If you've ever been pregnant or
tried to conceive then you know how important hormones are in your daily life. However, much of how hormones work in the body continues to be shrouded in
mystery for most women. This informative book by Dr. Claudia Welch seeks to
dispel common misconceptions about hormones and helps the reader understand how
to make changes in their life that will keep their hormones in balance.
Probably the most eye-opening
piece of information you can garner from the book is the way stress hormones
and love hormones interact. It’s fascinating to know that stress hormones not
only send the body and the mind into a tailspin of symptoms but they actually
deplete your body’s ability to produce sex and love hormones as well. Armed
with this knowledge, it becomes easy to understand how important it is to
reduce stress in your life and Dr. Welch provides a full course on how to do
Despite the fact that Dr. Welch
cites many Western studies to show the reader how the body works, she follows
Ayurveda (an ancient Indian healing system) and Traditional Chinese Medicine
(TCM). By using the concepts of body types from Ayurveda, she lays out an
individualized plan for creating a balanced lifestyle. Foods are categorized as
“hot” and “cold” according to both Ayurveda and TCM and types of exercise are
recommended based on your Ayurvedic body type.
Whatever stage of life you are in
– teen years, trying to conceive, pregnant, postpartum or past menopause- there
is great advice in this book that could potentially change your life. Even a woman
well-versed in nutrition and natural healing can learn a lot and gain
inspiration to take better care of herself by reading this book. It is easy to
read even though it presents advanced concepts to the reader. Balance Your Hormones, Balance Your Life
is a must-read for any woman looking to lead a healthier life. You can pick up a copy on Amazon.
An alarming statistic has been making the media rounds: the
infant mortality rate in West Coast cities of the United States spiked by 35% in the weeks following the Fukoshima nuclear disaster in Japan. The statistic
is attributed to doctor and author Janette D. Sherman, M.D. in collaboration with Joseph Mangano. A quick
look at their conclusions convinces most people; however, looking closer
reveals an obvious flaw in their data.
Dr. Sherman reviewed the weekly CDC reports from four weeks
before the disaster (March 11th) and ten weeks after. These reports
are publically available and provide the number of infant deaths in cities
across the United States. She states that the average number of infant deaths
rose from 9.25 per week to 12.5 in the West Coast cities of Portland, Seattle,
San Francisco, Boise, Berkeley, San Jose, Santa Cruz and Sacramento.
Michael Moyer of The Scientific American saw these
statistics and decided to do a little fact-checking. Immediately he was thrown
off by the small pool of data used by the report’s authors, so he used a much
larger period of time to determine a trend. He used the same CDC reports and
graphed them in a couple different ways. The graphs pretty clearly show that
while infant deaths did spike in the time that the Dr. Sherman and her
colleague reviewed, that they were not significantly higher than average infant
mortality rates in the two months prior to the incident.
The real damage of the Fukoshima disaster is yet to be
determined but certainly safeguards should be taken to avoid radiation exposure,
particularly if you are pregnant. Consuming foods that have iodine in them can
help protect the thyroid from radioactive matter (table salt usually has iodine
in it unless you specifically buy the kind that doesn’t have it added). Eating
sea vegetables is an excellent way to consume protective ingredients like
iodine and sodium alginate. Apples, carrots, beans and the peels of citrus
fruits contain pectin, which has been found to pull radioactive material
through the body.
Are you concerned
about radiation exposure on the West Coast?
Is the Dramatic Increase in Baby Deaths in the US a Result
of Fukushima Fallout? [PRN]
Does your baby look more like mom or dad? For decades, a
scientific theory has surmised that babies look more like their fathers for
evolutionary reasons but recent research suggests that babies usually have a
mix of the two parent's appearances and no consensus on the issue has been
The concept that babies look more like their fathers was
part of an evolutionary hypothesis – if babies look more like their dads,
fathers can confirm the paternity of the child. A study completed in 1995
seemed to support this idea because people who took part in the study were
better able to match a photo of a baby with the father than the mother.
