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Wednesday, March 30, 2016

HIGH PROTEIN DIETS MAY HARM FERTILITY

If You Want To Get Pregnant, Eat Protein In Moderation

I was a vegetarian for many years, but when I started trying to get pregnant, I decided to start eating meat because I had read that vegetarians might have hormonal levels that may not encourage conception.
Even after I started eating meat, I only had it in moderation. Usually the meat was part of a dish or part of a casserole. To this day, I rarely sit down and eat a hamburger or a steak.

SEE ALSO: MY SERIES ON FOODS FOR FERTILITY (Getpregnantover40.com)

I've never been an "all or nothing" type of person. I truly belive that women and men should eat a well balanced diet high in fruits and vegetables. When I was trying to conceive, even though I did eat some meat, I believe a key peice of my success was eating fruits and vegetables that promoted hormonal balance. However, hormones are made of proteins, so you do need some high quality protein in your diet.  If you want to eat a little meat, go ahead...just remember - everything in moderation.
Read more:

The researchers fed female mice diets with either a high proportion of protein (25%) or a normal proportion (around 14%).
It was found those on the high protein diet had four times the amount of ammonium in their reproductive tracts than those on a normal diet.
Previous research had shown that high levels of ammonium can damage mouse embryos and impair foetal development by affecting a key gene - H19 - involved in controlling growth.
From bbc

Monday, March 28, 2016

WALNUTS GOOD FOR SPERM

Walnuts For Fertility In Men and Women

Walnuts have a number of health benefits for men and women - including improving fertility.
I've written before about how walnuts can help women with PCOS, but according to this article, walnuts can improve sperm quality in men. 

From the article:

SEE ALSO: NATURAL WAYS TO INCREASE SPERM COUNT AND MEN'S FERTILITY (getpregnantover40.com)

However, the men in the walnut group had higher levels of omega-6 and omega-3 (ALA) fatty acids in their blood at the end of the study period than they did at the start.


The men in the walnut group also experienced improvements in sperm quality over the 12 weeks of eating walnuts, there were significant increases in measures of vitality, motility, and morphology. Their sperm also showed fewer chromosome abnormalities at the end of the 12 weeks than it did at the start of the study.

The control group, however, showed no such changes.

The researchers conclude that their:

"Findings demonstrated that walnuts added to a Western-style diet improved sperm vitality, motility and morphology."

 from:
medical news today

Saturday, March 26, 2016

THE EASTER BUNNEY AND FERTILITY

I always find it interesting how certain traditions and customs get started.
With Easter here on Sunday. I thought I would post this article about Easter, Easter Eggs, the Easter Bunny and fertility.

SEE ALSO: INFERTILITY IN THE BIBLE (getpregnantover40.com)

From the article:

In the British Isles and Germany, the spring fertility festival involved eggs and bunnies, because they are natural symbols of fertility, and it also involved worshipping trees. The Christian missionaries who brought Christianity to the British Isles and to Germany suffered quite a lot of grief at the hands of our ancestors when they chopped down the sacred trees to demonstrate that they weren’t gods. Since the people did not actually worship the bunnies and eggs, the missionaries figured they could just Christianize them. So the custom began of painting Christian art on eggshells and they just tolerated the bunnies. I guess they would be greatly saddened if they could see that the eggs and the bunnies once again overshadow the cross.
from:  (www.kencollins.com)

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

FERTILITY JEWELRY

My website has some new fertility jewelry so I thought I'd do a post today about the symbols and stones that are thought to help women conceive.

Rose quartz, Amethyst bracelet  with elephant charm



Rose Quartz:  This is thought to be a stone of healing.  It is also thought to carry feminine energy and and it targets the heart chakra.  It is a stone of vitality, energy and fertility.
Amethyst: This beautiful stone is thought to stimulate the endocrine glands which can help with hormonal balance.  It is also good for sleep which is essential for fertility.

Elephant symbol:  Elephants are a symbol of fruitfulness, especially in feng shui.  They are supposed to attract good luck.  In Chinese, the word for elephant is written and pronounced the same as "sign" or "things to come", just like your baby that is on the way!
See the fertility bracelet to the right and click on the picture for more information.
http://www.getpregnantover40.com/fertility-bracelet.htm
Jacqueline Laurita RHNJ


http://getpregnantover40.com/buy-fertility-jewelry.htmFertility bracelets were made famous when one of the Real Housewives of New Jersey was experiencing infertility and miscarriage and had a successful pregnancy after being given a fertility bracelet (similar to the one above right) by her sister.

