A doctor fesses up about what she would do differently You would think that a doctor would get pregnancy and new motherhood right. But even with all the medical knowledge I’ve garnered as an osteopathic physician and urogynecologist, I still found myself stumbling through the postpartum period after each of my daughters was born.The weeks after childbirth are a delicate time. Looking back, I can see the mistakes I made in caring for myself as my body healed and my heart and mind adjusted to my new role. To save you from the same fate, I’m sharing the top
Congratulations! You made it to the second trimester. Finally, morning sickness is a thing of the past. You've discovered a new found energy. And your baby bump is adorable. The second trimester is a time to be cherished. So enjoy it! Here's how:Be spontaneous: Catch a matinee movie. Take a road trip. Do something on a whim. The second trimester is the time of your pregnancy when you can still embrace your independence, (ahem, you don't need your partner to tie your shoes... yet). So when your co-worker asks if you want to go out for happy hour - say yes!
Don't wait until delivery day to begin building a relationship with your son or daughter. Though sight unseen, you can still nurture a bond with your baby that will last a lifetime. Here's how: Use your voice Your little one is growing and changing at an incredible rate. By the second trimester, his or her hearing develops and your baby will be influenced by outside noise. Of all these new sounds he or she is taking in, your voice will be the most familiar and comforting. After all, your baby has been listening in on everything from your conversations to your
Let's call a spade a spade: When it comes to childbirth, Hollywood almost always gets it wrong. If your knowledge of labor and delivery is largely informed by what you've seen on the big screen, then you're in for a surprise or two. Here are some of the biggest myths about giving birth that movies perpetuate: Myth No. 1: Labor begins with your water breaking We all know the scene: A woman and her partner are out shopping. One minute she's absolutely fine, and the next she's looking wide-eyed and surprised as she nervously exclaims that her water has broken.
Adding to the great induction debate A new study published in the journal JAMA Pediatrics suggests the length of your pregnancy may have an impact on baby’s brain. The research, led by Dr. David Figlio at Northwestern University, studied more than 1.5 million children in Florida.The three-year study involved single birth children born between 37 and 41 weeks gestation between 1998 and 2013. Eighty percent of the participants attended public school.The details Researchers looked to three measures of cognitive ability:State testing in math and
Let the sunshine, fresh blooms, and long lazy days of summer inspire you on your quest to find the perfect name for your son or daughter. Taking a cue from our warmest season, we’ve compiled 12 names that pay homage to summertime. Girls Helene: Subtle, sweet, and classic, this French name translates to “light of the sun.”Meadow: Bring to mind a lush green field and beautiful flowers each time you call out to your little one.June: More than just a month on the calendar, June is a simple, old-fashioned name that’s making a comeback.Genevieve:
Whoever came up with the saying “I slept like a baby” had no children. Here, the star of Nanny 911, Nanny Stella, shares her rules for getting good rest.Are you one of those couples who take turns to soothing the baby to sleep? Are you having baby sleep on your chest in the rocker? Are you driving baby around in the car or swaying baby to Carpenters’ love songs at 3 a.m.? Well, if you’re at the end of your rope and need some help, there is light at the end of the tunnel.My credentials and experience include being a postpartum doula and baby
I know this sounds like a bad sales pitch, but I have nothing to sell and this really is true. Over 95 percent of parents are doing something that has long standing negative implications for their entire family. When you are a new parent, it’s hard to have to think through every decision, particularly when it seems to work for everyone else. This week’s video shares this unfortunately common misstep. I will show you how to not just follow the herd and instead support your family to thrive.Watch more videos at Full Frontal Fatherhood.Here's a
Baby’s hungry and you’re bursting, but no one’s getting fed. Here’s what to do when Mother Nature throws a curve ball at your intentions to breastfeed Choosing to breastfeed is one of the first big decisions you’ll make as a new mom. And despite how natural it is supposed to be, it is actually just like many other learned things in life: It calls for a bit of practice, patience, and perseverance.In fact, sometimes it seems like there are just as many obstacles to breastfeeding as there are benefits. But being aware of what could go wrong
Forget trends, statistics, and peer pressure. Go ahead and have your best birth Many people think of me as an advocate for natural birth and midwifery care—and I am. However, while I have made choices in my own life that support that position, I am first and foremost an advocate for every woman to find a way to experience her best birth. If the ideal birth plan for you includes acupuncture and a warm bath leading to an at-home delivery, you should have the freedom to explore that experience. And if your perfect birth includes an epidural, Pitocin, or
