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Did you know Vaginal Birth Delivery envy is a thing?

Did you know vaginal birth envy is a thing?
I know because I had it. I used to get it every time I’d hear a friend delivered “naturally”. For various reasons, I delivered each of my three children, now 12, 9 and 6 1/2 via Cesarean section (C-section)
I was one of those women who read everything under the sun before having my first child. I placed a high premium on delivering vaginally as that is how our ancestors have done it for centuries before the advent of modern technology to assist with labor and delivery.
Also, going to due date forums, you meet all these women who also talk about birth plans, the optimal birthing experience with a special emphasis placed on doing it as natural as possible.
And of course, there, we’d find the occasional woman who loved her body, her lifestyle and her options and saw absolutely nothing wrong with bringing her children into the world with the most amount of assistance and pain free as possible. She was the first to tell a mom who had a c-section to buck up because at least her vajajay is still tight and intact! Woi! And everyone would tell you, it doesn’t matter how a baby got here, all that is important is that they arrived with all ten fingers and toes and were healthy.
  “All babies are natural,” they’d tell me. Yup. Yup. But still.
Notwithstanding all of that, whenever I heard news that a friend had delivered, I used to ask about the birth and would secretly wish they had to get a c-section too and when I’d learn they did not a flush of jealousy would come over me. 
It took a while, but as my kids got older and my friends stopped having babies, I eventually did get over it and no longer harbor those sinister thoughts and resentments.  I matured on the matter.
In hindsight, I can blame my conditioning, over education and deep seated passion for wanting to be old school.  I used to think that I never truly experienced birthing as God intended because I never had a vaginal birth.
Who else had vaginal delivery envy? I know I wasn’t the only one. 

FDA cracks down on ultrasound parties, commercial 3D imaging centers & in-home dopplers

The US Federal Drug Administration released a new update to its policies warning against the purchase of over-the-counter sale fetal heartbeat monitors which rely on Doppler ultrasound technology to listen to a baby’s heart.
Apparently, it has become trendy for parents-to-be to pay commercial companies to conduct 4D and 3D ultrasounds in their home at gender-reveal parties and to charge for the 3D images, but the FDA says these outfits are exploitative and ultrasounds should only be used by trained medical staff. 
The oversight agency also warns the excessive and repeated ultrasound imagery for non-medical reasons can be dangerous to the growing fetus and mom. 
This is interesting because while the trend perhaps is to get a better visualization of what the baby to look like, many women who purchased portable dopplers may like having the comfort of being able to monitor their baby’s heartbeat anytime. We imagine women who have had repeated miscarriages and fetus loss too may use the in-home devices so if there is a drop in heart rate, they could act. Granted, all of this probably contribute to increased false positive anxious calls from moms. 
What are your thoughts?
Read more about the new policy in the Huffington Post. 

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Attitude of The New Social Media Era of Expecting Moms (INFOGRAPHIC)

Believe it or not, December launched conception season! 
It’s the time of year that most babies are conceived given that 10 of the most common birthdays are in the month of September. 
In particular, December 17th thru 31st  are  the most common conception date with being December 24 being the most common. 
And we are in the era of the social media pregnancy as a recent survey by Wakefield research for Natera, a leader in non-invasive genetic screening, found that 83% of the 500 expecting moms surveyed planned to share all their baby moments with friends online. 
About 47% of them plan to post updates 2-3 times a week to keep their Facebook friends up-to-date on their baby-baking journey.
The survey also found that 3/4ths or 79% of those surveyed will find out in advance their baby’s gender. 
And for older moms like the 40 plus celebrities who gave birth after 40 (above), genetic testing is even more important given the increased risks for birth defects in their babies. Knowing as far in advance as possible can be essential 
Companies like the new Panorama™ NIPT, which sponsored the survey, have created genetic screenings that can test for abnormaliites as early as 9 weeks via a routing blood draw and without all the invasive screenings like with amniocentesis which carries a miscarriage risk. 
There is a bonus in that this new test can screen for gender at an accuracy rate of >99%! That is super early in the pregnancy! Amazing! Would you do use the screening? 

Learn more about the new new Panorama™ NIP from its Homepage: http://www.panoramatest.com; Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/PanoramaPrenatalTest or follow on Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/PanoramaTest

And in the meantime, check out this great infographic:

*note: compensation was paid for sharing this post with you but my opinions on how awesome this option would be for new and expecting moms is the same.

