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Babies do some very strange and sometimes dangerous things! Whether it's swallowing rocks or wrestling with the family dog, you need to know what to do! Take this quiz to learn more.
Last Modified: 2012-07-24 | Tags »
There are some very significant changes your body will go through postpartum . The most heavily affected body organs will be your vagina and breasts. Learn more in the video.
Transcript: No part of your body is harder hit by giving birth than your vagina and breasts. In the several days...
No part of your body is harder hit by giving birth than your vagina and breasts. In the several days following birth, your breasts will produce a yellowish fluid called colostrum. In the several days following birth, your breasts will produce a yellowish fluid called colostrum. When your infant suckles, it will cause the release of hormones that trigger your milk. However, even if you choose not to nurse, your breasts will produce milk for several days to a week. If you want the milk to stop flowing, you shouldn't allow your baby to nurse, nor should you remove the milk in any other manner. However, these drugs come with additional health risks to the mother, so they are not commonly prescribed. You will notice discharge known as lochia from your vagina. This occurs as cells from the lining of your uterus slough off. Lochia starts out as bright red blood, then tapers off before finally stopping. After you give birth, your uterus is 15 times heavier than it was when you got pregnant! For this reason, you'll be able to feel it a few finger widths below the top of your belly button. But by six weeks after delivery, your uterus will return to its old size. Having a baby definitely changes your body, but take comfort in the fact that most alterations are only temporary.More »
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Your baby is finally here, but your body probably did not go right back to normal... Whether you are breastfeeding or not, post-partum life is not always a walk in the park. Tell us what your post-partum life is like, in this survey!
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You can't stay home forever. Hiring a nanny or babysitter requires serious planning. See what you know about your options!
Last Modified: 2011-08-25 | Tags »
There will be changes in your sex lives after you become parents but it doesn’t have to be any less exciting. Click here for more details about your post-partum sex life.
Transcript: Saying hello to a new baby does not mean saying goodbye to a great sex life! Immediately after a vaginal...
Saying hello to a new baby does not mean saying goodbye to a great sex life! Immediately after a vaginal delivery, your vagina will be stretched out, sore and bruised. Because you need time to heal, most doctors recommend waiting until your six-week checkup before resuming intercourse. When you do get back in the bedroom, you may notice that you produce less lubrication than you did pre-baby. This is due to lower levels of estrogen in your body, something which will be even more pronounced if you're breastfeeding. Luckily, a water-based lubricant will help with vaginal dryness. If things still feel "stretched out" post delivery, you can tighten up with Kegel exercises. To do a Kegel, imagine that you're trying to stop a flow of urine midstream. If you repeat it often, that squeeze and lift will tighten your vagina. Once you work past these early difficulties, though, note that you will need to use birth control. Your period won't start right away - it could take two months to a full year post-baby - but that doesn't mean you're not ovulating! Most doctors recommend using a condom, as a diaphragm can slip around inside your post-pregnancy vagina, and an IUD can't be installed until you've healed. In addition, hormonal birth control is not encouraged if you're breastfeeding, because the hormones can contradict milk production. Getting used to sex post-baby may take some time. But, just like when you were making your baby, practice will make perfect!More »
Last Modified: 2012-09-26 | Tags »
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Every woman goes through various physical changes after giving birth to a baby. Click here to find out what they are and how to deal with your post-partum body.
Transcript: You expected to lose weight after your baby was born, but not your hair... After you give birth, you'll...
You expected to lose weight after your baby was born, but not your hair... After you give birth, you'll notice a lot of changes! For starters, even though you won't lose all your pregnancy weight immediately, your body will get you off to a good start. Immediately following the birth, on average, you will shed a seven-pound baby, two pounds of placenta, and two pounds of amniotic fluid. Plus, all the extra water that you retained during your pregnancy will now be looking for a way out. For this reason, you'll produce a HUGE three quarts of urine a day, causing more weight loss. Because you're producing so much urine, you'll probably urinate more often than you're used to, although this won't last for long. Post baby, you may also notice that you're losing a lot of hair-even handfuls of it! Rest assured, however, that this temporary side effect is just the result of your decreasing pregnancy hormones. The first couple of months with your new baby can require a real adjustment. Hang in there though -most of the post partum effects will subside within the first year.More »
Last Modified: 2013-10-02 | Tags »
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Are you worried about those ugly stretch marks on your body? There are a number of ways in which you can get rid of these marks. Watch our video to learn more.
