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Babies born just 3 to 6 weeks early are at a greater risk for potentially serious health problems than babies born at term. In the last 6 weeks of pregnancy, baby usually gains about ½ pound a week, so babies born a few weeks early are typically somewhat smaller than full-term newborns. Although late preterm infants may look like full-term infants, they are still premature and have their own, unique health risks and needs. 5 Key Care Cues Parents of Late Preterm Infants Should Moni

If you’ve wondered about whether you may be at risk for diabetes, pregnancy can be a crystal ball, allowing you to see what may be in your future. Understanding Diabetes Type 2 diabetes—the most common form of diabetes—occurs when your body can’t properly manage blood sugar. Your body uses the hormone insulin to move sugars (glucose) from your bloodstream into your cells, where it’s used for energy. Insulin acts like a key, unlocking cellular walls to let sugar insi

Read the latest issue of Healthy Mom&Baby!From Our Editor: Stillbirth's Untold EffectsIf you’ve ever lost a wanted pregnancy, you know the physical and emotional pain that follows in the days and weeks after and the anxiety it brings to future attempts to conceive and carry a healthy baby to term and birth.Losing a pregnancy—a baby—isn’t like breaking an arm or leg. Just as your hormones had to escalat

Don’t be surprised if your nurse or primary care provider wants to take a look in your mouth at your next well-woman exam or prenatal checkup. Experts have known for quite some time that the health of your mouth can be a picture of your overall health.That’s why the Surgeon General is calling on all primary care providers including nurses to do a quick assessment of a person’s mouth and oral health during routine care. Poor oral health puts you at risk for problems and bad outcomes in

Muhh muhh muhh. Da da da. You anxiously await baby’s first words. Yet there’s no reason to wait. Start communicating with American Sign Language, adapted for babies and toddlers, before baby’s first birthday.Repeat after Me: What’s Your Sign?Language is taught through repetition; so are baby signs. As early as age 6 months, babies can understand simple signs including their desire for milk, food, sleep—even a pacifier, says Joseph Garcia, an Am

Adjust Your Diet to Combat Picky Eating Want to avoid parenting a picky eater? Start with your own diet, says nurse researcher Mildred Horodynski of Michigan State University’s College of Nursing.Your own eating habits—and whether you see your child as a picky eater has a huge impact on whether your toddler consumes enough fruits and veggies, according to her research in Public Health Nursing. The findings come out of the eating patterns of children up

While there once was a time when dads waited patiently to hear whether they now had a son or daughter, today’s family-focused birthing means dad is front and center for the pregnancy, labor and birth.And the same holds true if you’re not a traditional couple or family—the person you call your partner has an important support role to play in conception, pregnancy and birth.Be Prepared Experts at Lamaze International recommend you join in the adventure with your pre

Can you overcome infertility? At a time when more women are delaying childbearing for their careers, Alice ‘Ali’ D. Domar, PhD, is helping us see you can’t always ‘have it all’ without paying an emotional or physical toll—especially if you want to start a family.As the founder and executive director of the Domar Center for Mind/Body Health and an associate professor at Harvard, Ali is a research leader in women’s health— especially infertility. When Healthy

So much for reticence. Unlike the British, we Americans don’t hesitate to rush to Jo Frost—aka Supernanny—with our questions and pleas for domestic peace.   For 25 years, Jo has been rescuing us from our inefficient childrearing ways     with an SOS of her own. “It’s been a beautiful journey here in America with respect to having much love and support from

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