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Tuesday, November 12, 2019


Pregnancy Over 40 After Failed IVF

Many women out there have undergone fertility treatments, which, in many cases either fail or end in miscarriage.

 The process is so expensive and emotionally draining, these women can't bear the thought of going
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through it again and sinking their life savings on a gamble. So the question comes up...do people actually get pregnant naturally when IVF has failed?

In one article, it stated that 45 percent of women became pregnant after failing IVF (they were under 35, but it goes to show you that IVF isn't always the answer).
Another article says that 25% of women going through IVF (no age breakdown) will conceive naturally within the next two years.

I have a number of other examples of women who have conceived naturally after failed fertility treatments (lower tech treatments and IVF).  Of course there's me who was 44, but there was another women in the support group I ran who also got pregnant naturally at the age of 44 after her lower tech treatments failed and her fertility clinic told her she was past their age limit for IVF.

Monday, November 11, 2019

Being on The Pill Can Delay Pregnancy After Goiing Off

Trying To Conceive After Birth Control Pills

If you're trying to conceive, birth control is probably the last thing on your mind. However, many women who try to conceive later in life, have been on the pill for many years before they decide to get pregnant.

This is a question that arises frequently when trying to conceive and nothing is happening.  Does it take longer to get pregnant after being on the pill?  How much longer?  According to this article, birth control can delay conception for a number of months.

From the article:

Women using oral contraceptives took "significantly longer" to conceive than those who relied on
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But Professor Killick said women should not worry about delays of weeks not months.

"It's hardly surprising when you think about it, because these women have taken contraceptive steroids to suppress their ovaries," he said.

Combined pill

"We've known for some time that injectible contraceptives can reduce fertility for several months after they've been used.

"We showed a similar effect from the combined oral contraceptive pill."

Professor Killick said the average time it took women who stopped using condoms to conceive was three and a half months.

For those who stopped using a combined oral contraceptive pill, it was just over five and a half months. 

from: (news.bbc.co.uk)

Friday, November 08, 2019


Getting Pregnant By Eating Organic Food:  The Danger Of Genetically Modified Foods

Before I was trying to conceive, I wondered if the organic food industry was just a bunch of throwbacks from the sixties who were trying to convince the rest of us that the world was a dangerous contaminated place just so we'd buy their products. But the more I've read and researched, I realized that there are good reasons to buy organic.

I've heard differing reports on whether or not organically grown foods really have more nutritional value. Some say organic foods have up to 30% more nutrients and others say that it hasn't been
proven. Now I must confess, while I was on my natural journey to pregnancy, I did not always eat organically grown foods. Sometimes I did, sometimes I didn't. I did the best I could at the time. It's time consuming to run to the regular supermarket for some items and to the health food store for others. It can also be more expensive to buy organic. For most people, just adding more fruits and vegetable to their diet would be a major improvement whether they're organic or not. But if you can, it makes sense to try to eliminate as many toxins from your diet as possible by going the organic route. Many of the pestides used can mimic estrogens which throw your hormones out of whack.

Another thing to watch out for is genetically modified foods.  There have been a number of studies now that indicate GM foods have caused problems in animals.  Read more:
Dr. Smith writes:
“GM foods are particularly dangerous for pregnant moms and children. After GM soy was fed to female rats, most of their babies died—compared to 10 percent deaths among controls fed natural soy.2 GM-fed babies were smaller, and possibly infertile.3
Testicles of rats fed GM soy changed from the normal pink to dark blue.4 Mice fed GM soy also had altered young sperm.5
Embryos of GM soy-fed parent mice had changed DNA.6 And mice fed GM corn had fewer, and smaller, babies.7
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In Haryana, India, most buffalo that ate GM cottonseed had reproductive complications such as premature deliveries, abortions, and infertility; many calves died.
About two-dozen US farmers said thousands of pigs became sterile from certain GM corn varieties. Some had false pregnancies; others gave birth to bags of water. Cows and bulls also became infertile.8
In the US, incidence of low birth weight babies, infertility, and infant mortality are all escalating.
from examiner.com

Monday, November 04, 2019


Having A Baby Over 40, lifestyle factors

I recall a conversation between my nieces. The 15 year old said to the 16 year old, "You weigh more than me, even though I'm taller", the 16 year old replies with "Well, I've been eating LONGER than you!" She may have had a point there.

I've always wondered about whether or not 'older' women are infertile or just imbalanced. Let's face it, the older you are, the more time you've had to gain weight, eat the wrong foods, take medications, be exposed to toxic substances, sustain long periods of stress, etc. All of these factors can lead to hormonal imbalances that can have an impact on fertility. There is such an orchestration of events that must occur for a successful pregnancy that it's understandable that if your system is out of balance you will have a hard time getting pregnant or carrying to term.

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It probably does take women over 40 a little longer to get pregnant because regaining balance isn't something that happens overnight. It's a process that occurs over time. I've heard a number of people "How come these twenty-something people can drink caffeine, eat junk food, or in extreme cases take illicit drugs and still get pregnant?".

My theory is that many imbalances are a result of the cumulative effect of your lifestyle. Older women have just been around longer and we live in a toxic society where stress, poor eating habits, and exposure to toxins are the norm. It's kind of like smoking. Probably one cigarette isn't going to do much damage, but if you smoke over a lifetime, watch out...

Give yourself some time to get rebalanced. It will benefit you in many ways, and you just may get pregnant.

