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Thursday, July 02, 2015

TRYING TO CONCEIVE ON HOLIDAYS, THERE'S NO FIREWORKS!

Trying To Conceive and Independence Day

Remember those old re-runs of a program called "Love American Style" (or in my case you saw them the first time around)?
Fireworks represented the love and infatuation associated with your relationship and/or marriage. Well, no matter how good your relationship is, when you're trying to conceive, every aspect of your life revolves around ovulation. Intercourse can become a total chore and no, there are absolutely no fireworks. I remember a few years on independence day, I was ovulating and we could hear our neighbors shooting off firecrakers--there we were trying to "get the job done". UGGGGHHHH...not pleasant memories at all.

SEE ALSO: SHARING INFORMATION ABOUT YOUR INFERTILITY (getpregnantover40.com)

Independence day is another one of those family oriented holidays. All you see around you are families packing up the car to go watch fireworks displays, kid-oriented events, BBQ's etc. It's another holiday where you stick out like a sore thumb. I recall going to a function with my husband's sister and their kids. We met a few of their friends and then the bomb dropped. One of their friends (who was there with his four kids) says to me..."I'll bet you guys have a bunch of kids right?" I was so taken off guard...he immediately sensed me squirming as I said sheepishly..."Uh no, we don't have any". End of conversation.
After that, we decided to have our own way of enjoying the holiday. We stayed away from BBQ's and had a nice dinner out. Hey, whatever works. I'm not saying you shouldn't join in (because we did that too), but you should do whatever helps you deal with the situation at the time.

So, whatever you do this holiday, please enjoy it safely and don't be afraid to go out and have some fun - even if it's not in the traditional way.

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

POSITIVE MINDSET TO GET PREGNANT

Getting Pregnant Over 40, Raise Your Vibration To Tap Into The Universal Power

 I've written before about the law of attraction and how you will attract what you desire when you have a high positive "vibration".  If you are trying to conceive and your are in a constant state of disappointment because you are not getting pregnant, you create a vicious circle that spirals downward.
Babies are pure positive energy - you need to raise your vibration to attract one into your life. At the risk of sounding a bit "new agey"....I must say it works.  Here are some tried and true ways I change my vibration:

  • Listen to your favorite music, this can be done anytime (while driving, walking, at home or at work).  I prefer upbeat music that is a bit faster pace.
  • Take a walk outside, if you can, remove your shoes to connect with the earth's energy (there are actually studies that show that connecting with the earth can heal and improve well-being)
  • Start a gratitude journal.  Appreciate all the positive aspects of your life, this will help you to attract more of what you want.
  • Practice visualization and meditation.  When I was trying to conceive, I constantly would daydream about my future child.  I would find myself smiling when I did this.  (see more about visualization and meditation here.)
  • Prepare your favorite meal or try a new recipe.  Cooking can be a very creative art.  I always love to make up my own dishes and make them with healthy ingredients.
  • Don't let yourself get too hungry.  It's hard to be in a good mood when your body is craving food.
  • Find an opportunity to help others.  When I was trying to conceive, I ran an infertility support group.  It was really a relief to focus on helping others rather than myself. 

Sunday, June 28, 2015

ThHYROID DISORDERS AND BODY TEMPERATURE BBT

Basal Temperature Charts Measure Thyroid Function As Well As Ovulation

Guest Post By Judy Ford

Basal temperature is frequently measured by women wishing to discover when and if they are ovulating normally. Women also use this to discover the best time to have sex and there are various products that promise success.
Keeping a basal temperature chart can be a very informative exercise and is a far cheaper alternative than expensive hormonal tests. Strangely enough, although it is so 'low tech' the humble temperature chart can reveal a great deal more useful information than many laboratory tests. One of these outcomes is the diagnosis of previously unsuspected thyroid problems. Despite being quite common, thyroid disease can often remain undiagnosed for many years and can be a source of general health, psychological and reproductive problems. Clinicians other than Endocrinologists seem to be generally tuned out to the possibility of thyroid problems despite its prevalence and importance.
Women suffering from thyroid problems have reduced fertility. The thyroid gland is the controller of our metabolism and its normal functioning is critical to the health of our bodies. In some ways we can think of the thyroid as the conductor of the orchestra of the body, in the sense that it sets the correct time and rhythm. One of its critical functions is to control body temperature. Low thyroid function is characterized by tiredness, weight gain, feeling the cold, depression, slowed reflexes, coarsening and dryness of the skin and deepening of the voice especially when tired.
My first experience of diagnosing hypothyroidism (low thyroid function) happened thirty years ago when I was asked to counsel a woman who was both infertile and depressed. She had been receiving treatment for her conditions from both a psychiatrist and fertility specialist. When she arrived I noticed that she had a large goiter and asked who was treating her thyroid problem? She in turn said "What thyroid problem"? Neither specialist had observed this most obvious symptom because it was not in their area of specialization!

