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Friday, January 29, 2016


Pregnancy Over 40, Some Desserts May Help

Yum...trying to conceive might involve having some great desserts.
 This article talks about how some delicious recipes may be good for your fertility. 

From the article:

Eνеr wonder wһу women аrе tһе ones wһο crave chocolate? Studies suggest tһаt women аrе more affected bу tһе “magic” οf phenylethylamine (PEA, аn endogenous neuroamine/antidepressant). Wһο cares tһаt wе саnnοt pronounce іt, аѕ long аѕ іt mаkеѕ υѕ very, very һарру.

Oh, yes! A tantalizing ƖіttƖе pleasure, chocolate іѕ loaded wіtһ tһе stimulant PEA аחԁ therefore chocolate ԁοеѕ іt аƖƖ, frοm something аѕ wonderful аѕ increasing energy tο tһаt pizazz οf stimulating sexual arousal аחԁ pleasure. Forget tһе appetizers аחԁ entrees аחԁ јυѕt mаkе уουr chocolate goodies tһе entire meal! Aחԁ аѕ a touch οf fertility enticement, ѕοmе believe tһаt green M&M's аrе lusty ƖіttƖе aphrodisiacs. Hey, green ԁοеѕ mean ɡο!

See also:  Foods For Fertility (

Or һοw аbουt chocolate’s lusty ƖіttƖе friend, vanilla. Vanilla’s scent חοt οחƖу calms аחԁ relaxes, bυt аƖѕο acts аѕ a powerful аחԁ mysterious sex enhancer. Experiment wіtһ уουr vanilla desserts іח tһе forms οf ice cream, cakes, smoothies… οr drop a vanilla bean οr two into уουr champagne fertility toast. Cheers tο vanilla!

Lеt’s talk éclairs аѕ a particularly powerful аnԁ well-endowed fertility dessert. Tһе shape, tһе
luscious creamy custard… wе′re blushing аt tһе sheer mention. Bυt һοחеѕtƖу, аѕ far back аѕ tһе Middle Ages, Liebesknochen (translation – bone οf Ɩονе), οr wһаt wе call éclairs, wеrе baked, eaten, and enjoyed аѕ a fertility custom. Now tһаt уου know tһе significance, Ɩеt éclairs work fοr уου.

Wе саn’t talk romantic desserts without raising awareness οf tһе “raising” merits οf pumpkin pie. Tһе scent οf аnу home cooked pie mау tantalize уουr partner, bυt pumpkin pie ԁοеѕ іt аƖƖ. Abundant іn phosphorus, pumpkin pie іѕ known tο increase penile blood flow bу up tο 40%


Tuesday, January 26, 2016


 I found this article to be very insightful about women's fertility and pregnancy over the age of 40.  Many women get pregnant by surprise forgetting that, despite the doom and gloom reported in the media about women having babies at older ages, women can be quite fertile even through their mid forties.  If they do get pregnant, they are bombarded with negative outcomes, when in fact, the vast majority  babies born to women over 40 are perfectly normal. (click here to read about the real rate of pregnancy complications and birth defects over age 40.,.from
Read more from celebrate life magazine:

 Media sensationalism and the protectionism bred by fear of medical malpractice lawsuits perpetuate the myth that having a child naturally later in life is virtually impossible —and therefore should be avoided.
The media’s infertility stories and glamorization of alternate means of achieving parenthood, along with medical experts’ reasonable cautions about pregnancy after age 35, have been distorted to mean that natural pregnancy after age 40 is rare and a significant health risk for mother and child. Yet the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists states that “many older women show no greater signs of problems than do younger women. Age need not be a barrier to a safe, healthy pregnancy.”5
The well-publicized increased chance of chromosomal defects resulting in conditions such as Down syndrome and trisomy 18 can horrify women, even though such risks are actually still very small. According to the ACOG, at 43, my age-related risk for a Down syndrome baby was two percent and three percent for a baby with any chromosomal defect.6 According to my OB-GYN’s office, when my health and my baby’s ultrasound were factored in, the calculated risks were 1.5 percent for Down syndrome and .02 percent for trisomy 18. Thus, older women who are healthy enough to conceive naturally without “trying” are often healthier than age-related risk calculations might reflect.

