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Pastiche Family Portal HomeWhy Prenatal Care?

All mothers-to-be benefit from prenatal care. Pregnant women who see a health care provider regularly have healthier babies, are less likely to deliver prematurely, and are less likely to have other serious problems related to pregnancy.

The goal of prenatal care is to monitor the progress of pregnancy and to identify problems before they become serious for either mom or baby.

Isabella as a toddlerChoosing a Multivitamin Healthy foods, such as whole grains, fruits and vegetables, are the best sources of vitamins and minerals. But because it is sometimes hard to get all the nutrients we need from food, all adults should take one multivitamin per day.

The March of Dimes recommends that all women of childbearing age take a multivitamin with 400 micrograms of folic acid every day, as part of a healthy diet.

Preterm Birth - Babies born before 37 completed weeks of pregnancy are called premature or preterm. In the United States, 1 in 8 babies is born prematurely. Babies born preterm are at risk for serious health problems. Those born earliest are at greater risk of medical complications, long-term disabilities and death.

The earlier a child is born, the less she will weigh, the less developed her organs will be, and the more complications she is likely to face. These babies may require care in a neonatal intensive care unit (NICU). These units have specialized medical staff and equipment that can deal with the multiple problems that premature infants face.

Pastiche Family Portal HomeBaby Turns 1 years old - A First Birthday Party Celebration!

By Gail Leino

A baby’s first birthday is a milestone to cherish. Growth and development happen so fast in those first years that it is worth an extra special celebration. Planning a first birthday is easy to do, and any party planning specialist from a party supply store will be more than happy to help you.

Themes to celebrate your baby’s first birthday can include a number of characters holding the number 1. Plain characters, a color or other party theme can also be used if your baby shows a favorite. Pink is very popular for girls and any shade of blue is tops with boys.

A tradition at many 1st birthday parties is to let baby smash their cake. They get their own cake, whether it’s big or small depends on you and how much of a mess you want to clean up. Put the cake on their high chair tray and let them pick away at it with their bare hands is entertaining.

The first taste of sugar and frosting may prove to be a great photo op for any guests. Removing any important clothes is recommended at this point!

Create a special scrapbook for baby to remember their party. Clip a piece of wrapping paper from every gift to tape on a page. Add a paragraph of who it was from and what was in it. Special notations of how long it took baby to open the present are fun to read over when they are grown up.

When sending thank you notes, include a picture of baby with the cake and frosting smashed all over their face. The picture will be cherished for years, whether it is a friend or relative receiving it. The picture also works well at high school graduations and weddings and gets a good laugh.


Mrs. Party... Gail Leino is the internet's leading authority on selecting the best possible party supplies, using proper etiquette and manners while also teaching organizational skills and fun facts. More ideas, games and 1st Birthday Party Supplies at the Party Supplies Hut.

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