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Woman, 8 months pregnant, wins Payette whitewater kayak competition

PADDLING — Emily Jackson, 23, — severely pregnant with her first child — conquered whitewater three weeks before she's due to have her water break.

Jackson, a two-time world champion from Rock Island, Tenn., won the women's freestyle whitewater kayaking title last weekend in the Payette River Games.

The event was held at Kelly's Whitewater Park in Cascade, Idaho.

Jackson's freestyle performance in the video above starts at 2:18 minutes.

CdA Woman Faces Cancer, Pregnancy

Reporter David Cole/Coeur d'Alene Press tweets that "Today Show" may be in Coeur d'Alene Thursday to follow up on this story:

It was a beautiful sunny day at Coeur d'Alene Cellars on her wedding day, Sept. 3, 2011, and Linsey Mattison felt oddly uncomfortably in her gown. "My dress was so tight, I felt like I couldn't breathe," the then 32-year-old lawyer and Coeur d'Alene High School graduate said this week. Other than that, it was one of the best days of her life. She said that incredible discomfort and difficulty breathing that day was likely the first hint something was seriously wrong with her health. She didn't know it at the time, but a cancerous mass was rapidly growing inside her chest and pressing up against her lungs. Days after the wedding, she began having chest pains, which hardly made sense for a fit young woman who exercised regularly and ate healthy/David Cole, CdA Press. More here. (Jerome A. Pollos Coeur d'Alene Press photo: In this Sept. 12 photo, Linsey and Scott Sowinski, pose with with their daughter Lena in Coeur d'Alene)


Rape and pregnancy in Idaho

 In this Aug. 24, 2012, file photo Republican Rep. Todd Akin, R-Mo., talks to the media gathered in Chesterfield, Mo., and told them he will stay in the U.S. Senate race despite the uproar over his remarks about rape and pregnancy.

TWIN FALLS • If a rapist gets his victim pregnant in Idaho, does he have parental rights under Idaho law? What if the rapist was married to his victim? What happens if he hasn’t been convicted of rape?

Under Idaho statute, courts can terminate a rapist’s parental rights, denying the person any legal say or responsibility over the child. But while that provision exists in the code, questions such as burden of proof and child support cloud the issue.

U.S. Rep. Todd Akin, R-Missouri, forced the issue of pregnancy through rape into the national spotlight with his controversial — and largely rejected — remarks that “legitimate rape”rarely results in pregnancy because the female reproductive system has ways of “shutting all that down.” Full story. Melissa Davlin, Twin Falls Times-News

Thoughts about Idaho's laws?

Times-News: What Idaho law says about rape and pregnancy

With Missouri Rep. Todd Akin's controversial comments about rape and pregnancy in the news, Twin Falls Times-News reporter Melissa Davlin took a look at what Idaho law says about rape and pregnancy. What she found: The victim can go to court and terminate parental rights if the pregnancy occurred as a result of rape, incest or lewd conduct with a minor. However, the situation is complicated if the attack wasn't reported or prosecuted. You can read her full report here.

In an OB/GYN office waiting room

It's pretty easy to think of things not to say to strangers who appear to be in their 11th month of pregnancy. 

Kelsey: 4 Food Groups For Pregnancy

Facebook Friend Kelsey Saintz, a reporter for the Shoshone News-Press, has been chronicling her advancing pregnancy in her blog, This Is Not A Fairy Tale. On her Facebook wall this afternoon, she wrote: "A nice grocery store clerk is catching onto my strange pregnancy eating habits. Today she asked, 'Are those your four main food groups' and I said, 'Avocados, milk, sweets and anything microwaveable? Yes. Yes, they are.'"

Question (for the Ladies of HBO): Did you have any unusual food cravings during your pregnancy/pregnancies?

Waldref expected to have baby soon

Spokane City Councilwoman Amber Waldref missed Monday's council meeting because of the pending birth of her second child.

Spokane City Council President Joe Shogan said Waldref was in the hospital on Monday and was expecting to give birth soon.

Waldref's due date isn't for a few weeks, but she alluded last week to the possibility of giving birth earlier when the council decided to delay a vote until March 21 on new contracting rules that Waldref had proposed.

"We'll see if the baby is willing to wait a few weeks," Waldref said. "I hope I'm around in two weeks to debate this with you."

In an interview a few weeks ago, Waldref said she and her husband were waiting to find out if they were having a boy or girl.

When are you due? Oops!

Lily Neal  stands beside the figure she posed for when she was nine months pregnant. Associated Press photos

DEAR MISS MANNERS: A client came in for tax season. We only see each other once a year. Anyway, in she came for her appointment; I came from around the corner in the office, saw her sitting/waiting, and greeted her with, “Oh! When are you due?” She looks about five to six months pregnant, but ISN’T!!!

We proceeded to discuss drinking enough water, medications, doctor visits, blood tests, etc. But the fact of the matter is she isn’t pregnant. How do I apologize for assuming? Should I apologize?

