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.
January 17, 2016 |
Pregnant with my first son, all I wanted to eat was ice cream. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner. But sweet stuff hadn't been anywhere on the menu since early on, and I developed gestational diabetes, a hormonal condition that causes insulin resistance and elevated blood sugars during pregnancy. Frightened about the impact high glucose readings could have on my unborn child and me, I followed my doctor's orders to the letter. That meant weighing and measuring every bite, taking my sugars before and after every meal, and exercising a whopping two hours a day on a stationary bike and in a nearby indoor swimming pool.
November 30, 2015 |
After a pregnant patrol officer was ordered to stay home during most of her pregnancy and exhaust all of her accrued vacation and sick days, pickets appeared at the South Jersey police station and protested the decision made by Pemberton Township's administrator. The police union representing Shannon Sawyer also jumped in, filing a grievance that led the Township Council to vote in February in favor of having her return to work immediately. Still, Sawyer was forced to remain home until after her baby boy arrived in late June.
November 13, 2015 |
CBS3 meteorologist Katie Fehlinger, who was pregnancy-shamed last summer, returns to the airwaves on Wednesday. Her twin girls are here, and she's looking as fabulous as ever. How ya like me now? I wish that's what she would say to all the haters and fat-shamers who bullied her when she was hugely pregnant with twins. I'd like to see the face of that obnoxious TV viewer who called her a "sausage in a casing" when Fehlinger shows up on air Wednesday morning, looking as fabulous as ever.
October 15, 2015 |
When Vanessa, near the end of her second trimester, woke up to a bed wet with amniotic fluid and blood, she was certain this pregnancy was a gamble gone bad. She and Kevin already had one child - 3-year-old Brooke, a surprise baby who was born on Halloween. Kevin, a police sergeant accustomed to 12-hour overnight shifts, recalls feeling slammed by sleep deprivation. Vanessa missed the freedom they'd had as a childless couple, the days of sipping wine in a gondola on the way to a Napa winery.
September 16, 2015
D EAR ABBY: I'm a few months pregnant and married to a man I love with all my heart. We have a young son together. For the past couple of months, I have had severe morning sickness, and my husband seems to resent me for it. He complains that I "don't do anything anymore," but I have been so ill that some days it's all I can do to get to work in the morning. I try to help out as much as I can, but it doesn't seem to be enough. Lately he has shown no interest in me or the pregnancy.
September 4, 2015 |
From the column archives. Question: I recently learned we are pregnant with our third baby, the same gender as the other two. Husband is very disappointed that we aren't having his gender preference, and I am, too, a bit, but mostly trying to stay positive. Husband went from being superexcited about the pregnancy, and suggesting I "take it easy" and get pedicures, offering to cook, etc., to standard basic help around the house. He never asks how I am feeling or offers to step up his help.
August 26, 2015
YO, WHERE'S the sisterhood? I don't expect a lot of men to be all that supportive of the unique challenges expectant mothers face. That's not their issue. But I am surprised at the number of women online who've been giving CBS3's Katie Fehlinger a hard time, with one even calling her a "sausage in casing. " It's the Mommy Wars all over again, but with a twist. What they're doing to Fehlinger is called pregnancy shaming, and it's been happening ever since the TV meteorologist's pregnancy first became noticeable at the two-month mark.
August 24, 2015
CAN'T A PREGNANT woman catch a break? Apparently not as CBS3/CW Philly meteorologist Katie Fehlinger has discovered since becoming pregnant with twin girls. Some morons don't like seeing her baby bump and have been body shaming her. They need to get over it. You'd think certain people had never seen a pregnant woman before. Ever since getting around the two-month mark, certain viewers have been sending insulting comments and emails to Fehlinger, including calling her a "sausage in casing.