Congratulations to you! I have seen moms have healthy babies at age 46. As others have said, the most important thing is to be sure you have a high-risk OB and perinatologist who is following you closely.
I wanted to respond to the "advice" from Caprice, re: Juice Plus. It appears that Caprice is selling this multi-level marketed, pyramid-type product and I think that a sales pitch like that has no place on a mom-to-mom advice board, unless it is under the ad section. I am concerned about her advice because Juice Plus does indeed have added vitamins. Perhaps Caprice doesn't read the labels of the product she sells. Juice Plus used to try to get away with saying "it's just fruits and vegetables",but they were lying on their labels and not listing the added synthetic vitamins. They quietly changed their packaging recently and added the vitamins to the ingredients list without mentioned it -- probably because they got in trouble with the FDA for false labelling.
A prenatal vitamin with folic acid, as someone mentioned, is essential to take while you are pregnant. I would NOT recommend taking a prenatal AND Juice Plus, because that will give you an overdose of some of the vitamins. Taking Juice Plus alone is not a good idea, either, as it is not a prenatal and does not have vitamins in the appropriate proportions. A prenatal vitamin is a superior choice.
As far as this "study" by Dr. Odom -- there are MANY problems with this study. Most of what was posted her reads like an ad for Juice Plus, and that is in fact what is on the advertising brochure from Dr. Odom.
One huge problem is that Dr. Doug Odom is a Juice Plus distributor/salesperson. A direct quote from him:
Doug Odom, MD (Juice Plus distributor/spokesperson)
“I cannot convince all of my patients to spend a little over $40 a month for Juice Plus. Over the past year I have almost come to the point that if they don't take it that they need to go find another physician."
[So in other words, if you are not a gullible idiot with deep pockets, go find another physician!]
Someone posted about this study and its MAJOR flaws on Mothering.com:
http://www.mothering.com/discussions/archive/index.php/t-... Scroll down to the comments from Brenda Damachuk.
Also Vickii Gervais, a midwife in the San Diego area, said the study is flawed. Here is what she said in part:
It's not really a great "study" since it's retrospective and documented by someone who appears to be a distributor of Juice Plus. Honestly, this does not show that Juice Plus prevents pre-eclampsia, so it's important that readers don't run out and purchase the product just for
this purpose alone. The numbers of women he included in the study are not significant, and since it was not independently done, there was no oversight as to exclusions. It was not a double-blind study, and it
hasn't yet been replicated, so it's not considered gold standard. That does not mean that anecdotal information isn't valuable, because
it is and does spur us on to consider further investigation. It just
isn't significant enough to change practices, but it may be
interesting enough to warrant further study as they seem to be doing at the U of Miss.
Dr Odom states that in the Juice Plus group, the C-Section rate was significantly lower at 47% vs 66% in the control group. I'd like to know what the
heck is up with his birth practices that he has that rate in EITHER group. His control group has a more than DOUBLE C-Section rate than the national average.
He states a zero pre-eclampsia rate in the Juice Plus group but a 21% rate in his control group. That is awfully high, much higher than the average...so I have to say that alone brings me pause and makes me question his methods of "study" or at least his birth practices. His
premie rate among the Juice Plus group was zero, but it was 20% among the control group. That, too, is really high. Considering there were only 170-some people in each group, then his non-Juice Plus group fared quite poorly even compared to the general population of medically-attended
births: 21% had pre-eclampsia and 20% had premature births. Did any of those overlap, I wonder.
Pre-eclampsia is very highly-studied by some of the most prestigious institutions in the world, and it's still quite a mystery. It's NOT just related to protein intake, and the Brewer diet does not prevent it or reverse it 100% of the time. I do believe diet has a lot to do with it, but it's not the only answer. The latest research is that it
begins in the placenta in the very early weeks after conception, and the information they've garnered from that research is pretty
convincing--but nobody's certain, of course, until they start being able to reverse or stop it. And they haven't so far. I would love it if something as simple as Juice Plus supplements were able to stave it off when the medical research of the last few decades have not been able
to, but I just don't buy it--or at least, this information doesn't demonstrate that."
Additional information about Juice Plus and how it is deceptively and dishonestly marketed can be found at