baby development

New FDA Rules Will Make Baby’s Formula Safer Than Ever Before

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Hey mom, big changes are coming to baby's formula. After almost twenty years of research, the FDA has finally proposed a  plan that will make sure that your infant's formula is safer and more nutritious. The FDA now has rules in place that ensure that formula manufacturers test their products for salmonella and... Read more

What You Need to Know Before You Schedule Those Prenatal Tests

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On Thursday, February 6th, the Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine will hold its annual meeting known as The Pregnancy Meeting, researchers from around the world to share the latest news, studies and research in the name of maternal-free medicine. One thing they'll be sure to share? The fact that noninvasive prenatal testing detected 83.2 percent of... Read more

Moms-to-Be Need Vitamin D More Than Ever During Their First Trimester

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New research revealed just how important ample vitamin D is for mom's health during her pregnancy. Researchers from the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health found that women who are deficient in vitamin D in the first 26 weeks of their pregnancy may be at heightened risk of developing severe preeclampsia.... Read more

What Being Born in 2014 (the Year of the Horse!) Will Mean for Baby

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Happy Chinese New Year! Did you know that it’s the Year of the Horse? And according to legend, that can affect baby’s personality -- and even his future career. So here’s the scoop on what your 2014 baby will be like. Saddle up, mama! It’s going to be one heck of a year. The sign... Read more

Baby’s Cries — Decoded!

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A scientist from Brown Medical School has found that the acoustics of baby's cries might provide parents with clues about his health. Though in the past studies have shown that the cry of an infant can suggest his medical risks, Linda LaGasse found that if a baby is crying at a higher and more... Read more

Whoa! 1 in 5 Pregnant Women Smokes — How It Affects Baby

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Today the March of Dimes is celebrating 50 years of progress in the fight against smoking during pregnancy. In a new report released by the Surgeon General, the organization confirms that babies born to smokers will have a cleft lip and a cleft palate. The report, titled, "The Health Consequences of Smoking --... Read more

Baby’s Learning About Your Relationship Long Before He Learns His First Words

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Are you smarter than a baby? Probably not -- because babies as young as nine months recognize that friends are people who have similar interests. Tell me, when's the lsat time you've recognized anything before 9am (except the snooze button)? The study, published online in the Journal of Experimental Psychology: General shows that babies,... Read more

Turns Out Parents Know Best When It Comes to Teaching Baby to Talk

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Hey parents, don't let 'em tell you nothin'. Turns out, you're doing it right: According to new research, baby talk is the leading way your adorable little babe is taking in (and learning!) language. So stress the hell outta those vowel sounds and get as high pitched as possible! Researchers at the University of... Read more

Vitamin D During Pregnancy Strengthens Baby’s Muscles

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If this isn't the best reason ever to pack up and head somewhere tropical than I just don't know what is. New research says that kids are likely to have stronger muscles if their moms had higher levels of vitamin D during their pregnancies. So clear your schedules for some fun... Read more

Taking These Antidepressants Won’t Cause Autism in Baby — but They Will Raise His Risk

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A newly released study from Denmark found that women who take selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) for depression or anxiety do not cause autism in their babies-to-be. But that doesn't mean taking them won't raise baby's risk. While the study, which was published journal Clinical Epidemiology, found that these drugs... Read more