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Thursday, June 22, 2017

WHEATGRASS AND HOW IT CAN HELP YOU CONCEIVE

I have known about the benefits of green vegetables for quite some time.  But I keep running into more information about wheatgrass and how it can benefit your overall health.  As far as fertility, wheatgrass has a number of benefits.  First of all, if you are familiar with how certain foods are more alkaline vs. acidic, sperm thrive more in an alkaline environment.  Additionally, wheatgrass can detoxify the body in both men and women and it can aide in hormone production.  Read more here:
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Monday, June 19, 2017

SHOULD YOU TELL OTHERS YOU'RE TRYING TO GET PREGNANT?

Trying To Get Pregnant Over 40, How Much To Share?

Part of the time that I was trying to conceive, I was working in the corporate world.
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 I finally came to my senses and quit my high stress job which, I believe, was a key piece of my success. Yes, it was hard to give up the "golden shackles" which had accumulated over the 19 years I worked for the company, but having a baby was the absolute number one priority in my life at that time.

Anyway, I realize that not all women can just up and leave their jobs. This brings up a lot of questions about how much you should disclose to your employer. I've written before about telling your parents about your infertility, but if you are pursuing fertilty treatments, you are going to be needing time off from work and many times it's hard to predict when. This applies to men too
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(afterall, they contribute 50% to the equation). Here is an article about disclosing information

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Disclosing information to co-workers and/or subordinates can be another sticky wicket. I recall a manager I previously worked with (long before I was trying to get pregnant) and she was very open with her employees about her infertility. One disgruntled (pregnant) employee filed a complaint against her saying that this manager was treating her badly because she was jealous of her pregnancy. I'm sure this complaint was totally unfounded, but it just goes to show you how cruel some people can be.

I always considered my reproductive health extremely sensitive and private information. I told very few people. That's one reason I recommend a support group. It's a safe and confidential place to "let it all out".

Sunday, June 18, 2017

WHEN YOU'RE NOT A FATHER ON FATHER'S DAY

FATHER'S DAY: HOW MEN HANDLE INFERTILITY

We all know that it takes two to get pregnant and society is now recognizing the importance of fathers for families and kids.  Single parent homes (which are usually headed up by women) generally have higher poverty rates and kids who perform lower in school and have more behavioral problems.  I often forget how much my husband helped me through all the rough times...not just infertility, but also having a successful pregnancy and how my husband helped me through the fear that something was going to go wrong,

SEE ALSO:  STRESS, INFERTILITY AND MISCARRIAGE (getpregnantover40.com) 

I usually write about infertility and miscarriage from a woman's point of view.  But in honor of Father's Day, there's another important piece of the puzzle and that is how your husband and your
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relationship is fairing through infertility.  I recall when my husband and I were going through fertility treatments.  I was on so many different fertility drugs and hormone shots that I was pretty much a raving lunatic.  What do you expect when you are pumping yourself up with all those chemicals?  My husband used to think PMS was bad...

Even after our failed IVF's when we decided just to try naturally, it was a rollercoaster ride every month.  It would start around the time of ovulation where intercourse was mandatory (UGGGGHHH) and it would end with the anger and tears when either the pregnancy test was negative or I got my period.

Stay the course.  Take care of each other.  When that test finally comes out positive, you will know that it was all worth it.  My husband and I also had to deal with recurrent miscarriage.  But, even through it all, I just knew deep down that I would succeed (and that's probably why I did).  When all is said and done, the rollercoaster ride won't seem so crazy, it becomes a distant memory.  Let the hard times strengthen your relationship.  When you celebrate Father's Day for real, your child/children will truly appreciate parents that 'kept it together'.

Thursday, June 15, 2017

VACATIONS FOR GETTING PREGNANT

With vacation season upon us, I thought I'd write about how vacations may be a fun way of achieving your goal of having a baby.  I certainly wish we would have spent all the money we put into failed fertility treatments on a relaxing and memorable vacation.  I've read many articles about how there does seem to be evidence that couples have a higher rate of conceiving while they are on vacation.  Of course nobody knows for sure why but here are some possible reasons:
  • Aside from the stress of getting through an airport, vacations (at least the "kick back" kind) are a time when couples can really relax for an extended period and let their troubles go.  A different environment can also help you not think about the normal day to day problems that
    typically arise at home.
  • Sunshine - most relaxing vacations involve sunlight exposure.  There is some evidence that regular sun exposure can help the sleep cycle which is important for fertility, but it can also help regulate ovulation.  On top of that, you'll be getting a good dose of vitamin D which is important for fertility in both men and women.
  • Time for frequent intercourse.  Many couples forget that unless you're going through fertility treatments, there's only one way to get pregnant - good old fashioned intercourse.  Even if you're not going through your most fertile time, many women can spontaneously ovulate (which is why the rhythm method may not work!)  Also, sperm can live up to 7 days in some cases!
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Here is an article about a resort that offers "procreation vacations":