Sunday, November 03, 2019


 The Dangers Of Nonstick Cookware

I recently replaced much of my cookware to the non-stick variety. Yes, it's somewhat expensive, but I've heard so much about the dangers of nonstick cookware that it may be worth the investment in something safer.
I know the coated pans are easy to clean, readily available and hard to give up.
However, this article talks about how some non-stick chemicals may affect your fertility:
A provocative new study finds that women who have trouble getting pregnant are more likely to have
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high concentrations of certain nonstick-chemical pollutants circulating in their blood than are those who become pregnant within the first month of trying. The suspect compounds — generally known as PFOA and PFOS — are the original primary constituents of Teflon and Scotchguard products.

Since the potential toxicity of certain perfluorinated chemicals began to emerge about a decade ago, formulations of both commercial nonstick-product lines have been reengineered to avoid reliance on PFOA (perfluorooctanoic acid) and PFOS (perfluorooctane sulfonate). Nonetheless, plenty of both compounds still can be found in air, water and the bodies of people throughout the developed world. Indeed, babies are usually born carrying traces of both compounds — and their chemical kin — supplied by their moms’ blood.

Over the past two years, Chunyuan Fei of the University of California, Los Angeles, and her colleagues have linked elevated concentrations of both PFOA and PFOS in mom with a decreased likelihood that her baby or toddler would meet early developmental milestones — such as being able to sit or walk without support or to retrieve something (such as a toy or book) when asked. 
 from: www.sciencenews.org

Friday, November 01, 2019


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
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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.
 from: www.dailymail.co.uk

Tuesday, October 29, 2019


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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



Monday, October 28, 2019


Here's another story of a surprise older age pregnancy.  This woman was 48 when the symptoms she assumed were due to menopause turned out to be a pregnancy.  With two grown kids, she and her husband were planning out their retirement.  But....as I've repeatedly said....women over 40 and even 45 can be quite fertile indeed.  The unexpected rate of unplanned pregnancies in women over the age of 40 is second only to teenagers!  This should be encouraging if you are trying to conceive over 40. Read more:

Staring at my doctor in disbelief, I couldn't quite take in what she'd just said. My heart pounded in my
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chest as I tried to speak. 'I'm what?' I stammered. The doctor nodded. 'You're pregnant,' she repeated. Shock engulfed me, those two words ringing in my ears.I'd woken up feeling sick and had a bloated tummy, but that was because of the menopause, wasn't it? My doctor had thought so, and we'd both had a giggle when she'd suggested doing a pregnancy test as a matter of course. I wasn't laughing now. At 48, my childbearing days were well and truly behind me.My husband Mark and I had already raised two gorgeous kids, Melanie, 20, and Tom, 17. The last two decades had been all about my babies, a blur of school runs and sports days. Things were settling down for me and Mark to enjoy life, just the two of us. We were looking forward to grandkids, not more kids of our own. Surely I couldn't be pregnant? But the doctor was adamant. 
 from thatslife.com

Sunday, October 27, 2019


Sperm Health And Aloe Vera

I've often wondered why men can make so many sperm, but women only have a limited supply of eggs.

Perhaps it's because sperm are so susceptible to environmental toxins and radiation that there has to be millions and even billions to ensure a high count of healthy sperm. Here is an article about how
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the plant aloe vera may be able to protect men from environmental radiation. Read more:

ALOE VERA acts as a radiation protector and inhibits testicular damage against gamma radiation. Health experts attending the 18th annual scientific meet on recent trends held in Hyderabad expressed this opinion.

 Aloe Vera, a throny, succulent herb contains natural medicinal properties that enhance fertility and protect men from radiation-induced reproduction problems. According to Prashasnika Gehlot and P K Goel of Radiation and Centre for Bilogical Labortory of Department Zoology, University of Rajasthan.

Aloe Vera extract initiated in laboratory animals, early recovery from radiation induced damage to restore normal architecture of testes.

The testes are one of radiosensitive organs because of cell renewal system. Ionizing radiation was found to produce marked effect on testes in terms of lethality and impaired spermatogenesis. Extract from the leaves of Aloe Vera improved the sperm count and rectified the damage caused to the tissue.


Tuesday, October 22, 2019


Fertility Over 40 - Pregnancy Over 40 Helped With Sleep

I've read much research about how getting enough sleep can help regulate hormones and reduce stress.   There is a natural cycle of light and dark which helps to regulate your circadian rhythms,
To me, there's nothing more satisfying than waking up refreshed after sleeping through the night. I've had a hard time sleeping since I was a child, but I've found a number of things that help. Here is a site
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that gives some great tips for a good night's sleep:

A relaxed body is essential for a sound sleep. This may sound like we're contradicting what we just said about our minds keeping us awake, but it's no contradiction. Eastern sciences (such as yoga) have known for thousands of years that the mind and body are connected (actually they're not just connected, they're one, but the idea that they're connected is sufficient for our purposes here.) So if the mind is not relaxed, the body is not relaxed. Conversely, the body has to be relaxed for the mind to be relaxed. It's a package deal.
So how do you relax your body? We've already mentioned milk, herbal teas, exercise, and avoiding caffeine. But there are techniques you can do directly with your body. Toe Wiggling is one of them.

Lie on your back (where you should be in the first place) and wiggle your toes up and down 12 times, wiggling the toes of both feet at the same time. This will relax your entire body, inside and out.

How does it work? According to the science of Reflexology -- which has been around in other cultures for thousands of years -- your feet are a kind of master control panel for the rest of your body. "Meridians" in the body -- which are those channels of energy treated by acupuncture -- end up in the feet. So the ends of those meridians in your feet connect with every organ and every part of your entire body.

