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We know that postpartum depression is a serious concern. Identification and prevention is key to helping moms avoid feeling more than just baby blues so that they can care for themselves and their babies.
A recent study on a small group of pregnant women found that those who took DHA, Omega-3 supplements during their pregnancy had a decreased risk of postpartum depression. According to the lead author, Dr. Michelle Price Judge, it’s thought that as pregnancy progresses into the 3rd trimester, more of the mother’s stores of DHA are transferred to the baby, which causes a depletion in the mother.
Question: I just found out I am pregnant and I am already 9 weeks along. Before I knew I was pregnant, I was jumping up and down inside one of those big bouncy houses for kids (for about 5 minutes). I didn’t feel any pain, didn’t have any bleeding, but my mother in law told me I could have hurt the baby. I’m scared. Is jumping bad for the baby?
Answer from Nurse Barb: You sound like you’re going to be a fun mom! Rest assured that the jumping you did shouldn’t have any effect on your baby. Jumping in those air jumpers provided your legs and ankles lots of cushioning. As long as you didn’t have any spotting or bleeding after the jumping, you and the baby should be just fine. (more…)
The reasoning was that these are anti-oxidative vitamins and might be beneficial for pregnant women.
A recent study and ones in the past actually found no difference in the pregnancy outcomes for pre-eclampsia and toxemia. (more…)
I’m reading The Female Brain by Dr. Louann Brizendine. It’s brilliant! Each page is a revelation and explains the neuro-chemical and hormonal influences on our behavior. She manages to take very dry science and bring it to life. This book is a must read for women and the men who love us.
The book covers women of all ages. I read a few pages before speaking to a group of parents last week about teens and sex. It helps to have the biologic explanation for what seems to be erratic and provocative behaviors. (more…)
If you practice long enough, one thing I’ve learned is that the pendulum eventually swings back and finds the center. In terms of women preparing to give birth if they had previously had a C-Section, the thinking has swung from one recommendation to the polar opposite.
For years, we encouraged women who had a Cesarean Section to attempt a vaginal birth after cesarean, or VBAC. I remember countless conversations with women discussing the options, and providing reassurances.
Yikes, I hate heartburn! My Italian grandmother and all the Sopranos calls this “Agita”, or indigestion. As in, “You’re driving me crazy, stop giving Agita.” No matter what you call it, it makes life very unpleasant.
The pregnancy fog…..ah I knew it well myself and see it in patients. When patients are forgetful, we say, “It’s ok, you have pregnancy brain” or “You’re in the pregnancy fog.”
Also, in terms of psychological effects, most women are completely absorbed with their pregnancy and have little space left in their brains for other details. I see this mostly with new moms. They have a laser like focus on their tummies, their baby, how their lives will change and what the future will be like. At times, they may not be interested in conversations around them, and have difficulty dividing their attention. (more…)
1. While sitting in a chair or in a car, try using a small pillow in the natural curve of your lower back. This can take some of the strain off the small muscles that line the spine. (more…)