Prenatal Related Articles & Blog Posts

  • What Every Expectant Couple Needs to Know About Genetics Part 1

    What Every Expectant Couple Needs to Know About Genetics (Part 1)

    Thankfully, most babies are born healthy, but every pregnancy is at risk for a birth defect. That is why is may be helpful to speak with a genetic counselor, a medical professional trained in assessing the risk for birth defects and genetic disorders, before or during your pregnancy.

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  • The #1 Inherited Cause of Childhood Death

    The #1 Inherited Cause of Childhood Death

    Every year it seems like more and more genetic tests are offered during pregnancy. Due to a recent recommendation made by the American College of Medical Genetics (ACMG), the latest carrier test to be offered by OB/GYNs and genetic specialists is for spinal muscular atrophy (SMA).

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  • BPA, Sperm, Masculinity, and the Average American Guy

    BPA, Sperm, Masculinity, and the Average American Guy

    A new study suggests that typical BPA exposure may be affecting the masculinity, semen quality, and sperm count of the average American guy. And young boys often have even more BPA exposure than adult men. Researchers from Oakland, California and Shanghai, China compared the urine samples and semen samples of 218 men from four different […]

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  • Non-babyish Gifts for New Parents

    Non-babyish Gifts for New Parents

    Sure, there are plenty of green, child-centered gifts you can get babies, kids and their parents…like an organic onesie with “Mother Sucker” on the front, the fabulous Ergo Baby Carrier, or those adorable socks printed to look like Mary Jane shoes. But, IMHO, the best gifts are the ones that make the parent’s life better […]

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  • We Are Sinking in a Chemical Swamp

    We Are Sinking in a Chemical Swamp

    The news was astounding. When researchers tested the blood in the umbilical cords of newborn babies, they found 273 different commercial chemicals. That means that all those chemicals passed the placental barrier and reached the developing fetus’s body. Babies today are swimming in a contaminated sea of chemicals called the amniotic fluid.

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  • The Eco-Layette: Safer Fabrics for Your Baby and the Planet

    The Eco-Layette: Safer Fabrics for Your Baby and the Planet

    Dressing newborn babies is a fine art. Getting tiny flailing limbs to shimmy down a long sleeve. Easing a floppy little head through a neck hole. Keeping their infinitesimal socks from falling off their feet. Just when you get it figured out, new tests begin; including the mastery of stain removal and the miraculous feat […]

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  • Eco-Conscious Conception

    Eco-Conscious Conception

    By now it should be quite clear that what’s best for the planet is also what’s best for our health. Polluted air, water, and soil eventually lead to polluted people because, like every other creature on this big blue globe, we depend on air, water, and soil for survival. Unfortunately, we’ve hit a point of […]

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  • Do I Really Need to Workout During My Pregnancy?

    Do I Really Need to Workout During My Pregnancy?

    Did you always picture your pregnancy to be the time where you could finally have an excuse to stop exercising and eat for two? Unfortunately, you need to erase that picture. Pregnancy may be one of the most important times of your life to exercise. The benefits go to both you and your baby! First […]

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  • Now What?

    Now What?

    This year on May 2nd at our 3rd annual Pregnancy Awareness Month kickoff event up at Tree People Ricki Lake (producer of The Business of Being Born and advisor on our team) shared with me that just days before the midwives in New York City had lost their right to attend home births and that […]

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  • Nurturing

    Nurturing

    About 5 years ago I taught a woman in my prenatal yoga class who was expecting her 5th child. She seemed to be in overwhelm and was frustrated by the fact that her husband was not making her 5th pregnancy easier by helping her manage the household or giving her foot rubs at night.

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