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Now, a body gel to prevent pregnancy

News4u-News Desk-ANI-The day may not be far when all you have to do is rub some gel on your body to avoid getting pregnant, for New York scientists claim they have developed a body cream that works exactly like the Pill.

So far, it has proved to be just as effective but has showed no side effects such as weight gain, acne, moodiness, or headaches that affect 40 per cent of those who take the Pill.

The cream, called Nestorone Estradial, may also be preferable for the many other women who dislike having to remember to take a pill once a day, reports the Daily Mail .

Another big advantage is that breastfeeding mothers may also use the cream.

The cream contains a combination of the sex hormones oestrogen and progesterone - the chemicals found in most forms of the Pill. But it contains a different type of progesterone - called Nestorone, which in early trials caused far fewer side effects.

The cream has been developed at the Population Council research centre in New York and is expected to be widely available in the next few years.

Early trials on 18 women in their 20s and 30s over a three-month period have shown that it was just as effective as the Pill in preventing pregnancy.

“From this small study we found it was effective in preventing pregnancy, but we need to test it over longer periods of time,” said Dr Ruth Merkatz, from the Population Council.


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The art of a size zero pregnancy

News4u-News Desk-This title isn’t intended to sound like a pompous declaration of having all the answers and nor is it meant to suggest that size zero is the best size to be.

It is derived from the fact that our son’s name is Zen and I happened to be among the lucky few who was back to my original size just a few weeks post delivery. Loads of people keep asking me, ‘What’s your secret? How did you shed the weight?’ Since I’m a firm believer that every individual, pregnancy and baby is different, there are no generic rules, and I held off answering questions… but now almost five months into being a Mum, I realise that I may actually be able to help people who may be victims of the fear that some people create around pregnancy. You can only ‘go back to being size zero’ if you were size zero to start with, so this is more a rough guide to going back to your original pre-pregnancy weight. Remember this applies only to a normal, healthy pregnancy. If you have any complications or are advised bed rest, this definitely doesn’t apply.

Our gynaecologist Dr Feroze Soonawala told us in our first meeting that ‘pregnancy isn’t an illness’. I was told to be normal, do everything I’d usually do, just with a few adjustments. Walk, don’t run while exercising. Do yoga, but make sure your instructor knows you’re pregnant and can guide you with what asanas are permitted and those that aren’t. Do not start something new, just continue with what your body is used to. If you never did yoga before don’t suddenly start. Do not eat for two — a foetus starts smaller than a little seed, it’s hardly a dinner companion for a three course meal! This ‘eating for two’ is a myth and often the culprit for those crazy 30 kg weight gains some unfortunate women get stuck with.

I was in the gym the morning I delivered! But if all’s going healthy and well, you’d rather be exercising half an hour daily then simply lying on your back. I’m not saying not to eat well, by all means do, just in moderation — one chocolate, not three. Similarly don’t over exercise. I did half an hour to an hour of brisk walking daily and yoga two or three times a week. Sometimes I swam. Before I was pregnant, I used to run at least half an hour daily and do yoga thrice a week. So it was almost the same routine with the adjustment of walking and not running and no ab exercises and other asanas that squeeze the tummy.

Keeping fit and active during my pregnancy helped me have a normal delivery. I’d be lying if I said it was painless or just slightly painful, oh no, it hurts! I kept resisting an epidural but eventually when the pain got unbearable, I took one. Clichéd as it sounds, it’s true that when you see, hear and touch your little baby, you forget all the pain. Having a normal delivery also enables you to be up and active soon after, so by visiting hours, I was walking all over the place. Next morning when my doctor visited me, he found me doing a few surya namaskars. Although surprised, he said if I was feeling up to it, there was no harm in getting back to what my body was used to.

Three days after Zen was born, I was back to my daily brisk walks between diaper changing and feeds. Although I was doing light stretches and a bit of yoga at home, I waited a month before getting back to class. Looking after a newborn, even with good help, keeps you on your toes. Especially if like me, being an enthusiastic first time mum you want to do everything yourself! Did you know that breast feeding can make you burn up to 600 calories a day? My secret to being back to size zero after pregnancy is a combination of exercising, eating right, breastfeeding, keeping on my toes with diaper changing, playing with Zen and the fact that years of exercise has helped me have a fast metabolism. It was also all those rule book ingredients (many of which are wonderfully elaborated on in every pregnant woman’s bible, ‘What to Expect When You are Expecting’) that helped me get back into my jeans so quick! Then, and of course, the main ingredient was Zen (pun intended) being as calm and chilled-out as possible through it all and our little son Zen, who is the very reason I discovered this art! toi

The art of a size zero pregnancy.

