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What is the 4th Trimester: Part 2

What is the 4th Trimester: Part 2The 4th trimester is that whirlwind period when you and your newborn are acclimating to your new lives together. Your baby’s immature body is adjusting to being away form the comfort of your womb, and you are learning to care for your precious baby. It’s a grand time of growth and development for you both, but not without its challenges.

 

Today we’re sharing ways you and embrace the 4th trimester to help your baby thrive and keep yourself on a path to happy motherhood.

Helping Your Baby During the 4th Trimester

During the 4th trimester, you can help your baby cope by recreating that glorious womb-like experience she is missing so much. Dr. Harvey Karp recommends the 5 S’s: shushing noises (either by mouth, hair dryer, vacuum cleaner, sound machine, etc…), swinging movements (rocking, swaying, baby-wearing, etc…), swaddling, side-lying and sucking (breastfeeding topping the list!). These five sensations help your baby feel more at home as she works to overcome her longing for everything she had just a few weeks or months earlier.

Over the course of the 4th trimester your baby will cry, eat and sleep a lot. Usually newborns do best when they are allowed to breastfeed and sleep as they please, postponing schedules for later in infancy. They also want to be held a lot, which will help build a strong connection between you and your baby. This is the time when your little love is learning that she can depend on you for anything, now and for a lifetime.

Your baby will slowly learn to handle more and more of the real world day by day. She will cry less, learn daytime and nighttime sleeping rhythms, enjoy a variety of stimuli, control her involuntary reflexes and begin to move with intention. This is the best time to expose your baby to as much as she can take without overwhelming her because she’s developing synapses that will help her learn and absorb more throughout her life.

The 4th Trimester Experience for New Moms

The 4th trimester is a period of transition for moms as well. While pregnancy can take its toll, your life can continue as it did before. Once you have a baby, life is altered forever. The aspects of your day that once defined you will probably never be the same. You’ll see everything through the new lens of motherhood.

Many moms have difficulty adjusting to this change, especially during the 4th trimester. You may be recovering from a difficult childbirth and you certainly don’t have much time to rest as you learn to care for your newborn. Hormones are rebalancing from pregnancy to ramp up for breastfeeding, and breastfeeding happens around the clock with little time for breaks.

Your emotions may be all over the map, from elation, contentment and hopefulness about your new beautiful baby, to exhaustion, depression and feeling overwhelmed by the responsibility of parenting. With the newness of motherhood, it’s hard not to feel like this is what your entire parental experience will be, which itself can be daunting.

The 4th trimester is a time for mothers to learn, grow and develop too. And that takes some of the same techniques that babies need: lots of cuddling, soothing, sleep and meeting basic needs as they arise, leaving longer term plans and schedules for another time. Slowly, mothers start to feel more like themselves, or at least discover a new normal that makes them feel whole. Motherhood is often a wonderful time to redefine yourself and adjust your goals to create happiness within your new family.

Embracing the 4th Trimester

Whether you’re a carefree kind of gal or a face your problems promptly and fiercely kind of person, the advice for caring for your baby and yourself during the 4th trimester is the same: embrace this time of growth and development by laying low, learning your baby, breastfeeding a lot and restoring energy. Staying at home for plenty of cuddle time will help you and your baby ace the 4th trimester!

Sources: Baby Center and Parent Map

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What is the 4th Trimester: Part 1

What is the 4th Trimester:When your baby is born she’s experienced three amazing periods of growth and development inside the womb known as trimesters. But experts have coined the three to four months after birth the 4th trimester because it is a critical, complex and confusing time of continued growth and navigation of life on the other side of mom’s belly.

Today we’re exploring the 4th trimester and sharing what you need to know to help your baby thrive – and yourself survive – this crucial stage.

From Womb to World

Think about how warm and snuggly your baby must have been curled up in your uterus, floating to her heart’s content in her dim cave. The sound of your heartbeat and other bodily functions were music to her ears and your movements rocked her peacefully day and night. She had plenty of sustenance and never wanted for anything.

Then, suddenly, your baby is born into a great big world where there is space everywhere, it’s cold, bright, still, quiet and she has to work for her food. Her senses are not developed, her instincts are not sharp, and her brain is still much too small to work through her problems alone. She needs major support – thank goodness she has you, mom!

