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Coffee Drinking During Pregnancy Increases Risk Of Obesity In Children – Scientists

By Appolonia Adeyemi

 

Scientists have warned mothers-to-be against drinking coffee, saying it may lead to obesity in their babies. According to the study findings published in ‘BMJ Open Journal,’ even one or two cups of coffee may increase the risk of obesity in the children. Coffee is one of the most preferred and loved caffeinated beverages around the world and many people all over the world take it.

There have been several scientific studies on the benefits and side-effects of coffee. Coffee has been shown to be a potent source of healthful antioxidants. Similarly, part of the previous studies showed that potential health benefits associated with drinking coffee include protection against type 2 diabetes, Parkinson’s disease, liver disease, liver cancer, and promoting a healthy heart.

However, this new study was warning mothers-to-be against drinking coffee, though it was not clear how prenatal coffee consumption is linked to child obesity The researchers looked at some 50,943 expectant mothers and those women who consumed caffeine during their pregnancy were monitored along with their babies until these kids were about eight years old.

“The study results stated that the number of kids of the age of five years who were overweight or obese was five percent higher in the group of women who had consumed the highest amount of coffee during their pregnancy period, as compared to the group of women who had the lowest coffee consumption,” the ‘NDTV’ reported.

Although the Swedish National Food Agency recommended restricting caffeine consumption to about three cups every day for pregnant women, the new study found that consuming even this stipulated amount of coffee was not completely safe as its findings showed that increased risk of obesity was present in the children of women who had stuck to this limit.  (New Telegraph)

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Husband Abandons Wife With Newborn Triplets For Fear Of Childcare |The Republican News

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A 44-year-old man, Paul Edobor, has allegedly abandoned his wife after she was delivered of triplets in the Esan North-East Local Government Area of Edo State.

It was learnt that Paul, a commercial motorcycle operator, fled his home in Uromi when his wife, Ugomma, had the three identical baby girls.

He was also said to have ignored phone calls from his wife, whom he married 12 years ago.

Ugomma told PUNCH Metro on Tuesday that her husband had lamented his inability to cater to the triplets as he struggled to take care of the two children she already had for him.

She said, “My husband ran away because he could not take care of the babies. I had my antenatal care in a hospital. But I put to bed at home.

“He left me when I was in labour. After I had the babies, I called his telephone, but he refused to pick the calls.”

The nursing mother, who hails from Abia State, lamented that her husband’s absence had left her and the children stranded.

She noted that she had been living on alms from kind Nigerians.

She appealed to her husband to return home, saying he had been forgiven.

Ugomma said, “People have been the ones helping me to buy baby things. I have been going to markets and churches with the babies to beg for alms.

“Wherever I go, people thank God for giving me these babies. I want my husband to come back to me. I have forgiven him. We were married in the traditional way; there is no going back.”

She appealed to the state government to also come to her aid.

“I want the government and good-spirited individuals to come to my aid to enable me to take care of my babies,” she added.   (Punch)

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Elon Musk’s Father, Errol Says Baby With His Step-daughter Was ‘God’s Plan’ |RN

By Alexandra Richards
Billionaire entrepreneur Elon Musk’s father has said it was “God’s plan” for him to have a child with his step-daughter.Errol Musk, 72, described the baby boy he had with step-daughter Jana Bezuidenhout, 30, as “exquisite.”Despite the fact that Mr Musk married Ms Bezuidenhout’s mother, Heidi, when Jana was four, he said he does not consider her his step-daughter.

Mr Musk and Ms Bezuidenhout’s mother had two children together before divorcing after 18 years of marriage.

Related: Elon Musk Could Become The Richest Man With His New Pay At Tesla |RN

He told The Sunday Times that his stepdaughter had contacted him last year after splitting up with her boyfriend.

“We were lonely, lost people,” he said from his home in South Africa. “One thing led to another — you can call it God’s plan or nature’s plan.”

Two months later Ms Bezuidenhout told Mr Musk she was pregnant and a paternity test revealed he was the father.

The news of the baby reportedly caused a rift between Mr Musk and his other children.

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A source said that Elon Musk was ‘outraged’ when he found out about the baby (AFP/Getty Images)

His son, tech billionaire Elon Musk was allegedly “outraged” when he heard about the baby.

A relation to the family told the MailOnline: “The whole family was outraged when we found out. This is the reason why Elon is so angry with Errol. He is the only father she has ever known. And now he is the father of her child as well.”

The entrepreneur, who is in a relationship with actress Amber Heard, previously described his father as “evil” in an interview with Rolling Stone magazine.

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Elon Musk previously described his father as “evil”

He said his father had committed “almost every crime you can possibly think of” and done “almost every evil thing you could possibly think of”.

