We’ve all heard people sprout the phrase, “go on, you’re eating for two now” at barbecues, dinner parties and wherever food is being served, forcing pregnant women to decline offers of more and more food from well-meaning friends and family. During pregnancy, a woman’s nutrient requirements increase by between 10% and 50%, depending on the specific nutrient. But her energy intake only needs to increase in the range of 15% to 25%.
A new infographic from the group Health Care Colleges looks at how women are increasingly becoming involved with health start-ups. According to the graphic, there are some 8.3 million women-owned businesses in the U.S., and 20 percent of those are in the health care and social assistance fields. This may be somewhat unsurprising when you consider than women are said to make 80 percent of the healthcare decisions for their families.
A new campaign started by actress and activist Martha Plimpton, Lizz Winstead of the Daily Show and others is taking its cue from Hester Prynne when it comes to women's reproductive rights. A Is For "is a campaign challenging the traditional meaning of the scarlet letter by encouraging women, and the men who support them, to wear the A proudly."
By Casey Krosser
The old saying that you should wait at least 30 minutes after eating before you swim is based on the idea that after a big meal, blood will be diverted away from your arms and legs, towards your stomach’s digestive tract. And if your limbs don’t get enough blood flow to function, you’re at risk of drowning. But is it sound advice, or is it just parents wanting a 30-minute break to relax after a big lunch?