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Friday, July 31, 2015

NEW MOON AND GETTING PREGNANT


I never knew that the time of the new moon was when your wishes are supposed to take hold until I read this article. Keep an eye out for the new moon (it's probably listed in your local paper's weather section), set your intentions and "charge it" with your rituals. Read more:

From the article:

Rituals bring meaning to our lives by "charging" an intention with power. We're always setting intentions, and this is a way to do it in a more conscious way. There is power in coming up with visions for your life, and keeping them in your sights as they come into being. But even as you fully commit to those visions, stay flexible, since new doors may open that you didn't expect. At the new Moon, goals and wishes take root, as you reach out for spiritual wisdom, draw on unseen allies and open the door to magical change. You might get what you ask for, or something even better that you can't imagine yet.

SEE ALSO: MEDITATION AND VISUALIZATION FOR PREGNANCY (getpregnantover40.com)

It's important to come up with a ritual that has meaning for you, instead of trying to follow any set guidelines (unless you're part of an established ritual group). You're the one that knows your personal story best, and what to lift out of that narrative, what will infuse your ritual with power. Here are some general guidelines to shape your rituals using the unique symbols and totems from your life.

from:
(astrology.about.com)

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

GLUTEN, INFERTILITY AND MISCARRIAGE

Gluten May Affect Some Women's Fertility

I keep hearing more and more about how gluten may be the culprit behind infertility and miscarriage.

 Here is an article that explain what gluten is and how it can wreak havoc on your digestive system.

Celiac disease, and gluten intolerance are both known to be important causes of infertility and miscarriage which can easily be remedied by a gluten free diet. Celiac disease can be tested for with a blood test which is relatively accurate as long as you have been consuming gluten regularly in the month or so before the test day. As soon as you cut gluten out of your diet, the volume of of anti-gluten antibodies that your body produces drops, which can make the test misleading.

See Also My Series on Foods For Fertility (www.getpregnantover40.com)

Many women are sensitive to gluten containing grains, but do not have an autoimmune reaction to gluten making testing even more tricky. Gluten sensitivity testing can be expensive and is not usually covered by health insurance. Many women simply decide to try a month or two on a strict gluten free diet to see how they feel. Many times they are pleasantly surprised by both how easy - and enjoyable - a gluten free diet can be, and by how good they feel often in unexpected ways...

Recently one of my fe
rtility coaching clients relayed how she had had a series of unfortunate miscarriages - all preceded by uterine growth retardation - and yet had also had one successful pregnancy which she carried to term. When I raised the issue of celiac testing (uterine growth restriction is common in celiac pregnancies) it turned out that this one miraculous pregnancy was conceived - and carried - during a period on a gluten free diet pursued as a health kick. Gluten can be a powerful saboteur of fertility and fertility can quickly return when it is removed.
from:
bellaonline.com

Monday, July 27, 2015

D&C MAY CAUSE SCARRING ASHERMAN'S SYNDROME


Trying To Get Pregnant Naturally?  A D&C May Cause Scarring and Affect Fertility

Ever heard of Asherman's syndrome? It can be caused by a previous D & C which can be done for a number of reasons from heavy bleeding to an incomplete miscarriage.

SEE ALSO: DO YOU NEED A D&C AFTER MISCARIAGE? (Getpregnantover40.com)

 I recall being advised to have a D & C after one of my miscarriages. I didn't want to because I didn't really want any sharp instruments inside my one and only uterus, but I wound up having it anyway because it appeared that the pregnancy tissue was still growing even though there was no heartbeat and the fetus wasn't viable. Here is more information about how adhesions can affect your fertility:

From the article:

Asherman's syndrome is a type of adhesion - where bands of scar-like tissue form inside the body between two surfaces, causing them to stick together. Adhesions are a common problem, affecting 93 per cent of patients who undergo surgery.

All the abdominal and pelvic organs - which are most susceptible to adhesions - are wrapped together in a clear membrane, the peritoneum. When this is traumatised either by infection or surgery, it triggers an inflammatory response, stimulating the growth of fibrous scar tissue. Asherman's is the term given to adhesions in the womb.

The problem is triggered by a dilation and curettage (D&C), a standard procedure used to clear the womb after a miscarriage, or when the placenta is retained after childbirth or a termination, says Adrian Lower, a consultant gynaecologist and one of only a handful of Asherman's specialists in the UK.

