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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


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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.


Friday, September 15, 2017


INDIGOS - The New "Breed" Of Kids!

Guest Post By Olena Gill

Perhaps you've seen them or even have some yourself. They're happy, highly sensitive, sometimes temperamental, and can even be seen as 'difficult' or 'misunderstood'. When you look into their eyes, you know that they are something special - wise old souls in small bodies. Many of whom when they speak, speak a 'different' language, saying profound and wise things. These are the children being born today on this planet - children that are born pure in Spirit, and who are truly a new 'breed' unlike anything you've seen in previous generations. These children are The Indigo Children or Indigos.
By now, Indigo, The Movie! has made its debut, introducing the world to presence of Indigos among us. If you haven't seen it, simply put, this movie is about a seemingly "normal" child, with strikingly different characteristics in personality and behaviour.
But what is an Indigo really? Well, in 1982, the term Indigo was coined by parapsychologist, Nancy Tappe, who, in her book Understanding Your Life through Color linked personality differences - behaviour and character style, with the colour of people's auras. The Indigos are the 'new' kind of child - dark blue auras with very distinctive personalities.


So how do we identify the Indigos? As a parent, teacher, or caregiver, your first inkling is the sense of a child being 'different' but not necessarily being able to pinpoint what that could be. There are numerous characteristics of Indigos, however, many exhibit the common behaviours of: being bored in school, rebelling against societal structures, are very intolerant of situations that don't allow for free choice or will, they feel as if they don't belong here and sometimes life is often painful. They can be misdiagnosed as ADD, ADHD, Autism, or are labelled as 'misunderstood', 'difficult', and/or 'unable to fit in or get along'. Often, they have 'hot' temperaments and a warrior-like ferocity when fighting for a cause especially when wanting to be heard and understood. Physically, Indigo children can have strong aversions to specific foods such as wheat, dairy, gluten, sugar, dyes and even chemicals and synthetic materials. Conversely, Indigos are bright and inquisitive, and highly intelligent - they always ask thoughtful, insightful questions, and question everything. Many of these children are very intuitive and exhibit psychic ability - they just seem to 'know things'. They also have a great empathy for animals, nature, and rocks and are very artistic or gifted in several areas. They are also capable of tuning or honing in other people's emotions - nothing slips by them.
As with all children, the Indigos come as complete perfection, into a seemingly imperfect world. But there is great disparity between the energy of their Higher wisdom within them and the energy of this world. It is the disparity therefore, that causes these children often feel confused, rebel, act out their pain, and some older or Adult Indigos often feel suicidal or suffer from depression. They feel discomfort being in their bodies, and many have difficulty coping with life. And spiritually, they often feel battered and bruised. The difficulty lies not only in these children not having a full conscious understanding of how to fit in a world that does not necessarily support them at this time in its evolution, but also for parents, guardians, teachers, and friends, on how to counsel and guide them through these 'rough' waters.
It is equally important to know though, that these children come into this world by choice. They fully
know that they have an inner agenda - by demonstrating their 'differences' through their speech, thinking and behaviour, they assist us in breaking old paradigms of perception, behaviour and overall ways of being. In other words, the Indigos are the new generation of superheroes that help expand the concsiousness and evolution of this world.
In the next issue I will speak more about the strategies and solutions for working with Indigos - helping them to cope and navigate their way around a changing and fluctuating world. For further details and information on the characteristics of Indigos - children and adults, feel free to check our website:
This is Part 1 of a 3-part series on Indigo Children. In upcoming issues: Coping Strategies and Solutions; and PostIndigos: The Crystal Children
Olena Gill is a spiritual-life coach and owner/operator of Indigo-Crystal Coaching Services in Errington, BC. She regularly coaches individuals and families with Indigo and Crystal Children. She is the author of the forthcoming book, "The Indigo Survival Guide". You can contact her at []. Copyright 2005
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Wednesday, September 13, 2017


Pregnancy Over 40, Iodine and Prenatal Vitamins

Most of us know the importance of prenatal vitamins, especially for things like folic acid.
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Iodine is another component that isn't really mentioned very often. Here is an article from about the
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 need for iodine in prenatal vitamins:

Concerns over iodine deficiency during pregnancy and lactation (breastfeeding) have resulted in a number of organizations issuing guidelines and recommendations for iodine intake. According to the New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM), these are the recommended levels of daily iodine intake during pregnancy and lactation:

