Fertility Jewelry With Healing Stones

Fertility Jewelry With Healing Stones
Fertility Jewelry With Healing Stones

Friday, December 23, 2016

TIS THE SEASON....TRYING TO CONCEIVE OVER HOLIDAYS

Tis the Season for having salt rubbed into your wounds. If you're trying to conceive, all those happy families joyously pictured in the cute and clever Christmas/Holiday greeting cards is tough. Then there's the never ending dissertations about how everyone's kids are the star player on their soccer team, the brightest kid in class, the most popular kid in school, etc. etc. etc. It's enough to make you want to tell 'em all:

"I DON'T WANT TO HEAR ABOUT YOUR BIG HAPPY FAMILY, GOT IT???"

I recall getting some of those two page "bragging" letters inside Christmas cards...there they sat, still
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folded and never read until it was time to put the holidays to rest.


Well...many fertility bloggers write about how to survive the holidays this time of year (myself included). But the whole Christmas card thing got me thinking about something that might be encouraging for those who are in the throes of infertility. I thought about some of the Christmas cards I got this year... not from people with big happy families but from people with small happy families. These are people who cried together, felt hopeless together, and thought becoming a parent would never happen. I'm talking about some of the women who were in the infertility support group I ran before I conceived my daughter. Granted, all of their kids are still very young, but there's none of those awful bragging letters. They usually just send a picture and you can sense the true appreciation they have for their child/children.

I'm not saying that other people don't appreciate or love their kids, but you definitely see a difference between families where the kids were conceived easily or unexpectedly and the families where the couple's had a harder time. In some ways, I think these couples know that they've been given an incredibly special gift and bragging or taking it for granted will create some type of universal backlash. True appreciation is a rare thing, and one benefit, at least for me, of waiting six years for my daughter is that I truly have a profound appreciation of new life.

So the moral of the story is, even though it's frustrating and heartbreaking to go through the agony of waiting to get pregnant...sometimes months...sometimes years, there is a light at the end of the tunnel. You come through it with more insight and knowledge than you can imagine.

Thursday, December 15, 2016

PREGNANCY, MISCARRIAGE, ARCUATE UTERUS

If you have been told that you have an arcuate or misshaped uterus, then we have something in common.  My doctor who I initially went to for fertility treatments (before we conceived naturally) he did a hysteroscopy and discovered that I had a slight arcuate uterus (sort of a heart shaped).  He said he did not think that it would keep me from getting pregnant, but if he could "wish it way" he would.  If your uterus is not the exact pear shape you typically see, this usually wont cause miscarriage or prevent conception.
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did a hysterosalpingogram to look at whether or not my fallopian tubes were open.  At the same time


SPERM COUNT: DOCTORS ADVICE FOR INCREASING

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Monday, December 12, 2016

CAN MISTLETOE HELP YOU CONCEIVE?

Trying To Get Pregnant During The Holidays?  Use Mistletoe!

 I don't think I've actually ever seen real mistletoe.  I've seen people decorate with fake mistletoe (i.e. hanging over doorways etc.), but never the real thing.  Since Christmas is right around the corner, I thought this article would be of interest.
 Did you know mistletoe has been associated with fertility? I guess it just makes sense, if you get kissed, it could lead to other things. Read more:
Fancy a snog under the mistletoe this Christmas?
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Could those little white berries cast a spell on you?
We all look for the mistletoe when we see our heart throb at the Christmas party. But is there true magic in those berries?

The Druids thought so... those juicy little sprigs were not just a symbol of romance but also fertility! You might want to think twice before you agree to that sweaty clinch this year unless you want to hear the patter of tiny feet.

The man who's become the ambassador for mistletoe, Stanley Yapp, is known for his big bunches and has sent them all over the world.

"It's all part of the mystery... you still can't walk into a garden centre and buy a mistletoe tree.


"After thousands of years we still rely on a little bird doing it's job... it eats the berries and secures it's future," said Stan.

So our Christmas snogs rely on a birdy's do-do's!

Gloucestershire is well known for it's bumper crops of mistletoe. At this time of year, farmers are turning up at the farm shops selling their wares.

And the good thing is, it stays in pucker nick for months. So one little sprig can guarantee you at least a dozen smackers on the lips. Plenty of time to decide if you want another go.

from: 
(www.bbc.co.uk/gloucestershire)

Wednesday, December 07, 2016

IVF = 2X MORE BIRTH DEFECTS

I've done a number of blog postings in the past about studies that show a higher rate of birth defects after assisted reproduction.  Of course I'm an advocate of conceiving through natural means, however I know that some couples don't have any choice except to go through IVF.  But it's always important to weigh the risks.  This article is about a recent study that shows that IVF can be a factor in birth defects.  Read more:


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From the article:
Researchers from Leicester University and the University of Western Australia in Perth examined birth records over a five-year period to reach their findings, which were published in the New England Journal of Medicine.

Dr Jennifer Kurinczuk, an epidemiologist at Leicester University, and co-author of the report, said: 'We found infants conceived with assisted reproductive techniques were more than twice as likely as naturally conceived infants to have major birth defects diagnosed during the first year of life.'

