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  • Growth Curve

    Though often forgotten, the placenta has a huge role in baby’s health

    I am not the first person who has considered composing poetry to the placenta. One writer begins: “Oh Lady Placenta! What a life you lived in magenta.” Another almost coos to the “constant companion, womb pillow friend.” It might sound like odd inspiration for verse, but it’s entirely justified.

    This vital organ, which is fully formed by about 12 weeks, nurtures a growing fetus...

    04/24/2018 - 12:30 Pregnancy
  • Growth Curve

    Should you bank your baby’s umbilical cord blood? Here’s a guide for thinking through the issue.

    With the promise and pitfalls of umbilical cord blood samples in mind, how should parents decide whether to put their baby’s blood on ice, either for their own family’s future use or as a donation for the greater good? It’s a tricky calculation, one that changes based on a family’s risk threshold, dreams for the future and, of course, money.

    Instead of floundering about aimlessly, let’s...

    04/11/2018 - 07:00 Pregnancy, Health
  • Growth Curve

    When deciding whether to bank your baby’s umbilical cord blood, consider these caveats

    Umbilical cords tie mother and baby together, if only for a brief spell. But the stuff inside these cords has the potential to be useful well after birth. Cells in umbilical cord blood are already being used to treat certain diseases, including leukemia and rare forms of anemia. But for all the excitement about umbilical cord cells, in many ways, this research is still in its infancy.

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    04/04/2018 - 07:00 Pregnancy, Health
  • Growth Curve

    Umbilical cord banking gets a lot of buzz. Why all the excitement?

    When you’re pregnant, especially for the first time, you have to make a lot of decisions. Will coffee remain a part of your life? Where are you going to give birth? What are you going to name the baby? What values will you teach him? Do you really need a baby spa bathtub?

    Before my first daughter arrived, an instructor at a birth class threw me a curveball: Was I planning on banking my...

    03/28/2018 - 07:00 Pregnancy, Health
  • Growth Curve

    When it comes to baby’s growth, early pregnancy weight may matter more than later gains

    When you’re pregnant, you spend a lot of time on scales. Every doctor appointment begins with hopping (or waddling) up for a weigh-in. Health care workers then plot those numbers into a (usually) ascending curve as the weeks go by.

    A morbid curiosity about exactly how enormous you’re getting isn’t what’s behind the scrutiny. Rather, the pounds put on during pregnancy can give clues about...

    02/28/2018 - 11:30 Pregnancy, Health
  • Growth Curve

    A new study eases fears of a link between autism and prenatal ultrasounds

    Ultrasounds during pregnancy can be lots of fun, offering peeks at the baby-to-be. But ultrasounds aren’t just a way to get Facebook fodder. They are medical procedures that involve sound waves, technology that could, in theory, affect a growing fetus.

    With that concern in mind, some researchers have wondered if the rising rates of autism diagnoses could have anything to do with the...

    02/21/2018 - 07:00 Pregnancy, Health
  • Growth Curve

    C-sections lead to heftier mouse pups, but the implications for people aren’t clear

    For mice, birth mode matters when it comes to weight. Within their first years of life, pups born by C-section gained more weight than mice born vaginally, researchers report. Scientists attribute this heft to different microbiomes — the communities of microorganisms that live in and on the body — in the C-section group.

    The results, published October 11 in Science Advances, are the...

    10/25/2017 - 06:00 Pregnancy, Health
  • 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