Monday, October 05, 2015


The article I have linked to below talks about how women may actually make new eggs in their ovaries.  Contrary to what most of the literature has claimed, that women may run out of "good" eggs, new research may be proving that wrong. This reporter had babies at 40, 43 and 45 and advocates a healthy lifestyle to preserve egg quality.


From the article:

It may sound simple and in theory it is. It's the practice that lets us down. It's generations of women who have this notion of menopause and 'you can only have a baby until you're 40 or 45' or whatever your lineage of females led you to believe and etched into your evolutionary DNA. The magic is we can change that - with only a quantum leap in consciousness, perhaps.
The more intact and toxin-free the environment the egg follicle grows in, the better the quality of the egg. Fertility experts all seem to agree on this. Much of the food we eat is so processed it isn't even real food anymore. This causes inflammation in the body and bang goes our egg health. It's impossible of course to be toxin-free in today's world and the older you are the more accumulated toxins you have. Hence the old eggs theory. By the way sperm are exposed to far too many modern day toxins as well and they carry half the DNA for a baby. So blame the fertility crisis on the guys too please.
Fact remains we are being misled concerning the sell-by date of our eggs and it has cost us dearly: Panic over egg reserve, money spent on tests and expensive treatments and decisions which may have been taken differently had we known otherwise. With stress hormones blocking the receptors of pregnancy hormones and negative thoughts about age, the body does one thing. It shuts down the baby making department. The mind has a huge impact on how every cell in the body functions. We are only just beginning to understand the magnitude of this.

from: Huffington Post

Friday, October 02, 2015


Pregnancy and Fertility Over 40 With Herbs

Much has been written about how herbs can help fertility for both men and women. However, not all herbs are helpful, and some can hurt. 
Some herbs like St. Johns Wort, Echinacea, and Gingko Biloba may actually hurt fertility. One of the reasons I didn't go the "herbal route" (aside from some herbal teas) when trying to conceive is just because herbs are "natural", it doesn't always mean they're safe. I have a friend who wound up in the ER with an irregular heartbeat after taking herbs (this wasn't someone trying to conceive) - but it just goes to show you that you have to be careful.

 Read more about both side of the issue: 


"some herbal remedies may also be expected to interfere with normal reproductive function. This expectation prompted researchers at Loma Linda University School of Medicine in Loma Linda, Calif., to explore the effects of four popular herbs on eggs and sperm. Their findings were published in the current issue of Fertility and Sterility, the journal of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine.
Three of the herbs, St. John's wort, Echinacea purpura and Ginkgo biloba, had ill effects on either eggs or sperm or both. The damage, the researchers said, included a reduced ability of sperm to penetrate an egg, changes to the genetic material in sperm, poor sperm viability and, in the case of St. John's wort, mutation of the tumor suppressor gene, BRCA1, a change that can increase the risk of breast and ovarian cancers in women who inherit the mutated gene.
Of the herbs tested, only saw palmetto, which is commonly taken by men to relieve the symptoms of an enlarged prostate, did not damage eggs or sperm in the doses tested. But even saw palmetto reduced the viability of sperm that were exposed to the herbal preparation for seven days.
The journal's editor, Dr. Alan H. DeCherney, said, ''This is a very important study that could provide important information to patients suffering from infertility.'' He added, ''The growing popularity of these herbal products means we must examine all their possible effects.''


Monday, September 28, 2015


Pregnancy Over 40, Trying To conceive Over 40 Testosterone Needed

Many women may have a problem with an overabundance of male hormones which can lead to fertility problems.
 However, some male hormones are needed for a healthy reproductive system. This article explains how androgens can actually aid in egg development:


Male sex hormones, such as testosterone, have well defined roles in male reproduction and prostate cancer. What may surprise many is that they also play an important role in female fertility. A new study finds that the presence and activity of male sex hormones in the ovaries helps regulate female fertility, likely by controlling follicle growth and development and preventing deterioration of follicles that contain growing eggs.

