For most people, having a baby is one of the biggest steps they can take in their personal lives. However, before you start trying to get pregnant, you should visit a doctor to determine if you are ready for pregnancy and how to best prepare your mind and body.
Choosing a doctor is probably one of the most critical factors of your pregnancy, but for many women, it's not an area that they want to address. It just feels too hard trying to figure out where to find a doctor and which one matches you. If you already have an OB/GYN, you're the lucky one. If not, just how do you choose the doctor who is right for you?
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When Your Toddler Is Sick
Whenever you call your pediatrician for a consultation about your child's illness, she will need certain information. You will need to describe the symptom(s), when the symptoms first appeared, the order in which they appeared, and their severity. Your doctor will also want to be reminded of your child's age, weight, and medical history, and any allergies. You may also want to have your pharmacy's telephone number on hand so that the doctor can call in a prescription, if necessary.
What You Need to Know About Formula Feeding
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In this article, you will find:
- Features to look for
- Questions to ask
Features to look for
Choosing the Right Hospital for Your Delivery
Many women have never been a patient in a hospital before the birth of their first baby, so they have absolutely no idea what to expect. The idea of even going to a hospital as a patient can be daunting. Fortunately, today's hospitals try to make the experience as "painless" as possible by offering all the comforts of home, and then some.
Although telemedicine may sound like a futuristic option for treating your children when they are experiencing health issues, teledoctors have actually been around for many years. It is certainly an option that parents should educate themselves on as it can be a godsend for many of the reasons why we would consider taking our kids to the doctor. Although it’s not without limitations, telemedicine can be an excellent option that can make the lives of both parents and children much easier.
It's essential that you keep asthma under control in pregnancy, which means continuing to use your inhalers, since the risks from uncontrolled asthma are greater than any risk from taking asthma medication. If asthma is uncontrolled, it can mean that not enough oxygen gets to the baby, leading to a low birth weight or other problems.
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We are preprogrammed to want children. It's nature at work.
Choosing a Pediatrician: The Selection Process
Deciding which pediatrician you will trust with the care of your new baby is a big decision, and one that is made differently by different parents. Although there might not be one best way to choose a good pediatrician that you will be happy with, there are some things that you should not do.
In this article, you will find:
- Getting baby to sleep
- Checking on sleeping baby
Getting baby to sleep
Getting Baby on a Sleep Schedule
Sharing in a bedtime ritual is the fun part of getting your baby to sleep. Putting him down and getting him to go to sleep is the hard part. After rocking, cuddling, nursing, feeding, reading, singing, telling stories, sitting with, leaving, punishing, and every other trick in the book, you may understandably throw up your arms in surrender.
Finding the Care That's Best for Your Pregnancy
When you first discover you're pregnant, it's like trying to walk across a very busy intersection. The cars zip by at break-neck speeds. The huge tractor-trailers brush you back off the curb. Traffic rushes past from the right and the left, from in front and from behind. How are you supposed to get safely to the other side?
As a mother of two young girls with pierced ears, I figured there’s no time like the present to outline what ear piercing entails when it comes to babies, toddlers, and older kids. Thinking about piercing your child’s ears? Here’s an A-Z guide on what to expect, what you should look for in a piercer, and why the decision to pierce a baby’s ears (or not) isn’t anyone’s business but your own.
Developing a Birth Plan
Make sure you know what's in your partner's birth plan. When she goes into labor, it will be up to you to make sure her wishes are honored whenever possible. You might also want to make sure your own desires are included in the plan. If you want to be in the labor and delivery room at all times, and if you want to "catch" your baby as he comes out of the birth canal, say so!
When you're pregnant, you feel like everything is getting bigger, including your feet. Swollen, achy feet are common for pregnant women, especially during the third trimester. That's when it's almost game time and your body is certainly feeling all the changes of the past few months!
You're Pregnant: Breaking the News to Your Insurance Company
After you break the news to your husband, the next in line to hear the story might very well be your health-insurance agent. If you already have a doctor who participates in your insurance plan and who you want to help deliver your baby, you're all set.
Making and Feeding Baby Solid Foods: Stage 1
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It’s the most wonderful time of the year. However, when you’re pregnant during the holidays you may feel anything but merry and bright. Aches, pains, and the inability to indulge in some of your favorite party snacks and drinks are only a few of the reasons why pregnant women can be found saying “Bah Humbug” during this magical season. Here are the eight most common reasons why a soon-to-be-mom might sound like the Grinch.
The Unwritten Rules of Exercise and Pregnancy
In general, the rule of thumb is to use common sense when it comes to following an exercise regimen during pregnancy. First, make sure that you are in good physical health and that your doctor does not prohibit or limit your exercise for any reason (always check with a doctor first). Second, don't take up a new strenuous physical activity now that you're pregnant for example, something that you've never done in the past. This is not the time to start new physical activities.
College is a time of change and worry for every parent and teen, but if your child has a chronic illness, medical issues, or disability you have a lot more to worry about. You’ve probably been on the front lines helping your child manage his or her condition, but this will be the first time they will be flying solo on all fronts, so it’s important that you know how to support them so they can care for themselves.