They found that nine per cent of invitro babies suffered birth defects compared with four per cent of natural conceptions.
The defects ranged from minor chromosomal abnormalities to serious and multiple deformities affecting the muscles and skeleton.
dailymail.co.uk

Monday, November 21, 2016

40 YEAR OLD HAS BABY AFTER TUBAL REVERSAL

I realize that the media frequently focuses on how hard it is for women over the age of 40 to conceive and have a baby.  This article from Australia is about a 40 year old woman who had her tubes tied 12 years ago.  She decided to have the tubal ligation reversed and only eight months later, she was pregnant!  She did have some complications as the placenta attached in the wrong place, but it goes to show you that conception can take place even when the so called "odds" are against you.  Read more:

“She is a bit of miracle, seeing as I had my tubes tied for 12 years,” said Mrs Fiorenza, who defied
medical expectation and fell pregnant just eight months after having her fallopian tubes untied.

Mrs Fiorenza, who runs a gift emporium for kids, wants her story to offer hope to others who may be in a similar situation to the one she was in.
'Hopefully someone reads the story and it gives them comfort in a similar situation to never give up, always think positive and things can turn out all ok,' Mrs Fiorenza wrote in a heartwarming Facebook post...

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Wednesday, November 09, 2016

ACTRESS KIM FIELDS HAD 2ND BABY AT 44, NATURALLY

From: Own
People in my age group remember Kim Fields as Tootie from the TV show, "The Facts of Life", but
https://fertilityshop.blogspot.com/more recently, she was on "The Real Housewives of Atlanta". I'm not a regular watcher of the show, but I was watching "Where Are They Now" on the OWN network the other night. Kim Fields was interviewed and she talked about how she and her husband wanted a second child, but not only had trouble conceiving, but also had a number of miscarriages. Then, at the age of 44, she unexpectedly found out she was pregnant! It sounds very familiar to me!

They happily had their second child in 2013. I'm surprised I didn't find this story earlier, but better late than never!







Monday, November 07, 2016

TIPS FOR FERTILITY PREGNANCY VISUALIZATION

 One very helpful technique to use if you are trying to attract a baby into your life is to create a vision board.  This is a way to create a 3D version of what you are trying to visualize.  Some people have a hard time actually "drawing a picture" in their minds in the visualization process.  Creating a vision board is simple and can be quite fun.  Best of all it is extremely effective!


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Friday, November 04, 2016

WOMAN, 47 HAS SURPRISE TRIPLETS

Here's another amazing story of a surprise pregnancy well over the age of 40.  Not only was this woman 47 years old, but she also gave birth to triplets.  These babies were conceived without fertility treatments and the women in the story already had older children (one was 25).



From the article:

That's because Sharon Lewis is 47 and already has two older children, a 25-year-old daughter and 14-year-old son.
The school cafeteria monitor wasn't trying to become pregnant and thought it was impossible at her age when she was told she'd be giving birth to three baby boys.
'This was all a big surprise to me, but it was a wonderful surprise,' Lewis said.
'I felt that it was nobody but God that blessed my womb at 47. I do believe he brought me to it, he'll bring me through it,' she said smiling at Tuesday's press conference. 
from: dailymail

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

LIMITED EDITION CHAKRA BRACELETS

As most of you know, we started a line of fertility jewelry with healing stones that correspond with
the chakras and body systems. Different stones target different parts of the body and/or bodily functions and processes. These natural stones and crystals have "earth energy" and when it combines with our body's energy, healing occurs. Crystals and stones vibrate at their own frequency just like the cells in our body vibrate at their own frequency. When the cells in our body come in contact with the stone's frequency, energetic changes occur. These changes can create a third and larger energetic field. The body's nervous system senses these changes and sends the information to the brain. The brain triggers biochemical healing within the body. It's similar to getting back to nature. When people are stressed and out of balance, it's frequently recommended to engage in "earthing". This is where you have your body come in direct contact with the earth by walking barefoot on sand or grass or just sitting directly on the ground. These healing stones allow you to have a natural earth object with you at all times.
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Friday, October 21, 2016

WHAT DOES THE BIBLE SAY ABOUT INFERTILITY

No, I'm not a biblical scholar but I know that during times of extreme stress like that of infertility, people fall back on their faith and find comfort in the bible. On my website, I have a page on saints for fertility and some of them got pregnant at older ages.  Take saint Anne for example...most sources say that Anne and her husband Joachim were married for 20 years and had no children, although they certainly wanted them. The legend suggests that Anne prayed that if she were given a child, she would dedicate it to the Lord's service.  Anne became the Mother of Mary who, of course, became the mother of Jesus.
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Wednesday, October 19, 2016

FENG SHUI ELEPHANTS TO GET PREGNANT

Many people love elephants and elephant symbolism.  Elephants also play a big role in many cultures
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and in feng shui, elephants are symbols of longevity, luck and conception.  If you want to promote love and fidelity, two elephants should be placed in the bedroom to represent this bond.
If you want to conceive and get pregnant, elephants can play a role here too.  It is recommended to put an elephant outside the bedroom door and another elephant inside the door to help welcome your future baby.  You can also wear elephant symbolism in the form of jewelry.
Elephants can also signify the bond between mother and child.  For this purpose, a statue of a mother elephant and baby elephant can be placed in your home.

