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Safe Prenatal Screening with Panorama

baby, FAM, health, Parenting, pregnancy By September 29, 2015 Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , No Comments

That moment when you think you might be pregnant. I remember both very clearly – trekking to the store for a pregnancy test, then trekking back to the store for a more expensive pregnancy test just to be sure!

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Mom's thyroid hormone levels may affect baby's IQ

FAM, pregnancy By January 10, 2012 Tags: , , , , , , , No Comments

Miscarriage, premature delivery, stillbirth, brain abnormalities and low IQ are some of the complications that may affect an unborn infant if the mother has untreated thyroid disorder. So, are women at particular risk of developing thyroid disease when they are pregnant?

If certain known risk factors are present, the answer is: Yes. These include a family history of thyroid disease, signs and symptoms of thyroid disease, the presence of goitre, type 1 diabetes, or other autoimmune diseases.

Yet another risk factor is that the mother’s hormone levels may fluctuate during pregnancy. Thyroid disorders include the gland being under-active (hypothyroidism) or over-active (hyperthyroidism).

For the unborn infant, it is vitally important that the mother’s thyroid hormone levels be normal, especially during the first three months of pregnancy.

Here’s why: Thyroid hormones are critically important in the development of the infant’s brain. So thyroid hormones provided by the mother during the first three months of pregnancy are especially important. The infant’s thyroid becomes functional at approximately 12 weeks.

To be sure your thyroid gland is healthy, ask your doctor for a TSH (thyroid-stimulating hormone) test.  This simple quick blood test is the most accurate way to diagnose a thyroid disorder.

Thyroid disorders are among the most common medical conditions in Canada. It is estimated three million Canadians have a thyroid condition – and half may be unaware of it.   Hypothyroidism represents the most common thyroid disorder and affects women three times more often than it does men.

For more information: www.thyroid.ca and www.whatswrongwithme.com

Jill Amery

Jill Amery is a mom of 2 small boys and the Publisher of UrbanMommies, a stylish digital lifestyle magazine filled with fitness, style, health, recipes and savvy mom advice to help you through pregnancy, birth, and raising your kids.

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Diastasis Recti

Uncategorized By October 15, 2007 Tags: , , , , No Comments

During pregnancy, increased pressure on the abdominal wall can cause a condition called diastasis recti.  Diastasis recti looks like a ridge, which runs down the middle of the belly area. It stretches from the bottom of the breastbone to the belly button, and increases with muscle straining.  Women may develop 2 finger’s width of separation of the abdominus recti muscle (down the centre line of the belly).

The condition is more common for women who have had multiple pregnancies.  Severe abdominal exercises should be avoided after the twelfth week of pregnancy.

Usually the condition will heal on its own.

Jill Amery

Jill Amery is a mom of 2 small boys and the Publisher of UrbanMommies, a stylish digital lifestyle magazine filled with fitness, style, health, recipes and savvy mom advice to help you through pregnancy, birth, and raising your kids.

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Trusting Your Instincts

Uncategorized By July 11, 2007 Tags: , , No Comments
Mama Speak post natal mom classes“Trusting Your Instincts” – Mamaspeak is offering a 6-week series starting July 30th for new Moms (with pre-crawling babes) to help make the transition to Motherhood a smoother road.  Please see www.mamaspeak.com for further details, or contact Meralon Shandler directly at (604) 266-8124.

Jill Amery

Jill Amery is a mom of 2 small boys and the Publisher of UrbanMommies, a stylish digital lifestyle magazine filled with fitness, style, health, recipes and savvy mom advice to help you through pregnancy, birth, and raising your kids.

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Childbirth Preparation Class

Uncategorized By May 28, 2007 Tags: , , , 1 Comment

The BirthplaceChild Birth Preparation Classes
The Roundhouse Community Centre
June 24th, 10am-4pm

The Birth Place is happy to present Group Prenatal classes which offer information on every aspect of pregnancy, labour and infant care. A strong emphasis on the social component of having a baby. Topics include: optimal fetal position, stages of labour, relaxation, massage, breathing, knowledge of birth options, breastfeeding and infant care. To register or for more info please call www.thebirthplace.ca

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Jill Amery is a mom of 2 small boys and the Publisher of UrbanMommies, a stylish digital lifestyle magazine filled with fitness, style, health, recipes and savvy mom advice to help you through pregnancy, birth, and raising your kids.

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Nutrition for Pregnancy

Uncategorized By April 18, 2007 Tags: , , , No Comments

Nutrition in pregnancyNutrition For Pregnancy
The Roundhouse Community Centre
May 15th, 1:30pm – 2:30pm
Pregnancy, childbirth and raising children calls on our deepest resources. We reach down into our core values, experiences and come up with a way to be the best parent we can. For many parents, that means balancing the health wisdom of the ages with new nutritional information and our own gut feelings about self care. Join Capers Nutritionist Victoria Pawlowski, RD, MED for a seminar on the latest nutritional information for a healthy pregnancy. For more info please call 604-713-1800

Jill Amery

Jill Amery is a mom of 2 small boys and the Publisher of UrbanMommies, a stylish digital lifestyle magazine filled with fitness, style, health, recipes and savvy mom advice to help you through pregnancy, birth, and raising your kids.

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Constipation in Pregnancy

Uncategorized By April 2, 2007 Tags: , , , No Comments

Q – Since becoming pregnant I’ve been having a hard time with constipation. I thought maybe it was from the prenatal vitamins that I have been taking and that my body would adjust, but it doesn’t seem to be getting any better. I am very uncomfortable and am wondering if you can suggest anyways that might be helpful in reducing this.

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