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Thursday, December 31, 2009

Happy New Year!

Wishing you a safe holiday.

I'll be away until 1-5-09

Friday, December 25, 2009

Happy Holidays!

Here's hoping you receive that which you want the most.

Have a safe holiday and holiday weekend

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

The Stages of Fetal Development

Here is a great resource to help understand what goes on inside of you during your early weeks of pregnancy. This article from the American Pregnancy Association not only gives a summary of what happens week by week, but it also gives a guide on what HCG levels and Progesterone levels should be. Read More:

Concerns Regarding Early Fetal Development (American Pregnancy Assn.)

Monday, December 07, 2009

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Friday, November 20, 2009

Visualization & Meditation For Fertility and Pregnancy

I'm very proud and excited to announce my new CD on Visualization and Meditation for Fertility. It's a project I've been working on for the last year and I developed it after hearing from a number of women who wanted to know how to visualize and meditate - especially with the goal of conceiving and carrying a pregnancy to term. I'm a firm believer that everything we manifest in our life starts with our thoughts. Here is more information about the CD. The link below has an area where you can listen to a preview.

Listen to a preview here:

You Can Get Pregnant Over 40, Naturally
Visualization & Meditation

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Problems Sleeping In Pregnancy

Maybe I'm the oddball, but the only time in my life that I consistently slept great was during pregnancy. Sleep really helped me escape the terrible nausea I suffered the first three months. I did, however have to prop myself up on three pillows. Here is an article about insomnia during pregnancy and what you might be able to do about it:

Suffering From Insomnia During Pregnancy

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Pregnancy Nutrition

I worried about everything I put in my mouth while I was pregnant. My first three months, however, I ate whatever made my nausea subside. That usually included many starchy and creamy foods like potatoes, toast, ice cream, egg nog, etc. After my first trimester, I went back to eating healthier fruit and vegetables. Here is an article that goes into detail about nutrition in pregnancy:

Smart, simple nutrition
By Densie Webb, Ph.D., R.D.(

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Post Partum Hair Loss

Yikes! What's all that in my hairbrush?? I've always joked around that I shed like a long haired cat. I have tons hair in my combs and brushes and my poor vacuum is constantly needing new belts because my hair winds up around them. Some hair loss is normal for everybody, but hair loss can be exacerbated in the postpartum period. Here is an article that explains why:

Post-partum Hair Loss

From the article:

... Normally, about 85 to 95 percent of the hair on your head is growing and the other 5 to 15 percent is in a resting stage. After the resting period, this hair falls out — often while you're brushing or shampooing it — and is replaced by new growth. An average woman sheds about 100 hairs a day.

During pregnancy, increased levels of estrogen prolong the growing stage. There are fewer hairs in the resting stage and fewer falling out each day, so you have thicker, more luxuriant tresses.

After you give birth, your estrogen levels take a tumble and a lot more hair follicles enter the resting stage. Soon you'll have more hair coming out in the shower or on the brush. This unusual shedding will taper off and your hair will be back to its pre-pregnancy thickness about six to 12 months after you give birth.

Wednesday, October 07, 2009

Pregnancy, Delivery and The Possibility Of Birth Injuries

One of my worst nightmares was that my baby might be injured during the birthing process. But, for some women and babies this could be a reality. Here is an article about birth injuries and some possible ways to prevent them:

Birth Injuries(

From the article:

What is a birth injury or birth trauma?
A birth injury is any complication that results from labor and delivery with the newborn and happens in 2-7 in 1,000 births.

How common is it for baby to break his collar bone during birth?
The most common bone injury sustained in birth is fracture of the collar bone, which is always a risk when a large baby is delivered. [1] However, even in large babies (over 8 lb, 13 oz), there is only a 5%-9% chance that the baby's shoulder will get stuck during delivery.[9] And even if baby does get stuck on his way out, it's quite possible that the doctor's will be able to get the baby out without any complications -- including breaking his collar bone.

Higher-Risk Conditions for Broken Bones During Delivery include:[2]

• Suspected large baby;
• Maternal diabetes or gestational diabetes (ie larger baby);
• Maternal obesity;
• An overdue baby - gestation over 40 weeks;
• Short maternal stature;
• Contracted or flat pelvis;
• Maternal weight gain of more than 35 lbs;
• Protracted first stage of labour;
• Prolonged second stage;
• A history of similar problems during a previous delivery;
• A history of giving birth to large babies;
• 8 years or more have passed since the mother's last labour:
• A forceps delivery may increase the risk.

