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How Peloton, Pilates, and HIIT Help Tiffani Thiessen Sleep Soundly

How Peloton, Pilates, and HIIT Help Tiffani Thiessen Sleep Soundly

In our Sleeping With… series, we ask people from different career paths, backgrounds, and stages of life how they make sleep magic happen.Hardcore Tiffani Thiessen fans will be delighted to know the former Saved by the Bell and Beverly Hills 90210 star exudes all the bubbliness of Kelly Kapowski with none of the bite of Valerie Malone. But one trait that distinguishes Thiessen from her iconic on-screen personas is a killer sense of humor—especially when it comes to all those “If you remember this, it’s time for an eye cream” memes targeting elder millennials.“Supposedly, I’m in one about colonoscopies,” the 48-year-old actor, cookbook author, and host of MTV’s Deliciousness tells SELF with a laugh. “So remember to get your colonoscopy if you used to watch my shows!”Thiessen’s joking about her role in colon cancer prevention, but she actually has stepped up to raise awareness for another serious health condition: meningococcal disease. On the day Thiessen chatted with SELF, she spoke in New York City about the National Meningitis Association and Sanofi’s newest initiative, It’s About Time: Help Stop the Clock on Meningitis. Her partnership with the organizations came about organically, as Thiessen’s 12-year-old daughter Harper is part of the demographic most at risk for the serious disease, and her son Holt, almost 7, will be a candidate for vaccination in a few years.“A lot of times, if you contract meningococcal meningitis, the symptoms mimic the flu, so it often doesn’t get diagnosed, and sometimes it’s too late,” Thiessen says. “The best measure to help protect your kids against it is getting vaccinated.”Thiessen and her daughter have talked frankly and candidly about the importance of this vaccination, what to expect with it, and why it’s so helpful. Perhaps a bit surprisingly, most of these conversations have occurred in the evenings before bed. Thiessen finds that peaceful, pre-sleep time to be the best for talking about the important stuff that might sail by during more hectic times of the day. “Right now, those are the sort of talks I’m having with my daughter at night,” she says. “Those are the perfect times to really connect with her.”Bedtime provides the perfect opportunity for intimate, honest conversations, she says—and not just for the serious health stuff, either, but for everyday things like school happenings, what’s on tap for the upcoming week, or even things on the news that might be raising questions for them. “It really is a time for even the simplest of talks about the day, reflecting on anything and everything my kids could be feeling,” Thiessen says.Heart-to-hearts with her kids are just one way Thiessen winds down before getting her rest. Here, the fitness-loving foodie and forever teen idol walks SELF through her bedtime routine, which includes everything from thorough makeup removal to poring over Snoop Dogg’s latest literary creation.I count on my earlier exercise to help me fall asleep.Exercise helps everything, and it 100% impacts my sleep. If I don’t get my normal exercise in, I see a huge difference in how my body feels later that night—it makes it hard to fall asleep, and I’ve found it messes with the quality of my sleep as well.

36 Refreshing Cucumber Recipes That Aren’t All Salads

36 Refreshing Cucumber Recipes That Aren’t All Salads

Cucumber recipes are a staple during summertime because they’re so, so refreshing. And for good reason: The veggie is roughly 95% water, so it’s no wonder that recipes that feature cucumbers really hit the spot when temperatures heat up. Because of its quench factor, cucumbers often take center stage in lots of salad recipes. But that certainly doesn’t mean that cucumbers have no use elsewhere. In fact, the cool, crisp, and ridiculously hydrating vegetable is much more versatile than it’s given credit for. Its mild flavor pairs well with just about any assortment of ingredients, from sweet to savory. And that high water content makes it a natural fit for beverages like cocktails and infused waters. You’ll find that the water-rich veggie is great blended into sweet smoothies, frozen into a thirst-quenching, icy desserts, submerged in vinegar for crunchy, future pickles, or simply chopped raw for a quick and crisp sandwich topping. There are even a handful of cooked cucumber dishes that buck the belief that this vegetable can only be eaten raw. When prepared over heat, the cucumber’s water begins to evaporate, leaving behind a finished product that tastes of pure, concentrated, cucumber flavor. Unsure what to do? Try wrapping the vegetable in aluminum foil and throwing in on the grill a quick and tasty barbecue side dish; roast it low and slow with a bunch of olive oil for a decadent confit; or leave it raw and use it in a whole host of healthy salads. Basically, there’s no wrong way to put cukes to work. The next time you’re wondering what to make with cucumbers, these 36 recipes have you covered. They include dishes that take advantage of the vegetable’s crunchy texture—like quick pickles, sushi bowls, and spring rolls—as well as plenty of others that will help you experiment with the ingredient in unexpected ways. Because, as much as we love a cucumber salad, there are so many bright green gazpachos, stir-fries, sandwiches, and smoothies that await. 

