The Importance of Pregnancy Support Groups

If you’re pregnant and feeling uncertain, or even if you feel great about pregnancy/childbirth, I still have an important recommendation: try to find a support group.  Not necessarily one called “pregnancy support group,” but try to find a group of other veteran, new, or expecting moms to spend time with. The support that’s offered just from spending time with others in the same boat, or who have been through it recently, is invaluable.  A lot of the weird things about pregnancy can be less alarming if you have others to talk about them with, who can say: “oh yes, that … Continue reading

When To Tell Your Boss About Your Pregnancy

As soon as the pregnancy test comes out with a positive response, the question of whom to tell about your pregnancy and when is likely to be on your mind quite a bit. The list of those people who are on a need to know basis does include your boss, but this does not mean that you need to dish right away. Of course, there is no one correct answer about when to disclose your pregnancy at work. Here are a few things to think about that can help you decide when you will tell your boss about your pregnancy. … Continue reading

How Technology Could Change Future Genealogy Research

Today, genealogists seek out vital records that can help them to determine who the father of a particular ancestor was. Technology has changed in ways that could impact the way that future genealogists do this type of research. Sperm donation, the use of frozen sperm, and paternity testing could make things a bit more complicated. What happens when you aren’t sure about who the father of your great-great-great-great- Uncle George was? You start doing some genealogy research. One way to answer this question is to locate his birth certificate. Both of his parents should be listed on it. What if … Continue reading

Study Finds Infants Born Addicted to Meth Have Behavior Problems

A study, that is the first of its kind, finds that babies who are born addicted to methamphetamine are at a higher risk for behavior problems than are infants whose mothers did not use the drug during their pregnancy. The study must be repeated before the results can be confirmed. This new study was paid for the National Institutes of Health, and the funding included a grant from the National Institute on Drug Abuse. The study followed children from when they were three years old until when they were five years of age. It built upon previous research that was … Continue reading

Men Can Inherit Heart Disease From Their Father

You may have heard that heart disease is something that can run in families. A new study shows that there is a form of heart disease that a father can give to his son via the Y chromosome. Genealogists who are putting together a medical family tree might want to make a note of this discovery. Heart disease can run in families. Does it run in yours? Your parents might know the answer to that question. Genealogists can ask family members if any relatives have been diagnosed with heart disease. Ask if anyone was diabetic, or had high blood pressure, … Continue reading

Once Upon a Time Recap: A Deadly Disease

Sunday nights are quickly becoming my favorite night for television. My husband and I eagerly rush the kids off to bed before 8pm and then settle down to watch first Once Upon a Time and then Downton Abbey. We load the dishwasher and pick up stray socks during commercials and give each other recaps if one of use doesn’t get back to the screen in time. In my opinion, Once Upon a Time just keeps getting better. Last night’s episode featured an upcoming wedding, a mysterious stranger in town (I have my own theory) and a deadly disease, otherwise known … Continue reading

Insurance Blog Week in Review – January 15-21, 2012

News about insurance related issues moves pretty fast. Every week, there are fourteen different posts on the Families.com Insurance Blog. You may have overlooked, or missed, something that you really would have liked to read. The Insurance Blog Week in Review can help you “ketchup”. The ASPCA Sells Pet Insurance Do you need affordable pet insurance? The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) has some options for you. The Insurance Podcast Roundup for the week went up on January 16, 2012. Insurers Say Sleep Lab Tests Are Overprescribed More doctors are prescribing an overnight stay at … Continue reading

Our Ninth Prenatal Visit

It has only been two weeks since my last prenatal visit. The end is in sight! Weekly visits will follow until our daughter is born! As we approach the holidays, I seem to get busier and busier. So to ensure that I could get my workout in, I awoke early, ate a Greek yogurt and did my prenatal pilates before our visit with the midwife. Both my husband and son accompanied me to this visit (we had no impending package deliveries). We entered the cozy carriage house, our son took the opportunity to run around in the open space, while … Continue reading

Inherited Diseases – Thalassemia

When you get pregnant, especially for the first time, it is easy to get confused by the vast amount of information that comes your way. From your doctors to your friends and family, everyone has something to tell you. The early discussions that many OBGYNs and midwives have with their newly pregnant patients often contain information regarding genetic testing. There are different types of tests and the reasons for suggesting each test are different. Some specific tests many be suggested based upon your family history and ethnic heritage. Today, I learned from my mother that a fairly distant relative of … Continue reading

Parenting a Child With Down Syndrome is Positive Experience

Surveys show that many parents feel that raising their child who has Down Syndrome is a fulfilling and rewarding experience. This research is being talked about at the same time that news of a new, non-invasive, test for Down Syndrome becomes available. Three separate surveys were conducted by doctors at Children’s Hospital in Boston. These surveys were given to around 2,044 parents or guardians of children who had Down Syndrome. A total of 79% of them reported that their outlook on life was more positive because of their child who had this particular special need. Researchers think that most people … Continue reading