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The 7 Things I Missed Most During Pregnancy

Monday, October 13th, 2014

Sure, pregnancy means giving up some stuff you love—but for me, the hardest part wasn’t saying no to the typical things that first come to mind. As a 21-year vegetarian, I didn’t miss sushi one bit. And as a pretty moderate drinker, giving up booze didn’t feel like a huge loss. (And yeah, I sneaked the occasional sip of wine, along with a few other barely scandalous transgressions.) Here’s what I did miss most during pregnancy:

Green juices: You might be a Los Angeleno if green juice feels like the hardest thing to give up in pregnancy. But I didn’t want to take risks with unpasteurized juices — even though they were among the things calling loudest to me, especially given that I was thirsty all. The. Time.

Hot baths: Our European babymoon in February was among the most romantic trips we have ever taken — and it was also bone-chillingly cold. (That’s us bundled up in Italy, where the gloves only came off to snap pics on the iPhone.) When I was about 16 weeks pregnant, I would have done anything to soak my frigid bones in our Venice hotel, where for some reason the shower only got tepid but the bath got dreamily scorching.

Steam and sauna: I was lucky enough to receive several gifts of prenatal massages during my pregnancy — and enjoyed every last moment. But I would have loved to also hit the sauna and steam rooms at those luxurious spas for a full day of pampering. (Yes, this fits squarely under the category of #firstworldproblems!)

Unpasteurized cheese: I’ve written many times about the Sisyphean hunt for food in Europe when you are a vegetarian and unwilling to make assumptions about the pasteurization history of cheese on various menus. You end up eating a lot of bread.

Scuba: One of our favorite vacation pastimes was a definite no-go in pregnancy: Because there isn’t research that demonstrates the safety of diving to fetuses, scuba was off the table for sure.

Unlimited coffee: Yes, I had a daily cup of coffee, as approved by my doctor. But you know what I missed? Sitting at brunch enjoying cup after cup of bottomless hot coffee as a comforting ritual that also energized my whole morning. Mmmm, yum.

Hiking and rigorous exercise: Likewise, I moderated my exercise regimen, which meant my go-to Runyon Canyon hike took twice as long before I eventually phased it out altogether. Because it wasn’t long before my epic twin baby bump rendered even a walk to my own kitchen more of a workout than I could bear!

Now tell me — what did you miss most during your pregnancy?

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Alcohol During Pregnancy: Safe or Not?
Alcohol During Pregnancy: Safe or Not?

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Is This Good News for Pregnant Cancer Patients?

Friday, October 3rd, 2014

Imagine going into the hospital and finding out that you have stage two breast cancer—and that you might be pregnant—on the same day.

That’s what happened to 34-year-old Adele Rivas, who in the midst of both joy and fear, had to consider how to go forward with treatment, according to a report from ABC News. Adele and her husband Luis consulted with doctors and decided to continue with the pregnancy, while at the same time undergo a painful treatment plan that included a mastectomy in her first trimester and chemo in the following two. She opted against reconstructive surgery during the mastectomy, as it would have increased the threat of miscarriage.

After four months of chemotherapy, according to ABC, Adele was weak and had lost her hair, but she says her husband kept her strong. And about two months later, she gave birth to a healthy—and robust, at over 8 pounds—son.

“I can’t imagine not having him here,” Adele told ABC News. “We don’t know why our prayers were answered in such a strange way. Maybe I can be a model of strength for other people.”

And the Rivas’ story may not just provide strength—but it also might just be a road map of what is actually possible, and safe, during pregnancy: Two small studies cited in HealthDay this week suggest that children whose mothers had chemotherapy or radiation treatments for cancer during their pregnancies do not have a higher chance of mental development or heart issues, despite some doctors’ concerns over such possibilities.

“Fear about the risks of chemotherapy administration should not be a reason to terminate a pregnancy, delay cancer treatment for the mother, or to deliver a baby prematurely,” said study author Belgian doctor Frederic Amant.

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

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Molly Sims Is Pregnant Again!

Tuesday, September 30th, 2014

Molly SimsShe opened up to People.com about trying for baby number two recently, and now it’s official: Molly Sims is pregnant again!

