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Two Ways Pregnancy Stress Could Hurt Your Baby

Tuesday, January 27th, 2015

Stress and pregnancy“Try to relax during pregnancy. It’s bad for the baby if you get all worked up.”

I hated hearing advice like that in pregnancy—because it seemed to only compound the pressure I was feeling. Talk about adding insult to injury! But two new studies out now underscore the fact that stress can indeed be bad for baby, and expecting moms should do what they can to manage it.

One study out of Radboud University in the Netherlands showed that women who experienced stress during pregnancy were likely to have babies with a poor mix of intestinal microbiota, and with a higher likelihood of intestinal problems and allergic reactions. These issues could be related to both psychological and physical problems as the children continued to develop, the study indicated.

Summing it up, author Carolina de Weerth said, “We think that our results point towards a possible mechanism for health problems in children of mothers who experience stress during pregnancy.”

Another study, out of the University of Cambridge, showed that increased levels of stress hormones in pregnant mice could lead them to overeat, and could potentially affect the long-term health outcomes of the fetus. That is, the fetuses of the mice with raised levels of that hormone tended to be smaller, despite the mother overeating, suggesting that a mother’s stress levels may affect her child’s growth.

Though it may be easier said than done, these new studies point to the fact that managing stressful situations and thoughts in pregnancy is important for staying healthy—for mama and baby alike.

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Alesandra Dubin is a new twin mom. She’s also a Los Angeles-based writer and the founder of home and travel blog Homebody in Motion. Follow her on Facebook, Instagram, Google+ and Twitter.

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Stress During Pregnancy: Safe or Not?
Stress During Pregnancy: Safe or Not?
Stress During Pregnancy: Safe or Not?

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Painkillers and Pregnancy: What Every Woman Needs to Know

Thursday, January 22nd, 2015

Opioid use and pregancyIf you’re of childbearing age and take perscription painkillers, you’re going to want to read this.

Today the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released a new analysis about women’s widespread use of prescription painkillers and the risk of birth defects.

It revealed that more than one-quarter of privately insured and one-third of Medicaid-enrolled women of childbearing age filled prescriptions for opioid-based painkillers between 2008 and 2012. And many women don’t know that these drugs—for instance the popular codeine, oxycodone, hydrocodone, and morphine—can double the risks for birth defects of the brain, spine, and heart, as well as for preterm birth. Plus, they can cause withdrawal symptoms for baby.

If you’re not TTC and think this doesn’t apply to you, consider that about half of all pregnancies are unplanned, according to the March of Dimes—so you could put a baby at risk before you even know you’re pregnant.

So what does the new analysis mean for women?

“If you’re using prescription painkillers, and you’re pregnant or thinking of having a baby, do not stop taking your medication, but speak with your doctor or healthcare provider right away. You may be able to switch to a safer alternative,” says Siobhan Dolan, M.D., a medical advisor to the March of Dimes.

The CDC has info about medications that are safer to take during pregnancy here.

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Alesandra Dubin is a new twin mom. She’s also a Los Angeles-based writer and the founder of home and travel blog Homebody in Motion. Follow her on Facebook, Instagram, Google+ and Twitter.

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Prescription Drugs During Pregnancy: Safe or Not?
Prescription Drugs During Pregnancy: Safe or Not?
Prescription Drugs During Pregnancy: Safe or Not?

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Kelly Clarkson Opens Up About Her “Horrible” Pregnancy

Tuesday, January 13th, 2015

Kelly Clarkson River RoseIf you didn’t have a blissful pregnancy experience, you’re not alone. Kelly Clarkson is the most recent celebrity mama to open up about the major challenges she faced while pregnant, in fact going so far as to call that period of her life “horrible” on BBC’s Radio 1 Breakfast Show.

She told host Nick Grimshaw on the program, “I was hospitalized. It was just kind of a bad pregnancy, so I had to take off way more time than normal.”

