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Michigan Sen. Gary Peters shares story about ex-wife’s life-saving abortion for the first time

“The mental anguish someone goes through is intense,” Peters, a Michigan Democrat, said in an interview with Elle magazine published on Monday, “trying to have a miscarriage for a child that was wanted.”

But the situation became more critical when Heidi’s health deteriorated, so the couple found a doctor at another hospital who agreed to do the procedure.

In the interview, Peters spoke publicly for the first time about the abortion and the troubling moments leading up to the event, which threatened the life of his ex-wife. Peters now joins a small group of members of Congress who have spoken about their personal experiences with abortion.

“My story is one that’s tragically shared by so many Americans,” Peters tweeted on Monday. “It’s a story of gut-wrenching and complicated decisions — but it’s important for folks to understand families face these situations every day.”

Peters shared the story as he fights to retain his seat in the Senate in a battleground state that President Trump narrowly won in 2016. Peters faces John James, a well-funded Republican businessman and Army veteran.

His challenger supports limiting access to abortions, overturning Roe v. Wade, remains against abortions in cases of rape and incest, and compared abortions to “genocide” in 2018, according to MLive.com.

Peters suggested that his family’s experience colors his own view of abortion access.

“It’s important for folks to understand that these things happen to folks every day,” Peters said. “I’ve always considered myself pro-choice and believe women should be able to make these decisions themselves, but when you live it in real life, you realize the significant impact it can have on a family.”

Peters and Heidi had very much wanted the baby, which would have been their second child, he told Elle. But when Heidi’s water broke five months early, their doctor told them that without the amniotic fluid, the baby had no chance of survival.

Heidi’s health declined in the days that followed, and a doctor warned that if she did not have an abortion immediately, she could lose her uterus or die of a uterine infection that could cause her to become septic. After the hospital’s board rejected an appeal to make an exception for Heidi, the doctor urged the couple to go to another hospital for the abortion.

“I still vividly remember he left a message on the answering machine saying, ‘They refused to give me permission, not based on good medical practice, simply based on politics. I recommend you immediately find another physician who can do this procedure quickly,’” Peters told Elle.

They followed the doctor’s recommendation and Heidi was rushed into an emergency abortion at another hospital. It “enacted an incredible emotional toll,” Peters said.

In a statement to Elle, Heidi described those several days as “painful and traumatic.”

“If it weren’t for urgent and critical medical care, I could have lost my life,” she added.

“It’s important for folks who are willing to tell these stories to tell them, especially now,” Peters said. “This

Adam Rippon shares his killer 10-minute ab workout

Olympic figure skater Adam Rippon may be taking a break from the ice right now, but he’s still making time to work out. Rippon shared his short, but effective, 10-minute ab routine in TODAY’s Olympic-themed workout on TODAY All Day. His moves will leave your core burning. All you need is a yoga mat to begin.

Super set 1:

Perform this series three times.

  • Crunches (20 reps): Place feet on the ground and lift your upper body off of the ground, keeping arms behind your head and refrain from straining your neck.

  • Penguins (20 reps): While on your back with your knees bent, alternate touching each foot with each hand. Perform 10 reps on each side.

Super set 2:

Perform this series three times.

  • Hollow hold: Raise your legs and upper body off of the ground and hold this position for five seconds.

  • Toe touches (10 reps): Raise your legs in the air and bring your fingertips to touch your toes.

Super set 3:

Perform this series once, but hold each plank for 30 seconds.

  • Plank: Place your hands under your shoulders in a pushup position with feet shoulder width apart and hold.

  • Right side plank: From regular plank, shift your weight to your right arm and lift the other to the sky while pivoting your body in a side-facing position. If this is too difficult, lower the lower knee to the ground.

  • Left side plank: Repeat on the other side.

  • Forearm plank hold: Resume plank position but lower onto your forearms.

To complete the rest of this Olympic relay workout, watch the full video above with extra moves from Olympians Ashleigh Johnson and Meghan Musnicki.