Friday, September 25, 2015


Pregnancy Over 40, Fertility Treatments, Embryos and Miscarriage

Not exactly the family portrait you'd have hanging on the living room wall. Yes, these are all my children - none of whom are with us now.
 They either didn't survive in the petrie dish or I miscarried them. I found these pictures when I was going through my file cabinet and came across my "fertility file". Wow, what a flood of emotions came cascading down when I found these. I also had a stack about an inch thick of old medical bills associated with my fertility treatments - about $25,000 in total (thankfully all paid).

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All of this just reminded me what a bad decision it was for me to go the "high tech" route. When I see these pictures, it seems like I somehow I assaulted mother nature. These eggs were forced to grow with injections of fertility drugs and extracted with surgery, machinery and needles. It almost seems like something out of an alien abduction.

In all fairness, I know plenty of people who have pictures similar to these and they did indeed become their beautiful children. So, it's not mad science. It's just now that I have the benefit of hindsight, I see how I just needed to work with mother nature, and not try to by-pass or outsmart her.

Wednesday, September 23, 2015


Men's Fertility Helped With Sunshine and Vitamin D

Every time I turn around, I'm hearing about more benefits of vitamin D. It's important for women's fertility, pregnancy and for children. Men also need to get enough vitamin D.

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 According to a study cited in the article below, a daily dose of sunshine can help with sperm quality.   There seems to be evidence that couples conceive while they are on vacation...hence the term "procreation vacation"'s probably because they're getting more sunshine, Vitamin D, and of course they're reducing their stress levels.   Read more:

From the article:

A study found almost a third of men experiencing fertility problems have low levels of vitamin D, the 'sunshine vitamin'.

Just spending ten minutes outside in their shirt sleeves would be enough of a boost, according to Anne Clark, the medical director of an Australian fertility centre.

Previous studies have shown vitamin D, produced from natural light and found in oily fish and eggs, is important for a healthy pregnancy.

But the latest findings show a deficiency may also affect sperm.

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'The results show lifestyle changes can be beneficial,' Dr Clark told the Fertility Society of Australia, in Brisbane.
The vitamin D deficiency could have been caused by worries about skin cancer and by men trying to avoid too much exposure to sunshine, Dr Clark said.
She suggested that office workers could absorb enough vitamin D by simply having their morning tea break outside in the sunshine with their sleeves rolled up.
Other basic lifestyle changes such as giving up smoking, losing weight, and reducing caffeine and alcohol intake, would also help.

In her group, 105 men agreed to the changes, and to take multivitamins and antioxidants for two to three months.

Afterwards, tests revealed 'an improvement in the shape of the sperm, which can enhance conception,' said Dr Clark.

In fact, 31 of the men went on to achieve a pregnancy 


Monday, September 21, 2015


Pregnancy Over 40 With Help From The Stars

I hesitated when I thought about posting this article on my blog.
 Could something like astrology really help you get pregnant? Being the open minded person I am, and knowing how intelligent and educated my readers are, I thought I'd let you be the judge. It never occurred to me to use astrology to conceive, but there may be some evidence that it helps. Read more:

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She was introduced to the idea by a lecturer in astrology whom she met when researching a book. ‘I’m a scientist and we’re told that we should laugh at ­astrology in our culture,’ she says. ‘But I’ve approached this with an open mind.’

Catherine had her consultation with Nicola Smuts in August 2008, just a month after her second ­miscarriage. Nicola pinpointed two fertile times for the couple to try another cycle of IVF. The next was in February 2009, when sadly their frozen embryos failed to ­survive, and then again in August 2009.

‘I knew we would be laughed at for putting credence in astrology,’ says Catherine. ‘But I just kept telling the clinic: “It has to be then.” The way I saw it, we were using a mix of cutting-edge ­science and a dose of magic.’

Nicola’s predications came true, and Willow was born in May. ‘I know many people will say we were successful because we used this new type of IVF, but I also like to think we chose a propitious time. I would say to any woman, try astro-fertility, because I believe it works,’ she says

Her view is shared by health ­psychologist Dr Pat Harris, who researched the link between a woman’s fertility and horoscope for her PhD.

She says: ‘I found that women who knew their exact time of birth who then used an astro­logical chart to p­redict their best time to conceive could increase their chances of conception by 23 per cent.’