SEE ALSO: THYROID, INFERTILITY AND MISCARRIAGE  (getpregnantover40.com)
 and
DOES FERTILITY CHARTING WORK? (getpregnantover40.com)


Another case came when I was jointly advising an infertility client with a naturopath. In this case I observed low temperatures on the basal temperature chart and asked whether the thyroid function had been tested. The naturopath had no idea that these low temperatures indicated a thyroid problem so was pleased that we had shared the information as a learning experience.
Low thyroid function can be caused by iodine deficiency, which is correctable by supplementing the diet. If the temperature is only slightly low and no other symptoms are present then the condition might be cured by eating seaweed and eating Sushi is a great way of doing this. However low thyroid function is often the result of an inherited autoimmune condition called Hashimoto's thyroiditis and must be treated with medication by a Specialist.
It is important to recognise the early signs of thyroid disease as it can lead to both infertility and miscarriage. When a woman is hypothyroid it is still possible for her to become pregnant. If she does, maternal antibodies against the thyroid can cross the placenta and destroy the baby's thyroid gland. Babies affected in this way are born with hypothyroidism, which causes a condition known as cretinism. If not treated at birth, the child will have deformed growth and mental retardation.
The other extreme of thyroid disease is the overactive thyroid. The symptoms are loss of weight, feeling hot, profuse sweating and eyes that appear to be about to pop out of their sockets. This is a potentially very dangerous illness and needs immediate treatment. However it is not usually picked up in basal temperature charts.
Dr Judy Ford is an internationally respected geneticist who has undertaken considerable research into the causes of miscarriage, causes of infertility and birth defects. Her research has shown that most problems are preventable through changes to healthy lifestyles and healthy habits. More information can be found on her websites http://www.ez-fertility.co.uk and http://www.itsnatural.com.au.
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Thursday, June 25, 2015

UTERINE SCARRING MAY HARM FERTILITY

 Uterine Scarring May Hurt Fertility

I did have a few D and C's after my miscarriages, and it always worried me to be undergoing this surgery.
 The instrument used almost resembles a coat hanger and if it's hard to believe the many women don't walk away with some scarring. This article talks about "Asherman's symdrome" which can cause infertility if not treatted. Read more:

From the article:

SEE ALSO: D&C AFTER MISCARRIAGE (getpregnantover40.com)

MICHAELA KHATIB was told by eight different doctors that she would never have a second child after developing Asherman's syndrome (AS).

Nine years later baby Jasmine proved them wrong.

Schoolteacher Michaela, 40, mother to Jasmine, now 22 months, as well as 10-year-old Emily, campaigns to raise awareness for this little-known condition which often goes undiagnosed and leaves women fearing they are infertile.

It is believed that as many as 3,500 UK women develop AS each year but only a tiny percentage are diagnosed and even fewer receive treatment.

AS is caused when scar tissue forms in the womb following a surgical procedure such as a caesarean section or a D&C (dilation and curettage), which is carried out after a miscarriage or to remove a retained placenta or to terminate a pregnancy. 

from: 

 (www.express.co.uk)

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

PALMISTRY AND MEN'S FERTILITY

Trying To Conceive Over 40, Palmistry May Give Clues About Hormones

I'm not at all familiar with "palmstry", but I've never been afraid to expand my horizons!
 Whether you're a believer or not, it's certainly interesting. Here is an article on how palmistry may be able to predict male fertility. Read more:

From the article:

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

The Ring Finger

The biggest sign of infertility problems in males detected through palmistry is a long fourth (ring) finger. The longer the ring finger, the higher a male's testosterone levels tend to be. Increased testosterone makes males more aggressive and sexually assertive in general, so a short ring finger can be a sign that a man may not have the correct hormone levels to increase conception odds.

Line of Affection

The Line of Affection is a line that appears on the palm underneath the pinky and ring fingers. Lines that come off the top of the Line of Affection vertically supposedly represent the number of children that will be born. If a male doesn't have lines off the Line of Affection, this is considered a possible sign of infertility.

