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No beer for you

Non-alcoholic cocktailsHave you ever felt like this? "I'm pregnant, but dying for a beer. Can't I have just a little alcohol?" We know you want it -- just one frosty brewski to go with your pizza or to have after work.

Your mom may have told you that she drank through her whole pregnancy -- and look, you're fine, right? Be that as it may, most major health organizations say to nix the alcohol -- be that beer, wine or any other liquored beverage.

Click to see what the experts had to say, and get some ideas for nonalcoholic party drinks for moms-to-be here!


In the know

If you're going to find out the sex of your baby, you may only have a couple of more months to wait. In the meantime -- what is your appetite like? Why are newborn boys are weightier than their female counterparts? That's been a big question for a long time.

Recently, researchers discovered that women who were carrying a boy ate about 10 percent more calories than women carrying a girl. In the first study to examine why newborn boys are heavier than girls, researchers from the Harvard School of Public Health and the Karolinska Institutet in Stockholm, Sweden have found that women who were carrying a male embryo ate on average 10 percent more calories than women carrying a female embryo. Read the rest here!


Cat skills

Toxoplasmosis: It’s a scary-sounding name for the disease caused by the parasite Toxoplasma gondii, which can live in meat and in cat feces. It’s also why someone else must change your cat’s litter box while you are pregnant.

Woman with cat

Below are 5 tips for avoiding this nasty bug:

  1. Throughout your pregnancy, let someone else clean the kitty litter box.
  2. Wear gloves when gardening (you never know where the neighborhood cats have been) and wash your hands afterwards.
  3. Carefully wash all surfaces that the cat may have come in contact with, especially in the kitchen.
  4. Practice good food safety by cleansing hands, utensils and foods. Many families have certain cutting boards and utensils that are used just for meats and can be washed properly after food preparation.
  5. Avoid any undercooked meat or fish.

Read more: Can I really get a dangerous infection from my cat?


In the know

According to the March of Dimes, both infantile and adult forms of Tay-Sachs disease occur most frequently in descendants of Central and Eastern European (Ashkenazi) Jews.

About one out of every 30 American Jews carries the Tay-Sachs gene. Some non-Jewish individuals of French-Canadian ancestry, (from the East St Lawrence River Valley of Quebec) and members of the Cajun population in Louisiana, are at similarly increased risk. Both groups have about 100 times the rate of occurrence of other ethnic groups. The juvenile form of Tay-Sachs, however, may not be increased in these groups. For more info on Tay-Sachs, visit the National Tay-Sachs & Allied Diseases Association.

Eat well, mama: Get ideas for healthy Kosher cuisine here

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