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  • Top of the Morning: DOH Tells Women To Postpone Pregnancy Due To Zika Concerns

    Plus, Drew Arellano is excited to be a dad, ad photos call for no discrimination for breastfeeding women, and more.
    by SmartParenting Staff .
  • 1. DOH urges women to postpone pregnancy due to Zika concerns

    The Department of Health (DOH) has issued a plea for Filipino women to delay pregnancy until more facts are known about the supposed link between the Zika virus and microcephaly. "To those who are not in a hurry to get pregnant, maybe they can postpone and wait next year when we know more about the virus," DOH secretary Dr. Janette Garin said in a radio interview. She also advised Filipinos, both men and women, to use family planning methods and avoid traveling to Zika-affected countries because the virus can also be sexually transmitted. (inquirer.net

    2. Drew Arellano excited to be a dad!

    Everything in my mind is vivid, which means I’m constantly thinking about it,” Drew Arellano, who is married to actress-TV host Iya Villania, told the Inquirer about being a father. He shares that he had always wanted to have a kid and that they have been thinking about it even before they tied the knot. "“I am excited to give my future child the same kind of love I have received from my father,” he said. “It is my turn,” he added. Drew and Iya are trying to get pregnant this year. (inquirer.net

    3. Ad photos aims to end work discrimination for breastfeeding moms


    TOM 0219 Jen Pan Breastfeeding adsPhoto by Jen Pan

    Photographer Jen Pan, after hearing about awful experiences mom went through, decided that it all has to stop. She came up with three powerful photos that depict a mom and her baby in the workplace. "Do not be discouraged with ignorant people. You are doing what you have to do. Do not be guilty or ashamed. You are in charge of your baby's nutrient intake. No one has the right to tell you to stop your breastfeeding journey before you or baby are ready. You are beautiful," she wrote. (popsugar.com)

    4. "I volunteer!" to cuddle newborns!
    Another volunteer work to try that doesn't really ask for much. The U.S. adoption agencies' need for volunteers to cuddle them, and talk or sing to newborns has risen in the recent years. Newborns babies need to feel that they are safe and loved 24/7. This is to make sure they get the emotional support even before they get adopted or foster family. Volunteers or interim caregivers also get to feel good when they know they are being of great help to a little one. (babble.com

    5. Watch the trailer for Kindergarten Cop 2

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    Yes, it's the sequel to the Arnold Schwarzenegger film. No, it's not Arnold, though. Dolph Lundgren (The Expendables) takes over in Kindergarten Cop 2. An FBI agent goes undercover while trying to retrieve stolen date, but he's not exactly cut out for kids. The direct-to-DVD movie will be available in May 17.

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