Monday, October 05, 2009

Pregnancy Complications Influenced By Low Levels of Anti-clotting Protein

I've never heard of "protein Z or protein S", but apparently, women who have low levels of these anticlotting proteins may be at risk for everything from pregnancy complications to miscarriage to stillbirth. Read more:

From the article:

Recurrent miscarriage, stillbirth, preeclampsia, poor fetal growth, preterm delivery and bleeding in pregnancy are influenced by low levels of the anti–clotting proteins Z and S, Yale School of Medicine researchers report in the March issue of Journal of Thrombosis and Haemostasis.

“Our findings will help clinicians determine early in pregnancy, which women will have healthy pregnancies and which women will develop complications,” said lead author Michael Paidas, MD, associate professor and director of the Program for Thrombosis and Hemostasis in Women's Health, Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology & Reproductive Sciences at Yale School of Medicine. Paidas conducted the study with colleagues at the Bio–Reference Laboratory (Elmwood Park, New Jersey).

Low levels of a novel anti–clotting factor, protein Z, and protein S early in pregnancy may act together with other genetic clotting tendencies to adversely affect pregnancy, according to the study. Testing for these proteins can help determine which women with inherited clotting problems are at risk for pregnancy complications and how they should be treated.

The study included 103 women with normal pregnancies, 106 women with pregnancy complications, and 20 women with inherited clotting conditions, which affects about 20 percent of Caucasian women. “In early pregnancy, patients with low levels of protein Z have a four–fold higher risk of pregnancy complications,” said Paidas. “Based on our data, we speculate that protein S free antigen levels below 29 percent may be associated with clotting related pregnancy complications.”

Thursday, October 01, 2009

Flu Shot H1N1 and Pregnancy

I previously did a post about the swine flu in pregnancy. Here's another article that talks aobut the particular risk for pregnant women:

From the article:

With swine flu, what doctors call the 2009 H1N1 strain, pregnant women seem at particular risk for complications. Pregnant women make up 6 percent of H1N1-confirmed deaths even though they account for only 1 percent of the population, according to the CDC. They're at least four times as likely to be hospitalized as other flu sufferers.

Vaccine is a two-for-one deal during pregnancy: It can protect not just mom but the baby, too, for the first few months after birth. The mother's body makes flu-fighting antibodies that easily cross the placenta to be carried by the fetus, explains Dr. Neil Silverman of the University of California, Los Angeles. That's important because flu can easily kill newborns, yet babies can't be vaccinated until they're 6 months old.

Once women get that vaccine advice, where do they get the shot?

The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists has no count of how many OBs offer flu vaccine. It's still considered a minority although recent surveys suggest many more may be starting this year, especially in large cities.

An extra complication: Each state's health department ultimately will decide who gets to offer the H1N1 vaccine, aiming for locations that vaccinate the most people. Those decisions haven't been made public yet. Even if your OB requested swine flu shots, he or she may not get any, at least from initial shipments.

So the CDC and ACOG are urging obstetricians to partner with a nearby site — a hospital or drugstore, for example — to guarantee their patients a flu-shot source, a message the government will reiterate Tuesday in a swine flu training seminar for obstetricians nationwide.

Yet providers who don't routinely treat pregnant women may not understand flu's risk and the shot's safety record, says Silverman, who helps set ACOG practice guidelines.

Friday, September 25, 2009

Overweight Children - Even In Preschool

I think most Americans know that there is an epidemic of childhood obesity in this country. It's no wonder...if you walk in a grocery store, most of what's there is processed high fat foods with little nutritional value. When I was TTC I really examined my diet and started eating mostly fruits and vegetables (I did splurge every now and then - going out to dinner). But it made me realize how hard it is to eat healthy in this culture. I try so hard to feed my daughter healthy foods. It's very challenging since I can't force her to eat vegetables - but there are some she will eat. Anyway, I found this article about how many kids are already overweight by preschool. That's really scary - these kids are probably doomed to a lifetime of obesity and all that goes with it in terms of health and social problems:

Obese in Preschool (

My daughter is only in the 10th percentile in weight and people always comment on how small she is. I'm beginning to realize that maybe these percentiles are skewed because so many toddlers are already overweight. We live in such a "bigger is better" culture. Maybe my daughter just looks small next to the kids who might be tipping the scales a bit.

Friday, September 18, 2009

Baby Names

When I finally conceived my daughter, I didn't dare think about naming her (until the last minute) because I was afraid it would "jinx" my pregnancy. I found myself scrambling up until the time of my daughter's birth to come up with a name my husband and I could agree on.