The Science Behind the 4th Trimester

The 4th trimester is all about transitioning from the womb to the world and overcoming the challenges that major move brings. While it seems silly to call it a 4th trimester when trimester inherently means only three, there is science and evolution behind the theory.

Before humans were humans and walked upright, babies gestated for three or four months longer and were better able to handle life outside their mothers’ bodies when their birth days finally arrived. Becoming bipedal caused the pelvis to narrow and babies had to be born earlier so they would be small enough to fit through the birth canal. But their brains and nervous system were not yet ready to cope with the outside world.

Unlike other mammals, human babies are born with approximately 25% of the size of their adult brain. Most mammals are born with 60% to 90% of their adult brain size. This allows many of them to have better survival instincts and functions at birth, such as being able to run, hunt or eat their species’ regular diet relatively quickly.

On the other hand, human babies are rather helpless and need constant attention and support for their every basic need. Babies cry the most during the 4th trimester because it is their only form of communication. Their cries are not only to signal hunger, discomfort and need for affection, but also to block noises and stimulus that is too much for their tiny nervous system to handle. It’s not until around four months of age that babies can learn to self-soothe.

Stick around later this week for more fascinating facts about the 4th trimester including how you and your baby can embrace this special time together.

Sources: Baby Center and Parent Map

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Last Minute Family Holiday Card Ideas

Last Minute Family Holiday Card IdeasIf you haven’t sent your family holiday card yet, don’t worry, you can still pull it off! We have last minute family holiday card ideas that can arrive before the holidays are over.

So you forgot to put together a holiday card this year and you’re scrambling to figure out how to send your hundreds of friends, family, business contacts and mere acquaintances a special holiday greeting. Or maybe you didn’t forget as much as you just didn’t have time or the idea of organizing it just made you want to get all tangled up in that mess of Christmas lights have yet to be unscrambled.

It’s OK, we’ve all been there.

Check out these last minute family holiday card ideas and tips that will look like you aced it:

Card + Photo

There’s no time for scouting the perfect photo card design with just the right message that conveys your true holiday sentiments and then sifting through the thousands of photos on your phone to pick images that fit the incredibly awkward photo spaces provided. And organizing a photo shoot at this point – not a chance! Rather, go online or head to any drug store and pick up boxes of generic holiday cards that you find acceptable. Then select one family photo you love, or quickly take on yourself using the self-timer on your camera,  and have it printed in mass quantities to stick inside your card. Wha-la, a family holiday card with a beautiful photo of your family.

No Good Photos

Can’t find any photos where everyone looks good? Use an online program where you can upload several similar images and then select the best face on each person. Yes, that does exist, it’s amazing! Or simply adjust backgrounds, coloring and other features to make your snapshot look professional quality. Still can’t get it looking fabulous? Try black and white where everyone looks incredible. Even black and white won’t cut it? Show a slice of reality and include photos of the “real” moments in your family like your daughter crying on Santa’s lap or your dog who has chewed up all your shoes.

Online Only

Forget collecting physical addresses and hand-addressing each card. Rather, pull up your contact list and email a card to everyone. There are many free and inexpensive options where you can upload your own photos and customize messages. Plus, you can send these up until the last minute and still maintain perfect timing on your holiday cheer.

Get Crafty

If your visions of something unique and creative are quickly melting away, turn the situation around by getting your kids involved in a fun craft project. From fabric ornaments and button snowmen, to thumbprint reindeer and glittering holiday lights, you and your kiddos can make spectacular holiday cards from the heart.

Change the Game

Need an extra week? Send a New Year’s card instead. Need an extra month? Go for a Valentine’s Day card. It will certainly stand out and not get lost in a sea of other holiday cards.

Happy Holiday Season!!

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Breastfeeding May Reduce Risk of Endometriosis

When it comes to women’s health studies, breastfeeding is at the forefront of many positive effects on the female body. Yet another study now shows that breastfeeding may reduce risk of endometriosis.