Transcript: Having a baby may be your biggest accomplishment yet, but that doesn't mean you'll want a physical reminder...
Having a baby may be your biggest accomplishment yet, but that doesn't mean you'll want a physical reminder of the experience! During pregnancy, the skin on your belly is stretched and pulled to accommodate your growing baby. Skin does not bounce back if it's been stretched by rapid growth due to pregnancy, weight gain, or extreme weight loss. But there are other factors that affect the integrity of the skin, like: genetics, nutrition, overall health, and whether or not you are a smoker.Instead, it can become decorated by a form of scarring called stretch marks, or striae. Stretch marks often start off as reddish or purplish in color, and then fade to glossy skin that appears streaked in silver or white.Research has shown that the formation of stretch marks begins with a breakdown and stretching of collagen located beneath the top layer of skin. When a person experiences the skin being stretched over a short period of time, the natural order of collagen fibers is disrupted. The fibers are stretched, and we see what we know as stretch marks--small, depressed streaks on the skin, which affect more than 50% of pregnant women. While most women notice them on their stomachs, you may also see stretch marks on your buttocks, hips, thighs, or breasts. Although the marks initially appear pink, reddish or dark brown, they WILL start to fade within 6 to 12 months of your baby's birth. Unfortunately though, stretch marks never COMPLETELY disappear, which may be why so many women seek to prevent them in the first place. While there is no proven way to do so, it can help to not gain excessive weight during your pregnancy, and to make sure to drink a lot of fluids and to exercise regularly. Some women also swear by over-the-counter stretch mark prevention lotions, like Reviva, while other women rave about cocoa butter and Vitamin E oil! Please remember though, that there is no conclusive scientific proof that any of these creams work. Still, rubbing lotion into your belly each night WILL prevent itching, and may improve elasticity! Several factors play into the development of stretch marks. So even your best attempts to prevent them, after you have already become pregnant, may minimize, but not completely avoid this issue. Luckily, you may be able to reduce the appearance of the scars by applying a topical ointment, like Retin-A, post-pregnancy. But be sure to discuss this with your doctor if you're breastfeeding.And if your stretch marks REALLY bother you, you might consider laser treatments to help restore skin's elasticity and alter the color of the marks to better match your skin. But because these costly treatments are considered to be cosmetic, they are rarely covered by insurance. That's why most women choose to let time do its effective fading work on their stretch marks.More »
Last Modified: 2013-04-11 | Tags »
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If you have a new baby there are tips for new moms on how to relax. Check out this video to learn more.
Transcript: "Being a mother is incredibly rewarding, but it can also be a bit scary at first. Dr. Mom is a physician...
"Being a mother is incredibly rewarding, but it can also be a bit scary at first. Dr. Mom is a physician and has also raised two children. Here are Dr. Mom's top three tips for new mothers:First of all, she should take a deep breath and relax. Babies are not fragile, they get sick, they have rashes, they have earaches, they cry. All of which can be handled usually at home, with no unusual measures. You need to be aware that a doctor may be needed, but don't jump to the worst conclusions. Breastfeeding is really good it's nice for the mom and for the baby, but it's not absolutely the only way to feed your baby. Even if you breastfeed, it's very important to get your baby ready to take a bottle. You need the time and the flexibility that having somebody else feed your baby occasionally will allow you. The most important advice I can give new mothers is: remember you are your baby's lifeline and you need to take care of yourself. That means taking some downtime, getting some rest, getting proper nutrition, occasionally leaving the baby and entertaining yourself with a movie or a book or friends. You're still a partner, you're still a member of the social world, and you still have interests outside the house. Take care of yourself and be good to your baby."More »
Last Modified: 2012-11-17 | Tags »
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At some point, you'll need to leave your baby with another caretaker, especially if you're going back to work. What kind of childcare is best for you and your baby? Learn the babysitter basics and what to look for in a nanny, home childcare, and more.
Transcript: Whether you're going back to work or just going out for the evening, finding and evaluating a new babysitter...