An ultrasound revealed parts of the placenta had embedded into Sophie's womb. Left untreated, it could lead to serious infection

He says: 'During the procedure, a spoon-shaped instrument [a curette] is used to scrape the uterus lining.

'It's thought that Asherman's occurs when this is done too forcefully,' he says. Around 100,000 procedures are carried out each year, with five per cent resulting in Asherman's.

from: www.dailymail.co.uk

Friday, July 24, 2015

MEDITATION FOR FERTILITY AND GETTING PREGNANT

Pregnancy Over 40 - Help With Meditation

I thought this article was insightful, because it explains that it's not a mystifying process, it's actually quite simple and natural. My CD on Meditation and Visualization (www.getpregnantover40.com) gives specific examples of how to attract a baby in your life, but this article gives some practical tips and what to expect from the process:




Secret #1:The True Purpose of Meditation

Many people feel a sense of fascination when confronted with the possibility of mystic visions, psychic intuition and heightened mental functioning. While meditators often report these sorts of improvements, these experiences should not be the primary reason for practice. The purpose of meditation is to bring us back to ourselves.

As we become healthier, happier and realize greater self-awareness, the other benefits of meditation begin to follow naturally -- improved mental functioning, greater intuition as well as greater access to unconscious resources and abilities.

Secret #2:Distraction Does Not Equal Failure

Meditation is not work in the sense that you have to "force" yourself to concentrate completely for long periods of time. If we consciously try to prevent thinking, it's going to have a negative impact on the meditation.

Instead, whenever we become lost in thought or confusion, we simply acknowledge those thoughts and then gently return the attention to the object of the meditation. We do this as many times as distraction or thought occurs. Eventually, the mind becomes calmer and discursive thought begins to slow.

Secret #3:Insight Alone Is Not Enough

Insight alone will not transform our lives. Meditation is likely to help us by giving us larger perspectives and increasing clarity of thought. But although our sense of inner guidance might become stronger, unless we ACT on that guidance, we will never manifest the changes we truly want in our lives.

This doesn't just mean we need to take action in our outer world, for example, having an honest conversation with a friend or paying a bill.

It also means we must actively request the assistance of the unconscious in a clear and persistent way. When you do that, as I teach in "Secrets of Meditation, Energy and Manifestation," you find yourself magnetically drawn toward your dreams with an irresistible impulse.

Secret #4:Learn To Let Go

Once you have made your request, it's important that you let go. Don't be concerned with HOW you're going to get what you truly want in your life. Needing to know how can hamper the process of making it manifest in the outer world. Learn to trust your unconscious.

Some changes -- perhaps all of them -- will happen automatically. I have personally found that many of my destructive habits simply dropped away with minimal conscious effort.

For me, this was achieved not by self-discipline and will power, but rather a "letting go" and a realization that spiritual growth is a natural process powered by parts of ourselves that know more than we can understand consciously.

As we let go consciously and receive more input from these parts, we learn to trust this feeling, this feeling that we are in safe hands and that something amazing is about to happen.
excerpted from:   secretsofmeditation.com

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

HOW SUNLIGHT CAN HELP FERTILITY

Sunlight and Ovulation

Getting enough sunlight can be a critical piece of maximizing your fertility.  The reason is sunlight can promote ovulation.  Supposedly, one reason why many people who go on vacation get pregnant is they’re finally outdoors long enough to get some sunlight.    Now, I’m not talking about staying outside all day, just maybe one hour per day.   You really do feel better when you get outside for a while – especially if you’ve been a workaholic, you may have forgotten what it’s like to soak in the fresh air.  I always visualized the sun ripening my eggs.  If you spend most of your day cooped up in an office, spend your lunch hour outside or take a walk on your breaks.  After I quit my job I would designate an hour every morning as my outdoor time. 

SEE ALSO: YOUR ENVIRONMENT AND FERTILITY (getpregnantover40.com)

Image result for free sun clipart Fortunately, I live in an area where the sun shines daily, but if you don’t, you may have to get out there when the opportunity arises.  For the maximum effect, make sure the sunlight actually hits your eyes.  The full spectrum light provided from the sun is important to maintain normal circadian rhythms and to re-set your body clock.  Sunlight helps regulate your sleep-wake cycle which will help with melatonin production.  If weather permits, let the sun hit your arms and legs for the first 20 minutes to absorb vitamin D. 

