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Does My Pet Know I’m Pregnant?

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Martin Buber (1878–1965), a prominent twentieth century philosopher and educator, once wrote: “An animal’s eyes have the power to speak a great language.” When it comes to whether our four-legged friends really can tell if we’re pregnant, the answer is surely in their eyes — and their behavior. Just as with other important changes in your life, dogs can tell when something is different. Experience shows that dogs recognize changes in smell, and in your…

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Hair Loss Due to Pregnancy: 6 Causes and Cures

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It has a name: Telogen Effluvium. Though the term isn’t well known, it’s one of the most persistent complaints of new mothers. A woman’s hair is typically fuller and thicker during pregnancy, but often that’s not the case after delivery. Telogen effluvium is the excessive shedding of hair that occurs approximately one to five months following delivery, most commonly around the third month after giving birth. Research shows that approximately 40 to 50 percent of…

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Get The Facts: Pregnancy and the Zika Virus

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Zika’s spread in the Americas – Reuters is reporting that the number of countries and territories in the Americas that have documented cases of the mosquito-borne Zika virus has risen to 24 as of Jan. 26. According to the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), this is more than double the number of reported cases a month ago. On Jan. 25, the World Health Organization (WHO) predicted the virus would spread to all countries across the…

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Co-Inventor of CRISPR Asking For “Global Pause”

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Late last year, Geneticist Jennifer Doudna, who co-invented a groundbreaking new technology for editing genes, called CRISPR-Cas9, gave a Ted Talk on the subject, entitled: “We Can Now Edit Our DNA. But Let’s Do it Wisely.” The implications for new parents are numerous. In the video, she explains that CRISPR is actually an adaptive immune system (that is derived from the strep bacteria) that can be harnessed as a genetic engineering tool to potentially cure…

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Cord Blood Nurtures Baby and Gives Life to Others

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Last Fall, we reported on H.R. 2820, the Stem Cell Therapeutic and Research Reauthorization Act of 2015. Here is an update on that legislation. On December 16, 2015, the bill passed by roll call vote. According to Open Congress, 421 Congressional members voted for the bill. None opposed it. (There were 12 representatives who didn’t vote.) On Friday, December 18, 2015, President Obama signed the bill into law. Upon passage, the bill’s sponsor Rep. Chris…

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Latest in Pregnancy Health Wearables

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The city and tech industry has been a buzz this past week as the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) was once again held in Las Vegas. It seems all the companies that have anything to do with new wearable technologies were there in force and dominated the press. Among the exhibitors was Bloom, a San Francisco-based company that has created a wearable device for women in their third trimester. It tracks contractions much like a heart…

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Creativity Unleashed: Belly Painting During Pregnancy

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The art of belly painting is both old and new. More and more pregnant women are choosing to have their baby bumps painted during pregnancy, most often in their third trimester. Some women do it themselves, some go to a body painting artist, while others are choosing to do belly painting at their baby shower. Instead of a commercialized event, some baby showers are now held as blessingways, in light of the Native American tradition…

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Positive Steps To Take If You’re Overweight and Pregnant

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More women are overweight now in the general population, so more pregnant women are overweight. According to The March of Dimes, 3 in 4 women (75 percent) in the United States are overweight; that means that they have a BMI (body mass index) between 25 and 29.9. Along the same lines, Reuters Health reports that about 50 percent of first-time mothers in the U.S. are overweight at the beginning of their pregnancies –and about the…

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What’s Up With Pregnancy Cravings and Pica?

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Take me, for example. During pregnancy, I really craved potatoes, any type of potatoes – baked potatoes, French fries, and especially old-fashioned tater tots. I just had to have them, and with lost of ketchup! What’s behind food cravings while pregnant, and can they be harmful? Andrei Rebarber, MD, an associate director at NYU Medical Center in New York says: “No one really knows why pregnancy cravings occur, though there are theories that it represents…

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25 Inspirational Pregnancy Quotes and Sayings

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While being pregnant can be a trying and oftentimes uncomfortable experience, there are moments when being pregnant feels so magical and thrilling that we never want it to end. One thing is for certain: there’s no other experience in life like it. Here are 25 quotes that capture the joys and pitfalls of the nine months that for better or for worse, will change your life forever. 1. To be pregnant is to be vitally…

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