Heavy drinking stunts your baby's growth
A glass of wine a day during pregnancy may affect a child’s growth for nine years, new research has revealed. The study at Harvard Medical School found pregnant women who had three units of alcohol a day had babies with a lower height, weight and head circumference than light or non-drinkers. These differences in growth continued until the children were nine years old.
Portuguese researchers have found that inactive children who spend more than three quarters of their time watching TV or sitting at computers, for example, are clumsier than others the same age. The findings suggest that parents should encourage children to increase their amount of physical activity to improve their motor skills.
Harry and Amelia were the most popular baby names in 2011. The list from the Office of National Statistics also reveals that George, Evie and Chloe dropped out of the ‘top tens’. The most popular names were:
1. Harry 1. Amelia
2. Oliver 2. Olivia
3. Jack 3. Lily
4. Alfie 4. Jessica
5. Charlie 5. Emily
6. Thomas 6. Sophie
7. Jacob 7. Ruby
8. James 8. Grace
9. Joshua 9. Ava
10. William 10. Isabella
Finally, Berlin Zoo is celebrating the arrival of a new baby elephant. The calf, named Anchali, was born on 12 August, after a pregnancy lasting two years. And we thought nine months was a long time!