Friday, September 30, 2005

Some Fun Pregnancy/Mom Facts

Did you know that..... - Diaper rash occurs more often after 8 months of age. - A fetus in the womb can hear. Tests have shown that fetuses respond to various sounds just as vigorously as they respond to pressures and internal sensations. - A newborn baby's head accounts for about one-quarter of it's entire weight. - According to researchers at the University of Texas, babies like pretty faces better than plain ones. - Children born in the month of May are on the average 200 grams heavier at birth than children born in any other month. - According to Aristotle, wind direction determined whether a baby would be a boy or a girl. - During pregnancy, the uterus expands to 500 times its normal size. - Midgets and dwarfs almost always have normal-sized children, even if both parents are midgets or dwarfs. - Twins are born less frequently in the eastern part of the world than in the western. - During pregnancy a woman's blood volume increases up to 50%. In addition to meeting the needs of the fetus, this is a reserve against fluid loss that occurs during childbirth. - More in-vitro babies are born in Australia than anywhere else in the world. - Every three seconds a baby is born? - From 1725-1765 a Russian peasant woman gave birth to 16 sets of twins, 7 sets of triplets and 4 sets of quadruplets. - According to a survey, women prefer blue bedrooms more than other colors; men are happier with white bedrooms. - The first child ever born on the continent of Antarctica was born in 1978.

Thursday, September 29, 2005

Did You Know That...

...more babies are born on Tuesdays than any other days? July, August and September are the most popular months for births. If you work backwards from nine months makes sense. Seems like more people conceive when it's cold outside. Utah has the highest birth rate. No smoking please! The number of moms who smoke has continued to go down in numbers. Median number of weight gained is 30.5 pounds since 1990. More than 1/3 of babies are born to unmarried mothers. Age 35 to 39? Numbers of babies born for women of this age group is increasing. First time moms are giving birth around 25 (average) which is older than it used to be. Consider this, in 1970, the average age for first time moms was 21. Look at the change within a few decades! Median age for first time dads is 30. About 91 percent are choosing have a physician attend their birth while the 8 percent are choosing to have a midwife. C-sections are becoming more and more popular - maybe that's why Britney chose to have one? Babies are arriving early more and more these days. While the number of twins continues to rise, the number of triplets and up are going down. Boys consistenly outnumber girls - 1048 boys for every 1000 girls. I'm not sure if my husband like that!

Safety Products For Babies

I was on iVillage.com this morning and saw a great article on products to keep your baby safe. The first thing was a small glass which is roughly the size of a babie's throat. If a toy fit inside the glass, it was too small for a baby/toddler to play with.

I have to say...that's a pretty genius idea and you can see in front of your eyes, what's okay...and what's not.

Next item that I thought was handy was a spoon that came in fun colors but also changed colors to reflect the temperature of whatever food you were serving. This can help you gauge if that soup is too hot! Kind of like a mood ring.

There are a lot of great products featured...go check them out!

Wednesday, September 28, 2005

EEOC sues fast-food outlet over two pregnancy cases

Read this in my Google alert this morning about two lawsuits against Sonic, Inc. One was on behalf of a woman who was fired because she was pregnant. Another who was passed over for a job because she was pregnant. Why is it assumed that pregnant women will become so fragile once pregnant? Simply not the case. According to the article, the employee was fired because they were concerned she couldn't do carhop work since she was pregnant. When will people get it through their heads that pregnancy discrimination is just wrong not to mention illegal?

Search This Blog

Hello there visitor! Have you come to the Pregnancy Weekly blog in search of something specific related to pregnancy? It could be breast feeding or parenting or ultrasound or pregnancy tests or old wives tales - anything! Rather than scan through the archives (and that would be exhausting) - Blogger has a great tool which allows you to search this blog! If you go the top left corner, you will see a search bar and a "Search This Blog" button. Go ahead - type in something like maternity clothes and you will see a results page of all the maternity clothes related posts. Makes life a little easier doesn't it?

Acts Of Kindness

There is a great website I found which features removable stickers (great for when you don't want your kids to permanently decorate!) - plus they have great inspiring messages not only for your children, but for your significant other, coworker, friends and family. Acts Of Kindness has some great products for some great prices. I love to give my Dd little notes in her lunch and around her room and with these, I can leave them for her and they are fun, unique and creative. As Martha might say, it's a good thing.

