What you need to know
Whether you choose to breastfeed or formula feed your baby you should give your baby 5 micrograms (5µg) of vitamin D3 every day, according to the HSE.
What is Vitamin D?
Vitamin D is important because it helps our bodies use calcium to build and maintain strong bones and teeth. Children (and adults) in Ireland have low levels of vitamin D which can lead to weak bones. In severe cases low levels of vitamin D can cause rickets(1) in children. There has been an increase in the number of cases of rickets in Ireland in recent years.
Planning is very important when you’re having a baby. You have to think of everything from the birthing plan, to having the hospital on standby and being able to get there on time.
But what happens if those best-laid plans fall apart and you’re forced to have an emergency birth in the middle of nowhere?
Do stranded mums-to-be instinctively know what to do?
According to the Irish Independent, Irish couples are turning to a clinic in America to have the girl or boy that they’ve always dreamed of.
For Irish women desperate to bear sons, the scientific evidence is clear: eat lots of bananas, have sex standing up, and try to consume a bowl of cereal every morning.
It was a perfect weekend and we were all in great form after having just told our then 8 year old daughter and 5 year old son that we were indeed expecting baby no 3. Everyone’s spirits were high, the world was a happy place. I was 15 weeks along, so we were well past the scary mark, I thought.
New statistics show that record numbers of women in their 40s are having babies. Over the last 20 years, the number of fortysomething women giving birth in England and Wales has almost trebled. Experts put this down to several factors: we are postponing childbearing because of our careers, our men don’t want to commit, or we are having a “prolonged adolescence” in our 30s and simply don’t get around to it.
Often the subject of comedy, many pregnant women talk to their unborn baby, sing nursery rhymes or play music to entertain or comfort the child in their womb. Now scientis have shown that this is actually an important step in language development and should be encouraged.Cultural studies often showed that the types of gurgles and babble that a newborn used seemed to be unique to specific parental language groups. French babies babble in a certain way that is different from, say, Chinese babies. Scientists wondered why this was happening.
Pregnant women planning a night at the cinema might want to steer clear of tear-jerkers.
Scientists have discovered that unborn babies respond to their mother’s mood while she is watching a movie – and become quiet and still if the film is sad.