When you first find out that you’re pregnant, it may seem like you have to wait forever to meet your baby — but trust us, those months fly by. Attending doctors’ appointments, shopping for baby essentials, and simply adjusting to the idea that you’re almost a mother can be exhausting. Try three of our favorite tools to make your life a little simpler:
Find out when your baby will be born with our Due Date Calculator. Enter the date of your last period and the length of your cycle for an approximation of when your little one will arrive.
Predict the gender of your baby with our Ancient Chinese Birth Chart. With a supposed success rate of 93 percent, what are you waiting for?
Don’t let picking a baby name be the first parenting disagreement you have with your partner. Try our Create-a-Baby-Name Quiz for fun name ideas.
Hundreds of Salmonella Cases Tied to Chicks
Those cute mail-order chicks that wind up in children’s Easter baskets and backyard farms have been linked to more than 300 cases of salmonella in the U.S. – mostly in youngsters – since 2004.
TSA Rolling Out New Screening Procedures for Children
Responding to the uproar over physical searches of children, the Transportation Security Administration is rolling out new procedures that should reduce, although not eliminate, the number of times children are patted down at airport checkpoints.
Michigan to Require BMI Reports on Kids
Gov. Rick Snyder plans to direct doctors in Michigan to begin monitoring the body weight of their young patients and provide the data to a state registry in one of the most extensive government efforts to address the growing problem of pediatric obesity, the Associated Press has learned.
You’ve probably already read the big pregnancy news of the day: at-home blood tests can now predict your baby’s gender only seven weeks into pregnancy with 95% accuracy. The tests, which cost a few hundred dollars with lab fees, aren’t new, but a study published in The Journal of the American Medical Association yesterday raised their credibility.
Seven weeks is much earlier than the standard 18-20 weeks when women can typically find out their baby’s gender. But is finding out whether you’re having a boy or girl so soon a good thing? For parents who can’t wait to think of a baby name and decorate the nursery, the tests are great news. The tests can also provide relief for parents worried about gender-linked diseases.
But many news outlets are focusing on the potential for women to use these tests to select the gender of their child. While it’s hard for us to imagine a mother aborting her child because it’s not the sex she hoped for, it is a possibility with the new tests.
New York City Will Mandate Sex Education
For the first time in nearly two decades, students in New York City’s public middle and high schools will be required to take sex-education classes beginning this school year, using a curriculum that includes lessons on how to use a condom and the appropriate age for sexual activity.
Test Can Tell Fetal Sex at 7 Weeks, Study Says
A simple blood test that can determine a baby’s sex as early as seven weeks into pregnancy is highly accurate if used correctly, a finding that experts say is likely to lead to more widespread use by parents concerned about gender-linked diseases, those who are merely curious and people considering the more ethically controversial step of selecting the sex of their children.
Nation of adults who will write like children?
Most states don’t require children to learn cursive writing anymore. Some 46 states have adopted the Common Core Standards, a set of educational guidelines that do not require cursive writing as part of a school’s curriculum.