Has you ever made a blunder like this? What did you do to make amends?

Surprise Pregnancy Led To Parenthood

He was in the kitchen when she said she was pregnant, and wanted to keep the baby. Jessyka Williams, a senior in children and family relations, was 25 years old when she found out she was pregnant. Williams had isited the Student Health Clinic once because she was late. The first test was negative, but the second test, taken a week later, explained why she had been feeling sick. "I was terrified," Williams said. "I just started bawling." The walk home brought clarity to her situation. "I wanted to be a parent," Williams said. "I was walking home, and kind of talking myself into that, I was just in denial." Williams' boyfriend, Taylor Williams, knew she was pregnant from the look on her face. "He told me he loved me and he would support me in any decision I wanted to make," Williams said. "I'm really lucky, not all women in my situation have that support"/Sarah Yama, Idaho Argonaut. More here. (AP file illustration)

Question: How has an unintentional pregnancy changed the life of someone close to you?

Pregnant lady shot by WSP faces charges

An unarmed pregnant woman shot during a drug raid in Spokane nearly two weeks ago faces felony crack cocaine charges under a police recommendation announced Wednesday.

Keamia D. Powell, 24, gave birth shortly after she was shot in the shoulder Sept. 24 at 1405 N. Lincoln St. No. 11, where she lives with her mother, Aletha A. Robinson, 41.

Investigators are recommending Powell and Robinson each be charged with felonies after detectives found crack cocaine in their apartment as part of an ongoing probe into drug dealing in the Moscow-Pullman area.

The apartment is where police arrested a woman caught on tape assaulting her young son at the downtown bus plaza in November. Powell is the woman’s niece.

Read my full story here.

Past coverage:

Oct. 6: WSP sergeant says shooting was accidental

Oct. 1 Sergeant who shot pregnant woman is 25-year veteran

Sept. 24: State patrol officer shoots unarmed pregnant woman

WSP sergeant says shooting was accidental

A Washington State Patrol sergeant who shot an unarmed pregnant woman during a drug raid last week has told investigators it was “an accidental discharge,” sheriff’s officials announced Thursday.

Sgt. Lee Slemp (left, in 2006) said he accidentally fired his weapon as the woman, whose name has not been released, attempted to flee out a window at 1405 N. Lincoln St. on Sept. 24, Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich said.

Slemp, a 25-year WSP veteran, described the shooting to investigators in his first in-depth interview on Wednesday.

The news comes two days after Washington State Patrol Chief John Batiste told The Spokesman-Review that he had no reason to believe the shooting was accidental.

Read the rest of my story here.

Past coverage:

Sept. 29: WSP names officer in shooting

Sept. 24: State patrol officer shoots unarmed pregnant woman

WSP chief denies accidental shooting rumors

The chief of Washington State Patrol said Tuesday he has no reason to believe last week’s shooting of an unarmed pregnant woman in Spokane was accidental.

“I don’t have anything to lead me to believe that,” Chief John Batiste said Tuesday during an interview with The Spokesman-Review editorial board.

The possibility that the Friday shooting by WSP Sgt. Lee Slemp during a drug raid in Spokane was accidental has been reported by Spokane television station KXLY this week, which cited unnamed sources.

Read the rest of my story here.

“Pregorexia” and the “Yummy Mummy” syndrome

I like to read articles from newspapers outside the United States just to get a different perspective now and then. Yesterday, I ran across this story — “Yummy mummies fashion dark underbelly” — in The Sydney Morning Herald.

Unlike previous eras, pregnant women no longer have to stay indoors and hide their big bellies “beneath capacious smocks,” wrote Sue Goodwin and Kate Huppatz, who teach in the field of education and social work. Pregnant women are now viewed as beautiful and sometimes sexually attractive, they wrote.

“It is now more acceptable for women to invest more time in themselves. Martyrdom is not as chic as it used to be. It’s OK to take time out for a manicure, a spa treatment, shopping or an exercise class. All of this means that women do not necessarily lose their former selves upon having children - motherhood is no longer only about being devoted to your family.”

But there’s a negative to all this, they pointed out. Some women, as a result, now suffer from “pregorexia,” the desire to stay thin during pregnancy. Some mothers also feel compelled to undergo cosmetic surgery to get rid of stretch marks and other effects of pregnancy.

“Both of these trends demonstrate how the idealisation of youthfulness has crossed into the maternal realm - women are expected to appear skinny and toned whatever their age and whether they’ve had children or not,” the authors wrote.

As liberated as I try to be from all the social pressures out there, I remember how horrified I was to gain 50 pounds during both my pregnancies. It wasn’t just because I was uncomfortable; I also was sad about looking like a blob.

Moms: Did you feel this pressure during pregnancy or soon after? Can you at all relate to the “Yummy Mummy” syndrome?