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Is Running OK During Pregnancy?

In the old days it was that pregnant women were treated as fragile and delicate. It was thought that any strain or strenuous activity; any exertion would endanger both mother and child.However, now, as medical science and mothers themselves understand more about the tremendous capability of the female body, we understand better the dos and […]

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Kourtney Kardashian’s Tips To Get Back Your Body Post Pregnancy

Many women revel in their new role as mother but still regret the pounds that have piled on in the process. While each woman’s body responds differently for motherhood, weight gain is almost universal and each woman desires to get back the body she had before she got pregnant.Celebrity mom Kourtney Kardashian who gave birth […]

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Fetal Heart Rate Monitor Leads to Unecessary C-Sections

My patient needed to be delivered. She had just developed eclampsia, a potentially fatal disease that afflicts women in the second half of pregnancy. She had suffered a seizure and dangerously high blood pressure, and was at risk for far worse, including a stroke. No one knows why this condition arises, but delivery sure clears […]

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The Weekend.

So we survived the weekend, with our two-bedroom apartment filled with four adults, two infants and three dogs. And, you know, we did more than survive it. We had a great time. I was able to let go of the neat-freak, obsessive compulsive-cleaning demon that had taken over my body for the past three months […]

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Weight: An Issue For Both Men and Women Trying To Conceive

Most of us have heard how overweight women may have trouble conceiving, however this interesting article cites a study which found that if both partners were obese it may take even longer to conceive. Read more: Too Much Weight Spells Double Trouble For Couples Trying To ConceiveResearchers in Denmark studied 47,835 Danish couples between 1996 […]

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National Infertility Awareness Week: A Time for Serious Reflection

National statistics indicate that as many 4 million of an estimated 35 million cohabiting heterosexual couples in the United States are infertile (i.e. unable to conceive within a year of trying). Saturday, April 24th, marked the start of National Infertility Awareness Week (NIAW), which is intended to make aspiring parents aware of their vulnerability when […]

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A1A Beachfront Avenue, just kidding just kidding

So the day everyone else left for home, Corinne, Kyle and I headed down to Ft Lauderdale. Ada tagged along, too. Jon had wanted me gone until he finished his finals, and Corinne and Kyle wanted a beach vacation, and their friend's parents have a condo there, so it was the perfect thing.The place was […]

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Weekly News Round-Up, Weather Radio Edition

I spent most of yesterday* listening to the weather radio repeatedly sound its alarm (we had tornado watches and severe thunderstorm warnings most of the day), watching the driveway fill up with water, and wondering what the lightning just hit to make that sound. It seems only right to start the round-up, then, with tornado […]

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naming ceremony…

trying this for the umpteenth timeSo the naming ceremony. First some back-story. When Bliss was 6 months old I had a naming ceremony for him. I knew I wanted to do something to welcome him to this world but as I am not Christian a baptism was not really apropos. I had liked ceremonies friends […]

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Perfect Babymoon Attire: PassionSpice Giveaway

So I admitted to some of my self esteem issues with my big belly. It's really weird, some days I love it and other days I'm trying to hide it.I'm back and forth the same way with my husband. Some days I'm like "Look at my fat belly!" and other days I'm wrapping it up […]

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Mommy Measure Measuring My Milestones

I LOVE documenting things. I've especially loved documenting my pregnancy with weekly photos and journals.Another fun way to document things that I've recently discovered is the Mommy Measure. Have you seen this? It's an adorable little measuring tape that has space for your little journal markings. It's great for women who maybe don't like to […]

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Response to comment, re: depo provera

Anonymous wrote:"I've never seen or heard of any data linking Depo failure to increased defects. Can you provide a study?"I went directly to the official FDA prescribing information for Depo Provera (Medroxyprogesterone acetate injectable suspension).I have highlighted some important information in blue, and have highlighted the studies/causation information in red.For full info, see this link:FDA […]