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STYLE: How to wear your hair to complement your body type

Whether you’re preggers or not, it’s always important to consider your body type when you get a new hairstyle. As a person who changes her hair often, I am always mindful to make sure a style works with my face too.
Over at A Mom in Red Heels,”  style blogger Tammy Gibson‘s personal stylist Angela Bethanie offered some great advice for what type of hair works best depending on  your body type.
I have an hour glass and the advice Betanie dispenses about hair best for my body type is accurate and makes sense:

Hourglass Body Type: facial shape is usually rounded- either oval, long oval or round 

Long hair: Deep side parting with longer fringe. Layers and texture are your best friend! If tucking hair behind the ear leave a little hair in front for a more tousled look. 

Short hair– always make sure to leave a fringe (think lots of texture). Product you must have: Spray wax works best, hour glass body shapes need balance from top to bottom and a spray wax can give you instant texture whenever and wherever needed!

Check out the rest of the post HERE for those of you who don’t have an hour glass figuresout there. 

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HURRY: Download TheBump.com’s new Apps for Charity today!

There is only a few days left for you to download one of TheBump.com’s pregnancy apps for iPhone and Android for its “Bump it Forward” in October campaign.
For each download of The Bump Pregnancy App on iPhone and Android and newly launched The Bump Baby app for iPhone, The Bump will give a donation to Every Mother Counts, a non-profit organization founded by Christy Turlington Burns dedicated to making pregnancy and childbirth safe for every mother.
The Bump is also launching a Charity Registry Program featuring Every Mother Counts. Nice!
Good stuff! Go support!

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Tech companies pay for their female employees’ egg freezing

Ladies, no more worrying about your fertility while you slave away to the top of the corporate ladder at Facebook and Apple
Both tech companies pay for their female employees to freeze their eggs through oocyte cyopreservation. Facebook’s program launched this past January for women wanting to delay starting their family while their eggs aged.
Apple recently announced plans to start its program in early 2015. The companies will offer up to $20,000 for the cost of the procedure ($10,000) and $500 per year storage costs under their health benefit programs for fertility and surrogacy.
The younger the woman is when she opts to harvest her fertile eggs, the better chances she has to become pregnant later. Given the fact that fertility decreases as women age, women in their 20s and 30s in highly competitive fields like technology may find egg freezing an  attractive alternative for ensuring they’ll be later able to carry their own child to term in the future…after cracking that glass ceiling, maybe?
In the debate over gender pay equity, stats and analysts point to the fact that women who have babies may return to work part time or leave the work world altogether after baby which contributes to the overall pay gap.
Programs like this help women stay competitive with men who don’t have to take time off to have a baby.
Or, as some critics say, they hurt by forcing women to work longer and harder for their employers’ bottom line without letting pregnancy interfere with their profit potential.
Which is it? Weigh in.
originally posted at Techyaya.com

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October is Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness month

Approximately one million pregnancies in the United States end in miscarriage, still birth and death of a newborn.  In 1988, President Ronald Reagan designated October as Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness month
Nationwide, at health centers, women and patient support initiatives hold events in memory of those lost and to raise awareness, and aide women and their partners dealing with loss. 
Here are some stats to consider and share:
  • One in four pregnancies ends in the loss of a baby 
  • The loss of a child is recognized as the most intense cause of grief 
  • Parents never “get over” the loss of a child – no matter the age 
  • Parents experiencing grief without supportive care can have debilitating consequences such as post traumatic stress disorder (PSTD) , depression and anxiety that could further result in job loss, divorce, difficulties in daily living, or impediments with parenting of living children 
Getting support through grief is key to recovery, according to Missouri-based Perinatal Bereavement Care. This month, search for a support event near you and spread the word.  Start with Hearthside Perinatal Bereavement Care and go from there. 

Not Just for Baby: 17 other uses for breast milk

Yesterday, I learned for the first time from friends that is has been well known that breast milk is great for solving eye irritations for any person, not just the baby.  My first thought is, hmmm so you catch pink eye and instead of going to the pharmacy for eye drops, you go across the street and ask your lactating neighbor, “may I borrow a cup of your breast milk?”Too Funny. 
So some research revealed there are lots and lots of uses for breast milk that many people probably were clueless about, such as the fact that Hospitals use donated breast milk to soothe the scars of burn unit victims! Wow! 
Check out some other uses listed by a breastfeeding site:
Breast milk and its uses
Other uses for breast milk…
All of the below uses for breast milk or breast milk cures can be used for the whole family…
1.  Pink eye breast milk (eye infections). You can put a few drops of breast milk into baby’s eyes or any family members who are suffering from pink eye. The breast milk will keep the area clean and will initiate healing. You can do this as often as possible.