When you wiggle your toes, you are stimulating -- and thus relaxing -- your entire body. (Incidentally, this is a good place to mention that you can be energized and relaxed at the same time. It's a matter of the quality of that energy. If it flows freely and smoothly, you will be relaxed. If the energy flow in your body is restricted or blocked, you will be tense. And toe wiggling helps to bring about a relaxing, free-flowing energy.)

Note: This same exercise is also great first thing in the morning before getting out of bed in order to energize the body.

  from: (www.well.com)

Monday, October 21, 2019


Leiomyomas (Fibroids), Fertility, and What You Can Do

If you have uterine fibroids, it doesn't necessarily mean that you will be infertile. Sometimes, however, depending on the location, size and number of fibroids, it can be a cause of infertility.

I had three fibroids removed in my early 30's. I didn't even want to get pregnant at that time. My main
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reason for having them removed was because they were growing so fast. Unfortunately, I didn't know it at the time, but there was much I could have done to resolve the condition naturally. I'm not saying I shouldn't have had the surgery, but if I had led a healthier lifestyle to begin with, I may not have had fibroids in the first place.
Here is a good article about fibroids, some possible causes and treatments (both natural and medical/surgical).

Food, Diet and Fibroids risk
Uterine fibroids are hormonally responsive; estradiol and progesterone stimulate their growth, and gonadotrophin-releasing hormone agonists shrink them. Phytoestrogens, including isoflavones and lignans, can act as weak estrogens or antiestrogens. There appears to be a modest inverse association between lignan ingestion and uterine fibroid risk. Whether this relation represents an effect of lignans per se or of other constituents of lignan-containing foods on the development of uterine fibroids remains to be determined.

from: Uterine Fibroids by Ray Sahelian, M.D.

Saturday, October 19, 2019


What are castor oil packs? Can you make your own?

Castor oil, when used on the skin (externally) will absorb and it is thought to help detoxify the body.  Castor oil increase lymphocytes which remove toxins from your body.  They also can help increase circulation and decrease inflammation.  Here is one of my videos on how to make your own:

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Thursday, October 17, 2019


 Wow, I thought the odds were against me when I got pregnant, but this is an amazing story!  This woman, Edie Schmidt, age 45 had a surprise pregnancy...which isn't too odd on its own, but what makes it unusual is that her husband had a vasectomy.  Now, for all those naysayers about women in their 40's having babies, what are the odds of that?  Read more:

"Let me just say that somewhere in the world, there is a vasectomy doctor who is not very good at
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what he does," says Edie wryly. "I love him. And who really knows if he isn't as skilled as he should be, or if our great God sabotaged his work. At the age of 45 for me and 57 for my husband, we saw those awesome, terrifying, wonderful, exciting, life-changing, tiny blue lines." Although Edie says that her husband spent endless hour calculating "how old he would be for every milestone in her life," the family of three was thrilled with the upcoming addition. But not everyone was thrilled at her late-bloomer surprise. Edie recounts that she was apprehensive to share the news with people, getting reactions that included everything from commiserating stories of miscarriages to hand-wringing horror and shock. "My favorite for the moron-of-the-pregnancy award was a professional male whose first response was, 'Are you going to put it up for adoption?' Seriously?" says Edie.

Tuesday, October 15, 2019


Get Pregnant Naturally, It Will Happen On It's Own Schedule

Doesn't it feel like a race sometimes? I recall when I ran a women's infertility support group, most people sheepishly admitted they felt like they were competing with others when it came to who could get pregnant first.
Your self esteem takes a beating when you can't get your body to "perform" and it seems like slap in the face when others get pregnant before you. One member said, "I definitely want to get pregnant

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before my sister who is getting married next month" as if she was going to be humiliated if she couldn't "outperform" her.
Well...I have one thing to say...take yourself out of the race...it only adds stress to an already overly-stressed situation - and stress will only get in your way of getting pregnant.

So how do you get yourself out of the "race" mindset?

1. Remember, babies come on their own schedule...not out of your need to feel like you're getting ahead of others.

2. Just because someone had a baby before you - it doesn't mean they're better or more worthy...they're just on a different schedule.

3. Now that I have my daughter, I'm glad I had her when I did...if I had her when we first started trying to get pregnant, she'd be older by now. I'm enjoying every minute. Most people my age are going through the trauma of watching their kids move away from home or going to college...I have many years of fun ahead of me.

5. The way I see it, for every week, month, and year I waited for my daughter to come into my life, that's how much more I enjoy being with her. I don't think I could have ever appreciated what a miracle the whole process of pregnancy and childbirth is if I had gotten pregnant on my first try (or if I had a baby in my 20's).

6. It seems like whenever I've been envious or jealous of someone else, I later find out that they've struggled as much or more than me it some part of their life. What appeared to be a charmed life wasn't so perfect afterall. Maybe they had an easier time getting pregnant, but there are many phases of life and many twists and turns along the way.

Monday, October 14, 2019


Just for fun with Halloween coming up, I thought I'd take a break from the scientific and talk about Fertility Spells and Rituals.
Here is a fun "fertility spell" which I found from a site called "everything under the moon".  Give it a try and let me know if it works!


