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
Of all the new baby things you’re looking forward to, sleepless nights aren’t one of them! You’ve heard your friends’ horror stories of being woken up ten times a night, and just the thought of it makes you yawn. I have good news for you! There are many things that you can do to help your newborn sleep well, and five important tasks to put on your to-do list before your bundle even arrives. 1. Learn about newborn sleep Everyone, including your pediatrician, is going to ask, “How’s your baby sleeping?” and you can’t answer that if you don’t
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
Are you sleep-walking through your first trimester? If so, you're in good company. Fatigue is one of the most prevalent side effects of pregnancy, with more than half of all expectant moms fighting to get out of bed in the morning. Here's the lowdown on why you're so tired and what you can do about it: What's the deal? Growing a tiny life form is grueling work, so it's no wonder you're exhausted. In the first trimester, when fatigue is most common, your body is putting all the pieces in place to ensure your baby is as healthy as can be. Around the ninth week,
They say life changes when you become a mother. And in so many ways, it’s true. Your body, your family, and your perspective on the world will never be the same. Being a parent comes with its ups and downs, but for all the sleepless nights, each day you get to hold the most precious thing you have ever known.Remaining positive isn’t always easy. Especially when it comes to missing out on activities that were a regular part of your life before the baby. But what if foregoing those activities (whatever they may have been!) could have an important silver
How have your abs changed? It’s hard to believe, but over the course of your pregnancy your abdominal muscles will stretch by more than 50 percent. As your baby grows, your muscles will lengthen and your six-pack muscle (Rectus) divide and separate into two halves. This stretches, and in some cases, tears the delicate tissues of the Linea Alba. Your Linea Alba, which for some women darkens during pregnancy, is the connective tissue that joins all the layers of your abs at the midline of the body, reaching from your sternum to your pubic bone. The separation
As you probably know, breastfeeding provides countless benefits to you, your baby, and your family. Although as comforting and healthy as breastfeeding can be, it is not always easy in the first few weeks after giving birth—especially at night. To help moms feel a bit more at ease when handling these nighttime nursing sessions, Lamaze International President Maria J. Brooks, BSN, RNC-OB, LCCE, FACCE, shares four tips:Follow baby's lead If you are waking up several times to feed your baby at night, remember that this is expected! Newborns need to feed
Of all the contentious items of pregnancy and childbirth, who knew choosing when to cut the umbilical cord would inspire so much debate? First, let's back up. When babies are born, they are still connected to mom by this cord - and the cord must be cut and clamped shortly after birth to separate the two.In the 1950s, it was considered early to clamp the cord 1 minute post birth, and late after 5 minutes. Nowadays, it's customary to do so immediately, usually 15-20 seconds after a baby is born. However, a new study out of Spain suggests that women and their
When I found out I was pregnant, I freaked out. I knew I wanted to have kids eventually but having one so soon was definitely not my plan. It was 2009 and the economy was melting down like a Twitter celeb on Ambien. I lost my job at an art restoration firm in Chicago. No one was hiring—and even if they were, a pregnant woman was not their ideal candidate. So just like that, I went from the cool-kid city life to being a stay-at-home mom. I loved being a mom, but I was losing myself as a person.Mom’s aren’t cool (think about mom jeans and 'yo mama'
Ladies, I have figured out the real reason that French women are so darn confident. Four years ago, I gave birth to my first child in France and became privy to a fascinating secret: pelvic floor and vaginal health are incredibly important to the French. The reason I know that now is because I took part in a program that every woman who gives birth in France participates in called, “la rééducation périnéale”, which translates to, “perineal re-education." You’re probably thinking, how much education does my perineum really need? Well, if you
Since our baby girl was born, my husband and I have been exhausted looking for ways to help our baby get better sleep. While many tips and suggestions we’ve tried have
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Q: What is a gentle or family-centered cesarean? Is it always an option?
Anyone who has had a traditional cesarean section, or C-section, can tell you that the mechanics of the surgical procedure can distract from the celebration of bringing your baby into the world. During a traditional C-section, the mom and child are frequently
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