‘P-Valley’ Star Brandee Evans Says Being Her Mom’s Caregiver Is ‘Bittersweet’

‘P-Valley’ Star Brandee Evans Says Being Her Mom’s Caregiver Is ‘Bittersweet’

It’s funny because I’m getting this bittersweet relationship that I’ve always wanted with her—but she’s not the same mommy that I knew growing up. But I’m just thankful that she’s here, and that I know that she loves me. Deep down, she knows that I’m here for her too. I’ve asked her, “Do you know that I love you?” She said, “Yes, because of how you take care of me.” That’s all I wanted to hear my whole life.Did your relationship shift pretty quickly because she was in this new, vulnerable situation?Absolutely. A mentor I had at the time told me, “You’ve got to talk to her about the past, even if you don’t think she understands.” We had a really good conversation, where I said, “These things hurt me when I was a little girl, and I don’t know if I hurt you, but I’m sorry if I did.” It was a beautiful, necessary moment of forgiveness for us. I know that I couldn’t have cared for her in a healthy manner, had I not released that.These days she can’t really communicate the way she wants to. But I feel that deep in her heart, she forgives me, and I forgive her for anything we had going on that was toxic. We’re just living in the moment and being grateful to have each other. I’ve never been more proud to be her daughter.We love that your Instagram captures the joyful moments you find together while you’re caregiving too. Has your mom’s decline in language affected the types of things you like to do as mother and daughter?I still take her out. We went to Mastro’s Steakhouse the other day for her birthday! We still have movie nights, we go to the nail salon. She gets massages from a company called Manly Handz—her arms are really tight, but every time they come, all of a sudden they can stretch out. And she loved those men, honey! I try to do things that I know she’d be doing if she was in 100% good health.A caregiver plays many roles—driver, scheduler, shopper, and of course, home health aide. How did you prepare to take on all these responsibilities?My best friend Latrice, the director of nursing at a hospital in Memphis, did CPR training with me twice. Friends who are nurses and doctors taught me how to change a draw sheet [a small folded sheet that can be easily removed from underneath someone or used to help lift them] and explained, “This is how you would turn her and keep her clean,” so Momma doesn’t have bed sores.I would go to hospitals and ask to see their equipment and which type of mattress they used. I’d sit on the bed and examine everything to see how it worked. Then a friend and I would shop around L.A. to find the equivalent. Thank God P-Valley came right in time after the GoFundMe had run out because I was barely eating. I had just enough for Momma to eat, and friends were literally cooking for us and bringing food over.

