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This Mom Pumped Breastmilk as She Ran the NYC Marathon

Breast milk pumping marathon runner


An amazing nursing mom completed the New York City marathon two weeks ago in 6 hours and 46 minutes and pumped breast milk along the 26.2 miles trek!

Molly Waitz, who is from that state, told ABC News that she was able to pump and run by using  a wearable device called  the Willow pump which allows women to pump hands-free.

Waitz said she would stop along the route to take out  her full bags of milk and save them in the backpack she wore during the race.

She would then replace the full bags with new ones and kept going.

“I pumped for the first time somewhere between miles three and four and then I did it again right off the Queensboro Bridge, which was mile 16,” Waitz tells ABC News. “I slowed down a little bit to do it but I didn’t really have to. You could do it blindfolded.”

She produced about 20 ounces by the time the race was over!

Wow!

“I wanted to do the marathon and the necessity was figuring out how I was going to do it,” the mama tells ABC News. “There’s a lot of stigma about how should you feed your child. That’s not what I wanted to get across by doing this.”

At 8 months postpartum, while working full time, Waitz said she wasn’t sure she would be able to run the marathon but persevered and remained determined to find a way.

“I never thought I would [run a marathon] and the fact that I was able to do it while working full-time and caring for my child, it was just unbelievable,” Waitz tells ABC News.

Women are amazing wonders aren’t we?

Viral: Local Arby’s No Unruly Kids Allowed Sign Stirs Debate

arby no unruly children sign

arby no unruly children sign

A local Minnesota Arby’s Fast Food restaurant caught  the ire of many parents online when a photo of a sign posted on its door stating only well-behaved children are allowed went viral.

Mom of three Christine Hemsworth took her kids to her local Arby’s for dinner at the Elk River, Minnesota location and noticed a sign which said children who remained seated and kept food on their trays would be welcome.

“Only well behaved Children who can keep their food on their trays and their bottoms on their seats are welcome. If you can’t do this you will be asked to leave,” the sign read.

Hemsworth posted a photo of the sign on her personal Facebook page which quickly amassed 330 shares by the next day, TODAY reported, and not all of them were supportive of Hemsworth, with quite a few agreeing with the sentiments of the sign.

She removed the post then shred it with her local station, KARE 11, which reposted the image and generated fresh debate and got the attention of the national chain.

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It too got several comments defending the restaurant.

“No I think this should be the norm, people have expectations and one of them is to eat in a non chaotic environment,” one person wrote on the post shared by KARE 11. “I love children but am not too crazy about parents that don’t educate their concerning proper behavior.”

Another commented: “I wish parents would parent their children and teach them how to act in public places. I also wish other public places did this. The people who are there trying to enjoy their meals are disrupted by these kids running all over the place and being disrespectful and disruptive.”

While others took a jab at a fast food joint demanding decorum.

“Yep. When I want to have a pleasant and quiet sit down meal with my family, I immediately consider Arby’s,” one person wrote.

In response, Arby issued a statement to TODAY: “We recognize the language on this sign was insensitive. We removed it quickly, and have disciplined the manager and team working at the restaurant. It does not reflect our company values and the family-friendly environment we aim to provide in all of our restaurants.”

We agree with Hemsworth who noted in response to the naysayers:

“During that time when they’re, ya’ know, 1 to 3, they’re training — learning, exploring and sometimes they might dump some fries out to see what happens,” Hemsworth told TODAY. All these people saying, ‘Control your kids!’ It’s not a matter of controlling, it’s a matter of redirecting and telling them it’s wrong.”

h/t and Graphic compliments TODAY

STUDY: New MRI Can Detect Pregnancy Complications Early



A simple, noninvasive method of imaging a mother’s placenta may help clinicians catch pregnancy complications early, before they exacerbate and endanger mom and baby.

That’s according to a new study by University of California, Los Angeles, researchers, published Nov. 4 in the Journal of Magnetic Resonance Imaging.

UCLA scientists made the early diagnosis using what’s called pseudo-continuous arterial spin MRI, pinpointing patients who had low blood flow to their placentas. Failure of maternal blood flow to reach this region is believed to snowball into several ischemic placental diseases, such as the life-threatening blood-pressure disorder preeclampsia, restricted growth of the fetus or preterm birth.

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KUWTK’s Malika Haqq is expecting a Baby Boy!



Malika Haqq
is having a baby boy.

The actress and model, most known for being best friends with Khloe Kardashian,  shared the news on her Instagram.

“It’s A Boy!!! ??,” the frequent Keeping Up With The Kardashians guest star captioned a photo that also promoted BioOil. “I’m thankful to my baby boy and @BioOilUSA for my pregnancy glow. #BioOilPartner ? I’ve used this oil for over 10 years to lessen the appearance of scars, stretch marks and for instant moisture. I wouldn’t dare go this pregnancy without it. #LoveYourMarks

The model announced late last month that she is expecting her first child and later confirmed the dad is her on again off again boyfriend rapperO.T. Genasis.

