Jamaica Observer http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/ JamaicaObserver.com, the most concise and in-depth website for news coverage on Jamaica and the Caribbean. Updated daily 7 days a week, 24 hours a day en-us copyright Jamaica Observer, 2011 Your pregnancy: That glucose test http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/magazines/allwoman/Your-pregnancy--That-glucose-test_93333 RESEARCH shows that between two and five per cent of expectant mothers develop gestational diabetes, which makes it one of the most common ailments in pregnancy. Cognisant of this, and particularly since the condition rarely presents any symptoms, consultant obstetrician and gynaecologist at ICON Medical Centre, Dr Keisha Buchanan, recommends that all mothers-to-be should take a glucose test. All Woman Wed, 29 Mar 2017 00:00:00 GMT Exercise away kids’ depression http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/magazines/allwoman/Exercise-away-kids--depression_93421 NEW research has found more evidence to suggest a positive link between exercise and depression, this time finding that children who exercise could benefit from a reduced risk of developing depression in the future. All Woman Wed, 29 Mar 2017 00:00:00 GMT Photo: Bright eyes http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/magazines/allwoman/Photo--Bright-eyes_93420 Model: Cruz Cowan All Woman Wed, 29 Mar 2017 00:00:00 GMT Stuffed animals can boost children’s reading and imagination http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/magazines/allwoman/Stuffed-animals-can-boost-children-s-reading-and-imagination_93428 STUFFED animal sleepovers are one of the lively and effective ways to get children interested in reading, suggests a new Japanese study. All Woman Wed, 29 Mar 2017 00:00:00 GMT Kids’ corner - March 29, 2017 http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/magazines/allwoman/Kids--corner---March-29--2017_93392 Match the animal to its home. All Woman Wed, 29 Mar 2017 00:00:00 GMT Photo: Miss Destiny http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/magazines/allwoman/Photo--Miss-Destiny_93929 Miss Destiny is a little princess with a huge personality. All Woman Wed, 29 Mar 2017 00:00:00 GMT Which professionals are best in bed? http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/magazines/allwoman/Which-Professionals-are-best-in-bed-_93393 SCIENTIFICALLY, the hypothesis that one can judge a man’s prowess in bed merely by his profession may be proven baseless, but still many women swear by this theory. In fact, there is a popular Jamaican belief that men in uniform, for example, are superior beings in the bedroom, as they know how to take charge. All Woman Mon, 27 Mar 2017 00:00:00 GMT Ranking Lieutenant Colonel Dionne Smalling http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/magazines/allwoman/Ranking-Lieutenant-Colonel-Dionne-Smalling_93130 SHE believes in not letting your circumstances determine your outcome. As a result, despite the challenges and obstacles she had to endure along the way, this steadfast woman gradually rose to the rank of lieutenant colonel, making her the second woman in the history of the Jamaica Defence Force (JDF) to ever hold that position. All Woman Mon, 27 Mar 2017 00:00:00 GMT Property matters http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/magazines/allwoman/Property-matters_93522 DEAR MRS MACAULAY, All Woman Mon, 27 Mar 2017 00:00:00 GMT Endometriosis from a man’s perspective http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/magazines/allwoman/Endometriosis-from-a-man-s-perspective_93091 BACK in 2009 when illness struck Shauna Fuller, her then boyfriend Ricardo Clarke, now her husband, was devastated. All Woman Mon, 27 Mar 2017 00:00:00 GMT Things you should never do if you want to preserve your relationship http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/magazines/allwoman/Things-you-should-never-do-if-you-want-to-preserve-your-relationship_92703 ACHIEVING and maintaining balance even in a healthy relationship can be quite difficult. There are many elements to ensuring balance, and you will have to be very careful to ensure that you keep things afloat. All Woman Mon, 27 Mar 2017 00:00:00 GMT Is it better exercise inside or outside? http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/magazines/allwoman/Is-it-better-exercise-inside-or-outside-_93320 THERE are many benefits to be gained from exercising — it boosts energy, decreases stress levels, relieves tension and reduces risk of diseases. Your activities can be done inside or outside, but is one more effective than the other? All Woman Mon, 27 Mar 2017 00:00:00 GMT Reducing breast size with fitness http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/magazines/allwoman/Reducing-breast-size-with-fitness_93129 Dear Donovan, All Woman Mon, 27 Mar 2017 00:00:00 GMT I don’t like being married http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/magazines/allwoman/I-don-t-like-being-married_93321 Dear Counsellor, All Woman Mon, 27 Mar 2017 00:00:00 GMT Signs that diabetes may be approaching http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/magazines/allwoman/Signs-that-diabetes-may-be-approaching_92482 DIABETES is