You Can Get Pregnant Over 40 Naturally

You Can Get Pregnant Over 40 Naturally


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Monday, August 31, 2015


Before I conceived my daughter, I loved to do decorative painting. After I did my own projects, I redecorated my sister's entire house! You may want to be careful, however about exposure to paint while you're pregnant. Here is an article that tells what's safe and what's not:


Here's some good advice from the article:

Avoiding paints and solvents is the safest course of action
Talk to your health care provider before beginning a painting project
Paint exposures during household painting are likely to have less exposure than occupational settings
Wear protective clothing, masks, and keep the area ventilated
Avoid latex paints that contain solvents such as ethylene glycol ethers and biocides
In general, water colors, acrylic, and tempura paints are recommended over oil paints
Limit duration and frequency of your painting

Friday, August 28, 2015


Miscarriage:  Watch Out For Heat And EMF's With Waterbeds and Electric Blankets

I really don't know too many people who use waterbeds anymore, but there are newer ones out there that are still sold.
 This article talks about how there may be a higher rate of miscarriage with heated waterbeds and electric blankets. I did have a waterbed when I was pregnant, but I always unplugged it when I was in bed. Read more:

Probably. But you may be concerned about the temperature of the bed and the electricity used to heat the bed.
First, let's consider the concern about overheating your body during pregnancy. Some studies have shown that raising a pregnant woman's body temperature above 101 degrees F for an extended period in the first trimester can increase the risk of miscarriage or neural tube birth defects. (Neural tube defects involve an opening in the brain or spine of a fetus).

See Also: Detoxify Your Environment To Conceiver (

However, most people don't heat their waterbeds above body temperature, so it's very unlikely that using a waterbed would elevate your temperature high enough to endanger your baby. But you'll want to make sure, if you do sleep on a waterbed, that its temperature stays at about 100 degrees F or below.

Second, you may be worried about the electricity used to heat the bed. A 1986 study did find an increased incidence of miscarriage in women who used electric blankets and heated waterbeds. But several studies performed since then have not found a connection between electrically heated beds and miscarriage.

That said, it's important to note that sleeping on a waterbed with a newborn baby is not recommended. The beds are too soft, so there's an increased risk of suffocating the baby.

from:  babycenter

Tuesday, August 25, 2015


Miscarriage Over 40, Can Molds Contribute?

I have heard more lately about the danger of molds.
Not only do they trigger allergies (and all the related problems like asthma), but they can also affect your unborn baby.
Here is an informative article with numerous links on the dangers of mold exposure in pregnancy. Molds can interfere with hormone production and fetal development. Read more:

From the article:

Fusarenon – This is a toxin that will interfere with DNA.
It is produced by several molds including:
* Aspergillus sp
* Fusarium sp
* Penicillium sp

Some mold toxins interfere with the hormones that regulate
the various steps of pregnancy. Hormones tell the baby when
to add what body parts. They tell mom when to pass on
timely materials to the placenta, for example.


Ask any OB/GYN how many different stages mom and baby have
to go through and he/she will tell you that they don’t
know. From conception to delivery probably a billion things
have to happen on schedule for a good birthing process.
Interfere with just one step and you run the risk of
miscarriage or birth defect.

One example of a chemical stopping the development of a
leg or arm is the famous thalidomide problem. In the 1950’s
Thalidomide (Thalomid) was a heavily prescribed anti-anxiety
medication. Pregnancy contributes a lot of anxiety to women
so it only made sense to prescribe Thalomid. The effects
were horrible. Legs and arms were missing or underdeveloped.
I saw a man on TV who played the guitar for the Pope. But
he played the guitar with his toes because he had no hands
or even arms.

Even if your baby doesn’t have a major problem like these,
there can be deformities that aren’t visible but still

Mold toxins are noted for interfering with biological

Zearalenone – This is a mold toxin created by several
types of mold. This toxin mimics estrogen. By mimic we
mean it acts like estrogen. If enough of these toxins
are floating around inside the bloodstream, the body
will be very, very confused. As you well know the estrogen
is very important in the processes of getting pregnant and
carrying a baby to term. If the amounts are off before
pregnancy the woman can be infertile. If the amounts are
off after conception the baby can miscarry.


Friday, August 21, 2015


Miscarriage and Pregnancy Loss Tied To Stress and Cortisol

Some of the literature out there disputes that stress can cause or contribute to miscarriage.
Here is an article that explains how stress can cause a chain reaction that can lead to miscarriage:

From the article:

The researchers found stress hormones such as cortisol are raised in the bloodstream, suppressing the production of progesterone - a hormone which is crucial to the maintenance of a healthy pregnancy.

