• Expert Advice: Bone Broth

    This wonder food can improve every aspect of your baby-making, from preconception to pregnancy and postpartum.

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    Whether you are currently trying to conceive, pregnant or just gave birth to your precious little one, homemade bone broth should be like the best friend you talk to every day. Bone broth has been getting a ton of attention lately, especially here in NYC, and rightly so: it’s literally one of the most nutrient-dense foods we can consume. Loaded with every amino acid and mineral our body needs, along with protein, fat and collagen, it’s the ultimate almighty when it comes to improving health, digestion, immunity and fertility in every aspect–from preconception to conception to pregnancy to postpartum. Literally every part of the pregnancy journey can be supported by this wonder food.

    In my clinic, I actually call bone broth ‘baby glue.’ The collagen from bone broth works as an amazing tonic to not only improve a woman’s fertility when she is trying to conceive, but to hold her pregnancy once she does conceive.

    If you’re pregnant, the nutrients in this yummy broth are amazing for baby, and according to an ancient South American proverb, drinking bone broth regularly through your pregnancy will help ease labor pains! Lastly, when it comes to postpartum, bone broth is wonderful for regulating hormones, supporting ample milk production, helping your body heal from delivery and building back all the energy you put out during labor and delivery.

    As a women’s health and fertility expert who is a practitioner of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), bone broth has been a part of my health optimizing protocol for over a decade. I use bone broth as the cornerstone of my fertility-enhancing protocol because it has an ability to improve not just hormonal health but also the quality of egg (and sperm).

    In addition to using acupuncture and Chinese medicine to restore my clients’ health and fertility, I also guide my patients to overhaul their lifestyle—nutritionally, emotionally and physically. In TCM we see animal products, particularly the bones, as providing not only imperative nutrients for the body but supplying us with what we call Jing. Jing, in TCM is kind of like the fountain of youth. When we begin to run out of Jing, we age faster than we should. Alternatively, when we have plenty of Jing our health is vibrant, our skin is radiant and we age at a much slower pace. I mean, who doesn’t want to age more slowly?

    Get on the bone broth wagon and not only slow down your aging process (and improve the quality of your hair, skin and nails) but also preserve your fertility.

    Why bone broth?
    Let me break it down. When one cooks down the skin and bones of an animal into a broth (I usually use a whole pastured organic chicken as it’s bit easier to work with), the nutrients—namely fat, collagen, protein and minerals like calcium, potassium and magnesium—seep out into the broth making it a rich, nutrient dense and fertility-boosting concoction. Bone broth also helps improve digestion, boost the immune system, strengthen bones, teeth and joints, nourish hair, skin and nails, balance the thyroid and combat the toll stress takes on the body.

    Clinically, I have seen a dramatic increase in the fertility of my patients who are compliant and drink a cup of bone broth daily. And, for myself—I got pregnant with ease at the age of 40 and think that my daily bone broth consumption had a lot to do with it!
    It’s not as hard as it sounds

    I know many of you are saying, “I don’t have time to cook this!” Aha! I assure you it’s really not that much time. Yes, the soup needs to cook down for about 8-12 hours, but prep time is literally 30-45 minutes all in. And, one batch will make at least a 3-4 week supply of broth. Personally, making homemade bone broth is one of my favorite things to do—in the hectic-ness of life, it really slows me down. Cooking this concoction feels nourishing, therapeutic and really, really good for my soul.

    My favorite bone broth recipes can be found here. I have adapted these recipes from the book Nourishing Traditions by Sally Fallon.

    But, actually, before you link to the recipes, here are 5 secrets to making good bone broth:

    1. Use the highest quality of bones you can find — bones from grass-fed animals ONLY.

    2. One hour before cooking, add vinegar to the stock pot (or slow cooker) full of water and bones to draw the minerals out of the bones into the broth.

    3. For a more robust taste, roast and brown the bones in the oven before adding them to the stock. Do this especially if you’re using beef bones. When I use a whole chicken, I don’t typically roast it.

    4. Always used filtered water and cook slowly for 8- 12 hours. The longer you cook the bones the more medicinal value you will receive from them. Be mindful that more water will have to be added due to evaporation.

    5. Be in the moment when you’re making it and see the process as a therapy in and of
    itself.

    You deserve a daily dose of bone broth! Happy cooking!

    Get more tips on how to naturally improve your fertility here.

