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Runner's Bump series: Getting Bigger

Posted by Lara Salahi March 12, 2014 08:23 AM
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Caitlin Hurley of Bedford, Mass., has two children ages 5 and 8 and is pregnant with her third. She ran until 7 1/2 months into her pregnancy with her first two children and is planning on doing the same with her third, depending on how she feels.She ran the 2013 Boston Marathon in 2:58, and her next finish line will be delivering her baby late July 2014.  Each week she'll document her progress on Ultra Sound Pregnancy.

The Runner's Bump series documents one woman's pregnancy journey and her commitment to maintaining and healthy and responsible level of fitness with clearance from her physician. The views expressed are not meant to offer medical advice. Pregnant women should consult their own physician about appropriate physical activities based on their pregnancy status. 

Healthy travel tips for babymooners

Posted by Lara Salahi November 20, 2013 05:21 AM
One advice among the many that expectant couples get is to travel one last time before baby arrives. Or, at the very least, go to the movies every weekend. The idea behind the instruction is that once baby comes, you’ll likely not have the time, money, or energy to go anywhere or do much. And if you do, it likely won’t be just the both of you, at least for a few good years. 

It’s not all true. We have taken our daughter on two international and one cross country trip already before her first birthday. It was just fine. Still, more couples are babymooning – that is, taking one last vacation while expecting before the baby arrives.  We babymooned, perhaps because we bought into the fear of the unknown, but mostly because we had planned the trip before we even knew we were expecting. We ended up bumping up our trip to Costa Rica a few months because our original trip time would have been my final pregnancy month. 

According to the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology, the best time to travel (or “babymoon”) is during the second trimester. However, most airlines allow pregnant women to fly up to 36 weeks of pregnancy. There’s certainly no clear formula for when or where pregnant women can travel, but if you're looking to babymoon, here are a few travel tips to consider:

Gestational Diabetes and Bearing Bigger Babies

Posted by Lara Salahi August 20, 2013 01:06 PM

Around week 24 of pregnancy, your doctor will likely ask you to drink a highly sweetened Tang-like beverage. Some forms of the drink are fruity flavored, but I remember still needing to hold my nose and swallow. 

After an hour, a blood sample is taken from your arm and tested for your sugar level.  

That drink actually contains 50 grams of sugar, and your doctor is testing how well your body has processed the sugar within that amount of time. It’s called an oral glucose tolerance test and the results can determine whether you have gestational diabetes mellitus, or GDM.


About the author

Lara Salahi is an award-winning multimedia journalist whose specialty is reporting health and medical stories. She has worked in local, network, and cable television, international print, and documentary film. She More »

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