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Preterm babies do not have all the antioxidant systems and enzymes in place to help protect them from the harmful effects of chemicals produced by metabolism. These chemicals, known as free radicals, are produced in large numbers during times of rapid growth. Free radicals are unstable and highly reactive, interacting with delicate cell structures – including the genes – to cause damage. Our main protection against free radicals are dietary antioxidants, of which the most important are vitamins A, C, E, bioflavonoids and the mineral selenium. We also have some inborn protective measures that are not fully developed in small babies. Premature babies quickly use up the antioxidants supplied by their mother, and are then exposed to the damaging effects of free radicals before their own protective mechanisms are fully developed and in place. At 28 weeks gestation, for example, a baby’s own antioxidant enzyme systems are only half as active as they will be at 38 weeks gestation. This is thought to be one of the causes of lung damage in babies born too early. Free radicals can also damage the delicate blood vessels in a preterm baby’s brain and increase the risk of cell death and bleeding into the brain.
The body substances that are most sensitive to oxidative damage are fats. Your baby’s brain is composed of 60 per cent fat, with up to 20 per cent of brain cell weight composed of the long-chain polyunsaturated fatty acids (LCPs) DHA and AA. This means brain cells, which are 60 per cent fat, are particularly sensitive to free radical attack – but only if there are lower-than-optimal levels of DHA and AA. Paradoxically, optimal levels of DHA and AA in the fatty membranes of blood vessels and brain cells seem to strengthen these cells and protect against oxidation. This seems to be because an important antioxidant enzyme system (superoxide dismutase, also known as SOD) is activated by DHA and so provides extra protection. AA is important for making strong, flexible, elastic blood vessel walls which reduce the risk of bleeding into the brain, especially in premature infants.
Unfortunately, very premature babies often have low levels of DHA and AA. As they are no longer receiving essential fatty acids (EFAs) from their mother, their blood levels of DHA and AA – which are vital for healthy eye and brain development – fall dramatically within the first 3 weeks after birth: levels are only one-third of what they were at birth. Levels can be replenished by feeding on breastmilk, or on formula milk that is supplemented with these LCPs.
In one study, babies born at an average of 30 weeks gestation were fed either their mother’s milk or formula milks containing different concentrations and types of a variety of essential fatty acids. The electrical activity of the back of their eyes (retinas) in response to seeing a light was then recorded. By 6 weeks after birth (that is, 36 weeks after conception) the infants who received mother’s milk or formulas containing DHA in amounts similar to mother’s milk achieved the best score – their eyes and the nerve connections involved in seeing had matured and were functioning best of all. This advancement was still present 30 weeks after delivery, with improved learning ability, problem-solving skills, speech, word capacity and ability to think in the abstract. This provides strong evidence that DHA at concentrations found in breastmilk are essential nutrients for the proper development of a premature baby’s eyes and the nerve-brain connections involved in sight. As a result of many similar studies, formula feeds designed for premature babies are now routinely supplemented (since around 1991) with careful blends of LCPs to maximize their brain and eye development. Even so, preterm babies fed human milk have better brain development when assessed at 18 months of age, and higher intelligence than similar babies fed formula milks.
Premature babies fed with mother’s milk through a tube have been found to have an 8.3 IQ point advantage at age 8 years, compared with similar, matched babies who did not receive breastmilk. Children whose mothers wanted to provide breast-milk but were unable to do so had the same IQ as those whose mothers had elected not to provide breastmilk. Although these results may be affected by parenting skills and genetics, adjustment for these factors indicates that human breastmilk provides a significant advantage to the brain development of preterm infants.
DHA levels of premature infants are positively related to their head circumference, birthweight and birth length. This suggests that increasing their DHA status may promote fetal growth and improve the outcome for preterm infants, as those born with a higher birthweight usually do better.
One of the richest dietary sources of LCPs is fish oil. Research in which mothers were given fish oil supplements, olive oil supplements or no supplements starting from the 30th week of pregnancy showed that babies of mothers receiving fish oils were healthier in that they weighed, on average, 107g more than other groups and stayed in the womb for an average of 4 days longer. The extension of gestation time in the womb was thought to be due to fish oils’ ability to inhibit the production of the hormone-like substances (prostaglandins) that help to trigger labour, or to inhibit the production of other prostaglandins that help to relax uterine wall muscles.Read More
Are you a new mom? If so, then handling the baby and your life can seem a bit overwhelming for you. You might always feel tired due to your busy schedule. But there is no need to feel down. Keeping yourself healthy and happy for you and your baby’s sake is very important.
How to Keep Yourself Healthy
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If you are a mother and you have children in the house, then your life must be a complete roller-coaster. This can be tougher if your kids are younger. Changing diapers, feeding your kids, cooking for the family, cleaning and taking care of your home-doing everything in time can sometimes feel overwhelming. That’s why you should separate and coordinate your day’s work so that you get everything done properly and in time. Learn to compartmentalize and schedule everything. You can find time to do all your work and even relax.
Make a Schedule for the Day
Being a mom is not easy but if you plan your work and time them well, you’ll get a chance to enjoy every bit of it.
If you are a stay at home mom, you must be having a pretty busy life. You have to take care of the house, take care of the kids, clean the house, cook for the family and get everything done within 24 hours. But there might be times when you fee bored and restless. Did you know that today many stay at home moms are actually working from home. There are several well paid jobs that one can apply for and do it from home itself. The reason for you to take up the job could be anything.
Why Look For a Job?
