Posts tagged: Mom's health

  • What You Need to Know About Having a C-Section

    What You Need to Know About Having a C-Section
    Being told you’re having a caesarean section (whether it’s in advance of labor or smack dab in the middle of it) can feel a little unnerving, despite the fact that it’s pretty common. (32 percent of all deliveries are by C-section!) And while you can't always choose whether or not to have one, you can arm yourself with the facts well before your delivery date, says Jennifer Hollings, MD, an ob-gyn with the Richmond Community Hospital in Richmond, VA. (She’s had three C-sections of her own.) Here’s what to expect...

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  • Can You Have Postpartum Depression After a Miscarriage?

    Can You Have Postpartum Depression After a Miscarriage?
    There's really no other way to say it—miscarriages are brutal on every level. They usher in a devastating feeling of loss, but they can also be tough on the body. Pregnancy hormones often continue to float around the body after the pregnancy ends, which can mess with your mood. And in some cases, that hormonal shift may even trigger postpartum depression (PPD). We turned to Erica Hornthal, a Chicago-based clinical counselor, who weighed in on the ways PPD can present itself after a miscarriage and treatment options for those suffering....

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  • Relax! These Wacky Pregnancy Symptoms are Totally Normal

    Relax! These Wacky Pregnancy Symptoms are Totally Normal
    Pregnancy can do a real number on your body — and it goes beyond the obvious effects, like causing you to sport a baby bump or skip your periods. The truth is, there are certain pregnancy symptoms you may not recognize as part of the territory until you're in the thick of them...and by that time, you may be nervous that they signal something bad. But rest easy: Weird, wacky (and occasionally TMI) side effects are normal more often than not. Of course, you should always speak to your OB-GYN...

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  • 5 Easy Ways to Make Fitness a Family Affair

    5 Easy Ways to Make Fitness a Family Affair
    It’s never too early to introduce your littles to healthy habits! Maybe your kids are too young to join sports teams...and maybe you're not ready to leave them and head to your favorite pre-baby workout class. But even though it's tough to squeeze in physical activity, remember that there's no time like the present. That's why we'd suggest turning fitness into a fun family affair. It's truly a win/win: It allows you to introduce your kids to those healthy habits they'll keep with them forever, and it gives you a...

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  • Can You Prevent This Common Postpartum Problem?

    Can You Prevent This Common Postpartum Problem?
    Ask any mama: No one wants to deliver a beautiful baby, only to be stopped on the street a few months later and hear the dreaded question: 'So when are you due?' The truth is, it's normal to look a little bit...well, pregnant, after giving birth. Your uterus will shrink back down after you deliver, but some women are left with some belly budge that wasn't there pre-pregnancy, and in some cases, a thing called diastasis recti may be to blame. Physical therapist and new mom Lisa Alemi, came through...

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  • Does Being Pregnant With a Boy Feel Different Than Being Pregnant With a Girl?

    Does Being Pregnant With a Boy Feel Different Than Being Pregnant With a Girl?
    Pregnant and not yet sure if you'll be welcoming a baby boy or a little girl? If so, you've probably heard something along the lines of 'you have no acne, you're definitely having a boy!' or 'oh you had morning sickness? It's definitely a girl.' There are plenty of old wives tales where predicting a baby's sex is concerned, from theories about what a pregnant woman is craving to how she's carrying her baby bump. Is there a tremendous amount of scientific evidence to support any of these ideas? Well...no....

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  • What Everyone Gets Wrong About Fetal Dopplers, According to an OB-GYN

    What Everyone Gets Wrong About Fetal Dopplers, According to an OB-GYN
    If you can't get enough of the sweet sound of your baby's heartbeat, you may have considered buying yourself a fetal doppler so you can listen to it from the comfort of your own home. At first glance, fetal dopplers seem pretty great: They can be relatively affordable, readily available on sites like Amazon, and put the ability to check up on your baby right at your fingertips. But before you prepare to order one of your own, you may want to hear an OB-GYN's take on the fetal doppler...

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  • These People Should Hear Your Pregnancy News Before You Publicly Announce It

    These People Should Hear Your Pregnancy News Before You Publicly Announce It
    There's this idea that pregnant women need to keep their news under wraps during the earliest weeks — some say they can start spilling the beans at 12 weeks, others use the 14-week-mark (aka the start of the second trimester) as the benchmark. Our take? You should reveal your pregnancy whenever it feels like the right time for you, whether that's five minutes after you see that positive test or post-birth a la Kylie Jenner. But while your personal preference may be to remain tight-lipped for a while, it's also...

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