Friday, May 04, 2007

Thousands of Baby Bibs Recalled

The U.S Consumer Product Safety Commission warned Wednesday that there is a potential risk of lead exposure from baby bibs with cracked or peeling vinyl surfaces. The consumer alert applies only to used bibs that are worn or have deteriorated, officials said. However, if the condition of a vinyl bib deteriorates to the point that a baby could pull or bite off and swallow a piece of vinyl containing lead, then the amounts of lead consumed could approach levels of concern. The bibs were sold in packages of two or seven bibs and come in colorful designs sometime with Sesame Street characters printed on them and were sold from June of 2004 to March of 2007. They range in price from $2 to $7. CPSC staff is advising parents and caregivers to stop using vinyl bibs in such condition. In the CPSC staff's view, this step could effectively prevent any significant risk of exposure to lead from these products. CPSC takes the issue of lead exposure very seriously, as lead is toxic and if ingested by young children can cause adverse health effects, such as learning disabilities, behavioral problems, growth retardation and hearing problems. There have been no reported injuries involving these bibs. For more information go to the CPSC's Web site, which includes a link to testing results.

Lead was found in the vinyl of "Baby Connection" brand baby bibs. The bibs have more than 16 times the amount of lead allowed in paint. That's according to the Center for Environmental Health. Hamco made the bibs, embroidered with Sesame Street characters, exclusively for Wal-Mart. Thousands have been sold in the past three years.

These baby bibs are also sold at Wal-Mart. Wal-Mart says no injuries have been reported, so far. If you've bought these bibs, you can get a refund from Wal-Mart. Call: (877) 373-3812 for more information.

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Signs and Symptoms of Pregnancy

My first for sure sign that I was pregnant was missing my period. Once I didn't get it I was just hoping that I was finally pregnant. Another sure sign that came along was nausea. What signs and symptoms did you experience in your early stage of pregnancy? Read the article below about more common symtoms of early pregnancy. ______________________________________________________ The signs and symptoms of early pregnancy which are not noticed until you find out you have missed your period are a common health question. Despite the order of pregnancy, the signs of them are all the same. However, a woman may experience more breast pain or nausea during one pregnancy, while she might not have them during another. Breasts and/ or nipples swollen, tender or sore are often the first physical sign of pregnancy. The reason behind it is the increased production of the hormones estrogen and progesterone. The woman's body is undergoing changes to get ready for breastfeeding. Fatigue or unusual tiredness -- during early pregnancy a woman's body is working over time to keep up with the changes. Increase in hormonal production, escalation in heart rate due to increase of blood flow to bring nutrients to the fetus are other signs to be watched for. Progesterone is the cause of fatigue and sleepiness. Extremes of emotions experienced during pregnancy are also other factors of fatigue. Missing periods -- the most common reason for missing a period is pregnancy. A pregnancy test and a pelvic exam can determine a woman's pregnancy. Not all absence of menstruation or amenorrhea means pregnancy, so consult your doctor. Cramps and/ or light bleeding -- the most common reason for that is implantation. The bleeding occurs when the fertilized egg implants itself in the uterine lining, about 10 to 14 days after conception. The implantation bleeding, the only sign that implantation has occurred, is very light. It could look like spots on the panties. Cramping, similar to menstrual cramps, occur early during pregnancy and when the uterus begins to expand for the next 40 weeks to make room for the embryo to develop into a fetus. Morning sickness -- nausea during pregnancy can occur with or without vomiting. While it is most common during the fourth and eighth week of pregnancy, many women experience the symptoms after the two weeks of the conception. Morning sickness can occur at anytime during the day or night. The most common reason for the symptom is rapid raise in estrogen, produced by the fetus and placenta. Another reason for the nausea is odor due to the heightened sense of smell in pregnant women. Running to the bathroom -- during the first and third trimesters of pregnancy, the growing uterus causes frequent urination. A pregnant woman may feel she needs to move into the bathroom. Source

Apples During Pregnancy May Protect Children From Asthma

Eating regular, well-balanced meals is very important when a woman is pregnant. Such a diet if rich in fruits like apple, may protect the child from many diseases, including asthma reports Sade Oguntola

Perhaps you just learned that you are pregnant? Your tummy may not even be showing that you are pregnant. However the choices you make and what you eat now and every daynow that you are pregnant or breastfeeding can affect your health and the health of your baby.