Falling levels of progesterone lead to a fall in the levels of progesterone-induced blocking factor (PABF) trigger the production of molecules such as interleukin-4 and interleukin-10 within the immune system.


In healthy pregnancies, these molecules tell the immune system to tolerate the foreign cells of the placenta and foetus.

Following the research on mice, the team led by Dr Petra Arck, monitored the progress of 864 pregnant women.

Blood samples were taken at the start of their pregnancies. The women also completed standard questionnaires to measure their own perceptions of the stress they felt.

It was found that the 55 women who miscarried were more likely to have reported stress than women whose pregnancies continued.

The 55 were also more likely to have had lower progesterone and PIBF levels.

Dr Arck said: "We can clearly say that stress has a major impact on pregnancy maintenance." 

from (BBC News)

Wednesday, August 19, 2015


Pregnancy After Recurrent Miscarriage

I love reading success stories about how women can overcome miscarriage and succeed in having the baby they've wanted for so long.
 Here is an article written by a writer for the Washington Post. He and his wife were experiencing recurrent miscarriage, but eventually succeed in having their family. Their last baby was born when his wife was 44! I certainly can relate to that!

See Also: Are You More Fertile After A Miscarriage? (
One of the interesting passages in this article pertains to how common miscarriage may actually be:

"Given all of this, many experts believe, the true miscarriage rate is at least one out of every two conceptions. Learning this left me with the sense, for the first time, that Shannon and I were not freaks."

The moral of the story is that miscarriage is quite common, and most women do succeed in carrying to term.

Monday, August 17, 2015


7 Miracle Foods That Help Prevent Miscarriages

Guest Post By Jamie R Cocco-Dunkleberger

There are two common reasons believed to cause a miscarriage. The first is the health of the embryo. If the embryo was damaged at some point in the process of traveling it may not have been able to grow into a healthy fetus. The second is the embryo living in an unhealthy environment that didn't foster healthy development. There are other causes of miscarriages including progesterone deficiencies, chromosomal abnormalities and immune abnormalities. These problems are caused by something and don't just occur for no reason. Case in point is that you need to be healthy in order to be fertile. By eating certain foods you are providing your body with the nutrients it needs to foster the healthy development of an embryo that will implant successfully.


Eat Lean Meats
Lean meats are very high in zinc which sustains a healthy reproductive system. If you have a zinc deficiency it can prevent your body from sustaining a pregnancy. Lean meats give your body the right amount of zinc needed to maintain your good health and a strong reproductive system.
Egg Yolk
Egg yolk is rich in zinc and vitamin B6. Vitamin B6 helps foster healthy implantation and is a natural progesterone booster. It also contains high levels of zinc which is needed to maintain a pregnancy in women and producing healthy swimmers in men.
Whole Grains
Whole grains are also high in zinc which, again, is needed to sustain a pregnancy and keep the reproductive system healthy. Make sure that at least half of your servings of whole grains are 100% whole grains as they are much better for your overall health. They are also high in fiber which gets rid of toxins and excess hormones in your body as well as keeping your blood sugar levels within a healthy range.
Drink Plenty of Water
It is essential to drink at least half your weight in ounces of water per day. Not only does it replenish water lost keeping you hydrated, it also provides your body with the most important element to function properly. By drinking half your weight in ounces of water (for example: if you weigh 140 pounds you would need to drink at least 70 ounces of water per day) you are ensuring that your body stays hydrated fostering healthy egg development.
Nuts and Seeds and Dark Leafy Green Vegetables
Nuts and seeds and dark leafy green vegetables provide your body with progesterone, a hormone that is necessary to sustain a healthy pregnancy. They contain vitamin B6 which helps with implantation and naturally increases progesterone levels in the body.
Cold Water Fish
Eating cold water fish such as cod, salmon and halibut provide your body with omega-3 fatty acids and vitamin A. These vitamins and nutrients help foster regular menstrual cycles, increases hormone production and reduces inflammation making conception and implantation more successful.
Organic Fruits and Vegetables
The lining of your uterus needs to be extremely strong and thick. This is the most crucial element in trying to get pregnant and maintain your pregnancy. If the connective tissue inside your uterus is weak, the embryo will not be able to attach itself or stay attached to your uterus. Vitamin C is a key component in strengthening blood vessels and connective tissue found in your uterus. Eating organic fruits and vegetables provide your body with the vitamin C and folic acid it needs to nurture a healthy pregnancy and successful implantation.
7 Dangerous Foods to Avoid:
Unpasteurized Cheese and Milk
Eating unpasteurized cheese and milk is extremely dangerous regardless of whether you are trying to conceive. There are many diseases that can be contracted which can cause a wide variety of dangerous illnesses including death. Only drink pasteurized milk and eat cheese that has been pasteurized to prevent contracting dangerous illnesses.
Raw Meat
There is no question that consuming raw meat can be dangerous. You can contract several different illnesses include salmonella, toxoplasmosis and listeria. All of these illnesses can cause a miscarriage. Make sure your meat is thoroughly cooked and stay away from raw fish such as sushi.
Caffeine in excess can severely hinder appropriate growth and maturation of your eggs. It can also cause hormone imbalances that are detrimental to getting pregnant and maintaining your pregnancy. Do not consume more than 200mg's of caffeine of day which is equivalent to two cups of coffee per day.
Non-Organic Fruits and Vegetables
Stay away from fruits and vegetables that are not considered organic. Non-organic fruits and vegetables contain pesticides and herbicides that negative impact the growth of healthy eggs and successful implantation.
Deep Sea Fish
Stay away from deep sea fish such as sea bass, swordfish and ahi tuna. They are high in mercury and can be extremely harmful to the reproductive system making it hard to sustain a pregnancy or to conceive.
Processed Grains
Processed grains lack sufficient amount of fiber. Fiber is needed to keep your blood healthy by getting rid of toxins and excess hormones present in the body. Processed grains also lack key nutrients needed to sustain a pregnancy.
Soy Protein
Soy proteins can be extremely harmful to your body if not fermented. It actually takes on the role of a hormone in your body disrupting your body's natural hormonal balance. Avoid all products that contain soy both while trying to conceive and during pregnancy as it can lead to miscarriage.
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Saturday, August 15, 2015


