Friday, March 31, 2006

Kittie Litter Caution

Toxoplasmosis- an illness that can be contracted by gardening, being exposed to cat feces, or eating undercooked meat or eggs- causes mild flu-like symptoms in adults. During pregnancy, however, toxoplasmosis can affect fetal development, resulting in a small number of cases each year of babies born with eye and brain damage. Studies have shown that normal prenatal care detects with only about half of the cases found newborns. You can help prevent exposure with these precautions: -Ask someone else to change the litter box. -Where gloves if you do it yourself. Pour boiling water in teh box after the letter has been removed and remember to wash your hands afterward. -Wear gloves while gardening. -Eat meat that is well cooked.

Thursday, March 30, 2006

I Love Bananas!

Bananas Containing three natural sugars - sucrose, fructose and glucose combined with fiber, a banana gives an instant, sustained and substantial boost of energy. Research has proven that just two bananas provide enough energy for a strenuous 90-minute workout. No wonder the banana is the number one fruit with the world's leading athletes. But energy isn't the only way a banana can help us keep fit. It can also help overcome or prevent a substantial number of illnesses and conditions, making it a must to add to our daily diet. Depression: According to a recent survey undertaken by MIND amongst people suffering from depression, many felt much better after eating a banana. This is because bananas contain tryptophan, a type of protein that the body converts into serotonin, known to make you relax, improve your mood and generally make you feel happier. PMS: Forget the pills -- eat a banana. The vitamin B6 it contains regulates blood glucose levels, which can affect your mood. Anemia: High in iron, bananas can stimulate the production of hemoglobin in the blood and so helps in cases of anemia. Blood Pressure: This unique tropical fruit is extremely high in potassium yet low in salt, making it the perfect way to beat blood pressure. So much so, the US Food and Drug Administration has just allowed the banana industry to make official claims for the fruit's ability to reduce the risk of blood pressure and stroke. Brain Power: 200 students at a Twickenham (Middlesex) school were helped through their exams this year by eating bananas at breakfast, break, and lunch in a bid to boost their brain power. Research has shown that t! he potassium-packed fruit can assist learning by making pupils more alert. Constipation: High in fiber, including bananas in the diet can help restore normal bowel action, helping to overcome the problem without resorting to laxatives. Hangovers: One of the quickest ways of curing a hangover is to make a banana milkshake, sweetened with honey. The banana calms the stomach and, with the help of the honey, builds up depleted blood sugar levels, while the milk soothes and re-hydrates your system. Heartburn: Bananas have a natural antacid effect in the body, so if you suffer from heartburn, try eating a banana for soothing relief. Morning Sickness: Snacking on bananas between meals helps to keep blood sugar levels up and avoid morning sickness. Mosquito bites: Before reaching for the insect bite cream, try rubbing the affected area with the inside of a banana skin. Many people find it amazingly successful at reducing swelling and irritation Nerves: Bananas are high in B vitamins that help calm the nervous system. Overweight and at work? Studies at the Institute of Psychology in Austria found pressure at work leads to gorging on comfort food like chocolate and chips Looking at 5,000 hospital patients, researchers found the most obese were more likely to be in high-pressure jobs The report concluded that, to avoid panic-induced food cravings, we need to control our blood sugar levels by snacking on high carbohydrate foods every two hours to keep levels steady. Ulcers: The banana is used as the dietary food against intestinal disorders because of its soft texture and smoothness. It is the only raw fruit that can be eaten without distress in over-chronicler cases. It also neutralizes over-acidity and reduces irritation by coating the lining of the stomach. Temperature control: Many other cultures see bananas as a "cooling" fruit that can lower both the physical and emotional temperature of expectant mothers. In Thailand, for example, pregnant women eat bananas to ensure their baby is born with a cool temperature. Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD): Bananas can help SAD sufferers because they contain the natural mood enhancer tryptophan. Smoking: Bananas can also help people trying to give up smoking. The B6, B12 they contain, as well as the potassium and magnesium found in them, help the body recover from the effects of nicotine withdrawal. Stress: Potassium is a vital mineral, which helps normalize the heartbeat, sends oxygen to the brain and regulates your body's water balance. When we are stressed, our metabolic rate rises, thereby reducing our potassium levels. These can be rebalanced with the help of a high-potassium banana snack. Strokes: According to research in "The New England Journal of Medicine," eating bananas as part of a regular diet can cut the risk of death by strokes by as much as 40%! So, a banana really is a natural remedy for many ills. When you compare it to an apple, it has four times the protein, twice the carbohydrates, three times the phosphorus, five times the vitamin A and iron, and twice the other vitamins and minerals. It is also rich in potassium and is one of the best value foods around. So maybe its time to change that well-known phrase so that we say, "A banana a day keeps the doctor away!"

