Docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) and folic acid are critical to a healthy pregnancy. They prevent serious birth defects from occurring. They do this by ensuring that the mother has a steady supply of red blood cells. The red blood cells help baby’s brain develop at a steady pace.
To ensure that expecting mothers do not become deficient in the required vitamins and minerals during pregnancy, healthcare providers prescribe regular doses of DHA folic acid prenatal vitamins.
Before anything else, even though prenatal multivitamins help the future mother maintain a healthy level of vitamins and minerals, there is no guarantee of a healthy or successful pregnancy. However, the chances of one occurring will definitely increase. Especially if the mother has poor health, or is already deficient in certain vitamins and minerals.
However, the chances of one occurring will definitely increase, especially if the mother has poor health, or is already deficient in certain vitamins and minerals.
Studies show that DHA is essential to the development of a baby’s brain and sight abilities. DHA comes from Omega-3 fatty acids, which are usually produced by fish.
Obviously, a good way to maintain a healthy level of Omega-3 is to increase the consumption of fish, but there would also be a question of toxicity, as fish also contain other substances asides from Omega-3.
So, the best way to ensure a healthy level of DHA in the bloodstream is to take regular doses of DHA folic acid prenatal vitamins.
Folic acid is a substance that prevents the onset of anemia, by increasing the level of red blood cells. Obviously, people with anemia need to consume more folic acid, but pregnant women even more so. With a baby growing inside of them, women need to produce more and more red blood cells. The bigger the baby gets, the more blood a woman produces, and this can take its toll on a woman’s health.
To ensure that the body will keep up with the baby’s demand for extra blood, pregnant women need to consume a regular dose of folic acid. You can take it by itself or with a combination of other vitamins and minerals in a prenatal multivitamin package.
Side effects are always a concern when taking vitamins or drugs. Fortunately, even though there have been reports of side effects among women who take prenatal multivitamins, none of them have been serious. The multivitamins were not reported to have damaged the mother’s or baby’s health in any way.
However, the reported side effects can be a bit concerning. For instance, an increase in iron can lead to constipation.
Other vitamins can result in nausea, diarrhea, or green stools. The side effects can seem a bit alarming but are usually nothing to worry about.
At Organic Gender, we believe that organic or natural prenatal multivitamins can provide more benefits. Not just to the mother and the baby. Organic vitamins are derived from natural food sources that the body can easily process. If you want to support a healthy pregnancy, then consider organic prenatal multivitamins.
For ages, people around the world have been curious to identify their baby’s gender before childbirth. Even the ancients took pride in planning and strove to find indicators that could help them prepare for the newborn. Ancient Egyptians devised one of the oldest techniques to perform this examination using urine and growth patterns of specific seeds. This is the concept behind organic baby gender tests.
There are three oft-used techniques for gender determination, including organic gender, Intelli gender, and ultrasound testing. Of these, the non-invasive techniques, ultrasound appears to be losing most ground for a number of reasons.
This technique involves the use of powerful sound rays to “see” the developing baby and determine its gender. This technique has for long been considered the most popular despite its comparatively low accuracy. The technique can only be applied after at least ten weeks and even then its accuracy is way below that of modern techniques.
In light of new techniques, ultrasound is no longer as widely used. The main reason being, the developing baby and mother are exposed to risk through the use of powerful sound waves. That is not forgetting that the positioning of the placenta is not always an accurate gender determinant.
On the other hand, ultrasound continues to be used to detect developmental abnormalities such as Down’s syndrome, cleft palate, cardiac anomalies and other physical malformations.
This is a modern non-invasive indicator that relies on ancient knowledge to determine the outcome of your boy or girl test. To complete this test successfully, the mother is instructed to begin eating right and exercising regularly early during pregnancy.
Unlike ultrasound, organic gender testing can be done as early as nine weeks into pregnancy with decent accuracy – 70%. The concept is to determine gender based on how hormones on the urine samples affects the growth of seeds. The kits are affordable and can be easily found in retail outlets both online and in stores. They are a great and safe prediction test to determine the gender of your baby with out the hassle and expense of an ultrasound.
Intelli gender is a revolutionary gender testing technique that relies on urine samples to detect pregnancy and baby gender early as six weeks into pregnancy. While it is very effective to determine pregnancy after missed periods its efficacy in gender prediction is not that high.
However, it would be unfair to deny it’s fast and easy to use. Intelli gender is also very safe and does not expose the mother or child to risk. Unfortunately, it does not serve any alternative purpose, and the introduction of a more effective product could easily render it obsolete. Its comparison to the baking soda test often does little to improve its standing in the professional antenatal community.
With several new options to determine gender, pregnancy is becoming even more joyous for many families. While ultrasound testing accuracy is questionable, its use as a precursor to identifying malformations will have this technique survive for several years to come. While organic and Intelli gender kits report greater accuracy, they lack the versatility of ultrasound.
Based on the above thoughts the future appears to lean toward relegation of ultrasound to the role of physical examination – yet another plus for mothers.