Other Signs

The condition of the hand and palm can provide other signs that point to a male fertility problem. If the hand is bluish in color, for example, this may point to poor circulation related to another condition that may affect fertility. Similarly, the color and condition of the nails represent a plethora of health conditions, such as respiratory illness, that make being able to conceive more difficult. Certain genetic conditions that may affect fertility such as Down syndrome are revealed by characteristic fingerprint swirls and a single transverse line across the palm


excerted from: www.ehow.com


Sunday, June 21, 2015

CAN VARICOCELE CAUSE INFERTILITY IN MEN?

Varicocele Explained

Most people aren't familiar with the term "varicocele", however, according to the article below, it can be a very common cause for infertility in men.
 Here is a good article which explains what a varicocele is as well as other causes of infertility or subfertility in men:


SEE ALSO: MALE FACTOR INFERTILITY AND INCREASING SPERM COUNT NATURALLY (getpregnantover40.com)

Myth 3. Varicoceles don't cause infertility
The most common cause of male infertility is varicocele. A varicocele is an abnormal dilation of the pampiniform plexus of the internal spermatic vein and is typically identified on the left side. This condition has been found to be a contributing factor in up to 40% of cases of primary and up to 80% of cases of secondary male subfertility. Varicoceles have also been identified in up to 15% of the general population (14).

In the healthy state, the intratesticular temperature is maintained at several degrees below body temperature by means of a countercurrent temperature system. The spermatic arteries are surrounded by the multiple veins of the pampiniform plexus. The warm arterial blood is cooled by convection from these veins. Varicoceles are thought to increase the intratesticular temperature through the loss of venous valvular function. This leads to pooling of the warm blood in the testis, thus causing altered spermatogenesis, Leydig's cell dysfunction, and subsequent infertility (15).

Diagnosis and treatment
Diagnosis of a clinical varicocele is usually made by physical examination, with or without the aid of Doppler ultrasound. Diagnosis and treatment of subclinical varicoceles (those identifiable only by radiographic means) remain controversial (16). Several operative and nonoperative treatment options are available. Nonoperative therapy includes transvenous ablation with use of thrombotic agents (17). Traditionally, surgical repair of a varicocele is performed by an inguinal (18), a retroperitoneal (19), or a subinguinal approach (20).

The primary indications for treatment of a varicocele are (1) male subfertility, usually detected by abnormal findings on seminal fluid analysis, although abnormal function or morphology may be the only evident factor; (2) adolescent testicular growth retardation that is persistent during a 6-month observation period; and (3) intractable pain that is not attributable to other intrascrotal causes. Although some controversy remains about the utility and effectiveness of repairing varicoceles, most investigators agree that treating a varix in a subfertile male improves seminal parameters and yields higher pregnancy rates than does no treatment (21).

It was originally reported that varix size did not affect the improvement seen postoperatively (22), but more recent reports have contradicted this finding (23). Furthermore, in two studies (24,25), morphology of the sperm as judged by Kruger's criteria (26) was increased by varicocele repair.

Myth 4. It's cheaper to proceed directly to assisted reproductive techniques
In a study of treatment costs, Comhaire (27) examined the cost per delivered baby for various treatments of subfertility. Varicocele repair was found to be the least expensive option ($1,700 per delivery), as compared with intrauterine insemination (IUI; $2,566 per delivery) and IVF ($11,667 per delivery with intracytoplasmic sperm injection [ICSI] and $18,333 without). 

 from: ayurveda.nz.wb

Thursday, June 18, 2015

CAN HIGH FSH ACTUALLY HELP YOU CONCEIVE?

Trying To Have A Baby Over 40 With High FSH

Most people who are trying to conceive probably know all about FSH (FSH stands for "Follicle Stimulating Hormone").

What we're usually told is that the higher the FSH, the lower the chances you will conceive (under 10 is usually considered workable - but read on...)


I'm frequenty asked what my FSH was when I conceived my daughter. My answer is "I don't know" because I had discontinued fertility treatments and I never had it tested after my initial "work-up" when I was 38. I'm glad I didn't have it tested again...it probably would have served no purpose but to discourage me. I'm sure my FSH had gone up - but maybe that's why I got pregnant!

