Welcome MDA Readers!

Welcome to those of you checking out my blog through Mark’s Daily Apple.  My husband had told me he emailed Mark and crew to spread the word about my blog.  What he didn’t tell me was that Mark had written back that he was going to include my husband’s email in his post today.  Thanks to both my husband and Mark!

Also, I appreciate the advice I’ve already gotten about things that have helped other women with nausea and vomiting in pregnancy.  The good news is that this past week (Week 12), I’ve started to feel better.  I’ve gone from eating bird-sized portions to half-human portions.  Definitely a welcome relief.  Hopefully other women can benefit from the helpful advice in the comments as well.

My husband and I were lucky enough to spend the weekend in Santa Cruz.  It was so nice to drive there and back on Highway 1, with gorgeous views of the ocean.  It’s a strange thing to see a bunch of cows on the side of the road, and see the ocean behind them.  Despite the rain (and the event we were attending), we were able to get some outdoor time and because of the rain, saw plenty of rainbows.  In fact, on one morning walk, we saw rainbows as well as dolphins in the distance in the ocean.  Definitely not things you see every day.  I just need to add a leprechaun to the story to make it sound totally made up!

On a completely separate note, I wanted to mention an interesting medical news blurb I came across recently.  I get daily emails from the American Medical Association (AMA) with headlines and short blurbs about general medical news, as well as from the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) with OB/Gyn-related headlines in the current news.  On the same day that they reported about early exposure reducing children’s peanut allergies (which I’m sure you can easily learn more about elsewhere), they also had a headline about mother’s voices and heartbeats helping their fetuses’ brains develop.

They exposed premature babies to sounds of their mother’s voices and heartbeats.  Compared to those who did not have this exposure, they developed a larger auditory cortex.  The study suggests that in utero, the sounds of its mother’s voice and heartbeat help the hearing centers of the fetus’ brain develop.  Fascinating stuff!