Actor Jason Bateman (42) and wife Amanda Anka (42) are expecting their second child! Singer Paul Anka, father of the expectant mother, revealed to ET Canada that the couple will be welcoming their second girl. The newest addition will join 4-year-old sibling Francesca Nora. No other details have been released at this time.
The famous couple have been married for 10 years.
Congratulations to the happy couple and overjoyed grandfather!
Daughter No. 2 On the Way for Jason Bateman [People]
Hearing the baby's heart beat for the first time is often
the first bonding experience for many parents. The sound of the "galloping" heart can be
enough to put many parents to tears. For doctors, monitoring the fetal heart is
one of the simplest ways to determine the health of your unborn baby.
The embryonic heart starts beating 22 days after conception,
in the fifth week of pregnancy. It is too small to hear at this early
stage but can sometimes be viewed as a flicker on an ultrasound as early as four weeks. If the doctor can’t see a heartbeat, it could just mean that the dating
of the pregnancy is incorrect and he might suggest you come back at a later
date. At 9-10 weeks you might be able to hear the heartbeat using Doppler but
it depends on your weight, the position of your uterus and the instrument. By
week 12-14, you should be able to hear it consistently with Doppler.
The technician will assess the fetal heartbeat, sometimes
referred to as fetal heart tones, by counting how many beats are in a minute.
They might listen for a full minute, for 15 seconds and then multiply by four,
or just be attuned enough to listen for a normal rate. Some instruments are
already equipped to provide a reading so that the technician doesn’t need to
count. It’s not uncommon for the Doppler to pick up the mother’s heart beat
instead of the fetus. A medical professional might check the mother’s heartbeat
to see if it matches what they are hearing. The mother’s heartbeat should be
under 100 bpm (beats per minute) but the baby’s will be between 120-180 bpm.
The fetal heart typically starts beating at 80-85 bpm, then spikes up to180 bpm
and then gradually slows to 120-160 bpm by 12 weeks gestation. It typically
slows again before birth to a range of 120-140 bpm. Some fetal heartbeats past term might drop to
110 bpm. The male and female heartbeats exhibit no differences, contrary to the
When listening to the heartbeat using a Doppler ultrasound
fetal heartbeat detector, it won’t be the actual heartbeat that you are
hearing. What you hear is an amplified “beat frequency,” that is the
interaction between the response and the frequency used by the Doppler. As the
outgoing frequency (sent by the Doppler) runs into the physical movements of
the heart, the closer the heart is, the higher the frequency. A quiet or loud heartbeat is not an
indicator of abnormalities, it just depends on the distance between the fetus
and the instrument.
Twin heartbeats can be hard to distinguish. Placing the
instrument at two different places over the uterus can usually allow a
technician to hear the two different beats, however, an ultrasound might be
required to be sure.
Once you reach 20 weeks, Doppler is no longer necessary to
hear the heartbeat. A fetoscope can be placed on the uterus, much like a
stethoscope used to hear the heart in adults. It
might be hard to hear if you are overweight or if the placenta lies in
the way. Sometimes a fetoscope can be used to hear the heartbeat as early as 16
weeks. As the pregnancy progresses, it will be easier to hear using this
Some parents purchase Doppler to use in the home. If you
decide to purchase one of these, be aware that the heartbeat can often be hard
to find and picking up the mother’s heartbeat is not uncommon. In other words,
if you don’t find the heartbeat right away, it is not a cause for panic.
The fetal heartbeat may react to chronic anxiety of the
mother and other heart rate changes in the mother. A wide-range study revealed
that hearing the voices of strangers can decelerate the heart rate and hearing
the mother’s voice can accelerate it. If the fetal heart rate does not change,
is too low or too high (outside a range of 110-180 bpm) it could indicate a
problem. When giving birth, the fetal heart rate will respond to the
contractions with a pattern. Deviance from this established pattern could
indicate a problem as well. However, fetal heart beat changes do not always
indicate a problem. About 14% of normal babies have irregular heartbeats (a
skipped beat or extra beat) during their time in the womb and there is only a
1-2% chance of finding something wrong, according to a YaleUniversity
study. If fetal heart rate variances present themselves during labor you may be
asked to change positions, take medication to relax the uterus, be given an IV
or oxygen through a mask.
Listening to a baby’s heart beat can be a heart-warming
experience. Conversely, when problems present themselves it can be emotionally challenging. Hopefully, fueled with the knowledge of how the fetal heartbeat
develops, you will be prepared for whatever a Doppler or fetoscope
reveals and be able to enjoy it as the miraculous sound of life that it is.
All infants are born with a natural reflex referred to as
the "sucking reflex." In fact, babies develop this reflex in the womb, evidenced by ultrasound images of many babies sucking their thumb in utero. The act of sucking requires coordination between sucking, breathing, and swallowing. It requires the muscles of the lips, throat and tongue to work. Medical professionals will often gauge a newborn’s neurological capacity and maturity by measuring the sucks and bursts of an infant's suck. Premature infants and babies of diabetic mothers are common groups that experience a weak sucking reflex.
There are two types of sucking: nutritive and non-nutritive,
defined by the presence or lack of fluid. When fluid is present, the infant
must have the palate stimulated to evoke the reflex, which is why the mother’s
entire areola should be used to breastfeed and not just the tip of the nipple.