•Daily iodine intake of 220 µg during pregnancy and 290 µg during lactation -- The Institute of Medicine
•Daily iodine intake of 250 µg for pregnant and lactating women -- The World Health Organization
•Vitamin with iodine level of 150 µg for pregnant and lactating women -- The American Thyroid Association 


Monday, September 11, 2017


If you've ever struggled with infertility, and you see a doctor, all of a sudden a big shift in "power".  It's like they take over the ability for you to get pregnant.  After going through every fertility treatment in the book including two failed IVF's, and ectopic pregnancy and surgery, we decided to
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Friday, September 08, 2017


Pregnancy Yoga Exercises and Various Yogic Postures for Keeping Away From Various Health Problems

Guest Post By Khushi Garg

Pregnancy yoga exercises are a source of constant relief for the expectant mothers during their nine months pregnancy period. These exercises are prominently specific yogic postures which commingle with yogic breathing and meditation to bring about remarkable positive changes for the expectant mothers.
1. Pregnancy yoga exercises loosen the knee joints and hip though practice of half butterfly pose which leads to quicker delivery.
2. The full butterfly posture relieves the tension from inner thigh muscles which does away with the tiredness of legs and strengthens them to bear the weight of expanding body.
3. The sleeping abdominal stretch pose improves digestion and eliminates constipation while
relieving strain and stiffness set in by protracted sitting.
4. Churning the mill pose tones the nerves, pelvis and abdominal region, regulates menstrual cycle and prepares the body for pregnancy related stress.
5. The chopping wood pose impacts the pelvic girdle by loosening it up and also exercises the pelvic muscles.
6. The cat stretch pose promotes the agility of shoulders, neck and spine in addition to keeping the female reproductive system toned.

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Pregnancy yoga exercises for second trimester prominently features the flapping fish pose which relaxes the leg nerves, improve digestion, prevents constipation and allows the mother to relax by relieving the pressure over major veins and ensuring smooth blood circulation. It also causes the excess weight around the waistline to redistribute across the body.
Pregnancy yoga exercises in the third semester stimulate the smooth functioning of the mammary glands, relive stress around the heart and lungs, promote better breathing and remove stiffness.
Pregnancy Yoga exercises involves a lot of stretching of body parts and consequently they entail that they should be performed under the guidance of an experienced instructor who will take care of the intensity of exercises. This is important to avoid arising of any unwanted complications.
Exercise during pregnancy  is essential for every pregnant lady. You should also try out various other things like Healthy Indian Recipes [], aerobics, yoga, meditation and much more during your pregnancy time so that you can live healthy and fit during your pregnancy period.
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Wednesday, September 06, 2017


Indigestion and Heartburn in Pregnancy

I only experienced one episode of so called "heartburn" in pregnancy and it really did feel like my heart was burning. I really wanted to take something but I was too afraid to take any type of medication when I was pregnant.
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 I did try taking a little bit of "Tums" since these are made from calcium carbonate and I heard that they were safe to take in pregnancy.  This article has some suggestions:

Here are some guidelines to help you understand which heartburn medicines are appropriate to use during pregnancy. (As with any medication, get the okay from your healthcare provider first.)

Your first line of defense should probably be chewable antacids made from calcium carbonate (sometimes just called "calcium" on the label). Fast, portable, and effective, they may be all you
need. Some of them even taste pretty good.

Antacids containing magnesium hydroxide or magnesium oxide are also a good choice during pregnancy. These come in tablet or liquid form.

Bear in mind that swallowing any liquid, even the liquid you need to wash down a tablet, will cause your stomach to do what it does naturally: produce digestive juices – including acid, the very thing you're trying to reduce. So it's best to swallow tablets with as little liquid as possible when you're having trouble with heartburn.

All of these antacid medicines work by neutralizing the acid that's already in your stomach and causing you pain. Chewable and liquid antacids act much more quickly than tablets because they're already dissolved. You can experiment to see which type works most effectively for you.

Avoid antacids that list aluminum (such as aluminum hydroxide or aluminum carbonate) as an ingredient. Aluminum can be constipating and, in large doses, toxic. So even though these products are probably safe when used occasionally at the recommended dosage, they're not your best choice when pregnant.

Remedies containing aspirin (such as Alka-Seltzer) should also be avoided during pregnancy. Aspirin may be listed on a label as salicylate or acetylsalicylic acid.

