Since I had router problems yesterday and couldn’t publish, I wanted to give you two blogs today. This blog is a collections of three great stories from The New York Times. I wanted to make sure you all saw them.
The first is about pregnancy and getting your flu shots (swine and regular). When I was pregnant they always said you should get your flu shot but only if you were passed the first trimester. Apparently that’s not the rule now.
As the article tells us: “Pregnancy meant a fourfold risk of hospitalization, sometimes with a tragic outcome; all the pregnant women who died had been relatively healthy to begin with.”
“The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have since put pregnant women at the top of the priority list for the vaccine, and have recommended that pregnant women start antiviral medications as soon as possible after exposure to the virus and after the onset of flu symptoms.”
The second article is by one of my favorite writers Tara Parker-Pope and examines whether the yogurt label claims are true: Can it help your digestive system be more regular? Will it help you stay well? I have actually asked friends with doctorates in biology about this and they were wishy-washy. Finally an answer as to whether you should buy the more expensive yogurt with the claims or just buy yogurt.
And finally an article I can relate to — it’s all about talking to your babies from birth and how important it is to their development.
From The New York Times article:
“Randi Jacoby, a speech and language specialist in New York, recently told me in an e-mail message: ‘Parents have stopped having good communications with their young children, causing them to lose out on the eye contact, facial expression and overall feedback that is essential for early communication development.’ ”
“ ‘Young children require time and one-on-one feedback as they struggle to formulate utterances in order to build their language and cognitive skills. The most basic skills are not being taught by example, and society is falling prey to the quick response that our computer generation has become accustomed to.’ ”
“ ‘Parents need to be reminded of the significance of their communicative model.’ ”
What do you think of these stories: Will you be getting both flu shots if you are pregnant? Which threat seems greater — getting the swine flu or the shot hurting your baby? Do you buy the probiotic yogurt with the special claims or just yogurt? Do you think it makes a difference? Do you talk to your babies? Do you think it helps their communication skills?