April 7, 2011
MOTHER'S DAY 2008 changed my life in the most wonderful way when I gave birth to my amazing son, Darius. While I discovered that I loved being a mother, what I didn't love was the extra weight I was carrying post-pregnancy. I'm a personal trainer, but like many women, I wondered if my body was going to return to its pre-pregnancy size and shape. Now it's time to find out. I'm about to embark on a 12-week body-transformation challenge, just in time for the bikini season. But first, let's go back to that wonderful Mother's Day three years ago. Totally committed to breast-feeding, I resolved not to diet as long as my son was nursing.
March 30, 2011 |
Draped in violet silk chiffon, mom-to-be Natalie Portman looked sensational at the Academy Awards, baby bump and all. But for Tamar Klaiman, like most other women, the home stretch of pregnancy was anything but glamorous. With an aching back and swollen feet, the last thing Klaiman wanted in the weeks before her due date was a baby shower. "I had no desire to be in a room full of people paying all their attention to me and to open presents in front of everyone," said the first-time mother, whose son, Abraham, was born in April.
March 23, 2011 |
PIERRE, S.D. - South Dakota Gov. Dennis Daugaard signed a law Tuesday requiring women to wait three days after meeting with a doctor to have an abortion, the longest waiting period in the nation. Abortion rights groups immediately said they plan to file a lawsuit challenging the measure, which also requires women to undergo counseling at pregnancy help centers that discourage abortions. Daugaard said in a written statement that he has conferred with state attorneys who will defend the law in court and a sponsor who has pledged private money to finance the state's legal costs.
January 25, 2011
HOPE PREGNANCY isn't a medical clinic - it only looks like one. Situated in the 700 block of North Broad Street, it offers free pregnancy testing and ultrasound imaging in a clinical setting, but it's actually a church-run counseling center, a distinction that's not always apparent to the distraught women who walk in seeking assistance with crisis pregnancies. In a neighborhood in which health-care options are sorely limited, it's easy to see how a woman, especially one in an emotionally distressed state, might be confused about what it is that Hope does.
January 5, 2011
THE NATION'S teen-pregnancy rate is at its lowest level in decades. But don't toss condoms into the air in celebration just yet. Although we're faring a whole lot better than in the past, the U.S. teen-pregnancy rate remains embarrassingly high compared with that of many European countries. And here's another reason to be ashamed: MTV deserves credit for the drop. Not to take anything away from federal de-funding of abinstence-only sex education and improved safe-sex campaigns, but the cable network that introduced us to Snooki of "Jersey Shore" fame and the misogynistic term "grenade," has done a lot to raise awareness about the pitfalls of teen pregnancy.
September 11, 2010 |
Question: I am a very unhappy pregnant woman, and friends/family seem to be bothered by that. I actually had a friend practically give me a lecture the other day saying that I was ungrateful. I love children and am really looking forward to bringing a child into my family. But why do I have to be happy about being pregnant? So far it's been about getting fat, being bloated, restricting what I can eat and drink, feeling sick. I would gladly adopt five kids over having to do this again.
June 1, 2010 |
Question: I am 30, and going through a divorce. Against my better judgment but still employing two forms of birth control, the husband I'm divorcing and I were intimate. I am now pregnant. I can't make a logical argument for having this child. I still want a divorce and my husband is still engaging in the same behaviors that drove me to pack up and leave. I think the logical decision would have been to have an abortion but, though I tried, I never could stomach the thought.
May 10, 2010
Text4Baby delivers health tips for pregnancy and infants Some technological innovations are amazingly simple, and Text4Baby is one of them: Just text baby (or bebe for Spanish) to 511411, enter a due date or birth date, and you'll get three texts a week with medical tips and information timed to your stage of pregnancy or your baby's development up to one year. The texts are carried free by all the major cell- phone providers, and the messages - with information known to improve a mother's or baby's health - are approved by a host of medical organizations that have signed onto the public-private partnership, including the American Academy of Pediatrics, the American College of Nurse Midwives, and various federal health agencies; Philadelphia health commissioner Donald F. Schwarz announced the city's participation last week.
May 8, 2010
A new study indicates that the prevalence of abortion among poor women has increased dramatically. That's disturbing information for people on both sides of the abortion debate who agree that the procedure should be less common. An estimated one out of three American women has had an abortion by age 45. And between 2000 and 2008, there was a nearly 60 percent increase in the proportion of poor women among that group, according to the study, by the Guttmacher Institute. The study, released Tuesday, said the proportion of poor women obtaining abortions increased from 27 percent to 42 percent in those eight years.
February 27, 2010
Let's get past debate to solutions So much of the debate on sex education and many other topics seems to be more about proving that one opinion is more right or that the other opinion is more wrong, as opposed to providing solutions. Sadly, while the two extremes continue to try to make points, the United States still leads the Western world in teen pregnancy. Isn't it obvious that we need to provide our young people with as much information as possible? We need to teach abstinence as the first line of defense, not for moral or religious reasons, but because it is the best method of avoiding the negative ramifications of sexual activity.