 

Fertility Goddess
Fertility Goddess earrings
The fertility goddess is thought to be the creator and giver of life.  She also plays a role in rains and harvests.  Her pregnant womb is a symbol of fruitfulness.  She is a wonderful reminder of the beauty and wonder of new life.  See the Fertility Goddess earrings to the right and click on the picture for more information

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Fertility Angel 
Fertility Angel Necklace

The fertility Angel can help look over your body and can help attract a baby into your life.  It is sometimes called "The Baby Caller".   When you do conceive, they will look over your pregnancy.  The fertility angel will give you patience and help you release the anger and frustration of infertility.  The shape of the fertility angel is similar to the goddess above, but it has the addition of the classical angel wings.

See the Fertility Angel necklace to the right and click on the picture for more information.



Monday, March 21, 2016

TRUE STORIES, NATURAL PREGNANCY OVER 50

I frequently write about women who have babies well into their forties.  Some of these pregnancies are planned and some are by surprise.  But what about women over the age of 50?  Yes, it does happen...some women don't even believe that they could still be fertile.  Usually pregnancies that occur spontaneously over 50 are a surprise and shock to the women and couples involved.  I have devoted a page on my site of true stories of natural pregnancy over 50.

CLICK HERE TO READ ABOUT WOMEN AND COUPLES WHO CONCEIVED NATURALLY OVER AGE 50 (getpregnantover40.com)

 See our fertility jewelry and gems including the Feng Shui Elephant Bracelet (Rose Quartz and Amethyst), the Goddess and Angel Necklace and the Dangle Earrings Featuring the Fertility Goddess

 

Friday, March 18, 2016

HOW FOOD CAN HELP YOU CONCEIVE

Dietary Nutrients Can Help Egg Quality

I know I sound like a broken record when I keep stressing the importance of the connection between diet and fertility.
We could eliminate so many health problems in this country if we all ate a well balanced diet high in fruits and vegetables. We could reduce the incidence of cancer, diabetes, heart disease and many more life threatening conditions if we took better care of ourselves. If you're trying to get pregnant, you need to treat your body with the utmost care. You're going to be expecting a lot from it!

SEE ALSO: FERTILITY DIET, FOODS TO GET PREGNANT (getpregnantove40.com)

Here is yet another article that draws a connection between diet and fertility:


From the article:
The blood supply into the ovary carries the nutrients into the ova and the graafian ovarian follicles help to mature the ova using those nutrients. You also have the endometrium, which has to be nutrient-rich in order for the blastocysts to implant and grow. In fact, the latest research is showing that the blastocysts actually roll down through the endometrium to find a spot to attach where it is rich in nutrients. The attachment enzyme requires zinc and vitamin E.

We know that, in order to mature and produce healthy ova, we need sound nutrition. I have just worked with a woman of 42 years and she has had six failed IVFs eight years ago and was told her eggs were very poor quality. I worked with her for five months and she has gone back and done IVF, as she had her fallopian tubes removed, and she was told her eggs were the quality of a twenty-year-old and she is now pregnant with twins. So there is obviously a mechanism whereby the nutrients for maturing egg and sperm are crucial to fertility.

Dr Stephen Kennedy, MD: Are there any particular foods the couples should avoid and are there are any particular foods that people should be encouraged to take?

Dian Shepperson Mills: Foods, I think, from research, using Mormon women as controls because they do not drink, they do not have alcohol, they do not have coffee, they avoid smoking. It would appear that caffeine has a detrimental effect on ovarian function, so caffeine in strong coffee, chocolate and strong tea and fizzy-cola-type products should be kept at a low level.

Certainly, you need to ensure if you have digestive problems, the main two gut irritants would be caffeine and citrus because they do irritate the gut membrane. So, if you have digestive problems, which could be compromising your absorption of nutrients, those would be the first two foods to avoid.

There is some research now showing that wheat can be a problem - wheat gluten or the gliadin factor in wheat. It used to be felt that one in 2,500 people have what is known as coeliac disease, but there is now a category known as non-coeliac dysfunction and that is finding that one in 100 to 1 in 200 people have problems with gliadin and gluten digestion and it can impact on fertility.

The main research looking at that is in America and they are finding that you can get all sorts of problems with this and it can impact on thyroid function. So, in certain people, there may be a gene, and you need to look at this, Sir, which proposes that you have sensitivity to gluten. The people affected by this are Jewish people, people from Scandinavian countries and the Irish - they carry the gene for gluten sensitivity. This is another area that needs looking into.