During your most fertile time (usually 2 days before, during and after ovulation), light 9 white
candles in your bedroom. Place them around your bed. Sit or stand nude with your partner, facing the
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North, and repeat the following:

With one mind, we call to thee.
With one heart, we long for thee
Child of Earth, Wind, Fire & Sea,
Into our lives, we welcome thee

Turn to the East, then South, then West, repeating this incantation each time you do so. Proceed as nature requires. Repeat this spell each of the five nights before intercourse.

from: everythingunderthemoon

Sunday, October 13, 2019


If you are trying to conceive, I'm sure you are aware that there are food that can help you get pregnant.  However, there are some superstars that are a bit unusual that may not be readily available in your local grocery store.  Here are some you might try:
  • Bee Pollen and Royal Jelly - these are super concentrated food that include many essentials for a complete explanation and description of bee pollen and royal jelly, click here
  • Maca - grows in the Andes region and is also called Peruvian Genseng  it is known as a fertility enhancer by increasing sperm count in men and increases female fertility because is it high in iron and it helps to regulate hormones by working on the pituitary gland and assisting with the proper balance of estrogen and progesterone.

  • Acai Berry - this is thought to increase egg quality (studies are currently underway in humans, but it has shown to help egg quality in animals).  Acai helps with sleep which is also important for women to regulate their cycles.  It fights free radicals and its fiber helps to detoxify the body.

  • Spirulina - helps with egg quality and hormone production, it is also a powerful anti-inflammatory. See my post about spirulina here.


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Saturday, October 12, 2019


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).

In 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

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
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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!

Tuesday, October 08, 2019


Infertility and Artificial Light

Guest Post By Marie Zenack

Artificial light while sleeping appears to interfere with the production of
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melatonin, which is a hormone associated with ovarian activity.
Research shows that women's cycles normalize when artificial light is
eliminated while sleeping. Eliminating the artificial light seems to allow
the hormonal system to reset itself, so to speak, and take a fresh start.
Couples who were thought to be infertile have been able to conceive by
eliminating artificial light while sleeping.

Many women find that menstrual cycles are easier and more
harmonious if they follow the cycles of the moon: menstruation on the
new moon, ovulation on the full moon. Because we are surrounded by
so much artificial light, even while sleeping, it can be a challenge to get
in tune with the moon's cycles. Women report being able to gradually
harmonize their cycles with the cycles of the moon by sleeping in total
darkness, except for one or two nights at the time of the full moon. If you
want to try sleeping in total darkness, make some dark shades for your
bedroom windows and make sure there is no light of any kind from your
clock radio, from under your door, etc.
If you want to try harmonizing your cycle with the moon's cycles, open
your shades for one night during the full moon, and sleep in the moon's
light. If this is not possible, get a nightlight and use it only during the
night of the full moon. You may have to continue this practice for some
months, so be patient. You may enjoy seeing your cycles gradually
respond to Grandmother Moon's light.
Marie Zenack is a teacher of fertility awareness and a facilitator of women�s rites of passage. She lives in a spiritual community in rural Southeast Iowa, where she spends her time teaching, writing, meditating, gardening, cooking and enjoying her grandchildren. http://www.menstrual-cycle-period.com
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Monday, October 07, 2019


Meditation and Visualization for Pregnancy

Call it day dreaming, call it visualization, or call it mental creation...the fact of the matter is that our thoughts are things. Before you can attract or create your reality, you need to think it and visualize it. In my Meditation and Visualization CD, I talk about exactly what I visualized to bring my daughter into my life. Sometimes the image was so clear, that I would swear that my baby was in the room with me...this was all before I even conceived her. Give it a try, it's relaxing, uplifting, and best of all, effective!

Here is a site that explains in more detail how visualization works:

Thoughts are endowed with a creative power that molds our life, and attracts what we think about. Thoughts travel from one mind to another, and if they are strong enough, they can be unconsciously picked up by people, who are in a position to help us achieve our desires and goals.

We are part of the Omnipotent Power that has created the universe, and therefore, we participate in the process of creation. Bearing this thought in mind, there is no wonder that thoughts materialize. Stop for a moment and think - You are an indivisible part of the great Universal Power! This means that your thoughts can come true! Not all thoughts of course, but those that are concentrated, well-defined, and often-repeated often.

Thought is energy, especially a concentrated thought laden with emotional energy. Thoughts change the balance of energy around us, and bring changes to the environment in accordance with them.

There is another explanation why visualization brings results. It may come as a surprise to most, but the theory of "Maya" - Illusion, which comes from the eastern philosophies, provides the explanation.

According to the Indian philosophy "Advaita- Vedanta", which is called "Nonduality" in the West, the world is not real, but only an illusion, created by our thoughts. Since most people think and repeat the same or similar thoughts often, focusing their mind and thoughts on their current environment, they create and recreate the same sort of events or circumstances. This process preserves the same "world" and status quo. It is like watching the same film over and over again, but we can change the film by changing our thoughts and visualize different circumstances and life, and in this way create a different "reality". For us, it is a reality, though in fact it is just a dream we call "reality".
from: successconciousness.com
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Sunday, October 06, 2019


Here is a very encouraging story of a woman who had the last of her four children at the age of 46.  In the article, she states that it was a natural conception and she talks about some of the comments she had to endure, not only from friends and acquaintances, but also medical professionals.  She even talks about how her doctor was sure she came in for a referral to terminate the pregnancy and even refused to send her for prenatal care until she had a chance to "reconsider".
Well, she did have a very successful pregnancy and a healthy happy daughter.  The midwife who
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followed her pregnancy even told her that she had a sister who had a baby at 52!

