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Having Trouble Getting Knocked Up? Visit A Medical Clown!

Talk about a silly study. Women who have had trouble getting pregnant and have resorted to using in vitro fertilization can increase their chances of conception by spending just 15 minutes with a “medical clown.” Yeah. A medical CLOWN. Researchers studied 229 Israeli women undergoing IVF and found that those who spent a 1/4 of an hour with Bozo had a success rate of 36 percent, compared to just 20 percent of those who didn’t visit the circus (I kid). So what in the name of Barnum & Bailey is a medical clown? Apparently, you can only get a degree in this specialty in Israel, but practitioners take courses in nursing and focus on distracting patients from pain or stress using humor. This particular study likely proves that “reduced stress, caused by laughter, could increase the chance that the injected embryo will successfully make its way into the womb.” Or, um, maybe the embryo has read Stephen King’s IT one too many times? [NY Daily News] Keep reading »

Jane Krakowski Is My Pregnancy Role Model

You know what’s annoying? When a friend gets pregnant and all of a sudden, all they can talk about is the number of toxins in industrial carpet and the ins and outs of breastfeeding. I mean, I respect that these are things they have to think about, but does it have to be the only points of conversation? This is why I adore Jane Krakowski of “30 Rock.” She is having a baby with her clothing designer fiance, Robert Godley, but has a great sense of humor about the whole thing. On the red carpet of the Screen Actors Guild Awards last night, she told Guiliana Rancic, “I’ve never been so on trend in my entire life. Baby bumps are the new black.” [People]

After the jump, more hilarious pregnancy quotes from Jane. Keep reading »

Having A Baby — Not Having An Abortion — Increases Your Risk For Mental Health Problems

Having an abortion does not trigger mental health problems, according to a Danish study of 365,550 teen girls and women who had an abortion or a baby between 1995 and 2007. In fact, what makes a woman most at risk for mental health problems is having a baby, the study published in The New England Journal of Medicine found. None of the women studied had a prior history of psychiatric hospitalization.

Sorry to burst your bubble, anti-abortion extremists. Keep reading »

Should Pregnant Ladies Get Special Parking Privileges?

A New York City councilman will introduce a law next week that would grant pregnant women special parking privileges. Women who are having difficult pregnancies that create mobility problems could get a doctor’s note entitling them to park in no-parking or no-standing zones, without fear of getting a ticket, up to 30 days after their due date. Councilman David Greenfield of Brooklyn said the pregnancy perk idea came after seeing his wife struggle while pregnant. “If I’m on a train and a pregnant woman walks in, I stand up and offer her my seat,” Greenfield told The New York Daily News. “I consider this legislation to be the same thing — standing up on the City Council for women who have difficult pregnancies.” Aww, that’s kinda sweet. Keep reading »

Jane Krakowski’s Baby Meets Justin Bieber In Utero

“I think my baby already has a leg up on all other babies because the baby has already met Justin Bieber. I couldn’t believe it! I’m like, first my unborn child has already gone to the Golden Globes, and now has met Justin Bieber. Lucky little one!”

Jane Krakowski dishes on the red carpet of the Golden Globes about being pregnant and engaged to designer Robert Godley. If listening to Mozart in the womb makes kids smarter, I’d like to speculate that hearing Justin Bieber‘s voice in utero should guarantee a nice head of hair. [People] Keep reading »

Gwyneth Paltrow Opens Up About Postpartum Depression

“[After the birth of her son, Moses,] I felt like a zombie. I couldn’t access my heart. I couldn’t access my emotions. I couldn’t connect.It was terrible, it was the exact opposite of what had happened when Apple was born. With her, I was on cloud nine. I couldn’t believe it wasn’t the same. I just thought it meant I was a terrible mother and a terrible person. About four months into it, Chris [Martin of Coldplay, her husband] came to me and said, ‘Something’s wrong. Something’s wrong. ‘I kept saying, ‘No, no, I’m fine.’ But Chris identified it, and that sort of burst the bubble … I thought postpartum depression meant you were sobbing every single day and incapable of looking after a child. But there are different shades of it and depths of it, which is why I think it’s so important for women to talk about it. It was a trying time. I felt like a failure.”

Gwyneth Paltrow opened up to Good Housekeeping about her bout with postpartum depression five years ago. Much like my own experience with depression, Gwynnie wasn’t a sobbing mess every day; instead, it just felt like the color was leeched out of her life. She’s super lucky her partner was able to identify her pain and support her recovery. I, for one, respect that she’s willing to follow in other actresses’ footsteps and talk publicly about it. [CNN] Keep reading »

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