While she doesn’t give us a lot of details in the latest interview (and admits that the experience hasn’t scared her off from wanting baby number two “…in like a year”), we know she struggled with acute morning sickness, as she gave plenty of candid interviews on the topic throughout her pregnancy with daughter River Rose.

I vomit a good dozen times a day. It’s like bad. I vomited before coming out here,” she told Ellen DeGeneres in December 2013. “I’m not even kidding, it’s so bad. It’s so bad. It’s, like, so gross.”

She added, “My nails are short, my hair still falls out—it’s not all lush and beautiful. And I have no glow. Unless it’s, like, something left over from a bad throw up. It’s horrible.”

Clarkson, of course, isn’t the only mom in the public eye to have a tough go of pregnancy. Kate Middleton famously suffered hyperemesis gravidarum, or morning sickness so severe as to be debilitating. Gwyneth Paltrow, Molly Sims, Mariah Carey, and Kate Winslet are also all among the stars who have copped to suffering bad morning sickness during their pregnancies.

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Alesandra Dubin is a new twin mom. She’s also a Los Angeles-based writer and the founder of home and travel blog Homebody in Motion. Follow her on Facebook, Instagram, Google+ and Twitter.

Snacks That Fight Morning Sickness
Snacks That Fight Morning Sickness
Snacks That Fight Morning Sickness

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Model Mama: Molly Sims Shares Her Look-Good, Feel-Good Secrets

Friday, January 2nd, 2015

This blog post was written by Parents Editorial Assistant Ruthie Fierberg

 

Supermodel, actress, and mom to Brooks, 2, Molly Sims is about to add another title to her list of qualifiers: author. Her book The Everyday Supermodel: My Beauty, Fashion and Wellness Secrets Made Simple hits shelves January 6. Parents caught up with Sims—now pregnant with her second baby—just before the holidays to talk about how those secrets apply to moms like her. Without taking a breath, Sims began our phone conversation like any other mom:

Molly Sims: If you ask me what I’m doing right now I’m being a good parent. I’m making Christmas cookies, so I couldn’t pick up the phone because I have flour everywhere. You never think you’re going to [be into the holidays] but when you have kids it all changes.

P: Well it must be time for some fun since you’ve been working on your book. Are there any simple secrets in there especially for moms?

MS: We break [the book] down into beauty, fashion, food, fitness and I think all of it pertains to being a mom. We show you how to dress, we show you how to do your hair and makeup, we show you how to take care of yourself. I don’t believe in staying in your yoga clothes all day. When I first had Brooks, I got into that habit and I’m like I cannot start this because then I don’t feel good about myself. Now I get up and I get dressed even if I don’t have anywhere to go.

P: Life with a toddler is busy and messy. Is there one tip when it comes to a beauty or fashion regimen that is doable and quick for other toddler moms or pregnant women that can give you the feeling you’re doing something for yourself?

MS: Whether you spend $35 at the Dry Bar or learn to give yourself a good blowout, a good blowout can last for four days and make you feel fantastic. Invest in a good pair of leggings. Invest in a few “quardrobe” pieces that you can put on with boots, with flats, with flip flops, you can go from day to night, to spring to summer to fall to winter. Also, when you’re pregnant you don’t have to dress like you’re nine months pregnant when you’re only four. Dress tighter. The tighter you dress the skinnier you look. But in terms of on-the-go, I always say have a great cardigan, a great tank top, a great pair of jeans. Find that one good piece and make that versatile. That’s the best thing I can tell moms.

We’re writing a second book called The Everyday Supermama. You might be finger-painting, dropping off for class, and interviewing in the same day. Always have a refrigerator packed full of great snacks because you’re gonna be hungry driving seven kids around all day. Also, if you put on lip gloss and sunglasses, no one tells that you’re having a bad makeup day. It’s great for moms who do drop-off and pickup.

P: You’re expecting baby number two. You mentioned you had a bit of a tough pregnancy last time. Is there a huge difference now?

MS: Totally. I was so not sick with him and with this one, for four months I have been sick. I’ve thrown up, I’ve felt like I had 1900 glasses of wine—haven’t had any.

