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Woman becomes first womb transplant patient to give birth, Gives cancer patients hope

A woman born without a uterus gave birth last month to a baby using an implanted womb she got from a friend in her 60s, the BBC reports. 
The baby, a boy born in September at 36 weeks gestation, was from one of 11 embryos produced from the woman’s working ovaries via IVF at the University of Gothenburg in Sweden.  
After the IVF, doctors implanted a womb from a 61-year old friend donor who had gone through the menopause seven years prior.
Doctors gave the woman, who has asked for anonymity, drugs to suppress the immune system so her body wouldn’t reject the new womb. 
A year after the transplant, doctors implanted the frozen embryos in the woman which eventually led to a pregnancy, medical journal The Lancent notes. 
The baby’s father told the Associated Press his son was “amazing”  adding “he’s no different from any other child, but he will have a good story to tell.”
This is welcome news for other women born without wombs and cancer patients who lose their functioning womb following treatment.
Before, their only option to have a genetic baby would have been gestational surrogacy. 
This is not the first highly publicized womb transplant case. 
Last year, a 22-year old Turkish woman, also born without a womb, got pregnant following a womb transplant from a dead donor, but unfortunately suffered a miscarriage. 
No news whether she was able to eventually have a baby, if not by carrying it herself, through other means. 

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How to Hide a Pregnancy better than Celebrities

When celebrity women are pregnant but have not yet announced it publicly, they try to wear clothing to conceal their bump. They are not always successful, however. 
 Eva Mendes who was spotted cupping her belly during the launch of her line with New York and Company the Los Cerritos Center on March 19, 2014 in Cerritos, California  amidst rumors she was knocked up with then boyfriend Ryan Gossling’s baby. 
Also, a normally scantily clad Shakira raised eyebrows when she had her signature abs covered while performing during the closing of this year’s World Cup in Brazil.  
And Zoe Saldana had no one fooled while wearing an odd attachment to her skirt she wore with a sheer print Louis Vuitton blouse while promoting  Guardians of the Galaxy at the Dolby Theatre on July 21, 2014 in Hollywood, California. 
Luckily, non-celebrity women have other options and don’t have to be so…um creative. 

 Here are 5 tips for hiding a pregnancy:

1. Hiding morning sickness. You  may have one challenge to not be caught by a co-worker throwing up in the bathroom. If you work in a multi-level office environment, use the bathroom on another floor. Chances are the people from those other floors won’t know who you are or won’t recognize the shoes to the woman losing her lunch in the stall next door.
2. Shielding alcohol avoidance. You may be known to NOT skip a drink offer. So if it would be uncharacteristic of you to say no to booze,  take the glass when offered and pretend to sip it. Then replace the liquid with alcohol-free version when no one is looking. If it’s white wine, replace it with apple juice if convenient. If it’s pure vodka, water works. If it’s rum and coke, get just the coke.
3. Covering up the Early Pregnancy Look. There is a certain look that women who are suffering from morning sickness get: glazed eye, red nose, puffy cheeks are indications of vomiting and dealing with nausea. It’ll be hard, but just try. Also, don’t look too dumpy because that is a dead give-away that something is up. Keep your hair coiffed and keep wearing make up even if you’re feeling queezie and not up to it. If you have to heave, reapply your make up so you don’t look so green coming out of the restroom.
4. Disguising the hand on the tummy posture. You may feel the uncanny urge to rest your hand on your tummy. It’s an unexplainable phenomenon. Try to be conscious where your hands are and make an effort to keep them at your hips or another natural place OTHER than resting on your tummy…LIKE A PREGNANT WOMAN! A couple of years ago, when Mariah Carey was pregnant and before suffering her miscarriage, many outlets, including this blog, reported that she MUST have been pregnant based on that photograph alone! (see right)
5. Dressing to Hide a growing bump. Finally, dress in chunky but hip sweaters or A-line or empire waist tops or dresses to take the focus away from your tummy. Keep it fresh and trendy so it appears that you are wearing those tummy hiding outfits for style, not for the convenience of hiding a pregnancy you don’t want someone to know about.
Examples of  A-Line Tops and Dresses

Examples of Empire Waist tops and Dresses

Good luck!!