Other foods you need to be careful with: there is some research on aspartame interfering with the hypothalamus and pituitary functions. People who are drinking eight cans of fizzy diet whatever a day, could be having problems because it could be interfering with digestion and fertility.

The other area is people who are dieting. When I was doing my MA, I worked with 50 couples in Denmark and 50 couples in Britain, who were undergoing IVF, and they had to fill in a food diary for seven days so that I could track what they were eating. It was very obvious that I had to hunt vegetables and hunt protein – and you need the oils and vitamins and proteins to help hormone function.

The other problem was that, while they were undergoing IVF, a lot of the women who were taking Clomid,, Gonal-F and Perganol because of the action of the drug, they were bloating and retaining fluid and these women were dieting because they did not want to put weight on. There is a point in time when you are desperately trying to get pregnant that you need sound nutrition. In animals, there is a system known as flushing where before you put an animal into the fertility zone, as it were, you actually flush the animal with nutrients and animals always get pregnant, from veterinary research, on a rising body weight, never on a falling body weight.

Dieting at the very moment you are trying to conceive is a very, very bad idea. A), you are not taking in the nutrients you need and b) you are upsetting pituitary function because there is research showing that if you skip a meal, it can impact on the pituitary, which then does not send the right message to the ovaries for the next 24 hours.

There are lots of things you need to eat to be healthy. They would be fresh fruit and fresh vegetables, the fresher the better. Organic if you can get them but I do not like people being paranoid because we cannot always get organic, so if you can’t get organic then peel, and do the best you can with the money you have.

Fresh deep-water fish: there is pollution in shallow seas so trying to avoid oily fish from shallow seas would make sense because we know dioxins and PCBs are in that food, but certainly deep-sea oily fish - fish oils seem to help fertility. Two-thirds of the brain is oil, every cell membrane is oil, and it seems to be crucial in the ovary and testes and sperm. So eat fish oils, lean meat, nuts and seeds because the oils in the nuts and seeds are also very important; berry fruits because they contain proanthacyanadins, which are anti-oxidant in function, and peas, beans and lentils. Again, you have to be careful not to have too many legumes because in peas there is a chemical which can cause sterility if eaten to excess. This research was looking at Tibetan men, who only, on average, fathered two children and they wanted to know why. Because they have high pea content in their diet, they found it was a phyto chemical. So peas, beans and lentils are fine in moderation but not in excess. 

from:  endometriosiszone.org

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

ST PATRICKS DAY, LUCK IN GETTING PREGNANT

Pregnancy Over 40, Not just luck

Was getting pregnant over 40 just the luck of the Irish? Well, not for me...I'm not in the least bit Irish.  But in honor of St. Patrick's Day, I thought I'd talk a little bit about luck.
I sometimes hear: "Boy you were lucky to have a baby at your age". Actually I agree to a point. If you think about all the things that have to come together to get pregnant and carry a baby to term, there's a bit of luck no matter what your age. Was it a surprise I got pregnant at the age of 44? Yes and no. Yes because I think everyone is surprised when they get pregnant and no because I didn't just get pregnant by accident. I followed a systematic method of preparing my body and mind - I knew deep down I would succeed.

SEE ALSO: SAINTS AND PRAYERS FOR FERTILITY (Getpregnantover40.com)

 

As far as luck goes, the world seems to be divided into two types of people. The lucky and the unlucky. Well, I came to this realization long ago:

To a great degree: you make your own luck

I often say that when I got pregnant, it was a matter of preparedness meeting opportunity. Is that luck? Yes a little, but it never hurts to assess all the factors you can control and do everything in your power to tip the odds in your favor.

As reported in BBC News, Professor Richard Wiseman said:

My research eventually revealed that lucky people generate good fortune via four principles.

They are skilled at creating and noticing chance opportunities, make lucky decisions by listening to their intuition, create self-fulfilling prophesies via positive expectations, and adopt a resilient attitude that transforms bad luck into good.

