Where your baby will sleep is a very personal decision. Some parents feel strongly that their babies should sleep in their own cribs in their own rooms from day one. Other parents feel just as strongly that babies should co-sleep with their parents as babies did generations ago and as many babies in other countries still do. Still other parents ...Read more
Studies rank pregnancy at No. 12 on the list of life's most stressful events. And, of course, the rest of your stress isn't going away anytime soon.
It's perfectly natural to worry about your growing baby. In fact, it's great training for parenthood. You might worry about your new role as a mother, how having a baby will impact your ...Read more
If Kleenex commercials make you cry and your partner is driving you nuts, you're not alone. Blame it on changes in your hormone and neurotransmitter levels, which are substances that allow nerve cells to communicate with one another. You might find it helpful to talk with a friend, family member or counselor.
Here's what our Mommy M.D.s -- ...Read more
Now that your baby is born, we wish we could wave a magic wand and change you back to your pre-pregnancy self. It took your body nine months to get to this point, but the good news is it won't take you another nine months to get your body back. Women are incredibly resilient.
After your baby is born, your uterus shrinks immediately from the ...Read more
Reading to your baby increases his vocabulary, memory and attention span. Plus, it fosters creativity and a love of learning.
Rhyming books can help with pattern recognition. Peekaboo books can help teach cause and effect, and photo books can encourage object recognition. What wonderful gifts to give to your child! Plus, few things are sweeter ...Read more
As your baby nears her first birthday, she is probably helping you to help her get dressed. For example, she'll probably hold her arms out to help put on her shirt. Sometime between 13 and 20 months, your toddler will probably figure out how to take off her own clothes. This is helpful at home -- and not so helpful at the grocery store. It could...Read more
During pregnancy, it's very common to have lots of gas, bloating and constipation. Most pregnant women do. All of these digestive ailments can cause abdominal discomfort and even pain.
The reason why you might have more gas and bloating is that pregnancy hormones relax the muscles in your digestive tract. This slows your digestion, causing gas ...Read more
If your internal dialogue has gone from, "I think I can; I think I can; I think I can" to, "What the heck was I thinking? I know I can't. I might as well go back to bed" -- a major esteem boost is in order!
But how? Simply paying attention to your body and emotions can improve your health and self-esteem. In a study of women who were pregnant ...Read more
Right now, every time you feed your baby, you're laying the foundation for your child's lifelong eating habits.
But it really is that important. Because your baby wants to be just like you, modeling nutritious eating is one of the best things you can do. For example, if your baby sees you eating yogurt, he or she is more likely to...Read more
Your skin is certainly not immune to changes during pregnancy. Acne and pregnancy mask are a few skin changes you might encounter. On the flip side, all of the extra blood in your veins might be giving you a lovely, rosy complexion, and the extra hormones might make your skin smooth and shiny.
A few lucky pregnant women have less acne during ...Read more
Even women whose only prior experience with heartburn is those old TV commercials (How do you spell relief? R-O-L-A-I-D-S) might experience heartburn during pregnancy. Nearly a quarter of pregnant women get heartburn during their first trimesters. At least half of women will have it sometime during pregnancy. Heartburn can begin at any point in ...Read more
Morning sickness is so common in pregnancy that it almost seems like a rite of passage. But while more than half of all pregnant women experience morning sickness, not all of them do. The nausea and vomiting usually begin around the sixth week of pregnancy and last until around the 12th week, but morning sickness can begin as early as week four,...Read more