You Think You Might Be Pregnant, Now What?

No matter the situation, it can be both exciting and overwhelming to suspect a new pregnancy.

You may also feel confused about how to interpret your symptoms and what types of detection methods to try. How can you know if your hunches and your pregnancy test results are accurate? In order to approach early pregnancy detection with success, it’s important to understand the ins and outs of the process.

Early Signs and Symptoms

While the most notable sign of early pregnancy is a missed period, it’s important to look at this event with some context. If your period is only a day or two late, but you have no other new symptoms, it may be prudent to save yourself the money and wait a few more days before testing. This is especially true of women with irregular cycles who are not taking regular hormonal birth control.

However, if new or unusual symptoms, such as nausea, fatigue, breast tenderness or change in appetite accompany your missed period, it may be a good idea to take a pregnancy test. Also, if you typically have very regular periods and/or faithfully utilize hormonal birth control, your missed period may signify more than just a slight change in your cycle. In some cases, women experience symptoms long before a missed period.

Using a Home Pregnancy Test

Whether you’re several days late or are experiencing other early symptoms, taking a home pregnancy test can help provide answers very early in the first trimester. Some tests claim to detect pregnancy as much as a week before the scheduled start of your next menstrual cycle. However, it’s important to note that this depends on how much hCG hormone or human chorionic gonadotropin is present in urine while testing.

This hormone is produced by the placenta an average of nine days after conception and multiplies exponentially every day during the first trimester. Keep in mind that every mother, baby and pregnancy are different, so levels can vary vastly from one person to another.

While some tests can detect the hormone very early, false negatives are always a possibility, especially when testing before the start of your next period.

Another cause of false negatives is improper testing techniques. Be sure to read the instructions thoroughly before removing the test from its individual sealed wrapper. Take note of the recommended time frame for use and use the recommended method to apply urine to the testing strip.

Early in pregnancy, it’s easiest to detect hCG first thing in the morning, when urine is more highly concentrated. For the best and most accurate results the first time, use the test according to the instructions at the recommended date when you wake up in the morning.

Scheduling an Ultrasound

Once you’ve had a positive pregnancy test, it’s important to schedule a visit with a medical professional for an evaluation. You can schedule an appointment with an OBGYN or midwife or contact a local women’s pregnancy clinic, many of which offer Free pregnancy ultrasounds in Iowa. During an ultrasound, a specialist will use a wand to detect the presence and status of a fetus, either over the belly or vaginally.

This process is painless and harmless to the mother and baby but is an important step in confirming a pregnancy, along with blood work and a physical exam. While false positives are rare, they are possible due to certain medications or the presence of blood or protein in the urine. An ultrasound is the most reliable method of accurately detecting early pregnancy.

If you suspect you may be pregnant, be sure to consider the timing and all of your symptoms as a whole. Then choose the appropriate testing method that will offer you the answers you need for peace of mind about this journey in your life.

Keep Your Sanity With These Toddler Thanksgiving Travel Tips

Now that Halloween is over, it may be time to start shifting focus on Thanksgiving planning.

If your family is hitting the road and taking a long-distance car trip to your Thanksgiving destination this year, here are snippets from our Thanksgiving travel tips to make it a smoother ride especially if you’re traveling with a toddler:

Set Clear Expectations

Before venturing out on the road, start small and positive by setting guidelines, says Carrie Krawiec, Michigan-based family therapist at Birmingham Maple Clinic. “Parents can set their children up for success by creating easy-to-remember expectations before leaving home,” she says. Create a list of five car behaviors to follow, such as keeping your hands to yourself and your bottom in the seat, using an inside voice and avoiding putting your feet on chair in front of you, suggests Krawiec.

Encourage positive behavior with travel rewards. “Parents can gauge their child’s level of attention by saying ‘I am going to watch these things and every five minutes if you have done this, you will earn a point for a sticker or silly band,’” says Krawiec. “This will make travel more cooperative.”

Charge Electronics

Even though you may limit your toddler’s time with tablets and electronic games at home, an iPad or Gameboy may be just what your child needs while traveling on long road trips. “With the age of technology, we have a big bonus,” says Christine Gutierrez, New York-based psychotherapist.

Many vehicles come equipped with DVD players and outlets for charging electronics to ease the challenge of traveling with young children. Pop in your child’s favorite movie or host a family sing-along with his favorite CD.

Make the trip educational, too. Download educational games and applications on a tablet to entertain your child or pick up a book or CD before taking off on your road trip. “Compromise is key here,” says Gutierrez. “Make baby happy and the rest of you shall be happy in the car as well.”

