The 7 Superfoods That Every Pregnant Should Eat

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When you are expecting, you get tons of advice from everyone, including doctors, books, friends and well-meaning strangers. At times, it will appear that everyone will have something to say about what you put in your mouth and may give you unsolicited advice on what you should be eating.

Here is one more piece of advice about what you should be eating. Definitely eat 5 to 6 small meals per day to stay satiated and keep your energy level up. And when possible, try to pack in as many “superfoods” as you can because these foods provide a boost of extra nutrients, vitamins and minerals that you and your baby need at this time.


The folks at Superfoodsliving.com put together an informative Infographic that breaks down simply and visually, the 7 superfoods that you should try to eat when you’re pregnant. Check it out:

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STUDY: Antiviral drug stops HBV passage during pregnancy

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Pregnant women with hepatitis B may not have to worry that they will pass on the virus to their babies thanks to new research that found the antiviral drug telbibudine prevents the passage of the virus (HBV) to baby.

The study, which is published in the Clinical Gastroenterology and Hepatology, was conducted on 450 HBV-positive pregnant women in their second or third trimester who had a significant amount of the HBV virus in their blood. Of those women, 279 received 600mg of telbivudine daily, and the remaining 171 refused to take the medicine and were used as controls.

When scientists examined their babies six months after born, they found that none of the infants whose mothers were given telbivudine tested positive for HBV, compared to 14.7 percent of infants in the control group.

“If we are to decrease the global burden of hepatitis B, we need to start by addressing mother-to-infant transmission, which is the primary pathway of HBV infection,” study author Yuming Wang from Institute for Infectious Diseases at Southwest Hospital in Chongqing, China said in a release about the findings. “We found that telbivudine not only eliminated vertical transmission of HBV from pregnant women to theirs infants, but that it is also safe and well tolerated by women and infants.”

Access the complete study at the Clinical Gastroenterology and Hepatology, the official clinical practice journal of the American Gastroenterological Association, HERE.

h/t Medical Express

Tips on getting pregnant after using birth control

Getting pregnant after birth control can pose a number of challenges. The most technically difficult of the lot is the pill that play around with your hormonal balance. So if you are using contraception and the pill or anything else, you need proper guidelines on how to conceive after they stop using contraception. You may be disappointed if you start trying for a baby without knowing the appropriate time frame to conceive.
Here is how you should go get pregnant after using birth control.
Tips for getting pregnant after birth control:
1. You can not be entirely sure what to be on birth control pills do to your reproductive system. When you are taking these pills do not ovulate at all. Yes, the hormone suppresses ovulation and periods obtained are due to the sudden drop in hormone levels when they stop taking the pill.
2. Usually, the last 3 tablets are placebo because they have little or no hormones in them. So you get your periods of 2 to 4 days to stop the pills. Now, after giving your body this dose, however small, of the hormone, it takes time for your ovaries to return to normal.
3. The body of every woman and the system is different. Some women can get pregnant a few days after stopping birth control pills, while others have to wait for some circles. Ideally, you should wait for your natural cycle to happen first before trying to conceive.
4. Sometimes you can not get your periods after stopping the pill, because the eggs are taking time to mature after a long sabbatical. Basically, the body’s hormonal balance has to get back on track after using birth control.
5. If you have a history of miscarriages or other abnormalities, then it is better to wait for 3 normal cycles before conceiving. This eliminates the risk of bleeding during pregnancy unnatural.
6. Other birth control methods such as intrauterine devices (IUDs) allow you to design faster. The copper IUD as using the base metal must be removed physically in the chamber of physicians and takes only a few minutes, you can get pregnant after using birth control of this type immediately.
7. The patches are also hormonal IUDs, but you may have to wait for a normal cycle before you start thinking about how to conceive. Although not affected as much as the pills that have an impact on hormone balance.
8. Barrier methods like condoms and diaphragms are best when trying to conceive quickly. You can get pregnant as soon as you stop using them!
Follow these tips to understand the process and the science behind birth control. You can get pregnant after using the methods of birth control once you understand the workings behind it.

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10 Hilarious and Creative Pregnancy Announcements

In 2011, we assembled a funny list of 11 hilarious birth and pregnancy announcements which we updated earlier this year. Since then many other sites like How to be a Dad and others have taken done similar wacky posts with announcements scooped  from photo sharing site Imgur. Here are our faves!