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I found this interesting article about how older women are more likely to have twins because their FSH is higher:

webMD

Monday, June 15, 2015

WOMAN GETS PREGNANT MULTIPLE TIMES NATURALLY AFTER FAILED IVF



You have to read this story.  She sounds much like me.  A former IVF patient who never succeeded in becoming pregnant during treatment gets pregnant multiple times over the age of 40 with only one fallopian tube (she previously had an ectopic).  The difference is, she wound up with four children...all in her 40's! Many women do get very fertile in as they get older.  Read more:

SEE ALSO: WOMEN WHO GOT PREGNANT NATURALLY OVER 50 (getpregnantover40.com)

From the article:

I almost laughed when he insisted I take a pregnancy test before prescribing hormone tablets to help. I knew I was far too old to be a mum again,” she says.
picture:  mirror.co.uk
But, for the third time in her 40s, Louise’s test was positive.
More shocking news was just around the corner when the 12-week scan showed she was expecting twins.“At first, the sonographer could see two sacs but only one embryo. I thought I’d been ­carrying twins but lost one along the way.
"But they told me to come back 10 days later for another scan, and that’s when we saw the twins were both OK,” Louise recalls.
“Most women find their fertility decreases as they get older, but mine boomed.
“One doctor suggested that maybe my body started releasing more eggs as I neared the menopause but there’s no solid ­explanation.

Saturday, June 13, 2015

WHY DID SHE GET PREGNANT BEFORE ME?

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 before my sister who is getting married next month" as if she was going to be humiliated if she couldn't "outperform" her.

SEE ALSO: SHARING INFORMATION ABOUT YOUR INFERTILITY (getpregnantover40.com)

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.

Thursday, June 11, 2015

ADOPTION MAY NOT BE AN OPTION FOR EVERYONE

Pregnancy Over 40, Do Not Ask If You've Considered Adoption

I mean no disrespect to those who are considering adoption or to those who have already adopted.
 It's just that when I was trying so hard to get pregnant, if someone said "have you considered adoption?" it was absolutely devastating. First of all, I never considered adoption. It's not because I have anything against it, it's just that I had already been on such a roller coaster ride of ups and downs with infertility and miscarriage, I couldn't even imagine starting a whole new process of paperwork, social workers, home visits, and a birth mother. I just wanted to smack whoever said "have you considered adoption"?

SEE ALSO: SHARING INFORMATION ABOUT YOUR INFERTILITY (getpregnantover40.com)


Ok, enough ranting, it's just that when you're certain that you can succeed in getting pregnant, having someone suggest adoption is a slap in the face. It's almost like they're telling you that you need to move on and "give it up". I kept my struggle with infertility and miscarriage very private for this very reason. I didn't want unsolicited advice. One person who suggested adoption to me was a physician assistant who I saw after one of my miscarriages. She was a quite rough around the edges and bit of a loose cannon. There I was grieving my lost pregnancy and instead of saying something truly consoling, her adoption comment left me feeling like I was at the end of the road. I never went back to that clinic and I now always insist on seeing a doctor, not a PA.

Anyway, I should mention that I've known many people who have happily adopted. I know people who've adopted older children, I known people who've done foreign adoptions, and I've seen many open adoptions where the birth mother is very much a part of the child's life. It can work beautifully. It's just that considering adoption needs to be your decision. Every person/couple struggling with infertility knows that adoption is an option. I guess most people who ask if you've considered it just want to help. Let them know that you understand your options and you'll arrive at your own decision when the time is right.

Tuesday, June 09, 2015

IVF LAB MIX UPS CAN LEAD TO TRADGEDY

Fertility Treatments Over 40 - Mishaps

I recall back when I was going through fertility treatments before I embarked on my all natural journey to pregnancy.
 We tried medications, inseminations, and IVF. I never really understood what I was getting myself into until after it was over. One of the scariest moments was when we tried intrauterine inseminations to increase chances of conception by by-passing a less than friendly vaginal/cervical environment.

I went in for my insemination after my husband gave his "donation". After signing into the doctor's office, I waited and waited. The receptionist kept giving me these weird looks and after I waited an hour and a half, the doctor himself called me into his office. He sheepishly told me there was a "mix up" in the lab and they had to cancel my insemination. The nurse jokingly says, "We wouldn't want a baby that doesn't look anything like you, now would we?" I sat there somewhat stunned, thinking "EXCUSE ME??? You mean to tell me my husband's sperm is floating around in the wrong pipette? And even worse, some other guy's sperm was in my pipette?!" Well, in their defense, at least the lab technician admitted to the error. I really could have had someone else's baby.

