What Every New Mom Needs to Bring Home Baby

bring home baby checklist

When I was pregnant with my first child, I had no idea what I needed, nor what I didn’t. Like most new moms, I went to Babies R’ Us and registered for every gadget that I could imagine that my child might ever need. But a few months after bringing my newborn baby home, I found out that there were only a few things I REALLY needed and ... Read More...

The Sandwich Generation: Stuck Between Aging Parents and Growing Kids

caring for aging parents

What is the Sandwich Generation? Is it a generation who subsisted on bologna and roast beef in the 80’s? NO! If you’re between thirty-five and fifty-five years old, you are part of the Sandwich Generation. It’s adult children who are financially responsible for their own children and aging parents. This is a relatively new phenomenon ... Read More...

How body image affects your sex life after baby

sex life after baby

Did your sex life change after you became a mother? Many moms notice a change in their sex life while they are pregnant. There is just something about gaining weight and being perpetually exhausted that causes a woman not to feel her sexiest. Surprising, right?  When I was pregnant, I had horrible morning sickness for my first trimester. ... Read More...

Fight boredom with healthy summer activities for children

healthy summer activities for kids

It’s not even two weeks into summer break and already, if your kids are anything like mine, they’re telling you they’re bored. Bored? I’m not sure exactly what kinds of exciting things my girls do at school all day, but it must be enthralling because nothing I do seems to be quite exciting enough. It’s easy to hand our kids ... Read More...

The Mental Effects of Weight Loss

mental effects of weight loss

I recently read a story about a woman who, after losing 180 pounds, began to feel like she had lost her identity. In losing the weight, she lost herself. Instead of the weight loss fixing all of her problems, it left her feeling uncertain in her own skin. Like many of us, she believed the fantasy that if she could just lose the weight her ... Read More...

First Pregnancy Vs. Second: How It was Different This Time Around

first pregnancy vs. the second

My first pregnancy was pretty perfect. I was 31. We were in a very stable, happy place in our lives, careers and marriage. In fact, she was conceived on our fifth wedding anniversary trip. We were planning to have children, so it was no giant surprise when we came home with a little unexpected surprise. I basked in every single second of my ... Read More...

Health in Schools: Does Your Child’s School Do Its Part?

health in schools

We hear so much about how we have become a nation of obese adults and children. We are chastised for it, but yet nothing is being done to change it. Sure, we hear of threats to tax unhealthy foods and to stop super sizing everything we buy from a restaurant, yet when I go to the restaurant and order the small, it is now the size that the large used ... Read More...

Will Medicine Find a Way to Prevent Miscarriages?

Medicine may soon help women avoid a miscarriage

Scientists have recently discovered what may be the cause for why some women have multiple miscarriages. If this study can help pinpoint the cause of multiple miscarriages, it could save women from experiencing unnecessary heartache and emotional turmoil. In the study, laboratory tests found that women who had lost three or more pregnancies ... Read More...

CHD: The Most Common Birth Defect

congenital heart defects chd

When a mother is pregnant, her greatest concern is that her child be born healthy. When I was pregnant, I followed every rule and regulation of pregnancy. I worked hard to keep myself healthy, carefully avoided ingesting any potentially harmful products and did not engage in risky behavior that might endanger my unborn baby. But sometimes you do ... Read More...

Healthy Travel Tips for Your Family

This holiday travel season, try these tips for keeping everyone in the family healthy.

At our house, Halloween through New Years Day is pretty much a blur. Our calendars are booked with rehearsals for The Nutcracker, Christmas concerts, travel, and out-of-town-guests. When we’re in constant motion, it can be hard to eat right and stay healthy. Lately, our lifestyle has definitely left something to be desired – lots of ... Read More...