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  • When To Call Your Baby’s Doctor – Print Out Sheet

    Monday, September 9th, 2019

    One of the toughest and most nerve-racking things for new parent is figuring out when to call the doctor. As a general rule of thumb, trust your instincts. If you suspect something is not right, you should always call the doctor. Even small changes in eating, sleeping, and crying can be signs of serious problems for newborns.

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  • Sex

    Thursday, August 8th, 2019

    First there is sex – hopefully, really great sex. And sometimes sex ultimately leads to babies. There can be sex that results in a surprise baby. Or, there is “let’s make a baby while having great sex” sex.

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  • Springtime – Labor Coping Methods

    Thursday, April 11th, 2019

    Here in northern California spring-timehas arrived. Finally (less) rain, lots of sunshine, flowers blooming and the amazing California poppy is everywhere. All the spring flowers have me thinking about new birth. I thought this would be a good time to review some of my favorite labor coping methods. These are the the strategies I have found to be most helpful to women.

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  • Postpartum Depression… It’s Not the Baby Blues

    Monday, January 7th, 2019

    It’s normal to feel tired after giving birth, but how do you know if you’re suffering from depression? Let me try to explain the difference.

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  • Pregnancy Fitness

    Wednesday, September 19th, 2018

    There are so many great reasons to exercise. It helps all of us to feel better and to be healthier whether we are pregnant or not. During pregnancy, however, regular exercise and being fit can help decrease the incidence of gestational diabetes, help you to develop more stamina for labor and experience less post partum depression.

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  • Old Wives Tales

    Monday, April 9th, 2018

    Although it is supposed to torrentially rain today, Spring is coming here in Northern California. We are all sneezing and walking around with itchy eyes from all the pollen in the air. Yesterday, a young mom asked me if sneezing and coughing too much would hurt her baby or cause her water bag to break early. I told her, “No” but her question got me thinking about all the old wives’ tales I’ve heard over the years.

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  • Omega-3 and Mercury Matter Before Pregnancy

    Monday, March 5th, 2018

    Fish oil is good for us. In recent years a lot of information has come out about the benefits of omega-3 fatty acids. DHA and EPA omega-3s are good for fetal brain development as well as other health benefits in adults. They can be found in fatty fish, walnuts, flaxseeds and vegetable oils like canola, soybean and olive oil. Certain fortified foods such as milk, juice, bread and yogurt also have them.

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  • Postpartum Depression Also Happens To New Dads

    Sunday, October 22nd, 2017

    Depression frequently affects pregnant women and new moms. But a recent analysis of several studies involving over 2500 men, have shown that 10% of newborn fathers also experience postpartum depression.

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  • Should You Eat Soft Cheeses? Absolutely!

    Monday, July 24th, 2017

    Of course we want to be as safe as we can be as we are growing our babies. But why is it that common sense has lost out to fear and rationality? There is a new phenomenon of advising pregnant women to not eat soft cheeses and many types of deli meats. This is due to the extremely rare possibility of acquiring the bacteria Listeria. Lets talk about the myths and the facts about this disease and what the reals risks are.

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  • Childbirth Preparation Classes

    Sunday, June 25th, 2017

    Of all the classes, the most important for first-time parents is a class on preparing for labor and birth. Although it can be helpful to read books and watch a video or two on birth, books and videos don’t provide enough information to help you fully understand labor or learn effective coping skills. Taking a class will help you learn as much as you can about your new adventure (never forget that this is a wonderful adventure!).

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