Vitamin D Supplementation During Pregnancy

I found a very interesting article in Pregnancy and Baby.com informing that vitamin D supplementation during Pregnancy could reduce osteoporosis in children. Pregnant women taking a vitamin D supplementation could have longlasting reduction in osteoporotic fracture in their children, according to a study published in theis week's issue of The Lancet. Vitamin D insufficiency is common in women of childbearing age. Professor Cyrus Cooper (MRC Epidemiology Resource Centre, Southampton General Hospital, UK) and colleagues studied 198 children born in 1991-92. The body build, nutrition, and vitamin D supplementation of their mothers were measured during pregnancy. The children were then followed up at age 9 years to relate these maternal characteristics to their body size and bone mass. Women who took vitamin D supplements and women who were exposed to higher levels of sunshine in pregnancy were less likely to be deficient in vitamin D. Sunlight helps the body to make its own vitamin D. Giving women supplements of vitamin D, particularly if they are pregnant during the winter months when sunlight levels are low, should help their children's bones grow stronger. Professor Cooper states: "These findings provide evidence that maternal vitamin D status during pregnancy influences the bone growth of the offspring, and their risk of osteoporosis in later life. The results add to a large body of evidence that intrauterine and early postnatal development contributes to bone mineral accrual and thereby osteoporosis risk; they also point to preventive strategies which now require evaluation in randomised controlled trials."

Wednesday, March 29, 2006

Ultrasound detects cancer in pregnancy

HOUSTON, March 29 (UPI) -- Investigators at a Houston cancer treatment center say that ultrasound is proving to be a reliable means of detecting breast cancer in pregnant women. "We want young women to know that symptomatic breast cancer that occurs during pregnancy can be imaged, diagnosed and treated while pregnant, so they should not wait to seek medical attention if they start to have suspicious symptoms," said Dr. Wei Yang of the Anderson Cancer Treatment Center. Yang and her colleagues tracked 23 women who were diagnosed with breast cancer while pregnant. They found that ultrasound detected breast cancers in all of the women who had it, while mammography detected 90 percent of the cancers. Breast cancers during pregnancy are difficult to detect, Wang said. Ultrasound also proved useful for determining whether chemotherapy was working. The study was published in the journal Radiology.

Jessica Simpson Looking to Adopt

Jessica Simpson was reported saying that she is interested in adopting a child. Her publicist, Rob Shuter, has confirmed this according to People Magazine. Honestly, this seems to be to "too" Hollywood. I've heard of people from Hollywood adopting in the past, but now it just seems that this is a fad in Hollywood. Angelina Jolie started making adopting great by looking into third world countries and saving a child. Soon Meg Ryan followed. I'm sure that there are others. But Jessica Simpson is just interested because Hollywood is! She was quoted as saying, "I want to adopt, and I plan to adopt before I have my own kids." Simpson continued by saying, "I think Angelina Jolie has done amazing, amazing things, and the international adoption rate just since her has skyrocketed. It's unbelievable." It just looks like she's trying to do something that she has never considered until it became popular. Simpson's publicist, Shuter, said, "Nothing has been finalized yet," who was asked when and how Simpson would adopt, told the Associated Press on Tuesday. He added, "It is true that she's exploring options." It seems that she wishes to get the attention of the media by adopting, not considering that this is a child that needs love and care.

The Safety of Fish

According to research , omega-3 fatty acids from fish can boost your baby's prenatal growth. However, nearly all fish contain some level of mercury. The following are tips to minimize your risk without eliminating fish consumption: -Avoid shark, swordfish and king mackerel because the contain excessive levels of mercury. -Limit your consumption of low-mercury fish to two of three meals per week (not exeeding 12 ounces total) -Limit consumption of bottom-feeders such as clams and other shellfish -Stick with low-mercury fish like salmon, flounder, and canned tuna. Check out Pregnancy Weekly for more information. Find out more fish safety studies that pregnant women should know.

