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How To Cope With D-MER, From A Mom Who’s Been There

Scary Mommy and SbytovaMN/Getty When I gave birth to my son, things were perfect. My labor was short. My contractions were straightforward. My abdomen compressed regularly, and rhythmically. 90 seconds on. 60 seconds off. And he was healthy. Clear skin. Clear lungs. Strong heart. I couldn’t have asked for a better birth experience. The doctors were patient and supportive. My wishes were seen and heard. I also had one hell of an epidural. My body was numb from the waist down. But the best part was my […]

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Confessions Of A Pediatrician: I Bed-Shared With My Newborn

Scary Mommy and Prostock-Studio/Getty I remember lying in my bed after my second delivery in severe pain. With my first delivery, I had already endured a C-section.  Four years later, I wanted to experience a “natural” delivery.  I opted for a VBAC (vaginal delivery after C-section). The VBAC quickly turned into an emergency where the maternal fetal medicine physician gave me two options: Get this baby out now, or undergo an emergent C-section. My mind flashed back to the arduous recovery of the C-section. I really wanted […]

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When You Have To Take A Gamble With Your Unborn Baby’s Life

Courtesy of Halle Quezada I switched providers in my 33rd week of pregnancy because I wanted the most natural, unmedicated child birth possible. Ironically, at my first appointment with my new doctor, I was admitted to the hospital and quickly overflowing with, as my third high-risk pregnancy doctor described, “near toxic IV doses” of two heart medications. So much for unmedicated; my baby boy had fetal atrial flutter. The pediatric cardio-electrophysiologist was called in from a nearby hospital, and we watched together on the ultrasound screen as […]

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Farting And Pooping Were My Biggest Childbirth Fears — Until The PPD Hit

Courtesy of Danielle Hark Trigger warning: postpartum depression, suicidal ideation “Get in the bathroom and turn on the water!” I yelled at my befuddled husband from a hospital bed over a bulbous belly strapped with elastic and a monitor, like a plump turkey tied with string. “I might pass gas or poop when I push and I don’t want you to hear.” After years of trying to conceive, tests, shots, expectations and disappointments, then months of growing and aching, days of contractions, and hours of pushing, the […]

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As A NICU Parent, Sometimes You ‘Forget To Breathe’

ER Productions Limited/Getty As a new parent, you are filled with hopes, dreams, and excitement.  You don’t know what to expect, but, ultimately, you figure it will all work out.  Then, sometimes, the rug is pulled out from underneath you and all of your hopes, dreams, and excitement come crashing down. This is what happened to me at 25 weeks pregnant when I went into labor. Two weeks later, I had my twins via C-section. When a child is born significantly premature, as a parent you are […]

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A Fellow Mom Showed Me Love, And I Carry That With Me To This Day

Scary Mommy and Westend61/Getty I’ll never forget the mom who saw me struggling with my one-year-old at the library over a decade ago, when I was an exhausted, stressed out new mom. My son had just learned how to walk, and he was taking full advantage, waddling around, pressing buttons on the computer, sticking his finger in the electronic book drop, and somehow repeatedly setting off an alarm at the entryway of the library. Every time I would walk past this other mom, sitting calmly at a […]

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My Twins Were Born At 27 Weeks

Courtesy of Jennifer Canvasser Trigger warning: child loss Despite my healthy pregnancy and doing everything “right,” my twins were born at 27 weeks gestation, about 90 days before their due date. I didn’t even make it into the third trimester. Like most parents of preemies, I was completely unprepared for our new life in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU). My babies were delivered via emergency C-section and whisked away to fight for their lives. I didn’t get to see them until several hours after they were […]

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There’s A Biological Reason Babies Do The ‘Breast Crawl’

Scary Mommy and Shopify Partners/Burst If you’ve been lucky enough to witness it, watching a newborn crawl up to the breast and latch on is one of the most amazing things you’ll ever see. It’s a phenomenon called “the breast crawl” and most healthy babies are able to do it without any help at all. A mom just places their newborn on their belly or chest, waits patiently, and eventually the baby scoots and shimmies up to the breast and is able to latch on, all by […]

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I Thought I Had Pre-Baby Jitters, But It Was Pre-Natal Depression

Courtesy of Wendy Wisner You’re not supposed to feel like you’re grieving when you’re pregnant. Your pregnancy is not supposed to make you feel anxious and paranoid. What kind of person wants more than anything to get pregnant — and then, once it happens, they feel nothing but resentment and fear? I was that person. And those were the sorts of thoughts and questions that spread like wildfire through my mind when I found myself pregnant with my second child. I hadn’t experienced anything of the sort […]

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My Advice On Breastfeeding While On The Keto Diet (As An IBCLC)

Scary Mommy, Unsplash, Pixabay and FreeImages The keto diet has been all the rage for a few years now, and that doesn’t seem to be slowing down. If you aren’t familiar with it, the keto diet is basically low-carb dieting to the extreme. It’s a diet based mostly on protein and fats, with very little allowed carbs. It’s not just bread that’s out, though. According to Healthline, you’re pretty much not allowed any fruits besides berries, and all starchy vegetables are no-no’s, including sweet potatoes and beets. […]

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