One Sacramento couple may want to try a hand at the lottery after welcoming identical triplets last month – that’s because the triple bundles were reportedly conceived naturally.
Multiple births are more common when assisted reproductive technologies are used, such as in vitro fertilization. But doctors say the chance of conceiving identical triplets, where a single fertilized egg divides into three separate embryos, without fertility treatments, is nearly one in a million.FULL ENTRY
Losing control. It’s a common feeling for many mothers the first few weeks after giving birth. It may seem difficult to get a grip on your emotions let alone your schedule with your seemingly nocturnal newborn (what time is it again?).
But what is more often overlooked is the physical toll birth
takes within many women's lower bodies, beyond just gaining baby weight. The conditions are known as pelvic floor
disorders and occur when the muscles, ligaments, nerves and tissue that keep
our pelvic organs like the bladder and uterus – which undergo incredible
pressure during birth -- weaken or tear.
President Obama is scheduled to visit Boston Wednesday to talk about the Affordable Care Act and use Massachusetts’ experience – which passed its health reform law in 2006 -- as encouragement for Americans to sign up for health care. Given the fact that Healthcare.gov, the website Americans will need to sign up for health care has been a navigation nightmare for many, he may need the positive energy the Bay State has built up from the anticipated Red Sox win tonight to get a few good cheers.
The slow start and partisan bickering about the health care law that shut down the government seems to have only added more confusion about the health care law. If you’re a woman who is pregnant or planning to become pregnant or in need of reproductive health services such as fertility procedures, what the ACA offers – and doesn’t – should matter to you.
Here are 5 important aspects of the Affordable Care Act women need to know when it comes to their reproductive health:
Should pregnant women get the flu shot? At what age should my child get the flu shot? Does the flu shot even work?
Dr. Ben Kruskal, chief of infectious disease at Harvard Vanguard Medical Associates answered those questions and more that readers asked on the cold and flu. See the transcript below.FULL ENTRY
Ask any new mother and she'll likely confess that she absolutely loves the smell of.... her baby.
The smell. It's difficult to describe but some have illustrated it as warm, sweet, or soft. Many mothers are drawn to that smell and science may tell us why. One recent study found that a mom sniffing her newborn evokes the same pleasure and satisfaction as a hungry person tasting something delicious.
But amid diaper blowouts and spit up, you'd think that natural smell would seem to go sour pretty quickly, right? And that a bath tub and some baby wash is the necessary solution, right?
Not so, Claire Goss, 32, of Ashland, Mass. told me when I recently met her for a TV story I produced. In fact, she publicly confessed through her blog on the parenting site Babble that she just doesn't find the time or the need to bathe 3-month-old Charlie.FULL ENTRY
Within this first year of parenthood, we have already visited the pediatrician seven times.
Our pediatrician is wonderful – everything we could hope for in a doctor who will be with us for a solid decade or two (at least). At every visit so far she has asked us about our daughter's eating habits, and pooping habits; she even asks about firearms in the house and about how our marriage is doing.
These are all very important topics. But our pediatrician has consistently missed raising one subject that’s equally as important -- Not once has she asked where our daughter sleeps and whether we share our bed with her.FULL ENTRY
**UPDATE: I'll have to sit out of the hangout today, due to technical issues. But the hangout will still go on here. Don't worry, we'll do another one soon!**FULL ENTRY
Elizabeth Berrien went into labor right on her due date. She wasn’t surprised. Tookie was his father’s son; the son of a military serviceman who took pride in being on time.
For Berrien, 32, of Charlotte, NC, Tookie’s arrival in January 2008 was the natural culmination of the perfect pregnancy. She was healthy and energetic throughout the 40 weeks. Now the doctor, the midwife, the doula, and her medic husband Brian were ready.FULL ENTRY
Happy Friday all!
For all the women who have ever been asked, "Aren't you scared to give birth?" and those who have asked the question, this TedX video of Ina May Gaskin, the mother of authentic midwifery, is for you. I can't answer that question any better if I tried today, so I hope you'll indulge.FULL ENTRY
Around week 24 of pregnancy, your doctor will likely ask you to drink a highly sweetened Tang-like beverage. Some forms of the drink are fruity flavored, but I remember still needing to hold my nose and swallow.
After an hour, a blood sample is taken from your arm and tested for your sugar level.
That drink actually contains 50 grams of sugar, and your doctor is testing how well your body has processed the sugar within that amount of time. It’s called an oral glucose tolerance test and the results can determine whether you have gestational diabetes mellitus, or GDM.FULL ENTRY
If you’re a mom or a mom-to-be, chances are you are very aware that August is National Breastfeeding Awareness Month by the incessant amount of flyers in the mailbox and emails to the inbox you’ve likely received telling you so.
Some information sent to me so far this month has been helpful. New scientific studies published in journals this month have found added benefits of breastfeeding for both the mother and child. It is well known that there are benefits, but that reassurance has been encouraging.
I've also received “calls to action." One in particular-- a letter asking me to gather with other mothers in a public display of breastfeeding solidarity. Essentially, a “boob-olution.” Their words. Not mine.FULL ENTRY
If you’ve had a baby within the last three weeks, do yourself a favor: Bookmark this post and come back to it when your doctor brings this subject up. Right now, this should be the least of your worries.
Between the two people it takes to tango, the answer to the question of when to resume sex after baby has mainly depended on the woman, for obvious reasons.
Although a doctor may say it’s physically safe after a certain period of time, many women may still not feel ready. So really, the answer is subjective, because readiness may have more to do with desire than physical capability.
Setting a timeline without 'feeling it' can feel... overwhelming.
