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10 vital ways to nurture your baby's growing brain!

My goal in this post is to give you easy tips to help nurture your baby’s growing brain during their first year of life. The first year of life is when majority of brain growth occurs! Babies are born with only 25% of their brain volume and over the course of the next 12 months their brain will triple in size! A baby’s brain grows by 1% every day for the first 3 months of life.

Our Bodies and Our Babies Call for a Year-Long Maternity Leave

Maternity leave is supposed to be a protection for mothers and children, but infant and parent biology are not the core considerations for the length of time allowed. Although there is mounting evidence that mothers and infants greatly benefit from more time together, our country hasn’t adjusted our stance or leave time since the implementation of FMLA in the 1990’s.

Signs of Preterm Labor

It can be really difficult to distinguish between normal discomforts of pregnancy (who doesn’t have back pain when pregnant?!) and warning signs (if you have back pain call your provider!).

So, if you feel confused, or if something that once felt normal feels a little bit different, call your provider and ask all the questions. It’s best to get their input and advice-- you don’t need to figure it out on your own! Even midwives need help figuring out what’s going on sometimes!