I have to laugh when I think back at the blunders I committed in my sleep-deprived stupor during our oldest son Mason’s first few months. And I often marvel at the fact that my kids are each still in one piece.I’ve never shared these stories with anyone. But I know you won’t judge me, so here goes...Read more: Your ultimate guide to adjusting to motherhoodWhen Mason was 10 weeks old, our family stayed at my in-laws’ home, and all the baby gear was borrowed from my sister- and brother-in-law, Monique and Geoff. To share our room with
Prenatal tests—enough already! Choosing the perfect name—that conversation is getting way too old. And finding clothes for that ever-expanding bod? Make the torture end—now!Those are the cries of pre-birth stress, sister, and while they’re completely natural, you don’t have to suffer them willingly. Stress isn’t healthy for anyone, and, while we don’t want to scare you, research does show that stress can increase the risk of complications during pregnancy, and even cause preterm labor.But fear not—we’re here to help. Following are a
How to survive and thrive in a world where your new baby looms large Your hair is unwashed, you haven’t checked email in a week, and you have no clean underwear. Welcome to the “newborn zone,” a dimension controlled by a tiny dictator who has one priority: “Me. Now.”Of course, your infant is also your top priority. But there are a few other things you need to do, too. Like laundry. And showering. And fixing the occasional hot meal. And spending some time with your husband—remember him? And then there’s the messy house, the
Relationships fail because couples lacks the skills to talk about the hard things in life. Fortunately, this one simple practice is something any couple can do and makes a huge difference. Being able to talk to our partners about the really difficult subjects and resolve hard conflicts is the difference between relationships that thrive and those that fail.If we can’t really talk, it often leads to fighting or distancing. Our attractions shrivel and we can’t remember why we once felt so in love. It’s so terrible to feel our love melt away in the face
Am I a bad mother if I let my unborn baby eat Junior Mints?Would my IQ, happiness, and A cup breasts have been different if my mother ate only organic foods? Everything we read these days tells us that we’re harming our unborn children if we eat anything that contains aspartame, refined sugar, or processed cornstarch. Buying as much organic food as possible makes sense, but it’s just not realistic for me to eat only organic when I’m pregnant. Here are three reasons why...1. I can’t cook three meals a day, every day. I mean, I could, but I
When my sister told me she was having a baby, I was just getting over the fact that she’d bought a house with her husband and turned 31.I’m the younger sibling, so when monumental things happen in her life, I can’t help but look at my own timeline. I’m not married, not even 30, and own only clothes. My sister and I lead very different lives, but with her belly getting bigger, our daily conversations revolve around the same thing, Baby E.As I watch my sister go through her pregnancy, I’m confronted not only with the fact that she’s going
Date nights are supposed to be the nectar that feeds our relationships in the face of our busy lives and consuming kids. Unfortunately, they are often a disappointment and leave us wondering if we can ever experience the joy we once knew.This week’s video explores the reasons why date nights fail and what you can do instead to revive the joy and love in your relationship.Watch more videos at Full Frontal Fatherhood.Here's a transcription if you'd rather read: Date nights are a wonderful idea, but the reality is that they often leave us
As a first-time mother, one of the major considerations you'll need to make - especially in the final trimester - is selecting a crib for your little one. While at first glance, this may seem like a purely aesthetic choice, picking out a bed for your baby is about more than finding a design that complements his or her nursery.For help finding a crib that will keep your baby safe as he or she grows, consider these five tips. 1. Make sure it meets safety standards Beginning in June 2011, all cribs have been required to meet new safety standards established
Give your newborn baby roots and a sense of story by taking name inspiration from one of these historical figures. Below, you’ll find the names of women who’ve left their mark through music, science, dance, and more:Annie: A winning sharpshooter made famous as a teenager in the early 1900s, Annie Oakley is remarkable for breaking out in a male-only field in a time when women were confined to home.Clara: Clara Barton was a groundbreaking Civil War nurse who founded the Red Cross.Frida: Frida Kahlo was a world renowned Mexican painter in the 20th
It is really sad that half of us will get divorced.And a huge percentage of those of us who stay married are simply enduring bad relationships.We all think we are different, but the reality is that maintaining a long-term happy relationship takes real skills.This week’s video gives you 4 concrete steps every couple should be doing from the start to support their relationship to thrive.And a couple of stories of how I have struggled and survived in my relationship.Watch more videos at Full Frontal Fatherhood.If you are reading this
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Start your baby off with a fetish for stylish shoes with the gift of Itzy Ritzy moccasins.I have to admit that normally I don’t splurge on baby clothes, but
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Q: Can I get pregnant if I have lupus?
Yes, however it is important for women with lupus to consult their rheumatologist prior to getting pregnant. In addition, having a pre-conception consultation with a high risk doctor prior to pregnancy is important for women with significant chronic diseases, such as
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