Read more:

And so the pregnancy continued and I began to enjoy it. I remember going shopping for maternity clothes with my 17-year-old daughter and watching with amusement as the shop assistant looked from one of us to the other, trying to discern who was pregnant.
I was amazed that so many people came up to me and, looking admiringly at my huge belly, asked if it was my first.
My little daughter, Edith, was born nearly two years ago now. And, rather than overburdened by late motherhood, I feel blessed and privileged to be her mother.
Having Edith has been rejuvenating. I particularly enjoy the frequent occasions when I am sitting next to a man at dinner and he asks whether I have any children. When I say yes, he inevitably asks how old they are. (No man would ever ask a woman her age but this is, of course, the nearest to doing that.)
I tell him I have a one-year-old daughter and watch while he does the mental arithmetic.
"Hmm, well she can't be more than..." Then I go on to say I also have a daughter of 19 and - unfailingly - he says: "Wow, you must have got started young." Feeling about ten years younger than I am, I nod and smile: "Oh yes, very young."
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Saturday, October 05, 2019


Secondary infertility is a common problem and I hear from women all the time who have had one child but can't get pregnant with their second. Not only are these women frustrated because they can't get pregnant, but they find little support because women who are experiencing primary infertility feel they should be happy that they at least have one child. Here is an article that explains some reasons why women may experience secondary infertility:

There can be medical causes of SI, says West. "The thyroid is always something we check. Birth can

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put the thyroid out of kilter." Anwen, a woman in her 40s, tried for five years to have a second child. "I had my daughter when I was 30," she says, "which, at the time, seemed very early. I was the first among all our friends to have a baby." She decided to try for a second when her daughter was three. "But a year went by and nothing happened. I went to the GP and he told me not to worry. 'If you've already given birth, there won't be a problem,' he said. But my daughter turned five and I still wasn't pregnant." Eventually, Anwen persuaded her GP to refer her to a fertility consultant who, after some simple investigations, informed her she had polycystic ovarian syndrome. "He said I'd probably had it all my life and that my daughter was an amazing one-off. I had no idea that anything was wrong." She was given a prescription for the fertility drug Clomid; two months later, she conceived her son.

Thursday, October 03, 2019


Shaving, waxing, plucking etc.etc.etc. It seems like we don't have enough where we want it and too much where we don't want it...of course I'm talking about hair.
Too much hair in unwanted places may not just be an annoyance, it may be a sign of hormonal imbalances. Here is an article that describes a study done on women with unwanted hair growth and their findings:

Among all 188 women in the study complaining of minimal unwanted hair growth, 102 were found to
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have an underlying androgen excess disorder. Ninety-four of the 102 suffered from polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), a disorder characterized by numerous small cysts on the periphery of the ovaries. Women with PCOS often struggle with menstrual irregularities, skin problems, and excess weight and they are at increased risk of developing Type II diabetes, hypertension and heart disease.

Four of the study participants were diagnosed with non-classic adrenal hyperplasia (NCAH), an adrenal gland dysfunction that often leads to premature development of pubic hair, irregular menstrual periods, hirsutism and severe acne, although patients with milder forms may notice few if any symptoms. Another four patients were found to have a multi-system disorder that stems from a long-term excess of insulin in the bloodstream that up-regulates ovarian secretion of androgens. Called HAIRAN (hyperandrogenic insulin resistant acanthosis nigricans) syndrome, the disorder increases risk of hirsutism and masculinization. It may be recognized by characteristic thickened patches of dark skin (acanthosis nigricans) and other symptoms.
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Tuesday, October 01, 2019


How To Figure Out The First Day Of Your Period

I've had a number of people ask me how I figured out the first day of my menstrual cycle when I was trying to conceive, so I thought I'd do a post on the topic. When I was going through fertility treatments, this is how my doctor's office recommended counting and this is how I've done it ever since:

1. The first day of your menstrual cycle (day one)is the first day of full menstrual flow. Do not start counting if you are just having spotting.

2. Many women don't start their full flow until afternoon or evening. The general rule of thumb I was told to use was any bleeding (full flow) starting before 4:00pm would be counted as starting that day. Any bleeding after 4:00pm would be counted as the next day.

3. Mid cycle spotting should not be counted as the start of a period. You should talk to your doctor about this since mid-cycle bleeding or spotting could be a sign of another problem.

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Of course, if your doctor recommends counting your cycle days differently, by all means follow his/her advice. This is simply how I've done it for many years and how I was told to do it. This method seemed to be pretty accurate since I did conceive many times while counting cycle days this

Hope this helps if you decide to use it!

Monday, September 30, 2019


Licorice has always been one of may favorite candies and true licorice may be healthy because it has anticancer properties.  However, it may also have negative effects on the ovaries, which, of course, are essential if you are trying to conceive.  This article talks about a study done on mice, but it may indicate problems with humans as well.  Read more:

Whole licorice root and purified forms of iso are used in herbal supplements, teas, candies and as flavoring agents in tobacco products. Iso is sometimes marketed to women for the relief of hot flashes or other symptoms of menopause, and studies have found that the root has anti-cancer properties for some types of breast, prostate and colon cancer, Mahalingam said.
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The same properties that make iso effective against some cancers also might make it toxic to the normal growth and development of the ovary, Flaws said. Other aromatase inhibitors are already in use in oncology to stop the growth of tumors that respond to estrogen, but doctors warn of potential effects on fertility in women of child-bearing age. Use of iso to inhibit aromatase could have the same effects as other aromatase inhibitors, Flaws said.
from: science daily

Saturday, September 28, 2019


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 frequently report cases of 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.


