Friday, July 21, 2006

Fish oil may lead to smart babies

WOMEN who take fish oil during pregnancy may give birth to children with improved hand-eye coordination, language skills and behaviour, an Australian study has found.

Research by the University of Western Australia and the Telethon Institute for Child Health Research in Perth involved 98 pregnant women recruited from private obstetricians.

The study initially looked at the effect of omega 3 polyunsaturated fatty acid, or omega 3 PUFA – which is contained in fish oil supplements – on immune function, disease susceptibility, foetal growth and development.

To assess the effects of omega 3 PUFA, the pregnant women received either high doses of fish oil or olive oil from 20 weeks gestation until delivery.

At two and a half years of age, 72 children born from the study group – 33 in the fish oil group and 39 in the control group – were then assessed by a clinical psychologist for growth, development, receptive language and behaviour, according to Janet Dunstan of the School of Paediatrics and Child Health at the University of WA.

Dr Dunstan said the children in the fish oil group attained higher scores in all measures of development, behaviour and language, and had a significantly higher score for hand-eye coordination, compared with children from the olive oil control group.

While further studies are required, the initial results indicate that fish oil supplements rich in omega 3 PUFA during pregnancy is safe and may have beneficial effects on the child.

She said supplementation of 3.7 grams of omega 3 fatty acids, equivalent to one meal of fish per day, did not result in any adverse effects on mothers or children in the research group.

“Improved hand-eye coordination can help in terms of developing fine motor skills that may enhance learning, for example being able to hold and use a pen or pencil, and increase self-esteem,” Dr Dunstan said.

Dr Dunstan said her research team were now planning a larger study with 400 children to further assess the benefits of fish oil on the development of allergic disease.

She said women who were interested in taking fish oil supplements during pregnancy should consult their doctor about dosage and whether it is appropriate for them.

”I think it's well accepted that fish is an important part of everyone's diet and we know that during pregnancy the baby needs extra amounts of DHA (docosahexaenoic acid), which is present in omega 3 fish oil.”

Source: News.com.au

Heidi Klum Looks Amazing Pregnant

This is the newest pic of pregnant Heidi at Jane Magazine Go Naked Party. She is around 4 months prego and she looks great. Absolutely stunning!

Thursday, July 20, 2006

Don't Leave Your Child Alone!

Too Funny! I just had to share this with everyone. Warning: Don't leave your child unattended! Has your child done anything when you weren't looking? I can just see it now in my future... Source: Motherpie

