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Motherhood is an amazing experience, but it can also be difficult. In fact, becoming a new mom is one of the most significant life changes you will experience. The combination of hormones, psychological changes and physical demands can cause a myriad of emotions that may make you feel overwhelmed, inadequate and anxious. Along with these emotions, moms often worry about accidentally harming their baby. This is a very normal part of adjusting to your new role as a parent. However, if harmful scenarios start to ruminate in your mind and consume your thoughts, it is important to...
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Placentophagy, or the ingestion of the placenta after giving birth, has gained interest in recent years, especially in the United States. Various methods of consumption exist, including raw, cooked, steamed and dehydrated. The placenta can even be dried and encapsulated, then taken as a supplement over the postpartum period. There is growing research on placentophagy, but to date, there is no strong evidence to support it. In fact, it is not without risk.
Let’s discuss seven common myths.
Myth #1: It gives new moms more energy.
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It is very common for pregnant women to develop a condition known as diastasis recti. Some women may have it and not even realize, while it may be quite obvious to other women. If you’ve noticed a vertical bulge on your tummy between your belly button and pubic bone, it may be diastasis recti.
What causes diastasis recti?
When there is increased pressure on the abdominal wall, like with pregnancy, intense strain or weight gain, it can weaken the tissue or fascia between the abdominal muscles (rectus abdominis). Imagine your abs are like a six-...
The journey of pregnancy, the joy of having your baby, the lifetime of moments that lie ahead, you are eager to enter motherhood, but then there comes the unexpected postpartum bleeding. Is it normal? or is it hemorrhage?
Texas children’s Dr. Karin Fox answers six common questions about postpartum bleeding.
Q: How much postpartum bleeding should I expect after delivery?
After giving birth, some postpartum bleeding will typically continue for two to three weeks. It should be like a period or less, and gradually resolve over time. If you develop a fever, start passing clots or soak through several pads within an hour...
If your unborn baby is diagnosed with an abnormality, or if you require high-level pregnancy care, a specialized fetal center can significantly improve your pregnancy prognosis. The choice of a fetal center is a personal one, but your decision should be guided by fact-based evidence. Here are six things to consider as you research your options.
1. High-level, integrated prenatal and postnatal care
When choosing a fetal center, you want to look for one that offers the highest level of care with a broad spectrum of disciplines. Multiple...