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Study: Pregnancy Complications linked to Heart Disease Later

 

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Women who experience complications during pregnancy may be at greater risk of dying from heart disease later in life than women with uncomplicated pregnancies, according to new research in the American Heart Association‘s journal Circulation.

Cardiovascular diseases (CVD) is the No. 1 killer of American women. According to the American Heart Association, 399,503 women died of CVD in 2013. CVD is also the leading cause of death among American men.

Researchers analyzed data from the Public Health Institute’s Child Health and Development Studies (CHDS), which enrolled 15,528 pregnant women in the Oakland, Calif., metropolitan area from 1959 to 1967. As of 2011, 368 women (average age 66) had died of CVD. Researchers confirmed several pregnancy complications associated with CVD reported in other studies (pre-eclampsia, pre-term delivery and small-for-gestational-age delivery) but here also found that preeclampsia in early pregnancy strongly predicts premature CVD death before age 60.

 

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Uma Thurman & Ex resolve Custody Dispute

 



Kill Bill actress Uma Thurman and her ex-fiancé, financier Arpad Busson, finally settled their explosive, high-profile custody dispute over their 3-year old daughter Luna. 

Page Six reports the two reached a settlement in a New York court on Thursday.

The gossip section to the New York Post reported that Thurman blew kisses at reporters assembling at the courthouse. 

Recall, last month, she got lots of press for yelling at the press for covering the custody case. 

“Everybody compromised a bit,” Manhattan Supreme Court Justice Matthew Cooper said about the settlement. “I think it was all done to make one person happy and that one person is Luna.”

Thurman gave a thumbs up to reporters as she left the courthouse, signaling that the yet-to-be-revealed terms were agreeable to her.

Busson sued her in 2014 to get more time to see his daughter. 

Thurman has two other children with ex hubby Ethan Hawke: 17-year old daughter Maya, 17, and 13-year old son Levon.

Busson  has two sons with ex-girlfriend, supermodel Elle Macpherson: 17-year old Flynn, 17, and 12-year old Cy.

H/t Celebrity Baby Scoop

Ultimate Princess: After 117 years, finally A Baby Girl Born in this Irish Family 

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It was 1898 when the last baby girl was born in the May family of Ireland and after 117 years of waiting, the fam finally got its first female child. 

Saoirse Grace May was born last Thursday to Laurence and Leanne May.

Only male babies were born to the May family from Ballinrobe, Mayo, for more than a century.

But that all changed when Saoirse Grace May arrived last week to proud parents Laurence and Leanne May.

“It’s terrific because we’ve gone so long without a girl in the family,” proud dad Laurence said. “There’s great excitement, everyone was delighted. We had great celebrations. We didn’t know it was going to be a girl, it was a surprise.”

He said he checked the family history records and was shocked to learn it had been so long since a girl was born.

“I checked the census records from 1901 and the last girl to be born in the family was 1898 when my grand aunt Anne was born”, reported the Daily Mirror.

Anne would have been Saoirse’s great-grand aunt.

“I’m an only child and my father is an only child so I don’t have any nieces or nephews.”

Little Saoirse was born at University Hospital Galway and Laurence said he hoped it heralded a new age for the May family and joked: “It could be all girls from here on in — you never know”

 

h/t NY Daily News

photo: Courtesy May family

Bellyitch says goodbye to BellyitchParent.com

 

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After over a year, Bellyitch Blog is shutting down its parenting blog offspring Bellyitch Parent.

We launched the website in June 2014 as a spin-off of this site in consideration for those who just wanted parenting advice, tips, news and information without having to filter through the celebrity pregnancy, fashion and other fun, yet fluffy, content we share on the blog.

But alas, the blog has been illegally syndicated by other sites (most infamously, by whomever owns Pregnatips -http://pregnatstips.blogspot.com/) and as such, we have been incurring search penalties with so much duplicate content out in the blogsphere.

We’ve tried numerous times to get Google to shut down this entire Pregnatips website which has over 100 of our articles illegally duplicated on its site with an invitation to others to copy and share so long as they link back to it. So it not only steals our content, it also gives it away to others who may be unaware that the content is stolen.

Google will only shut down one article at a time and we are struggling to get the entire site taken down for its blatant, flagrant and consistent copyright violation of our original content. It is in clear violation of Google’s Terms of Service for being a repeat infringer, yet no such luck in getting it yanked.