Due to my age, I chose an OB-GYN practice that specialized in “high risk” pregnancies. Much screening and testing of my baby was recommended. Each time I refused a procedure, the physician meticulously recorded my refusal. At each subsequent appointment, I was asked to confirm that, if my baby were born with a birth defect, I had knowingly declined testing and the option of ending the pregnancy. The experience was emotionally disturbing and faith-testing, as I was tempted to second-guess my choices.


Sunday, January 24, 2016


 I frequently tell stories of women in their late 40's who conceive and have babies naturally, however it's something special when women over 50 have a baby.  I have devoted a page on my website ( to women who have had natural pregnancies over age 50.  What makes this case amazing (as reported by the Daily Mail (UK), a woman had triplets! She also claims a relative had a baby at 51. Read more:

Yesterday Mrs Mellone, who also has a grandson of six months, said: 'I have never used fertility treatment. In our family this is not unusual. Last year my cousin of 51 had a baby girl.
'I only found out I was expecting triplets when I was five months pregnant.' Her children from her first marriage are 23, 26 and 29.
Her second husband, 38-year-old Gerardo Montefusco and father of the triplets, said: 'We had wanted a child but to get three is amazing.'
 The mother says she did not use any fertility treatment and there is no record of it so we must believe her.

Thursday, January 21, 2016


First, let me say I am not by any stretch of the imagination a religious scholar.  But through my reading, I have discovered that the grandmother of Jesus (Mary's mother) was considered quite elderly when she had her daughter Mary.  Most sources say that Anne and her husband Joachim were married for 20 year 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.  An angel came to Anne and told her she would conceive a child.


They did have a child, again at an "elderly" age (although I can't seem to find how old she actually was) and of course named her Mary.  Even though they longed for this child, when Mary was three, they brought her to the Temple of Jerusalem where they left her to be brought up.  And, Mary became the mother of Jesus.

I realize I have a number of readers of different faiths, but every now and then I like to bring up historical stories of infertility and older motherhood.

Tuesday, January 19, 2016


Get Pregnant Naturally By Changing Lifestyle and Eating Habits

I rest my case! More evidence that making simple lifestyle changes can drastically improve your chances of getting pregnant.
 I'm so happy when I see articles which support natural methods of enhancing fertility especially since so many couples are pushed into fertility treatments before really addressing their diet and other lifestyle factors. Read more about the study:


The team devised a scoring system on dietary and lifestyle factors that previous studies have found to predict ovulatory disorder infertility. Among those factors were:

• The ratio of mono-unsaturated to trans fats in diet

• Protein consumption (derived from animals or vegetables)

• Carbohydrates consumption (including fiber intake and dietary glycemic index)

• Dairy consumption (low- and high-fat dairy)

• Iron consumption

• Multivitamin use

• Body mass index (BMI, weight in kilograms divided by the square of height in meters)

• Physical activity. 

Friday, January 15, 2016


Pregnancy Over 40, It wasn't the menopause, it was a miracle

I'll warn you right up front, the following article is a little scary, and it made me a little angry to read it. It's about a 45 year old woman who became unexpectedly pregnant (after she was told that a uterine deformity would render her infertile) and since doctors never considered the possibility of pregnancy, they put her through a multitude of tests exposing her to drugs, radiation and the list goes on.
The moral of the story is, 45 year olds do get pregnant - even against the odds. Somehow, the medical community needs to realize that and take precautions just like they would with any other woman! Just because you're in your forties doesn't mean that you are not of "child bearing age". Read more:


From the article:

On Friday, September 10, 1999, I saw another doctor. She suspected a large uterine or ovarian tumour and sent me for an emergency CAT scan. Afterwards, I fell asleep in the waiting area. 'Mrs Cohen.' Someone was shaking my shoulder.

