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  • 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
  • Growth Curve

    Your baby: The ultimate science experiment

    My days at the laboratory bench are over, but having a baby presented me with a prime opportunity to get back into the science game.

    Even before Baby V arrived, I was already messing with the poor girl. When I was pregnant, I would hold really still, then suddenly bend my knees to see if I could make her Moro, the startle reflex in which the baby suddenly flings her arms out wide and...

    06/04/2014 - 17:18 Child Development, Pregnancy
  • Growth Curve

    Study on pregnant women’s driving has some potholes

    For some women, pregnancy comes with all sorts of travails: Nausea, headaches, back pain, cankles. Now, a study suggests a previously underappreciated one. Pregnancy makes women more likely to get into a serious car crash, scientists reported May 12 in the Canadian Medical Association Journal.  Although the numbers show a clear uptick in accidents during the second trimester of pregnancy, I’m...

    05/19/2014 - 13:40 Pregnancy
  • Growth Curve

    Induced labor doesn’t necessarily kick off cascade of interventions

    Pregnant women live in a constant state of worry. And for good reason. Mothers-to-be are bombarded with a constant stream of advice throughout their pregnancies. Eat lots of fish, but not too much, and definitely not the wrong kinds. Don’t use that zit cream, or hair dye or nail polish. Don’t stand too close to the microwave and keep that cell phone away from the belly.

    One of the...

    04/28/2014 - 13:04 Pregnancy
  • Growth Curve

    Exercise while pregnant may boost baby’s brain

    This week, Baby V and I have joined more than 30,000 neuroscientists in San Diego for the annual Society for Neuroscience meeting. We’ve wandered the miles of posters, dropped in on talks and generally soaked up the brain waves floating around this massive meeting of minds.

    We’ve worked up a sweat more than once rushing around the meeting, so it’s nice to be reminded of all the exciting...

    11/15/2013 - 12:13 Pregnancy
  • Growth Curve

    New definition of 'full term' narrows on-time arrival window

    To the chagrin of pregnant women terrified of giving birth on a dingy Metro platform, due dates are far from certain. Due dates are also weird: They are calculated as 280 days (or 40 weeks) from the day of a woman’s last menstrual period, rendering a woman officially “pregnant” before she’s even ovulated. The odds of a little bundle of joy arriving precisely on his or her due date are actually...

    10/24/2013 - 18:42 Pregnancy, Guidelines
  • Growth Curve

    It’s too soon to take coffee away from pregnant women

    Usually when I scan new science papers, I am a reporter hunting for news. But now that I’m a mom, there’s someone else hovering over my shoulder — a hesitant new parent who asks, “Am I doing it wrong?”

    This new voice rose to a ridiculous mother screech a few mornings ago when I came across a study in Science Translational Medicine. The upshot: Caffeine during pregnancy damages baby mouse...

    09/25/2013 - 18:53 Pregnancy