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Tips for New Parents on How to Survive Your First Year Oct 8th, 2018

Congratulations - you’re a new parent! Having a tiny new human in the house will no doubt change everything about how your household operates. Life with baby will usher in a whole new set of responsibilities that include feeding the baby, changing the baby, rocking the baby, and getting mini...

Help Your Whole Family Get a Better Night’s Sleep Jul 6th, 2018

Sleep deprivation is a huge health concern. Operating without enough of it can be as detrimental to your performance as drugs or alcohol. In the short term, it causes irritability, anxiety, and cognitive impairment. Over the long term, it can lead to heart attack, stroke, and psychiatric disorders. Sixty-eight percent...

The Ultimate Guide to Exercise During Pregnancy Feb 9th, 2018

To continue reading, click here!Original blog article written by:Jenny SilverstoneEditor at Mom Loves BestE: jenny@momlovesbest.comW: https://momlovesbest.com

New Research Helps Diagnose Skin Problems in Pregnancy Jul 19th, 2017

There are many physical changes that occur during pregnancy that medical professionals and researchers are always trying to learn more about. Most recently, researchers at Boston Medical Center(BMC) and Boston University School of Medicine (BUSM) have discovered that black light can be an essential tool in diagnosing Melasma.What is Melasma?Known as the “mask...

You Are Pregnant, Now What? Jun 28th, 2017

Congratulations – you are pregnant! Now what? Your mind is probably juggling many thoughts and questions, but don’t panic, this is a beautiful miracle and you have plenty of time before the little bundle arrives. If you’re wondering what to do next, here are a few important things you can...

Babies Can See Face Features While in the Womb Jun 8th, 2017

While pregnant, you can’t help but wonder what your baby is up to. Researchers alike have been wondering the same thing and trying to fill in the gaps in our knowledge of what babies feel, taste, hear and see in the womb. If you’re an expecting mother, this new research...

Four Essential Apps for New Parents Jun 1st, 2017

Being a new parent is awesome! And with the second brain (aka our phones) we have it a bit easier now trying to juggle it all. When that pregnancy and postpartum brain clouds in, there is a app for that.  Crazy as it sounds, but spending quality time with your new bundle of joy,...

Changes to Expect During Pregnancy May 15th, 2017

If you’re newly pregnant, first off, congratulations! If this is your first child, you’re probably starting to wonder how your body might change in pregnancy.Mindful Midwifery is here to talk to mothers about the changes their body will likely experience while pregnant that many women don’t expect.Getting LightheadedWhile pregnant, your blood vessels expand...

The Shrinking Brain Size of Expectant Mothers May 8th, 2017

We know about the swollen ankles, the inexplicable cravings (pickle-chocolate sandwiches, anyone?) and the morning sickness. But did you know that your brain actually gets smaller when you’re pregnant?According to a recent study published in Nature Neuroscience, an expectant mother’s brain loses gray matter in the frontal and temporal lobes.The gray matter that the...

Overweight Women at Risk for Pregnancy Problems Apr 7th, 2017

If you’re pregnant and obese, you may be putting your child at risk for epilepsy.A recent study revealed that kids whose mothers were overweight or obese during the first trimester of pregnancy are more likely to develop childhood epilepsy. In severely obese women, who have a BMI of 35 or above, the...

Your Guide to Immunizations Mar 20th, 2017

The controversy over vaccines (immunizations) often comes when people don’t understand immunizations.  Ask any woman in 1918, if she would have given her child a tetanus, polio or pertussis vaccine and you would have received an overwhelming resounding “yes”. We have eradicated, or almost eliminated, several deadly disease such as...

How to Bond with Your Baby Mar 20th, 2017

There’s no doubt about it: motherhood can be overwhelming especially when it’s brand new. Once you’re sent home from the hospital, it can be hard for a mother to know if they are bonding with their baby enough.We are offering some tips on how you can bond with your baby...

Signs You Should Consult Your Doctor Mar 13th, 2017

If you are expecting, you probably spend a lot of time worrying about your pregnancy which is natural. It is normal for expectant mothers and fathers to be concerned about potential issues. Everyone experiences pregnancy differently and some people experience more problems than others.When pregnant, it is important to understand what...

Should Pregnant Women Avoid Licorice Feb 27th, 2017

Pregnant women are often getting told what they should or shouldn’t eat by family and friends. It can actually become a little frustrating, being told constantly what you should avoid eating, what you should never eat, and what you should always be eating.Of course, your physician is a trusted source and...

