Posts Tagged ‘Pregnancy’

Light drinking ok while pregnant?

October 13, 2010

A no-no or ok?

Something strange happens when you announce to friends and family you’re pregnant.  All of a sudden, you’re bombarded with advice about what you should and shouldn’t be doing during those nine months.  I don’t blame you if you find it all confusing, especially considering the establishment can’t seem to agree what’s best for the health of a pregnant woman and her baby. 

Case in point…a new study recently published in the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health finds mothers-to-be who drink 1-2 servings of alcohol per day, won’t be putting their babies at risk for developmental disabilities down the road.  In fact, the study found the children born to light drinkers were less likely to suffer behavioral problems and scored higher on cognitive tests. 

And yet…doctors are still advising women to avoid alcohol, especially during the first trimester. 

Confused yet? 

So who’s right? 

I guess it’s really up to the individual, but I’m in the belief that it’s better to be safe than sorry.  Giving up the drink for nine months (or at least the first three) is really a small sacrifice considering the negative alternatives.

Ella, ella, hey, hey

August 17, 2010

In case you missed the news last week, the FDA approved a new form of emergency contraception that prevents pregnancies as many as five days after unprotected sex.

The pill, called ella, is already available in Europe and is said to be more effective than the morning after pill Plan B.

Some anti-abortion advocates are crying foul and say men might slip ella to unsuspecting women.  Those on the opposite side of the issue point to statistics that they say prove emergency contraception has no effect on pregnancy or abortion rates.

According to the New York Times…

“Much of the debate over the drug springs from an argument over how it works, which despite considerable research remains something of a mystery. It blocks the effects of progesterone, a female hormone that spurs ovulation. It is, however, a chemical relative to RU-486, the abortion pill, and there is some evidence that ella makes the womb less hospitable to a fertilized egg by reducing the lining of the uterus.

To the scientists on the advisory committee, whether the pill works by preventing ovulation or implantation was mostly immaterial to the decision about whether it is safe and effective. But to religious groups, the distinction is crucial, since they consider that preventing implantation of a fertilized egg is akin to abortion.”

No matter what you think…remember this:  women who have unprotected sex have a 1 in 20 chance of becoming pregnant.

Save the Children’s Mothers

March 10, 2010

In light of International Women’s Day, groups around the world are drawing attention to a problem you wouldn’t think would be so prevalent in the modern world: the death rate of mothers during pregnancy. 

While it’s essentially been wiped out in countries like the U-S and England, the numbers are staggering in developing countries in Africa and Asia.  For example, the number of pregnancy-related deaths in Ghana is 560 per 100, 000.  It’s 1500 in Chad.  In the U-S, the number is 550 out of 4 million births a year ( a number 4X higher than the goal the government set for this year).

The subject will be the focus of a conference to be held in Washington DC in June. 

SOURCE: International Women’s Day call for labour deaths action

Stretching the Truth

September 18, 2009

If you use or have thought of using cocoa butter to reduce stretch marks, I’ve got some news you probably don’t want to hear.  A recent study finds cocoa butter does nothing (nothing!) to reduce those ugly, dark patches of skin.  Now before you head to the freezer and grab that pint of chocolate chip cookie dough because there’s no reason to diet because you will never look good in a bikini, there is some good news.  A different study finds Vitamin E creams ARE effective.  So put the spoon down and reach for the Vitamin E cream instead.  And Ladies, despite what you might think, stretch marks aren’t the end of the world!

 SOURCE: The Claim: Cocoa Butter Can Remove Stretch Marks