Pregnant and Hiking to the Hollywood sign (or not)

 

Hollywood sign
Beachwood drive north of Franklin. Spotted: Hollywood sign and gaggles of tourists with selfie sticks

My favorite view is from the Griffith Park Observatory but the only way to reach the sign is to hike (illegally, I may add) through some difficult terrain. 

To stay true to your match.com profile where you met your spouse and swore you loved hiking you may be asking … is it safe to hike during pregnancy? 

Yes. With some precautions (like always). 

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Morning sickness: 11 ways to feel better!

Nauseous me
Nauseous me

Almost 9 out of 10 pregnant women suffer from nausea and vomiting of pregnancy, yet it’s one of the most under treated diagnoses out there. Women chalk it up to “normal changes”, “to be expected”, a “sign that the pregnancy is normal”. There is some truth to these statements … but still. No one should have to suck up months of nausea and vomiting when there are some remedies to help you through!

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Marijuana use and pregnancy. Green does not mean go.

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Mission and 1st and confused

I was taken aback by this stoplight the other day. Fallen over, still functioning, and confusing everyone who saw it. You have to pay attention – green does not always mean go.

Green does not mean go for pregnant women either, in a different way. Ohhhhh yes, we’re going to talk about that green.

We don’t really know how many women use marijuana during pregnancy … probably anywhere from 3 to 34%. Different regions have higher (helloooo Colorado) or lower levels of use, and women may be hesitant to disclose their use so we can’t get a proper count.

But we see the trend. More and more states are making it legal to use marijuana, both medically and recreationally.  As of late 2015, 23 states have legalized the use of medical marijuana.  Four of these states – Alaska, Washington, Oregon, and Colorado- have also legalized use of recreational marijuana. California keeps trying but failing.

But how safe is it in pregnancy?

There are no absolute answers, but a recently published composite review (yes, marijuana is getting press from all sides) assessed information from hundreds and hundreds of studies. They looked at risks and benefits for women using marijuana during pregnancy

Below, the quick and dirty:

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