Chomp Down on Snacks Often, hunger cravings can cause a toddler to act out or misbehave. Prepare for a long road trip by packing a cooler of snacks and drinks to satisfy his hunger. Non-messy items, such as grapes, carrots or fruit gummies, will keep your toddler and your vehicle clean during snack time. Juice packs or milk in a Sippy cup can also comfort a sleepy toddler while traveling.

Break Out Goodie Bags The idea of being locked inside a vehicle for hours on end doesn’t necessarily sound appealing to a young child; however, if the trip includes goodie bags filled with games and activities, she may be more than eager to jump into that car seat.

Keep the bag in the front seat with you and break out games and activities along the way as your toddler gets antsy, such as a coloring book and crayons, an etch-a-sketch or even bubbles to blow out the window. Make the trip educational by purchasing a map and asking your toddler to point out states you drive through or license plates from each state. When your toddler is tired of one game or activity, take out another to keep her occupied.

Parents can include any of the following in a “goodie” bag for a long road trip with toddlers:

  • Dry erase board with markers
  • Stickers
  • Small Cars
  • New Books
  • Paper for Drawing
  • Travel Versions of Favorite Games
  • Dollar Store Finds

You can make activities much simpler by bringing along a lap desk or a cookie sheet your child can place on her lap. As a bonus, using magnets on the cookie sheet creates a game of its own, and the raised edges will prevent crayons or cars from landing on the floor of the car.

“Planning ahead is the key to preventing restless, unhappy children (and parents) during a car trip,” says Richard Peterson, vice president of education at Kiddie Academy. “In fact, you can even sneak in a little education along the way by playing classic car games, adjusted to fit your child’s age.”

Peterson suggests asking toddlers to search for shapes, colors or specific objects along the way. “The games will serve as a distraction, but also help to hone observation skills,” he says.

If all else fails, crank up the tunes or make a pit stop at a park along the way to deter boredom for your little one. “Boredom is probably the biggest difficulty your child will encounter during a long car trip,” says Peterson. “Toddlers live in the here and now and do not have the life experience to understand that the destination will be worth the time in the car seat.”

Bump Watch: Ashley Graham, Cassie, Keke Wyatt {Links}

Here is a round up of the latest bump news.

Veteran actor Richard Gere and his wife  Alejandra Silva are expecting their second child together just nine months after welcoming their first, son Alexander this past February. The 70-year old star is also dad to 19-year old son Homer  who he shares with his ex-wife Carey Lowell  and 36-year old Silva is mom to 6-year son Albert with her ex-husband, Govind Friedland. (US Weekly)

Model Ashley Graham showed off her radiant pregnancy glow while attending the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund Awards in New York City on Monday (PEOPLE)

Actress, singer and model Cassie Ventura is among a bevy of big names that are featured in global fashion brand Open Ceremony’s latest philanthropy-related clothing campaign.

In a post dedicated to Cassie’s shot featuring her baby bump, the singer writes, “My current project is becoming a mother and I can’t wait to experience the transformation that comes through motherhood, especially in creating new music and visuals. I’m an artist at heart. Like every woman, I’ve gone through many significant transitions in life that have taught me so much about myself and the woman that I want to become. I’m focused on becoming.”  (Billboard)

 

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Cassie (@cassie) is a singer, actress and entrepreneur based in Los Angeles. “My current project is becoming a mother and I can’t wait to experience the transformation that comes through motherhood, especially in creating new music and visuals. I’m an artist at heart,” she says. “Like every woman, I’ve gone through many significant transitions in life that have taught me so much about myself and the woman that I want to become. I’m focused on becoming.” . . Cassie is featured in our latest project, “The Familia: A Portrait Series” by Stefan Ruiz. To learn more and to view the full cast, click the link in bio. Creative Director: @humberto Photographer: @stefanruizphoto Stylist: @maxortegag Hair: @evaniefrausto Makeup: @marcelogutierrez Manicure: @betina_goldstein for @essie Set design: @daviddavisdoesdallas

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Keke Wyatt celebrated the upcoming birth of her 10th child at a co-ed baby shower (BCK Online)

5 Surprising Things To Do Now to Fight Cold Weather Short Days Blues

That post-summer sluggishness usually kicks in every October as we head into fall.

The temperatures drop and the one thing that makes winter’s rapid approach evident regardless of climate is the loss of daylight. For many, this loss of daylight also leads to a loss of energy, an uptick in short temper and even bouts of depression.

So how can we ease into the rapidly approaching winter months?

Dr. Sanam Hafeez, an NYC based licenses clinical psychologist and faculty member at the prestigious Columbia University Teachers College, offers practical tips to prepare for the clock change.

Before we get into the tips, it’s important to understand the clock change’s impact on our brains and therefore our bodies, so we understand what is actually going on.

