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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8 Tips for Weaning Your Baby Off the Breast

Breastfeeding is an intimate and bonding experience – one that baby benefits from and most moms enjoy. Of course, like all good things, nursing must eventually end. Sometimes because mom must return to work. Other times because the baby is getting older. And other times simply out of preference. Whatever your reason, the following 8 tips may help you in the process. Just keep in mind that each stage is different, and what works for one baby might not work for another. Be willing to experiment and try different things, but always be mindful of what is best for you and baby throughout the process.

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Lack of Information on Consuming Alcohol During Pregnancy Alarms Study Researchers

Pregnancy and alcohol have a difficult history. Doctors used to recommend it because it allegedly offered benefits to both mother and baby. However, over time, we have come to understand that alcohol during pregnancy can have some serious implications, such as heart defects and fetal alcohol spectrum disorders. So why, then, do we not have more information on the subject?

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Mom Delivers a Whopping 12-Pound Baby Boy!

The average baby arrives weighing about 7lbs. At 12-pounds, 4.5-ounces Theo Brown doubled that and surprised both his parents and the staff the birthing center where he was born!

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Strangers Help Save the Life of 8-Week-Old Infant

Few things bring a community together quite like a baby . . . and sometimes, you’re just in the right place at the right time. A prime example is the recent plight of an 8-week-old Ottawa infant.

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Hyperemesis Gravidarum: Causes, Symptoms, And Treatment

Statistics indicate that some 70 to 80 percent of expectant mothers experience some form of morning sickness, but for at least 60,000 women each year (most likely more), the sickness is severe. These soon-to-be moms suffer from a condition known as hyperemesis gravidarum. It typically involves extreme nausea and vomiting, and it can place the mother at risk for dehydration, electrolyte imbalance, and even death. Learn more about this serious but often treatable condition, including its causes, symptoms, and possible treatments.

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13 Ways To Spice Up Your Sex Life After Kids!

Parents need to find time for fun. They need to reconnect. Because, trust me when I say this, one of the worst things you can do as a couple is to stop having sex (divorce rates are higher for sexless marriages). So, if you’re like most of us and in need of a little reboot and some spice in your sex life, check out these interesting tips for heating it up after the kids go to sleep

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Sensory Processing Abnormalities in Children with Autism Evident as Early as Six Months

The debate over what causes autism, and when it occurs, has been going on for quite some time now. Some parents (and purported experts) say the condition is caused by vaccination. Others cite environmental exposure issues. However, as more and more research comes in, it becomes evident that autism is congenital – present at birth, or perhaps even while in utero. Now added to the growing body of evidence is a study that found sensory processing abnormalities in six-month-old infants.

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10 Tips to Help You Kick Morning Sickness to the Curb

Morning sickness (which isn’t confined to just mornings) is an extremely common pregnancy condition, but it certainly doesn’t feel normal. It seems that anything and everything – or even nothing at all – sets it off. You’re searching for the restroom, the second you enter a place you’ve never been. And it strikes, without warning, at some of the most inconvenient times. Thankfully, there are some things that expectant moms can do to kick morning sickness to the curb.

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Alanis Morrissette Opens Up About Still Struggling with Debilitating Postpartum Depression

Approximately 1 in 8 mothers experience some degree of postpartum depression. For singer and Grammy award winner, Alanis Morrissette, the condition is debilitating.

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Donating to Hurricane Victims – Making the Most of Your Money and Helping the Non-Humans, Too!

America has been horribly divided since its last presidential election, but in the wake of Hurricanes Irma and Harvey, we are reminded of just how strong this country can be. People from all four corners are traveling to lend physical aid to victims, and those that cannot be there are sending donated items and money, hoping to make a difference. It is truly a beautiful thing.

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Baby Born with Seven Teeth, Shocking Both Parents and Doctor

When little Prayan Sharma was born, his parents were only concerned about his health. He had an infection and had to be transferred over to the neonatal ICU for treatment. But, ten days later, when he was doing better, Prayan was united with his mother, Nikita Sharma, so she could breastfeed. It was then that she made a shocking discovery.