Eating regular, well-balanced meals is more important when you are pregnant than at any other time of your life. A pregnant woman’s need for most vitamins and minerals, particularly folic acid and iron, also increases. These nutrients are important for the baby’s growth and development. They give the baby strong bones and teeth, healthy skin, and a healthy body. A healthy diet is one that is based mainly on plant foods such as vegetables, fruits, bread, potatoes, cereals, and beans accompanied by relatively small amounts of proteinous foods like low fat milk, fish, lean red meats, and poultry.

Studies have examined dietary intakes of fruits, vegetables, cereals and starches, various fatty acids, vitamin A, vitamin C, vitamin E, minerals (sodium, magnesium, copper, zinc, and selenium), and antioxidants for possible associations with asthma. In cross-sectional surveys, a wide range of nutrients appear to have an effect on asthma outcomes.

A pregnant woman’s nutrition during pregnancy also may have a role on asthma outcome. Pregnancy is the one times when one person’s eating habits directly affects another. A decision to incorporate vegetables, whole grains and legumes, lean protein, and other wise food choices into the eating plan before and during pregnancy can give the baby a strong start to life.

This is also substantiated by a new study that suggested that women who eat apples while pregnant may protect their child from developing asthma and related symptoms later in life. Childhood asthma has become more widespread in recent decades. As the most common chronic illness in children, childhood asthma causes more missed school and places more limits on activity than any other disease.

The compelling research from the Netherlands and Scotland looked for associations between what the women ate and the children’s risk of asthma or wheezing. During the course of study, they found that children of mothers with sufficient intake of apple had significantly reduced risk of developing asthma and childhood wheezing. However, the way apple consumption staved off asthma symptoms is still not very clear.

There speculation was that certain chemicals in apples - called flavonoids - may have a protective effect against asthma, though the way apple consumption does this is still not very clear. Tracking dietary intake in nearly 2,000 pregnant women, they found that eating four or more apples a week during pregnancy appeared to lower the risk of asthma in the women’s children, according to the study in Thorax

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Thursday, May 03, 2007

Migraines During Pregnancy Linked To Vascular Diseases

Migraines during pregnancy are strongly linked to vascular diseases, such as stroke and heart disease, according to research that will be presented at the American Academy of Neurology's 59th Annual Meeting in Boston, April 28, May 5, 2007.

Researchers looked at a national database of nearly 17 million women discharged for pregnancy deliveries from 2000-2003. A total of 33,956 of the women were treated for migraines.

The study found women treated for migraines during pregnancy were 19 times more likely to suffer a stroke, five times more likely to have a heart attack and more than twice as likely to have heart disease, blood clots and other vascular problems.

"Women with persistent migraine during pregnancy should be aware of their risk factors, such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes, history of blood clots, heart disease, and prior stroke," said study author Cheryl Bushnell, MD, with Duke University in Durham, NC, and Fellow of the American Academy of Neurology. Bushnell says there also seems to be a connection between migraines and preeclampsia, the most common and dangerous complication of pregnancy. "Good prenatal care is essential," she adds.

The study also found a link between migraines and the age of the mother. Women who were 35 or older when they delivered were more likely to have migraines during pregnancy.

Migraines with aura, or an unpleasant sensation most often in the form of bright light, have previously been linked to stroke and heart disease in women. "This study now supports the same association in women who are pregnant," said Bushnell. "However, further studies are still needed to validate these findings."


