Baby Sign Language: 21 Words and Signs to Know

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Baby Sign Language: 21 Words and Signs to Know

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Preemie Development

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When I ballooned with pre-eclampsia 31 weeks into my second pregnancy, I thought my ob-gyn might prescribe daily periods of bed rest. Instead, he shocked me by saying: “We have to get that baby out — soon!”I panicked. We hadn’t moved our 2-year-old, Mathilda, out of her crib yet. We hadn’t discussed names or bought baby clothes. Damn it, I was in the middle of several writing assignments — I wasn’t ready to have a baby!

Ready or not, my son AJ was delivered, via C-section, the next afternoon. He weighed in at just 3 pounds 6 ounces and fit neatly into my husband Tony’s hand. Not that we got to hold him at first...

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Get Trans Fat-Free!

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 First, the bad news: There’s a new fat in town, and it can be particularly unhealthy for pregnant women and nursing mothers. Now, the good news: Eating a healthy diet will take this threat off the table.

Called trans fat (or trans fatty acids), this substance is formed when liquid oil is “hydrogenated,” or made into a solid (such as margarine or shortening). Although trans fat isn’t nearly as prevalent as saturated fat  — the other “bad” one  — it has been linked to a number of serious health problems, including type II diabetes and breast cancer. Trans fat also raises the risk of heart disease by increasing LDL (“bad” cholesterol) and lowering HDL (“good” cholesterol).

For expectant and nursing moms, however, trans fat brings unique health risks...

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New Mommy Survival Guide

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No matter how many moms you talk to before you give birth, you won’t truly know what the first few weeks of motherhood really are like until you go through them. Sure, you know you will need standard supplies for Baby, like diapers, burp rags and bodysuits, but what about you? What will you need to survive the 24-hour grind of regular feedings, endless diaper changes and lack of sleep? We have compiled a list of what we think are mommy must-dosand must-haves for the first few weeks of motherhood.

Before Baby Arrives

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Make meals ahead of time and freeze them, so you can easily pull them out and heat them when you’re hungry. Lasagna, chili or casseroles freeze really well. You don’t have to cook for hours...

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Study: Autism May Be Related to Birth Stress

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Study: Autism May Be Related to Birth Stress

Scientists focus on diuretic to restore neuron function in autistic rodents

With autism rates soaring over the past 20 years, researchers are constantly looking for prevention or treatment methods. One scientist, Yehezkel Ben-Ari of the Mediterranean Institute of Neurobiology in Marseille, France believes autistic children may have suffered stress at birth. As a mother of three autistic children, this peaked my interest, especially since two of them suffered birth trauma.

While Ben-Ari has done some studies on autistic children, most of his research has been limited to mice and rats. Even so, there are noted parallels that seem to make the study applicable to humans in many ways...

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AAP Limits RSV Prevention Medication

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The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) has released new guidelines that could affect the way severe lower respiratory tract disease from respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) is prevented. RSV is the most common cause of bronchiolitis and pneumonia in children younger than 1 year of age in the United States.

Palivizumab prophylaxis, commonly known as Synagis, is a monoclonal antibody that has been shown to effectively prevent RSV. The AAP is now recommending that Synagis be administered only to infants born prematurely at 29 weeks’ gestation or less and to babies considered “high risk...

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Parenting Styles: A Rural Upbringing

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Parenting Styles: A Rural Upbringing

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Take ‘Care’ of Your Nanny’s Taxes

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Take ‘Care’ of Your Nanny’s Taxes

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