Getting Pregnant in Your 30’s – How to Improve Your Odds




Getting Pregnant In Your 30s

Getting Pregnant In Your 30’s

 

There are many reasons women are waiting until they are older to get pregnant.

College typically will take you into your early 20’s if you stop after you get your undergraduate degree. After college, there’s the workforce. Many women have active successful careers and a husband they want to spend time with before they add a child to the mix. Before they know it, they are in their 30’s and now ready for a baby. There is a plus of waiting until you are over 30 to get pregnant. Being older also typically makes us wiser. Maturity and wisdom is accumulated in the extra time before trying to get pregnant when you are in your 30’s.  You are more able to cope with the inevitable curveballs that being a parent always throws at you.

If you’re in your 30s and trying to get pregnant, there are some things you’ll want to keep in mind.

Egg Quality in Your 30’s

 

Your Eggs Are Aging.

Your chances of getting pregnant are greater if you’re in the first half of your 30’s. After 35, your fertility will start to decline and your risks of miscarriage and down’s syndrome typically rises. One of the main reasons for this is due to your egg quality as you age. You start out with around 500,000 eggs. Some are higher quality than others. You start releasing those that are the most sensitive to ripening first. That means your slower eggs are the ones that are waiting when you get older. Even if you conceived in one to two months back in your 20s, realize it could take six months or so in your 30s – even if the doctor says there aren’t any medical problems present that could impact your fertility.

There are supplements available that help improve the overall health of the eggs that you have left. Ovaboost includes scientifically proven ingredients that help improve egg health and optimize ovarian function. Ovaboost will help battle free radical damage to your eggs and also help energize them. The healthier eggs are, the more able they will be to do the dividing and implanting that they need to do after conception.

In addition to helping improve egg quality, Ovaboost can also help improve cycle regularity and hormone balance.  Myo-Inositol, a main ingredient in Ovaboost, has been scientifically proven to be very beneficial to women with PCOS by promoting regular ovulation and menstrual cycles.

Toxins and Your Fertility

 

A Fertility Cleanse Can Boost Your Fertility.

Our day to day life exposes us to a lot of unhealthy things that can build up in our bodies. You may be surprised that things you use everyday can increase the toxins in your body. Products that you use, like cleaning supplies, beauty products, hair care products and so on, can contain ingredients that are not very fertility friendly.

These toxins can dramatically affect your ability to get pregnant. Normally your liver will help remove excess reproductive hormones to improve your ability to ovulate regularly and ultimately get pregnant. If the toxic load is too high from daily things you come in contact with, those hormones do not get removed as well as they need to, and you end up with a hormone imbalance. As you are aware, if your hormones are off, your chances of getting and staying pregnant decrease. Both Herb Lore’s Pre-Conception fertility tea (for women) and Fertile Detox (for men and women) will help detox your system and improve your chances of getting pregnant.

Other Things to Consider Surrounding Getting Pregnant in Your 30s

 

Pregnancy in your 30s can boost your energy.

This is always a welcome thing. If you’re in shape and lead a healthy lifestyle, you’re probably going to have the amount of energy you had as a younger woman. Your energy level during pregnancy depends more on who you are, rather than how many candles were on your last birthday cake. You’d better enjoy it while it lasts, though. After your baby is born, you may feel a level of exhaustion that you rarely experienced pre baby.





 

This is the decade for new health problems.

Chronic health problems like high blood pressure or diabetes are likely to first start rearing their ugly heads in your 30s. These health problems can sometimes make getting pregnant harder and complicate pregnancy. Be sure you work with your doctor and get a full physical before you try to get pregnant. If you are predisposed to any issues, take extra care of yourself to make sure you are as healthy as possible. Improved health will help you get pregnant and have a healthier pregnancy. It’s good for you AND your baby to be!

 

If you’ve put on weight over the years, you may be at higher risk for some problems.

