Category: Health

Are Royal Babies Spaced too Close Together?

Posted on Sep 15, 2014 by No Comments

Now that the Royal family has confirmed that Kate Middleton is pregnant for the second time, amid the buzz about a second royal heir being on the way is talk about whether or not 13 months is two short a time between pregnancies.

That is the amount of space between my own children, and while it wasn’t what I had “planned” I rolled with it. But 13 months is shorter than the 18 months recommended by Mayo Clinic and other organizations including the March of Dimes.

However, there is also research that suggests too much time between babies is not good either.

One of the cited possible risks based on the limited research is that the baby is at risk of a lower birth weight and small gestational size.

In my case that didn’t happen. My son actually weighed over two pounds more than my daughter and was an inch and a half longer. I’m not saying that is proof that the research is wrong, just that for me it was absolutely not the case.

Other possible risks include the potential for the placenta to partially or completely detach from the inner wall of the uterus before the baby is delivered, or that the placenta may attach to the lower part of the uterine wall and cover the cervix partially or all together in women who had a Caesarian section with their first child.

Aside from these risks there may be an increased risk of autism in the second child and some experts point to how an unplanned pregnancy and closely spaced pregnancies can put women at a socio-economic disadvantage.

I can say this is not the case for William and Kate. First of all, they probably planned this pregnancy…that is my guess not a substantiated fact.

Secondly, finances are not a factor for them, and even the stress of having kids close together will be much different with the help of a nanny, the Royal Chef, and all the other support most people don’t have.

While pregnancy and breast feeding take a toll on the mom’s body and diminish the supply of nutrients available, women in good health, who take their prenatal vitamins and have access to good prenatal care should be okay with the 13-month spacing according to some experts.

So are the Royal babies spaced to close together? Not really.

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Rejuvenate Your Skin with Dry Body Brushing

Posted on Sep 12, 2014 by No Comments

As moms, we often neglect taking time for ourselves, but I’m telling you to take time for yourself in the morning. Get up a little early and do something just for you – dry brushing.

If you haven’t heard of this, it’s something you might find on a pricey spa menu. While I admit it’s fun to go for a treatment where you feel pampered, when you can’t afford or don’t have time for such pleasantries, why not still reap the benefits in your own bathroom.

Go ahead, give yourself a treatment! All you need is a natural-bristle brush. One with a long handle is best for reaching your back.

How to Dry Brush

Dry brushing is what it sounds like. It’s brushing your skin while dry. Do it before you climb into the shower.

To dry brush correctly, make long sweeps with the brush and always move toward the heart. Lymphatic fluid flows through the body towards the heart and you’ll want to move in that same direction except on your back. On the back move from the neck down.

Avoid back and forth or circular scrubbing motions. Just sweep the skin in one direction and start at your feet. Move up the legs. Then move to your arms always brush toward the chest.

When brushing your stomach, brush counterclockwise. Use a light touch, hard enough to stimulate the skin but not hard enough to make the skin turn red.

Benefits of Dry Brushing

Dry brushing offers a number of benefits. It increases circulation to the skin and is said to reduce the appearance of cellulite. That alone is a great reason for dry brushing, but there’s more!

Other benefits include:

  • Helps shed dead skin cells and encourage cell renewal
  • Helps eliminate ingrown hairs
  • Helps improve circulation and lymphatic drainage
  • Stimulates nerve endings in the skin
  • Improves muscle tone
  • Makes skin more receptive to nutrients by eliminating clogged pores

Once you brush, bathe or shower to wash away the loosened dead skin cells. All of this results in smoother, brighter skin. It really is a great way to start the day.

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First Baby Spa a Hit in Houston

Posted on Sep 11, 2014 by No Comments

There’s a new spa located in the heart of Houston’s Memorial Villages. It’s called Float Baby and it is exclusively for babies.

While Float Baby is the first baby spa in the U.S., it turns out baby spas aren’t actually new. For instance, there’s Baby Spa in Kensington, London, that also offers “hydo therapy” and baby massages.

Float Baby opened in Houston last February, and it services infants from age 2 weeks to 8 months. The hallmark spa treatment is the floating pool which is kept at a comfortable 95-98 degrees.

Babies are dressed in waterproof diapers and a small flotation device is placed around the their necks before they are placed into the pool where they are free to move their arms and legs while they gently drift.

