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Saturday, July 30, 2016


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!)

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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.

Wednesday, July 27, 2016


 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.

Monday, July 25, 2016


I have posted a number of articles about women and couples who conceive naturally either after having a baby through IVF or after failed IVF.  A recently published study confirms that about 30% of couples will go on to have a natural conception after IVF.  These numbers are certainly encouraging if you are currently undergoing fertility treatments and want to quit or if your fertility treatments failed.   Although I wasn't part of the study, you can count me in as a so called "hopeless case" that went on to conceive naturally.  IVF "blew out" one of my fallopian tubes with an ectopic pregnancy (tubal pregnancies are more common with IVF) and I still went on to conceive naturally at the age of 44.  So assisted reproduction isn't always the answer.  For the complete study, click here:


Saturday, July 23, 2016


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:


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Monday, July 18, 2016


I have heard that you should start preparing your body for conception up to three months in advance.  I firmly believe that getting pregnant and preventing miscarriage has everything to do with an overall healthy lifestyle.  When your body is getting everything it needs in terms of nutrition, sleep, relaxation etc., it tends to make the right amount of hormones and regulate itself.  This will lead to higher quality eggs when they finally become mature and ovulate.  According to this article, it can take about 110 days for an egg to mature, but the 48 hours before ovulation is critical. 


Although this article states that it's difficult to prove that egg quality is affected this far in ahead, it seems to me that a woman should do everything in her control to produce a healthy pregnancy. Read more:

From the article:

The demise of embryos, anywhere from the one-cell to the hundred-cell stage, is largely associated with defects that have occurred in the egg, prior to its fertilization," says Van Blerkom. "So that in fact, you could argue that the stage is set for failure before fertilization."

The difficult part about determining what makes an egg good or bad is that it takes a long time for an egg to mature— about 110 days— and the place it develops, an egg follicle in a woman's ovary, is not an easy place to conduct scientific studies. Researchers are sure, however, that the last 24-48 hours of development, just before ovulation, is the most critical period of development, when chromosomal abnormalities are most likely to occur.

"I think the more pressing concern now is: Could there be insults imposed on the ovary and the development of [the egg] at even earlier times in its development?" says Albertini. "If it takes approximately 100 days to design, build and ensure that [the egg] is going to inherit all the necessary materials that will support embryonic and fetal development, then what impact might there be in not one or two, but even three menstrual cycles before that ovum would actually be released from that ovary?"


Friday, July 15, 2016


Wow, I've witnessed this phenomenon numerous times especially when I ran an infertility support group.
 It seems like when people take a break from fertility treatments or discontinue them altogether, they get pregnant. At first, I thought it was just coincidence, but according to this article, it's a documented phenomenon. I realize some couples with certain physiological problems must go through fertility treatments to conceive, but for those in the unexplained category, this article may be of interest. Read more:

In fact, emotional stress is the second-most frequently cited reason for dropping out of infertility treatment, trailing only financial constraints. It's not that the treatments are difficult, but that the people undergoing them simply can't take the conception-related pressure for long. In one Swedish study, a group of couples having trouble conceiving was offered three free cycles of IVF. Fifty-four percent dropped out of the program before completing all three cycles. The reason most commonly given was psychological stress. In an Australian study, couples offered six free IVF cycles completed only 3.1, on average; again, stress and mood effects were the top reasons cited for dropping out.

See Also: Stress, The Most Overlooked Factor In Our Control When It Comes To Our Fertility (

When treatment and its attendant stresses stop, pregnancy occurs often enough to be a documented phenomenon. A 2004 study from the Netherlands found that 26 percent of women who chose to drop out of fertility treatment after their first cycle went on to become pregnant without further treatment. Thirteen percent of women who dropped out after the second treatment cycle also became pregnant afterward.

Exactly how perceived stress results in reduced fertility is still sketchy, but the links in the chain of causation are becoming clearer. Negative emotions can kick stress hormones like cortisol into overdrive. Those stress hormones, in turn, alter physiology in ways that can be at odds with conception—by lengthening the menstrual cycle, for instance. 


Wednesday, July 13, 2016


I don't think it's really that surprising that a woman gets pregnant and has a baby at the age of 42.  But what's surprising is the woman in this story had identical triplets!  Although she had been trying to conceive for a while, this particular pregnancy was all natural (usually multiples as a result of fertility treatments are fraternal).  The odds of that are 1/50,000,000!
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However, in April, Meeuwsen was experiencing some unusual symptoms she chalked up to early menopause — until a call from her doctor's office confirmed she was pregnant.
“I thought I was too old, so it was pretty shocking.”
Then an ultrasound revealed what medical staff thought was twins.
Two weeks later, the shock multiplied.
“I had another ultrasound and the tech goes, ‘There’s a heartbeat here and here and here.’ And I thought he was joking,” Meeuwsen said. “But, he showed me — and there they all were. I was dizzy.”
When they brought her husband in for the news, they propped him up between the bed and the wall.

Monday, July 11, 2016


If you're not familiar with reflexology, it involves certain points on the hands and feet which correspond with body systems. My DVD has a segment on reflexology (for more information click here: Fertility Bodywork (
These points can be massaged to stimulate the body system that isn't functioning properly. Read more about how reflexology can help those who are trying to conceive:

Doctors had told them Mrs Chapman had a hormone problem which meant fertility treatment would be a waste of time.
But the 40- year-old mother remembered she had read somewhere that reflexology could help with infertility.
With nothing to lose, she had three months of foot massage and, at the end of her course, was delighted to hear that her hormone levels had returned to normal.
She soon became pregnant and gave birth to second son Fraser five months ago. While doctors insist there is nothing to prove the alternative therapy was responsible, she is sure it worked.
Mrs Chapman, who also has a four-year-old son called Jake, said: 'I am convinced I wouldn't have become pregnant without the reflexologist's help. I was absolutely shocked, but obviously delighted, to find I was pregnant after being told we couldn't have a second child. It's a dream come true.'