Friday, September 18, 2015


How Yoga Positions For Fertility Can Help Couples Conceive

Guest Post By Rebecca Prescott

With more and more women delaying having children until later in life, there are a growing number of couples having difficulties conceiving. From their mid thirties onwards, women's chances of getting pregnant drop dramatically and many are turning to medical intervention to assist them in having a baby.
Trying to conceive can be a very stressful and emotional experience, particularly when it involves undergoing fertility treatment or IVF. Many doctors are now recommending women use yoga in conjunction with their medical treatment, both to assist them in de-stressing and to enhance their possibilities of becoming pregnant.
A Harvard based study found that women who were trying for a baby were three times more likely to conceive if they took fertility focussed yoga courses than those who did not. But what is it about yoga that prepares the body so well for conception and pregnancy?
As we have already mentioned, stress can be a major problems when a couple are having trouble conceiving. Stress can interfere with a woman's menstrual cycle and delay ovulation, as well as reducing sperm production in men. The emotional release of yoga can ease stress and anxiety, enhancing a couples chances of conceiving.
This is most effective if both the male and female participate, and a couple might consider partner yoga in this situation. As well as deepening and strengthening their relationship, partner yoga can teach them how to cope together with the strain of trying for a baby.
There are numerous other ways that a fertility focussed yoga course can help a woman to conceive. In yoga the body is seen as an energy system, with a number of different areas or chakras. Certain yoga positions focus on increasing the energy flow in the second chakra, known as the seat of creation, which is where the reproductive organs can be found.
There are many yoga positions that increase energy in the second chakra. Certain restorative poses are perfect to prepare the body for conception. They can help to soften the abdominal region and remove any tension from the area of the ovaries, fallopian tubes and uterus. Reclining poses are used to elongate the abdominal region, allowing more blood flow to the reproductive organs.
There are also specific yoga positions that a woman can use after sex to increase her chances of conception. One of the most popular is a legs up the wall pose, known as Viprarita Kirani. This ensures that the sperm remain in the optimum position for fertilisation for as long as possible.
A final way that yoga can assist conception is by correcting irregular hormone levels that may be limiting fertility. Certain yoga positions can improve glandular function, which helps to normalize hormone levels.
Although nobody would claim that yoga alone can make you pregnant, following a course of fertility focussed yoga can significantly reduce the stress and emotion of trying to conceive. Used in conjunction with medical treatment, it can prepare your body and mind for pregnancy and greatly increase your chances of creating that longed for baby.
For more information on the best prenatal yoga exercises [], click here. Rebecca has an online yoga site [] suitable for beginners here.

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Tuesday, September 15, 2015


I've seen Dr. Robert Winston on television a number of times over the years talking about everything from fertility, to pregnancy and everything in between.  He was recently on British television talking about how IVF may be a waste of time for some couples and compared it with treating a headache with brain surgery before trying to figure out the underlying cause.

from the article:

He explained: 'A large number of people with hormonal problems are not getting the right treatment. Hormone drugs are cheaper but many go straight to IVF.
'One of the most common causes of infertility is tubal damage and this can be investigated with a telescope and then with minor surgery to release and open tubes. 
'Statistically these treatments and hormonal drugs are more effective than IVF and leave patients more likely to be permanently fertile afterwards.'


For couples who have been told they have an 'unexplained fertility' problem, Prof Winston - whose Essential Fertility Guide was published this week - said they should push their GP for further investigations. 
'Unexplained fertility is not a diagnosis. There will only be a very small minority who are classed as having explained infertility,' he said.
'The problem is the advice given by GPs is not good enough, they are stressed and have a lot of patients and often see infertility as a minor problem, I get that feeling anyway.'


Saturday, September 12, 2015


Lay still For Conception

I recall back when I started fertility treatments, we began with inseminations.
 After the procedure, they had me sit still with my legs up in the air for 15 minutes. Apparently, according to this article, there is research to suggest this does help success rates. I'm sure if you're trying naturally, the same would be true. Lay still and let nature take its course! Read more:

Women who lie still for fifteen minutes after insemination, rather than getting up and walking around, are more likely to get pregnant.