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CONFIRMED: Kate Middleton and Prince William expecting 2nd child

Prince George is going to be a big brother!
Clarence House announced today that Catherine Duchess of Cambridge (née Kate Middleon) is expecting her second baby with Prince William. 
“The couple are very pleased to announce that they are expecting their second child,” the statement read. 
The Queen, Prince of Wales and Prime Minister have both been informed and are said to be “delighted” with the news, it continued. 
The news comes on the heels of speculation and rumors that Kate had suffered a miscarriage recently and was trying to conceive again. 
As with her first pregnancy, she is suffering with a form of extreme morning sickness and has been hospitalized for dehydration and other symptoms of the condition. 
Will has just landed a flexible job as a hospital ambulance helicopter pilot so he can be there for the new baby, news reports indicate. 
Kudos and Congrats on the impending arrival! Let the bump watch, take II, begin!!!

Celebrity Pregnancy: To Hide Pregnancy or Disclose Early

We learned recently that George Clooney’s fiance Amal Alamuddin is not pregnant as widely reported, neither is Duchess Catherine (Kate Middleton), who both were victim to the very common celebrity pregnancy rumors speculation. IB Times even posted a photo essay with proof why the wife to Prince William was not pregnant and dealing with a miscarriage. 
Conventional wisdom is to wait until the pregnancy is 3 months along to announce to friends and family. Most celebs do that as well. Currently preggers Kourtney Kardashian didn’t wait and shared news about her second pregnancy when she was only 9 weeks along. Some speculated it was done to deflect attention away from her sister Khloe who was dealing with a troubled marriage at the time. Recently,  Michelle Duggar’s daughter Jill Duggar reacted to chatter over her decision to choose to disclose her pregnancy early.
They didn’t even wait for fans to notice a bump and start speculating. 
But what about those currently pregnant women who did wait? We went over recent pics and noticed that although they tried Shakira, Zoe Saldana, Mila Kunis and Eva Mendes looked and did things (like cusp their belly) that gave away the fact they really were pregnant even amidst wild buzz that they were expecting!
They fooled no one! Ha! Congrats moms-to-be!


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Study: Pregnancy loss linked to heart disease later

Miscarriages and stillbirths might be a marker for women at higher risk of developing heart disease later in life, an observational study suggested.
The study suggests that physicians should now include stillbirth or miscarriage on their list of items to ask about in screening for cardiovascular disease.
Coronary heart disease risk was 27% higher for women who had a history of stillbirth compared with none (multivariate adjusted odds ratio 1.27, 95% CI 1.07-1.51), Donna R. Parker, ScD, of Memorial Hospital of Rhode Island in Pawtucket, and colleagues found.
That risk was a significant 18% to 19% elevated among women with one or two prior miscarriages compared with none in an analysis of the Women’s Health Initiative (WHI) observational cohort appearing in the July/August issue of the Annals of Family Medicine.
“Women with a history of one or more stillbirths or one or more miscarriages appear to be at increased risk of future cardiovascular disease and should be considered candidates for closer surveillance and/or early intervention,” they urged.
The American Heart Association guidelines already include pregnancy complications as a risk factor for cardiovascular disease in women due to growing evidence for an association, but these don’t address long-term cardiovascular implications of pregnancy loss, the group pointed out.
Physicians should now include stillbirth or miscarriage on their list of items to ask about in screening for cardiovascular disease, argued Roxana Mehran, MD, of Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York City, who was not involved in the study.
“This is so important because the prevalence of pregnancy loss is increasing as the [average] age of women who are becoming pregnant is increasing,” she told MedPage Today.
Women with a history of pregnancy loss perhaps should be screened earlier, agreed Mehran, the founding and immediate past chair of the Society for Cardiovascular Angiography and Interventions’ Women in Innovations program, working with ob/gyns to promote screening women for cardiovascular risk factors.
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40 Celebrities who gave birth after 40

When Actress Laura Linney gave birth to her first child this January 15,  she became the oldest celebrity woman to give birth “naturally” at age 49.  She outseated actress Kelly Preston who gave birth to her son Benjamin when she was 48.  It was the first child for the The Truman Show  star and her husband since 2009, Marc Schauer. 