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Mrs Chapman, from Deepcar, Sheffield, said she was 'devastated' to be told she would never conceive again.
'I was told that there was no point in attempting IVF treatment because it would be a waste so I would have to resign myself to the fact that we couldn't have another baby,' she added. A hormone test - which indicates if a woman is entering the menopause - showed levels were too high, suggesting her ovaries had stopped producing enough oestrogen, which controls the reproductive cycle.
To become pregnant, a woman needs a hormone rating of ten or below but Mrs Chapman's was above 25. Following reflexology, however, it dropped to below eight

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Saturday, July 09, 2016


Pregnancy Over 40, Getting Pregnant May Start With Visualizing Your Child 

In my Meditation and Visualization CD ( I talk about visualizing your future child.  I have always believed that everything begins with a thought and the more you think it and visualize it, the more real it becomes.  This article is somewhat related and deals with preconception dreams and visits. If you've recently dreamed about a baby or child, who knows, it could be a prediction of your future. Read more:

From the article:

Many people dream before conception about what their child will look like at a certain age and when they get to that age they look exactly the way they did in the dream. Couples who have no intention of having a baby, or who have even had tubal ligations, will dream of a child wanting to be born to them, and this will have the effect of them changing their minds, even reversing surgery. Clearly these are not your ordinary everyday dreams, they have a clear and powerful message that can be life changing. At the least they offer the opportunity to fall in love with your child right from the beginning.

Pre-conception is an ideal time to be thinking about and assessing all aspects of your life and the changes you may want to make before you become pregnant. These changes could be to your career, emotional/psychological, physical and health, in your home or the location of your home, and in your relationship with each other.

Having a baby is going to create huge changes in your lives, which you will have to manage in the midst of sleep deprivation – loss of freedom, changes in your sexual life, etc. These changes can be overwhelming, unless you are prepared.

The kind of womb, and family, that your baby comes into is going to have a profound impact upon her whole life. You can both prepare for your new baby by healing:

♥ Trauma’s based in your sexuality/pelvic area such as sexual abuse
♥ Un-grieved or unresolved prior abortions, miscarriages or stillbirth.
♥ Anything else you are holding in your womb – women often hold stress and trauma in their Pelvic Bowl area, and especially in their reproductive system.
♥ Unresolved conception, womb, birth and bonding trauma’s from your own journey’s here, that are specifically likely to affect the way you bring your own children into life.
♥ Relationship issues you have with each other, particularly around becoming parents, parenting styles, and unresolved parenting and ancestral issues from both sides of your families.

Thursday, July 07, 2016


What is Bee Pollen?  What is Royal Jelly?  How Can They Help Fertility?

First, Royal Jelly is the food of queen bees.  It has essential amino acids, essential fatty acids and sugars.
 It also is a great source of vitamins A, B complex, C, D and E.  It is great for the immune system and it is also thought to regulate reproductive hormones.

Bee Pollen is the food of young bees.  It is high in protein, vitamins and folic acid.  Bee pollen is thought to stimulate the ovaries and is thought to increase egg production.
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Tuesday, July 05, 2016


I thought this post was appropriate right on the day after most of us watched fireworks for Independence day.  Well, conception can be a bit of a light show...and why shouldn't it be?  A new life is being created.  This interesting study explains how there is actually a visible spark when sperm meets egg.  Read more:

Researchers have captured a stunning explosion of zinc fireworks that occurs when a human egg meets sperm. This is the first time zinc sparks have been seen in a human egg and the size of the sparks is a direct measure of the quality of the egg and its ability to develop into an embryo

As the zinc is released from the egg, it binds to small molecule probes, which emit light in fluorescence microscopy experiments. 
Thus the rapid zinc release can be followed as a flash of light that appears as a spark.
'These fluorescence microscopy studies establish that the zinc spark occurs in human egg biology, and that can be observed outside of the cell,' said Tom O'Halloran, a co-senior author.


Friday, July 01, 2016


Yes, this is one of my guilty pleasures, watching reality TV.  I don't know why I've been sucked in to some of the "Real Housewives" shows, but I have.  The last episode I watched of the Real Housewives of Orange County, Meghan Edmonds talked about how she is going through fertility treatments.  Then, it was revealed that Heather Dubrow and the newest cast member Kelly Dodd both went through IVF to have their children.  I guess fertility treatments aren't for "older" women anymore, I consider most of the cast members to be relatively young. 

But, it's none of my business how people achieve their goal of having a baby.  What I really wanted to say is that infertility is a common problem.  Here is a group of six women and half of them had trouble getting pregnant!  However, I should say that my understanding is that Meghan Edmonds is going through IVF because her husband previously had a vasectomy and they are using his frozen sperm...although I'm not sure why they aren't going through IUI which is much less invasive.  Perhaps I missed something along the way.
One of the other Bravo shows, Real Housewives of New Jersey featured Jacqueline Laurita who dealt with recurrent miscarriage for years, then got pregnant and had a baby after wearing a fertility bracelet....this partly inspired my line of fertility jewelry.

So, the moral of the story is, if you are struggling with infertility and/or miscarriage, you are not alone.  Women of all ages can experience this problem and overall, I glad that more attention is being brought to the subject. 
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