Friday, March 30, 2007

Austrian Woman Has Baby At Age 66

An Austrian woman had her second child when aged 66 after becoming a first-time mother at 61, it was confirmed Tuesday.

A spokeswoman at the hospital in southern Austria where the birth took place said that mother and child were doing fine.

According to media reports the pregnancy was made possible by artificial insemination that had been performed abroad. The hospital released no further information on the patient.

Austria’s oldest mother is also one of the oldest women worldwide to have given birth to a healthy child.

In December 2006 a 67-year-old woman from Spain became the world’s oldest mother.


Thursday, March 29, 2007

Fun Baby Shower Games

Are you planning a baby shower anytime soon? Looking for a fun game to play during the event? Well, here is a list of some great baby shower games. Also, if you know of any games that are not listed below, please let me know!

Guess the Waist- In this game guests try to guess the mother's girth, but no numbers are ever discussed!

Dirty Diaper - One guest gets a big surprise with this door prize/game.

Delivery Statistics Guessing Game - Have fun guessing baby's stats upon delivery.

Mommies and Babies - Do your guests know the correct names for animal babies?

Mother Goose Game - Could your guests entertain the kids?

Baby Word Scramble - Turn this word scramble into a race of teams for extra fun.

Baby Picture Guessing Game - Everyone was a beautiful baby, right? Find out with this shower game.

Baby Memory Game - Don't blink or you may lose this game!

Baby Shower Bingo Game - This will make your guests pay attention while presents are being opened.

Pin the Binky on the Baby - A more active game to get your guests moving.

Guess the Number of M & M's - This is a simple guessing game with a sweet reward at the end.

You Don't Say, Baby! - A fun game that forces guests to pay good attention to one another.

Who Am I? - Turn your guests into detectives with this fun interactive game.

Do You Know Your Baby Food? - This is a multi-sensory baby shower game, but it's not for the squeamish.

Can You Change a Baby? - This hilarious game isa timed contest.

Will the Real Mother Please Stand Up? - We all know what it takes to be a real mom, or do we?

Mommy - Daddy Trivia Game - Familiarity leads to success in this game.

Mommy the Juggler - Do you have what it takes to handle life as a mom?

Fun Facts - This is a great game to play among a close group of friends.

Mad Lib - Put a funny spin on reality by creating a baby shower Mad Lib.


Celebrity Baby Names

Curious to know which celebrity gave their baby what name? Well, here is a general over view of some wild baby names and twin baby names.

Celebrity babies are big news. Add to their celebrity status before birth and the fascination with baby names in general and you've got a great match. Here are some of the names celebrities have chosen for their babies.

Wild Baby Names

Celebrities are notorious for being a bit out there. With some of the baby names we're seen you might agree. Here are some of the more interesting names for babies!

Moxie CrimeFighter Jillette Parents: Emily and Penn Jillette

Apple Martin and brother, Moses Parents: Gwyneth Paltrow and Chris Martin

Fifi-Trixibelle, Peaches, Pixie Parents: Bob Geldof and Paula Yates

Pilot Inspektor Parent: Jason Lee

Dwezel Zappa and sisters, Moon Unit and Diva Parent: Frank Zappa

Meaningful Baby Names

Some celebrities are going back to their roots or family trees and choosing names.

Thijs Parents: Matt and Annette Lauer

Johan Riley Fyodor Taiwo Samuel Henry G√ľnther Ademola Dashtu Samuel Parents: Heidi Klum and Seal

Twin Baby Names

As if naming one baby wasn't enough, here are the twin baby names chosen by some celebrities.

D'Lila Starr and Jessie James, twins Babies are named after theirgrandmothers Parents: P. Diddy Combs and Kim

Frank Harlan James and Dexter Henry Lorcan Parents: Elvis Costello and Diana Krall

Phinehas and Hazel Parents: Julia Roberts and Danny Moder


Wednesday, March 28, 2007

Pregnancy and Migraine Disease

Nearly 33 million Americans suffer from migraine, and the majority of those are women. It stands to reason that many women in their childbearing years will suffer from migraine disease. What does a pregnant mother-to-be do to treat her disease?

An automatic and immediate response may be to reach for some medication, but expectant mothers and their doctors should do careful research of any medication used for migraine in order to protect the developing baby.

Migraine attacks can change during pregnancy, and there is some good news right from the start; 60 to 80 percent of expectant mothers will see an improvement in their migraine patterns during their pregnancies, says Timothy R. Smith, MD, RPh. Smith is the director of the Ryan Headache Center in St. Louis, Missouri.

Hormonal changes in pregnancy probably account for the relief many pregnant women realize. Migraine relief will usually last until shortly after the birth of the baby, unless the mother chooses to breastfeed; then her relief may last until the baby weans (See: Breastfeeding with Head Pain Disorders).

However, Smith cautions, there are some women who will have worsening symptoms of their migraines, especially during the first trimester.

If an expectant mother does not get relief from migraine attacks during her pregnancy or the migraine attacks worsen, with careful consideration, there are several ways to address the situation.

“Migraine management during pregnancy presents special problems because of limitation on medication use,” says Smith. Smith encourages his female patients to postpone pregnancy until their migraines are stable and manageable. Then, preventive medications can be slowly discontinued prior to pregnancy.

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Tuesday, March 27, 2007

? OF THE WEEK: Did/ Do You Have a Favorite Piece of Clothing or Accessory During Pregnancy?

I must say that when I was pregnant with Emily I had several pieces of clothing that were very comfortable, such as my Childish Velour maternity drawstring pants that were a gift from a friend, and a great one, I must admit. I wanted to wear them everywhere because they were so comfy. But when it came to certain occassions, I had to leave my drawstring pants behind. The one clothing item that comes in first place for me, something I just couldn't do without, was the Bella Band! I loved it. I began wearing it once my shirts were becoming too short because of my enlarging belly and when I could fit in my jeans, but couldn't button them. The bella band saved my pregnancy style and a lot of money! The Bella Band can be worn all around the belly, over your pants or even tucked in. It was such an essential part of my maternity wardrobe that I just couldn't do without. So, the question is... Did/do you have a favorite piece of clothing or accessory during your pregnancy that you just couldn't do without?

When Coosing a Prenatal Class

Your mother likely learned all she needed to know about labor, birth and mothering from her mother and grandmother. Today, many women give birth far away from family and friends, which makes prenatal classes a lifeline for both first-timers and experienced moms who want a refresher course. It's important to do your homework and find the class that suites your needs and fits your lifestyle and goals. Start your research by asking an experienced midwife, nurse or Ob/Gyn. These are important questions to ask yourself about a prenatal class:
  • What do you want to learn? An effective instructor combines demonstrations, videos, practive, lectures and handouts in order to appeal to everyone.
  • What's the environment like? Is it conducive to learning?
  • Does your healthcare provider support the program?
  • Can your birthing partner attend the class with you? Are the instructors supportive if you're a single mom-to-be?
  • Are the instructors up-to-date?
  • Is the class offered in your native language? Can it be adapted to a culturally diverse environment?
  • Are instructors comfortable being asked questions?
source: epregnancy