Linney was among a long list of celebrities who managed to stay under the radar for the majority of their pregnancy including: Tamar Braxton AdeleNicole Richie, Jennifer Lopez, Jessica Simpson and Beyonce who all announced at the 5th month mark that they were “with child.”  She was more successful than Lost  actress Evangeline Lily, who  never told anyone she was pregnant and was eventually busted by paparazzi at 8 months pregnant while she was living in Hawaii. Linney also bested Jennifer Hudson who looked to be about 8 months pregnant when a wayward photographer caught her and her boyfriend out and about, trying to be inconspicuous. 
And at 49, Linney also joins the over 40 baby club which includes:
  1. NICOLE KIDMAN gave birth to her first child, Sunday Rose, at the age of 40 with her husband, Keith Urban. 
  2. SUSAN SARANDON  gave birth to her son, Jack at age 42. Three years later, she welcomed another son, Miles, at age 45.
  3. BROOKE SHIELDS underwent seven rounds of in vitro fertilization treatments. After these treatments, she gave birth to her first child, Rowan, at age 37. At the age of 40, she traditionally conceived her daughter, Grier, with husband Chris Henchy.
  4. EMMA THOMPSON spent several years trying to have a baby. She opted for in vitro fertilization treatments and eventually welcomed daughter, Gaia, in her 40s.
  5. HELEN HUNT gave birth to her first kid, Makenalei Gordon in May 2004, with boyfriend, Matthew Carnahan when she was 43.
  6. JERRY HALL, Ex-wife of singer Mick Jagger, The Rolling Stones’ lead singer, gave birth to the last of her four children, Gabriel, at 41.
  7. JULIANNE MOORE gave birth to her similarly redheaded second child, Liv Helen, at age 41.
  8. MARCIA CROSS, star of Desperate Wives, gave birth to fraternal twins, Eden and Savannah, at age 44, with husband, Tom Mahoney, in February 2007
  9. JANE SEYMOUR was already a mother of four at the age of 45 when she underwent fertility treatments in her mid-40s after her divorce with former husband. She and her current husband, director James Keach, welcomed twins, Johnny and Kristopher in 1995.
  10. SALMA HAYEK  gave birth to her first child, Valentina Paloma, at age 41, in September 2007 with her then-fiance, French billionaire Francois-Henri Pinault. They later married in April 2009 before eventually divorcing.
  11. MOMICA BELLUCCI, Italian actress, gave birth to her second child at age 45
  12. KELLY PRESTON had her son Benjamin Travolta at age 48
  13. ANNETTE BENING has four kids with Warren Beatty and gave birth to her youngest at age 42.
  14. HALLE BERRY had her daughter Nahla at age 41, and her son Maceo at age 46.
  15. NIA LONG  gave birth to her second son when she was 41.
  16. MARIAH CAREY was 42 when she welcomed her twin, Morrocan and Monroe.
  17. TINA FEY gave birth to her first child, daughter Penelope at 41, and a second daughter Alice two years later at age 43..
  18. CELINE DION was 42 when she gave birth to her twin boys.
  19. GWEN STEFANI  was 44 when she welcomed her 3rd son, Apollo.
  20. ANA ORTIZ  had just turned 40 when she gave birth to her 2nd child.
  21. THANDI NEWTON had just turned 41 when she gave birth to her 3rd child, a son, Booker Jombe Parker.
  22. RACHEL ZOE  was 42 when she welcomed her 2nd son, Kaius.
  23. UMA THURMAN was 42 when she gave birth to her first kid with beau Arpad Busson.
  24. KIM FIELDS  was 44 when she and her hubby welcomed their second son Quincy.
  25. MIRA SORVINO was 44 when she welcomed her daughter Lucia and was 41 when she welcomed her son. She has 4 kids total.
  26. MAYA RUDOLPH was 41 when she gave birth to her 4th child.
  27. LISA LOEB quietly welcomed her 4th child at age 45, a son named Emet.
  28. JENNIFER CONNELLY  was 43 when her 3rd kid, daughter Agnes, was born
  29. MIMI ROGERS was 45 when she gave birth to her last child, a son.
  30. JANE KRACOWSKI  surprised everyone when at 45 she had her first child, a son.
  31. MERYL STREEP was 41 in 1991 when she welcomed her last of 4 kids.
  32. MARCIA GAY HARDEN was 44 when she gave birth to her twins
  33. MOLLY RINGWALD was also in her 40s, age 46, when she welcomed her twins.
  34. MADONNA was 41 when she gave birth to her son Rocco.
  35. MARISKA HARGITAY was 42 when she gave birth to her first child, a son and later went on to adopt more kids
  36. JUDY REYES was 41 when she welcomed daughter Leila in 2009.
  37. VANNA WHITE gave birth to her daughter the same year she turned 40.
  38. BEVERLY D’ANGELO  welcomed her twins at age 46.
  39. CHERYL TIEGS  had her first child, a son, at age 44.
  40. LAURA LINNEY  welcomed her first child at age 49.