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From pregnancy cravings to Chinese birth calendars, it’s time to check out these old school (and just-for-fun!) ways of predicting your baby’s gender:
Honestly, there’s no real way of knowing until you have your ultrasound scan at 20 weeks – but plenty of people SWEAR by these old wive’s tales and gender prediction tests…
Where is your bump sitting?
This one’s easy; all you have to do is look down. If your bump is carrying high, with the weight spread out more around your middle, then you’re apparently having a pink one. If it’s sitting low and at the front of your body, you’re all about that blue.
Helpful information from Texas Health Resources for new moms and dads on caring for their newborn baby after returning home from the hospital.
Here’s some important information to help you adjust to changing priorities and demands on your time.
Let’s get started as you and your newborn really get to know each other and establish a routine.
The information here is general in nature and not a substitute for the advice and medical care from your healthcare professional. If your Pediatrician recommends different instructions that are specific for your baby, please follow his or her advice.
Your baby’s follow-up appointment with the Pediatrician usually comes 2-14 days after your discharge from the hospital depending on how long you’ve been in the hospital, your baby’s weight and other factors. At that time, your Pediatrician will track your baby’s growth and development along with weight gain, jaundice, and feedings.
It’s tragic, but true, that the first baby often sinks a marriage. You’d think that it would be the other way around, that a baby would draw a husband and wife closer together. However, there are very good reasons why children in general, and babies in particular, tend to make marriages worse, not better.
It has to do with problem solving skills. Prior to the first arrival, a couple’s ability to resolve conflicts is not really put to the test. Peace and order usually reign in marriages before children arrive. There may be conflicts, but they are few and relatively easy to resolve. After the first child arrives, a couple is faced with conflicts they’ve never seen before, and they often do not have easy answers.
Bringing your little one home is exciting. No matter how well you’ve prepared, you’re bound to be surprised as you learn about your new baby — and new life. Our readers have sent in the following questions this week asking about their new baby.
The questions and answers below cover some of the basics of what you can expect in your baby’s first week. With time, you, your partner, and your infant will get the hang of being a family.
You’ve probably heard that all a newborn baby does is eat, poop, cry, and sleep. Sounds simple, right? It may become simple, but chances are it won’t seem that way at first. Knowing what to expect from your newborn will make your first days home together a little less overwhelming.
To help map out what’s in store after the big homecoming, we turned to pediatricians and mothers Laura Jana and Jennifer Shu, who literally wrote the book on the topic. The second edition of their book Heading Home With Your Newborn: From Birth to Reality was released in September 2010 by the American Academy of Pediatrics.
Because their stomachs are so tiny, newborns need to eat small amounts – about 1 to 3 ounces – frequently. Some want to nurse or have a bottle every two to three hours, while others will be hungry even more often.
While some babies announce their hunger with strong cries, others will give more subtle cues such as sucking on their hands, smacking their lips, or rooting, which is when a baby purses her lips and turns her head toward the breast or bottle.
In their first few days, newborns typically lose about 7 percent of their body weight. While this is normal, you’ll want to feed your baby every two hours or so until she’s back at her birth weight.
Newborns are sleepy, so you may need to wake your baby up to feed and give her gentle encouragement to stay awake while eating. Try undressing your baby down to the diaper, rubbing her head or back, or talking to her. The goal is for your baby to be back to her birth weight at her 2-week checkup.
Some newborns need to be burped frequently, others burp on their own and need very little assistance from you. If your baby is fussy or uncomfortable during or after a feeding, that’s a cue to burp her.
You can also try burping your baby when you switch breasts, after every 2 or 3 ounces, every 10 to 15 minutes of feeding, or when your baby’s finished eating. After a day or two of feedings, you’ll find a pattern that works for your little one.
No need to bang your baby’s back like a bongo – a gentle circular motion or soft pats will bring up the bubbles. There are several burping positions to try, including holding your baby with her head resting on your shoulder, sitting her upright on your lap with the fingers of one hand supporting her chest and chin, or laying your baby tummy-down across your lap.
Don’t be alarmed by hiccups or spit-up. Hiccups are normal for new babies and don’t cause them discomfort. Likewise, spitting up during and after feedings – in small amounts or what may seem like the entire feeding – is pretty normal.
If your baby’s spitting-up seems excessive or is accompanied by her arching her back or crying, read more about the difference between reflux, which is normal and improves with your baby’s head control, and gastroesophageal reflux disease, or GERD, which requires treatment. Whatever’s causing it, if your baby’s a spitter-upper, you’ll want to keep a burp cloth handy.
A breastfed newborn will have at least five wet diapers a day. A formula-fed baby may have even more than that – up to ten per day.
There’s a large range for what’s a “normal” number of bowel movements, too. Breastfed babies tend to poop more than formula-fed ones, since formula takes a bit longer to digest. But breastfed babies vary widely, going as seldom as once every four or more days to as often as once per feeding. Formula-fed babies typically poop a few times a day, but it can range from one poop every other day to several poops per day.
