Happy Mother’s Day to the wonderful moms everywhere! It’s not an easy job, but it’s the most important and rewarding job you’ll ever have! Enjoy these special quotes about mothers from QuoteGarden. Woman in the home has not yet lost her dignity, in spite of Mother’s Day, with its offensive implication that our love needs… [Continue Reading]
The new TIME cover, featuring a beautiful blond woman standing upright and breastfeeding her almost-4-year-old son, is creating waves already. Personally, I’m tired of the whole conversation already. And not interested in reading the actual article. And a great fan of Dr. Sears and attachment parenting, for the record. What I did enjoy, however, are… [Continue Reading]
A healthy diet is important for everyone, but even more crucial during pregnancy. Fish is a great choice, and here’s another good reason to add it to your menu: Eating two servings of salmon a week during pregnancy is beneficial both for the mother and child, according to University of Granada researchers (Medical News Today).… [Continue Reading]
From when I was a kid until now, one of my favorite activities is looking through old family photo albums. Seeing the familiar faces of family and friends, remembering the good times we shared, and laughing over the silly photos we couldn’t bear to throw away (remember a time before digital cameras?!)… it’s a surefire… [Continue Reading]
“I just got pregnant and I’m so worried about stretch marks. What can I do?” wails a distressed woman in this Q&A style article. Dr. Judith Reichman replies that basically, if your body is prone to stretch marks, there’s nothing you can do to prevent them. Just deal with it and move on to more important issues (Note: that’s my advice, not Dr. Reichman’s…) A recent study in the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology found several “risk factors” for developing SG (striae gravidarum – the medical term for stretch marks related to pregnancy.) They include weight gain (um, don’t most pregnant women gain weight?), maternal age (the younger you are the more likely you are to develop SG), and family history (you are prone to stretch marks if you’ve got some already, just from growing up). I remember when I first saw the signs of stretch marks. Although I’ve got them all over my body, I thought I’d escaped SG becuase my belly was still stretch-mark free into my 9th month. And then, suddenly, a few weeks before d-day, there they were!! Just crept up on me and shouted “Hellooo, here we are!” Uninvited, and unwated. They decided they wanted to stick around, and nothing I said or did would convince them to go. Sadly, there are no magical creams or ointments that will prevent stretch marks. Just look at them as battle scars, accept them with dignity, wear them proudly…And start buying one-piece bathing suits.