You Can Get Pregnant Over 40 Naturally

You Can Get Pregnant Over 40 Naturally


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Sunday, November 30, 2014


If you're tired of hearing all of the discouraging information about miscarriage and infertility over the age of 40, this video should help! Watch here:

Friday, November 28, 2014


Help Fertility Over 40 and Prevent Miscarriage With Antioxidants

Here's more support that a diet high in fruits and vegetables (and their antioxidants) could help prevent miscarriage.  See also my series on fertility foods (

From the article:

Burton and his colleague Eric Jauniaux, of University College London, placed a tiny monitor in the placentas of 30 women and studied the oxygen levels during their first three months of pregnancy. Most embryologists have traditionally thought that oxygen levels gradually increase during pregnancy.

But Burton and Jauniaux's research found that oxygen levels in the blood flowing through the umbilical cord tripled between the eighth and 15th week of pregnancy. 'There is in fact very little blood flow to the placenta before about 10 weeks of pregnancy, and in cases which are about to miscarry then there is an excessive and early onset of maternal blood flow,' Burton said.

'We know that these tissues are very susceptible to oxygen and the high levels of oxygen associated with that blood flow cause the tissues to degenerate and hence to miscarry. 'There's a wide spectrum of conditions associated with miscarriage, and I wouldn't say necessarily this causes all, but I think it may be associated with a significant number.' 

The research suggested that cells called cytotrophoblasts, which anchor the placenta in the womb and invade the blood vessels to limit oxygen intake, dissipate at about eight to 10 weeks, allowing more of the gas in.
A diet rich in antioxidant vitamins such as vitamins C and E could help protect the foetus from this sudden change in their environment, Burton said.
from reuters
See my series on foods for fertility

Tuesday, November 25, 2014


As much as most of us want to dismiss the importance of stress in our lives, it does affect every aspect of our health, mental and physical.  If you are pregnant or thinking about becoming pregnant, this should be of utmost importance.  Recent research presented by the British Neuroscience Association showed that, "The stress hormone cortisol may be a key factor in programming the fetus, baby or child to be at risk of disease in later life. Cortisol causes reduced growth and modifies the timing of tissue development as well as having long lasting effects on gene expression,"
Additionally, as reported by The National Institutes of Health, pregnancies exposed to high levels of cortisol were 2.7 times more likely to miscarry than pregnancies with normal cortisol levels.


A researcher at Tufts University School of Medicine also reported that stress related  protein "urocortin" was found in the tissue of miscarried fetuses".

Much of the literature out there minimizes the relationship between stress and miscarriage, but there does seem to be a connection.  Reducing your stress will benefit you in many ways, so now is the time to evaluate your lifestyle to prepare for a healthy pregnancy.

Sunday, November 23, 2014


I have lived in some older homes throughout my life and it wasn't until I was trying to conceive that I really paid attention to the dangers of lead paint.  Excessive lead exposure and lead poisoning can lead to pregnancy loss, stillbirth and problems with the baby for pregnant women.  In men, lead exposure at high levels can cause abnormal sperm and even sterility.  Read more about how lead may not only be in paint, but it may be in your pipes:

Danger in Lead Pipes and Paint

By Steve Rodriguez
In most cases, lead has been eliminated from residential paint and lead water pipes haven't be used in years, but new scientific evidence shows that people are susceptible to lead poisoning at much lower levels than previously thought harmful.
The dangers of lead, especially to children and pregnant women, have sparked a new round of concern and action that may soon rival efforts to rid buildings of asbestos.
In the U.S., federal legislation requires real estate agents and sellers of any building built before 1978 to declare their knowledge of lead hazards, provide a lead warning pamphlet to prospective buyers, and give them a chance to test for lead before the contract can be finalized.
In Canada, lead was used in most paint up to about the time of World War II. Some paint contained as much as 50 percent lead by weight until 1976 when the federal government restricted lead to 0.5 percent.