Also steer clear of sodium bicarbonate (baking soda), which is sold as an antacid in tablet form, and sodium citrate. Both are high in sodium, which causes water retention. And if you're far enough along in your pregnancy to have gone into a panic trying to remove rings from your swollen fingers or looked down in horror at a pair of puffy ankles, you'll understand why that's the last thing you want right now.


Sunday, September 03, 2017


CDC Study on Birth Defects Implicates Popular Fertility Drug

Guest Post By Terence Mix

On November 26, 2010, the medical journal, Human Reproduction, published online the results of a study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), which found that the fertility drug, Clomid (clomiphene citrate), was associated with a significant increased risk for 9 different types of birth defects following use of the popular drug.
The implicated abnormalities included a 130% increased risk for anencephaly (open cranium with absence of a brain); a 130% increased risk for esophageal atresia (closed esophagus); a 120% increased risk for omphalocele (protrusion of part of the intestine through the abdominal wall); a 90%
increased risk for craniosynostosis (premature fusion of the skull bones); increased risks for 3 different types of heart defects, ranging between 60% and 390%; and an increased risk of 340% for a defect of the brain (Dandy Walker malformation). The ninth defect (cloacal exstrophy) involves multiple defects of the gastrointestinal and genitourinary tracts, and the study reported a 440% increased risk for this severe congenital abnormality.
Drawing on 8 years of data from the National Birth Defects Prevention Study, CDC epidemiologist Dr. Jennita Reefhuis and her colleagues compared the drug's exposure to 36 types of birth defects with 6,500 live born babies born without major birth anomalies, used as controls. No less than 22 of the remaining 27 birth defect categories likewise showed an increased risk, ranging from 10% up to 170% after exposure to Clomid, although the numbers were insufficient to reach the scientific standard for "statistical significance."



The FDA is now faced with a dilemma which will be more difficult to side-step. The agency had previously ignored preliminary findings from the CDC study, which reported in July 2008 that exposure to Clomid was associated with an increased risk of developing 4 different types of birth defects - a list that has now grown to nine. The purported justification for challenging these findings was that they had not yet been reported in a journal.
But earlier studies appearing in peer-reviewed journals involving the same drug have likewise been ignored. These include reports of an increased risk of craniosynostosis in 2003 (Reefhuis, et al.); an increased risk of neural tube defects in 2004 (Medveczky, et al.); an increased risk of penoscrotal hypospadias in 2006 (Meijer, et al.); an increased risk of spina bifida in 2006 (Wu, et al.); and an increased risk of neural tube defects when ovarian cysts are produced by the drug, in 2008 (Banhidy, et al.). Since anencephaly (involving the cranium) and spina bifida (involving the spine) are both neural tube defects (NTDs), there are now 4 studies involving an association between Clomid and NTDs published in the last 6 years - none of which have motivated the FDA to require a warning.
In December 2007, a citizen petition was filed with the FDA demanding, among other things, that the regulatory agency require the manufacturers of Clomid and its generic to include a birth defect warning in the drugs' labeling. After sitting on the petition for a year and 9 months, the FDA denied the request. However, in October 2009, a petition for reconsideration was filed, citing multiple errors in the reasoning of the FDA's ruling. Fourteen more months have now passed without a final decision - a delay which has provided a window of opportunity for presentation of the recent findings by the CDC.
Will the FDA also ignore an official study by another branch of the federal government? After 43 years on the market, will the users of this popular fertility drug finally be warned about the potential risks to the babies they so desperately desire? Stay tuned, as this saga continues to unfold. For anyone interested in the debated exchanges over the citizen petition, I would encourage you to go to and enter the docket number of FDA-2007-P-0234. In addition to a debate over the science on the issue, these filings reflect an agency determined to maintain the status quo, rather than acquiesce to the mandate of federal law to require warnings of potential serious adverse reactions to drugs.
Time will tell whether the FDA is committed to protecting the general public or, instead, the interests of the industry it is required to regulate.
Terence Mix is a trial attorney who spent over 2 1/2 decades successfully litigating fertility drug cases on behalf of malformed babies. He is a former president of the Los Angeles Trial Lawyers Association and spent 12 years on the Board of Governors of California Trial Lawyers Association. He is a legal author and lecturer on trial techniques and strategies, including the trial of drug product cases, which was his specialty for over 30 years. He is a former biographee in Who's Who in California (1983) and Who's Who in American Law (1985). He has recently completed a nonfiction book: "THE PRICE OF OVULATION: The Truth about Fertility Drugs and Birth Defects - and a Solution to the Problem." During the course of researching the book, he reviewed in excess of 1000 scientific papers on the subject. He has also testified in front of the FDA on the topic of fertility drugs and birth defects.
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Thursday, August 31, 2017