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It has ads on the site and thus is making money for itself and Google, which hosts it as it is a Blogspot/Blogger blog and Google owns that platform. The owner is unknown though if Google sends her/him AdSense payments, it should be aware who this content thief is.

As such, we have no other alternative than to do what we have control over and at least eliminate one source of duplicate content which is the posts and articles that used to appear in BellyitchParent.com

We hope those of you who frequented and visited the site saw value in it.

You can still find the information there on Bellyitch now that our recent site design makes it easier for you to find the parenting articles directly.

Thank you for being readers and your support of that site! We really appreciate it and thank you for your understanding.

Certify with Ease: Your Updated Guide to Microsoft 70-535 Exam

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The IT industry has witnessed rapid changes over the years with the most notable development being the shift to cloud computing technology. The concept of cloud computing stems from the desire to employ better ways to manage information technology.

It’s fair to say that cloud computing has revolutionized business as more and more individuals come to terms with its efficiency and cost benefits.

One of the most prominent cloud computing technology providers is Microsoft with its Azure platform. The company offers specialized Azure certifications for interested candidates.

Microsoft Azure certification exams are meant to validate your knowledge of Microsoft cloud-related technologies.

Passing a Microsoft Azure test puts you in a better position to not only advance your career but also remain relevant in the highly volatile IT industry.

This post is for you if you need a prestigious Microsoft Azure certification that will set you apart from the crowd and help you remain competitive in the volatile IT industry.

We’ve compiled a detailed guide about Az-103 – Pass Here, one of the most important Azure exams, and its related certification. So, lest get started.

Why 70-535 exam?

Currently, 70-535: Architecting Microsoft Azure Solutions exam qualifies you for the Microsoft Certified: Azure Solutions Architect Expert certification. Like all Microsoft Azure tests, exam 70-535 assesses the candidate’s knowledge of Azure technology.

It’s worth reminding that this test will retire soon, as part of the massiveMicrosoft certification program update. Exam 70-535 will be replaced by two exams, AZ-300 and AZ-301. So, you might be wondering, what’s the essence of taking this test? The thing is that 70-535 can still earn you the Microsoft Certified: Azure Solutions Architect Expert certification provided that upon completion of this test you also pass a special transition exam – AZ-302.

That being said, 70-535 exam is still worth your time and effort. Read on to find more details about this test and its importance in the modern IT industry.

Skills measured

Microsoft exam 70-535 tests a variety of skills associated with the Microsoft Certified: Azure Solutions Architect Expert credential with every concept contributing a specific weight in the actual test. The topics tested include:

Designing data implementation and compute infrastructure
Designing identity and security solutions
Designing solutions by using platform services
Designing for operations

This test will most likely include 40-60 questions (drag-and-drop, case studies, build list, multiple-choice, and other). The fee for this exam is $165.

What is the main goal ofpassing exam 70-535? First of all, passing this test along with AZ-302 transition exam will earn you one of the most coveted expert-level Azure credentials in the world. The Microsoft Certified: Azure Solutions Architect Expert certification, in its turn, will open many doors for you. Here are some of the benefits of being Microsoft Azure certified:

Career growth

Possessing a valid Microsoft Azure certification not only proves your proficiency in cloud computing technologies but also provides an avenue for career advancement. It’s the ideal way to attain global recognition as any Microsoft Azure credential depicts you as a committed individual with a great mastery of the required skills.

Growth factor

If you’re already part of a team, then the Microsoft Azure certifications will undoubtedly help you fulfill your potential. Such credentials lead to salary increments and open more doors for optimum career growth.

Global recognition

Microsoft certifications are globally recognized. So, attaining the Microsoft Azure credential puts you ahead of the pack. The hiring managers will see you as a reliable professional who can efficiently carry out projects related to cloud computing.

70-535 exam preparation option: start from the Microsoft official website

How should you study for your 70-535 exam? Well, much can be said about Microsoft, but failing to support the candidates in the course of their certification journey is not one of them. All individuals preparing for 70-535 exam should visit the Microsoft official website to find effective study materials for certification exam success.

