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What is in a Name?

As the Ides of March slipped by last week (March 15) it got me thinking about the powerful Shakespearian play Julius Caesar and what a surprisingly strong effect it had on me as a child. As I began to think of the many questions raised by the play, about the relationship between fate and free will, it seemed an incredibly appropriate source of inspiration for discussion and of course, for my favorite: baby names.  … Read the rest

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Consumer Guide To Buying Breast Pumps For Nursing Mothers

Breast pumps for nursing mothers do more than just help women harvest milk after they’ve given birth. They provide a means for them to secure nourishment for their kids even when they are away. On top of that, they also provide that needed pressure to stimulate lactation when the suckling and latching reflex of the child is not strong enough. Furthermore it also prevents health problems because of or related to duct engorgement.

It’s no secret that breast milk is one of the primary sources of immunity for babies. They contain maternal antibodies that help combat illness and infection which children’s new bodies are unfamiliar with. It also promotes brain and vision development as well as a healthy digestive tract. As such, the American Academy of Pediatrics encourages breastfeeding for a minimum of six months to guarantee custom-made nutrition for the children. It doesn’t hurt that breastfeeding also saves parents some money since they do not have to buy expensive formula replacements.

Now, there are currently a number of breast pump models being sold today to cater to the differing preferences of new mothers. There are those small, lightweight and portable, while on the other end are large, hospital-grade pumps. And then, there are also those that are automatic and manual; electric and battery operated. Some models allow hands-free use while others demand one breast application at a time. The best options are often featured in breast pump reviews. But regardless of what is being recommended, you have to match the product you buy with your abilities and availabilities.

See, if you are a working mom or had undergone a Caesarean section or perhaps suffering from complications due to pregnancy and child birth, you probably can’t exert that much effort into pumping breast milk for your kid after delivery. As such, you may find it more useful to get a breast pump that works on its own, with minimal human interventions. Pumping can be time-consuming and painful. But the right product can make a huge difference in your experience. A hospital-grade pump operates close to a baby’s natural sucking rhythm (40 to 60 per cycles per minute) at 30 to 50 cycles per minute. And it’s programmable. Other pumps are not as efficient.

But then again, they are not convenient for those who have professional commitments. If you’re planning on going to work shortly after giving birth, your best option would be to buy a personal, high quality, mid-weight, automatic breast pump that you can use in the office. Now, if you are only thinking about using the tool intermittently as you have no breastfeeding problems or hindrances to worry about, you could get a small manual, electric or battery operated model to help fill in the blanks. Different products will have different assembly instructions so make sure to refer the manufacturer manual before you start experimenting. And never relinquish the opportunity to get warranties because you never know if the product you obtained has a few glitches. You could take a look at breast pump reviews for price information as well as user feedbacks.

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The Importance of Iodine in Pregnancy and Fertility

Recently, GP’s have started prescribing iodine, along with folic acid, as a routine prescription to pregnant women. Iodine is just one of several nutrients that are essential for a healthy growing baby, so what is it about iodine that makes it an absolute essential for foetal development?

It has been estimated that globally, 2 billion individuals have insufficient iodine intake. The people of South Asia and sub-Saharan Africa are particularly affected, with 50% of Europe remaining iodine deficient and statistics show that iodine levels have fallen greatly in United States, Australia and New Zealand too. Iodine is a trace element mineral and is easily excreted from the body so regular small amounts are essential to maintain health.

Iodine plays a major role in the normal functioning of the thyroid gland and in the development of the organs and brain of the foetus during pregnancy, as well as the first three years of the child’s life. If the supply of iodine during pregnancy is too low the result can be mental retardation in the child, brain damage, perinatal death, infant mortality, as well as several thyroid function abnormalities including hypothyroidism, goitre and cretinism. The risk of miscarriage is increased, along with various autoimmune conditions and several maternal thyroid abnormalities.

The World Health Organisation considers iodine deficiency as the most common cause of preventable brain damage in the world. Thyroid hormones (T3 and T4) have many physiological actions and are essential for normal behavioural, intellectual and neurological development during gestation and in the essential early years of a baby’s life.

There are three stages of thyroid hormone dependent neurological development. The first stage occurs before the foetus is able to produce thyroid hormones itself (16-20 weeks) and thyroid hormone exposure comes from the mother’s supply only. Stage two runs over the remainder of the pregnancy after the baby starts to produce thyroid hormone also. During this stage the baby’s brain is supplied with thyroid hormones from both the mother and the baby itself. The third stage is during the post-natal period when the supply of thyroid hormones to the brain is produced entirely from the child itself. The need for iodine-rich foods (and supplements) for the mother during all three of these stages is critical – not just during the gestational stages but also post-natal, as the baby depends on iodine excretion through breast milk in order to make the thyroid hormones necessary for healthy brain development.

