Articles tagged with pregnancy

Who Should Consider Saving Their Baby's Cord Blood?

Cord Blood, A New Era in Medicine Bone marrow, peripheral blood and the umbilical cord blood constitute the three primary sources of stem cells. Umbilical cord blood, which until fairly recently, was discarded as medical waste, is a non-controversial and rich source of stem cells that are now being saved...

Five Things I Didn't Expect while Expecting

  As I enter my 6th month of pregnancy, I’ve realized that there have been quite a few surprises. Some of them have come completely out of blue, others I had heard stories of or read about, but all of them have taken me by surprise in one way or...

Anthropology of the Due Date

So much mysticism and mythology surrounds the pregnancy due date.  Much of the mysticism is held by physicians who hold on to the old ways of determining when a pregnant woman will deliver. Believe me, most physicians would love a way to determine the due date so we could plan our...

The Ten Inch Rule: How Safe are Airbags During Pregnancy?

As you know, airbags can save lives in car crashes, but many of my pregnant patients are very concerned about the risks involved to their unborn child if an airbag is deployed in an accident. Their concerns are warranted in that motor vehicle accidents present a greater risk to a...

Pregnancy and Manicures: Organic Nail Polish Means Safer for Mommy and Baby

Is it safe to get a manicure when you're pregnant? The real answer is... maybe. I know, I know. You want a resounding yes. After all, there's nothing like glossy, perfectly polished nails to make you feel totally put together. But we gotta tell the truth. And the truth is...

Finding Hope After Miscarriage

This is one of the stories that didn't make it into my bookAngy Merola’s first attempt at motherhood resulted in an ectopic pregnancy, discovered only after much damage was done to one of her fallopian tubes. Her chances of becoming pregnant again were now, in theory, cut in half. That’s...

From Deadlines to Diapers: Confessions of a Former Mommy Snob

By Jamie Reeves, DivineCaroline Before I became a mother, I was a world-class planner. I poured my mental energy into networking and career building. Parenting, I thought, could be approached in much the same fashion. I had pregnancy and motherhood planned out in my typical anal retentive fashion, after all,...

Label Look Out

   Most pregnant women know that what you put in your body is important to the health and well-being of your growing baby. But do you know that what you put on your body is of equal importance? When you are picking your products for your daily beauty routine, it is...

To Buy or Not to Buy Before Baby

When I married my husband, I inherited a religious tradition that his family has followed for many years. Baby showers and gifts for an unborn child are taboo. Decorating the nursery before the baby comes home is forbidden. Buying anything baby-related is strictly prohibited until your child is snuggled safely...

Foods for Fertility

Last month marked my two year anniversary of trying to conceive. And while I'm sure I should have meditated or performed some other Zen-like ritual, I instead spent the day shopping online. Somewhere during my spending frenzy, I had a kismet moment. As I performed a search for something totally...