Pregnancy Over 40 May Be More Susceptible To Anemia

Pregnant women may be more susceptible to anemia.  Your actual blood volume can increase up to 50% during your pregnancy.
 Because of the additional blood volume, more iron is necessary to manufacture hemoglobin.  Anemia in severe cases can lead to growth problems in your baby, premature birth and low birth weight.  Women over 40 may be more likely to get anemia and pregnancy could exacerbate this.

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Avoid Anemia In Pregnancy By Eating the Right Foods 

Anemia in pregnancy can be avoided if you eat the right foods. This article gives some suggestions on what you can eat to get the right amounts of Folate, B12 and Iron:

From the article:

The recommended dietary allowance (RDA) of iron during pregnancy is 30 mgs. Here are some foods rich in iron. 

Foods that provide 0.5-1.5mgs of iron-

Chicken, 3 ounces 

Green peas, 1/2 cup 

Tomato juice, 6 ounces 

Broccoli, 1/2 cup 

Brussels sprouts, 1/2 cup cooked 

Whole wheat bread, 1 slice 

Dried apricots, 5 halves 

Raspberries, 1 cup 

Strawberries, 1 cup

Foods that provide 1.6-3mgs of iron-

Sirloin steak, 3 ounces 

Roast beef, 3 ounces 

Lean hamburger, 3 ounces 

Baked potato with skin 

Kidney beans, 1/2 cup cooked 

Lima beans, 1/2 cup cooked 

Navy beans, 1/2 cup cooked 

Oatmeal, 1 cup cooked 

Raisins, 1/2 cup

Foods that provide 3-12mgs of iron-

Clams, 4 large or 9 small 

Oysters, 6 medium 

Spinach, 1/2 cup cooked

Fortified cereal, 1 cup

Sunday, August 27, 2017


Consuming a lot of sugar has never been a good idea, but if you're pregnant, it could have even more consequences for your baby.  According to this article, high intake of sugar by pregnant women resulted in a higher incidence of allergies and asthma.
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When comparing the 20 per cent of mothers with the highest sugar intake versus the 20 per cent of
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mothers with the lowest sugar intake, there was an increased risk of 38 per cent for allergy in the offspring (73 per cent for allergy to two or more allergens) and 101 per cent for allergic asthma. The team found no association with eczema or hay fever.

Lead researcher Professor Seif Shaheen from QMUL said: "We cannot say on the basis of these observations that a high intake of sugar by mothers in pregnancy is definitely causing allergy and allergic asthma in their offspring. However, given the extremely high consumption of sugar in the West, we will certainly be investigating this hypothesis further with some urgency.

Wednesday, August 23, 2017


Fertility and Type O Blood

I don't think anyone has ever made the connection between blood type and fertility, but apparently if you're a type "O", you may be at higher risk for high FSH and fertility problems.
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Having trouble conceiving? Your blood type may be to blame, according to a new study from researchers at Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York and reported by the UK’s Telegraph.

The study results, which were presented yesterday at the annual conference of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine, found that women with type O blood -- the most common blood type in the U.S. -- who were seeking fertility help were more likely to have trouble getting pregnant than women with other blood types.

The study involved 560 women (average age: about 35) who were being treated for infertility and measured their follicle-stimulating hormone (FSH) levels. The type O gals were twice as likely to have FSH levels that were above normal, meaning they’ve got fewer good eggs.

Monday, August 21, 2017


Pregnancy and Toxins In Your Uterus

This article gives another reason why to avoid toxic environmental chemicals as much as you can
 The women mentioned actually had their blood tested while pregnant and the results are scary. To learn how to avoid toxic chemicals, click here:



From the article:
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• Every test subject had at least two and as many as four perfluorinated compounds in her blood. These "Teflon chemicals" are used to create stain-protection products and non-stick cookware and are classified as a likely human carcinogen; in tests on laboratory animals, they have been shown to cause liver, thyroid, pancreatic, testicular and mammary glad tumors.

