Friday, April 21, 2006

Pregnancy Jokes

Q: Should I have a baby after 35? A: No, 35 children is enough. Q: I'm two months pregnant now. When will my baby move? A: With any luck, right after he finishes college. Q: What is the most reliable method to determine a baby's sex? A: Childbirth. Q: My wife is five months pregnant and so moody that sometimes she's borderline irrational. A: So what's your question? Q: My childbirth instructor says it's not pain I'll feel during labor, but pressure. Is she right? A: Yes, in the same way that a tornado might be called an air current. Q: When is the best time to get an epidural? A: Right after you find out you're pregnant. Q: Is there any reason I have to be in the delivery room while my wife is in labor? A: Not unless the word "alimony" means anything to you. Q: Is there anything I should avoid while recovering from childbirth? A: Yes, pregnancy. Q: Do I have to have a baby shower? A: Not if you change the baby's diaper very quickly. Q: Our baby was born last week. When will my wife begin to feel and act normal again? A: When the kids are in college.

Pregnant women in high stress jobs should cut working hours

According to Dutch researchers, pregnant women working a stressful job suffer adverse health effects. Pregnant women who are working full-time in a high stress job should cut down their working hours to around 24 hours a week. The Dutch researchers came to these results after a study babies of stressed working mothers suffered health effects. Such as, mothers working 32 hours or more in stressful environments are more likely to have babies who cry excessively, children with low birthweight and are more at risk for the dangerous pregnancy condition called preeclampsia. "If you want to be on the safe side I would say that they should not work more than 24 hours a week, a three-day work week," said Bonsel, a social health professor. According to the researchers there is a clear link between the amount of work stress an expecting mother faces and the risk of having a baby that cries excessively. .The lower birthweight of babies of hardworking mothers is also a concern, they added. There are indications that babies with low birthweight tend to get fat easier and thus run a higher risk in later life of getting diabetes and cardiovascular problems. .Finally the stressed-out mothers are more at risk of developing a dangerous condition known as pre-eclampsia which causes a pregnant woman's blood pressure to surge to perilously high levels. .It affects between two and three percent of pregnancies, and is responsible for around 60,000 deaths worldwide each year. .The stress levels of the women in the Dutch study were established by having them fill in standardized questionnaires and checking the levels of known stress hormones like cortisol in their blood.

Avoiding Vitamin A Supplements During Pregnancy

Vitamin A is an essential nutient for cell growth and development, but Vitamin A supplements during pregnancy is NOT recommended. Vitamin A is rich foods (e.g. dark green, orange, or yellow fruits and vegetables, milk, cheese, and yogurt) are so prevalent that deficiency is not a common problem. In fact, excessive consumption of Vitamin A during pregnancy can be toxic to the baby and cause birth defects. It is recommended that you obtain you Vitamin A needs from a well balanced, nutritious diet.

Thursday, April 20, 2006

10 Steps Health Providers Should Take to Improve Pre-Natal Health

The CDC has issued 10 new recommendations to promote healthy pregnancies, according to Fox News.

Draft a reproductive life plan. Each woman, man, and couple should make a reproductive life plan that includes whether and when they want to have children and how they will maintain their reproductive health. Increase public awareness about preconception health. Topics should include healthy behaviors -- like taking folic acid before pregnancy to lower the risk of birth defects -- and risky behaviors, such as smoking. Make a preventive medical visit. Those visits would be part of primary care; that is, not just for people planning pregnancies. Topics could include birth defects risk, chronic diseases, genetic conditions, family medical history, alcohol and tobacco use, family planning, mental health, and social concerns (including social support, domestic violence, and housing). Work to lower identified risks. Provide extra counseling or treatment, when needed. For instance, some patients may need help quitting smoking, managing diabetes, reaching a healthy weight, or curbing alcohol misuse. Check health between pregnancies. Postpartum medical visits offer a chance to discuss ways to make future pregnancies healthier. Get a prepregnancy checkup. As part of maternity care, offer a prepregnancy visit for people planning pregnancies. Address health coverage for women with low incomes. Increase public and private health insurance coverage for women with low incomes to help those women get preventive, preconception, and between-pregnancy care.

Integrate preconception health into existing local public health and related programs. Emphasize between-pregnancy interventions for women whose previous pregnancies have had problems. Step up research. Increase data on ways to improve preconception health.

Monitor improvements. Use public health tools and related research to monitor preconception health. Of course, those steps don’t guarantee that every pregnancy will be healthy. The report also doesn’t blame poor pregnancy outcomes on parents. Though good medical care and healthy lifestyles are recommended, they don't guarantee healthy pregnancies. Likewise, troubled pregnancies or birth defects aren't necessarily due to parents' behavior.

Tom Cruise Talks About the Baby

According to Sky News, Tom Cruise says the baby is "Gorgeous." Cruise also referred to his soon-to-be wife as "A real champ." The Sun and Daily Mirror reported that the future Mrs. Cruise did keep silent during her pregnancy and follow the Scientology belief. Not only did Cruise record the pregnancy, he was there to keep his wife at ease. He stroked her brow and held her hand. After the delivery he took the time to email Diane Sawyer, saying, "It's a girl! Her name is Suri, she's absolutely gorgeous. Kate was and is an absolute champ." A source close to Katie's family revealed: "(Suri) has lots and lots of dark hair and big, blue eyes. She's going to be a beautiful baby."

