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Study: Mommy Brain is a big, fat, MYTH!

So just when we thought recent studies have verified that “pregnancy brain” and “mommy brain” are real things, new reports indicate otherwise. 
A recent piece by New York Magazine‘s “Science of Us” blog cites scientists that surmise: 
“[T]he idea that it’s a purely negative effect is a myth that’s in the process of being debunked. Any pregnancy-related impairments are likely a side effect of what ultimately is a maternal neuro-upgrade that boosts women’s ability to care for their vulnerable offspring. Many will welcome the demise of the baby-brain myth, because it’s a simplistic, one-sided concept that almost certainly encourages prejudice against women.”
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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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10 Celebrities who got busted Cheating via Texting

Recently, reports surfaced that Hollywood Exes star Andrea Kelly (1) divorced her husband Brian McKee of two months after she discovered inappropriate texts between him and several of his exes. A couple of weeks ago, the interwebs went gaga over Phaedra Parks’ (2) reading of her show nemesis Kenya Moore who for two seasons milked inappropriate text messages she had exhanged with Parks’ husband Apollo Nida.
They are the latest in celebrity break ups or scandals over texting. Reese Witherspoon (3) divorced Ryan Phillippe shortly after discovering text messages between him and his mistress Abbie Cornish. Similarly, Sandra Bullock (4)  discovered hubby Jesse James‘ text messages with Michelle McGhee; Shaunie O’Neal (5) discovered Shaquille O’Neal texts with longtime girlfriend Vanessa Lopez; Eva Longoria (6)  discovered beau Tony Parker‘s sexting with teammate Brent Barry‘s wife Erin Barry; David Duchony (7) discovered  wife Tea Leoni (8) was sexting with Billy Bob Thornton; Love and Hip Hop Erica Mena (9)  broke off her engagement with then fiance Lil Scrappy after finding explicit text messages with another woman; and porn star Ginger Lee released explicit text messages sent from former Congressman Anthony Weiner (10) while married to Huma Abedin. 
A recent survey from Victoria Milan discovered that the majority of American cheaters (83%) connected with their lovers via their mobile phones. 
Most of the 3,500 members of the company that facilitate extramarital affairs for members said they used WhatsApp, Faceboo or Twitter (56%) followed by  Mobile text messages and phone calls on their mobile phones followed. 
Most of the cheaters surveyed use their normal telephone number to reach their lovers, but 11% have another “secret SIM card” for keeping their lover secret. And 69% have a contract instead of using prepaid cards even though it is inherently riskier given that their bill provides a complete record of everyone they have contacted via phone and text each month.

Dirty. Dirty.

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Are you expecting? Join Mattel’s exclusive online community; Get Amazon Gift Card

This is a sponsored post. I received a promotional item as a thank you for participating.
Mattel, a familiar brand in our homes and a worldwide leader in the design, manufacturing, and marketing of toys and family products, has created a private online community of about 300 expecting Moms. 
Mattel is relying on these Moms to help them gain a greater understanding of the lifestyle and needs of their consumers as it relates back to the world of play, and is opening up this invitation to you. 
As a member you’ll be part of an exclusive group that provides Mattel with feedback and perspective on toys, challenges you face as an expecting mom, and other topics of mutual interest of the group. To thank you for your impact on the brand, you’ll receive a $5 Amazon gift code for joining and an additional $10 Amazon gift code each month for participating. 
Are you expecting and interested in joining? See if you qualify here:  http://mayweask.com/mattel3 

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Study: Your smart phone may be a danger to your fetus

Radiation from wireless devices  pose risk to children and fetuses, a recent  report in the Journal of Microscopy and Ultrastructure  states.
Children and fetuses are most susceptible to neurological and biological damage that result from microwave radiation emitting from wireless devices, the report says. 
The paper, titled “Why children absorb more microwave radiation than adults: The consequences,” discusses how microwave radiation can cause degeneration of the  protective myelin sheath that surrounds brain neurons in fetuses, in particular. 
The authors suggest parents ban wireless toys from children to minimize potential risk, noting also that prolonged exposure may be linked to brain tumor exposure. 
Extensive research document the non-thermal biological effects from long-term exposures, and while worldwide, governments  have been issued warnings, the public is largely unaware.
“Pregnant women deserve to know that wireless radiation can have an impact on the developing brain,” 
Pediatric neurologist Dr. Maya Shetreat-Klein stated while launching the Baby Safe Project in New York this June.. “We’re seeing alarming increases in the number of children diagnosed with neurological disorders over the past decade, and anything we can do that might help reduce that rate should be taken very seriously.” 
This study conflicts with prior research claiming that pregnant women should not need to worry about exposing their baby’s to cell phone radiation.
Smartphones, cell phones, tablets and laptops have recommendations warning users to keep the away from their body. The conclusions seem extreme. The authors, doctors from a multinational Environmental Health Trust,  recommend children not play with wireless toys at all, and warn teen girls from storing their smart phones in their bras or hijabs. 

