Smile, Baby!

When is brushing your teeth not just about freshening your breath? When you’re pregnant.  I think that your dental health may be one of the most overlooked aspects of keeping yourself healthy when you are expecting—and neglecting your teeth can have a pretty serious impact on your pregnancy.  Now, keep in mind that the jury is still out on some of this research, but when you consider what I’m about to explain it will make sense. Continue reading “Smile, Baby!”

Coping with the tragedy of miscarriage

I can speak to this point quite personally—having miscarried two babies back to back over the course of a year and a half, it is nearly impossible to communicate the grief that goes along with it.  What I have learned from other women, friends and my patients is that our experiences with fetal loss are all very different.  Some women are very private—never even telling those closest to them that they were expecting. Others grieve very openly and share their experiences with everyone.  For myself, I kept fairly quiet about my story, but as the years pass (8 to be exact) it does get easier to talk about how it felt. Continue reading “Coping with the tragedy of miscarriage”

CDC Urges Pregnant Moms to Get Pertussis Vaccine

The Centers for Disease Control have seen a pretty significant jump in reported cases of pertussis–also known as “whooping cough” over the past two years.  Jumping by nearly 4,000 cases across the US since 2009, pertussis can be a deadly infection in babies less than 6 months of age.  Previous recommendations suggested that mothers be vaccinated immediately after birth to help protect babies from the bacteria that cause the condition, but now researchers feel that in order to properly protect babies, they should be receiving mom’s antibodies in utero.

There are still questions to be answered regarding the use of the vaccine before delivery–and the vaccines are currently still being given after delivery, so don’t be surprised if a nurse walks in with a dose for you before you leave the hospital. Continue reading “CDC Urges Pregnant Moms to Get Pertussis Vaccine”

Baby on a budget–ways to save

It seems like everything these days costs more.  Well, actually it’s not your imagination–but a very hard reality. Especially if you have been to a gas station lately–where you may have felt the financial pinch most significantly.  Of course, like gas, groceries and every other bill that comes regularly, baby supplies can take up a pretty serious chunk of your new-addition budget–but does it have to? I often hear my friends complain about how expensive their children are.  I don’t usually say anything, but I wonder in my mind–why? And yes, if you are wondering–I have two children and I rarely feel any sort of financial pinch from their existence at all.
Not every baby has to be expensive, nor does your pregnancy.  If you think having a baby is expensive, maybe it’s just you–and what you think you have to have for a healthy, happy addition to your home.  Learning to cut corners on the cost of preparing for a new baby are relatively simple if you are willing to make some concessions. Continue reading “Baby on a budget–ways to save”

Baby Summer Safety

The dog days of summer will soon be upon us, and if you will be caring for a newborn or young baby for any length of time between now and the end of September you need to understand a few key points about summer baby care. You may call some of these tips a bit obvious, but I spend lots of time with parents who simply don’t understand. Not trying to insult anyone’s intelligence, just stating the facts.

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