Posts Tagged ‘pregnancy’

Eating Dirt

Chomping on earth, or buying packets of white clay at the supermarket to chew on? You are just pica participating.

Pica is the scientific term for craving and consuming things that are not food. It doesn’t have to just be dirt (although that is the most popular and more specifically called Geophagy), it can also involve craving sand, ice (in massive quantities), raw starch and cornflour, chalk, newspaper, cigarette ashes, toilet paper, paint chips, used coffee grounds and baby powder. Pregnant women form the largest group of pica-practicing-people, and the second group is of course children. Between 10% and 30% of kids ages of 1 to 6 years have the eating disorder pica, which is characterized by persistent and compulsive cravings (lasting 1 month or longer) to eat nonfood items.

In some countries, if you see a woman chomping on some dirt it is THE tell-tale sign that she is pregnant.  It really depends on where you live and your culture, for example 0.01% of Danish women eat dirt and 56% of Kenyan women eat dirt. Is this because there is something lacking in their diets, or does it depend on whether it is more culturally acceptable in certain areas and people are more likely to admit they chow down on soil?

According to KidsHealth, pica may be cause by the following –

  • nutritional deficiencies, such as iron or zinc, that may trigger specific cravings (however, the nonfood items craved usually don’t supply the minerals lacking in the person’s body)
  • dieting — people who diet may attempt to ease hunger by eating nonfood substances to get a feeling of fullness
  • malnutrition, especially in underdeveloped countries, where people with pica most commonly eat soil or clay
  • cultural factors — in families, religions, or groups in which eating nonfood substances is a learned practice
  • parental neglect, lack of supervision, or food deprivation — often seen in children living in poverty
  • developmental problems, such as mental retardation, autism, other developmental disabilities, or brain abnormalities
  • mental health conditions, such as obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) and schizophrenia
  • pregnancy, but it’s been suggested that pica during pregnancy occurs more frequently in women who exhibited similar practices during their childhood or before pregnancy or who have a history of pica in their family

Very interesting.

36 Week Abortions!

****Warning – if you agree with abortions, you may not want to read this as I am very against it and my comments will offend you.

If you have had an abortion, please know that God knows your pain and wants to fill that space with His love for you. This post is about my shock and anger at how abortion has been watered down to make it less offense or upsetting for people. It is not a personal judgement (I have close friends who have had abortions) as we all do things we regret in life, but it’s about the fact that our government see that taking a child’s life is a totally acceptable act.  If you call it a different name (abortion) and it does not breath air and you can’t see it, then it is not a problem to get rid of it.

 

Yes, the title of this post is no typo.  Abortions in Australia at 36 weeks pregnant.  Just so you get a clear understanding of what this means, this is a 36 week baby who was born 4 weeks before its due date.

Proverbs 31:8 “Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves”

I was horrified when I heard this.  How can you not call an ‘abortion’ an act of murder?  What is going on with the world when you can legally take the life of a human. How did this law ever get passed?

I don’t agree with any form of ‘abortion’ (I will call it abortion for this post, but its real name is plain and simply murder) as I believe in Psalm 139

“Oh yes, you shaped me first inside, then out;
you formed me in my mother’s womb.
I thank you, High God—you’re breathtaking!
Body and soul, I am marvelously made!
I worship in adoration—what a creation!
You know me inside and out,
you know every bone in my body;
You know exactly how I was made, bit by bit,
how I was sculpted from nothing into something.
Like an open book, you watched me grow from conception to birth;
all the stages of my life were spread out before you,
The days of my life all prepared
before I’d even lived one day.”

People who are pro-abortion stand up for it by saying that it is the womans body and therefore she should be allowed the choice on whether her baby is to live or not.  That is absolutely ridiculous. You have a life inside you, your body is not just your own anymore. You have a responsibility.  We all have choices in life whether we like them or not, and sometimes the outcome can make our lives really, really tough and daunting and scary. We have to take responsibility and the right choice. God is the author and creator of life.  In the Bible, God reassures us by saying that He only gives us what we can handle.

I know in my previous post: Nic & Fertility & Meanies, I said that “I say, before you slander someone, take a walk in their shoes!”. I still very much stand by and agree with what I wrote.  I feel ‘abortion’ is not on the same page, or even in the same book, as surrogacy.  I do not believe that if you murder a human being (whether living in the womb, or an adult) is okay.  I think if I walked in the shoes of a murderer and knew the motive behind their action I would still be against it….obviously.  How is ‘aborting’ a baby any different.  Look at the above picture of the baby again.  How can you kill such an innocent, perfect human who has spent months hearing and recognising your voice while in your womb?

There is medical video footage of a 12 week abortion taking place, and using ultrasound, you can actually see the baby scrambling away from the knife.

Here are 10 arguments against abortion and 10 arguments for abortion.  I read it and it amazes me some of the ‘reasons’ for abortion!  They just don’t make sense. An example of one of the arguments for ‘abortion’: Adoption is not an alternative to abortion, because it remains the woman’s choice whether or not to give her child up for adoption. Statistics show that very few women who give birth choose to give up their babies – less than 3% of white unmarried women and less than 2% of black unmarried women. Ummm, excuse me?  So you are saying that a reason to have an ‘abortion’ and kill a baby is so that the mother does not have to make a tricky decision when the baby is born as to whether she keeps it or gives it to another family who really want a baby?  AND, she may change her mind and decide to keep it in the end?  How horrible for a mother to decide to keep her baby once she has brought it into this world (note my major sarcasm here). Imagine if she had aborted and regrets it, if she had a chance of actually wanting to keep it in the end.  That whole argument is twisted!! Let me paraphrase this argument again – “We better kill this baby before we change our mind and want to keep it”. No wonder ‘women who have abortions suffer from Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome more often than Vietnam vets do.’

