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Keep Holding Your Baby: Why Babywearing Is Best For Everyone

Jul 21 2017 - 4:08pm
Baby Carrier Sling

"If you hold that baby all the time, you’re going to spoil her!" New moms and dads have all had that annoying friend, relative, or neighbor who insists that they are holding the baby too much, and issues the dire warning that they are on the fast track to spoiling the baby. These comments are definitely upsetting, especially in the first days and weeks of parenting, when stress, sleep deprivation, and hormones make a new mom second guess everything she is doing.

Of course, anyone who has held a newborn can easily recognize that delicious new baby smell.

SCAD: The Dangerous Heart Attack that’s Striking Healthy Young Women

Jul 20 2017 - 12:12pm
SCAD heart attack

Spontaneous coronary artery dissection — sometimes referred to as SCAD — is an uncommon emergency condition that occurs when a tear forms in one of the blood vessels in the heart. This frightening condition strikes suddenly, without warning, and is most common in young healthy women in their 30’s, 40’s, and 50’s, and you have probably never even heard of it.

What is SCAD?

The Straight Truth: What Really Happens During a C-Section?

Jul 3 2017 - 5:54pm
C-Section delivery baby

“We are going to have to deliver the baby by C-Section.”

When a pregnant mom-to-be hears those words from her doctor or healthcare provider, she undoubtedly faces many fears and uncertainties. Will the baby be OK? Is it dangerous? How will she manage the pain and recovery? What about the scar?

A Caesarean Section (C-Section) birth can be a lifesaving surgical procedure when certain complications arise during pregnancy and labor.

What We Know and Don't Know About Zika Virus and How To Take Precautions

Jun 29 2017 - 7:38pm
Zika virus mosquito

Last year, the headlines were everywhere warning us of the dangers of Zika Virus. This “new” and terrifying mosquito-borne illness captured our attention, as we learned it is harmful to the most vulnerable amongst us—pregnant women and babies. Researchers have discovered some information about how this virus is transmitted, how it affects us, and what we still don’t know. Read on to learn how you can be informed and take precautions to avoid being infected during mosquito season.

What is Zika Virus, anyway?

One Big Reason Moms Should Test For Heavy Metal Toxicity Before Conception

Jun 25 2017 - 2:47pm
Heavy Metal Toxicity Pregnancy New Born Autism ADHD

What if one simple measure taken before conception could allay the fears of your unborn child having autism, ADD, ADHD, depression, anxiety, vaccine injury and more? Heavy metal toxicity has been discovered to be a catalyst in these conditions, and according to new research, are inherited from generations past. Heavy metals are dangerous because they accumulate in blood tissues, feeding bacterial bugs and viruses that contribute to many childhood and adult disorders. However, heavy metal removal methods can be employed safely and naturally.

C-Section Delivery Side Effects and 15 Things Nobody Tells You

Jun 17 2017 - 4:48pm
childbirth and c-section side effects

Before heading to the hospital, find out c-section delivery side effects and 15 things nobody tells you. There are mixed feelings when you discover you need a c-section. Sometimes you find out in the delivery room like I did with my first child. Other moms know ahead of time. Either way, you soon realize surgery will be part of your birthing process.

The CDC reports 32 percent of deliveries in the United States are c-sections.

After the storm: The blessing of a rainbow baby

Jun 17 2017 - 9:17am
Rainbow baby shoes

A “rainbow baby” is a baby that is born following a miscarriage, stillbirth, neonatal death or infant loss.In the real world, a beautiful and bright rainbow follows a storm and gives hope of things getting better. The rainbow is more appreciated having just experienced the storm in comparison.

The phrase 'Rainbow Baby' is the understanding that the beauty of a rainbow does not negate the ravages of the storm.

How To Do Pregnancy Kick Counts

Jun 14 2017 - 1:11pm
Pregnancy Kick Counts

As you progress in your pregnancy, you may have heard of a thing called kick counts. While at first pregnancy kick counts were something that I would never do or do occasionally, I was wrong. It has become a part of my daily routine.

Based on my baby’s usual activity, I like to do two counts a day: one in the morning and one at night, but you can do a pregnancy kick count every two hours.

What Precautions to take on 4th of July while Pregnant

Jun 13 2017 - 11:52am
4th of July

4th of July has always been my favorite time of year. Summer, friends, and barbecue are what come with this time of year, especially being a Military Brat. However, this year will be different for me than any other year. This will be the first year that I will be pregnant with my baby girl. Instead of reaching for a cold one, I’ll be reaching for that water bottle and there will be a few more changes to come. Join me in this article and see what other changes will be made for myself and any other pregnant moms out there.