Miscarriage and Premature Birth, Endometriosis Connection

I did have a laparoscopy when I began trying to conceive.
 It was discovered that I had some lesions of endometriosis which were removed at that time.
Perhaps this ultimately helped me conceive and it may have helped to prevent having a premature birth. According to this article, endometriosis can double a woman's chance of having a premature birth.
Read More About The Endometriosis and Miscarriage Connection Here

Read More About Natural Remedies for Endometriosis Here

From the article:

Researchers called for all pregnant women to be tested for the problem, which is thought to affect two million people in Britain but often goes undiagnosed.

There is no cure for the painful disease, called endometriosis, but doctors can help to prevent an early delivery if they realise the mother is at risk.

More than 80,000 babies are born prematurely in Britain every year, almost half of whom have to spend time on intensive care units before they can be released from hospital.

Endometriosis often shows no symptoms, and almost half of all sufferers, who include Louise Redknapp, the singer, and Anthea Turner, the television presenter, could be unaware that they have a problem.

Prof David Healy, from Monash University, in Melbourne, Australia, said: "This research is important for all pregnant women and is the first time that endometriosis has been so clearly associated with premature birth.

"Obstetricians will now be able to more readily identify and monitor mothers-to-be who are at increased risk of premature labour and premature birth.

"The key will be early diagnosis, especially as up to 44 percent of women show no symptoms of endometriosis."

The study looked at 6,750 births, including to women who had received IVF treatment, as endometriosis can cause fertility problems.

Regardless of whether they had fertility treatment or not the findings, published in the journal Fertility and Sterility, show that women with endometriosis were twice as likely to have a premature birth as those who did not suffer from the condition. 

excerpted from:


Wednesday, August 12, 2015


I have always believed in an afterlife and when I read articles like this one, it seems to confirm that we can receive messages from those who have passed on.  This interesting story reported in the daily mail (UK) is about a boy who predicted his mother's miscarriage and her subsequent pregnancy.  According to the article, it was his deceased grandmother who delivered the message.  Read more:


Greg, 40, and Heather Howell, 38, from Naples, Florida, said they noticed their son, Elijah's unusual behavior from a young age. Indeed, he started talking in full sentences at ten months old and would speak to his dead grandparents. A psychic expert later confirmed his supernatural abilities.
Mrs Howell said that the infant went on to correctly predict her miscarriage and that she would later give birth to twin boys. 'I found it so spooky, but not in a negative way,' she exclaimed.

Friday, August 07, 2015


Miscarriage and Cortisol

I frequently write about how stress can raise cortisol levels. Here is an article that seems to add more support to the cortisol-miscarriage connection.
 Read more:

From the article:

Of the 22 observed pregnancies, 9 were carried to term (‘‘successful’’)
and 13 were lost (‘‘unsuccessful’’). The average time
from ovulation to fetal loss in unsuccessful pregnancies was 16
days (median, 14 days; range, 13–47). Mean standardized cortisol
levels were higher in unsuccessful than in successful pregnancies
(unsuccessful pregnancies:x 0.19; SD, 0.38; successful
pregnancies:x 0.20; SD, 0.35; F1,20 6.07, P 0.02; Fig. 1).
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
F1,16 3.42, P 0.03).