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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New Guidelines: Pregnant women need to eat more fish

New guidelines recommend that women eat at least 8 ounces of seafood that is low in mercury two to three times per week. 
Examples of low mercury fish include shrimp, salmon, tilapia and cod.  Each has good sources of Omega-3 fatty acids, but health officials suggest pregnant women to avoid swordfish, tile fish, king mackerel and shark which are very high in mercury.
Doctors say that pregnant women can eat deep sea tuna but only about once a week. 
Watch this KTVN video for more information:

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Would you use any of these words to describe your body after having a baby?

Australia photographer Taryn Brumfitt asked 100 women on the street to give her one word to describe their bodies, these were some of the answers they gave her:

Wobbly


Imperfect


Stumpy


Very average


Short


Fat


Frumpy


Gross


Disgusting


Digusting.


Disgusting.

Now Brumfitt is raising money via Kickstarter to produce a documentary called “EMBRACE” that will explore the origins of women body shaming and loathing. 
The campaign started as part of her own journey to lose weight and achieve the perfect body. To get it, she entered herself into a body-building competition, but then she had a baby. 
Her body changed but she said she loved to love that imperfect body. 
What has really been the catalyst is a “Before-After” photo she posted on her Body Image group’s Facebook page that went viral and grew 3 million likes.
The campaign, which launched on May 10, is already half funded at about $100,000 but has 46 days to go. Something tells us, she will surpass her goal pretty soon.

Check out the Promo Video


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Tips for coping with allergies while pregnant

It’s that season again! Spring brings all sorts of great things like warmer weather and nicer days but it also is the season for allergies. Not fun if you are pregnant. OnlyMyHealth recently shared a list of tips for pregnant women to help them cope with allergies during pregnancy:
  • Experiment with a nasal saline spray. A nasal saline is just salt water that helps to fight against worsening of allergies during pregnancies. Besides, they are not harmful to the fetus. Spray the nasal saline spray into the nostrils and blow your nose after a minute.
  • Use nasal irrigation with the help of a neti pot. Nasal irrigation helps to flush all the sinus passages out with the help of salt water. Fill the neti pot with a warm salt water solution and flush each nostril out with it.
  • Using a humidifier at night to fill the air with moisture helps to relieve pressure and pain that is associated with the allergies.
  • Use a medicated nasal spray to experience the best results. Medicated nasal sprays help especially when you start using them before the actual onset of the allergies. Consult your doctor about nasal sprays before using one to ensure that the use of one does not hamper the fetus.
  • Allergy medication is a good option provided the other options fail though this option must be avoided during the first trimester. Consult your doctor to find an allergy medication that will work for you during the second and third trimester.
  • If you had been using allergy shots before pregnancy, you can continue using them during pregnancy. It is, however, not recommended to start allergy shots after getting pregnant.

The key to coping with allergies during pregnancy is taking proper medications. Ensure that you talk to your doctor about medication during pregnancy.

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Mommy Makeovers: The Poor Woman’s Guide to Safe Plastic Surgery