Wednesday, September 25, 2019


Natural tea for endometriosis

Endometriosis is something that I've had and seems to be a common problem among women of childbearing age - especially those suffering from infertility.  Here is a site which gives an endometriosis "recipe" along with some other suggestions to improve this condition.  Read more:

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Endometriosis Tea

1 teaspoon each vitex berries, echinacea root, wild yam rhizome and cramp bark

½ teaspoon each horsetail stalks, red raspberry and motherwort

1 quart water

Combine herbs and water in an uncovered pot and bring to a boil. Turn down the heat and let simmer gently for about 5 minutes. Remove from heat, cover and steep for 15 minutes. Strain out herbs. Drink at least 2 cups daily. This formula can also be taken as a tincture or in capsules. 

from mothernature.com

Sunday, September 22, 2019


Ovarian Cysts, Fertility And Getting Pregnant

Most of us have heard of PCOS (polycystic ovarian syndrome), however many women can get ovarian cysts without this condition.
 Most of the time, these cysts don't interfere with conception, however there are cases where they can.
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Symptoms of Ovarian Cysts
Most women who have ovarian cysts have no symptoms. Those who do experience symptoms often confuse their symptoms with those caused by endometriosis, pelvic inflammatory disease, or other reproductive health issues. Ovarian cyst symptoms include:

pelvic and abdominal pain
feelings of fullness or pressure in the abdomen
irregular menstruation
painful periods
painful sexual intercourse
difficulty urinating

Complications Associated with Ovarian Cysts
The vast majority of ovarian cysts are harmless, and will go away in time. However, large or painful cysts may signal serious health complications. Ruptured ovarian cysts, as well as those that twist or bleed, can cause severe abdominal pain. Ovarian cysts can also cause irregular periods and ovulation, making conception difficult or even impossible. Furthermore, ovarian cysts are have been linked with ovarian cancer, particularly in women over the age of 50.


Saturday, September 21, 2019


When does implantation bleeding occur?
by Hannah Bajor. C.N.M.,M.S.N.

Implantation bleeding occurs very early in pregnancy as a direct result of the fertilized egg (your growing baby) burying and snuggling its way into the lining of your womb. Implantation bleeding occurs about 10-14 days after the egg has been fertilized or when conception occurred. This is also around the time when your menstrual cycles would be expected.

Signs of Implantation Bleeding:

Signs of implantation bleeding can vary from one pregnant woman to another. It normally mild in nature and is much lighter than a normal menstrual period.

The color of implantation bleeding:

The color of implantation bleeding can vary form bright red to brown implantation bleeding. Bright red implantation bleeding means that there is an active area of bleeding within the womb and blood is flowing from the site of implantation to the vagina very quickly. It may indicate that implantation has just occurred.
Brown implantation bleeding is the color of old blood. When you get brown implantation bleeding it
normally means that when the fertilized egg buried it way into the womb, a little blood was released. The bleeding that occurred at the moment of implantation stayed in the womb for some time so by the time you see it on your underwear or when you wipe yourself it showed up as brown implantation bleeding.

How long does implantation bleeding last?

Most cases of implantation bleeding last for a few minutes to a few days. If implantation bleeding lasts more than a few days then it may be a sign of vaginal infection or a threatened miscarriage.

How heavy is implantation bleeding?

Heavy implantation bleeding is unusual. The only thing you might notice with implantation bleeding is a pinkish or brown discharge when you wipe yourself after you go to the bathroom.

Cramps with implantation bleeding:

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Cramps with implantation bleeding can happen. You may even experience cramps with or without
bleeding. The reason you may experience cramps with implantation bleeding is because as the fertilized egg buries into your womb, it caused the muscle of your womb to contract. These contractions press on nerve endings and may result in mild to moderate menstrual like pains for 24-48 hours.

What to do if you have signs of implantation bleeding:

Don\'t panic if you have any of the above signs of implantation bleeding. Remember 50of all cases of implantation bleeding end up in a normal pregnancy.
Know your blood type. Depending on your partner\'s blood type and if you are a rhesus negative blood type then it may be necessary to have an Rh-immune globulin injection within 24 hours of any pregnancy bleeding.
If you suspect you may be pregnant and your bleeding is from implantation bleeding then do a home pregnancy test. This home test should remain positive. If it is positive and you do not know your blood Rhesus factor, then call your provider for consultation for possible Rh-immune globulin.
Never insert a tampon, douche, or have sexual intercourse while you are bleeding.

Keep track of whether the bleeding is increasing or decreasing and how many pads you are using.

If you feel your pregnancy bleeding is heavier or lasting longer than the above ranges then call your health care provider for consultation immediately.
Bleeding during pregnancy is scary. Your fear is picked up by your unborn child. Intra uterine fear can stay with your child for a lifetime, so constantly reassure your baby that he or she is wanted and loved. Want to know more about how pregnancy is like from your babies viewpoint then check out my Birth, A Conscious Choice. at http://www.PregnancySuccessCoach.com
 Hannah Bajor. C.N.M.,M.S.N.
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Friday, September 20, 2019