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Study: Pregnancy loss linked to heart disease later

Miscarriages and stillbirths might be a marker for women at higher risk of developing heart disease later in life, an observational study suggested.
The study suggests that physicians should now include stillbirth or miscarriage on their list of items to ask about in screening for cardiovascular disease.
Coronary heart disease risk was 27% higher for women who had a history of stillbirth compared with none (multivariate adjusted odds ratio 1.27, 95% CI 1.07-1.51), Donna R. Parker, ScD, of Memorial Hospital of Rhode Island in Pawtucket, and colleagues found.
That risk was a significant 18% to 19% elevated among women with one or two prior miscarriages compared with none in an analysis of the Women’s Health Initiative (WHI) observational cohort appearing in the July/August issue of the Annals of Family Medicine.
“Women with a history of one or more stillbirths or one or more miscarriages appear to be at increased risk of future cardiovascular disease and should be considered candidates for closer surveillance and/or early intervention,” they urged.
The American Heart Association guidelines already include pregnancy complications as a risk factor for cardiovascular disease in women due to growing evidence for an association, but these don’t address long-term cardiovascular implications of pregnancy loss, the group pointed out.
Physicians should now include stillbirth or miscarriage on their list of items to ask about in screening for cardiovascular disease, argued Roxana Mehran, MD, of Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York City, who was not involved in the study.
“This is so important because the prevalence of pregnancy loss is increasing as the [average] age of women who are becoming pregnant is increasing,” she told MedPage Today.
Women with a history of pregnancy loss perhaps should be screened earlier, agreed Mehran, the founding and immediate past chair of the Society for Cardiovascular Angiography and Interventions’ Women in Innovations program, working with ob/gyns to promote screening women for cardiovascular risk factors.
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Study: Flu shot in mom when pregnant immunizes baby too later

Most doctors do not recommend flu shots to pregnant patients, yet those women are more likely to develop serious complications if they do get the flu, according to a new report.
In the review of past studies, researchers also found that pregnant women had concerns about the safety of the flu vaccine and tended to underestimate the risk that the virus posed to themselves and their fetuses.
“The research is clear that health care providers are not providing advice to pregnant women about the importance and benefits of getting vaccinated,” said Dr. Marie Tarrant, who worked on the study at Li Ka Shing Faculty of Medicine at the University of Hong Kong.
“In addition, they are not making influenza vaccine available to their pregnant clients,” she said. “By their silence, they are sending a message that influenza vaccine is actually not that important.”
One study found pregnant women were five times as likely to be admitted to hospital with the flu as other women, Tarrant said.
Flu vaccines given to pregnant women immunize them and protect their infants against the flu until they are six months old, the researchers write in the journal Vaccine.
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Study: Pregnancy is Contagious or Keeping Up with the Joneses includes Baby

No, you read that correctly. Recent research suggests that pregnancy can be contagious among friends. 
According to Nicoletta Balbo, a researcher at the Carlo F. Dondena Center for Research on Social Dynamics at Bocconi University in Italy, women in the same social circle will start to plan to have a baby shortly after discovering a friend is expecting or has just delivered a baby too.
The researchers analyzed data  from thousands of study participants beginning when they were just teens in the 1990s.  Tracking the subjects via interviews over time, they discoverd a pattern:  in each friendship pair, after a woman had a baby, the likelihood that her friend would also have her first baby went up for about two years, and then declined.
Social influence and peer pressure are two ingredients that determine ones likes, dislikes and preferences, Health Me Up noted. This study enforces what we suspected. We tend to replicate or want similar things that of our friends.
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Driving While Pregnant: 2nd Trimester pregnant women more likely to get in car crash, study says

So “Driving While Pregnant” is a thing.
New research published today in the Canadian Medical Association Journal suggests that women who are in their second trimester of pregnancy are 42% more likely  to get involved in a serious multi-car crash. 
The data impacted all groups of pregnant second-trimester women across different socioeconomic and racial groups.
Researchers stopped short of recommending that pregnant women not drive but instead warned that they should be extra mindful of the risk while driving. 
“It amounts to about 1 in 50 statistical risk of the average women having a motor vehicle crash at some point during her pregnancy,” Donald Redelmeier of the University of Toronto said in a release. 
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Report: Substance abuse during pregnancy is on the rise

The prevalence of substance abuse during pregnancy is shocking, said Dr. Peter Lachiewicz, Western Ohio OB/GYN. Between 30 and 40 percent of pregnant Western Ohio OB/GYN patients are suspected of using drugs, tobacco and/or alcohol.
Tennessee is awaiting its governor’s signature on a bill (HB 1295) which recently passed through both sides of Tennessee’s Congress that will criminalize pregnant women for “assaultive offenses” if a child is born “addicted to or harmed by” the mother’s illegal drug use.
“A year ago, the Tennessee Senate, House and governor defeated the bill. So, it’s surprising that now this legislation was passed, despite 100 percent non-approval by physicians and the medical community,” Dr. Lachiewicz reflected. “I talked to a colleague of mine in Tennessee, these women will not seek prenatal care, and then just show up at the end. Or they’re going to tell a lot of lies. Or, like we see here [in Darke County], most drug testing we do through a urine – just like employers do random toxicology screens – just like here, they ‘can’t’ give a urine specimen.”
Dr. Lachiewicz estimated that 30-40 percent of the 250-350 births his practice performs each year are to patients who used some sort of drug during their pregnancy; and some women, he said, don’t even attempt to quit. Those who do wish to quit, do not have access to local resources, because there aren’t any, Lachiewicz noted.
“If you look at what’s out there – you don’t want to say everybody’s doing it, but if you have 30-40 percent of our pregnant moms using, that’s kind of concerning,” Dr. Lachiewicz commented. 
“The community leaders in Greenville and Darke County talk about ‘What are we going to do? How do we help these women? etc.’ The resources are just not there. So these women, even if they want to stop – and we just had one who made the decision to go to Columbus on her own – these women really tend to fall through the cracks. And others have no desire to stop.”
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