Also of note is the findings of one study on light and women’s ovulation which reported:   “morning exposure to bright light in the follicular phase of the menstrual cycle stimulates the secretion of hypophyseal reproductive hormones, promotes ovary follicle growth, and increases ovulation rates in women with slightly lengthened menstrual cycles. This might be a promising method to overcome infertility.”[1]  Although this study was done with artificial light, it seems that light has a relationship to balancing reproductive hormones.


[1] Danilenko, K. V., & Samoilova, E. A. (2007). Stimulatory Effect of Morning Bright Light on Reproductive Hormones and Ovulation: Results of a Controlled Crossover Trial. PLoS Clinical Trials, 2(2), e7. doi:10.1371/journal.pctr.0020007

Monday, July 20, 2015

HOW IRON CAN HELP YOUR FERTILITY

Pregnancy Over 40 Ovulation and Fertility Helped With Iron

If your multivitamin doesn't contain iron, you might want to think about eating iron fortified foods and cereals.
This study cited below talks about how iron deficiencies can lead to problems with ovulation:

“Our results suggest that women who are planning to become pregnant may improve their fertility by consuming non-heme iron which is found in iron supplements, multivitamins, legumes and spinach,” said Dr. Jorge E. Chavrarro, from the department of nutrition and epidemiology at the Harvard School of Medicine.

SEE ALSO: FERTILITY DIET, FERTILITY FOODS (Getpregnantover40.com)


For the study, Chavarro and colleagues used data from a large study of 18,000 registered nurses between the ages of 24 and 42. Over the course of 8 years, the researchers noted that there were over 3,500 cases of infertility among the women involved. Of those who went for further testing to find the source of their infertility, 438 women found they were having difficulty becoming pregnant because of an ovulatory disorder, meaning their body had trouble producing viable eggs.


Looking at the iron intake of these women, the researchers found that those women who used iron supplements had about a 40 percent lower risk of having an ovulatory disorder. In fact, women who took supplements with high iron content—more than 41 milligrams a day—lowered their risk of an ovulatory problem by 70 percent. "

from:
(sciencedaily.com)

Friday, July 17, 2015

PREGNANT WHEN OVERWEIGHT = FERTILITY PROBLEMS FOR BABY

Trying To Get Pregnant - Obesity Complications

What does diet have to do with fertility? I've read that approximately 60% of American adults are overweight and children aren't far behind
If you ever travel to other countries, you start looking around and wonder, "Hmmmm...where are all the fat people?" But that might not be for long. As other countries get more "Americanized", they are seeing their rates of obesity climb. I've read that it's almost "trendy" to eat American fast food in other countries.

SEE ALSO: FOODS FOR FERTILITY (getpregnantover40.com)

So, why am I talking about diet and weight on a fertility blog? If you've done any reading about enhancing fertility you've undoubtedly heard that being overweight can affect fertility for both women and men. But now, were finding out that even if you do succeed in getting pregnant, you might hurt your baby's future fertility.
When I started my all natural journey to pregnancy, I completely changed how and what I ate. I'm glad I did because I still eat just as healthy now and I know that I will never have a weight problem. As a matter of fact, I currently weigh two pounds less than before I got pregnant. I realize all those "bad" foods are quite tasty, but once you starting eating fruits and vegetables daily, you start to prefer them.

Give it a try. Your baby will thank you.

 Here is an article from the BBC News:

Lead researcher Dr Michael Davies from the Research Centre in Reproductive Health at the University of Adelaide, said: "We may reasonably expect an epidemic of menstrual and fertility diseases as a consequence."


His team interviewed 544 women who had been born between 1973 and 1974, which meant they were now aged between 30 and 32.
The women were asked about their medical history. Their records were also checked to assess their own birth weight and the weight of their mothers at the last clinical examination before they had given birth.
The women who reported having irregular periods were far more likely to have been large babies and their mothers were more likely to have been obese while carrying them in the womb.
  (news.bbc.co.uk):

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

IS SOY GOOD OR BAD FOR FERTILITY?



