Emotional shock can often be the very first symptom of your confirmed pregnancy. Change, after all, is usually disconcerting—especially such an incredible change as finding out that you’re pregnant. Even if you’ve been planning your pregnancy, it can be truly traumatic to find out you’re actually pregnant. It’s probably the biggest news you’ll ever get in your life, and it affects your whole life indeed. So, be gentle with yourself as you adjust to this huge change. It is okay to not fully connect with your pregnancy right away. That’s normal.
By Elizabeth Pantley, author of The No-Cry Sleep Solution for NewbornsYour newborn needs lots of sleep (up to eighteen hours a day!) but your baby doesn’t know that! He exists in the moment and responds to his body’s needs and his environment. Many new parents don’t realize that their baby’s sleep needs are powerfully driven by instinct. When your infant is tired, he’ll sleep–but only if the conditions are right. If not, he will fuss and cry about not sleeping.The good news is that when your baby is tired he will show you this in many
Pregnancy symptoms abound. Although the onset, type, and duration vary from pregnancy to pregnancy, you can be assured you will feel at least a handful of the typical symptoms—perhaps even some of the outliers. Being equipped with explanations around your newfound sensations may not help you avert them, but it may help you better cope with these unavoidable afflictions. The silver lining of nausea and vomiting The experience of nausea, vomiting and heightened sense of smell often present in the early stages of pregnancy, act as a protective mechanism to
Recently I have had two patients, both of whom got pregnant easily, who were so upset that they were having the opposite of what they had hoped for that both told me that they had briefly considered terminating their pregnancies. In both cases, they had wanted a girl but had found out it was a boy. One of them asked how soon after she had her son she could try again for a girl. And the other planned to stop breastfeeding as soon as she could so she could try for a girl.With both patients, we had some soul searching conversations about what it meant to them to
Most women in the US are too aware of their bodies. And most women, when asked, will report that they aren’t happy with how they look. Their breasts are too small. Or too big. They are too fat. Or too thin. Their hair is too straight. Or too curly. They are too tall or too short, their derriere is too small or too big, their eyes are too close together or too far apart, their nose is too short or too long. Over the years, I have heard it all from all sorts of women, including professional models and actresses. We all look in the mirror and sigh.Pregnancy
In a bit of positive news, a new study by the CDC (Centers for Disease Control) shows fewer dangerous effects for babies and children who contract Zika after they are born. As documented by the CDC, 158 babies, children, and teenagers contracted the disease between January 2015 and July 2016. Of the 158, only two of the children were hospitalized, none developed Guillain-Barré syndrome, and none died. This is not to say that the others had no symptoms but they were not as dangerous: Overall, 129 (82 percent) children had rash, 87 (55 percent) had fever, 45
PMS can really strain our relationships.If we do not know how to navigate these days, we can make it much worse. If on the other hand, we have a few simple tools, we can make PMS a lot better for everyone and even use this time to support our relationships to deepen.This week’s video will give you the simple tools to be make PMS better for both of you.Watch more videos at Full Frontal Fatherhood. Here's a transcription if you'd rather read:The days or week prior to our women having their menstrual cycles can be extremely hard on them and us.
