Friday, August 19, 2011

Friday Wrap-up: Parenting and Pregnancy News

Selma Blair Shares Photo of Newborn Son [People]

Researcher develops prevention program for postpartum OCD [EurekAlert]

'Big Fish' Star Alison Lohman's Secret Pregnancy [TMZ]

Bloomberg Case: Tough Luck For Working Moms [WSJ]

Porsche Design P'4911 Stroller [lilsugar]

Fast Food Playgrounds Are Riddled With Poop [Jezebel]

Black market babies may have multiple blonde, blue-eyed siblings [DailyMail]

Resistance Training in First Trimester of Pregnancy Beneficial [SacBee]

Can oral care for babies prevent future cavities? [EurekAlert]

Survey Reveals Biggest Secrets That Moms Keep [HuffPo]

Prenatal Paternity Test Provides Results at 12 Weeks

Before this week, parents who were unsure of a child's paternity would usually wait until the child was born before completing a paternity test. The dilemma can lead to a very stress-filled nine months. A new test can reveal a child's father at merely 12 weeks gestation, saving people from delayed heartbreak and months of uncertainty.

 The new paternity test is called the Non-Invasive Prenatal Paternity Test and was developed by DDC, a private genetic testing company. The test searches for cell-free fetal DNA in the mother’s blood that is analyzed for the father’s DNA. The test is available now for $1,625 by calling the company at 1-800-CALL-DDC. Both the mother and the would-be father need to report to one of the 1,500 testing sites nationwide to give blood and then results are returned in approximately five days. The would-be father’s DNA will either be reported back as “included” or “excluded.” The company purports that the test is 99.9% accurate. They are calling the DNA test “the Holy Grail of prenatal testing,” as it is the same type of non-invasive testing that can determine a baby’s gender at seven weeks gestation.   

Previously, the only way to determine a child’s paternity during pregnancy was through amniocentesis and chorionic villus sampling, which both carry a small risk of miscarriage. The only other way was to wait until the baby was born to take a DNA sample through a cotton swab on the inside of the baby’s mouth. DDC says it received approximately 400,000 calls annually about paternity tests during pregnancy.

The early paternity testing will be beneficial in most cases, however, since the new paternity tests would reveal a child’s father before the legal abortion limit in many states it could result in more abortions for couples who are unhappy with the results. 

For the time being, the test is only an option for those who can afford such a steep price tag. However, the new technology will most likely open the door for competitors to produce less expensive prenatal paternity tests in the near future. The test could mean the end of many stress-filled months for partners that are unsure of the paternity of their child and allow them to move on with their lives as necessary.

Were you ever unsure of the paternity of an unborn child?

Who's Your Baby Daddy? New Paternity Test Can Tell at 12 Weeks [Time]

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Smart Mom Teething Bling

Just when you start getting some sleep, teething arrives. Your little bambino could sail right through it, but many babies are very vocal about their struggle with these incoming teeth. Most of the time, a frozen wash cloth to chew on will help relieve the pain but it's not exactly practical or very attractive to carry around with you. Smart Mom Teething Bling is the chic way to carry a quick teething solution wherever you go.

As a mom, jewelry often becomes more of a hassle than it’s worth. Necklaces are easily broken and precious metals and stones can be harmful when your little one is in your arms. Smart Mom Teething Bling is fashion with a purpose and intended for babies to play with. Their simple designs enable you to wear the circular necklaces with any ensemble. Casual or formal events – this accessory looks chic in every situation.  You don’t have to worry when your baby puts the necklace in her mouth, because they are made with the same material as most FDA-approved teething toys. The necklaces are nontoxic; they contain no BPA, phthalate, PVC, latex or lead. Plus, if she pulls too hard on the necklace, it’s built to break-away. These necklaces make thoughtful, inexpensive gifts for mothers of teething babies.

Each purchase supports fellow moms too – Smart Mom was created and is run by moms and all the necklaces are made by moms at the company headquarters in Maryland. The workers are provided with assignments and then allowed to work around their family’s schedule.  They can also bring their children to work as needed.

Maternity and Style will be giving away a free Smart Mom necklace on their Facebook in the next couple weeks. Make sure you’re a fan on Facebook before they start the giveaway for this beautiful turquoise teething necklace.You can purchase your own Smart Mom Teething Bling here.

Do you wear jewelry now that you’re a mom?