a disease in which your blood glucose (or blood sugar) levels are too high. With type 1 diabetes your body does not make insulin, and with type 2 diabetes, the more common type, your body does not make or use insulin well. All Woman Mon, 27 Mar 2017 00:00:00 GMT Treating endometriosis http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/magazines/allwoman/Treating-endometriosis_93235 ALL this month, we have heard stories about women living with endometriosis, as well as the myths and the symptoms or complications associated with the disease. Thanks to modern medicine, however, there are many options for treatment and relief of problematic symptoms. The key is for women to recognise abnormal symptoms and seek prompt treatment by a gynaecologist. The treatment used depends on the patient’s symptoms and fertility concerns. All Woman Mon, 27 Mar 2017 00:00:00 GMT Remember: Adoption issues http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/magazines/allwoman/Remember--Adoption-issues_93128 ADOPTION is always a tricky issue, especially when it involves one parent’s spouse wanting to formally adopt a child, thus relinquishing any ties to the biological parent. All Woman Mon, 27 Mar 2017 00:00:00 GMT Maintaining good vaginal health http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/magazines/allwoman/Maintaining-good-vaginal-health_92316 WE are often told by our gynaecologists that the vagina is designed to clean itself, and that cleansers such as douches and soaps can be very harmful both internally and externally because of the vagina’s sensitivity. Dr Keisha Buchanan, obstetrician-gynaecologist at ICON Medical Centre, outlines various measures that women can take to maintain the hygiene and general health of their vaginas. All Woman Mon, 27 Mar 2017 00:00:00 GMT Foods that flush the body http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/magazines/allwoman/Foods-that-flush-the-body_93415 WE often spend thousands of dollars on pharmaceuticals developed for the specific purpose of flushing and detoxifying our bodies. But nutritionist and dietitian Jenelle Solomon has identified various foods with these specific qualities which also provide other health benefits, and which are free of the possible side-effects of medications. All Woman Mon, 27 Mar 2017 00:00:00 GMT Vows: Together Forever http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/magazines/allwoman/Vows--Together-Forever_92958 A perfect love story was sealed on December 31, 2016 when Winston Wint, a college professor from the Silicon Valley area of California, and Radeon Archer, Montego Bay-based attorney-at-law, vowed to spend the rest of their lives together. All Woman Mon, 27 Mar 2017 00:00:00 GMT James Black is Ready to ‘Fete to Deat’ http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/magazines/allwoman/James-Black-is-Ready-to--Fete-to-Deat-_93049 Right in time for the Carnival season is the “Fete to Deat” collection by Jamaican designer James Black. All Woman Fashion caught up with the self-taught designer to learn all about the collection. James Black,who is the head designer and conceptualiser of the brand Yahdie Conscious (YC). She started it in September 2004, with the belief that YC would be the fashion brand to promote Jamaica in a positive light while being a pioneer in the fashion industry. All Woman Mon, 27 Mar 2017 00:00:00 GMT DIRECTORY OF WOMEN’S SERVICES http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/magazines/allwoman/DIRECTORY-OF-WOMEN-S-SERVICES_741742017-03-27T01-37-18 Here is a list of places you can contact if you are a woman in need of help. Do not hesitate to call anyone at the following groups if you are dealing with issues such as domestic abuse, unplanned pregnancies, or are in need of counselling to cope with a traumatic experience. All Woman Mon, 27 Mar 2017 02:00:00 GMT Platonic friendships http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/magazines/allwoman/Platonic-friendships One strong feature of intimate relationships is quality time spent together. It is important because it is where communication is most active and where a bond can be formed. But what happens when that time is divided between your partner and a friend, worse, a friend of the opposite sex? Is it cheating if you give more time to someone else other than your mate? All Woman Sat, 25 Mar 2017 00:55:49 GMT Digging into his past http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/magazines/allwoman/Digging-into-his-past The past should be used to order change, offer guidance, and to set standards for the future. But how deep should you dig, or reveal? All Woman Fri, 24 Mar 2017 05:04:12 GMT How much is too much to compromise on? http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/magazines/allwoman/How-much-is-too-much-to-compromise-on- All relationships require compromise. It is important to note this as you learn about your partner. There will be things in all relationships that each person hates about the other, and guess what? It is perfectly normal. Understand that no two persons are the same, and because of this, it is imperative that you shape your relationship on this premise as it will cause less drama for you. All Woman Fri, 24 Mar 2017 05:53:50 GMT