Sleigh Bells Have Love For The '80s In "Comeback Kid" Video

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Posted by on 01/24/2012 at 12:11 PM Videos

The Popdust Files: Comeback Kid, sleigh bells

The second video this week to allude to a cult movie favorite comes from Sleigh Bells, whose “Comeback Kid” references all the cheesy, fist pumping, ’80s awesomeness of the Brat Pack’s—best film?—The Breakfast Club. Lead singer Alexis Krauss does most of the heavy lifting punching, in between painting her nails and jumping up and down on a generic hotel bed while balancing a rifle, which is exactly what we do whenever we go out of town. When she’s not practicing newfangled choreography for guitarist Derek Miller, the two connect in the grocery store to aimlessly select snack foods that Judd Nelson would approve of, while stealing one of Rihanna’s favorite date night activities in the process. They have more in common with RiRi than you’d think, as there is little proof that they plan on paying for their items. Watch below.

In a way, Karen Walloch of Madison views her daughter as having brought a “late spring” into her life. countdowntopregnancy.net countdown to pregnancy

“After all, I was 46 this year when she was born on June 8 at Meriter Hospital,” Walloch says.

So it’s not surprising that Walloch — and her husband, Tim Bates — named their daughter, Persephone.

In Greek mythology, Persephone is kidnapped by the king of the underworld, and when her mother — Demeter, goddess of earth and harvest — went looking for her daughter, the Earth fell into perpetual winter.

As the story goes, if you eat anything in the underworld, you have to stay. But since Persephone had eaten only six pomegranate seeds, she was allowed to leave Hades for six months every year — and that’s why we have spring and summer, according to the Greek myth.

Walloch was ready to be a mom 15 years ago, but she waited to find “the right man.” She married for the first time about two years ago.

“Having a child was something that my husband and I really wanted from the very beginning of our marriage,” she says, “and just when we were thinking about looking into a fertility clinic, I got pregnant, which was an amazing thing.” Initially, Walloch thought she was experiencing perimenopause rather than a pregnancy.

When the reality of the situation sunk in, birth defects were a concern “because my eggs are old,” Walloch says.

Genetic testing, however, showed no abnormalities.

Even if there had been something wrong, “I honestly couldn’t tell you what our decision would have been, because we wanted this baby so much,” Walloch says.

It was an uncomplicated pregnancy, and Persephone weighed a healthy 6 pounds, 2 ounces at birth.

Medical advances have opened the door for women to have safer pregnancies in their 30s and 40s.

And that’s good news, considering more and more couples are starting families later in life.

“My best friend had her first baby at age 40 and her second child at age 44,” Walloch says.

“Age need not be a barrier to a safe, healthy pregnancy,” says Dr. Kathy Stewart, a perinatologist at Meriter Hospital and an assistant professor of obstetrics and gynecology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison Medical School. go to website countdown to pregnancy

Most women over age 35 have uncomplicated pregnancies and healthy babies, she adds.

As women age, however, they’re more likely to have undiagnosed medical conditions. For example, about 10 percent of women over age 35 have high blood pressure, which can worsen during pregnancy and increase health risks for both mother and baby.

“Older women also are more likely to develop gestational (during pregnancy) diabetes,” Stewart says.

Caesarean delivery is slightly more common for women having their first child after age 35. “It is generally felt that underlying conditions predispose some older women to need a Caesarean section for whatever reason,” Stewart says.

Miscarriage — loss of a pregnancy before 20 weeks — occurs in about 15 percent to 20 percent of all pregnancies. It is more common, though, in older women.

Ditto for stillbirth, which occurs more often in women over age 35 than in women ages 20 to 35, according to national statistics.

Older women also are more likely to have infants of low birth weight, or less than 5 1/2 pounds, Stewart says.

Another concern is an increased risk for chromosomal problems — such as Down syndrome — in babies of older moms.

Earlier in a pregnancy — when amniocentesis is done at 15 to 18 weeks — genetic risks are higher because babies with abnormalities are less likely to survive to term.

Still, most women — no matter their age — have healthy pregnancies and normal babies.

“A woman over age 35 doesn’t necessarily have a high-risk pregnancy,” Stewart says.

With surveillance and the use of ultrasound, the chances of successful pregnancies are very good for older women, Stewart says.

Age, however, does affect fertility, cautions Dr. Sander Shapiro, a professor of reproductive medicine at the UW.

The decision to delay pregnancy is a contributing factor to the rising number of couples seeking infertility care, Shapiro says.

Experts generally agree that a couple with no history of medical problems should attempt pregnancy for at least a year before hitting the alarm button.

The reason is that out of 1,000 couples that are trying to have a baby, 80 percent will have achieved pregnancy within a year.

“If you haven’t done so, that doesn’t mean you won’t,” Shapiro says, “but your chances of being in the category of people who won’t (get pregnant) is much greater.” Preconceptual counseling is important for couples of all ages, Stewart says.

Women who try to get pregnant and are over age 35 will notice a decrease in their capacity to conceive, Shapiro says. Genetic abnormalities to the fetus and miscarriages — as well as infertility concerns — “are minimal at 35, continue to get more significant as a woman approaches 40 and become very significant after age 40,” he cautions.

Stewart reminds older women who want to get pregnant that there are ways to support a pregnancy no matter how complicated the medical issues are.

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