So how much is needed? The WHO (World Health Organisation) recommends 250-300mcg of daily iodine for pregnant women and 250-350mcg iodine daily for lactating women. It is estimated that approximately 50-75mcg of iodine daily is transferred from mother to baby during pregnancy, and that 75-200mcg iodine is excreted daily in human milk from breastfeeding mothers. It is also important to note that iodized table salt as a dietary source of iodine is not effective and a poor source of iodine supplementation. This is because there is a much greater amount of chloride in food grade salt which competes with the iodine for absorption in the body. Eating a diet rich in fresh seawater fish, shellfish and organic seaweeds will also help to increase the levels of iodine in your diet.

For more information on how your diet can influence your everyday health, fertility, pregnancy and children, contact Wellington Natural Fertility Nutrition specialist, Kimberly Taylor on 04 4991439.

Kimberly Taylor is a successful Naturopath, Nutritionist and Medical Herbalist in Wellington, New Zealand. She has a passion for women’s health care from puberty to menopause including natural fertility and preconception care. She loves supporting women and couples to restore hormonal balance and fertility, especially when a beautiful healthy baby is the happy outcome! With a life-long interest in nutrition, food and cooking, Kimberly has qualifications in naturopathy, herbal medicine and clinical nutrition. She holds a post-graduate certificate in fertility and reproductive health as well as a BA and BCom from Otago University. You can contact Kimberly by visiting

Capturing Little Moments: Newborn Photography

Guest blog post by photographer, Brianna Anderson

Ever since I was a little girl, I knew I wanted to be a mom. As I grew, my passions changed and shifted with age, and my direction started taking shape when I chose nursing as a career path in college. … Read the rest

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Working Out After Your Baby

I am a big believer in working out as soon as possible post-pregnancy, but don’t worry, I am not talking leaping around the countryside like a gazelle right away (if ever!). Instead, try your best to work in a form of exercise that elevates your heart rate for 20 mins each day.… Read the rest

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Maternity Swimwear: Maternal America Is An Option

maternity swimwear

There are many great maternity swimwear options available for the expectant mother, but it can be a bit overwhelming trying to find that perfect swimsuit that will make one look and feel amazing. A good place to start is with a well-known designer, where one knows the quality and style of the swimwear. Maternal America is one such designer, who features stylish, trendy, and comfortable maternity swimwear. From bikinis to tankinis to one-pieces, one is sure to find the swimsuit that is right for you.
Many pregnant celebrities have been popularizing the maternity bikini, and it is a style that women around the country have been embracing! If one liked to wear a bikini before pregnancy, there is no need to change now. Bikinis are a great option because they allow plenty of room for one’s baby bump to grow, and really celebrate the beautiful pregnant body. The Jill Boy Bikini is a cute and comfy bikini with a slightly retro vibe. The pink, fruit punch color is perfect for the summer months and the adjustable halter straps ensure comfort throughout one’s pregnancy. The super cute boy shorts provide a bit of extra coverage and make sure one is well-covered throughout the day. Slightly sexy, stylish, and super comfortable, maternity bikinis are a great choice for the expectant mother who wants to show off her beautiful belly.
If a bikini is a bit too daring, try the always popular tankini style. With the feel of a bikini yet the coverage of a one-piece, a tankini is flirty and functional. The ever popular Jenni Tankini is a fabulous option, and it is available in a gorgeous hibiscus print. The black and white floral motif is classy, and the beautiful deep pink trim adds a fun touch. The adjustable halter tie culminates at the O-ring bust, creating a gorgeous neckline. The rest of the top flows flatteringly over one’s baby bump, and the adjustable tie bottoms sit comfortably beneath one’s belly. Pair it with a black cover-up for a stylish, poolside look. A classic, black swimsuit is always in style, and another tankini option is the Black Flutter Halterkini. Super sexy, this maternity swimsuit features a halter tie top and padded bra, with a mesh overlay that falls over one’s belly. It provides a hint of see through without baring one’s entire bump. The bikini bottoms tie to ensure fit throughout one’s pregnancy. Classy with a hint of sexiness, this maternity swimwear option is sure to make one look and feel incredible.
One-piece maternity swimwear is another popular design, as it ensures comfort throughout the day while still being stylish. For women who like to swim a lot, a one piece is a good option to make sure nothing slips while swimming lengths in the pool. For a super stylish option, try the Martha Tankini. This one-piece swimsuit in a gorgeous chocolate brown features an adjustable halter tie neck that is embellished with beautiful beading. A slight sweetheart neck and padded bra provide a very flattering shape. With stretchy fabric, this swimsuit will be comfortable throughout one’s pregnancy.
Along with beautiful maternity swimwear, Maternal America also designs fabulous beach cover-ups. A must-have is their Tunic Swimsuit Cover-Up, available in solid black or white. Made of stretchy, soft, breathable fabric, it is the perfect thing to throw on at the beach, pool, or around the house. A V-neck design creates an elongating look, and the empire-waist tie is figure flattering. It flows nicely over one’s baby bump and the adjustable tie ensures fit throughout one’s pregnancy.
Maternal America is a fashionable, stylish designer who knows what expectant mothers are looking for. With swimwear that is comfy and cute, there are many options for everyone to choose from.
Amy Jarman is owner of maternity and nursing clothes store with a wide selection of maternity swimwear, for your pregnancy by designers such as Prego Maternity, Maternal America & Belabumbum. TummyStyle has sells over 60 style of maternity swimsuits and can provide expert advice in fitting, comfort and style.

