Category Archives: Parenting

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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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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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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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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The 10 Top Pregnancy Trends for 2016

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If you’re due in 2016 or looking to get pregnant in the coming year, chances are you’ve heard of some of the newest trends in pregnancy and childbirth. Here’s a summary of what to expect: 1. Many women aren’t slowing down when it comes to exercising while pregnant. For example, a 30-year-old woman in Minneapolis remarks, “Cross Fit kept me feeling energized throughout my pregnancy.” After talking with her OB-GYN, she scaled back a bit…

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Make it a Green, Non-Toxic Holiday

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Many people don’t realize that some decorations contain hazardous and toxic chemicals. When you’re pregnant over the holidays, you have to be careful to avoid chemicals and toxins as they can cross the placenta and have health effects on your baby. Knowing what to be careful about is key. As you’re putting up the last decorations around your home this holiday season, keep in mind these “green” pregnancy tips. They’ll help keep you, your baby-to-be,…

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5 Best Ways to Have Fun New Years While Pregnant

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When you think New Years celebration, you may automatically think about a party at night and toasting the bubbly. Think outside the box instead. Whether with family or friends, celebrating New Years can happen the day of the 31st, that night, or the on January 1st. Or, you can have a party all week long. If you’re pregnant during New Years this year, make it one you’ll always remember (because you will any way). Whatever…

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