Hafeez explains that a cell in the retinas of our eyes contains a pigment that gets activated in the sunlight which then regulates our bodies biological functions.  This daily process triggers another gland called the pineal gland which is in charge of melatonin secretion, she adds. It peaks at night and wears off by daylight.

“In simpler terms, the less light exposure we get, more out of whack we feel,” Dr. Hafeez sums up.

According to Dr. Hafeez, the following simple adjustments leading up to the clock falling back can make a significant difference for those who don’t struggle with more severe depression or bipolar disorder.

1. Avoid alcohol.

When the clocks are turned back in the fall, many bars stay open an additional hour. This is typically celebrated by people in their 20’s and 30’s who only pay for it the next day opting to sleep away their Sunday. Drinking alcohol before turning back the clocks can add more sluggishness the next morning. “Even with just a one-hour clock change, our body’s circadian rhythm is thrown off making our brains a bit confused. Alcohol only heightens these effects,” explains Dr. Hafeez. Imagine the double whammy of a hangover after the fall back clock change?

2. Enjoy physical activity during the daytime.

The more time spent outside in the daylight doing physical activity, the less sluggish you will feel once the clocks fall back. Fall is a great time to powerwalk or go for a run. If you’re an early riser then you will love the earlier sunrise at least for the next few weeks.

“A lot of people shift their exercise routines to include more high energy group workouts in the evenings to give themselves something to look forward to as a way to shake off the workday.

“You really want to pay attention to when you feel most energized and align your exercise to that,” suggests Dr. Hafeez.

3. Don’t sleep in. Go to bed earlier instead.

In the days leading up to the clock change, add extra “wind-down” time before bed and get to bed an hour earlier. On the Sunday morning of the clock change, people mistakenly opt to sleep in.

You really want to stick to the same wake-up time while getting to bed earlier. That’s the key according to Dr. Hafeez.

“People think they are gaining an hour of sleep, they’re not because at bedtime they’re losing it,” explains Dr. Hafeez. “When you keep the wake-up time and get to bed earlier that extra hour isn’t felt as much the next day,”

4. Avoid watching the news before bed.

People think that getting to bed an hour earlier means it’s ok to watch TV in bed before sleep.

TV or any kind stimulates the brain. Your favorite show causes you to focus when you’re trying to shut down stimulation. The news is even worse.

You get wrapped up in the doom and gloom watching the news.

“If you want to really make sure you still wake up refreshed, opt for tranquil music or guided meditations available on YouTube or an app, recommends Dr. Hafeez.”

5. Plan ahead! Consider taking Monday off!

For those who find their mood is negatively impacted after the fall clock change, consider taking Monday off and make it about self-care.

Waking up early, taking advantage of the early light, enjoying a healthy breakfast, getting a massage or catching up on reading, tidying and whatever you feel necessary to feel good, do it. “

People can feel the effects of the clock change for up to 3 weeks. Taking a day off to focus on your own well-being can become a nice post clock change ritual,” she says.

 

It’s A Halloween Celeb Family Costume Showdown



Celebrity families often elect to dress as a theme for Halloween.

And on occasion, great minds think alike and two or more families will pick the same theme.

I mean how many have done  The Incredibles over the years!?

Like a lot! 

This year, while scrolling the web for pics from Halloween, I noticed at least three families that picked the same theme.

Above, model Molly Sims and family dressed as the characters from The Wizard of Oz and so did Vanessa and Kobe Bryant and their four girls.

Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg, his wife Dr. Priscilla Chan and their two girls



Finally, Olympic Swimmer Ryan Lochte and family dressed as The Flinstones, Wilma, Fred, Pebbles and Bam Bam while is Kim Kardashian West and her four kids, North, Saint, Chicago and Psalm did too.

They all are winners in my book!!

These Celeb Families Won Halloween

Every year, celebrity families go above and beyond to dress for Halloween.

Here are some of the top ones.

Vanessa and Kobe Bryant and Family dressed as characters from The Wizard of Oz.

The Cast of Loose Women as Scooby Doo and Gang.

The Zuckerbergs  are a Family Garden

Ryan Lochte and family are The Flinstones

Jana Cramer and Family did the Cinderella Story

Hilaria  and Alec Baldwin and kids are Unicorns.

Cary Hart, P!nk and kids are punk rockers and Spiderman

Alannis Morissette and family went as Minecraft characters.

Whitney Bischoff and Ricky Angel and baby are Baseball glory.

Molly Sims and family also did The Wizard of Oz

Gabrielle Union and Dwayne Wade and baby Kaavia dressed as a garden too

Kim Kardashian West and kiddos dressed as The Flinstones

Andy Cohen is the Snoopy to his baby as Woodstock.

Khloe Kardashian and Baby True are Cruella DaVille and one of the 101 Dalmations

Chanel Iman’s little Cat Lady