But women aren’t the only ones who need time to regain their sexual confidence post-baby. It may take just as long – if not longer – for new fathers to feel ready again, according to a new study published Thursday in The Journal of Sexual Medicine.
How long, exactly?FULL ENTRY
You've carried. You've labored. You've delivered. And you're finally home.
Now comes the hard part for many first-time parents:
The first two weeks of parenthood.
The first two weeks of parenthood can also mean the first two weeks of grandparenthood. And auntiehood. And unclehood. And Godparenthood. Everything is new new new for parents and eager friends and family members. So begins the rush of incessant calls, surprise visits, and constant monitoring of the new family’s every move as if the baby is here for a limited time only and that date is about to expire.
While the experience might be all excitement and smiles for many taking on these new roles, it’s likely to bring on anxiety for a new mother in the throes of recovering after giving birth.
The rush along with a new mother's surge of hormones that can bring on volatile waves of emotions -- magnified, of course, by the lack of sleep -- can make some mothers feel like they’re losing control.
To all those who mean well, us new mommies love you. We need you. We know you’re excited. But here’s what we really need you to understand:FULL ENTRY
Poor Mrs. Middleton.
Every time I hear about how the countdown is on for the royal baby, I get flashbacks of my own final few days of pregnancy. They don't included the gorgeous Alexander McQueen coat I too donned (because I didn't), nor do they include being waited on swollen hand and foot in a palace (well, it depends on what you call a palace, I guess).FULL ENTRY
Confession: Even sounding out the words “baby” and “number” and “two” in one breath right now scares me a little. No. A lot.
But a recent study published in the journal Obstetrics and Gynecology found that as many as one-third of babies that follow are conceived within 18 months of a previous birth. The chances are higher if a woman is between the ages of 15 to 19 or older than 30, or if she was married when the previous child was conceived. And in many cases, the subsequent pregnancy is intended.
From a health perspective, a pregnancy interval of 18 months or less is considered short, and in some cases, can be risky. Short intervals between pregnancies increase the chances of preeclampsia, premature births, and a lower birth weight for the baby.FULL ENTRY
Dr. William Camann, director of obstetric anesthesiology at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and author of "Easy Labor: Every Woman's Guide to Choosing Less Pain and More Joy During Childbirth" answered your questions on different labor and birth techniques.
See the transcript below.
We know you probably hate Hallmark holidays.
We don’t plan to shove a lifetime of praise for your role into one day. Nor do we plan to load your man cave with tchotchkes to remind you of what a great father you may be.
Your gift today is to know how only one word can sum up how important you are to your family.
Taking a childbirth class was probably one of the best decisions I made during my pregnancy.
It allowed three hours a week of undistracted time to communicate our labor and birth plan.
And -- thank goodness -- it shot down my husband’s idea of shoving me in the back of his police cruiser and, sirens on, speed his way to the hospital -- all before ferociously wheeling me through the maternity ward like Julianne Moore in the movie “Nine Months.”
But, while I spoke highly about childbirth classes to expectant mothers asking for advice on the best thing they can do to include their partner in the journey, I have a confession to make: I wasn’t always paying attention in class.
At a wedding we attended last week, my husband and I sat next to a young couple who recently had their first child. In true new first-time-parent fashion, our discussion quickly turned to our newborns, and then to the mothers who birthed them.
How long were you trying? Were you trying? Was it natural? How long did it take you to lose your pregnancy weight?
Her pregnancy story was dramatically different than mine.
“So you’re pretty much the girl that women hate,” she concluded.
Mind you, just 20 minutes before her statement she was a complete stranger. She still is. But her remark sounded all too familiar to me.
It’s Mother’s Day and I’m sure you’re well aware. Right now, you’ve eaten more for brunch than you ever have on a pre-pregnancy day, researched registry items, gone over your birth plan again and again, and even looked into some maternity swimsuits for your babymoon. Sounds relaxing. Your husband has brought home flowers and is trying not to drop the ball by celebrating a new version of you. Because you’re a mom, right? And you deserve to be celebrated, right?
Oh no no no no no. You havent earned today, yet.
Although I never sought chiropractic care during pregnancy, I have come across many pregnant women who have asked about whether seeing a chiropractor could help them through their journey.
**Disclaimer** Information in this post is not a substitute for medical advice. Please consult your physician to discuss your options and find out what care is best for you.
Maegan Istok D.C., is a practicing chiropractor at Palmer Family Chiropratic in Milford. She sees everyone from infants and pregnant mothers to people into their 90s. Here she offers answers to some frequently asked questions about chiropractic care during pregnancy.FULL ENTRY
Did you miss last week's chat on infertility?
Here's another chance to get your questions answered by Boston IVF's Dr. Alison Zimon.FULL ENTRY
Join me and Dr. Alison Zimon, a reproductive endocrinologist at Boston IVF, this Thursday at 12p.m. EST as we discuss your questions related to infertility.
Dr. Zimon received her undergraduate degree from Harvard University and her medical degree at Yale. She came to Boston to train with Boston IVF through a residency in obstetrics & gynecology and a fellowship in reproductive endocrinology & infertility at Boston IVF/Harvard Medical School/Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center.
She works with patients who are seeking assistance with reproductive and childbearing options. This includes evaluations and treatment for preconception, subfertility, infertility, recurrent pregnancy loss, ovulation induction, insemination, IVF, genetic disorders, embryonic genetic screening, as well as use of donated sperm, eggs, embryos and childbearing through a gestational carrier.
She has an appointment at Harvard Medical School and is a member of both local and national reproductive endocrinology & infertility societies. Her major interest outside of reproductive medicine is art -- particularly painting and photography. She also loves sports and plants. Dr. Zimon sees most patients at the South Shore (Quincy) office, as well as Fall River and Yarmouth, MA for consultations.