You’ll want to keep track of your baby’s pee and poop schedule, as the doctor may ask about her urine and bowel movements at the first checkup.
The very first bowel movements – usually occurring during the first day or two, often when you’re still at the hospital – are called meconium. These first poops have a black, almost tar-like consistency. The ones that follow won’t look much like grown-up poop, either. Be prepared for greenish, light brown, or seedy, mustard-yellow poops from a breastfed baby. A formula-fed baby’s poop tends to be pastier and vary in color. Call the doc if your baby’s stool contains whitish mucus or streaks or flecks of red, which can indicate a problem. (Red is a sign of blood in the stool.)
Normal poop consistency also ranges from very soft to watery, with breastfed babies having looser poop. This can easily be confused with diarrhea. Basically you want to keep an eye out for a change from your baby’s usual pattern or consistency – which is admittedly hard when your baby is first creating a pattern. When in doubt, check with your doctor.
“If you’re confused, just remember this,” says Jennifer Shu. “Whether we’re talking about pooping, eating, sleeping, or crying, every baby is different. Normal is actually a big range. What matters most are sudden changes – and that’s when you should contact your doctor.”
We recently discovered a fantastic article on Designing a Healthy Nursery we’d like to share for all you mothers who are stumped for new ideas on how to design the most attractive, functional and healthy space for their new baby.
Infants and young children are particularly sensitive to environmental toxins. So, it’s essential as you plan your nursery or child’s room to take care to eliminate as many potential hazards as you can. One major concern is “outgassing” or “offgassing,” interchangeable terms for the release of gas that has been dissolved or trapped in a solid. You know the lingering odor of fresh paint, new furniture, or wall-to-wall carpet? That’s offgassing, and you want to avoid it in a baby’s room. Mary Cordaro, Healthy Building and Indoor Environment Consultant, tells how:
As you shop, stay away from the prime offenders. These include wall-to-wall carpet, anything with any vinyl content (including wallpaper and blackout shades or curtains), any manufactured wood product like MDF or plywood (even the ones labeled “green”, with one exception: Purebond Hardwood Veneer Plywood), polyurethane foam, and fabrics with permanent treatments (ant stain, ant wrinkle, antimicrobial), and any product or material that’s been treated with antimicrobial chemicals.
Don’t buy based on any “green” certification alone. Even the Greenseal label isn’t a fail-safe guide, because it doesn’t cover everything; a product that bears the Greenseal label could still contain levels of toxins too high for a baby’s sensitive system. So, start with Greenseal, but then check for potentially hazardous ingredients.
Any remodeling or decorating products you buy for your baby’s room should be 100 percent free from formaldehyde (both phenol and urea), isocyanates (such as in polyurethane), glycols, toxic adhesives, and the odorless chemicals that never go away which include phthalates, flame-retardant chemicals, antimicrobial and pesticide treatments and stain resistant chemicals. Paint should be labeled “Zero-VOC” and contain only the lowest amount of chemicals called biocides (not just “No-VOC” or “Low-VOC”).
Allow enough time for odors to dissipate. Build in a cushion between the time the work in the baby or child’s room is finished and move-in day. How long? A good rule of thumb is that it’s safe to start using the room when someone with a well-attuned sense of smell (pregnant women often have heightened olfactory senses, for example) cannot detect any odor at all in the space. Fresh air exchange, moderate temperatures and low humidity will speed up outgassing.
Provide adequate ventilation. Fresh air exchange is essential in any space, so open windows to allow good circulation. If you live in an area with poor outdoor air quality, you should still crack the window, but run an air filter as well—one with both a HEPA filter and as much as 20 lbs. of carbon for particulate filtration.
Control moisture. Many parents use a humidifier in their child’s room, but it can load the space with mold-producing moisture. If you’ll be using a humidifier, also invest in a hygrometer, a device that measures humidity, so you can make sure the moisture levels stay below 50 percent.
Stay unplugged. Electronics create EMFs (electromagnetic fields), manmade frequencies that interfere with the body’s own electromagnetic properties. Keep EMF levels as low as possible by eliminating all but the most essential electronics from the baby’s room. For example, stick with a basic baby monitor, not one equipped with Wi-Fi.
Here are a few basics you need to know about your new arrival.
His head may be smooshed from his journey through the birth canal, and he might be sporting a “bodysuit” of fine hair called lanugo. He could also be puffy-faced and have eyes that are often shut (and a little gooey). After all, he just spent nine months in the womb. But pretty soon, he’ll resemble that beautiful baby you imagined.
Swaddling has long been used in many cultures as a way to soothe fussy babies and promote sleep. Although swaddling is a great tool to help calm babies, it is important that swaddling is done correctly to avoid complications such as hip dysplasia, overheating and respiratory problems.
The International Hip Dysplasia Institute states that hip dysplasia occurs when the “bones of the hip joint are not aligned properly.” Hips can develop abnormally when an infant is swaddled tightly with the legs extended. Watch this animation to see what happens to the hips when an infant is swaddled with legs extended.