Since the average American woman has 2.1 children, you might think we aren't experiencing a national fertility crisis. Unlike some European countries whose futures are threatened by low birth rates, Americans, on average, produce just the right number of future workers, soldiers, and taxpayers to keep our society humming. Our families are also, on average, comfortably smaller than those in some developing countries, where high birthrates help keep women and children severely impoverished. But here's the problem: Because the American fertility rate is an average, it obscures the fact that our country is actually more like two countries, which are now experiencing two different, serious crises.
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If you're pregnant and like to stand in front of the microwave while it's heating food or blow dry your stomach…
Don't stand in front of the microwave when it's heating food, for example, and hold the hair dryer as far away from your belly as possible, or switch to a dryer that's battery operated.
Microwaves and other sources of electromagnetism "may be associated with children's asthma," according to a new study, or it could be everything else electronic. Or something else entirely. The good news, though, is that [a tiny bit of] dark chocolate makes you stronger.
The BBC photographed a fetus as it developed in utero, then turned the sequence into a grotesque and fascinating time-lapse video (it starts at the 0:30 mark). The face's phases are a little like cloud formations — first it looks like a dust mite, then a jack-o-lantern, a sack mask, and a turtle. Screen grabs are below.