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03.30.12 The online buzz for moms-to-be
- A new study estimates that 1 out 88 children in 2008 was diagnosed as autistic, which represents a 20 percent jump from the previous federal figures collected in 2006. Health experts have found that taking prenatal vitamins help cut the autism risk in babies.
- Social media outlets are helping to break down the taboo of miscarriage among women, according to researchers. Unfortunately, miscarriage is a fairly common event that can plague a woman and her partner with strong feelings of sadness and loss.
- The Emily Post Institute says that the modern pregnancy has an etiquette all its own. The experts on our Etiquette Check page offer some tips on how to make it through these 40 weeks with grace.
- Despite great strides in the fight against sudden infant death syndrome, a writer looks into why 2,500 U.S. babies are still dying of SIDS each year. Earlier, Crib Notes reported on a 2010 study that found low serotonin levels in SIDS babies.
- A mom starts a "breastfeeding riot" on Sweden's official Twitter account. Moms are using social media and nationwide "nurse-in" demonstrations to raise awareness on the issue.
- Blogger Joanna Goddard at A Cup of Jo shares a friend's honest take on her own ambivalence toward motherhood. Our experts on our Get Ready for Motherhood page say that anticipating the challenges of becoming a new mom is the key to avoiding a lot of stress.
- Actress January Jones revealed recently that she ate her placenta in pill form after giving birth to her first baby. Check out our Myth of the Placental Barrier page for more information on your baby's first environment and how it's not as toxin-free as you might think.
- A new study discussed at Psychology Today finds that babies stop being so cute at age 4 1/2 — and it's all because of his or her face! Who can resist a baby, especially a newborn?
- Our friends at LilSugar have rounded up a list of seven new baby bottles for 2012. Check out our editors' top picks for baby feeding items in our 2012 Buyer's Guide.
—Maria Vega is Fit Pregnancy magazine's copy editor.