 The Five Gables keeps a light touch and sense of humor about it, including playing Barry White tunes on the stereo, but Lesher says she suspects some customers are too embarrassed to sign up for the conception package and may instead opt for the hotel's "Romantic Package."
The Marco Island Marriott Beach Resort in Marco Island, Florida, offers the similarly silly-sounding "Fertile Turtle" package, which includes a room with gulf views, a king-size bed and a private balcony. The hotel also keeps guests supplied with fertility-enhancing red clover and raspberry teas, and incorporates a massage with chaste berry, which is purported to help stimulate the pituitary gland and boost fertility.
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Tuesday, June 13, 2017

NATURAL CONCEPTION AFTER IVF, IT HAPPENS FREQUENTLY!

Natural Pregnancy After Failed Fertility Treatments

It seems like everyone knows someone who went through the rigors of fertility treatments then got pregnant naturally. Many couples have one baby, but then get pregnant with their second baby by surprise. Frequently, couples who undergo fertility treatments are diagnosed with "unexplained fertility" which basically means that nobody really knows why they are not getting pregnant (or they just blame it on their age).  If you are familiar with my story, I went through two cycles of IVF, ending tragically in miscarriage and ectopic pregnancies (and the removal of one of my fallopian tubes).  Against all odds, I conceived my daughter the good old fashioned way and had her naturally at the age of 44.

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This is why I focus so much on lifestyle changes. Sometimes, the smallest things can bring your body
back into sync and set the conditions right before your try to conceive. Additionally, preventing miscarriage occurs before you conceive as well. If your hormones are balanced, you will have the right amount of uterine lining, the right levels of estrogen and progesterone to support a pregnancy and so on.

Here is another article about couples conceiving naturally after IVF:

 An even simpler explanation is that some women are rushing into assisted reproductive technology and that given more time, they might have gotten pregnant on their own. Much about infertility and its roots is still a mystery, and to have a baby, the complex processes of ovulation and fertilization need to go just so. Around one-third of infertility cases are traced to female problems, such as ovulation disorders and structural complications; one-third stem from male problems like deficiencies in sperm count and ability to swim; and one-third are due to both partners, or are unexplained.
from huffington post

Saturday, June 10, 2017

ATTRACTING A BABY INTO YOUR LIFE

Abraham-Hicks On The Law Of Attraction

Not being able to get pregnant is sooooo frustrating. You see others have their children and move on with their seemingly normal happy lives. You sit there feeling like an unworthy second class citizen who just doesn't make the grade.

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Somehow, you got a raw deal - you're a victim of circumstance - you got put into the remedial fertility group. Have you ever felt that way? Early in my fertility journey I felt that way all the time. But then I remembered about a series of tapes I ordered years ago. My sister told me about Jerry and Esther Hicks who held seminars and distributed audio tapes on the teachings of Abraham.

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If you've seen or read "The Secret", Esther Hicks was part of that series. When I saw "The Secret" I was so happy to see her featured because I felt like I personally knew her from her tapes (which I had been listening to since the early 1990's.) When I was trying to conceive, I realized that these tapes could help me so I found them packed away in my basement and started listening to them again. They make you realize that you are in control of your life. You attract what you want by your thoughts. Anything is possible and you're not a victim of anything.
Yes, I know tapes are obsolete now, but they have plenty of recordings you can listen to for free on Youtube.

Does this mean that you'll get pregnant naturally? I don't know, but it certainly will help you attract a baby into your life by whatever means is right for you.
Somehow, when your thoughts are positive and consistent with what you want, things seem to fall into place.

Wednesday, June 07, 2017

OVULATION CAN BE DETECTED WITH SIDE PAIN

Pain During Ovulation

Mittleschmerz!!  No, that's not what you say when someone sneezes - but it might be what you say when someone ovulates. Mittleschmerz translated literally means "middle pain" usually associated with ovulation.
I always considered myself lucky when I was TTC that I did experience mittleschmerz because I knew we were on target with our intercourse schedule (and it was a schedule back then). Here is an article that explains more about mittleschmerz (it also addresses why some women may have some spotting around the time of ovulation):

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"The pain is thought to be due to accompanying slight bleeding into the linings of the wall of the pelvis called the peritoneum.

Free blood in contact with the peritoneum causes irritation, transmitted as mid-cycle pain.

