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Stress During Pregnancy Linked to Asthma in Kids

We don't want to stress you out by telling you this, but stress during pregnancy can have long-term impacts on the health of your child. Researchers have now linked that stress to kids having more asthma or eczema.

Children whose mother's reported stressful pregnancies were evaluated for asthma, eczema and other allergy-related conditions at ages 6 and 14. Kids were about twice as likely to have asthma as 14-year-olds if their mothers had been through a single stressful life event.

To learn more about the study, check out the full story from Health 24. 

15 Things To Do After Childbirth

So enough about child birth, how about we talk about what happens after your baby’s born? 

Coming home from the hospital with a tiny little person can be overwhelming and leave you at a loss of what to do.  You have now realized that you are responsible for another human being.  It can be a terrifying and stressful time but overall, it's a magical experience!

Learning how to be organized is now your number one priority because trust us, you’ll need to be in order to keep your sanity!  Compiling a list of things to do before and AFTER your baby can actually make your life run a lot smoother. 

Here’s a list of the top 15 things to do after your baby is born.

Is Your Baby Tongue-Tied?

The term “tongue-tied” is often associated with a person’s inability to get the proper words out of their mouths because they are flustered to speak.  However, “tongue-tied” is an actual medical condition that affects many people, especially the breastfed baby.

The medical term for this condition is called Ankyloglossia, and occurs when the band of tissue that connects the bottom of the tongue to the floor of the mouth is too short and tight, causing the movement of the tongue to be restricted.  Tongue-tie is usually present at birth and can be hereditary. 

For most babies who are tongue-tied, difficulties can occur while breastfeeding and depending on how severe, can cause problems later down the road with their speech and dental development.  However, in most cases, tongue-tie recedes on its own during a child’s first year and can cause no major problems. 

For more information on how you can tell if your baby suffers from this condition, click here.

13 Rules for Working Out While Pregnant

Doctors now recommend 30 minutes of exercise on most or all days of the week while pregnant. However, they way you define fitness during pregnancy may be different than before you were pregnant. You may need to scale it back, change up the type of exercise you do and constantly reevauate what type of workouts you're doing while pregnant. However, getting some sort of exercise will be beneficial to both you and baby.

Most importantly, you should get the greenlight from your doctor about your fitness plan. What else will you need to do differently? Read the full article from Fox News to learn the new "rules" for working out that may not have mattered before you were pregnant.

 

10 Tips for Breastfeeding on the Go

If you're breastfeeding while you’re traveling for vacations this summer, you may be worried.  Fortunately, Babble has some great tips for breastfeeding children during the hot months while on-the-go! 

One of our favorite tips is buy your own water! Don't wash your equipment in a water fountain or public restroom. Buy some bottles of your own to make sure you are staying as sanitary as possible.

 

What do FDA Pregnancy Ratings Mean?

Confused by which medications you can and can't take while pregnancy? The FDA Pregnancy rating system can be quite confusing and not always easy to find on your medication. While the best thing you can do is talk to your doctor about the safety of any drugs you have to take while pregnant, this guide from Pregnant Chicken an be quite helpful in figuring out what's safe and what is not.

If you read through these descriptions you can see that the FDA weighs the potential for fetal birth defects against the potential harm to the mother if she doesn’t get her needed medication.

Have you had to make the tough decision about whether or not to take medicine during pregnancy?

 

Superfoods for Pregnancy and Breastfeeding: Lactation Cookies

We found some cookies that can increase your milk supply- seriously.

Mama Seeds Blog recently shared this amazing post that inlcuded a recipe for Lactation Cookies, which are packed with oats, flax seeds and chocolate chips. 

These cookies make a tasty freeze and bake treat, or a great treat for the next baby shower you attend. And with some many different options for add-ins like dried fruit and nuts, you can customize these cookies for any new mom you know!  

Get the recipe from Mama Seeds here.

Shaken Baby Syndrome and the Period of Purple Crying

When a baby is between 2 weeks and 3-4 months, they often enter a period of sustained crying. This is know by experts as 'The Period of Purple Crying' and is often mistaken as colic when, in fact, it's completely normal. This is also the most common time for a baby to be shaken. 

The Pregnant Chicken Blog did a brilliant job explaining what you can expect during The Period of Purple Crying and some offered some great - even humorous - ways for frustrated moms to power through. 

For example, she reccomends: "Get an Mp3 player and listen to music. Even if you can still hear the baby it drowns out that upper octave that only a 2-month old and Mariah Carey can hit."


How did you get through this relentless period of crying? Get some tips here from Pregnant Chicken.

Cord Blood Banking: A Wise Investment?

Umbilical cord blood banking can be expensive, but it can also be a life-saver. 

The cord blood is what remains in the vessels of the placenta and the portion of the umbilical cord still attached to it after birth. Saving the cord blood can cost thousands of dollars, however, it’s rich in blood-forming cells that can be used in transplants for patients with life-threatening diseases.

So, is it worth the cost?

Read the full story from Parenting.com and weigh in.

How to Sleep Like a Baby While You're Pregnant

When is the last time you got a good night's sleep? Between heartburn, leg cramps and a racing mind, it can be a real challenge when you're expecting! And that lack of sleep can really zap your energy for the day ahead. 

One of the best tips is to exercise daily. Studies showed that moderate exercise like swimming or yoga can be a natural sleep aid. 


For 9 more tips on how to get a better night's rest, read the full story from Pregnancy Corner.