For expectant parents, you want to do everything possible to protect both your health and the health of your child. Unfortunately, there are risk factors everywhere that can increase the likelihood of certain diseases, particularly cancer. Approximately 23,800 adults and 4,830 children are diagnosed with cancerous tumors of the brain and spinal cord each year, with brain tumors … [Read more...] about Do you know why these common environmental factors are dangerous for your baby?
You've taken parenting classes, you have a plan in place for going to the hospital, you've even taught yourself how to change a diaper. But are you really ready for your baby to arrive? What about your family? You might think you're ready -- you're carrying your child, after all -- but both you and your family members need a fair amount of preparation in order to be ready for a … [Read more...] about 4 ways to prepare for your baby as a first-time mom
Pregnancy cravings are nothing new. In fact, people have experienced cravings for certain foods since the dawn of human existence. While we don't know why pregnancy cravings occur, we do know the typical craving schedule. Women usually crave savory foods in the first trimester, sweet foods in the second, and salty foods in the third. It only makes sense that the infamous … [Read more...] about How pregnancy cravings inspired wild ice cream flavors
Did you know that about 87% of U.S. homes now include an air conditioning unit? We depend on that hidden network of vents and ducts within our homes to keep us comfortable and to keep our air clean. Yet even the world's biggest clean freaks don't unscrew their vent covers and clean their home's heating and cooling ducts. That's one of the reasons the air quality inside your … [Read more...] about Indoor air quality and pregnancy: Do you have to pay to clean your air ducts?
The start of flu season always causes worry for families across the country, but this germ-heavy time of year can be more concerning for some than others. Among the most vulnerable during flu season are pregnant women. Luckily, there are many actions you can take to protect yourself and your little one from the nasty virus. Let's dive into why the flu needs to be a top concern … [Read more...] about Your guide to staying healthy while pregnant during flu season