Say No to Low-Carb Diets

Despite the popularity of low-carb diets, pregnant women should not limit thier intake of carbohydrates. Low card diets can deprive your brain of the glucose it needs to function and impair fetal growth. In addition, it can also significantly reduce your intake of vital vitamins and nutrients, including fiber, antioxidants and folic acid. Instead of cutting your intake or carbohydrates, follow these simple tips for a healthy and balanced diet:
  • Follow the recommendations of the USDA Good Guide Pyramid
  • Restrict your intake of simple sugars like soda and candy
  • Rather than eliminating your intake of carbs, consume more nutritious carbs like whole-wheat bread, fruits and vegetables.

Wednesday, April 19, 2006

Pregnancy Weekly Guest Writer- Mayra

Second Time Around I got married when I was barely seventeen years old. My first daughter was born by the time I was nineteen. I guess we grew up together, I could tell you that I did not know what being a mom was all about. I did not realized how difficult it was to be a mom. Three years later I had my second daughter. My youngest daughter now is twenty years old. Thank God I made it through and my daughters have turned out to be great kids. Like many other couples my husband and I grew apart and we divorced a couple of years ago. Around that time I meet this wonderfull younger man and we began a relationship. He is thirty years old and I am fourty-two. We are currently engaged and expecting the arrival of our first child in August. Being pregnant in my fourties is very different than in my twenties. I took for granted every marvelous change that my body went through... I feel as this is the first time that I am experiencing a small life growing within me. I guess I feel blessed to be able to go through this experience at this time in my life. I marble at the small things such as seeing my bulging bellie, I laught at not being able to bend down and gigle everytime my child moves and remind me that he is soon to come. I think I enjoy more the experience this second time around.

Get Calcium During Pregnancy

I don't care too much for milk and since I'm pregnant I know that I need a good amount of calcium. And as we all know milk is a great source of calcium. So, I found some other food options for pregnant women like me who need calcuim, but don't care about milk. When pregnant it is good to aim for at least 1,000 milligrams of calcium every day. This is the amount needed if you are a woman, aged 19 to 50. A prenatal vitamin likely has no more than 200 to 300 milligrams of calcium. Here are a few calcium-rich foods:
  • One cup of milk or yogurt has about 300 milligrams calcium.
  • Think about going for chocolate milk, also with 300 milligrams of calcium per cup, if it's white milk you don't like.
  • One ounce of cheese (about 1/4 cup shredded) has 200 milligrams calcium.
  • Tofu (the type made with calcium) can give you 400 milligrams calcium per half cup.
  • One-half cup broccoli has 60 milligrams.
  • Also, check out fortified juices; many of them have as much calcium per cup as a cup of milk.

The nutrition facts label will tell you calcium per serving of each food, but it is expressed as a percent. Just add a zero to that number, and you will have milligrams of calcium. You may need to rely on a calcium supplement to get you to your goal. Some pregnant women take calcium carbonate for heartburn (TUMS) and don't realize TUMS has 200 milligrams of calcium per tablet.

Pregnancy Gap Adds Risks to Baby

A news report came out yesterday on BBC News about pregnancy gaps, and how it can add risks to the baby. Too short or long a gap between children increases the risk of problems for the second baby, research suggests. A team researched 67 previous studies, looking over 11 million pregnancies. The Colombian researchers found, "An interval of less than 18 months and more than 59 months - just under five years - increases the risk." "It was best to leave between two and five years between pregnancies," according to the Jornal of the American Medical Association.

For each month that time between pregnancies was shortened from 18 months -

  • The risk for prematurity increased by just under 2%
  • The risk low birth weight increased by 3.3%
  • The risk of being small for gestational age was 1.5%

For each month beyond 59 months -

  • The risk for prematurity increased by just under 0.6%
  • The risk low birth weight increased by 0.9%
  • The risk of being small for gestational age increased by 0.8%

For the complete article go to BBC News.

Tuesday, April 18, 2006

Brooke Shields Gives Birth to her 2nd Baby

I would like to Congratulate Brooke Shields and her husband Chris Henchy on their new little girl. Shields gave birth today to Grier Hammond, who weighed in at 7 pounds and was 20 inches long. Their first child is Rowan who is almost three. *** While much has been said and written about the fact that Tom Cruise wishes for mom to be Katie Holmes and baby to have a silent birth with as few distractions as possible, her pregnancy has been very noisy. Just this weekend, she was again out in LA nine months preggers with a horde of reporters and photographers milling about. And TMZ makes a good point that Brooke Shields, the actress that was attacked by Cruise for using anti-depressants to battle post-partum depression, has been unable to achieve serenity in the high-profile pregnancy of his fiancée, Katie Holmes. Katie goes out - she is surrounded by noise, flashing lights and plenty of movement. Brooke - though sometimes photographed seems at peace. And Brooke also speaks about her own feelings - something Katie rarely does. TMZ says: Cruise could only dream of the serenity that a very pregnant Brooke Shields seems to be enjoying. Shields spent part of her Easter Sunday decompressing at Kinara Spa in Los Angeles, looking like the picture of calm. The fact is -- Katie may not be into the whole peaceful thing anyway. She seems to enjoy the melee. At least that is the way it seemed last week when she shopped for shoes at Barney's in Beverly Hills. It may well be that Brooke has gotten the last laugh in her battle royale with Cruise.

