Things We’ve Read: Week of June 30th, 2014

Why kids don’t need to take their vitamins (Daily Times): Children are overexposed to vitamins and minerals because of fortified, processed foods like cereals and vitamin supplements as a result of outdated Daily Value recommendations from the Food and Drug Administration. Too many vitamins can be toxic for the body.

How Much Pregnancy Weight Should You Really Gain? (Shape Magazine): In a recent blog post, the host of the Today show and expectant mom, protested the idea that healthy pregnant women should be scolded for gaining more than the idyllic 30 pounds. As long as you feel and act healthy, what’s the big fuss about a few pounds more than recommended?

Pregnant women should avoid bisphenol A, phthalates, doctors say (CBC News): Obstetricians say, women should be counselled more about reducing their exposure to environmental hazards such as bisphenol A in some plastics.

Lead Exposure May Cause Depression And Anxiety In Children (NPR): A new study has found that lead exposure may cause low levels of depression along with causing permanent behavioral and cognitive problems in children.

Pepsi CEO’s Mother Had A Brutally Honest Reaction To Her Daughter’s New Job (Business Insider): During an interview Indra K. Nooyi, the CEO of PepsiCo, was asked two questions that elicited a frank discussion of work-life balance.

Inducing Labor: 6 Questions to Ask Your OB/GYN (The Stir): An estimated one in five pregnant women end up having their labor started artificially, but just because it has been suggested doesn’t make it the right decision for you. This article provides 6 questions to help you make the right decision for you and your baby.

The Disturbing Trend I Noticed When My Breastfeeding Story Went Viral (HuffPost): One mom’s response to harsh breastfeeding comments story behind post: Mom Finds Surprising Breastfeeding Ally in Teen Barista At Starbucks

Vaccines are safe and problems are ‘extremely rare,’ study says (Los Angeles Times): Childhood vaccines have once again been pronounced safe after public health experts took a fresh look at the safety records.