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Monday, October 31, 2016


It's Halloween and its pumpkin season if you haven't noticed! If you're trying to conceive over 40 or any age, take advantage of every nutritional benefit this season has to offer.  I never think of pumpkins as squash, but essentially, that's what they are.  They are loaded with phytochemicals and phytonutrients which tend to be good for overall health


Pumpkins are very affordable and pumpkin seeds are wonderful sources of zinc, essential fatty acids and many other nutrients which are great for male and female fertility.  Unfortunately, these fertility superstars are usually thrown out when people carve their pumpkins.  To prepare the pumpkin seeds, scrape out the inside of the pumpkin, separate the seeds, boil them for 10 minutes in salted water, then bake till crispy on  a baking sheet with olive oil.

Here is an article about the nutritional value of pumpkins

Pumpkin seeds, raw

In-depth nutrient analysis:

Pumpkin seeds, raw
(Note: "--" indicates data is unavailable)
amount 0.25 cup
total weight 34.50 g
Basic Components
nutrient amount %DV
calories 186.65 10.37
calories from fat 142.36
calories from saturated fat 26.93
protein 8.47 g 16.94
carbohydrates 6.14 g 2.05
dietary fiber 1.35 g 5.40
soluble fiber 0.19 g
insoluble fiber 1.16 g
sugar - total 0.35 g
monosaccharides 0.00 g
disaccharides 0.35 g
other carbs 4.45 g
fat - total 15.82 g 24.34
saturated fat 2.99 g 14.95
mono fat 4.92 g 20.50
poly fat 7.21 g 30.04
trans fatty acids 0.00 g
cholesterol 0.00 mg 0.00
water 2.39 g
ash 1.68 g
nutrient amount %DV
vitamin A IU 131.10 IU 2.62
vitamin A RE 13.11 RE
A - carotenoid 13.11 RE 0.17
A - retinol 0.00 RE
A - beta carotene 78.66 mcg
thiamin - B1 0.07 mg 4.67
riboflavin - B2 0.11 mg 6.47
niacin - B3 0.60 mg 3.00
niacin equiv 2.48 mg
vitamin B6 0.08 mg 4.00
vitamin B12 0.00 mcg 0.00
biotin -- mcg --
vitamin C 0.66 mg 1.10
vitamin D IU 0.00 IU 0.00
vitamin D mcg 0.00 mcg
vitamin E alpha equiv 0.35 mg 1.75
vitamin E IU 0.51 IU
vitamin E mg 3.76 mg
folate 19.84 mcg 4.96
vitamin K 17.73 mcg 22.16
pantothenic acid 0.12 mg 1.20
nutrient amount %DV
boron -- mcg
calcium 14.84 mg 1.48
chloride -- mg
chromium -- mcg --
copper 0.48 mg 24.00
fluoride -- mg --
iodine -- mcg --
iron 5.16 mg 28.67
magnesium 184.58 mg 46.15
manganese 1.04 mg 52.00
molybdenum -- mcg --
phosphorus 405.03 mg 40.50
potassium 278.42 mg 7.95
selenium 1.93 mcg 2.76
sodium 6.21 mg 0.26
zinc 2.57 mg 17.13



Friday, October 28, 2016


I've often wondered how much we control our "body chemistry".
 Now, I certainly don't want to give anyone the impression that I'm a medical professional or anything remotely resembling a biologist, but I must say, somewhere along the line I changed my body chemistry.

I tried for many years to get pregnant. First I couldn't get pregnant at all, then when I did, I continually miscarried. I had six miscarriages in all (two were ectopics). After being labeled a "habitual aborter" (the medical term for one who repeatedly miscarries - a bit offensive, don't you think?), I somehow carried my last pregnancy to term at the age of 44 with the 'odds' totally against me (especially since I only had one tube and conceived naturally).


In hindsight, I'm completely convinced that through diet, visualization, meditation, stress management, and a number of other treatments which I now call my 'pregnancy protocol' I changed whatever it was in my body's chemistry that was keeping me from having a successful pregnancy. Getting pregnant is an orchestration of synchronistic events that play out like a beautiful musical masterpiece. Each instrument has to play on cue. I'll admit, most of my adult life, my orchestra didn't just need 'fine tuning', it needed a complete overhaul. But overhaul I did, and it was worth it. Not only did I change my lifestyle completely, but I'm happier, healthier, and a much nicer person than I've ever been.

