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Wednesday, June 29, 2016


Not all women get stretch marks in pregnancy, but for those who may be worried about it, there are things you can do to minimize them or their appearance
 It's important to maintain good circulation and to gain the right amount of weight during pregnancy.  Proper hydration is also an important factor. Read more:


1. Eat a healthy, diverse and balanced diet that keeps your weight gain within the recommended range of 25 to 35 pounds. Excellent nutritional status is vital for your developing baby, but it also contributes to the strength and health of the body's largest organ: the skin. What's more, a controlled and steady weight gain, without any wild upward swings, will let your skin stretch at a steady rate without any unexpected jolts.

2. Use a body brush or wash cloth to massage the areas where you have stretch marks, or want to prevent stretch marks from appearing - this will increase circulation to the area, which may be helpful.

3. Drink plenty of water. Hydration is important for your overall health and well-being as well as that of your growing baby, and it is critical to healthy skin.

4. Take your vitamins. This is one more way to ensure proper nutritional status, which is critical for your overall health and well-being, as well as beautiful skin and a healthy baby!

5.Keep skin liberally and effectively moisturized beginning in the first or second trimester and through your recovery to your pre-pregnancy weight, perhaps with one of the many oils and creams marketed especially for stretch mark prevention. These moisturizers will help keep your skin supple and elastic plus serve as "food" (and vitamin supplements) for your skin. The various vitamins and oils used to create these formulas are designed to help enhance collagen production and support the dermis, to keep skin intact despite the rigorous stretching. 

Monday, June 27, 2016


Of course, most people know that premature infants are more likely to experience some type of complications before and after birth.  However, this interesting study done over decades shows that babies who were born premature who were followed into adulthood were more likely to have pregnancy complications in their own pregnancies.


Read more:
Scientists have known for some time that women whose weight was low at birth have a higher risk of health issues during pregnancy, including gestational hypertension, gestational diabetes and preeclampsia. However, it was unclear whether being born preterm alone had an impact. This research establishes that, independently of weight at birth (i.e. whether too small or normal for gestational age), baby girls born preterm show a significant increase in their risk of developing pregnancy complications, and that the risk increases the more premature the woman was born.


Friday, June 24, 2016


Cerebral Palsy - Causes, Types and Treatment

Guest Post By Sally Aspinall

"Cerebral" is medical terminology for the brain. "Palsy" means a disorder of movement or posture. So in simple terms, Cerebral Palsy (CP) describes a group of conditions where movement and posture are affected as a result of damage to one or more areas of the brain. Cerebral palsy is characterized by an inability to fully control motor function, particularly muscle control and coordination.
Depending on which areas of the brain have been damaged, one or more of the following may also be present although every person with CP is affected in a different way:

  • Balance and coordination problems
  • Difficulty controlling and maintaining posture (help required to sit upright)
  • Epilepsy - Up to one in three children with CP also have epilepsy.
  • Difficulty eating and drinking (swallowing) and talking
  • Learning difficulties

Cerebral Palsy is the most common childhood physical disability. Around one in every 400 children born in developed countries has CP. In the United States, it is estimated that some 764,000 children and adults exhibit one or more of the symptoms of Cerebral Palsy. Around 8,000 babies and infants are newly diagnosed with the condition each year. Despite medical advances, incidence has not declined over the last 60 years.
Often the exact cause of a child developing Cerebral Palsy is not known, but contributing factors can include infections such as meningitis, bleeding into the brain, pressure or blows to the head and lack of oxygen. These may have occurred before, during or after birth and the severity of the cause will affect the severity of the damage caused to the brain. For example, each minute that a baby is deprived of oxygen during a difficult delivery will increase the extent of brain damage caused.
Cerebral Palsy is classified into three main types; Spastic, Athetoid and Ataxic. Those with Spastic CP have muscles that are weak, tight or stiff making it difficult for the person to make controlled movements. Those with stiff or tight muscles will find it difficult to fully extend arms and legs, while those with weak muscles may be unable to stand unaided. Spastic Cerebral Palsy is the most common type of cerebral palsy, accounting for nearly 80 percent of all cerebral palsy cases.



