Even for the most body-secure among us, gaining anywhere from 20 to 40 pounds during pregnancy is no picnic. Sure, we have days where we are full of energy and glowing and ready to flaunt our adorable baby bumps. But we also have days, especially in the third […]
The human microbiome is one of the hottest topic in medical research today, and with good reason. This collection of trillions of microscopic inhabitants–bacteria, viruses, and fungi—cover nearly every interior and exterior surface of the human body, and many scientists now believe that these unseen co-passengers, far from […]
For most new parents, sleep quickly becomes an obsession, their most precious commodity. Parents of a newborn will happily trade exercise, sex, and time with friends for a shot at catching some Z’s–kind of like how a rat with ad libitum access to cocaine will happily forgo food. (Yep, this […]
Who needs prenatal testing for genetic disorders? How much does your risk of carrying a baby with a genetic disorder increase with your age? Which prenatal test or screen is right for you? These are among the questions my amazing co-author Molly Dickens (and fellow pregnant scientist blogger/partner-in-crime) and […]
Too little iron in infancy can cause irreversible cognitive deficits. And iron deficiency can have no symptoms. It’s scary. Yet the advice parents get on meeting your baby’s iron needs is complex, conflicting, and incredibly confusing.