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I’m 35 and I Don’t Know Yet…

I currently teeter on the short side of 35 years, an age known for the way it changes a woman’s perspective.

Just the other day, for example, I found myself “lunching” with an old friend, discussing the phenomenon of turning 35, or “mammogram age” as my friend so aptly put it. My imagination, unruly by nature and fueled by factual details introduced by my medical-resident husband, moved into overdrive as I secretly considered the unspeakable: 35 years is mammogram age for a woman WITH children…what about the slew of procedures and battery of tests that surround… gasp… A LATER PREGNANCY?

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My pregnancy began as a bit of a surprise…

I guess I was one of the lucky ones. My pregnancy and birth experience were fantastic and pretty much trouble free from go to whoa.

My pregnancy began as a bit of a surprise, although it shouldn’t have been!.

My cycle had always been irregular, and pregnancy scares were common, and up until now, unfounded. I was feeling really run down and tired when I first did a home pregnancy test. This came up negative. A week later, and still no period, so I did the second in the packet… again, negative. A few days later, I thought I had better go to the doc’s to get checked out…. symptoms – period overdue by 3 weeks, tiredness, sore breasts and feeling very run down. Doctor did another pregnancy test, and told me that I definately wasn’t pregnant. Continue reading →

When you are under a doctor’s care SPEAK UP or forever hold your peace!

The only way your health professional is going to know what you want and need is if you tell them. e.g. “I want to have less pain”. “I want to have more energy”.

The only times I have been a patient was when I gave birth. All four times I needed to speak up. I am a registered nurse and I have been there and done that many times as far as trying to guess what a patient needs. Some patients seem difficult because they pester everyone. That is OK because sometimes it takes pestering to get your nurse or physician or the resident on call to pay closer attention. Demand to be informed. Demand to be included in all decisions and if you don’t understand something 100% keep asking!
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Helping Nature

For many couples they turn to AFT (Assisted Reproduction Technology), which can run over $10,000. So before spending all that money, have you considered a natural approach?

Infertility means when a couple has been trying for a year without doctor help, and still nothing happens. The causes for women can be:

* hormones imbalance
* being on birth control for long period of time
* stress
* fast food diet
* thyroid
* weight gain/loss
* blockage of fallopian tubes
* pelvic inflammatory disease
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Pregnancy and HIV

HIV is a complex disease, and can affect a pregnant woman’s health. Learn more about what can be done to optomize the chances of a healthy birth, including medication options.

It is a woman’s personal choice to have a baby or not. The same goes for an HIV positive woman. Despite contrary belief, a woman living with HIV can deliver a healthy child free of the virus. While there is no complete way to prevent it, new improvements have been made to reduce the risk of mother-to-child HIV transmissions (sometimes called vertical transmissions). There is no proof that pregnancy will speed up HIV progression rate. Likewise, there is no proof that by having HIV, it will change the way the pregnancy will carry on. There is, however, a great risk to both the mother and the child if the mother has an HIV-related opportunist infection. Opportunistic infections are diseases and sicknesses that the body, because of HIV, may not be able to fight off. Continue reading →

Dealing with Summer Pregnancy – 15 Ways to Keep Cool

Women who get pregnant in the winter, end up with a summer pregnancy. So how does one deal with the heat? There are several ways to deal with the high temperatures and humidity of the summer months, one just has to really become imaginative and determined to stay cool!
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Feeding Your Baby for the First Year

Breast milk is the best choice for babies.

This statement is true with very few exceptions. Exclusive breastfeeding is recommended for at least the first four months of life and breastfeeding may continue for up to two years of age or longer. Mothers are encouraged to try to combine breastfeeding with work or school.

Breastfeeding helps build strong bonds between a mother and her baby, and offers babies lots of health benefits. These include protection from some infections, lower risk of diabetes later in life and a reduced risk of asthma and sensitivity to allergens. Breastfeeding also offers benefits to the mother, such as reduced risk of certain cancers and significant cost savings. Continue reading →

Pregnancy Backaches

Why does my back ache so much during pregnancy and what can I do to help alleviate the pain? Backaches during pregnancy are common … here’s what you need to know.
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Constipation and Pregnancy

It’s something that many pregnant women deal with. I thought that being pregnant would mean that I would just end up being constipated, especially since it is such a usual part of my non-pregnant life, but I was wrong.
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