Don’t Miss Out on the Best Fourth of July Sales of 2022

Don’t Miss Out on the Best Fourth of July Sales of 2022

With Independence Day upon us, you can look forward to a weekend of much-needed rest—that and the best Fourth of July sales for 2022. While the long weekend is the perfect time to enjoy fireworks, family cookouts, and patio hangs, it’s also an excellent time to rack up some of the deepest deals of the summer. Whether you need a new swimsuit, sheet set, vibrator, dumbbells, bidet, robot vacuum, or want to get in on the air-fryer trend, there’s something for you. The best part? Many of these July Fourth deals are already live, so you can get your shopping done ahead of the holiday (and focus on unplugging). With discounts from big-name brands like Target, Walmart, Amazon, Nordstrom, Casper, Wayfair, Brooklinen, and Ulta, you’re sure to save. Below, find some of the best Fourth of July sales to jump on ASAP.Amazon Amazon Prime Day is weeks away for Prime members, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t already deals for the long weekend on must-have home, kitchen, beauty, fitness essentials, and more. Dive in ahead of the sale and save on big-name brands like Apple, Dyson, Roomba, and more.iRobot Roomba 692Amazon Echo Show 5NordstromThe Nordstrom Anniversary Sale is almost here! The retailer’s biggest shopping event of the year is officially set to begin online on July 15, but Early Access is right around the corner for all Nordstrom card members on July 9. Still, if you’re restless, we spy some really great Fourth of July sales at Nordstrom right now, including on percussive massagers, bidets, bedding, Vitamix blenders, and more. AmazonVitamix E310 Explorian BlenderNordstromHyperice Hypersphere Mini Vibrating Fitness Massage BallNordstromNatori Bliss Perfection Underwire Contour BraTargetTarget Deal Days, the retailer’s massive online-only sale, is set to begin on July 11 and run through July 13. It’ll be running in competition with Amazon Prime Day, with items scattered all throughout Target’s many categories, from beauty to tech to apparel and everything in between. Best of all, you don’t have to wait to shop these sales. Many of them are live now, so you can dive right in. Check out some of the earlier Target deals and save big, including on the Ninja Foodi and tons of cute dresses.Ninja Foodi 8-qt. 12-in-1 Deluxe XL Pressure Cooker & Air FryerTargetLoring Adjustable Height Standing Desk CrankTargetAllegra K Women’s Cherry Printed Frill V Neck Floral Short Sleeve A-Line Mini DressTargetThreshold Bancroft Reversible Paisley Print Comforter & Sheet Bedding SetHelix Refresh your mattress and bedding for the summer with Helix’s Fourth of July sale. Home to the Midnight Luxe mattress, one of Wired’s picks for Best Mattress, Helix is the place to go if you want to rack up freebies along with some sweet savings on the mattresses of your choice. Save from $100 to $350 based on how much you spend ($600+ to $2,950+) and get two free Dream pillows to top off your new purchase during the Helix summer sale.HelixHelix Midnight Luxe Mattress (Queen Size)Walmart Walmart is getting in on the Fourth of July festivities by offering discounts on a variety of big-ticket items, from kitchen appliances to vacuums and everything in between. Scoop up a new set of Bluetooth earbuds or take home a Nintendo Switch Lite to prep for all the games still to come later this year. Whatever you’re looking for, there’s a deal out there for you. Best of all, many of them are already live now. You can sift through a wide variety of different sales before July 4th rolls around. Pounce on your favorites before they’re gone.WalmartNintendo Switch Lite ConsoleWalmartBeats By Dr. Dre Beats Studio BudsWalmartShark Navigator Lift-Away XL Upright Vacuum

How to Turn Your Roe Despair Into Meaningful Action

How to Turn Your Roe Despair Into Meaningful Action

Just keep in mind that these groups are trying to do a lot right now, including managing an influx of new volunteers. “One of the biggest issues that is occurring right now is that we are getting a flood of people who are well-meaning, and who we are so excited to have ready to work, who are coming in saying, ‘I want to do this thing’—not knowing whether that thing is actually the best use of resources or is already happening, or could potentially harm people in ways that they were not expecting,” Marty says. For example, you might want to offer your home up to abortion seekers, but organizers will want to vet you first to make sure you aren’t an anti-abortion person secretly trying to get intel, and to be sure you fully understand what you’re committing to.Don’t get discouraged if no one replies to your DM immediately, or if the way they ask you to help is different from the idea you initially had in mind. And to hold yourself accountable even after your initial shock and outrage have worn off, consider putting time on your calendar one month from now, so you remember to check back and see what specifically the group needs at that point. “A month is going to be a completely different landscape,” Marty