'Mrs Cohen. We did find something in you. We found a baby.'

Since my identity is predicated on my infertility, the statement made no more sense than if he'd said: 'Mrs Cohen, we discovered that you're a man.' Or: 'Mrs Cohen, we found out that you're black.' Obviously, it was a dream.

In shock, I said: 'What do you mean a baby?' They brought me to the ultrasound room to see for myself.


Wednesday, January 13, 2016


Having A Baby Over 40, Could Getting Sick Help?

I've pondered this question for many years.  Could being sick actually help you get pregnant?

The reason I thought about this is because many of my pregnancies occurred when I either wasn't feeling well or was downright sick.  My case in point:  I unexpectedly got pregnant right after I had the stomach flu (this happened at the age of 49 - but I miscarried shortly thereafter).  I believe conception occurred before I got the flu, but I'm thinking the embryo attached while I was sick.  If you've followed my site for a few years, you probably saw that post, but if you didn't here's the link to it:


I recently read about a theory behind the possibility that being sick could help you get pregnant.  It has to do with the immune system.  It could be possible that your immune system may be sabotaging your ability to get pregnant by attacking the pregnancy.  If you're body is busy attacking a real predator, it may help save your pregnancy by not attacking the baby.  I don't know if there's any real science behind this because my sources on this aren't based on research, however it does make sense. 

I have read from credible sources that pregnant women in general do have supressed immune systems and tend to be more susceptible to colds, flu, etc.  Again, the theory here is that the immune system is suppressed so it doesn't attack the pregnancy. 

Anyway if being sick can really help you get pregnant, all you have to do is figure out how on earth you're going to actually have intercourse in that physical state!

Monday, January 11, 2016


Did You know Women Can Be Fertile Twice a Month?

Guest Post By Nadia MacLeod

It's true... and it's all because of the moon.
Most women watch their menstrual cycles and are taught that their prime time to fall pregnant is during mid cycle or biological ovulation.
What they might not know is that the moon can trigger ovulation and bring on fertility at any time during the menstrual cycle including before, after or even during your menstrual period. It all depends on what phase the moon was in when you were born.
The moon has been linked to female fertility for thousands of years. In fact, the ebb and flow of the moon is responsible for the spawning, mating and birthing behaviour of many creatures on our earth. So really, why should we humans be any different?
Intuitively, women have always understood that the moon, their menstrual cycles and fertility are intimately connected. In folklore and ancient traditions the connections between the three are taken as fact.


Consider the following:

  • A healthily fertile woman's menstrual cycle runs its course in about twenty-nine days, one lunar cycle.
  • A standard healthy pregnancy runs for 42 weeks or 10 lunar months.
  • The relationship between the moon's cycles and menstruation is so basic that our words, 'menstruation', 'moon' and 'month' all come from the Greek word for 'measure of time.'

Recent scientific research has revealed how the moon plays its part in female fertility. They have discovered that the production of the hormone Melatonin is controlled by the amount of moonlight reaching the eye.
The Body Clock, which is also responsible for our sleep / wake cycle, responds to the levels of moonlight reaching the eye to produce varying amounts of Melatonin. These Melatonin changes tell the ovaries, through other hormones to develop the egg at the beginning of the menstrual cycle and to release the eggs at mid cycle, so ovulation will occur.
When we all lived in huts or caves without artificial light, women generally bled on the new moon and ovulated and gave birth on the Full Moon. That's just the way it was.
But as humankind has embraced artificial light, the female fertility clock has been disturbed. Women now ovulate and give birth at any time during the lunar month. This means that women now have two fertility cycles to work with.
The truth is that the FULL Moon still exerts a powerful influence on women even if they were not born under that phase.
Many women find that they do in fact ovulate with the full moon. But if they were not born under the full moon phase then they will have a SECONDARY LUNAR fertility pattern that can and does trigger spontaneous ovulation.
Remember the moon's trigger effect is increased by two factors - stress and sexual intercourse. That is, if you are having sex during your lunar fertile time, the chances of ovulation being triggered and conception occurring increase.
This can come as quite a surprise to many people and can be very worrying for women who are not looking to get pregnant.
Being aware of lunar fertility and synchronising you biological cycle to your lunar cycle can be beneficial for many women.
For example:

  • if you are trying to avoid pregnancy it is essential to know when your natal lunar fertile time occurs so you are prepared with appropriate contraception.
  • if you are trying to fall pregnant, synchronising your cycle maximises your chance of falling pregnant at your fertile time, and
  • if your menstrual cycle is irregular then using the moon can be a simple, non invasive technique to help you get regular again.
Nadia MacLeod is the founder and creator of the ultimate menstrual web resource Quite simply, our aim is to provide you with information, products, and an alternative viewpoint about menstruation so that you can feel great about being a woman every day of the month!
Copyright 2006 - Nadia MacLeod.
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Wednesday, January 06, 2016


If you've had fertility testing, and your FSH is over "10", you may wonder if you can still get pregnant. Yes, many women with high FSH do conceive and carry to term. On my website (, I site cases where women get pregnant with an FSH over 100!
See more here:

Monday, January 04, 2016


Infertility, people don't always assume you're going through it, especially if you're over 40
Oh, I remember as if it were yesterday...we were with my husband's sister and her family at an event. They had also invited other friends and, of course, it was a family oriented extravaganza.

There I was, minding my own business, waiting for the show to start and one of the other people there says...
"I bet you guys have a bunch of kids right?”
 “Uh no, actually we don't have any”....more silence....”Um how many do you have? “Four”. 
I don't know why that blindsided me, but it did. After that experience we went to most events by ourselves and I made a mental note to come up with a “canned” response to the “do you have children” question.
Be prepared for the "when are you going to have a baby" or "do you have children" question
Preparation is really the key to getting through tough situations. I found the worst part of any encounter of this nature was being unprepared. I know the last thing people want is to make you feel bad, and even now, after everything I've gone through, I frequently ask people if they have kids...I don't automatically assume that they're struggling with infertility.  I have even asked if they're planning on having a baby.
The fertile world doesn't know how you feel and you are hypersensitive right now
You have to remember you are hypersensitive right now and people in the fertile world just don’t know how it feels just as you may not understand certain aspects of their life.

You are probably feeling angry and frustrated and it’s hard not to transfer that on to others. If you say something rude or nasty to someone who makes a comment that hurts you, you will probably feel worse about yourself later which will add to your stress.  I know the feeling of being on the edge of saying something I would regret later.
Responses to the having a baby or child question
First let me tell you my response to the “having children” question:
 “We got married later in life and by the time we really considered it, we felt we were on a different path.”
Yes, I lied and a little white lie now and then is OK. The reason I gave this response is it seemed any other response would give people more information than I wanted to share. I really didn’t want people to know I was trying to get pregnant because I was so sensitive about my age. I also found this response stopped this line of questioning dead in its tracks. If you do get pregnant and you see these people again, you can say, “what a pleasant surprise!” and you won’t be lying!

Other responses I’ve heard include:
We’re trying
 Not yet
We can’t
 Apparently not!
We’re very blessed with what we have
Babies seem to come when they’re good and ready
 When we decide (or when we do), you’ll be the first to know!
If you share information about your struggle with infertility, others will know what questions not to ask, thereby avoiding uncomfortable situations. They will hopefully be more sensitive to your needs and they will be less likely to hurt your feelings with needless “kiddie” talk. This also gives you the opportunity to talk freely about your feelings and release some of your stress which can ultimately help you relax. The downside of telling others is they may purposefully avoid talking with you about certain subjects which can leave you feeling isolated and like somewhat of an outcast. To me, there would be nothing worse than finding out a mutual acquaintance is pregnant and then find out everyone was trying to keep it from me. Only you can decide the right way to handle this dilemma for yourself, but my best advice is to plan it out ahead of time so you're prepared when the question arise.

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