing.  For
example, I had a negative impression of marriage and children for many years and, when I was younger, I would tell people I didn't want children.  It wasn't until I was in my upper 30's that I got married and even thought about getting pregnant.  It's no wonder my body wasn't responding the way it should to getting pregnant or staying pregnant.  I did practice EFT, and I'm sure it helped me get pregnant naturally, even at the age of 44.

Click here to read the full article on how to perform EFT on yourself (

Monday, December 14, 2015


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.


 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." 


Friday, December 11, 2015


 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.


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


 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.


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.


Monday, December 07, 2015


Hand Sanitizers May Hurt Fertility

I talk in my book about how you should avoid some hand sanitizers if you are trying to conceive - especially those with triclosan. Triclosan can be quite dangerous and it is in a number of consumer products, not just hand sanitizers. Please read the labels and do your research! I was surprised to find out that triclosan isn't just a hormone disruptor, it's also a carcinogen. Yikes!

From the article:

The EPA considers triclosan a high risk for human health and the environment. When introduced in 1972, triclosan was confined to health care settings in a surgical scrub.1-4

Triclosan may not be a familiar term to most consumers, though it is now ubiquitous in most American households, masquerading under the unassuming term, "antimicrobial." In the United States, "antimicrobial" has become synonymous with cleanliness and good health.

 See Also:   Environmental Toxins and Your Fertility (

The chemical industry has fostered a fear of germs among American consumers and developed a lucrative market selling products designed to protect us from germs. The EPA estimates sales of antimicrobial products now constitute a billion dollar per year industry...

...The chemical structure of triclosan resembles certain estrogens. One study on a species of Japanese fish did not indicate any estrogenic effects, but found androgenic effects resulting in changes in fin length and sex ratios.2

Triclosan is lipophilic, attaching to fatty tissue. It can accumulate in the liver, lungs, and kidneys, reaching toxic levels. As a chlorophenol, it is categorized as a persistent organic pollutant, along with dioxins and PCBs. These chemicals persist in the environment and bioaccumulate up the food chain. Being at the top of the food chain, humans harbor the most concentrated amounts of these toxic chemicals.2-4

Triclosan's use is already so widespread it has made its way into the human body. Studies show triclosan residues in the umbilical cord blood of infants and in the breast milk of nursing mothers.9 Triclosan has not been thoroughly tested nor evaluated for potential risks to human health and the
environment though it is in a category of very toxic and carcinogenic chemicals. It is chemically similar to Agent Orange.

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Friday, December 04, 2015


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 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 (

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