I am often asked about the best birth control options for new moms. Many medical professionals believe that right after giving birth, a woman is extremely fertile. However, if a new mom is breastfeeding, this is not necessarily the case. Regardless, if you don’t want to get pregnant soon after giving birth, it is advisable to use some kind of birth control option as soon as possible. I am not a proponent of the Pill. Its negative effects greatly outweigh any positive benefits. The birth control pill stops a woman’s natural cycle by interrupting the
There are lots of pregnancy symptoms which are common knowledge. Most women expect to feel at least a bit nauseous, everyone knows that pregnant women have to pee all the time, stretch marks may feel inevitable, and many women eagerly anticipate needing a larger bra size. But the constant fatigue catches many women off guard. Many of my patients report having to drag themselves out of bed, even after nine or ten hours, and feel ready for a nap hours later. Staying awake during the afternoon can feel like torture and evenings can be spent simply looking forward to
Of all the items to check off our first trimester to-do lists (find a medical provider, set up a budget, say no to alcohol), rarely do the experts advise us to slow down and savor it all. Sure, between morning sickness and swollen ankles, time seems to move at a snail's pace. But trust us, those nine months will be up in the blink of an eye. Take a moment now to stop and enjoy this truly special time. Read on for five sweet ways to ensure you remember these fleeting moments for a lifetime. You've got mail Before your little one arrives, carve out space for him
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 and calm -
It may not be your ideal parenting situation, co-parenting with a partner you don't co-habitate with, but it can be done - and peacefully, too. No matter your circumstances, whether you're separated, divorced, or never intended to be together, you can ensure you share parenting duties without losing your sanity. After all, your new focus should be making certain your baby always feels loved, safe, and cared for - no matter what kind of baggage either of you brings to the table.To that end, Brette McWhorter Sember, author of How to Parent with Your Ex and
What’s one of the best things expectant moms can do for themselves and their unborn babies? Follow their doctor’s orders and get a flu shot.As pregnant women, we’re naturally wary of everything we put in our bodies. From food to toothpaste, everything that crosses our paths goes under the microscope before we consume it. And while many a mom-to-be may feel that skipping vaccines and medications is safer for her little one, the side effects of the flu shot are nothing compared to getting slammed by a prenatal flu.Read more: The pregnancy-safe way
There’s a common misconception that a pregnancy is either “natural” or “not natural.” But the state of being pregnant—no matter what your route of conception or your choices during pregnancy—is inherently natural. As for what you include, exclude, or experiment with along the way, you can certainly choose a more natural-leaning pregnancy. The important thing to know is that there’s a spectrum. Having a reasonable set of choices around nutrition and lifestyle fortifies both you and baby. And just because you may choose to use complementary
Do your best to avoid vericose veins Varicose veins are mainly a hereditary condition, but doctors actually see them two to four times more frequently in women than in men. The reason? Pregnancy. Your growing uterus, along with weight gain and fluid retention, all put extra pressure on the vein walls, which can accelerate vein damage.Wearing compression or support hose controls leg swelling and stops blood from pooling in your leg veins. “If you have a family history of varicose veins, I would recommend hose because your chances hose.” Here's our list
Many of my pregnant patients ask me the same question the first time they come to see me: How is one supposed to feel while pregnant? Each time I have to force myself not to laugh, not because it is a funny question but because there is no logical answer. The fact is, the way you feel today has absolutely no predictive value as to how you might feel tomorrow. And if you want to get really specific, the way you felt this morning may or may not be similar to how you might feel later in the afternoon. Although the one definitive thing I can tell you is that the term
The goal of a professional maternity photographer is to create a truly unique experience in which the mother-to-be feels comfortable, relaxed, beautiful, pampered, and empowered from the moment she enters the studio. Your professional photographer should guide you every step of the way. Scheduling your session Maternity portraits are best captured from weeks 31 to 36. Of course, timing can vary.How to feel and look your best A maternity session is more than just a photo shoot. It is a day of well-deserved pampering that should include a manicure, hair
For the needle phobic among us, we have bad and good news: On one hand, there are quite a few blood draws throughout your pregnancy. But on a positive note, you won't bat an eye at a syringe by the time you check into the hospital for labor. If your fear of having your blood drawn is getting in the way of your excitement over baby, here's what you need to know: Just how many blood tests are there? The number of times your doctor or midwife will order blood work really depends on the practice. At the very least, you will be asked to have a full screening
Once women make the decision to start a family, they may begin wondering when the best time to do this is. Just because you know you want kids doesn't mean you're ready to have them yet, after all. But is there a specific age when it's best to get pregnant? People have been speculating for years about this question, and the answer is no. There's no single age when women should aim to get pregnant. Every woman is different, with varying health issues, financial statuses, and responsibilities.But that doesn't mean there aren't positives and negatives to
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Q: What is the glucose screening test during pregnancy? Am I required to take it?
The glucose screening test, which is performed around the 24 to 28 week mark of your pregnancy, measures levels of sugar (glucose) in your blood. Although you are not required to take this test, it is recommended by The American Congress of Obstetricians and
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