Recently, stories about women jetting off to South and Central American countries to get low cost plastic surgeries and “mommy makeovers” have circulated widely. Budget conscious women looking to nip and tuck, some after having a baby, are looking for as many alternatives out there and taking risks traveling to nations that do not have the same safety regulations we have here in the US.  Not all women recover and many come back to the US and develop a host of post-operation complications. 
Top leading plastic surgeon Dr. Gregory H. Croll offers some other alternatives:
It’s no longer necessary to empty out your life savings to
get the plastic surgery of your dreams. There are many surgeries that you can
get that won’t break the bank. One option many people do when they don’t have a
lot of money for plastic surgery is to travel out of the country or to
somewhere else where plastic surgeries are a bit cheaper. While many people do
decide to do this it can be somewhat risky and can end up costing you a lot in
travel fees, as well. Plus it is always nice to just recuperate after a surgery
in the comfort of your own home, rather a foreign country.
If you just can’t
resist, though…
If you do decide that going out of the county is the route
you want to take, the best countries to do so are South Korea, or Greece and
Italy if you don’t want to go quite as far. The United States is the fourth best
country for plastic surgery, so if you aren’t going to one of the other three,
the US is the best bet for getting the best quality procedure for your dollar.
South Korea is the best place for plastic surgery because of the number of
skilled plastic surgeons that charge reasonable prices. Plastic surgeries are
also quite popular in South Korea, with the most popular surgery being double eyelid
surgery for people who want more Western-looking eyes. If you’re unable to
travel, or would rather get a plastic surgery at home in the US, there are
other options for cheap plastic surgeries.
Don’t Forget to Ask
for Discounts
Another thing you should try if you are getting a plastic
surgery is to ask your surgeon if there are any discounts. Many physicians in
the field are offering specials and price negotiation for popular procedures. The
most popular time to get plastic surgery is during the school year, when
parents can send kids to school, so if you can plan to get your surgery done
during the summer there are much better chances of getting a discount. Most
people don’t want to have to recover during the summer, but if you aren’t
worried about that you can save a lot of money by getting your surgery done
then.
Consolidate Surgeries
If you want to get more than one surgery done, you can also
save money by getting them done simultaneously. This not only saves you and the
surgeon money, but it can really work better for you as well. That way if you
have to ask off work for recuperating time, you are recuperating from both
surgeries instead of having to ask off for days for two separate surgeries. It
can also save money and time for both you and the surgeon because you only have
to go under the knife once.
Surgery Payment Plans
May Be Available
Sometimes you might make enough money for the surgery, not
have it right at the time that you need it. In this case, many surgeons offer
surgery payment plans, so you don’t have to pay a surgery off right away. Try
other options for reducing price first, though, because this option can easily
get you into debt if you’re not careful and then you have a whole other set of
problems.
Don’t Let Cheap
Interfere with Quality
These are just a few ways you might be able to save on
plastic surgery. But always remember that you want to make sure you are getting
a quality surgery. Ask around and make sure you know all the details about your
surgery before you get one. Especially if the procedure is abnormally
underpriced, you might want to listen to your gut if you are getting a bad
feeling about a plastic surgeon, because plastic surgeries aren’t easily
reversed. It will cost a lot of money to fix a botched surgery, which will
completely erase any savings you might have gotten original. Always listen to
your instinct and make sure you are talking to a certified surgeon. You can
find that out on this
website.

Dr. Gregory H. Croll is one of the top plastic surgeons
Columbia MO
has to offer. He performs
procedures including breast, facial, body and hand procedures.

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Mom Blogger: The "I'm Pregnant" April Fools' Day prank is insensitive

Did you pull the “I’m pregnant” prank today on your Facebook or social media friends? If so, a mom who has dealt with miscarriage loss in the past wants you to know to stop doing that. 
We spotted the story in SheKnows.com about Becky Thompson of  the blog “Scissors Talk” who explained in a post last Friday, March 28, why she thinks those who pretend to be pregnant as an April Fools’ Day joke are really rubbing salt into the wounds of those who are seriously struggling with getting pregnant, who have had still born babies, or have been subject to bed rest to make sure they can carry a baby to term.
Of her plea to leave “false pregnancies” out of the joking, she wrote, “It is hurtful. It is cruel. And it is insensitive to the nearly 7 million women in America alone who struggle with infertility daily.”
Head on over to her blog to read the rest of the short post which has gone quasi viral and sparked lots of discussion and dialogue online. 
What are your thoughts? Is she being too over-sensitive or are those who pretend to be preggers the insensitive ones?
Heck how about blogs like this one which made two celeb couples the butt of a faux pregnancy prank earlier today? Douche moment for us or just harmless fun?

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Baby Bella Maya offers 20% off, Free Shipping

Online baby products boutique Baby Bella Maya is having a “Deck Your Nursery” holiday special on all clothing, gear and accessories thru January 17, 2014.

Use OFFER CODE: “deckthenusery” for 20% off ALL of your purchase PLUS enjoy FREE SHIPPING at checkout!


As a BONUS,  all customers will be entered into a chance to win a $200 gift card with any purchase!!

Airline pilot and mom of four Marta Sala-Rothwell started the company after she noticed all the compliments she got on the fashionable slip cover she designed to go over her Baby Bjorn infant carrier that was going through some wear and tear.  Today, the company offers stylish accessories for infants and toddlers.
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