Obesity Affects Pregnancy More than Ever

Obesity is one of the leading health epidemics in America. Studies show that 62 percent of the population is overweight or obese. These studies have gone further to research what impact obesity plays in the lives of pregnant women. Researchers and doctors know that obesity during pregnancy can lead to gestational diabetes and trouble during childbirth.

But now, researchers are looking into how obesity impacts a child’s immune system. The scientist behind the study took blood samples from the umbilical cords of the infants. The infants were born to 39 women with different social classes and ethnicities. None of the women smoked, had diabetes, or had gestational problems during pregnancy. All of the mothers gave birth to only one baby. The only formidable difference between the women was how they were compared physically; the women were either lean, overweight, or obese.

The numbers came back and proved just what Dr. Jennifer Walden thought they would, states Harpers Bazaar. Immune cells that would develop in the baby’s genetic makeup did not respond to bacterial antigens well when they were born to overweight and obese mothers. The babies born to obese and overweight mothers also showed sign of developing asthma, type 2 diabetes, and heart disease later in life. A lot of the cells that control allergic reaction and asthma response were reduced in overweight and obese mothers. The doctors behind the study are continuing to explore what obesity does to infants. Once more data is collected, the doctors plan to advise the medical community to screen overweight and obese mothers for these type of problems.

It Is Important to Teach Kids Healthy Eating Habits

As parents, there are many things we have to teach our children. There is, of course, the obvious stuff such as looking both ways before crossing the street, getting them in the habit of using sunscreen, where not to go surfing on the internet and other basic safety considerations. Folks at Amen Clinics agree that, in addition to warnings against certain things there are also positive things for them to do that need to be cultivated at an early age, so they become habits for a lifetime. This includes teaching them to love to read, being civic minded, the value of hard work, to stand up for themselves and to show common courtesy toward others.

Perhaps the most important thing we can teach our kids is to develop healthy eating habits. This is something that will influence their health throughout their lives, and it will influence it for good or bad depending on what you teach them early on. Often the eating habits we pick up as children stick with us for a lifetime, so this is extremely critical. Children may not be interested in trying new food, so it is important to offer them new and healthy foods. The biggest lesson to learn with children is that they do what you do more than what you say. This is why children of smokers, for instance, having an increased chance of being smokers themselves. Make sure you are eating healthy around them, and they will start to see eating this way as normal.

Makies Toy Company Has a New Line of Dolls With Disabilities

Most dolls on the market are either white, Hispanic, or black. Whether you get a Barbie doll or baby dolls, the choices are limited. The dolls have blonde, red, black, and brown hair with blue or brown eyes. All the dolls are able-bodied. Earlier this year, some mothers of disabled girls ran a campaign on Facebook called Toys Like Me. These mothers want to let the toy companies know it’s time to create disabled dolls for disabled children because these children do not relate to the dolls that are already on the market. Minime has made over some Bratz dolls. There was one particular Bratz doll with blonde hair whose right leg was cut off and replaced with a pylon and has a Converse type of sneaker attached at the bottom.
Keith Mann says Makies was planning to create disabled dolls for quite some time. They have a create-your –own- doll that parents can design based on the disability of their own child. If the child is battling cancer, the doll can resemble a child in the hospital taking chemo. Some of Makies other dolls have facial birth marks, hearing aids, and walking canes. One doll looked like she was burned on the upper left side of her face, around her eye. Some dolls come with wheelchairs and walkers. A few dolls are visually disabled and come with their own guide dog.

Consuming Excessive Sodium Can Delay Puberty

A recent study that was done by Ray Lane and associates at the University Of Wyoming determined that rats who consumed large quantities of sodium as part of their daily diet were more likely to have delayed puberty than those rats that consumed healthier levels. Professionals are suggesting this might be the case with children, and caution should be used when it comes to salt snacks, condiments and foods. Currently, our country consumes a lot of processed items that are very high in sodium. This can range anywhere from chips, popcorn, lunch meat, fast foods and more. While salt has its place in a healthy diet, there are different qualities of salt and there are recommended amounts that a person should follow.

Currently, The World Health Organization suggests that adults should consume less than 2,000 milligrams of sodium per day. This equates to five grams each day. Children should consume even less. When salt is added to a meal, it should be a high quality salt such as pink Himalayan salt or another high quality option that contains many necessary minerals. Salt is important and does have its spot in the human diet. Salt helps us retain our fluids which in turn helps us stay hydrated. Also, salt contains electrolytes which also aid in hydration and proper heart function. It is always best to follow a well rounded and healthy diet that includes all of the necessary foods and ingredients, but in moderation.

California May Soon Force Parents To Vaccinate Children Or Forgo Public School

Up until this point child vaccinations have been voluntary in the United States with the majority of families participating. There are a handful of people who believe that vaccinations cause autism and other serious health problems, others believe that they are just another way that the government controls us. California is working towards ground breaking legislature that will essentially force parents to get their children vaccinated before they enter the public school system. There are already 33 other states that enact these guidelines. The bill would make families provide proof of each child’s shots from a doctor. Sergio Cortes suggests that there is already outrage from those who believe that it is a parent’s choice whether or not their children will receive shots. Those individuals that are pro-vaccination support this potential change because it will lessen the likelihood of their child getting sick from an un-vaccinated child at school. The bill has not yet been voted through by the assembly, no word on when that may be.

