August 12, 2016 |
'I like money," investment banker Naomi Bishop ( Breaking Bad 's Anna Gunn) declares at the opening of Equity , a supremely intelligent Wall Street financial thriller. One of four smartly dressed female executives chairing a women's mentorship event, Naomi explains how her top salary helps pay for her brother's schooling while also keeping her in good shoes. Women, Naomi adds, need to stop being ashamed of money. Of having it, making it, spending it. No, this isn't the second coming of Gordon Gekko and his entreaty that "Greed is good.
August 2, 2016
ISSUE | PREGNANCY Fighting nausea Thank you, Anndee Hochman, for reassuring pregnant women that there is a safe and effective treatment for nausea and vomiting during pregnancy (" A pregnant question ," Sunday). This new and very expensive drug, Diclegis, actually is a resurrection of a treatment that was available from 1956 to 1983. The prescription medication Bendectin combined the same two ingredients - vitamin B6 and doxylamine - that are in Diclegis. Bendectin was remarkably effective, but the enormous costs of defending lawsuits blaming the drug for birth defects forced the company to stop producing it. There was never a proven risk.
July 24, 2016 |
The mere thought of a salad - all those curly, crunchy leaves - made Bevin Reilly queasy. The odor of a dog treat during a long car trip with her new puppy prompted dry heaves by the side of the road. And when her husband made butternut squash soup, hoping the mild recipe would be something his pregnant wife could tolerate, Reilly became so ill that she made him eat it alone in their bedroom. It wasn't just morning sickness; it was all-day, everyday nausea that led to fatigue that bloomed into low-level depression.
June 30, 2016
By Abigail Aiken and Catherine Aiken The international scientific community has mobilized in response to the Zika virus outbreak, racing to find ways to contain the emerging pandemic and grappling with understanding the health risks posed by the virus. However, the day-to-day reality of the Zika threat for women living in affected areas has not prompted similar attention or action. Despite advising women to delay or avoid pregnancy, the World Health Organization and the governments of affected Latin American countries have remained silent about the options that should be available to women who are already pregnant or who will be unable to avoid pregnancy.
June 16, 2016 |
The dates were so bad, so epically awful, that Angie started blogging about them: The man whose ex-wife showed up in the middle of their restaurant dinner and threatened to kill herself. The guy who suggested they meet in front of a bar, then confessed that he didn't drink and was strapped for cash. There were men who wanted to get married in a hot minute, men who bore no resemblance to their online profile pictures, men who sweated profusely even while sitting still. It was enough to make Angie, then a naval architect in Washington, rethink her longtime life plan: the "forever" guy, the baby, the white picket fence.
April 16, 2016
ISSUE | CANCER Providing options Thanks for tackling the difficult and delicate subject of women who are diagnosed with cancer during pregnancy ("When pregnancy and cancer collide," Sunday). Dr. Elyce Cardonick's pregnancy registry helps women and their doctors understand how first-class cancer treatment and pregnancy care can be given at the same time. Breast cancer is the cancer most commonly diagnosed during pregnancy. We at Living Beyond Breast Cancer are working with Cardonick on a publication that will provide treatment options and resources.
April 6, 2016 |
THE PARENTS: Julianne Ulrich Aumen, 27, and Eric Aumen, 31, of Phoenixville THE KIDS: Gianna Marie, 6; Petal Magdalene, born October 31, 2015 ONE OF JULIANNE'S AFFIRMATIONS FOR LABOR: You're doing exactly what you're supposed to be doing, even if things go awry. The slack-line, a webbed strap slung between two trees in a park near Pottstown, wobbled when Julianne tried to walk across. "I need to hold your hand," she told Eric. He'd been hoping for that.
April 4, 2016 |
Question: My husband just took the bar exam a few weeks ago. He is working now as a clerk and waiting for results. He put himself through part-time law school, and he is really dedicated to his career, which is great. I've supported him since the beginning. I knew that when he was studying for the bar, I would be taking up most of the house and child care, and that was fine. What I didn't expect was to be such an emotional support for him. I didn't say anything when he was studying because I wanted him to succeed and there was an end date in sight.
February 7, 2016
Millions of women could be putting their developing babies at risk because of their drinking habits, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says. An estimated 3.3 million women who drink are sexually active but not on birth control, according to a CDC report released Tuesday. And three out of four women who want to get pregnant don't stop drinking alcohol when they stop using birth control. Drinking during pregnancy can lead to fetal alcohol spectrum disorders, a range of behavioral, intellectual, and physical disabilities.
January 19, 2016 |
Adapted from a recent online discussion. Question: We have two happy, healthy kids under 5 and are past all the major little-kid milestones - they sleep great, are potty-trained, etc. Spouse wants to add to the family. When it first came up, I said I was neutral on the idea but would go along if that was what Spouse really wanted. It was, and birth control ended. Nothing happened. My spouse, without discussion, made appointments with fertility docs a couple of months ago. This irked me, but I didn't say anything and went along, including blood tests, "samples," and signing my life away on paperwork.