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Monday, October 16, 2017


Nausea and Vomiting In Pregnancy

I get nauseated just thinking about how sick I was my first three months of pregnancy. I keep hearing how morning sickness is a good thing even though it doesn't feel that way.
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 This article talks about the evolutionary connection with pregnancy nausea:

From the article:

The idea is that a pregnant woman afflicted with nausea and vomiting will be unlikely to eat certain
foods that may be damaging to her fetus when its major organ systems are developing. Organ development takes place during the first three months of pregnancy, which is when morning sickness is most prominent. ''There is an obvious -- indeed striking -- correspondence between the sensitive periods in embryonic organogenesis and the peak occurrence of N.V.P.,'' the scientists wrote.

At this time, too, the Cornell biologists noted, a pregnant woman's immune system is naturally suppressed to keep her from rejecting the fetus as a foreign tissue. But immune suppression renders her more susceptible to food-borne parasites and microorganisms and the toxins they produce, so N.V.P. would protect her, too. 


Friday, October 13, 2017


Pregnancy Over 40 and Omega 3

Omega 3's have so man benefits for fertility and overall health.
 If you're prone to depression, these fats may help provide a safe alternative to medications. Of course, this something you should discuss with your doctor. Read more:

Dr. Kuan-Pin Su and colleagues presented their findings in the April issue of the Journal of Clinical
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Psychiatry ( Dr. Su supplemented subjects' diets with 3.4 grams Omega-3 each day. Control subjects received an olive oil derived placebo. At 6 and 8 week follow up testing, the Omega-3 receiving women scored lower on depression measuring scales than the placebo group. These scores indicated less depression. Two thirds of the women consuming the PUFAs showed significant improvement, the study said, compared with 27 per cent of the control group. Many became free from depression altogether.

The best news came when researchers noted the absence of negative effects on either mothers or their newborn babies. A few mothers experienced minor stomach upset the first few days while their systems got used to the new substances.


Wednesday, October 11, 2017


Chinese Pregnancy Calendar

Guest Post By Apurva Shree

Parents-to-be adopt many methods to determine whether the unborn baby is a boy or a girl. The Chinese pregnancy calendar is an often used method to know about the gender of the new life in the mother's womb.
The Chinese pregnancy calendar is an ancient way for predicting the gender of the unborn child. It is also known as a "Chinese conception chart," or the "Chinese Conception Calendar. It is believed that
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this ancient method is highly accurate, although no clinical studies verify these claims.
History - Chinese Pregnancy Calendar
This chart is an ancient Chinese secret. A Chinese scientist developed this calendar, 700 years ago. According to a legend, the Chinese pregnancy calendar is capable of predicting the baby's gender based on two variables: the baby's month of conception and the mother's age.
This chart was kept in a royal tomb, near the city of Peking in China in ancient times. Now this original Chinese chart is on display at the Beijing Institute of Science. Many people, especially the Chinese, believe that the original Chinese pregnancy calendar is almost 100% accurate.


How it Works?
According to studies, the Chinese pregnancy calendar has been found to be 97% effective in predicting a baby's gender. This accuracy is credited to the use of Chinese lunar calendar.

The Chinese pregnancy calendar is dependent on the lunar calendar. It is based on the month a baby is conceived and not the birth month. The second factor is the mother's age at the time of conception, adding 9 months to her age to adjust the lunar calendar.
The conceived month from January to December is listed on the top row of the Chinese pregnancy chart, and the left column of the chart represents the mother's age during the conception. You need to follow the steps given below to get the most accurate result from the Chinese pregnancy calendar.
1. Note down your age at the time of conception.
2. Add 9 months to the age to adjust to the lunar calendar.
3. Also note down the month when the baby was conceived.
4. Now simply search for the conceived month across the top portion of the chart and the age on the left side of the chart.
5. Lastly, follow these two coordinates to the spot where they intersect, and that will show you either a box containing "B" for boy, or "G" for girl.
In comparison to the Chinese pregnancy calendar, the ultrasound during the 7th or 8th month of the pregnancy is a more reliable method to know the gender of the child. In fact an ultrasound is use to monitor the pregnancy development week by week development right from conception till child birth.
Whether it is a boy or a girl, what does it matter? What matters is that you have fun guessing the gender of your unborn child using the Chinese calendar. All along use a pregnancy journal to record your pregnancy development week by week.

