April 04, 2015

Going dairy-free isn’t as bad as you think, and it might really help your fussy baby

By / advice, allergies, Colic, Food, Food Struggles, Fussy Baby, gassy baby / Add comment

If you have a fussy, gassy baby, you know you’d do just about anything to help her feel better (and get a sanity break for yourself). Note the key words in that sentence: “just about.” When I ask new breastfeeding mamas struggling with a fussy baby if they’ve tried eliminating dairy from their diet, they have countless reasons why they’re pretty sure that’s not the problem. Through all the sleep deprivation, frustration, and tears, the mere thought of going dairy-free is often just too much to bear. 

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March 21, 2015

Prenatal restorative yoga makes it all ok

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Modern mamas-to-be know what’s best: eat a healthy diet, practice safe prenatal exercise daily, rest adequately, hydrate thoroughly, and pop prenatal vitamins diligently. And because we’re all able to plan the *perfect* pregnancy, we have dutifully scheduled these lifestyle requirements into our calendars for several months prior to conception. And stress? No! That’s definitely not good for the baby, so we will simply put an end to that. Right? 

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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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