If you’ve decided to breastfeed your baby, you’re about to give him or her a gift more valuable than braces or even a college education. Breastfeeding strengthens the immune system and maybe even mental development, and reduces ear infections and allergies. It has been associated with lower incidence of SIDS, and even shores up the bonding process. As an added bonus, you reap the rewards of hormones that can reduce the risk of developing ovarian and breast cancer. It’s no surprise that the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) supports nursing for at least 12 months — longer if you can swing it.
Pregnant and planning to breastfeed? Here are 10 facts that may surprise you:
According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, one in four babies is now delivered by Cesarean — the highest level ever reported, and over 10 percent higher than in countries with similar demographics. But a new consumer booklet, What Every Pregnant Woman Needs to Know about Cesarean Section, from the Manhattan-based Maternity Center Association (MCA), warns that C-sections are associated with significant short- and long-term physical and emotional health risks for both mother and baby.
The last thing a new mom wants to think about is preparing a nutritious meal for herself. Not that she doesn’t want to eat healthy food. It’s just so tiring to think about the actual completion of the task. First there’s the running to the market, then the buying of healthy foods, dealing with checkout, the schlep home and finally, cooking and eating. Just considering the prospect is nap-inducing.
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All Maryann* had ever wanted was a baby.When her mother-in-law told her that she seemed to be awfully tense these days, and her sister-in-law added that, if she wanted to get pregnant, she "just needed to relax," she choked down her anger and changed the subject as quickly as she could. Later that night, calmer, she wondered if there was any validity to their comments. Surprisingly, the answer may be yes.
Just four periods a year. That's just another of the fringe benefits women will reap from the first and only extended-cycle oral contraceptive to prevent pregnancy, recently approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.
On the birth of her daughter, Simona Nielsen took a 26-week maternity leave from her job as a stock trader. Her firm footed half the bill, and the government kicked in the other half. Her husband, also a professional, opted for a two-week leave — at full salary. Both their employers were completely supportive; they considered parental leave a natural and necessary provision for the health of the entire family. How did the Nielsens manage to get such generous benefits when so many new parents can take a fraction of that time — without pay?
When Jennifer first discovered she was pregnant, she was elated. Her excitement, however, was soon replaced by nausea and vomiting. Within a few months, her morning sickness became so bad she had lost 20 pounds and had been hospitalized twice for dehydration. Jennifer had hyperemesis gravidarum, the medical term for more serious morning sickness.
My OB/GYN patted me on the shoulder. "Your uterus and ovaries are normal, and your health is excellent," he said, smiling. "I'd say you've got at least a couple more years of baby-making in you." It was exactly the vote of confidence I needed. I was turning 40 and my fiancé and I planned to have a child together as soon as we got married. Since my two boys (then 6 and 8) had both been conceived on literally the first attempt, I had no reason to doubt my doctor's prognosis. There was just one problem. He was wrong.
The choice to be a stay-at-home mom is a personal one, and a decision not to be made in haste. While opting to remain home with your children can be a wonderful and rewarding experience, it also presents an assortment of challenges.
Menstrual periods may soon be passé, according to several leading women’s health experts. Sound too good to be true?
Conventional advice used to steer pregnant women away from antidepressant drugs, but new research suggests there may be more risk to the child if the mother's depression isn't treated during pregnancy.
: “Through labor, I felt no pain at all,” says Amy Moore of Riverside, describing the delivery of her second child nine months ago. “And I didn’t always practice my visualization.” Regardless, Moore’s participation in a self-hypnosis birthing program called HypnoBirthing seemed to help anyway.
During my pregnancy, a routine blood test revealed that my cholesterol was above normal. A year after the birth of my daughter, I felt tired, my skin was dry and I couldn't lose the remaining five pounds over my pre-pregnancy weight. I attributed this to being in my mid-30s and recently having a baby. When my HMO plan changed, I had to find a new doctor.
When Sylvia Ann Hewlett’s book, Creating a Life: Professional Women and the Quest for Children, was published last year, it caused a furor.
Many mothers attest to never feeling quite as ‘together’ as in their pre-baby days. But those who seem to barely miss a beat amidst the whirlwind of activity say it all boils down to flexibility, planning, and support — and a lot of smoke and mirrors.
A new report suggests that male babies are more likely to be born from a prolonged pregnancy than females. Based on the most recent data, a pregnancy is deemed prolonged if it lasts 41 weeks or longer.
Many women know that taking folic acid, or folate, before and during early pregnancy can help protect their unborn babies from neural tube defects. Now a study shows that folic acid also helps to prevent early miscarriages.
For nausea and vomiting associated with pregnancy, first try changing your diet, says Jennifer Niebyl, M.D., University of Iowa professor and head of obstetrics and gynecology, in a report in the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology.
`` Researchers at the University of Washington examined 182 women aged 18 to 39 between 1994 and 1999 who were receiving Depo-Provera injections.
If you're pregnant or have had a child in the past few years, you've probably heard about cord blood banking, which allows umbilical stem cells to be stored cryogenically, under liquid nitrogen.
When it comes to her health and well-being, Alsuna Roland, a 49-year-old Staten Island-based nutritionist, doesn’t like to take chances. A two-time breast cancer survivor, she gladly sings the praises of a new, non-painful and highly accurate breast imaging technique called Miraluma.
A couple of months ago, I had heard two fabulous but scary words: “You’re pregnant!” Fearing the weight issue, my doctor had handed me a brochure on prenatal yoga that brought a lot of questions to my mind: How would yoga help me stay fit?
Four years ago, Laurie Fett, a vice president at the midtown Manhattan office of the cable network, Showtime, was in Ray Gutierrez’s office when the telephone rang. His executive assistant, Elaine Reda, took the call. It was from an employee who had recently returned to work after giving birth, and she wanted permission from Gutierrez, executive vice president of human resources, to use the handicapped bathroom so she could express milk. “Elaine and I said we couldn’t have her pumping on the toilet bowl. The boss said, ‘What do you need?’ Within days we had a room,” says Fett.