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By Kristin Sidorov
Drinking alcohol while pregnant is risky business. Studies have proven that a heavy dose of alcohol can bring the risk of serious birth defects. But the complicated thing about risk is that it can be a pretty vague term. Where do the limits of drinking while pregnant lie? Is there a chance it's actually OK to enjoy your wine with a baby on board?
It turns out that yes, you can. No one has been able to determine exactly how much alcohol is considered safe or unsafe during pregnancy. As a result, the CDC advises all women to abstain from imbibing during pregnancy as a general precaution to nip any potential risks in the bud. When it comes totheir baby's health, any risk, no matter how vague, is probably one most women are simply not willing to take.
But new research shows that the window of safe alcohol consumption while pregnant might be a bit safer than necessary. The study, funded by the CDC, suggests that light drinking (1 to 4 drinks a week) and even moderate
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When Deborah Feldman and her new husband, Eli, failed to consummate their marriage on their wedding night, her mother-in-law interrogated her about it the very next day. Oh, the horror. Share her shame, taken from her memoir Unorthodox: The Scandalous Rejection of My Hasidic Roots.Read More »from Should Your Family Know About Your Sex Life?
I offer Eli's mother coffee, tea, any excuse to use my new dishes, and when she politely refuses, I insist on arranging chocolates prettily on a silver dish.
"So how'd it go?" she asks.
I smile politely but I'm confused. Not because I don't know what she might mean, but because I can't possibly believe she'd address it so directly. I murmur vaguely and indistinctly, "Oh, fine," and wave away her question like an annoying fly. I think to myself, This is between Eli and me, we can take care of our own business; he wouldn't want me to involve anyone.
My mother-in-law's face draws tighter and she takes her hands off the tablecloth. "My husband tells me it wasn't finished."
I'm speechless. I don't ask her
By Hilary Weisman Graham Author of ReunitedRead More »from 10 Rules of the Summer Road Trip
The sunny days are officially here, and nothing says you lived summer to the fullest like a slice of Americana and the rugged stretch of open road. Get together your music, your most comfy (yet cute) clothes, your toll fare, your road snacks-and then check this list twice to make sure you're ready to be Queen of the Road.
Lay off the convenience store snacks. After six straight hours of driving through Oklahoma, that overly-caffeinated energy drink and bag of chili picante corn nuts may seem like the perfect idea, but trust me, it's not. Being on the road doesn't always allow for the healthiest food options, but there's only one kind of gas worth getting from your local service station. And nothing leads to an afternoon of bloated lethargy faster than pre-packaged sodium and sugar-laden junk food.
Don't be a music hog. Your boyfriend just doesn't like Adele as much as you do. Just accept it. Or better yet, make it your mission to find a song
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Has someone's cheatin' heart hurt you? These strategies will help couples who've suffered a physical or emotional infidelity work through it and possibly repair their relationship. From The 6 Husbands Every Wife Should Have: How Couples Who Change Together Stay Together, by Dr. Steven Craig. In order to help you work through any infidelity issues you may face in your relationship, below you will find a list of suggestions for couples to use when confronting such breaches of trust. This list, which I've adapted from the book After the Affair, by Janis Abrahms Spring, Ph.D., is specifically designed for couples to use when they have experienced a physical or emotional infidelity. It can, however, be used as a template for coping with any of the forms of infidelity I've identified here. (A more expansive description of how to survive infidelity in your relationship can be found in Dr. Spring's extremely helpful book.)
Six Steps for Overcoming Infidelity Step 1: Understand that you will
- Tips on Healthy Living | Parenting – Thu, Jun 21, 2012 4:43 PM EDT
By Julie Underwood
You're Not Listening to My Words Blogger
As a kid, I lived for summer break. But as a parent, I dread it. I've found that establishing a summer routine makes the transition from school to summer break a little less chaotic. Children crave structure and when they don't have it, they can become a bit unglued. A summer morning schedule is a good place to start-otherwise before you know it, it's 10 AM and they are still in their jammys playing Nintendo DS (ahem).
So now that you have your mornings planned out, how about some fun, inexpensive ideas to make your time together more fulfilling? Here are a few creative things I have done with my kids over the summer that I thought I would share.
Open a "pop-up" restaurant in your home. Make it "one night only" and invite friends and family to come to your big opening. Plan and create a unique (but simple) menu. Shop together. Help your kids prepare the meal, take orders, and serve.
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- Tips on Healthy Living | Healthy Living – Wed, Jun 20, 2012 6:31 PM EDT
By Nell Stephenson
Author of Paleoista
There are so many diets out there, some based on science, others on religion or ethical beliefs, and more than I can count based on nothing other than anecdotal experiments or strange food combinations. But what's the best for physical endurance sports like marathon running and triathlon racing?