 

SEE ALSO: DO YOU REALLY NEED IVF OVER 40 (getpregnantover40.com) 


In retrospect, all of this really does make me think about all of the things that can happen when you fool with mother nature. I know that some couples have no choice but to undergo fertility treatments, but it is a little worrisome that you really never know what's going on in the lab. Everything is microscopic, if something gets mislabeled.....it's all over (or you could have a major dilemma the rest of your life). The same holds true for couples undergoing IVF or donor cycles. Check out the clinic ahead of time. Ask what safeguards their lab has in place. Better yet, try the natural route. Even though it doesn't have a 100% success rate, it has 100% accuracy.

If you do an internet search on "IVF Lab mix-ups" you will find many stories like this one.

Sunday, June 07, 2015

WOMAN GETS PREGNANT NATURALLY AT 50

Pregnant Naturally at 50

Getting pregnant naturally at or over the age of 40 doesn't surprise most people, but what about getting naturally at 50?

Yes, it happens...I myself had a surprise pregnancy at the age of 49  but I miscarried click here for more on my surprise pregnancy at 49 -getpregnantover40.com). My point here is that it does happen - sometimes when you least expect it. Here is one woman's story:

This baby was a complete surprise. I'd tried to have another baby after my son was born when I was 41, but after four miscarriages I finally gave up hope that I would have another child. My periods stopped abruptly when I moved to the East Coast to take a new teaching job, and I accepted the fact that I had started menopause.

SEE ALSO: WOMEN WHO GOT PREGNANT NATURALLY OVER 50 (getpregnantover40.com)

My husband, John, and I were in New York for a weekend workshop when I noticed that my breasts had started swelling and felt tender. "Maybe I'm pregnant," I quipped to John, not really believing it. Then I squeezed a nipple and got a little milky fluid. "Oops! This doesn't feel like menopause!" I said.

I felt very ambivalent about being pregnant again. If the pregnancy continues, I thought, fine; I'll have another baby. If it doesn't, that's fine, too, because I can pursue my new career. After four miscarriages, I was afraid to get very excited. I didn't want to be disappointed again.

I felt a little embarrassed going to the doctor and admitting I was pregnant at my age. Then I asked the important question: "Given my history of miscarriage, do you think I can carry this baby to term?" The doctor was matter-of-fact: "I don't see why not." I asked her about checking my progesterone level to make sure it was high enough to maintain the pregnancy during the first trimester. She didn't seem very concerned. However, I was; so every time I felt a twinge that resembled a cramp, I rubbed natural progesterone cream on my belly. I have no idea if it helped prevent an early miscarriage, but it did ease my mind somewhat.

 mothering.com

Friday, June 05, 2015

BIRTHDAYS ARE HARD WITH INFERTILITY

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 know! 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 post here)

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!

Wednesday, June 03, 2015

WHY BBT CHARTING FOR OVULATION MAY NOT WORK

The BBT method of monitoring fertility has been used for many years by women who either are trying to conceive or by women an couples who are trying to avoid pregnancy.  It reminds me of a joke I heard,
Question: What do you call people who use the rhythm method?
Answer: Parents!
Well the reason that joke came to be is that there is some truth about the unreliability of the BBT charting method.  Of course, I look at this from the standpoint of trying to conceive rather than trying to avoid pregnancy, but either way, this method has a number of pitfalls.  First and foremost, when you take your temperature, what you are looking for is an increase which shows when you have ovulated.  That's the biggest problem with this method.  Many studies have confirmed that you need to have intercourse BEFORE ovulation.

CLICK HERE TO READ THE FULL ARTICLE ON BBT FERTILITY CHARTING (getpregnantover40.com)

Monday, June 01, 2015

FERTILITY AND BAD CARBOHYDRATES



Watch out for those “bad” carbohydrates.  I’m sure you’ve already heard that you should avoid many of the processed “white foods”.  These foods break down easily and raise blood sugar.  This raises insulin levels which could increase the level of male hormones produced by the ovary.  This ultimately could result in ovulation irregularities.  One study found: “total carbohydrate intake and dietary glycemic load were positively related to ovulatory infertility”.[1]  On the other hand, “good” carbohydrates are digested more slowly.  These include darker breads, beans and vegetables.  The glycemic index ranks foods based on how they affect blood sugar or glucose.  Foods that are high on the glycemic index quickly raise blood sugar and insulin.

