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Tuesday, January 30, 2018

COFFEE IN PREGNANCY LINKED TO NEWBORN EPILEPSY

 Coffee In Pregnancy And Epilepsy In Child

When I was pregnant, coffee was repulsive to me. Having been a coffee drinker since high school, that must have been my body's way of telling me to stay away from something potentially dangerous.  I did not drink coffee or any other caffeinated beverages my entire pregnancy - most of the time I just drank water.  People tend to forget that caffeine is a drug just like anything else, but since it is so widely consumed, we think it's safe.
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 I have read that coffee can contribute to miscarriage, but this article talks about how it may contribute to epilepsy in the baby. Read more:

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Pregnant women who drink too much coffee may increase the risk of their babies developing epilepsy, scientists have warned.

Researchers have found that caffeine may be linked to the development of epileptic discharges in cells from newborn mammals that have been briefly starved of oxygen.

The levels of oxygen that reach a baby often dip during birth.

It has been established that caffeine contained in coffee drunk by pregnant women crosses into the brain of the developing foetus. 

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Monday, January 29, 2018

WHEN AND HOW TO TAKE A PRENATAL VITAMIN

Prenatal Vitamin - When Should You Start Taking Them?

By Fran Mullens

When should you start taking a prenatal vitamin?  For most women, it should be as soon as they find out they are pregnant.  If you know before hand that you are planning on becoming pregnant, you should start taking a prenatal vitamin then.
In this day and time, most people do not get all of the nutrition that they need.  This is the result of processed food, poor diet, stress, and the rushed lifestyle that we all live.  As a result, we should be taking additional vitamin supplements.
A prenatal vitamin is essentially a multi vitamin formulated especially for pregnant women.  Multivitamins come in different formulations depending upon your needs.  There are multivitamins
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for men, women, senior citizens, teens and other special needs.  And a prenatal vitamin contains the additional nutritional vitamins and minerals that a woman needs to cope with the added stresses of pregnancy.
Many women suffer from an iron deficiency even before they become pregnant.  This is especially true after they become pregnant, because they are supplying blood for themselves and their baby.  Therefore, most prenatal vitamins will contain an additional iron supplement to help prevent the pregnant woman from being anemic.
Because the child is developing in the womb, a woman needs additional calcium in her diet.  The developing skeletal system of the baby robs calcium from its mother.  Without a calcium supplement, the chances increase for a stress fracture.  A good prenatal vitamin will provide the additional calcium that is required.
Most prenatal vitamins will also include folic acid, which is an essential supplement to take in the first stage of pregnancy.  It is during this period that the spinal cord and skeleton is being developed.  Folic acid will help prevent spinal bifida and other birth defects.
You should not take a prenatal vitamin and another multivitamin supplement, because you could end up with a vitamin excess, and this can be dangerous for the mother and the baby.  Let your doctor know what vitamins and supplements that you are taking.  They can advise you as to the proper dosage that you require for your system.
Just as it is important that some vitamins increase during pregnancy, some vitamins should decrease.  For example, vitamin A, D and K levels for a pregnant woman should be lower than for a woman that is not pregnant.
So, if you are pregnant, or planning on becoming pregnant, you should take a good prenatal vitamin.  You can get them in drug stores or online.  Your doctor may prescribe a special prenatal vitamin for you if your system needs some special dietary needs.
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Friday, January 26, 2018

EARLY SIGNS YOU MAY BE PREGNANT

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Do you think you may be pregnant but you're not sure of the signs and symptoms? I had quite a few pregnancies before I had my daughter. Even though most of them ended in miscarriage, I noticed that
there were some strange signs and symptoms of pregnancy. Even in my earliest days after conception, I could feel butterflies in my abdomen. I also would have sore breasts and tiny little waves of nausea. It seems crazy that such a microscopic change in your body can create such noticeable symptoms. When I ran an infertility support group, there was one woman there (who finally became pregnant naturally) who swore she felt herself conceive! Impossible? Maybe not! Read more about some strange signs and symptoms that you might be pregnant:

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Thursday, January 25, 2018

YEAST INFECTIONS IN PREGNANCY, NATURAL SOLUTIONS

Pregnancy Over 40 and Yeast Infections

Here is a guest post on treating a yeast infection through natural means during pregnancy.
 Of course, check with your doctor if you experience any type of infection during pregnancy:


Safe Yeast Infection Treatment During Pregnancy - Top Home Remedies For Yeast Infection Treatment

By Sandra Greene
While pregnant, people would be rightfully scared to take any unsafe medication. When the best of the treatments are available through nature, there is no need to resort to drugs and other dangerous treatments to treat pregnancy yeast infection.
At any given time, whether pregnant or not, over the counter medications are not the ones to be taken to treat yeast infections. They treat only the symptoms by giving a temporary relief from the itches, but it does nothing to treat the root cause of yeast infection which is excessive activity of Candida in the body. In fact, antibiotics and pills that conventional medical systems prescribe can actually do more harm than good. They do nothing to keep Candida, and shockingly kill the good useful bacteria that are meant to keep the Candida yeast in check. Hence, it is common to find people suffer from recurring yeast infections after trying antibiotics.

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So what are the best home remedies to treat yeast infection pregnancy?
You can do the following to relieve yourself of the itches immediately.
1. Applying unsweetened yogurt in the vagina can relieve the itches and burns immediately. It also has a cooling effect associated with its application. Yogurt is rich in bacteria that have yeast fighting properties.
2. Garlic is the best natural anti fungal option known to man. Garlic bulbs can be inserted into the vagina during bed time to get a cure from yeast infection.
3. Applying a dilute quantity of tea tree oil also helps fight the yeast infections.
The above treatments are very effective treatments to relieve you of the itches and burns due to yeast infection. However, to gain a complete relief from yeast infections, it is important to treat the yeast infection at its roots so that it does not recur.
Yeast infection if left untreated at its roots will keep recurring and over a period of time can turn chronic. It can be hazardous to health and causes various immune related disorders.
Pregnancy is too beautiful a time to be spent worrying about yeast infections. Take action now and rid your yeast infections forever.
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Monday, January 22, 2018

42 YEAR OLD EVA LONGORIA PREGNANT FOR THE FIRST TIME

I have always admired Eva Longoria and thought she was hilarious on :"Desperate Housewives" whenever I found time to watch it.  She recently announced her first pregnancy at the age of 42 with her husband Jose Baston.  Women who are pregnant and having children over the age of 40 are certainly in good company!

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In May, the parents-to-be celebrated their one-year wedding anniversary during the Cannes Film Festival. “I never thought I would get married again. It’s him, he makes it all worth it,” Longoria told PEOPLE during the French Riviera soirĂ©e.  (The actress had previously been married twice.)
“I’m not a fan of marriage; I like being married to him,” she added. “He surprised me at dinner with a beautiful gift and a song and a singer it was just amazing.”
Back in summer 2015, the former star of NBC’s comedy Telenovela spoke to PEOPLE about the possibility of having children shortly after she announced her engagement.
“I just turned 40, so I have thought, ‘Is time running out?’ ” Longoria said. “I should be thinking about [children], but I feel like my life is full.”
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Sunday, January 21, 2018

INFANT NOISE AND LANGUAGE DELAY

Pregnancy Over 40, Infant Noise Exposure

I've always thought white noise was a good thing. However, for infants, it may not be.

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 Apparently this noise might contribute to language delay because it has no distinguishable pattern.  I recall hearing that the noise inside your uterus is equivalent to a vacuum cleaner!  However, after your baby is born, more natural noise is probably better.  Read more:

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A new study suggests that exposing infants to continuous white noise -- commonly done to soothe infants or drown out other noises -- may delay hearing and possibly language development.

Investigators found that exposure to continuous, unpatterned sounds such as white noise delayed development of the brain's hearing center in young rats.

Unlike speech or music, white noise, such as radio static or an air conditioner's hum, is random sound with no distinguishable auditory pattern.


In their study, published April 18 in the journal Science, Edward Chang and colleague Michael Merzenich, PhD, exposed rat pups to continuous background white noise loud enough to mask normal environmental sounds, but not loud enough to damage their hearing. Development of the hearing region of the brain was compared with animals reared with normal environmental sounds.


The researchers found the rats exposed to the white noise showed a significant delay in development of the hearing center of the brain. And development in these rats did not catch up to the unexposed rats until they were three to four times older. Though hearing development was delayed, it did mature to normal adult levels once they were no longer exposed to the continuous background noise. 