Having experimented with my own diet over the years, I feel well versed in providing an overview from a personal standpoint as an endurance athlete who's followed several different types of eating plans, all while training for and racing triathlon. Two in particular that stand out are a vegan diet and the Paleo Diet.
Keep in mind that this describes my own personal experience of how the two diets apply to my training and performance. It is not an attempt to stimulate argument or controversy over the animal rights issues that were the very reason I followed a vegan diet for two years, about a decade ago. When I followed a vegan diet, IRead More »from How to Use the Paleo Diet to Support Your Marathon or Triathlon Training
- Tips on Healthy Living | Healthy Living – Mon, Jun 18, 2012 3:01 PM EDT
By Lindsay Harrison
Author of Missing
Two days before beginning graduate school, I moved from suburban Massachusetts to New York City, where I would be living in an unfamiliar neighborhood with roommates I'd found on Craigslist. I didn't know a single person in the city, and to say I felt like a fish out of water is an understatement.
Lucky for me, being in a small graduate program fostered fast friendships. My first two years in the city flew by in a whirlwind of classes, nights discussing books with my new writer friends, and then, all too soon, our graduation ceremony. The friends I had made moved to other cities and moved on with their lives. I stayed on in New York, moving to Brooklyn and selling my first book. My social life was suddenly nonexistent. Out of school for the first time in my life, I had to find new ways to make friends. Working from home as a freelance writer does not lend itself to making work buddies. When I heard about a co-ed social sportsRead More »from 5 Reasons a Recreational Sports Team Might Change Your Life
- Tips on Healthy Living | Healthy Living – Fri, Jun 15, 2012 12:48 PM EDT
By Dr. Mike Moreno
Author of The 17 Day Diet Cookbook
Going on vacation doesn't have to mean going off your diet. Sure vacations are the time you want to kick back, relax, and enjoy everything-but kicking back doesn't have to kick out eating right. Here are some practical suggestions to help you enjoy your vacation without undoing all the hard work you have put into losing weight.
Decide on what your diet plan is for the vacation. Do you want to maintain your current weight or continue to keep losing weight? For weight loss, you'll have to make sure you are sticking to your cycle; if you want to maintain your weight but haven't reached your ultimate weight, you can follow cycle 4 for vacation and then switch back to cycle 1 when you come home.
Don't take the "all you can eat buffet" and "unlimited food plans" literally. You can wind up eating a day's worth of calories in one meal if you do.
Stick to a regular schedule and make sure to eat meals and fillingRead More »from 10 Ways to Handle Vacation While Watching Your Diet
- Tips on Healthy Living | Healthy Living – Thu, Jun 14, 2012 3:16 PM EDT
By H. Ballentine Carter, M.D.
Author of The Whole Life Prostate Book
Taking the best care of a man's health begins with the basic understanding that the prostate is a little gland with the potential for big trouble. The prostate, not "prostrate" as so many men misname it, is the walnut-sized organ located at the base of the bladder that supplies some of the fluids in semen that supports the sperm. The size of a pea at birth, the prostate reaches its normal size by age 20. That's when problems can often begin.
For unknown reasons, the prostate is prone to the development of a disproportionate number of diseases that can affect a man's health-and greatly increase the possibility of erection problems. These include non-cancerous enlargement of the gland and a variety of bothersome urination symptoms that come from that; inflammation within the prostate and nearby pelvic floor muscles; infection; and prostate cancer, which typically scares-and harms-men the most. The goodRead More »from How to Help the Man in Your Life Take Charge of His Prostate Health
- Tips on Healthy Living | Parenting – Tue, Jun 12, 2012 7:04 PM EDT
Do you pick one religion when raising your kids in an interfaith marriage? Neither? Incorporate both into your family life? When author Elizabeth Weil met with Rabbi Larry Kushner to discuss her interfaith marriage, she got some unexpected advice that was not welcomed by her husband, Dan. From No Cheating, No Dying: I Had a Good Marriage. Then I Tried to Make It Better.
I laid out our basics: Dan and I were raising our children as they were-part Jewish, part Christian. Given that neither of us was devout, we'd turned over the girls' religious training to our parents. Jewish holidays we celebrated with mine, Christmas and Easter with Dan's. My folks, predictably, took their job very seriously: children's services at their temple on Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur; a monthly subscription to the PJ Library book club, with kids' titles like Hanukkah at Valley Forge and You Never Heard of Sandy Koufax?! Up until the day I met Kushner, I felt solid and calm about our system. I helpedRead More »from She's Jewish. He’s Christian. How to Raise the Kids?