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Your Child’s First Poop Can Actually Tell You a Lot

Throughout the nine months of pregnancy, every future mother struggles with being cut off from normal indulgences (TTYL sushi + alcohol). Breastfeeding is an entirely different story — there’s always the trusty pump + dump. For future moms worrying about the risks of drinking while pregnant (if it’s one sip or several drinks), there’s a recent study that reveals how your newborn could be affected thanks to their poop. We’ve never found #2 so fascinating, nor have we been as scared about drinking during those nine months ever before.


New research from a Project Newborn study, which is an ongoing project that has studied nearly 400 children since their births in the mid-’90s, reveals that a child’s first stool (better known as meconium) can detect prenatal exposure to alcohol.

For this particular part of Project Newborn, researchers analyzed meconium of 216 subjects for high levels of fatty acid ethyl esters (FAEE), which reveals a mother’s alcohol intake during her pregnancy. They then gave intelligence tests at ages 9, 11 and 15. The ultimate findings? There’s a link between those with high levels of FAEE in their poop at birth and lower IQ scores when older. This is helpful because prenatal alcohol exposure can present problems well into teen years if left undetected. So why not find out early and figure out ways to curb those problems, right?

By opening up the door to scientific research for something so impactful on a child’s future, a doctor doesn’t have to simply rely on a mother admitting to drinking (or making an inaccurate statement on consumption levels) while pregnant. If tested on a wider audience, a stool sample could help to give doctors an idea of whether a child could be at risk for cognitive problems in their future. “Detecting prenatal exposure to alcohol at birth could lead to early interventions that help reduce the effects later,” said lead researcher of the study, Meeyoung O. Min, PhD, research assistant professor at the Mandel School.

Who knows? This study may just become a routine test for your child before heading home in the near future.

What are your thoughts on this study? Share them with us in the comments.

Alright, folks. We've officially made it to fall. And if you haven't already started switching out your decor (as long as it's ready by Friendsgiving, right?) you still have time to do so. Draw inspiration from this round-up of new home products that includes harvest-inspired candles, cozy linens and textiles, and a v. practical piece of furniture. One scroll through these, and you'll have all the motivation you need to transition the seasons. Scroll on to start shopping.

Prism x LOREM Collection ($96+): Calling all Cali babes. The popular Long Beach boutique, Prism, announced a boho-fabulous collab with home decor line, LOREM, that we can't get enough of. Shop everything from plant hangers (eight options, to be exact) to artwork, all inspired by the very colorful vibes of the brands. If you were looking for a cheery way to tide you through winter, this. is. it!

Floyd Mattress (Price TBD): Fans of the cult-favorite Detroit-based brand will love their latest launch debuting on October 29. The highly-coveted Floyd Mattress will have the same made-to-last design and superior comfort as their other furnishings, tailored perfectly to fit the line's in-demand bed frame. Additional details for the mattress include a breathable foam material, highly-mobile packaging, and a low-profile design to secure your best night's sleep yet. Check back on the last week of the month to get one for yourself.

Dims 'Composed Vanity' ($595): Small space? No problem! Direct-to-consumer brand, Dims, is giving you a quick and stylish solution to your storage needs with their newest item that doubles as both a desk and vanity. The functional piece is made with non-toxic, chemical-free materials and can be assembled in seven minutes or less. Throw in four sleek shades to choose from, and this may just be your best purchase of 2019 yet!

Saatchi Art x The Citizenry Holiday Collection ($225+): Get ready to deck your walls this holiday season. Saatchi Art partnered with The Citizenry in a one-of-a-kind collection that features a curation of art across styles. Explore everything from modern to abstract creations in a selection so stunning, it's bound to spark a conversation at your next gathering.

NEST Spiced Orange & Clove Collection ($16+): If you haven't experienced the addicting aromas of the beloved NEST fragrance brand, this is the perfect time to get on board! The label recently released their latest scent — spiced orange & clove — just in time for all your gatherings. Inhale festive notes of orange pomander, spiced brandy, cinnamon, and gingered honey across their suite of candles and diffusers to bring all the good vibes to your home.

Bloomingdales x RiLEY Home ($19+): RiLEY Home gets millennials. So they teamed up with Bloomingdales to make shopping their selection more attainable than ever. Now, you can get in on long-lasting, luxurious staples like flannel sheets, bedding, printed throws, premium pet beds, and more, by shopping online and in-stores at the department store. (Trust us: These dream goods are ones you're going to be *glad* you stocked-up on.)

Italic Serene Towels ($12+): The luxury brand that prides itself on using the *same* factories namesake brands (like Calvin Klein and Lacoste) use, but without the price tag behind them, brings you a new product for fall. Treat yourself to Italic's ultra-soft towel set spun from fluffy, 100% Australian cotton, in a convenient set of six. Consider it the perfect indulgence after a long soak in the tub on a cozy FNI (Friday night in)!

Hyascent x Neiman Marcus ($169): 'Tis the season for a delightfully scented home. Warm your abode with scents like bourbon joy, cheeky rose and more in a unique diffuser that doubles more as decor than a fragrance-inducer. Fresh off the (online) shelves of Neiman Marcus, explore nine scents that last up to six months in a specialized hourglass holder. (Shhh! Your friends will never know the secret of why your place smells so darn good!)