Posts Tagged ‘pregnancy’

Book Review: We Were Gonna Have a Baby, but We Had an Angel Instead by Pat Schwiebert

Helping Children Cope When the Family Has Infant Loss

A pregnancy loss is a primal, deep loss. And often these parents have young children who were looking forward to having a little brother or little sister. Even in their time of pain, parents need to find ways to answer their surviving children’s questions about death and help them cope with their emotions. Miscarriage is a family event. In my previous article there is some information about how to talk to children about infant death.

Children best express their emotions using right-brain activities like play, drawing and story-telling. Books are a great resource for parents to help their children sort out and express their feelings. Read the rest of this entry »

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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Featured in Science and Sensiblity: Childhood sexual abuse as a risk factor for postpartum depression (Part One)

Mend a broken heartI was a guest writer 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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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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Fertility Acupuncture Treatment: A Viable Option For Women

When people think of modern and effective fertility treatments, IVF (In vitro fertilization) is what often comes to mind. But, increasingly, another alternative form of treatment is becoming popular. Fertility acupuncture is an ancient form of alternative Chinese medicine that has garnered media attention, because of celebrities like Mariah Carey and Celine Dion vouching for the efficacy of the treatments.

With medical advancements, women have more options than ever when it comes to becoming pregnant at later ages. Previously, women were often having babies in their twenties, but it’s becoming more common for women to push back having children into their late thirties, or even early forties. Women are marrying later in life and often want to achieve certain career goals before they focus on starting a family.

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Blackout Shades and Other Tricks to Improve Sleep During Pregnancy

Expectant mothers are worried about sleep deprivation once their little angel arrives. What most of these women don’t anticipate is that they are more likely to experience sleep problems even before they give birth.

Pregnant women usually suffer from sleep disturbances. The most common causes are anxiety, stress, physical discomfort, and hormonal changes. As an expectant mother, you might be currently suffering from sleep problems; however, it is very important to overcome this. Sleep is essential for your health, as well as that of your unborn child’s. Here are a few tips to get a better, more comfortable, and peaceful night’s sleep.

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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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They need you: Taking care of your other children while you’re pregnant

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There are few experiences more exciting or exhausting than being pregnant…especially when you have other children already asking for your energy and attention. Balancing morning- sickness, doctor’s appointments, and caring for your own needs and the needs of several small children can at times seem impossible. How do you give your children the time and attention they need when you’re too tired or sick to get out of bed?

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Holistic body lotions for stretch marks – make your own!

Holistic lotions with natural ingredients for belly care (Istock:Xua)

Holistic lotions with natural ingredients for belly care (Istock:Xua)

Any woman who has been pregnant wonders about stretch marks! When I was pregnant myself,   I remember the abdominal itchiness associated with my expanding belly!  For some relief from itchiness and to prevent stretch marks, I purchased some creams back then. I wondered about the safety ingredients in the creams I was buying and applying to my skin, right above where my son we growing in my womb.  I wondered, how much does my skin absorb?

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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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