Adding to the great induction debate A new study published in the journal JAMA Pediatrics suggests the length of your pregnancy may have an impact on baby’s brain. The research, led by Dr. David Figlio at Northwestern University, studied more than 1.5 million children in Florida.The three-year study involved single birth children born between 37 and 41 weeks gestation between 1998 and 2013. Eighty percent of the participants attended public school.The details Researchers looked to three measures of cognitive ability:State testing in math and
The key to having a holly, jolly Christmas? Knowing what food and drink to avoid before you sit down to dinner with loved ones. Take the angst out of holiday meals and put the focus back on celebrating by vowing to keep these foods off your plate this season: Drinks We know we don't have to tell you to steer clear of the bar area - but it's wise to be extra vigilant about the drinks you sip this holiday. Use caution when pouring mulled apple cider and eggnog, as both have the potential to be unpasteurized and contain alcohol. What's the fuss about unpasteurized
No matter how much you prepare for labor and delivery, there's always a chance things won't go exactly as planned. While you may have your sights set on a vaginal delivery, there are countless reasons why your health care provider may call for a cesarean - or as it's more commonly called, a C-section. Maybe labor has stalled and your contractions have petered out, or perhaps your little one is malpositioned and won't fit through the pelvis. Whatever the case may be, it's good to be prepared for the possibility of ending up on the operating table. Here's what you
This holiday, give little ones a gift that lasts a lifetime—imagination. Here's how: Parents instinctively want to provide the best toys for their little ones, but what makes a toy the “best”? Most early-childhood educators agree that when it comes to choosing toys for developing young minds, the simpler the better. Child experts frequently recommend simple “open-ended toys” that can be used in an endless number of ways, encouraging a child’s imagination. As a bonus, many of these toys are intended to grow with your son or daughter—from
The holidays are upon us once again, and no doubt many of us are pondering the best gifts for family and friends, as we look forward to the next festive gathering. While I’m not a huge fan of shopping, I do love stumbling across really fun and thoughtful items that loved ones are sure to appreciate. Here’s a collection of some of the best I’ve discovered this year.First, to appreciate all the mamas in our lives, let’s start with a few gifts for new and expecting moms:basq NYC Pure Joy! Holiday Gift Set and Calming Lavender Oil – Originally a
By Elizabeth Pantley, author of The No-Cry Sleep Solution for NewbornsA stroller is an important investment and one of the more expensive baby items you'll purchase. You will likely use it thousands of times, so take time choosing the right one.Let's start with an overview of the options here in Part One of a two part series that will help you decide which stroller will be best for you. Rules for successful shopping Here are the basic rules for successful stroller shopping:Shop when you have plenty of time; don’t rush the decision. Make a
Pregnancy is hard work. It is a full-time job—possibly alongside any other full-time job you may already have. It’s important to revisit the concept of fatigue throughout pregnancy. It may be your central focus during the first trimester, but it can be a growing frustration throughout the months. Some women do still walk marathons during pregnancy but most are just trying to get through their day awake.Slowing down brings up a lot for most people. Most of us define ourselves in some manner by what we do or how we do things. This is a wonderful time to
“WOW! Are you huge! When are you due??”“Gee, when I was expecting, I didn’t get nearly that big."“I bet you want a boy since you already have a girl, right?”“Eating for two is a myth. You shouldn’t be eating so much. You will never be able to lose all the weight you have gained."“You are due when? You are far too tiny. You better talk to your doctor about your baby’s growth.”It never ceases to amaze me how perfectly ordinary polite people seem to lack the filter from the brain to their mouth when in the company of a
Identity theft is one of the scariest forms of theft, often causing financial damage that can last for years to come. What many parents don’t realize is that children are just as susceptible to becoming victims of identity theft as adults, regardless of their age. In fact, thieves are very interested in the identities of children as they are a clean slate than can be used to easily commit fraud. Furthermore, the sad reality is that many don’t find out their identity has been stolen until they are young adults and are applying for credit for the first time,
A veteran nurse and the creator of the wildly popular Woombie swaddle shares critical sleep advice for new parents Recently sudden infant death syndrome has been in the media again as new studies offer insight into the potential causes. For those of you who don’t know, SIDS is defined as the sudden or unexpected death of an infant for no apparent reason. With so much information out there, it’s easy for parents to get confused and not know which guidelines to follow. As a mom of five, a 22-year nurse, and a Certified Infant Care Specialist, I have spoken
It can be easy to brush off your routine check-up at the dentist when you're busy monitoring your growing belly during pregnancy. After all, how much could the state of your pearly whites have to do with your pregnant body? It turns out, plenty. With pregnancy hormones estrogen and progesterone in flux, moms-to-be are more at risk for gingivitis, gum disease and even pregnancy tumors. It all sounds scary, doesn't it? Well, it doesn't have to be. Here, we'll tell you why you may want to schedule a dental visit during your pregnancy. Never skip a teeth
A little tough love can help you actually enjoy this most wonderful time of the year. Here’s how to be real without being rude. So Grandma Althea just invited you over for Thanksgiving week and Grandpa Jones wants to visit you—along with Grandma Jones—for Christmas and Santa’s first visit. Oh, and cousin Jen decided she’s coming for Hanukkah to help you get your nursery in order. Yes, it’s the holidays—when your already busy schedule becomes even busier, thanks to a mountain of holiday to-dos and the stress of face-time with family and friends.
