February 22, 2015

Dropping: why it means nothing [Guest post]

By Kristine Angevine, MD, FACOG / Labor, Pregnancy, pregnancy / Add comment

One of the pet peeves I have as an Ob/Gyn is when pregnant patients come in inappropriately worried and fretting over something a friend, family member, or stranger told them. There are usually two main things that inspire their worry: either “You look too small / big to be as far along as you are,” or the dreaded “Oh honey, you’ve definitely dropped.” So I’m going to discuss the phenomenon of dropping here. My ultimate goal is twofold: 

  1. For people to stop making ANY commentary about how a pregnant woman looks, and 

  1. For people to collectively alter how we think about “dropping.”

Why? When we tell a pregnant woman she looks huge, about to pop, that she looks like she is carrying twins, or that she is way too small for her gestational age, it makes her feel uncertainty and angst all because of some subjective blather that has no medical substantiation. 

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February 14, 2015

Yoga props: your key to safety and support during pregnancy

By / Pregnancy Yoga, Prenatal Yoga, Postpartum Recovery, yoga / Add comment

I’ll admit it: I’m a girl who likes a yoga prop. I know that some people think props are superfluous, unnecessary, or just plain gimmicky, but not me. Yoga bolsters blocks, and blankets bring the safety and support all yoginis need to explore their practice. And when we factor pregnancy into the equation? My love expands exponentially. In our Mama Seeds yoga videos we have demonstrated many ways props can be used to provide increased safety and stability for both prenatal and postpartum yoga. Now it’s your turn. All I ask is that you try it, and you’ll see what I’m talking about.

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January 31, 2015

RSV: what a mama needs to know

By / Babies, illness, New baby, RSV, sickness / Add comment

Ahh, yes—RSV. The three little letters that strike fear into the hearts of mamas everywhere in the winter months (and bring craziness into the schedules of pediatricians!). RSV, also known as respiratory syncitial virus, is highly contagious and can truly be a miserable illness, making it a scary one for parents—especially parents of newborns and young babies. But knowledge is power, ladies, so let’s take a look at what you can do to keep your baby safe—and yourself sane—while we wait for spring.

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