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Wednesday, June 12th, 2013
When I found out I was pregnant it was like I was back in college and needed to cram for a big exam. I was reading every pregnancy-related blog, magazine or book I could get my hands on so I could be prepared for what I—and my body—was about to go through. At my doctor’s visits, I was the annoying kid in class who kept raising her hand to ask yet another question. What can I say? Even though I hate to admit it, I’m Type A.
The internet is both a blessing and a curse when you’re pregnant, because you can Google anything and everything at any hour of the day to get answers, but there is so much conflicting information out there that you end up driving yourself crazy with worry.
I went into my check-ups thinking I had all of this medical knowledge from the internet, but most of the time my OB told me not to believe anything I read online—especially when it came to medications and what was safe to take during pregnancy. (And even more importantly, what wasn’t safe during pregnancy!) She told me what I could and couldn’t take for cramps and headaches—acetaminophen was ok, but ibuprofen and naproxen weren’t—and seasonal allergies—she suggested I not take anything, though Benadryl and Claritin were widely considered acceptable online.
Now a new study published in the European Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology and Reproductive Biology conducted at UCLA with women who have hyperemesis gravidarum (HG), a severe form of morning sickness shared by Kate Middleton, show that those who took antihistamines (which are contained in many over the counter cold remedies, decongestants, sleep aids, and even products designed to relieve morning sickness) are significantly more likely to have premature births, babies with low birth weight, breathing and feeding problems, infections or developmental issues. In the study, more than 50 percent of the HG patients who experienced the above problems took some form of antihistamines.
While the study only proves a link between adverse birth outcomes in women with HG, it begs the question: Are antihistamines safe during pregnancy for any woman—whether she suffers from HG or not? Is taking something to relieve a short-term cold or allergy problem worth putting your unborn child at risk? Trying to figure this out on your own will drive you nuts. Consult your doctor before taking any over the counter medication—regardless of what you read on the internet. Your baby’s health is worth the extra effort.
TELL US: Have you given up any medications while pregnant?
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Thursday, May 9th, 2013
True to her beyond-ditzy character, Brittany, on Glee, when it came time for Heather Morris to share her baby news with her cast mates, she came down with a bad case of pregnancy brain. Costar Matthew Morrison, who plays teacher Mr. Schuester on the show, tells BANG Showbiz, “It’s funny, when she told me—I think I was one of the first people—she whispered in my ear, ‘I’m 13 months pregnant’, and I was like, ‘Months?’ and she said, ‘I mean 13 weeks!’”
Don’t make fun of her, because you’ll realize soon enough, if you haven’t already, that when you’re pregnant the strangest things come out of your mouth—if you can even find the words at all. It’s not that you become stupid, or that your IQ drops or anything—it’s just that the strangest things seem to misfire in your head. When I was pregnant, I’d mix up people’s names, use the wrong word in a sentence, and my brain would constantly go blank mid-thought and I’d forget what I was talking about all together. It was the most bizarre feeling—my mind and my mouth just wouldn’t match up!
I interviewed Heather in 2011 for her cover story in Fitness magazine, and the smart woman I met is anything but the airhead she plays on TV (though she’s just as funny and as good at delivering one-liners as her alter ego). I truly think she’s going to be a great mom, because even then all she talked about was how she wanted to start a family with her boyfriend Taylor Hubbell, a former baseball player for the University of Louisiana at Lafayette.
I wish her the best. I think she’ll have no problems adjusting to mommyhood. She’s already an awesome aunt (She showed me pictures of her adorable nieces on her iPhone—she was so proud!). So my only advice to her is to not be too hard on herself because if she’s anything like I was, I’m sure that gaffe won’t be the last case of pregnancy brain before she gives birth. She’s reportedly due this October—just in time for season five of Glee.
Tell us: Have you had a case of pregnancy brain? What’s the funniest thing you’ve said?
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Monday, May 6th, 2013
In true reality star fashion, pregnant Kim Kardashian—who is expecting her first child with rapper Kanye West this summer—has been very open about her pregnancy, and that it’s not been as easy as she had hoped.
Having a baby is not all butterflies and rainbows. It involves a lot of pain, people! Headaches. Backaches. Breast sensitivity. Nausea. Heartburn. Constipation. The list goes on! But as a shoe-aholic myself, I could really relate when Kim posted a photo of her indented feet on Instagram with the caption: “Swollen feet or a new Givenchy tattoo?”
Swollen feet are one of those pregnancy side effects you hear about, but you never really know how traumatic it is until it happens to you. You have throbbing pain thanks to the extra pregnancy weight, which causes your center of gravity to be all out of whack, adds extra pressure to your knees and feet, and takes a toll on your posture.
It’s nine months after I gave birth to my son and I still can’t fit into many of my favorite shoes. Here is a graveyard of just some of the lovelies I can no longer wear. RIP, pumps, peep toes, and slingbacks. On the bright side, one of the things you can look forward to treating yourself to as a new mom is a new shoe wardrobe. And trust me, new shoes are the cure for sleep deprivation! They will make you smile every time.
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