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Trump Says Coronavirus Diagnosis A ‘Blessing From God’, Shares COVID-19 Treatment He Received

KEY POINTS

  • Trump called his coronavirus diagnosis a ‘blessing from God’
  • The president shared a five-minute clip where he touted his Regeneron treatment regimen
  • He also said he wants to make the treatment available for free to the general public

President Donald Trump on Wednesday uploaded a video on his Twitter account where he called his recent coronavirus diagnosis a ‘blessing from God’ and touted the benefits of an experimental drug treatment he received. 

In the nearly five-minute clip, the president — who spoke from the White House Rose Garden — praised his treatment regiment, including the antibody cocktail made by Regeneron, for helping him “feel great.”

“For me, I walked in, I didn’t feel good. A short 24 hours later I was feeling great. I wanted to get out of the hospital,” Trump said. “And that’s what I want for everybody. I want everybody to be given the same treatment as your president, because I feel great. I feel, like, perfect.”

“I think this was a blessing from God that I caught it. This was a blessing in disguise,” he added.

Trump claimed he told his doctors to give him the Regeneron treatment. The president also said he is now convinced that his treatment regimen should be made available for free to the broader public. It is unclear how he planned to make the cost of the drugs free for thousands of patients, The Hill reported.  

Regeneron, a New York-based biotech company, made the drug REGN-COV2 that is intended to mimic the human body’s immune system and provide it with molecules to fight off the novel coronavirus. 

According to USA Today, REGN-COV2 is currently being tested in people who contracted COVID-19, including those who have been diagnosed with the virus, are symptomatic, but not hospitalized. The drug has yet to receive approval for use in the U.S. or other countries. 

The video is the latest attempt from the White House to project optimism after numerous reports alleged that Trump’s coronavirus condition may be severe after he received the antiviral drug remdesivir and the steroid dexamethasone. 

The president covered other talking points in the clip, including his belief that a coronavirus vaccine will soon be ready. He also said he pushed health agencies to speed up their approval processes and claimed China will “pay a big price” for the virus originating there. 

No mask, no worries, says US President Donald Trump No mask, no worries, says US President Donald Trump Photo: AFP / NICHOLAS KAMM

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The Flash’s Robbie Amell Shares Hilarious Video After Dentist Appointment

With 2020 having been the wild ride that it has been thus far — and we still have a few months left before it’s over — sometimes it’s the everyday things that not only remind us of normalcy but bring a bit of a laugh as well. Among those things little pieces of normal are dental appointments and former The Flash star Robbie Amell has shared a humorous video of the aftermath of his own recent trip to the dentist that offered fans a quick laugh at his expense.

On Twitter last week, Amell wrote that he had had “a significant dentist appointment” and shared a video updating followers on that appointment hilariously revealing that his mouth was “very frozen” from whatever work he had done. The actor appeared to be taking it in stride, though, laughing about it in the brief little clip which you can check out for yourself below.

All in all, Amell appeared to be in good spirits in the video despite having what sounds like some major dental work done, and he has every reason to. It was recently announced that the Upload and Code 8 star is set to both star in and produce Float, the film adaptation of Kate Merchant’s popular Wattpad teen-romance story.

Float follows Waverly who, after her parents’ messy divorce, finds herself yanked from her comfortable life in Alaska to spend the summer in her aunt’s sunny beach town. However, Waverly soon begins to clash with one of her new neighbors, the arrogant, jaded beach bum, Blake (played by Amell). But things begin to turn when Blake learns Waverly can’t swim and he offers to teach her.

“Kate wrote such an incredibly touching and relatable love story,” Amell said in a statement. “I hope the fans are as excited as I am to see these characters come to life.”

“With a global fanbase and millions of reads, Float is an incredible story that audiences everywhere will fall in love with,” Aron Levitz, head of Wattpad Studios, said. “Like Wattpad, Robbie and the Collective team understand what it means to truly listen to audiences and leverage fan excitement to make hit entertainment.”