One final thought: If I am pregnant and a robber breaks into my home and beats me up and kills me, he will be tried on two counts of murder; one for me and one for my baby. If I hire a doctor to do an abortion, it is somehow magically now not a person. Illogical.

If you are reading this and you are ever left with the choice to abort or not to abort your baby, please read this first. It explains the stages in a baby’s development, being presented with the possibility of having a baby with a disorder, rape victims points of view, etc. I hope you make the right choice.

 

Nic & Fertility & Meanies

Keith, Nicole & Sunday

I first read about Keith Urban and Nicole Kidman’s new baby via www.mamamia.com.au.  Hearing that their beautiful baby, Faith, was brought into the world via surrogacy didn’t cause ME any concern, but boy was I shocked by the venom some people spewed into the comments section of Mia’s post. Obviously having a baby any other way other than ‘naturally’ was evil and selfish. They aimed their hatred at Nicole herself and there was no end of judgement on the issue of  how Keith and Nicole had their baby Faith.  So many people were bitter about the fact that they ‘thought’ Nic chose surrogacy so she wouldn’t ruin her figure or career, or that her eggs had dried up cause she had left having a baby until she was in her early 40’s thanks to her selfishness in having a career.  Very rarely did anyone see that one of the main reasons most people have to head down the road of surrogacy (or any other help to bring their bundle of joy into the world) is because they have had fertility problems that have plagued them for years….and yes, your age does increase as the years go by…duh.  I found it interesting that most people who had an ‘opinion’ on what Nicole “should’ve” and “shouldn’t” have done and “how DARE she”,  have all got their own children who they seemed to have gotten quite easily.  They also don’t seem to mind judging before they hear the full story (and no, the story that the media likes to portray doesn’t count). I say, before you slander someone, take a walk in their shoes!

After all the flack, I was really impressed by Nicole’s interview on 60 minutes last Sunday night.  She was open about her struggles to have children and her miscarriage.  She put it all out in the open, so that women can take comfort in knowing that fertility issues are not so taboo anymore.  That would have been a hard thing for her to do.

I hope those mean-spirited people who trashed Nicole on Mia’s site took a big slice of humble pie and ate is s.l.o.w.l.y…..

I have taken the below information straight from the keyboard of Emily Jade O’Keeffe which she posted on her marvellous blog (that you can find HERE).

Here is a celebration of celebrity couples who have admitted to using fertility treatments and welcomed healthy, beautiful babies. They give us hope.

Courteney Cox-Arquette of Friends and her actor ex-husband David Arquette. The couple underwent many IVF attempts and suffered several miscarriages, with Courteney being open about “being able to get but not stay pregnant” before welcoming daughter Coco Riley Arquette in May 2004.

Brooke Shields and her husband Chris Henchy were also public about their use of fertility treatments to conceive for the first time. The result, after a rumored seven IVF attempts, daughter, Rowan Francis, 3 1/2. Her book, Down Comes the Rain, chronicles Brooke’s struggles with PPD and infertility.

Desperate Housewives star Marcia Cross reportedly put her honeymoon on hold to have fertility treatment to conceive. She spoke of the troubles and reality of becoming pregnant after 40, saying,

I don’t like the average woman being misled into thinking that fertility is something that goes on forever. When a woman gets older, they get a donor egg, which doesn’t make the baby any less beautiful or perfect. One’s own eggs only last so long, and sometimes at 43 or 44 you can have your own baby, but statistically it’s very difficult and expensive. You don’t want to wait that long.

Dixie Chick sisters Martie Maguire and Emily Robison have been open about using IVF to conceive their two sets of fraternal twins, as well as Emily’s son. Martie has daughters Kathleen and Eva, while Emily has son Gus, 4, and twins Henry and Julianna, 21 months.

Hugh Jackman and his wife Deborra Lee Furness tried multiple times to have a baby, but it did not happen for them. Instead, they adopted Oscar, and Ava, of his son, Hugh has said,

We still wanted to adopt. That was our plan: we’ll have two and we’ll adopt one. Anyway we didn’t have children. We tried and that was tough. But the moment Oscar arrived, it just felt like he was always meant to come that way. I forget he’s adopted; he’s just my son.

Celine Dion went through numerous fertility treatments before conceiving son Rene-Charles, 6 and then her new twins.

Actress Jamie Lee Curtis and husband Christopher Guest, revealed that they adopted after struggles conceiving. Jamie wrote a book, Tell Me Again About the Night I was Born to “Let children who joined their families through adoption know that their own birth stories were exciting too.”

Sharon Stone apparently suffers from recurrent early miscarriages and instead adopted sons Roan Joseph, Laird Vonne and Quinn Kelly.

Actress Kirstie Alley also struggled with infertility. Openly mentioning her struggle to become pregnant, her miscarriage(s) and the toll that it took on her marriage. Eventually Kirstie and her husband adopted. They are now divorced, but their children are William, 14, and Lillie, 12.

Model Christie Brinkley suffered three miscarriages in the process of IVF, in order to eventually conceive her daughter. At 44, she gave birth to daughter, Sailor Lee.

Jane Seymour went through IVF to conceive her twins, after having two miscarriages. Jane was almost 45 when she welcomed John Stacy and Kristopher Steven in 1995.