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Bouma Baby Gender Reveal! Boy or Girl?
Throwing a party to reveal your baby’s gender. What a great way to share the news and find out at the same time. See how this family decides to do things.
7 Shocking Discoveries About Pregnancy.
Pregnancy gets weirder as we get rounder. What really goes on under wraps during those nine-plus months? From a hidden bias involving swelling bosoms to fetal cells in maternal brain, scientists have found a mother lode of surprising phenomena. Here are seven discoveries nobody really expects when she’s expecting.
Pregnant Women Are Sexy! – Many expectant moms think pregnancy makes them look less attractive. Most men disagree. In one study, 60 percent of men maintained the same level of sexual desire for their partners, and 27 percent of men expressed increased desire.
Your Breasts Grow Larger If You’re Expecting a Girl – Contrary to popular belief, the shape of your belly –watermelon or basketball — doesn’t reveal anything about the baby’s gender. But your shape above the belt might. Women carrying girls grow larger breasts during pregnancy compared to those carrying boys. Male fetuses produce testosterone which may suppress breast enlargement.
If You Dream About Your Baby’s Gender, You’re Likelier To Be Right – Surprisingly, pregnant women who have a dream in which their baby’s gender is revealed, or a strong feeling about whether their baby will be a boy or a girl, are more accurate than by chance. Women’s intuition is supported by science!
Nightmares Are Linked With Faster Deliveries – Women who have had vivid dreams during pregnancy have shorter labors than non-dreamers — by nearly an hour on average. Among the dreamers, those who had nightmares (unpleasant dreams) in third trimester had even faster deliveries and a decreased chance of postpartum depression than those who had good dreams only. The purpose of dreaming may be to help us resolve internal conflict and process new information, which leads to psychological preparedness for the baby’s birth.
Skinny Women Are Likelier To Have Daughters – Skinny chicks have more daughters. Many studies show a slight but statistically significant difference in the gender ratio between women who are underweight and normal weight. The explanation: Female embryos are hardier than males, and therefore more likely to survive in a less hospitable environment — resulting in more female births among the super-skinny. This is an observation that shows up on a population level; it’s not a reliable method of gender selection. Starving oneself endangers the fetus.
Your Body Odor May Affect Your Partner Subconsciously – By the third trimester, pregnant women’s sweat contains new chemical compounds (pheromones). No one knows for sure why these chemicals show up at this time and disappear shortly after giving birth — they may help the newborn identify her mom — but there’s room for more speculation. The subtle odor may subconsciously trigger one’s partner to produce hormones such as prolactin that facilitate bonding and preparedness for fatherhood. Men with the highest prolactin levels around the time of the baby’s birth are more nurturing than men with lower levels of the hormone.
Your Baby’s Cells Stay In You For Life – During pregnancy, cells sneak across the placenta. The fetus’s cells enter the mother and the mother’s cells enter the baby –and stay there for life. In mothers, fetal cells often take residence in her lungs, spinal cord, skin, thyroid gland, liver, intestine, cervix, gallbladder, spleen, lymph nodes, and blood vessels. The baby’s cells may also live a lifetime in Mom’s heart and brain. Implicated in health and disease, fetal cells may also behind some of the mind-shifts that happen in motherhood.
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Baby “in your bed” Sleep Positions.
Posted: 02/16/2012 1:15 am.
When the cold weather hits us parents — b-r-r-r-r-r! — what better way to stay warm in the chill of night than, uhhhhh… to wrap your head and neck in the warmth and comfort of… your baby? Yeah, no one’s buying it, we know. But, hey, it happens. Whether we want it to or not.
Maybe your sleeping baby wraps you in a boa constrictor of cuddliness like The Neck Scarf, or goes lower when latching onto you, possibly as low as some kind of leg warmer of love. When it happens you tend to wake up and start imagining a referee counting the seconds you’ve been pinned by your little snoozing wrestler.
Sometimes you stay asleep when your baby flops on top of you. In this case, it’s likely you’ll wake up from something like a tiny finger being jammed to the brain up your nostril, a toe finding a home in your belly button or the tickle of sweat dripping off the super-heated part of your body that’s been given a toasty slumber-hug for the past hour or so. Joy.
Stay warm and well rested, folks! If that’s even possible.
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I had to post this article – I just love it!
By: Glennon Melton – Huffington Post, Blogger, Momastery.
