Monday Moments ~ What Is CVS Testing?

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What is CVS testing?

This diagnostic test involves a sample of the chorionic villi (tiny finger like projection on the placenta). These cells contain genetic information that can analyze chromosomal abnormalities and inform you on your baby’s gender as well if you want to know. This test is used to determine specific conditions such as:

Down’s syndrome

Cystic Fibrosis

Thalassaemia

Certain types of hemophilia

Duchene’s Muscular Dystrophy

Turner Syndrome

Sickle Cell Anemia

Fragile-X syndrome

Phenylketonuria

Antitrypsin Deficiency

If you have a family history of any of the above and/or are over 35 years old, your doctor may recommend a CVS test.

Foodie Friday ~ Fab French Toast

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1/4 cup all-purpose flour

1 cup milk

1 pinch salt

3 eggs

1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1 tablespoon white sugar

12 thick slices bread (day old bread is best)

Directions

Measure flour into a large mixing bowl. Slowly whisk in milk. Whisk in the salt, eggs, cinnamon, vanilla extract and sugar until smooth.

Heat a lightly oiled griddle or frying pan over medium heat.

Soak bread slices in mixture until saturated. Cook bread on each side until golden brown. Serve hot. Pair with syrup or fresh fruit.

Monday Moments ~ Heartburn During Pregnancy

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Heartburn during pregnancy…many of us have experienced it. Many times it begins sometime during the the second trimester. So what are some ways to cure the burn?

1) Cut back on caffeine intake.

2) Try sipping on ginger or mint tea.

3) Eat smaller portions during the day, rather than three large meals. Spacing out your meal intake has been noted to keep stomach acid at bay.

4) Avoid spicy foods.

5) Neutralize your stomach acid by eating foods such as yogurt or by drinking a glass of milk.

Foodie Friday ~ No Fuss Peanut Butter Cookies

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1 cup unsalted butter

1 cup crunchy peanut butter

1 cup white sugar

1 cup packed brown sugar

2 eggs

2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour

1 teaspoon baking powder

1/2 teaspoon salt

1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda

Directions

Cream together butter, peanut butter and sugars. Beat in eggs.

In a separate bowl, sift together flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Stir into batter. Put batter in refrigerator for at least 1 hour.

Roll into 1 inch balls and put on baking sheets. Flatten each ball with a fork, making a criss-cross pattern. Bake in a preheated 375 degree oven for about 10 minutes or until cookies begin to brown. Do not over-bake. Allow to cool for 15 minutes before removing from cookie sheet.

Thursday Thoughts ~ Thrush Infection

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What if baby has white patches on the insides of his/her cheeks? What could this be?

It could be a common and harmless yeast infection known as thrush. Thrush often looks like cottage cheese or milk curds on the sides, roof, and sometimes the tongue of a baby’s mouth. It’s most common in babies 2 months and younger, but it can appear in older babies, too. If baby cries during feedings, and you’ve noticed patches in their mouth, it is best to address the possibility of Thrush with your child’s doctor.

Has your child ever been diagnosed with Thrush? Share with us.