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.

In my family medicine practice, I often see patients that have trouble sleeping.  Particularly difficulty falling asleep.  In medicine, this is known as “initial insomnia”. I always recommend a proper sleep hygiene routine to all my patients that are suffering from poor quality sleep.  But I also...
While it is commonly known that many medications cannot be taken while pregnant, mothers are often left wondering what is safe to take while they are breastfeeding their baby.  The good news is that most medications are compatible with breastfeeding.   Unfortunately, many mothers are given...
de Quervain tenosynovitis is a common cause of hand or wrist pain in adults.  It is sometimes called “mommy’s thumb” or “mommy’s wrist” because it seems to be more common in women especially during the newborn period.  It seems to present itself in the first 4 to 6 weeks after...
I think most parents have been frustrated at some point in time when it comes to baby sleep. There are many sleep-training methods out there. Choosing "the best" sleep-training method can be confusing. I know when I was sleep-training Madi and George - implementing...

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