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Friday, November 15th, 2013
Of course it’s smart to watch what you eat when you’re pregnant, too much overindulgence in those out-of-control pregnancy cravings can be bad news (leading to bigger, heavier babies, which equals a harder labor for you; and possible obesity in your kid’s future). But a blogger named Loni Jane Anthony has taken the idea of eating well while pregnant to the extreme into totally unsafe territory. The 25-year-old Australian woman, who is 26 weeks pregnant, has come under fire for following a radical fruit diet, eating mostly bananas (up to 20 a day!), drinking fruit smoothies and occasionally pairing it with a salad for dinner.
The super-skinny mom-to-be—who has nearly 120,000 followers on Instagram—is being called “irresponsible” and “narcissistic” by critics who think her diet is incredibly dangerous for her baby, because it’s not being given enough proteins or a variety of nutrients. According to Medical Daily, Loni wakes up every morning between 4:30 a.m. and 5 a.m. to drink two liters of warm water with lemon. A typical breakfast includes either having half a watermelon, a banana smoothie, or whole oranges. She is following the 80:10:10 diet made up of 80 percent carbs, 10 percent fat, and 10 percent protein, which mainly consists of fruit and water.
The Mayo Clinic says the diet of a pregnant woman should consist of nutrients like folic acid, calcium, vitamin D, protein, and iron, which can be obtained through the consumption of foods such as spinach, beans, milk, yogurt, salmon, eggs, lentils, and poultry. It is suggested that pregnant women have a diet rich in fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and lean protein.
Since Loni’s diet is short in protein—which helps with growth and repair of tissues—and several essential vitamins and minerals, including iron, calcium, and zinc, it can lead to the baby taking calcium from her bones and leaving Loni susceptible for osteoporosis later in life.
While Loni denies she is on this diet because she’s afraid of gaining weight during her pregnancy, that’s certainly what it looks like to the outside world. And while it is completely unhealthy, with all of the “weight shaming” women receive in the media, especially while pregnant (like Kim Kardashian and Jessica Simpson), I can understand how women who may already have an addictive personality or have had a previous eating disorder could take things to the dangerous extreme. Approximately 10 million women struggle with an eating disorder, and pregnant women with active eating disorders—often referred to as being pregorexic—are at a much higher risk of delivering a preterm baby or baby with low birth weight; having to have a C-section; and suffering from postpartum depression after delivery.
If you’re battling with an eating disorder, it’s best to seek help for you and your baby’s health. For more info from the National Eating Disorders Association, click here.
TELL US: Do you think “weight shaming” women leads to eating disorders? Do you think Loni Jane Anthony needs a food intervention?
Image of Loni Jane Anthony via Instagram.
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Wednesday, September 25th, 2013
Would you say “I do” when you’re “eating for two”? Not only did Teen Mom 2 star, Kailyn Lowry, do just that, but she was eight-months-pregnant as she walked down the aisle in a bump-hugging wedding gown—praying she wouldn’t go into labor early.
For some pregnant women, it’s important to be married before having the baby, even if that means being a bumpalicious bride. Getting married while pregnant can be extremely romantic. Taking your vows while feeling your little bundle of joy inside you? It doesn’t get much better than that, especially with all of the feel-good oxytocin rushing through your body while you’re pregnant. It makes you extra-passionate so you feel truly, madly, deeply in love. And the silver lining of having a sober wedding? You’ll be sure to remember every last detail of your magical night!
But lots of other moms-to-be, like Jennifer Love Hewitt and Jessica Simpson, have chosen to wait to tie the knot until after becoming a mom. Let’s face it, for most the biggest reason to wait is vanity. Who doesn’t want to look ah-mazing on her wedding day? For many that means getting back down to her pre-baby body, and not having any limitations when it comes to finding a dream gown (maternity dresses can be beautiful too, but there aren’t as many to choose from).
If you wait till after the baby comes, then he or she can be part of your big day and be in the photos with you—memories that will last a lifetime. But waiting also means planning a wedding could be super-difficult with a newborn in tow—no sleep, feedings every few hours, you barely have time to take a shower, let alone plan one of the most important days of your life. There’s no right answer for everyone. You have to decide what’s most important to you, and how you envision your wedding day, then go for it—without getting cold feet!
TELL US: Would you/Did you get married while pregnant? Or would you/Did you wait until after having the baby to get married? Share the pros and cons of your choice.
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Wednesday, September 25th, 2013
X-Factor judge and creator Simon Cowell is 53 and British, so I’m not too surprised to hear he’ll be an old-school dad. He’s already said he’ll be strict and he has no plans of passing down his millions of dollars as inheritance to his soon-to-be-son, in order for his mini-me to grow up to have a strong work ethic.
But after seeing how in love Simon is with pregnant girlfriend Lauren Silverman (every time they’re in the press it’s PDA overload!), I was flabbergasted to hear reports that Simon has no intentions of being there for the birth of his baby boy. I was actually mad for his girlfriend! Well, on further inspection, that’s not exactly what Simon said. He will be there for the birth, just not staring at the main attraction.
While on pal Ryan Seacrest’s radio show, On Air with Ryan Seacrest, when Ryan questioned whether Simon would be watching things up close and personal during the big occasion, Simon replied: “Are you out of your mind? I know this sounds awful, but it’s like you don’t want to go in to the restaurant while they’re making your dinner. I think there are certain things you shouldn’t see and that is one of them. I’ll be very close by, but no [I won't watch.]”
