According to the news this week, more couples are opting for separate bedrooms - with surprising results. At first glance- it would appear there are troubled waters- when actually the trend to have a more restful sleep by sleeping solo seems to be catching on.
How about you? Would you vote to sleep apart — no guilt attached? Would your Partner agree or disagree?
The age - old approach to "easing" the pain of childbirth with the use of nitrous oxide seems to be making a comeback. This morning's news included "laughing gas" as an option for laboring women, to help "distance themselves from the pain." Unlike the popular epidural, which blocks the pain, nitrous affects the 'perception' of the pain — so the pain doesn't "bother" her anymore.
Nitrous oxide is less invasive and inexpensive; I remain curious to see whether the medical community is prepared to go back in time. Stay tunedâ€¦
How about you? Would you choose to use "gas" as an option for pain management?
Baby Blues can happen within hours, days or weeks of the baby being born. Here are the primary symptoms: -Mood Swings -Anxiety -Sadness -Irritability -Crying -Decreased Concentration -Trouble Sleeping ALL of the above are common with new mothers!
Postpartum Depression is not as common as Baby Blues; although the numbers are rising. Symptoms may include: -Loss of appetite -Intense irritability -Overwhelming fatigue -Lack of interest in life -Feelings of shame, guilt or inadequacy -Sever mood swings -Thoughts of harming herself or the baby ***Relatives and/or close friends NEED to contact her OB/Midwife for assistance. The good news is that there is help available to support her through this unique life transition.
Have you had any of the above symptoms? Share your experiences here so that we can all learn and support you.
You are correct to be aware of swelling- particularly when there is sudden swelling in the face, sometimes referred to as "moonface." On the other hand, swelling in the feet is common. The one test you have not mentioned is a urine test to determine if you are spilling protein in your urine- this is something that your MD will want to check on. The other symptom for you to be aware of at home is headache - a sign that your blood pressure could be rising.
Pay attention to your body and stay in touch with your MD,as Pregnancy Induced Hypertension (PIH) can have sudden onset and serious results if not monitored.
You definitely could be pregnant...several variables that we do not know- primarily- your age. The menstrual cycle shifts dramatically with age - and early pregnancy symptoms vary woman to woman. (My own sister bled steadily through her entire 40 week pregnancy and delivered a healthy full term baby.) In other situations, bleeding is a sign of a problem- which brings me to my final thought: whenever you have a question or concern: CHECK WITH YOUR OB/MIDWIFE. Better to safe than sorry or worry yourself to pieces.
While the evidence to date suggests that autism stems from a combination of genetic and environmental factors, it is thought that prenatal folic acid may reduce the risk for autism. This is according to a Norwegian study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA). Check with your OB/Midwife for their recommended prenatal vitamin, all of which contain folic acid.
Baby Blues can happen within hours, days or weeks of the baby being born.Here are the primary symptoms: -Mood Swings -Anxiety -Sadness -Irritability -Crying -Decreased Concentration -Trouble Sleeping -Difficulty bonding with the baby
Postpartum Depression is not as common as Baby Blues, although the numbers are on the rise. Symptoms may include: -Loss of appetite -Intense irritability and anger -Overwhelming fatigue -Loss of interest in sex -Lack of interest in life -Feelings of shame, guilt or inadequacy -Severe mood swings -Withdrawal from family and friends -Thoughts of harming herself or the baby
Relatives and/or close friends should not be shy about contacting her OB/Midwife for assistance. The good news is that help is available to support the new mom through this unique life transition.View Thread
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