Athetoid Cerebral Palsy is caused by damage to the cerebellum or basal ganglia. These two areas of the brain work in opposition to create smooth, coordinated movements as well as maintaining body posture. Damage to one or both of these areas creates an imbalance that may cause a child to develop involuntary, uncoordinated movements, especially in the face, arms, and trunk. Secondary problems with eating, speaking, picking up objects may also result from the imbalance. Approximately 10% of those with Cerebral Palsy are Athetoid.
Ataxic Cerebral Palsy is characterised by low muscle tone and poor coordination of movements. Ataxic children look very unsteady and shaky and have a disturbed sense of balance and depth perception. This is particularly apparent when walking which is unsteady and can resemble an intoxicated adult. Ataxic children can also suffer from shaky hands which make it difficult to hold a pencil and write.
Although Cerebral Palsy is not progressive (the brain damage does not get worse) and there is no cure (brain damage can not be repaired), tight, stiff or weak muscles will become increasingly so as the child gets older without therapy or treatment and in severe cases surgery. As a result, the child will inevitably become more dependent on their parent or carer and less able to lead any sort of independent life. Appropriate and regular therapy provided from an early age can significantly improve mobility and coordination abilities, independence and quality of life.
Sally Aspinall is founder and director of the Cerebral Palsy Physiotherapy Centre, the only centre of its kind in the UK providing therapy and treatment to cerebral palsy and brain injured children and adults from around the world. Sally can be contacted via the CPPC website or email
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Wednesday, June 22, 2016


Pregnancy Over 40 and Migraines

Many migraines can be hormonally triggered. I've found that on the few occasions I get migraines, they usually occur right before my menstrual cycle.
 I also got one migraine while I was pregnant and one a couple of weeks after delivery. Here is an article about migraines in pregnancy and what to do about them:

From the article:

How does pregnancy affect migraine headaches?
About 15 to 20 percent of pregnant women have migraines. Over half of women find that their migraines occur less often in the last few months of pregnancy. However, migraines may worsen after delivery, during the postpartum period. Although migraine headaches may cause severe pain for the mother, there are no dangers for the developing fetus.

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How are migraine headaches managed in pregnancy?
If a woman has a history of migraine headaches, and there are no other health problems, migraines during pregnancy are not usually a concern. However, if a first-time migraine-like headache occurs in pregnancy, it is important to rule out any other type of condition that may be dangerous, such as bleeding in the brain, meningitis (infection in the brain tissues), or tumors. Further testing may be needed to determine the cause of the headache.

Treatment of migraines in pregnancy may include soothing and non-drug measures such as cold packs, darkened room, and sleep. Avoiding triggers such as certain foods and stress may also be helpful. Medications must be carefully chosen because many drugs pass through the placenta to the developing fetus. Small doses of caffeine and acetaminophen are generally safe after the first trimester of pregnancy, however, only as advised by your physician. Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs are sometimes used but should be avoided in the third trimester because they can have serious health effects on the fetus and newborn. Consult your physician for more specific information regarding treatment for migraines during pregnancy



Friday, June 17, 2016


 Yes, the Zika virus seems to have made it's way into the US and they are identifying some babies born with microcephaly and other defects.  There are cases where women are found to have the virus, but the babies appear to be normal.  Some preliminary findings indicate that defects may occur based on when the woman was infected.  It is possible that if they are infected in the later part of their pregnancy, defects may be less likely.  More study needs to be done, but if you are trying to conceive or already pregnant, you should now the risks.  Read more:



The number of women infected with the Zika virus during their pregnancies in the continental United States has risen to 234, health officials said on Thursday.
Officials from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention declined to say how many of the women had given birth, citing confidentiality concerns for the women and their families. But they did cite six cases with abnormalities — three babies with birth defects and another three who died before birth with evidence of defects.
The numbers raised more questions than answers. Without knowing the total number of births, officials cannot know if the babies with birth defects represent a tiny fraction of the total, or a large part. The agency said some of the defects were related to microcephaly, a condition linked to Zika that causes brain damage and abnormally small heads. Others, like eye problems, were Zika-related, but not caused by microcephaly.

