Can I Prevent Stretch Marks?

What are stretch marks? Stretch marks affect about 8 out of 10 pregnant women. A stretch mark is a type of scar that develops when our skin stretches or shrinks quickly. The abrupt change causes the collagen and elastin, which support our skin, to rupture. As the skin heals, stretch marks may appear. What causes stretch marks? During pregnancy your hormones can soften the fibres of your skin, making it more prone to stretch marks. You may get stretch marks on your tummy as…

Can I Choose My Baby’s Gender?

Several suggested practices – from diet changes to the timing of intercourse – promise to ensure you can choose the sex of your baby but none has proven successful. In an unassisted pregnancy, the odds of having a baby of either sex remain fairly even at 50/50. Urologist Sarah Vij, MD, and women’s health specialist Cynthia Austin, MD, explain what drives the theories and shed some light on the truth. Myths about a baby’s sexSeveral myths are based on the Shettles Method, developed by…

16 Signs you are a Bad Parent…

  WHAT IS BAD PARENTING?The definition of bad parenting is not a single act of poor nurturing but rather a series of such actions that invariably harm the little one’s demeanor and psychology. A parent may feel guilty and will try to reconcile, but it often yields poor results. WHAT ARE THE SIGNS OF BAD PARENTING?Several parenting incidences point towards being a bad parent. Here are some unintentional things you could be doing to fit the label of being a bad mother or father:…

10 Things No-One Tells You After Giving Birth

Here are 10 things we should talk more about when it comes to life after birth: 1. Bigger feet after pregnancy2. Postpartum Contractions3. Allergies4. Postpartum back pain5. Postpartum hair loss6. Menstruation7. Breast changes8. Incontinence9. Flat bottom10. New life with baby Scroll down to read more about these changes. GROWING FEET Researchers from one study found that almost 70% of postpartum participants reported longer feet and shorter arches. Evidence isn’t conclusive, but pregnancy weight gain coupled with relaxin, the placenta-producing hormone that loosens ligaments and…

3 Strange Facts About Your Newborn Baby

Their first poop doesn’t stink. The black, tar-like stuff called meconium is made up of mucus, fluid from the womb, and anything else they digested while inside mom. But it doesn’t yet have the gut bacteria that make poop smelly. As soon as you start feeding a baby, bacteria will start colonizing their intestines. After a day or so, bowel movements become green, yellow, or brown — with that familiar odor. Sometimes infants stop breathing. Likely when they’re sleeping, they may pause without a…

Can I Bathe My Newborn?

While most parents are eager to give their babies the experience of their very first bath, it is important to ensure that your baby is truly ready. When you first bring your newborn home from the hospital, the stump of their umbilical cord must be kept clean and dry. While it is still attached, sponge baths are the best option for your baby. Typically, after about 1 to 3 weeks, the umbilical cord stump will dry up and fall off. It is important to…