P: What have you done to deal with that?

MS: Oh gosh. I’ve done everything from pretzel crackers to ginger tea to gum. [When I first] walked into my ob-gyn carrying a bottle of ginger ale I was like Mama is pregnant or something is wrong with her—like the flu.

P: Have you decided to find out the gender or will it be a surprise?

MS: In January I’ll be seven months, so I think we’re gonna find out then. We weren’t gonna find out but then I’m like dying to know so I can do my nursery. The practical things in life. I also want to start to be able to tell Brooksy. He has no idea that there is a baby in my belly. I want him to be able to understand me. I want to be able to say “Oh my gosh he or she is so excited!”

P: You mentioned that you’re pretty nauseous, but are there any crazy pregnancy cravings?

MS: Sugar. I had two hot chocolates the other day in a row. Literally two packs, two sets of marshmallows in two different cups. Not gonna lie. All my first pregnancy there’s this place [in LA] where you get that confetti birthday cake. I literally stopped, got a cake for a friend, got me a slice, had a plastic fork and was eating it driving on the 405. And I’m like THIS is being pregnant. This is a supermodel eating confetti birthday cake with a plastic fork at a stoplight.

P: Aside from the physical symptoms, what’s going on in your head?

MS: I’m feeling good. I’m nervous. Not gonna lie about that. I hope I love it as much as I love Brooks, but then I never thought I could love Brooks this much. Everyone says another one is a game-changer, but I guess I’m ready. Bring it on. You know? I’ve waited so long for him or her. I’m a little bit used to boys, so if I have a girl I think I’ll be a little scared just because I feel like I’m a boy mom because that’s all I know. Listen, we had a little bit of a difficult time this time around and had a little bit of a bad experience so I don’t care what it is I’m just happy.

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Boy or Girl: How Genetics Determine Your Baby's Gender
Boy or Girl: How Genetics Determine Your Baby's Gender
Boy or Girl: How Genetics Determine Your Baby's Gender

Photograph: Molly Sims and family, credit: Gia Canali

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This Holiday Ad Season, Pregnancy Sells!

Wednesday, December 24th, 2014

Santa BabyIt’s holiday season and Madison Avenue is seducing us once again. This time around, it appears that pregnancy sells—and real-life pregnant actors are proving it. Suddenly, it seems like ads featuring pregnant women as they are in real life, minus the overdone stereotypes, are everywhere. There’s not a pickles-and-ice-cream snack or an exaggerated waddle to be found. No tight face shots, no bumps hiding behind jumbo desks or oversized shopping bags. It’s full-frontal bump-ery in all its glory.

Prime(time) example #1: Kristen Bell and Dax Shepard. Their first Samsung Galaxy commercial, featuring Kristen’s second pregnancy, went viral in a big way, so it was smart that Samsung brought the couple back for this totally adorable holiday commercial.

And have you seen Kmart’s Joe Boxer pajamas ad? Get ready to witness pregnant women in a different light: These mamas-to-be can move. In the ad, five pajama-clad moms-to-be are dancing to an up-tempo “Santa Baby,” and they don’t hold back. The actors featured are so far into their third trimesters that apparently a few pregnant understudies were on stand by should one of the principals go into labor. I realize that not every 8-months-preggo woman feels like getting down on the dance floor, but I can relate to the impulse. At 40 weeks along, dancing in my living room was my desperate attempt to induce labor. I rocked hard to Lauryn Hill’s “To Zion” and I have the home video to prove it. So, the Joe Boxer pajama mamas have my vote.

Now, if only there could be a commercial with a pregnant actress whose pregnancy didn’t factor into the ad’s comedy or storyline. Now, that would be progress!

Debbie Rigaud is an author of Young Adult fiction. She and her husband welcomed a baby girl in early 2014, and life as they knew it has (thankfully) never been the same. Follow her on Twitter @debbierigaud

Image Courtesy of Joe Boxer

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