Those chronic health problems tend to afflict women in the obese category more than those in a normal weight range. Try and get into a healthier weight range by improving your diet. Eating more organic foods is not only more healthy for you, it also helps reduce some of the toxins your body has to deal with on a daily basis. The pesticides used in the growing on non-organic food can leave a fertility unfriendly residue that your liver has to deal with when you eat them.

If you can’t seem to lose weight no matter how hard you try, and you have other symptoms of pcos, you should talk to your doctor. PCOS is one of the leading causes of infertility in women. Your doctor will be able to help you figure out the next steps on your journey.

 

Age alone adds risk for certain pregnancy complications.

The age of 35 seems to be a cut-off for certain conditions relative to pregnancy. For example, you are more prone to gestational diabetes. Your odds of having a baby with Down syndrome or another chromosomal problem start to increase. Placenta previa – a condition where your placenta grows near your cervix and can cause bleeding – is more common after 35. If you have that condition, you’re likely to require a C-section.

 

Nutrition and safety are more important than ever.

Once you hit 35, you’re in the ‘high risk pregnancy’ category, medically speaking. Now’s the time to make sure you’ve got all of your health ducks in a row. Learn about pregnancy nutrition. Know what to eat and what to avoid. Make sure you’re taking that prenatal vitamin every day.

 

Having a Happy, Healthy Pregnancy in Your 30s

There’s no reason you can’t have a happy, healthy pregnancy after 30. Most issues can be helped with supplements or the help of your doctor. Being fully informed about what the obstacles might be with your ability to get pregnant. Make sure you understand the risks associated with a pregnancy in your 30s, and be prepared to make choices that encourage a happy, healthy pregnancy. Good Luck!

Why is My Pregnancy Test Negative if My Period is Late?




Negative Pregnancy Test

When you are trying to get pregnant, not having your period show up   is super exciting. You take a pregnancy test and eagerly wait for the test results to show up. Tick. Tock. Tick. Tock. “Wait?!! Why is it negative??? My period is late!!” The negative pregnancy test result is both heartbreaking and frustrating. It just doesn’t seem to make any sense. Either the test isn’t right or your body is not cooperating this cycle.

Reasons Why You Might Miss Your Period or Have a Late Period and Not Be Pregnant

  • Weight Loss – If you have lost a considerable amount of weight in a month or have had your BMI drop too low, your body may not ovulate as it should. If you don’t ovulate, you won’t have a period.
  • Extreme Amounts of Exercise – If you have increased the amount of time and intensity that you are exercising, your body may be focusing on the extra stress in your body and your hormone balance may become disrupted. If your reproductive hormones are not in balance, you may ovulate later than you think or maybe not at all.
  • Increased Stress LevelsStress is a common culprit of missed or delayed periods, especially because it interferes with hormonal signals from your brain. This can block ovulation, causing your cycle to break from its normal pattern. The stress can come from a sudden upsetting occurence like a death in the family or it can be the cumulative effect of your daily stress of family, job, finances and so on.
  • Birth Control – If you have just recently stopped taking the pill or had a hormonal IUD removed, you may have irregular cycles until your body regains it’s hormonal balance.
  • Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS)PCOS is a syndrome that affects between 5% – 10% of women of childbearing age (ages 15-44). Mentrual irregularities and anovulation are common symptoms of PCOS. Irregular ovulation makes it very difficult to actually get pregnant. Other symptoms of PCOS can include excess hair on your face (or other part of your body), weight gain or obesity, extreme difficulty losing weight, acne, and thinning hair. You will have to speak to your doctor to get a proper diagnosis of PCOS.
  • Potential for Premature Menopause – This is extremely rare and unlikely, however it can’t be ruled out as a cause of your missing period. Menopause occurs prematurely in some women. By getting tested for FSH in your blood on the third day of your cycle, you will be able to determine whether or not this unique situation is the cause of your missed or delayed periods.