Tuesday, March 28, 2006

Longer Women Wait For Motherhood, Higher the Risk of a Heart Attack

Women who put off having a baby until later in life are more likely to suffer from a heart attack according to an article I read in the Daily Mail from the UK. Career women who put motherhood on hold are far more likely to suffer a heart attack during pregnancy, scientists have claimed. The risk for a 40-year-old is 30 times greater than that of a 20-year-old, a study found. A 30-year-old is at seven times more risk than a 20-year-old. Older women could be more vulnerable because of hardening of their arteries and their hearts' reduced capacity to handle the stress of pregnancy, said report author Dr Andra James. Other factors were high blood pressure, diabetes, infection and migraines. Dr James, from Duke Medical Centre in North Carolina, said: "Women should understand the potential dangers that come from pregnancy at a higher age, and should change their lifestyle to lower their blood pressure or control it with medication. "Until now, doctors haven't worried about heart attack in pregnancy because women were not old enough for it to be a concern." Researchers studied 12million pregnant women. They found heart attacks affected about six out of 100,000. The death toll among victims was about five per cent. Mothers-to-be who had blood transfusions in labour were found to be seven times more likely to suffer heart attacks. However, transfusions are needed by just one per cent of pregnant women and are usually to save their lives. The British Heart Foundation said: "Our advice is to stop smoking, maintain a healthy weight through a balanced diet and get plenty of exercise." The findings were reported in US heart health magazine Circulation

The Average Woman Puts on 30 lbs. While Pregnant

If the average woman puts on 30 pounds while pregnant then where does it all go? Lets break it down: Baby: 7.5 Placenta: 1.5 Amniotic Fluid: 2 Uterus: 2 Breasts: 2 Bodily Fluids: 4 Maternal stores of Fat, Protein, and other Nutrients: 7 -------------------------------------------------------- Excluding the baby's weight, pounds lost immediately after delivery: 11 Stubborn pounds that stick around a year later: 3.3 -------------------------------------------------------- Body parts, besides the belly, that temporarily increase by one full size: Bust and Feet Body parts that become a shade darker: Nipples and Areola This information is taken from the March 2006 edition of Women's Health Magazine.

Monday, March 27, 2006

Katie Holmes has a Baby Shower

This is a pic of Katie Holmes taking a night walk in Beverly Hills near Tom's mansion last Saturday. Earlier that day Katie had her baby shower at the Scientology Center. Holmes said that the shower was, "lovely, thank you." She looks beautiful!

Week 16

I'm in my 4th month and on week 16. I'm that much closer to seeing my baby. This past week I've been so lazy. I would like to blame it on the fact that I'm pregnant. This morning I must have pressed snooze at least 5 times. I know that annoyed the hell out of my husband. When I finally got up I only had 20 minutes to get ready! Believe it or not I made it to work on time with no makeup. I just didn't have time for anything extra. I barely remembered to grab a banana on my way out for my morning snack. I hope that this doesn't continue to happen.

Since I work on the 2nd floor I decided to take the stairs. Only when I'm extremely lazy I'll get the elevator. The building where I work only has 3 floors, so I don't feel that bad taking the elevator, because others do it as well. Anyway, when I was walking up the stairs my feet felt like bricks! Every step was a struggle! By the time I got to the 2nd floor I was out of breath. Maybe the extra pounds I've put on are starting to effect me. I've also noticed that my feet swell up by the end of the day!

Fetal Development: My baby's legs are now longer than the arms and I should be starting to feel him/her move, especially since there's still a lot of room to move within the uterus. My baby's fingernails and toenails are growing too! How exciting! However I have not felt my baby move. I can't wait!

Maternal Changes: When pregnant your blood volume increases about 40%-50%. This effects your estrogen levels which in turn swells your nasal membranes and can cause nosebleeds. The increased blood volume can also cause your heart to work harder to support your pregnancy.

Your ligaments continue to stretch, and you may be feeling achiness and pain in your abdomen. If your planning to have an amniocentesis, it may be scheduled between 15 and 20 weeks.