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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Many of you have seen the YouTube video of Dutch guys “in labor.” Now there’s another one circulating about American men “in labor.” Each of the guys is hooked up to an electrical stimulation machine with electrodes attached to their abdominal muscles. When enough electricity is delivered to give the guys “contractions,” viewers watch as they freak out and lose their minds over what they’d previously perceived was probably tolerable pain that women had exaggerated.
Q: I’ve heard cats can be risky during pregnancy. Why is this?
A: You might be referring to toxoplasmosis, an infection caused by a parasite that can be transmitted through cat feces. Though the infection typically causes only a mild flulike illness, it can pose serious problems during pregnancy.
Engaged dads are linked with improved weight gain in preterm infants and higher rates of breastfeeding. And you can help. Encourage your partner to:
• Hone his parenting skills before the baby is born by taking baby-care classes. "Being able to respond to baby's physical needs is one of the best ways to bond," says Roland C. Warren of the National Fatherhood Initiative.
• Connect with great dads he knows. Men should reach out to experienced people the way women do, Warren says.
I don’t think we show dads enough love here in the blogosphere so this month I’m dedicating my blog to the guys. Every week in June, I’ll dish out my very best advice for mothers and fathers on how to be a great dad and how to be a mom who supports a guy to be a great dad.
Here’s my #1 piece of advice for moms who want their partner to be a good dad:
When my daughter was born I couldn’t believe how many clichés suddenly rang true: I’d never loved anyone like this, I’d never felt so viscerally connected with another human. I could gaze into her unfocused eyes forever, floating along in a hormonal bliss as she nursed. From the first moment I saw that slimy little creature, I was in love.
My husband loved her too, of course, but it wasn’t quite the same. I remember him saying, “We don’t even know her yet!” Know her yet? She had tons of personality! It was just somewhat…invisible, as of yet.
If you've slalomed through the stroller-filled sidewalks of Portland, Ore., Park Slope or San Francisco, chances are you've encountered the hipster parent phenomenon: moms and dads as devoted to their too-cool style as they are to their babies swaddled in locally sourced diapers.
Now that you’re pregnant, has your sex life gone into a deep freeze? If so, consider thawing it out. In most cases, not only is a roll in the hay perfectly safe through your final trimester, it’s good for your mental health and your relationship. Here, our top four reasons to get down while you’re knocked up.
You’ve heard plenty of stories of women experiencing postpartum depression amongst friends, in online forums, and even in a few celebrity tell-all books. But the postnatal depression you might not have heard about is PPND (paternal postnatal depression)—the one your partner may suffer from after your little bundle of joy arrives.
When a woman is pregnant, most of the outside world’s attention is on the mother-to-be. On one hand, this makes sense: it is the mother who bears the first-hand, physical experience of pregnancy and birth, and the intrinsic connection to a child who was once part of her body.
A lot of things will change once your baby arrives. You’ll feel zonked. You’ll spend a lot of time thinking about poop. And you’ll learn to dissect the nuances of a cry with the precision of sonar. Another big change: You’ll feel as if you have a meaningful conversation with your partner about once every two years.