However, scientists have been hard-pressed to replicate these findings. In
fact, studies undertaken since then have generally shown that babies look like
both parents and some studies have determined that babies look more like their
While strangers may feel that babies resemble their mothers
or both parents, mothers seem to have an entirely different perception of their
offspring’s looks. In one study, babies were perceived as resembling their
mothers more than their fathers in the first few days of life, but the mothers
still believed that their babies most closely resembled the fathers. The
researchers from Georgia Southern University involved in the study said of the
finding: “The bias in how mothers remark resemblance does not reflect actual
resemblance and may be an evolved or conditioned response to assure domestic
fathers of their paternity.”
Other scientists have speculated that babies specifically don’t
resemble their fathers, since undetermined paternity could ensure that another
male would be willing to take care of the child. Despite many hypotheses, it
seems that the scientific community continues to be torn on who babies resemble
Which parent does
your baby resemble most?
Fact or Fiction: Do Babies Resemble Their Fathers More Than
Their Mothers? [Scientific
PregnancyWeekly has unveiled its mobile pregnancy tips
program! Subscribers can now sign up to receive free tips about baby
development, safety and much more every week on your cell phone (standard text
messaging charges from your network provider still apply).
Signing up to receive the weekly texts is easy. If you’re
new to PW, when you create an account you’ll be asked if you want to take part
in the new texting program. If you’re already a subscriber, simply visit the My Account page
and opt-in at the bottom of the page. Once you’ve signed up, you’ll receive a
confirmation text with instructions on how to confirm the subscription.
Making changes to your personalized weekly texts is also
simple. If you want to change your due date, reply to a text with your new due
date in the correct format (MM/DD/YYYY). If you want to cancel your subscription,
just reply to a text with “Stop.”
The service is only available to phone numbers in the United
States at this time. Tips will continue until you reach your expected due date.
Have you signed up
for the new weekly pregnancy texts?
It's a baby shower for the expectant mother and perhaps a "dadchelor" party for the expectant father. Much like a bachelor party, the
dadchelor party is thrown for a new dad by his buddies as a last hurrah before
he must buckle down and take responsibility for another life. Reportedly, guys
are heading to a game or out for a pub crawl to say goodbye to their pre-father
A dadchelor party can take many forms and is sometimes
referred to as a daddymoon or a man-shower. More often than not, the
celebration includes lots of drinking and sometimes entails a trip to another
city. A diaper keg, where guys exchange a diaper for a beer, is one possible activity.
Although the idea is to have one night without responsibility, there are still
certain constraints. The party has to occur at least one month before the
baby’s due date, to avoid having a drunken father find out his wife is in labor
and the new father should not have to pay for any drinks.
Carley Rooner, editor of the theBump.com, believes that the
dadchelor party is a result of the changing roles of fathers. She’s seen a
takeoff of such festivities in the last couple years, which has coincided with
an increased number of fathers getting more involved in their parental roles.
She also credits the advanced age of parents nowadays. Couples who have enjoyed
their freedom longer than their peers tend to panic a bit more about losing the
things that other parents have warned them about, such as sleep, sex, and
What do you think of
'Dadchelor Parties' Celebrate First Time Fathers [HuffPo]
A poll of nearly 1000 fathers has revealed that mothers
aren't the only ones struggling to find balance between work and family. For
decades, the traditional dynamic of parents has been changing, with fathers
taking on more of the child-rearing duties and more mothers working outside the
home. This recent study suggests that parents have come to a remarkably similar
position as the traditional roles have shifted.
The fathers interviewed for the survey were all “white-collar”
workers for large corporations. The majority of the respondents felt that they
were trying to share the caregiving duties equally in their household, but
still felt like they weren’t living up to their own standards. In addition, 70%
of the respondents wished they were able to spend more time with their kids and
57% of the fathers said they were unable to get everything done at home because
of their jobs. More than 75% of the respondents said they took one week or less
off for the birth of their child.
These numbers aren’t going to surprise many parents, but
hopefully they paint a vivid picture for legislators and employers. Parents are
increasingly finding it difficult to raise their children well and retain good-paying
jobs in order to live. Paid parental leave laws would go a long way towards
solving this dilemma.
Does the father in
your family have trouble finding work/life balance?
US dads torn between children, career: study [AFP]