Sure, back in the day it was common for men to wait in the hospital lobby, be down the street at a bar, or in England even off playing polo (like Prince Charles) or squash (like Prince Philip) while their children were being born. But it’s 2013, Simon, so I’m glad you’re stepping up and being present!
Take a tip from Nick Lachey, who called the birth of his son Camden “surreal, and one of the coolest things to ever see in your life,” and just watch your baby’s birth from the waist up. Neither my husband nor I were really keen on him being front row for our son’s birth. My husband is squeamish when it comes to blood, and I wasn’t sure if he would ever revisit my lady parts if he saw how stretched and contorted they got while delivering our baby. So we were both happy to have him standing behind me, holding my hand in between labor pushes.
I can’t imagine getting through labor without my guy by my side. He helped calm me when I needed it, cracked jokes when the contractions were tense, and made a motivational mix of my favorite dance songs for the pushing. The way I see it, your baby’s birth is the first united front you can present as a mom and dad, and so I’m glad Simon’s refusing to miss it.
TELL US: How would you react if your partner told you he wasn’t going to be there for the birth?
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Friday, September 20th, 2013
It’s Emmy weekend, and no one could be more excited than Homeland’s Morena Baccarin. Sunday might just be twice as nice for her, because not only could it be her first Emmy win with her cast of the hit Showtime show, but Marena is also due with her first son any day now, and could in fact go into labor at the awards. Something as exciting as an Emmy win could certainly cause her to go into labor!
Morena recently joked on Jimmy Kimmel Live, “My doctor is my plus one, so it’s all good,” she said. “He’ll be waiting in the limo just in case.” Since it’s such a big night for her and her costars (including new mama Claire Danes), Morena doesn’t want to miss a moment of it. So what’s her birth plan? “I told myself that I was going to go, and if I went into labor at the Emmys, I was going to sit through it. I mean, no baby comes in four-and-a-half hours anyway. I’m going to wait it out. I’m going to cross my legs and hold tight.”
Well, I hate to break it to you, Morena, but it is possible to go into labor and deliver all in four-and-a-half hours. While according to a 2012 study by the National Institutes of Health, the average first time mom spends six-and-a-half hours in labor, 50 years ago the average was four hours, and plenty of women have had children in under a few hours. Um, haven’t you heard of all of those roadside baby deliveries on the way to the hospital? But the all-time craziest story happened in 2007, when a British woman set the record for fastest delivery when she gave birth to her daughter just two minutes (yes, a mere 120 seconds) after her water broke!
I hope for Morena’s sake, she doesn’t go into labor on Emmy night. But it would make for one unforgettable TV moment!
Homeland premieres its third season Sunday, Sept 29, on Showtime.
TELL US: Would you go to the Emmys if you were due any day, or is Morena coo-coo bananas for going so close to her due date?
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Wednesday, September 4th, 2013
A scary new study suggests the high number of cesarean sections may have more to do with doctors’ greed than the patient’s need. According to a story by NPR, “about 1 in 3 babies born are now delivered via C-section, compared to 1 in 5 in 1996. During the same time period, the annual medical costs of childbirth in the U.S. have grown by $3 billion annually.” That’s worth repeating: an increase of $3 billion—that’s with a “B”!
In a paper published by the National Bureau of Economic Research, economists found that in many cases, doctors are paid hundreds more for performing a C-section over a vaginal delivery, and hospitals can be paid up to thousands more.
Health care economists Erin Johnson and M. Marit Rehavi hypothesized that OBs might be less likely to perform C-sections for financial incentives if the patients had significant knowledge about childbirth and its risk factors. So they looked at how many doctors had C-sections while giving birth to their own kids as opposed to non-doctors—who would likely know much less about whether a C-section was the right birth method for them.
The findings were that in cases where financial incentives were involved, pregnant doctors are about 10 percent less likely to get C-sections than their non medically-trained counter parts, which points to the fact that when armed with knowledge about whether a cesarean section is really necessary, women are likely to push back if they think it is more of a doctor’s elective surgery.
In situations when vaginal delivery is first tried, and for whatever reason doesn’t go as planned, women without a medical degree are more likely to have cesareans—which makes sense because during that time all you hear is “there is a problem,” and the rest of your mind shuts down. You of course trust your doctor and presume he or she knows a hell of a lot more than you do in this situation, so in most cases you are going to do exactly what they say.
Interestingly, in instances where doctors were paid flat rates whether they did a vaginal birth or surgical birth (so there were no benefits to the doc for performing a c-section), pregnant physicians actually had more C-sections than non-doctors, which could mean that when there aren’t financial incentives doctors are less likely to give women c-sections (often a longer and more difficult procedure) even when they need them.
Neither the study nor I are saying that all doctors are evil or that they would all do an unnecessary surgery just for the extra bucks. But the reality is that it does happen, whether subconsciously or not. So the best thing you can do for your and your baby’s health is to read up as much as you possibly can about births and emergency procedures, or even hire an impartial doula or midwife if you can afford it (many insurance companies don’t pay for them), so if and when you are put in that situation you can make the most informed decision possible.
TELL US: Do you believe doctors would be more likely to perform a cesarean section because of the bigger paycheck? Do you suspect your doctor steered you into having one?
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