Monday, March 14, 2016

SAINT GERARD: PRAYER FOR FERTILITY

Saint Gerard, in the Catholic faith is said to be the patron saint of motherhood.  I know many of my readers have different faiths, but sometimes a prayer can be comforting.  It can help you let go for a little bit and it can give you a sense of relief that you are part of a bigger plan.  For anyone interested, here is a prayer for motherhood and fertility to St. Gerard:

 

CLICK HERE TO READ MORE ABOUT SAINTS FOR CONCEPTION, FERTILITY AND MOTHERHOOD (getpregnantover40.com) 

 

CLICK HERE FOR SAINT GERARD PRAYER AND PENDANT (getpregnantover40.com) 


http://getpregnantover40.com/saint-gerard-for-fertility.htmO glorious St.Gerard, powerful intercessor before God, and wonder worker of our day, I call upon you and seek your help. You who always fulfilled God’s will on earth, help those desiring to conceive to do God’s holy will. Intercede with the Giver of Life from whom all parenthood proceeds, that they may conceive and raise children who will please God in this life, and be heirs to the Kingdom of Heaven. Amen.

Friday, March 11, 2016

FERTILITY BBT CHARTING, DOES IT WORK?

I did try the good old fashioned basal body temperature charting when we first started trying to conceive (this was before we tried all of the high tech fertility treatment...all of which failed).  Many couples call this the rhythm method.  I found it to be rather difficult and confusing in terms of actually detecting a temperature change.  I would frequently second guess myself.  If I were to do it over again, I would have just used the ovulation predictor kits.  There are many reasons why the BBT monitoring method may not be the best for detecting ovulation.  First of all, once your temperature goes up, you may have already ovulated.  Most experts agree, the sperm need to be ready and waiting before the egg makes its appearance.

CLICK HERE TO READ THE FULL ARTICLE ON BBT MONITORING ALONG WITH INSTRUCTIONS (getpregnantover40.com) 

Wednesday, March 09, 2016

FENG SHUI, ATTRACT BABY CHI

I know Feng Shui is all the rage, but does it work?  Some people swear by it, so I have included a page on my site about how to arrange your house and especially your bedroom if you are trying to conceive.  Read more from getpregnantover40.com (click picture below)


http://getpregnantover40.com/feng-shui-for-fertility-getting-pregnant.htm

Monday, March 07, 2016

VITAMIN B FOR MENS FERTILITY

Men's Fertility and Vitamin B

We've all heard about how folic acid can help women prevent birth defects, but according to this article, B vitamins may be critical for men as well.
 It may be just as important for men to start taking B vitamins before a couple tries to conceive. Read more:


SEE ALSO: NATURAL WAYS TO IMPROVE MEN'S FERTILITY AND SPERM COUNT (getpregnantover40.com)



Men who eat a diet rich in green vegetables, fruit and lentils have a higher chance of fathering a healthy child, scientists said today.

In the first study to investigate the effects of diet on sperm quality, American scientists found that high levels of vitamin B reduced the number of abnormalities that can lead to children being born with conditions such as Down's syndrome.

It may lead to recommendations for men as well as women to take folic acid before trying to conceive.

Women are encouraged to take supplements of vitamin B, which occurs naturally as folate in leafy green vegetables, pulses and some fruits, and synthetically as folic acid, in order to protect the unborn foetus from certain birth defects.

If the findings of the study, which was carried out by a team from University of California, in Berkeley, are confirmed scientists may recommend men take folic acid for at least three months before trying to conceive.

  (www.telegraph.co.uk)

Friday, March 04, 2016

HOW MUCH INFORMATION TO SHARE ABOUT YOUR INFERTILITY

Sharing Information About Your Struggle To Get Pregnant

Fertility issues revolve around the most private bodily functions. Getting pregnant is all about egg quality, sperm counts, intercourse, menstrual cycles, etc.
 It doesn't get more private or personal than that.  When I was trying to conceive, I think other people felt like my infertility was in the "public domain".  It made me step back and realize that I needed to think twice about sharing my personal informatio...

CLICK HERE TO READ THE FULL ARTICLE ON SHARING INFORMATION ABOUT YOUR STRUGGLE TO GET PREGNANT (Getpregnantover40.com)

Wednesday, March 02, 2016

HOW CAN EVENING PRIMROSE OIL HELP CONCEPTION?

Pregnancy Over 40 With Evening Primrose Oil

Evening Primrose Oil is a supplement which is derived from the Evening Primrose Flower which grows mostly in North America.  The Oil comes from the seeds and is thought to have a number of benefits for fertility.

Although some studies dispute it's effectiveness as a fertility enhancer (some feel these studies may have been poorly designed), it does have anti-inflammatory properties which are good for overall health and can make conception more likely.

Click Here To Read The Full Article On Evening Primrose Oil and Fertility (getpregnantover40.com)

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