The Mom Report: August 9, 2018

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Gut Health Game Changer in Pregnancy, Newborns, and Beyond

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The vast majority of our immune system lives within our gut, and the entire foundation for gut health, which affects our overall health into adulthood, is laid in just the first 2 to 3 years of life! This is a critically important topic for all new parents and desperately needs to be brought to the forefront of conversation as we look to give our children their best chance at a healthy life from day one. It all starts with the gut!

Award-winning gastroenterologist and microbiome expert Dr. William Bulsiewicz, also known as Dr. B The Gut Health MD, is on a mission to educate the public on the critical importance of gut health. He shares some life changing information in a special Q&A for readers of The Mom Report.

Why is it important for parents to pay attention to the gut health of their children?

I would make an argument that all health starts in the gut. We know that the gut plays a central role in regulating our metabolism, immune system, expression of our genetics, even our mood, energy levels and cravings.. [READ MORE]


NEW SCREEN TIME WARNING FOR KIDS

The American Heart Association is warning parents that too much screen time could lead to obesity in kids. Read more on the warning and how to set limits here. 

MOTHERHOOD MORTALITY IN THE US

The number of women dying of childbirth in the U.S. is unacceptable, but did you know that 60% of deaths are PREVENTABLE? If you’ve ever needed a story to encourage you to advocate for yourself in medical settings, this is it.

FACEBOOK MOMS WRAP ARMS AROUND STRANDED NICU FAMILY

Oh, the power of a Facebook mom group! The way the women of a New York Upper West Side mom group rallied around a family stranded with a baby in the NICU will make your heart burst. PS, If you’re not in a great FB Mom group...find one and get involved now. There is nothing more powerful than moms helping moms!

DAIRY-FREE DRAMA

If you are an almond milk drinker, Almond Breeze vanilla almond milk is being recalled because it may contain actual milk. Details here.


UNEXPECTED BIRTH PARTNER

Texas mom Brooke Ellington recently gave birth at home to a baby girl and couldn’t believe what she saw when she got the photos back from her special day. Her Corgi named Ranger never left her side and the precious pictures are proof that dogs share a special bond with the humans they love.

MOM HACK: POTTY TRAINING ON-THE-GO

Hats off to this mama for not letting potty training get in the way of a good workout! Becca Zajeski is a Fit4Mom instructor in the Chicago area and whips out this handy potty, which she got from Meijer, to keep her little one on track during workouts. BONUS TIP: She says lining it with a grocery bag with several paper towels folded at the bottom will absorb any liquids. Then you can toss the bag and take home a clean potty! Thanks for sharing Becca! 

 

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DANCING MOM EMBARRASSES TEEN 😂

One of life's great pleasures as a parent is getting to embarrass your kids. That's why you will probably appreciate this video of a teen that is absolutely mortified when his mom breaks it down for the jumbotron at a Padres baseball game! On a side note, if I look this good when my kids are teens you better believe I’ll be shakin’ my groove thing on the big screen too!

 
 

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