Fish, A Baby Brain Food

As your baby starts solids around six months of age, consider serving up fish, a baby brain food. If you think serving fish to babies sounds, well, fishy, read on mamas. We’re sharing all the ways fish is great for your baby and how you can incorporate this baby brain food into your baby’s diet.

Off-Limits Fish

We should first begin by explaining that all fish are not created equal. There are some fish you should avoid serving your baby like swordfish, mackerel, tilefish and shark because they are high in mercury and PCBs. Some people believe in holding off on shellfish in the early months of solid food eating too, especially if allergies run in your family.

Fish, A Baby Brain FoodThe Best Fish for Babies

The best fish for babies are salmon, flounder, cod, tuna, haddock and sole. Salmon usually tops the list because it is the most potent in essential fatty acids, specifically omega-3 fatty acids, both DHA and EPA. But the truth is, all fish have omega-3s and therefore a variety of types of fish are great for your baby.

Why Fish is Good for Babies

Your baby’s brain is developing the fastest during the 9+ months of gestation and in the first year of life. That’s why fish is an excellent early brain food for babies. Studies show that kids who consumed more DHA from Omega-3 fatty acids prenatally and in infancy performed better academically and had more focus.  Omega-3s are also terrific for all of your baby’s organs, supports less inflamed skin, boosts immunity, elevates mood, and promotes eye health.

Additionally, fish contains other baby-loving nutrients such as Vitamin D for strong bones and lots of lean protein for building muscles.

How to Serve Fish to Babies

It may seem rather gross to puree fish, but this is a perfectly acceptable way to serve it when your baby begins solids. Feel free to blend fish with other flavors your baby enjoys, such as fruit or oat cereal. As your baby begins eating finger foods, tender, flakey chunks of fish are easy to pick up and eat. Be sure you thoroughly de-bone your fish before serving it to babies.

When your baby is ready for more interesting combinations, try flavoring fish with different spices or sauces. You can also make fish fingers by breading and baking fish in small strips or bite-size pieces. Consider replacing some of your other go-to meat dishes with fish, such as soups, casseroles, tacos and chili.

So feel free to “go fish” with your baby’s diet and enjoy all of the benefits fish has to offer!

Sources: Parenting, What to Expect and Wholesome Baby Food

What is Jaundice?

What is Jaundice?Infant jaundice is a fairly common condition that causes a newborn’s skin (and sometimes the whites of the eyes) to appear yellowish. It usually starts in the face and moves down the body. The discolored skin typically shows up around two to four days after birth and subsides within a few weeks.

What causes Jaundice?

Jaundice is caused when bilirubin – a byproduct of the break-down of red blood cells – builds up in the bloodstream. Typically bilirubin is processed by the liver and converted to bile, which aids digestion. However, a newborn’s immature liver and excessive red blood cells may yield too much bilirubin and therefore lead to jaundice.

Other Types of Jaundice

Normal infant jaundice is called physiological jaundice.  As described above, this occurs when red blood cells make too much bilirubin for the liver to break down properly. Premature babies are especially prone to jaundice since their bodies and livers have had less time to develop.

Jaundice can also occur from breastfeeding. One way jaundice may develop is if a baby is not able to secure an adequate amount of milk, either because a mother’s milk is not yet available or due to improper latch. A lactation consultant can help advise on the best course of action for both of these issues. In very rare circumstances it’s the breast milk itself that causes infant jaundice. Some breast milk contains compounds that prevent the excretion of bilirubin through the intestines which causes bilirubin levels to rise.

Another rare type of jaundice called incompatibility jaundice may arise if the mother and baby have different blood types. A mother’s body may form antibodies that attack the newborn’s red blood cells before birth, which in turn elevates bilirubin levels.

Additional causes of jaundice include liver problems, red blood cell problems, internal injuries at birth, an enzyme deficiency or an infection.

Treatment for Jaundice

Most cases of normal infant jaundice resolve themselves within a few weeks after birth and no treatment is necessary. Breastfeeding often is one of the best ways to naturally lower your baby’s bilirubin.

Testing in the hospital will determine if a newborn’s bilirubin count is low enough to avoid treatment. Extra caution is taken with preemies even if there bilirubin levels are not extremely high. In some cases phototherapy may be recommended. The newborn will spend time in a “bili bed” where she will be exposed to blue spectrum light. This is effective in helping the body process bilirubin. In more severe cases a small blood transfusion may be recommended.

