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25 darling Santa babies!

by Laura Larsen posted in Mom Stories BabyCenter Community has been running a Dressed for the Holidays photo contest, and wow did we get a lot of gorgeous, adorable entries! Some of the sweetest were of babies either with Santa Claus, or dressed as Santa Claus (or one of his elves!) Santa comes in all… […]


Brittle-bone babies helped by fetal stem cell grafts

Osteogeneis imperfecta (OI) is a congenital bone disease that causes stunted growth and repeated, painful fracturing. Ultrasound scans can reveal fractures already in the fetus, and now an international team of researchers has treated two babies in utero by injecting bone-forming stem cells. ScienceDaily: Infant Health News


Elective early-term deliveries increase complications for baby, mother

Enduring the last few weeks of pregnancy can be physically and emotionally challenging for some women. The aches and pains, the swelling of the limbs and the anxiety of when labor may start are part of the natural gestation process, but they also can seem unbearable. It may seem easier to relieve symptoms associated with […]

Fitness


Mom Alert: Top Post-Pregnancy Weight Loss Blogs

Becoming a mom comes with a lot of new challenges: coping with lost sleep, caring for a surprisingly demanding little human, and, perhaps most infamously, getting your body back in shape after baby. While it can be hard to imagine […] ? Read the rest of this entry… (Visited 5 times, 1 visits today) The […]


The Truth About Women’s Fitness

In the last couple of decades, women in particular have been getting more concerned with the state of their fitness in relationship to a healthy body image. Women of past ages have always been concerned over their weight and desire to keep a girlish figure. But the trend for exercise has never been greater than […]


Near Water’s Edge: 5 Ways the Miracle Liquid Keeps You Healthy

by Alicia Lawrence Drinking water daily is a chore for some. Not as tasty or fizzy as soda, water can be rather boring, but that’s only at first glance. As more Americans become health conscious and the trend to curb sugary […] ? Read the rest of this entry… (Visited 2 times, 2 visits today) The […]

Healthy Eating


Best Cranberry Cheesecake Ever

The December issue of EatingWell features some truly spectacular recipes for cranberries—and this Cranberry-Lime Cheesecake is the jewel of the collection. It is as delicious as it is beautiful: creamy, light and luscious, with a tang of lime and a sweet-tart crimson-red topping of cranberries briefly simmered with a little sugar and more lime juice. […]


Restaurant-Worthy Prosciutto-Wrapped Chicken in 35 Minutes

Cooking this recipe for Prosciutto-Wrapped Chicken with Mushroom Marsala Sauce does the travel-in-your-kitchen trick of making it feel like you’re having dinner in an Italian bistro. The Marsala is part of the spell, of course—treat yourself to a little bottle of the fortified wine next time you’re at the liquor store so you have it […]


Healthy Summertime Treats

As the temperature rises outside, what do you crave? Ice cream and sweet frozen treats are part of summer, but are they a healthy option?  Everything in moderation, yes, but what’s in your ice cream that you may not have expected?  Is it okay for your toddler or kids to eat all the time? Ingredient […]

Parenting Tips


Longer maternity leaves lower women’s risk of postpartum depression

The more leave time from work that a woman takes after giving birth — up to six months — the better protected she will be from experiencing post-partum depression, according to a study led by Dr. Rada K. Dagher, assistant professor of health services administration at the University of Maryland School of Public Health. Pregnancy […]


Caution to pregnant women on red meat diabetes link

Pregnant women and women planning to become pregnant can make use of the holiday season to adjust their diets and reduce the risk of gestational diabetes, according to researchers at the University of Adelaide’s Robinson Institute. Pregnancy / Obstetrics News From Medical News Today


Researchers explore how mothers’ blood sugar levels influence child fat

Researchers from Manchester have begun a new study to determine whether blood sugar levels during pregnancy, lower than the level used to diagnose gestational diabetes, influences later levels of body fat in children and development of diabetes in mothers after giving birth. Pregnancy / Obstetrics News From Medical News Today