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  • Growth Curve

    Help for postpartum mood disorders can be hard to come by

    Words can’t describe the pandemonium that follows a child’s birth, but I’ll try anyway. After my first daughter was born, I felt like a giant had picked up my life, shaken it hard, martini-style, and returned it to the ground. The familiar objects in my life were all still there, but nothing seemed to be the same.

    The day we came home from the hospital as a family of three, my husband...

    09/13/2017 - 16:30 Pregnancy, Health
  • Growth Curve

    Newborn baby’s infection offers a cautionary tale about placenta pills

    When I was pregnant, I spent a lot of time searching for good information about how to keep both my baby and myself healthy after birth. Googling “placenta” and “eat,” I got a list of stories that reached nearly opposite conclusions about the practice.

    Some say eating the organ will replenish mom’s nutrients, increase breast milk production and even stave off postpartum depression....

    07/28/2017 - 09:00 Pregnancy, Health
  • Growth Curve

    Motherhood might actually improve memory

    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 don’t fret. As I learned in reporting that story, a smaller brain can be more efficient and specialized. In fact, post-pregnancy brains could be...

    12/21/2016 - 11:21 Pregnancy, Parenting, Neuroscience
  • Growth Curve

    Database provides a rare peek at a human embryo’s first weeks

    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 structures that would become her eyes had formed rudimentary orbs and the four tiny chambers of her heart were taking shape. At this stage of...

    12/06/2016 - 09:00 Child Development, Pregnancy
  • Growth Curve

    Should C-section babies get wiped down with vagina microbes?

    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-new babies with fluid from the mothers’ vaginas.

    Like about a third of babies born in the United States, these babies were born by C-section,...

    03/30/2016 - 16:21 Pregnancy, Health
  • Growth Curve

    Should you eat your baby’s 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 question is getting thrown into the mix: Should a new mom eat her placenta?

    Though statistics are elusive, it seems more and more women are...

    06/26/2015 - 07:00 Pregnancy
  • Growth Curve

    Why breast-feeding really can be easier the second time around

    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 body was already churning out the good stuff.

    “She’s already got a milk mustache!” one of the nurses told me as she weighed my newborn. That...

    06/03/2015 - 08:30 Health, Pregnancy
  • Growth Curve

    Pregnant women’s immune systems overreact to the flu

    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 speed when you’re pregnant.” Baby Center agrees. The Cleveland Clinic weighs in, writing that the immune system is lowered slightly during pregnancy...

    10/03/2014 - 13:21 Pregnancy
  • Growth Curve

    Rat moms’ behavior reflected in their babies’ brains

    In their first year, babies grow and change in all sorts of obvious and astonishing ways. As their bodies become longer, heavier and stronger, so do their brains. Between birth and a child’s first birthday, her brain nearly triples in size as torrents of newborn nerve cells create neural pathways.

    This incredible growth can be influenced by a baby’s early life environment, scientists...

    08/08/2014 - 17:02 Child Development, Pregnancy
  • Growth Curve

    Pregnant women on the hook for calculating risks, benefits of fish

    And we’re back for the latest edition of Don’t Eat That! This episode covers the FDA’s recent draft report that’s intended to clear the muddy waters on fish for pregnant and nursing women.

    It’s a scaly subject: Fish is a wonderfood, packed with protein and brain-building omega-3 fats. But many fish are also packed with the toxic metal methylmercury. Most of our waterways are polluted...

    06/19/2014 - 13:23 Pregnancy, Guidelines