You Can Get Pregnant Over 40 Naturally

You Can Get Pregnant Over 40 Naturally


Saturday, December 20, 2014


Pesticides May Lead To Pregnancy Complications and Miscarriage

I've written before about how environmental toxins can lead to miscarriage and other complications.
If you are pregnant or want to become pregnant, you should try to avoid all exposure to the toxic chemicals in pest killers.  If you must use pesticides or even herbicides (weed killer), have someone do it for you. It may even be recommended to move if you are pregnant and live in an area where pesticides are sprayed.


A study in Environmental Health Perspectives found significant pesticide exposure may be associated with an increased risk of childhood blood cancers, like certain types of leukemia. The California Birth Defects Monitoring Program found that if pregnant women are exposed to household gardening pesticides, this may slightly increase the chance that their child will suffer from oral clefts, neural tube defects, heart defects, and limb defects. In addition, The Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine found that pregnant women exposed to pesticides used to control ants and roaches had a 70% increase in the chance of stillbirths as a consequence of congenital defects.

Thursday, December 18, 2014


Miscarriage During The Holidays

I had a number of miscarriage right around the holidays.  A couple of them were around Christmas, and one close to mother's day.  Wow, talk about rubbing salt in your wounds.
Holidays are hard enough when you're trying to conceive and throwing a miscarriage into the mix is almost too much to bear.  The article I've posted below deals with losing a child and dealing with the following holidays, but all of the things they mention can help couples going through miscarriage too. Read more:


• Try to get enough rest
Emotionally, physically, and psychologically it is draining. You need every bit of strength.

• What you choose to do the first year you don't have to do the next.

• Try something different. One possibility for the first year may be to visit relatives, friends, or even go away on a vacation. Planning, packing, etc., keeps your mind somewhat off the holiday and you share the time in a different and hopefully less painful setting.

• How do we answer, "Happy Holidays?" You may say, "I'll try" or "Best wishes to you." You thing of many answers that you don't say.


Tuesday, December 16, 2014


Chromosomes, Miscarriage, and What You Can Do

Here is a great article by a geneticist who gives excellent information about chromosomal problems and it's important to make changes before you try to conceive.
It's interesting to note that many chromosomal problems are directly related to our lifestyle and exposure to toxins.  Read more: 

Chromosome Abnormalities, Miscarriage, Age And Lifestyle

By Judy Ford
All our cells have chromosomes which carry the blueprint for our structure - arms, legs etc - and for their function. Chromosomes are made up of DNA and protein. Chromosomes can be abnormal in three ways: there can be a gain in number, a loss in number or a change in structure. Almost all chromosome abnormalities cause serious problems. Most of these problems are lethal so that the cells carrying the abnormalities die. For this reason, most embryos carrying chromosome abnormalities die in the first few weeks. Chromosome abnormalities are the major direct cause of miscarriage.


Many couples who have a miscarriage are told that the laboratory tests have shown that there is a chromosome abnormality. This sounds very serious doesn't it? It is serious and these problems can lead to the birth of a handicapped child. Usually, however, the couple is completely normal and the chromosomal abnormality has only occurred in the gametes - either the woman's egg or the man's sperm. Occasionally the problem is present in all the man or woman's cells but blood tests can detect this.

Unfortunately there is still a great lack of understanding amongst doctors on how chromosome abnormalities arise. Doctors will usually reassure a couple who has normal blood chromosomes that the problem in the embryo will not reoccur. This is bad advice. I have spent many years studying the causes of chromosomal abnormalities in miscarriage and have proved that the problems occur because of problems in lifestyle. Until these are corrected the problems in the eggs and sperm can remain or reoccur.
Chromosomal abnormalities in miscarriages usually occur because either the man or woman has been exposed to chemicals or one or other of them has a dietary deficiency or a bad habit of some type. Bad habits include not drinking enough water, taking drugs, having too much alcohol, smoking heavily and in the case of the man, exposing his testes to too much heat. Infections, both of the common flu variety and of the STD - sexually transmitted variety - can also be involved. Viruses can break chromosomes in exactly the same way as chemicals, radiation and serious dietary deficiencies. Aging itself is associated with changes in body functions that cause a woman's eggs to misdivide.
Most people reading this article would know that the normal number of chromosomes is 46. So how can this change? The answer lies in the process of fertility and conception. Fertility in both the man and the woman involves a special form of cell division - called meiosis - in which the chromosome number is halved. Sometimes this very specialized division process makes errors and one or two chromosomes end up in the wrong place. The resultant egg or sperm then has one or two extra chromosomes. Fertilized eggs that result from eggs or sperm with extra chromosomes usually miscarry although those with an extra copy of one chromosome 21 might survive with Down's syndrome.
The other problem that can affect chromosome number is delayed ovulation. When the egg is over-ripe it can be fertilized by more than one sperm. In such cases the fertilized eggs has one or more extra sets of chromosomes. Fortunately, this problem can also be overcome by correcting poor diet and lifestyle.
If you have had a pregnancy in which a chromosomes abnormality was detected but you, yourselves are normal, make sure that you take the time and effort to correct your lifestyle. You will find a detailed lifestyle evaluation and specific advice on my websites. Once you adopt a healthy lifestyle, you will be rewarded by feeling much healthier and hopefully also by giving birth to a healthy baby.
Dr Judy Ford is an internationally respected geneticist who has undertaken considerable research into the causes of miscarriage. 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 and
Article Source:,-Miscarriage,-Age-And-Lifestyle&id=116788