Are You Too Sick To Get Pregnant? Gut Health And Its Relationship To Infertility

Guest Post By Dr. Leona Allen

Whether you are having trouble getting pregnant, or have had one or more miscarriages, you are not alone. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), about 10 percent of women (6.1 million) in the United States ages 15-44 have difficulty getting pregnant or staying pregnant. Currently, to treat infertility, medications are used to boost ovulation or adjust hormone levels. There is intrauterine insemination, commonly known as artificial insemination, where the woman is injected with specially prepared sperm. There is also assisted reproductive technology (ART). ART works by
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removing eggs from a woman's body and then mixing them with sperm to make embryos. The embryos are then put back in the woman's body.
Now, I would like to talk about an alternative approach. Let us not focus on just trying to get pregnant, but getting the body healthy enough to become pregnant. It is one thing to get pregnant. It is another to achieve a healthy pregnancy and a give birth to a healthy baby. Standard treatments are not addressing the overall health of the mother. This information is also applicable for women who are either planning to carry a child in the future or want to achieve good overall health and weight loss goals.
Before becoming pregnant, you must first address and restore the integrity and function of your health and immune system. This seems to be missing in standard care. When a woman gets pregnant and is also suffering with leaky gut, sugar balancing issues, multiple food allergies or intolerances, or toxicity, she is putting her baby at risk of developing autism, eczema, asthma and food allergies. Pregnancy is stressful enough on the body and if you do not begin the process in optimal condition, it will take a toll on your health and your baby's health. In my practice, my primary goal is to address the overall health of the woman and determine if she is healthy enough to become pregnant. If a mother is having health challenges, chances are, she will pass them on to her child.
There are several conditions that can decrease the woman's ability to become pregnant, including digestive problems, immune disorders, adrenal fatigue, blood sugar problems, food allergies, chronic inflammation, hormonal imbalances, nutritional deficiencies and toxicity.
The first place I like to begin, before I address anything else, is in the digestive system. In simple terms, the digestive system works as follows: we eat (good diet or bad diet), digest (complete or incomplete), then we eliminate (good evacuation or bad evacuation) or assimilate (good absorption or poor absorption). The gut is commonly referred to as the "Second Brain" because the enteric nervous system is a collection of neurons in the gastrointestinal tract (GI) that constitutes the "brain of the gut" and can function independently of the nervous system. This system controls the motility, exocrine and endocrine secretions and microcirculation of the GI tract. It is also involved in regulating immune and inflammatory processes. Hippocrates has also said that all disease begins in the gut. About 70 to 80 percent of the body's immune system is found in the digestive tract.
Poor digestive health that involves acid reflux, bloating, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) or constipation is an extremely common and overlooked condition in this country that affects about 70 million Americans. This accounts for billions of dollars in annual sales of over-the-counter digestive aids that only provide temporary relief. Unresolved or ignored digestive problems lead to worse problems down the road. With any health condition, including pregnancy, it is important to restore gut health.
When trying to achieve pregnancy, focus cannot be solely on the ovaries, the fallopian tubes or other parts of the reproductive system. Because "every system affects every other system," the body must be considered as a whole. Infertility is oftentimes a side-effect of something else. For example poor gut health leads to blood sugar problems, and that leads to constipation. With constipation, the body cannot eliminate unneeded hormones, and estrogen accumulates. Food not digested properly due to lack of hydrochloric acid (HCL) results in putrefied, fermented food that becomes rancid in the stomach. Low HCL results in the gallbladder's reduced ability to secrete bile for the emulsification of fats. Low gallbladder function causes a sluggish liver, and it cannot efficiently detoxify the body of hormones, toxins and other metabolites. When the gallbladder malfunctions, there is no signal to the pancreas to secrete digestive enzymes. Therefore poorly digested food moves to the intestines. Rotting food in the intestines causes inflammation, infection and intestinal permeability, also known as "leaky gut." This prolonged stress exhausts the adrenals, and weak adrenals adversely affect the thyroid. This progression continues until the underlying problem is corrected.
A healthy GI tract does not allow the absorption of bacteria, harmful foods or undigested food particles into the bloodstream. Chronic inflammation brought on by poor diet, poor blood sugar control and chronic stress leads to harmful substances and undigested food being dumped into the bloodstream. Again, this is leaky gut. These harmful particles are misidentified as foreign invaders or antigens that are attacked by the immune system. A stressed immune system leads to other health problems that in turn can result in infertility.
The proper care of the gut requires the supervision of a qualified healthcare professional. To repair the gut, the first step is the elimination of foods that create chronic immune responses. These are most commonly gluten, dairy, eggs, corn, soy and yeast.
A healthcare professional would help determine which foods to remove from the diet. Other nutritional strategies include: the removal of inappropriate organisms such as bacteria, parasites, fungus and yeast, replacement of digestive enzymes, HCL, bile and fiber, to thoroughly digest proteins, fats and essential nutrients, re-populate with ample probiotics to replace an overabundance of bad bacteria with good bacteria, and supporting regeneration and healing of the gastrointestinal mucosa.
The repair of a broken down gut is not easy and it takes time. But it is well worth the effort. It is important to restore gut function whether or not one plans a pregnancy.
For those women who plan to get pregnant or are trying to get pregnant, just remember that the improvement of your overall health will benefit the health of your child. Other body organs may still need evaluation, such as the liver, kidneys, thyroid and adrenals, but many of these issues cannot be resolved until the gut is first examined.
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When I was in college, KISS meant, "keep it simple stupid".  But for now, it's going to mean something different.  I never knew there was such a thing as a KISS gene. Well, it's not exactly what you think. Apparently there is substance called kisspeptin which comes from the KISS gene.

Treatment with kisspeptin could help with fertility by giving hormone production a boost. Read

Kisspeptin is a product of the KISS-1 gene and is a key regulator of reproductive function. Animals and humans lacking kisspeptin function do not go through puberty and remain sexually immature.

Dr Waljit Dhillo and colleagues have already shown that kisspeptin treatment leads to the production of sex hormones in fertile women.

Now, they have extended their research to look at the effects of kisspeptin in women whose periods have stopped due to a hormone imbalance. 


