Things We’ve Read: Week of Nov. 17th, 2013

Chemicals in Plastics and Cosmetics tied to Early Births (Reuters): A new study finds that women who delivered babies before 37 weeks had higher levels of phthalates.

Till Baby Comes, Keep Smiling (NYTimes): Ever wondered if pregnant women in ads are just skinny (non-pregnant) models with strap-on bumps? Turns out, there is demand and supply for real pregnant models.

10 Foods Sold in the U.S. That Are Banned Elsewhere (OracleTalk): Many countries have policies against ingredients that are harmful to humans. This is a practical guide of what to avoid & why.

Lifestyle Changes Could Reduce Risk’ of Pregnancy Complications (MedicalNewsToday): A new study links lifestyle factors, including fruit intake in the months before pregnancy as well as socioeconomic factors, to certain pregnancy health outcomes.

7 Natural And Effective Ways to Combat Pregnancy Insomnia (AllWomensTalk): Here are some simple ways to help you rest more easily while pregnant. We’d add tea and a warm bath (under 98 degrees Fahrenheit) to the list!