    This article is by Aimee Raup, courtesy of Well Rounded NY. Conceived with love by former magazine editors Jessica Pallay and Kaity Velez, Well Rounded NY aims to be the singular pregnancy resource for city-savvy moms-to-be. Through reviews, profiles, expert Q&As, local guides and more, Well Rounded curates the New York City pregnancy and helps its readers come to terms – and term! – with pregnancy in the city.

  • Things We've Read: Week Of April 20th, 2015

    Pregnancy News Nine Naturals Things We've Read

    Pregnancy Diets And Early Years Nutrition: Spreading The Word (The Guardian): Pediatricians and dietitians in the UK discuss how improving nutritional health for pregnant women and children might be the best way to increase national health.

    Inducing Labor at Full Term May Have Benefits (New York Times): New research shows that inducing labor after 39 weeks may not be as complicated and dangerous as previous studies have shown.

    Delaying Pregnancy May Reduce Risk Of Ovarian Cancer (Huffington Post): New studies show that women who have children after the age of 30 may have lower risks of ovarian cancer.

    How To Talk About Your Pregnancy At Work (Bloomberg): Research shows that disclosing your pregnancy at work might be beneficial for those keeping it private. Transparency may help eliminate the bias against pregnant women in the workplace.

    What's Listeria and How Is It Traced to Ice Cream? (New York Times): Blue Bell Creameries recently recalled products due to the discovery of listeria bacteria. Here’s what you need to know about listeria.

    A Glorious Recap Of Duchess Kate's Best Maternity Looks Over The Past 9 Months (Huffington Post): Check out these breathtaking and inspirational photos of the Duchess of Cambridge. Her maternity style is elegant and flawless!

  • Postpartum Fashion: Back to Work

    9 dresses that will get you psyched to end your maternity leave.

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    Heading back to work after a maternity leave can be difficult for many reasons. Not only is it an emotional transition, but with that new postpartum body, there’s also the struggle with what to wear. The last work-appropriate outfit you likely bought was when catering to a pregnant body, and despite the fact that you’ve since given birth, who goes back to their original shape in 12 weeks? With that said, here are a few back-to-work spring and summer dresses that will help you stay calm, cool, collected, and comfortable while stepping into your new role: working mom!

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    This article is by Jenny Greenstein, courtesy of Well Rounded NY. Conceived with love by former magazine editors Jessica Pallay and Kaity Velez, Well Rounded NY aims to be the singular pregnancy resource for city-savvy moms-to-be. Through reviews, profiles, expert Q&As, local guides and more, Well Rounded curates the New York City pregnancy and helps its readers come to terms – and term! – with pregnancy in the city.

  • Things We've Read: Week Of April 13th, 2015

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    Prenatal yoga: The best exercise for pregnancy (Fox News): When pregnant, exercise is a great way to relieve stress and stay active. As long as you clear it with your doctor, prenatal yoga is a popular and beneficial option.

    Diabetes During Pregnancy Could Be Linked to Autism, Study Finds (Time): 5 things to know about diabetes in pregnancy, autism, and the study, published in Tuesday’s Journal of the American Medical Association.

    Understanding the Science Behind Childhood Obesity (Huffington Post): New research addressing the obesity epidemic among children reveals that a child’s weight at age 5 is highly indicative of their adult weight.

    Couple Announce Pregnancy With ‘Fresh Prince of Bel Air’ Rap (Yahoo News): This couple alters the lyrics of the theme song to the classic ‘90s sitcom, to announce their pregnancy to their friends and family. This adorable video has gone viral!

    Breast cancer in pregnancy: What you need to know (Fox News): Advances in the treatment of breast cancer have been incredible. While pregnant and non-pregnant women have similar survival rates, pregnancy can complicate treatment options. Make sure to have a breast cancer screening before you start trying to conceive.

    Jennifer Love Hewitt Is Embracing Pregnancy, And Her Growing Belly (Huffington Post): Hewitt, expecting her second child, loves being pregnant! She emphasizes the importance of relaxation time for moms-to-be. There’s nothing wrong with enjoying some “all about me” time!

    Sheila Kitzinger, Childbirth Revolutionary, Dies at 86 (New York Times): British anthropologist and natural birth guru passed away on Saturday. Kitzinger was known for her push away from hyper-medicalized pregnancies, encouraging natural approaches to prenatal care.

  • Baby Essentials: Non-Toxic Toys

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    From the moment of your baby’s birth, your parental duty is to love, nurture, teach and protect your child as they navigate this great big world. During your child’s formative years, you must make informed decisions regarding his or her health and safety, including the foods they eat, the places they visit, the toys they play with, and more.

