Find out why you have to pee so much during pregnancy and what you can do about it.

How can I avoid having to urinate so frequently during pregnancy?

Needing to urinate often is an unavoidable fact of life for most pregnant women. But these tips may limit the number of times you need to visit the bathroom:

Skip certain beverages. Limit your consumption of coffee, tea, and soda, because these are all diuretics, meaning they increase urine production and make you need to pee more often. (Alcohol is also a diuretic.)

Empty your bladder. When you pee, lean forward to empty your bladder completely.

Don’t hold it. Go to the bathroom as soon as you feel the need. Waiting can actually weaken your pelvic floor muscles in the long run.

Why do I leak urine when I sneeze or laugh?

Both the pressure of your uterus on your bladder and weak pelvic floor muscles may cause you to leak urine when you cough, laugh, sneeze, lift heavy objects, or do certain types of exercise, like jogging. This is called “stress urinary incontinence,” and it’s most likely to happen in your third trimester or in the postpartum period.

You may be able to prevent it somewhat by not letting your bladder get too full, so don’t ignore the urge to pee. And remember to empty your bladder before exercising.

Doing Kegel exercises, which strengthen the muscles of the pelvic floor, can also help minimize stress incontinence and make it easier to recover from childbirth. It’s a good idea to begin Kegel exercises early in pregnancy and continue them postpartum. (Make Kegels a lifelong habit!)

And if need be, wear a mini pad or panty liner to catch any leaks. (Keep fresh pads handy in your purse or diaper bag.)

How can I avoid waking up at night to pee?

You can try drinking plenty of fluids during the day, then cutting back in the hours before you go to bed. But make sure you don’t go thirsty in the attempt to make bathroom visits less frequent. It’s important for you to stay well hydrated.

The Institute of Medicine recommends that pregnant women drink 10 8-ounce cups of water or other beverages every day, more or less – whatever is enough that your urine looks pale yellow or clear, not dark yellow or cloudy.

In any case, you’ll probably find yourself needing to get up increasingly often at night to urinate as your pregnancy progresses, especially if you have a lot of swelling in your lower limbs and feet. That’s in part because when you lie down, your legs are level with your upper body. This makes it easier for your blood to carry some of the fluid you retained during the day to your bladder – now that it doesn’t have to work against gravity.

As one mom we know puts it, “It’s nature’s cruel way of training you for the many nights of interrupted sleep once your baby arrives!”

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a group of people in a garden: President Donald Trump and Judge Amy Coney Barrett in the Rose Garden at the White House on September 26. Alex Brandon/AP Photo


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President Donald Trump and Judge Amy Coney Barrett in the Rose Garden at the White House on September 26. Alex Brandon/AP Photo

  • President Donald Trump and at least 34 White House staffers and contacts have been infected with the coronavirus following Judge Amy Coney Barrett’s nomination ceremony at the White House Rose Garden on September 26.
  • The White House accepted the CDC’s offer to help with contact tracing on Wednesday, The Washington Post reported.
  • Epidemiologists say those efforts may have come too late: People should be tested within two weeks of getting exposed.
  • The outbreak has likely “spread beyond the White House at this point,” one expert said.
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Recent visitors to the White House received a letter from health officials on Thursday. It came with a warning: If they had worked in the White House in the past two weeks, attended the recent Supreme Court announcement ceremony, or had close contact with people who fit that description, they should get tested for the coronavirus. Ideally, they should already be quarantining as well.

The letter, signed by 10 health departments in the Washington, DC, area, expressed concern about a lack of contact tracing following a superspreader event at the White House.

Nearly 200 people gathered in the White House’s Rose Garden on September 26 to see President Donald Trump officially nominate Judge Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court. The majority of those attendees didn’t wear a mask. Many hugged and shook hands. A smaller group attended an indoor reception following the ceremony, where they again mingled without masks. 

At least 34 White House staffers and contacts have since been infected with the coronavirus, according to an internal memo from the Federal Emergency Management Agency. That includes bodyguards, family members, pastors, journalists, GOP senators, and advisors.

