One of the most common mental health concerns for many women is postpartum depression. But how do you know if you're experiencing postpartum depression, or if it's just "baby blues"?Here are the telltale signs... Baby Blues:- Last up to 2 weeks after birth- Include mild mood swings Postpartum Depression: - Lasts longer than 2 weeks- Includes ongoing feelings of anger, isolation, guilt, worry, and overwhelm- Interrupts daily living- Can interfere with eating, sleeping, and caring for baby- Can make it difficult to bond with baby If … [Read more...] about What is Postpartum Depression (PPD)?
Real contractions, or false alarm? You've probably heard of Braxton Hicks contractions. They are "practice" contractions that can start in mid-pregnancy and continue up until labor. But how do you distinguish them from the real thing? BRAXTON HICKS CONTRACTIONS:- Come at irregular intervals. - Last less than 30 seconds (typically).- Are uncomfortable, but not painful.- Go away when you change positions or move around.- Can be a sign that you're dehydrated. Drink up! TRUE LABOR CONTRACTIONS:- Come at fairly regular intervals … [Read more...] about Are Your Contractions the Real Deal?
Choosing the right birth control method can be confusing. These days, there are a lot of options to choose from. How do you decide what's right for you? Here's what you should consider: Effectiveness: Birth control may be used for reasons other than preventing pregnancy. But if preventing pregnancy is your goal, you should be aware that some methods are significantly more effective than others. Ease of use: Some methods are easy for you to use or administer yourself. Others have to be handled by a healthcare … [Read more...] about What To Consider When Choosing a Birth Control Method