says.Still, we’ll all need to be patient. “There’s not going to be immediate change, unfortunately,” Marty says. “People need to know that from the start, because otherwise, they are going to get disappointed. They are going to be despondent. They are gonna drop out of this and we need them so badly—but we need them for the long haul.”Get hyper local.Because most mainstream news coverage in the U.S. focuses on what is happening at the federal level, it can be easy to lose sight of just how important local politics are to implementing change. But organizers know that you can have a lot of meaningful influence if you just think smaller. “I think one of the biggest frustrations basically since 2010 is the way that we as a movement incessantly focus on the idea of the House, the Senate, and the White House,” Marty says. Meanwhile, Republicans focused on state legislatures, which is where many of the most aggressive anti-abortion bills in the past decade originated. And by the time progressives were able to regain power at the state level, Republicans had already moved on to cities, Marty says.“I cannot be clear and more clear how impactful working in cities has been for [Republicans] and can be for us, because city zoning boards are how abortion clinics can be opened or closed,” she says. “Austin, Texas did that in the middle of the reddest of red states. New York is doing that.” Now, she says, cities are introducing ways to support people who need to leave the state, or are proposing not investigating people who lose pregnancies. “A city is going to be the most impactful place that people can do work because it’s the easiest place to have the biggest effect as a single person, but also because when we look at where abortion happens —where abortion clinics are and where the organizing is—it’s often in liberal, progressive, pro-choice cities, even when they’re in the middle of the most anti-choice states.” Which is all the more reason to connect with organizers doing work at this level.If you’re able to give money, consider setting up a recurring donation.“A recurring donation is so impactful in a number of ways,” Marty says. “When organizations are trying to decide how they can help people long-term, that is a way that they know exactly what will be coming in, that they can always count on.” For example, the fund might know it can spend a set amount on handing out emergency contraception to people who need it. Doing this also frees up organizers—many of whom are volunteers wearing a lot of different hats—to focus on other important tasks. “It’s not just a financial gain, as in what a budget will look like, but it’s also a gain logistically for the funds,” she says. When they know money is coming in, they don’t have to plan fundraisers, which frees up their time to do different types of work (including direct patient care).Mail nice cards to people working in abortion clinics.The people working to help folks get abortions and other reproductive health care right now are under an intense amount of pressure, and letting them know their work is appreciated has a bigger impact than you might think. “We’re having lots of people send cards, and we love it,” Marty says. “It made us very happy in a very bleak time.” To ensure your good vibes don’t place an additional burden on workers right now, opt for nice notes that can be mailed in an envelope versus larger items like flowers, gifts, or food delivery. “We are worried about people who have access to our clinic and very nervous about packages that we were not expecting,” Marty says. “If you really want to provide us with some sort of support, we love cards. And then if you think that we should have a meal or something like that, a [mailed] gift card is a lovely gesture that we will use. A lot of people are working really long hours. We’ve spent so much money just on feeding our staff because nobody can go home.”Convert your credit card points to gas cards that you can send to abortion funds or practical support groups.Abortions can be expensive on their own, and having to drive across the state to receive care can place a heavy burden on folks who might already be stretched quite thin. For this reason, gas cards can be a very straightforward way to help people directly—and if you have any unused credit card points and the ability to convert those to gas cards, now is the time. (This is high on my list of ways to help right now.) If you are able to obtain gas cards, Marty says to simply mail them directly to the practical support groups, abortion funds, or open abortion clinics of your choice; they’ll make sure they get to the people who need them.Call your senator.“The biggest thing that I am really worried about right now is the fact that there is not enough noise,” Marty says. “We know pro-choice politicians are stepping up right now, and that is good. If you have a senator or a representative that is not pro-choice, they need to hear it even more: They need to note they’re representing people that have just had the right stripped away and that they will be held accountable in the end.”