    Were you aware that, according to PBS’ weekly news magazine NOW, the Consumer Product Safety Commission (the governmental office responsible for regulating children’s toy) can’t legally test a children’s product to determine its safety before sale? Because of this, the toys that are deemed un-safe, either as a result of perceived harm or reported injury, are removed from the shelves following either a voluntary recall from the manufacturer, or a government mandated recall (which is consistent protocol in cases where a fatality was reported).

    The experts at the Ecology Center who work tirelessly to “educate consumers to help keep their families healthy and safe,” say that parents must limit their child’s exposure to potentially harmful chemicals, many of which can be found in children’s toys and accessories, including:

    1. Phthalates
    2. PVC
    3. Tin
    4. Lead
    5. Cadmium
    6. Chlorine
    7. Arsenic
    8. Bromine
    9. Mercury
    10. BPA

    The same experts state that small amounts of the above chemicals introduced into a child’s system, whether by placing a toy in the mouth or simple skin exposure, can negatively impact a growing child’s ability to reach his or her full potential, as they are more vulnerable to the effects of toxic chemicals. Furthermore, animal studies—and a small number of human studies—have linked these chemicals to long-term health impacts, such as birth defects, impaired learning, cancer, and more.

    Before walking the aisles of your local toy store or scanning the web in search of a new toy for your child to enjoy, learn about approved baby gear brands from Healthy Child, Healthy World — a non-profit that empowers parents, influences policy and promotes solutions. The following 10 manufacturers take pride in crafting non-toxic toys made from natural materials, including solid wood (either unfinished or finished with a non-toxic coating), organic cotton, wool, and hemp. The majority of them conduct independent testing before introducing a new item to consumers.

    1. Blabla
    2. Green Toys
    3. Haba
    4. Brio
    5. Apple Park
    6. Palumba
    7. Little Tykes
    8. International Playthings
    9. Plan Toys
    10. Tiny Love

    Knowledge is power, so we encourage you to conduct your own informal research by asking fellow parents for their product suggestions, as well as keep abreast of any news regarding children’s products, especially toys and playthings.

  • Reflections: Pregnant at 40

    Fertility specialist Aimee Raupp opens up about her own journey to conceive.

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    Last September, I turned 40. Just a few months prior, I fell in love with an amazing 43-year-old man. The relationship moved fast; we quickly moved in together and started talking about building a family. We both wanted children, and preferably more than one. Since we planned to marry, we questioned whether we should do that first, and then start to create our dream family. But rather than wait, we decided to just go for it.

    We started trying to conceive in October and we agreed to not put too much pressure on it: we would just continue to have fun sex as we were already doing and see what happened. He offered to get his sperm checked and I said, “No. If we’re not pregnant in six months, then we can both get tests done.” I thought about getting my hormone levels checked with my gynecologist, but I put that task on the back burner as well. I just wanted to have sex and not focus on the getting pregnant part. I wanted to hold onto the faith I had in my body and in its ability to do what I believed and hoped it could do—conceive with ease, regardless of the fact that I was now 40 years old.

    In all honesty—I never shared this with my partner—I did expect it to take at least three months, or probably more, to get pregnant. I know how long it can take a couple to conceive when both partners are over the age of 40. I know the increased risks of miscarriage and chromosomal abnormalities with age. I’ve heard about and read all of the same statistics we all hear about: the emotionally draining tests, the roller coaster ride of multiple rounds of IVF or Clomid, the painful shots, the mounting bills and the nights of tears. And, as much as I have always had faith in my body and its ability to conceive, I’d be lying to you if I didn’t say these thoughts weren’t causing me some turmoil.

    In fact, I know the road of fertility challenges better than most because I practice Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) and have specialized women’s health and fertility for the 10 years. I have helped hundreds of women on their path to conceiving and giving birth to a healthy child. I have written books and speak publicly on the topic, and I know all of the potential fertility challenges that exist because I have gone through them with my clients. I have witnessed way too many heart-wrenching fertility struggles. But, through my experience, I also know that most all the women I work with do wind up conceiving healthy children at some point–even in their 40s.

    When I work with fertility clients, I guide them to adopt certain lifestyle changes—like becoming omnivores, eating organic, meditating, sleeping 7-8 hours each night and practicing gratitude—to optimize their fertility. Based on my decade of clinical experience and my years of extensive research, I believe that when we practice these lifestyle habits, we truly have the ability to change our health and improve our fertility–even in our 40s.