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TTC Couples: Apply for this Online Fertility Study; Get Year VIP FertilityFriend Membership

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Researchers at the University of Boston  in Massachusetts want to study the current downward trend in fertility in that New England state and nationwide. With National Institute of Health funding, it is conducting an Internet-based study of 2,500 North American women over the next 12 months.  The initiative, Pregnancy Study Online (PRESTO), seeks to identify what lifestyle factors affect the chances of successful pregnancy. It will also examine predictors of miscarriage, preterm birth, and low birth weight.

Those who qualify for the study must be:
  • Age 21-45
  • Not currently using any methods to prevent pregnancy
  • Not using fertility treatments
  • In a stable relationship with a male partner
  • Thinking about becoming pregnant in the next 6 months and are not currently pregnant
  • Willing to participate in a 12-month study.

Selected participants will simply have to fill out an online questionnaire every two months or until they get pregnant. Male partners can also participate. 
To compensate participants for their time, half enrolled will get a free VIP membership at FertilityFriend.com, an online software program that charts your menstrual cycles and records your fertility signs (note: promotion is not available to current Fertilityfriend.com members).
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Working While Pregnant: 7 Things you need to do

Most cases you will find pregnant mothers working, many private companies also have special provisions for women who are pregnant. Nobody wants to sacrifice their career at the altar of motherhood, especially today’s women. Those women who have uncomplicated pregnancy can continue their work and take a break before childbirth. Doctor will advise rest or work depending on your health and the kind of work you do. The highest priority is protecting your baby from harm.
Research on Pregnant Mothers
If you have normal pregnancy then you can talk to your doctor about taking a break before labor. If you work with hazardous chemicals you have to inform your doctor, he might ask to stop work till you give birth. Research shows that pregnant women who work for more than 25 hours a day tend to have smaller babies who weigh less than 200g at birth. Pregnant mothers who are teachers and saleswomen have to stand on their feet for longer hours have small children. Small children develop breathing and digestion problems and even learning difficulties later in life.
University Medical Centre in Rotterdam, Netherlands, conducted a survey on 4,680 expectant working mothers who were 30 weeks pregnant. It was found that those who devoted more than 25 hours to work had babies which weighed only 148-198 grams, which is less than average and the circumference of the baby’s head was a centimeter shorter. 
Many argue that pregnant women should take complete rest, while some say that remaining active will ensure smooth delivery. This is debatable.Some say that stress and physically demanding work reduces the blood flow to the placenta thus reducing the amount of oxygen supply to your womb. This is really harmful.The journal Occupational and Environment Medicine says that employers should make the work environment conducive for their women employees who are pregnant, recently women during pregnancy don’t take long break as they use to do earlier.
You can always refer to the guidelines of what to do and avoid during pregnancy to ensure the safety of the baby in your womb. It is very challenging for pregnant women to work during the nine months, but it is a great way to keep boredom away. Here are some tips to show them the correct way to ‘juggle’ responsibilities without affecting your health.
1.       Inform Your Employer About Your Pregnancy: Many pregnant mothers like to take a break after giving birth. It is better to let your employer know that you will be quitting your job or taking a long break during or after pregnancy. This will allow them to find a replacement and give you enough time to finish your important tasks.
2.       Keep Your Options Open before asking for leave: Many offices get confused how to deal with pregnant women, not all are sympathetic. In this case, you have to take charge.  Keep your options open if you are asking for maternity leave, especially if you want to rejoin the same job, this will help to protect your position at work.
