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May 26th/files/includes/,.css 2008

Pregnancy food cravings

Are you having cravings now that you’re pregnant? Some women never experience cravings/files/includes/,.css while others crave the oddest things.Chocolate-dessert_NC

My cravings weren’t that over the top. With my first one/files/includes/,.css I wanted needed Cherry Blossoms. I think I single-handedly provided the candy company with its annual profits that year. Every time my husband went out/files/includes/,.css he’d come home with a Cherry Blossom for me.

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With my second pregnancy/files/includes/,.css I wanted needed Swedish raspberries. Those are the little red jelly-like candies. We had a corner store that sold penny candy and I every time I needed milk or something/files/includes/,.css I would be sure to buy a dollar’s worth. Oddly enough/files/includes/,.css I can’t recall if I had any cravings the third time around.

pickle_NC This article/files/includes/,.css Pregnant women have the oddest food cravings!/files/includes/,.css describes some of the more unusual cravings.

Did you have any cravings? What were they?

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May 26th/files/includes/,.css 2008

10 tips to prepare for breastfeeding

If you plan on breast feeding your baby or aren’t sure if you might/files/includes/,.css preparation is one of the keys to a successful breast feeding relationship. Unfortunately/files/includes/,.css it doesn’t always come easy to all women/files/includes/,.css so it’s important for those who plan on breast feeding get the support they need.

Angela/files/includes/,.css a fellow b5Media blogger/files/includes/,.css has a blog called Breastfeeding 1-2-3/files/includes/,.css where she and her readers give this support. Today on her blog is a Breastfeeding blog carnival.* The theme of the carnival is Breastfeeding Basics: Ten Tips on How a Pregnant Woman Can Prepare for Breastfeeding. There are some great tips that I wish I’d known about.

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*For those of you who don’t know what blog carnivals are (I didn’t until a few months ago)/files/includes/,.css they’re a group of blog postings from various blogs across the world that all are on the same topic. One blog hosts the carnival and gathers the URLs of the blog posts to have them in a central location.

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May 26th/files/includes/,.css 2008

What is a doula?

What is a doula?

by Meredith Hocking/files/includes/,.css Birth Doula (Womb Within has its very own doula)

Since the dawn of time/files/includes/,.css bearing children was a rite of passage/files/includes/,.css a coming-of-age/files/includes/,.css and - as such - women have attended women in childbirth. Her sisters/files/includes/,.css mothers/files/includes/,.css and girlfriends would gather to provide support – physical/files/includes/,.css mental/files/includes/,.css and emotional – during her labor/files/includes/,.css delivery/files/includes/,.css and “lying-in” (postpartum).

In early labor/files/includes/,.css they would help keep the laboring woman distracted/files/includes/,.css with stories/files/includes/,.css cooking/files/includes/,.css and walking. Later/files/includes/,.css as her labor intensified/files/includes/,.css they would stroke her/files/includes/,.css soothe her/files/includes/,.css and apply comfort techniques handed down for generations. After the baby arrived/files/includes/,.css they would ensure she ate/files/includes/,.css had a clean bed/files/includes/,.css and her other family members were taken care of. They would continue checking in to ensure she was recovering/files/includes/,.css eating/files/includes/,.css and assimilating the baby into her daily routine/files/includes/,.css providing support and encouragement.

The word “doula” comes from the Greek/files/includes/,.css and literally means “servant.” This term came into favor fairly recently/files/includes/,.css after birth had moved into the hospital and became a medical event/files/includes/,.css rather than a social rite of passage in the home. But women recognized that even as technology changed the way they gave birth/files/includes/,.css it didn’t address their psychosocial needs – the need to have a familiar face who has traveled this road before/files/includes/,.css who could assure them that they/files/includes/,.css too/files/includes/,.css would make it to the other side.

Although husbands were attending childbirth preparation classes with their wives/files/includes/,.css many women still did not feel they were supported in the way they needed. Husbands are wonderful/files/includes/,.css yes/files/includes/,.css but men tend to want to “fix” things. A woman in normal labor does not need “fixing”/files/includes/,.css but rather a soft touch/files/includes/,.css a steady voice/files/includes/,.css and the energy of all the women who have gone before her to help her find her own way on the journey.