Chinese pregnancy calendar is used to determine the gender of the unborn child. The pregnancy journal that records the pregnancy development week by week is a more important paper that the Chinese calendar. The pregnancy week by week has to progress smoothly. It does not matter whether it is a boy or a girl, it should be a healthy baby.
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Sunday, October 08, 2017


Prenatal Vitamins - Answers to Eight Frequently Asked Questions

Guest Post By Dawn K. Smith

Although they can never replace healthy eating habits, prenatal vitamins are essential for the pregnant woman.
Below are the answers to eight frequently asked questions asked by women concerning prenatal vitamins.
1). Q: How soon should I start taking pre natal vitamins?
A:. If at all possible, it's best to begin three months before you even start trying to become pregnant because the egg begins to mature approximately three months before it is released. Proper nutrition is critical during this early stage.
2). Q: Which pre natal vitamins are the most important to take?
A: Research has shown that Folic Acid, Calcium, and Iron are the most essential.
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3). Q: Are all the different varieties similar?
A. No. Even though prescription vitamins are regulated by the FDA they are not required to include certain nutrients.
4). Q: Is it okay to take organic or over-the-counter brands?
A). Yes, but make sure they have a USP seal or NSF certification. These organizations monitor the quality of supplements.
5). Q: Should I take any supplements in addition to pre natal vitamins?
A: Most prenatal vitamins don't contain enough calcium so you will probably want to supplement that.


6). Q: I read somewhere that Iodine is important. Will I need to supplement that also?
A: It shouldn't be necessary, but always check with your physician before making any decisions.
7). Q: Should Vegetarian's take additional supplements?
A: Strict Vegetarian's don't consume enough protein, which comes from meat, therefore are usually lacking in B12, iron, zinc, and omega3 fatty-acids such as DHA. They need to make sure their prenatal vitamins include these in the ingredients.
8). Q: What should I do if I get morning sickness and can't hold my pre natal vitamins down?
A: Try taking them at night before bed so you can sleep through any nausea symptoms.
Important nutrients for pregnant women include RDA, Calcium-1000mg, DHA-200 mg, Folic Acid-600 mcg, Iodine-220 mcg, Iron-27 mg, Vitamin B4-1.9 mg, Vitamin B12-2.6 mcg, Vitamin C-80 mg, Vitamin D-200 IU, Vitamin E-15 mg, Zinc-11 mg.
Although they can never replace healthy eating habits, prenatal vitamins are essential for the pregnant woman.
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Friday, October 06, 2017


I have been asked to share the following information with my blog readers, if this applies to you, and you are interested, the contact information is listed below:

(must have a due date falling between December 2017 and March 2018.) 

We are looking for compelling stories about the unforgettable experience of becoming first-time parents.

- Was your pregnancy exciting but unexpected?

- Are you expecting MULTIPLES for the first time?

- Do you major life changes happening while going through your pregnancy?

Let us document your experience as you first become a parent. 

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Monday, October 02, 2017


Pregnancy Complications, Sleep and Snoring

Snoring can be a very annoying problem for everyone involved. If you're the snorer, your sleep may be disrupted resulting in sleep deprivation and all it's associated problems.
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 If you're the bed partner of a snorer...well...need I say more? However, according to the article below, snoring isn't just an annoyance, it could cause or be an indicator of some serious problems - especially in pregnancy. Read more:

Snoring is quite common in pregnancy, and investigators in Sweden studied more than 500 pregnant women to see what effect snoring had on their health. Earlier studies have linked snoring with hypertension in middle-aged women, but according to Karl Franklin, MD, FCCP, and colleagues at the Umea University Hospital in Sweden, no one has investigated whether snoring is associated with
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hypertensive disorders of pregnancy. Snoring is a sign of increased upper airway resistance and obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) and is known to be associated with arterial hypertension and coronary artery disease (CAD). 


Investigators looked into the snoring-related occurrence of preeclampsia, a toxemia of pregnancy characterized by hypertension, proteinuria (excessive serum proteins), and edema (a buildup of fluids in body tissues), as well as daytime sleepiness, and infant outcome. The study included a questionnaire that women filled out on the day of their delivery with the involvement of their husband or partner. It also included analyzing Apgar scores which reflect the infants heart rate, respiratory effect, muscle tone, reflex irritability, and color, all measured shortly after birth. Snoring increased during pregnancy. By the third trimester, 24 percent of the women reported that they had begun snoring or increased their level of snoring. 