3.       Inform At The Earliest:  Pregnant women do not like to reveal their pregnancy in first three months, but what if somebody at office suspects you are pregnant and informs the higher management. It is best to inform your boss at the earliest that you are expecting, otherwise they might think your hiding information and you are not serious about work.
4.       Talk to your employer about working hours: Interact with your employer about making your working hours more flexible. You can also search for work from home options.
5.       Review your company’s maternity policy before asking for leave: If you study the maternity leave policy before talking to your manager or boss, this will help you work out a best deal on your maternity package. Sometimes, there are amazing facilities for young mothers and pregnant women that will enable you to enjoy your job and motherhood.
6.       Talk to your colleague: With maternity, there are many bodily changes and you tend to feel fatigued, often you have to take leaves and breaks to give yourself rest. You adjust your work schedule, time with coworkers who are women and are likely to understand your problem. You can always return favors when they need help.
7.       Stay Away From Hazardous chemicals and radiation: If you are into research and have to work in a laboratory or work in factory, you need to talk to both the doctor and supervisor. Often exposure to radiation and toxic substances due to pregnancy causes miscarriage, prematurely delivery or birth defects in the child.
If you have to travel for work during pregnancy, talk to the doctor and management. It is best to travel during second trimester when all the nausea is over. Also you need to talk to the airlines regarding pregnancy regulations since many restrict travel. Also, you shouldn’t complain too much about pregnancy at office, this can create complications. You can take a powernap when fatigued. Also use a footrest if you need to stand for longer hours. Do some stretching exercise for your back, take breaks and wear comfortable clothes and shoes. Do not feel shy about your bodily changes it is normal.
If you are going to deliver twins or triplets it is best, you go for complete rest. If you have high blood pressure, if you had miscarriage previously and if your baby is not growing properly it is better to take an early break. Your family comes first now so does your health. Morning sickness usually ends at the end of third month but if it is prolonged you have to inform your supervisor for an early Leave. If you are asking for flexible work hours, you have to keep your commitment and do finish your task. Mayo Clinic gives great ideas to tackle with bodily changes during pregnancy at work; since this is the time, you end up in a mess.
The best thing is to ask any of your colleagues who have given birth recently, how they took maternity leave. You can confide, share your fears and ask your queries to get information from the horse’s mouth so to say. Stay positive, take no stress and have a happy and safe pregnancy.

Author Bio: Ananya – Being a voracious reader and harboring a special love for the language, it was quite natural for me to don the writer’s hat. I love demystifying and simplifying different concepts and making them interesting reads for others.

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Celebrity Infertility, Gestational Surrogacy and the Vanity Stigma

Sarah Jessica Parker & Matthew Broderick, their then 7-year old son James and twins Marion & Tabitha Broderick delivered via gestational surrogate in June 2009.
Within the past year, Jimmy Fallon and his wife, MSNBC host Melissa Harris-Perry, The View host comedienne Sherri Shepherd, veteran songwriter and former American Idol Kara DioGuardi all openly shared that they were blessed with babies using a gestational carrier.
Different women have varying reasons for choosing this method to give birth but most are health related. Celebrity women are no different.
Like DioGuardi  E! Entertainment hostess Giuliana Rancic suffered through infertility, several failed in vitro fertilization attempts and at least one miscarriage before opting on a gestational carrier. The surrogate pregnancy of their son Edward Duke was the subject of her Style channel reality TV show Giuliana and Bill

Camille Grammer, the ex wife of Kelsey Grammer and Real Housewives of Beverly Hills reality TV star reportedly suffers from irritable bowel syndrome which prevented her from being able to carry her own kids and forcing her to bring her two children, Mason and Olivia, into this world via a carrier.

