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Would You Give Birth in the Wild—and on TV?

Thursday, June 5th, 2014

Lifetime has had a full slate of questionable reality shows for a while, including the painful-to-watch therapy session of True Tori and the bitter backstage griping at Dance Moms. But the latest show they’re developing may just go a bit too far—called “Born in the Wild,” the show will chronicle women who decide to take home birth a few million steps further, and take their birth outdoors and into the woods. (Want to see the video that inspired it? Check it here!)

OB/GYNs, as you can imagine, have been extremely critical of the idea of the show, and the potential risks to both mom and baby should something go awry when they’re out in the middle of nowhere. (Heck, even home births have been shown to be more risky than their medically assisted counterparts—and those don’t include giving birth on a grassy knoll in the rain.) But the producers say that they have many safeguards in place, including requiring the birthing place to be a short distance from a hospital, having an EMT on site with the camera crew to intervene if needed, and casting only low-risk moms who already have an uneventful birth or two under their belts.

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Should Anyone Be Forced to Take a Pregnancy Test?

Tuesday, June 3rd, 2014

Home Pregnancy TestShould anyone be forced to take a pregnancy test? That’s the question on my mind now that three women have filed a lawsuit against the Alameda County, California, sheriff over a policy requiring all female inmates 60 or younger to submit to pregnancy tests, Huffington Post reports.

The ACLU of Northern California filed the lawsuit on behalf of the women yesterday. “Being forced to submit a pregnancy test against my will was not about my health. It was invasive, offensive, and humiliating,” said one of the women, Nancy Mancias, in a statement released by the organization.

According to the statement, arrestees in neighboring San Francisco “are given the option to take a pregnancy test as a part of a broader medical screening” but—and here’s the important part—they can decline to do so after they’ve met with a medical professional.

“If the Alameda County Sheriff’s Department is genuinely concerned about the health of women in their custody, voluntary pregnancy testing should be administered as part of a comprehensive health exam,” said Elizabeth Gill, Senior Staff Attorney at the organization. “Forcing a woman to take a pregnancy test is a clear violation of a person’s constitutional rights, as well as a violation of other state law.”

Not surprisingly, the Sheriff’s Department doesn’t see it that way—and as HuffPo reports: “[T]he Alameda County Sheriff’s Department told the San Francisco Chronicle that it’s been sued over this before—and last time, they were on the other side of the coin. The department was sued for not conducting the pregnancy tests. As part of the settlement, they agreed to make the tests mandatory.”

I don’t agree with the policy—especially considering, as the statement goes on to say, arrestees aren’t forced to take many other types of medical tests. To me it’s invasive, unfair, and unnecessary to force women (especially older women—because let’s face it, how many 59-year-olds turn up in jail pregnant?) to take a pregnancy test. So let’s review: offering the option? Great? Forcing it? Um, nope. I’m with the ACLU on this one.

Tell us: Do you agree with the Alameda County Sheriff’s Department policy?

Are You Pregnant? How to Know for Sure
Are You Pregnant? How to Know for Sure
Are You Pregnant? How to Know for Sure

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Bill and Giuliana Rancic’s Surrogate Suffers a Miscarriage

Monday, June 2nd, 2014

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Bill and Giuliana Rancic have been open about building their family via surrogacy—the E! Stars are parents to 21-month-old son Duke, who was born via surrogate in 2012—and now People reports some sad news: The couple’s surrogate, Delphine, recently suffered a miscarriage.

“She was about nine weeks pregnant. We were pretty close to getting into the safe zone,” Rancic told the magazine, adding, “We experienced a miscarriage years ago when we were trying with Giuliana, so we had been keeping the pregnancy news tight to the vest.”

Not surprising, Bill says he and Giuliana “were devastated.”

But the couple, whose reality TV show, Giuliana and Bill, has prominently featured their desire to add to their family this season, aren’t giving up.