Saturday, September 30, 2017


Radiation - Watch Out If Pregnant

There's a lot of information out there about what kind of radiation you may be exposed to in your day to day life, especially when pregnant.
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Although I made a point of avoiding any type of known radiation when I was pregnant, this article talks about what may still be safe:

Pregnancy and Radiation Exposure:
I am pregnant. What are the risks to my baby from dental, mammogram, chest, extremity, head, or CT exams that don't directly expose my abdomen? 
The risks to the baby are minimal, if any, when x rays are taken of areas other than the abdomen. This is because the x-ray beam is focused only on the area of interest to minimize doses to other areas of the body. When you receive a diagnostic x-ray study of your head, teeth, chest, arms, or legs at a qualified facility, the x-ray exposure is not to your baby. The "scatter" radiation that might reach the baby would be extremely small and would not represent an increased risk for birth defects or miscarriage.

For some additional information, you can visit the Web site titled, "Prenatal Risk Assessment, Keeping Your Unborn Baby Healthy through Prevention." 

How long should I wait to conceive after x-ray exams that have exposed my ovaries or my husband's testes? Can I become sterile after having x rays?
There is no evidence that there are any effects on the ovaries or sperm at doses used in diagnostic procedures such as the one(s) you had. If there were any risk at all, it would be very small. Also, this type of radiation does not remain in your body so that does not need to be a concern either. 

How long should I wait to conceive after I have had/my spouse or partner has had radioiodine therapy?
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The generally recommended waiting period prior to trying to conceive after radioiodine therapy varies from four to six months. A period of four months is discussed on page 15 of a 1997 report by the European Commission and a period of six months is discussed in a report from the International Commission on Radiological Protection (Publication 54). 
What are the chances I am sterile after radioiodine therapy?
AIt is very unlikely that the ovaries or testes of a person who undergoes radioiodine therapy received enough radiation to render them sterile. In addition, the likelihood of next-generation biological effects is minimal. 

Is a lead apron over the abdomen necessary for x-ray exams on a pregnant individual? 
Many state regulations regarding this issue require lead shielding to be used during x-ray procedures when the ovaries or testes are in the direct beam-as long as the shield won't interfere with the procedure. This implies that lead shielding is not required when the ovaries or testes won't be in the useful beam. Many facilities choose to use aprons for most of their procedures anyway simply as prudent practice.

Thursday, September 28, 2017


Carnelian Uses and Properties - How it Can Benefit You

Guest Post By Loren Mann

Carnelian is a vibrant semi-precious gemstone which is popular with crystal lovers for its various powerful properties. This article takes a look at some of these.
What Is Carnelian?
Sometimes spelled as 'cornelian', Carnelian is a type of chalcedony (part of the quartz family) that has a rich orange-brown colour. The colour is the result of the presence of iron oxide, and varies a lot in intensity, with some specimens being a light orange, and others almost black. Sometimes it has a fleshy appearance, a characteristic from which its name is thought to be derived (from the Latin 'cano', which means 'flesh'). Carnelian is translucent, and may sometimes exhibit a banded effect.
Carnelian is also sometimes called 'sard', although the term sard is more correctly used to refer to varieties of the stone which are harder and darker in appearance. Carnelian has been popular in many
diverse cultures throughout history, and was at one point associated only with the elite of society. It was used by the ancient Egyptians to cast a protective effect over their tombs, and they also used it as a form of jewellery, to provide an energy boost during the day. The Romans also valued carnelian, using it as a material for making gem jewellery and seals.
Metaphysical and Healing Properties of Carnelian
Carnelian has various properties which make it valued by crystal lovers. These include:
  • It promotes courage and boldness
  • It creates a sense of stability and groundedness
  • A good stone for those lacking inner fortitude - increases self-confidence and inner security
  • Good for the indecisive - helps to make decision-making easier
  • It may enhance creativity
  • Stimulates the appetite
  • Increases motivation and drive
  • Helps to increase mental focus and clarity
  • Physically, it may increase energy, and is associated with fertility, the lower back and abdomen, and the kidneys. It is often beneficial during pregnancy
  • A good stone for work with the navel (second) chakra
  • Helps to protect against negative influences both from other people and from non-physical entities


Overall, carnelian is a very active, vital stone that is a great choice for increasing both physical and mental energy.
Using Carnelian
Carnelian can easily be used by placing the stone on the skin in the relevant locations. Alternatively, you could wear a carnelian pendant, to take advantage of its powers as you go about your day.
Like other stones, carnelian should be cleansed regularly. This can be accomplished by holding the stone under running water, and then placing it in the sun to 'recharge'.
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Tuesday, September 26, 2017


Couvade Syndrome may also be referred to as "Sympathetic Pregnancy". This is when your husband starts feeling pregnant just like you.
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 I must say, my husband didn't experience this even to the slightest degree. Sometimes I wish he had...especially since I had such terrible morning sickness...but then who would have done my grocery shopping?
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Some people have doubted the reality of couvade syndrome. These doubters say that the weight gain that the father may experience is caused by the eating habits of the mother, nerves, or other changes that pregnancy makes in one's life.The vomiting? Of course, that is blamed on nerves, too.