Endometriosis is a chronic and irreparable condition in which uterine tissue grows outside the uterus. It is marked by pain and excessive bleeding during menstruation, painful sexual intercourse and intermittent pelvic pain. Approximately 10% of women in the U.S. suffer from endometriosis. The medical community is unsure what causes the condition and little is known about how to reduce risk factors, until now.

Breastfeeding May Reduce Risk of EndometriosisA new study from Brigham and Women’s Hospital concludes that breastfeeding may be one of the few known ways to reduce a woman’s risk factor for endometriosis. And the longer lifetime total time spent breastfeeding, and breastfeeding exclusively, decreases a new mom’s risk of the condition.

Of the thousands of women in the 20-year study, moms who breastfed for a year or more had 32% lower risk of developing endometriosis after pregnancy. Each additional three months spent nursing reduced risk even further, by 8% per 3-month span. The benefit was even greater for mothers who exclusively breastfed.

One reason researchers believe that breastfeeding may reduced risk of endometriosis is that lactation usually pauses menstrual cycles after childbirth. However, that is only part of the story. The hormones involved in lactation also have an impact on developing endometriosis.

The study included over 70,000 women over a 20-year span who self-reported their breastfeeding duration. Also, researchers acknowledge that some women may be living with endometriosis unknowingly because the pain may not have warranted a surgical diagnosis. Further research includes determining whether breastfeeding reduces symptoms of endometriosis for women who were diagnosed prior to pregnancy.

This incredible benefit is yet another win for breastfeeding and further contributes to public health initiatives aimed at increasing breastfeeding awareness. The benefits for mothers and babies are undeniable and the list keeps growing.

Sources: NY Times and Science Daily

 

6 Things to Do the Day after Thanksgiving with your Family

6 Things to Do the Day after Thanksgiving with your FamilyThe big meal is over, the kitchen put back together, the kids are asleep and you’re now wondering what to do the day after Thanksgiving with your family. Forget the shopping, there’s a big holiday weekend ahead and plenty for the entire family to enjoy.

If you’re looking for things to do the day after Thanksgiving with your family, check out our list:

Cuddle Under the Covers: If you have young kids, chances are you will not be sleeping in, but perhaps you can lie under the covers a bit longer than usual if you initiate a family cuddle. Gather everyone in the biggest bed in the house and lounge, hug, talk, tickle and love on each other as long as possible.

Make a Fort: Get out all the sheets, pillows and blankets and let your kids set up the biggest fort possible in your home. For just one day, let them keep the fort together and enjoy imaginative play. You can even let them dine in their fort. At the end of the day, clean up the structure and dream up plans for bigger and better forts in years to come.

Have a Family Field Day: Set up a few yard-friendly field day-esque games that the whole family can play such as a 3-legged race, potato sack race, ring toss and dress-up relay. This is a great activity if you have extended family in town or for inviting neighbors to join in the fun.

6 Things to Do the Day after Thanksgiving with your FamilyCreate a Gratitude Mural: With multiple family members working on different areas, create a mural that shows what your family is thankful for this year. While Thanksgiving itself may be over, the spirit of gratitude should be with you all year long. Hang the mural in your home or garage as a reminder to everyone.

Pay it Forward: While you’re feeling grateful, share random acts of gratitude by paying it forward. Participate in a beautification project at a park or school. Make care packages for people in need. Rake leaves for neighbors who can’t do it themselves. Bring cookies to your local fire or police department. Show your kids the true meaning of Thanksgiving by taking action to better your world.

Do Something for the Winter Holidays: Watch Christmas movies, decorate for the season, select a Christmas tree, make a wish list. Anything that brings your family together to prepare for the next holiday is a good bonding experience and use of time.

We hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving and enjoy the rest of your holiday weekend!

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Thanksgiving-Themed Sensory Activities for Babies

Thanksgiving-Themed Sensory Activities for BabiesThe sights, scents, sounds and textures surrounding Thanksgiving are so much fun for young children. With household items you can create stimulating Thanksgiving-themed sensory activities for babies so your little one can join in the festivities at her own level.

Check out our favorite Thanksgiving-themed sensory activities for babies:

Pumpkin-Scented Play Dough

Make your own play dough that smells like the joy of Thanksgiving! Using an easy recipe of flour, salt, cream of tartar, water and oil, making the dough is a cinch. Then add pumpkin puree, cinnamon and pumpkin spice mix. For a dab of color, add a natural orange food coloring.