Thursday, October 06, 2016

MY INTERVIEW WITH US NEWS & WORLD REPORT ON PREGNANCY OVER 40

I am frequently asked to do interviews with the media since having babies over the age of 40 is becoming the norm in many circles.  My most recent interview was with US NEWS AND WORLD REPORT which was doing a story on Navigating pregnancy in your 40's.  It's a piece that goes through the pros and cons and talks about what women can do to make their pregnancy and delivery the best it can be.  The article also talks about another woman who was 45 and unexpectedly pregnant. 




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Sandy Robertson, 57, author of "You Can Get Pregnant Over 40, Naturally," had been through several years of infertility treatments and a few miscarriages when, at age 45, she resigned herself to not having children. But then she felt a "universal backlash," she recalls. "I would run into all these people in their 40s who were pregnant – no matter where I went. My radar was up, maybe, but I thought, 'You know, I bet I can do this,'" she says.



First, she took care of her body. "I would eat broccoli for breakfast. I had [around] 11 servings of vegetables a day. I cut back on the amount of exercise I did. I did meditation," she continues. "And lo and behold, I got pregnant on my own."
...In the end, Robertson had a "fairly run of the mill" vaginal delivery at 39 weeks, she says, adding that doctors encouraged early delivery to avoid the deterioration of the placenta, which is more prone to happen in older women. The placenta feeds the baby nutrients and oxygen throughout the pregnancy, so if it begins to deteriorate, the risks of prematurity and stillbirth increase. 
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 US NEWS & WORLD REPORT

Tuesday, October 04, 2016

FERTILE TURTLE BRACELET

https://fertilityshop.blogspot.com/As many of you may have already seen on my website, I have started a new line of fertility jewelry with natural stones and fertility symbolism from around the world. Our newest addition is the "Fertile Turtle" Bracelet. This is a fun and meaningful piece of jewelry with genuine rose quartz and white turquoise.

Rose Quartz

https://fertilityshop.blogspot.com/The pink color of rose quartz is thought to attract love energy. Rose quartz is thought to carry feminine energy and it targets the heart chakra. Rose quartz promotes vitality, energy and fertility and it is commonly thought of as a fertility stone. It can also be helpful to put rose quartz on your belly when you do become pregnant.

White Turquoise

More rare than the traditional Turquoise, White Turquoise brings calmness, aligns the chakras and unites male and female energy. It reduces acidity which is good for female fertility. It has anti-inflammatory properties and it helps to alleviate pain and cramps.

The Turtle

The turtle symbolizes fertility, they lay a large number of eggs and have a large number of offspring. Turtles have 13 squares in the middle of its shell and are connected to the 13 full moons each year. They also have 28 smaller squares around the outside which are associated with the 28 days of the lunar month corresponding to a woman’s cycle.







Friday, September 23, 2016

INOSITOL FOR FERTILITY AND OVULATION

So what exactly is inositol (or myoinositol)?  It is one of the B Vitamins (actually thought of as vitamin B8).  For women who are trying to conceive, inositol has been associated with higher quality eggs and may help with blastocyst development.  For women who have been diagnosed with PCOS, Inositol may help with insulin sensitivity of the ovary.  If you are taking a multivitamin, be sure it has the recommended daily amount of inositol.  There are also a number of supplements on the market that focus on inositol and other essential nutrients for those trying to conceive.

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Friday, September 16, 2016

WHY IS WHEATGRASS SO GOOD FOR FERTILITY?


Even before I was trying to conceive, I had heard about the benefits of wheatgrass.  When I joined an infertility support group a number of the women there were talking about "wheatgrass shots" which were supposed to help them get pregnant.  So, is there any truth to the claim that wheatgrass can help you conceive?  Well, yes, it seems there is.  Not only is wheatgrass a great source of chlorophyll which can help remove toxins from your body, it also has 8 essential amino acids and many more nutrients.  In addition to all of the overall health benefits, if you are trying to conceive, it can help create an "alkaline" environment which is more sperm friendly than an acidic environment.

 

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Monday, September 12, 2016

TRUE STORIES, NATURAL PREGNANCY OVER 50

One of my most popular web pages is about women who, "against all odds" got pregnant naturally over the age of 50.  Almost all of these were unplanned probably because they didn't think they could get pregnant at their age.  Heck, the media is obsessed with how you probably have a better chance at getting struck by lightning than you do getting pregnant over the age of 40!  And yet the unexpected rate of pregnancy over 40 is second only to teenagers!  It seems like there is a disconnect between what is reported and the reality.  Here are 8 cases of women who spontaneously conceived over age 50.

