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Tuesday, May 27th, 2014
Christina Ricci is pregnant with her first child—and just under her deadline! You read that right. Back in 2008, the actress was quoted by HollyScoop.com as saying, “I want to get married and have kids, maybe not next year, but before I’m 35.” Well, she did it. Christina is 34!
Christina and hubby James Heerdegen—a camera technician she met on the set of her short-lived 2011 TV show, Pan Am—had been keeping their baby-on-the-way status on the DL. But as they say, pictures speak a thousand words, and photos surfaced of Christina walking through LAX with a sizable bump (accentuated by wearing a belt just below her chest, a tell-tale sign of maternity wear!).
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While Christina has yet to comment about her pregnancy, her publicist confirmed Christina is indeed pregnant. The mom-to-be has said she thinks she’ll be a “good mother, and entertaining.” Congrats to Christina and James! I can’t wait to hear what they name their baby. Personally, I’d love them to choose the name Wednesday (as in Christina’s character in the Addams Family)—it’s a unisex baby name, so it’ll work no matter whether they’re having a boy or girl.
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Monday, May 26th, 2014
When it comes to a pregnancy diet, you probably think about eating clean, organic foods, drinking milk, and taking prenatal vitamins and folic acid. You probably don’t think about needing more iodine in your diet, right? Well, it turns out you should!
New research by the American Academy of Pediatrics shows that one-third of pregnant women in the United States have an iodine deficiency, and iodine is needed to produce thyroid hormones—which control your metabolism and play an integral part in your baby’s all-important brain development. One theory for the lack of iodine in women’s diets is that processed foods don’t use iodized salts, and Americans as a whole are eating much more processed food than we once did.
And even though in the U.S. pregnant women often take prenatal vitamins, only 15 to 20 percent take ones that contain any iodine (in the form of potassium iodide), and many of those that do contain iodide don’t contain the 150 mg suggested by the National Academy of Sciences. The recommendation for pregnant women and breastfeeding moms is the same—a daily supplement that includes at least 150 mg of iodine and use of iodized table salt for a combined intake of between 290 and 1100 mg of iodide per day.
You can naturally add iodine into your diet by eating things like seafood or low-fat yogurt. And in the U.S. most table salt is fortified (a practice that started in 1924 to help end iodide deficiencies), so it’s an excellent source for iodine with ¼ teaspoon providing about 47 percent of your necessary daily intake.
So it’s relatively easy to add what you need into your diet to give your baby the best chances of being a brainiac—but like everything else, consult your doctor about your individual needs, especially before taking any supplement!
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Friday, May 23rd, 2014
Who doesn’t love a steamy sex scene, especially when it’s on an awesome show that always keeps you guessing, like Homeland? Well, the show’s star, Claire Danes, for one—at least during pregnancy!
According to Claire the most uncomfortable scenes to film pregnant were the sex scenes (which I imagine would be incredibly awkward to film even at your skinniest weight, and without all those lovely gastrointestinal issues that come with being pregnant!). “At the very end, I was a month and a half shy of popping, and I was doing a romantic scene,” says Claire, during a roundtable discussion for The Hollywood Reporter. “And Cyrus was really active. It was late at night, it was after dinner, and [my son] was going crazy in my belly. It was like he was protesting on my husband [Hugh Dancy]’s behalf or something. That was hard!”
Claire shared that filming while pregnant with her now-17-month-old son was the most physically demanding job of her career. “I was pregnant for the second season of Homeland, and as my baby progressed, the show got more action-packed,” she revealed. “At one point, we were shooting in an old sewage factory. I was kidnapped, I was chained to a pipe, it was 4 a.m., I was 7 ½ months pregnant, and I was like, ‘This sucks.’ At one point, the baby was on my sciatic nerve, and I was charging down the halls of pretend Langley.”
I don’t know about you, but I’m exhausted just reading that! As tough as it was for Claire, though, having to power through long, physically-demanding hours with no sleep sounds like the perfect boot camp for motherhood!
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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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Wednesday, May 21st, 2014
Hart of Dixie actress Rachel Bilson and her boyfriend, Star Wars actor Hayden Christensen, are expecting a baby! According to Us Weekly, which quotes a “Bilson insider,” the cute couple have “talked about this for awhile and are so excited.”
Well, we’re excited for them! From crazy pregnancy cravings to surprising benefits of being pregnant to watching your bump grow to wondering what color eyes and hair your baby will have, pregnancy brings with it so many fun new experiences. (Of course, there are the not-so-fun experiences, too, like morning sickness and embarrassing pregnancy problems.)
No word on a due date—or how her pregnancy is going so far. But it sounds like Bilson, 32, is ready for motherhood: She appeared on the May 2013 cover of Cosmopolitan and told the magazine: “I definitely have family on the brain. Having kids is something I want to see in my future—I hope.”
It looks like her wish is going to come true! Congrats to the parents-to-be!
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