Errol Musk disputed his son’s portrayal of him but has admitted shooting dead three intruders in his home in South Africa, for which he pleaded self-defence to a manslaughter charge and was acquitted.

Mr Musk senior is a millionaire who made his fortune through engineering.

He told The Sunday Times that he thought his children were “spoilt.”

“They were spoilt, I suppose. Maybe that’s why Elon is acting like a spoilt child now,” he said.

 

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Pregnant Virgin Says Why She Doesn’t Want To Sleep With Any Man |RN

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A 29-year-old lady has revealed why she got pregnant without sleeping with a man.

The Canadian, who gave only her first name as Lauren, revealed that she doesn’t care much about dating any man.

She also revealed that she grew up with a gland disorder that affects her body’s hormone production. This made her to seek a sperm donor and eventually become a single mum — against the advice of doctors and friends.

“I was born with hypopituitarism, which means my pituitary gland is not formed properly.

“It doesn’t send the right hormonal messages to the other glands in the body, like the adrenaline gland or the ovaries. Because of that, I have to take hormone replacements to develop necessary areas of my body.

“I’ve had it under control now for 29 years, so it’s not an issue now. But it was very obviously different because I was taking thyroid pills and taking a needle of growth hormones every day.

“Because of my pituitary gland, I went through puberty super late. I wouldn’t have gone through it at all without higher oestrogen levels.

“I really only started that because I was getting made fun of for being really flat chested, whereas everybody else was getting their boobs and everything at that point.

“The hardest thing was probably getting pregnant. Initially, my endocrinologist said it wouldn’t happen; that I’ll need to get an egg donor and spend tens of thousands of dollars on IVF. I felt really shut down. But he referred me to a fertility clinic anyway.

“I spent an entire year on a waiting list thinking it was never going to happen and then after a five-minute appointment with a fertility expert, everything changed,” Lauren explains.

She confessed that she dated “here and there” up until last December; and even had a boyfriend she tried to be intimate with, but that they both concluded it wasn’t working and broke off before sex could happen.

Lauren, whose baby is due in June said, “Since I’ve been pregnant, there have been a few times where I’ve felt like maybe it would be nice to go out and have sex, but that feeling very quickly passes — I realise I’m not acting like myself.”

(News AU)

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Heartwarming Photos: Three-year-old Girl Helps Deliver Baby Brother |RN

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A three-year-old girl got the experience of a lifetime when she helped deliver her own baby brother.

Rebecca Joseloff, a mother of two from Patchogue, New York, knew that she wanted to have her three-year-old daughter, Hunter, present during her home birth earlier this year.

But when the moment arrived, the toddler didn’t just witness her baby brother be born. Instead, she was actively involved throughout the delivery and even made skin-to-skin contact during the postpartum process.

The entire birth was documented in a series of touching images captured by Joseloff’s doula and birth photographer, Nicole Lahey aka Ready Set Chaos.

One of which has since gone viral online with more than 12,000 reactions after being shared by Facebook page Love What Matters.

In the months leading up to her birth, the expectant mother ensured Hunter would be prepared for being in the room by discussing all the things she might see and hear.

She watched birthing videos, learnt anatomy in proper terms, and knew the word ‘placenta.’

“Kids perceive things in the way adults react to it, so if birth is not made out to be scary or traumatic or what not, kids are not going to think that it is,” Joseloff told Café Mom.

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“Birth is such a natural part of life and such an awesome moment, especially for a brother or sister to be there when their sibling is born; it really makes such an awesome connection for them for the rest of their lives.

When it was time to push, Lahey recalls that Hunter became her mother’s biggest cheerleader, stroking her hair and even holding her brother’s head as he crowned.

“She didn’t cower when her mother roared her brother out and she didn’t get nervous or concerned about it, at all,” Lahey told Love What Matters.

“She asked questions, she played with her babies, she ate snacks, and she kept us all entertained with her adorableness.”

Following the birth, Hunter took her involvement one step further by engaging in skin-to-skin contact with her little brother.

The three-year-old proceeded to take off her shirt and embrace hew newborn sibling.

“She did ask me, ‘Why am I taking my shirt off?’” Lahey said.

“I replied, ‘Brand new babies love the feeling of your skin, and you will love it, too.’

Rebecca Joseloff/Facebook Rebecca Joseloff/Facebook “She was in heaven, and didn’t want to give him back to his mum.”

Despite some people having a negative opinion on young siblings being present for the birth of a new baby, Lahey believes that it should be at the parent’s discretion.

“Every child is different and every parent-child relationship is different,” she added.

“I feel that siblings who watch their little sibling’s birth are much more connected and compassionate with one another.