    I’ve seen clinically how these tweaks in behavior can dramatically shift health in a positive direction. Many women, when they adopt these lifestyle changes, see improvement in their menstrual cycles and their ovulation; their hormonal imbalances balance out; their thyroid comes back into harmony; their lives change for the better; they are happier in the present moment; and, overall they are healthier on a global scale: mind, body and soul. It is then that I see them conceive—when mind, body and soul are in sync.

    So, now it’s my turn to be a testament to what I preach: the way you live your life has an impact on your health and your fertility. And in my clinical opinion, chronological age pales in comparison to biological age.

    As I am writing this, I am 16 weeks pregnant. I got pregnant the second month we tried. Last week, we got the results from my maternity 21 and nuchal translucency tests and they not only showed that the baby boy inside of me is healthy, but also that I have the same genetic odds of anything going wrong with this pregnancy as a women half my age. The doctors have told me there is no need for any further testing. We are in the clear.

    I can’t tell you what a relief that news was. That’s not to say that when I go to the bathroom, I still make sure there’s no blood on the toilet paper or that I randomly catch myself squeezing my breasts (sometimes in public!) to make sure they’re still sore, or when I feel cramping in my low back, I fear I am miscarrying—even though I know it’s just the baby growing. I guess this is just the beginning of being parent and worrying about your child’s well being. It’s absolutely surreal.

    For as many times as I’ve been on the other side of this with one of my clients, nothing compares to now knowing it and living it first hand. It truly is a miracle. And then to know that my odds of having a healthy baby are the same as someone half my age–I feel that is a true testament to all the work I have done on my health over the years. I really believe the way I live my life has reversed my aging process, or at the least slowed down the aging process of my body and its cells.

    I’m living proof that 40 and pregnant happens and it can happen naturally, with ease and fun. I am proud to say that I treat my body like the palace I believe it is, and even though I had—and, will likely continue to have—moments of worry and fear over the health of my baby, I never lost faith in my body and its ability to conceive a healthy child at some point. For all this, I am beyond grateful.

    As I always say in my clinic: you have the power to change your health and improve your fertility. My pregnancy at 40 years old is evidence of that.

    Author, acupuncturist, and herbalist Aimee Raupp is a women’s health and fertility expert. Follow along on her blog for more on her pregnancy journey and check out her latest book, Yes, You Can Get Pregnant: Natural Ways To Improve Your Fertility Now and Into Your 40’s.

    This article is by Aimee Raupp, courtesy of Well Rounded NY.  Conceived with love by former magazine editors Jessica Pallay and Kaity Velez, Well Rounded NY aims to be the singular pregnancy resource for city-savvy moms-to-be. Through reviews, profiles, expert Q&As, local guides and more, Well Rounded curates the New York City pregnancy and helps its readers come to terms – and term! – with pregnancy in the city.

  • Things We've Read: Week Of April 6th, 2015

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    Mothers’ Exercise May Lower Heart Risks in Newborns (New York Times): A study conducted on mice revealed that exercise lessens the risk that a pregnant mother’s baby will be born with heart defects. While there is no data yet regarding humans, scientists recommend women stay fit before and after pregnancy, but especially during.

    How Pregnancy and Birth Overseas is So Different Than in the U.S. (Washington Post): An American expat recounts her experience with home birth in the Netherlands, where her Dutch insurance company sent her all the essentials.

    A War Photographer’s Journey to Motherhood (The Guardian): A review of New York Times and National Geographic photojournalist Lynsey Addario’s memoir. Addario recounts her experience war reporting and how she balances a complicated professional life with motherhood.

    Eating Junk Food During Pregnancy Dooms Kids to Sugar Addiction (The Australian): Recent studies conducted at the University of Adelaide found during late pregnancy, mothers who ate junk food may be programming babies to be addicted to a high-fat and high-sugar diet.

    What To Do When Parenting Styles Don’t Align (Washington Post): Mother of three and certified parenting coach offers some advice on how mothers and fathers can work together. Both parenting approaches matter, even if they differ.

    Do You Really Have to Give Your Kids ‘Everything’? (New York Magazine): Should we rethink the notion that parenting means giving up everything? Maybe we need to expand the cultural conversation and emphasize the balance between the hard job of being a parent and maintaining your sense of self.

    Women in Business Q&A: Lindsay Powers, Editorial Director, Yahoo Parenting (Huffington Post): Editor of Yahoo Parenting Lindsay Powers discusses how being a woman, a mentor, and a mother has informed her career. Powers tries to explain her work/life balance and responds to the stereotypes of women in the workplace.

