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Old December 24th, 2013 #1
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Study: Eating Peanuts While Pregnant May Prevent Allergies in Children

Dec 24, 2013

A new study says pregnant women who eat peanuts are less likely to have a child with a peanut allergy.

About 1-in-50 kids have peanut allergies, and they can be deadly. Because of that, some moms fear exposing their babies to peanuts while they're in the womb.

A new study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) Pediatrics looking at more than 8,000 children found the more peanuts a woman eats during her pregnancy, the less likely her child is to have a peanut allergy.

Researchers say women who ate five servings of peanuts a week saw the biggest benefit.

Researchers are calling for more studies before encouraging a peanut-heavy diet.

http://www.wbay.com/story/24297496/2...es-in-children
 
Old January 22nd, 2014 #2
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drinking increases chances of queer kid

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Old March 5th, 2014 #3
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home births continue to rise
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Old March 5th, 2014 #4
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Women considering natural childbirth, home births, or at birth center should consider looking into getting a doula to help them with both emotional and physical needs during and after pregnancy.

http://cfmidwifery.blogspot.com/2011...homebirth.html
 
Old March 13th, 2014 #5
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[Camille Paglia on sex education concealing the facts about fertility]

Put the Sex Back in Sex Ed

Camille Paglia 7:02 AM ET

Grant Cornett for TIME
When public schools refuse to acknowledge gender differences, we betray boys and girls alike

Fertility is the missing chapter in sex education. Sobering facts about women’s declining fertility after their 20s are being withheld from ambitious young women, who are propelled along a career track devised for men.

The refusal by public schools’ sex-education programs to acknowledge gender differences is betraying both boys and girls. The genders should be separated for sex counseling. It is absurd to avoid the harsh reality that boys have less to lose from casual serial sex than do girls, who risk pregnancy and whose future fertility can be compromised by disease. Boys need lessons in basic ethics and moral reasoning about sex (for example, not taking advantage of intoxicated dates), while girls must learn to distinguish sexual compliance from popularity.

Above all, girls need life-planning advice. Too often, sex education defines pregnancy as a pathology, for which the cure is abortion. Adolescent girls must think deeply about their ultimate aims and desires. If they want both children and a career, they should decide whether to have children early or late. There are pros, cons and trade-offs for each choice.

Unfortunately, sex education in the U.S. is a crazy quilt of haphazard programs. A national conversation is urgently needed for curricular standardization and public transparency. The present system is too vulnerable to political pressures from both the left and the right–and students are trapped in the middle.

Currently, 22 states and the District of Columbia mandate sex education but leave instructional decisions to school districts. Sex-ed teachers range from certified health educators to volunteers and teenage “peer educators” with minimal training. That some instructors may import their own sexually permissive biases is evident from the sporadic scandals about inappropriate use of pornographic materials or websites.

The modern campaign for sex education began in 1912 with a proposal by the National Education Association for classes in “sexual hygiene” to control sexually transmitted diseases like syphilis. During the AIDS crisis of the 1980s, Surgeon General C. Everett Koop called for sex education starting in third grade. In the 1990s, sex educators turned their focus to teenage pregnancy in inner-city communities.

Sex education has triggered recurrent controversy, partly because it is seen by religious conservatives as an instrument of secular cultural imperialism, undermining moral values. It’s time for liberals to admit that there is some truth to this and that public schools should not promulgate any ideology. The liberal response to conservatives’ demand for abstinence-only sex education has been to condemn the imposition of “fear and shame” on young people. But perhaps a bit more self-preserving fear and shame might be helpful in today’s hedonistic, media-saturated environment.

My generation of baby-boom girls boldly rebelled against the cult of virginity of the Doris Day 1950s, but we left chaos in our wake. Young people are now bombarded prematurely with sexual images and messages. Adolescent girls, routinely dressing in seductive ways, are ill-prepared to negotiate the sexual attention they attract. Sex education has become incoherent because of its own sprawling agenda. It should be broken into component parts, whose professionalism could be better ensured.

First, anatomy and reproductive biology belong in general biology courses taught in middle school by qualified science teachers. Every aspect of physiology, from puberty to menopause, should be covered. Students deserve a cool, clear, objective voice about the body, rather than the smarmy, feel-good chatter that now infests sex-ed workbooks.

Second, certified health educators, who advise children about washing their hands to avoid colds, should discuss sexually transmitted diseases at the middle-school or early-high-school level. But while information about condoms must be provided, it is not the place of public schools to distribute condoms, as is currently done in the Boston, New York and Los Angeles school districts. Condom distribution should be left to hospitals, clinics and social-service agencies.