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Bias in healthcare

For one of my classes, we had to write a forum post about specific instances of bias in healthcare that we have either experienced or have witnessed. I wrote about weight bias in healthcare - specifically on L&D.Obesity is a huge issue. Not just in one area of nursing, but in all fields. Bias against […]

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Disney World Picture Overload

Okay. Disney World. In two words: AWESOME and exhausting. I ate good food. I rode rides. I laughed until it hurt. I bombed many a photo. It was nonstop action from 7 in the morning until midnight each night, and I feel like I’m still trying to unwind and catch up on sleep (though it […]

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Musings on an Oklahoma Abortion Law Veto

This week, Governor Henry of Oklahoma vetoed a piece of abortion legislation; HB 2780, as the Governor’s office’s press release stated, “would have forced women to undergo an ultrasound and listen to a detailed description of it before they could obtain an abortion.”I think this bill deserved to be vetoed, and had a high likelihood […]

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Bedrest

And... the shit hit the fan today.I went in for my monthly growth ultrasound. The tech measured my cervix, which had been 3.16 and her measurement was something like 2.4ish. I knew that was bad.She said the babies measured fine, 42nd percentile for both of them - around 2lb 14oz. Later the doc said one […]

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5 Tips To Handle Postpartum Depression

Postpartum depression was said to occur due to lack of vitamins, however now it is thought that the most plausible cause for this problem could be the significant changes that take place in a woman’s hormones at the time shortly after childbirth.You may do everything right and still get the baby blues, and in some […]

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Coping with Pregnancy at Work

From hiding morning sickness to breaking the news to your boss, here's how to survive pregnancy on the job.It's best to wait to share your pregnancy news until after your first trimester when your risk of miscarriage decreases.To help keep your pregnancy a secret, move the buttons on your pants so you can wear your […]

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Multi-vitamin during pregnancy ‘cuts chances of having an underweight baby’

Children who are underweight at birth are more likely to develop health problems including difficulty breathing and jaundice.Experts believe that they could also be more likely to develop a number of major illnesses, including diabetes and heart disease, in later life.But new research suggests that taking a specially created supplement could cut the risk of […]

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Support Groups Really Do Help You Conceive

I never thought I was much of a "support group" kind of person, but after a few years of going through fertility treatments and suffering a number of miscarriages, I thought a support group might help. I was surprised how much I really enjoyed getting together with other women who were going through the same […]

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What If

What if... I can never be happy again? Before the days of infertility, there were great days, excitement, opportunity, blue skies, and hope. Today I am mired in a web of not-so-great days, anger, hopelessness, and jealousy. It has been 6 months since I ended infertility treatment for good. That sounds a little freeing saying […]

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Little Girl, What Are You Doing in There?

Dear Daughter,We are 31 weeks along today... That means there's just about 9 more weeks until you arrive! My mom had me a couple of weeks early, I wonder if that means you may be a little early. I had a long conversation with your grandma about all of her labors with your aunts. She […]

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Birth control: when it fails

Do you ever wonder if sometimes, things are just meant to be? No matter what we do, if it's supposed to happen, something will happen?I've taken care of women who have had a variety of genuine birth control "failures" which resulted in fullterm, living babies.- IUD failure: vaginal birth of a healthy baby girl. IUD […]

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H1N1 And Pregnant Women

Statistics show that at any given time, about 1% of the American population is composed of pregnant women. However, in terms of the proportion of pregnant women died from the H1N1 Swine Flu, they comprised 5% of the total deaths. These facts and figures were found by a recently concluded study.The swine flu death rate […]

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Winter and autumn babies are more prone to food allergies

Babies born in autumn or winter are more likely to develop a food allergy than those born in spring or summer, US researchers have found.The Boston scientists believe the trend may be explained by a lack of the sunshine vitamin, vitamin D.Vitamin D from natural sun exposure is needed for the healthy development of a […]

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