found a blog by another ‘older’ mother and it hits home for me. Enjoy!
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I am of the belief that “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure” for most things.
Prior to my (accidental) conception of this child (at age 45), I had been going through a month-long juice and salad cleanse. I started on ubiquinol supplements about 3 months prior. I was also taking regular vitamin D3 (for my lupus) and lugol’s iodine drops (2-3 drops in my water, 1x a day).
Supplements prior to conception:
- Naturewise Ubiquinol 100 mg 1x/day. For more info, see this previous blog post.
- Lugol’s iodine, for good thyroid health. 2-3 drops 1x/day in my water.
- Vitamin D3 10,000 ius 1x/day
Supplements taken AFTER conception/during pregnancy:
- Lugol’s iodine 2-3 drops 1x/day in my water. Great article on fetal intelligence and higher IQs in babies because of iodine supplementation HERE. Another article about why iodine is so important during pregnancy HERE.
- Maca (first 2 months of pregnancy, to prevent miscarriage) 2 tablespoons per day, usually blended in a green juice. Article HERE.
- Vitamin D3 10,000 ius 1x/day. Cuts down on pregnancy complications and risks (like pre-eclampsia), article HERE. More reasons why D3 is vital for brain development HERE. High doses also lead to better muscle mass and less type 1 diabetes- article HERE.
- Prenatal vitamins these are pretty standard.
In addition, I was also on high blood pressure medication (Labetalol), progesterone, and heparin for my high blood pressure, progesterone issues, and Factor V Leiden blood clotting disorder.
Even with my 65 lb. weight gain, I did NOT get gestational diabetes nor did I develop preeclampsia, something they worry about in older pregnancies.
My child was born at week 37 by scheduled c-section and weighed 7 pounds 7 ounces and was 20 inches long. Her Apgar score was perfect.
Knock wood, she has been uttering words since 2 months and is very intelligent and strong. At nearly 10 months, this child is already very advanced in speech and growth. She’s my little social butterfly dancing fool. 🙂
Let me preface this by saying I DO NOT REPRESENT THIS COMPANY NOR AM I SELLING ANYTHING! I just want people to know what worked for me…
I have genetic autoimmune disease (lupus), high blood pressure, Factor V Leiden (blood clotting disorder), and MTHFR mutation- all things that can prevent later in life pregnancies from being successful and can cause miscarriage- yet I carried a HEALTHY baby to term at 45 because of this stuff!
After a ‘certain age’, our eggs start to get genetically ‘wonky’ and we generally don’t have as many as we did when we were younger, the experts say.
This is why there is such a high rate of miscarriages in many women over 40. Their eggs were not as genetically ‘sound’ as they used to be- chromosomal issues can run rampant… again, this is what the ‘experts’ say.
I wasn’t trying to get pregnant with Maisie. I was minding my own business, trying to get healthy and fit- and combat the lethargy that was creeping up on my aging body. Someone told me about Ubiquinol and I happened to receive a free bottle of the stuff from a company called Naturewise Ubiquinol (on Amazon.com). I took the stuff as directed and three months later- SURPRISE! I was pregnant.
** the dosage I took was 100 mg 2x/day for the first 2 weeks- then 100 mg 1x a day after…
How did this happen?
Well, from this website I learned:
“CoQ10 is considered by many to be the miracle nutrient because almost every living cell relies on it for energy production. An important fact that you may not know is that the body requires certain levels of CoQ10 to function properly. If these blood levels drop, the body becomes more susceptible to disease and premature aging. This is why CoQ10 is so vital to the health of both the male and female reproductive system; most importantly egg and sperm health. But to truly understand why CoQ10 is so important to health, you must first learn what it is and why its most biologically active form, Ubiquinol is a key player in improving egg and sperm health.”
“There are two forms of CoQ10, ubiquinone and Ubiquinol. CoQ10 starts off as ubiquinone and then is converted within the cell to the more powerful Ubiquinol. Ubiquinol is considered one of the most powerful antioxidants.
CoQ10 is a considered a “vitamin-like” nutrient because it is synthesized in the membrane of human cells, but it is also obtained in small amounts through dietary intake. It is most abundantly found in organ meats, but can also be found in dark leafy green vegetables like spinach, kale and broccoli, nuts, seafood, and meat. Though the amounts of leafy greens a person would need to consume to obtain therapeutic amounts of CoQ10 would be high. That is why nutritional supplementation of CoQ10 and/or Ubiquinol is suggested. Most all CoQ10 supplements available are in the form of ubiquinone. Ubiquinol is different in that it is the most biologically active form of coenzyme Q10 and does not need to be converted by the body. Ubiquinol is eight times more potent than ubiquinone.”
To sum up the above: Over 40s should NOT take coq10, instead you take UBIQUINOL because we can convert it more readily into a usable form that older bodies need.
Another website has even more interesting information for people who are trying to get pregnant over 40:
Be sure to take it with some fat or with a meal to enhance absorption. Take it for at least 3 months prior to conception, preferably 6 months. Stop taking either after embryo transfer or positive pregnancy test (not because of any recognized danger but simply as a precaution).
Caution: If you take CoQ10 or Ubiquinol late at night, it could keep you awake, much like a strong cup of coffee. Also, taking too much CoQ10 overall can lower your blood pressure, so it’s not a good idea to take it if you’re on certain medications. Check with your doctor.
Coenzyme Q10 and Ubiquinol are essentially the same thing. The only difference is that ubiquinol is a purer, more absorbable form of CoQ10, which is why you need to take less of it. Since both are expensive, ubiquinol may be more economical, but it can be harder to find. “
“Before now, Western medicine has always firmly believed that the aging of eggs was irreversible. But according to a recent study involving CoQ10 and aging mice (equivalent to women in their 40s), it may actually be possible to improve egg quality and reverse some age-related infertility. In the study, the aging mice given CoQ10 got nearly double the number of ovulated eggs and consequently had litters nearly twice the size as the control group. What’s more, 100% of the mice given CoQ10 got pregnant compared to only 70% of the control.”
I started taking ubiquinol again when Maisie was 2 months old, because I needed the energy to deal with a newborn and I love how I feel on it. It is suggested that you discontinue taking it during pregnancy, which is what I did.
Other things to remember when supplementing with ubiquinol:
1. It takes THREE (3) MONTHS MINIMUM FOR ubiquinol to rejuvenate your eggs. Be patient and don’t freak out if your periods get weird in the interim- it happened to me and others before we fell pregnant.
2. If you have low blood pressure, keep in mind that ubiquinol can lower it even further.
3. It works to improve sperm health as well, men CAN take this.
4. More isn’t always better. 100-300 mg a day is enough. Ubiquinol is far more potent than regular coq10.
5. After giving birth, ubiquinol really helps give you a bit more energy.
If any of this information helps you and/or you’ve gotten pregnant with the help of this supplement, let me know! Leave a comment! I’d love to hear from you 🙂
So far, at least 12-15 ladies I know from the Facebook over 40 groups have gotten pregnant/given birth with the aid of ubiquinol, even after the fertility procedures and doctors had given up.
Sticky vibes and blessings to all of you!