Here is an article about baby names if you should find yourself in the same situation:

The Last Word on Last Names

The article doesn't give name suggestions, but it gives some points to consider when selecting a name.

Monday, September 14, 2009

Pregnancy and the Swine Flu

I've heard conflicting reports on how much of a threat the swine flu is to our population. But when your pregnant, any type of illness can be doubly scary. Here is an article about the swine flu in pregnancy:

From the article:

Now a new study finds pregnant women are at least four times more likely to be hospitalized as other people with the virus.

Experts recommend pregnant women with flu-like symptoms seek treatment immediately and start Tamiflu before H1N1 is even confirmed. The U.S. already has 20 million doses of swine flu vaccine and hopes to begin vaccinations by October.

Read more about the swine flu here:

Friday, September 11, 2009

Teflon Coating May Harm Your Baby

What could be better than Teflon coated cookware? Well, according to the article below, lots of things. Teflon may be harmful to your baby. Read more:

More Ways Teflon Can Harm Your Baby

From the Article:

PFOA (Perfluorooctanoic Acid), also known as C8, is a key chemical used in the manufacture of Teflon and the protective coating that prevents grease stains on boxes and wrappers.

Preliminary findings of a study at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health have linked the chemical to lower birth weights among newborns.

The study sampled the blood of 300 newborns and looked at their blood levels of a variety of fluorinated chemicals in relation to their birth weight, head circumference and other developmental markers.

The higher the level of exposure the infants had to PFOA, the lower their birth weight and head size.

Ninety-five percent of Americans, including children, have PFOA in their blood. PFOA has been classified as a "likely carcinogen," and previous studies have indicated that it can cause adverse effects in laboratory animals. However, it is not currently regulated by federal environmental laws.

Thursday, August 27, 2009

Is Pregnancy Safe After Breast Cancer?

Many women may be diagnosed with breast cancer during their childbearing years. One question most of these women have is whether or not pregnancy is safe after breast cancer. Here is an article that addresses that question:

Is Pregnancy Risky for You? (

From the article:

For women with a personal history of breast cancer, studies have shown that:

There was no apparent long-term increased risk of cancer recurrence or death in women who became pregnant after a breast cancer diagnosis.

Pregnancy did not appear to cause new cancers to develop.

Women who were diagnosed with breast cancer during pregnancy did as well in the long term as women with the same type and stage of cancer who were not pregnant when they were diagnosed.

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Pregnancy and Keeping Fathers Involved

Let's face it, pregnancy is all about the woman. The baby grows inside of her, she experiences all the symptoms, and basically has total control over every aspect of the baby's life before birth. So where does the dad fit into all of this? The following article has some good suggestions on how to keep dad involved during pregnancy:

Fathers and Pregnancy (

From the video:

Fathers and Shopping for Baby Gear
When it is time to shop for baby gear, bring him along. My husband likes to check out the baby monitors and other gadgets.

Give dad the job of assembling the baby's crib or do it together. Make sure he feels included in as much of the planning as he desires. Setting up the nursery or figuring out how to install the car seat are important tasks that he might even enjoy.
Prenatal Exercise and Fathers
Exercise during pregnancy is something you can do together. A hike in the woods can provide a special moment to talk and dream about the future.
Share Pregnancy Changes With Fathers
Do not hide your growing body from him. No, you are not the same women you were weeks before, but most men admire the changes, even if you are not feeling very attractive.

If you are sore, ask daddy for a massage. Most guys want to help and know you are carrying the brunt of the responsibility during this stage. He will be happy to help you relax.
Fathers and Baby Names
Choosing a name for the baby is something the two of you can do together as well. Try sharing lists of favorite first names and middle names and look for combinations that you both like.

The best environment for any baby is one with involved, loving parents. Keeping the father engaged throughout the process will not only help you, but the baby, too.

Friday, July 24, 2009

Stay At Home With Your Baby/Child

I'll admit right up front, I am an advocate of staying at home with your child vs. putting them in daycare while you work. One reason I feel strongly about this is because I was put in daycare as a child and I absolutely hated it. I felt like I was imprisoned all day - every day. I cried from the moment my mother dropped me off until she picked me up. I can't even put into words how hopeless I felt when she walked out on me (and it did feel like she was walking out on me every day when she dropped me off at daycare).

