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Sleep all Day, Up all Night! Changing Your Baby’s Sleep Habits

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Babies do not come with a complete set of instructions, especially when it comes to their sleep patterns. Meeting your baby’s needs for adequate sleep promotes healthy growth and development. But what do you do when your baby spends several hours each night looking up at you with those big blue eyes, ready to learn about her world? Identifying her developing sleep patterns can help you get her on a sleep schedule that allows everyone in the house to get the rest they need. How Do I Identify My Baby’s Sleep Patterns? Newborns need an average of 16 hours of sleep per day, and this usually comes in three to four hour stretches. According to KidsHealth.org, bottle-fed newborns feed every two to four hours and breastfed babies every two to three hours. This sleeping/feeding pattern will last for at least the first few weeks, and as most new parents know,…

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When Does an Embryo Turn Into a Fetus?

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There are many opinions about when an embryo turns into a fetus, with some people feeling that it’s at the point of conception and others saying it’s when you can hear a fetal heartbeat. In reality, changes are continually happening hour-by-hour and day-by-day. So when does an embryo turn into a fetus, officially? Medical terminology puts the end of the embryonic period and beginning of the fetal period at week 10, according to the National Institutes of Health. During pregnancy, your baby is reaching new growth milestones every day from conception. In fact, your pregnancy begins even before that, since your expected delivery date (EDD) is calculated from the first day of your last period, It counts as part of your 40-week pregnancy, although your baby hasn’t even been conceived yet. Gestational age (or menstrual age) is the time measured from the first day of your last menstrual period to the…

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Why The babyQ Pregnancy App Exists

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Earlier this year we had an article published in a medical journal showing that a healthy lifestyle reduces pre-eclampsia, also called toxemia or severe high blood pressure that occurs during pregnancy. The two graphs below look very similar and show the link. The top graph is the rate of pre-eclampsia and the bottom graph is the minutes of night time in the previous 3 months. As the days get longer in the summer months, night time is shorter and the rate of toxemia is reduced by almost 40% from midwinter to the end of summer. This analysis was based on more than 39,000 pregnancies conducted in west Michigan by  Mark Gostine, MD, and Gareth Forde, MD PhD. The two graphs imply that sunshine and vitamin D are important for prevention of pre-eclampsia. Also residents of west Michigan, where the study took place, eat greater amounts of fresh fruits and vegetables, exercise…

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