Similarly, public schools have no business listing the varieties of sexual gratification, from masturbation to oral and anal sex, although health educators should nonjudgmentally answer student questions about the health implications of such practices. The issue of homosexuality is a charged one. In my view, antibullying campaigns, however laudable, should not stray into political endorsement of homosexuality or gay rights causes. While students must be free to create gay-identified groups, the schools themselves should remain neutral and allow society to evolve on its own. [nope. if fags raise up, their behavior should be analyzed from a medical point of view, which will find it extremely dangerous]

Paglia is the author of Glittering Images: A Journey Through Art From Egypt to Star Wars

http://time.com/23054/camille-paglia...ack-in-sex-ed/

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Old March 14th, 2014 #6
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A few modern trends worth discussing:

1. All decisions made about pregnancy and birth are based on doctors and hospitals fear of being sued. Decisions are not made based on what is best for the baby and the mother. If there is the slightest risk of something going wrong, the woman is pressured to accept a cascade of interventions. And it is only because the doctor/hospital is afraid of legal liability. 1/2 of all pregnant women are induced and 1/3 of all pregnancies end in cesarean, I do not believe for a second that HALF of all women need to be induced in order to give birth or that there is a valid reason why a third of all women need surgery in order to have a baby. And a cesarean may slightly decrease the risks to the present baby, but increases the risks in every future pregnancy that the woman has, with uterine rupture etc. So all it does is transfer the risks from the woman's current birth, onto her next pregnancy and birth. And the inductions are unnecessary and increase the risk of cesarean. Unfortunately it isn't just doctors but midwives as well, I like my midwives a lot but they still try to pressure me into things because if they don't they end up losing their hospital privileges. I have also noticed how hostile some hospitals and doctors are to midwives and have contempt for them. It all leads to the idea that birth is a scary thing and that something bad could happen at any moment, rather than the view that birth is a natural and normal thing. And it has been found that fear is actually the cause of nearly all pain in childbirth as well as slowing progress and causing problems. The obsession with risk is destroying normal birth. Everything we do in life involves risk.

2. The concept of a due date
There is really no such thing as a 'due date' and it's a completely man made concept invented so that people can fit babies and births into their neurotic schedules. Women should not have to spend their pregnancies and births fighting with their health care providers. At my hospital for example it is policy for women to schedule an induction at 41 weeks if they don't go into labour by then (in my case they want me to schedule a c-section at 41 weeks because I am a VBAC, which I absolutely refuse to do). A baby will come when he or she is ready. Doctors don't even know when a woman became pregnant, it's all only an estimate, so how can anybody schedule a date that a baby is supposed to come? Any women can be "less pregnant" than she believes she is, and it is best not to mess with nature's plan.

3. The pressure for men to be at the birth
This is such a new concept, throughout nearly all of history, birth has been a woman-only event. Western human post-1970s is the only being that has the male present during the female's labour, in all of history, of all peoples and species of animal. Childbirth was always considered to be woman's business.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/ar...rth-child.html

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Leading obstetrician Michel Odent has been instrumental in influencing childbirth practices for decades.

Here, with a view that will outrage many - but will strike a chord with thousands of others - he describes why he believes that when a woman goes into labour, her partner should stay well away.

For many years, I have not been able to speak openly about my views that the presence of a father in a delivery room is not only unnecessary, but also hinders labour.

To utter such a thing over the past two decades would have been regarded as heresy, and flies in the face of popular convention.

But having been involved in childbirth for 50 years, and having been in charge of 15,000 births, I have reached the stage where I feel it is time to state what I - and many midwives and fellow obstetricians - privately consider the obvious.

That there is little good to come for either sex from having a man at the birth of a child.

For her, his presence is a hindrance, and a significant factor in why labours are longer, more painful and more likely to result in intervention than ever.

As for the effect on a man - well, was I surprised to hear a friend of mine state that watching his wife giving birth had started a chain of events that led to the couple's divorce?
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The final question I would like to see answered is what, if a man is present at birth, will be the effect on the sexual attraction he feels towards his wife over the long term?

When men first started standing at their partner's side during labour, I remember my mother's generation saying, very matter of factly, that the couple's intimate life would be ruined as a result.

And, given that the key to eroticism is a degree of mystery, I am left believing they had a point.

There are many things we do in private in order to preserve a degree of modesty and mystery.

And, for the benefit of our sex lives, it may be worth adding childbirth to this list.

I have three children and wasn't present at any of their births.

My first two were born before it was considered normal for a man to be at the birth of their child. But my youngest son was born in 1985, at home.

As it happens, at the exact moment our son arrived in the world, the midwife was on her way down the street and I, having made my excuses realising he was about to be born, was fiddling with the thermostat on the central heating boiler downstairs.

