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The world of advertising and marketing is competitive with creative professionals going to all sorts of lengths to cajole customers into spending their hard-earned cash. One of the most trusted tools is the good old discount and who needs a helping hand on saving bucks more than an expectant parent? IKEA is currently offering discounts to expectant mums as long as they prove they're pregnant. Enter - the pregnancy-test-in-a-catalogue.

Predicting the future is near impossible -- but that doesn‘t stop us all from having a red hot go. Human beings have been predicting the future since the beginning of history and the results range from the hilarious to the downright uncanny.

One thing all future predictions have in common: they‘re rooted in our current understanding of how the world works. It‘s difficult to escape that mindset. We have no idea how technology will evolve, so our ideas are connected to the technology of today.

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Do epidurals prolong labour? Read the recent headlines and you'd think we finally answered that question once and for all - with epidurals turning out to have no effect. But the study actually asked what happens if you already have an epidural, and turn it off as you're pushing out the baby.

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"I'm sorry, there's no heartbeat," my doctor said to me. She didn't sound very sorry, leaving the room so quickly -- ostensibly so I could pull up my underwear -- that she couldn't hear me burst out in tears.

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If you're pregnant or have a newborn, you're probably getting a lot of advice! What infant straightjacket is best for swaddling, what "drowsy but awake" looks like, why "sleep regression" might be a term invented just to mess with you. Here's another piece of advice that may or may not make you feel better: Exercise during pregnancy and in the few months after delivery can help ward off postpartum depression. It even reduces depression among women who aren't depressed enough to meet the PPD diagnostic criteria.

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It's easy to gripe about condoms, how they're inconvenient or they dull sensitivity, but the reality is they can be much more pleasurable than most people think. Here's your guide to finding the condom that's right for you.

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I once heard a comedian say, "Never ask a woman if she's pregnant unless you actually see a baby's head coming out of her legs." Sage advice -- too bad no one ever takes it. I can't tell you how many times people asked me if I was pregnant, if I was planning on getting pregnant or what I was waiting for to get pregnant.

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Of all the physical indignities of having a baby -- the delivery, the breastfeeding, the mesh undies that made me feel like an enormous wounded sea creature snagged in a tiny net -- the postpartum stomach pooch is among the worst. For many of us, our distended abdomens deflate eventually, given time and maybe a little exercise. But for everyone else, the pooch remains staunchly... poochy, an unpleasant remnant of a difficult time. It's a condition called diastasis recti, or the separation of one's abdominal muscles, and, at least it my case, it made me look six months pregnant well after delivery.

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Pregnant workers often need modifications to their jobs (less lifting, for example.) If your job is quite physical, a doctor's note may be required exempting you from certain types of work - but the contents of the note could also backfire. To protect your job, don't ask for the note too early and make sure your doctor knows what it needs to say.