Women who have artificial insemination should lie back and stay still for 15 minutes after the procedure to "significantly" increase their chances of getting pregnant, scientists recommend today.


The Dutch researchers found that the pregnancy rate among women who did so was 27%, compared to 18% for for those who got straight up and moved around.

Writing in the British Medical Journal, they said clinics should offer facilities for "immobilisation", which was easy and cost very little, to allow women to lie still after insemination.

"Although immobilisation takes more time and occupies more space in busy rooms, the intervention will be economic in the long run, as pregnant patients will not return in subsequent cycles," the team, from the Academic Medical Centre in Amsterdam, said.

They studied 391 couples, getting 199 of the women to stay lying down and asking 192 to move around.

Thursday, September 10, 2015


I know many women and couples rely on fertility charting to determine the best days to conceive.  I tried this method for a while but I wasn't very successful with it.  I found it difficult to really know if I was getting an accurate reading of my temperature...that is if I remembered to do it at the right time.

The problem with charting is that it detects a change in temperature after ovulation has occurred.  Most experts agree, and most studies support that sperm need to be ready and waiting before a woman ovulates.  Many couples who use the charting BBT method as a form of birth control have many unplanned pregnancies due to its unreliability.


Tuesday, September 08, 2015


Yes! Onions and Garlic have many healthy qualities especially if you are trying to get pregnant. When I was trying to conceive, I would put onions and garlic in everything I could think of. They’re great raw or cooked in most recipes. Onions and garlic are a great way to season most dishes because they have so much flavor, you can use less salt and fat. Onions and garlic are in the “allium” family. These are rich in sulfur-containing amino acids and the anti-oxidant quercetin that helps regulate estrogen.
Much has been written about the medicinal qualities of both onions and garlic and they are also phytoestrogens. There are xenoestrogens (bad) and phytoestrogens (good).


Xenoestrogen literally means “foreign estrogen”. These xenoestrogens mimic estrogen in your system contributing to estrogen dominance. Xenoestrogens are stored in the body for an extended period of time leading to a number of conditions which ultimately contribute to infertility.

Phytoestrogens, on the other hand, are plant based substances which also mimic estrogens (phytoestrogen means “plant estrogen”), however they are weaker and they differ from xenoestrogens because they are actually beneficial. Phytoestrogens bind with estrogen receptors keeping out the stronger more harmful estrogens (like xenoestrogens). Phytoestrogens are not stored in the body and are easily broken down.

So if you're looking to regulate your estrogen, throw onions and garlic in all your cooking! If you're worried about your breath, brush your teeth and tongue with baking soda afterward. Bon Apetit!

Thursday, September 03, 2015


Pregnancy Over 40, Egg Quality And Obesity

It's no secret that obesity is a risk factor for infertility.
 This article, however, explains how obesity can actually lead to inflammatory changes which affect an egg's development. This is true even for younger women with regular cycles. Read more:

From the article:

Obese women trying to become pregnant experience longer times to conception, even if they are young and have a regular menstrual cycle. This study sought to determine if there are alterations in an egg's environment in obese women which contribute to poorer reproductive outcomes.

"Characteristics of eggs are influenced by the environment in which they develop within the ovary," said Dr. Rebecca Robker, PhD, of Adelaide University in Australia and lead author of the study. "Our study found that obese women have abnormally high levels of fats and inflammation in the fluid surrounding their eggs which can impact an egg's developmental potential."


According to Dr. Robker, the fats might alter the very sensitive metabolism of the egg and such changes are known to be harmful to embryo formation. In addition, inflammation can damage cells and when this happens to eggs it can affect embryo survival. Dr. Robker and her colleagues measured hormone and metabolite levels in follicular fluid obtained from the subjects' ovaries during their egg collection procedures. They found that obese women exhibited an altered ovarian follicular environment, particularly increased metabolite and androgen activity levels, which may be associated with poorer reproductive outcomes.