Called the "silent disease" because it affect humans slowly and without symptoms, lead poisoning can cause learning disabilities, interfere with growth, cause hearing loss or visual impairment, damage the nervous system, interrupt fetal development, cause miscarriages, or lead to brain damage, convulsions and death.
As many as 90 percent of North American houses built before the fifties contain lead-based paint. This flaking paint is a threat to children inside the house and while playing on the ground near the house. Adults and children together are at risk from the dust that results from normal wear and friction around door jambs and window frames.
Everyone needs to take great care to avoid the dust that is created when surfaces are scraped or sanded for repainting, which is a job for specially-trained lead abatement contractors. You can't eliminate the dust with a regular vacuum cleaner without making the situation worse.
Paint isn't the only threat. An older home's plumbing may contain lead pipes, which were widely used and last a long time. Lead leaches into the water as it stands in the pipes. (Interestingly, the word plumbing comes from the Latin word plumbum, which means lead.)
Lead pipes were commonly used for toilet and sink drains because lead is so soft the pipes could be bent by hand. Lead solder was used to join older lead pipes to modern copper pipes. And molten lead was used to seal joints in the big cast iron pipes that carry waste to the sewers.
Even people who live in a modern house without lead pipes can't assume their drinking water is lead-free, because in many cities there's lead in the water long before it reaches the house. Residents in cities with high lead levels in the water supply should purchase water-treatment devices that filter out lead before it reaches the tap.
Most home inspectors point out the existence of lead pipes whenever they are found and most will send water samples to the local health department if requested. Municipalities normally charges about $50 for testing. Home inspectors can test for lead paint for about $50 or test all the vinyl blinds in the house for a similar price.
Now that we know how dangerous lead can be in and around older homes, we need to make sure we act on it and protect ourselves and our families from this unseen danger.
Committed to your peace-of-mind,
Steve Rodriguez
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Friday, November 21, 2014


If you've experienced a miscarriage, you may wonder if telling others about it is a good idea.  First, if it is your first pregnancy and you've never experienced a miscarriage, you may have told others that you were pregnant.  In cases like this, it's inevitable that, at some point, you will have to let others know that your pregnancy didn't make it.

But if you are anything like me, having experienced recurrent miscarriage, I quickly realized that until I was very sure that the pregnancy was going to make it, I told no one except my husband.  I did this for a couple of reasons.  When I got pregnant for the first time (we went through IVF but didn't tell anyone) I wound up with a twin pregnancy.  One died in my uterus and the other was ectopic.  Talk about a big mess!  I wound up in surgery and we felt that we at least had to tell our immediate families (all we told them was that I had an ectopic pregnancy - we said nothing about the IVF or the twin pregnancy).  I made the mistake of not asking my immediate family members to keep things quiet, and pretty soon I was receiving flowers, cards of condolences and so on.  While I thought it was a nice gesture, and it was comforting, I really didn't want everyone on earth to know.  After that, all of my pregnancies and miscarriages were kept quiet, until I was three months into the pregnancy with my daughter. 

Telling others about your miscarriage is a personal decision, but if you are experiencing recurrent miscarriage, it may be difficult to continually go through the pain and even embarrassment in front of others....


Wednesday, November 19, 2014


Memorialize Your Baby After Miscarriage

When I was experiencing recurrent miscarriage and I was trying to conceive again, I realized that one thing that was holding me back was that I never really said "goodbye" and dealt with the loss of all of these babies who died through miscarriage.  I decided that I would have a small private memorial service for each of my babies that died.  I did this by myself (some of my miscarriages were kept private between me and my husband since I didn't really want to tell everyone).


I went out and got some very small baby figurines, one to represent each miscarriage.  I lit some candles, played "In The Arms Of The Angels" and had a good cry for each of them.  I really do believe that this helped me move on from all of the grief and pain of continually losing my pregnancies when I wanted a child so much.

If you have experienced a miscarriage, you may find that there seems to be little sympathy since many people may not have known you were pregnant or you may not have shared your pregnancy.  This is one way you can memorialize your baby on your own terms and in your own way.

Monday, November 17, 2014


I recall after the first miscarriage I experienced I was a little sorry I told some of my family members.  I am a very private person, and I actually didn't want others to know I was trying to get pregnant.  The only reason I told my family was because I wound up having to have surgery after an ectopic pregnancy.  Then, of course, one person told another and soon the whole world knew.  I appreciate the words of sympathy, however, when you experience recurrent miscarriage, how many times are people supposed to send flowers?  After that first experience, I kept things pretty quiet.  The only pregnancy I announced was when I was expecting my daughter....and that was only after an amniocentesis and multiple ultrasounds.
I found a beautifully written article about one woman's experience with miscarriage and the stages she went through. 


