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From nursing to finger foods, here’s how to nourish your little one’s first 12 months.  As you settle into a nursing routine, you may be wondering when baby can start to eat other foods. Experts recommend babies be exclusively breastfed during the first 6 months before introducing other foods.The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends breastfeeding for at least baby’s 1st year, and the World Health Organization recommends feeding babies breastmilk for t

Mapping Your 40 Weeks of Prenatal Care Regular prenatal care and mapping your 40 weeks is important for you and your baby to have the healthiest pregnancy and birth possible. At each visit, your healthcare provider checks the health and progress of your pregnancy for both you and your baby; you get your questions answered.You’ll likely have 10-12 prenatal care visits during which you’ll learn about any risks that could affect your pregnancy, watch how your baby

Zika virus is news all over the globe, so you may be wondering how it may affect you and your baby. You may be especially concerned about a link between having the virus and giving birth to a baby with a small head, and subsequently, a smaller brain. This is a birth defect and neurological problem called microcephaly. Experts have observed an increase in babies being born with microcephaly and other problems in countries where there has been a large number of Zika infections, such as B

Your baby needs a full 40 weeks of pregnancy As you get closer and closer to your due date, it probably seems like your baby will never arrive. You’re having a hard time sleeping, your back hurts, your feet are swollen and just when you finally get comfortable, you have to use the bathroom again. But don’t give up with the finish line in sight. Your last few weeks of your pregnancy are very important to your baby. Problems with Being Born Early Did you k

Newborn Screening: Hearing test Good hearing is so important. From the moment she’s born, your baby is learning and her brain is developing—much of which through hearing. Children who have untreated hearing difficulties can have problems with learning, language and speech development.Hearing loss also makes it harder to develop social skills, such as playing with others. Catching and correcting hearing problems early allows your child to develop at the same rates as other kids.

Don’t panic when your nurse begins your baby’s newborn screening not long after birth. It’s not that she suspects that something’s wrong—newborn screening is required in all 50 states to help detect health problems or potential issues for your baby early on. Screening actually helps you give your baby a great start. Many of the conditions experts are looking for can’t be detected just by looking at your baby. This makes newborn screening even

The loss of a child at any point in time is devastating for all members of the family, but suffering a miscarriage early in pregnancy can bring a unique set of issues. Currently, approximately 12% of pregnancies end in miscarriage, and in most cases the actual cause of early miscarriage remains unknown. This lack of a reason can create additional anxiety for the family suffering the loss. Experiencing miscarriage Experiencing miscarriage can bring several phases of gr

Ask someone their opinion about pain management in childbirth and you might get some heated responses. Particularly if you’re an advocate for natural childbirth and you’ve just asked a woman who began her birth plan by penciling in an epidural.Birthing naturally is often misunderstood. It doesn’t mean birthing without pain management; it just means birthing without pain medications—using coping skills to navigate and work with the waves of contractions and birth.

Breastfeeding is the most natural and healthy way to feed a baby, and has lots of benefits for you and baby. After all, choosing to breastfeed your baby is one of the most important ways you can provide the best care for him or her. With nursing, you’re giving your baby the most complete nutrition available in milk that is precisely made by your body according to your baby’s gestational age at birth.Your first nursing sessions may not always be smooth sailing but with k

As you get closer and closer to your due date, it probably seems like your baby will never arrive. You’re having a hard time sleeping, your back hurts, your feet are swollen and just when you finally get comfortable, you have to use the bathroom again. Most women are so ready for pregnancy to be over during those final weeks.But don’t give up with the finish line in sight. Your last few weeks of your pregnancy are very important to your baby. Problems with birth before term Di

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