How to Stay Healthy While Pregnant

Pregnancy and health

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Giving birth is nothing if not inspirational. The capacity for life that is unique to women is obviously the means by which the human race continues to survive. It is also an exceptionally stressful process, both physically and psychologically. This is especially true if a woman is pregnant for the first time. It is not surprising since everything is all so new. However much a woman talks to other mothers, whether they are friends or medical professionals, the fact remains that every pregnancy is different and going through it is not in the least bit easy.

So many things change through those nine months that your life will never be the same. Not only will you have a beautiful baby, you will have a different perspective on life. It is a time when a lot of people (including men) start to reevaluate what they think is important and how they are going to live their lives in the future.

One example of this, which usually makes itself felt in the 38th or 39th week (which is, of course, towards the end of the third trimester) is the nesting instinct. The desire to prepare the environment into which you bring your child is a completely normal reaction, and it goes back thousands of years in human evolution. There are lots of other things that you may feel when about to give birth of which you need to be aware. Here are a few ways of staying as healthy and happy as possible:

The reality, which can be rather frightening, is that pregnancy is dangerous. Since your body will change a lot, you need to know what it all means and how to deal with it. Thankfully, lots of things, while they may be surprising, are nothing to worry about because everyone goes through them. Continue reading

Have You Heard of the Hellfire Club? The Lot of Women in Georgian England (Guest Post)

I’m proud to have Shehanne Moore over to the blog Poetic Parfait today. Come join in on the talk about Georgian Women in England and her new book The Writer and the Rake.

See you there, and happy Friday!

♥ Christy

Poetic Parfait

Here with me today is historical romance author Shehanne Moore. We go back a ways, Shey and I, so when I heard about her new book The Writer and the Rake, I asked her to come visit the blog. She kindly agreed to write a guest post, and, wow, she has provided quite a read about Georgian England, women, and the writing process. Now, let’s give Shehanne Moore the stage.


Let’s be clear here, this is not a paean of praise to Francis Dashwood’s exclusive club for high society rakes.  When meetings often included mock rituals, items of a pornographic nature, much drinking, wenching and banqueting, what kind of a person do you think I am? And while the hero of my latest book has every selfish reason to appear enlightened about women, he has a point. Women were not able to walk into a tavern and drink in these…

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Celebrity Biography: Whoopi Goldberg

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Whoopi Goldberg Relaxes as a Comic Relief Dress Rehearsal. By Photographer Daniel Langer, dlanger on Copyright is held by Daniel Langer and Comic Relief, Inc, CC BY-SA 2.0, Wikimedia.

Whoopi Goldberg is a celebrity with many talents. She is one of the few recipients of the EGOT, as she has received one each of the Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, and Tony awards. She is perhaps best known for her wit as a stand-up comedian as well as her serious discussions as the moderator for the ABC television show The View.

Young Whoopi Goldberg

Goldberg was born on November 13, 1955, as Caryn Elaine Johnson. She grew up in New York City, raised primarily by her mother. Goldberg took on her stage name soon after she started acting onstage in California.

Her career received a boost when, while performing with the experimental Blake Street Hawkeyes, she was noticed by director Mike Nichols. Nichols helped her take her one-woman comedy act The Spook Show to Broadway in 1984. In the one-woman show, she took on supposed “misfits” who at first glance seemed grotesque, and she did so without being patronizing. It was then that many people realized her uniqueness.

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