Thursday, November 3, 2016

Riding around in the Chevy

I was selected as one of three to drive a Chevy Traverse for the month of November. Along with Heather at Mile 26 and More and Sheila at Ma Vie Folle we get to ride around in this awesome SUV and blog about our trips.

This is just the beginning! Follow us on our journey to explore the Chevy Traverse both here and on Gotta Love Chevy NEO and don't forget to enter the sweepstakes to win a trip to Orlando.

The Girls On The Go campaign is being sponsored by Southern Chevy Dealers who gave the chosen bloggers a 2016 Chevy Traverse to test drive for one month and blog about our experiences using the vehicle.  Girlfriend giveaway have given us some fun projects to do and will be providing us with gift cards to allow us to do this.  

Sunday, October 23, 2016

Mom Brain Grows After Childbirth

Research from Yale University shows that within months of childbirth the mom's brain grows. The growth is said to be related to hormone changes the female body experiences after birth. The areas of the brain affected are those associated with behavior and motivation.
Mothers that were excited and overwhelmed about their new baby had more growth than those that were more reserved. A mother's craving to look after her baby, according to the Yale study, is driven more by active brain building than instinct.
Neuroscientist Pilyoung Kim compared the MRI brain images of 19 women. The first images were taken two to three weeks after birth, then followed with another set of images three to four months after. The women were about 33 years old and all breast feeding. There were no signs of postpartum depression and about half had other children.
Brain scans showed a small yet significant increase in gray matter volume in different parts of the brain; areas affected were associated with maternal motivation, reward and emotion processing, and reasoning and judgment.
Because of hormonal changes that occur immediately after birth, this makes a new mother's brain more susceptible to growth in response to her infant, according to the researchers.

Thursday, September 8, 2016

Morning Sickness: A Link To A Healthy Pregnancy

Researchers at the University of North Carolina have stated that morning sickness is an indication of a healthy pregnancy. Pregnant women who suffered through morning sickness were less likely to miscarry. This study included 2,400 women across America. The triggers of nausea and sickness were considered indicators for pregnant women to improve their diets.

For those mothers who went through bouts of queasiness and vomiting chances of miscarriage lessened. This illness is another way the body prepares itself for pregnancy. The research further shows that the longer you suffer from morning sickness the better your chances are to carry your pregnancy to term.

Women age 35 and more who didn't suffer from morning sickness risks of miscarriage are 12-fold. There is however, no indication that absence of morning sickness increases with age.

Some helpful morning sickness tips:

*Eat smaller meals more frequently
*Drink fluids and sip throughout the day
*Snack on crackers
*Avoid foods that trigger sickness
*Use peppermints or lemonhead candy

More information found at Fox 21