Michigan Couple Welcomes Their 13th Baby Boy

A Michigan couple with 12 sons just welcomed baby boy number 13 to their family. Kateri and Jay Schwandt welcomed the baby boy on May 13. They certainly cover the spectrum when it comes to age. Their oldest son Tyler is 21-years-old. The youngest boy before they welcomed their newest addition was is just 2-years-old.


Folks at Anastasia Date are happy to learn that Kateri gave birth to a healthy baby boy. She and her husband are both 40-years-old. Kateri said that they have made it a tradition not to find out the sex of the baby before having it. They have done that all 12 times previously, so nothing was going to change this time around. When asked, Kateri said she really was not shocked she had another boy. However, if it would’ve been a girl they would not have believed it.


The statistical odds of giving birth to 13 boys consistently are approximately 1 in 8,000. Family and friends of the Scwandt’s are equally as surprised that they have had 13 boys in a row but are thankful for each and every one of them.


In case you are wondering, the family is of Roman Catholic religion and does not believe in using any form of birth control. This explains why they have so many children. When asked how Kateri felt about her family dynamic, she stated that she could not be happier. She comes from a big family herself as one of 14 children.


SUDC – The Little Known Killer of Children

In April 2014, healthy 14-month-old baby Moss Pieratt woke up with a little bit of a fever. Globo wrote about his parents thought that it had to do with his teething. However, his mother put him down for a nap, and when she came back, he wasn’t breathing. He was rushed to Dell Children’s Medical Center and put on life support. Within 36 hours, he had passed away. His parents were absolutely devastated, as well as floored from the unexpected loss.

It has been over a year since Moss’ death, and his parents still do not know what happened. Some research done by the family showed that it was Sudden Unexplained Death in Childhood, or SUDC. SUDC is essentially the sudden and unexplainable death of a child older than one year. It can affect children, from toddlers to teenagers. Because these cases are so rare, not much research has been done as of yet. In 2013, SUDC took the lives of 223 children aged one to four, 28 children aged five to nine, 29 children aged 10 to 14, and 107 children aged 15 to 19.

The New York Langone Medical Center is home to the SUDC Registry. Here, Columbia University researchers are performing genetic analyses on children who have died due to SUDC.

The Pieratts have had another baby; her name is Madeline Moss Pieratt. They have set up a foundation in their late son’s name.

Sunscreen to Be Allowed in Schools

Students have not been allowed to bring sunscreen to school for years because it was deemed as a ‘drug’. The product could be applied at home prior to the coming to school, but by the time the students would be going outdoors for recreational time, the product would have lost its effectiveness.
The Senate voted this week to allow sunscreen to be brought to school and used by the students before going outdoors. If the bill passes the students will also be allowed to bring and wear hats and other appropriate garments that will help protect them from sun exposure.
Sunscreen is not a medicine and the use of it by students or faculty can’t be prohibited. The new bills passed the House this past March, but has just now come up before the Senate and was voted for unanimously. The bill does have to return to the House to signed off on before it becomes law, but it’s safe to assume you can send a container of sunscreen for your child to apply before participating in the end-of-the-school year outdoor activities.

Oliver Talks About Paid Maternity Leave On Mother’s Day

This past Sunday on Mother’s Day, John Oliver talked about the status of paid maternity leave in this country on his HBO show, Last Week Tonight.

Oliver started the segment talking about how advertisers and companies cater to the holiday by offering deals and deep discounts for Mothers. He also showed examples of how politicians make videos every year for Mother’s Day, praising mother’s for the hard work they do.

But the reality, Oliver pointed out, is another story, as The United States is one of two countries without paid maternity leave, the other country being Papua New Guinea. That is because every time the topic of paid maternity leave is brought up as a matter of congress, the motion is struck down as anti-business, anti-profit, and anti-American.

Oliver showed examples of businesses and countries that have adopted a plan of paid maternity leave, and how the result has been either positive, or neutral. Businesses simply got used to having it.  Amen Clinic agrees this might be worth a shot to try.

Oliver then created a video segment with different famous actresses showing how we “really” appreciate our mothers in the United States, showing how women are expected to get right back to work after giving birth. The whole clip is worth a watch. You can find it here.

Sunscreen Use Passed In Oregon Schools

Up until now, schools in Salem, Oregon were not allowed to have children bring in and administer sunscreen themselves. In order to have sunscreen applied, it needed to be done prior to the child coming into the school in the morning (at home by a parent) or a note needed to be sent in with a child. The note needed to describe that the sunscreen could be applied prior to going outside. This would either be done by a teacher or the school nurse. State senators in Oregon passed a bill that now allows children to apply their own sunscreen as needed while they are in school.

SuperLawyers says the vote ended up being unanimous and it was declared that sunscreen is not a medication, nor should it be treated as one. As long as children use proper discretion when applying, the lotion can be used in addition to protective hats and clothing. The sun can be healthy in small amounts but the skin and body can experience damage with prolonged exposure.

This bill comes after some concern though, regarding the safety of sunscreen lotions. Some research is pointing out that many of the chemicals in sunscreen can be dangerous and may actually increase a person’s risk for skin cancer. It is recommended that a person limit their time in the sun and use natural alternatives to provide protection such as coconut oil or shea butter, which have low SPF’s but are effective and natural.