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A pain in the a**

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Sciatica; although it sounds like the title of a bad science fiction movie, is a real medical condition.

Pregnancy-related sciatica, occurs when a baby's head presses against the mother's sciatic nerves, which run down the spine and into the pelvis and upper leg area. It can occur at any point during a normal pregnancy, but it is most common during the second and third trimester, when the baby is larger and in a lower position in the abdomen. Women with sciatica often experience shooting pains or paralyzing numbness in the lower back or buttocks area and sometimes down the backs of the thighs. The pain can be severe enough to limit a person's mobility almost entirely, and because it is caused by the position of the baby inside the womb, there's very little that can be done to relieve the situation entirely until the baby is born.Since last Tuesday (so about 8 days ago), I have been unable to sit or stand, walk, bend, lift my legs, climb stairs, put on pants, or do almost…

Finchley Road

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I didn`t include this one on my previous list of baby shower gifts because although I had opened it I hadn`t had a good look at all the detail, but my wonderful sister Eve gave me (and the baby) a mobile to hang over his crib.
She bought it here in Japan from a store named Finchley Road which sells lots of handmade and imported Asian clothes, interior goods and mobiles!
Look at some of the mobiles they are selling now... each one is completely unique;

The one I was given features lots of cute little flying pigs like this, with feathers and stars and hearts and so much more! Super cute!
You can visit their store (they have branches in Esaka, Umeda or Nara - all here in Kansai) or look at their website (Japanese only sorry).
Thanks Eve ♡

Tick tock

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So, it is March 29th, 2011... How many more days to go?
According to my numerous Ipod applications ... There are ...

7 days to go! Although of course I hope he comes tomorrow!!
I use all of these apps for different reasons. One of them is just a countdown app, the other ones all have other great functions like a daily update on the growth and development of the baby, baby name search info, pictures, diagrams and videos about birth and babies, contraction timer, and muuuuuch more.
The apps I currently use (for pregnancy) are...
Baby Bump - free version available / 450yen version available Baby Centre Pregnancy - free What to expect (Pregnancy) - free マタニフォン - free Period tracker deluxe - was free when I got it, but now 230yen
The apps I plan to use (once baby is here) are...
Total Baby - 600yen What to expect (Baby) - free

More star goodness

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Josh Duhamel led the pack with wife Fergie (even though it was her birthday!) to run in the 2-mile Tokidoki Relief Run Sunday morning along Santa Monica Beach.The funds raised from the run will go to benefit the American Red Cross Japan Earthquake and Pacific Relief Fund, for victims of the tragic earthquake and tsunami.According to the Tokidoki Relief Run, 10,151 people have lost their lives in the disaster, and 17,000 are still missing. Duhamel has already raised more than $90,000 for relief efforts in T-shirt sales alone.Paris Hilton tweeted today of the marathon run: "Felt so amazing to support Japan today and run in the @JoshDuhamel @Tokidoki #ReliefRun with @NickyHilton @BrookeBrinson and @TheFergie ... Such a great day today. I love helping make a difference. - We ♥ JAPAN".Josh Duhamel expresses via his Relief Fund site: "If you're like me, you've seen the pain and suffering going on in Japan right now, and really feel the need to help, to physically help…

Pregnancy in Japan so far

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As my pregnancy enters its final stages with just a week to go until my due date, I thought I would write a bit about all the experiences I have had so far with doctors etc, in the hopes of enlightening some people who have yet to go through the experience (here in Japan).
Obviously this is my first baby, and I have never been pregnant or given birth in any country except Japan, so forgive me for writing things that are normal in every country.
I don`t even remember why I thought I was pregnant to begin with, just `a feeling` I suppose. I peed on several sticks over the course of a week (with negative results), and finally got a positive result in the first week of August 2010 (in the loo at work!) Yoshi and I had gotten married just 3 weeks earlier, so this was all a bit of a surprise!
I took a picture of the pregnancy test and tried to stayed calm... I had always believed that it would take me ages to get pregnant since I was underweight after the wedding, have never had regular period…

Limitless

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A writer discovers a top-secret drug which bestows him with super human abilities.
Doesn`t it sound terrible? I think that the writers or producers of a relatively good movie could have come up with a better description.

The movie`s name is LIMITLESS and it stars Bradley Cooper as a very handsome author who has just been dumped by his girlfriend (played by Abbie Cornish) and who now suffers from writer`s block. The movie also stars Robert De Niro and the guy who played Calleigh`s sexy ex-boyfriend Jake on CSI Miami... you know...?

Awarded an average rating of 6.4/10 by Rotten Tomatoes, the movie`s critics say `Although its script is uneven, Neil Burger directs Limitless with plenty of visual panache, and Bradley Cooper makes for a charismatic star.`
Although I searched online, the movie (which was released this month in the US) doesn`t appear to be coming to Japan. I watched it streamed online and if you are interested in watching it too, there are several websites which I can recommend.
I…

Crazy or Cool?