Trump tested positive for the virus on October 1. Shortly after, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention offered to help the White House with contact tracing, The Washington Post reported. The White House initially rejected the invitation, a CDC official told The Post, but finally began cooperating with two CDC epidemiologists on Wednesday.

On Thursday, a senior White House official told The Post that the White House had finished contact tracing related to the president’s infection. But White House staffers and administration officials said that many people with potential exposure hadn’t heard from health officials yet.

Epidemiologists say attempts to identify infections at the Rose Garden ceremony may have come too late.

“It’s hard enough to do a normal contact trace. I’m in the middle of doing one right now, and it’s hard enough to do when people are cooperative and you’re doing it by the book,” Yvonne Maldonado, an epidemiology professor at Stanford University, told Business Insider. “But when you have a random email out to a bunch of people and some people might respond, some won’t, it’s going to be really hard to know.”

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House Speaker Michael Madigan says it’s not ‘ethically improper’ to find government jobs for people. Here’s what he’s failing to mention.

For years, Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan has defended his aggressive push to land political allies and their friends and family on taxpayer-funded payrolls, but rarely has he waxed as philosophically about it as he did last week in a three-page letter.



Michael Madigan wearing a suit and tie: Speaker of the House Michael J. Madigan (D) 22nd District talks with House Republican Leader Jim Durkin (R) 82nd District before a debate at Illinois House to vote on a bill raising statewide minimum wage during session at the State Capitol in Springfield on Thursday, Feb. 14, 2019.


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Speaker of the House Michael J. Madigan (D) 22nd District talks with House Republican Leader Jim Durkin (R) 82nd District before a debate at Illinois House to vote on a bill raising statewide minimum wage during session at the State Capitol in Springfield on Thursday, Feb. 14, 2019.



Michael Madigan standing in front of a door: Speaker of the House Michael J. Madigan (D) 22nd District watches as Illinois House votes on a bill raising statewide minimum wage during session at the State Capitol in Springfield on Thursday, Feb. 14, 2019.


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Speaker of the House Michael J. Madigan (D) 22nd District watches as Illinois House votes on a bill raising statewide minimum wage during session at the State Capitol in Springfield on Thursday, Feb. 14, 2019.

Facing intense pressure from a federal investigation into ComEd’s bribes-for-favors scandal and an invitation from a House corruption committee to tell the public what he knows, Madigan’s missive broke two months of near silence. The powerful speaker loudly proclaimed his innocence and tried to reframe his penchant for patronage hiring as a virtue.

Not only is “helping people find jobs not a crime,” Madigan wrote, it’s not even “ethically improper” for politicians to make job recommendations.

“To the contrary, I believe that it is part of my duties as a community and political leader to help good people find work — from potential executives to college interns, and more,” wrote the 78-year-old Illinois Democratic Party chairman, alluding to some of the very jobs that prosecutors brought up in charging ComEd with crimes. “What an employer chooses to do with that recommendation rests solely with their discretion.”

What Madigan didn’t mention when discussing the numerous jobs he’s secured for people during more than 50 years in politics is how that practice has benefited him and what it’s cost taxpayers and electricity ratepayers.

The Tribune has spent the last decade chronicling how it works: Patronage jobs are the lifeblood of Madigan’s political organization. And the people Madigan recommends be hired often serve as foot soldiers on the campaigns for the very legislative seats that allow the speaker to stay in power. In turn, that control of the House is key to helping Madigan bring in clients at his law firm, which handles high-dollar property tax appeals on some of Chicago’s biggest buildings.

Starting in 2010, the Tribune published the “The Madigan Rules,” a first-of-its-kind, yearslong investigation that exposed how the speaker built his political empire and law practice, revealing how those two careers repeatedly intersected. The report found that in some cases Madigan took public actions that benefited his private clients, though the speaker said his “personal code of conduct” ensured he maintained “high ethical standards.”



Michael Madigan sitting at a table using a laptop: House Speaker Michael Madigan listens to a debate on the House floor in 2019.


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House Speaker Michael Madigan listens to a debate on the House floor in 2019.