Cranberry Tub

If your baby loves to splash, this one’s for her! Fill a small bin with water and drop in a container of cranberries. Let your baby splash and play with the cranberries to her heart’s content. Create simple games where she has to collect the cranberries in cups or find them in plastic eggs.

Feather the Turkey

Feathers are such a neat sensation for babies. Spend a few minutes tickling your little love with colorful feathers and point out colors and body parts along the way. Then flip a colander upside down and let your baby fit the feather quills into the holes. This is great fine-motor skills training.

Gobble Your Senses

Grab your baby’s attention with various textures. Cut out a turkey body from brown construction paper and feathers from various bright colors. Put objects of different textures on the feathers such as cotton balls, pasta, sandpaper, googley eyes, buttons and leaves. This is a great way to help your baby start to identify different textures.

Finger Paint

You can create just about any Thanksgiving-themed masterpiece for your baby to finger paint. Some ideas include ears of corn, pumpkins, turkeys, leaves and trees. Once you cut out the shape, let your baby go to town finger painting the themed object.

Nature Stew

Head outside with a big pot and spoon. Take walk and collect items from nature to fill your pot. Then add some water and let your baby mix it up her special glorious homemade nature stew.

Dried Food Sensory Box

Sometimes the simplest items make the most fun. Mix up a collection of uncooked beans, spiral pasta, rice, lentils and any other dried food you have around the house. Let your baby enjoy sifting through the textures and moving them around in the box. Cups and spoons for pouring make this sensory box all the more fun.

Pumpkin Goo

Messy equals fun when you’re a baby. Let your baby squish, mush and slather herself with pumpkin goo. Carve open the top, roll up her sleeves and let her get up to her elbows in pumpkin guts.

 

Tips for Manageable Family Dinners with a Baby

If dreams of a fun, peaceful and meaningful family dinner have dwindled now that you are in the throws of real-life motherhood, this one’s for you. Family dinners with a baby can be crazy and chaotic but we’ve got tips to help you make it work – for at least 8 minutes.

Tips for Manageable Family Dinners with a BabySet the Bar Low

A manageable family dinner starts with having realistic expectations. If you think multiple children are going to sit still, not whine or cry and eat everything on their plates during every meal, you’re setting yourself up for failure. Rather, go into meals knowing that it won’t be perfect and embrace the imperfection.

Serve Something for Everyone

If you’re already spent by the time you sit down for a meal, your patience is not going to withstand the scene. Try to keep meal preparation simple and serve the same meal to everyone that includes at least one thing each person likes. That way you know each family member will eat something. For babies, try to puree or mash up what you are already making. If it helps, miniaturize your foods or turn them into fun shapes.

Wait to be Seated

Little ones have a hard time sitting still for too long. Wait to call everyone to the table when the meal is completely ready. Try to have everything you need already on the table to limit your ups and downs, which can be distracting to little eaters.

Kid-Friendly Timing

Eating at 5 p.m. may not be your ideal dining experience but if that’s what is best for your kids, do it. When young children are hungry and can’t express their desire to eat, they get cranky, fast. Rather than starting the meal in a cranky state, head off the tantrums by eating at the right hour. Also, limit snacking within two hours of mealtime.

Have Happy Meals

Set the tone for happiness by making mealtime fun, yet appropriate. If some of your kids are old enough to have conversations, talk about what’s going on in each of your lives. For younger children and babies, sometimes it takes reading books, telling stories, singing songs or otherwise being silly to get through a meal. If this helps your kids associate mealtime with good times, do it. You’ll set yourself up for success when they are older.

Set Guidelines and Stick to Them

Establish rules about meal times early in life. This includes no electronics, no potty mouths and using manners (to the extent possible for your age ranges). Also, encourage your kids to try at least one bite of what you are serving. If they don’t like it, don’t force them to eat it. But no one knows what they like until they try it. You can even enforce that with your baby by dabbling a little on her lips. If your kids decide they dislike a food, try again another time. It often takes repeated exposure to adopt new foods.