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Tuesday, September 06, 2016

BACK TO SCHOOL, MORE WOES FOR THE INFERTILE

Many parts of the country are still on the old fashioned "back to school after labor day" schedule. I can't believe it, but it's already that time of year again. Some parents love it when their kids go back to school, some grieve because their kids are growing up and they spend the bulk of each day away from home. But for many, it's just another painful reminder that the world seems to be revolving without them...other people have gotten on with their life while the infertile are stuck at the starting gate. Yes, I had many Labor Days come and go while I watched life go on without me. The school bus goes by my house and for many years it was just a way to mark another day without a child.
If you're trying to conceive, remember that babies decide when they're ready to come live their life with you. You can't force them to come just because you're ready to get pregnant (just like you resist being forced into just about anything). Try to be an open vessel. Tell your future baby they are welcome here with you whenever they decide to make their journey.

I frequently tell my daughter that I waited a very long time for her to come down into my belly. At the risk of filling her mind with fantasy, I tell her that she was flying around "up there" until she finally picked me as her mother. She seems perfectly satisfied with that explanation. To me it's not fantasy, it's what I truly believe. Why didn't she come sooner? Why did it take six years? I don't know, maybe she was waiting for me to work out all my issues. There was a time when I was so frustrated and bitter that I wanted to go tell all those moms waiting at the bus stop that there's no way they could appreciate what they have. Not being able to get pregnant isn't fair and it can take a a normal reasonable person and turn them into a raving lunatic. I never would have imagined that I'd be one of "those" moms waiting at the bus stop...I never take it for granted, but, most of all, I take note of how the tables can turn. Even the most hopeless of situations can turn around when you least expect it.
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Friday, September 02, 2016

45 YEAR OLD AUDRA MCDONALD, SURPRISE PREGNANCY

 Audra McDonald is an actress and singer who has appeared on Broadway and in the series "Private Practice.  She found out that she was unexpectedly pregnant last May.  I love when celebrities announce their over-40 pregnancies, because it sheds light on the fact that getting pregnant over 40 can be quite normal.  The media frequently focuses on the doom and gloom of older age pregnancies, so here's the good news!  Read more:

 from the article:

"Who knew that tap dancing during perimenopause could lead to pregnancy?" McDonald tweeted. "Will and I are completely surprised – and elated – to be expecting a new addition to our family. I am so very grateful to everyone in New York and London for allowing me to rearrange my schedule to accommodate this little miracle.
 from eonline

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Friday, August 26, 2016

FIRST BABY AT 46 AFTER FAILED IVF

This story sounds very similar to mine.  A woman goes through failed fertility treatments and gets pregnant naturally in her mid forties.  Yes, all the doctors frown at you and give you the "give it up" look.  Okay, they are only doing their job, but fertility doctors usually only see the hard cases.  The women in this story got pregnant despite a fairly stressful life, high FSH, and a blood clotting disorder.  I guess when it's meant to happen, it does!

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On my 45th birthday, my chances of getting pregnant, according to the popular statistics, reached zero. I cried, and my husband assured me we could keep trying naturally. I said “ok,” but I thought he was being foolishly optimistic.  We stopped all medical treatments, and I gave up all the alternative approaches to boosting fertility I’d been using too, like acupuncture and herbs.
There Go All the Theories about What To Do and What Not to Do
Six months later, just after mother’s day and just after I wrote this post, we learned I was almost seven weeks pregnant. At the time, my beloved father-in-law was dying, and I’d been spending 4-6 hours a day in a Japanese hospital with him, where once again, I couldn’t understand any of the nurses or doctors. So there goes the theory that we just have to relax or not be stressed and we’ll get pregnant.
from: thegoodshufu 

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Wednesday, August 24, 2016

CAN BEE POLLEN HELP YOU CONCEIVE?

Bee Pollen And Fertility - Can Bee Pollen Supplements Help People To Conceive?

Guest Post By V K Rajagopalan

If you have an interest in bee pollen or royal jelly, then you will almost certainly have come across articles discussing bee pollen and infertility. The big question is however, can pollen really boost fertility, or are we simply seeing shrewd internet marketers preying on people who are in a vulnerable position.
Before I continue, I must admit that I am a huge fan of bee pollen, so any articles I write are naturally a little bit biased, although I do try to keep them as unbiased as possible. So, do I really believe bee pollen can have a positive effect on fertility? I most definitely do, but it is not because I think pollen has any type of supernatural properties.
Bee pollen has been confirmed as a "complete food" since it contains every nutrient necessary to sustain life. In theory, a person could live on royal jelly and water, although to the best of my knowledge, nobody has yet attempted this. One woman did do a six month experiment during which she only had bee pollen, water, fresh juice, and an occasional salad.
The human reproductive system is an extremely complex system, and it can be severely disrupted by even small nutrient deficiencies. For this reason alone, it is to me, clearly obvious that pollen from bee hives can benefit anyone with infertility problems, unless of course they are permanently infertile for medical reasons.
Certain treatments such as radioactive treatment and chemotherapy treatment can render a person permanently infertile. In such cases, pollen from bee hives is not going to restore fertility. If on the other hand a couple is struggling to have a child simply because the man has a low sperm count, then bee pollen may very well swing the balance in their favor.

