Despite the studies out there touting the risks of alcohol consumption during pregnancy, it maintains a concerning prevalence. Yet no one really knew just how devastating the numbers really were. A new study, conducted by the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH), and published in The Lancet Global Health, has given us a clear but disheartening analysis.
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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.
Necessary for the production and health of red blood cells, iron is a vital nutrient. It is especially important for women who are pregnant because it ensures that both you and baby are getting the oxygen you need. Unfortunately, around half of all pregnant women suffer from some form of anemia. Protect the health of you and your baby by learning how to add more iron into your diet.
American parents aren’t exactly strangers to the many ways parenting is made more difficult by certain companies, organizations, and establishments. Yet few are prepared for the hassle that is TSA. Far from baby-friendly, the security at airports have, historically, made traveling with infants more complicated than it needed to be.
To those that have been pregnant before, it seems like nothing short of a bold-faced lie when women tell their stories of not realizing they were pregnant until the birth. Yet researchers believe that there are more than three times as many confirmed cases of these surprise pregnancies than there are triplets born. Ashely Zezula and her partner, Mike Innes, from B.C. recently joined their ranks.
Evolution seems like a slow process – one that takes thousands, if not millions of years to significantly change a species. Yet scientists argue this simply is not true. Further, they believe that humans are evolving, creating bigger babies, because of how commonplace Cesarean sections have become. Is it all a bunch of mumbo jumbo, or is there some sort of truth to this theory?
Breastfeeding can be difficult, even for a seasoned “veteran.” Each nursing experience is unique experience. Each postpartum period has its own set of challenges. Even life can be dramatically different from one baby to the next. Yet, for all those challenges, for all those differences, there may be one special moment – what experts are calling the “golden hour” – that could help ease the stress, frustration, confusion, and difficulty that both mothers and babies may experience while nursing.
Excited about the impending arrival of their second child, Katie Rice, and Mike Roussin went in for a routine 20-week ultrasound. They learned the gender of their baby – a baby boy – but they also received some very frightening news that day.
Statistics indicate that some 10 percent of women suffer from endometriosis – a chronic and often painful disorder in which the lining that typically grows inside the uterus (endometrium) grows on the outside of it instead. Symptoms often include chronic abdominal pain and irregular periods, but it can also cause infertility. In fact, some 50 percent of women who need fertility treatments suffer from the condition.
Breastfeeding is also recommended by the World Health Organization (WHO) and American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP). But does any of this make the choice to breastfeed a superior one? More importantly, do breastfeeding mothers have the right to make formula feeding mothers feel somehow “less than” for not breastfeeding?
Most parents recognize that children need time to play and interact with the world around them. Yet, the pull of technology, the pressure to ensure children are “up to speed,” and a busy lifestyle can be difficult to balance with what we know is truly best. Further, we question what balance is supposed to look like. Is it an hour of devices per day? Is it okay if we give them more, or should it be less? What about age limits? Is there a stage at which electronics may do more harm than good? How about content? Is educational content really better for children, or does it even matter?
Cancer is never expected, nor is it ever easy, but those who are carrying another life should be immune. Not just because they are carrying another human, but because what should be a time of joy and excitement can turn into uncertainty and fear. That is what one pregnant mother is currently experiencing. Yet, as unfair as that is, she is fighting, both for her life, and the life of her child.