Baby's First Year · Emotional Health · Parenting

Are you blaming yourself for the premature birth of your baby?

You’ve done all the textbook things you’re supposed to do during your pregnancy – you ate healthy food, exercised, attended prenatal programs, and had regular visits with your health care provider.  Yet here you are…sitting in a neonatal intensive care unit gazing through an incubator at your tiny two-pound baby born at 28 weeks.  Where… Continue reading Are you blaming yourself for the premature birth of your baby?

Emotional Health · Pregnancy

Depression during pregnancy – it’s real…get help!

Susan struggled with her mood during pregnancy.  When she first felt herself slipping during the fourth month, she reached for her ‘bag of feel good tricks’.  She posted cheerful photos on Facebook, went for walks outside, cooked dinner, and drank kale smoothies. None of it helped. Although Susan’s husband adored her and was a terrific… Continue reading Depression during pregnancy – it’s real…get help!

Baby's First Year · Emotional Health

Will I ever get enough sleep?  Helpful tips for your mental health

In the best of circumstances achieving a good night’s sleep is challenging…add a newborn, teething or fussy infant or a mind that won’t stop thinking to the mix and it can feel impossible! Although a new baby can make it very challenging for new parents to feel rested, it’s very important to ‘protect’ your sleep. … Continue reading Will I ever get enough sleep?  Helpful tips for your mental health

Emotional Health · Parenting

Spread the word – May 3rd is Maternal Mental Health Day

As a Public Health Nurse, I work with women who are dealing with depression or anxiety related to being a new mother.  Here are a couple of direct quotes from new mothers that I’d like to share… “I have to be strong for my kids, I have to prepare everything for them to be healthy… Continue reading Spread the word – May 3rd is Maternal Mental Health Day

Emotional Health · Pregnancy

How a difficult birth can affect your mood

As a Public Health Nurse, I have met many people who have ideas on how they would like the birth of their baby to play out…anything from a natural drug-free birth, a vaginal birth, to a planned c-section.  Yes, it’s okay to have a birth plan, however, all too often these hopes and ideas don’t go… Continue reading How a difficult birth can affect your mood

Baby's First Year · Emotional Health

What’s the best Valentine’s gift for a new parent? (And no, it’s not chocolate!)

Most people associate Valentine’s Day with chocolate, flowers, and jewelry, but have all you partners out there thought about the best gift a new mom could ever ask for? You guessed it … hands on, practical help to get through the early days with a new baby. Being organized ahead of baby’s arrival can make for… Continue reading What’s the best Valentine’s gift for a new parent? (And no, it’s not chocolate!)

Baby's First Year · Emotional Health · Parenting

I just survived my baby’s first holiday season…now what?

As a Public Health Nurse working with new families, and a mom myself, I know how busy, exciting, and stressful the holiday season can be…especially when there is a new baby on the scene!   Once all the festivities have ended and family & friends have returned to their normal schedules, new parents often fall prey… Continue reading I just survived my baby’s first holiday season…now what?

Emotional Health · Parenting

Do I have postpartum depression or anxiety? What’s the difference?

Looking back, you were so excited on the day of your baby’s birth…she was so small and perfect, just what you expected.  The breastfeeding took some time to master, but it got better.  Now 3 months later you are constantly worried:  “Am I doing this right?  Is she getting enough milk?  Is there something wrong… Continue reading Do I have postpartum depression or anxiety? What’s the difference?

Emotional Health · Nutrition

New baby & feeling tired? Tips to increase your energy

Just had a baby and notice a change in the way you feel?  It can be a difficult time.  You’re recovering from the delivery, not getting enough sleep, and caring for a new baby.  Having a baby is a big life change, feelings ranging from joy and excitement to guilt and sadness can happen at any time… Continue reading New baby & feeling tired? Tips to increase your energy

Emotional Health · Pregnancy

Pregnancy changes – the physical & emotional roller coaster

A few years ago I watched one of those reality TV shows about having a baby.  There was a young pregnant woman being interviewed in a clothing store.  She was talking about the changes she was experiencing in pregnancy. “Once my belly started to grow, I started getting really excited” she was saying.  “And then… Continue reading Pregnancy changes – the physical & emotional roller coaster