To begin with, candidates can enroll in an official instructor-led course to prepare adequately for the test. This platform features Azure certified experts with unmatched knowledge of 70-535 exam topics to help candidates certify hassle-free. The 20535: Architecting Microsoft Azure Solutions course that is designed by the mentioned experts is available on this platform to bring your certification journey to life. Other official training options worth checking out include the reference books such as the Exam Ref: 70-535 Architecting Microsoft Azure Solutions and the official Microsoft practice test for exam 70-535.

Top online resource for Microsoft 70-535 exam preparation – PrepAway!

Download real and updated study materials from the PrepAwaywebsite for guaranteed exam success. This website provides quality exam dumps (questions and answers) to help you get ready for your tests and boost your confidence.

But you know the best part? PrepAway provides instant downloads, meaning you can start using their resources as soon as you make your purchase. It should be mentioned that the exam dumps provided by this website for 70-535 exam should be used to supplement your learning and not as an independent study material.

Also, be sure to use the ETE software that simulates the actual exam testing environment to help you register a passing score in your test.

Conclusion

Are you willing to build a career in the IT industry? Cloud computing is here to stay, and there has never been a better time to become Microsoft Azure certified. Use the above tips to pass Microsoft 70-535 exam and attain your Microsoft Certified: Azure Architect Solutions Expert certification hassle-free.

Also, don’t forget that there are two ways to obtain the Microsoft Certified: Azure Solutions Architect Expert. Apart from the path described above, soon you will be able to get your credential by passing exams AZ-300 and AZ-301. No matter what path you choose, remember that PrepAway is always here to help you certify easily and quickly. Good luck!

Labor Day: 7 Labor & Delivery Tips for First Time Parents

 

 

It’s Labor Day in the US, a day to celebrate the worker, but if you are pregnant and set to deliver your baby soon, you could use this day off to start exploring tips to make your delivery day smoother.

For me, I, like Jessica Alba after me, relied on Hypnobirthing techniques to get me through and still today, three kids later with no plans for more, I STILL use those techniques I learned whenever I have to encounter a painful situation (getting a shot, getting through reps while doing Pilates or weightlifting, when suffering through a bad headache). 

Here are 7 other tips and tricks from BabyCenter to consider using to manage through labor pains:

1. Pack in the protein: If you were about to run a long marathon, would you eat only ice chips? No. You need to eat a protein-rich meal. It will give you the stamina needed for labor (plus many hospitals won’t let you eat once you check in anyway). Make a plan to either keep something in the fridge/freezer/cupboard or know where you can go to get your marathon meal.

  1. Don’t fight gravity: Remain upright as long as possible. Walk around or sit up, but don’t lie on your back. (Yes, that’s really me in the pic, before I found out I should be walking around.)
  2. Hydrate thyself: Pack (and use) a water bottle. If you properly hydrate yourself during labor, you’ll increase your energy output by as much as 30%. Also, if you can keep drinking water, you may not need an IV that will really restrict your mobility. That’s when the ice chips and clear liquids can also help.

  3. Breathe using your abdomen: Normal abdominal breathing increases relaxation, which you’re really going to need. Chest and patterned breathing may fool your body into stress mode, and you don’t want that.

  4. Take a virtual chill pill: You’ve got to stay relaxed. Physically, mentally, and emotionally. If music helps, bring a preloaded playlist on your iPod, locate a focal point in the room and breathe. Banish as much negative energy as possible. While it’s not easy, stay as relaxed as you can through contractions – it will let your body do what it’s supposed to do.

  5. Move around during labor: There are a variety of positions for labor. Try to change positions so you’re not in one place for too long. Speak to the nurse about how you can be monitored and still move around. Bring slippers or as for those lovely grippy hospital socks so you can walk the halls.

  6. Make sure you have support and loving encouragement: Having your husband partner or trained birth partner can make a big difference. That support will do more for you than any amount of medication!

Godspeed and good luck new first time parents!

Labor Day: 7 Labor & Delivery Tips for First Time Parenta 

 

 

It’s Labor Day in the US, a day to celebrate the worker, but if you are pregnant and set to deliver your baby soon, you could use this day off to start exploring tips to make your delivery day smoother.

For me, I, like Jessica Alba after me, relied on Hypnobirthing techniques to get me through and still today, three kids later with no plans for more, I STILL use those techniques I learned whenever I have to encounter a painful situation (getting a shot, getting through reps while doing Pilates or weightlifting, when suffering through a bad headache). 