The earth shakes when the doctor places your firstborn in your arms. Your love for him is colored by terror because you are positive that he is going to die with each passing minute. You bring him home understanding that the Universe has made a mistake, that someone more qualified, more motherly will show up to retrieve him soon. So while you wait, you play house for awhile. You hold him with trembling, clutching, sweaty hands. You still do. You do not trust that he will be able to navigate his world. You eye his doctors, his playmates, his teachers, even his grandparents with great suspicion. Will they be gentle enough with him? He is so sensitive.
What you really mean is : I am so sensitive. I’m like Lazarus, fresh from the tomb, eyes burning from the sun’s brightness. I can’t handle the ferocity and fragility of this new love. Please be careful with us.
You think if you just hold his hand tight enough, read the right books, choose the right foods, choose the right schools … if you just hold your breath forever … it’ll be okay. You’re not sure what that is anymore. Maybe okay means you’ll succeed at keeping him and the world apart forever. Maybe it just means that you’ll both survive this love, this love so intense it threatens to consume you both like a fire.
Holding your second, you become human again. You are elated and concerned. Your firstborn is replaced. You can’t look at or listen to both of your babies at the same time. So you look at your baby while talking about your firstborn. You say, “hold on honey” far too many times. Your guilt is relentless. How will you convince them both that they are the center of your universe? This new angel seems like a stranger at first, and then your firstborn does. Suddenly he appears to be a giant. You wonder when he’ll start pulling his weight already. You are worried you’ll never find your balance. What is the right division of time, love, attention, fear, worry? And then, for the first time, you become concerned with how the juggling act you’re attempting to perform looks to the world. Am I doing it right? Am I saying the right things? Am I buying the right diaper bag, house, car, invitations? Are they wearing the right clothes? Am I? Do I appear to be enjoying motherhood enough??
But then again, you have your moments, don’t you? When they smile at each other, when he retrieves her toy, touches her hair, tickles her feet. When you hear two giggles coming from the family room for the first time. When you and your husband look at the two of them on the floor and exchange a glance that means — look at what we did. We’re doing it. We’re making a family.
Then the third arrives. And as you hold her for the first time, you notice that your hands are steady. The all-consuming fire is gone. Love is just … love. You don’t feel threatened anymore by her or the world. Because all of a sudden you see in her teeny little face that she is the world, no need to protect her from herself. And you understand now that you’re not her protector anyway, she has One of Those. You’re just her teacher. You’re just borrowing her for a little while. You decide not to spend so much of your precious time begging God to protect her from the world. Seems silly. Because she, God, the world, they are all mixed up together inside that pink skin. They are one in the same.
Then, as you count her impossibly tiny fingers with yours, you check your heart and find no guilt there. Because you understand that you are about to present your older children with the greatest gift of their lives. Who else but a sister travels with you from the start of life’s path to the bitter end? And you know, now, that if the olders spend the next few months relearning that They’re Not the Center of the Universe … well, good then. It’s an important thing to know, and it’s a lesson best learned early. So there’s another gift to them, courtesy of you, and this new littlest one.
By now, you understand that things will get tougher when she comes home. You will sweat even more at the grocery store. You will have less money to buy her the right things. You will look far less graceful at play dates. But you will care less. Because you have listened to and spoken to enough honest mothers to understand that we’re all in this together. That there is no prize for most composed. So you’ve decided to stop making motherhood harder by pretending it’s not hard.
Then you look down at her … your third … and you think: what’s so different about you? But before you’ve even finished asking the question, you know the answer. And your heart says to hers: Oh. You’re not different than the other two … I’m different . I am learning how to love without so much fear. How to relax a bit, in this beautiful world. How to let go and trust. You are helping me breathe easier, you three. One at a time, and together.
President’s Choice organic baby cereals recalled.
01/19/2012 | Shawne McKeown, CityNews.ca.
Loblaw Companies Ltd. is recalling several types of its President’s Choice brand organic baby cereals after an unpleasant and rancid smell and taste has been reported.
The grocery chain announced the recall Wednesday and there has been at least one report of illness.
Here’s a look at the affected products:
The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) is urging parents and caregivers to monitor for symptoms of nausea, vomiting and diarrhea if a child has consumed a rancid product.
For more information on the recall contact President’s Choice at 1-888-495-5111 or customerservice@presidentschoice.ca ; or call the CFIA at 1-800-442-2342.
Increased Risk of Developing Asthma by Age of Three After Cesarean.
www.ScienceDaily.com (Jan. 10, 2012) — A new study supports previous findings that children delivered by Caesarean section have an increased risk of developing asthma.