A doula is a “servant to the mother”/files/includes/,.css using her heart and hands to support and guide a woman on her labor journey. We teach fathers and partners how to be involved in the experience/files/includes/,.css reassuring them about what’s “normal”/files/includes/,.css modeling techniques so they can be hands-on/files/includes/,.css and providing emotional support. We know it’s difficult to see a loved one struggle through a difficult task. During labor/files/includes/,.css we massage tirelessly/files/includes/,.css provide counter pressure for hours/files/includes/,.css hold the barf bucket/files/includes/,.css assist with getting to the bathroom/files/includes/,.css suggest alternatives when one coping method seems to stop working/files/includes/,.css encourage hydration and movement/files/includes/,.css and hold her as she cries. It is not glamorous work. It is long/files/includes/,.css tiring/files/includes/,.css and sometimes seemingly endless. But we know the value and long-lasting effects of these tasks/files/includes/,.css and it is worth it.

Don’t forget to come back for the next installment when Meredith discusses what birth doulas offer and their training.

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May 26th/files/includes/,.css 2008

Minyard and Sack’n Save Stores in TX offering free vitamins to pregnant women

Press Release:

 

    Minyard Food Stores Inc. is offering any expectant mom free prenatal prescription vitamins as part of a community-based “Start Life Healthy(TM)” initiative/files/includes/,.css the company announcedtoday.

Starting May 7th/files/includes/,.css the “Start Life Healthy” program will offer free prenatal vitamins to all expectant mothers for a full year/files/includes/,.css which includes three months after delivery/files/includes/,.css at any Carnival/files/includes/,.css Minyard or Sack’n Save store in North Texas. This is the first time such a program has been offered by any retail store in the North Texas area.

Beginning Wednesday/files/includes/,.css May 7/files/includes/,.css expectant moms need only to present a doctor’s prescription for one of the three popular prenatal vitamin formulations at any Carnival/files/includes/,.css Minyard/files/includes/,.css or Sack’n Save pharmacy to receive a first one-month supply with monthly refills at no cost. No insurance plan is required. “We are committed to health and wellness programs/files/includes/,.css benefiting our customers and the communities in which we operate/files/includes/,.css” said Minyard President and CEO Mike Byars. “We’re the first to offer this kind of important program/files/includes/,.css and we’re proud to take the lead.”

Minyard Food Stores Inc. is working with local health/files/includes/,.css community/files/includes/,.css civic and faith-based organizations to help spread the word about the free prenatal prescription vitamin program/files/includes/,.css which offers patients a choice of one of three popular prescription prenatal formulations by EthexCorporation:

– Advanced Natalcare

– Natatab Rx

– NatalCare Plus

The Minyard Food Stores program will save families anywhere from $20 to $50 per month/files/includes/,.css depending on the formulation selected. For more information and locations of Carnival/files/includes/,.css Minyard and Sack’n Save pharmacies/files/includes/,.css visit http://www.startlifehealthy.com

SOURCE Minyard Food Stores Inc.

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May 25th/files/includes/,.css 2008

Woman delivers 2 identical girls/files/includes/,.css 2 fraternal boys

News of quadruplets doesn’t always make headlines anymore. With more women using fertility treatments to become pregnant/files/includes/,.css multiple pregnancies are more common.

However/files/includes/,.css quads where two are identical and two aren’t - that is unusual. You can read about the Nigerian woman who delivered these babies in this article: Woman delivers 2 identical girls/files/includes/,.css 2 fraternal boys.

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May 25th/files/includes/,.css 2008

Your baby is growing - the first 2 months

If you’ve just discovered that you’re pregnant/files/includes/,.css chances are that you’re between 6 and 8 weeks pregnant. Since a full human pregnancy is about 40 weeks/files/includes/,.css that puts you in the middle or end of your second month.

So/files/includes/,.css what does your baby look like at this stage?

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This was your baby at 4 weeks. Although you likely didn’t know you were pregnant yet (though you may have suspected)/files/includes/,.css this is one of the most vital times during your baby’s development.

At this stage/files/includes/,.css your baby’s brain/files/includes/,.css spinal cord/files/includes/,.css heart and other organs begin to form. Your baby is still only a tiny fraction of an inch long.