Side Effects of Jaundice

If left untreated jaundice can cause serious health concerns including deafness, cerebral palsy or brain damage. It can also be the sign of an infection or thyroid issue. This is why monitoring jaundice and seeking appropriate treatment is crucial to your baby’s health. Even if treatment is not recommended in the hospital, call your doctor if you notice your baby’s skin yellowing or the yellowing becomes worse, your baby is extremely irritable and inconsolable, or your baby has a fever. Unfortunately there is no known prevention method for jaundice but breastfeeding is one of the best ways to combat it early before it reaches a critical level.

Sources: Healthline, Kids Health, and The Mayo Clinic

Car Seat Safety – Part 2

Car Seat Safety – Part 2Car accidents are a leading cause of death and injury among children under 13. That’s why car seat safety is crucial to ensure your baby is protected in the event of an accident. Yesterday we shared car seat safety guidelines for installing car seats and strapping in your precious cargo. Today we’re reviewing best practices for car seat safety.

Best Practices for Car Seat Safety

Remain in the Safest Seat: There is an appropriate car seat for each stage of childhood including infant “bucket” seats, infant-toddler convertible high back seats and booster seats, with many variations of each. Manufacturers make recommendations on the appropriate height and weight for each type of car seat that you should follow closely. Moving your child to the next level of car seat before she meets the height and weight requirements can be dangerous.

Remain Rear-Facing Until Age 2: Facing rear is the safest direction for small bodies – 50% safer in fact. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends rear-facing car seats until at least age two (which is also the law in many states) and remaining rear-facing until the child completely outgrows the seat in this position. That’s because young children’s vertebrae are not fully fused so an impact that would cause minor damage to a mature body could yield critical injuries for an infant or toddler.

Remain in a Booster as Long as Possible:  Most children should continue to sit in a booster seat until around age 11 or 12 when they can safely sit in a regular car seat with the belt buckled properly. Your child will probably be eager to move on from car seats but consider her safety before making decisions about ditching a car seat altogether.

Don’t Allow Children Under 13 to Sit in Front: Even after your child outgrows a booster, the back seat is the safest place until around age 13. This is because air bags can cause serious injuries to smaller bodies, not to mention windshield glass.

Know Your Car Seats History: One of the few baby items that you should not buy used is a car seat. There is no way to know for sure if the car seat has ever been in an accident. Car seats that have been, even if they appear fine, should be discarded as their safety may be compromised. Similarly, never use a car seat that is expired or recalled.

Avoid Toys and Mirrors on the Car Seat: Your baby may prefer additional stimulation while enjoying a ride in the car but clipping toys or mirrors to your car seat can be dangerous. Car seats are not designed or tested for safety with these added elements so you may reduce their effectiveness if you alter the seat.

Transporting Bulky Items with your Baby:  Bulky or heavy items and even pets can fall on your baby during a car ride. If you must transport something large, make sure it is secure in your trunk or take it at a time when your baby is not in the car.

Stay safe and enjoy the ride with these car seat safety tips!

Sources: AAA’s Safe Seats 4 Kids, Parents and Autobytel

Car Seat Safety – Part 1

Car Seat Safety – Part 1Your baby’s safety is your biggest priority, yet some parents are unknowingly making a bunch of mistakes when it comes to car seat safety. In fact, it is estimated that 70% of parents are making some type of mistake with their car seats. Just by putting your baby in a child safety seat doesn’t mean it is installed correctly or that you are using it properly. This week we’re reviewing car seat safety guidelines to help ensure your baby is super safe on the road.

Car Seat Installation

Read the Directions: It is essential to read the manual and follow the instructions on your car seat before installing it. Installation varies per manufacturer and car seat models. Their instructions will show the safest way to install the particular car seat at hand, which may differ from other car seats.

Get it Tight: Car seats should be installed to ensure very little seat movement. If the seat can move in any direction more than an inch, it is not tight enough.

Only Use Recommended Anchors: Some car seats should not be latched in the center rear seat if the proper anchors are not available. Also, it may be unnecessary to use latch anchors and a seat belt to secure the seat. Too much stress on the car seat may make it less effective.

Angle the Car Seat Correctly: The angle at which the car seat sits in your car is important to ensure your baby is not thrown from the seat. Don’t recline your baby more than 45 degrees from vertical. Many car seats have a gage to help you position the seat at a safe angle.