The 41-year-old mom shared the happy news that she and hubby Scott Stuber are expecting again on her website, mollysims.com, writing: “I am BE-yond thrilled to share some very special news with you” and posting this adorable photo with her son Brooks:

Molly Sims pregnancy announcement

She continued, “I can’t even being to explain just how excited we are for a new baby. We are so, so, so blessed as a family, and I’m speechless at the fact that we have the opportunity to bring a second bundle of joy into the world.”

Congrats, Molly!

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Pregnancy Month by Month: Month 4
Pregnancy Month by Month: Month 4
Pregnancy Month by Month: Month 4

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Royal Twins on Board: Is This the Strongest Evidence Yet?

Tuesday, September 30th, 2014

I like to think I have a lot in common with Kate Middleton (ahem). Her first son, Prince George, shares a July 22 birthday with my own twins. Beyond that, she also may have twins on the way!

No, it’s not something the palace has confirmed, of course. And yes, all sorts of false rumors have been swirling about Kate’s pregnancy—even long before she was actually pregnant (both times). But one bit of recent news from across the pond actually has us really wondering.

It turns out that bookmaker William Hill has refused to take any further bets on the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge having twins after a throng of first-time betters opened new accounts and heaped cash on 20-to-1 odds for twins. The odds fell steeply to 9-to-1 before Hill called off bets.

“We have had a load of unexpected bets including a large number of new accounts,” Hill spokesman Rupert Adams told the U.K.’s Express. “With any other market, I would say that people know.”

Did you catch that? People might actually already know about a twin pregnancy. I am a gambling gal, and it’s getting to the point where I’d stake some chips on this one!

The Express also cites that the Duchess’s apparent hyperemesis gravidarum (acute morning sickness) is a condition experienced more frequently by women expecting twins. But of course let’s remember that she also had it in her first pregnancy—while carrying a singleton.

It was the 15th century the last time the mother of a future monarch delivered twins in Britain. So if Kate is actually expecting two babies, she may find it hard to relate to people in her sphere. But fear not, Duchess: As the new mother of twins myself, I have two months of experience and can provide you with tons of advice! Text me, sister.

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Confession Time! What Pregnancy Rules Did You Break?

Friday, September 26th, 2014

I’m generally not the type of person who colors within the lines. But in pregnancy—such an uncertain and often scary time for a first-time expecting mom especially—I played things pretty safe when it came to my diet and activities.

That meant, for instance, avoiding every last food item that might have possibly been unpasteurized during our babymoon in Italy, Spain, and France. Let me be clear: If you are a vegetarian, and you cut out cheese as well as undercooked eggs in Paris, you will eat nothing but bread, and you will look with hungry eyes at what’s on everybody else’s plate.

That said, I sometimes had a sip—or a couple of sips—from my husband’s wine glass. (When in Venice!) And throughout pregnancy, I did have my daily cup of coffee—well within my doctor’s recommendation to stick to 200 milligrams of caffeine a day. I even colored my hair in my first trimester before I realized even that activity in pregnancy is controversial (and then I panicked and called my doc and my M.D. dad). There you have it—my (borderline) transgressions revealed on the Internet!

The fact is, all moms-to-be make their choices about which rules to bend, and which ones to break. And frequently they keep those choices secret to avoid judgement. So I wasn’t surprised to see that a Reddit thread opened up the topic for a lively discussion, begging moms’ confessions regarding their pregnancy diet, drinking, and activity choices.

“I’ve been really bad. I never stopped eating lunch meat. I don’t even heat it up. I eat eggs with runny yolks and I ate raw brownie batter. Worst of all, I rode every roller coaster at my local Six Flags at 6 weeks pregnant,” the Redditor began, listing even more taboo behaviors before opening it up to other posters: “Leave your judgement at the door for this thread. Confession time! What have you done that you aren’t supposed to?”

And other moms delivered. They copped to eating sushi, beer, wine, bleu cheese, cookie dough, and more. Some did verboten activities like taking hot baths, horeseback riding, gymnastics, and cleaning the litter box. (By the way, I opted out of litter box duties—and didn’t miss it one bit.)

Sure, there are prevailing theories about food safety, caffeine, and alcohol in pregnancy, as well as about what exercises and activities to limit or avoid. But we all decide for ourselves—with our doctors and a huge dose of common sense, ideally—what’s O.K. and what’s a total no-no.

So let us know: What forbidden or controversial thing did you do while pregnant?

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