Nobody likes getting stuck with needles, but as Seattle Mama Doc Dr. Wendy Sue Swanson explains, getting a flu shot while pregnant is all for a good cause.


Here are 3 reasons why every planning, pregnant or new mama should get the flu shot this year:

1. Pregnant moms are at increased risk

The American Academy of Pediatrics explains:

Flu is more likely to cause severe illness in pregnant women than in those women not pregnant.

2. She protects herself

The CDC notes:

Influenza (flu) can cause severe illness among pregnant women and result in preterm labor and increased risk for hospitalization and death. . . The best way for pregnant women to protect themselves from the flu is to get a flu shot.

3. She starts to create antibodies

That she passes along to baby, to in turn protect him from influenza.

Look at you, already such a caring and loving mama!

Raising a mentally strong kid doesn't mean he won't cry when he's sad or that he won't fail sometimes. Mental strength won't make your child immune to hardship—but it also won't cause him to suppress his emotions.

In fact, it's quite the opposite. Mental strength is what helps kids bounce back from setbacks. It gives them the strength to keep going, even when they're plagued with self-doubt. A strong mental muscle is the key to helping kids reach their greatest potential in life.

But raising a mentally strong kid requires parents to avoid the common yet unhealthy parenting practices that rob kids of mental strength. In my book, 13 Things Mentally Strong Parents Don't Do, I identify 13 things to avoid if you want to raise a mentally strong kid equipped to tackle life's toughest challenges:

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