Here are 7 other tips and tricks from BabyCenter to consider using to manage through labor pains:

1. Pack in the protein: If you were about to run a long marathon, would you eat only ice chips? No. You need to eat a protein-rich meal. It will give you the stamina needed for labor (plus many hospitals won’t let you eat once you check in anyway). Make a plan to either keep something in the fridge/freezer/cupboard or know where you can go to get your marathon meal.

  1. Don’t fight gravity: Remain upright as long as possible. Walk around or sit up, but don’t lie on your back. (Yes, that’s really me in the pic, before I found out I should be walking around.)
  2. Hydrate thyself: Pack (and use) a water bottle. If you properly hydrate yourself during labor, you’ll increase your energy output by as much as 30%. Also, if you can keep drinking water, you may not need an IV that will really restrict your mobility. That’s when the ice chips and clear liquids can also help.

  3. Breathe using your abdomen: Normal abdominal breathing increases relaxation, which you’re really going to need. Chest and patterned breathing may fool your body into stress mode, and you don’t want that.

  4. Take a virtual chill pill: You’ve got to stay relaxed. Physically, mentally, and emotionally. If music helps, bring a preloaded playlist on your iPod, locate a focal point in the room and breathe. Banish as much negative energy as possible. While it’s not easy, stay as relaxed as you can through contractions – it will let your body do what it’s supposed to do.

  5. Move around during labor: There are a variety of positions for labor. Try to change positions so you’re not in one place for too long. Speak to the nurse about how you can be monitored and still move around. Bring slippers or as for those lovely grippy hospital socks so you can walk the halls.

  6. Make sure you have support and loving encouragement: Having your husband partner or trained birth partner can make a big difference. That support will do more for you than any amount of medication!

Godspeed and good luck new first time parents!

Journalist takes on Excessive Ultrasounds Given in Low Risk Pregnancies 

 

 

In the 6th month of his wife’s pregnancy, Wall Street Journal writer Kevin Helliker noticed that she underwent 17 fetal ultrasound scans, notwithstanding the fact that she had a low-risk pregnancy.

Curious, Helliker set out researching to find out what doctors generally recommend, how many such scans are medically suggested be given, how many are actually being performed and what is known/not known about ultrasound safety. 

About 80% of most pregnancies are low risk, Helliker discovered, and that not since the early ‘90s has any epidemiological research been conducted on the procedure, and since then the power output on the scanning devices has increased eight-fold.

In his article this summer in the WSJ, Helliker notes that the scans “have turned the images of their unborn into fixtures of social media” and how in 2014, “usage in the U.S. of the most common fetal-ultrasound procedures averaged 5.2 per delivery, up 92 percent from 2004.”

Helliker summarized the potential dangers and risks, also, writing:

A joint statement in May 2014 from several medical societies, including the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, calls for one or two ultrasounds in low-risk, complication-free pregnancies.

Experts in fetal medicine have long recommended women undergo one ultrasound around the 20th week of a low-risk pregnancy, and in recent years they have come to recommend an earlier one as well, around the 12th week. About 80 percent of pregnancies are low-risk.

Fetal ultrasound in humans has never been shown to cause harm. However:

  • Nearly all research supporting its safety was conducted using equipment made before 1992, when the procedure produced about one-eighth the acoustic energy than today
  • Studies have suggested many operators don’t pay close attention to safety gauges while they are performing procedures.
  • Some animal experiments have suggested ill effects of ultrasound on embryos of mice and chickens. 
  • A 2006 Yale University study in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences found neurological abnormalities in mice exposed to ultrasound in utero.
  • Multiple fetal ultrasounds can raise false alarms, including overestimation of fetal size that can lead to potentially unnecessary c-sections.
  • Research suggests multiple scans don’t provide better outcomes in pregnancies.

Continue reading more of the specific, scientifically-grounded advice offerwd on how often US ought to be performed in low risk pregnancies.

Glamour Writer: ‘Quit Clicking Those Celeb ‘After Baby Body’ Headlines’

 

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Yesterday, in Glamour  new mom and writer Petra Guglielmetti calls out the celeb media’ obsession with the post delivery celeb mom, in her piece, “Let’s Stop Clicking on Stories About Celebrities’ Post-Baby Bodies”.

