Mommy Brain… It’s Back!

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In my world, ‘mommy brain’ (forgetfulness, lack of concentration, and even feeling depressed) is a real phenomenon. I read an article in Time Magazine quoting a book written about ‘Mommy Brain’ which said that in neurological tests, women actually got smarter as a result of pregnancy and becoming a new parent and that mommy brain wasn’t a real issue. I can see where they are coming from in a way, the neuroscientists found in the brains of pregnant rats, new neuron arms (dendrites and dendritic spines) which would indicate increased mental capacity. (I wonder though how they measured the rat’s ability to multi-task at a whole new level as a new mom does!) However, I believe that this is one of those times when anecdotal evidence outweighs science.

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What’s a safe and clean formula milk for your baby?

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This is not a headline that any new parent wants to read:

“80% of infant formula contains arsenic, study finds”.

With byline of:

One third of baby food products tested also contained lead”.

It’s enough to read if your baby is drinking formula milk that it likely contains arsenic, but then all the other baby products too. And lead? Sheesh. There have been concerns of arsenic in baby formula in the past, and all baby products containing rice, but not lead. Products that you’d think safe and trustworthy seem to have fallen to the low end of the safe list according to this article. That makes shopping for healthy products for your baby that much more difficult. If there’s something positive to come out of this, it might be that you go back to the kitchen to make your own food.

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What kind of food role model are you to your baby?

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According to a study out of Cornell University, your baby is able to pick up on subtle social cues of the family; parents or siblings, that help formulate their own eating habits. Oh, the pressure. How do you think you are doing with influencing your baby’s habits?

Some think that if you eat your treats and snacks away from your baby, or have your plate full of a sub-healthy meal, that it doesn’t affect her? Think again. The study says that although you are feeding your baby super healthy offerings if junk food is part of the family diet, they add that junk food they see you eating into their understanding of a healthy diet. You may feel good about what you’re feeding your baby, but this study says that you need to walk your talk to raise a truly healthy eater.

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5 Food Gifts to Bring to a New Mom

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5 Food Gifts to Bring to a New Mom on SproutRight.comWhen I first visit a friend or relative who has just had a baby, I usually have a gift for the new baby, something for a sibling (they need some loving and recognition as big bro or sis), and I always take food.

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