It’s all Temporary

Meals with babies and toddlers are especially challenging. But remember your babies and toddlers grow up all-too-fast. The chaos today will be tomorrow’s most meaningful moments. Keep this in perspective before you snap or give up on family dinners with a baby altogether.

Sources: Huffington Post, Mom to Mom Nutrition and One Thankful Mom

Breastfeeding and Stress

Being a new mom can be stressful time in your life and if you find the holiday season stressful, you may be in for a double whammy. The responsibility of a new tiny person and being your baby’s entire food source, coupled with lack of sleep, managing other obligations, holiday chaos, and feeling the effects of hormones, stress is probably unavoidable. When breastfeeding and stress meet, the challenge can be even more real.

The Ups and Downs of Breastfeeding and Stress

Breastfeeding and stress is a complicated state.

On the one hand, studies show that breastfeeding helps relax mothers thanks to the hormone oxytocin required for the task. Nursing moms tend to have less postpartum

Breastfeeding and Stress

depression and anxiety and breastfeeding helps moms recover from pregnancy and childbirth faster, including less postpartum bleeding and pain.

But when mothers do feel stress, it can affect breastfeeding in several ways. Sometimes mothers under stress find it hard to have normal letdowns and the milk ejection reflex is compromised. New moms may feel their milk supply is low but usually this is temporary as long as stimulation and frequent feedings occur.

Stressed moms also tend to neglect other aspects that impact breastfeeding such as eating, exercise and sleep. When new moms don’t take care of themselves, they are more likely to become overwhelmed and frustrated, leading to low milk supply and premature weaning.

Managing Breastfeeding and Stress

Even in times of war, famine, natural disasters, trauma, divorce, financial hardships, family deaths and much more, mothers have continued to breastfeed. That’s not to undermine your feelings of stress around the holidays, but only point out that you can persevere. Breastfeeding and stress is not ideal but in many cases it is a fact of life. Finding ways to manage stress as a new mom is often the best solution.

Taking care of mom’s basic needs is a first step. It’s essential to eat a wholesome diet (including extra calories required for breastfeeding) and sleep as much as possible (despite waking every 2-3 hours for feedings). These are two areas where a partner can help by preparing meals and snacks and taking an overnight shift with the baby.

Exercise releases endorphins that can reduce stress. Even a stroll with your baby in the fresh air can make a big difference in your emotional state and energy.

Breathing techniques, guided meditation and mindfulness are all proven ways to reduce stress. Many times these can be done while you are doing the normal tasks of motherhood so they don’t take time away from your job or compound your to-do list.

Cuddling your baby and continuing to breastfeed despite your stress is also highly recommended. That’s because the beautiful hormones you’re producing to make breast milk are also supporting your emotional health.

If breastfeeding is your cause of stress, seek support right away. Latch issues and positioning are common breastfeeding problems that can be resolved with the help of a lactation consultant. Professionals can also help diagnose lip and tongue ties and provide guidance on how to correct them.

Especially during the busy and stressful holiday season, focus on ways to keep your stress under control so breastfeeding can be as joyous and magnificent as the holidays themselves.

Sources: La Leche League, BabyCenter and Babble

Decisions You Have to Make on your Baby’s Birth Day: Part 2

Decisions You Have to Make on your Baby’s Birth Day: Part 2Between baby gear, nurseries and names, there’s a lot to think about and do to prepare for the arrival of your baby. And the decision making is not over once you head to the hospital to give birth.

Earlier this week we reviewed some crucial decisions you have to make on your baby’s birth day, such as breastfeeding, cord clamping, circumcision and more. Today we’re continuing our list of decisions you have to make on your baby’s birth day to help you feel prepared to make informed choices for the best health of your baby.

Newborn Screening

Some parents go into the hospital knowing that their child has a medical condition but most do not. And in the case of some diseases, symptoms may not show for many years. Newborn screenings use a few drops of your baby’s blood to determine with pretty good accuracy whether or not your baby has a host of rare diseases. The results are usually available within a few weeks after birth and if your baby tests positive for anything, further testing may be recommended.

Hepatitis B Vaccine

This crucial vaccine is the first of many recommended for infants and children. Hepatitis B affects the liver and can lead to liver disease and live cancer. The vaccine against it is recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the American Academy of Pediatrics within 12 hours of birth.

