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Help for Morning Sickness During Pregnancy

Some women get morning sickness during pregnancy and others don’t. About 80% of all women have morning sickness. In fact, it can one of the first signs that you are pregnant! For some, it’s just a mild nausea, but for others, unfortunately, it can be so bad that you can’t eat or drink any  water! The nausea may not only occur in the morning, too.  Sometimes it can happen around the clock! Morning sickness may be one of your first signs that you’re pregnant, so nausea can  be a joyous sign!  Hopefully, the morning sickness will only occur in the first trimester or your pregnancy and begin to end by the start of the second semester. However, this isn’t alway the case.  Some women will continue with some nausea  until the baby is born!

No one is for certain what causes morning sickness, and one of the  popular ideas is that it is caused by a surge of hormones as the placenta is developing, so it’s a change in your body as your body starts to accommodate your pregnancy.  Sometimes the  prenatal vitamin pill irritates some women’s stomach, so try taking it with food and  later in the day.  Always find out first with your doctor before taking anything new or taking yourself off medication, even prenatal pills.

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Myths About Infant Bonding and Attachment

Photo:Royalty-free/Ivette Ferrero

Being a new parent was one of the most confusing times in my life. Everything changes: the way that you feel about yourself, the way your marriage functions, and the way that you care for your child(ren) can turn your world upside down. To make it worse, everyone (loads of parenting experts, doctors, friends, relatives, etc.) believe that their advice will make your parenting experience easier.

Almost all of this parenting advice is well-intended, but more often than not you’ll hear confusing and contradictory claims about parenting that can make your job even more difficult than nature made it to begin with!

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Featured in Science & Sensibility: One of a Kind: An Interview with Dr. Meltzer-Brody about UNC’s Inpatient Mother Baby Psych Unit

Dr. Samantha Meltzer-Brody, Psychiatrist at with the UNC Chapel Hill Mother -Baby Psychiatric Care Unit in the US

Dr. Samantha Meltzer-Brody, Psychiatrist at with the UNC Chapel Hill Mother -Baby Psychiatric Care Unit in the US

I was a guest writer once again over at Science and Sensibility this week! Take a look below and then mosey on over to Science and Sensibility to read the rest!

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Birth Trauma: Surgery During Childbirth Without Consent

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(Istock:h20color)

How many times must we ask for sensitive care?

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Featured in Science and Sensibility: Childhood Sexual Abuse: The Childbirth Educator’s Role (Part Two)

Photo: Kathy Morelli, LPC

Photo: Kathy Morelli, LPC

I was a guest writer once again over at Science and Sensibility this week! Take a look below and then mosey on over to Science and Sensibility to read the rest!

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Featured in Gossipist Mag Podcast! Birth hypnosis works!

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Istock/primeop76

Gossipist Magazine did an interview of independent thinker, Rae, about her decision to pursue  a home birth for her second childbirth experience. Her first was in a hospital. For both births, she used birth hypnosis techniques. I was her birth hypnosis therapist for those births.  Read on….

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Reasons Behind Giving A Child Up For Adoption

Photo:Royalty-free/Ivette Ferrero

Photo:Royalty-free/Ivette Ferrero

Here’s a guest post from Helen Philips, who counsels birth mothers about the issues involved in giving a baby up for adoption. As she says, it;s easy to be judgmental, but we can’t know what it’s like to need to make such a profound decision, and it shouldn’t be taken lightly.

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Part Three: Postpartum: How women’s brain biology, hormones and mood relate!

In Part One, we looked at the hormonal-neurotransmitter feedback loops in a woman’s body and how they relate to mood during the menstrual cycle.  

(the Hypothalamus-Pituitary-Adrenal Cortex  Loop and the Ovarian-Hypothalamus-Pituitary Loop)

In Part Two, we looked at a woman’s hidden hormonal shifts during pregnancy and birth. Today, we look at the hidden postpartum hormonal shifts.

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Part Two: Pregnancy & Birth: How women’s brain biology, hormones and mood relate!

In Part One, we looked at the hormonal-neurotransmitter feedback loops in a woman’s body and how they relate to mood during the menstrual cycle.  

(the Hypothalamus-Pituitary-Adrenal Cortex  Loop and the Ovarian-Hypothalamus-Pituitary Loop)

Today we look at a woman’s hidden hormonal shifts during pregnancy and birth.

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Birth Trauma: Heather Barson and Surgery During Childbirth Without Consent

Heather Barson (photo by Steve Puro)

Heather Barson (photo by Steve Puro)

Heather Barson’s featured article today is extraordinary. Heather  writes about her recovery from post-traumatic stress disorder after childbirth. She talks about a healthcare system that doesn’t take care of women. She shares her dark walk through PTSD. She shares her long multi-pronged approach to healing. Her story is moving and healing. I admire her immensely. Please welcome Heather Barson with me.

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