Trying to get pregnant? Make sure you know the bottom line on baby-making—what you don't understand can affect your bub-to-be's health.
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No, I don’t. I think the best, most loving approach is to feed and cuddle a child whenever he wakes up and continue doing so for as long as it works for the family.
No! It’s true that if you smoke, nicotine and other garbage will end up in your milk and may cause health problems for your baby, such as nausea, vomiting, abdominal cramps and diarrhea. But the benefits of breastfeeding—higher IQ and reduced risk of ear infections, diarrhea and some childhood cancers, to name just a few—far outweigh the negative aspects of smoking while nursing.
Probably not. It sounds like your baby has a cephalohematoma, a bruise between the skull bones and the overlying tissue. It’s usually caused by a hard delivery, or by a forceps or vacuum delivery, and should heal within a few weeks. As it does, the blood will calcify from the edges first, leading to a volcano-like bump with a soft center.
I’ll tell you what I tell my patients: There is no proof that vaccines cause autism. But there is some agreement that they may trigger autism and other problems in a small group of susceptible children. That’s why I prefer to customize a vaccination schedule for each child. This type of amended schedule is spelled out very well in 2008’s The Vaccine Book: Making the Right Decision for Your Child, by Robert Sears, M.D., but it is still loudly criticized by the American Academy of Pediatrics and some other experts.
Also called “ankyloglossia,” tongue-tie occurs when the frenulum—the piece of tissue that connects the underside of the tongue to the floor of the mouth—is too short. The severity varies from slightly decreased mobility of the tongue to complete attachment of the tongue to the floor of the mouth; the latter can cause feeding problems for the baby and painful nipples for mom. A child with uncorrected severe tongue-tie may also experience speech problems later on. Luckily, most cases are minor and don’t require any treatment whatsoever.
One of my family's traditions is shared by millions: Every Thanksgiving we go around the table and share the things we're grateful for. This year, there were the usuals: health, family and friends. There were also a few that were more unique and thought-provoking. One daughter was grateful we don't live in a war torn nation; specifically because it's safe to go for a walk—another Thanksgiving tradition. Another was grateful for puppies. She's in college, away from home, frequently exhausted and stressed out. One of her stress-busters is perusing Pet-Finders online.
Having memorized the pregnancy books the first time around, many second-time parents turn instead to books on sibling relationships. But a review of 47 popular titles on the topic found that much of the advice contained in them is not supported by research and, conversely, that many omit tactics that have been proven to work.
I know an athletic event that would have swim star Michael Phelps and track/bobsled athlete Lolo Jones flat on their faces and begging for mercy. It’s what I call the Grandparent Games; they require competitiveness, stamina and feats of superhuman endurance. I should know: Ever since my first daughter was born a few years ago, I have had a front-row seat to some awe-inspiring displays of athleticism.
Looking for a fun, easy way to get the exercise you need? Try hiking—not only does it help build strength, but it also allows you to be with your baby and other new parents as well. You can carry your baby in a front carrier or an all-terrain stroller on tougher trails, and she can enjoy the spring breezes, movement and changes in light that come with being outdoors.
When Marietta Gilman’s daughter, now 6, was an infant, Gilman, a former backpacking and
Will intercourse hurt when we start having it again? Will my vagina be loose?
Will he still enjoy sex with me? More pregnant women and new moms than you might
think fret about issues like these. To put your mind at ease about your after-baby
body, here’s the scoop on the biggest sex-related worries women have.
Worry No. 1 : Sex will be painful.
Real deal : Having a baby causes the ligaments that support the uterus to stretch,
More than 345 books are available at Amazon.com on parenting skills alone. On top of all those information sources are baby-care videos and classes, experienced (or not) friends and family, and parenting gurus. But there is only one real authority on your baby: you. “You’ve been the world that has cared for your baby during pregnancy,” says Libby Colman, Ph.D., a social psychologist and the author of seven books on pregnancy and parenting. “Your body has the expertise.” The key, Colman says, is to focus on your baby and learn his rhythms, needs and temperament.
It's as simple as this: the best way to feed your baby is to breastfeed. The benefits are numerous, chief among them being that breastfed babies are healthier—as infants and in later life—than their formula-fed counterparts. But babies aren’t the only ones who benefit from breastfeeding: Moms enjoy perks, too, post-delivery and even years later.