Ask the Doctor: Hormones = craziness?

Q: How can I distinguish between hormones and just plain craziness during pregnancy?Making a whole new person is a big deal. For the woman accomplishing this amazing feat, not the least of this is the flood of hormones affecting every organ in your body, including your brain.If you began …

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How do I chose a Pediatrician?

Ask the Baby Nurse: 6 questions to ask when choosing a pediatrician for your newborn.Although you likely already have a lengthy list of baby prep to-dos, be sure that "choose a pediatrician" is on that list somewhere. The process of sifting through pediatricians can take some time, so you'll …

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Air Travel with a New Baby?

Q: As a baby, I flew cross-country at 4 weeks old. When is the youngest you'd suggest a baby can make a plane flight? A: The pediatricians I work with agree that any age is safe, but suggest the best age is after your infant has received his/her vaccines at two months.  If …

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The Allergy Doctor says

Q: How can I know if my newborn baby has a peanut allergy before he is dangerously exposed? A: The development of peanut allergy is a combination of the role of genetic and environmental factorsthat are not very well understood.  It is really not possible to determine whether a newborn baby will …

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Doula Jill Says

Q: How can I explain to my husband that a doula won't replace him at our baby's birth?A: This is a great question for you and your husband to explore with doulas you're interviewing. A quality doula can clearly communicate, in words and deeds, that your marriage or partnership is the primary …

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Advice from Dr. Weiss

Q: I'm in my second trimester and the doctor suspects I have placenta previa. Will I have to have a C-section? I wish there were some way around it.A: You might not have to have surgery- if it turns out you don't have placenta previa. The condition causes the placenta to overlap your cervix, …

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Separation Anxiety

Q: I'm very anxious about my baby being separated from me in the hospital. What can I do?A: You have strong and powerful maternal instincts! When a first-time mom can say out loud in her pregnancy that she wants to stay with her baby, she's activating a powerful mothering space within. Anxiety …

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Advice from Dr. Weiss: When Dark Spots Appear

Q: This is my second pregnancy, and a dark spot that cropped up on my forehead during my first pregnancy has reappeared with a vengeance. It never really went away, and now it’s so dark people ask if something’s on my face. Is there anything I can do about it while I’m pregnant?A: I …

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Doula Jill Says: Making a Prenatal Connection

Q: What are ways that I can connect and bond with my baby before she is born? How can my partner get involved, too?A: Consider multi-sensory activities that allow you to focus inward, like making a collage for your baby, drawing or painting images of birth, sculpting with clay, singing, even …

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Ask Dr. Dana: Vaccination 411

Q: I’m pregnant with twins and have questions about vaccinations. Do I need to give the babies the first Hepatitis B shot while they’re in the hospital? I’ve heard so much conflicting information about vaccines, and I’m very confused. Do I have to decide before I deliver?A: No, you …

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