Here is an excerpt:

Today I “stepped out post-baby,” also known in the tabloids as debuting my post-baby body. At least I think today would be considered my official debut—I left the house to work at a cafe after months of maternity leave. According to the headlines, celebrity moms debut themselves after childbirth in a variety of ways. Some, like Blake Lively, “display” and/or “flaunt” their post-baby selves by wearing clothing—not even necessarily revealing clothing—to press events. Many “show off” en route to the gym, a la Jessica Biel. Others simply venture out in public with a friend, like Jaime King (“Less than weeks after giving birth to baby Leo, Jaime King is already making her way out into the world.” Less than weeks? And wow, to think, boldly being visible out in public like that.) Apparently, when you are famous and have just given birth, such normal-seeming activities become debuts, opportunities for the world to examine how well your looks fared during that whole growing-and-birthing-a-human-being thing…..

….It’s hard not to click on these stories, even though we realize we shouldn’t encourage paparazzi to stalk new moms, who are already vulnerable, riding a roller coaster of stress and hormones. (Yes, professional actors sign up for a certain amount of media attention, but motherhood—especially new motherhood—should be sacred, no matter how high-profile you are.) We click even though we realize we should not compare ourselves to people who have full-time nannies and on-call glam squads. We click even though we realize that every woman’s build and metabolism and biology is unique; most of us didn’t have Jessica Alba’s post-baby abs before we had kids. We click even though we know we’ll glimpse comments that make us lose faith in humanity (“Looks like her boobies have deflated!”).

She then goes on to express her experiences of living life fully after delivering her baby and under different standards and without the flashing lights and glare of the public. She confesses that the media stories about celebs, however,  can impact women’s opinion of their own post-baby bodies. Finally, Guglielmetti proposes we all work to end it:

Here’s what I propose: Let’s stop clicking. Just decide here and now that we’re not doing it anymore. It’s one little-but-big way in which we can make our world a kinder place for new moms, and women in general. When you see any headline with any variation on “post-baby body” in it, just don’t click. As someone who has been employed as an online writer for a long time now, I promise you that editors will notice that we’re all not clicking and that those stories will dwindle and eventually disappear. Wouldn’t that be lovely?

I’m down. We don’t really cover post-baby bodies that much anymore here so, less clicks for our competitors sounds lovely! ha!

Just kidding, we believe in the message. and have blogged similar themes before so Bravo, Petra!

3 Body Parts of Someone’s Newborn You Should Never Touch 

 



Just like pregnant women are community property, so, to a certain extent are newborn babies and infants. When people see them out and about, at the mall, the park, in the synagogue, temple or church, they can’t help but want to squeeze those juicy cherubic cheeks, stroke that curly soft baby fine hair and try to get the baby to grip their finger.

All three of these areas are big NO TOUCH areas for most people and especially for strangers who do not know the baby or its parents.

Here’s why:

1. The hands: At the earliest stages in a baby’s life, its hands are always in its mouth. They suck on their hands, fingers and fists for comfort. Adults have their hands on a variety of different objects throughout the day, often times picking up germs here and there. Most people do not use hand sanitizers nor wash their hands as often as would be ideal during the day. The worst thing a new mom wants to see is your grubby mitts exposing her newborn’s hands to whatever germ may be hanging out on your hands. It’s tempting and often times, understandably when you are overwhelmed by the cuteness in front of you, but don’t. Think before acting. It’s a gross thing to do.

2. The face: Many adults have sensitive facial skin and newborns’ skin can be no different and in some respects, are even more sensitive. They are fresh out the womb and are still developing their immunity. A cheek stroke from you (with your germ-filled finger) is liable to have the poor kid break out in a rash later. The mom may not be in a position to wash off your cooties before it’s too late. Just say no to the “cheek squeeze.”

3. The hair: Similar to the same reason you don’t touch a newborn’s face and hands unless you are its parent, pediatrician or just finished rubbing hand sanitizers on your hands moments before getting permission to approach the baby, you don’t touch or stroke a baby’s hair.

Of course, all of the above rules are flexible and can be waived depending on the situation and your relationship with the parents, but by all means if you are a stranger, it’s best to watch and not touch. If you must, tug at a socks or stroke the forearm. Understand, you’re still pushing your luck.

Just passing along a little public service announcement on behalf of all those new (especially first-time) parents out there who go through public settings full of anxiety on how to best protect their baby from unwanted advances. [That will be the subject of another post]