Always Use the Top Tether: The top tether is designed to reduce head and neck movement in the event of a crash. The top tether is usually recommended by manufacturers with both seat belt and anchor installations.

Have an Expert Check Your Car Seat: Most cities offer free car seat safety inspection services through fire departments or other government agencies. Have an expert check to ensure your car seats are installed properly.

Strapping In Safely

Ensure a Snug Ride: Your baby should be strapped in snugly for the safest ride. Pull the straps until they are firm against your baby’s body without being uncomfortable, cutting into skin or becoming a choking hazard.

Position the Chest Clips Properly:  The chest clip restraint should sit high on your baby’s chest but below her chin. This is to ensure she doesn’t come out of the car seat in the event of impact.

Avoid Bulky Coats and Clothing: Extra padding under the car seat straps can make them less effective. Remove coats before strapping in your baby. If you’re worried she will be cold, tuck her into a blanket once the straps are secured.

Tomorrow we’ll be back with more car seat safety reminders about best practices for your baby’s safest ride.

Sources: AAA’s Safe Seats 4 Kids, Parents and Autobytel

Breastfeeding and Breast Preference 2

Breastfeeding and Breast Preference 2Your baby’s breast preference is not cause for major concern. As long as you are breastfeeding when your baby shows signs of hunger, she’s growing properly and soiling diapers, your baby is likely getting plenty of milk, even if it is primarily from one breast. Yet still, some mothers become uncomfortable in the less frequently used breast or may not like their new lopsided silhouette.

Earlier this week we discussed reasons for breast preference including milk supply, let downs, nipple differences, taste of breast milk, preferred positions, and a pain or injury your baby may be experiencing. Today we’re sharing ways to encourage your baby to nurse from both breasts and how you can even up your breasts if she continues to show breast preference.

Ways to Encourage Nursing on Both Breasts

If your baby’s breast preference bothers you, try these ways to encourage nursing on both breasts:

  • Offer the less frequently nursed breast first. Babies generally nurse more vigorously when they begin a breastfeeding session because that is when they are hungriest. This may help increase your milk supply and speed up let downs. Offering the less preferred breast first may work best when your baby is sleepy – either just after waking or before a nap or bedtime – when she is not keenly aware of which side she’s nursing.
  • Offer the less frequently nursed breast more often. Nurse your baby on the less preferred side twice per feeding, sandwiched by the more preferred side. If you only nurse from one breast at a time, start with the less preferred breast twice as often.
  • Find a more comfortable position. If your baby doesn’t like nursing on one side because you believe she’s uncomfortable, try a different nursing position for that side. Alternatively, try to switch from the preferred breast to the less preferred breast with as little repositioning as possible.
  • Distract your baby while nursing. Rocking, walking, singing or wearing your baby while nursing from the less preferred breast may help distract your baby and encourage more productive breastfeeding.
  • Work to balance your milk supply. Building up your milk supply in the less preferred breast may be the best solution to breast preference. This requires extra breastfeeding and pumping on that breast. On the flip side, if engorgement or a forceful let down is causing the breast preference, express milk from that side before a feeding to make it easier for your baby to latch and feed.
  • Use a nipple shield. Inverted or otherwise altered nipples can cause breast preference. If necessary, use a nipple shield on the less desirable side.

How to Counteract Breast Preference

So your baby is very stubborn, eh? That’s OK! As we mentioned, it is more about your potential discomfort – due to engorgement or appearance – than a true problem. The best solution for a baby who will not nurse from one breast is to pump that breast more often. This will help in several ways: First, frequent pumping will prevent you from becoming engorged, which can lead to plugged ducts that may cause mastitis. You definitely don’t want that! Secondly, pumping may increase your milk supply and help resolve the breast preference issue altogether. And lastly, pumping will ensure you have extra milk on hand if you feel your baby is still hungry after breastfeeding on her preferred side.

Bottom line: Don’t stress about your baby’s breast preference. Follow these suggestions to encourage your baby to nurse on both sides and when all else fails, pump!

Sources: KellyMom, Breastfeeding-Problems, and BabyCenter

Breastfeeding and Breast Preference 1

Breastfeeding and Breast Preference 1Breastfeeding may have you feeling a little off balance if your baby has a distinct breast preference. Preferring one side over another is common although some babies feel more strongly about it than others. While completely normal, you may be able to subdue your baby’s breast preference during breastfeeding to help prevent plugged ducts and lopsidedness.