“We’re fighters. Hopefully we’re going to have good news and Delphine will be on board one more time,” he said. “We’ve had to battle it out and that’s something that we’re going to continue to do.”

We wish them all the best…

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Is Hayden Panettiere Pregnant?!

Wednesday, May 28th, 2014

Hayden Panettiere Wladimir Klitschko Pregnant BabyIs she or isn’t she: That’s the question that has the Hollywood gossip ring buzzing.

The latest subject of the celebrity pregnancy rumor mill is Hayden Panettiere, as Us Weekly reports that the Nashville star is expecting. “Hayden is totally pregnant!” the magazine quotes an “insider” as saying.

This would be Baby No. 1 for the actress and her fiancé, boxer Wladimir Klitschko.

Though there has been no official word from the couple’s camp, back in May 2013, Panettiere revealed to Glamour magazine that she loved the idea of becoming a mom.

“I’ve lived a very big life, and I don’t feel my age, and I feel like I was born to be a mother,” she said. “Sometimes people speak about [having kids] like, ‘Your life ends—you’re never going to be able to do anything again!’ And I’m like, ‘What are you talking about?’ Motherhood is the most beautiful, exciting thing, and there’s nothing that I feel like I can’t accomplish while having children in my life. I would sacrifice having more years of being wherever I want whenever I want for years with my kids.”

Panettiere, 24, and Klitschko, 38, became engaged in March 2013 after an on-and-off relationship since 2009. Whether or not she is pregnant, here’s wishing nothing but happiness to the couple! (Oh, and an adorable baby name, if the rumors turn out to be true.)

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Trying to Conceive: 5 Ways to Get Pregnant Faster
Trying to Conceive: 5 Ways to Get Pregnant Faster

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A New Way to Predict Your Due Date — Coming Soon?

Thursday, May 22nd, 2014

Here’s a surprising fact: Only about 5 percent of women actually give birth on their due dates!). But new research involving “good bacteria” in the placenta suggests that doctors may soon be able to do a quick and easy test to better determine when your baby might be born.

Sound crazy? Not really, say researchers led by Dr. Kjersti Aagaard at the Baylor College of Medicine and Texas Children’s Hospital, who found that the placenta contains clues about when the baby will be born. According to Time magazine, “Dr. Aagaard is not ready to say that the bacteria living there actually decide when moms-to-be will give birth, but the association is strong enough to make it worth studying further (and she already plans to compare the placental and oral microbiomes of more than 500 women at risk for preterm birth to dig a little deeper).”

Within an hour of delivery, Aagaard and her team collected 320 placentas from women who delivered preterm (at 34-37 weeks), or at term. They analyzed the tissues for the microbes inhabiting them, and concluded that the makeup of the microbial community within the placenta was different between the preterm and term groups.

“We’re not suggesting that the differences in the placental microbiome necessarily cause preterm birth; we don’t know,” says Dr. Aagaard. “All we know is that they are different.” The theory is that the varying communities of bacteria—most of which have important day-to-day functions, such as dealing with molecules like vitamins, biotin, and folic acid, which are key for a developing fetus—have different functions, and these affect both the placenta’s ability to nurture the fetus and the development of the fetus itself.

It wouldn’t be safe to go in and sample the placenta throughout pregnancy, but the placental microbiome most resembled bacteria frequently found in the mouth, Dr. Aagaard reported in the journal Science Translational Medicine. That news is a big deal in the scientific world! Scientists had long thought the placenta was sterile, free of bacteria and other microbes, as opposed to mouths, which have tons of bacteria. Dr. Aagaard’s hypothesis: Oral microbes slip into the mother’s bloodstream and make their way to the placenta.

So, in the future, a non-invasive mouth swab might be able to help predict whether you might go into labor early or deliver at term. Freaky, yet cool, right?

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Your Pregnancy: How To Calculate Your Due Date
Your Pregnancy: How To Calculate Your Due Date
Your Pregnancy: How To Calculate Your Due Date

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