 

Of course there are no guarantees, but then again, even the most expensive fertility clinics in the world don't offer guarantees, simply because they are not able to. Some couples spend millions of dollars at these clinics, and they still end up not having a child of their own.
Most medical experts agree that certain vitamins and minerals are particularly important when you are trying to get pregnant, and the same applies when you are pregnant. Any vitamin of mineral your doctor recommends will be present in royal jelly.
Another way to look at this would be to look at the bees themselves. Irrespective of how big a colony is, you can be rest assured it is only the queen bee laying all those thousands of eggs. Let's face it; queen bees are ultra fertile, and yes, they live entirely on bee pollen and royal jelly.
What drew people's attention to pollen from bee hives and fertility in the first place? In 2011, researchers at Damanhour University decided to carry out a few experiments using rabbits. They noted that the rabbits that were placed on a bee pollen diet became significantly more fertile than the rabbits that were fed a regular diet. Fertility rates went up, sperm counts increased and sperm motility improved. Interestingly enough, survival rates also increased when baby rabbits were given bee pollen.
Pollen from bee hives can benefit one's health in many ways, but as with all natural dietary supplements, people need to make sure they only buy them from reputable suppliers. Lastly but not least, if you are allergic to bees, then it is best that you discuss matters with your doctor prior to taking any pollen.
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Monday, August 22, 2016

ACTRESS MOLLY SIMS, SURPRISE PREGNANCY AT 43

I know we all like to follow the personal lives of celebrities, so most of them share their successes and their struggles.  Actress Molly Sims was already the mother of two and got pregnant by surprise at the age of 43.  Yes, this happens frequently to women who are in their 40's.  The unexpected rate of pregnancy in women over the age of 40 is second only to teenagers.  This is probably because the media and medical community have told us all how infertile we are leading many women who aren't necessarily trying to conceive to get a little lax with their birth control!


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Molly said: 'It's a Hail Mary! I'm so happy - we're so blessed. We were so shocked, but we're thrilled.'

The 'Yes Man' actress admitted the pregnancy was unplanned and joked it was the result of 'what happens when I go visit my husband on the movie set.'...

She told People magazine: 'Being 43 is a little worrisome, cause I'm like 'OK, you are going to be 90!' But then Mick Jagger [is having a baby at 72] so we're like okay, we feel good about ourselves.'

dailymail.co.uk


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Sunday, August 21, 2016

STEVIA VS ASPARTAME AS A SWEETENER

Much has been written about the safety of aspartame especially if you are trying to conceive. Some softdrink and beverage manufacturers have discontinued the use of aspartame due to declining public opinion of the safety of this sweetener. Although many unsafe claims have been disputed, many people are now looking at stevia as an alternative. Here are some of the different brands and an explanation of what is in them:

Natural Stevia Based Sweeteners for Your Health

Guest Post By Harold Franklin
Introduction
From a health standpoint sugar is your enemy but this does not mean you must give up sweeteners. The sweetener stevia is made from the leaves of stevia rebaudiana, a plant that is native to South America. In December 2008 Stevia was approved as a natural sweetener by the Food and Drug Administration. This cleared the way for many people to be able to enjoy its benefits.
Since approved as a sweetener the use of stevia has risen rapidly in the US. It is now available under the brand names such as Only Sweet, SweetLeaf, fructevia, Slimtevia, Nustevia, PureVia, Reb-A and Truvia. The following is representative but not an exhaustive list of stevia based sweeteners.
Stevia products
SweetLeaf
SweetLeaf is made by using the leaves of the stevia plant and extracting their naturally sweet taste with only cool, purified water. No chemicals, alcohols, or additives are used. SweetLeaf is the only chemical-free, zero-calorie, zero-carb, zero-glycemic index, 100% natural sweetener. Stevia is very sweet and contains zero calories. It is a good choice for use when trying to lose weight. A teaspoon of table sugar for example, contains 16 calories. Stevia seems to be the ideal sweetener for people watching their weight and needing to control their blood sugar. It however has a bitter after taste that some people find objectionable.
Fructevia
Fructevia is a blend of Rebaudioside A an extract from stevia, Fructose, Magnesium Carbonate,and nutritional supplements called Fructo-Oligosaccharides.
Fructevia is about three times as sweet as sugar so you use 1/3 to half as much. The company guaranties Fructevia will not have a bitter after taste. There are no genetically modified organisms (GMO's) in Fructevia and it contains no Gluten or chemicals. It is completely a product of nature. Fructevia is a healthful sweetener but much sweeter than sugar yet with a small fraction of the calories and virtually no effect on blood sugar. It is the Fructose that keeps the stevia from being bitter. This is particularly true when only small amounts are used.
The Magnesium in Fructevia is an important mineral for your health including nerves, muscles, bones, and heart. Studies have reported that Americans are dangerously magnesium-deficient.