My partner did not know it, but I had given her the exceptionally rare, but ideal situation in which to give birth: she felt secure, she knew the midwife was minutes away and I was downstairs, yet she had complete privacy and no one was watching her.

If there are any doubts, we only have to look across the rest of the mammal world in order to see that no other female, save the human female, invites her sexual partner to witness her giving birth.

Of course, it would not be possible for women to give birth alone.

But the optimum situation for women is to give birth with an experienced midwife, or another woman - known as a doula.

The key to the perfect birthing partner is finding a mother figure who can help, keep a low profile and remain silent.

It is only 35 years since men first entered the delivery room, yet we have welcomed them in without question.

At the present time, when birth is more difficult and longer than ever, when more women need drugs or Caesareans, we have to dare to smash the limits of political correctness and ask whether men should really be present at birth.

When we take into consideration the effects of this on male and female, it seems the answer is not.

It is time to go back to basics, and turn modern convention on its head.

When it comes to the delivery suite, men would be well advised to stay away.
I also believe that the reason many women want their husband to be at the birth is because they want to make him feel guilty for the struggle that she has to go through.

I have even spoken with women who scheduled inductions because they could not find somebody willing to be on-call to watch their older child when they go into labour. I always thought, why can't their husband do it?
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The whole thing is messed up, like everything else.

- lying on your back trying to give birth uphill
- doctors looking at watches, too interested in forcing things along, doing caesarians
- doctors telling women about imaginary dangers, so that every mother thinks she was inches away from having a dead baby
- taking the kid away the second its born to give it a bunch of medical shit it doesn't need

It's all a bunch of horsehit, like everything else.
 
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"I" pregnant. After so many non-whites courting me, i finally was courted by a handsome white european man. 185cm =6'2? Blondish/reddish tone hair, green eyes.


At the age of 32, turning 33, hope I'm not too late.

Just have to let mum know (scared) think he knows i could be already.

Cheers to the white race!
 
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"I" pregnant. After so many non-whites courting me, i finally was courted by a handsome white european man. 185cm =6'2? Blondish/reddish tone hair, green eyes.


At the age of 32, turning 33, hope I'm not too late.

Just have to let mum know (scared) think he knows i could be already.

Cheers to the white race!
Congratulations Alyy!!!
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drinking increases chances of queer kid

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Not only. Further studies link expectant mothers' alcohol consumption to severe post-natal aggressiveness, among other forms of mental and physical disabilities.
According to the following article, higher educated women tend to drink more alcohol during pregnancy than others. Of course, Moslem females might be taken into the equation which can be misleading, since alcohol isn't available to them. Highly educated women, through having much more expendable income than others, can afford expensive beverages like champagne and other pricey bubbly and not wines. The bubbly wines can be more quantitively consumed much more easily than their counterparts. Nevertheless, most women find alcohol to be repulsive in taste, during pregnancy:

https://www.google.nl/search?q=die+z...ng%3B580%3B326

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...Lisa hat eine "Fötale Alkoholspektrum-Störung" (engl. Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder, kurz FASD). Ihr Gehirn ist irreversibel geschädigt, weil ihre Mutter in der Schwangerschaft stark getrunken hat...

...Besser ausgebildete Frauen trinken öfter Alkohol in der Schwangerschaft

Das liegt auch daran, dass die Wirkung von Alkohol auf das Ungeborene prinzipiell unterschätzt wird. Alkohol kann die Plazenta ungehindert passieren und schädigt die Entwicklung der kindlichen Nervenbahnen. Während eine Schwangere von einem Glas Wein vielleicht noch nicht mal einen Schwips hat, kann das Ungeborene schon volltrunken sein...

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On almost a daily basis there's these pregnancy stories about how x thing will affect pregnancy. I pay little attention to all the competing claims. Eat a decent diet and avoid drugs/alcohol and it should be fine.
 
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On almost a daily basis there's these pregnancy stories about how x thing will affect pregnancy. I pay little attention to all the competing claims. Eat a decent diet and avoid drugs/alcohol and it should be fine.
Are you expecting Englisc? Congrats if so
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...Eat a decent diet and avoid drugs/alcohol and it should be fine.
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...The baby, who was two weeks premature, is recovering in an intensive care incubator where he is being weened off alcohol...
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Homemade Baby Wipes

For any expecting VNNers or parents, these will save you a lot of money at about 25 cents a box

Boil 2 cups water and let cool.
Take paper towels off roll, fold in a continuous V fold, and stack in empty baby wipe containers. 1 roll of paper towels will make 2 containers of wipes.
Add 2 tbsp. baby oil or olive oil and 2 tbsp. baby wash to the water.
Pour the liquid over the wipes. Close lid. Shake.
It will distribute the liquid more easily after you let it sit for a bit.
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