Sunday, June 16, 2019

Breastfeeding

Bringing your baby home for the first time is wonderful, joyful, and often times terrifying. If you're experiencing motherhood for the first time, the sleep deprivation and the constant neediness of a newborn can come as a bit of a shock. Couple that with raging postpartum hormones, and new...
by Chaunie Brusie, RN, BSN Personally, I am not a fan of running during pregnancy. Heck, at this point, into my third trimester, I can barely manage a swift waddle. I mean, I'm trying, don't get me wrong: I'm hitting the gym as often as I can,...
Welcoming a new baby into your home is such an exciting experience, one that many couples dream of for years. No doubt you have the basics covered — you’ve got diapers waiting, a car seat ready, and cute little onesies awaiting their new owner. A few things, however, are...
There’s something about a pregnant belly that seems to invite strangers to comment and ask questions. While most of the questions and comments are friendly and supportive, there are times (lots of times) when people ask insensitive, intrusive, and downright rude questions. (In that last trimester it can sometimes feel...
If you’ve lived with chronic hypertension for a long time, you’re already used to watching your blood pressure carefully — and having it tracked by your doctor. So it will probably come as no surprise that it will be monitored even more carefully now that you’re pregnant.What is chronic...
If you have epilepsy, you’re probably wondering what it may mean for your pregnancy. The good news is that an overwhelmingly majority of women with epilepsy have healthy pregnancies and give birth to healthy babies. Here's how to boost your chances of a good outcome for you and your...
Eating fish during pregnancy: is it a good idea or not? Fish is low in saturated fat and high in protein, vitamin D, and other nutrients crucial for your baby’s development, so it makes sense that you should include them in your diet. But why do medical experts recommend practicing caution when...
I skated through my first two pregnancies relatively pain-free: I was in my twenties, active, and (mostly) well-rested. But when I got pregnant again, it was my third time in five years. I had just turned 30 and was parenting both a 4-year-old and a 1-year-old; my third pregnancy...
With this being my second pregnancy I felt like I had it all covered and knew exactly what to expect…until I got pregnant with twins. After that what I knew from my first pregnancy just went completely out the window! I found myself looking for a few pregnancy essentials...
What does motherhood mean to you? Love, joy and laughter, sure, but what about fear, isolation and guilt? Motherhood is sold to us as the perfect package – a sure-fire path to eternal happiness. But behind the scenes this happiness can be intermingled with pain, self-doubt and all-manner of...
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