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Monday, September 16, 2019

"there's no place like home"

Dorothy had to fly in a tornado, dance with a scarecrow, save a tin man, attack a lion and kill a witch before she figured out - "there's no place like home. "  But what makes a home a happy one?  According to researchers, bigger is not always better, but perception is key.  "Overall, increases in physical space per person did correspond to happier families. But what truly surprised them was how families perceived that physical space – the amount of space per person, and whether it felt too crowded or distant – had a much greater impact on their relationships."   Therefore, your experiences in your home, how you perceive your home and how you represent your feelings about your home to your children can have a huge impact on whether or not the space is perceived as happy. bbc more

helping a child accept a new sibling

Preparedness and acceptance are two different things.  Ask any parent with two small children if they have witnessed the difference.  Getting a child used to having a new baby in the house is a different challenge then having your first born accept the new baby.  Therefore, here are some tips from babycenter:
  • give your first-born special jobs - like helping to fetch diapers, or choosing the color of the outfit, or helping to soap their new sibling in the bath
  • ask your first-born for advice - what games should we play with the baby today?  what books shall we read?
  • observe the baby together - have your first born describe what they see
  • read stories about your child's new role as the eldest sibling
  • acknowledge any new feelings
  • spend alone time with your eldest child
  • let your first-born do their own activities too - some independence can be advantageous

'talk test' while exercising pregnant

Vigorous exercise has been thought to be a risk during pregnancy. However, recent research has found that vigorous exercise is safe during pregnancy, including in the third trimester.  Not only is it safe; it's healthy. Walking, swimming and using an exercise bike are all activities that could be considered moderate intensity. Vigorous exercise, is exercising with an intensity where you struggle to maintain a conversation, but can still manage a sentence. This could include activities such as jogging, circuit-based resistance training, or interval training on a stationary bike. Exercise at greater than 90% of maximum heart rate is considered "high-intensity exercise." This is where you can't even string a sentence together - and this should be avoided. There is not enough research if whether high-intensity training carries any risks, so there's still a limit to what mothers might want to do later in a pregnancy. So, do the "talk test" to make sure you can still speak while exercising. And... if you find it difficult to be mobile in the third trimester, let alone exercise vigorously - lighter exercise, like regular walks, still provide a lot of benefits for yourself and baby.more

prevent pregnancy preeclampsia with aspirin

The cause of preeclampsia in a pregnant woman is still unknown , but has serious risks. Including, constriction of blood vessels and interruption of blood flow to the kidneys, brain or uterus. Signs include a terrible headache and swollen hands and feet. Research shows, prenatal aspirin can cut the risk of preeclampsia by 24% , and the harm of taking low-dose aspirin while pregnancy is "no greater than small." Dr. Jodi Abbott, an OB-GYN who specializes in treating high-risk pregnancies at Boston Medical Center, and is also an associate professor at Boston University School of Medicine, states,  "What aspirin does is relax blood vessels, [which] lowers the blood pressure, but also improves blood flow to the baby, to the kidneys, and to the brain, lowering the chance that the woman would have any complications to her pregnancy that would affect either her or her baby." Bottom-line, a small amount of daily aspirin can significantly cut the risk of developing preeclampsia in pregnancy.  npr more

corporate paid parental leave policies

Hilton is expanding paid parental leave for its workers, and the time off is the same for maids as it is for corporate executives. The hotel chain is tacking on an additional two weeks of paid parental leave for U.S. full-time workers, increasing from 10 weeks to 12 weeks for birth mothers and doubling to four weeks the time off being given to new fathers and people who are adopting a child. "We're not differentiating — it's the same for housekeepers as in the C-suite," Hilton Chief Talent Officer Laura Fuentes told CBS MoneyWatch . It seems Hilton is following the lead of other major corporations like Target and the NFL - which increased their paid parental leave policies this year. Let's hope others follow suit!more

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