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.
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.
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
Short of breath? It's time to get that asthma in check. For a woman who has a history of this disease, the key to a healthy pregnancy is managing her symptoms under a doctor's care. Asthma is common, treatable and poses no additional risks to your developing baby - just as long as you're fastidious about treatment.Why treatment mattersYou may be well accustomed to shortness of breath and wheezing, but now that you're pregnant it's not the time to soldier through. Even the mildest symptoms should be addressed during pregnancy. Leaving your
The thing that makes morning sickness halfway tolerable during pregnancy is its relatively short timeline. For the 80 percent of expectant moms who suffer through it, there's a light at the end of the tunnel. Nausea and vomiting ease up typically once the first trimester is through - leaving moms-to-be feeling healthy and energized. But for some women, their experience with morning sickness pushes past the first trimester and into the second and third. If you're in the latter camp, here's what you need to know:Why me?Constantly battling a queasy
Get the popcorn popping! We have five movies to veg out to while you wait for delivery day.'Baby Boom' (1987)Genre: Comedy Stars: Diane Keaton, Sam ShepardKeaton's J.C. Wiatt is a high-powered business executive whose life plays out in the board room - that is, until she inherits her deceased cousin's baby. Shocked and totally unprepared, Wiatt's life unravels hilariously. It's not long before motherhood has completely consumed her, causing her to lose her job and her boyfriend. On a whim, Wiatt whisks her little one away to a
It's cold and snowy today across most of America. Perfect weather for staying home and finding low cost and enjoyable ways to stay warm and entertained. Common wisdom has always been that this kind of weather brings on the babies. Taking a look at the actual data from the CDC shows Americans find late Autumn to be the most romantic, and fertile, time of year.So, if you're trying to make a baby right now, maybe you just have the timing wrong and need to wait until the leaves are falling again later this year.
Don't you wish you could change your husband or wife at times?!As much as I love my partner, there are a few things they do that deeply annoy me.Unfortunately, our efforts to change others usually stink. Sure, we need to accept them for who they are, but we also need to be able to work as a dynamic team and that takes each of us changing how we act to make the family thrive.In this week's video, I share one really bad thing that most all of us do and two great ways to get your partner to change.
Pregnant women have a lot to deal with: There's mood swings and morning sickness, an ever-changing body and heartburn. And the stress of bringing new life into this world? Don't even get us started! But while pregnancy may get you down from time-to-time, there are more reasons than not to love this season of your life. For one, your growing baby can get you out of a number of jams. Here are five times when blaming your pregnancy is OK.FatiguePregnancy has a way of slowing us down. Most common in the first and third trimesters, fatigue can hit
While you're in the early stages of pregnancy, you may begin to wonder about all those cravings you've heard about.When will they start? Will I really make my husband go in the middle of the night to get me ice cream? What's all the fuss about pickles?Well, pregnancy cravings are different from regular cravings you get. Once you begin craving a specific food item, it isn't going to go away until you satisfy it. That means you really might need your husband to make a grocery store run at 2 a.m. to get you that ice cream - after all,
There are chapters in our lives that we wish we could go back and do something differently. During pregnancy, there's a lot that you go through such as morning sickness all the way to how you delivered that some women wish they could change. Of course, you have no control whether or not you get morning sickness, it's just something that happens. What you can do, however, is adjust how you handle it. Morning sickness can leave you feeling like you'll never be able to muster the strength to get out of bed, but by drinking ginger ale, eating
You finally made it to the home stretch of your pregnancy. You've only got five weeks left - and there's a lot to be excited about.Your changing lifeAs you reach the end of your pregnancy, you may notice that on top of your excitement, fear is starting to set in. Being nervous about labor, delivery and bringing your little babe home is normal and every woman goes through it, so there's no reason to think you're being dramatic.Your weekly doctor appointments likely include a pelvic exam at this time. Your doctor or midwife has to determine if
What keeps your heart healthy, your spirits high and your weight in-check? Exercise. Now with a baby on the way, physical activity is more important than ever. Here's what you need to know before you hit the gym:Why it mattersAs long as you have a healthy pregnancy and get your doctor's permission, a regular and gentle exercise routine can help ease a host of uncomfortable symptoms. When you get moving, you can expect the following:A good night's sleepA boost to your self esteemSlower weight gainSmoother laborAn easier recovery post birthHelp with
For even the most adventurous eaters among us, there may be one item on the menu that raises an eyebrow - the human placenta. Yet, thanks to some press from celebrity moms, more pregnant women are considering adding their afterbirth to their postpartum diets. Here's what you should know before you sign up to take your placenta home.The back storyThe placenta is an organ that grows inside the uterus during pregnancy. Essentially, it's your baby's lifeline - allowing the passage of nutrients from you to your little one. It also acts as a filter,
So you're ready to shout your news about your pregnancy from the rooftops? Slow down. How you break the news to your boss can impact your job for the better - or worse. Take our tips to heart to ensure you come across as professional and responsible no matter how giddy you are to take a leave.Choose a time: This one's a personal choice that depends on the nature of your work, your relationship with your boss and how well you're feeling. If your job exposes you to harmful chemicals or substances, or could otherwise endanger the health of your
A new study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition this week gives fish-lovers new hope during pregnancy. For years, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has cautioned expectant mothers against consuming more than two servings of fish per week. This advice is meant to keep developing babies safe from the effects of mercury, a toxic chemical that's found its way into our oceans and waterways. But now, after three decades of research by Rochester Ulster University in partnership with the Republic of Seychelles Ministry of Health and
When it comes to preparing for a new baby, there are some non-negotiable items you really need. You're going to need diapers, for one, and a safe, new car seat. But there are plenty of things you can either do without or buy later as your budget allows. Save money now by holding off on purchasing these items:CribA baby crib can be a big ticket item, but it's also not something you need right away. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that new parents room-share with their babies for the first several months of life to decrease the risk of
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.
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Cleaning the bathroom is one of those tasks that gets put off in our household. One, it’s a lot of work. Two, it’s nearly impossible to do with kids around, since I
As a parent, it’s hard not to worry. For the most part, everything turns out fine, but given how difficult it is for me to turn off that part of my brain, I’m
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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