The First Official Prenatal Visit with Our Midwife

The first order of business was to find someone to watch our son. It just so happened that my fifteen year old sister had the day off from work. I picked her up from work the night before so that I wouldn’t have to worry about rushing around to pick her up in the morning in combination with our 9:30AM appointment. As we rushed around making breakfast and and coffee (mine is a decaf latte), we were finally ready to go. Once we arrived at the midwives home office, the paperwork began. First she when through her contract with us … Continue reading

Exercise Won’t Decrease Your Chances of Cesarean

Go ahead and exercise during your pregnancy, but don’t expect it to increase your chances of having your “dream birth.” That is one conclusion drawn from a recent research study by Dr. Ruben Barakat and his colleagues, at Universidad Politecnica de Madrid in Spain. The study followed 142 women for the second and third trimesters. Half of them followed a moderate exercise plan and the other half exercised very little or not at all. While the study confirmed the health benefits commonly associated with exercise during pregnancy, it did not confirm the previously held assumption that women who exercise are … Continue reading

Fun Pregnancy Facts

I’ve scoured the world wide web looking for fun and interesting facts about Pregnancy to entertain you. Enjoy! Did you know… The number of cesarean births has risen to 27% over the last decade. That’s an increase of 40%! Cesarean risk goes up as women age, and with all the woman putting off children for their careers, perhaps this has something to do with the increase in c-sections? The average age for a first time mother is 25-29. It used to be 21 in 1970! I was 25, so I guess I fit the bill! My childbirth class teacher reported … Continue reading

Health: Chlamydia

In the United States, chlamydia is the most common of the sexually transmitted diseases. A bacterial infection, chlamydia infects approximately 5% of people. The most likely who will contract chlamydia are African-Americans, people who live in urban areas, teenagers and young adults, and ones who fall into the low end of the socioeconomic category. The bacterial cause of this, Chlamydia trachomatis. Chlamydia can be transferred from one person to another by sexual means and from a mother to her unborn child during delivery. This bacteria can cause eye infections in an infant and/or pneumonia. Women with chlamydia generally exhibit no … Continue reading

Types of Progesterone

Progesterone is a hormone that is necessary for preparing the lining of the uterus for implantation and to support the pregnancy in the early weeks. For various reasons, some women don’t make enough progesterone naturally for this important function. In this case, progesterone supplements will be prescribed. Inadequate progesterone levels can be detected via a blood test shortly after ovulation. An ultrasound scan is often done if you are under treatment for infertility to check the lining of the uterus. If a progesterone deficiency is suspected or blood tests come back low, an endometrial biopsy may be done to get … Continue reading

Food Preparation for Diet Success

“I can’t stand eating chicken that isn’t properly grilled and I don’t have the time or energy to grill every time I want a healthy meal. How can I save time and energy but still eat healthy and stay on my diet?” Unless you’re ready to dish out the dough for a meal delivery service like Nutrisystem or Jenny Craig, food preparation is a necessary evil for weight loss. You’re going to have to prepare the food eventually, so why not consider setting aside a couple hours one afternoon or evening per week for the preparation of your diet foods? … Continue reading

Why Does My Body Need Iron?

Iron is one of the most abundant metals on the planet. Good thing, too — iron is essential to most life forms, including humans. Iron is important to many of the proteins and enzymes that help maintain good health. What does iron do for the body? Iron is an essential component in the proteins that carry oxygen through the body. An iron deficiency can reduce oxygen delivery to the cells, leaving a person fatigued and with a compromised immune system. Iron is used by the body to help regulate cell growth and cell differentiation. The majority of the iron in … Continue reading

New Nutrisystem Celebrity

Imagine my surprise when I saw Marie Osmond hawking Nutrisystem in a television commercial yesterday. I knew she had been on Dancing with the Stars and I also knew that she had lost a good deal of weight, but it seems her 40 pound weight loss was due to a combination of the Nutrisystem Program and rigorous Dancing with the Stars workout regimen. Way to go, Marie! When critics blasted her and said she must be anorexic, Marie set the record straight: “First of all, I can’t be anorexic. I like food too much. I’m not on diet pills. And … Continue reading

Do You Buy Food Delivered by Mail?

I do. Not everyday groceries, mind you. Most of what I order is stuff I can’t find in my favorite grocery stores. Take this acai (pronounced a-sigh-ee) stuff I ordered the other day from Acai Roots. Getting an Acai Fix I read an article about the benefits of acai berries, which come from Brazil and are supposed to be among the most nutritious and antioxidant rich foods on the planet. I’ve been buying Bolthouse’s Bom Dia line of acai drinks, but a friend of ours who’s from Brazil turned us on to Acai Roots’ product because it’s supposedly an even … Continue reading

Best and Worst Celebrity Diet List of 2007

Diet Dr. and board-certified Physician Nutrition Specialist, Marc Lawrence M.D., has taken it upon himself to rate the best and worst celebrity diets for 2007. According to Dr. Lawrence: “Diets full of fruits and veggies, coupled with healthy lifestyle activities including walking, hiking and biking have fueled some of Hollywood’s biggest makeovers.” Best Celebrity Diets of the Year: 1. Ricki Lake. Ricki has been a yo-yo dieter for years but has finally found a system that fits. Ricki weighed 250 pounds in 1991 but has managed to reach 123 pounds. Ricki uses something we all wish we had the money … Continue reading