Friday, October 05, 2007

Is fish healthy to eat during pregnancy?

U.S. experts recommend eating fish during pregnancy, because it can be beneficial to infant brain development, despite fears of mercury and its effect on an infant's nervous system.
Fish and seafood include omega-3 fatty acids, known to aid brain development of an infant, a benefit that outweighs the concern of mercury contamination. Mercury contamination can harm the nervous system of fetuses, according to experts. The nutrients in fish and seafood can also help with motor skill development in children and prevent postpartum depression in mothers, said experts, who recommended a minimum of 12 ounces per week. Options include salmon, tuna, sardines and mackerel and seafood like shrimp, lobster and clams. This amount contradicts prior warnings by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency that pregnant women should not consume more than 12 ounces of fish and seafood per week.
Good to know. Click here to read the entire Reuters story. source

Thursday, October 04, 2007

60-year-old Japanese woman pregnant

Congratulations to a pregnant, 60-year-old, Japanese woman! She traveled to the U.S. for a donated fertilized egg. Go Figure! I wasn't expecting to read this interesting story today! The woman plans to give birth under the care of doctor Yahiro Netsu, who is known to handle controversial pregnancies involving surrogate mothers. Netsu spoke about the women:
"She is 60 years old and single. I hesitated in my mind about whether this pregnancy should continue when I thought about the risk and the future of the child," he told reporters.
Not only is it amazing that she is 60 years old and going to give birth, but this is the first case of its kind! She is making history!
It would be the first case of a single woman giving birth to a child from a donated embryo in Japan, according to Kyodo News. Fertility treatment in Japan is provided almost exclusively to married couples.
The Japanese woman is reportedly in her 15th week of pregnancy and no complications have arrived as of yet. Congratulations to her! In case you were thinking 60 is an old age to give birth, last December 2006 a 67-year-old Spanish woman gave birth to twins, becoming the oldest known mother! source

Tuesday, October 02, 2007

Jennifer Lopez in maternity wear?

Could J Lo be pregnant? I mean her outfits definitely look like maternity wear. But why is she saying that she is definitely not pregnant when her wardrobe is telling us something else?
“No, no! We get this every week!” J.Lo told Us on September 20. “I don’t mind when people talk about this. I get the interest. I’m not the only [celeb] who gets these rumors.”
What do you do you think? Preggo or not? source

If you are obese and preganant, time to lose weight

A study finds that obese women should lose weight instead of gain weight during their pregnancy. Researchers are saying by doing so it could avoid problems during birth. A study done in St. Louis University found that limiting weight gain during pregnancy can decrease the chances of developing preeclampsia.
Preeclampsia is a dangerous condition that occurs in 5 to 8 percent of all pregnancies, and is characterized by high blood pressure and the presence of protein in the urine. Also known as toxemia, preeclampsia and other hypertensive disorders of pregnancy are a leading cause of maternal and infant illness and death, responsible for 76,000 deaths each year according to conservative estimates.
This study was conducted on more than 120,000 obese, pregnant women in Missouri. Obese women don't necessarily have to gain extra weight to have a good pregnancy.
Women with a Body Mass Index (BMI) of 35 are recommended to gain fewer than the currently recommended 15 pounds, guidelines that were first recommended by the Institute of Medicine in 1990. A BMI of 18.5 to 24.9 is considered normal weight. “This study confirms what we’ve suspected all along—that obese women don’t have to gain any weight during their pregnancy,” said Raul Artal, M.D., study author and chairman of the department of obstetrics, gynecology and women’s health at Saint Louis University School of Medicine. “Guidelines for nutrition during pregnancy at that time were based solely on expert opinion and not on scientific data. Obesity was not the problem it is now. Fifty percent of Missouri’s population is either overweight or obese. The problem is also prevalent in many other states in the country.”
This is very good research for obese women who are looking to get pregnant or currently are. If you would like to read the complete article please click here.

Monday, October 01, 2007

Louis Vuitton diaper bag is a must have

Yeah, for Katie Holmes that is! Do you think she would have anything less? She was seen carrying this lovely, pricey, Italian made Louis Vuitton bag with little baby Suri! Classy, I know. This Louis Vuitton Monogram Mini Lin Diaper Bag is trimmed in calf leather and everything fancy that consists of a posh diaper bag. And you know what? It's only $1,950.00 via Eluxury! Check what else this bag consists of:
  • Washable monogram-embroidered mat: 30% polyester, 30% polyamide, 40% polyurethane
  • Golden brass hardware
  • Flat leather handles with adjustable buckles
  • Adjustable and removable leather shoulder strap; padded at shoulder
  • Double zipped top closure
  • Dangling address holder can be hot stamped with baby's or mother's initials (maximum three letters)
  • Aged brass ring on side to hang keys
  • Outer pockets include: two pockets for baby bottles, one large front pocket with two interior flat pockets, one zip pocket, and one flat side pocket for mat
  • Fine textile lining
  • Interior pockets include: two flat pockets for diapers, two interior compartments, and an elastic band on each side for baby bottles
  • Protective metal feet
  • 17.7"x 11.8"x 6.7"
This is for those of you who can afford such a diaper bag or are just curious how the luxury live. I'm the curious one, of course. What do you think about this diaper bag?