• Welcome to After Forty Mom!

    Date: 2014.05.29 | Category: Uncategorized | Response: 0

    If you are pregnant after forty, hoping to be or had a baby in your forties you’ve arrived at a special place just for you!

    This site came to be after the birth of my daughter when I was 42. During my pregnancy I had a difficult time connecting with younger moms and locating research and resources to support having a baby a little later in life. My goal with After Forty Mom is to provide just that; the latest research, nutrition, lifestyle and parenting ideas along with some blog posts on everyday life as an older mom.

    Please join in this collective journey by sharing your ideas and experiences at this special time which is, in my humble opinion, the best time to have a baby.

  • 10 wrong misconception about hemorrhoids

    Date: 2016.02.06 | Category: Uncategorized | Response: 0

    Myth One: hemorrhoids always appear to those people who spend the day sitting

    Prolonged sitting is not at all a necessary condition for the appearance of hemorrhoids. Not constipation or frequent births alone will lead to the formation of hemorrhoids in a healthy individual. Hemorrhoids appear when there will be disruption in the blood flow in the veins of the straight intestine (rectum). In this case, any of the reasons listed above can cause hemorrhoids.

    Myth Two: hemorrhoids always bleed how to get rid of hemmorhoids

    Hemorrhoids may, but are not supposed to bleed. Bleeding is one of the complications of hemorrhoids. In this case, drops of blood look bright red, or even continuous blood flow. Sometimes bleeding may be very extensive and cause anemia.

    Myth Three: anal pain hemorrhoids mean

    This is not true – if it hurts, it does not mean that there is hemorrhoids. Rectum no nerves, so hemorrhoids are not painful. The pain will only appear in certain cases, such as when complications appear hemorrhoids, such as prolapsed hemorrhoids, anal fissure or infection.

    Myth Four: hemorrhoids are the province of older people

    Sometimes hemorrhoids occur at a younger age and increasing with the emergence of other diseases caused by stress or long.

    Myth Five: hemorrhoids are the only disease of the buttocks

    Many patients complain of facing a proctologist I’ve got hemorrhoids. “But only half of them actually diagnosed with hemorrhoids. The biggest trouble is that most people did not turn to the doctor, and try to take care of themselves. Therefore, very often delayed discovery of the more dangerous diseases of the colon.

    Myth Six: Hemorrhoids are embarrassing disease of unclean people and abandoned

    Clean body and sex life do not affect the appearance of hemorrhoids, so you can skip the guilt. However, after the hemorrhoids have already appeared, strict hygiene can help prevent symptoms such as itching and burning.

    Myth Seven: medical examination of a very painful hemorrhoids

    Testing by hemorrhoids is painless expert at all. This may hurt when there are hemorrhoids along with other diseases: cracks (fissures) in the anus, prolapsed hemorrhoids or tears.

    Myth Eight: painful nodules but not bleeding at the anus – are necessarily hemorrhoids!

    When people diagnose themselves in this way, they may err seriously. In fact, hemorrhoids are located deep in the rectum, and sometimes impossible to “reach” them independently. External symptoms may be of something else, which you may not even suspect.

    Myth Nine: The best way to fight to get rid of hemorrhoids is to get rid of constipation

    Often the person starts taking laxatives Medicines prevent “disease. As a result of diarrhea, hemorrhoids develop faster than when the stops, because the high acidity of the liquid exits stimulates the sphincter and cause contraction.

    Myth Ten: The only way to treat hemorrhoids is through painful surgery

    The opposite is true – if you get to a good specialist, you can do without surgery. Clinic “Sun” Israel, for example, using the method of sclerotherapy – a drug which is injected into the hemorrhoid causing L”iibos his “. If the patient is found to be a bleeding wound, the device will use here tender unique.

  • latest health news

    Date: 2016.01.31 | Category: Health | Response: 0

    A new study suggests that people who use pain killers has more than 19 times the chance to get addicted to Heroine

    The Director of Addiction Treatment Services and Mental Health in the United States (SAMHSA) last month published a new report that shows that people aged 12 to 49 who used oxycodone or hydrocodone during the 12 months preceding the interview have a higher risk of up to 19 start heroin use. Additionally, the report shows that four out of five people who recently initiated the use of heroin, use of analgesics before non-medical use.

    Alexnadrias Genesis might not exist. A new study published by
    the new jersey university, suggested that this is all a myth. You can read more on this article.

    How to grow taller? For some reason tall is deemed as attractive, more successful in business, and has lots of self confidence. But is it right?
    And can you really grow taller? A new article by thehealthinfosite.com lists the ways adults can increase their height.

