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May 30, 2010

Delicious Dilled White Bean and Grape Tomato Salad

Filed under: General Information, Nutrition During Pregnancy — Tags: , , , , — Elizabeth Ward @ 5:00 pm
Check out my USATODAY.com blog for a recipe for Dilled White Bean and Grape Tomato Salad. This delicious side dish, which I made yesterday for a backyard barbecue, takes about 10 minutes to prepare.

Beans are an excellent source of folate for a growing baby and nursing child. If you’re feeling queasy, leave out the onion and garlic.

May 24, 2010

Dads Get Postpartum Depression, Too

Filed under: Info for Dads — Tags: , , — Elizabeth Ward @ 9:55 am

I have to admit, each time I had a baby, I felt a little down afterwards.

Having a child is a big change, and I was never one of those moms who just took the new addition in stride.  A recent study on Dad’s mental health has made me realize, all these years later, that I never gave much thought to how my husband was faring as his family expanded.  Chances are, he might have had a touch of postpartum blues, too.

That’s according to a recent study from Eastern Virginia Medical School, published in the May 19 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association.  Researchers pooled the results of more than 40 studies in 16 countries, and found that about 10% of men reported feeling depressed in the months leading up to delivery day, and after their babies were born.

Depression in Dads was highest in the U.S.: 14% vs. 8% in other countries. The rate of depression among men was highest when their children were between three and six months old. Frankly, I am not surprised.  The first three months after the baby is born are relatively chaotic, and nobody in the household is getting the sleep, relaxation, or attention they deserve - except the infant.

Also of note: fathers were more likely to be depressed if the mom was depressed, too.  Any parent that feels unable to live up to the demands on their limited time and flagging energy should seek help, sooner rather than later.

May 19, 2010

Canned Food Risky for Pregnant women

Filed under: Nutrition During Pregnancy — Tags: , , , — Elizabeth Ward @ 6:03 pm

A recent report found that 92% of the food in metal cans tested contained bisphenol A, a potentially harmful chemical. Read the USA TODAY piece for more detail on the study and how bisphenol A may affect your unborn child’s development.

Have you seen my other blog at USATODAY.com?  It features tips for feeding your family healthy foods, and offers a weekly recipe that I prepare with my children as part of Cooking With My Kids.  This week’s recipe is Buttermilk-Walnut Coffee Cake with Orange Essence. Delicious!

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