 

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What is fructose?
Fructose, or fruit sugar, in Fructevia is a monosaccharide (simple sugar) found in many plants. The glycemic index for Fructose is low (19). Fructose has the lowest Index rating of all natural sugars. Fructose is not the same as high-fructose corn syrup (HFCS).
SLIMTEVIA
The ingredients of Slimtevia are basically this same as that of Fructevia. Slimtevia like Fructevia adds a little fructose to eliminate the bitter after taste and still have a product that does not raise your blood sugar level. Slimtevia like Fructevia doesn't spike your blood sugar and does not have the bitter taste associated with pure stevia.
NuStevia
An individual packet is one serving which is tsp. powder (1). A packet of NuStevia contains 80 mg of stevia and 920 mg of Maltodextrinand a very small amount of natural flavors. Thus NuStevia is only 8.96% stevia and over 91% is maltodextrin. The glycemic index for maltodextrin is 150 which is high.Maltodextrinis a type of carbohydrate. It is produced from starch by partial hydrolysis. The actual glycemic index for maltodextrin (150) is high. The amount of maltodextrin however a serving of NuStevia White Stevia is less than a gram. This mixture with 91% maltodextrin is reported to not have the bitter after taste associated with regular stevia even though it will increase your blood sugar level a little. 1 tspof NuSteviais as sweet as 1 tspof sugar (1 cup= 1 cup).
Truvia
The development of Truvia was supported by a major large soft drink company who was instrumental in causing FDA to approve the use of stevia. The power of money is interesting indeed. Truvia is a stevia-based sugar substitute. Truvia is a combination of two different types of sweeteners: rebiana and erythritol with natural flavors. Erythritol is a "sugar alcohol" made by fermenting glucose with yeast. Sugar alcohols are generally recognized as safe but they can cause bloating, gas, diarrhea and can have a laxative effect. Erythritol tends to present less of a problem of these effects than other types of sugar alcohols.
Rebiana is the main ingredient in Truvia. It's a purified form of rebaudioside A, which is one of the components of the stevia plant. Since its introduction in 2008, Truvia has become the number two selling sugar substitute in the United States, surpassing Equal and Sweet'n Low. It is still small next to Splenda which reportedly has negative health implications. Splenda is not a stevia product. Splenda represents 60% of the sugar substitute market. Splenda will give you a big sugar spike as it is 95% Malto-Dextrin or some variant thereof. The Glycemic Index is higher than Table Sugar. Truvia and PureVia are both stevia extract sweeteners sold by major economic powers who market soft drinks.
PureVia
PureVia is Pepsi's sweetener developed from stevia. It is low-calorie sugar substitute developed jointly by PepsiCo and Whole Earth Sweetener Company PureVia is a blend of several different ingredients. It contains dextrose, cellulose powder; natural flavors as well as the stevia extract rebaudioside A.

Summary
Some stevia products such as sweetleaf are made by just extracting the sweetener using water without any additives producing a safe and healthy product. Fructevia and Slimtevia add a little fructose to eliminate the bitter after taste associated with stevia. They are a healthy sweetener that does not raise your blood sugar level. NuStevia uses Maltodextrin to eliminate the bitter taste of stevia. A serving contains 80 mg of Stevia extract and 920 mg of Maltodextrin. Thus NuStevia contains only 8.96% stevia and over 91% maltodextrin. Truvia and PureVia are developed sweeteners from stevia and made by two major soft drink manufactures.
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Wednesday, August 17, 2016

ST. GERARD TO PROTECT PREGNANCY, FERTILITY

http://getpregnantover40.com/saint-gerard-for-fertility.htmhttps://fertilityshop.blogspot.com/No matter what your religious beliefs, it can be comforting to pray to particular saints who are known to help with difficult situations or who will help protect.  Saint Gerard is known not only as a saint for infertility, but also a saint to help protect pregnancy and motherhood.  My site has a page devoted to prayers to St. Gerard and Our Lady of Perpetual Help.








48 YEAR OLD HAS SURPRISE PREGNANCY

Of course, with all the talk about how you have a better chance of being struck by lightning than getting pregnant over 40, when it does happen, women and couples are dumbfounded!  Yes, women do get pregnant over 40 and they do get pregnant in their upper 40's
Another page on my site talks about my surprise pregnancy at the age of 40 (click here to read more).
Here is a story of a woman who had a baby at the age of 48 and got pregnant by surprise.

From the article

At first, Robin Brussel thought she was experiencing perimenopause. Hormonal changes at the age of 47 aren't uncommon after all. Being pregnant wasn't on her radar. So you can imagine her surprise when her doctor told her that she was in fact, pregnant.
Robin, mother to four older children ages 18 to 28, would be having a baby at 48! The baby would be the first for herself and husband of four years Mark, 56. Mark also has older children, the oldest being 36 so he was also not "expecting" such news.
...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.

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Monday, August 15, 2016

HAVING BABIES, NOBODY'S BUSINESS!

  Even after everything I've been through with my fertility struggles, I don't automatically assume that people who don't have children are going through infertility.  However, as this article points out, probing questions about when people are going to have kids can be a little sticky.  I used to hate when people asked if we had kids.  When I was going through my struggles getting pregnant and having multiple miscarriages, I finally just told people, "no we're not having kids".  That usually shut down the conversation.  So I lied....so what!  Read more:
"Before you ask the young married couple that has been together for seemingly forever when they are finally gonna start a family ... before you ask the parents of an only-child toddler when a Little Brother or Little Sister will be in the works ... before you ask a single thirtysomething if/when s/he plans on having children because, you know, clock’s ticking ... just stop. Please stop. You don’t know who is struggling with infertility or grieving a miscarriage or dealing with health issues. You don’t know who is having relationship problems or is under a lot of stress or the timing just isn’t right. You don’t know who is on the fence about having kids or having more kids. You don’t know who has decided it’s not for them right now, or not for them ever. You don’t know how your seemingly innocent question might cause someone grief, pain, stress or frustration."

