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Swaddling Dilemna

Most parents say that swaddling helps their babies get to sleep, stay asleep, and get comforted quickly, especially when they are newborns. My problem with this is that the focus is on getting the baby to shut up, settle, be quiet in  his/her crib, on his own. Does this remind...

Your Body After Baby: The First Six Weeks

Your Body After Baby: The First 6 Weeks Lots of things are happening in your body right after you have a baby. During pregnancy, your body changed a lot. It worked really hard to keep your baby safe and healthy. Now that your baby is here, your body is changing...

What is Your Infant's Nursing Style?

By Just Ask Baby, DivineCaroline Breastfeeding is never as simple and straightforward as it might seem. Indeed, Edith Jackson, a pediatrician at Yale described (in the 1950s) five different nursing styles. Knowing the style a baby has, helps you know how to respond appropriately:BarracudaThese babies know what they are after;...

Mocktails From Glow Mama: Kiss Me I'm Pregnant

Ingredients:  3 oz Glow Mama 3 oz lime juice  3 oz sparkling lemonade 2-3 drops natural green food coloring (optional Directions:  Pour ingredients into a cocktail shaker and mix thoroughly (the stronger you shake the more like beer it will look).  Pour into a chilled beer glass and people will think you're celebrating St Patty's...

Anthropology of the Due Date

So much mysticism and mythology surrounds the pregnancy due date.  Much of the mysticism is held by physicians who hold on to the old ways of determining when a pregnant woman will deliver. Believe me, most physicians would love a way to determine the due date so we could plan our...

The Ten Inch Rule: How Safe are Airbags During Pregnancy?

As you know, airbags can save lives in car crashes, but many of my pregnant patients are very concerned about the risks involved to their unborn child if an airbag is deployed in an accident. Their concerns are warranted in that motor vehicle accidents present a greater risk to a...

Pregnancy and Manicures: Organic Nail Polish Means Safer for Mommy and Baby

Is it safe to get a manicure when you're pregnant? The real answer is... maybe. I know, I know. You want a resounding yes. After all, there's nothing like glossy, perfectly polished nails to make you feel totally put together. But we gotta tell the truth. And the truth is...

3 Beauty Treatments to Skip During Pregnancy

As we learned years ago (possibly from watching MTV) every rose has its thorn. But when it comes to beauty products and treatments that could harm you or your baby, nothing’s worth the sting. So here are three beauty treatments you’re better off avoiding if you’re a smart mama-to-be: Retinoids...

Just Juice - Counterpressure of the Fruity Kind

You may have noticed that, as your pregnancy progresses, you may need the assistance of another person more often, especially when it comes to massage. There are two reasons for this. First (at the risk of stating the obvious), you've simply got more pregnant and are therefore more unwieldy and...

Yoga for the First Trimester: The Downward Dog

Yoga is respectful of both your rapidly increasingly anxious mind. This pose in particular is perfect for the first trimester. It helps to alleviate physical and mental fatigue, while increasing hips flexibility (which, a few months from now, you'll be very glad to have). 1. Start on your hands and...