Friday, May 26, 2006
- Reduces back ache
- Reduces constipation
- Reduces bloating swelling
- Reduces gestation diabetes (only occurs during pregnancy)
- Increases energy
- Improves mood
- Improves posture
- Promotes muscle tone and strength
- Allows better sleep
- Joints become more mobile
- Helps with balance and heart rate
- Brisk walking
- Aerobics (keeps the heart rate strong and helps with breathing)
Thursday, May 25, 2006
- Consider breaking up your exercise into segments. This will ensure you get the exercise you need while maintaining your energy level throughout the day.
- Start small and gradually increase the fitness routine and time spent exercising each day.
- The hardest part is starting. Think hou great you will feel once you establish and exercise routine and start getting compliments on the way you look.
- Find something you love to do - walking, jogging, swimming, dancing- and accommodate it to your growing belly.
- Use exercise time for creative meditation, to listen to your favortie music or to simply relax.
- Exercise with a friend or group for motivation and support.
- Know that regular exercise will help you tone your muscles, build stamina, and strengthen your focus and determination- traits that can help ease your labor and delivery.
- Remind yourself that keeping in shape now will help you get back your shape after pregnancy.
In placenta previa, the placenta covers or partially covers the cervix, blocking a baby's passage into the birth canal. It can cause serious or life-threatening complications, including hemorrhage and the need for Caesarean section in mothers, and prematurity and perinatal problems in babies.
The study of more than 845,300 pregnancies in Norway between 1988 and 2002 concluded that mothers with single-baby pregnancies conceived through assisted reproductive techniques (ART) had a sixfold higher risk of placenta previa, compared with natural conception. Mothers who conceived both naturally and through ART had a threefold increased risk.
"What this means in absolute terms is that, after adjusting for factors such as maternal age, which tends to be higher in ART pregnancies, the risk of placenta previa rose from about three in 1,000 births to 16 in 1,000 births for ART pregnancies compared with the general population," study author Dr. Liv Bente Romundstad, of the department of obstetrics and gynecology at St. Olavs University Hospital in Trondheim, said in a prepared statement. Risk for placenta previa rose "from about seven in 1,000 births to 20 in 1,000 births for those who had both assisted and natural conceptions," she added.
Some previous studies have suggested an association between ART and increased risk of placenta previa, but the Norwegian researchers say their study is most extensive and the first to indicate a direct link.
They're calling on ART centers worldwide to collect more data on the potential problem.
"Although the risk of placenta previa is considerably higher with ART, it is still quite rare, which means it will probably take several thousand pregnancies to get sufficient data to be able to make any definite recommendations about clinical practice," Romundstad said.
Wednesday, May 24, 2006
Tuesday, May 23, 2006
Half of Namibians voting in an informal radio survey believe the day Angelina Jolie gives birth should be declared a national holiday, an honor usually reserved for kings, queens and national heroes.
"We have a tie, it's 50-50," the DJ for popular local radio station Radio Wave announced on Tuesday after listeners were asked whether the "Brangelina" baby should be accorded the honor. She said voting was still going on.
Hollywood stars Jolie and Brad Pitt sparked an international media frenzy when they arrived in Namibia with her two adopted children to have their first child.
But while residents of the southern African country have so far been unfazed by the visit, local media is now getting into the act, with the daily Namib Times speculating that the baby might arrive at the weekend or early next week.
The couple have remained almost invisible in their beach resort in the tiny village of Langstrand on the country's desert coastline, shielded by tight security.Source: Reuters
Monday, May 22, 2006
Among other things, said Riley, teenage women are at higher than normal risk for pre-eclampsia, high blood pressure in pregnancy that, if untreated, can lead to coma and death. The treatment is often to induce labor because once the baby is born, the mother's blood pressure usually returns to normal.
Teen mothers are also more at risk for pre-term delivery because ''teenage girls are more likely to have the worst diet in the world, make poor food choices, smoke, have more stress, and are less likely to be married," she said.
One reason that babies of teenage mothers often have low birth weight is that what few nutrients they do eat go to nourish their own growing bodies, not their fetus. As Columbia University researchers wrote in a study published earlier this year in the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology, ''much of the maternal nutrient intake supports maternal growth, to the detriment of the developing fetus."
The good news is that teenage pregnancy and birth rates have dropped by one-third since the early 1990s in all states and among all racial and ethnic groups, said Bill Albert, spokesman for the National Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy, a private, nonprofit, nonpartisan group based in Washington, D.C. Research suggests that this is due to teenagers delaying sex and using contraception more reliably.
Source: Boston News