According to Kristi Ison, the owner of the spa, this treatment improves physical and cognitive development “by as much as 50% ahead of non-water peers.” Plus the treatment is said to strengthen muscle and bone structure.

When the babies are taken out of the pool, they get a neonatal massage performed by their parents while they are coached by Ison who is a certified instructor in infant massage. A visit costs $65 and takes about an hour.

This leads to a couple of questions like what happens if the squirming baby slips from its flotation device? Turns out that the inflatable tubes are sized by the staff every visit.

My other concern relates to a bunch of babies in the same pool, even with waterproof diapers. How clean is that pool? Turns out the water is purified and the pool itself is washed out daily.

While there is no research to support the claims made by the spa’s owner, parents using the spa have said their babies are sleeping better and are generally happier. Ison plans to expand her current facilities and hopes to open more franchises.

While I like the concept, I’m not sure about dishing out $65 for a baby spa treatment. What do you think?

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Link Round-up: Furniture Inspiration, Halloween Ideas, Clothespin Dinosaurs, and More

Posted on Sep 9, 2014 by No Comments

Today’s link round-up has furniture painting inspiration, 15 Halloween DIYs, a clothespin dinosaur craft, and more.

Kitchen Fun with My 3 Sons showed us a cute Despicable Me minion bento lunch idea.

Seasoned Homemaker inspired us to give some old furniture a makeover with paint.

I Love to Create Blog shared 15 Halloween DIYs to wear or decorate.

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Crafts by Amanda shared a clothespin dinosaur craft.

Mind Body Green shared eight ways you might be keeping yourself stuck.

Kenarry shared a recipe for homemade spaghetti sauce.

Adventures in Making showed us how to make mini apple cupcakes.

Photo credit: Kitchen Fun with My 3 Sons and Crafts by Amanda

Bengals Devon Still Receives Blessing in Disguise

Posted on Sep 9, 2014 by No Comments

When you learn your child has cancer, everything else in your world dims in importance. Recently this happened to Cincinnati Bengals Defensive End Devon Still.

The 25-year-old found out in June that his 4-year-old daughter had stage four pediatric cancer, and needless to say, his mind was not on the game. He admitted to ABC News that “It was like my whole world turned upside down.”

On Saturday, Still learned that the Bengals decided to let him go, and he admits that he can understand their decision because he wasn’t able to give them his all. But that’s not the end of the story.

The Bengals turned around and signed him to their practice squad. This gives him a $6,300 weekly paycheck, health insurance that helps cover his daughter’s care, and as an extra bonus, requires a lot less travel so he can spend more time with his sweet little girl.

When he got the news, he cried.

“They could have washed their hands with me and said they didn’t care about what I was going through off the field. It’s like a blessing in disguise for me.” – ABC News

The 25-year-old dad has shaved his head to match his daughter Leah’s and is thankful for the opportunity have more time at home with her as she completes her treatments. This is one thing they will tackle together. Leah had her fourth round of chemotherapy last week.

To say Still is grateful for what the Bengals have done for him is an understatement to say the least. He gets to stay with the game he loves and with the team that drafted him, but without all the traveling he gets to be closer to the daughter who means so much to him.

I take my hat off to the Bengals for caring and going the extra mile to do the right thing.

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Is Your Relationship with Your Mom Making Your Kid Fat?

Posted on Sep 5, 2014 by 1 Comment

Could it be possible that your kid is have weight problems because of your relationship with your mother? According to some research by the University of Illinois, it is.

Apparently, if you were not allowed to deal with your emotions as a child, you may have insecure attachments and you may be parenting your children in a similar way which in turn encourages unhealthy eating habits in them.

According to Kelly Bost, a University of Illinois  professor of human development and family studies, children form secure attachments when they have a caregiver that is available and responsive. That allows the child to develop confidence, but when that secure relationship isn’t there, the child develops anxiety and insecurity.

Insecurity leads to parents who respond to children’s problems by becoming upset or dismissing the child’s emotions as insignificant. This, in turn, leads to “comfort feeding”, or a child eating to satisfy an emotional need rather than a physical one. It also leads to children who lose themselves in television or video games so that they won’t have to deal with the emotions.

Both of those activities are related to obesity.

I think that maybe the study is asking the wrong questions. It really doesn’t matter what your relationship with your mom is or has been. What matters is the relationship that you have with your child.