Wednesday, June 15, 2016


Much has been written about ways to know you might be pregnant.  Many women experience symptoms before they can even do a pregnancy test.  When I ran an support group for women and couples struggling with infertility, there was another woman in the group (who also had her baby at the age of 44) who swears that she felt herself conceive!  Who knows?  Maybe some people are very sensitive and can really feel these things going on in their body.  Pregnancy is probably the biggest change a body can go through.  If you think you might be pregnant, look for some of these signs:


Monday, June 13, 2016


Pregnancy and Nosebleeds 

I've known a number of people who were susceptible to nose bleed whether they were pregnant or not.
Pregnancy leads to an increased blood supply in the body - so if you're prone to nosebleeds, pregnancy can exacerbate this condition. This article explains what you can do if you get a nosebleed:

From the article:

Yes, nosebleeds do tend to occur more often during pregnancy. Pregnancy can cause the blood vessels in your nose to expand, and your increased blood supply puts more pressure on those delicate vessels, causing them to rupture more easily. Although it's unpleasant and inconvenient, an occasional minor nosebleed is generally harmless.

You're especially likely to get a nosebleed when you have a cold, sinus infection, or allergies, or when the membranes inside your nose dry out, as they do in cold weather, air-conditioned rooms, airline cabins, and other dry environments. Trauma and certain medical conditions, such as high blood pressure or a clotting disorder, may cause nosebleeds as well.


Friday, June 10, 2016


Predicting Diabetes - Pregnancy As a Crystal Ball

Guest Post By Dr. Michele Brown OBGYN
At this point in my life, I have had the honor of helping many women have happy, healthy pregnancies. Good maternity care is essential, but sometimes pregnancy itself acts like a crystal ball.
Okay. This may sound a bit like voodoo, but please hear me out.
Scientists have known for some time that high blood pressure in some pregnancies can be a predictor of future heart issues in certain women. Now it seems that gestational diabetes can also be an indicator of who will get the full blown diabetes disease later in life.
Best of all, if it can be predicted... we may be able to avert the onset of this terrible disease.
Is it possible that those unique nine months of unprecedented nausea, hormonal changes, and emotional roller coaster rides, will hold even more clues to help save women's lives? Think about this as you kiss and hug your newborn as a new mother... or as you watch your own mother play with her grandchildren, hopefully as a still-vibrant and healthy senior. It goes without saying that the health of mothers is incredibly vital to the health and well being of their offspring.




What is Gestational diabetes?
Gestational diabetes is defined as any type of glucose impairment that is initially detected during pregnancy. The incidence of Gestational Diabetes in the United States is about 4% and rates are increasing over the last few years. High risk factors for the development of the condition include:
What are the risk factors for Gestational diabetes?

  • Age over 25 years
  • Obesity
  • Family history of diabetes
  • Previous history of gestational diabetes
  • Certain ethnic groups (Hispanic, American Indian, Asian, African-American)

What are the screening recommendations for Gestational diabetes?
The American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology recommends that all pregnant women be screened for gestational diabetes. The most common diagnostic test is the 50 gram 1-hour glucose challenge test that is given between 24 and 28 weeks of gestation. An abnormal result is defined as blood glucose of 130 mg/dl or greater or 140 mg/dl or greater, depending upon the criteria used. If abnormal, the patient then undergoes a 100 g 3-hour oral glucose tolerance test in which 2 or more abnormal values confirm the diagnoses.
What are the treatment options for Gestational diabetes?
Various treatments during pregnancy including dietary modifications directed by a certified nutritionist who specializes in diabetes, physical activity and possibly medications, depending upon the level of severity. The medications may include oral hypoglycemic agents or insulin, depending upon the glucose values obtained as the pregnancy progresses. Increased resistance to insulin occurs as pregnancy progresses, stressing the pancreas and making more demands on the pancreas to manufacture insulin.
Why is it advisable to treat gestational diabetics?
Controlling glucose levels in pregnancy reduces the risk of congenital anomalies, miscarriage, preeclampsia, preterm delivery, macrosomia (large babies), polyhydramnios (excessive amniotic fluid), stillbirth, Cesarean sections, difficult or traumatic delivery, and infections postpartum.
Immediately after delivery, miraculously the diabetes disappears!!! Resistance to insulin resolves within hours and patients often return to their pre-pregnancy normal state.
Does the end of pregnancy close the chapter on Gestational diabetes?
Some women, whose diabetes was not diagnosed prior to the pregnancy, have been found to have long standing diabetes that was uncovered with the routine screening that is performed during pregnancy. Even if it is a new onset of disease, detected during pregnancy, it is a known fact that women who have had gestational diabetes are at major risk for developing Type II diabetes later on in life. Some articles (Callaghan, 4/10) report that approximately one-third of women with gestational diabetes continue to have evidence of diabetes immediately postpartum. Other estimates range at about 50% chance of developing diabetes in the ten years following the pregnancy.
How should these women be followed after their pregnancy ends?

