Pregnant ladies should be getting their flu shots and other stories you will like!

Since I had router problems yesterday and couldn’t publish, I wanted to give you two blogs today. This blog is a collections of three great stories from The New York Times. I wanted to make sure you all saw them.

Pregnancy is no time to refuse a flu shot

The first is about pregnancy and getting your flu shots (swine and regular). When I was pregnant they always said you should get your flu shot but only if you were passed the first trimester. Apparently that’s not the rule now.

As the article tells us: “Pregnancy meant a fourfold risk of hospitalization, sometimes with a tragic outcome; all the pregnant women who died had been relatively healthy to begin with.”

“The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have since put pregnant women at the top of the priority list for the vaccine, and have recommended that pregnant women start antiviral medications as soon as possible after exposure to the virus and after the onset of flu symptoms.”

Probiotics: Looking underneath the Yogurt Label

The second article is by one of my favorite writers Tara Parker-Pope and examines whether the yogurt label claims are true: Can it help your digestive system be more regular? Will it help you stay well? I have actually asked friends with doctorates in biology about this and they were wishy-washy. Finally an answer as to whether you should buy the more expensive yogurt with the claims or just buy yogurt.

From birth, engage your child with talk

And finally an article I can relate to — it’s all about talking to your babies from birth and how important it is to their development.

From The New York Times article:

“Randi Jacoby, a speech and language specialist in New York, recently told me in an e-mail message: ‘Parents have stopped having good communications with their young children, causing them to lose out on the eye contact, facial expression and overall feedback that is essential for early communication development.’ ”

“ ‘Young children require time and one-on-one feedback as they struggle to formulate utterances in order to build their language and cognitive skills. The most basic skills are not being taught by example, and society is falling prey to the quick response that our computer generation has become accustomed to.’ ”

“ ‘Parents need to be reminded of the significance of their communicative model.’ ”

What do you think of these stories: Will you be getting both flu shots if you are pregnant? Which threat seems greater — getting the swine flu or the shot hurting your baby? Do you buy the probiotic yogurt with the special claims or just yogurt? Do you think it makes a difference? Do you talk to your babies? Do you think it helps their communication skills?

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October 1st, 2009
2:01 pm

In the second paragraph it should be “past the first trimester,” not “passed.”

New Stepmom

October 1st, 2009
2:16 pm

I am pregnant and they told me not to get either flu shot until 12 weeks. We are very concerned about swine flu and I am trying to figure out how to be a good step mom and stay away from it at the same time. Because of the thimersol, I will likely wait.

Right now yogurt is my friend, but I can only stomach yoplait peach. It is about all I can eat other than pasta and meat. Trying to get my veggies in, but they are totally grossing me out right now.

I am struggling with caffiene and aspertame. I had cut back from 6 diet cokes a day to 1 following my surgery. I now drink sparkling water instead, but that one diet coke in the morning is proving VERY hard to give up. I have been told that less than 200mg of caffiene a day is ok and the DC only has 46mg, but the aspertame scares me. Anyone have any thoughts? I have cut down from 12oz to 8 oz, but I really want to stop all together, but that diet coke in the morning does settle my stomach. UGH.

I have already begun talking to my baby even though he/she is itty bitty. It will probably be sick of hearing from me by May! We are going to the AC/DC concert in late October, I hope that does not destroy any chance this child has to enjoy all music ;o)!


October 1st, 2009
4:17 pm

new stepmom…..When I was pregnant every pregnancy book I read said no caffeine. I loved Diet Coke and Excedrine is the only thing that will kill my headaches. When I went for my second doctor visit I told my OB that I simply was not going to make it one more hour without a diet coke and the Tylenol just wasn’t cutting it when I got a headache. She told me that Diet Coke was okay and that the Excedrine was fine for my headaches. I felt like I was liberated from jail!!! I think you should talk to your doctor, but I don’t think a little diet coke is going to hurt, especially if it is helping you get through the morning sickness.