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Friday, January 19, 2018

NATURAL PREGNANCY COMMON DURING IVF CYCLES

Get Pregnant Naturally During IVF

Just when you're in the throes of fertility treatments, guess what? You find out you're pregnant (and you conceived on your own).
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 I've known many couples who got pregnant while on a break between IVF or IUI cycles. As a matter of fact, when I ran an infertility support group, I would estimate as many women conceived naturally as did with assisted reproduction. But that brings up another problem. What happens if you're on those powerful fertility drugs and you spontaneously conceive? Here's an article about a couple that
wound up having quads when that very thing happened:


From the article:

It has led them to warn that couples undergoing IVF, in which the woman has healthy fallopian tubes
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and the man has normal semen parameters, should be cautioned against having unprotected intercourse once the initial few days of ovarian stimulation by drugs has passed...

... He said that multiple pregnancies were medically undesirable for any patient and especially for those unwilling to undergo foetal reduction. "It may be prudent to caution IVF patients with no tubal or semen abnormalities against unprotected intercourse once the early days of ovarian hyperstimulation are over, especially if they will not consider foetal reduction in the event of a multiple pregnancy." 
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Thursday, January 18, 2018

IS THERE SUCH A THING AS GETTING A PERIOD WHEN PREGNANT?

Pregnancy Over 40, Pregnancy Bleeding

I've heard many women say that they continued to get periods while they were pregnant.
Actually, according to this article, they are not true periods, but women may confuse pregnancy bleeding with their period. Read more:

If you are indeed pregnant, technically, you cannot get your periods. Missing your period is actually the first sign of pregnancy. Bleeding in early pregnancy is a common occurrence, but this does not signal a true menstrual cycle. You must realize that the hormones that are active during pregnancy
totally prevent ovulation. As we know, ovulation is the time in your cycle when the egg is released into the uterus and women experience menstrual bleeding. Since the egg in pregnant women is already fertilized, ovulation does not occur and hence no bleeding.

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However, it is not uncommon to find that many women do report getting what seem like regular periods during early pregnancy. The bleeding that pregnant women complain about though is not truly a menstrual period. It can be called as early pregnancy bleeding. The perception of having a menstrual period (or more than one) in early pregnancy can confuse the due date and delay some pregnant women from seeking appropriate and timely medical care. In instances where a couple is unaware that they are expecting, it can be particularly emotionally challenging to find out about the pregnancy at the same time they are told that the bleeding might signal a problem.

from: 
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Wednesday, January 17, 2018

WHAT TO KNOW ABOUT SWEETENERS IN PREGNANCY

 There have been many studies and many articles written about artifical sweeteners and their affect on your overall health.  I'll admit, it can be confusing.  One study will say they are safe, and other studies will tell you to that they can cause life threatening illnesses.  However, when I was pregnant, I stayed away from all artificial sweeteners.  I did use a little sugar or honey on occasion, but only in moderation. This article explains more about how artificial sweeteners can affect your pregnancy:

What to Eat During Pregnancy: Saying No to Artificial Sweeteners

Guest Post By Isabel De Los Rios
If you are watching your weight after you conceive, you are probably wondering not only what to eat during pregnancy, but how to satisfy your sweet tooth. Obviously you are swearing off sugar if you want to keep your weight within the recommended weight gain range (between 20 and 30 pounds over the course of your pregnancy). So you may think that an acceptable way to keep your weight in check and indulge your cravings for sweets is to use an artificial sweetener.
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But stop right there. Artificial sweeteners such as sucralose, saccharine, and aspartame are chemical
substances that pose a range of troubling problems to both mother and child. They should be completely eliminated from your diet for pregnancy. Just what can these seemingly-innocent substances do? Let's delve further into the question of artificial sweeteners.