First we should note that there is no nutritional problem with your baby having a breast preference. In fact, it may actually benefit your baby because she will likely nurse through to the fattier hind milk that is important for your baby’s growth and development. However, if breast preference causes pain or an infection in your less frequently used breast, or if a lopsided appearance bothers you, you may want to work to even things up a bit.

Today we’re exploring reasons your baby may have a breast preference while breastfeeding and later this week we’ll offer suggestions to keep your breasts more balanced and encourage your baby to nurse on both sides.

Reasons for Breast Preference

As you are discovering, your baby is an intricate being and perhaps rather opinionated. Her likes and dislikes may emerge in small ways at first including breast preference. After all, she spends quite a bit of time breastfeeding so she’s bound to exert some control of the situation eventually.

Milk Supply or Let Downs

Breast preference can be the result of the difference in milk supply or let downs between your breasts. Just like your hands, feet, eyes and ears differ slightly, the same anatomical asymmetry exists in your breasts. The internal mechanisms that help produce breast milk vary from side to side, which can cause milk supply to be higher or lower or let downs to be faster or slower. Most babies will prefer the side with more milk unless engorgement makes it too difficult for the baby to latch. Some babies prefer a slower let down that won’t overwhelm them with too much milk at once. (Mothers who have had breast surgery may experience lower milk supply in that breast.)

Nipple Differences

The means of suckling breast milk – your nipples – may also be a factor. You’ve probably noticed that your nipples differ in shape and size. Chances are your baby notices too and this may be a reason for her breast preference. Nipple differences change the way a baby latches and is able to secure milk. The easier it is for her to latch, the more she’ll enjoy that breast.

Breast Milk Flavor

The flavor of your breast milk can be altered in breasts individually if you have mastitis (an infected plugged duct) or if a capillary bursts on one side and blood leaks into your milk supply. These situations can cause milk to taste saltier, which your baby may not enjoy.

Preferred Positions

On the other hand, breast preference may have nothing to do with your body at all. Rather, it may have something to do with your baby. Babies come to enjoy being held a certain way, whether due to the mother’s holding style or simply a natural preference. Nursing in a more comfortable position for your baby may lead to breast preference.

Pain or Injury

Also, if your baby has a medical reason to prefer being positioned a certain way, she may rather lie that way for breastfeeding too. For example, an ear infection in one ear may make it painful for your baby to lie on that side. The same can be true if your baby has a neck injury or pain at an immunization site. Or an undetected birth injury or defect can also result in breast preference due to positioning.

Understanding the cause of your baby’s breast preference may help as you strategize a solution. Later this week we’ll review ways to encourage nursing on both breasts and what you can do if your baby refuses to nurse on one side.

Sources: KellyMom, Breastfeeding-Problems, and BabyCenter

Why Do Babies Drool?

Getting those slobbery wet kisses from your drooling baby is one of the joys of motherhood, right? While you may not enjoy such moisture from others, it seems to be just fine when it comes from your own baby. Drooling is a normal part of infancy and toddlerhood but do you know why babies drool? There are several reasons babies drool and we’re taking a look at them today.

First, a little biology lesson:  Saliva is an essential element that moistens our mouths and plays a crucial role in digestion. As food gets wet, it becomes softer and more congealed so it is easier to chew and swallow. Saliva contains enzymes that start to break down food, especially starches, making it easier to digest when it reaches the stomach and intestines. Saliva is also a natural antacid that neutralizes stomach acids. Plus, saliva washes away food debris in our mouths and helps prevent tooth decay.

Why Do Babies Drool?It is common for parents to see an increase in drool around three months of age, perhaps as evidenced by the pool of saliva in front of your baby’s play space and his soaking wet shirt. This is because, while babies are born with hundreds of salivary glands, the most active ones responsible for helping babies eat and chew aren’t mature until around this time. The delayed maturation of salivary glands is one of the reasons why babies cannot handle solids in their first few months of life. Once your baby begins drooling, it’s a good sign that starting solids is right around the corner.

So now we know why we have saliva but why do babies drool rather than swallow like the rest of us. First of all, having more saliva in the mouth is new to babies at first and they aren’t aware of their sensory duty to swallow it. Gravity then causes it to drip from the mouth. Some babies who have week neck, core, lip and jaw muscles may have gaping mouths that can cause excessive drooling.

