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Issue #12

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Pregnancy

ABOUT PREECLAMPSIA

(www.preeclampsia.org)

Preeclampsia is a disorder that occurs only during pregnancy and the postpartum period and affects both the mother and the unborn baby. Affecting at least 5-8% of all pregnancies, it is a rapidly progressive condition characterized by high blood pressure and the presence of protein in the urine...

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How to Count the Kicks

(www.countthekicks.org)

By keeping track of each time your baby kicks, rolls or pokes, you can monitor your baby’s health and begin to create a bond with him or her.

As a parent, it’s reassuring to Count the Kicks to make sure your baby is active and healthy, and counting may reduce the risk of a stillbirth.

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Date and way of birth

(www.expectantmothersguide.co.za)

If your pregnancy is healthy, it is best to stay pregnant for at least 39 weeks. Staying pregnant to full term, or 40 weeks, is one of the best ways to give babies enough time in the womb to grow and develop.

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Pregnancy Education Week Events

(expectantmothersguide.co.za)

Find Pregnancy Education Week events near you.

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Birth

Scientists Investigate How Viruses Like Zika Cause Birth Defects

(www.nytimes.com)

The Zika virus has quickly gained Ebola-level notoriety as it has spread through the Western Hemisphere in recent months. Researchers in Brazil, where it was first detected in May, have linked infections in pregnant women to a condition known as microcephaly: infants born with undersize heads.

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Orgasmic Birth

I am here to share with you the Best-Kept Secrets that will transform you and your birth experience.

Breastfeeding

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Zika virus and breastfeeding

(kellymom.com)

Should breastfeeding parents be concerned about Zika?

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Get breastfeeding advice

Skin to skin

The hug that helped change medicine

In 1995, a baby was saved by the hug of her sibling. CNN's Lisa Sylvester reports on a twin bond that has lasted.

Hug that helped change medicine
Skin to skin invite

Parenting

Kind words accomplish much

(www.daretolove.co.za)

We all like to be spoken to with a kind and respectful tone of voice!

One way to express words of affirmation love to children is to speak to them in a kind and respectful way when giving instructions, being my moral courtesy towards my child.

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Your Social Baby

(www.focusonthefamily.com)

On a beautiful Thursday morning, Sonja took her daughter, Mia, to the park. Mia had just turned 2, and Sonja couldn’t wait to watch her interact with other toddlers.

But when they arrived, instead of heading toward the other kids and making new buddies, Mia made a beeline to a patch of sand, picked up a stick and began digging a hole with the intensity of an oil driller.

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Inspiration

11 unusual sources of baby name inspiration

(www.babycenter.com)

Looking to take your baby name quest outside the box? Check out these unusual and creative sources of baby name inspiration.

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Humour

Babies learn humour from parents: study

(www.telegraph.co.uk)

Children get their sense of humour from their parents as a study has found babies as young as six months learn to laugh at the same thing as their mothers and fathers.

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