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Phantom Pregnancy (Pseudocyesis): The Mind-Body Connection

March 5th, 2014
Pregnancy is an exciting time for expectant mothers. It’s a high point in women’s lives and one that will bring great changes. It brings many physical and emotional symptoms. A woman may feel complete and fulfilled when she knows that she ...

Postpartum Depression & Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

Postpartum Depression & Post-Traumatic Stress DisorderPregnancy and childbirth bring feelings of joy, excitement and anticipation. They also can complicate existing mental health issues and can create new mental health problems during the pregnancy, at the time of the birth and afterward. Mother and baby both can ...

Are You Ready to Be a Parent?

Are You Ready to Be a Parent?From the moment you know you are pregnant or are part of a pregnant partnership, you are a parent. Even if the pregnancy ends in miscarriage, abortion, or giving the child up for adoption, the memory and effect of having started ...

New Baby Blues or Postpartum Depression?

New Baby Blues or Postpartum Depression?“I don’t know what’s wrong with me. I’m supposed to feel a surge of maternal instinct, right? I’m supposed to love my baby. Why am I so overwhelmed and uninterested?” I’m just getting to know Michelle. She had her first baby ...

What Everyone Needs to Know About Postpartum Psychosis

What Everyone Needs to Know About Postpartum PsychosisEven though postpartum psychosis is rare -- affecting about 1 to 2 new moms out of 1,000 ((Statistic from Postpartum Support International)) -- everyone should know about it, according to Teresa Twomey, ...

Infant Feeding Methods and Maternal Sleep and Sleepiness

breastfeedingThe choice to breastfeed an infant is intensely personal. Yet because of the well established health and psychological benefits of breastfeeding for both the mother and infant, it has also become a medical decision. For this reason, any real or perceived disadvantage of breastfeeding should be ...

What You Need to Consider Before Having Kids

What You Need to Consider Before Having KidsHaving a baby is a big decision that requires couples to do some serious self-reflecting and communicating. But some couples don’t exactly contemplate parenthood -- or they have the wrong idea about having kids. Some mistakenly ...

3 Relationship Pitfalls When Entering Parenthood & Pointers to Help

3 Relationship Pitfalls When Entering Parenthood & Pointers to HelpCouples are often surprised just how much a baby changes their relationship and their lives. In fact, “A baby will change virtually every component of your life: physical, sexual, emotional, psychological, relational, social, financial, logistical and spiritual,” ...

5 Damaging Myths About Postpartum Depression

Postpartum depression (PPD) is one of the most common complications of childbirth, according to Samantha Meltzer-Brody, MD, MPH, director of the Perinatal Psychiatry Program at the UNC Center for Women's Mood Disorders. PPD affects about 10 to 15 percent of moms. ...

The Development of Food Preferences

The Development of Food PreferencesThe development of food preferences begins very early, even before birth. And likes and dislikes change as we grow into adults. The intent of this article is to discuss some aspects of the early development of food preferences. ...

Daddies Do Make A Difference

Daddies Do Make A Difference“Congratulations on your wife’s pregnancy,” I said to an acquaintance I ran into in the parking lot at the grocery store. “Oh, we’re getting a divorce. The baby is her thing, not mine. Doesn’t have anything to do with me,” he ...

Coping with the Grief of a Stillborn: An Interview with Ann Faison

Coping with the Grief of a Stillborn: An Interview with Ann FaisonThe word stillbirth is used to describe the loss of a pregnancy after the 20th week of pregnancy due to natural causes. According to a national statistic, stillbirths occur in nearly one in 200 pregnancies ...

Beyond the Blues: Understanding and Treating Prenatal and Postpartum Depression

BOOK REVIEW.
Beyond the Blues: Understanding and Treating Prenatal and Postpartum Depression & Anxiety by Shoshana Bennett, Ph.D. And Pec Indman, Ed.D., MFT is a very good read for such a serious subject that not only teaches other professionals the reasons behind postpartum depression (PPD), but the average person, whether it's the mother or mother to be ...

Pregnancy Diary: Anxiety in Pregnancy

Pregnancy Diary: Anxiety in PregnancyI've been feeling strangely calm during this pregnancy, not too worried about things going wrong or having a difficult labor. There are a few concerns at the back of my mind but mainly I've been pretty serene. This could be caused by ...

Pregnancy Diary: Starting To Believe It’s Real

Pregnancy Diary: Starting To Believe It's RealSo I've now been to the hospital to have my 20 week "anomaly" scan, where they check for several abnormalities including anencephaly (absence of the top of the head), defects in the abdomen, missing or very ...

Pregnancy Diary: Part 1

Pregnancy Diary: Part 1So after years of deliberation, my husband and I decided we're finally feeling brave enough to take the plunge into parenthood. What I've found is the more you think about it, the longer you'll delay it. Let's be honest, there's plenty to put ...

Understanding Abortion Grief and the Recovery Process

Understanding Abortion Grief and the Recovery ProcessNote: This is not a discussion of the pros and cons of abortion. Both sides of the argument agree that grief after abortion is real and women must be given their voices back to process the ...

Pregnancy Does Not Diminish Brainpower

Pregnancy Does Not Diminish BrainpowerAustralian researchers have published evidence that so-called "baby brain" does not exist. Professor Helen Christensen and colleagues at the Australian National University examined the theory. They recruited 1,241 women aged 20 to 24 years, and tested their cognitive speed, working memory, and immediate and delayed ...

Laid: Young People’s Experiences with Sex in an Easy-Access Culture

BOOK REVIEW.
I admit it: I was more than a little hesitant to dive into Laid: Young People’s Experiences with Sex in an Easy-Access Culture, edited by Shannon T. Boodram. My fears of being overwhlemed or disturbed by the stories proved to be unfounded; when I finally did begin to read, I was pleasantly surprised. I had hoped ...

Music Benefits Preterm Babies

Music Benefits Preterm BabiesPreterm babies appear to experience less pain and feed more when listening to music, a recent study suggests. Experts led by Dr. Manoj Kumar of the University of Alberta, Canada, analyzed nine clinical trials and found that music had a beneficial effect on lessening pain ...

The Efficacy of Postpartum Depression Screening

How effective is postpartum depression screening? More than one in 10 new mothers is thought to experience significant postpartum depression. The condition has a substantial impact on the whole family, and while effective treatments are available, fewer than half of cases are detected in routine care. Postpartum depression is typically diagnosed a month to a year after ...

Depression and Teenage Pregnancy

Depression and Teenage PregnancyResearch suggests that childbearing does not necessarily cause psychological distress among teenagers. Dr. Stefanie Mollborn of the University of Colorado and her team investigated stress and depression using a large group of teenage girls and adult women. In the Journal of Health and Social Behavior, they ...

The Importance of Omega-3 Fatty Acids in Pregnancy

The Importance of Omega-3 Fatty Acids in PregnancyHow important are omega-3 fatty acids in a pregnant woman's diet? Pregnant women are advised to eat about 12 ounces of fish a week, including one of oily fish. Raw fish or seafood, swordfish, tilefish, king mackerel, and shark are best avoided ...