Life Experiences

This is not so much pregnancy or baby related, but I thought it would be fun to post on my blog... a little bit about me. Oh, I would like to acknowledge that I stole this from Ménage à Kat's blog. Highlight the ones you've done... 01. Bought everyone in the bar a drink 02. Swam with wild dolphins 03. Climbed a mountain 04. Taken a Ferrari for a test drive 05. Been inside the Great Pyramid 06. Held a tarantula 07. Taken a candlelit bath with someone 08. Said 'I love you' and meant it 09. Hugged a tree 10. Bungee jumped 11. Visited Paris 12. Watched a lightning storm at sea 13. Stayed up all night long and saw the sun rise 14. Seen the Northern Lights 15. Gone to a huge sports game 16. Walked the stairs to the top of the leaning Tower of Pisa 17. Grown and eaten your own vegetables 18. Touched an iceberg 19. Slept under the stars 20. Changed a baby's diaper 21. Taken a trip in a hot air balloon 22. Watched a meteor shower 23. Gotten drunk on champagne 24. Given more than you can afford to charity 25. Looked up at the night sky through a telescope 26. Had an uncontrollable giggling fit at the worst possible moment 27. Had a food fight 28. Bet on a winning horse 29. Asked out a stranger 30. Had a snowball fight 31. Screamed as loudly as you possibly can 32. Held a lamb 33. Seen a total eclipse 34. Ridden a roller coaster 35. Hit a home run 36. Danced like a fool and not cared who was looking ( 37. Adopted an accent for an entire day 38. Actually felt happy about your life, even for just a moment 39. Had two hard drives for your computer 40. Visited all 50 states 41. Taken care of someone who was shit faced 42. Had amazing friends 43. Danced with a stranger in a foreign country 44. Watched wild whales 45. Stolen a sign 46. Backpacked in Europe 47. Taken a road-trip 48. Gone rock climbing 49. Midnight walk on the beach 50. Gone sky diving 51. Visited Ireland 52. Been heartbroken longer than you were actually in love 53. In a restaurant, sat at a stranger's table and had a meal with them 54. Visited Japan 55. Milked a cow 56. Alphabetized your CDs 57. Pretended to be a superhero 58. Sung karaoke 59. Lounged around in bed all day 60. Posed nude in front of strangers 61. Gone scuba diving 62. Kissed in the rain 63. Played in the mud 64. Played in the rain 65. Gone to a drive-in theater 66. Visited the Great Wall of China 67. Started a business 68. Fallen in love and not had your heart broken 69. Toured ancient sites 70. Taken a martial arts class 71. Played D&D for more than 6 hours straight 72. Gotten married 73. Been in a movie 74. Crashed a party 75. Gotten divorced 76. Gone without food for 5 days 77. Made cookies from scratch 78. Won first prize in a costume contest 79. Ridden a gondola in Venice 80. Gotten a tattoo 81. Rafted the Snake River 82. Been on television news programs as an "expert" 83. Got flowers for no reason 84. Performed on stage 85. Been to Las Vegas 86. Recorded music 87. Eaten shark 88. Had a one-night stand 89. Gone to Thailand 90. Bought a house 91. Been in a combat zone 92. Buried one/both of your parents 93. Been on a cruise ship 94. Spoken more than one language fluently 95. Performed in Rocky Horror 96. Raised children 97. Followed your favorite band/singer on tour 98. Created and named your own constellation of stars 99. Taken an exotic bicycle tour in a foreign country 100. Picked up and moved to another city to just start over 101. Walked the Golden Gate Bridge 102. Sang loudly in the car, and didn't stop when you knew someone was looking 103. Had plastic surgery 104. Survived an accident that you shouldn't have survived 105. Wrote articles for a large publication 106. Lost over 100 pounds 107. Held someone while they were having a flashback 108. Piloted an airplane 109. Petted a stingray 110. Broken someone's heart 111. Helped an animal give birth ( 112. Won money on a T.V. game show 113. Broken a bone 114. Gone on an African photo safari 115. Had a body part of yours below the neck pierced 116. Fired a rifle, shotgun, or pistol 117. Eaten mushrooms that were gathered in the wild 118. Ridden a horse 119. Had major surgery 120. Had a snake as a pet 121. Hiked to the bottom of the Grand Canyon 122. Slept for more than 30 hours over the course of 48 hours 123. Visited more foreign countries than U.S. states 124. Visited all 7 continents 125. Taken a canoe trip that lasted more than 2 days 126. Eaten kangaroo meat 127. Eaten sushi 128. Had your picture in the newspaper 129. Changed someone's mind about something you care deeply about 130. Gone back to school 131. Parasailed 132. Petted a cockroach 133. Eaten fried green tomatoes 134. Read The Iliad - and the Odyssey 135. Selected one "important" author who you missed in school, and read 136. Killed and prepared an animal for eating 137. Skipped all your school reunions 138. Communicated with someone without sharing a common spoken language 139. Been elected to public office 140. Written your own computer language 141. Thought to yourself that you're living your dream 142. Had to put someone you love into hospice care 143. Built your own PC from parts 144. Sold your own artwork to someone who didn't know you 145. Had a booth at a street fair 146: Dyed your hair 147: Been a DJ 148: Shaved your head 149: Caused a car accident 150: Saved someone's life I really thought I had done more things on this list. Hmmm... Now it's your turn! Leave a comment and let me know that you did this!

Madonna Puts Her Children As First Priority

"A Mother's work is never done." It's True. Superstar, Madonna, had to stop her tour in Australia and Japan for her children. Madonna's two children, Lourdes and Rocco, need to return to school in England. On her official Web site, Madge says: "Please forgive me. I really did hope and expect to come to Australia during the Confessions Tour and asked my managers to try to include some shows there. I have fond memories from previous tours. Unfortunately, the logistics just didn't work out this time around. We looked into going from Japan to Australia and ending the show there but I have to get my kids back into school in England and they are, as you can understand, my most important priority. The important thing to remember is that I'm not retiring anytime soon and I am gonna get to Australia as soon as I can. You remain in my heart and thank you for your continued love and support."