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Although this product is still in its conceptual stages, the blogosphere is buzzing with news of the PreVue, a kind of abdominal belt (designed in Australia by Melody Shiue) which will one day allow expectant mothers to watch what is going on with the baby inside their belly!

`Designed to look like a large belt, the PreVue cinches in the back and fits over the abdomen. With the press of a button, a special ultrasonic layer next to the skin images the baby and then places this image onto a stretchable electronic textile that can grow as the mother does. At every stage of the baby's growth, the parents can see its reaction to stimuli, see it kick, spin, smile and evolve in front of their eyes.`
What do you think? Crazy or cool?

A bit lucky

So last week (on date day...) I was putting on my wonderful comfy Ugg boots when `riiiiiiiiip` I somehow managed to stick my foot through the stitching up the back of the right boot! I`m sure it had more to do with the fact that the boots are almost 5 years old, and nothing to do with the fact that I can hardly bend over to put on any footwear in my pregnant state and was rushing the process... :)
Anyway, Ugg boots are my staple winter footwear here in Osaka and I simply cannot live without them, so convinced Yoshi to buy me a new pair for my birthday (just a week to go!!).
* Don`t buy Ugg boots in Japan everyone!! They are ridiculously expensive... I much prefer to buy mine online from Australia, for about half the price.
So I surfed the web and found some cute ones, and put them in my virtual shopping cart, and ... I am not sure what happened next, but I forgot to complete the order, and left the window open in the background on my laptop.
Until this morning when I got a cheerful email …

The coolest place for kids EVER!

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KidZania is a mexican chain of family entertainment centres operated in 10 cities around the world.

Here in Osaka we have one of these places! Oh I wish I was a kid again just so I could go here... this is the kind of thing I looooooove!
I have never been (because I don`t have any kids yet), but the kindergarten where I worked last year often takes school field trips there, and today, Yoshi`s brother (and his wife and 2 sons), and sister (and 2 daughters) are all going... so JEALOUS!

The concept is based around a city run by kids. Kids can wear uniforms and work in shops, restaurants, factories (all scaled to 2/3 of normal size), and even as doctors and policemen, AND can earn KidZos cash in return...

There is even a KidZania cash card, and a bank where kids can save their money for future visits if they want to!

Now, there is a program where Japanese kids can use English at KidZania. There are non-Japanese staff at some of the `companies` and the kids can talk to them in English :)

I can`…

People are AWESOME

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Another tale of heroism and love has emerged from the disastrous situation here in Japan, check it out...
Taken from GOOD;

"No doubt many stories of heroism in the face of Japan's recent tsunami will emerge in the upcoming weeks—one is happening in the Fukushima Daiichi plant as I write this, in fact—but the latest is so beautiful and fantastical that it seems primed for a Hollywood movie. Meet Hideaki Akaiwa, 43. Startled at work by the now infamous earthquake and tsunami that shook and overtook Japan on March 11, Akaiwa rushed to high ground and immediately called his wife of two decades. When she didn't answer, Akaiwa ignored friends' pleas to wait for a military rescue, instead rummaging up some scuba gear and diving into the dark, cold, debris-filled tsunami. Hundreds of yards of swimming later, Akaiwa found his wife struggling against the 10-foot current that had overtaken the couple's Ishinomaki home.Once he'd gotten his wife to safety, Akaiwa suffered for…

Another difference?

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Apologies and warning in advance - this post will be of NO interest to anyone unless you have been, are, or planning to be pregnant... sorry!
During my hospital visit yesterday, one of the girls wearing a pink uniform asked me if I had started doing breast massage yet. And when I replied `no` she looked very concerned, pulled a fake boob out of the cupboard and proceeded to explain / demonstrate how I should be doing it. I asked how long I should spend doing it each day, and she said `as much as possible, but at least 50 strokes on each side`. Wow! She also directed me to the page in my `maternity life` booklet which was given to me when I registered to give birth at the hospital which has some useful step-by-step diagrams...
Ouch!
In the books I have been reading (mostly from the US and UK), this is not an important part of preparing for birth. In fact, some doctors recommend against it because it can cause preterm labor, and has no real benefit in milk production.
Questions like this ar…

Celebs who give back

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In response to the recent disasters in Japan, these amazing celebs have done some incredible things...
Gwen Stefani has donated $1million to the relief fund, saying;
"I`ve been inspired by Japan for many years and have a true love, appreciation and respect for the Japanese people and their culture. The disaster in Japan is beyond heartbreaking, and I want to do anything I can to help. I would never be able to make a gesture like this without the love and support of all the fans over all these years."

Sandra Bullock has also donated $1million to Japan;

And so has Demi Lovato (singer, Disney actress);

After the news of the earthquake and tsunami broke, almost instantaneously, celebs were telling fans on twitter to text 90999 to the American Red Cross and donate money (automatic $10 donation). These tweeters included Conan O`Brien, Khloe Kardashian and P. Diddy.
Lady Gaga designed a `Pray for Japan` wristband which sells for $5 on her website with all proceeds going to the Red Cross.