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  • Top of the Morning: Fish Oil May Help Prevent Premature Births

    Taken daily, it might help extend the gestation period by a few days
    by SmartParenting Staff .
  • 1. Can fish oil prevent preemies?

    pregnant woman holding vitamins

    Researchers from the South Australian Health and Medical Research found that a drop of fish oil taken daily by pregnant women may help extend gestation by an average of two days. Prolonging gestations by even just a day or two can mean a huge difference for babies at risk for preterm birth. It can prevent effects that preemie babies suffer from such as lung problems, and reduce health care costs. Fish oil, however appears to not have any effect on healthy pregnant women who are not at risk for delivering earlier than full-term. (dailytelegraph.com.au)

    2. Improve your sex life -- share childcare duties
    A new study of almost 500 families shows that parents who split childcare duties evenly reported greater satisfaction sexually and emotionally. Researchers from the Georgia State University found that when women were responsible for most or all of the child care duties, both parties reported that they had a low-quality relationship and sex life. In the study, childcare was defined as making and enforcing rules for the kids, monitoring and supervising, doling out punishment when rules are broken, issuing praise when appropriate, and playing with the kids. (usnews.com)

    3. Jodi Sta. Maria proud of son Thirdy’s school awards


    The “Pangako Sa’Yo” actress took to social media to celebrate her son’s school accomplishments. Jodi Sta. Maria posted on Instagram a collage showing three commendations Thirdy got from his school. She captioned the photo: “My son Thirdy was given 3 commendations in school for generating outstanding leadership qualities, projecting a wholesome attitude, and excelling in class recitations, projects, and oral discussions… I am blessed to be his mother and I couldn’t be prouder. I love you babe!” (abs-cbnnews.com)

    4. Prince William hails the Queen for “love of family and home”
    The third in line to the British throne made a rare public appreciation of his grandmother Queen Elizabeth II in writing the preface for a new book, “Elizabeth II: The Steadfast.” Prince William says the Queen has been a “model for a life of service” for him. The royal dad-of-two writes: "From a personal point of view, I am privileged to witness the private side of the Queen, as a grandmother and a great-grandmother. The Queen's kindness and sense of humor, her innate sense of calm and perspective, and her love of family and home are all attributes I experience first-hand." (people.com)

    5. Moms dare to normalize breastfeeding
    A new campaign by the Filipino advocacy group Go Breastfeed seeks to eliminate the stigma of breastfeeding in public. The group took photos of breastfeeding mothers and their kids to show that breastfeeding is normal, and encourages mothers to nurse any time, anywhere. Go Breastfeed founder Kate delos Reyes says mothers should never be ashamed to nurse their children. “Our breasts are testament to how we have provided our children good health, nutrition, and comfort beyond our wombs. Through breastfeeding, we give life. What is there to be ashamed of?” (abs-cbnnews.com)

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