Whether you're going back to work or just going out for the evening, finding and evaluating a new babysitter may feel a bit overwhelming. Sometimes, all it takes to find a new babysitter is to ask around! Often your baby's doctor, fellow parents, or relatives will have great sitter recommendations. You can also check the yellow pages for a babysitting agency, which connects parents with pre-screened sitters. Or, you could enlist the help of online babysitting services, like babysitters.com. Generally, both sites and agencies will charge a fee, which can range widely...from 40 to 400 dollars! However you find your sitter, though, ALWAYS ask for references-and then always call them! It's also smart to schedule an interview to discuss your candidate's previous babysitting experience and emergency training and how much he or she expects to be paid. Rates vary, but the average is somewhere between five and 20 dollars an hour, depending on who minds your child or children, and whether it's for a short time while you attend to errands. This cost rises to more significant figures for highly trained professionals with years of experience, who may be called upon to stay with the children for an entire weekend. Here are some of the main factors that affect cost: fees charged by the agency; number of children to be watched; regularity with which you'll require a sitter; nature of the duties to be performed; and payment method you'll be using. If your preliminary visit goes well, and you think you've found a good fit, request that your babysitter arrive a half hour early for the first day on the job. Use this time to prepare the sitter for the job. Show the sitter fire escape routes, emergency phone numbers, and how the locks work. Then, walk the sitter through your baby's schedule, from feeding times to your bedtime routine. Finally, show the babysitter exactly how to prepare your infant's food particularly if the sitter will need to mix baby formula. Once you head out for the night, you won't be able to monitor the sitter. So how will you know if he or she does a good job? The best way to evaluate a babysitter is to look at your infant! A well cared for baby will appear clean and content. Although accidents can happen, your baby should NEVER have multiple injuries. Your infant should also appear to warm up to the sitter over time and conversely, a good babysitter should appear genuinely happy to see your infant and a superior babysitter will make a point to tell you about what happened while you were gone. She should mention high points, like the use of a new word and concerns, like a decreased appetite. If you've found someone who fits this bill, cultivate a positive relationship with her. After all, you'll hopefully be working with this babysitter WELL past the baby stage!More »
Last Modified: 2013-03-29 | Tags »
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If you've just had a baby and you're feeling less than ecstatic, be on the lookout for post-partum depression! Learn the signs.
Transcript: You've just had a beautiful baby, and for some reason you can't seem to stop crying. If this sounds familiar,...
You've just had a beautiful baby, and for some reason you can't seem to stop crying. If this sounds familiar, know that you aren't alone...as many as 80 percent of new moms experience some sadness postpartum. In most cases, these "baby blues" are a passing state of emotions that only last a few days or weeks after delivery. Moms who experience postpartum blues may feel irritable or sad, and have trouble sleeping. Normal post-baby sadness doesn't interfere with a woman's ability to care for her baby. In about 10 to 20 percent of new moms, however, the baby blues are more severe. Postpartum depression is a condition that DOES interfere with a mom's ability to care for her child. This illness was brought into the spotlight in 2005, when model and actress, Brooke Shields came forward to discuss her struggles with postpartum depression. Shields even wrote a book, "Down Came the Rain," to publicize the condition. The symptoms of postpartum depression include frequent crying jags, sleep disturbances, thoughts of suicide, weight and energy loss, lack of interest in anything, and feelings of guilt. An even more serious postpartum disorder is known as postpartum psychosis. This rare condition leads to psychotic symptoms, such as hallucinations and delusions, following a baby's birth. Moms with postpartum psychosis are more likely to have obsessive thoughts about their babies and may act upon ideas of hurting them. No matter what postpartum condition a new mom has, a hormone imbalance is thought to play a role. That's because levels of the hormones estrogen, progesterone, and cortisol fall rapidly in the 48 hours after delivery. Women who develop a postpartum disorder are more sensitive to these changes. Women with a history of depression or other mental illnesses, women experiencing relationship problems, and moms who have had a previous postpartum condition, are all more likely to develop one of these illness. But there is help for postpartum disorders! Moms who have the "baby blues," may find that being surrounded with a support network, talking to other mothers, and getting more rest will usually lead to an abating of symptoms in a few short weeks. Women experiencing postpartum depression, however, will probably need a little extra help. Your doctor may suggest psychological counseling, or group therapy. She may also prescribe an anti-depressant medication, like Paxil or Prozac, which will help regulate hormone imbalances. If you're breastfeeding, talk to your doctor about medications that are safe for you AND your baby. If your doctor diagnoses you with postpartum psychosis, your treatment will involve more intense therapy and an anti-psychotic medication. If you are among the women who experience postpartum sadness, remember that you are not alone and that you WILL recover. Above all, do not be embarrassed about this common condition! Please, see your doctor if you are concerned about post-partum depression.More »
Last Modified: 2013-07-23 | Tags »
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Have you just had your baby and ready to get back to your old self? Be patient about shedding the baby weight! Learn more about post-partum weight loss in this video.
