Abortion has no place in politics

Abortion is a personal subject and as such has no place in politics.  There are too many different scenarios in which abortion might be considered to enforce (politically) whether one should or should not be available.

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Do I believe the transition from fertilized egg to embryo to fetus to baby is miraculous?  Absolutely.   Should everyone learn and know these steps and stages of a pregnancy?  Again, absolutely. (check out the chart above for a crash course)  Should abortion be used as a method of birth control for sexually (over)active teens?  Absolutely not.   Should it be available to a rape victim?  Yes.   Somewhere in between are a lot of maybes.  I lived through two myself:

Years ago, at 22 weeks into my second pregnancy, I was told my baby would not live to full term due to hydrops fetalis that had already caused a stillbirth in my first pregnancy.  I had no choice but to continue the pregnancy.  Terminating the pregnancy intentionally (abortion) was not an option.  I went through the same thing all over again after two successful pregnancies.  I do not know if I would have intentionally terminated the unsuccessful pregnancies if I was given the option, but this could certainly be a circumstance where I would support the woman’s choice.

So, Justin Trudeau (and other politicians), leave abortion out of politics.  Screening job applicants to select only those supporting pro choice (abortion) is ridiculous.  Your own belief and support of the pro choice movement is just that; your own belief.  Whether or not a woman has an abortion should be a private matter between her, the baby’s father and her doctor.

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Sciatic nerve pain

Sciatic nerve pain, AKA sciatica, happens when the sciatic nerve is pinched, inflamed, or compressed.  The sciatic nerve (colored yellow in this picture)  runs from the lower back at the base of the spine down both legs…

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Sciatic nerve pain can be caused by traumatic injury (like a car accident), pregnancy (fetus putting pressure on the nerve), spinal disc herniation (most common), tumors and even carrying a thick wallet in your back pocket! (piriformis syndrome)

There may be others, but these are the ones I read about when I googled “why do I have deep pain in my legs between my hips and my knees?”  I vaguely remember having the same problem when I was pregnant years ago, but sometimes I get this pain for no apparent reason.

My sciatic nerve appears to be affected by cold temperatures, or cool and damp weather. Swings in temperature or barometric pressure do me in as well.  The pain usually only lasts for a day, but last weekend I was miserable from Friday to Monday.   Advil helped, but as soon as it wore off the pain was back.  A topical cream containing capsaicin helped,  and I hear creams containing arnica do too but I have yet to try that.

When are you ever truly ready to have children?

When are you truly and completely ready to have children?  Research shows that couples (and singles too) are putting off having children until later these days, some even forgoing the experience altogether.  There are many reasons for this:

  • to compete in today’s workplaces, many young people feel they must have an extensive post secondary school education (one or more bachelor’s degrees, master’s, PhDs etc)  This applies to both males and females.
  • these formal educations financially drain many couples.
  • after all the time and money spent on an education, many (women especially) feel they want to concentrate on their careers instead of raising a family.

That’s a lot of pressure on couples today.  No wonder the birth rates in many countries around the world are dwindling.

I had the pleasure of chatting with a young woman at my dentist’s office the other day.  Our conversation centered around her desire to start a family and her hesitation to do so because of the fact she and her husband do not yet feel ready.  She is in the final stretch of a master’s degree at the age of 32, anxious to finish her education and get on with the rest of her life.  She also expressed fear that she would not physically enjoy being pregnant.

Although I understood her misgivings, I assured her that a couple can never be totally ready for pregnancy, children and the changes they bring to your life.  However, if you are financially, emotionally and physically prepared, pregnancy and the birth of a child can be the greatest experience ever.  Open your mind to the miracle that each pregnancy is, embrace the changes to your body, and try to relax.  Be sure to make and take the time to cherish and enjoy the experience.  I am quite confident offering this advice as I am an expert on the subject of pregnancies.  To see why I feel this way, read a previous blog post on the subject.