Childhood ADHD Causes Can Be Due to Maternal Health Status

There are many environmental risk factors for childhood ADHD. If you’ve seen our article archive, the onset of ADHD involves a complex combination of genetics, diet, lifestyle, and the physical environment. A new study suggests another factor that can predict ADHD in a child – the health status of the mother.

The study, which was published in the journal Medical Care, looked at records from a database of Northern California residences. The researchers divided the mothers into three groups – mothers of children diagnosed with ADHD, mothers of children who do not have ADHD, and mothers of asthmatic children. The researchers then compared the medical history, use of health care, and costs of health care across the three groups.

The data showed that mothers with children who have ADHD are more likely to have health conditions like anxiety disorder and depression, and were more likely to make use of health services a year before or after giving birth than mothers whose children have no ADHD or have asthma. The mothers of ADHD children also spent more money on health care the year before or after giving birth compared to those whose children do not have ADHD or have asthma.

This was not the first study to confirm the link between maternal health and the risk of childhood ADHD. A study published in a 1985 issue of the American Journal of Orthopsychiatry discovered that risk factors for ADHD included poor maternal health during pregnancy, previous miscarriage, first pregnancy, premature birth, long labor, and young maternal age.

Of course, the state of the mother’s health is no guarantee that her child will suffer from ADHD or its related disorders. As mentioned earlier, a host of environmental factors contribute to the symptoms, which leads to the ADHD diagnosis. What’s useful about studies like this one is that it allows you to take preventive measures if you recognize these risk factors fear that your child is a candidate for ADHD.

What are these preventive measures? For starters, there is evidence that breastfeeding an infant will reduce the risk of ADHD, as compared to using infant formula. Human breast milk is rich in omega-3 essential fatty acids, which are needed to form the physical structure of the brain. Of course, this is assuming that the mother has enough omega-3 fats in the body to meet the infant’s dietary requirements. If you are breastfeeding, make sure to take around 2,000mg of fish oil supplements rich in the omega-3 fat DHA.

Diet is especially important in the prevention and management of ADHD. Most children with the disorder have a preference for fatty, salty food with zero nutritional value. As a result, they end up being deficient in key nutrients required for proper brain functioning. The great thing about young children is that their food preferences are easily influenced; teach your children to eat vegetables, fish, and cooked food and minimize the availability of junk food and fast food.

Finally, try to buy organic food when possible. Recent studies confirm that children are vulnerable to the neurotoxic effects of pesticide residue in fruits and vegetables, and that kids with ADHD have higher pesticide levels in the body than those who do not. Simply buying organic versions of the twelve most contaminated fruits and vegetables is enough to reduce your children’s exposure to these harmful chemicals.

Dr. Yannick Pauli is an expert on natural approaches to ADHD and the author of the popular self-help home-program The Unritalin Solution. He is Director of the Centre Neurofit in Lausanne, Switzerland and has a passion taking care of children with ADHD. Click on the link for more great information about what is ADHD.

Easy Nursing Hack: Mens Button Down Shirt Refashion

The other day as I was looking for sewing inspiration, I happened upon this Madewell shirt. I realized it was basically a refashion of a button down shirt. This is an easy nursing shirt hack that anyone could do. This shirt has some really great details. It has a button down placket for nursing access, a boxy shape to hide your changing middle, cuffed sleeves for a feminine look, and buttons on the lower back. I love this shirt so much that I’ll wear it even when I’m not nursing. It’s so trendy with really fun details.Easiest Nursing Shirt Hack: Men's Button Down Shirt Refashion //

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Getting Back to Your Happy Self for the Best Moments of Your Life

Chrissy Teigen bravely spoke out about postpartum depression in a recent Glamour article. For many women, it’s a hard reality to learn that the happiest moments of your life can also bring significant physical and emotional changes, often making those moments feel desperate and sad.… Read the rest

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Biofolate for Pregnancy

biofolate for pregnancy

You may be wondering, “what the heck is biofolate”? You’ve probably heard of similar supplements such as folic acid. Folic acid is actually a synthetic form of folate. Early on in your pregnancy your doctor will recommend that you eat Read more…