One of the most obvious culprits of drooling is teething. Even before teeth cut through the gums, extra saliva can act as an analgesic to reduce the pain caused by the teething process. Babies drool more when they are teething because of this abundance of saliva.

Babies may also drool when they put something in their mouths, even if it is not food. Oral exploration is how babies make new discoveries about the world. They use their tongues and lips to experience texture and process information about items. This oral habit may cause drooling…and wet toys!

It’s important to note that sudden drooling can be a sign of choking either from food or a foreign object. If you notice lots of drool and slowed breathing or coughing, look for what may be lodged in your baby’s throat or mouth. Call 911 and begin emergency procedures if your baby is indeed choking.

Drooling may be the result of certain foods or medications as well. Sometimes babies and toddlers drool when they are concentrating hard on fine motor skills and then eventually on tasks like feeding or dressing themselves. Usually most drooling subsides by two years of age when most of a toddler’s baby teeth are in.

Sources: Healthy Children, North Shore Pediatric Therapy, and The Washington Post

Woodland Nurseries

Woodland nurseries are the hottest nursery trend of the year. This unisex theme is full of soothing sights and textures that can make your baby’s nursery feel vibrant, entertaining and cozy. Check out some of our best ideas for woodland nurseries.

Accent Walls: Woodland nurseries need trees or mountains, of course. If you’re bold and talented enough to paint one or more of the walls in your baby’s nursery, go for it! Otherwise consider using decals that you can peel off in a few years when you’re ready to make a change. Trees, leaves woodland creatures, mountains and teepees are all appropriate for the theme.

Alternatively, consider creating a textured accent wall with thick wall paper or by adding wood panels. This can be an exciting and eye-catching feature in your woodland nursery.

Wall Décor: When dressing your walls, select wall art that captures the essence of the woodlands. Pictures of foxes, moose, deer, bears, raccoons, rabbits and birds fit nicely. You can also hang wooden shelves and decorate with stuffed animals, baskets and trinkets.

Crib: Many shades of cribs work well in woodland nurseries including white, grey and brown. Select whichever one floats your boat. Add themed sheets. Remember, top sheets, comforters and pillows are not necessary until your baby is much older. If your crib converts to a toddler bed, you can purchase the full set of bedding now and save everything except for the bottom sheet for when your little one is older.

Mobile: A tree or twig mobile is the perfect addition to woodland nurseries. Hang it over your baby’s crib, changing table or both to captivate your baby’s attention.

Rug: Your nursery rug can be any shade that matches your woodland room. Green or brown shaggy rugs can resemble the forest floor. Or a chevron rug is representative of mountains and other shapes you might see in nature. If you prefer to add a pop of another color like pink or blue, that works too.

Woodland Nurseries_127363156Rocking Chair: A plush rocking chair is a necessity for your woodland nursery. Match pillows to your rug or curtains to tie the look together.

Teepee: Everyone knows that the woods are a great place for camping. Add a teepee to your baby’s woodland nursery as a fun play space that can evolve as your baby matures. At first it can be used for tummy time, then for building blocks and eventually as a reading nook.

Woodland nurseries are a great way to stimulate your baby’s love of nature in a fun and cozy way!

Breastfeeding and Newborn Poop

Breastfeeding and Newborn PoopWhen you think about all the incredible things you’re excited to experience with your baby, changing poopy diapers is probably not on your list. However, your newborn’s poop can tell you a lot about their health, especially when you are breastfeeding. Today we’re exploring breastfeeding and newborn poop.

It’s amazing the things you’re willing to talk about openly when you become a mother…like poop, for example. Poop is a regular topic of conversation among new moms, from how often it happens, to how to avoid blowouts. There is a wide range of normal when it comes to newborn poop including the frequency, consistency and odor. But there are still some general norms when it comes to breastfeeding and newborn poop, which can help you determine if your baby is consuming enough nutrients and is digesting milk properly.

Here’s the scoop on breastfeeding and newborn poop:

Odor

Here’s a win for breastfed babies – their newborn poop really doesn’t smell bad. Breast milk is incredibly pure and so is your baby’s body. The combination creates little to no smell in newborn poop. In general, the longer poop stays in the intestines, the smeller it will be. Newborns poop so frequency, their poop doesn’t spend much time in the digestive tract and is less odoriferous.