In conclusion, you will never feel 100% ready for a pregnancy.  After all, in my opinion, the reason we humans have a nine month gestation period in our pregnancies is to give us time to get ready!

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Foods that Boost our Immune Systems

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To ensure optimal health, everyone, especially pregnant women, should look to proper nutrition and exercise.   To do so, we must be aware of what foods we eat as many are better than others at promoting a healthy immune system to ward off possible pathogens that may affect us.   As well as drinking eight to ten glasses of water per day, we can add the following foods to our daily diets to promote a healthy immune system.

Sweet Potatoes

Like other orange-colored vegetables, sweet potatoes contain beta carotene which is turned into vitamin A in our bodies.  Vitamin A is important in the production of connective tissue which is primarily what our skin is made up of.  Since our skin is the first line of defense protecting the rest of our bodies from viruses and bacteria that could harm us, the vitamin A derived from sweet potatoes keeps our skin healthy.

Mushrooms

Mushrooms are known to increase the production and activity of our white blood cells.  Since our white blood cells are what fights off infection in our bodies, more aggressive white cells and an increased production of them means less chance of bacterial or viral infections.  Shitake, reishi and maitake mushrooms are considered the best at producing white blood cells.  Add them to pizza, pasta sauces, eggs, soups and more.

Beef

The mineral zinc is found in large quantities in beef.  Zinc is necessary in the development of our white blood cells, an important component in our immune systems that recognizes and destroys pathogens like viruses and bacteria from our bodies.  Even a mild zinc deficiency can increase the risk of infection drastically.

Yogurt

The active but harmless bacterial cultures in yogurt called probiotics keep germs that we do get exposed to from settling in our stomachs and intestines.   These germs do not get a chance to settle and grow stronger because the probiotics in yogurt cause our food to move through our bodies faster.  Any infections we may encounter will therefore be much less severe with fewer symptoms and a quicker recovery.

Oats and Barley

These well-known grains contain beta glucan fiber which has anti-microbial and anti-oxidant roles in boosting our immune systems.  The increased fiber in our diet from these grains also helps move food, as well as any pathogens encountered, through our systems faster, resulting in fewer infections.  Oats and barley are present in many cereals and breads.

Tea

Both black and green teas are known to contain L-thianine, an amino acid that produces interferon which in turn fights viruses.  Since these teas are made with water, they also provide an increased boost to the immune systems because adequate water consumption is essential to flushing our systems of viral and bacterial pathogens.

Keeping our immune systems working well is crucial for everyone, but especially important for pregnant women.  In the third trimester of pregnancy a woman’s immune system is naturally suppressed so that the fetus will not be recognized as a foreign object and rejected.  It is therefore imperative that a pregnant woman keep her immune system in peak condition by eating the proper foods throughout the pregnancy.

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G9P3A3…..My Book has been Published!

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I started writing this book many years ago the first time I was pregnant.  My doctor urged me to record my thoughts in a journal when the first pregnancy ended in stillbirth.   Years, many pregnancies, and much more gray hair later, I came across the journal while cleaning one day and decided to transfer the thoughts to my computer.  Just recently, at the urging of a friend who happens to be a new author, I checked out createspace, a website designed to help people publish books.

Createspace was very easy to use, and cost me nothing.   You can choose to pay for upgraded details (covers, editing help etc) but the basic, free version is what I used.   They create and promote the book and only print what is purchased online as they are purchased.  You decide the price you want to charge and then receive a royalty for each book sold, they keep the rest for the cost of creating, promoting, shipping etc.

Before I knew it, I was published…please check it out:  https://www.createspace.com/4540448

If you are thinking of writing a book, but are concerned about sinking money you may not retrieve into the project, Createspace is the site for you.  Visit  www.createspace.com and get started today, you have nothing to lose!

 Lorieb is married and the mother of three sons, residing in Kanata, Ontario, Canada.  She is the proud owner of GARDENS4U, and spends most of her time designing, planting, and restoring gardens.  Her off-season interests include reading and writing.  Please check out her website at www.gardens4u.ca