Sunday, December 14, 2014



I had many ultrasounds when I was trying to conceive.  Since I suffered from recurrent miscarriage, when I did get pregnant, I frequently had ultrasounds to see if "this one was going to make it".  When I finally got pregnant with my daughter, I didn't even go to a doctor until I was about 8 weeks along because I didn't want more discouraging information...and wouldn't you know it, that was the only pregnancy that progressed normally.  However, if you have had an ultrasound and they tell you that you have a small gestational sac, what does that mean?
First, a small sac may just mean that the pregnancy was not dated correctly.  Many women's cycles can be unpredictable and the pregnancy may not be as far along as originally predicted so the sac is appropriate given the correct date.  Many early pregnancies that have a small sac go on to develop normally.
However, it the pregnancy is dated correctly, a small sac could mean that the pregnancy is not progressing as it should  This could be due to low progesterone levels among other things.
On ultrasound, around 6 weeks, there should be a fetal pole and heartbeat, and if these are not present, the fetus may have never developed inside the sac and the remains of the pregnancy will eventually expel.


Friday, December 12, 2014


I'd be lying if I didn't admit that, on some level, I felt responsible for my miscarriages. I kept asking myself... Did I exercise too much? Did I eat the wrong thing? Did I not want the baby enough? And on and on....


It's hard not to blame yourself because all of this is going on in your body.   Somehow, your failure to perform this basic female function of creating and carrying a baby eludes you.  Your self esteem takes a beating and you cannot get past the fact that you let this baby die inside of you.  Oh how I remember the frustration and anger every time I lost a pregnancy!

Of course, most miscarriages don't have anything to do with something that you did, they are due to chromosomal abnormalities, hormonal imbalances, immune reactions and so on.  Miscarriages are very common...I'm always surprised at the number of women I meet or talk to who have suffered one or more miscarriages. 

There are ways to lessen the chances of a future pregnancy ending in miscarriage.  I always say that preventing miscarriage starts before you get pregnant.  Your egg quality is determined up to three months before conception so the steps you take now can help your future pregnancy.

Wednesday, December 10, 2014


 Pregnancy: defining when it begins affects miscarriage statistics

I often say, "statistics are for statiticians". If you've ever worked in the statistical world (I used to calculate health statistics for a healthcare organization), you know how data can be manipulated, skewed or miscreported. Data definitions are critical.  Statistics regarding miscarriage can be even more confusion because of differing definitions of "pregnancy" or when a fertilized egg actually becomes a pregnancy.

 Some miscarriage statistics may vary on whether a pregnancy is considered to start when the egg is fertilized or when it implants.  You can imagine how this would affect the numbers.  Many pregnancies aren't even recognized by women because they haven't done a pregnancy test before they get their period.  Here is an article that talks about miscarriage statistics and the differing ways they may be calculated. Read more:


If you search on miscarriage statistics at all, you can find claims that anywhere between 10 and 70% of all pregnancies end in miscarriage. These estimates are based on different criteria and different definitions of pregnancy. If you consider pregnancy to begin at implantation rather than fertilization of the egg, the odds of miscarriage will always be lower than 70%.

Some of the higher estimates of the rates of chromosomal abnormalities in fertilized eggs and the rates of very early miscarriage come from studies of embryos created by couples seeking IVF for infertility. Those studies tend to find very high rates of chromosomal abnormalities in fertilized eggs, but couples with trouble conceiving may well have different health factors that couples who conceive without difficulty. In addition, it is hard to say whether eggs fertilized in a lab can be compared to eggs fertilized naturally inside a woman's body.

Still, it does appear true that the majority of conceptions do not make it to term. In one oft-cited study from 1988, researchers used extremely sensitive hCG tests throughout the menstrual cycles of women who were trying to conceive and who had no evidence of infertility. In that study, researchers found evidence that about 22% of all conceptions did not implant; the women had very tiny increases in hCG at the time implantation would have been expected, but not enough to be picked up by a typical pregnancy test. Of the conceptions that did implant and result in a clinically recognizable pregnancy, 31% ended in miscarriage.

If you are pregnant and trying to figure out your odds of miscarriage, keep in mind that a standard home pregnancy test is not going to detect a fertilized egg that does not implant in your uterus. Thus, by the time a pregnancy test confirms that you are pregnant, the odds of miscarriage will be more along the lines of 30%. That might sound high to you too, but keep in mind that the odds of a good outcome improve as your pregnancy progresses further along. 