It’s important to acknowledge your child’s feelings even when you don’t understand them. Be nurturing so that they don’t pick up other, less healthy, ways of nurturing themselves.

What do you think? Is there some truth to this?

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Link Round-up: Hobo Bags, a Front Porch Makeover, Toasted Coconut Onion Rings, and More

Posted on Sep 2, 2014 by 1 Comment

Today’s link round-up has tie-dyed hobo bags, an inexpensive front porch makeover, toasted coconut onion rings, and more.

Aunt Peaches showed us how to give a front porch a makeover for under $10.

I Love to Create Blog showed us how to make artisan tie-dyed hobo bags.

A Beautiful Mess showed us how to make toasted coconut onion rings

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Kenarry shared a cute Tropical Turtle Beach snack idea that involves blue raspberry Jello cups.

One Good Thing by Jillee shared seven natural remedies for common back to school ailments.

Oh She Glows shared 21 portable allergy-friendly snack recipes.

She Wears Many Hats has a delicious sauce recipe to share, and it can be served with almost anything.

Photo credit: Aunt Peaches and Kenarry Makes That Time of the Month a Little Bit Easier

Posted on Sep 1, 2014 by No Comments

If you’re the forgetful type, aims to make your life a little easier by offering a convenient way to get all of your menstrual supplies delivered straight to your door. founder Erin Kathleen Gargan says, “ started when our all-female marketing agency had our menstrual cycles synced. We were so busy that no one ever remembered to buy tampons! A client showed me the razor delivery Dollar Shave Club’s video and inspired this similar concept for women: convenient, awesome period prep without overpaying for big corporate name brands.”

For $15 per month, you’ll receive a box with 15 regular absorbency gliding tampons, 15 feminine wipes, and 16 PMS pain relief tablets. The products are made exclusively for in the USA and have exceeded rigorous quality assurance standards.

In addition to being a convenient way to get your period essentials, a subscription to helps you give back to the community. The company donates 10% of all proceeds to a carefully selected female-focused nonprofit organization every month.

Charities the group supports promote causes such as domestic violence prevention, breast cancer research, and education for young girls. If you have a favorite nonprofit you think the company should support, you can nominate the group on the Facebook page.

You can sign up for this new service at You can choose a delivery date that works best with your monthly cycle and cancel at any time. All new subscribers receive their first month’s subscription free of charge.

What do you think of this idea? Would a subscription to make your life a bit easier?

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False Positive Mammogram Linked to Increase Risk for Breast Cancer

Posted on Aug 27, 2014 by No Comments

For decades we were told mammograms were useful for detecting breast cancer early. We started getting them at 40 and every year after that.

However, in recent times, the emphasis on the importance of getting mammograms has decreased with the advent of Obamacare. The recommendations for women without a family history of breast cancer are now every two years between the ages of 50 and 74, however, the American Cancer Society still recommends yearly mammograms starting at age 40.

The jury is still out on whether this is a political way to cut medical costs or if they really aren’t helpful for younger women.

One recent study does not recommend routine screening for women age 40 to 49, and even links false positive mammogram results with a heightened risk of being diagnosed with breast cancer later in life. While they didn’t come up with a reason for these results, they took a closer look to find out how much it increased the risk and whether or not the cancer was actually missed when they received a false positive.

A false positive is a result that suggests possible breast cancer, but additional tests or biopsies don’t find confirmation of the disease. What they found is that mistakes made by doctors only accounted for a small percentage of the increased risk, and the lead author of the study, My von Euler-Chelpin, an epidermiologist from the University of Copenhagen in Denmark, admits she couldn’t explain the increase risk.

The study looked at over 58,000 Danish women who had a mammogram between 1991 and 2005. Of these 4,743 women had “suspicious” findings that were later deemed negative. By 2008, almost 300 of these women had been diagnosed with breast cancer.

Researchers studied the original mammograms and found that of the 295 women diagnosed with cancer later on, only 72 cases were shown to be cancer the doctor had missed. Even when this group is taken into account, the research discovered women with false positive readings were 27% more likely to have cancer later than those women who had received a negative reading.

With all this said, the women in this study were from Denmark, and their screening process differs from the U.S. so these results may not translate to women living in the U.S. However, others suggest women who receive a false positive mammogram reading should be watched more closely.

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