Babies Help Mommies

Babies that are Carried Cry Less

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September 13th, 2018

Carrying your baby more reduces the amount of time that babies spend crying.  This is especially beneficial at 6 weeks of age when babies tend to be the fussiest.  If you hold your baby for an additional 2 hours, your baby will cry for 1 hour less. Citation:  Hunziker, UA, et al.  Increased Carrying Reduces […]

Breastfeeding Decreases Breast Cancer

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September 7th, 2018

The relative risk of breast cancer decreased by 4.3% for every year spent breastfeeding and breast cancer risk decreased by 7.0% with each birth in this study of 150,00 women worldwide. The authors estimate that there could be half as many cases of breast cancer by having more children and breastfeeding longer. Citation:  Breast Cancer […]

What level of exercise is appropriate to start after a c-section?

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September 13th, 2018

Courtesy of Shauna Cheshire, RN Mia Mama Fitness, LLC BHM synopsis: Curious about how and when to exercise following a C-section? Here are some guidelines and tips to get mom moving. Being patient and allowing yourself to heal is very critical in the first weeks after recovering from a cesarean section. It does, however, benefit […]

Symptoms of Postpartum Depression

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September 7th, 2018

angry outbursts irritability no energy unable to make decisions frustration not taking care of yourself or baby poor hygiene loss of interest in most normal activities changes in appetite obsessive thoughts feelings of blame guilt shame feelings of worthlessness trouble bonding with your baby thoughts of harming yourself or your baby

Exit the Sauna of Self-Pity

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September 13th, 2018

Courtesy of Jeff Griffin Moms can be placed in challenging situations.  They may have a limited support system, financial strains, too many responsibilities, too little of too much, really.  But, in the post below, Jeff Griffin, a world-renowned author of “I’Mpossible:  Desire, Dream, Do” describes how to amplify the power inside of you.  Jeff was […]

Want a healthy 100-200 calorie snack to curb hunger and achieve weight goals?

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September 7th, 2018

Try combining a protein with a high fiber carbohydrate and pack them ahead of time to control portion size! Consider the following options … all for between 100-200 calories at set portions: Hummus (3 tbsp) and veggies (carrots, pea pods, broccoli) (1 cup) Trail mix (2 tbsp) and dried fruit (such as raisins or cranberries) […]

Best and Worst Foods for Good Sleep

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September 13th, 2018

Courtesy of Nancy Gundersen, MD Best foods for sleep include dairy, cereal, white rice, cheese and crackers, salads, and kale. Worst foods are those that contain caffeine (including chocolate). Avoid coffee/caffeine after noon. Also avoid large portions within two hours of bedtime and high-protein meals or foods that worsen heartburn or reflux. These include tomato-based foods, […]

Why Time For Mama

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September 13th, 2018

Why Time for Mama? The average American mom: Starts the day at 6:23am and ends at 8:31pm. Works 14 hours a day and 100 hours/week Puts in the equivalent to 2.5 full-time jobs! (based on a contemporary survey of 2,000 American women) Mom’s need a break, too!  Consider the following: Set aside a few hours […]