Here is an excerpt from the article:

"Then came the anger. I knew that there were specific stages to grieving and, at the time, I wondered vaguely if I were on track. When Rick started to put the large plastic jug of prenatal vitamins into the back of the cupboard, I surprised both of us when I shouted, "Don't touch those yet!" A friend from back East sent me a big box of maternity clothes that arrived the day after the miscarriage. It sat in the living room spilling its musty contents out onto the floor and aggravating me for days before I could figure out where to put it.

The kitchen calendar had prenatal appointments and our due date marked in ink. It was the end of the year and I'd have to find a new calendar, which I found overwhelmingly irritating. I counted the months and realized, after waiting for the recommended four menstrual cycles, it would be at least a year until a new baby came, if a new baby came. I was furious. A year was forever when, just a few days ago, I'd been thinking about baby names and buying Onesies. I thought about the nausea and fatigue of the first trimester, all the good glasses of Cabernet I'd passed on, all the plans I'd made. What an incredible waste. I'd been cheated, and there was no one to blame.

One day I opened a pomegranate. Its rubies exploded with garnet juice all over my white shirt and countertops . It reminded me, as so many things did. I'd probably never get the stain out. The jewels burst into tart sweetness in my mouth. I swallowed with difficulty.

I longed for some kind of telepathic voice mail to go out to everyone on the planet who knew about my pregnancy so that I didn't have to respond when they cheerfully looked at my stomach and inquired about the baby. I asked friends to tell everyone they knew, to spare me the task; but for months afterward I still had to deal with the loathsome experience of comforting others through their embarrassment." 


Saturday, November 15, 2014


In Pregnancy, Use Herbs With Caution

Just because herbs are "natural", that doesn't mean they're safe in pregnancy.
 According to this article, some herbs can cause or contribute to miscarriage. Even though this site lists herbs that are "safe", I would check with your doctor before taking anything when pregnant. The clinic in which I received my prenatal care recommended that their patients refrain from taking any and all herbal preparations. Read more:



The herbs listed below should not be taken without the recommendation of your herbalist, midwife, or doctor and then not in combin- ations. The herbs listed below are laxative in nature and should be used sparingly.

Aloe Vera



Cascara Sagrada




Strong laxatives should be used with discretion as it causes cramping and stomach griping. Cautions: The following herbs should NOT be taken during pregnancy:

Angelica: can cause uterine contractions

Cinchona: cinchona and it's alkaloids should be avoided in pregnancy because of their oxytocic effects.

Soda and Coffee: avoid caffeine, as it irritates the uterus; excessive amounts in some sensitive individuals can cause premature birthing or miscarriage.

Eucalyptus oil: difficult to eliminate through the kidneys.

Juniper: too strong vaso-dialating, diurectic effect

Lovage: causes uterine contractions

Ma Huang (ephedra): too strong of an antihistamine effect.

Male fern: too strong a vermifuge.

Mistletoe: can cause contractions.

Mugwort: stimulates contractions and can be toxic in large doses.

Pennyroyal: can cause miscarriage.

Poke root: a powerful emetic. (causes vomiting)

Rue: can cause miscarriage.

Sheperds Purse: too astringent; may be used for afterbirth bleeding.

Tansy: can cause uterine contractions.

Wild Ginger: an ammenogogue that causes uterine contractions.

Wormwood: stimulates uterine contractions and be toxic in large doses.

Yarrow: too strong astringent and mild abortifacient.

Compiled by Alison Haasch
Executive Director --
Taken with permission from the newsletter Healthy Tips & Topics, by Katherine Ferrente, ND. Source: Little Herb Encyclopedia

Thursday, November 13, 2014


Monitoring HcG Levels To Determine Pregnancy Viability

If you've undergone any type of fertility treatment, you're probably more than familiar with HcG (human chorionic gonadotropin).  Many women live and die by their HcG numbers if they're trying to conceive.
If you do become pregnant and there may be a risk for miscarriage, you will probably have your levels monitored every 48 hours.  Typically, the doctors would like to see them double on every test.  However, there have been successful pregnancies where HcG levels didn't rise at the rate that would be considered normal....

Click Here To Read The Full Article (Including HcG Chart) On HcG Levels And Miscarriage

Tuesday, November 11, 2014


Loss of pregnancy symptoms could mean there is a problem with the pregnancy, but it doesn't always mean miscarriage

I don't want to worry anyone who has had their morning sickness suddenly stop, but this did happen to me on a number of my miscarriages.  I typically had fairly severe morning sickness which lasted all day.  I've read that morning sickness in many women is worse than the nausea associated with chemotherapy.
 However, even when I was pregnant with my daughter (my successful pregnancy), I had a few days when my morning sickness let up a bit (but it returned the next day)
When my loss of symptoms was related to a miscarriage, I would usually have other indicators that the pregnancy was in trouble.  For instance, with one of my miscarriages, I had some bright red bleeding (not a lot, just a sudden gush) and with other miscarriage, I had some dark brown spotting.  Usually the dark brown type of spotting indicated that the blood was old and could have been there for a while.