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Pregnancy not connected to memory loss

News4u-News Desk-Moms should not blame their pregnancy for their memory loss, a new study has claimed the “baby brain” idea, that bearing a child affects one’s mind power, is only a myth.

Previous studies suggested that women’s brains decline in size upto 4 percent at the time of pregnancy, leading to worse performance on tests of memory and verbal skills.

Now, an international team, led by Australian National University in Canberra, has found that pregnancy is not at all linked to memory loss in women, the latest edition of ‘British Journal of Psychiatry’ reported.

And, according to researchers, pregnant women should be encouraged to stop attributing lapses in memory or logical thinking to their growing baby. Lead researcher Prof Helen Christensen said that the”baby brain” effect was “a myth”.

“Not so long ago, pregnancy was ‘confinement’ and motherhood meant the end of career aspirations. But our results challenge the view that mothers are anything other than the intellectual peers of their contemporaries,” ‘The Times’ quoted her as saying.

For their study, the researchers recruited 1,241 women aged 20-24 in 1999 and 2003 and asked them to perform a series of tasks.The women were followed up at four-year intervals and asked to perform the same cognitive tests. A total of 77 women were pregnant at the follow-up assessments,188 had become mothers and 542 remained childless.

The findings revealed no significant differences in cognitive change for those women who were pregnant or new mothers during the assessments and those who were not.


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Woman dies after termination of pregnancy

News4u-News Desk- Pandey-Varanasi, A woman died after getting her over three-month-old pregnancy terminated in a government health centre at Narsara village in the district, triggering protest by the locals.

“A government health visitor performed an MTP (medical termination of pregnancy) on Raj Kumari, 35, at Araziline Community Health Centre three days back,” CMO R S Verma said today.

The condition of the woman deteriorated after the medical procedure and she died yesterday, he said.

The death sparked protest by the locals who alleged carelessness on part of the health officials, police said.

However, they ended their agitation after the authorities intervened, they said.

Meanwhile, the CMO said the health visitor who carried out the MTP would be suspended as termination of pregnancy over three months is prohibited under law.

It would be investigated whether the sex determination of pregnancy was done, Verma added.


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Lohan ‘ha haaas’ pregnancy rumours


News4u-Entertainment Desk-Lindsay Lohan has laughed off reports suggesting that she’s 7 weeks pregnant.

It was also being claimed that she is booked in for an abortion later this week.

The 22 year-old Lohan, who recently broke up with her partner Samantha Ronson, was reported to be pregnant by blogger and journalist Ian Halperin, reports ‘The NZPA’.

However, MTV UK reported that Lohan is unsure of who the father is.

The Mean Girls star had allegedly slept with a number of men following her split from Ronson, and apparently doesn’t know who the child’s father is.

“I swear she’s carrying,” a source had earlier said.

“She’s going through big emotional turmoil. She’s not sure if she’ll have it or go through with an abortion that she booked to have in the next few days.

“Saddest part is she has no idea who the father is. She must have slept with more than two dozen men in the past couple of months,” the source added.

But when questioned by ‘E!’ Online, Lohan laughed off the reports.

“Ha ha ha,” was all the star said.

In a recent interview with Closer Magazine, Lohan has said she wants to focus more on her movie career and shed her paparazzi party life image.

“When I was a kid, I thought movie stars were people who wanted to act in great movies- It’s all I ever wanted to do. I didn’t get into this business to be a celebrity - I’ve been a target for a long time,” she said.

Lindsay Lohan

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Contraceptive pill won’t help: Expert

News Bureau - News4u : London, Dec 24: Over the counter contraceptive pill will not reduce unwanted pregnancies, according to an expert.

Sarah Jarvis from the Royal College of Physicians said that one of the main reasons behind the high rates of unintended teenage pregnancies in the UK is lack of daily compliance with taking oral contraceptives.

Previous studies have shown that nearly 50 percent of all women taking the oral contraceptive pill miss one or more pills in each cycle, and nearly a quarter missed two or more.

These women are three times more likely to get pregnant unintentionally than those who take the pill consistently.

Jarvis said that the availability of emergency contraception without prescription has done little to change the rate of teenage pregnancies.

According to her, the solution lies in long acting reversible contraceptives such as the coil, or those, which can be placed under the skin or injected.

She added that they last between three months and three years, and because they are not dependent on patients taking them correctly, are much more reliable than oral contraceptives.

“Increased uptake of reliable, non user-dependent methods, rather than making a potentially unreliable method of contraception more easily available, has to be the key,” the British Medical journal quoted her, as saying.

The study is published on (ANI)


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