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Medications, pregnancy and breastfeeding

 

Did you know that 99% of women who stop breastfeeding due to medications can actually continue?

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As a new mother 22 (short?) years ago, I suffered postpartum depression. I was breastfeeding and refused to take any medications for it. I think I would’ve come out of the depression sooner if I had opted for medication. But, I was afraid. There weren’t many studies back then. Now there are a lot of studies on this topic and there’s a lot of information available about medications and pregnancy and breastfeeding.

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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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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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Holistic ways to manage stress in pregnancy: A multi-pronged approach!

Deep relaxation is holistic care during pregnancy (istock/kzenon)

Deep relaxation is holistic care during pregnancy (istock/kzenon)

The research evidence is growing regarding the effects of stress in pregnancy on both mom and baby.

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Best Practices for the Busy Pregnant Mom

Congratulations! Being pregnant is one of the most celebrated moments in a woman’s life. But as a working mum, you may be torn between your nine-to-five job and taking nine months off to take better care of yourself and your baby. However, you don’t have to be anxious about choosing between your career and pregnancy. As long as your doctor says it’s okay to work, you can still manage a career and pregnancy at the same time. Take note of the following advice to help you survive the day.

bump and beyond

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Babies’ learning begins in the womb

 

 

Science confirms what moms already know! Your baby's brain is learning in utero! (Istock:ontspan)

Science confirms what moms already know! Your baby’s brain is learning in utero! (Istock:ontspan)

In a recent study, researchers at the University of Helsinki found that the prenatal brain has the neuro-developmental capacity to learn (retain) words.  

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Easing fear of childbirth is good for moms and babies

Emotional wellness during pregnancy can feed postpartum emotional wellness (Istock/piskunov)

Emotional wellness during pregnancy can feed postpartum emotional wellness (Istock/piskunov)

A recent study about finding a link between postpartum depression and fear of childbirth has been getting a lot of press. The press I read  reported the study showed a prevalence of .03% of postpartum depression. I felt like the public was being fed bits and pieces of the study, so I read the whole article and wanted to bring out a few key facts.

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Prenatal Education Event at Montclair University

Photo:Royalty-free/Ivette Ferrero

Photo:Royalty-free/Ivette Ferrero

Northern New Jersey Free Event:

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