Tuesday, September 17, 2019


I continue to find many stories of women who experience infertility and go through a multitude of assisted reproduction procedures only to find themselves pregnant over 40 by surprise.  Yes, it's amazing that when you least suspect it, you can find yourself pregnant.  This should be very encouraging to those of you who are trying to conceive!  I, myself had a surprise pregnancy at the age of 49 - I miscarried, but it happened!
Here is a story about a women who had previously gone through fertility treatments, and had her family complete...then, out of nowhere, she finds herself pregnant at the age of 43.  Even though most of you would be ecstatic, it wasn't necessarily good news for her.  Read more:
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 That I am pregnant is truly unbelievable and dare I say, a miracle. But I am not happy about it. At least not yet...
... Everything seems to be on hold: my career; purging ourselves of car seats, bouncers and various other overpriced infant accouterments; travel plans; and a family budget. Until we know if we are planning for a family of five or six, our whole lives seem to have entered a state of paralysis. We had finally started to get into a groove and I was looking forward to raising older children. Now, all those plans are in suspended animation...
...I am trying to embrace a future with this baby in it, although I fear that if the baby never arrives, I will be crestfallen. I am readying myself for whatever happens, but I am split in a way that I have never felt before. 

Monday, September 16, 2019


I'm surprised I didn't find this article earlier.  It's an amazing story which confirms what I usually write about on this blog.
Women in their 40's, even their upper 40's can be quite fertile!  This story is about Tammy Guarino, a
47 year old grandmother who was on the pill for 25 years.  She goes off of it (probably thinking she was too old to conceive) and eight days later...bingo!  I myself had a surprise pregnancy at the age of 49...the life force is pretty strong! Read more:
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She thought her pregnancy days were over, especially being in her late 40s. However, her doctor
confirmed the news, making her his oldest expecting patient."I asked him, 'Is it menopause?'" said Guarino. "He said no and I said, 'Are you kidding me?' And he said, 'No. What did you think?' I said, 'I thought I was going through the change.' And he said, 'You're about to go through a big change!'"
  "We have lots of ladies who come in during their early 40s and are thrilled to be pregnant but by the late 40s, this gets to be less than less," said Dr. Joseph Miller, who specializes in high-risk pregnancies at West Jefferson Medical Center.
 "I said, 'God is so funny to give me a boy after 30 years of girls.' It's a miracle," said Guarino. "Now that I'm 47, I'll be 48 when I have this baby. At this age, you realize how special children are, and we're going to get it back ... and I'm loving it."
from: wdsu.com

Saturday, September 14, 2019


Pregnancy Over 40, It Can Be Perfectly Normal!

I'm always looking for well rounded, honest information about Pregnancy Over 40. Much of the information out there focuses on complications and all of the things that could go wrong.
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 I was scared out of my mind my entire pregnancy because of well-meaning healthcare professionals who wanted to make sure that I understood the risks.  Well, as it turned out, I had a normal pregnancy and normal delivery.  All of that worry was for nothing.  If I were to have any complications, it probably would have been from the stress of worrying!  Read more:

If you are planning to be pregnant at the age of 40 and up, chances are you already have an idea how to go about delivering a healthy pregnancy. Even if you are a first timer, you already have enough discipline to undergo a worry-free pregnancy by taking enough rest, eating a balanced diet and visiting the doctor on a regular basis. At this age, you are also most likely financially and emotionally stable, therefore the focus should stick on finding ways for you to have a normal and safe delivery.

Raising the baby would not be an issue as well. You will be given enough support by your husband and your older kids as the whole family prepares to welcome another member of the household. On one way or another, you already know how the drill goes as you have been a responsible parent for all these years. Indeed, it is never too late to be pregnant at 40. For as long as you are armed with the right knowledge on how to go about delivering a safe pregnancy, then everything will turn out fine.


Pregnancy Over 40, Trying To Conceive Over 40, Many Women Keep It Secret

When I was trying to conceive over the age of 40 I kept it totally "under wraps". It's hard to find people that are supportive of women over 40 who are trying to conceive.  All you hear are dismal statistics and how "selfish' older women are for want this basic part of life.

 Most people just don't get it - especially if they had their kids when they were young. They look at all of the issues they had to deal with and they can't imagine starting that all over again (although I've heard from many women who have grown kids and want to get pregnant again).  The thing is that if you raise your kids right (as older women do), they're easier to raise!

Doctors and even alternative health professionals can be discouraging about getting pregnant over 40

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Members of the medical community of course are the worst and reproductive endocrinologists are no exception. This is one reason why I developed my own "pregnancy protocol" that didn't involve paid professionals. I wanted to be in charge and I didn't want anyone, no matter how educated, to get in my way or "mess up my mind". I recall a time when I was thinking about acupuncture. I called around and found an acupuncturist who supposedly specialized in fertility. I had just turned 43 and was brought to tears after she bluntly told me my chances were slim to none - those weren't her exact words, but that was the message(she went on to say that even if I got pregnant, with my history of miscarriage, I would probably deliver prematurely). Even though I was tempted to call her up after I conceived naturally and had a perfectly normal pregnancy and delivery, I should probably thank her for saving me a lot of money when I had it in me all along to succeed (Just for the record, I have nothing against acupuncture--even though it wasn't part of my pregnancy protocol, I've read a number of articles on how it can help you conceive).

Pregnancy Over 40:  Look at the positive information out there about getting pregnant over 40

Here are a few tips I've learned along the way:

- Be careful who you talk to. Only share your information with those who will be uplifting and supportive. Look past the negative and see the positive. I remember when I was a kid, and my mother was saying something I didn't want to hear, I would humm and plug my ears. I practically did the same thing when I ran into people or those in the medical community who only had bad things to say.

-Be careful what you read. There's plenty of naysayers out there - read success stories or books/articles that show how others "beat the odds". Surrounding yourself with others' success will help you attract your own.

-Know that anything is possible. I wish I had a dollar for everyone that I've heard say, "If I can get pregant, anyone can!"

-Remember that you are in control of your body and your mind. Stay the course and do not let others derail you.


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