Reasons Why You Might Have a Negative Pregnancy Test

It is important to always remember that the pregnancy tests that you take at home aren’t 100 percent accurate. Sometimes, this means that you have missed your period and actually are pregnant, even if urine pregnancy tests suggest otherwise. This is referred to as a false negative, and can be caused from multiple factors such as:

 





  • Taking a Pregnancy Test Too Early – If you miscalculated when you actually ovulated, it could be that you are taking your pregnancy test too early. It’s always a possibility that while fertilization has occurred, your body hasn’t yet secreted enough human chorionic gonadotropin, or hCG, to make a pregnancy test turn positive. It takes time for levels to become high enough for detection, and by taking a test too early, you’re likely to get a false negative result.

 

  • Personal Errors in Testing – If you don’t use a urine test properly, you might also have a false negative result. This could mean that you didn’t hold the test in your urine stream or did not dip it well long enough. If the urine can not move up the test into the testing area, you will not get an accurate result.

 

  • Following Instructions Incorrectly – Time is of the essence when it comes to home pregnancy tests. If the test sits for too long, the results will no longer be accurate. This can also cause false negative results. Be sure to read the results of the pregnancy test within the timeframe detailed in the testing instructions that come with your test.

What Should I Do If This Happens To Me?

Most women will have an odd period like this from time to time. The best thing to do is wait a week and try another pregnancy test. If that is still negative, and the missed period is of a concern to you, you should contact your doctor. They should be able to help you figure out why you missed your period and put your concerns to rest.

Stress and Fertility – Increase Your Chances of Getting Pregnant




Stress and Fertility

Being Stressed Can Lower Your Chances of Getting Pregnant

The stress you feel in your day to day life causes  your body to produce a variety of different hormones, many of which are not helpful if you are trying to get pregnant.

Adrenaline, one of the stress hormones, signals your body to be ready to run. This is known as “fight, flight, or freeze” response.  This is an evolutionary response that was extremely valuable and kept your prehistoric relatives safe and alive but not so valuable now.  The chance of you being chased down by a bear is very slim but our body doesn’t know the difference between the fight or flight response due to an actual bear or something non life threatening.    Of course, some the the stress you feel in your day to day life can make your life a bit miserable, but you won’t die from that.  Your body doesn’t know the difference though and will produce the same fertility unfriendly hormones in both situations.

Negative Effects of Stress on Fertility

For women, ongoing stress can cause hormone imbalances. If your reproductive hormones are not being produced in the correct amounts, ovulation could be impacted or your uterine lining may not develop enough to sustain a pregnancy.  For men, studies show that stress can have a negative impact on sperm motility, sperm count and sperm morphology.   The stress that both you and your partner experience on a daily basis can make getting pregnant more difficult than it should be.

If you are overly stressed, your libido will probably suffer as well. Honestly, it’s pretty difficult to be “in the mood” when your body’s hormones are saying you might encounter something that needs to be fought or run from. Ultimately, if you are not having sex, the chances of getting pregnant is slim to none.

If your body thinks that a fight is impending, it will not be cooperative in your baby making endeavors. Really, why would you want a baby if a bear could get you both. Yes, I know, there is no bear, but the chemicals and hormones your body pumps out when you are under stress say that there might be!   While this response is valuable when there is a life or death situation, day to day stress doesn’t warrant this bodily reaction. If you are trying to get pregnant, helping your body de-stress will increase your chances of getting pregnant.

Reduce Your Stress By Adopting These Practices

There are many ways you can reduce the stress you encounter in your life. These practices will help calm your mind, allowing your body’s stress response to reset itself. The journey from high stress to healthy reaction to life can be a bit hard but every positive change you make will help retrain your automatic stress responses.

 

Meditation:

Numerous scientific studies have shown that meditation can be an effective way to reduce stress and help build resilience to future stressful situations. Circle and Bloom has a great free meditation that will get you on the path to fertility relaxation.

There are some more specific  stress reducing mediation programs available too.

 

Exercise:

In addition to helping improve your overall health, regular exercise can also be an effective stress buster. When you exercise, your brain produces feel-good neurotransmitters called endorphins. As the endorphins in your body increase, they help counteract the “the bear is going to get me!” adrenaline that stress causes. Less adrenaline means less feelings of stress.