    New study suggests: Keeping five simple rules may reduce the risk for heart attack in 90%

    • Maintaining a healthy weight – low waist circumference of 95 cm.
    • maintaining a healthy diet – ensuring food intake as recommended sources. The recommendations include regular consumption of fruits and vegetables, legumes, nuts, low-fat dairy products, whole grains and fish. It can also help you avoid problems with your tonsil stones – read on soapysue.com.
    • Exercise – walking or cycling for at least 40 minutes a day and exercise for at least an hour a week.
    • Not smoking.
    • Moderate drinking – consumption of 10-30 grams of alcohol per day.

    Study: baldness at the front of the head and the crown at the age of 45 is associated with an increased risk of aggressive prostate cancer

    Men at the age of 45 with the development of baldness known as “male-pattern baldness” have a higher risk by 39 percent to develop aggressive prostate cancer later in life compared to men with no balding at this age. According to new research published in the Journal of Clinical Oncology.

    Artificial sweeteners may lead to the development of diabetes
    Although artificial sweeteners are marketed as a sugar substitute for diabetics and people who want to maintain weight, but a new study conducted by the Weizmann Institute of Science published in the prestigious journal Nature, shows that these sweeteners may increase glucose intolerance and risk of developing type 2 diabetes. They can also lead to hair loss, as stated in this article.

    For years, researchers have wondered how it was possible low-calorie sweeteners do not cause a reduction in body weight. In fact, several studies have suggested that the effect of which may be the opposite.The new study provides a possible answer – the researchers found that even though artificial sweeteners contain no sugar, they have a direct impact on the ability of the human body to channel and process glucose. Series of experiments, they showed that artificial sweeteners can cause glucose intolerance. This situation – that develops when the body can not handle large amounts of sugar – is the first sign of developing type 2 diabetes and other aspects of the metabolic syndrome.

    Bananas may protect your brain

    Postmenopausal women who eat foods rich in potassium less likely to experience a stroke and die than women who consume less potassium food. According to new research published in the Journal of the American Heart Association Stroke.

    Researchers at Albert Einstein College in the United States followed for another 11 years more than 90 thousand women aged 50 to 79 with no background of stroke. They tested some women consumed potassium and some food during the study were ischemic or hemorrhagic stroke or died from any cause.

  • How to get rid of constipation

    Date: 2014.05.29 | Category: Uncategorized | Response: 0

    Constipation is a condition that affects thousands of people from all over the world regardless of age. This condition occurs when muscle contractions in your intestines are slow to push the bowel out of your body or when you have insufficient water in your stool to soften it to smoothly move through your intestines.

    · Symptoms of constipation

    · Infrequent bowel movement

    · Tight and bloated stomach

    · Bad breath

    · Bowel movement disorder

    If you are suffering from this condition, you should not worry because this condition not permanent. There are ways to relieve it. Just follow the following tips on how to get rid of constipation:

    1. Add more fiber rich foods to your diet

    Foods that are rich in fiber are known to aid in stimulating bowels. Unfortunately, many people overlook these foods in their daily diets. To achieve positive results, you should make these foods crucial part of your diet. Not only will these foods ease your constipation but will also lead to an improved digestive health. Example of fiber rich foods include; avocado, broccoli, split peas, oatmeal, bran cereal, brown rice, raspberries, blackberries, cabbages, cauliflower, and more.

    2. Increase water intake

    Constipation is mostly caused by insufficient hydration. Generally, you should drink a minimum of 8 glasses of water per day, or more depending on your size, exercises, or even weather. Constipation occurs due to lack of fluid in your stool and so you should keep yourself hydrated to solve this problem.

    3. Add prunes to your diet

    Prunes are usually high in fiber and also contain sorbitol, which is a stool loosening sugar that helps in relieving constipation naturally. Sorbitol is a mild colonic stimulant that usually help in reducing transmit time of stool and so it reduces the risk of constipation.

    4. Schedule time for bowel movement each day

    Scheduling time for bowel movement promotes regularity and can easily trigger your body to have smooth stool movement. Set specific time, be it in the morning, afternoon, or at night. Just set time that is convenient for you. Failure top have a regular schedule, your body will be confused and will not be ready to have a bowel movement.

    5. Exercises

    Exercises are known to help in relaxing muscles and aiding in bowel movement. Instead of just sitting down, you can set aside 10 to 15 minutes walk to stimulate your digestive tract. Any type of exercise can lead to healthy bowel movement.

    6. Do yoga

    Yoga has been known to boost overall digestive health, as well as reducing stress in your body. There are yoga poses that can stimulate bowel movement, and holding the poses only can be effective in relieving constipation.  Yoga is also a great way to make yourself grow taller.