When I was trying to get pregnant and after I had my daughter I made a very firm decision that I would stay home with her. Not only did I want to save her from the trauma I went through as a child, but I couldn't even imagine parting with her every day. Even now, I miss her when she's spending the day with her cousins. She recently spent the night at their house and instead of enjoying our freedom, my husband and I felt a little depressed without her.

I realize that whether or not you will stay home with your child is a very personal decision which may be driven by finances and work schedules. Here is an article which talks about the pros and cons of staying home:

Should You Stay at Home?

Monday, June 29, 2009

Goodbye Farrah, Goodbye Michael

Picture:, Barry King/Getty Images

I'm going to dedicate my blogs today to two icons of my generation, both of whom died last week.

First Farrah: Such a beautiful woman. If you look through my highschool yearbook, almost all the girls at least attempted to have a Farrah hairdo. We had to watch Charlie's angels - not because it was a good show, but because we had to see what they were wearing and study their hair. A little shallow, I know. Back then, we didn't have cable TV, so the shows that made it big had a huge viewership and much more control over social trends. After Farrah left the show, none of the other actresses could quite reach her level of fame. Farrah went on to do more serious acting which received rave reviews. May she rest in peace.

Michael: What talent! He's exactly my age (yep, I hit the big 5-0). Boy, that really makes you wake up and feel your own mortality. I recall walking home from elementary school (back in the days when parents didn't drive kids everywhere) and singing songs like ABC and Oh Baby Give Me One More Chance. Who would have ever predicted back then that his life would have unfolded the way it did. I feel for him because he was such a tortured soul. The older I get, the more I realize that although many people strive for fame and fortune, the happiest among us are just regular run-of-the-mill people who live ordinary lives. I hope his children find peace and can stay together. Rest in peace Michael.

Thursday, June 18, 2009

How Long Should You Breastfeed?

I wish I had to contemplate that question. Unfortunately, my breastmilk dried up after only 3 months. But for women who are successful breastfeeding long-term, they may wonder when to stop. Here is an article about breastfeeding:

Breastfeeding Your Baby: How Long Should You Do It?

Here is an excerpt from the article regarding recommendations from the following organizations:

"American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP)

The AAP says there is no “right” time to wean your baby from breastfeeding. According to the AAP, when you stop breastfeeding depends entirely on you and your baby. They say that babies should begin receiving formula or solid foods in addition to breast milk at approximately six months. They also say that some babies begin to lose interest in breastfeeding between nine and 12 months of age, and there is no reason to force your baby to keep breastfeeding at that point.

World Health Organization (WHO)

The WHO recommends that mothers continue breastfeeding for up to two years—while giving complementary foods after four to six months—to improve the nutritional status and health of the baby. If prolonged feeding is not possible, WHO experts suggest that mothers exclusively nurse their babies for at least four months, and if possible, up to six months.

La Leche League

The La Leche League—a group that offers support to breastfeeding women—sets no time limit on breastfeeding. This organization says the longer a mother nurses her baby, the better, and if you and your child enjoy breastfeeding, there is no reason to stop. Experts here suggest letting your child wean naturally, gradually growing out of breastfeeding"

Monday, June 01, 2009

Announcing! Fertility Bodywork

I am very pleased and excited to share with my readers a project I've been working on for the last year. It's called "Fertility Bodywork" and it's available through my website. It's a DVD and it's designed to help prepare your physical body for conception and pregnancy. It includes fertility yoga, fertility pelvic massage, acupressure and reflexology and daily routines to enhance pelvic circulation and oxygenation.

For more information, or to order, click here:

Fertility Bodywork

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

What You Should Know About Pregnancy Tests

One of the greatest things to hit the market within our lifetime was the home pregnancy test. However, they do have limitations. This article explains more:

How Pregnancy Tests Work
by Elizabeth Eden, M.D.

From the article:

The tests are easy to perform. You immerse a trip of paper into a collected urine sample, or you urinate on a strip of paper. Positive tests usually are indicated by the formation of a lone or a plus sign on the paper. Now, there are even digital tests that display the results in a window so that there is no need to interpret lines or plus signs.

Even though these tests are extremely sensitive and accurate, it is possible to receive a false-positive or false-negative result. If you are taking fertility drugs, they may affect the outcome of the test and produce a false-positive result -- that is, the test result is positive even though the woman is not pregnant. However, more common than a false-positive test result is a false-negative one -- that is, the test result is negative even though the woman is pregnant. This usually occurs when the test is done too early after the missed period.