Bingham’s post  (ABOVE) went viral, shared by more than 77,000 people and liked by more than 42,000. It’s not surprising that Bingham’s message struck such a chord. Being a woman of childbearing age can feel like being stuck in a glass pressure-cooker; the heat is rising, the pressure is on, the timer is ticking (or so we’re constantly told) and it seems as if the whole world is watching.


from: guardian.com

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Saturday, August 13, 2016

SELF HYPNOSIS FOR GETTING PREGNANT

Self-Hypnosis For YOUR Self, How to and Applications

Guest Post By Morrin Bass
Hypnosis for YOUR-Self and the Life You Want
WHAT IS HYPNOSIS?
Hypnosis is focused attention concentrated on one thing, goal, wish, desire or behavior to the exclusion of everything else.
Focus that singles out one thing.
Means that you are in a hypnotic state for the most part of your life!
In a hypnotic state our mind becomes very open to the suggestions, thus created a state of susceptibility. Means if someone gives you suggestions at the moment of your openness, you accept the suggestions, most likely.
Driving, shopping, watching TV, working on the computer, walking, texting, or even talking on the phone, etc., any activity that requires your focus creates a hypnotic state, in which you become most susceptible to suggestions coming through for you at that moment.
Why do you think they show advertisement at 10 pm, when you are just dreamingly staring at the TV, because you are most susceptible to the suggestion to BUY at that time.
If you would get a suggestion created toward your personal goal, or success, at that moment of your openness, or susceptibility, you would essentially absorb that in your subconscious.
WHAT IS SELF-HYPNOSIS?
All hypnosis is self-hypnosis. Self-hypnosis is essentially a permission for yourself from yourself to be hypnotized. If others hypnotize you, you gave them this permission. As you hypnotize yourself, you agree to be hypnotized by yourself.
Well, you better know what you are doing here.
It is better to start with a professional instructor.
SUGGESTIONS
In self-hypnosis you give yourself a suggestion and using a hypnotic trance following that suggestion you would absorb the suggestion into your subconscious mind.
So you need to compose your own suggestions to agree with your goal. This is why it is better to work with an instructor at first, until you learn the ropes of composing suggestions that work.
Ah, by the way, all suggestions work. It is just they might not work toward your goal,but they work.
For example, you say to yourself: Uh, I am so stupid! I am fat. I am ugly, I am poor, etc.
These are examples of Negative suggestions, reiterating negative patterns in your behavior.
If you were to create positive direction in regard to those suggestions you would repeat to yourself something like the following: I am slimming, I eat healthy, I am getting healthier, prettier, smarter. And reward yourself with remarks like, I am smart to do that, or I feel great now (which most of us do not do). Thus the negative patterns stay and linger.
Another example of a negative suggestion to yourself might be: I am not afraid, or I am not going to lose my job, or I am not anxious or nervous. Those are negatively framed (containing the negative frame - word "not") suggestions.
All that stays in our mind is the word following the negative frame that is also negative - afraid, nervous, etc.
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POSITIVE SUGGESTIONS
To create positive suggestions look toward what you want, not to what you don't want.
For example, you want to lose weight. Suggestions to lose weight are:
I eat healthy,

I eat slowly

I chew well

I eat less

I am satisfied with less food

I choose nutritious foods so I eat less

I concentrate on what I eat when I eat

I eat only at mealtime

I eat healthy snacks

I eat more colorful fruits and veggies

I exercise regularly, etc.

Remember, that what you say to yourself is the command that you hear yourself reiterate. You experience this command in all senses. You begin to move toward the direction you command yourself to. It had better be a direction you want!
EXERCISE
Say a word most representing how you want to feel. Some people choose confident, or calm. Say that word out loud and then close your eyes for a moment of rest. Don't think, just rest. Allow your suggestion to take root in your mind. Then take a breath and open your eyes and find yourself more confident or calm.
This exercise takes only a moment to do, and yes, you are correct, you will find that a few moments a day will strengthen your confidence and ability to be calm, if you do this exercise regularly.
Hypnotic recordings.
This is just a short version of what happens when you listen to a hypnotic recording. Choose your provider carefully, work with your hypnotist in person first, establish a relationship and complete trust, and then buy the cds from them. Not just anything, something you want.
In the quiet of your room, allow the sensations of relaxation while absorbing the suggestions.
Applications:
Find that self-hypnosis works for many thing is your life
weight management

Stop Smoking

self-esteem

success and goal setting

anger management

fertility

anxiety

arthritis, etc.
Hypnotize yourself for health and success!
For more information find us at http://www.newyorkawareness.com/HypnosisCdsMP3SelfHipnosis.asp.
By Morrin Bass, Ph.D., MBA, BCH, NGH Instructor
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Monday, August 08, 2016

