Top Reasons Women Fear Childbirth…Part 1

Having a baby has been depicted by Hollywood as a dramatic, screaming, emotional event. Well, the truth is that sometimes it’s all of those things. But not necessarily the way that television and film makers make it out to be. Thanks to reality birth shows that seem to plaster themselves on channel after channel, many women find their fear level ratcheted up as they watch dramatic event after event unfold in front of their eyes.  It’s not necessary, and in reality we all fear the process enough in our own minds that we just don’t need the extra help from nighttime entertainment.

Every woman fears some part of child birth. Some of them are for funny reasons, some for more serious ones.  In this two-part series we are going to hash over the top eight reasons women fear delivery—and we’re going to start with those little issues that leave you laughing. Wondering later, why did that even matter to me? Continue reading “Top Reasons Women Fear Childbirth…Part 1”

4 Intimacy Struggles After Child Birth

It’s a touchy subject—regaining some sense of intimacy after the birth of a baby.  Or for some women, just being pregnant is enough to knock the cycle off track. Usually, surging pregnancy hormones create a increase in sexual desire during the second trimester, but that fades as your belly grows as big as a house.  For some couples, men are afraid to be intimate because they fear they will hurt the baby, or are turned off by mom’s appearance. These are all normal fears for many couples. So once baby arrives, and those precious few weeks of pelvic rest have passed (and yes—you need to rest your body after delivery—no sex for 4 to 6 weeks girls!)   What’s keeping you from diving into the sheets for anything besides a few hours of coma-like sleep? Plenty. Continue reading “4 Intimacy Struggles After Child Birth”

Third Trimester Prenatal Testing

Are all these third trimester prenatal tests necessary? It’s the common thought that runs through the minds of moms and dads-to-be everywhere.  Most commonly swamped with screenings and blood work during your first trimester, you are long past the majority of those difficult decisions by your last couple of months.  None the less, knowledge is power, and understand why you and your baby need these screenings  can help you make more informed decisions about both yours, and your baby’s care.

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Danger Zone: products that could harm your baby

There are constant recalls on baby supplies all the time.  Sometimes  it’s a specific car seat that fails to stay in one piece during an accident, or a choking hazard, or fall risk from a defective toy.  There are so many baby products on the market today, not only do you have to decide what to buy, but also filter through what’ safe and what isn’t. Continue reading “Danger Zone: products that could harm your baby”

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!”