The Soy Controversy

Whether or not soy enhances female fertility seems to be an area of controversy.  Some sources say soy can actually be detrimental to fertility because the phytoestrogens could act as a contraceptive.  However, one study, although done on monkeys (who have menstrual cycles similar to humans), concluded that even though it may lengthen menstrual cycles (which, for me, was a good thing), it did not harm fertility.[1]

 

SEE ALSO: FOODS FOR FERTILITY (getpregnantover40.com) 


Critics of soy mention other reasons it may harm fertility and health including:
·         Soy is considered a “goitrogen” which may make it harder for the thyroid to make hormones.  However, when studied, this appeared to only be true in populations deficient in iodine.[2] 
·         Soy is frequently genetically modified (see my “things to avoid” section).   When I came up with my fertility diet, less was known or publicized about genetically modified foods.  If you do decide to make soy a part of your diet, talk with your local health food store about non GMO soy products.
·         Most Americans are consuming unfermented soy which is supposedly worse than the fermented variety.  Unfermented soy has phytates which may interfere with nutrient absorption.  Some of the most popular unfermented soy products are soymilk, tofu, soy nuts and soy meat alternatives.  Fermented soy includes miso, soy sauce, tempeh, and natto. 

So, who do you believe?   The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality was unable to substantiate claims that soy products (both fermented and unfermented) were harmful or helpful to endocrine function although soy did seem to reduce the incidence of hot flashes.[3]  
I'm a firm believer that all foods should be consumed in moderation and you should vary your diet.  I did eat soy when I was trying to conceive, but I ate plenty of other foods as well. 


[1] Kaplan, J.R. et al., High isoflavone soy protein does not alter menstrual cyclicity or ovarian function in fully mature, premenopausal monkeys
Fertility and Sterility , Volume 82 , S269 - S270
[2] Doerge DR, Sheehan DM., Goitrogenic and estrogenic activity of soy isoflavones, Environ Health Perspect. 2002 Jun;110 Suppl 3:349-53. Review.
[3] Balk E, Chung M, Chew P, Ip S, Raman G, Kupelnick B, Tatsioni A, Sun Y, Wolk B, DeVine D, Lau J., Effects of Soy on Health Outcomes
Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (US); 2005 Aug.
Report No.: 05-E024-2

Monday, July 13, 2015

VISUALIZATION FOR FERTILITY AND PREGNANCY

Trying To Conceive Over 40, Vision Boards May Help

Some years back, when Oprah did a show on "The Secret" and it was all the rage, she had on a panel of women who were discussing how to get what you want in life. 
 The title of the show was "The Secret Behind the Secret"
and it featured Louise Hay, Martha Beck and Cheryl Richardson. I've previously talked about "visualization" and I've created a CD which guides you through it

They were talking  in the show about a specific technique on this particular show which I wanted to mention here. The show featured a number of women who used "vision boards" to send to the universe their desires and help attract what they want in their life.
Click Here To Read The Full Article  On Vision Boards To Get Pregnant

Saturday, July 11, 2015

DOES IVF LEAD TO MORE ABNORMALITIES IN BABIES




In all fairness, I should start by saying that the vast majority of babies conceived through assisted reproductive techniques are normal.  However, there may be a higher incidence of certain birth defects and cognitive delays in babies conceived through IVF.  

 SEE ALSO: THE REAL RATE OF BIRTH DEFECTS IN NATURAL PREGNANCIES OVER 40 (getpregnantover40.com)


 One study found:
 “IVF independently contributes a significant risk of congenital malformation in addition to known maternal factors.  In particular, defects of the eye, heart and genitourinary system are more likely in infants born after IVF. “[1] Another study found: “Compared with spontaneous conception, IVF treatment overall was not associated with autistic disorder but was associated with a small but statistically significant increased risk of mental retardation”[2]
                                                                     
Most experts agree that more study needs to be done to find out if some abnormalities are due to the procedures themselves or if it might have something to do with the fact that people undergoing IVF probably have other anatomical/medical issues that could contribute to the findings.     


[1] Lorraine I. Kelley-Quon, M.D., M.S.H.S., Chi-Hong Tseng, Ph.D., Carla Janzen, M.D., Ph.D. and Stephen B. Shew, M.D., Congenital Malformations Associated with Assisted Reproductive Technology: A California Statewide Analysis. (2012, October 20). Retrieved March 16, 2015, from: https://aap.confex.com/aap/2012/webprogram/Paper17831.html
[2] Sandin S, Nygren KG, Iliadou A, Hultman CM, Reichenberg A., Autism and mental retardation among offspring born after in vitro fertilization., JAMA. 2013 Jul 3;310(1):75-84. doi: 10.1001/jama.2013.7222.

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