Wednesday, May 02, 2007

New Mother, Melanie Brown, Talks About Taking Eddie To Court

Since Melanie Brown, aka Scary Spice, had her new girl, Angel Iris, life has been a little tough for her. She is finding it difficult to get Eddie Murphy to open up and admit to being the father of Angel. Brown told People that she loves motherhood, but does not enjoy what Murphy is putting her through.
He's not doing a DNA test and he's not signing the birth certificate. So it's going to have to go to court so he can be forced to do it, which is strange since he was the one asking for it. He hasn't seen his daughter. My people have contacted his people and they just had no response to anything. I just think no woman should have to go through that and no baby should have to go through that. Be responsible. What else can you say? I feel great! I'm happy. I was a happy pregnant woman and now I'm a happy new mom. Life goes on, and I have two beautiful children.
Angel has not yet met the rest of her family and Brown is looking forward to taking her back to England once the paternity test is done. After reading that I am so proud of her. She is stuck in a difficult situation and I wish her the best. Source

Tuesday, May 01, 2007

Researchers Identify Genes for Childhood Seizures

This is very worthy information about seizures in children and infants. Please read and learn about how seizures can actually be within the family genes. ___________________________________________________________ French scientists studying four generations of a single family have honed in on two genes associated with fever-related seizures in infants and children. These "febrile" seizures are the most common seizure disorder in children, affecting 2 percent to 5 percent of children by age 6 in the United States. Most children with the disorder experience seizures only once or a few times and suffer no permanent brain damage. Some children with febrile seizures do develop other seizure disorders, such as epilepsy, later in life.

Of the 51 people in the family, 13 had childhood febrile seizures. In all cases, the seizures stopped by age 7, but six of the 13 developed epilepsy later on. The researchers compared the 13 people affected by febrile seizures to 13 other family members who did not have the attacks.

The study found that those who had febrile seizures shared similarities on chromosome 3 and chromosome 18.

The findings are published in the April 24 issue of Neurology.

"Identifying the genes responsible for febrile seizures could improve the understanding, treatment and even prevention of this disorder," study author Dr. Rima Nabbout, of the French Institute for Medical Research in Paris, said in a prepared statement.

Previous studies have identified four other chromosome areas associated with febrile seizures.

More information

The Nemours Foundation has more about febrile seizures.


Yoga and Pregnancy

SugarFit has a great article with tips about yoga and pregnancy that I thought was quite fitting for those of who practice yoga or are looking into it. Many pregnant women workout and many of those practice yoga, even actress Naomi Watts. She looks quite happy and delighted in the pic above. Maybe it was the yoga that put her in such a good mood?

Here are some great tips you should know about yoga and pregnancy:

  • While pregnant your body produces a hormone called relaxin that is intended to soften your inflexible bones and ligaments to make room for your growing baby and to prepare for birth. Avoid stretching further than you normally do, you don't want to pull a muscle.
  • Try to find a Prenatal Yoga class so you'll be able to get your questions answered. It's also a great way to meet new moms and share with women who know exactly what you're going through.
  • Drink plenty of water and be sure to get the extra 300-500 calories you need during pregnancy, especially if you are exercising.

Here are some important moves you should avoid:

  • There are a few poses and actions you should avoid - deep twists from the belly, jumping, deep back bending, holding your breath or rapid breathing (kapalabhati), abdominal work such as boat pose, lying on your belly such as in cobra pose, Bikram/Hot yoga (you don't want to raise you body's core temp), and anything that feels uncomfortable.
  • In the 3rd trimester, avoid all inversions - your baby is getting ready to move into birthing position and you don't want to disrupt that. This means any pose where your head is below your heart, even in down dog. Substitute hands and knees pose instead.
  • Prenatal Yoga focuses a lot on opening the hips, releasing and stretching the lower back, relaxation skills, and pranayama (breath). By using and stretching the muscles you'll need during birth, you will essentially be making labor easier!
  • Listen to your body. If you get too hot or too tired during class, take a break. And don't overdo it.

Pregnancy Help Line Opens in Australia

This is great news to hear. Australia has begun a $15 million, Federal Government funded, 24-hour pregnancy help line. It is designed to provide advice to women who are pregnant and in need of counsellors to talk to. This is especially great for women who feel that they are facing their pregnancy alone.