Monday, August 31, 2015


Pregnancy Over 40, Fertility Over 40 Helped With Cabbage

Purple (red) cabbage is what I consider a super food.
I usually buy it every other week (I alternate with greens on my off week) and I make a yummy cole slaw recipe.  It's sort of a greek cole slaw which I'll share here:

Cut a head of purple (red) cabbage in half or thirds immediately before eating (don't cut ahead of time because this may damage some nutritional value - refrigerate the other half/third for left overs for use later)
Use a cheese shredder and shred the coleslaw as finely as possible (this make digestion a littler easier)
Add a little salt and pepper to taste
Drizzle a little olive oil on the coleslaw
Add vinegar or a vinagrette spritzer (most of these are very low in calories)
Sprinkle some feta cheese
Dice a small tomato and add to the coleslaw
Add about 5 greek olives
Mix well and enjoy!


Here are some of the many benefits of cabbage as it relates to fertility from the following site:

Vitamin E:
It is a vital component for the good health of hair and skin. It not only treats skin problems but also has anti-aging properties, slows down aging process, fights wrinkles. It is also beneficial in regulating menstrual cycles, easing the pain, aids in proper brain, heart, and eye functioning. It is also good for fertility and reproductive organs.

It controls high blood pressure, diabetes, asthma, menstrual issues, and heart diseases. It is good for pregnancy, and controls high blood pressure.

It helps in conceiving, prevents coronary and cardiovascular diseases, and reduces the chances of cancer. It aids in normal functioning of brain and nervous system. Intake of folic acid can treat arthritis and bone problems, reduces the risk of skin infections and increases fertility in men and women. It is also good for women going through menopause. 

Other uses include properties like antioxidants which fight with free radicals and prevent cell damage and anti-inflammatory characteristics that help to reduce swelling, redness, and inflammation. 
 excerpted from:

Friday, August 28, 2015


You may have heard about the healing properties of crystals.  If you are trying to conceive, you are probably doing everything you can to get your body back in balance.  This article talks about how crystals can help:

The Myriad Colours of Crystals and Their Healing Properties

Gueat Post By Ron Windred

Though it's not a documented fact, it's fairly safe to say that there are as many crystals as there are colours that represent them. The lore of each type of crystal and its innate healing assets has been passed down from generation to generation, and similar to Chinese medicine shops that specialize in herbal mixtures for remedies of all kinds of ailments, crystals also have distinct yet delicate healing and enhancement facilities.
Wondering which crystal to choose for a specific need? Below is a list of several of the most widely used crystals, and the main purposes for their application:
Amethyst - (purple/violet) - This crystal strengthens the endocrine and immune system, and it is also a powerful blood cleanser and energizer. In addition, it helps relieve mental distress and disorders and enhances psychic and channeling abilities. The Amethyst crystal is very calming, and therefore it's an excellent crystal to use for meditation.
Aventurine - (sea-green/forest-green) - The Aventurine crystal is said to purify the "three bodies" - the mental, emotional, and etheric, or "aural" body that extends just outside what appears to be the "edges" of your physical body. It also aids in releasing anxiety and fear and thereby encourages independence.
Carnelian - (bright orange) - This lovely colored crystal improves memory and alleviates sorrow and grief. It also increases courage and creativity while lessening anger, jealousy, and fear. Many people carry the Carnelian crystal for protection and good luck. Helpful hint: It can also assist you in finding the right mate!
Fluorite - (milky white, clear, light green, slate gray) - The properties of the Fluorite crystal are just what you probably already imagine: they strengthen your teeth and bones! They are known as the "health" crystals, because they are also very beneficial for keeping the blood vessels and the spleen clear of any toxins. Fluorite crystals also ground and "fling away" excess energy, so they are also excellent for the advancement of the mind, concentration, and meditation. For those of you who are interested in interplanetary communication, fluorite will also keep you strong and healthy while connecting with interdimensional beings.