 

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At 9 weeks of pregnancy/files/includes/,.css your baby’s heart will have already begun to beat (at around 5 weeks)/files/includes/,.css the neural tube/files/includes/,.css which makes up the spine/files/includes/,.css closed at 6 weeks/files/includes/,.css the umbilical cord became clearly visible around 7 weeks and that’s also when the arms began to sprout. At 8 weeks/files/includes/,.css your baby will have webbed fingers and is about a half an inch long or so.

The picture to the right is 9 weeks gestation/files/includes/,.css when the baby begins to move around.

Images: Newscom

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By Marijke -- 2 comments

May 25th/files/includes/,.css 2008

How many did you say you have?

You’ve probably heard of her - if you don’t know her name/files/includes/,.css you likely still know about her. Some people admire her/files/includes/,.css some people think she’s downright nuts. Some people think it’s not her that’s nuts but it’s her husband. Whatever we think though/files/includes/,.css doesn’t matter.

Who is she? She is Michelle Duggar. She and her husband Bob have 17 children and are getting ready to welcome their 18th child. That’s their 18th natural child.

As a nurse/files/includes/,.css I wonder what this does to a woman’s body. As a woman/files/includes/,.css I can’t imagine being pregnant that many times (there are two sets of twins in there/files/includes/,.css though). As an observer/files/includes/,.css I don’t know what to think. They seem like nice people and the children seem to be happy. They’re fed/files/includes/,.css they have a roof over them. Some critics of very large families say that having so many children isn’t fair to the kids/files/includes/,.css but I don’t know. I don’t think it’s for us to decide what’s right and what’s not right.

What do you think?

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May 25th/files/includes/,.css 2008

Keep those pearly whites healthy during your pregnancy

Keeping good care of your teeth is important at any stage of your life. Regular check-ups with your dentist can help prevent many problems (5 great reasons to visit your dentist regularly) but even more so when you are pregnant.Tooth-brushes-in-gla_NC

According to this article/files/includes/,.css American Dental Association Stresses Good Oral Health During Pregnancy/files/includes/,.css “Research suggests there may be an association between maternal gum disease and pre-term birth and low birth weight babies. In addition/files/includes/,.css a recent study says that pregnant women with gum disease may be more likely to develop gestational diabetes.”

  Image: Newscom

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May 25th/files/includes/,.css 2008

A welcome gift to Womb Within visitors

Part of the fun of hosting a blog like Womb Within is being able to learn about new books and items. I have come across some great things that companies would like me to review and - whenever possible - give away to my readers.

So/files/includes/,.css as a welcome gift/files/includes/,.css I have three copies of the book/files/includes/,.css Simple Principles For a Happy and Healthy Pregnancy/files/includes/,.css by Alex A. Lluch.

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According to the editor’s review at Amazon.com/files/includes/,.css “Pregnancy is a fascinating and exciting experience. This book helps readers enhance this experience by outlining the most important tips for staying healthy and preparing for a new baby. It will reveal all the secrets to having a joyful/files/includes/,.css healthy pregnancy.”

To be eligible to win a copy of the book/files/includes/,.css leave a comment that says how far along you are in your pregnancy/files/includes/,.css if you are thinking of getting pregnant/files/includes/,.css or whatever reason brought you to the Womb Within. All the comments that qualify will be assigned a number in which they were submitted and three numbers will be drawn at random.

Please be sure you either leave in your comment or as a link an email address that I can use to reach your. If you don’t want to do that/files/includes/,.css be sure to check the website a day or two after the contest closes to see if you have won/files/includes/,.css so you can contact me. If I can’t reach you within 7 days of the end of the contest/files/includes/,.css I’ll draw another name.

The contest ends at 11:59 PM on Saturday/files/includes/,.css May 31st. Good luck!

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By Marijke -- 9 comments

May 24th/files/includes/,.css 2008

Having a kidney transplant may not mean you can’t have a baby

A study in the May issue of the journal Transplantation has found that women who have kidney transplants may have a good chance of having a successful pregnancy/files/includes/,.css particularly if they were younger when they had their transplant.

According to the study findings/files/includes/,.css the rate of transplant failure did not differ between the 47 women who did get pregnant (total 74 pregnancies) and the control group of 187 women with kidney transplants who did not get pregnant.

The researchers concluded/files/includes/,.css that women who had their transplants at a younger age and also were pregnant young had a higher chance of having a successful pregnancy. Even if there was less than 1 year between the transplant and the pregnancy/files/includes/,.css there was no apparent increase in risk to the pregnancy than women who waited longer.

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