I truly believe that everyone has 'lessons' to learn in this life. I think I learned a big one during my journey to get pregnant. I confronted my less than perfect upbringing and I've 'cleaned up' most of my unhealthy thought processes. I now know that I'm capable of just about anything - even changing my body chemistry!

Wednesday, October 26, 2016


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. newest offering is a limited edition of fertility bracelets that correspond with the Sacral Chakra (controls the reproductive system) and the heart chakra.   The stone that resonates with the sacral chakra is Carnelian and the stone that resonates with the Heart Chakra is Rose Quartz.  We also have a magnetic bracelet that helps to balance your body's electromagnetic field and has a combination of Rose Quartz and Carnelian.  Click the picture to the side for more information.  These are only available in limited quantities.

Monday, October 24, 2016


I've often wondered if tampons are really that healthy.
 I'll admit, for me, it's much more comfortable than wearing a pad, however, after I delivered my daughter, I found then to be somewhat irritating. This article talks about how tampons could possibly be associated with everything from endometriosis to infertility. Read more:

Most tampons are made of rayon. Rayon is made from cellulose and fibers of wood. The processing from raw materials includes chlorine bleaching which is known to produce dioxin. The makers say they wash it all away. Critics say they don't.


Dioxin is a type of chlorine called an organochlorine. Organochlorines are similar in physical structure to sex hormones. It is believed by some (mostly environmentalists) that they can mimic the effects of sex hormones. Exposure to environmental organochlorines may cause an increase in sex-related health problems because it is like taking a huge dose of hormones.

Gender related cancers, decreased fertility, even endometriosis and birth defects have been blamed on dioxin. Immune disorders are also tied to dioxin. The vaginal wall tissue is very capable of absorbing substances that it comes in contact with. Dioxins can be stored in the body and can accumulate over time. The majority of women use tampons for years on end. All this raised the question of whether or not tampons could deliver a dose of dioxin large enough to cause disease to women. 


Friday, October 21, 2016


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.
saint gerard for fertility necklace
There are many other biblical stories of women who struggled with infertility, I have a page with a guest post from someone who is much more of an expert on the bible than I am.  Click here to read about infertility in the bible (

Wednesday, October 19, 2016


Many people love elephants and elephant symbolism.  Elephants also play a big role in many cultures
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.


Friday, October 14, 2016


Wow what a story!  This woman suffered infertility for years and miscarriage.  She had resigned herself to the fact that she probably wasn't going to have children.  Then, by surprise she found out she was pregnant.  Later, her ultrasound revealed that she had triplets...what's even more amazing is that they are identical.  The odds of that are quite rare.  Even when people have fertility treatments (which she did not), it's quite rare that multiples would be identical.
Good things come to those that wait!  Read more:


SALMON ARM , B.C. — A British Columbia couple who've waited years to become parents are expecting three babies at once — identical triplets, which doctors say come along only once in 50 million births.
For Mahalia Meeuwsen and her husband Mike, just having one baby seemed like a miracle....

...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.
“They figured he’d need something to lean on,” Meeuwsen said with a laugh.


Saturday, October 08, 2016


Trying To Have A Baby Over 40?  Don't Focus On Your Age

Well,  I recently had another birthday...and I got to thinking how birthdays are so traumatic for women who are obsessed with their biological timeclocks.
I'll admit, I had a good cry every birthday over 40 when I was trying to conceive. I even said that I was moving on to childfree right before my 44th birthday (and of course I conceived my daughter right after that). retrospect, I can say that having an obsession with age only added to my stress and desperation. If you think about it, you're not really a year older on your birthday, you're just a day older than yesterday. I've never been one to discuss my age because I think our society is WAY too age obsessed. Once people know how old you are, you're automatically put into a "category". Unfortunately, the perception is that young is better than old. But one thing I have noticed as a teacher of college kids (aged anywhere from 18---60) the lines between young and old seem to be blurring. I frequently think the young ones are older and older ones are younger. Shows what I know! post here)

In terms of trying to conceive, it's the age of your eggs that count. I've known many cases of younger women who have premature ovarian failure and older women who get a little lax with their birth control and get pregnant. As a matter of fact, the number of unintended pregnancies in women over 40 is second only to teenagers! I myself got pregnant again by total surprise when I was 49 (even with only one fallopian tube - see
So if you have a birthday coming up. Go have yourself a party...age really is just a number and I have numerous posts about women getting pregnant over 40 and even over 50.  Attract success in your life not desperation!

Thursday, October 06, 2016


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. 


Read more:

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. 

Tuesday, October 04, 2016

FERTILE TURTLE BRACELET 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 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.

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