Battling depression during your pregnancy? There may be more options for you in addition to prescription medicine. Earlier this week, a study released by Brown University concluded that yoga may help expectant moms keep depression at bay.According to this new research, which will be published in full later this month in the journal Women's Health Issues, 34 moms-to-be with depression enrolled in a 10-week yoga class. Focusing solely on yoga, with no counseling or therapy component, the course sought to teach the women mindfulness, relaxation
While you're struggling to keep down breakfast in those first months of pregnancy, your little one is undergoing some remarkable changes. From a collection of cells, to a little being who can hiccup in your womb, here's what's cooking with your developing baby during the first trimester of pregnancy:Well before you may even know you're pregnant, your future baby - just a zygote (or fertilized cell) has the genetic makeup he or she needs to determine gender, hair and eye color and much more. Amazing, right?The placenta and umbilical cord begin
There is nothing more precious in this world than a child. Becoming a parent is one of the most special things that can happen to a couple, but for Grammy winner, and songstress Kelly Clarkson, motherhood has really hit home for her.After growing up without a father, watching her music manager husband Brandon Blackstock tend to their 8 month-old daughter, River Rose, really puts things into perspective.Clarkson said, “I think when you hold this little human you’ve created, now I think I understand the depth of the loss I had not having a father figure
By CandiceWilliams Who doesn’t love a good “We’re Expecting!” announcement? They can be hysterical, heart warming, or just plain cute, but they all have one thing in common: making everyone so emotional! Whether it’s your first or your fifth baby, we’ve rounded up some cute announcements that would be fun to duplicate!Photo Source: Kalli Barker BlogAll you need for this is some chalk, a wall, and good handwriting skills.Photo Source: Mom.MeGrab a bottle of Prego sauce and take a selfie! Photo Source: The Dating
If you’re like us, you’ve seen a lot of TV moms. With a baby on the way (or one in your nursery), you might be wondering what TV mom your style most resembles. Take our fun quiz to learn and share with friends.To get our latest quizzes sent to your mailbox, make sure to subscribe to our newsletters by clicking below.
Science has shown that having a baby is a lot easier if there is an engaged and empowered dad in the picture. Knowing our role as fathers is crucial information that unfortunately most of us lack. Fifty years ago, our roles were clear. Fortunately that changed, but the change left us in limbo. This week's video gives you 5 keys to being an engaged, powerful, modern father. If you like, there are lots more free videos at www.FullFrontalFatherhood.com.
Now that the world outside our windows is finally blooming and turning green, there's no better time to be an expectant mom. If you and your partner just got your first positive pregnancy test, you'll be pleased to know there are a number of reasons to enjoy pregnancy in the springtime. Here are just a few:Fresh foodDuring spring and summer, groceries and farmers markets are brimming with juicy fruits, dark, leafy greens and more fresh produce than you could ever hope to consume. The fresher the food, the more nutrients your body will reap from it - and
While most countries urge that pregnant women refrain from drinking any alcohol during pregnancy, there are still women that do. And, in the UK, women are actually told that they can continue drinking during pregnancy, as long as it’s not more than one or two units a week. But a new study, conducted by Professor Peter Hepper from Queen’s University Belfast, says that this simply isn’t okay, and that even half a glass of wine could cause a fetus to stop breathing and moving for as long as two hours.“If women drink just one unit of alcohol, the
The risks involved with delivering a baby by cesarean section include everything from longer healing time for mom, and missed beneficial bacteria for babies to an increased risk of SIDS and infection. In light of that knowledge, the large variation in cesarean rates found throughout Europe in a recent study are a bit concerning; they suggest that there may be a lack of consensus as to the best method of delivering a baby, and when a C-section may be warranted.According to the new study, cesarean rates are as high as 52% in Cyprus while in Sweden, they were a
At the start of your pregnancy journey? Here's what you can really expect from now until delivery day. Books, movies and television shows are quick to extol the pain and joy of childbirth (of which, yes, there is a great deal in equal measure). But what about the day-to-day business of being pregnant? I'm here to clue you in on the ordinary occurrences that await you while you go about growing a human being.You'll feel like the first momAt some point during your pregnancy, you'll find yourself feeling like the center of the universe. You may
I hate fighting! I hate how quickly I can go from adoring my wife to vehemently opposing her. But fights happen. Fortunately, research has shown that couples that fight are more likely to stay together longer. Unfortunately, most of us fight in a really detrimental and destructive manner that greatly harms the entire family. As a marriage & family therapist, I have a front row seat to what helps fights go well. I've collected a number of tools that help my wife & I to fight more effectively. (But don't let me give you the wrong picture. There are plenty