Preggers n' Proud

We often feature websites for cute and fun onesies for your baby - but what about you pregnant parent? There should be tees for the expectant father and mother and guess what? There are. Preggers n' Proud has some great ones. I'm a big fan of the "Buddha with a Belly" tee as shown below. I also just love the name of this company. You're pregnant and proud!

Anyone know of other great mommy and daddy tees? Leave a comment and let us know.

Tuesday, September 27, 2005

Fit Pregnancy

One of the pregnancy magazines I enjoy is Fit Pregnancy and it looks like they have re-vamped their site to include more online articles and resources for everything pregnancy related. Check it out if you get a chance!

Monday, September 26, 2005

What Social Security and Baby Names Have in Common

So what does the Social Security have to say about baby names? Simple, they have a list of the top baby names. What's a better resource than this which is no doubt comprised of those babies who parents get them social security cards. In fact, you can go as far back as 1880 to see the most popular baby names. John and Mary topped the list. Anyone surprised about that? For fun, I went through the decades: 1900- John, Mary 1910- John, Mary 1920- John, Mary 1930- Robert, Mary (finally a change from the typical John! In fact, John is 3rd after James) 1940- James, Mary 1950- James, Linda (yes, this one surprised me! Linda?!) 1960- David, Mary (sorry, Linda - Mary's back!) 1970- Michael, Jennifer (Ah, this is where the Jennifer phenomenon begins!) 1980- Michael, Jennifer 1990- Michael, Jessica 2000- 2004 - Jacob, Emily (the new John and Mary of olden days?) And hey- since you're looking up popular baby names, why not research into obtaining a social security number for that baby of yours.

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Pacifiers - Do's and Don'ts

We call them binkys in our family and while they have been so helpful sometimes, it was hard for our toddlers to throw them away as they got older. So here are some do's and don'ts. Some parents wonder how they would ever survive a crying baby without the use of a pacifier, while others are very much opposed to the idea of comforting an infant with one of these little gadgets. The debate continues. It can be difficult to determine whether your baby will even want or need to use a pacifier. Some babies prefer their own fist, thumb or fingers for self-soothing. Infants often suck as a means of calming themselves, and sucking from the breast or bottle isn't always sufficient. Most experts agree that if you wish to use a pacifier, a new parent should wait at least two weeks after birth before even attempting to introduce one. This will aid your baby in establishing stable and efficient nursing patterns before introducing a foreign shape. However, some baby's seem not to want to wait that long and that is normal as well. There are pros and cons to using the pacifier. They come in handy and are very convenient in calming a colicky baby, or a baby who is already fed and full but still wants to suck. If you do decide to use a pacifier, keep these tips in mind: -Purchase a one piece model; pacifiers must now meet federal standards requiring a mouth shield to prevent your baby from choking on the pacifier. -Keep your baby's pacifier clean at all times to reduce the risk of infections from germs. -Watch for deterioration of the nipple part of your baby's pacifier and replace it at once if it shows visible cracks or becomes torn. This will prevent choking on small pieces of the nipple. -DO NOT under any circumstance attach a pacifier to your baby with straps, strings or clips. -Try to avoid using a pacifier at bedtime to put your baby to sleep. It is a hard habit to break if your child begins to use it for security, and it's hard for you to find it in the dark when your baby loses it in the middle of the night. When you find a pacifier that satisfies your baby, it would be a great idea to buy a few extras to keep on hand. These tiny items get lost very easily. You will find them everywhere from under the cushions of your couch, to under the seats of your car, to the bottom of the diaper bag. When should you take away the pacifier? This is a controversial question. Some say by the age of two, others say the child will give it up on their own, while others say it should be given up when your baby is weaned and no longer feels the need to suck. There are kids who hold onto their pacifier and this can be a very difficult habit to break when it's related to security. The longer a parent puts off taking away a pacifier, the more harmful it becomes to the development of your child's teeth. Talk to your pediatrician if you experience difficulty weaning your child from their pacifier.