McKesson Asia Pacific will run the service but it has been criticised for using Catholic agency Centacare in an advisory role.

But a spokesman for Centacare, Frank Quinlan, says he cannot understand the fuss as the agency is only one of many providing advice.

"It surprises me when one Church agency plays such a small role in the development of a service that it creates such a controversy really," he said.

"Church agencies have been providing support to pregnant women and their families and to women who have had terminations and their families for decades or longer and will continue to do so."

Mr Quinlan says the information given by the help line will be objective.

"The options that people have when they're facing this question involve termination, they involve adopting out the child, they may involve maintaining the pregnancy and keeping the pregnancy with some additional support," he said.

"They're all options that would potentially be explored as part of the service."

Mr Quinlan says the help line will not refer women for terminations.


Indoor Tanning & Pregnancy

The issue of tanning is an important subject that comes up year-round. Expectant mothers as well as salon owners must consider several factors when deciding on an indoor tanning policy regarding pregnancy.

It is important to note that indoor tanning equipment utilizing either primarily UVA (as in high-pressure tanning equipment) or UVA and UVB (as in low-pressure products) penetrate the layers of the epidermis, dermis, and in some cases, the subcutaneous layer of the skin. It does not however, have sufficient energy to penetrate any further. UV tanning rays do not penetrate to a depth that would directly affect a fetus. However, there are indirect factors that must be considered when allowing a pregnant consumer to tan in your tanning facility.

One of the biggest concerns regarding tanning and pregnancy lies with the possibility of dehydration or overheating, which is referred to medically as hyperthermia. In the initial stages of pregnancy, there are certain studies that have linked extreme hyperthermia to birth defects including heart problems, abdominal-wall defects and problems with the development of the nervous system.

Most of these problems are rare, have not been linked to indoor tanning and only have been associated with prolonged exposure to temperatures of 102 degrees Fahrenheit or more for several hours in the early stages of pregnancy. Fortunately, regulatory standards typically limit the maximum temperature for commercial tanning devices to 100 degrees Fahrenheit. As a rule, in the later stages of pregnancy, most doctors report that a normal fetus is less sensitive to heat, although caution should still be exercised.

When considering the heat generated by tanning devices and pregnancy, common sense plays an important role. Pregnant women who decide to tan should be sure and stay well-hydrated by drinking plenty of fluids. Whether a consumer is pregnant or not, when a person starts to feel uncomfortable from the heat, it is time to end the tanning session.

Skin Changes During Pregnancy

During pregnancy, estrogen and progesterone affect hormones that stimulate the deposit of pigment in the skin. This stimulation sometimes causes an exaggerated pigmentation in the skin color of the face. Seventy percent of pregnant women develop this condition, called chloasma or the “mask of pregnancy,” which can be seen in varying degrees in a majority of pregnancies.

This darkening of the face may continue after delivery if birth control pills containing estrogen and progesterone are taken. Women with naturally dark hair are more susceptible to this condition that can be exaggerated with continued UV exposure. Although it is typically not a highly noticeable trait, many women are more conscious of their appearance during pregnancy. Fortunately, these cosmetic changes are almost always reversible after delivery.

Establishing A Policy

Even though ultraviolet light cannot penetrate the body to reach the womb or the fetus, many salon owners have made a decision not to knowingly allow clients to tan during pregnancy. In other instances, salon owners require written permission from the customer’s personal physician or obstetrician. However, the ultimate decision should be left to the informed salon owner as to the policy of tanning while pregnant.

Salon owners also should discuss this policy with their insurance carriers. In some cases, insurance companies will have a pregnancy/tanning policy in place that mandates the procedures of the salon. In any case, owners should develop a written and consistent policy so staff members handling customers will be well aware of the owner’s wishes regarding tanning and pregnancy.

For more information about salon policies and procedures, check out NTTI’s Salon Operations & Procedures Course at