Nutritive sucking is slow and rhythmic, while non-nutritive sucking moves at a
faster pace. Non-nutritive sucking can help the infant to learn and maintain
the sucking knowledge. Sucking is also a soothing practice for the baby.
The infant’s first experience with feeling relaxed and happy
comes from sucking on a nipple and receiving food. Sucking on the thumb or
pacifier causes the brain to release endorphins similar to when they are
sucking for nutrients. Those who figure out how to self-soothe by sucking on
their fingers early on, tend to be calmer in general. Babies who suck their
thumbs tend to fall asleep faster, fall back asleep in the middle of the night,
and sleep through the night earlier than babies who do not suck their thumbs.
Babies learn about the world primarily with their mouths,
researchers have found. Thumb-sucking is usually their first real experience
that they can always fall back on. It’s because of this comfortable situation,
that putting things in their mouth and sucking on them is a way to gauge
differences between that object and their thumb or pacifier. Many parents are
alarmed by this behavior and concerned that the baby will ingest germs and
microbes that could be harmful. Researchers theorize that all that sucking on
possibly dirty, germy items could be actually training the immune system. They
believe that the dirt and germs teach the immune system how to respond to and identify threats. Researchers
postulate that auto-immune disorders are a product of overly good hygiene, which blocks
the immune system from this supposed learning process.
The sucking reflex usually fades at six months but in some
cases babies will choose to continue to suck. The duration of time that most babies suck varies. A
study of infants found that 94% of them stopped sucking their thumb before they
reached their first birthday. Most children will stop sucking their thumb by
the time they are four or five years old. Sucking on the thumb or a pacifier can become
an issue once the permanent teeth come in because it can lead to dental
Stopping a small child from sucking can be problematic because it often serves as the most reliable form of self-soothing
behavior. Pulling a baby’s thumb out of their mouth, might actually end up
encouraging the behavior. A better deterrent is to hand them something that
they need both hands to hold. Once the child is able to be reasoned with, other
ways of deterring the behavior can be used, such as offering new ways for the
child to self-soothe. Once the child enters a school situation, they often stop
due to peer pressure.
Actress Jennifer Garner (39) and director Ben
Affleck (39) are expecting their third child together. The actors are "thrilled" to have
another on the way. The couple are already parents to 5-year-old Violet and
The news comes after months of speculation by gossip
outlets trying to determine whether Garner was concealing a baby bump. The couple released
the news to the Associated Press exclusively on Monday.
Congratulations to the happy couple!
AP Exclusive: Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner, parents of 2 daughters, expecting 3rd child [WashPo]
It's not uncommon for women to experience what's known as "the
baby blues" after giving birth - a sudden drop in hormones combined with the
adjustment to caring for another life is a lot for any person to handle. It is
less common for women to experience postpartum depression (PPD), which can last
months or even years after giving birth and can be particularly hard to talk
about due to the public perception of it. The first postpartum depression
clinic in the United States has opened its doors, hopefully, helping to bring
this stigmatized condition into the spotlight and allow more women to get the help
they need to overcome it.
The University of
North Carolina hospital in Chapel Hill opened the first postpartum depression
clinic last Monday. The hospital previously placed women who suffered from PPD
in their psychiatric unit, an ill-fitting place for someone who is simply
overwhelmed with motherhood. The doctor’s at the psychiatric unit found it hard
not to act upon hearing mothers speaking about thoughts of hurting their
babies, even though these thoughts are common among those who suffer from PPD
and rarely lead to a dangerous situation. The new inpatient clinic provides
breast pumps, rocking chairs, family therapy, and extended visiting hours for
babies. Mothers and their children are encouraged to establish a routine even
as she is hospitalized. Individualized therapy and support groups provide women
with the help they truly need.
The hospital is reportedly receiving calls from individuals all
over the country interested in opening similar clinics. These clinics would be
an asset for any medical establishment and could help improve the lives of all
the family members that are affected by PPD.
Have you or anyone
you know suffered from postpartum depression?
Postpartum Depression Clinic The First Of Its Kind [NPR]
One of the worst symptoms of pregnancy is morning sickness.
Despite the name, the nausea associated with elevated hormones during pregnancy
can appear at any time of the day and seems to always hit when you least expect
it. There are many articles on the internet that share home remedies, but the
only thing that gets most women through morning sickness is getting past the first
trimester - still, there is hope! Preggie
Pops and Drops are specially formulated hard candies which can help relieve
nausea as soon as it hits, whether you're in the first trimester of pregnancy or
about to give birth.
Pops and Drops are lollipops and individually-wrapped candies that help to relieve
the nausea associated with pregnancy. The tasty morsels were developed by
healthcare professionals and are made with natural flavors and essential oils
that provide quick relief from nausea. They can also be helpful aids during
labor, because they deliver quick energy and nutrients when you need them. Three Lollies, the maker of Preggie
Pops and Drops, also makes Queasy
Pops and Drops, which can be used in any situation where nausea persists
and are also
available for kids. Three
Lollies also sells Smoking Sucks
to aid smokers that want to quit. The pregnancy lozenges come in a variety of
flavors: peppermint, spearmint, lavender, ginger, sour lemon, sour tangerine
and sour raspberry. All of the products are inexpensive and can be ordered on the company’s website.