CERVICAL MUCUS MAY BE KEY FOR CONCEPTION

You may be aware that your cervical mucus becomes more sperm friendly around the time of ovulation.  Many methods of monitoring your fertile days revove around checking the consistency and volume of cervical mucus.  This isn't just for those trying to conceive, but also for those using the so called "rhythm method" to avoid pregnancy.
If you are trying to maximize your chances of conception, you will want to do everything in your power to create an environment that will allow sperm to swim to their goal without any unnecessary obstacles.  So how can you increase the quantity and quality of your cervical mucus?  I have a page devoted to this topic on my website:
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Friday, August 05, 2016

SUNSCREEN UV FILTERS HARM SPERM

As summer is in full swing, and the message about skin cancer risk has been widely publicized, we all have been slathering on the sunscreen.  But some men may be trading one problem for another when it comes to their fertility.  Some UV filters in sunscreen may harm sperm.  You may want to pass this information on to your partner if you are trying to concieve.
 From the article:

 

The researchers found that 13, or 45 percent, of the 29 UV filters tested induced calcium ion influxes in the sperm cells, thus interfering with normal sperm cell function. "This effect began at very low doses of the chemicals, below the levels of some UV filters found in people after whole-body application of sunscreens," Skakkebaek said.
Furthermore, nine of the 13 UV filters seem to induce this calcium ion influx by directly activating the CatSper channel, thereby mimicking the effect of progesterone. This finding suggests that these UV filters are endocrine disruptors, Skakkebaek said. In addition, several of the UV filters affected important sperm functions normally controlled via CatSper, such as sperm motility.
from: science daily

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Wednesday, August 03, 2016

ARE BIRTH DEFECTS HIGHER OVER AGE 40?

Let's face it, if you're trying to conceive over the age of 40, you've most likely heard all the dismal statistics not only about getting pregnant, but about all the complications you're supposedly going to have when you do get pregnant.  When I finally got pregnant with my daughter, I was bombarded with all the possible things that could go wrong.  As it turned out, I had a completely normal pregnancy AND normal delivery (I was told that women my age need a stick of dynamite to get their cervix to dilate - true story!)  My only pregnancy complication was nausea and vomiting which is actually a good sign because your hormones are strong.  But what is the real rate of pregnancy complications and birth defects over the age of 40?  I have a page on my website dedicated to this topic, read more here:

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Saturday, July 30, 2016

SALSA, GREAT FOR FERTILITY

No, I'm not talking about salsa dancing, I'm talking about the salsa you eat! I was just noticing that even store bought salsa is very low in calories and has some very nutritious properties (go easy on the chips!)
As it turns out, salsa has some very powerful and delicious ingredients that can really give both men and women a boost. These articles explain the health benefits of salsa and tomatoes.

From the article:


In a study, adhesive tissues such as those found in endometriosis were treated with lycopene in the laboratory. Lycopene is a nutrient that gives the red colour to tomatoes, watermelon and pink grapefruit...

...The treatment significantly reduced the activity of proteins that cause the adhesions, by between 80 and 90 per cent.

The findings were released at the American Society of Reproductive Medicine conference in San Francisco.

Dr Tarek Dbouk, a researcher at Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan, said the amount used in the experiments was compatible with consumption of a lycopene-rich diet.
(dailymail.co.uk)

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

BABIES AT 42, 44, SAVANNAH GUTHRIE

 Unfortunately, I don't have much time to watch daytime TV, but Today Anchor, Savannah Guthrie announced that she is having her second baby at the age of 44.  She announced her first "over 40" pregnancy at her wedding!  I don't see anything about fertility treatments, but some celebrities are very private about that.  I certainly offer my congratulations and it shows that women who get pregnant over 40 are in good company!

 
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The 44-year-old Today co-host revealed she's expecting her second child during Tuesday morning's broadcast of the daily news program. Nearly two years ago in August, Guthrie welcomed her first child, daughter Vale Guthrie Feldman, with husband Michael Feldman. 
"Mike and I are so excited. We're expecting a baby in December!" she declared during the broadcast after pulling a question, "Are you pregnant?" from the desk's bowl of questions.


eonline.com

Saturday, July 23, 2016

CELEBRITIES WITH A PREGNANCY OVER 40

Celebrities not only entertain us with their on screen performances, they also become a source of entertainment since the media follows their day to day life.  Celebrities who have babies over 40 have redefined motherhood.  Although I don't always agree with exposing their personal life, many of them are very open about their pregnancies.  Although many celebrities don't admit to having fertility treatments, they have certainly changed the perception of having babies older in life.  I can't tell you how many times I have heard or read that it's "selfish" to have kids at an older age since "you won't be around to raise them".  Honestly that's nonsense.  People are living longer and longer, and even if you have a baby in your 40's, chances are you'll be around to see grandkids.  If you have your first baby over the age of 40, the longevity statistics are in your favor...women who have their first baby over the age of 40 are four times more likely to live to be 100 than the general population!
Read more about celebrities who had babies over 40:

CELEBRTIIES WITH PREGNANCY/BABY OVER 40

celebrities with a baby over 40
Celebrities who had babies over 40

 

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