Fireworks: fireworks have always been one of my favorite parts of 4th of July. Seeing the lights and hearing the sounds can make for an amazing experience.

More Than A Feeling - The Struggle of Postpartum Depression

Jun 8 2017 - 5:14pm
Postpartum Depression

Postpartum Depression. Baby Blues. Postpartum Thyroiditis. These are three terms most pregnant women aren't focusing on while expecting a new member of their family.

For many women, pregnancy is an exciting time. We spend countless hours imagining, planning, and preparing for our new squishy bundle of joy to arrive.

Carpal Tunnel During Pregnancy: Push and Pay Off Will Be Worth It

Jun 8 2017 - 2:59pm
Carpal Tunnel During Pregnancy

Pregnancy can be a beautiful time in any woman’s life. The act of growing a human being can be an amazing thing, but there can be many setbacks during this time. Some include morning sickness and fatigue, but one of the lesser known symptoms of pregnancy include Carpal Tunnel. Swelling from pregnancy can put pressure on different nerves on your body, especially in your hands.

Usually these symptoms pop up around the end of the second trimester and it may begin with minor uncomfortable tingling, but can continue to pain and numbness in your wrist, hands and fingers.

What Led Me To Choose Home Birth After My First Traumatic Hospital Birth

Jun 2 2017 - 4:17pm
hospital birth vs home birth

When it comes to hospital birth vs home birth the decision is clear for me as I have decided to have my second child delivered at home after a traumatic hospital birth experience.

When I became pregnant with my first child I did what every good mom would do; I researched and found the highest qualified OB-GYN in my area.

Potential mother's should refrain from drinking alcohol

Apr 3 2017 - 6:43am
Drinking too much!

It has long been known that drinking alcohol during pregnancy can harm a baby. Now researchers are going even further with how dangerous alcohol can be for newborns and saying abuse of alcohol even prior to pregnancy may harm babies.

Babies have a much greater chance of being born healthy if their mothers adhere to healthy habits.

5 Inexpensive Clothes And Shoes For Pregnant Women That Transition Fantastically to Mommyhood for Under $50

Mar 31 2017 - 4:16pm
pregnancy shoes clothes

We found the most stylish, functional and inexpensive shoes and clothes for pregnant women for under $50 dollars.

When looking for the best shoe options for pregnant women, it’s not easy to find a shoe that does it all, especially when you’re well, expanding.

How This Common American Job Can Make You Infertile

Feb 9 2017 - 4:48pm
fertility, pregnancy, infertility, women's health

New studies have come out with surprising details on things that can make you infertile! You'll be surprised to learn that you've probably worked or performed one of these infertility-causing jobs or chores.

You've probably read horror stories and lawsuits about FDA-approved pharmaceuticals that end up causing infertility after a while.

What women need to know about how antidepressants could harm unborn babies

Jan 22 2017 - 12:02pm
Antidepressant risk during pregnancy

Antidepressant use can be risky to unborn babies. New research from Canada highlights the dangers of antidepressants taken during the first 3 months of pregnancy.

A Université de Montréal study in the British Medical Journal shows birth defects are associated with taking antidepressants during pregnancy.

Best ways to safely lose weight after pregnancy

Mar 1 2016 - 5:49pm
Losing weight after pregnancy

Nothing can beat the feeling of joy when a woman gives birth to a baby. However, for many women, that feeling is met with mixed emotions and frustrations because their bodies have changed due to pregnancy. Multiple studies show that many women retain between 2.5 and 5 pounds following the birth of their children, but at least one quarter of women retain 11 pounds or more. Although this may not seem like a large amount, if a woman has multiple children without losing weight in between, the pounds can add up quickly.

There is more at stake with postpartum weight than just a woman’s body image.

Doctors Share 7 Biggest Fertility Misconceptions People Have

Apr 15 2014 - 11:23am
Fertility Misconceptions

In honor of National Infertility Awareness Week on April 20-26, the physician team at Fertility Centers of Illinois shares the seven biggest fertility misconceptions they hear in their offices. These misconceptions align with recent national study results from Fertility & Sterility, where results showed that one-third of women didn’t understand the adverse effects of obesity on infertility and 40 percent were not familiar with the ovulatory cycle.

Many pregnant women are dangerously exposed to second-hand smoke

Mar 10 2014 - 7:27am
A smoker

Exposure of to second-hand smoke during pregnancy can cause very serious negative health consequences for the unborn child. Women who are pregnant are generally counseled about how important it is to eat well and to avoid toxins such as cigarette smoke and alcohol. It would appear rational to assume that the spouses and others who are around pregnant women also understand how sensitive the unborn fetus is to toxins. Yet, pregnant women are often dangerously exposed to second-hand smoke from these people.