• MAMA PLUS - What should I know about postpartum depression?

    Having a baby is stressful—no matter how much you've looked forward to it or how much you love your child. Considering the sleep deprivation, new responsibilities, and lack of time for yourself, it's no surprise that a lot of new moms feel like they're on an emotional rollercoaster. The baby blues are perfectly normal, but if your symptoms don't go away after a few weeks or get worse, you may be suffering from postpartum depression. Here's how to get back on the road to happy motherhood.

    You're not alone. Some degree of emotional vulnerability is natural and expected after childbirth. Up to 80 percent of new mothers experience the baby blues, an emotional reaction that begins a few days to a week after delivery and generally lasts no longer than two weeks. If you have the blues, you may be weepy, anxious, and unable to sleep. You may also be irritable or moody.

  • MAMA PLUS- How can I safely exercise during pregnancy ?

    When you're expecting, it's important to keep moving: Pregnant women who exercise have less back pain, more energy, a better body image and, post-delivery, a faster return to their pre-pregnancy shape.

    If you exercised regularly before getting pregnant and your pregnancy is uncomplicated, you can most likely continue working out as before, with modifications as noted below. In some cases it's not okay to exercise during pregnancy, though, so talk to your doctor or midwife about your fitness routine to make sure your activities don't put you or your baby at risk.

  • I'm 22 weeks pregnant. At my ultrasound the doctor said it was a girl - I want to know this can change - as I was hoping for a son

    An ultrasound at 22 weeks is generally quite accurate. If you are concerned you could talk with your doctor about doing another ultrasound close to 23 - 26 weeks to be more sure.  

    Normally gender does not change but maybe doctor cannot see the gender clearly through an ultrasound therefore you can get another scan done.

    Whatever said and done you need to accept your baby regardless of the gender.