Elizabeth Banks’ two kids were birthed via gestational surrogate. Her recent child was just birthed last November.

And before Nicole Kidman finally settled on a carrier given her advanced maternal age, she had two miscarriages trying to conceive the traditional way. 

After having her first child “naturally”, Sarah Jessica Parker struggled to conceive again and turned to surrogacy to deliver her twin girls in 2009.  

After 7 years of failed attempts to conceive, actress Angela Bassett and husband Courtney Vance welcomed twins Brownyn and Slater in 2006.

Irrespective of the reasons, there remains a stigma and unspoken presumption among many that women who conceive this way are trying to save their bodies from the stretching out, pigmentation and other trauma and stresses of carrying a child, including excessive weight gain in some cases. Camille Grammer‘s co-stars reportedly went on record saying that was her true reason for not having her babies through conventional methods. 

Former cast member Adrienne Maloof was under a similar controversy after castmate Brandi Granville revealed during a dinner party that was taped for airing on the Bravo TV show that Maloof’s two children were born via a carrier. Apparently, Maloof had previously spoken about actually carrying her babies herself.  I don’t know if this is true. Don’t sue me, Adrienne. Read this post from Tamara Tattles which covers it well.

It’s a tough route to go especially considering that no matter how you explain your reasons for using a carrier, there will always be a cloud of suspicion that they were truly for vanity sake.

And when a star does admit that she is afraid of the effects pregnancy  would have on her body, she is harshly criticized over it. 

Biggest Loser star Jillian Michaels got a lot of heat and flak after saying that she had decided to adopt a child rather than try to get pregnant because she worked too hard to have the body she has and was not willing to let pregnancy ruin it.

The New York Times has a wonderful, but a bit lengthy, piece, “Her Body, My Baby” written by a woman who welcomed a child via a surrogate. It’s a worthwhile read for anyone thinking of going that road to have a child. 

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National Infertility Awareness Week: 10 Myths About Pregnancy in Your 40s

We are acknowledging National Infertility Awareness Week and doing our part to share news, articles, information, products and services about infertility for our audience’s edification.
Next up: 
Heidi Hayes of Donor Egg Bank USA shares her personal journey with infertility and debunks myths about pursuing later motherhood.

Like many other young women, she had thoughts of motherhood in the back of her mind. But then she went off to college, and after that joined the Peace Corps. She ended up working in the Ecuadorian Andes. It was in Ecuador that she began thinking seriously about motherhood. “I loved the Ecuadorian focus on family,” she says. “It made me start thinking about having children of my own.”

After marrying the man of her dreams, they started to build a life together. Finally, it seemed to be the right time to start a family. “I thought I would get pregnant easily, but each month nothing happened.” She went to see a specialist, and she and her husband began a heartbreaking four-year journey through a maze of infertility treatments before adopting. Years later, she used donor eggs to have twins.

She didn’t consider freezing her eggs, as that wasn’t available at the time.