New Stepmom

October 1st, 2009
4:26 pm

Thanks Kathy. I go to the doc tomorrow and that is one of my first questions. I have cut way back in the last 5 months and am proud of myself, but I do not want to risk anything with my very wanted pregnancy. I do not smoke, do not drink, and up until 2 weeks ago ate all my veggies, so I am hoping 8 oz of Diet Coke a day can be forgiven.

A friend has offered me all of her books and I am going to start reading next week!


October 1st, 2009
8:01 pm

I never did the flu shots. I would however do the swine flu shot regardless of being pregnant or not (and I’m not).

I saw no difference in the Probiotic vs. standard yogurt when I ate it.

Talk to your child, sing to your child, read to your child, say silly things, change your voice. Your growing his/her mind and vocabulary. Plus it is fun!

New Mom — do what your doctor tell you. Mine told me I could drink 1 glass of real (not decaf) Sweet Tea a day while pregnant as I had bad headaches with no caffine. I gave up the coffee, the smell made me sick. The doctor told me to keep it to Tea if I could or soda in a pinch.


October 1st, 2009
8:07 pm

Oh and as you read the books you may see a correlation to your cravings and the baby’s growth. For instance you are craving carbs and protein (pasta, meat, and yogurt)…those are needed to build muscle and fatty tissue –brains and heart!!!! Later you will crave dairy (yummy and a good excuse for ice cream) and you will find its about the time the baby has a growth spurt in the bone structure. Veggies will come back too.

I always thought of it like looking through a drawer for something (like a hammer), nope not that, not that, not that….AH there’s the hammer now I can build! Your body is rejecting the nutrients it isn’t in short supply on right now.


October 1st, 2009
8:23 pm

i had the swine flu shot in 76 when i was pregnant with my oldest daughter…no side effects at all…i always get the flu shot and plan on getting the swine flu shot when it comes out..i cant afford to get sick and miss work…most of my kids make their own choices on getting it but my 17 yo will get it..she has asthma flare ups when she gets sick..right now shes sick and cant get the regular flu shot and im worried it will run out before she has a chance to get it….im hoping my oldest daughter will get one for her 11 yo as that seems to be a dangerous age…i think the median age of kids who have died from it is 10…scary..i love dannon yogurt…and stonyfield farms….

common sense is the best way to make choices when pregnant…new step mom you are an inteligent woman…im sure you will be fine with your choices….

New Stepmom

October 2nd, 2009
11:10 am

Thanks guys. All good advice. All they did this morning was draw blood. UGH. I really wanted to talk to the doc quickly. I am very concerned about the swine flu and the nurse seems to busy to listen to me when I speak to her by phone. It is the only practice I have ever been to where the doc spends more time with you than the nurse will.


October 2nd, 2009
11:15 am

New StepMom you might want to look at switching doctors. Or speak to a midwife in the meantime. Many practices have a midwife on staff as well. My doctor was awesome, but the midwife was the one who helped me when I had sinusitus and another complication we won’t worry you with.

New Stepmom

October 2nd, 2009
11:41 am

My doctor is awesome and I can’t switch practices. I have had 3 surgeries in 4 years and she knows my history and me. The thing that stinks that I have found with most large pratices is that the docs are great and the office staff is so-so and until you can get in to see the doc, you are stuck in a holding pattern.

I should be able to see her in the next few weeks and I will just keep calling until then. I do wish offices had a patient advocate that you could call and ask questions of and who would walk you through the processes so that something that is routine to the nurse could be explained more thoroughly to the patient who is so new to everything.


October 4th, 2009
9:15 am

New Stepmom -I know this posting is a little late, but I, too, am a Diet Coke junkie and I drank one or two per day with my first child (I went into pregnancy KNOWING I wouldn’t give up caffeine, but also being a little bothered about Nutrasweet). With my second I just made sure I kept it under 200mg per day and drank Diet Coke at movies in addition to my morning DC and afternoon DC. Everyone is just fine! My doctor also told me it was fine.