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Sucralose (Splenda)
Sucralose, also marketed under the name Splenda, is one of the newest sugar substitutes on the market, and as such, there is no long-term research available on its effects on the human body. Sucralose is a chlorinated sucrose derivative and may be akin to ingesting small amounts of chlorinated pesticide. It cannot be completely broken down in our digestive tracts. Until more long-term research has been performed, we won't know its exact effects on our bodies.
Already, research performed on laboratory animals has given us some troubling insight into what Splenda can do. Studies have shown 40% shrinkage in the thymus glands as well as enlarged liver and kidneys. As your baby grows and develops within you, there is no need to subject him or her to the potentially dangerous health issues that sucralose use could cause.
Saccharine (Sweet N Low)
Saccharine is one of the older sugar substitutes on the market-maybe you remember your mother drinking Tab cola during the 1970s? Or perhaps you've seen those pink packets mixed in with the sugar on restaurant tables? Saccharine no longer carries warning labels about potential side effects from its use, but they are present just the same. Common reactions and side effects from using saccharine include eczema, wheezing, nausea, tongue blisters, headache, diarrhea, tachycardia, and sensory neuropathy.
Babies fed a formula with a saccharine sweetener showed the following symptoms: insomnia, irritability, and hypertonia. Why expose your baby to these potentially hazardous symptoms just to cut calories? Finding an all-natural sweetener and limiting its use is a much healthier idea.
Aspartame (Equal)
Aspartame is one of the most common artificial sweeteners on the market. It's the blue packet you see mixed in with the sugar at a restaurant. It's present in most diet sodas. But does its widespread use make it safe for pregnancy? Assuredly not! There are several neuropsychiatric disorders that have been linked to aspartame use, including panic attacks, mood changes, visual hallucinations, manic episodes, tachycardia, insomnia, vertigo, memory loss, and joint pain, among many other symptoms.
Aspartame has also been linked to triggering or worsening the following chronic illnesses: multiple sclerosis, epilepsy, chronic fatigue syndrome, brain tumors, lymphoma, mental retardation, Parkinson's disease, and Alzheimer's. If it can have this effect on adults, imagine the dangers it poses for your unborn fetus.
All-Natural Alternatives
You can satisfy your sweet tooth, watch your caloric intake and still keep your baby healthy if you seek out all-natural sugar substitutes. Stevia is now widely available in most stores and has no calories, so it's a great sugar alternative. You can also look for agave syrup and xylitol at your local health food store-these sweeteners have fewer calories than sugar and none of the troubling side effects of artificial sweeteners. You might also occasionally indulge in raw honey, which has the most calories, but also offers a range of health benefits for both mother and child.
Are you looking for the best advice for what to eat during pregnancy? Need advice about the proper diet for pregnancy? Visit The Diet Solution Program: What to Eat While Pregnant for exercise recommendations and eating tips for a healthy pregnancy. http://www.WhatToEatWhilePregnant.com.
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Monday, January 15, 2018

TALLER KIDS WITH SUNSHINE IN PREGNANCY

Vitamin D, Sunshine, Pregnancy and Taller Kids

I know it's winter time, but if you're trying to conceive or already pregnant, you should get out there when you can and get some sunshine.
Most vitamins have vitamin D, however it's usually not in the recommended dose.
 According to this article, it  may help your child's growth. Read more:

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Its researchers recommend that women pregnant in the summer get plenty of sun by walking around outside or even sunbathing.

Those expecting between November and May - when sunlight levels are low - should consider vitamin
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The Food Standards Agency advises ten micrograms (1,000mcg equal one milligram) a day of vitamin D in pregnancy.

Researchers looked at the likely sun exposure of the mothers of 7,000 children in the last three months of pregnancy.

At the age of ten the youngsters were measured and given x-rays scans to determine bone density.

Children born to mothers with the highest sun exposure were on average half a centimetre taller - a fifth of an inch - than those born in the darkest months.

Summer and autumn babies also had around five inches of extra bone area due to increases in bone width.

from: dailymail.co.uk

Thursday, January 11, 2018

ARE YOU GOING TO HAVE ANOTHER BABY?!

Second Baby Over 40

"Are you going to have any more kids?"  I never knew how to feel when I heard that question...part of me is very flattered that people thought I looked young enough to even ask since most people my age are grandparents. The other part of me wanted to give the person asking a lecture on how lucky we are to have one child and how we would never be greedy enough to expect another. But, of course, I usually smiled and say, hmmm...I'm not sure - we'll see.

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it's a total stranger, I think the above response works pretty well. Afterall, if they wanted to think I'm a young fertile thing, why not? Like I said, I should be flattered. If it's a friend or family member who knows my fertility history to any degree I usually say something to the affect that we're very lucky to have one. Actually we really are very happy with one child. One is a very manageable number and we have time to enjoy every minute. I usually include that in my response as well.

