Things We’ve Read: Week of April 6th, 2015

Mothers’ Exercise May Lower Heart Risks in Newborns (New York Times): A study conducted on mice revealed that exercise lessens the risk that a pregnant mother’s baby will be born with heart defects. While there is no data yet regarding humans, scientists recommend women stay fit before and after pregnancy, but especially during.

How Pregnancy and Birth Overseas is So Different Than in the U.S. (Washington Post): An American expat recounts her experience with home birth in the Netherlands, where her Dutch insurance company sent her all the essentials.

A War Photographer’s Journey to Motherhood (The Guardian): A review of New York Times and National Geographic photojournalist Lynsey Addario’s memoir. Addario recounts her experience war reporting and how she balances a complicated professional life with motherhood.

Eating Junk Food During Pregnancy Dooms Kids to Sugar Addiction (The Australian): Recent studies conducted at the University of Adelaide found during late pregnancy, mothers who ate junk food may be programming babies to be addicted to a high-fat and high-sugar diet.

What To Do When Parenting Styles Don’t Align (Washington Post): Mother of three and certified parenting coach offers some advice on how mothers and fathers can work together. Both parenting approaches matter, even if they differ.

Do You Really Have to Give Your Kids ‘Everything’? (New York Magazine): Should we rethink the notion that parenting means giving up everything? Maybe we need to expand the cultural conversation and emphasize the balance between the hard job of being a parent and maintaining your sense of self.

Women in Business Q&A: Lindsay Powers, Editorial Director, Yahoo Parenting (Huffington Post): Editor of Yahoo Parenting Lindsay Powers discusses how being a woman, a mentor, and a mother has informed her career. Powers tries to explain her work/life balance and responds to the stereotypes of women in the workplace.

The Best Pregnancy Style at the Academy Awards (Elle): 15 stunning photos of beautiful celebrity moms-to-be. These ladies show off their chic maternity style.