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High drug prices driven by profits, House committee reports find

Enormous drug company profits are the primary driver of soaring prescription drug prices in America, according to a damning investigation that Democrats on the House Oversight Committee began releasing Wednesday.

The first two reports in the investigation focus on Celgene and Bristol Myers Squibb’s Revlimid cancer treatment, the price of which has been raised 23 times since 2005, and Teva’s multiple sclerosis drug Copaxone, which has risen in price 27 times since 2007.

The costs have little to do with research and development or industry efforts to help people afford medication, as drug companies often claim, according to the inquiry.

“It’s true many of these pharmaceutical industries have come up with lifesaving and pain-relieving medications, but they’re killing us with the prices they charge,” Rep. Peter Welch, D-Vt., said as the hearings began Wednesday. He added, “Uninhibited pricing power has transformed America’s pain into pharma’s profit.”

The top Republican on the committee, James Comer of Kentucky, called the investigation a partisan attack. “These hearings seem designed simply to vilify and publicly shame pharmaceutical company executives,” Comer said.

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Much of the drug industry’s profits come at the expense of taxpayers and the Medicare program, say the reports, which say that they are used to pay generous executive bonuses and that they are guarded by aggressive lobbying and efforts to block competition, regulation or systemic change in the United States while the rest of the world pays less.

“The drug companies are bringing in tens of billions of dollars in revenues, making astronomical profits, and rewarding their executives with lavish compensation packages — all without any apparent limit on what they can charge,” committee chair Carolyn Maloney, D-N.Y., wrote in a letter attached to the first two staff reports.

Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md., a former chair of the committee who died last October, launched the investigation more than a year ago. It has produced more than a million documents. CEOs of Teva Pharmaceutical Industries, Celgene and Bristol Myers Squibb were testifying Wednesday.

Officials of Amgen, Mallinckrodt Pharmaceuticals and Novartis were scheduled to appear Thursday.

Celgene CEO Mark Alles verified the accuracy of the documents obtained by the committee but stuck with the standard explanation that the company’s pricing is entirely aboveboard and merited.

“The pricing decisions for our medicines were guided by a set of long-held principles that reflected our commitment to patient access, the value of a medicine to patients in the health care system, the continuous efforts to discover new medicines and new uses for existing medicines and the need for financial flexibility,” Alles said. He said that in 2018, Celgene “committed to full pricing transparency by limiting price increases to no more than once per year,” pegged to national health expenditures projected by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.

Teva CEO Kåre Schultz declined to address specific questions about much of the report, saying he took over only in 2017, in part to repair a company suffering after

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Homeowner wakes to find two male pythons fighting in her garden to impress another female snake

Ssssssurprise! Homeowner wakes to find two male pythons fighting in her garden as they try to impress another female snake

  • Bridget Dowdle posted two snakes fighting at her home in Brisbane on Tik Tok 
  • The snakes are vying for the attention of a female to mate in breeding season 
  • Comments on the video were horrified at the carpet pythons aggressive display
  • Snake catcher Stuart McKenzie warned Queenslanders of big snakes this season 

A woman has captured two male snakes fighting in her backyard in Queensland. 

Bridget Dowdle upload the terrifying footage from her garden in Brisbane to her Tik Tok page on Wednesday.

The video shows two large male carpet pythons vying for the attention of a hidden female snake.

The snakes can be seen swirling around each other in a spiral trying to avoid each others bite to earn the right to mate with the female.

Bridget Dowdle captured two snakes fighting (pictured) at her home in Brisbane on Tik Tok

Bridget Dowdle captured two snakes fighting (pictured) at her home in Brisbane on Tik Tok

‘And not one wink of sleep was had that night,’ Ms Dowdle captioned the video.

Comments on the video were horrified by the snakes aggressive display.

‘I would die if this happened in my yard,’ one comment reads.

‘This is why I’m never going to Australia,’ another post says.

Other commentators noted there was about to be many more snakes on Ms Dowdle’s property after mating season.

‘There’s going to be about 20 more eggs in your backyard soon,’ one comment reads. 