The study from the Norwegian Mother and Child Cohort Study (MoBa) suggests that children delivered by Caesarean section have an increased risk of asthma at the age of three. This was particularly seen among children without a hereditary tendency to asthma and allergies.
Data from more than 37 000 participants in the MoBa study were used to study the relationship between delivery method and the development of lower respiratory tract infections, wheezing and asthma in the first three years of life. Children born by planned or emergency Caesarean section were compared with those born vaginally.
The results indicate that children born by Caesarean section have a slightly elevated risk for asthma at three years, but have no increased risk of frequent lower respiratory tract infections or wheezing. The increased risk of asthma among children delivered by Caesarean section was higher among children of mothers without allergies.
Unlikely caused by birth method.
“It is unlikely that a Caesarean delivery itself would cause an increased risk of asthma, rather that children delivered this way may have an underlying vulnerability,” said Maria Magnus, a researcher at the Department of Chronic Diseases at the Norwegian Institute of Public Health. Magnus is the primary author of the article published in the American Journal of Epidemiology.
Children delivered by Caesarean section may have an increased risk of asthma due to an altered bacterial flora in the intestine that affects their immune system development, or because children born this way often have an increased risk of serious respiratory problems during the first weeks of life.
Weird TTC Terms — Decoded.
This is when a woman misses her period for three or four months in a row.
Aneuploidy is when there are an abnormal number of chromosomes in a cell. This could cause miscarriage or health problems in the baby.
This protein gets your eggs ready to be released. If you get fertility testing, your doc may check your blood’s AMH levels to make sure your ovaries are still popping out eggs.
Assisted Reproductive Technology (ART)
Fertility treatments and procedures that involve surgically removing eggs and combining them with sperm (outside the body) to help you get pregnant are referred to as ART.
This is a male fertility problem. It’s when his semen doesn’t contain any sperm.
Once an egg is fertilized, it’s known as a blastocyst. It begins a development phase that ends when it implants into the uterine wall.
Sorry, but this may sound gross. Cervical mucus is secreted from the cervix. It’s produced by the hormone estrogen in the first part of your monthly menstrual cycle. That’s why many TTCers check their discharge for signs of cervical mucus — it clues them in on when they might ovulate.
You might know this as Clomid. It’s a fertility drug that’s used to trigger the follicle-stimulating hormone (FSH), which can jump-start the ovulation process.
In this fertility treatment, a woman who’s infertile uses donated eggs, taken from a fertile woman, to do an ART procedure.
Once an egg has been fertilized and starts dividing, it becomes an embryo.
Sometimes, embryos (unused from other reproductive procedures) are donated to other women so they can try ART to get pregnant.
In this health condition, tissue that’s normally inside the uterus grows in other places, such as on the fallopian tubes and ovaries. This can cause bleeding, scarring, pelvic pain and infertility.
This is the hormone in a woman’s body that makes her eggs mature and causes her endometrium to start thickening to prep for pregnancy.
Follicle-Stimulating Hormone (FSH)
This hormone is part of reproduction for both men and women. In men, it stimulates sperm production and keeps it going. In women, it matures egg follicles — that’s why having high levels of FSH could mean she has few eggs left and may have trouble conceiving. Fertility experts believe that FSH levels over 10 to 15 mIU/mL can be a sign of weakened fertility.
You’ve probably heard of this, commonly called a surrogate. This is a woman who gets pregnant with someone else’s baby. A couple dealing with fertility problems might have their embryo implanted in a gestational carrier’s uterus. She carries the child through to delivery, even though she has no genetic relationship with it (as opposed to traditional surrogacy, in which the carrier is genetically related to the child).
If your doctor suspects your fallopian tubes could be blocked, you might get this X-ray test in which dye is injected into the cervix to show where any blockage might be. The procedure normally takes 15 to 20 minutes, and you may feel cramping that’s similar to what you experience during your period. Generally, you should be able to get results at the time of the procedure.
So what’s the difference between having trouble trying to get pregnant and being infertile? Well, if the woman is under age 34, she and her partner are considered infertile if they’ve been having 12 months of sex without contraceptives and haven’t conceived. If she’s over 35, they’re considered infertile after six months of trying.
Intracytoplasmic Sperm Injection (ICSI)
In this procedure, a single sperm is injected directly into an egg.
Intrauterine Insemination (IUI)
This is when sperm are placed in a woman’s uterus to help her get pregnant.