 SEE ALSO: FOODS FOR FERTILITY (getpregnantover40.com)

So what type of carbs should you be eating?  
Here is a guide with some common foods from the American Diabetes Association[2] (GI stands for glycemic index and the lower, the better):


100% stone-ground whole wheat or pumpernickel bread
Oatmeal (rolled or steel-cut), oat bran, muesli
Pasta, converted rice, barley, bulgar
Sweet potato, corn, yam, lima/butter beans, peas, legumes and lentils
Most fruits, non-starchy vegetables and carrots


Whole wheat, rye and pita bread
Quick oats
Brown, wild or basmati rice, couscous


White bread or bagel
Corn flakes, puffed rice, bran flakes, instant oatmeal
Shortgrain white rice, rice pasta, mac-n-cheese from mix
Russet potato, pumpkin
Pretzels, rice cakes, popcorn, saltine crackers
Melons and pineapple


[1] AChavarro, J. E., Rich-Edwards, J. W., Rosner, B. A., & Willett, W. C. (2009). A prospective study of dietary carbohydrate quantity and quality in relation to risk of ovulatory infertility. European Journal of Clinical Nutrition, 63(1), 78–86. doi:10.1038/sj.ejcn.1602904
[2] Glycemic Index and Diabetes. (2014, May 14). Retrieved March 7, 2015, from http://www.diabetes.org/food-and-fitness/food/what-can-i-eat/understanding-carbohydrates/glycemic-index-and-diabetes.html

Thursday, May 28, 2015

SUCCESS TTC NATURALLY BETTER THAN ASSISTED REPRODUCTION?

Trying To Conceive Naturally May Be Best

Wow, I thought this article was talking about me. Apparently, according to this study, fertility treatments may actually decrease your chance of conception! Maybe that's why I started getting pregnant naturally when I "threw in the towel". Read more:

Researchers from the Center for Reproductive Medicine in Amsterdam tracked approximately 500 couples that had an "intermediate" chance of spontaneous conception -- about 30 to 40 percent -- for six months. The group was split into two subgroups: The first was given intrauterine insemination (IUI) treatment -- which involves insertion of sperm into the woman's uterus while the woman takes drugs to stimulate greater egg production -- while the second group tried to conceive naturally.n

Taking into account the miscarriage rate of 31 percent among the IUI treatment group, and the 15 percent rate in the natural conception group, researchers concluded that overall, 34 percent of the natural conception couples experienced successful pregnancies, compared to the 29 percent success rate in the IUI group.

See Also, Why Clomid May Hurt Your Chances Of Pregnancy (www.getpregnantover40.com)



The study's lead researcher, Dr. Pieternel Steures, says that the fertility treatment does not greatly benefit the particular category of couples in the study, and recommends couples in similar situations opt for the "do-nothing," natural approach to conception.

Couples considering IUI treatments should take into account that the therapy comes with side effects and higher mortality rates for both mother and child versus natural conception, and has been shown to increase the chances of multiple births, which can be a physical and financial strain.

Non-conventional treatments for infertility include Traditional Chinese Medicine, which uses acupuncture to boost the circulation, function and energy flow of reproductive organs.


from: naturalews.com

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

PARSLEY FOR FERTILITY AND MENSTRUAL CYCLES

Getting Pregnant Over 40, Try Parsley For Regular Cycles

When I was trying to conceive, I juiced quite a few vegetables in my juicing machine.
 I included parsley since it was a little more difficult to eat it right from the stems. Parsley is usually used as a garnish, and believe it or not, some people wouldn't dream of eating it!  Parsley has quite a few health benefits - including regulating your menstrual cycle. Read more:

It is also believed that parsley when consumed daily can help to regulate menstruation cycles, balance hormones and in general helps to build a stronger, healthier immune system. One of the things that makes parsley so effective at helping to improve health is the fact that this vegetable can easily be included as part of your diet without making big changes in your eating habits.

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

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Adding fresh parsley to soups, stews and salads is simple and easy. You can also use frozen or dried parsley and there are parsley supplements available as well. Since parsley is all natural and is grown in abundance it is neither expensive nor difficult to purchase. Considering all its health benefits, it simply makes sense to include parsley as part of your daily diet. It is one of the simplest ways to protect and improve your health. 


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Saturday, May 23, 2015

PAPERBACK NOW AVAILABLE, YOU CAN GET PREGNANT OVER 40 NATURALLY

I am excited to announce that the new expanded edition of "You Can Get Pregnant Over 40, Naturally" is now available as a paperback (with free shipping in the USA).  It was previously only available as an ebook while the new edition was being printed. This new 2015 edition cites over a hundred research articles not only on ways to help you conceive, but also on overcoming miscarriage. I have had quite a few inquiries so it couldn't come soon enough!  Click on picture for more information on how to order:

http://www.getpregnantover40.com/purchasehardcopy.htm


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