May 2011

Chocolate is Back on the Pregnancy Menu! Plus a Great Trail Mix Recipe

Dear other pregos-on-the-go out there (or preggie mamas who used to be on the go, but whose babies are now telling them to stay put):

I just found out about the best pregnancy news ever today. In my world, which is now inundated with fears of health complications to watch out for, products to avoid (I’m still pouting about sushi), and hormones that are predisposed to latch onto any and all worries that I might deem remotely and sometimes not-at-all reasonable, good news is something to shout from the rooftops.

Morning Sickness Again? And At Night? Part Two, Second Trimester

As I officially enter the 18th week of pregnancy morning sickness (otherwise known as ‘I’d pray for swift death to take me if it weren’t for the miracle waiting on the other side of 20ish more weeks’), I sadly report that the typical first trimester ills haven’t left me completely. I watched week 11 and 12 come and go as the end of the first trimester. Nothing. Then I read articles that led me to believe that week 14 was the miracle week where the baby’s placenta starts producing hormones that no longer would then be flooding my own blood stream. It got worse this week. Then my midwife reassured me that spikes happen -- from which I naively and self-servingly inferred that on the other side of the spike would be sweet relief.

Scalp and Hair Health for your Child

My assistant extraordinaire Maddie never stops finding great mama tips -- even as she’s getting her hair cut. This week, she was talking to Charlotte, at Maison d'Etoile, about how kids can have healthy hair and scalp. Here are her notes:

Does your little one have a scaly scalp or sores?  This can be helped by taking extra time rinsing your child's hair.  Making sure all of the soap is out.  Taking a break from shampooing.  If you wash your child's hair every day or every other, try every three or four days.  During a bath or shower have their hair rinsed.

Morning Sickness: Remedies, Trials, and Tribulations

Dear readers, I’m pregnant again. I wish I were saying this to elicit congratulations and by way of launching a new column about pregnancy -- and I am, at least, doing the latter, but the truth is, I also have been pretty miserable. The good news with morning sickness is that it can indicate that your body is producing the natural and necessary hormones for a healthy pregnancy. There’s an adage I’ve heard, “sick mama, healthy baby” and I’m not sure I agree entirely, but I do cling to it when I’m sick and can’t sleep at 1am. That’s about it for the good news.

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