Collective Pictures’ Jeff Chan, Chris Pare, and Amell will produce Float alongside Wattpad’s Levitz and Jamie D. Greenberg. Wattpad’s Allen Lau will executive produce. Sarah Timmins of Black Birds Entertainment will also executive produce.

What do you think about Amell’s hilarious post-dentist appointment video? Let us know in the comments.

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Jessica Alba Shares Fitness Benefits From Vegan Hiking Retreat

  • Jessica Alba, 39, shared multiple photos and videos from a vegan hiking retreat.
  • In the caption, the actress said the experience helped her lower her cholesterol and increase lean muscle mass.
  • Besides hiking, the L.A.’s Finest gets her fitness on through TikTok dance challenges.

    Actress Jessica Alba, 39, spent the weekend on a health and fitness retreat with her BFF Kelly Sawyer that turned her into a “vegan hiker” (temporarily), and she’s sharing all about her experience in her latest Instagram post.

    The Honest Company founder posted a carousel of photos from her weekend that included a sweaty selfie video from a hike, a abs-tastic photo of Jessica and Kelly, a picture of some blister balm, her feet soaked in an ice bath, and some yummy vegan food.

    “So I’m a vegan hiker now… 😝JK. Spent a week as a guest @theranchmalibu with my BFF @kellysawyer ❤️,” the L.A.’s Finest star wrote in the caption. “We went on all the hikes, ate bomb vegan food, got our fitness on and are now ready to plunge back to reality with new healthy habits and tips on how to incorporate wellness into our day to day.”

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    Jessica noted that because of the hikes and vegan diet, she had some pretty noticeable health changes, pretty quickly.

    “Thanks to @theranchmalibu I slept 8 hours a night, lowered my cholesterol, increased my lean muscle mass and feel rejuvenated and ready to take on the rest of this year with a healthier and happier mindset,” she wrote.

    Jess’s lowered cholesterol is indeed a benefit from eating a plant-based diet, according to the Mayo Clinic. This is also because vegan food naturally doesn’t contain any cholesterol. (FYI: Your liver makes all the cholesterol you need, per the American Heart Association. The rest of the cholesterol in your body comes from foods derived from animals and is called “dietary cholesterol.”) And as for the other health benefits Jess experienced post-retreat, the results will likely vary person to person.

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    It certainly helps that Jessica is always trying out new workouts and foods to keep her body healthy and in great shape. Whether she’s dancing it out on TikTok with her daughters or getting in a tough resistance band workout, she’s always trying something new. Jessica told People that she does try to exercise in the a.m. and steer clear of processed foods—but she also gives herself a break if she feels like it. “I don’t deprive myself,” she told the publication. “I have [junk] if I want it. When I do feel that I am depriving myself, I find that I binge. That’s not a balanced way

    Malaika Arora shares step-by-step process of her ‘favourite’ Yoga pose, Trikonasana, in fitness move of the week – fitness

    Home / Fitness / Malaika Arora shares step-by-step process of her ‘favourite’ Yoga pose, Trikonasana, in fitness move of the week

    Beginning with her weekly fitness challenge after bouncing back from Covid-19, Malaika Arora brushes aside Monday blues as she nails Trikonasana or triangle pose of Yoga

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    Updated: Oct 05, 2020 15:30 IST

    Malaika Arora shares step-by-step process of her ‘favourite’ Yoga pose, Trikonasana
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    Making fans amp up their fitness quotient throughout the Covid-19 quarantine, Bollywood dancer Malaika Arora has been challenging fans into trying one Yoga pose every week. The diva was down with coronavirus and had quarantined herself at home for quite a few weeks which brought a temporary halt to her fitness game with fans on social media.

    Beginning with her weekly fitness challenge once again after bouncing back from Covid-19, Malaika Arora was seen brushing aside our Monday blues as she nailed her “favourite” Yoga asana, Trikonasana or triangle pose. Giving fans a glimpse of her workout, Malaika shared a picture of herself on her Instagram handle, flaunting her fitness move of the week and we cannot wait to try the same.