Clear Quartz - (white, clear) - The Clear Quartz crystal might be the most popular in certain circles, simply because of its pure simplicity. This wonderful crystal activates and enhances the pineal and pituitary glands, which regulate growth, so this crystal is recommended for children and adolescents, in particular. These crystals also serve as great emotional "balancers" while amplifying the thought process, making clairvoyance that much easier. Hang these crystals in front of a window to let the full spectrum of energy activate all your levels of consciousness, especially when you are feeling down - these crystals are pros at dispelling negative energy.
Lapis - (topaz/blue) - Lapis Lazuli, as this crystal is also known, is very effective for the internal organs: use this crystal if you suffer from migraines, acid reflux or other digestive problems, or bloating. It also aids in spiritual development.
Hematite - (silver gray/dark gray) - Hematite has an extremely positive effect on the smooth flow of the bloodstream. It also removes toxins from and activates spleen activity, which filters blood and regulates the red blood cells with the white blood cells. Hematite is also used to relieve stress and strengthen the physical body; it has unique energizing properties, and it also enhances personal magnetism, which of course promotes optimism, courage, and all those good things!
Rose Quartz - (pink/rose) - This crystal is often found near the bedside, as it is believed to increase fertility and ease sexual and emotional imbalances. Naturally, this clears away stored-up anger, resentment, guilt, fear, and jealousy. Have a hot temper, or a friend who flares up a little too much? Get a Rose Quartz crystal, by all means! "Everything sweet" is the perfect description for this crystal, which also promotes forgiveness, compassion, and love. No one should be without it!
Jasper - (light brown/spotted/flecked) - The Jasper crystal emits tremendous emotional and psychological healing, and it promotes harmony and balance. Some say it reveals hidden thoughts, hopes, and fears. It definitely enhances creative visualization, so have this one in hand while you're meditating.
Moonstone - (cream/often bluish-green) - The moonstone crystal is associated with love and protection, and it also drums up extra intuition and psychic abilities.
Obsidian - (black/gray) - This shiny crystal is popular because it brings serenity and a sense of purity to those who either, carry, wear, or use it for healing purposes. It brings both positive and negative emotions to the surface, offering balance in times of change and transition.
Sodalite - (smoky blue/clear, dark blue) - This gorgeous crystal is also an inner-organ healer; it positively affects the pancreas and endocrine system. Also, it is said to remove fear and has a way of balancing the male/female, or yin/yang polarities in those who feel in need of "centering." It also is great for communication and creative expression.
Tiger Eye - (brown/striped/tan/yellow) - This is another crystal many people carry around for health purposes: Tiger Eye crystals cover almost everything: the spleen, pancreas, intestines, and the colon. It is extremely grounding and centering. Have a stubborn friend? Slip one of these into his or her pocket as a token of love. Soon they'll turn to you with a sudden, yet clear sense of perception and insight!
Ron is a Crystal and Reiki Master, Metaphysician and Meditation teacher who lives and works at 'Akasha Keep'; a spiritual centre dedicated to healing and teaching, located in the beautiful Somerset region of Queensland, Australia.
Disclaimer: The metaphysical and healing properties outlined in this article are for inspiration and reference. These alleged properties are gathered from writings, books, folklore and various other sources. They are dependent upon the attitude and beliefs of the individual. In no way are they meant to replace diagnosis or treatment by a qualified therapist or physician.
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Tuesday, August 25, 2015


If you've been trying to conceive for more than a year and you're not having success, you may be in a place of anger and feeling the unfairness of what life has dished out to you.  You probably are feeling unworthy and "less than" everyone else who seems to be able to get pregnant with no problem.  If you believe in the law of attraction, this can be a big problem in bringing a baby into your life.

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The law of attraction basically says that you will attract to you that which you are.  So if you are feeling down, angry, jealous and basically unworthy, you will attract more of that to yourself.  As hard as it may seem, you need to change your mindset and subsequently your "vibration" to a more positive place.  One of the ways I accomplished this was through visualization and meditation

Even though I went through a six year journey with infertility and miscarriage, somehow I was able to see my baby in my life.  I could feel her hovering over me.  When I visualized, I could see me feeding her, playing with her and how happy I was.  Yes, I did all of this while experiencing a grueling journey of miscarriage, ectopic pregnancy and surgery.  When I visualized, I would find myself smiling.  It didn't always take away the hurt during other times of the day, but those moments of happiness and relief went a long way.  The positive thoughts are more powerful than the negative ones.