Vitamin K Shot

Newborns often lack Vitamin K, an essential nutrient that helps blood clot. If an infant develops internal bleeding and lacks enough Vitamin K, she may face serious and potentially life-threatening consequences. Providing the Vitamin K shot shortly after birth helps prevent such issues.

The Vitamin K shot is highly recommended for babies who may have been injured during birth, such as those born via c-section, using forceps or who had a traumatic birth. Also, babies born preterm or with low birth weight should receive Vitamin K, according to experts. The good news for breastfeeding moms is that colostrum, the earliest breast milk you produce, is rich in Vitamin K so you can further boost your baby’s blood clotting factor.

Antibiotic Eye Ointment

Babies can get bacteria in their eyes during the birthing process. This ointment helps prevent any infection that may cause blindness.

Pacifier

Babies have a natural sucking instinct. That’s why they are usually really good at breastfeeding! But when they aren’t feeding and need to suck on something, many moms rely on pacifiers. There is some controversy over whether or not pacifiers cause nipple confusion and make babies not want to breastfeed. And then there is the consideration of having to eventually wean your baby from the pacifier, which is often painful for everyone.

Rooming-In

Your first slumber party with your newborn baby sounds exciting and can be a wonderful way to bond and breastfeed on demand. Some mothers love being close to their babies, listening to their coos and cries and feeling the miracle of birth 24/7. Other moms may be in desperate need of sleep or might need some peace and quiet while they heal from a difficult birth and opt to send their babies to the nursery for a much-needed break.

Hospital Guests

You may only have a few short days to be taken care of in the hospital and chances are you’re going to be exhausted from the experience of giving birth. Consider carefully who you want to visit you in the hospital and how much time you want them to stay. Feeling like you have to entertain is probably not a great use of your energy when you’re tired and are trying to bond with your baby.

Pediatrician

You will be asked at the hospital who your child’s pediatrician will be. Hopefully you’ve had time to meet with a few and make a selection prior to your baby’s birth day. If your pediatrician makes rounds at the hospital where you gave birth, he will visit your baby several times during your stay. Otherwise a hospital pediatrician or a pediatrician who has reciprocity with yours will see your baby.

Sources: Fit Pregnancy, ChildrensMD, Baby Gaga and CDC

Decisions You Have to Make on your Baby’s Birth Day: Part 1

Decisions You Have to Make on your Baby’s Birth Day: Part 1You have your bag packed, your route to the hospital mapped out and your baby’s name ready to roll off your tongue the moment she’s born. But do you know which decisions you have to make on your baby’s birth day? There’s quite a few of them and you’ll probably want to do your research before the big day.

We’re sharing the questions you will be asked by doctors and nurses so you can be prepared for decisions you have to make on your baby’s birth day.

Skin-to-Skin

If you want to hold your baby immediately after birth, make your wishes clear to your doctor, midwife and nursing team. Even in cesarean births moms are often allowed to snuggle their babies for a moment as long as both mother and baby are deemed healthy enough. Immediate skin-to-skin lovin’ is a marvelous first bonding experience with your baby. She’ll start to feel safe in your warm embrace and become familiar with your scent, sound and body rhythm.

Breastfeeding

While enjoying skin-to-skin, babies often instinctually want to breastfeed. Again, it is essential for mothers to clearly tell their hospital team that they want to breastfeed as soon as possible after birth. Nursing within the first hour of birth helps jumpstart the breastfeeding relationship so both baby and mama can get the hang of it faster.

Birthing Partner

Have you decided who will be with you in their delivery room? Often moms just want dad around but sometimes they choose a best friend, sister, mom or other family member to witness the miracle. And sometimes a doula or other helpful birthing coach is there to support mom through labor and delivery. Before you invite the neighborhood, ask your hospital their limitations in the delivery room. Obviously if you have an unexpected c-section, most of your guest list will be banned from the operating room.

Delayed Cord Clamping

Delayed cord clamping is increasingly popular. Typically your OB or midwife will cut the umbilical cord within one minute of birth. However, some new moms are optioning to delay cord clamping by a few extra minutes to allow the placenta to pump extra blood into the baby. This could increase the baby’s blood supply by over 30% and possibly prevent anemia in infancy. But there are risks to weigh as well.