    The Best Pregnancy Style at the Academy Awards (Elle): 15 stunning photos of beautiful celebrity moms-to-be. These ladies show off their chic maternity style.

  • Toxins In Unexpected Places

    Toxins in Unexpected Places

    Whether you’re a mom-to-be or a mom of three, keeping your home free of harmful chemicals is a top priority. Even if you’ve switched to organic produce, natural cleaning products, and BPA-free plastics, there could be toxins hiding in unexpected places. Don’t worry, Nine Naturals is here to help you keep your family happy and healthy. We’ve compiled a list of things to watch out for next time you’re at the store. Be sure to read labels closely, and keep an eye out for these ingredients.

    Sulfates In Toothpaste: You may have heard of sulfates in your shampoo, but did you know sulfates can also be found in your toothpaste? Sulfates, such as Sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS) and sodium laureth sulfate (SLES), are the ingredients that cause toothpaste to foam while you brush. They may reduce the amount of fluoride absorbed into tooth enamel, not to mention, they are carcinogenic, and have been shown to disrupt hormonal balance, incite reproductive and developmental concerns, and seriously pollute the environment. Opt for sulfate-free toothpaste, like Tom's Clean & Gentle Toothpaste and brush easy!

    Flame Retardants In Furniture: In theory, flame-retardants are meant delay the production of flames. Until the 1970s, TDCPP was the primary chemical used as a flame retardant in children’s clothing. While TDCPP can no longer be used in clothing, it is currently used in a variety of goods, including household furniture and children’s cribs. Several studies suggest that TDCPP may be carcinogenic, as well as a disruptor of early development. Review product labels carefully before purchasing products known to contain flame retardants. If you are unsure, reach out to the brand directly!

    Triclosan In Soap: We use antibacterial soaps, gels and wipes multiple times of day, especially during the winter. However, triclosan, an ingredient added to many soaps to prevent bacteria, may be harmful. Exposure to this synthetic pesticide has been linked to cancer, hormone disruption, liver damage, and other health problems. Switch to a regular or all-natural soap, like Nine Naturals Citrus + Geranium Soothing Body Wash and make sure to wash as often as possible. When washing your hands, 20 seconds of scrubbing is the most effective way to keep you and your family healthy!

    Parabens In Food: Before you indulge in that Sunday morning pancake breakfast or reach for that snack bar, take a closer look at the ingredients! Certain foods such as maple syrups, soft drinks, and frozen dairy products may contain parabens, which are synthetic, chemical preservatives used to inhibit the growth of bacteria, mold and yeast in products. You can locate them in the ingredient list, sneakily labeled under one of the following names: methyl-, ethyl-, and propyl-parabens. Studies have shown that parabens are hormone disruptors. They behave like estrogen in the body, thus, interfering with normal hormone functions, which can lead to developmental and reproductive complications. Reading labels carefully in the supermarket is the easiest way to eliminate parabens from your pantry.

    Parabens In Sunscreen: Speaking of parabens, don’t forget to look for them in your sun protection! While lathering up and protecting everyone from UVA/UVB rays is important, you should be using a natural sunscreen. However, not all sunscreens labeled “natural” or “free” are paraben-free. Navigate the complicated ingredient list by referring to the Environmental Working Group’s guide to sunscreen. The site grades the best and worst options available and provides an simple breakdown of all the ingredients listed. Try Nine Naturals SPF 32 Natural Sunscreen for a paraben-free option, fortified with Non-Nano Zinc Oxide. For more information on how to stay safe in the sun, check out Nine Naturals Busting Sunscreen Myths: Staying Safe Under UV Rays.

    Navigating a market full of toxins can be challenging and we need to take extra care to eliminate any harmful chemicals in our homes, but in the long run, it will keep everyone feeling their very best.

  • Are Words Enough?

    Doing more to close the Million-Word Gap.

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    Over the past year, there’s been a lot of talk about the “word gap,” the unequal number of words children of different economic backgrounds hear each day. We know that the linguistic divide represents an inequality that lasts into adulthood. Over and over again, we have cited the number of words as a key factor in children’s lifelong success, their ability to read, communicate thoughts, process information, etc. The disparity has always seemed quantifiable, something we could easily wrap our brains around as we strive to give children lots of words, the earlier the better.

    However, as a mother of three children and a lifelong early childhood educator, the idea of filling the million word gap with endless adult-generated talk aimed at children always struck me as overly simplistic and even invasive. Emphasizing the quantity rather than quality of interaction presented an intrusion into the child’s inner life, almost undermining their right to make meaning and drive their learning.

