Q:What’s the difference between fraternal and identical twins? And can you tell whether twins are fraternal or identical before they are born? A:Fraternal twins come from the fertilization of two different eggs, whether it happens in the lab, as with in vitro fertilization, or spontaneously during a double ovulation (1 in 80-90 pregnancies).Because of the … Read more about Differences Between Fraternal and Identical Twins
We all know that drinking water helps keep you healthy. It’s even more important to get plenty of H2O when you’re pregnant. I knew I should have been drinking more water, but I didn’t want to slow down my family with frequent bathroom breaks. After all, I was finally over the nausea of my first trimester and enjoying the … Read more about Water and Pregnancy: How Much to Drink (and Why!)
Q:I asked the doctor if I could give my baby water and he told me to give them breast milk or formula in the place of water. Is something wrong with giving my child water at three months? I’m having a hard time trying to follow the doctor’s advice. It seems counterintuitive to think of … Read more about Should Babies Drink Water?
Traffic accidents remain the number one cause of death for children between 6 and 14 years of age; more than 400 deaths and 50,000 injuries could be prevented each year if all children under age 4 were properly restrained in moving vehicles. So it’s obvious why correct use of car seats, booster seats, and seat … Read more about Car Seat Safety
Does Caffeine Affect Your Fertility? Research on caffeine and conception, plus mom-tested tips. You drink coffee throughout the day, or maybe soda is your pick-me-up of choice, but could your caffeine habit be affecting your fertility? You wake up, groggy, to the smell of freshly brewed coffee. It takes a couple of cups to get … Read more about Does Caffeine Affect Your Fertility? Research on caffeine and conception
It’s not uncommon to see a pregnant woman sipping a small glass of red wine in a restaurant, or tasting champagne at a wedding. So, is having an occasional drink a safe choice for you and your baby? The experts say no. Here’s why. During her pregnancy, Connie Sievers frequently enjoyed a glass of red … Read more about To Toast, or Not to Toast: The Truth about Social Drinking and Pregnancy
Whether your child has experienced bullying or you’re just worried about the possibility, there’s a silver lining: psychological research supports the idea that teaching children good coping techniques can significantly decrease bullying — and if it does happen, your child won’t be as scarred by it. Here’s what you can do today to help your child deal … Read more about 5 Ways Parents can help put an end to Bullying
As laws on marijuana use loosen up in various parts of the country, it’s becoming more socially acceptable to smoke or ingest the drug. But if you’re pregnant, you may want to think twice before smoking or vaporizing weed or using cannabis edibles. Although some moms-to-be swear that cannabis helps combat morning sickness, it may come … Read more about Marijuana use could harm unborn Babies, Analysis finds
When I was given the chance to do this car seat review post for the second year in a row, I was extremely excited. I know more than I did last year, both about car seats and about vehicle safety in general (I’m a Child Passenger Safety Technician now). However, I found choosing my favorites this year … Read more about EXPERT-TESTED: THE Best Infant Car Seats 2023
Openly Spy on Them Until They’ve Proven They’re Responsible When you give your teen access to the Internet, you have to explain the dangers it can bring. Teens need to prove to parents they can be responsible online, and parents should explain they are going to “openly spy” on their tween or teen until they … Read more about #Askanexpert: how should I navigate online privacy with my tweens and teens?