Cord Blood Banking

The umbilical cord contains potentially life-saving stem cells that can be stored for future use for your baby or other family members should they need it for medical purposes. In some cases, people with cancer, blood disorders and immune system diseases have benefited from using these stem cells. There is a hefty fee for cord blood banking so consider the pros and cons and be ready to make the decision right away.

Placenta Release

Some mothers choose to eat their placenta as it contains many rare and rich nutrients. However, your hospital may have a strict procedure for releasing the placenta since it is an organ. Check with the hospital where you plan to give birth to find out the placenta release regulations.

Circumcision

For new moms of boys, you may choose to have your baby circumcised in the hospital by your obstetrician. While circumcision was rarely questioned a decade ago, now many families are not opting for neonatal circumcisions of their baby boys. The foreskin of the penis is not necessary but it usually does not pose a problem either as long as you keep it clean.

Bathing

It is typical for nurses to give your baby her first bath pretty soon after birth. That’s because babies are born with a waxy substance called vernix coating their bodies. If you or your husband would prefer to give the first bath, let your hospital team know so they won’t take away the honors.

That’s a lot to think about and that’s only half the list! Stick around later this week for even more decisions you have to make on your baby’s birth day.

Sources: Fit Pregnancy, ChildrensMD, Baby Gaga and CDC

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Valentine's Day crafts
Valentine's Day crafts for kids
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Valentine's Day while breastfeeding
Valentine's Day with kids
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Vitamin K
Vitamin K and blood clotting
VKDB
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water birth
Ways for Dad to Bond with Baby
Ways to Burn Calories with a Baby
Ways to Celebrate Baby’s First Thanksgiving
ways to encourage Crossing the Midline
ways to find other new moms
Ways to Get Kids to Drink Water
Ways to Get Rid of Cradle Cap
ways to make your home festive
ways to praise your child
ways to relieve congestion in babies
Ways to Say Goodbye to your Child
ways to sweeten Valentine's Day
Ways to Teach Sons to Respect Women
WBW2015
weaning
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WebMD
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well-balanced diet
what can a baby hear
What Dogs Teach about Love
what is colic
what is colostrum
what is cradle cap
What is Dream Feeding?
what is preterm labor
what is the umbilical cord
what is thrush
What Kids Perceive about Marriage from their Parents
what medications can baby take
what medicines can I take while breastfeeding
what not to buy used
what not to do during pregnancy
what not to eat during pregnancy
what things can be recycled
what to avoid during pregnancy
what to do about colic
what to do before baby arrives
what to do before potty training
What to do if you have Food Poisoning while Pregnant or Breastfeeding
What To Do If Your Baby Won’t Latch
What to do in a Car Crash when you’re Pregnant
what to do on Christmas Eve
what to do on Mother's Day
what to do to relieve pain during labor
what to do with a toddler while breastfeeding a baby
What to do with kids on New Years
what to do with old clothes
what to do with used kids clothes
what to eat during pregnancy
what to expect from play dates
what to get for Father's Day
What to Look for in a Crib
what to look for in pediatrician
what to tell your babysitter
what type of car seat do I need
what we learn about marriage from our parents
What You Should Do with Used Clothes
what your baby does in womb
When Parents Have Different Parenting Styles
When to Buy Nursing Bras
when to call the pediatrician
when to start solids
when to stop breastfeeding at night
where to buy nursing bras
where to buy Sexy Nursing Bras
where to donate breast milk
where to find a pediatrician
which foods to serve a baby
which vaccines are ok during pregnancy
white noise machine
why babies like baby talk
why babies like high-pitched voices
Why Babies Should Not Eat Honey
Why Breastfeeding Makes you Hungry and Thirsty
why can't babies eat honey
why children need praise
why do moms judge each other
Why Do Newborns have Crossed Eyes?
why is juice bad for kids
why juice is bad for kids
why kids suck thumbs
why men with babies are sexy
Why You Should Limit Juice for your Kids
WIC
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World Breastfeeding Week
World Breastfeeding Week 2016
World Breastfeeding Week 2017
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you baby's gut
your baby's gut