What Your Pregnancy Dreams Might Mean Jan 30th, 2017

Being pregnant is a wonderful experience but it also comes with some pretty strange side effects.Often times, having bizarre dreams is a side effect of pregnancy. With pregnancy, the dreams seem to be, quite frankly, outrageous. Pregnancy dreams can range from hilarious to downright frightening, and most of them mean...

Respecting Expectant Mothers Jan 24th, 2017

The news of a pregnant coworker, friend, family member or acquaintance is tremendously exciting. However, even if you have the best intentions, there are certain things that you should avoid doing and saying in order to respect expecting parents. Pregnancy is a sensitive topic and it should be treated as...

Early Signs You Might Be Expecting Jan 20th, 2017

When you are expecting, even if you are within your first few weeks, your body will give you certain signs to bring the pregnancy to your attention. If you aren’t taking pregnancy tests routinely, it is important to know what signs you should be looking for.Disliking Familiar FoodsWhen pregnant, you might find...

Learning how to Relax Aug 18th, 2016

Relaxation is actually something that many people must learn. There are several ways to learn how to relax: meditation, guided imagery, even dance and moment classes can all teach relaxation. Relaxation is about learning how to control your mind and body. Some relaxations exercises involve tensing and relaxing of each...

Fertility Superfoods Aug 18th, 2016

Don’t sweat your diet too much. Remember the basics like avoiding caffeine, alcohol, and smoking. Don’t worry about trying to eat perfectly, just try to eat clean (non-processed foods). Simply, try to have a variety of different types of whole foods: vegetables, fruits, and fats. Here are a few good...

LaborAide, The Drink Aug 17th, 2016

8 cups coconut waterA whole cup of freshly squeezed lemon or lime juiceSalt to taste, add as much salt as tastes good to you.Sweetner, add some form of sweetner (which ever you like) raw honey, agave, maple syrup.a few drops of liquid trace minerals drops (can be found on amazon)....

Giving Birth Naturally Aug 3rd, 2016

Natural childbirth is an amazing empowering experience that happens everyday. Even here in Northern New Jersey, where C-section rates are skyrocketing, women are birthing with integrity and spirit. With good preparation natural childbirth can be achievable for almost any mom who wants to do it. It’s totally possible! Aligning with...

Labor: What to Pack? Aug 1st, 2016

Hmmm…. What to pack to the hospital when having a baby?  You actually really don’t NEED anything, but here are some ways to make it more comfortable for you.  I advise packing two bags: one for the labor room and a second bag for after the baby arrives and you...

What exercise strengthen the abdominals post baby? Jul 25th, 2016

Strengthening the abdominal muscles after giving birth is so important. It helps prevent and improve lower back pain, helps posture and even can increase circulating blood flow and decrease constipation. For many women, the abdominal muscles separate during pregnancy. This is called diastis recti. About 60% of women get diastis...

Remedies for Nausea Jul 20th, 2016

When it comes to being pregnant, other than missing your monthly bill, one of the first signs is sudden onset nausea. It is not the Thai or the Mexican from last night; it is your little bundle of joy announcing his or her presence.Luckily, there are many remedies for nausea;...

Ultrasound Safety During Pregnancy Jun 1st, 2016

We have had a number of patients concerned about the safety of ultrasound for their baby.  So, we went to the source to get some clear answers for our patients so they can rest assured there is no harm to their babies.  The American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists have...

Birth Quotes May 10th, 2016

A miracle is really the only way to describe motherhood and giving birth. It’s unbelievable how God has made us women and babies to endure and be able to do so much. A miracle, indeed. Such an incredible blessing.– Jennie Finch

Labor Prep Yoga May 2nd, 2016

This video gives great guidance to yoga positions to be done in the third trimester as preparation for labor. These positions can be done as early as desired as pregnancy, but even beginning a few days prior can offer labor support.

Constipation in Pregnancy May 2nd, 2016

The sure fire way to get rid of constipation in pregnancy is this simple recipe:1st thing in the morning on a empty stomach6 oz Green Juice (your choice, combination of kale, parsley, cucumber, spinach, chard, green apples, etc)1 Tablespoon of chia seeds mixed in the green juiceAllow 1-2 minutes to...

Know the Stats Apr 30th, 2016

With the number of unnecessary inductions of labor and unnecessary medical interventions in labor, the cesarean birth rate (especially in New Jersey) is skyrocketing. The national cesarean rate in 2013 was 32.7% and in New Jersey, it is approximately 40% and even higher in Northern New Jersey. While each hospital reports their cesarean...