• Mercury, known to harm brain development, was in the blood of every woman in the study.

• Breakdown products – phthalate monoesters – of at least four phthalates were in the urine of all nine women. Used as plasticizers and fragrance carriers in numerous consumer products, phthalates are linked to reproductive problems and asthma.


Thursday, August 17, 2017


Pregnancy Over 40, After Delivery Skin Contact

When my daughter was born, the plan was to have her put on my chest immediately after delivery. However, since her breathing was slightly labored, she was put on a nearby table where they blew a little oxygen in her face.

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She was fine, but I didn't get to hold her right away. Of course, I wanted what was best for her, but I do regret not being able to have that initial contact. The following article discusses the importance of skin to skin contact with your baby:

Researchers at University Hospital in Linköping, Sweden studied stress levels of seventeen mother-
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infant pairs, with all infants being preterm - between 25 to 33 weeks old. In mothers, stress was measured using salivary cortisol levels, heart rate, mood scale, and a visual analog scale (VAS). In infants, stress was measured using salivary cortisol levels and heart rate. Infants were also measured for pain levels using two separate scales.

Mothers and their babies showed signs of significant stress before physical contact. Also before physical contact, mothers reported experiencing low mood, especially low levels of calmness, control, and pleasantness.

Following pre-contact, initial stress tests, mothers changed into gowns with the front side open. Each baby was taken from an incubator and placed gently on his or her mother's chest in an upright position while wearing only a cap and a diaper. Each baby was then placed inside his or her mother's gown. Extra blankets were placed on top. While babies laid in this position, mothers were given mirrors with which they could watch their babies while they laid together. In all cases, fathers were very close, sitting on a chair.

What were the results?

Upon beginning skin-to-skin contact with their mothers, babies experienced decreased heart rates and pain scores. Mothers experienced decreased salivary cortisol levels (by 32 percent), decreased heart rate (by 7 percent), decreased VAS score (by 89 percent), and increased mood (by 6 percent).


Monday, August 14, 2017


Pregnancy Nutrition, Strawberries and Folate

I've yet to meet anyone who doesn't like strawberries. According to this article, they are high in folate which can contribute to a healthy pregnancy.
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 If you can, buy organic, and if they're out of season, you can buy them frozen and put them in a smoothie. Read more:

The good news for strawberry lovers is that a serving of eight medium berries provides nearly 9 per cent of the daily requirement of folate," says Chris Christian, vice president trade and nutrition of the California Strawberry Commission. "Folic acid is the synthetic form of folate, which is especially important for women of child-bearing age because it reduces the chance of some birth defects, such as spina bifida."

Now, a study from researchers at the University of Texas that followed 35,000 pregnant women over four years, found it drastically reduced the chance of premature births, as well.

Folic acid, or folate, helps the body make healthy new cells. Besides occurring naturally in foods like strawberries, it is often used to enrich breads and cereals. But the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) found that the majority of child-bearing aged women were not meeting their daily requirements. 

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Wednesday, August 09, 2017


Tylenol (acetominophen, paracetamol) is so commonly taken that people tend to forget that it is a drug.  Even though certain drugs are thought to be safe in pregnancy, science is finding more and more reasons not to take anything while pregnant.  This article talks about how this seemingly safe drug can harm male characteristics and can cause female infertility in the offspring of pregnant women.  Read more:


Previous studies have shown the paracetamol can inhibit the development of the male sex hormone
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testosterone in male foetuses, thus increasing the risk of malformation of the testicles in infants. But a reduced level of testosterone at the fetal stage is also significant for the behaviours of adult males, says Ph.D. David Møbjerg Kristensen, a researcher employed during the studies at the Department of Biomedical Sciences and the Novo Nordisk Foundation Center for Protein Research at the Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences...

 ...paracetamol during pregnancy also has the potential to influence the subsequent lives of female mice. In 2016, the researchers published a study showing that female mice had fewer eggs in their ovaries if their mothers had had paracetamol during pregnancy. This led to the mice becoming infertile more quickly.

Monday, August 07, 2017


Is Chiropractic Care During Pregnancy Safe?