Here’s Who Can—and Should—Get the Monkeypox Vaccine Right Now

Here’s Who Can—and Should—Get the Monkeypox Vaccine Right Now

A nationwide monkeypox vaccination plan is finally in the works. On June 28, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced an “enhanced nationwide vaccination strategy” to try to slow the spread of monkeypox. “The strategy will vaccinate and protect those at-risk of monkeypox, prioritize vaccines for areas with the highest numbers of cases, and provide guidance to state, territorial, tribal, and local health officials to aide in their planning response efforts,” a statement from HHS said.The announcement comes as the current outbreak grows in the U.S. Since the first confirmed case was reported by the state of Massachusetts in mid-May, at least 349 other cases have been confirmed throughout the country, per the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC); worldwide, there have been at least 5,115 confirmed cases in at least 51 countries at the time of publication.HHS will provide 296,000 doses of the Jynneos vaccine—the only FDA-approved vaccine designed to protect against monkeypox, in addition to smallpox, specifically—56,000 of which will be made available immediately, per the statement. More than 9,000 have already been dispensed, and 32 jurisdictions have requested vaccines. The remaining 240,000 doses will be available in the coming weeks, and HHS expects more than 1 million additional doses to be made available during the course of summer and fall 2022, per the statement.The statement says a number of factors will determine how many vaccines a given jurisdiction is given, including reported monkeypox cases in the region as well as the number of high-risk individuals in the region. (California, Illinois, and New York currently have the most confirmed cases in the U.S., per the CDC.)So, who can (and should) get a monkeypox vaccine right now?Right now only certain individuals are eligible for the monkeypox vaccine in the U.S. The Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) is now recommending the Jynneos vaccine, which requires two doses given 28 days apart, for anyone who is high-risk following monkeypox exposure, per HHS. However, you can still get a vaccine after exposure–which means “close physical contact” with someone who either has a confirmed or presumed case of monkeypox—even if you’re not high-risk.In addition to those who have been exposed to the virus, certain individuals can get the vaccine as a precaution. This group includes men who have sex with men who have “recently had multiple sex partners in a venue where there was known to be monkeypox” or “in an area where monkeypox is spreading,” per the HHS. The current outbreak has largely affected this specific community, per the CDC, but anyone can get monkeypox, regardless of sexual orientation. And since close sexual contact isn’t the only way to be exposed to monkeypox, it’s important for people to consider other potential touchpoints with the virus—like travel-related exposure, particularly in areas with high case counts—the CDC says. In a statement to health care providers, the CDC says: “Do not limit concerns to men who report having sex with other men. Those who have any sort of close personal contact with people with monkeypox could potentially also be at risk for the disease.”What should you do if you think you’ve been exposed to monkeypox—and where can you get a vaccine?Vaccination locations will differ depending on where you live. In larger cities like New York and Los Angeles, you may be able to get a vaccine at a mass vaccination site; in smaller towns, you may have to request a vaccine from a primary care provider or family medicine clinic, Thomas Russo, MD, an infectious disease expert at the University of Buffalo Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, tells SELF. Make sure you alert your health care provider via phone or email if you have or suspect you have been exposed to monkeypox before you arrive at the appointment; that way, your provider can take precautions to try to keep patients and staff protected during your visit.A health care professional can also help you with next steps if you suspect you’ve been exposed to monkeypox or potentially have monkeypox symptoms and don’t know what to do. If you have questions about whether you should get the Jynneos vaccine—or how the vaccine works or its benefits—reach out to a primary care doctor if you have one or your local health department; from there, speaking to an expert can help you make the best decision for your health.Related:

I Was Diagnosed With Monkeypox and the Symptoms Are Pretty Brutal

I Was Diagnosed With Monkeypox and the Symptoms Are Pretty Brutal

Things really ramped up over that weekend. I was sweating a bunch to the point where my sheets were soaked. The spots started appearing on other parts of my body, including my face. I had a virtual consultation with my doctor’s office that weekend and went for an in-person check-up on Monday. The office took an abundance of caution when I came in. I was asked to enter through a back entrance, and the doctor was in full COVID-19-style protective gear. She wore a full gown with a plastic covering over it, a mask, protective eyewear, and gloves. The doctor looked at my spots visually, asked about my symptoms, and took swabs from two different areas. At the time, I wasn’t in a bunch of pain yet, so I was advised to just take over-the-counter pain medication. There wasn’t a lot of information given, and I remember the general vibe being, “We’re finding out about this at the same time you are.”My symptoms quickly progressed after I left the doctor’s office. Between that Monday night and Thursday, June 23, the lesions in my sensitive areas and underwear zone became really painful to the point where I couldn’t sleep. I’d describe the sensation as a dull, chronic pain that became jolts of intense pain if I moved the wrong way. I am not sure I’ve experienced anything quite like it. The spots that continue to appear in places outside of the initially infected area aren’t painful—I’d describe them as more irritable and itchy.On June 23, I went back to the doctor’s office and was prescribed narcotic painkillers to help me sleep in addition to another oral medication to help with the itching. The doctor also recommended using Vaseline on any really painful lesions, which actually proved to be pretty helpful.A few days after my first doctor’s appointment, I received my positive monkeypox test results and a letter from the department of health in the mail informing me to isolate myself. The letter said I have to isolate until I am recovered, which is defined as having every single spot scabbed over and healed, so I only have fresh, healthy skin underneath. Now, 13 days after my friend called me to tell me I was exposed, I feel almost completely back to normal. The flu-like symptoms are completely gone, and I’m just dealing with the spots now. Thankfully most of the spots have already become pustules and scabbed over. It seems like I’m on the tail end of things now, but even in the last few days, I have had new spots pop up. In total, I counted more than 25 lesions all over my body.Photo courtesy of Matt Ford.
Since I spoke out about having monkeypox, a lot of my friends messaged me saying they had it too. It’s become very real, very quickly, in my various networks. To people who don’t take this seriously, I get it. I used to be like you too, but my views have changed immensely. You absolutely do not want this. Even a mild case is super disruptive. I’m urging people to take this seriously and to get vaccinated if they can. In the meantime, try to be cautious about who you have prolonged skin-to-skin or face-to-face contact with, but also know that there is no reason to feel shame if you get monkeypox. You haven’t done anything wrong by getting this.Related:

Utah Lawmaker Says She Believes Women Can Control ‘Intake of Semen’ During Sex

Utah Lawmaker Says She Believes Women Can Control ‘Intake of Semen’ During Sex

Karianne Lisonbee, a member of the Utah House of Representatives, recently said that she believes women can control the “intake of semen” during sex. (Yes, really.)The Republican lawmaker, who has been in office since 2017, expressed this belief during a press conference held after Roe V. Wade was overturned on June 24, putting abortion out of reach for millions of Americans.Lisonbee’s straight-up false notions about what a vagina can do during sex came in response to a text she received when Roe was overturned, according to reporting by The Salt Lake Tribune: “I received a text message today saying I should seek to control men’s ejaculations and not women’s pregnancies and that I clearly don’t trust women enough to make choices to control their own body,” Representative Lisonbee said.She then outlined her response to such a claim to reporters. “And my response is: I do trust women enough to control when they allow a man to ejaculate inside of them and to control that intake of semen. So, that may be inflammatory, but I think as a legislature we have the responsibility to create a legal framework that is friendly and supporting rights.”We regret that we even have to say this, but: Representative Lisonbee’s claims are physiologically inaccurate. Once semen has entered the vagina, people with vaginas can’t do Kegel exercises—or any other practices—as a method of birth control; nor can they do anything after the fact to remove the semen and prevent pregnancy.Also worth noting: Her notion that people can essentially control when they are impregnated doesn’t account for cases in which pregnancy occurs after sexual assault, or situations in which people can become pregnant nonconsensually even if they consented to sex. (For instance, stealthing, nonconsensual condom removal during intercourse, can lead to pregnancy.) All of this to say: People with vaginas can’t control semen intake during sex—one of many reasons abortion is essential to their health and wellbeing.Utah was one of many states that enacted a “trigger law” after Roe was overturned, banning abortions throughout the state. The trigger law was temporarily paused, but another law that restricts abortion, known as HB136, took effect after that, according to reporting from ABC4.com. Under HB136, people in Utah can only get an abortion after 18 weeks in cases of rape, incest, fatal fetal defect, severe brain abnormality, if the mother’s life is in danger, or if the mother may be permanently impaired without access to abortion.In a text sent on June 25 to The Salt Lake Tribune, Representative Lisonbee later said her comments weren’t reflective of her thoughts: “I am committed to ongoing respectful and civil engagement. I can always do better and will continue to try.” Representative Lisonbee’s office did not immediately respond to SELF’s request for comment.Related:

The Future of Life-Saving Ectopic Pregnancy Treatments Is Unclear

The Future of Life-Saving Ectopic Pregnancy Treatments Is Unclear

As Dr. Aguilar explains, if an ectopic pregnancy is further along and requires surgical treatment, the procedure involves abdominal laparoscopic surgery—a small incision is made in the abdomen and then a small camera is inserted to assist surgery—and, in some cases, removal of the affected fallopian tube. An in-clinic abortion procedure is not technically a surgery; no incision is made. The only similarity between ectopic pregnancy surgery and in-clinic abortion procedures is that both terminate a pregnancy.But that’s not a nuance typically reflected in these laws. This is why the common anti-abortion talking point—that life-saving care for high-risk pregnancies will remain available—is harmful and incorrect. Anti-abortion legislation is effective because it’s written to be confusing, Wynn says. “At this point, we truly don’t fully know how this will play out. This is why they’re doing it—the laws cause confusion on how to manage pregnancy outcomes, it makes it hard to know what’s OK or not, and that can lead to criminalization,” she explains. “Any law that makes a clinician try to question the legality of their care while, or before, providing that emergency, life-saving care is completely unacceptable.”Even in the before times, when Roe was still in effect, there was a precedent for pregnancy loss being criminalized in certain states. For example, in South Carolina, the state Supreme Court upheld a murder conviction for 22-year-old Regina Knight, simply for experiencing a stillbirth. Experts say as we muddle through a post-Roe world, these laws will likely be used to further criminalize those who experience pregnancy loss in its many forms, including through abortion. The reality is that this could scare people away from seeking medical care when they need it most.What will this look like in practice?As Dr. Aguilar says, abortion bans delay life-saving treatment by causing health care providers to pause during a critical moment. In Louisiana, which has a trigger law currently suspended, a sweeping abortion bill under consideration changes the legal definition of a “person” from a fertilized egg in the womb to simply a fertilized egg. Remember: A fertilized egg that is outside of the uterus is not a viable pregnancy, experts say. In reality, the bill could potentially make it illegal for doctors to terminate and treat an ectopic pregnancy (not to mention things like embryos used for in vitro fertilization and emergency contraception).In other states, bans already in effect don’t fully explore the critical differences between treating ectopic pregnancy and an abortion procedure. At the time of publication, while the bans currently enacted across the country allow some exceptions for medical emergencies (not all have exceptions for sexual assault, incest, or fetal anomaly), the language doesn’t always clarify at what point a pregnancy is deemed an emergency. By design, this lack of nuance may cause providers to hesitate: Is an ectopic pregnancy a medical emergency the moment it’s discovered, or only once it ruptures and begins to cause life-threatening bleeding? “A delay in care can kill a pregnant person,” Wynn says. “There’s no nice way to say it.”Both Wynn and Dr. Aguilar agree that, in addition to the legislation being vague and confusing, it’s almost exclusively written without consult from medical providers. The Ohio lawmaker who, in 2019, introduced the bill regarding “reimplanting” ectopic pregnancies later acknowledged that he never consulted a medical expert about whether such a procedure was possible (again, it isn’t). And even when laws make exceptions for life-threatening pregnancies, providers still worry that terminating an ectopic pregnancy too soon—even though these are never viable pregnancies—could be considered criminal in the post-Roe United States.Of course, as Wynn says, the risk of death from leaving an ectopic pregnancy untreated is only one of many deadly consequences of overturning Roe v. Wade. “There shouldn’t have to be a reason for a person to be able to seek out care for a pregnancy outcome,” she says. “The focus should be on the health and wellness of the person’s life, whether it’s an ectopic pregnancy, a miscarriage, or an abortion.”Related:

Amazon Prime Day Clothing Deals Are Here and Ready for the Taking

Amazon Prime Day Clothing Deals Are Here and Ready for the Taking

We found all the best (early) Amazon Prime Day clothing deals to enter the pre-shopping “holiday” in style. Whether you’re in the market for wardrobe essentials like new summer sandals, or a pair of comfortable jeans to make your butt look spectacular, now is your last chance to upgrade your basics with top-rated pieces on major markdown at Amazon.The retailer has a new slew of apparel discounts going on before Prime Day even starts, with select items up to 60% off. Below, you can find everything you need to know ahead of the big day, as well as the best women’s clothing, shoes, and accessories markdowns to snag now.What to Expect from Amazon Prime Day 2022Amazon Prime Day 2022 is coming up on July 12 through July 13 for Prime members. You aren’t yet? Don’t stress. You can sign up for a Prime membership at any point, and you’ll get a 30-day free trial as an incentive. Throughout the two-day event, you can shop massive deals from clothing brands you know and love, plus more that are just waiting to be discovered. You can also shop thousands of other deals across categories like skin-care and fitness.  Now, not all discounts are created equal. Some of the best deals will be on big-ticket tech, fitness, and home items from brands like Apple, Therabody, and Tushy. But we’re already seeing a marvel of clothing deals (up to 60%) ahead of Prime Day, which is a great sign that the actual event will have some excellent fashion steals. If you’re already itching to shop, there are marked-down clothes ready for the taking.The Best Prime Day Clothing Deals We Saw Last YearWe were encouraged by the clothing sales last year, from top fashion and accessories brands like Levi’s, Calvin Klein, BAGGU, Fossil, and more, plus in-house pieces from Amazon’s trend- and influencer-based shopping platform, The Drop. Here are a few covetable deals from last year to look out for at this year’s Prime Day event:Before you start shopping, bookmark and come back to this page, as we’ll be updating it with all the Prime Day fashion deals before and during the sale event. And if you’re eager to add other discounted items to your cart, we’re keeping tabs on all of the best Prime Day deals right here, including:The Best Clothing Deals Happening Right NowYou’ll find some of the best pre-Amazon Prime Day deals on fashion from brands like Frye, Nike, and more. Everything from size-inclusive activewear to flowy summer dresses are marked down, so you can upgrade your seasonal wardrobe without breaking the bank. Prime Day Activewear DealsIf your gym clothes could use a refresh, there’s a ton on sale right now from brands you know and love, like Champion, Under Armour, Adidas, and more. We’re adding compressive leggings and high-impact sports bras to our carts, and we’re certainly tempted to add more breezy running shorts and yoga bras, too.AmazonJust My Size Active Pieced Stretch CapriCurrently available in sizes 1X to 5X.
AmazonChampion The Vented Sports BraCurrently available in sizes XL to 4X.
AmazonUnder Armour Play Up 3.0 ShortsCurrently available in sizes XS to XXL.
AmazonVibojoy Longline Strappy Padded Sports BraCurrently available in sizes S to XL.
Prime Day Loungewear DealsIs there anything better that sliding on sweats after a long day? These loungewear finds on Amazon feel like a sartorial sigh of relief, thanks to soft materials, elastic waistbands, and loose silhouettes. For ultimate coziness, look to plush robes and tie-dye PJ sets. For running errands or lounging around the house, scoop up tapered joggers and oversized sweatshirts. AmazonEishopeer Printed Pajama SetCurrently available in sizes XS to XXL.
AmazonAmazon Essentials French Terry Fleece SweatpantCurrently available in sizes XXS to 6X.
AmazonChampion Powerblend Fleece HoodieCurrently available in sizes XS to XXL.
AmazonNY Threads Fleece Hooded BathrobeCurrently available in sizes S to XL.
Prime Day Dress DealsAmazon is unmatched in its speed and efficiency, and before Prime Day kicks off, it has a multitude of pretty dresses that will arrive at your doorstep in no time. We looked for flowy frocks that are easy to throw on and lightweight keep you cool in warm weather. They’re versatile, too, for whatever occasion you’ve got coming down the pipeline: weddings, going to the office, brunch, or a beach weekend. Whatever you’re looking for, from a floral midi dress to a lacy maxi, there are many to choose from.AmazonDokuritu Crochet Lace Maxi DressCurrently available in sizes S to XL.
AmazonZuimoaes Floral Square Neck Maxi DressCurrently available in sizes S to XL.
AmazonTongmingyun V Neck Tie Dye Split Maxi DressCurrently available in sizes XL to 5X.
AmazonKorsis T-Shirt Swing Dress with PocketsCurrently available in sizes S to 3X.
Prime Day Swimwear DealsSummer is in full swing, and if your bathing suit collection is looking a bit faded and stretched, you’re in luck. We were, frankly, overwhelmed by the sheer amount of suits on sale at Amazon, which is good news for you. Perhaps you’re in the market for a one-piece swimsuit—they’ve got ‘em with full coverage, cutouts, lace lattice, and more. If you’re leaning towards a teeny ’kini, you’ll find those too. We’re eyeing the high-waisted bottoms and longline tops to save us from potential nip slips.AmazonMeyeeka Cut Out Lace Up MonokiniCurrently available in sizes S to XL.
AmazonZaful High Waisted 2-Piece Knotted Swimsuit SetCurrently available in sizes S, M, and L.
AmazonSbluee Lattice Halter Bathing SuitCurrently available in sizes 14 to 20.
AmazonAdisputent High Waisted Tie Dye BikiniCurrently available in sizes S to XXL.
Prime Day Shirts & Tops DealsBuilding up your wardrobe with high-quality, versatile tops you’ll wear for years to come is the name of our game. Amazon hasn’t disappointed us with these early Prime Day deals on basic henley tees, long-sleeve linen button-downs, lace-trimmed tanks, and floral blouses.AmazonVislily Button Up Henley ShirtCurrently available in sizes 14 to 28.
AmazonHotouch Linen Button Down Collared ShirtCurrently available in sizes S to XXL.
AmazonBlencot Lace Trim Tank TopCurrently available in sizes XS to 5X.
AmazonOunaya Ruffle Sleeve V Neck Short Sleeve TopCurrently available in sizes M to XXL.
Prime Day Bottoms DealsWhether you’re looking for pants that do double duty in the office and dinner dates, breezy linens for warmer seasons, or on-trend shorts, we can almost guarantee that you’ll find them on sale. We’re impressed by the deep discounts on wide-leg pants and bestselling denim shorts.AmazonFreeprance Casual Paper Bag TrousersCurrently available in sizes XS to XXL.
AmazonLuvamia Ripped High Waisted Denim ShortsCurrently available in sizes S to XXL.
AmazonBtfbm Elastic High Waisted Print ShortsCurrently available in sizes S to XL.
AmazonHanna Nikole Stretchy Wide Leg Palazzo PantsCurrently available in sizes 16 to 22.
Prime Day Shoe DealsRight now, you’ll find great deals on top-rated, cushioned running shoes from Nike and Adidas. There are also plenty of wedding-ready strappy sandals from designer brands like Sam Edelman. You’ll see casual flip-flops from Roxy, Crocs, and other slides that will make running errands and padding around the house a little more comfortable.AmazonAdidas Solar Boost 3 Running ShoeCurrently available in sizes 5 to 12.
AmazonCrocs Classic ClogCurrently available in sizes 5 to 17.
AmazonNike Air Zoom Pegasus 36 Running ShoesCurrently available in sizes 5 to 12.
AmazonRoxy Vista Sandal Flip-FlopCurrently available in sizes 5 to 10.
Prime Day Accessory DealsAmazon is an underrated mecca for accessories—especially around the Prime Day season. Last year we saw handbags and wallets from Fossil, sunglasses from Ray-Ban, and earrings from Swarovski. Ahead of the sale, we found sturdy (and roomy) beach totes, floppy hats with extra sun protection, trendy sunnies, and a belt bag from Frye that’s ready for anything.AmazonSojos Small Square Polarized SunglassesAmazonNaivlizer Wide Brim Sun Hat UPF50Related:

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