Birth Quotes Apr 12th, 2016

“Women, don’t ever apologize for your behavior or choices during birth. When you OWN your experience and take pride in your journey, you help other women do the same thing. No matter how you did it, you just brought a human being into the world! The world should be kneeling...

Sciatica in Pregnancy Apr 10th, 2016

Many women think there isn’t anything that can be done for sciatica in pregnancy. Ever head of nerve flossing or slump stretching? Here I’ve included a video about two excellent physical therapy stretches to reduce sciatic pain in pregnancy. As usual, ask your midwife or obstetrician if this exercise is...

B Complex in Pregnancy Mar 29th, 2016

Choosing a B Complex can be a great way to fight some common side effects in pregnancy: fatigue, nausea, neurological concerns, skin changes, and some of the aches and pains. The B Complex vitamins are water soluble and the body does not store them, the same way the body stores fat soluble...

Healthy Food Choices Mar 11th, 2016

Healthy food choices in pregnancy can be simple. A balanced diet of whole foods, proteins and fats is what every momma needs. It’s helpful to avoid processed carbohydrates like packaged goods, breads, cereals, and pastas and choose whole grain carbohydrates like quinoa, wild rice, barley, amaranth and rye. In this...

VBACs: Benefits Mar 1st, 2016

VBACs have a lot of potential benefits and can be encouraged, especially in today’s childbirth settings. There are benefits to both the mother and babe. While VBACs are an option for most women who have had a cesarean delivery, there are some mother’s for whom cesarean is the still best...

Birth Quotes Feb 18th, 2016

“It is not only that we want to bring about an easy labor, without risking injury to the mother or the child; we must go further. We must understand that childbirth is fundamentally a spiritual, as well as a physical, achievement. . . The birth of a child is the...

Breastfeeding 101 Jan 15th, 2016

The early weeks of breastfeeding for mom can be very painful, tiring, frustrating and yet, rewarding.  Many women will have set a breastfeeding goal:  three months, six months, one year.  During the first several weeks of breastfeeding those goals may seem impossible to accomplish.  How do women tolerate the pain, the...

Birth Quotes Nov 23rd, 2015

When God created man and woman, he was thinking, ‘Who shall I give the power to, to give birth to the next human being?’ And God chose woman. And this is the big evidence that women are powerful.-Malala Yousafzai

Baby Wearing Oct 22nd, 2015

Baby wearing is a great way to stay connected to baby and keep your hands free. It’s great for loving-up on your babe, gass, fussiness, and just when babe wants to be close to you. Don’t sweat it over which type is right for you. It’s simple.  You really can’t...

Heartburn Oct 12th, 2015

Heartburn is one of the most common discomforts women experience during pregnany; and, no, it dosen’t have anything to do with whether or not the baby has hair.   It happens because the entire gastro-intestinal system slows down in pregnancy and there can be a small (or big) reversal of stomach...

Baby Slings Oct 2nd, 2015

Baby Slings are great because they are a similar idea to the baby wrap and are easier to tie and quicker to get the baby into. They aren’t so great for all-day carrying as it puts a lot of the weight on your shoulders as opposed to a wrap or...

The Baby Wrap Sep 10th, 2015

Two of the best selling wraps are the Moby Wrap and the Mei Tei.  Although, there are several other brands. They basically have the same idea of using several yards of fabric to wrap the baby to hold her snug to your chest.  Here is a good video that explains some...

The Baby Carrier Sep 3rd, 2015

Baby Carriers are great. They click and snap as opposed to being tied, which is usually quicker to get on and go. They are more expensive than wraps or slings.Here are the two most popular carriers;Baby Bjorn Baby Carrier One Ergo Baby Galaxy Grey

Exercises for Swollen Feet Sep 1st, 2015

Pregnancy can bring on swelling in feet at any time, but in the summer it can be increased even more. One great way to avoid swelling in pregnancy is to increase circulation. This can be done through light or moderate exercise, eating a healthy diet, avoiding excessive processed foods.  Here is a...

Migraines in Pregnancy Aug 25th, 2015

While most migraine medications are not safe to take in pregnancy, there are some natural remedies that can drastically reduce the number of headaches and the severity. A lot of natural remedy focuses on prevention. To prevent migraines it’s helpful to do the following 1) Drink plenty of water. Start...

Honey for allergies Jul 18th, 2015

Yes, honey works as a natural remedy for allergies to pollen and grasses in place of zyrtec, claritin, allegra and benadryl. There are a few key components to remember when using honey to help with allergies 1) It must be raw. Raw honey is usually easy to come by at...