In Vitro Fertilization (IVF)
This ART procedure involves removing eggs from a woman’s ovaries and fertilizing them outside her body. The resulting embryos are then transferred into the woman’s uterus through the cervix.
A hormone produced by the pituitary gland, in women it’s responsible for the monthly release of an egg. In men, LH is responsible for starting the production of testosterone.
These are trained physicians who diagnose and treat female reproductive health issues, and care for women during pregnancy, childbirth and during post-birth recovery.
Ovulation is the term used to define the release of an egg (usually one, though sometimes more) from a woman’s ovary.
Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS)
PCOS is technically a hormonal imbalance, earmarked by any two of the following three characteristics: overproduction of androgens (male hormones), irregular menstrual cycles and an ultrasound demonstrating polycystic-appearing ovaries. Some women with this disorder experience a degree of insulin resistance as well.
Premature Ovarian Failure.
This is the loss of normal function of the ovaries, which causes a woman to have irregular periods or no periods at all.
This hormone helps to improve the condition of the endometrium, making it more receptive to implantation.
These doctors specialize in reproductive endocrine disorders and infertility.
This refers to the entry of semen into the bladder instead of going through the urethra during ejaculation.
This is the sperm and the seminal fluid that’s secreted during ejaculation.
The microscopic examination of semen, this helps determine the number of sperm (sperm count), their shapes (morphology) and their ability to move (motility).
This is when a donation of sperm is made to help a woman get pregnant.
In traditional surrogacy, a woman is inseminated with the sperm of a man who is not her partner in order to conceive and carry a child to be reared by the biologic (genetic) father and his partner. In this procedure, the surrogate is genetically related to the child. The biologic father and his partner must usually adopt the child after its birth. In gestational surrogacy, the baby and the surrogate aren’t related (see Gestational Carrier, above).
Testicular Sperm Extraction (TESE)
This minor surgical procedure involves the removal of a small sample of testicular tissue in order to retrieve sperm for use in an IVF cycle.
A male sex hormone, it’s produced in the testicles and aids in the production of sperm.
Tubal Factor Infertility.
Tubal factor infertility is defined as either a complete or partial blockage and/or scarring of the fallopian tubes. Tubal factor infertility causes a disruption of egg pickup and transport, fertilization and also embryo transport from the fallopian tube down into the uterus where the embryo implants.
This is a physician who specializes in the treatment of disorders and diseases related to male and female urinary organs and male reproductive organs.
This cause of male infertility occurs when varicose veins are present in the blood vessels above the testes.
Fetal Gender Predicted By Simple Blood Test In The First Trimester.
A new research study published in the January 2012 edition of The FASEB Journal * describes findings that could lead to a non-invasive test that would let expecting mothers know the sex of their baby as early as the first trimester. Specifically, researchers from South Korea discovered that various ratios of two enzymes (DYS14/GAPDH), which can be extracted from a pregnant mother’s blood, indicate if the baby will be a boy or a girl. Such a test would be the first of its kind.
“Generally, early fetal gender determination has been performed by invasive procedures such as chorionic villus sampling or amniocentesis. However, these invasive procedures still carry a one to two percent risk of miscarriage and cannot be performed until 11 weeks of gestation. Moreover, reliable determination of fetal gender using ultrasonography cannot be performed in the first trimester, because the development of external genitalia is not complete,” said Hyun Mee Ryu, M.D., Ph.D., a researcher involved in the work from the Department of Obstetrics and Gynocology at Cheil General Hospital and Women’s Healthcare Center at the KwanDong University School of Medicine in Seoul, Korea. “Therefore, this can reduce the need for invasive procedures in pregnant women carrying an X-linked chromosomal abnormality and clarify inconclusive readings by ultrasound.”
To make this discovery, Ryu and colleagues collected maternal plasma from 203 women during their first trimester of pregnancy. The presence of circulating fetal DNA was confirmed by a quantitative methylation-specific polymerase chain reaction of U-PDE9A. Multiplex real-time polymerase chain reaction was used to simultaneously quantify the amount of DYS14 and GAPDH in maternal plasma. The results were confirmed by phenotype at birth.
“Although more work must be done before such a test is widely available, this paper does show it is possible to predict the sex of a child as early as the first few weeks after conception,” said Gerald Weissmann, M.D., Editor-in-Chief of The FASEB Journal. “At present, parents are sometimes given the wrong information about the sex of their unborn child; this test should prove helpful in resolving any uncertainties of today’s ultrasound observations.”
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