Jack Black let it slip during an interview that Angelina Jolie is having twins and she confirmed the news. The two are promoting Kung Fu Panda…oh who cares? IT’S TWINS! [AccessHollywood,com] Keep reading »
Half of the American women who get pregnant each year hadn’t planned on it. Mostly, they either fail to use their contraceptive properly or forget to use it at all. Researchers at the Guttmacher Institute in New York say women who are the least motivated to avoid pregnancy are less likely to use birth control pills, or any contraceptive method, on a consistent method. Basically, they’re tempting fate. And many other women aren’t satisfied with their current method of contraception, so they forget to take their pills every day or keep condoms handy.
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With massages, special yoga sessions, and concierge services available to them, being a pregnant lady in this day and age doesn’t seem like it would be that bad. And mothers-to-be are catching on that it’s wise to pamper yourself while you’re pregnant, because once you give birth, there will be no pampering, only sleepless nights. Nearly 60 percent of couples surveyed said they went on a “babymoon” before becoming parents, according to a 2005 online poll sponsored by Liberty Travel and BabyCenter.com, and some food-delivery services bring fresh meals to pregnant women’s doorsteps to ensure they’re getting the nutrients they need without having to weave a cart through a crowded grocery store. However, none of this pre-baby pampering seems to help once the baby comes out: “The arrival of a baby is a shock to anyone’s system, regardless of the amount of pampering they engaged in pre-baby,” psychologist Deborah Roth Ledley said. [CNN] Keep reading »
Did you know chocolate’s good for you? No? You haven’t heard that in a gazillion studies? Well, it turns out chocolate, especially the dark stuff (never anything good happening for us milk chocolate lovers), helps ward off a serious pregnancy complication known as preeclampsia. Preeclampsia is when blood pressure spikes while excess protein is released into the urine. Sounds like fun, right? Well, women who ate five or more servings of chocolate each week in their third trimester were 40 percent less likely to develop preeclamsia than those who ate chocolate less than once a week. We recommend Chocolove.
Additionally, a British research company is looking for volunteers who are willing to eat a bar of chocolate every day for a year. The researchers are hoping to find out whether compounds called flavonoids can reduce the risk of heart disease for menopausal women with type 2 diabetes. [Reuters and Reuters] Keep reading »
Baby Mama star Amy Poehler and her husband Will Arnett are expecting their first child. The only sucky thing about this is that Amy will probably have to take off SNL for maternity leave and the show won’t be as funny. Mazel Tov nonetheless! [Us Weekly] Keep reading »
While we might joke that chocolate is a lifesaver, but it actually is! A new study from Yale University found that pregnant women who eat chocolate every day dramatically reduce the risk of preeclampsia, a disorder that raises a pregnant woman’s blood pressure, causes premature births, and can result in death. But thereâ€™s also hope for those without a bun in the oven — the treats contain theobromine, which helps with persistent coughing. Hacking up a lung never sounded so sweet! [Daily Mail]
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