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According to the US Travel Association, Americans took 2.1 billion trips during 2014. Luckily, pregnant women don’t have to miss out on such a key part of life. It is generally considered safe for pregnant women to travel, whether by car, bus, train, or plane.
Be sure to check in with your health care provider about your individual circumstances, especially for lengthy trips.
That being said, if you’re making the trek: here are some pregnancy travel tips to take along with you.
Recently, I ran into one of my son’s teachers, who we’ll call Lora, at the vegetable market. She’s 24 weeks pregnant and thrilled but after hearing her story of the drama of receiving very scary genetic screening test results, I suggested we go grab a cup of tea.
She needed to talk. Everything in her life changed abruptly when she got a phone message on a Friday afternoon (which is even worse!) that there might be a problem and she’d need more testing. What she ultimately found out was that all of the terror and uncertainty that took weeks to resolve could have been avoided. (We’ll get to that in a minute). (more…)
New technology in genetic testing mean that pregnant mothers can have a simple blood test as early as 10 weeks of pregnancy to obtain highly accurate information about the possibility of their pregnancy being affected by the most common genetic conditions.
I just heard about this innovative and brilliant Clean Birth Kit in a Purse that has helped moms around the world deliver their babies much more safely by helping to reduce serious infections. Everything is included to help provide a safer more hygienic birth in conditions that are challenging to say the least.
For every Pregnancy or Breastfeeding Guide that you download from my website, I’ll donate 50% of the proceeds to the Small Purse Big Change. There’s no limit to what we can all do together.
This video explains the project that’s already helping thousands of moms.
The Clean Birth Kit comes in a small easy to care purse and provides everything that’s recommended by the World Health Organization for safer births while using environmentally friendly and culturally appealing materials. These kits also provide livelihood support for impoverished women who assemble them.
So please donate, share this with friends and if you download a Pregnancy or Breastfeeding Guide from this site, I’ll donate 50% of the proceeds to help more moms around the world have healthier, cleaner births.
First of all, you’re not alone. If you need to know when exactly you got pregnant, you probably have a lot of good reasons to try to figure this out. Many women need to know this information right away.
So, even if the circumstances surrounding this conception may not have been ideal, it’s important to first take a few slow deep breaths so that you can think clearly. Then, make sure that you’re actually pregnant by doing a urine pregnancy test, if you haven’t already. Don’t panic, unless this is a real issue, not just something that you’re worried could be happening.
If you have had a positive pregnancy test and you’re worried about exactly when you conceived, you’ll want to discuss this with your health care provider. In order to for you to get the information you need from them, there’s a few things you need to write down and bring with you to your appointment.
Kim Kardashian plans to eat her placenta after giving birth. Can it be true that she is really planning on eating her placenta? Have you heard everything now? What crazy things are being cooked up by those crazy, love ’em or hate ’em Kardashians? Apparently she not only wants to try it for supposed health benefits, but is offering it up to the family to enjoy. In a promo I saw, there’s a hint that there may be an after-birth surprise on the menu in an upcoming episode of Keeping up with the Kardashians.
Why would Kim want to eat her placenta?
You may be wondering why on earth Kim Kardashian would want to save and eat her baby’s placenta after giving birth. (more…)
Don’t name your baby that! And 5 other things never to say to a pregnant mom.
When your friends proudly clue you in to the name they’re planning for their baby, here’s a list of 5 things never to say.
Get your foot out of your mouth
How many times have you asked a pregnant couple what they plan to name their baby, then after they proudly let you in on their decision, without realizing it, you find your foot squarely in your mouth. Yikes.
Tip toe through the emotional minefield
Be careful wading into this particular pool of conversation. (more…)
I’m proud of Kate
What I told that reporter and anyone else who will listen, is that I’m proud of her. Yes, I’m proud that she was real and that she didn’t squeeze herself into Spanx or some tight shapewear to try to hide her tummy. (more…)
Amnio & CVS are 2 tests that are available, however, our recommendations for who needs these are changing based on new genetic tests that are available. These tests are considered diagnostic, with high levels of accuracy in assessing pregnancies with serious genetic conditions. Until recently, any woman over 35, most of whom were 99% likely not to have an affected pregnancy were offered these potentially risky, invasive tests. (more…)