Lately, I’ve started posting fun facts about pregnancy and postpartum health on my Instagram page. I don’t want you to miss out on any of these facts, so I’ve decided to post these facts and images on my blog in addition to Instagram.
I hope you enjoy this new series of blogs. If you’re on Instagram, come find me @rockyourhormones 🙂
Interesting, right? This is from a new study in the American Journal of Epidemiology: “On average, the women had consumed about 500 g, or 17 oz., of seafood per week while pregnant. But with every additional 10 g per week above that amount, children’s test scores improved, up to about 600 g (21 oz). The link between higher maternal consumption and better brain development in children was especially apparent when kids were five.
The researchers also saw a consistent reduction in autism-spectrum traits with increased maternal fish consumption.” The U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s 2014 guidelines encourage pregnant women to eat fish, but no more than 12 ounces per week.
The European Food Safety Authority recently issued a scientific opinion endorsing 5-21 oz of fish weekly during pregnancy.” This study re-emphasizes how important it is to consume fatty fish that are low in mercury during pregnancy.
SOURCE: bit.ly/1RnLwGO American Journal of Epidemiology
In the United States, most baby showers focus on the baby. Mom receives gifts and attention directed towards her growing bump. While a baby deserves lots of love and attention, so does mom!
A MotherBlessing (also called Blessingway) is a Dine (Navajo) term for a ceremony that takes place when a community member makes a large transitio n in their life. During a Blessingway, guests share positive birth stories and inspiration, and provide gifts for both mom and baby.
Examples of gifts include: meals and other IOUs for help after birth, aromatherapy, and books.
In addition to receiving gifts, mom receives lots of nurturing including massages and having her hair brushed. Ummm, yes please.
Who wants a Blessingway instead of a modern baby shower? I would love to host these for my mama friends.