 





Counseling:

Sometimes, everything just seems too overwhelming and stress inducing. A trained therapist can help you help you learn how to effectively deal with the stressors in your life.  When you are in the midst of a stressful situation, chance are you are not seeing things all too clearly. Talking with an uninvolved third party can help bring clarity and hopefully a plan that will help you move forward.

 

Sleep:

Aim for between 7 and 9 hours of sleep a night. When you don’t or can’t get this much sleep, it makes you less able to deal with the normal day to day stress. For women, erratic sleep cycles can throw your hormones off as well. Definitely not what you want if you are trying to get pregnant. You may have to implement some of the suggestions above first to help lower your stress. When you are super stressed, chances are it is making you unable to actually fall asleep as your mind replays all the stress on a loop.

 

 

 

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Top 5 Signs You Are Ovulating That Can Help You Get Pregnant




BBT Charting Help You Figure Out When You Are Ovulating

In order to get pregnant, your body needs to be ovulating. Ovulation is when your body releases an egg from your ovary. Much of what we focus on when we look at getting pregnant has to do with knowing when you’re ovulating and then timing your baby-making attempts accordingly. Ovulation prediction kits, for example, are a wonderful tool for the couple who are trying to conceive.  You should ovulate within the next 24 to 36 hours after you get a positive test result.

While every woman’s body is different, there are some common signs that you might be ovulating. Know what to look for, and you’re ahead of the game. You probably won’t have all the signs that you are ovulating.  If  you’ve got several of them going on, there’s a good chance it’s time to try to conceive.

5 signs You’re Ovulating

1. Your BBT is on the rise. Basal body temperature – which is the temperature your body is at first thing in the morning before you start any activity – is a good indicator of ovulation. Typically, BBT will rise about 0.4 degrees just after ovulation. Consider getting a good basal body thermometer to measure your BBT. In order to utilize this method effectively, you will have to chart for a couple of months to see what your pattern is like. You will receive the temperature increase in your ratings AFTER you ovulate, which is typically too late to get pregnant in that cycle. Fertility Friend is an awesome website that will help you learn how to chart your temperatures so you can figure out when you are ovulating.

2. You’ve got egg-white cervical mucus.  – This is not one of the more pleasant things to track when you’re trying to conceive, but it’s pretty reliable. Your cervix secretes mucus throughout your cycle. When you’re about to ovulate, it will be the consistency and color of an egg white. Chart changes to your cervical mucus to track when it’s time to try to conceive.





3. You’ve got abdominal pains. About one in five women will have some abdominal discomfort when they ovulate. This is known as “mittelschmerz,” and is a good indicator for some women that ovulation is occurring.

4. Your libido is increasing. Generation after generation of human beings have tried to propagate the species, and one of the ways this is built into your genetic code is to have an increased sexual desire around the time that it’s best to conceive.

5. Your breasts are tender. Many women experience breast soreness or tenderness during ovulation due to hormonal changes.

There are other possible symptoms, including things like swollen labia and mood swings, that some women experience when they ovulate. While BBT, cervical mucus and ovulation predictor tests are your most reliable tools, after you’ve been charting your fertility for a few months you might notice some of these other signs, as well.

Understanding Cervical Dysplasia




There are many conditions that can interfere with pregnancy, or with your ability to get pregnant. One of the conditions that many women are concerned about when it comes to getting pregnant and to pregnancy is cervical dysplasia. Understanding what exactly cervical dysplasia is and how it’s diagnosed will help you understand the implications in regard to pregnancy and getting pregnant.

Cervical dysplasia refers to a condition in which abnormal cells appear on the surface of the cervix.  Cervical dysplasia can be severe, moderate, or mild.  Cervical dysplasia is considered to be precancerous and, if it is left untreated, cervical dysplasia can often progress into cervical cancer.  It can take as long as ten years for cervical cancer to develop from cervical dysplasia.