TomKitten is Born!

Katie Holmes gave birth today to a girl named Suri according to the Associated Press. Tom Cruises' spokesman, Arnold Robinson, confirmed the information. "Both mother and daughter are doing well," Robinson said in a prepared statement. Holmes gave birth in an undisclosed location in Los Angeles. The little Suri weighed 7 pounds, 7 ounces and measured 20 inches long. A healthy baby. The name Suri has its origins in Hebrew, meaning "princess," or in Persian, meaning "red rose," the statement said. This is Katie Holmes first baby and Tom Cruises' third. He has a boy and girl from his previous marriage with Nicole Kidman. Congratulations to both Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes. I wonder if it was a silent birth?

Melissa Etheridge Expecting Twins

Melissa Etheridge and her partner Tammy Lynn Michaels are expecting twins this fall. It was announced on Etheridge's website. “We are thrilled to announce that Tammy is pregnant, and expecting our twins sometime around this fall,” they said in a statement. “To answer the obvious question: we used an anonymous donor from a (sperm) bank.” She went on to say, "These are our first two babies conceived together, but not our first time mothering together." Etheridge has two children from her relationship with former partner Julie Cypher: daughter Bailey Jean and son Beckett. Congratulations to the both of them!

Week 19

This is day number 130 and I'm 19 weeks pregnant! I have 150 days or 21 weeks left. 47.5% of the way there.

I am superhuman! I have realized that I have super senses. This is what it must be like when turning into a mother. My five senses are working in overdrive. Perfect hearing, sharp vision, sensitive to touch, and powerful tastebuds (strawberries have never been so pleasant). But my most effective sense is SMELL.

"Don't think I can't smell that lasagna cooking in your kitchen. I sure want a bite!"

I have embarrassed myself quite a few times in restaurants, while eyeing people's dishes. I guess they call it staring? With my impeccable smell I can imagine the different tastes. I'll eat someone's food with my eyes. My husband brings it to my attention that I'm staring and its rude. I'm a pregnant woman! ... I can't help these things.

I've entered a world of no return. The world of Pregnancy. I'm beginning to see colors that I've never seen before.

Yeah, like if I smell something horrible I'll run to my porcelain bowl and see colors that I thought could never come out of my body. I am so sensitive to some smells that if some odd drift passes my way and I get a little wiff, I've returned to Porcelain Paradise Lounge. But there's really no lounging going on. I just like to call it that. You know, for giggles. Well, in that case its really not paradise either. But we have to think positive!

Monday, April 17, 2006

Fit Pregnancy Buyers Guide

Fit Pregnancy has come out with their Best Buyers Guide for 2006 something that I have enjoyed looking through since it's so nice to have all the choices narrowed down for me. The guide is broken into categories from: Cars, Carriers, Cameras, Strollers, Car Seats, Diaper Bags, Nursing, Feeding, Bathing, Fun Stuff, Books, Clothes, Remedies, Nurseries and Layette. So many things to think about! Some of my favorites include... - The Boon Frog Pod - which is like a shovel to scoop all the bath toys! - The Luxe Leather Toddler Bag from Fleurville - something I'd probably not buy, but it's still very pretty! - All the books listed - all of which I will probably add to our library! Be sure to check out the Buyers Guide - perhaps you will find something you like!

Hip and Cool Baby Clothes

I found this cool Baby clothing site that I wanted to share with everyone. Uncommonly Cute, orignated in New York, has great clothing for your trendy and hip baby. Many mothers are tired of the department store styles of clothing. Well, this site helps break through the norm and gives you something that you don't see everywhere. Not only can you find clothing for your little one, but you can also shop for an upcoming baby shower. Any style on a shirt can definantely be on a onesie. The selection of clothing is great. Many styles to choose from in Newborns, twins, boys and girls. I know if I have a little girl she is sure to be a diva. Clothing that will express her attitude is all I need!

Governor of Namibia Confirmed that Jolie will have the Baby in Africa

Samuel Sheefeni Nuuyoma, Governor of Namibia, said that Jolie was planning on having her baby there because she "loves Namibia." This is reported in People Magazine's current issue. Pitt, Jolie and their children have been staying at a tiny beachside lodge in Namibia. Samuel Sheefeni Nuuyoma had breakfast with the famous couple on Friday. This was reported by the Sunday Times of South Africa. Nuuyoma said, "Namibia is a country where everyone has the right to freedom of movement, and they must not feel inhibited when they visit this beautiful country of ours." He wants his guests to feel "at home and free."