    Donning a royal blue sports bra, teamed with similar coloured Yoga pants, Malaika pulled back her sleek hair into a high braid so that it does not mess with her workout. Before sharing the step-by-step process of arriving at the flexible position, Malaika engaged with fans by writing, “Hello there! It feels amazing to be starting #malaikasmoveoftheweek again with you all, hope you missed me!!! Today’s asana is one of my favourite asanas for improving overall posture and spine health- Trikonasana (sic).”

     

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    Hello there! It feels amazing to be starting #malaikasmoveoftheweek again with you all, hope you missed me!!! Today’s asana is one of my favourite asanas for improving overall posture and spine health- Trikonasana. Do not forget to tag me, @sarvayogastudios #malaikasmoveoftheweek and @thedivayoga when you post! *Stand straight with your feet comfortably apart *Turn your right foot to face outside, with the heel inwards *Both heels should be in a straight line. Inhale, and bend your body from your hip to the right, with your left arm raised straight up *You can rest your right hand on your ankle, shin, or if comfortable, on the mat *Your head can be in line with your torso if you are comfortable, you can gaze up at your left palm. *With every exhale, relax your body a little more You may avoid doing this pose if you are suffering from neck and back injuries, migraine or low/high blood pressure. Pic Credits: @by.the.gram #MondayMotivation #MoveOfTheWeek #FitIndiaMovement #YogaLife #SarvaYoga #DivaYoga #YogaAsana #YogaPoses #Trikonasana

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    Method:

    Stand straight on a flat even ground with your feet comfortably apart. Turn your right foot to face outside while keeping the heel inwards. Both heels should be in a straight line.

    Inhale and bend your body from your hip to the right

    Chrissy Teigen ‘Shocked, In Deep Pain’ After Pregnancy Loss, Shares Son’s Name

    KEY POINTS

    • Chrissy Teigen lost her baby after being hospitalized due to pregnancy complications
    • Teigen didn’t expect to conceive naturally
    • John Legend’s wife shared last month that she had really bad pregnancy headaches

    Chrissy Teigen is shocked and in deep pain after losing her baby days after she was admitted to the hospital due to pregnancy complications. The grieving celebrity mom took to social media to relay the sad news to her followers, who were also waiting for the arrival of her baby.

    “We are shocked and in the kind of deep pain you only hear about, the kind of pain we’ve never felt before,” she wrote on Instagram.

    “We were never able to stop the bleeding and give our baby the fluids he needed, despite bags and bags of blood transfusions. It just wasn’t enough.”

    Teigen added that she and husband John Legend don’t usually decide on baby names until after they are born. However, for some reason, they had been calling her baby “my belly Jack.”

    “So he will always be Jack to us.  Jack worked so hard to be a part of our little family, and he will be, forever,” Teigen continued.

    “To our Jack – I’m so sorry that the first few moments of your life were met with so many complications, that we couldn’t give you the home you needed to survive.  We will always love you.”

    Teigen also thanked those who reached out to them and sent them positive energy, thoughts and prayers. She said they really appreciated such gestures. Teigen chose to end her message with a positive note by being grateful for their lives and her two wonderful babies, Luna and Miles. She added that while they are dealing with their darkest days, they will hug and love each other harder until they get through them.

    Teigen has been updating her fans about her pregnancy journey on Twitter. In August, she admitted that she didn’t expect to get pregnant naturally. For years, she’s been doing pregnancy tests every month, wishing that it would turn out positive one day. When it did, she was surprised because of the timing. It happened a few weeks after she had her breast implants removed.

    She took a pregnancy test before the surgery and it was negative. After realizing that she was pregnant during the procedure, she prayed hard that everything would be okay and it did until she had complications over the weekend.

    Prior to that, she also suffered pregnancy headaches and was happy that she was allowed to do neck muscle botox and a combo of beta-blocker shots and radio wave frequency because her headaches were so bad.

    Chrissy Teigen and John Legend Chrissy Teigen and John Legend are pictured at the White Party Dinner Hosted on Sept. 5, 2014 at the Bocelli Residence in Forte dei Marme, Italy. Photo: Getty Images/Andrew Goodman

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