Transcript: Supermodel Heidi Klum had a baby, then almost immediately slimmed down to her pre-pregnancy weight, and...
Supermodel Heidi Klum had a baby, then almost immediately slimmed down to her pre-pregnancy weight, and was back on the runway in six weeks flat! If you're thinking you could be like Heidi, RELAX. You're a new mom and a normal person and your weight loss goals should reflect that! While it's admirable to want to shed baby weight, your doctor may ask that you hold off on slimming down until after your six week postpartum checkup. If you delivered vaginally, however, the American Academy of OBGYNs says that you can GRADUALLY begin exercising as soon as YOU feel up to it. Note that women who gave birth via c-section do NOT usually have this option and must wait six to eight weeks to begin an exercise program. Regardless, once you decide it's time to begin a fitness routine, the number one rule is to go SLOW. Try gentle aerobic activity, like brisk walking, swimming, or biking, to lose those pounds quickly and safely. In addition, avoid sit-ups or other exercises that could strain your abdominal muscles post-pregnancy. If you're like most women, you developed a gap in those muscles while you were expecting, and you'll need to go easy on the area for at least eight weeks. As you begin your regimen, have realistic goals-just because Angelina Jolie was back in skinny jeans in eight weeks doesn't mean you have to be, at all! In fact, it's not even SAFE to lose more than a pound or two a week, according to most doctors. You should expect it to take ten months to a full year to lose the 25 or more pounds you put on during pregnancy. This is especially true if you're breastfeeding, as rapid weight loss can release bad-for-baby toxins normally stored in body fat into your milk. But the good news for breastfeeding moms is that nursing will help you lose weight. That's because, during your pregnancy, your body was busy storing up nourishing fat to feed your baby once he or she arrived. Now that your little one is here, your baby will be taking this fat directly from your body, in turn helping you reach your weight loss goals! Also, you require about 500 calories a day simply to produce breast milk. You can use those extra 500 calories to add more healthy food to your diet, or to help you lose that extra baby weight. In fact, svelte celebs like Christina Aguilera and Gwyneth Paltrow credit their rapid weight loss in part to having made the choice to breastfeed. And Jodi Foster even said she "just couldn't stop losing weight" while nursing! Remember, though, that you shouldn't CUT calories while you're breastfeeding, EVEN IF weight loss is your goal. Instead, make sure to eat a healthy, well-balanced diet that includes plenty of fruits and vegetables, whole-grains and calcium-rich foods. Remember that every woman's weight loss goals and post-pregnancy body will be different, so it's best to consult your doctor before beginning ANY kind of weight loss plan.More »
Last Modified: 2013-04-11 | Tags »
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With your new addition comes more than a few adjustments. One of these is your health insurance plans and costs. Find out more about this in this video.
Transcript: With the arrival of a new baby comes the arrival of new medical bills! Your infant can cost you a pretty...
With the arrival of a new baby comes the arrival of new medical bills! Your infant can cost you a pretty penny starting right from birth. In fact, the average cost of a vaginal delivery in the United States is six to eight thousand dollars. While the average cesarean section delivery is more like 10 to 12 thousand. Throw in AT LEAST six first-year checkups four rounds of infant vaccinations and common ailments, like ear infections and colds and it's little wonder that you need a good health insurance plan for your infant! For many parents, the most logical insurance option is to add a new infant to their existing plan. State law usually mandates that your insurance company accept the new addition, as long as you report your baby's birth within 30 days. This option becomes more complicated, however, if you lose your job during your pregnancy. In situations like this, a federal law called COBRA will allow you to keep the same health insurance provided by your old employer. But you should expect to pay for your full premium, plus two percent. Although it's an expensive option, COBRA ensures your baby gets the care you've come to count on for up to 36 months after your last day. If you didn't have medical insurance to begin with your state's Children's Health Insurance Protection Program, or CHIP, may be able to offer affordable insurance to your baby. In fact, President Obama recently passed the CHIP Reorganization Act, which ensures that the plan will reach millions of new children in 2009. Whomever you obtain insurance through, it's vital that you find out what your plan covers BEFORE your baby is born. Typically, your insurance company will pay for well-child care, which includes vaccines, medication, and normal check-ups. You'll also want to find out if your preferred OBGYN and pediatrician are part of your insurance plan's network. If they are NOT, you can expect to pay more-or even ALL OF-the costs to see these doctors. Remember, your new baby should never be without insurance. Visit cms.hhs.gov/home/chip to find out more.More »
Last Modified: 2013-03-29 | Tags »
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