Guest Post By Dr. Maya Pande

Many women who are used to receiving regular chiropractic care find themselves questioning whether or not they should continue with this treatment once they become pregnant. There are no known complications to chiropractic care to be concerned with during your pregnancy. All chiropractors are trained to work with women who are pregnant and some have additional training in specific methods.
Chiropractor who use low-force or gentle techniques may be preferred by pregnant women as there is no cracking or twisting of the spine during the adjustment.
Is Chiropractic Safe During Pregnancy?
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Chiropractic during pregnancy is an effective, drug free and safe treatment for both the mom and her baby. Chiropractic care can continue while you are pregnant, or you can begin a new chiropractic treatment program as early as the first month of pregnancy. Treatment will help you better deal with
the many changes that are occurring with your body. Special adjustments by the chiropractor, designed for pregnancy, help balance the pelvis, reduce any nerve irritation in the spine and generally help your body feel more at ease overall.


The International Chiropractic Pediatric Association recommends that women receive chiropractic care throughout pregnancy in order to establish pelvic balance and optimize the room a baby has for development throughout the pregnancy. With a better balanced pelvis, babies enjoy a greater chance of moving into the correct position for birth which can result in an easier and safer delivery for both the mother and her baby.
What are the Benefits of Chiropractic Care during Pregnancy?
Chiropractic care during pregnancy can lead to a healthier overall pregnancy. Other benefits include controlling nausea symptoms, relieving back, neck and joint pain, reduce the risk of possible cesarean section as well as reducing the amount of time a woman is in labor and delivery. Chiropractors trained in the Webster Technique are able to perform adjustments using this technique when babies are presenting breech. Studies have shown an 82% success rate of babies turning vertex when the Webster Technique was used.
How do I get adjusted while pregnant?
Many chiropractors have either specially designed pillows or tables that allow the expectant mother to lay on her stomach, safely and comfortably during her chiropractic adjustment. Women that are uncomfortable lying this way can still be adjusted by lying on their side.
Are there benefits to Chiropractic Care Post Pregnancy?
After your delivery, your body's supply of relaxin is reduced and your bones and ligaments start to return back to their original positions. Chiropractic adjustments help this process by making sure that everything is aligned. Chiropractic is an essential part of the postpartum process and is especially helpful if you've had a difficult pregnancy or birthing experience.
Chiropractic also helps your body deal with the added stresses that occur as you hold and take care of your baby. Additional bending, lifting, stretching and rocking will become part of your daily routine. Your body will need help adjusting to these new movements and chiropractic is a great help.
As more women look to chiropractic care as a means of maintaining good health throughout pregnancy, more health care providers are referring to chiropractors within their communities. Be sure to discuss chiropractic as an option when you meet with your health care provider. If they are not aware of chiropractic care in pregnancy, ask them to find out it. Most chiropractors welcome the opportunity to partner with other health care providers to help pregnant women enjoy a positive pregnancy experience.
Dr. Maya Pande is the owner of Pande Family Wellness Centre in Toronto. She graduated from the University of Western Ontario and completed her Chiropractic education at Logan College of Chiropractic in St. Louis, Missouri in 1997. Dr. Pande treats a variety of patients, including seniors, pregnant women, children and adults of all ages. Common conditions include low back pain, chronic neck pain, sciatic nerve pain, shoulder joint pain, headache and many others. The low-force chiropractic technique she uses is ideal for everyone especially those preferring a more gentle approach to chiropractic care.
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Friday, August 04, 2017


This cutting edge study talks about something that I still find unbelievable.  Scientists can edit genes to eliminate certain diseases in the embryo phase. Of course this would be for those undergoing IVF, but if you knew you were a carrier of a certain disease or defect, this would certainly be of interest.  Read more:


The work, which is described in Nature on August 2, 2017, is a collaboration between the Salk Institute, Oregon Health and Science University (OHSU) and Korea's Institute for Basic Science and
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could pave the way for improved in vitro fertilization (IVF) outcomes as well as eventual cures for some of the thousands of diseases caused by mutations in single genes.

"Thanks to advances in stem cell technologies and gene editing, we are finally starting to address disease-causing mutations that impact potentially millions of people," says Juan Carlos Izpisua Belmonte, a professor in Salk's Gene Expression Laboratory and a corresponding author of the paper. "Gene editing is still in its infancy so even though this preliminary effort was found to be safe and effective, it is crucial that we continue to proceed with the utmost caution, paying the highest attention to ethical considerations."

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