Color and Consistency

For the first couple of days after birth all babies excrete meconium, which is a tar-like brownish green substance made up of amniotic fluid and other things your baby came by naturally in the womb.

After about two or three days newborn poop changes in color and consistency. It is common for newborn poop to appear like mushy, seedy mustard with some curds in it and then it will change to more green or brown poop over time. Newborn poop is watery, of course, due to your baby’s all-liquid diet and it will stay that way for the four to six months you exclusively breastfeed.  Some parents confuse this for diarrhea but thin, liquidy poop is normal.

Because breastfed babies are taking in what their mothers are eating, the nutrients and proteins differ daily. Therefore, poop on one day may look different from poop on another day. This variety is healthy for your baby.

Frequency

Babies can poop as often as 10 times a day or as little as once a week. The spectrum is that broad! Breastfed newborns usually poop once per feeding for the first few weeks of life. This is to allow room for more food to enter your baby’s tiny digestive system. The poop may be very little, a few squirts in fact. This is a testament to the perfect nutrients in your breast milk and how easily your baby can absorb it and use it efficiently in her body. After a month or so your baby will have less bowel movements. This is a sign of mature milk.

Issues

Log-like or pebble-like poop may indicate constipation and/or dehydration. Speak to your pediatrician if you notice this consistency. Also, if you think your baby is experiencing pain during pooping or from not being able to poop, consult your doctor. Sometimes massaging the anus with a q-tip or gently rotating your baby’s legs and opening them wide can help stimulate a bowel movement.

Bright green bubbly poop may indicate that your baby is not getting enough fat in your breast milk. Be sure you’re feeding as long as possible on each breast so your baby gets to the fattier milk that is known as hind milk. This fat is essential to your baby’s growth and development.

If your breastfed baby isn’t pooping frequently and is not gaining weight, talk to your pediatrician to ensure your baby is indeed getting enough milk. Your doctor may recommend a visit to a lactation consultant to ensure your breastfeeding success.

Also, if you do believe your baby has diarrhea, talk to your pediatrician. Diarrhea in newborns can be a sign of an infection, allergy or digestive disorder. It’s best to have it checked right away.

Sources: WebMD, Parents and BabyCenter

Do Lemons Help Curb Morning Sickness?

Do Lemons Help Curb Morning Sickness?Let’s cut to the chase….the answer is yes! Tart and tangy, many believe lemons help curb morning sickness! According to research, strong tart flavors help ease the stomach. And when you’re feeling queasy during pregnancy, you’ll try even a sour lemon wedge to reduce the nausea.

While every woman is different, many moms-to-be believe lemons help curb morning sickness.  Here are a few ideas to get some relief from morning sickness with lemons or lemon flavors:

Straight-Up: Keep a few fresh lemons in your kitchen for when nausea is at its peak. Shove a wedge in your mouth, lick it, or simply inhale the lemony scent for immediate relief.

Lemonade: Try a glass of freshly squeezed lemonade to cool you off this spring and summer and keep the nausea to a minimum. This is a thirst quencher that may also quench your morning sickness.

Lemon Water: For a less sugary option than lemonade, go for lemon water. Simply plop some lemon slices into a glass of water and enjoy.

Lemon Popsicles: Make your own lemon ice pop to slurp on when the feeling strikes you. You can add other flavors too to sweeten them up a bit.

Lemon Drops: Sure, candy isn’t usually the healthiest but if it rights your stomach, it’s completely fine to suck on lemon drops during pregnancy.

Lemongrass Tea: Tea is known to help reduce nausea and lemongrass tea has a natural lemon flavor and scent. Increase its effectiveness to curb morning sickness by adding a lemon slice to your cup.

Lemon Squirt or Zest: For a slight lemon flavoring to almost any dish, squirt fresh lemon over your food or cook in a lemon zest. This consistent subtle addition to your meal may help prevent morning sickness in the first place.

Remember, lemons are highly acidic so rinse your mouth with water after eating or drinking something with pure lemon.

Lemons offer some other great benefits during pregnancy too. They are packed with vitamins and minerals like calcium and magnesium that support your baby. It naturally and gently purifies your body to get rid of toxins. Plus it offers additional digestive support than just reducing nausea: it also helps keep you regular and may reduce heartburn.

Do you believe in the power of lemons for morning sickness?

Sources: Fit Pregnancy, Mama and Baby Love, and Cooking Light