“If parents really want to have their other children present at the birth, the best thing to do is prepare them with videos, talk about every aspect of birth, and speak about birth in a positive way.”    (The Independent)

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Beyonce Unveils Photo Of Twins, Sir And His Twin Sister Rumi |The Republican News

Beyonce, seen here with her twin Grammy trophies earlier this year, announced her pregnancy in February© Fournis par AFP Beyonce, seen here with her twin Grammy trophies earlier this year, announced her pregnancy in February

Pop diva Beyonce unveiled her newborn twins to the world on Friday, posting a glamorous photo on Instagram and announcing their names.

“Sir Carter and Rumi 1 month today,” reads the caption on the photo, which focuses much more on the 35-year-old yummy mummy than the little ones.

https://www.instagram.com/p/BWg8ZWyghFy/embed/captioned/?cr=1&v=7&wp=932#%7B%22ci%22%3A0%2C%22os%22%3A3967.7791202637863%7DThat wording puzzled many people on social media — is the first child named Sir Carter or simply Sir, Carter being the last name of their rapper father Jay-Z? Others wondered about the gender of the babies.

Beyonce’s mother Tina Knowles cleared it all up later in her own Instagram post: one twin is a boy named Sir, period, and Rumi is a girl.

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In the photo, Queen Bey is shown barefoot, standing on a lawn with the ocean in the background. Towering over her is a large display of colourful flowers.

She is wearing turquoise bikini bottoms and a dramatically ruffled lilac print robe, open at the front and cascading to the ground, twinned with a floor-length pale turquoise veil.

In her arms are the twins, each with a full head of hair and their eyes closed.

The set-up is similar to the one she used to announce her pregnancy back in February, in which she was pictured kneeling in front of a similar floral display while wearing a flowing veil.

“We would like to share our love and happiness,” she wrote at the time. “We are incredibly grateful that our family will be growing by two, and we thank you for your good wishes.”

The twins’ first photo attracted plenty of love from Beyonce’s passionate fans, with the post garnering 2.5 million “likes” within an hour.

Beyonce and Jay-Z are music’s royal family — she and the 47-year-old Jay-Z, whose real name is Shawn Carter, already have a five-year-old daughter, Blue Ivy.

Until Friday, the power couple had not even confirmed the twins’ birth, though Beyonce’s father acknowledged the delivery on social media.

It has been an extremely busy time in the celebrity household.

On June 30, Jay-Z released his first album in four years. The rapper bared himself as he rarely had before in “4:44,” apologising to Beyonce for his infidelity and pouring out love for his mother, whom he reveals to be a lesbian.

He has also announced a North America tour, with 31 dates across the United States and Canada from October to December.

As an expectant mother, Beyonce made a New Age celebration of women at the Grammy Awards earlier this year — putting on an extravagant, abstract performance while proudly displaying her baby bump cloaked in a flowing gold gown.

Rumi is the name of the 13th-century Persian poet who endures as one of the best-loved writers of the Sufi spiritual tradition, with verses that celebrate love, joy and tolerance.

On “4:44,” Jay-Z alludes to Persian poetry on the song “Marcy Me,” which describes his upbringing in a public housing project.

Appearing to liken his rhyming skills to the literary tradition, Jay-Z raps, “Sufi to the goofies / I could probably speak Farsi.”   (AFP)

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Israeli Nurse Breastfeeds Palestinian Baby After Mum Is Critically Injured

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On June 2, a Palestinian family of three crashed into a bus in the West Bank, killing the father and critically injuring the mother, according to Today Along with his mother, 9-month-old baby boy Yamen was brought to the Hadassah Ein Kerem Medical Center’s emergency room in Jerusalem. He only experienced minor injuries, but he was growing hungry fast. According to his aunts, the child was breastfed by his mother and was refusing to take milk by the bottle.

Yamen’s aunts spoke to nurse Ola Ostrowski-Zak, asking if she knew anyone who could breastfeed the child. As it turns out, Ostrowski-Zak is a mother herself of an 18-month-old son. She offered to breastfeed Yamen, who quickly relaxed. According to Ostrowski-Zak, the baby’s aunts praised her, saying that they never expected a Jewish woman to help their family.

“I was emotional about this sad assumption,” Ostrowski-Zak told Today. “I know any Jewish mother would have done the same.”

Before her shift ended, Ostrowski-Zak posted a Facebook message on an Israeli group, asking volunteers to help feed Yamen. Within two hours, over a thousand people liked her status, according to Today, and women from all over Israel offered to drive over just to make sure Yamen was fed.

While there is no shortage of debate over the Isreal-Palestine conflict, as well as Zionism’s place in feminism (the story seems to have gotten traction via Zionist organization Hadassah), Ostrowski-Zak’s deed has mostly been received as a simple act of kindness.

“The human connection is very strong,” Ostrowski-Zak said.   (The Daily Dot)

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