See Also: Stress, Infertility and Miscarriage (

Whereas 90% of the increased cortisol
pregnancies resulted in spontaneous abortions, only 33% of the
normal cortisol pregnancies were lost (Table 1).
We also compared the proportion of cortisol ‘‘peaks’’ (values
90th percentile of the overall distribution of standardized
cortisol) between the two pregnancy outcomes. Unsuccessful
pregnancies presented a larger proportion of cortisol peaks than
successful ones (proportion in unsuccessful pregnancies 0.32;
SD, 0.21; proportion in successful pregnancies 0.05; SD, 0.11;
Poisson regression analysis P 0.01; Fig. 2).


Wednesday, August 05, 2015


Unexplained recurrent miscarriage

If you have suffered recurrent pregnancy loss as I did, you are constantly looking for answers as to why this is happening and what can be done about it.  This recent publication goes through some of the treatments and whether or not they may be helpful for women with repeated miscarriage:



  • Psychological support: Stress itself is a risk factor for miscarriage[124] and recurrent miscarriage is a stressful condition so that the vicious cycle can be broken by strong psychological support. Women should be reassured for a successful future pregnancy with supportive care.[125,126] (Evidence level III)
  • Aspirin 75 mg OD: Evidence is debatable. There is paucity of evidence to make any recommendation on aspirin for treating recurrent miscarriage in women without antiphospholipid syndrome.[115] Few RCT suggested clear benefit of using aspirin for such women.[127] Recent trial failed to support any role of Aspirin in unexplained recurrent miscarriage.[128] Aspirin helps in improving uterine perfusion.[129] Aspirin is useful in many undiagnosed implantation failure patients. However, in the absence of strong evidence, routine use of Aspirin is not recommended (Evidence level II)
  • Progesterone: Meta-analysis of 4 randomized trials and only 132 women in total showed a statistically significant reduction in miscarriages.[130] Further, the evidence is awaited before making recommendation on use of progesterone in explained miscarriage. (Evidence level III)
  • LMWH: Use of LMWH to prevent miscarriage is not recommended in the absence of antiphospholipid syndrome (Evidence level II)
  • Human chorionic gonadotrophin (hCG): Recent Cochrane review failed to find quality evidence to support use of hCG for preventing miscarriage.[131] A well-designed randomized controlled trial of adequate power and methodological quality is required. Therefore, the use of hCG is not recommended (Evidence level II)
  • Steriods: The effect of prednisolone therapy for some women with recurrent miscarriage may be due to altered endometrial angiogenic growth factor expression and reduced blood vessel maturation.[132] The role is mostly limited to recurrent miscarriage with known connective tissue disorders. Rheumatologic advice should be taken with patients diagnosed having recurrent pregnancy loss and connective tissue disorder. The results from the Prednisolone Trial are awaited; it is a randomized controlled trial of prednisolone for women with idiopathic recurrent miscarriage and raised uNK cells in the endometrium.[133] There is no robust evidence to recommend steroid use for unexplained recurrent miscarriage (Evidence level III)
  • Immunoglobulins: IVIG administration for treatment of recurrent miscarriage is not justified outside the context of research as discussed earlier (Evidence level II)
  • Intravenous intralipid solution: No evidence of benefit with use of intralipid. Well controlled, large-scale, and confirmatory studies required before it can be recommended for routine use[118,120] (Evidence level III)

Monday, August 03, 2015


It's no secret that if you are trying to conceive or already pregnant that you should limit your exposure to toxic substances.

Here are a few chemicals that have been found to increase the risk of miscarriage:

• Perchloroethylene (PERC) – used in dry cleaning, typewriter correction fluid and shoe polish
• Toluene – Toluene is used in making paints, paint thinners, fingernail polish, lacquers, adhesives, rubber and in some printing and leather tanning processes.
• Xylene, acetone, trichloroethylene, and other chemical solvents (acetone is sometimes found in nail polish remover)
• Paint thinners, paint strippers, and glycol ethers in paints
• Car exhaust – this is a source of many toxic substances. When I was pregnant, if I had to walk through a parking lot, the smell of car exhaust would automatically make me gag to the point of vomiting. That should be an indication how devastating it is to your system.
• Anesthesia – a higher rate of birth defects was found in nurses who administer or assist with anesthesia.


Employers are required to keep MSDS’s (Material Safety Data Sheets) which, by law, they should make available to employees.  These data sheets have information on the workplace chemicals you may be exposed to on the job.  If you are concerned about your work environment, ask your employer if you can view these data sheets.  You may also get more information on hazardous workplace chemicals from the OSHA.

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