It could be because you need more things to do to fill out your day, or if you’re a single mother, you might desperately need the money. Whatever the reason is, stay at home moms can get jobs online easily these days. You can even do some other kind of work from home-something you’re good at and make money from home itself.
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Being a stay at home mom doesn’t mean that you can’t bring money into the family. Try these options and feel proud of yourself.
Motherhood is an amazing thing to happen to any woman. There are ups and downs but overall, it’s a phase which no one wants to miss a second of. Those sleepless nights, those phases of vomiting and frequent loo breaks- it’s all worth it. There are instances when our baby might get hurt due to some minor accidents at home. There is no reason to freak out. When babies learn to crawl they start discovering the world. They are very curious and it’s a part of the growing process top get hurt. You should know the right way to handle such matters. The most commonly asked question by new mothers is what to do if the baby gets a burn.
Steps to Follow When Your Child Gets a Burn
What NOT To Do
How to Be Careful
Babies are curious and they need to explore everything on their own as toddlers. You should never scold or stop them. Instead, you should be careful and keep your home safe for your infant. For example, keep hot utensils and food away from the baby’s reach. Never leave appliances on near the child. Mostly, babies put their hands on curling irons or straighter. Keep these away from, where the baby is.
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Being a mother is the most wonderful thing that a woman can ever experience. It is like a blessing to all. So if you have been trying to get pregnant, then you should know the early signs of pregnancy so that you can start preparing for it. A woman undergoes physiological and psychological changes when she gets pregnant. You need to be ready for all this and take care of yourself in order to take care of your baby’s healthy.
Most women start feeling the signs and symptoms of pregnancy within a week of fertilization. Some of the common early symptoms are-
Follow the doctor’s order regarding your diet plan. All nutrients especially folic acid and carbs, iron, fat content should be present in the right amounts. Have fruits and a lot of water. This can also help you take care of your cramps.Read More
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The most celebrated of all the Disney classics, CINDERELLA, is also known as one of Walt Disney’s all-time favorite films. CINDERELLA has enchanted generations with its spellbinding story, charming music, and endearing characters that live in your heart forever. The beloved fairy tale becomes pure Disney magic as beautiful Cinderella shares her dreams of romance and a better life with the lovable mice Gus and Jaq. When Cinderella’s cruel stepmother prevents her from attending the Royal Ball, the delightful Fairy Godmother appears! With a wave of her wondrous wand and a bouncy “Bibbidi-Bobbidi-Boo,” the Fairy Godmother transforms a simple pumpkin into a magical coach — and Cinderella’s rags into a gorgeous gown. At the ball, Cinderella falls in love with Prince Charming, but must flee before the stroke of midnight breaks the spell! Now with an all-new digital restoration, Disney’s Enhanced Home Theater Mix, and all-new games and music videos, this 2-Disc Special Edition of Cinderella is the perfect fit for everyone who believes dreams really do come true. Also available on Video.Worry not, Disney fans–this special edition DVD of the beloved Cinderella won’t turn into a pumpkin at the strike of midnight. One of the most enduring animated films of all time, the Disney-fied adaptation of the gory Brothers Grimm fairy tale became a classic in its own right, thanks to some memorable tunes (including “A Dream Is a Wish Your Heart Makes,” “Bibbidi-Bobbidi-Boo,” and the title song) and some endearingly cute comic relief.
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We all know the story–the wicked stepmother and stepsisters simply won’t have it, this uppity Cinderella thinking she’s going to a ball designed to find the handsome prince an appropriate sweetheart, but perseverance, animal buddies, and a well-timed entrance by a fairy godmother make sure things turn out all right. There are a few striking sequences of pure animation–for example, Cinderella is reflected in bubbles drifting through the air–and the design is rich and evocative throughout. It’s a simple story padded here agreeably with comic business, particularly Cinderella’s rodent pals (dressed up conspicuously like the dwarf sidekicks of another famous Disney heroine) and their misadventures with a wretched cat named Lucifer. There’s also much harrumphing and exposition spouting by the King and the Grand Duke. It’s a much simpler and more graceful work than the more frenetically paced animated films of today, which makes it simultaneously quaint and highly gratifying. –David Kronke
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Because these numbers were never animated, they’re accompanied by stylish illustrations from the Disney artists, and they’re simply marvelous to look at. The artist of much of that material, Mary Blair, gets her due in a 15-minute featurette, while the better known “Nine Old Men” are the subject of a round-table discussion among some of today’s top animators. In addition, a 38-minute documentary covers their contributions to specific characters of Cinderella as well as the film in general and the vocal cast. Also on the historical side is “The Cinderella That Almost Was,” tracking the development of the project through decades of original Disney concepts, characters, and songs, including the 1922 silent “Laugh-o-Gram,” which is also included in its entirety.
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Additional musical material includes three radio programs and a short promo of the movie by Perry Como, in which he summarizes the plot amid some songs by the Fontaine Sisters, star Ilene Woods, and the host himself. Seven other unused songs (17 minutes total) are available in audio-only. The material for kids is on the sparse side, consisting of two music videos, Disney Channel personality Sally (from “Mike’s Super Short Show”) learning how to become a princess with the help of the Extreme Makeover: Home Edition crew and others, a minor dancing-princess feature, and a DVD-ROM design studio. Oddest extra: ESPN’s “top Cinderella stories,” including the 1980 U.S. Olympic hockey team and Joe Namath’s New York Jets, although stories on Mia Hamm and tennis’s Williams sisters should appeal to the film’s primary target audience of young girls. –David Horiuchi
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Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella (1957 Television Production)
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