Fortunately for most women who suffer from cervical dysplasia, it usually isn’t a concern when it comes to getting pregnant. If it’s treated properly and if it doesn’t become cancerous, it should not interfere with your ability to get pregnant at all.

There are other concerns with this condition, however. Having cervical dysplasia may put you at risk for a number of other conditions, such as some STDs or sexually transmitted infections. These kinds of conditions can, of course, interfere with your ability to become pregnant. Chlamydia, in particular, can affect your fertility. Because it is often symptomless, it’s a surprisingly common problem for fertility.





If you do become pregnant and have had cervical dysplasia, there are some things you need to be aware of, as well. In some cases, if you have had repeated biopsies due to cervical dysplasia, it will be possible for your cervix to be shortened by the cervical dysplasia.  Even this condition should not prevent you from getting pregnant; however, if you do become pregnant, you will want to discuss the situation with your health care provider.  It may be that you will need to have a cerclage during your pregnancy.  A cerclage refers to a procedure when a small stitch or suture is placed in your cervix to help it keep closed during pregnancy.

Ultimately, you need to talk with your doctor about your cervical dysplasia if you have concerns about becoming pregnant, or if you are already pregnant.

Pelvic Inflammatory Disease




There are many things that can go wrong with a woman’s reproductive tract; there are many parts and there are many helpful and harmful fauna in the woman’s system. In addition to this, a woman’s overall level of health, including gastro-intestinal and digestive health, heart and cardio-vascular health, and the levels of vitamins and minerals that the woman has absorbed through her diet influence a woman’s reproductive system. Also, because a woman’s system is a somewhat “closed system” and all sexual activity pushes into the woman’s reproductive tract, women are especially at risk for infections and diseases of the genitals.

 

 

Antibiotics

Pelvic inflammatory disease (PID) is a disease of the upper genital tract, including the uterus, ovaries, and fallopian tubes. It can be caused by both aerobic (oxygen requiring) and anaerobic (non-oxygen-requiring) bacteria. Usually the bacteria involved are the ones that cause gonorrhea and Chlamydia. These are usually introduced into the woman’s reproductive system by unprotected sexual activity with a person infected with the disease. Infections of gonorrhea usually progress faster than Chlamydia, although a GP or OB/GYN can diagnose it more specifically.

Symptoms of pelvic inflammatory disease are fever, chills, abdominal and pelvic pain, and vaginal discharge or bleeding. There is a chance for complications with pelvic inflammatory disease (around one in four women with PID will experience complications), so if you have recently had unprotected sex and are experiencing these symptoms, it is best for you to see your doctor immediately. A potential complication of PID is tubo-ovarian abscess, a body of pus surrounding the upper genital tract that can rupture and potentially be fatal without proper treatment. Other complications include inflammation of the pelvis and the liver, chronic pelvic pain, and damage to the reproductive organs. Therefore, it is very important that PID is treated as quickly as it is diagnosed.





Treatment for PID usually includes broad-spectrum antibiotics taken orally for between 10 and 14 days, after which the disease is cured. If a woman is severely ill, she will be admitted into hospital and will likely be given antibiotics through IV.

Pelvic inflammatory disease may be misdiagnosed as a twisted or ruptured ovarian cyst, appendicitis, or complications of early pregnancy. If a doctor is unsure, she may take a blood sample, pregnancy test, or an ultrasound to determine what to diagnose. If the doctor is still unsure of the diagnosis, she may ask for a laparoscopic examination (in which a fiber-optic cable is inserted through a small hole in the navel in order to look inside a woman’s abdomen). The recovery from a laparoscopy is minimal, and the patient usually only receives two or three stitches.

It is important to prevent PID, so it is best to ensure to only have protected sex with people you trust (even better is sex in a monogamous relationship only)—never have sex without a condom or other barrier method.

The good news is that, with early enough diagnosis and treatment, PID is likely not to affect a woman’s long-term reproductive chances, and with broad-spectrum antibiotics, mortality is almost zero.