The two carpet pythons can be seen in the footage vying for the attention of a hidden female to mate with in snake breeding season

The two carpet pythons can be seen in the footage vying for the attention of a hidden female to mate with in snake breeding season

Stuart McKenzie from Sunshine Coast Snake Catchers issued a warning to the public on Wednesday after capturing a huge red belly after it slithered through a school.

Mr McKenzie said his last few weeks have been ‘ridiculous’ after catching several enormous reptiles in snake breeding season.

The experienced catcher told Daily Mail Australia he had seen a number of large adult snakes on the move through the region.

‘It’s been hectic,’ Mr McKenzie said. ‘It’s that time of year. All the big adult snakes are out and about and mating and all the boys are fighting each other.’

Stuart McKenzie (pictured) caught this huge red belly black snake from the back of a school on the Sunshine Coast on Friday

Stuart McKenzie (pictured) caught this huge red belly black snake from the back of a school on the Sunshine Coast on Friday

Mr McKenzie was called to relocate an enormous red belly black snake on Friday after it snuck its way through the playground to the back of a school.

‘It was very big for a red belly,’ he said. ‘A good four-and-a-half to five foot and fat and chunky.

‘The teachers did a great job of keeping the kids away.’

Mr McKenzie estimated the snake was around eight-years-old and among a wealth of elder snakes travelling about on the Sunshine Coast lately.

‘Everyone’s coming out to play,’ he said.

Mr McKenzie and his team also relocated an enormous carpet python (pictured) underneath a garbage bin in Nambour

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Contractor who spied on girls in school bathroom kept videos on his tablet, police find

A former contractor accused of installing mirrors inside bathroom stalls to spy on young girls at a Camden County school was facing new charges this week after investigators found more videos on his tablet, the Camden County Prosecutor’s Office and Gloucester Township Police announced Thursday.

Gregory Mahley, 51, of West Deptford, was originally charged with one count each of endangering the welfare of a child by manufacturing and possessing child pornography, and invasion of privacy, but now faced seven counts of second degree and third degree endangering the welfare of a child and eight counts of invasion of privacy, the office said.

Mahley worked for eight years for Multi-Temp Mechanical, Inc., located in Westville, which had been contracted to do work on the HVAC system of Glen Landing Middle School, authorities said.

Police said he installed mirrors onto the back of bathroom stall doors that allowed him to secretly record girls using the restroom through an air conditioning vent.

Once the mirrors were discovered, school officials found Mahley inside the utility closet where he recorded the videos, the office said. During the investigation, multiple devices were seized from his home and his work vehicle.

While performing a search of a tablet he owned, detectives located videos of six minor female students and one adult which lead to the additional charges, authorities said. Investigators were still searching other devices seized from Mahley as the investigation into his alleged crimes continued.

“I am very disturbed to learn of criminal charges filed today against an employee of an outside contractor who was performing HVAC work at Glen Landing Middle School,” Superintendent John Bilodeau told NJ Advance Media last week.

Police inspected all schools and facilities Mahley had access to, and did not find any additional suspicious activities and were investigating other buildings he might have worked in, the office said.

Anyone with information about Mahley’s alleged activities was asked to call Camden County Prosecutor’s Office Det. Briana Hagan at 609-508-3333 or Gloucester Township Police Det. Brian Farrell at 856-228-4500.

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Moderate Democrats in the House push Pelosi to find deal with Republicans on COVID-19 relief

WASHINGTON — House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is hearing increased complaints from Democratic lawmakers who want passage of a COVID-19 relief package after talks with the White House hit a deadlock.

On a conference call Tuesday with the New Democrats Coalition, a group of moderate members, several implored Pelosi and Majority Leader Steny Hoyer to keep the House in sessions until more COVID-19 relief is passed.

Pelosi had already announced she would not send lawmakers home without a deal. Traditionally, the House recesses for the month of October ahead of an election to allow lawmakers to campaign.

The frustration is coming largely from Democrats in competitive races who are having to face voters without recent success providing aid as the coronavirus pandemic continues to rage. Some are concerned that voters will penalize them for failing to produce another round of assistance while the pandemic continues to suffocate the economy. The boosted unemployment payments that Congress approved in the spring expired in July.