    7. Avoid foods that cause constipation

    Instead of processed foods, you should go for natural foods to prevent and fight constipation. This means that you should choose fruits and vegetables over canned and those foods that have preservatives in them. When you take fresh fruits and vegetables you will have all the important ingredients and fibers intact.

    8. Take laxatives

    There are numerous laxatives that are available in the market. Laxatives can help greatly in relieving constipation. However, even though laxatives are effective in getting rid of constipation, they should be used only for a short period of time. This is because regular use of laxatives can cause dependence, weaken your bones, and may lead to severe constipation.

    Preventing and fighting constipation is very easy, and most especially if you know the cause. By following the above tips on how to get rid of constipation, you will surely win the fight against constipation. Your body will effectively perform its most crucial role, which is waste elimination.


  • Risks of epidural anesthesia

    Date: 2014.05.29 | Category: Uncategorized | Response: 0

    Epidural anesthesia during childbirth has become one of the most popular forms of pain relief during labor. More than half of all women giving birth at American hospitals now opt for an epidural. This form of pain relief aims to block nerve impulses and numb the lower part of the body, using a cocktail of medications. Although the use of epidural anesthesia is extremely wide-spread, it does not come without risks.

    There is no one drug, or combination of drugs, that universally make up “the epidural” – the exact cocktail women are administered with epidural anesthesia varies from one anesthesiologist to the next. Local anesthetic drugs such as bupivacaine, chloroprocaine, or lidocaine make up one part of the epidural, and they are often mized with   opioids or narcotics. These may include fentanyl and sufentanil, and epinephrine, fentanyl, morphine, and clonidine are sometimes added to the mix, to increase the period of time during which the epidural remains in effect. Besides the regular epidural, so-called walking epidurals are also used on ocassion. These allow the laboring women some freedom of movement.

    Epidurals do more than simply elimate pain, and they are not risk-free. Once a woman has had an epidural placed, the overall rate of complications in both mother and baby increase. From my personal point of view, epidurals for pain relief are not generally necessary. Labor pains are nothing most women cannot handle perfectly by themselves, and greatly differ from pain produced by injury. But that is another topic. Here, I will discuss risks of epidural anesthesia, as backed up by research and studies. I’ll leave out the side effects that are merely unpleasant, such as headaches and nausea, and will discuss only those that are medically dangerous.

    • Fetal distress, where the baby’s heart rate drops to dangerous levels, can occur following epidural anesthesia. This can be caused by maternal low blood pressure, which is a common side effect of epidurals, as well as a number of other factors. In fact, the majority of babies whose mothers received an epidural develop episodes of low heart rates.

    • Epidurals can lead to fetal malpositioning.

    •  Research suggests that epidurals affect the mother’s natural fetal ejection reflex, and interfere with the ability of the baby to descend into the birth canal, and rotate. Babies whose mothers had epidural anesthesia during labor are more likely to encounter shoulder dystocia, which can in turn lead to a c-section.

    • Epidurals frequently cause low blood pressure in the mother, affecting the ability of the maternal heart to pump blood around the body. Hypotension affects as many as a third of all women who opt for an epidural, and the above mentioned decreased heart ouput negatively impacts the level of fresh blood that can reach the placenta (and with that the baby). In rare cases, low blood pressure can even lead to maternal heart attack.

    • Seizures, convulsions, and a loss of consciousness are possible maternal side effects of epidural anesthesia.

    • Injured blood vessels and permanent paralysis are rare, but  possible, side effects.

    • The very fact that women who have been given epidural anesthesia are not able to move around (unless they have received a walking epidural) means that labor can be stalled, and additional interventions such as pitocin are used more frequently. And once again, the dreaded c-section.

    • Epidurals are sometimes so effective at numbing the body that the uterus stops contracting. Once again, this can lead to a surgical birth.

    • Epidurals can numb the pelvic and perineum to the extent that the mother feels nothing. Epidurals have lead to an increase in assisted deliveries using forceps and vaccuum, which in turn carry their own risks.

    • Epidurals can lead to breastfeeding problems. Babies whose mothers had epidurals are less alert, and may sleep for long stretches following birth. They also encounter more frequent latching problems.

    • The site where the catheter was inserted may suffer permanent nerve damage.

    • Epidurals can lead to maternal breathing difficulties, especially in women suffering from asthma.

    • Anaphylactic shock can occur.

    (I used this study and some other sources to make this list. If you have anything to add, or have any questions, please feel free to leave a comment or email me at info@writeaboutbirth.com)

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