  1. All women who have had gestational diabetes should have a repeat oral glucose tolerance test (75 gm 2 hour test) at their 6 to 12 week postpartum visit or after breast feeding has been discontinued.
  2. Even if the values are normal, annual screening with a fasting glucose and/or HbA1C blood test has been suggested. However, at minimum, screening at least every 3 years is advisable.
  3. Encourage diabetes prevention education by encouraging exercise, weight loss, and proper diet.
  4. Women with pre-diabetes should consider medication regimens and lifestyle changes that prevent the chances of progression of their disease.

In Summary
Women have a distinct advantage of having a unique "window in time" in their life during pregnancy when potentially later in life disease complications might appear which the stress of pregnancy can unmask. If taken seriously, this can serve as an early marker of future disease and with proper monitoring and intervention can allow for possible opportunities for reversal.
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Wednesday, June 08, 2016


When I first heard that men can experience the discomforts and symptoms of pregnancy, I thought it was sort of a joke.  However, there are men that really do feel the morning sickness, weight gain, food cravings and more.See for more strange symptoms of pregnancy 
 It's probably similar to people who are empathic...they actually do feel what those near them are going through.  Read more:

Such extreme forms of Couvade syndrome are rare — and the precise causes unknown.
Some experts claim it is caused by psychological factors while others say it is down to high levels of female hormone in the body of the father-to-be.
Sufferers have complained of weight gain, nausea and vomiting, stomach cramps, loss of appetite, cravings, headaches, toothache, nosebleeds and itchy skin.
In almost all cases the symptoms disappear after the mum gives birth.
The GP told Mike that Couvade syndrome typically affects men who are very close to their partners.
Mike, from Manchester, said: “Hearing this made sense to me. My body wanted to know what Amanda is experiencing.
“And while I do moan, I also find it amazing to be having these symptoms and experiencing them with the woman I love.”
Shop owner Amanda said she sees the phantom pregnancy as a compliment — even though she was not amused at first.
She added: “At eight weeks I’d wake up early and he’d complain he was feeling sick. I thought he was mocking me. Now our friends mock him about his phantom pregnancy. But others say it’s because he loves me so much.”

from the sun uk

Monday, June 06, 2016


Stay Away From Teflon when pregnant

One criteria I have when buying new pots and pans is no teflon.
 I'd rather use a little more healthy oil in my pan than to have toxic chemicals getting into the air and my family's food. Here is an article about teflon and some potential dangers not only in pots and pans but other household products:

Previous animal studies carried out by other scientists have shown that the compounds can affect the function of the mammalian thyroid hormone system. 
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This system is essential for maintaining heart rate, regulating body temperature and supporting many other body functions, including metabolism, reproduction, digestion and mental health.
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Wednesday, June 01, 2016


Is There Any Correlation Between The Results Of Newborn Hearing Test and The Likelihood Of SIDS?
I never would have thought that a newborn hearing test would somehow correlate to the risk of sudden infant death syndrome.
Here is an interesting article about how the results of hearing tests in the right ear could signify a problem.  Read more:



Daniel D. Rubens and colleagues at the Children's Hospital and Regional Medical Center, in Seattle, analyzed data on 31 Rhode Island babies who died of SIDS.

They found that they all shared the same distinctive difference in newborn hearing test results for the right inner ear.

Compared with other babies, those who died of SIDS scored four points lower in standard newborn hearing tests, across three different sound frequencies in the right ear.

Rubens also noted that healthy infants typically test stronger in the right ear than in the left. However, the infants who died of SIDS had lower scores for the right ear than the left.

The study was published in the July issue of the journal Early Human Development

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