Author Archive for Kate

Kate Givans is a wife and a mother of five—four sons (one with autism) and a daughter. She’s an advocate for breastfeeding, women’s rights, against domestic violence, and equality for all. When not writing—be it creating her next romance novel or here on Growing Your Baby—Kate can be found discussing humanitarian issues, animal rights, eco-awareness, food, parenting, and her favorite books and shows on Twitter or Facebook. Laundry is the bane of her existence, but armed with a cup of coffee, she sometimes she gets it done. Find out more about Kate’s books at authorkategivans.com.

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Tips For Planning Baby’s First Birthday!

If you’re like most parents, you’ve been thinking about your baby’s first birthday since you found out you were pregnant. Added to that excitement is the pressure of knowing they only get one. How do you keep a level head and enjoy that very first birthday milestone? You can start by checking out these 10 tips for planning baby’s first birthday.

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Infant Brain Scans May Make Early Diagnoses for Autism a Reality

Children with autism will always have autism. Yet many can and do make cognitive, communicative, and behavioral improvements as they age. Sadly, many children experience a delayed diagnosis. Since early detection and treatment are key in making progression possible, this delay can significantly limit their ability to grow to their fullest potential. A new study…

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Study Suggests ADHD is Neurological, Not Just Behavioral

In Canada, at least one in 20 children have attention deficit hyperactive disorder (ADHD). Marked by behaviors that many consider obnoxious – hyperactivity, impulsivity, and inattention – many of these children and their parents are stigmatized as lazy, rude, or undisciplined. Thankfully, a new study may dispel these common misconceptions about the condition. It has determined that the brains of children with the condition are notably smaller than neurotypical children, suggesting the condition is more than just behavioral.

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10 Ways Parents Can Support One Another After Welcoming a Baby

You spent months waiting for your baby, were likely struggling to contain your excitement as the birth date drew near. And then the baby comes. You honestly can’t remember the last time you washed your hair (and may not even really remember your last shower). Your teeth probably never get brushed before noon. And you may even find yourself feeling envious of all the single people who get to sleep through the night.

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Study Finds Gestational Diabetes May Increase Your Risk of Postpartum Depression

Statistics suggest that around 1 in 7 women experience postpartum depression after giving birth. Characterized by long-lasting symptoms (generally longer than a couple of weeks), those suffering from the condition may experience symptoms like fatigue, anxiety, mood swings, insomnia, and trouble bonding with baby. It affects women of all ages, income levels, and ethnicities. There are some commonalities, however. For example, women depression are more likely to experience PPD. Now a new study suggests that gestational diabetes may also be an independent risk factor.

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Mom Says Daycare Worker Breastfed Her Baby and Made Him Sick

Most moms are used to receiving unsolicited advice, but what happens when that advice turns into inappropriate and unwanted action? A North Carolina mom might have the answer.

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Mother Shamed Into Covering Up While Breastfeeding Baby at an Art Gallery

Christie Rea, a mother of four, recently spoke out about her breastfeeding experience at the National Gallery of Australia. Unfortunately, it wasn’t a pleasant one. In her own words, the Newcastle woman said “it was absolutely humiliating” to be pressured into leaving the gallery area for feeding her daughter.

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10 Ways to Get More Fiber in Your Diet While Pregnant

Fiber is an essential part of every well-balanced diet. It can aid in bowel elimination and it is important for the regulation of blood sugar and energy levels. During pregnancy, it can also help to regulate blood pressure and may even reduce your risk of preeclampsia in your last trimester. Unfortunately, the average person only consumes about 14 grams of fiber per day, which is substantially lower than what is recommended. Expectant mothers, who actually need more fiber during pregnancy, should consume at least 25 grams of dietary fiber per day. Boost your intake with help from the following tips.

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Researchers Discover 14 New Genetic Mutations That Cause Developmental Disabilities in Children

Each year, more than 300,000 infants die from a congenital anomaly. Many result in conditions like autism, heart defects, Down syndrome, and neural tube defects. Scientists currently do not know what actually causes about half of these defects, and there are many other conditions for which the pathogenic variants are unknown. The Deciphering Developmental Disorders (DDD) study,

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Are High-Tech Baby Monitors Necessary for Healthy Babies?

Wanting to protect your child, or doing anything and everything in your power to do so, is normal and natural. But is a high-tech baby monitor truly the best way to do it? A recent study says: probably not.

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10 Fishless Ways to Add More Omega-3 to Your Diet While Pregnant

Omega-3 fatty acids are critical during all stages of life, but they are especially important during pregnancy. In fact, studies suggest that increased consumption of omega-3 during pregnancy could reduce an infant’s risk of allergies. But omega-3 goes much further than that. You see, it only takes a little omega-3 to ensure you get your daily intake.