I also found it helpful to get back to nature.  Take a walk in the park (barefoot if possible to make contact with the earth) and imagine yourself with your baby in tow.  If you really want to attract something into your life, you need to behave as if you already have it.   I even remember taking long walks and repeating with each step "I am going to have a baby", or "I have a baby".  I don't always know how it works, all I know is that it does.  Give it a try, you will find immediate relief when you change your pregnancy mindset.

Sunday, August 23, 2015


Natural Pregnancies Do Happen To Women In Their Late 40's

Surprise! Just when you think you've hit're 47 and pregnant.
 I'm always finding examples of women who've undergone fertility treatments...then get pregnant naturally (even well into their 40's).   After having my daughter, I got pregnant by surprise at the age of 49!(See 49 and Pregnant)
 I miscarried, but it goes to show you that age is just a number.

Here is an article of a women who got pregnant by surprise at 47:

Susan and Ambrose Samulski used fertility treatments to help conceive their three children. So it was a bit of a surprise when, 12 years later, they found out they were pregnant with a fourth.

"I thought I'd gone through menopause," says Susan, who was 47 at the time. "I went to the doctor and had a list of all the things that were bothering me. He said, `Could you be pregnant?' and I said, `No way.'

"I made him test me twice – I just didn't believe it."


It was a total shock, agrees Ambrose – he had worried his wife had a terminal illness.

As for the children, "My son said something like, `You crazy kids,'" Susan recalls. "But we were all thrilled."

Their baby was born Dec. 23, 2007, in Calgary where the family lived for a short time before moving back to Brooklin in Durham Region.

It was a 21-hour labour. "I thought the fourth one would just fall out," Susan jokes. Because there were more than 12 years between babies, it was like giving birth for the first time.

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Friday, August 21, 2015


Pregnancy Over 40, Pregnant At 45 Naturally

It seems like we're always hearing about how hard it is to get pregnant over 40, and I'm sure for some it is.
 However, there's quite a few women over the age of 40 who get pregnant by accident. Here is an article about a 45 year old who found herself unexpectedly expecting. The article also talks about some of the pregnancy statistics and pregnancy termination statistics for British women over 40 (and even 50). Read more:

A few weeks ago it was revealed that the number of British women giving birth at 45-plus has more than doubled over the past decade: the figure in 2005 was 1,177, compared with 586 in 1995. For most of those mothers, having a baby is a triumph: the culmination of a long, heartfelt quest. 

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But that isn't the whole story: because not all women who conceive in their late 40s are hoping for a baby. The 2005 abortion statistics show that, of the total 186,416 abortions in that year, 545 were carried out on women aged 45-49 (the figure for women aged 40-44 was 7,459, and 23 women even had one at 50-plus). Proof, if it were needed, that not all women who get pregnant in later life are delirious with joy when a little blue line appears on their urine test stick.
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Wednesday, August 19, 2015


Pregnancy Over 40, Trying To Conceive Over 40, Try Screaming!

One of the turning points in my journey to get pregnant was when I completely boiled over with frustration.
I was on the edge of completely giving up and actually did give up and came to the (supposed) realization that I was never going to have a baby. One day, I was home alone and I started screaming at the top of my lungs. I cursed the world, I cursed the universe and I screamed at God and all my guardian angels for abandoning me when I needed them most. To this day, I wonder how it was that my neighbors didn't hear me! The day after this tantrum, my throat was sore and I was tired and emotionally spent.


 But the funny thing is, I felt better. I felt like I got it all out and I felt like I was heard (by who I don't know!) As I discuss in my book, it was shortly after that I found out I was pregnant with my daughter. I don't think that was just a coincidence. Screaming really can help and it feels so good to just let it all out. Just make sure you have a safe place where you won't scare your neighbors!!

This article talks about a study which showed that screaming does reduce stress:

From the article:

London: The next time you feel like screaming from all the stress work is putting on you, well go right ahead and let it all out.

A new research has found that a good shout can cut stress by up to 25 per cent. 


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