Prenatal Related Articles & Blog Posts

  • Newborn laying under a blanket on mother's stomach.

    Birth Plan Considerations

      Preparing for baby can be so exciting.  Take some time during your pregnancy to plan for your labor and delivery.  It’s helpful to remember that everything may not go exactly “as planned,” but it’s important to have a clear idea of your priorities and preferences well before the big day.  Below are some options […]

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  • Mother and newborn sleeping in a hospital bed with skin-to-skin contact

    11 Medical Decisions to Make for Your Baby Before Delivery (or someone else will make them for you)

      In the first few hours of your baby’s life you will need to make 11 medical decisions for your tiny new person, or someone else will make them for you.  I’ve attended deliveries for more than a decade at five different hospitals, and it’s shocking how few mothers are able to make educated decisions […]

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    Iodine Supplements? Yes! New Recommendations for Pregnant and Breastfeeding Women

      I’ve been throwing down prenatal vitamins every morning for more than a decade, so I was shocked to realize that I’m deficient in iodine, a nutrient essential for thyroid function and brain development.  I’m not alone, almost a third of pregnant women in the United States don’t get enough iodine in their diet, and […]

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  • Caucasian pre-school age girl admires her new baby sister as her mom holds her up to show it to her

    Musings from the Newborn Nursery: Naming Your Child

    Baby names are a big deal.  There are many considerations to be made such as cultural traditions, family names and how the name will sound with the baby’s surname.  There are constituencies (family and friends) to satisfy.  The name must be smart, elegant/dashing, fun, interesting, dynamic, CEO-esk and not too common but not too weird. […]

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    10 Post-baby Surprises – Numbers 3-5

    Yesterday I began sharing my list of ten things that I didn’t know about the first few days after having a baby. Today, I give you numbers 3, 4 and 5. 3. Please excuse me, but something has left my body via my vagina. I had no idea that after they took out the babies, […]

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    After-birth: 10 things I didn’t know about having a baby

    Childbirth classes were something I didn’t consider to be optional when I was pregnant. With my Type A personality and the fact that I am someone who would always rather know the ugly truth than a pleasant lie, you’d better believe I was in that class with pen in hand taking notes. Plus I was […]

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  • The Key Ingredient to Growing Up Healthy

    1,000 Days: The Key Ingredient to Growing Up Healthy

    Parents want their children to grow up healthy and happy, to have strong bodies and smart minds, and to reach their full potential. It’s a universal wish of every parent. And thankfully putting kids on the right track toward achieving their dreams requires a universal key ingredient: good nutrition, right from the start. Good nutrition […]

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    Living Life with Postpartum Depression

    There is a large misconception that being diagnosed with PPD and beginning treatment – whether that be with prescription medication, exercise, therapy, or, whatever your personal plan may be – means that you’re good or that it’s something that you’ll be able to talk about in past tense. Sadly, that just isn’t the case. While […]

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  • Postpartum Depression is a Family Affair

    Postpartum Depression is a Family Affair

    We’ve all heard the saying, “When mama’s happy, everyone’s happy.” Or, “Happy wife, happy life.” Well, I’m here to tell you that not only are they absolutely true, but they can also go both ways. The truth is that postpartum depression doesn’t just affect you; rather, it is a true family affair. You may be […]

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  • Time for Action Treatment Medications and Therapy

    Time for Action: Treatment, Medications, and Therapy

    Being diagnosed with postpartum depression is only the first step of many. Realizing that the way you feel isn’t because you’re a horrible mother or that you did something wrong can lift a huge weight off of your shoulders. But, unfortunately, it doesn’t end there with the diagnosis. For some, it can be a very […]

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