Tuesday, June 18, 2019

Life of Dr. Mom is a health and medical mom blog designed for the modern parent whom struggles with balancing family, work, and fun. With her experience working in women health, postnatal care, mental health, and Pediatrics, Dr. Mom works to educate the modern mom with the most relevant up-to-date medical evidence to support families and the healthy development of their children.

As a parent I realize how challenging child discipline can be and the importance of consistency. I have talked previously about methods of discipline and parenting that I try to practice with our daughter (and encourage my patients to try) including positive reinforcement parenting. Another tactic I try to...
I have had many patients ask me if coffee is safe during pregnancy. Is drinking coffee while pregnant safe? The answer is YES! However, the amount of caffeine we recommend during pregnancy differs than pre-pregnancy. When I reviewed the medical evidence, I found that that there may...
A question I sometimes get from patients is about shaving and the risks associated with shaving. One of the first questions I get asked is "Does shaving cause your hair to grow thicker?" and "Is shaving bad for your skin?" Shaving is an...
When I was going through my undergraduate training - I would have 3 cups of coffee per day. My mom and my relatives kept telling me to cut back on my caffeine consumption, but never really told me why. "Its not good for you!" they would...

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Breastfeeding Struggles

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Screen Time Paradigm

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Postpartum Depression: Are the “Baby Blues” and Postpartum Depression the Same Thing?

As a physician, often ask my post-partum patients “how are you feeling emotionally?” Naturally, many women experience strong emotions after having a baby. Some...

Over-the-counter melatonin for sleep in children

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Sun Safety for Babies

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Going on Vacation Without your Baby: Should I Worry About Unhealthy Attachment?

Graeme and I are leaving Madi for 6 days to go to Hawaii for our friends wedding. After I booked our flights to Hawaii...

Breastfeeding Struggles

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Anxiety in children: why saying calm down isn’t enough for anxiety attacks and anxiety symptoms (guest post)

We all experience anxiety symptoms from time to time! It is a natural and normal part of stress and our everyday lives. Anxiety in...

Baby sleep and travel: how to adjust

For the past 6 months I have been travelling with my toddler Madi between Edmonton and Atlanta (We live in Atlanta for...

Travelling with a Toddler on a Weekend Trip – What to Bring?

The first time I went travelling with Madi was from Edmonton to Vancouver when Madi was just 1 month old. We were...

Folic Acid for Pregnancy: Do I Really Need it?

With all the appointments and tests that occur during pregnancy, it’s hard to keep track of everything and easy to question, “Is all of...

How can temper tantrums teach your child to regulate emotions and manage anxiety

Emotions and anxiety are normal human experiences that can be helpful in some situations (like the intense joy I experienced when I found...

Postpartum Exercise

Getting active post-delivery was hard. It was difficult to find the time between breastfeeding, keeping the house organized, and taking care of our new...

How to Introduce Solids to Your Baby

Medical professionals say that solids can be introduced to an infant around 4-6 months old, and the first foods introduced should be iron-rich. As...

Pregnancy and Conceiving: What are the Causes of Infertility

Before medical school I thought I was going to have all of my children before the age of 30. Then real life happened. Studying,...

What to know before you start baby sleep training

I think most parents have been frustrated at some point in time when it comes to baby sleep. There are many...

Tips for Managing Ear Infections in Children

I remember the first time Madi had an ear infection, she was 9 months old and I was...

Mindfulness Meditation to improve your mental health and be more present with your children.

Mindfulness is a meditative practice where you intentionally bring your attention to experiences in the here and now.  It helps us to become more...

Teen depression: depression symptoms, and signs of depression in adolescence

Depression is common in adolescence and is often underrecognized.  As a parent it can be hard for us to think about our...

Recommendations for the Flu Shot in Children

Every fall is the time of year for you and your little one to get your flu shot! As a mom, watching Madi be...

How to get a good nights sleep with sleep hygeine

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The health benefits of coffee.

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