You're going to gain weight during pregnancy, it's inevitable, but you can exercise to help keep you in shape, make labor easier and avoid packing on too many pounds. According to the Mayo Clinic, exercise during pregnancy can help to ease or even prevent back pain as well as other discomforts you're bound to experience, boost your mood and energy levels, help you sleep better, increase your stamina and muscle strength and prevent excess weight gain. In addition to these benefits, if you choose to exercise throughout your pregnancy, you
Molly Sims was all smiles as she left the book release party for Dr. Michele Hakakha’s 3rd Edition Book: Expecting 411 on Sunday.The mama-to-be was beautiful in a full length floral dress and gladiator sandals. Molly was joined at the event by Kerry Washington, Vanessa Lachey and Rachel Zoe.She shared a photo of the group on Instagram along with a note, “Love celebrating my Ob/Gyn Dr Michelle Hakakha’s book @Expecting411 @baby411 #Womensday @dr_mumu #greatbook @RachelZoe @VanessaLachey @kerrywashington”MORE: Molly Sims Attends Book
Oh, to live in a world where we could control every variable to our liking! From choosing our future child's gender to cherry-picking his or her genetic makeup, the idea of deciding so much of our lives seems a bit more science fiction than reality. That is, except where the actual delivery is concerned.For decades, women and their doctors have been deciding when to birth their babies. Whether to fit within a busy schedule, stave off extra weight gain or escape the last treacherous weeks of pregnancy, women have opted for scheduled childbirth. In 2004, the
Babies can devastate your sex life and if you aren't careful, destroy your relationship. Here are 5 Keys to thriving in this tough time. The birth of my child was mind-blowing, but my sex life took a big hit. Sex is our way to play, to be close, to feel wanted and loved. Having those moments of connection makes the inherently difficult moments of parenting a lot more manageable. But having a baby almost always means a drastically reduced sex life. If this isn't directly managed, it can be devastating to our relationships and leads to far too many divorces.
At each prenatal appointment, you'll notice the nurse taking and recording your blood pressure. Throughout your pregnancy, your doctor or midwife will monitor your pressure, making sure the top and bottom numbers don't rise above 140 and 90 respectively.What's all the fuss?Whether you had high blood pressure prior to conceiving, or it's cropped up now that you're pregnant, your health care provider will want to keep it in check. Allowing your blood pressure to go uncontrolled can have some pretty serious consequences for you and your
Worried about how you'll manage the pain of childbirth? Your doctor or midwife may prescribe more sunshine. Recent research from the American Society of Anesthesiologists suggests vitamin D may help ease labor pains.For years, the medical world has tied vitamin D deficiency to higher rates of depression, anxiety and pain. But now, this new study correlates low vitamin D levels with more pain medication during labor. The more depleted your vitamin D stores are, the more medication you'll need come delivery day.The American College of Obstetricians and
I was really scared and super excited when my wife was pregnant with my daughter. Fortunately, my defensive response to anxiety is to educate and plan. The planning we did made the first year of parenting a remarkable joy. Unfortunately, that first year is hell for far too many new parents. So many divorces happen because of the trauma of those challenging months. In this week's video, I share 6 steps we took that made a huge difference. Watch more videos at www.FullFrontalFatherhood.com.
Remember that old adage, "When you look good, you feel good?" Well, it's both an apt statement and a tall order in the first months of pregnancy. In those beginning weeks, while you and your partner guard your little secret, you're most likely keeping your news under wraps. You don't have to tell us how you feel, either, what with morning sickness, fatigue and an onslaught of blemishes. All that being said, we hear you - any help you can get looking and feeling your best, you'll take. Here's what we have to offer:Get loose:
No woman in her right mind would enter into an episiotomy willingly. But that's precisely the problem - in the throes of labor, no woman is in her right mind. Blame it on adrenaline, the intense vulnerability of childbirth or the hunger for an end to labor. No matter the reason behind a woman's consent of it, data show doctors performing this controversial snip on more than eleven percent of moms-to-be. What is it?An episiotomy is a procedure that involves cutting into the area between the vagina and rectum. Snipping this tissue is meant to widen
Our family loves going for walks in the neighborhood, but it gets more challenging now that we have two little ones. Our preschooler often still wants to sit in the
These spoons and bowls are fantastic! The oogaa silicone spoons are the perfect size to feed Baby just the right amount in each bite. They are colorful and bright and
Have you been looking for a stroller with the style of the Bugaboo Cameleon but the ruggedness of the Bugaboo Donkey? Meet the Buffalo. It’s like a love child of both
As a new parent, there is no doubt that you’re swimming in photos. While many are digital, there are likely a good number of prints still floating around as well.
Q: Q: Relationship between preeclampsia and developmental delay?
A: Some studies indicate a link to autism as well as low birth weight and premature birth.Most women and men have a limited understanding of preeclampsia and its danger to both mother and baby. Preeclampsia is one form of a high blood pressure disorder of
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