Category: Well in Your 20s & 30s

Conversations for those in their 20s and 30s

Playtime Better Than Tube Time for Youngsters

kids in snowGuest Blogger: Deanna Richmond, MD, Pediatrician, UMass Memorial Children’s Medical Center South County Pediatrics

In a policy statement, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) says that unstructured play best nurtures brain development in infants and toddlers. The AAP discourages TV and even educational videos for this age group.

Even though parents can find a number of “educational” TV and video programs aimed at infants and toddlers, the AAP says no evidence backs up the claim that such programs help children learn better. Moreover, it says, youngsters who have extensive exposure to TV and videos are at risk for language development delays when they start school.

Let’s Talk Prenatal Massage

prenatal massageGuest Blogger: Maia Wentrup, LMT, Massage Therapist, Simonds-Hurd Complementary Care Center, UMass Memorial – HealthAlliance Hospital

Let’s face it, ladies, we aren’t all the same. I know that we know that, but it never hurts to remember that in a world of uniform sizes and styles, we humans are actually really different, inside and out. So, let’s talk about pregnancy … every woman is going to experience pregnancy differently. And, here’s a fun fact, if you have more than one baby, you are likely going to have different experiences each time. It’s what makes being pregnant such an adventure!