On the other hand, I've known a number of people who have had multiple successful pregnancies over the age of 40 (many got pregnant naturally) so maybe asking if people are going to have another isn't so far fetched!

Tuesday, January 09, 2018

CAN SLEEP POSITION CONTRIBUTE TO STILLBIRTH?

Pregnancy Over 40, Sleep On Left Side

I had heard long ago that sleeping on your left side is the best when you're pregnant because of proper alignment which gives your baby adequate oxygen.
This article talks about a study that seems to confirm the benefits of sleeping on your left side:

A study of more than 450 women – including 155 who had a stillborn – found the risk for those who went to sleep on their left side was 1.96 per 1,000 births.

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This figure rose to 3.93 per 1,000 for heavily pregnant women who slept in any other position, and was slightly higher for those lying on their backs.

The women who had late stillbirths – after 28 weeks – were questioned about lifestyle, and compared with new mothers who had healthy pregnancies.

Those who got up to go to the toilet once or less during the night before their baby died were also found to be more than twice as likely to experience a late stillbirth as those who got up more frequently. And women who regularly slept during the day in the previous month also has an
increased risk of stillbirth.

The findings held true even when factors such as age, smoking status, body mass index and social deprivation were taken into account, which have all been linked with a higher risk of the event.

from: www.dailymail.co.uk

Sunday, January 07, 2018

CELEBRITIES HAVING BABIES OVER 40

It seems like every time I turn around there is another celebrity in the news who is pregnant.  Of course, most celebrities are media magnets, so when a celebrity gets pregnant over the age of 40, it creates even more hype. Then, of course comes all the speculation about whether or not they became pregnant naturally or if they had fertility treatments.  It doesn't really matter to me, I'm just glad that
women over 40 have some role models and that these celebrities have some effect on normalizing pregnancy over 40.  Back in the days before birth control (and fertility treatment for that matter), it wasn't unusual for women over 40 to have babies.  Granted, it was usually one of many pregnancies, but people didn't think twice about it.  Our media now seems to dwell on how hard it is to get pregnant over 40, so it becomes big news when it happens.

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Friday, January 05, 2018

WHAT IS IMPLANTATION BLEEDING?

When does implantation bleeding occur?
by Hannah Bajor. C.N.M.,M.S.N.

Implantation bleeding occurs very early in pregnancy as a direct result of the fertilized egg (your growing baby) burying and snuggling its way into the lining of your womb. Implantation bleeding occurs about 10-14 days after the egg has been fertilized or when conception occurred. This is also around the time when your menstrual cycles would be expected.


Signs of Implantation Bleeding:

Signs of implantation bleeding can vary from one pregnant woman to another. It normally mild in nature and is much lighter than a normal menstrual period.


The color of implantation bleeding:

The color of implantation bleeding can vary form bright red to brown implantation bleeding. Bright red implantation bleeding means that there is an active area of bleeding within the womb and blood is flowing from the site of implantation to the vagina very quickly. It may indicate that implantation has just occurred.
Brown implantation bleeding is the color of old blood. When you get brown implantation bleeding it
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normally means that when the fertilized egg buried it way into the womb, a little blood was released. The bleeding that occurred at the moment of implantation stayed in the womb for some time so by the time you see it on your underwear or when you wipe yourself it showed up as brown implantation bleeding.


How long does implantation bleeding last?

Most cases of implantation bleeding last for a few minutes to a few days. If implantation bleeding lasts more than a few days then it may be a sign of vaginal infection or a threatened miscarriage.


How heavy is implantation bleeding?

Heavy implantation bleeding is unusual. The only thing you might notice with implantation bleeding is a pinkish or brown discharge when you wipe yourself after you go to the bathroom.


Cramps with implantation bleeding:

Cramps with implantation bleeding can happen. You may even experience cramps with or without bleeding. The reason you may experience cramps with implantation bleeding is because as the fertilized egg buries into your womb, it caused the muscle of your womb to contract. These contractions press on nerve endings and may result in mild to moderate menstrual like pains for 24-48 hours.