    During a recent Harvard symposium on The Leading Edge in Early Childhood Education to examine how to improve children’s early education–including closing the word gap–I got to hear from Kathy Hirsch-Pasek, professor of Psychology at Temple University and an expert on language development. She specifically addressed what kind of talk matters and why. She shared the following excerpt from a study called How Do Families Matter produced by The Foundation for Child Development in 2009:

    The Eggplant Parable

    A mom is at the supermarket with her young child who notices an eggplant. “Mommy, what’s that?” asks the child. The response is as follows:

    Mother #1: Shushes her child and ignores the question.

    Mother #2: “That’s an eggplant. We don’t eat it.”

    Mother #3: “Oh, that’s an eggplant. It’s one of the few purple vegetables.” She picks it up, hands it to her son, and encourages him to put it on the scale. “Oh, look, it’s about two pounds!” she says. “And it’s $1.99 a pound, so that would cost just about $4. That’s a bit pricey, but you like veal parmesan, and eggplant parmesan is delicious too. You’ll love it. Let’s buy one, take it home, cut it open. We’ll make a dish together.”

    Mother #3 is doing everything possible to fill the word gap, not simply in the number of words she provides, but also by sharing the child’s interest, creating language in a meaningful context, and providing the vocabulary and grammar reciprocally. She offers a layered response that enthusiastically expands the child’s world knowledge—providing a nuanced description of the object (purple, heavy, and expensive). She then reminds the child of past experiences: You like veal so you might like this. And then she follows up with what will happen next: We’ll buy it, cut it open and make it together. This is a deep interaction, an example of shared attention between two human beings.

    Hirsch-Pasek’s research expands the conversation around the million word gap, and she provides six principles of engagement that we can all apply to help us behave more like Mother #3:

    1. Children learn what they hear most
    2. Children learn words for things and events that interest them
    3. Interactive and responsive environments build language learning
    4. Children learn best in meaningful contexts
    5. Children need to hear diverse examples of words and language structures
    6. Vocabulary and grammatical development are reciprocal processes

    Doing things together such as cooking, making art, going to a museum, walking in the park, reading books and singing songs all provide meaningful language experiences within a loving context. Whether at home or in a high quality educational environment, children have a right to thoughtful language exchanges that build a sense of self, self-esteem, strong attachments to adults and friendships with children.

    This article is by Renee Bock, courtesy of Well Rounded NY. Conceived with love by former magazine editors Jessica Pallay and Kaity Velez, Well Rounded NY aims to be the singular pregnancy resource for city-savvy moms-to-be. Through reviews, profiles, expert Q&As, local guides and more, Well Rounded curates the New York City pregnancy and helps its readers come to terms – and term! – with pregnancy in the city.

  • Things We've Read: Week Of March 30th, 2015

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    Groups petition federal agency to ban products containing certain flame-retardants (Environmental Health News): A group of organizations are petitioning to have toxic flame-retardents found in children's furniture, mattresses and electronic casings, and more.

    This drug, banned in Europe, Russia and China, may be in your lunch (Reuters): The drug Ractopamine, often used in mass-marketed pork and beef has been found to unsafe for pigs and other farm animals dosed with it, and has been banned in Europe, Russia and China.

    Pregnancy & Work: Supreme Triangulation (The Economist): With the ruling in favor of Peggy Young, former UPS employee, Young v UPS reinforces the Pregnancy Discrimination Act and the rights of pregnant women in the workplace.

    Today’s Moms Are Working Later Into Their Pregnancies — And Going Back To Work Earlier Too (Washington Post): Trends of the last decade show more and more women staying at work until their due dates and returning soon after. Young v UPS becomes much more consequential.

    Healthy Child Healthy World And EWG Fight For A Better Environment For Children (EWG): Healthy Child Healthy World, an organization that empowers parents to take action against harmful chemicals, recently merged with the EWG bringing together educational pursuits and scientific resources to help parents keep their kids healthy.

    Sacramento Couple Creates Adorable Pregnancy Time Lapse (Fox): A Sacramento couple created a cute time lapse documenting their entire pregnancy, and it even features their Boston Terrier, Benson!

    9 Gorgeous Photos That Capture The Magical First 24 Hours Of Motherhood (HuffPost): Must-see pictures of the first day of bonding between these moms and their new babies.

    8 ways to soothe heartburn in pregnancy (Fox): Obstetrician Dr. Manny Alvarez gives natural ways to deal with an upset stomach, heartburn or acid reflux during pregnancy.

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