The other thing to keep in mind about pregnancy symptoms is that they tend to lessen around the end of the first trimester.  If your pregnancy is at this point and your symptoms subside, this may be a normal progression of your pregnancy.  My nausea almost completely went away at the end of the first trimester...almost exactly to the date.

 So, if your symptoms lessen for a day or two, it doesn't mean that you miscarried...especially without other physical symptoms to indicate a miscarriage.

Friday, November 07, 2014


Cortisol Is The Stress Hormone Which May Trigger Miscarriage

Stress isn't the only reason the body produces cortisol, but our ability to control stress is one of the ways we can reduce cortisol which has been termed the "stress hormone".

I've written before about the stress/cortisol/miscarriage connection. Here is an article, although technical in nature, which seems to support that there does seem to be some connection between high cortisol levels and miscarriage.  The article talks about how other essential hormones for pregnancy can be affected when cortisol is too high.  Read more:


We calculated the comparative risk of spontaneous abortion according to cortisol exposure. Pregnancies in which the average standardized cortisol during the first 3 weeks after conception, or between ovulation and pregnancy loss (if gestation was 3 weeks), was equal to or less than the woman’s overall cortisol baseline (OCB) were classified as exposed to “normal cortisol” (n = 10). When the 3 weeks postconception average cortisol level was above the woman’s OCB (n = 12), the pregnancy was classified as exposed to “increased cortisol.” Pregnancies exposed to increased cortisol were 2.7 times (95% confidence interval = 1.2–6.2) more likely to be unsuccessful (lost) than those exposed to normal cortisol levels (Rao–Thomas adjusted F 1,16 = 3.42, P = 0.03). Whereas 90% of the increased cortisol pregnancies resulted in spontaneous abortions, only 33% of the normal cortisol pregnancies were lost (Table 1). 

Wednesday, November 05, 2014



I have heard on an off that it may be easier to get pregnant after a miscarriage or that women are more fertile when some of the pregnancy hormone  or the hormones associated with pregnancy are in their system.  Is any of this true or is it an old wives tale?  There may be some truth to this although it is still a topic of some controversy.

Monday, November 03, 2014


Miscarriage and Recurrent Miscarriage Over 40, Replacement Pregnancy?

If you've had one miscarriage or loss of a baby, you may wonder if getting pregnant again might feel like a "replacement" pregnancy.
 I can only give you my opinion on this, but it never felt that way to me. First of all, I would have taken any pregnancy with open arms. The desire to get pregnant again after a miscarriage had nothing to do with replacing my lost was just that I had an overwhelming desire to have a child. I would have taken any pregnancy/child I was so fortunate to attract into my life.

More miscarriage articles at

I also never felt that the current pregnancy was somehow a "reincarnation" of the previously lost pregnancy/baby. Somehow, each one felt different. When I finally got pregnant with my daughter, even though I was extremely fearful and paranoid that I would lose her, I felt her unique spirit inside me. I started talking to her (out loud) very early in the pregnancy as if we had been life long acquaintances.

I've read other articles about how some women feel their current pregnancy is the spirit of a lost baby--especially women who have two miscarriages, then get pregnant with twins. I guess none of us will ever know for sure, but I think most women would agree that getting pregnant after a miscarriage does not replace a previous loss. That baby will always have a special place not only inside of you but somewhere in the universe.

Read more from this miscarriage support site:

...Others don’t always understand it is this lost baby that was wanted, not a future one. They have already moved on and just assume another baby will replace this lost one, which is often not so, and women can still be stuck in their sorrow and cannot think past it. A healthy grief does not require that this baby be forgotten but it is necessary for the grief process to take place (see our ‘Grief’ section). For those women whose overwhelming desire is to be pregnant again quickly, from their basic driving need to be fulfilled now, as well as also thinking another baby will fix how they are feeling – it is best to give yourself time to grieve first, allow your body to process your emotions and seek professional advice/help if necessary. Our experience is that another baby does not fix unprocessed grief.

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