The bleeding may even track out as vaginal very small vaginal spotting.


The pain is usually in the lower abdomen, right or left side depending on which side an egg is released from.


The pain could be so specific that a woman may be able to tell from which ovary she has released an egg for that month. It may be severe enough to cause disruptions of normal day to day activities."



from: abdopain.com

Monday, June 05, 2017

UTERINE LIFT, UTERINE MASSAGE TO GET PREGNANT

Uterine Massage and Lift Technique To Help Get Pregnant Over 40

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Here is an interesting article about how many women have uterine displacement. This site is promoting their massage techniques to help correct this problem, but they have some interesting information about how the female organs can get out of place. Also, my DVD, "Fertility Bodywork" has a segment on pelvic massage including the uterine lift. Read more:

Maya Abdominal Lift Technique (excerpted from www.web.net)


From the article:

With so many women suffering from dysmenorrhea, we wondered how uterine massage could help. Verna said that the prostaglandins which are cited as the pain inducing culprits are in fact pro-inflammatory chemical prostaglandins PG 1 and 2. “If there is venous stasis,” she explained, “everything gets boggy. The lymph is not draining so you have a swampy area which is more prone to inflammation and the bad prostaglandins.” She went on to say that if the uterus is not sitting right, there are mechanical reasons for it to get “clogged” and “boggy”. The arteries leading to and from the uterus can get torqued. Where the uterus is supposed to be doing this gentle contracting (Verna did a smooth wave with her body) when it is misplaced or there is inflammation, “it’s like trying to hork up a hairball”. This is a combination of inflammation, poor drainage and poor blood flow.



According to Verna, the Maya say, “If a woman’s uterus is not in the right place, she can’t think right.” Verna adds that it is the centre of a woman’s creative energy.



What about endometriosis? Verna explained that 40% of the blood in the body goes through the lymph channels. When the lymph is not draining, “you are a sewer”. With endo, the technique might help once things are draining better. Verna has seen uteruses in a position (she leans over demonstrating) where the fascia between the outside of the uterus and the outside of the bladder are stuck together. You have to be very gentle, she says – “kind of like moving egg yolks around”. The uterus can go back, forward or sideways. The Fallopian tube (one arm now simulates a crushed tube) can get moved out of position. “Try getting pregnant with that!” Verna says the body “moves out of the way” of an affected organ for survival. She illustrates with the example of a person who has a heart attack and breaks their leg at the same time. “The leg won’t hurt, but the heart muscle sure will. Probably, a few days later, when the cast is on, that leg will hurt like hell. The body prioritizes.”



“What’s exciting,” she says, “is that the technique is quite easy and has potential to be so helpful”.

Friday, June 02, 2017

WHY DO WOMEN DELAY CHILDBEARING?

Trying To Conceive Over 40

Research seems to show that more women delay childbearing because they haven't found Mr. Right instead of delaying childbearing because they were on the career track. I would say for many women (maybe most women) it's a combination of both of these factors. Climbing the corporate ladder or devoting time to your education and career doesn't leave much time or opportunity to date and meet that special someone. I know that was true in my case. There are only so many hours in the day, and when you have to get up and run to work early every morning, you certainly don't feel like going out in the evenings. Most of the people you meet are through work and the few times I dated men I worked with, I was always sorry. It creates an uncomfortable work environment when you stop dating.

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Your social circle seems to shrink as you get older. Your friends have already gotten married and
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started their own families. It's hard to get out there and build your social life again. I found that I actually had to join singles groups with organized activities (which, by the way, is how I met my husband)to jump start my life outside of work.

If I had to do it all over again, I would have paid more attention to my social life and less attention on my career. My high stress job (which I worked in for 19 years before leaving) left me physically and emotionally stressed out. I believe this high level of stress added up over the years resulting in hormonal imbalances, physical ailments and ultimately infertility. I also wasted many of my younger days convincing myself that I didn't want to get married or have children -- a by-product of a less-than-perfect upbringing in a household where my parents were totally mismatched.

So, at least in my case, delayed childbearing was a mixture of all work, no play, and, social neglect. I'd love to turn back the clock and start over again with the benefit of hindsight, but all in all, everything turned out for the best. It was a long hard road, but a learned a lot along the way. Even though it took me until the age of 44 to become a mother, all of my heartache through infertility and miscarriage taught me how to value the things that are really important. Besides, all my friends who married and had children when they were younger had a different set of problems. They stuggled financially, some divorced, and some had challenges raising their kids. Life is a series of learning experiences - I think we all learn similar things in different ways and we all choose our own path.

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