Friday, March 09, 2007

Salma Hayek is Pregnant and Engaged!

I surely did not see this coming! Salma Hayek, 40, is said to be pregnant and engaged to her businessman boyfriend, François-Henri Pinault. "Businessman, François-Henri Pinault, and his fiancée, Salma Hayek, are happy to announce they are expecting the arrival of their first child," according to a statement Hayek's rep made on Friday. Maybe some of you have already heard speculation that she was pregnant. The rumors started by New York Daily News columnist Ben Widdicombe through a photo posted on PerezHilton, Hollywood's Most-Hated Web Site! (I have to admit, I enjoy scanning through posts on PerezHilton every now and again!) Apparently, the photo caused quite a stir. I believe this is her first child for Selma. Congrats! To read more about the couple, check out People.

Thursday, March 08, 2007

Tori Is Still Pregnant

Apparently Tori Spelling is due at the end of this month and she's looking just fab. Seems like she's having a great pregnancy. Good for her!

Durex Recalls Pregnancy Kit After Too Many False Positives

Durex Canada is recalling faulty pregnancy kits that are being pulled from the international market because of high false positive rates, Health Canada says.

Confirm Clearly Smart Pregnancy Test -- as well as Confirm Clearly Starter Kits and Confirm Clearly Refills -- are being withdrawn from sale after "higher than expected'' numbers of consumer complaints that the tests gave false positive readings and "inconsistent'' results.

Frustration with the product is apparent on (a consumer reviews site) in a discussion board dedicated to home pregnancy tests.

"My wife was tested positive many times with Confirm Clearly Smart Pregnancy Test. She went to ER and thought she had a miscarriage which turned out to be false alarm,'' wrote a poster who called himself "ckinwong.''

"I test it myself. I tested positive and I am a man.''

Health Canada said there were several cases where tests confirmed pregnancy when the women were not in fact pregnant. In a release, the agency said some prescription drugs may trigger faulty readings. It also noted there may be inherent defects in the test.

Consumers who bought kits can return them with proof of purchase.


Noel Gallagher's Girlfriend Is Pregnant

Do you remember rocker Noel Gallagher from Oasis? If so you might be a bit interested in knowing that he is confirmed to become a father for the second time. Gallagher, 39, already has a daughter Anais, 7, with ex-wife, Meg Mathews. Noel's girlfriend of seven years, Sara MacDonald, is confirmed to be three months pregnant with her first.

A spokesman for the band confirms, "I can confirm that Noel and Sara are expecting a baby and they are very happy."

A close friend said: “Noel and Sara are really, really happy and excited.

“This is something they both wanted but they kept the news to themselves until they were sure everything was OK with the baby.

“Neither of them have ever wanted to get married but it felt like the right time to start a family together.

“The last seven years have been a lot of fun.

“And they have a huge house in the country which is perfect for the kids to be running around. They are both thrilled.”


Wednesday, March 07, 2007

Baby Sling

This is a great picture that I wanted to share with all of you. This photograph is titled "Father & Son," and taken by Brooklyn photographer Raul Gutierrez in Amdo, Tibet. The baby sling is actually made of yak skin and is originally a robe that is being used as a baby sling. To check out more of Raul Gutierrez's projects click here. source

Pre- Pregnancy Douching May Curb Early Birth Risk

Preliminary results from a study hint that vaginal douching 6 months before pregnancy, but not during pregnancy, may protect African American women from delivering preterm (before 40 weeks).

Although the number of women douching has declined, about half of African American women still douche. In general, douching is more common among minority and low-income women, which may play a role in the disparities of pregnancy outcomes seen in these women.

As douching can promote infection by introducing bacteria into the cervix, uterus or fallopian tubes, Dr. Dawn P. Misra, of the University of Michigan School of Public Health, Ann Arbor, and Britton Trabert of the University of Washington School of Public Health, Seattle speculated that poorer pregnancy outcome would be seen in the women who douched.

They evaluated 832 African-American women living in Baltimore City, Maryland, who received prenatal care at one of four prenatal clinics at Johns Hopkins, or those who delivered at the affiliated hospital after late, intermittent or no prenatal care.

The women were asked if they douched and, if so, at what age did they started and how often they douched before and during pregnancy.

Overall, 533 women (64.1 percent) reported ever douching. A substantial proportion douched 6 months before pregnancy, while only a small number douched during pregnancy.

Overall, 16.4 percent of women delivered preterm.

Vaginal douching fewer than three times per month in the 6 months before pregnancy was associated with a 37 percent reduced risk of preterm delivery compared with women who never douched. Conversely, women who douched during pregnancy had a trend toward increased risk of preterm delivery.

The researchers suggest that symptoms or a diagnosis of infection may have been the reason for douching during the 6-month period before pregnancy, which would account for the apparent productive effect.

"However, because of constraints of our study design and the lack of primary data on infection," they note, "causality cannot be determined or excluded."

SOURCE: American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology, February 2007. source

Tuesday, March 06, 2007

? OF THE WEEK: How Did You Share Your Pregnancy News?

Telling your spouse, telling your friends, telling your coworkers, and especially telling your family that "I'm Pregnant! We're going to have a baby!" is perhaps one of the best parts about being pregnant. Some people wait to tell everyone that they are pregnant while others can't keep a secret. The old wive's tale is to wait until after 13 weeks because otherwise it's bad luck. Some people tell their spouse/family/friends in clever and creative ways other than "I have good news!" Back in January of '06 I wrote a post about how I shared the news we're pregnant to my husband. Here is a how I surprised him that we're having a baby:
I was so excited about the news that I just wanted to run and tell my husband, Jon. But I knew that I wanted to tell him in a clever way. I was having a baby for Pete's Sake! Not wasting too much time I ran to the store and purchased a "Congratulations on your new Baby" card. I addressed the inside of the card to "Daddy, I'll see you in nine months" signed "your little baby" and dropped it in the mailbox. Everyday from work he gets the mail before entering the house, so I knew that he would see it right when he got home. I was inside pacing back and forth just waiting to hear his keys unlock the front door. As he entered the house he had the card opened in one hand with a huge smile on his face!!!
So, how did you tell your significant other? Family/friends? It's such an exciting time, how did you share your pregnancy news?

Monday, March 05, 2007

Obese woman unaware of pregnancy until near birth

A woman who weighs more than 400 pounds (180 kg) said on Sunday she did not know she was pregnant until two days before giving birth this week to a healthy baby boy.

April Branum, 39, of Garden Grove, just south of Los Angeles, went to a local emergency room on February 26 with stomach pain only to discover she was pregnant with a full-term fetus.

Doctors discovered the baby as they took X-rays of Branum's abdominal area and referred her to UCI Medical Center in the nearby city of Orange, California, for prenatal testing, said Susan Mancia, a spokeswoman for UCI Medical Center.

No defects were detected and two days later on February 28, Branum gave birth by caesarean section to a healthy, 7-lb 7-oz (3.4 kg) boy named Walter Scott Edwards III.

"I'm tired but happy. The happy cancels out the tired part," Branum told Reuters, adding that she had struggled with unsuccessful gastric bypass surgery performed seven years ago when she weighed about 500 pounds (225 kgs). She said it did not help her lose as much weight as hoped and left her with a lot of sagging skin.

"That's exactly where the baby was hanging out. He was in the skin and that is why I didn't feel him," she said.

Branum lives with her fiance, Walter Edwards II, in Garden Grove. She said she gave up hope years ago of having children.

"I thought I was hitting early menopause," she said. "I never had morning sickness or anything that came with pregnancy."