What to do if you have signs of implantation bleeding:

Don\'t panic if you have any of the above signs of implantation bleeding. Remember 50of all cases of implantation bleeding end up in a normal pregnancy.
Know your blood type. Depending on your partner\'s blood type and if you are a rhesus negative blood type then it may be necessary to have an Rh-immune globulin injection within 24 hours of any pregnancy bleeding.
If you suspect you may be pregnant and your bleeding is from implantation bleeding then do a home pregnancy test. This home test should remain positive. If it is positive and you do not know your blood Rhesus factor, then call your provider for consultation for possible Rh-immune globulin.
Never insert a tampon, douche, or have sexual intercourse while you are bleeding.

Keep track of whether the bleeding is increasing or decreasing and how many pads you are using.
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If you feel your pregnancy bleeding is heavier or lasting longer than the above ranges then call your health care provider for consultation immediately.
Bleeding during pregnancy is scary. Your fear is picked up by your unborn child. Intra uterine fear can stay with your child for a lifetime, so constantly reassure your baby that he or she is wanted and loved. Want to know more about how pregnancy is like from your babies viewpoint then check out my Birth, A Conscious Choice. at http://www.PregnancySuccessCoach.com
 Hannah Bajor. C.N.M.,M.S.N.
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Thursday, January 04, 2018

AMETHYST: HEALING STONE FOR PREGNANCY AND FERTILITY

Amethyst is one variation of quartz which is reported to have a number of helpful effects on the human body.  If you are trying to conceive or already pregnant, Amethyst is said to help hormone production by targeting the endocrine glands and the immune system.  It receives energy to sustain
Amethyst is thought to target the Crown Chakra which can help one connect to a higher

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consciousness and awareness.  It can help foster spirituality and was even used by Catholic priests because of this association.  Amethyst is frequently worn or used during meditation because of it's ability to help you connect  to the spiritual aspects of the universe.
Not only does Amethyst have all of these powerful qualities, but it is a beautiful stone and is seen in differing shades of purple.  The "purple ray" of Amethyst has been associated with Archangel Zadkiel who is thought to help with turning negative energy into positive and help with forgiveness and tolerance.

Tuesday, January 02, 2018

PREGNANCY MYTHS, TRUE OR FALSE?

Myths and Old Wives Tales About Pregnancy

I've written before about old wives tales and pregnancy myths.  When I was pregnant, I was afraid to exercise, afraid to sleep one way or another and I was afraid to eat just about anything!
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 Here is another article that debunks or at least clarifies some common beliefs about pregnancy "do's and don'ts":

You shouldn't pet your cat while pregnant.

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contract a parasite known as toxoplasma gondii. This parasite can cause serious deformities in a developing fetus, so pregnant women should enjoy a blissful nine months of getting someone else to do the work. Other interactions with your cat, however, should be perfectly safe. Mothers shouldn't feel wary petting, feeding, playing and cuddling with their cats, especially since they'll soon have little time for them when the new baby arrives. For those who are worried, make sure to wash your hands after contact with your furry friend and you should be in the clear. Additionally, the risk of contracting the illness from an indoor cat is pretty small, as the parasite is transmitted to the cat by eating prey already carrying the parasite– something your cat food only eating cat probably doesn't have to worry about.

Dying your hair while pregnant will hurt the baby.

In times past, this myth may have been entirely true. But since the 1980's, hair dyes have been free from the many of the harmful substances that could injure your developing baby. Of course, each brand is different and some will contain more ingredients you'll feel safer avoiding than others, so you'll need to shop around or ask a professional for help. The greatest risk of exposure to the child is during the first trimester, and most doctors will green light hair coloring from the second trimester on. If you seek out eco-friendly and non-toxic dyes, you should be able to dye your hair without worry throughout your pregnancy – though these vegetable-based solutions may not last as long. If you want to avoid chemicals contacting your scalp, switch to simple highlights or lowlights, which can be applied without touching your scalp. With so many options these days, women don't have to give up looking good to keep their babies healthy.

Carrying high means a girl, carrying low means a boy.

This is one of the most widely spread myths about pregnancy and one that is based on absolutely zero medical evidence. It gets passed on because, very often, it is right. But that's not because it's sound from a scientific standpoint. That's because it has a fifty-fifty chance of being right, pretty good odds when you think about it. Studies have shown that there is no scientific merit to this myth, but that's unlikely to stop its repetition. Moms-to-be should just keep in mind that there's no way to tell the sex of a bay without and ultrasound or until he or she is actually born. The shape of your belly is determined by your muscle tone and how close you are to delivery, not the sex of the baby.

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