She went the donor egg route to conceive and shares some of the 10 myths about pregnancy in your 40s:
1.     Pregnancy is easy in your 40s and happens all the time. Once you hit 40, there is only a five percent chance you will get pregnant in any given month (compared to 20 percent at age 30). Pregnancy is possible, but women need to know the most valuable and irreversible factor impacting success is time. This is largely due to a steady decline in egg quality that begins when a woman is in her early 30s and then accelerates in the late 30s.
2.     Fertility issues are always with the woman. For men and women in their 20s, there is an equal chance of problems with infertility in either partner. For couples with a female partner in her late 30s or 40s, the chance of infertility due to egg quality rises dramatically.
3.     Celeb moms make it look easy. They are having kids at age 46! There is an endless stream of celebrity mothers who are having kids in their 40s. Halle Berry had her baby at 46, Kelly Preston at 47, and Geena Davis had twins at 48. While it is statistically unlikely that some older celebrities are having children without any assistance, it is important not to compare your experiences to others. Some celebrities share their experiences with infertility, but most do not.
4.     You can only have a baby using your own eggs. According to the respected medical journal, Fertility and Sterility, 40-year-old women treated for infertility have a 25 percent chance of achieving pregnancy using their own eggs. By age 43 that number drops to 10 percent, and by 44 it becomes 1.6 percent. For those who are unable to use their own eggs, the good news is that women can achieve pregnancy success using donor eggs regardless of her age.  Women at 40 using donor egg give birth at a rate of roughly 45 percent, a success rate higher than younger women using their own eggs. The high success rate for recipients using egg donation does not decline with age.
5.     The age of a man doesn’t matter when trying to conceive. Age matters for both men and women. A study in Nature found a direct link between paternal age and an increased risk of Autism and Schizophrenia, which experts say may be one of the factors in the rise of autism diagnosis in recent years. The increase in medical problems with advancing male age is very small; the autism increase may be from 1 in 150 in the general population to 1 in 100 for men over 50.  As women age, the chances of chromosomal abnormalities such as Down Syndrome increase. These abnormalities typically occur due to a decrease in the quality of the egg with aging.  A 25-year-old woman has a 1/1000 chance of having a baby with Down Syndrome. The chance is 1/30 in a 44-year-old using her own eggs.
6.     If you’re healthy, fit, and look great, having a baby won’t be a problem. You do yoga, run half marathons, eat organic and fit into a size six. But do your ovaries do yoga? The truth is that eating nutritiously and maintaining a healthy weight can boost fertility and help balance ovulatory disorders, but it does not affect your ovarian supply and the health of your eggs.
7.     If I’m starting menopause, I can’t have a baby. There is about a 10-year phase of perimenopause that precedes the complete cessation of menstrual function, known as menopause. The quality of a woman’s eggs during this time is significantly reduced and the chances of conceiving decline sharply.  The chance of a miscarriage, for those who do conceive, is significantly increased. For women beginning perimenopause, which includes the months or years preceding menopause, a pregnancy may still be possible. A pregnancy will depend on where your body is at in the perimenopausal process. To increase the chances of success and save time, both parties should undergo basic fertility testing.
8.     Older mothers are less likely to have twins. Surprisingly, older mothers have a higher likelihood of conceiving twins. As a woman ages, her follicle stimulating hormone increases. FSH develops eggs inside the ovaries prior to being released into the fallopian tubes. High FSH levels can cause two or more eggs to release, which can result in twins.
The likelihood of spontaneously conceived twins rises from 1/80 in a 25-year-old to 1/40 in a 42-year-old.  Higher FSH levels are also associated with declining fertility, which means follicles may work overtime and release more eggs to compensate for lowering fertility. Twin rates have also increased due to general fertility and IVF treatment and patients choosing to transfer multiple embryos. The latest data shows that twin rates are declining as many women choose to transfer one embryo.
9.     Your family has a fertile history, so you shouldn’t have any trouble. There is a genetic component to ovarian function and a correlation between your mother’s and grandmother’s ability to conceive at an older age. However, this is a very limited factor and cannot provide significant reassurance. Conversely, if there is a history of early menopause in your family this will raise the likelihood of a problem. Your fertility potential and egg supply is individual. If your grandmother had her last baby at 43 and your mother had infertility at 41, this does not make your chances of conception any higher or lower.
10. Having a baby with donor egg doesn’t make you the biological mom. The egg donor is a genetic donor who provides the egg cell and half of the DNA in the creation of each baby, but the woman who carries the pregnancy provides the biological environment to allow the embryo and baby to thrive. The woman who intends to parent is the true mother of the child.   Motherhood is a conscious choice, regardless of how a baby is conceived or born.
Author Bio: Heidi Hayes is a mother of three through adoption and donor egg. After her personal experiences with infertility and professional experience in the infertility industry, she now helps others achieve their dreams of having a family as the CEO of Donor Egg Bank USA, a national frozen donor egg bank.  

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