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]
The Daily Breeze posed the following question about foot pain, which was answered by Dr. Barry A. Wertheimer, D.P.M.:
Q: Now that I am pregnant I have noted severe foot and other joint pains whenever I have to stand or walk for an extended period of time. What is the reason … and besides taking medications, can anything be done to help?
A: As many as 80 to 85 percent of women experience increased pain in their feet, legs, neck and back during pregnancy. Most doctors will tell you that wearing good shoes and massage is all that can be done to relieve the pain of this very common affliction. The reason for this pain is often the release of a hormone (relaxin) that allows stretching of ligaments in the pelvis to facilitate the birthing process. Since we live in a society that stands and walks on hard concrete surfaces, this hormone allows the feet to spread, flatten out and fatigue easily during the pregnancy. What is sometimes helpful is the purchase of over-the-counter orthotics, available at many sporting goods and drug stores. If not effective, then a custom-made foot orthotic, made by a podiatrist, is required to offer the greatest relief. Orthotics are custom-made supports that cradle the feet inside the shoes and hold them in a corrected position. They are a safe, effective, noninvasive treatment for the foot and posture. Orthotics also are effective in treating many other problems as well.