Chinese Pregnancy Calendar

For centuries, people have been looking for a way to predict the gender of a baby before its birth, and in some cases, before it is conceived. The ancient Chinese believed they had a very accurate method for doing just that.

Why the Chinese Pregnancy Calendar Was Invented

In ancient China, it was considered good business to conceive a boy, rather than a girl. A boy could work on a farm, pull his weight, and later inherit ancestral land. A girl, however, was expected to stay at home until the age of 16 or 17, when she could be married off and become her husbands problem. Until then, she was considered little more than an expense.

Because of this, it is believed Chinese thinkers took a great interest in deducing a scheme to predict the gender of a child, or more importantly, inform those attempting to have a child how best to have a boy. It is this theory that explains the finding of the Chinese Birth Calendar.

Origins of the Chinese Pregnancy Calendar

The Calendar, also called the Gender Chart, Birth Calendar, and Pregnancy Calendar, was discovered in a royal tomb, in Beijing, more than 700 years ago, and the original calendar can now be seen at the Beijing Institute of Science in China.

How the Chinese Pregnancy Calendar Works

The way it works is to take into consideration, the mother’s age at conceptions, and the baby’s conception month. The chart has the numerics of the mother’s age along one side, and the months of the year, along the top. To use it, find the mother’s age at conception, and draw a line across until finding the baby’s month of conception. The square found will dictate either boy or girl, and it was believed parents used this method in ancient China to decide when to conceive.

Example of the Chinese Pregnancy Calendar

How Accurate Is the Chinese Pregnancy Calendar

The calendar has gained great popularity all over the world, and some claim it to be extraordinarily accurate. However, it likely works on a percentage scale, and should only be used for fun.

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Top Concerns For Kids Watching TV

The first two years of a child’s life is the most important time for brain development. They’re not just learning, they’re learning how to learn. Their minds are like little sponges, taking in everything each of their senses picks up on.

Why the Age Of Two Is the Cut-Off

It’s a recommendation that children under the age of two do not watch TV, and those above the age of two watch small amounts. The reason for this is because, it’s generally believed that prior to the age of two is preverbal, and children will likely not understand what they are watching, so the education value of TV is not there. Once they’ve reached the verbal age of two, the education value of TV will be enhanced, and they will likely begin not only immitating what they see, but understanding it.

Is TV Over-Stimulating For Toddlers?

Life unfolds at a much more leisurely pace than does TV. It moves slowly, allowing your child to appreciate each of his or her pure senses, and take in as much as possible. TV typically moves at break-neck speeds of colors, shapes and sounds, bombarding a child’s fine-tuned mind with inanimate objects. There hasn’t been near enough research in this area, but it’s believed this type of over-stimuli can be damaging to a young mind.

Parents Should Be Involved When TV Is Being Watched

Babies and toddlers have a required need for direct contact with parents and caregivers. It’s not a hard-and-fast rule that parents completely avoid the TV before the age of two, but in cases where TV is watched, it’s best for parents to watch with their children, and talk to them about what’s on the screen, and what it might mean to your child.

TV and ADD/ADHD

There have been a few studies concerning the connections between children growing up in front of the TV, and later being diagnosed with either ADD or ADHD. These studies have yield some ambiguous results, but none have yet conclusively tied the two together.

There was a recent study that found 10% of children who grew up watching two-or-more hours of TV a day, would later be diagnosed with either ADD or ADHD by the age of seven. The study failed to test children who did not watch TV, and such a low number as 10% does not designate a need for concern. There is also an all-encompassing study that states 8-10% of all children will be diagnosed with either ADD or ADHD by the age of seven, regardless of any other factors.

Conclusion

No parent wants harm to come to a child, and no circumstance is perfect. Be aware of what your little genius is soaking.

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Why Smoking During Pregnancy Can Put Your Baby At Risk

Smoking is known to be extremely unhealthy. Add the harmful chemicals and affects of toxic substances to an infant attempting to develop and grow as healthy as possible, and there can be serious affects caused by smoking during pregnancy.

Lack of Oxygen

Your baby is exposed to harmful chemicals, such as nicotine, carbon monoxide and tar. These chemicals can lessen the amount of oxygen you and your baby receive. During your pregnancy, this can cause your body to be ill-fitted to allow an unborn child to develop. The lack of oxygen and harmful chemicals make it difficult for a healthy placenta and uterine implant to occur. There are several possible risks.

Ectopic Pregnancy

Once an egg is fertilized, it must implant itself by adhering to the walls of the uterus. During an ectopic pregnancy, which is more common among women who smoke, the fertilized egg will adhere itself to the outside of the uterus, causing it to be unprotected, and there will be no pregnancy.

Vaginal Bleeding

It’s not uncommon for about 30% of pregnant woman to experience vaginal bleeding. The cause of this may be dissidual bleeding. This is when small amounts of blood fail to be sealed to the uterus wall. It is more common in woman who smoke.

Placental Abruption

This is when the placenta peels away, partially or almost completely, from the uterine wall before delivery. This occurs more frequently, when the body fails to receive the proper amounts of oxygen to strengthen the placenta.

Placenta Previa

This is a low-lying placenta that covers part or all of the opening of the uterus. As with placental abruption, not enough oxygen is a likely cause.

A Stillbirth

With the lack of oxygen, chemicals and possible failure of organ development, a stillbirth becomes more likely in cases where women are smokers.

Birth Defects

After a successful birth, babies born of smokers are more likely to suffer from birth defects such as cleft lip or palate.  They may be born prematurely and likely born with a low birth weight.

SIDs and Various Other Afflictions

Children of woman who smoke are more likely to die from Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS), are at greater risk for asthma, bronchitis, pneumonia, ear infections, respiratory symptoms, and may experience slow lung growth.

The affects on an infant of a smoker, during and after pregnancy, can be very serious. Any attempt to develop and nurture a living being under these circumstances can have serious repercussions.

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