In some cases, the level of HCG is too low to detect, or the embryo hasn't become implanted yet. In approximately ten percent of women, the embryo implants after the first day of the missed period. Low levels of HCG may also be caused by an ectopic pregnancy (a pregnancy that develops outside the uterus). If the first test result is negative and your period doesn't start, repeat the test in five to ten days. If it is still negative, and you believe you may be pregnant, consult your doctor

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Pregnant Smokers May Have Kids Who Smoke

I've always noticed that parents who smoke seem to have kids who smoke. May it's just that the kids think it's OK since they see their parents smoking, but according to the article below, it may have something to do with smoking during pregnancy. Read more:

Pregnant Smokers May 'Program' Their Kids To Become Smokers (

From the article:

Children whose mothers had smoked while pregnant were almost three times as likely to start smoking regularly at or before the age of 14 and around twice as likely to start smoking after this age as those whose mothers were non-smokers.

Smoking patterns among children whose mothers stopped smoking while pregnant, but then resumed the habit, were similar to those whose mothers had never smoked.

The findings held true even after adjusting for other factors likely to influence the results.

The authors conclude that their research provides some evidence that smoking during pregnancy has a direct effect on the child's chances of becoming a smoker. And they suggest that their findings are another reason why pregnant women should be discouraged from smoking

Thursday, May 14, 2009

First Trimester Fetal Development

Pregnancy Over 40, Fetal Development

 My site:
I think most of us know that the first trimester is critical for fetal development. Here is a great resource from about what happens during this crucial period. Read more:

Fetal development: What happens during the first trimester?

From the site:

Weeks 1 and 2: Getting ready

It might seem strange, but you're not actually pregnant the first week or two of the time allotted to your pregnancy. Yes, you read that correctly!
Conception typically occurs about two weeks after your period begins. To calculate your due date, your health care provider will count ahead 40 weeks from the start of your last period. This means your period is counted as part of your pregnancy — even though you weren't pregnant at the time.

Week 3: Fertilization

Fertilization and implantation
The sperm and egg unite in one of your fallopian tubes to form a one-celled entity called a zygote. If more than one egg is released and fertilized, you may have multiple zygotes.
The zygote has 46 chromosomes — 23 from you and 23 from your partner. These chromosomes will help determine your baby's sex, traits such as eye and hair color, and, to some extent, personality and intelligence.
Soon after fertilization, the zygote travels down the fallopian tube toward the uterus. At the same time, it will begin dividing rapidly to form a cluster of cells resembling a tiny raspberry. The inner group of cells will become the embryo. The outer group of cells will become the membranes that nourish and protect it.

Friday, May 08, 2009

Semi-Identical Twins??

I think most of us know about identical and fraternal twins. But recently it has been discovered that there may be a third type called semi-identical twins. Read more:

Semi-Identical Twins Discovered (

From the article:

These twins, who were conceived normally, only came to the attention of scientists because one was born with sexually ambiguous genitalia.

The child was discovered to be a hermaphrodite, and has both ovarian and testicular tissue, while the other child is anatomically male.

But genetic tests show both are "chimeras", and have some male cells - which have an X and Y chromosome, and female cells - which have two X chromosomes.

The most likely explanation for how they were formed is that two sperm cells - one with an X chromosome and one with a Y chromosome - fused with a single egg.

The twins are now toddlers, and doctors say they are progressing well.

Monday, March 30, 2009

Spring Break

I'll be taking a "Spring Break" from my blogs the week of 3/30--4/3. I'll still be checking my emails. Have a relaxing week.

Be back 4/6/09.

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

St. Patrick's Day For Kids

Many of my readers are trying to conceive or newly pregnant. But for my readers who already have a child, here is a fun site that give some ideas on how to celebrate and teach your kids about St. Patrick's Day. Read more:

From the article:

Note for 2008: For 2008, the Catholic Church has officially moved St. Patrick's Day to Saturday, March 15th to avoid a conflict with the Holy Week leading up to Easter Sunday. Most secular establishments in the US and Canada, such as restaurants and bars, will continue to celebrate the holiday on March 17th, and the 17th will remain a national day off from work in Ireland.

Who Was Saint Patrick?
Even though Saint Patrick the patron saint of Ireland and one of the most celebrated religious figures around the world, the factual information about his life and times is quite vague. Most information about St. Patrick has been twisted, embellished, or simply made up over centuries by storytellers, causing much ambiguity about the real life of St. Patrick. However, there are a some elements of his story about which most scholars accept to be true.

