November 9, 2011

Mom Loses 30 Pounds

1 Mariah Carey is New Face of Jenny

Mariah Carey, singer and new mother to twins Monroe and Moroccan, is the latest spokeswoman or "brand ambassador" for Jenny, formerly named Jenny Craig. The singer lost 30 pounds of baby weight in just three months, ending up in size 6 shorts on the new cover of Us Weekly. Carey gave birth to her son and daughter on April 30. During her pregnancy, Carey suffered from gestational diabetes and preeclampsia. In July, Carey started her Jenny program with a workout plan and a 1,500-calorie-a-day diet. Working out three times a week and following the diet developed by a Jenny nutritionist, the singer lost what she described as "an enormous amount of weight."

More at Today/Us Weekly | Hat tip to MSNBC | Posted 6 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Previously: Consumer Reports: Jenny Craig Is Best Diet

Tags: Jenny Craig, Brand Ambassador, Jenny Craig Spokesperson, Mariah Carey New Face Jenny Craig, New Twins Mariah Carey, Jenny, Jenny Spokesperson

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Alternative to Amniocentesis

2 Blood Test Safer Way to Detect Birth Defect

Scientists at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center developed a blood test that would determine if a fetus had “fetal microdeletion syndrome,” a chromosomal abnormality. A study showed that results from an amniocentesis, a procedure in which a needle is inserted into the woman’s abdomen into the amniotic sac and amniotic fluid is retrieved and analyzed, at 21 weeks correlated to blood test results done at 35 weeks. If the blood test was positive, the decision to undergo the more invasive procedure can be made. Amniocentesis can damage the fetus’ limbs, cause respiratory distress and slightly increases the risk of miscarriage. One drawback researchers see is that 35 weeks is too late to screen for problems and acknowledge amniocentesis will not be replaced anytime soon.

More at Yahoo! HealthDay | Posted 6 years ago by Kristie Hayes

Previously: Blood Test for Down Syndrome Shown to Be Accurate

Tags: Healthy Pregnancy, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, Fetal Microdeletion Syndrome, Blood Test for Birth Defect, Amniocentesis

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