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Best of the Web: Parenting and Pregnancy News

So, Yes, A Diaper Derby Is A Thing  [BestWeekEver]

Twin saved her sister's life in the womb [DailyMail]

Tribal Rights Hinder Child Support For Mothers [NPR]

Patriots Danny Woodhead Celebrates Birth of Baby Girl [NESN]

What's Your "Real" Birth Order? [PsychologyToday]

Things Your First Kid Will Hate About Your Newborn [Babble]

Invisible cord [TheAge]

Can You Stress Out Your Fetus... Forever?  [HuffPo]

How I Got All Precious About Daycare [Jezebel]

Oregon aims to curb early elective C-sections [EmaxHealth]

Princess Victoria of Sweden Is Pregnant [People]

Maternal IV Fluid Linked to Infant Weight Loss after Delivery

After delivering your baby, the pressure is on for your little bean to consistently gain weight from the moment she enters the world. If a baby fails to gain weight or even loses weight, they can be labeled as "failing to thrive" and are typically given formula over breast milk to provide extra calories. It's a story that many mothers tell when they explain why they were unable to continue breastfeeding. Thankfully, a new study might help put an end to these stories.

Canadian researchers have discovered that babies may be retaining fluids that are given to the mother during labor. The study authors from the School of Nursing at the University of Ottawa’s Faculty of Health and Sciences found that the IV fluids given to laboring women were positively correlated with a newborn’s weight loss for up to 60 hours after birth. As a result of the findings, the researchers are calling for medical professionals to use an infant’s weight at 24 hours after birth as the baseline before making any prognosis on the infant’s weight changes.

The news is refreshing for mothers who instinctively felt their baby was healthy right after birth but were encouraged to use formula anyway. Hopefully medical professionals will heed the call to use a baby’s weight at 24 hours as their normal, healthy weight before assuming that a child is failing to thrive. Perhaps this small change in procedure will help to boost long-term breastfeeding rates in the future.

Were you concerned about your child’s weight loss after birth?

Maternal IV fluids linked to newborns' weight loss [EurekAlert]

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Hilary Duff is Pregnant!

Hilary Duff (23) is pregnant! The singer-actress announced her pregnancy on her first wedding anniversary with hockey player Mike Comrie (30). She posted on her website: "...BABY MAKES THREE!!! We are extremely happy and ready to start this new chapter of our lives."

This will be the first child for the couple, who were married August 14th, 2010 in California.

Congratulations to the happy couple!

Hilary Duff Is Pregnant [People]

Monday, August 15, 2011

Tina Fey Gave Birth!

Comedic actress Tina Fey (41) has welcomed her second child with husband Jeff Richmond (51). The 30 Rock star gave birth on August 10th to a baby girl. The couple named her Penelope Athena. Tina revealed on Ellen Degeneres' show that the couple were keeping the gender a secret. She joked: "We decided we are going to wait [to find out the baby's sex]. We’re going to find out…never. Not even after it’s born. I’m just going to see what it chooses to wear to prom."

Penelope joins 5-year-old sister Alice. 

Congratulations to the happy family!

What do you think of the name Penelope Athena?

Tina Fey Welcomes Baby No. 2: Penelope Athena! [CelebrityBabyScoop]

Creative Ways to Document Your Pregnancy

Pregnancy is a beautiful and unique time in a woman's life and although those nine months may seem difficult at times, you will truly cherish them in retrospect. Documenting your pregnancy is a great way to keep the beautiful memories alive. Here are a few artful ways to do it:

Photo Album – Create a photo series of your changing pregnant body. Keep the background and the pose the same in order to highlight the subtle changes that occur each week. Some people who chronicle with photos even wear the same outfit for each picture. Take all your pictures and create a simple frame in your photo-editing software. You can make each picture extra special by adding some text with the week in the photograph and any milestones or emotions you experienced.

VideoA video journal of your pregnancy requires a little more skill but the results can be stunning. You can stick with the same method as the photo-album by just filming about 15 seconds of footage each week or even each day and then splicing each shot together to create a moving document of your changes. Another way to do it is through a more organic approach, by simply filming a little bit featuring your changing body and your partner throughout the pregnancy. A compiled home movie of the journey you’ve taken together will be a cherished heirloom.

Paintings or drawings – If you have a little artistic inclination, drawing or painting your pregnant form can leave you feeling emotionally well and provide you with a beautiful series of portraits.

Journal – If writing is more up your alley, writing about your physical and emotional changes each day can leave you with a fascinating look at how pregnancy and becoming a parent has changed you. You can use the journal on PregnancyWeekly to make it simple.

Calendar – The calendar that’s on your wall during your pregnancy can become a cherished keepsake if you make it so. Mark down all your important dates and jot down little notes of what you are feeling and experiencing each day. Attach some pictures to the top half of the calendar and keep it for your children to see.

Belly Art – A more fleeting way to celebrate your pregnancy is through belly-art. Sit down with some non-toxic paints and create a beautiful or fun scene on your belly. There has been some incredible belly-art in the last few years - you could even enter a competition if you’re feeling up to it.

Belly Casting – Another way to capture your pregnancy is through a belly casting. Belly castings start out as plaster but can be made into any other type of material once they’ve been cast, including precious metals. Artistic types might have fun embellishing a belly cast.

Have you been documenting your pregnancy?