Supermodel Linda Evangelista Embraces Pregnancy

According to People, Linda Evangelista is set to be on the cover of Vogue magazine yet again, but this time she is pregnant. Last month Linda, 41, confirmed the ongoing rumors that she is pregnant by opening up to the German magazine, Gala. Evangelista is the covergirl of Vogue's August issue and she doesn't seemed a bit worried about her figure. "I'm not freaked out at all," she tells the Associated Press. "I embrace it. I believe I'm doing everything to go through this as smoothly as possible. I'm either doing yoga or exercising every day." Evangelista, who is due in the fall, says that she won't make a "comeback," because she doesn't intend on leaving her modeling career. "I decided when I was 12 that (modeling) is what I wanted to do," she says. "Being a rock star was out of the question. I can't sing. I'm so glad this worked out for me – I do think I know how to be a good model. And I didn't have a Plan B in place." She is currently modeling for MAC cosmetics. It is exciting to see how beautiful she looks pregnant! I can't wait to see her on the cover of Vogue. I'm sure that she will look stunning.

Getting Ready To Breastfeed Before Your Bundle Of Joy Arrives

Studies show that breastfeeding is superior to formula for the health of mom and baby. Not only do breastfed babies experience fewer illnesses, but breastfeeding helps mom accelerate weight loss while eating a nutritionally balanced diet. Try some of these ideas to prepare yourself for breastfeeding before your baby is born:
  • Educate yourself- read about breastfeeding or take a birthing class that teaches breastfeeding techniques.
  • Make sure you will be delivering in an environment supportive of breastfeeding.
  • Shop for a good, reliable breast pump.
  • Buy a few nursing bras.

Wednesday, July 19, 2006

For the Love of Words

If you could give your child anything in the world, you might want to give a love of words. Young children who can express their feelings don't have as many temper tantrums. They also learn to control their own behavior using words. A two year old reaches toward the oven door, then stops, tells herself, "Hot, hot," and turns away. Psychologists call this "self-directed speech." It's one of the ways children learn to do what's right and avoid what's wrong. With each new word, a child gains a broader view of the world. Early on, all four-legged creatures are dogs or maybe cats. But new words transform them into horses, cows, pigs, elephants, zebras, and gnus. Children who have a wealth of words have a wealth of ideas. By age four, the number of words a child understands is a good predictor of how easily that child will learn to read in elementary school. It's an even better predictor of how well she'll be able to understand what she reads and convey her ideas in writing later on. So, how do you give your child this wonderful gift? First of all, talk a lot. Talk when you're breastfeeding or preparing a bottle; talk when you're changing a diaper; talk when you're doing the dishes or walking down the street. Second, do a lot of listening. Even before your child can speak clearly, ask questions and listen for the answer. Assume that your child has ideas, and try to figure out what they are. Researchers have found a direct connection between a child's vocabulary and the number of words he hears, and especially the number of questions he is invited to answer. Third, read aloud every day. There are many reasons for reading aloud, but maybe the best is that books contain words; lots of new, different, interesting words. Even picture books can spark conversations that wouldn't come up in everyday life. You don't meet many gnus these days, except in books. Here's an exciting thing that happens when you read aloud every day: You begin to hear "book words" in your child's speech. You're walking down the street, and you see a pretty flower. "Look," you say, "a pretty flower." "Actually," your child corrects, "it's beautiful." Actually? Beautiful? That's when you know you've truly given your child a love of words. Source: Yahoo!Health

Tuesday, July 18, 2006

Easy Summer Makeup Tips for Busy Mommies

I thought it would be fun to add a summer makeup tip for all the pregnant and busy Mommies out there! Don't let the heat ruin your makeup! Have you checked out the Maternity and Style site? Well, go! It's a great site for all women who are interested in looking good while pregnant or working. --------------------------------------------------------------------------

Steamy summer days can wreak havoc on your makeup and leave you looking more "wilted rose" than "fresh as a daisy"! To stay picture-perfect even on the hottest days, try the following tips:

Foundation Substitute a light, tinted moisturizer (with SPF) for your heavy foundation. It will keep your skin hydrated while evening skin tone and giving your complexion a subtle boost. Cheeks For a natural and dewy look, use a cream blush on your cheeks instead of a powder which can look matte and unnatural. Concentrate the color on the apples of your cheeks (smile while applying) to give you a healthy glow. Lips Give your lips a moist, kissable sheen with a tinted gloss, which will also keep your lips hydrated during hot, dry summer days. Eyes Powder eye-shadows will crease as you perspire, so try a cream- or gel-based formula instead. For a subtle look, gently pat it all over your lids with your finger.

Morning sickness warning for to-be-moms

Morning sickness may leave a pregnant woman feeling terrible, but a new study has found that it could also be the body’s way of telling her that she’s eating the wrong things.