2. Eye puffiness or redness. Wonderful for removing puffiness and is used just as you would cows milk for the same purpose. Dab on with some cotton wool.

3. Opening a stuffy nose. Breast milk is natural and a great alternative to medications which might even make the situation worse. Just squirt a few drops into baby’s nose while he is lying down, then use a bulb to suction the excess out from his nose.
4. Sore throats and mouth sores. Swirling some of the breast milk around in the mouth and even gargling with it can help. Even a breastfed baby can be given some breast milk in a cup to rinse out the mouth.

5. Eczema and other skin rashes. Breast milk will keep the skin clean and will prevent flare ups. Just apply a layer of breast milk to the area and allow to air dry.

6. Dry skin. Using breast milk as a moisturizer.

7. Cradle cap. Just apply to baby’s scalp a few times per day.

8. Breast milk diaper rash. Using breast milk to treat and prevent normal nappy rash.
9. Breast milk ear infections. Squirt a few drops inside the ear for healing and some pain relief. (can be used for infants and grown-ups)

10. Insect bites. Rub a small amount on the bite to relieve the itching and promote the healing process.

11. Chicken pox. Apply the breast milk on the skin to relieve itching just as you would any other ointment.

12. Warts. Apply daily on the wart until it dries up and falls off.

13. Treating sore nipples. Putting some breast milk on your nipples can often heal them faster than any over the counter nipple cream. It can also prevent cracking by keeping them supple.

14. Immune boost. Older children can be given a glass of breast milk or more everyday to boost their immune systems and keep them from becoming ill.

15. Ease cold/flu symptoms. Get over your cold quicker with some liquid gold breast milk. Drink as much as you can.
16.  Make-up remover. Breast milk can naturally and easily remove eye make-up.
17. Skin cleanser. Breast milk will gently cleanse your skin and can prevent acne because of its antibacterial properties.
Well now you know!! 

Study: Eating fried chicken daily increases gestational diabetes risk

Women who eat fried food every day are nearly twice as likely to develop diabetes during pregnancy, according to a major study.
Those who regularly enjoy chips, an omelette or fried chicken are at much higher risk of gestational diabetes – a temporary condition that affects up to one in 20 expectant mothers.
Researchers at Harvard University in the US believe that frying releases harmful chemicals into food which affect how the body controls blood sugar.
Gestational diabetes occurs when pregnant women fail to produce enough insulin causing their blood sugar to become abnormally high.
If not detected and treated, it can lead to a premature birth, the baby being very large or at worst dying shortly after labour.
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How to socialize with drinking friends while pregnant

Pregnant women may feel less of a desire to socialize with their friends at bars when alcohol is present. But there is a way to have a good time without a glass of wine in your hand.
Yahoo! Food editor Julia Bainbridge sat down with Lifestyle and Fashion blogger Pippa Lorde of Sous Style who is almost done with her Sober September challenge and has gone dry all month.. Lorde has   tips on how to socialize when everyone around you is drinking. 
Here are a couple of tidbits from the piece that can be relevant to you preggers moms out there:
What do you drink when you’re out with friends? 
I love having soda and bitters. You end up kind of rating the best bitters—I love Jerry Thomas Bitters from The Bitter Truth. I’ll also put a bit of orange in it. Then what I’ve found is really helpful is drinking peppermint tea with your dinner. There’s such a ritual around coffee and tea, so I feel like I’m having a ritualistic drink like those at my table drinking wine are.
So what about when you’re not drinking and everyone else is? Can conversation be more challenging? 
Making small talk is much more difficult. I naturally find people very interesting and I try and be very curious about them, but you have to work even harder. Alcohol can take the edge off just a little bit—you feel more relaxed—so when you don’t have that oil of alcohol, you have to work to find those interesting moments with people.
Interesting perspective, no?
For you veteran moms, how have you managed socializing around alcohol while preggers? For you new moms-to-be, what have been your greatest challenges? Are you avoiding friends? 

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