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You may have read the news this week that pregnancy shrinks a mother’s brain. As a mom-to-be’s midsection balloons, areas of her cerebral cortex wither, scientists reported online December 19 in Nature Neuroscience.Yes, that sounds bad. But... Read More

By Laura Sanders | 11:21am, December 21, 2016
illustration of different systems of a 9.5 week old baby

When I first found out my daughter existed, she was about half the size of a mini chocolate chip.I was six weeks pregnant; she was four weeks into development. (The pregnancy timer officially begins two weeks before conception.) Already, the... Read More

By Meghan Rosen | 9:00am, December 06, 2016
newborn birthed by C-section

Bacteria is back, baby. After decades of gobbling antibiotics and overzealous hand sanitizing, it’s now clear that the bacteria that live in and on our bodies can help keep us healthy. That realization is what led scientists to rub brand-spanking-... Read More

By Laura Sanders | 4:21pm, March 30, 2016
women researching eating placenta

Having a baby means having to make decisions. Among the countless quandaries parents face are where and how they’ll give birth, what they’ll name the new little fella and whether they should buy a swing or a bouncer. In recent years, another... Read More

By Laura Sanders | 7:00am, June 26, 2015
baby and mother

After my second daughter was born, I was prepared to wait three or four days for my breast milk to come in, as I had with my first. But just as everyone had warned, things were completely different the second time around. Just half a day later, my... Read More

By Laura Sanders | 8:30am, June 03, 2015

There’s a commonly held assumption that a pregnant woman’s immune system fades into a weak shell of its former self to keep from attacking the growing fetus. According to the pregnancy advice website What to Expect, “Your immune system runs at low... Read More

By Laura Sanders | 1:21pm, October 03, 2014
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Science journalist and Growth Curve blogger Laura Sanders digs into the latest research about children and parents. As the mother of two young kids, she’s always on the lookout for data that can help parents find their footing — and joy — in the wilderness of raising children.

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You may have read the news this week that pregnancy shrinks a mother’s brain. As a mom-to-be’s midsection balloons, areas of her cerebral cortex wither, scientists reported online December 19 in Nature Neuroscience.Yes, that sounds bad. But... Read More

By Laura Sanders | 11:21am, December 21, 2016
illustration of different systems of a 9.5 week old baby

When I first found out my daughter existed, she was about half the size of a mini chocolate chip.I was six weeks pregnant; she was four weeks into development. (The pregnancy timer officially begins two weeks before conception.) Already, the... Read More

By Meghan Rosen | 9:00am, December 06, 2016
newborn birthed by C-section

Bacteria is back, baby. After decades of gobbling antibiotics and overzealous hand sanitizing, it’s now clear that the bacteria that live in and on our bodies can help keep us healthy. That realization is what led scientists to rub brand-spanking-... Read More

By Laura Sanders | 4:21pm, March 30, 2016
women researching eating placenta

Having a baby means having to make decisions. Among the countless quandaries parents face are where and how they’ll give birth, what they’ll name the new little fella and whether they should buy a swing or a bouncer. In recent years, another... Read More

By Laura Sanders | 7:00am, June 26, 2015
baby and mother

After my second daughter was born, I was prepared to wait three or four days for my breast milk to come in, as I had with my first. But just as everyone had warned, things were completely different the second time around. Just half a day later, my... Read More

By Laura Sanders | 8:30am, June 03, 2015

There’s a commonly held assumption that a pregnant woman’s immune system fades into a weak shell of its former self to keep from attacking the growing fetus. According to the pregnancy advice website What to Expect, “Your immune system runs at low... Read More

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