By Elizabeth Pantley, author of The No-Cry Sleep Solution for NewbornsIt’s almost like newborn babies distrust totally quiet rooms. This makes sense, since they lived for nine months in an environment that was filled with a 24/7 sound-surround of noises: heartbeat, digestive system gurgling and the whoosh of blood through veins. If we consider this history, we can understand how a gentle thrum of background noise can be soothing to a newborn baby. I’ve heard of “white noise,” but what is “pink noise”? White noise is an indistinct background hum,
Experiencing more vaginal discharge than usual? Count this among the many joys of pregnancy (note our sarcasm). Like most symptoms expectant moms suffer through, an excess of discharge can likely be blamed on fluctuating hormones, surging estrogen, and increased blood flow to the vagina.The stuff you’ll find in your underwear is called Leukorrhea, which is simply a fancy name for an odorless, thin, white discharge. (If this doesn’t describe your discharge, keep reading below.) With more blood pumping to your nether regions, your cervix and vagina secrete
During pregnancy, many women worry about where and when they'll go into labor. Will it be in the car on the way home from work two weeks before your due date? In the shower one morning a week after? In a humiliatingly public place? Regardless, it's a good idea to brush up on the telltale signs of labor, as many women experience false alarms during the last few weeks of the third trimester. Here are four worth noting: 1. Your water breaks This rupturing of membranes typically occurs somewhere between several hours before labor starts and anytime throughout it.
The holidays are upon us, and this time of year can be a sensitive season. Celebrations may only serve to emphasize loss you may have suffered this year. Within the festivities, you may be reflecting on and processing grief. You’re not alone—one out of every three pregnancies results in a loss.The statistics are of course not helpful on the backdrop of wanting to grow your family, and they certainly don’t account for whatever suffering you may have experienced, but they can lend some perspective.I always tell my patients no matter what a reasonable
Long ago I heard of an obstetrician, when asked by a pregnant patient up to what week or month she could have sex during her pregnancy, answer, “Well, I guess you could have sex in the labor room but it might embarrass some of the nurses”. Although I doubt that there are many women in labor who would want to be having sex, the obstetrician’s answer does shed some light on the topic of sex and pregnancy.Most pregnant women (and likely a lot of their partners) have questions about sex, but many may be too embarrassed to ask either their doctor or their
You’ve woken up to find that you’re pregnant, and now it may seem like you’ll never sleep again! Most people can’t fathom how they will survive these initial disrupted sleep patterns, let alone the sleep changes that will occur once the baby arrives. The “good” news is that nature has a way of making you practice sleep deprivation long before the baby comes. Even better news is that you will get through it.I like to call this phenomenon of early-pregnancy insomnia “nature’s preparation.” Pregnancy is a time to begin to acclimate to the
It sucks that our parenting has such an impact on our children. Especially since we probably didn’t receive such great parenting ourselves. As a result, there a number of really common mistakes that most parents make (myself included) that have long term effects upon our children’s ability to lead a joyful life.This week’s video describes the five worst things most of us are doing all the time and what we can do instead.Watch more videos at Full Frontal Fatherhood.Here's a transcription if you'd rather read:Today I want to cut to
One of my pregnant patients sat in my office earlier this week and wondered aloud if she was depressed. She reported feeling tired, felt physically lethargic, had trouble sleeping, had appetite changes, and her libido had decreased. If she hadn’t been pregnant, I likely would have agreed with her and we would have had a discussion about the most effective ways to treat depressive symptoms. But the fact is, the symptoms of pregnancy and the symptoms of depression can look a lot alike. I had to spend a fair amount of time talking with her, trying to tease apart
There are so many diaper bag styles to choose from. From functionality to appearance, there is such a wide variety and it can be overwhelming for new moms. I received a
Lassig’s mini duffle bag is a super-cute bag that can and should be used for many purposes. The company graciously provided me with a sample for review, and since
ShareCrate is a wonderful gift idea for anyone looking to provide some support for parents transitioning with a new baby at home. As a mom that has gone through that
Pebble by Kahiniwalla is a company created by Samantha Morshed, a Bangladeshi social entrepreneur who wants to improve the lives of women and mothers. Creating
Q: How do I know when I’m ovulating?
Although some women can experience spotting, bleeding, and/or minor discomfort in their lower abdomen while ovulating, many may have no symptoms during this time. It is important to understand your cycle and when you could be fertile, or are most
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