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New 8th Edition of Beginnings Pregnancy Guide ready for Preview

The 2011 edition of the Pregnancy is on the press. Just in time for
the annual Beginnings Guides Mothers Day to Fathers Day Special
starting May 9. You can preview the new edition free online now.

The M-F Day Special is a once-a-year opportunity for small
non-profits and government funded programs to order
Beginnings Guides at volume prices. The rate of $7.29 regularly
requires a purchase of 5000 sets.

The 2007 Pregnancy Guide (Eng) is on Super Special while supplies
last. $6 per set- any quantity.

The new edition reflects a complete review and update based on
research published since 2005.  New evidence suggests significant
changes in thinking, but translates to relatively minor changes in
practical advice for healthy pregnancy.  A summary of the revisions
follows. For details see earlier posts as indicated.

Car seats:  no longer just for babies
From a practical standpoint, the most important change relates
to infant and toddler car seats. The short message is: Keep the
baby facing the rear for another year – at least to age 2 or when
they outgrow the seat’s weight limits (usually 40 pounds).

Beyond age 2, the message is: Keep toddlers and older children
in a front-facing car seat, always in the back seat, until they reach
the seat’s height and weight limits (usually 85 pounds, about 8 years old).
Then, kids ride in a booster seat until the reach 4’9” –the height at which
the car’s seat belt becomes protective.  Details: see post for April 5.

Domestic Violence RARELY starts in pregnancy
My apologies to fathers.  Research findings contradict the widely
held belief that battering and other forms of abuse often begin in
pregnancy. Violence starting in pregnancy is actually the least
common scenario, according to researchers. Rather, violence during
pregnancy is most often part of an established pattern. It is likely
that women first report abuse during pregnancy out of fear for the
child; but the first report is rarely about the first incident. Beginnings
Guides no longer buys the assumption that new dads are likely to explode
become abusers under the stress of pregnancy.  Details: see post for March 18.

Gain weight. But not too much
While the guidance didn’t change much (overweight women should
gain at least 11 pounds instead of 15), the thinking re pregnancy weigh
gain had made a 180 degree turn. Previous guidelines were designed to
counteract social pressures to be slim.  The revised guidelines are designed
to counteract an “epidemic of obesity”.  The guidelines also reflect recent
research showing that excess pregnancy weight is very difficult to lose, and
breastfeeding doesn’t really help.  More bad news, babies born to obese women
become obese children and adults. So we are programming obesity and its
health risks into future generations.  Details: see post for March 1.

Get More Exercise
Related to the new concern about obesity for all Americans is the revision
30 min 5 times a week.  New research shows exercise does not
cause miscarriage.  Pregnant women use the same guidelines as
everyone else.  Details – scroll down to April 12 and 14.

On Mother’s Day I will be thinking of each of you.
The work you do every day in service to families is
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