Your Baby's 15th Week of Life

What's Happening with Your Baby

Have you wondered why everything that comes within your baby's reach goes immediately into her mouth? Because she's curious! Your little one will try out everything -- from her toys, to her clothes, to your fingers. It's wonderful to let your little explorer taste her world; just be careful that she's trying out safe things. Your baby can now see all colors and shades. This is a great time to introduce picture books with vibrant hues.

Taking Care of Yourself

Make sure that you are getting an adequate amount of calcium in your diet. It can help to protect against osteoporosis and possibly colorectal cancer. According to the Institute of Medicine's guidelines, you need 1,000 mg. of calcium each day, even if you are breastfeeding. The best source of calcium is found in dairy products, but you also can get your daily requirement through other calcium-rich foods, such as green leafy vegetables, broccoli, canned salmon, tofu and beans. If your diet is lacking in calcium, try adding powdered milk to casseroles, muffins and meatloaf, or cook with skim milk instead of water when making soups. Take care of yourself so that you are better able to take care of your baby.

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