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Monday, December 08, 2014


Many women who experience recurrent miscarriage never know why.  However there are some causes that can be successfully treated.  These include:  thyroid problems, coagulation problems, and problems with weight.  Read more:


Some of these causes can be detected and treated. For women with thyroid dysfunction (hypothyroidism or hyperthyroidism), successful treatment reduces the risk of miscarriage and other adverse outcomes.

Recent studies have also shown that in selected women who have anti-thyroid antibodies (a condition affecting about 11 percent of reproductive-age women), treatment with the thyroid hormone levothyroxine can effectively decrease miscarriage rates.

Women who have hypercoagulability can be treated with therapies that interfere with blood clot formation, most commonly aspirin or heparin or both.

Weight is another contributing factor, said Sun Kim, MD, assistant professor of medicine at Stanford.

Research finds that being obese or underweight significantly increases pregnancy complications and the risk of miscarriage, said a Stanford release.

Given that one-third of Americans are obese, the impact of obesity on pregnancy outcomes is a growing public-health concern, Kim said. 

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Saturday, December 06, 2014


 Many women decide not to tell others that they are pregnant until they have safely passed the first trimester.  It is probably true, that if you can progress through the first twelve weeks, your pregnancy has a much greater chance of successfully carrying to the point of a live birth.  The overall miscarriage rate is 17-22% (including early pregnancy losses), so miscarriage is quite common.

For women with no danger symptoms, and a confirmed heartbeat on ultrasound, the risk of miscarriage is as follows:

"The risk fell rapidly with advancing gestation; 9.4% at 6 (completed) weeks of gestation, 4.2% at 7 weeks, 1.5% at 8 weeks, 0.5% at 9 weeks and 0.7% at 10 weeks" (from




Thursday, December 04, 2014


The Often Overlooked Parathyroid Gland and It's Relationship To Miscarriage

We frequently hear about the thyroid gland, but there is another gland called the parathyroid gland.
 It's not really related to the thyroid gland except it happens to be close by. However, the parathyroid gland controls our calcium levels and when a woman suffers from hyperparathyroidism, the miscarriage rate increases as calcium levels rise. This very informative site explains more:

Parathyroid disease (hyperparathyroidism) is not common and it usually affects people in their 50's and 60s and 70s... but some young people DO get hyperparathyroidism (see our graph of patient's ages on another page). Treating parathyroid disease almost always involves elective surgery that can be scheduled weeks or even months ahead of time. One of the few times when parathyroid disease is dangerous and requires expert care and thoughtful preparation is during pregnancy. The pregnant female is at risk for significant pregnancy problems and complications, but more importantly, the life of the baby is at risk. Furthermore, even a 'normal' pregnancy and delivery do not eliminate the the baby's risk for development problems within their endocrine system -- because of the mother's high calcium levels. Lets look at some of these problems individually.


parathyroid and pregnancy. Hyperparathyroidism and pregnancy
The Risk of Miscarriage

Parathyroid Disease During PregnancyThe data about miscarriage (loss of the fetus) in women with hyperparathyroidism (parathyroid disease) comes from the medical literature and from our leading experience in this field. The bottom line, there is a dramatic risk for miscarriage in a mother with hyperparathyroidism. Well over half of all babies will be lost if the mother's parathyroid tumor is not removed. Importantly, the risk is directly related to the calcium level in the mother. Mothers with a very high calcium level (above 12.0 mg/dl) have the highest risk of fetal demise and death. Our recent study (by far the largest in the world) shows that the risk of fetal death is over 50% in women with calcium levels above 11.5, and as high as 85% when the calcium levels get near 13. This graph shows how the risk of pregnancy loss (miscarriage) increases as the mom's blood calcium increases. 


Tuesday, December 02, 2014


A Memory Box May Be A Way To Remember Your Baby

I previously wrote about how you might want to consider naming your baby lost through miscarriage.
Here is another site that suggests other ways to honor your baby including a memory box. Read more:

One thing that is very helpful is making a memory box for your baby.

You may have many things to go inside: pictures from the birth, a hospital ID bracelet, the outfit your baby wore, the blanket he/she was wrapped in, and the many mementos from your pregnancy. You may have only a few: a positive pregnancy test, a journal tracing your attempts to get pregnant and hearing the good news, sympathy cards, dried flowers from sympathy bouquets, or a sonogram printout or videotape. You may have nothing yet.
For more miscarriage resources, click here (


Things to add to your memory box, even if it was years ago:
A letter to your baby describing your love
A dried leaf or branch from a tree you planted in your baby's honor
An outfit or stuffed animal you bought especially to remind you of him/her

A small journal detailing your feelings
Printouts of messages from women you talk to on the Internet about your baby (I did this!)
A birth or name certificate that you make with scrapbooking supplies or on a computer
A poem you read that reminded you of the baby

excerpted from:

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:

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