The study carried out at the University of Liverpool, in which researchers analysed 56 studies on morning sickness from 21 countries and looked at typical diets to see if food could play a part in the problem.

It suggested that morning sickness might have come about as a way of ensuring that the foetus is not exposed to potentially damaging foods.

It found that women who consume lots of sugars, sweeteners, fried food, meat, milk, eggs and stimulants such as caffeine and alcohol, are more likely to suffer from it.

The severity of morning sickness fell in those who ate a diet that contained a higher proportion of cereals and pulses.

The lead researcher on the study, Dr Craig Roberts said that morning sickness could be helpful in keeping harmful food away from the foetus.

"While there may be no particular harm in eating, say, meat, now that we have refrigeration and best before dates, our bodies may be pre-programmed by evolution to avoid these particular foodstuffs in the first trimester,” the Daily Mail quoted him, as saying.

It may be that the nausea women feel towards certain foodstuffs could be helpful, and that although it is inconvenient and miserable, their nausea could be nature's way of avoiding problems in pregnancy for both mother and foetus," he added.

Source : MoneyControl.com

Monday, July 17, 2006

Twins

Twins get a lot of attention - though not as much now that there are quads, quints, and even septuplets wandering around news magazines on a regular basis. But twins are still a source of excitement and interest, and no one is more excited or interested than the mother who figures out that she is expecting a double delivery. There are four ways that twins are conceived, and three resulting types of twins:
  • When two eggs are released or there is more than one ovum, sperms may fertilize both eggs. The resulting twins are fraternal. The conception of fraternal twins tends to run in families and is more common in women between the ages of 35 and forty and in African American women.
  • When only one egg is released and fertilized, but splits, identical twins result. About one-third of twins are identical and their occurrence is random.
  • When the egg splits and both halves are fertilized by different sperm, "polar body" twinning results. These twins are half identical.
  • In the course of the IVF fertility treatment, three or more fertilized eggs are assembled and put back into the uterus to grow. The result is fraternal twins, triplets, quadruplets, quintuplets, or even septuplets.
Though the female body can create and carry all varieties of twins, it was designed to carry only one baby at a time. To survive carrying two, make sure to get help before, as well as after, delivery. You need all your energy for your babies and for the pains and discomforts of pregnancy, which can be twice as bad with twins. If you are expecting twins, expect to gain between forty and fifty pounds. In order to do so and to grow body tissues for your placenta and babies, you will need to eat 130 to 150 grams of protein every day. It is also important that you take an iron supplement to make sure that you and both of your babies get the oxygen you need delivered through your blood. Carrying twins is considered "a complication" of pregnancy because it creates slightly higher risks of miscarriage, fetal loss, unequal fetal growth, placental problems, premature births, low birth weights, developmental lags, and other challenges to your babies' health, and your own. So take extra special care during your pregnancy. When it comes to delivering your babies, you will probably do so before the usual forty weeks of pregnancy have passed. It's considered normal for twins to arrive at 34 to 35 weeks. It's also common for twins to be delivered by cesarean section. Though carrying twins is not easy, and caring for them after birth is no easier, bringing two babies into the world at once will be an overwhelming joy, and you will never be bored again.

Posh Spice Chooses Girls or Baby

Victoria Beckham wants another baby if she can't reunite the Spice Girls.

The singer reportedly sees her husband, footballer David Beckham's decision to step down as England captain as the perfect opportunity to re-launch her career and she wants the Spice Girls to make a comeback.

A friend revealed to Britain's Now magazine: "It's now or never for her as she thinks the timing is perfect. Mel C appears to be the only sticking point at the moment, but all the other girls realise this could be a terrific boost for them now - not to mention the money they could make."

However, if Posh fails to reunite the girls she plans to expand her family and is desperate for a little girl to complete her family.

Victoria and David already have three boys, Brooklyn, Romeo and Cruz.

The friend added: "If for some reason or another the reunion doesn't take place, then Victoria is planning to have another baby.

Source: FemaleFirst

Heidi's maternity jeans

Don't feel comfortable in your maternity pants? Then make your own maternity jeans.

That's exactly what German supermodel Heidi Klum has done after becoming fed-up with the untrendy gear.

The stunner designed her own jeans to see her through her third pregnancy.

Klum approached the designer/owner of Earnest Sewn, Scott Morrison, to custom-make the skinny jeans, reports PageSix.com.

The 33-year-old star of reality TV show Project Runway is pregnant with her second child to British pop star Seal.

She already has a daughter from her relationship with Formula One driver Flavio Briatore

Source: The Sun