In August, more than 100 House Democrats signed on to an effort to get Pelosi to vote on a bill that would only extend unemployment, an effort to gain enough Republican support to renew the program.

The prospects are not good that an agreement can be reached before the November election.

House Democrats have approved new relief legislation but talks between Pelosi and the White House produced no resolution to allow legislation to pass the Senate. Both sides have accused the other of refusing to bend.

Rep. Abigail Spanberger, a freshman Democrat from a Republican-leaning district in Virginia, said that she is hearing from constituents every day begging for Congress to help.

“My conviction is to actually do my goddamn job and come up with a solution for the American people,” Spanberger said, in response to another lawmaker urging members not to “give in” to Republicans, according to two people familiar with her comments.

Pelosi’s told the moderate members that the Senate has refused to take seriously the needs of the nation, according to a person on the call. But vulnerable members remain worried that blaming the Senate won’t satisfy voters, who are dealing with dual health and economic crises. The conference call was first reported by Politico.

Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi wears a protective mask as she departs a television interview at the Russell Senate Office Building on Sept. 8, 2020.Stefani Reynolds / Bloomberg via Getty Images

Pelosi continues to insist she won’t budge to Republican demands that an aid bill be smaller than she has proposed, but acknowledged in an interview Wednesday on Morning Joe that some in her caucus grow unhappy.

“Welcome to my world. I have a beautifully diverse caucus,” she said.

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Rumi’s Kitchen restaurant review: You’ll find poetry on the plate and mannequins by your side

There’s a temperature check at the door, involving a fancy device that requires looking into a mirror. (Don’t worry, your image isn’t recorded.) Tables are set with hand sanitizer, and utensils aren’t doled out until you’re seated, and then in thick cloth bundles secured with twine and a verse from Jalaluddin Rumi, the 13th-century Persian poet and mystic. “When you lose all sense of self,” read my tag, “the bonds of a thousand chains will vanish.” When Georgia initially lifted restrictions on dining in April, Mesghali was among the 120 Georgia restaurateurs who pledged not to open right away.

Curious thing: More tables are occupied than you might expect, especially for early in the week and in Phase 2 in the District. As is made clear when you scan the dining room, however, most of the figures aren’t breathing. Mannequins — as trendy as drive-ins and pool rentals during the pandemic — give new meaning to the phrase plastic people. “Men” dressed in black shirts and fezzes and “women” draped in saris take up half the space, blending in enough with beating hearts that you eventually forget how few occupants are paying customers.

But first, the expected jokes. “If one of them moves,” whispers a companion, “you’re on your own.”

Little niceties follow. Your choice of still or sparkling water is free, and eyes light up when warm taftoun (flatbread) and a little garden of herbs and radishes land on the table. “Sabzi,” a server introduces the fillip, which includes feta cheese and walnuts (a combination that also shows up in takeout orders). The server suggests making little sandwiches, or eating the nibbles with your meal. Cocktails are swapped, affording those in the same bubble at home the chance to debate the merits of say, the Sharbat and the Black Rose. The former is made with gin, rose water and citrus. The latter features mezcal, lemon bitters and barberry, the fruit that gives the drink its dusty pink color and sweet-tart finish.

Born in Isfahan, Iran, Mesghali relocated to Los Angeles in 1977, where he left school after the 10th grade to work in restaurant kitchens. In 1995, the chef moved to Atlanta to recover from an addiction to alcohol and drugs, and to return to the craft he dreamed about pursuing since he was a teenager. His Washington restaurant, scheduled to open in March, eventually greeted customers in August. “Okay, this is the way the world is right now,” the chef says. “How can we make it work?”

Success springs from kashk badenjoon. It’s a fabulous mush of fried eggplant that’s bright with mint, sweet with fried onions and stippled with cream of whey. If there were a pantheon of comfort foods from around the world, kashk badenjoon would be a shoo-in. Many of the other appetizers will look familiar to aficionados of Middle Eastern restaurants. But few of them approach the finesse on display at Rumi’s Kitchen. It will be hard to go back to regular stuffed grape

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