According to Coilin Owens, Irish literature expert and Professor Emeritus of English at George Mason University, Saint Patrick is traditionally thought to have lived "between 432-461 A.D., but more recent scholarship moves the dates up a bit." At the age of sixteen he was kidnapped from his native land of the Roman British Isles by a band pirates, and sold into slavery in Ireland. Saint Patrick worked as a shepherd and turned to religion for solace. After six years of slavery he escaped to the Irish coast and fled home to Britain.

While back in his homeland, Patrick decided to become a priest and then decided to return to Ireland after dreaming that the voices of the Irish people were calling him to convert them to Christianity.

After studying and preparing for several years, Patrick traveled back to Ireland as a Christian missionary. Although there were already some Christians living in Ireland, St. Patrick was able to bring upon a massive religious shift to Christianity by converting people of power. Says Prof. Owens, "[St. Patrick] is credited with converting the nobles; who set an example which the people followed."

But Patrick's desire to spread of Christianity was not met without mighty opposition. Prof. Owens explains, "Patrick ran into trouble with the local pagan priesthood, the druids: and there are many stories about his arguments with them as well as his survival of plots against them." He laid the groundwork for the establishment of hundreds of monasteries and churches that eventually popped up across the Irish country to promote Christianity.

Saint Patrick is also credited with bringing written word to Ireland through the promotion of the study of legal texts and the Bible, says Prof. Owens. Previous to Patrick, storytelling and history were reliant on memory and orally passing down stories.

Patrick's mission in Ireland is said to have lasted for thirty years. It is believe he died in the 5th century on March 17, which is the day St. Patrick's Day is commemorated each year.

The first year St. Patrick's Day was celebrated in America in 1737 in Boston, Massachusetts. The first official St. Patrick's Day parade was held in New York City in 1766. As the saying goes, on this day "everybody is Irish!" Over 100 U.S. cities now hold Saint Patrick's Day parades.

Alecia Dixon is a freelance contributor. Laura Young is editor of Crafts and Holidays & Fun on

Tuesday, February 03, 2009

Pregnancy and Asthma

It seems that allergies and asthma are becoming more prevalent today. It just makes sense that women with asthma who become pregnant are going to have a lot of questions and concerns about how their asthma or asthma medications are going to affect their baby. Here is a site devoted to pregnancy and asthma which will hopefully answer your questions if you suffer from this condition:

From the site:

The Pregnancy Pickle: What is Safe for Treating Asthma?

By Christine Haran
Women who are pregnant are generally advised not to take any medication to avoid exposing the fetus to potentially harmful chemicals. So it's not uncommon to find a pregnant women struggling with a sinus infection because she wants to avoid antibiotics, or a headache because she's not taking aspirin. But asthma is a different story. Studies suggest that women with untreated asthma are more likely to have problems with their pregnancies—and that women with asthma should be treated for it during pregnancy.

There has been concern that the use of inhaled steroids, which are used to treat persistent asthma, during pregnancy might lead to the birth of infants who are small for their gestational age and have a low birth weight. But a recent study of 474 women, published in the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology, did not find such a link. Below, Michael Schatz, MD, chief of the allergy department at Kaiser Permanente Medical Center in San Diego, and incoming president of the American Academy of Allergy and Immunology, discusses how this information can help pregnant women with asthma feel more comfortable with their decision to treat their lung condition.

Friday, January 16, 2009

Pregnancy and Alcohol Risk

Many women wonder if there is a safe level of alcohol to drink when pregnant. According to the article below, there isn't. Read more from this Australian publication:

Women unaware of alcohol pregnancy risk (

From the article:

More than 1.2 million Australian women have put their unborn children at risk by drinking during pregnancy, according to new research and medical evidence.

The Salvation Army has released a survey conducted by Roy Morgan as part of its alcohol awareness campaign, which highlights the risks unborn children face when women drink during pregnancy.

The condition, known as foetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD), affects about 200,000 Australians and includes central nervous system problems, low birth weight, mental retardation and abnormal facial features.

Salvation Army Major Mark Campbell described the research as alarming, saying there was no safe level of alcohol consumption during pregnancy.

The Australian Medical Association (AMA) has joined the Salvation Army in calling for the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) to revise guidelines for pregnant women, which do not recommend giving up alcohol.

The research found more than three million women were not convinced it was necessary to stop drinking while pregnant and that one million said they strongly disagreed that drinking during pregnancy was dangerous.

It also found 1.2 million Australian women aged between 25 and 49 drink or have drunk alcohol during pregnancy, with those aged between 25 and 34 more likely to drink than other expectant mothers.

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