What do the dads have to say about this? They don't know what to think about vomiting, weight gain,
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and changes in sexual appetite. How can you tell everyone at work that you need to lie down because you have morning sickness?!? And, of course, they would stop vomiting if they could.

This is something that has been researched and found to be quite real. Some men are more susceptible to couvade than others. For instance if you and your partner have experienced infertility or if you were adopted, you could be more likely to experience couvade syndrome.

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Sunday, September 24, 2017


Women Over 40 Are Bombarded with Negative Information about Pregnancy Over 40

It's not uncommon for women to be completely scared during their pregnancy - this is especially true for their first one.  There is so much information out there about all the things that can go wrong, in
particular for women over 40. After six miscarriages, I couldn't believe everything could go so right for once. I was almost paralyzed by the fear. I spent most of my pregnancy laying around because I was sure my baby would "fall out" if I moved around too much. In retrospect I'm sorry I let my fear get the best of me.  As it turns out, the nausea was so intense my first trimester, that I couldn't really do much anyway, but I think it would have been good to get some exercise.

If it's you're first pregnancy or if you've previously miscarried, the fear may be even more intense, but there are ways to cope with it.

Here's an article about pregnancy fears and dealing with negative information:

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Thursday, September 21, 2017


Meconium Explained

Meconium was always a big mystery to me. Whenever I heard about meconium it was usually a bad thing at the time of delivery if the baby inhaled it.
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Here is a question/answer article from about what meconium is and when it can be a problem:

We might think of amniotic fluid as pristine, clear water, but your growing baby was already making a mess. Old skin cells and hairs (which would become dust in the outside world) began to build up in the fluid. Unlike later in life, your daughter cleaned up her own mess. As soon as she began swallowing, she removed the debris from the fluid. This sludge began to accumulate in her intestines. Called meconium, this dark-green tarry substance is a mixture of hair, cells, enzymes, blood, mucus, and other secretions. By the time of your daughter's birth, the meconium had filled most of her intestines. Meconium is sterile -- very unlike the bacteria-filled stools that will follow...

...If a baby passes a meconium stool before birth, the amniotic fluid is stained and the baby is covered with meconium (reminiscent of the mess dads can make changing diapers). The baby is also likely to swallow the meconium, which sounds disgusting but doesn't present a problem. The sterile meconium does not predispose to urinary tract infections, but meconium can cause significant problems if it is inhaled into the lungs.

In only about 2% to 5% of babies born in meconium-stained amniotic fluid will some of the thick, tarry meconium be inhaled, plug the small airways, and thus cause respiratory distress (Manual of Pediatric Practice, WB Saunders, 1998 and Nelson Textbook of Pediatrics, WB Saunders, 2000). Speedy delivery of distressed babies and suctioning the mouth and nose when the head has been delivered (before the expanding lungs take their first breath) can help prevent this meconium aspiration. Sometimes, more vigorous suctioning or even infusing extra amniotic fluid into the uterus before birth is needed.
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Monday, September 18, 2017


Pregnancy and Birth Defects From Salon Chemicals

I've often thought about the toxic smell of beauty parlors. There's one in the local indoor mall which you can smell long before you even approach it.

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 I frequently worry about the people who work in salons because they must breathe in the fumes all day. Apparently there's good reason to worry.  I've also known a number of hairdressers who decided to quit their jobs when they started trying to conceive. This recent article in talks about a link between hairspray and birth defects:

 from the article:

Paul Elliott from Imperial College London, and colleagues, interviewed 471 mothers whose sons had
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been born with the defect and 490 mothers of children not born with the disorder, to try to find out which chemicals the mothers had been exposed to: including exhaust fumes, printing ink, hairspray, or glues.

While the other substances did not return statistically significant results, the use of hairspray appeared to have a big impact. Of the 74 women who reported regular exposure to hairspray at work during the first three months of pregnancy, 50 gave birth to sons with the genital defect.

In contrast, the proportion of children born with the defect was much lower in women who did not report being in regular contact with hairspray - just 294 out of 618. Overall, the study found that women exposed to hairspray were 2.3 times more likely to have children with the defects.

The team suggests a group of chemicals called phthalates that are found within hairspray may be to blame.


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