Parent's Health

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Anonymous posted in Parent's Health Wednesday


What meds can I take for a cold if I’m pregnant?? (Stuffy nose and sore throat). Day quil???

  • Kate

    Throat Coat tea is great for sore throats.

  • Sara

    Getting a cold when pregnant was the worst! I was always afraid to take medication so would do a Neti Pot and a hot shower to clear myself out.

Hello... anyone else get palpitations after delivery .... i have 5 months baby girl...

  • Sara

    I would definitely talk to your doctor -- either your primary care physician or your ob gyn. Something could be up with your thyroid (thyroid disorders can cause heart palpitations) and it is relatively common for women to have thyroid issues during or after pregnancy. It's easy to test for thyroid problems (just a blood test) and usually easy to correct with medication so you definitely wa... More

  • Elle
    3h ago

    Go to a primary (GP) or a cardiologist.

Anonymous posted in Parent's Health May 03


Has anyone had one? How’s the recovery? I am leaving my ovaries but am wondering how the first few weeks are. I have struggled with fibroids for years and have tried everything else with no solutions. Totally done having babies so not upset about that aspect of it. Thanks!

  • Anonymous
    May 09

    Wow, what an experience you have had. I have had 2 removals of fibroids and they just keep coming back. My doctor said this is the next step and I am totally done having babies so I am fine with that aspect. That is great to hear. I hate relying on my husband and others for help. Thanks for all your responses I’m going on for surgery tomorrow 🤞🏻

  • Lily
    May 09

    I know someone who has been through this. And she said recovery was a lot like a C-section.

Postpartum thyroiditis

I was recently diagnosed with a postpartum thyroiditis. The dr said in most cases it’s treatable and should go away in 2-4month but I’m still worried. Anyone else was diagnosed with it? What was your experience?

Anonymous posted in Parent's Health May 01

Simple cysts

Any mamas here ever deal with simple ovarian cysts? Please share your experiences and insight! Thank you.

  • Jenn
    May 05

    There are risks associated with ruptures but that doesn't necessarily doom you. It's generally not a life or death situation... you'll get through it if it happens! It could be much worse.

  • kailee
    May 13

    Yes i actually ended up in ER once with one of my experiences. They thought it was appendicitis because of my symptoms but turned out to just be a ruptured ovarian cyst. My symptoms started out as feeling sick and nauseated and then turned into a bloated stomach and sharp unbearable pain (and i have a very high pain tolerance).

Weight loss

Hi mommas! I just had a 4 month old and am struggling with the weight loss. Do any of you lady’s have any tips for me??

  • Hellion
    Apr 25

    Eliminating carbs will do it

  • Anonymous
    May 03

    I ate everything in moderation. And followed this workout every day even if just 5 min. I started with 5 min and slowly increased time to 15-20 min. I started seeing difference after 5 weeks. I also started feeling more energetic. I love these videos as it gives me flexibility to workout at home with baby around

Mirena scare

Just had a health scare...I had the Mirena IUD inserted three years ago. Six weeks ago my breasts started leaking and I developed lumps; there is no history of breast cancer in my family. Went to the doctor a week ago, the nurse practitioner said it can't be the Mirena because I had it for three years. Went to the cancer center today for diagnostic 3D x-rays and ultrasound. Fibrocystic b... More

  • Stephanie
    Apr 22

    Hello i had a c-section which healed well. I just got paraguard in february, its non hormonal but gives really bad cramps and heavy flow. My period was never heavy until now and cramps werent that bad. My period is coming normally now. I hopefully read right that it gets better after 6 mo. B4 i was pregnant I had lumps or cysts in both my breasts. They said it wasnt cancerous thank God. I hope... More

How often do you check your blood pressure?

Moms who have had issues with blood pressure or have a blood pressure cuff of their own how often do you check? I had issues at the end of my first pregnancy with my blood pressure and I’m currently having issues with swelling.

  • PK
    Apr 17

    During my pregnancy, I only got it checked when I went to the dr. Postpartum, my bp was really high so we bought a cuff and I think I checked it once a week. I was so swollen that I had trouble breathing. Ended up going to the ER. For some reason my body wasn’t getting rid of all the fluid I retained during my pregnancy/labor/delivery fast enough so it was starting to go into my lungs. My bp ha... More

  • Lily
    Apr 23

    I had pre-eclampsia with my first, so with this second one I have been checking my blood pressure everyday. I just hit 30 weeks and my legs and feet are starting to swell. But blood pressure is still the same.

Anonymous posted in Parent's Health Apr 16

Is there a way to figure out where you are in your cycle after having a hysterectomy?

I don’t get a period anymore, but would like to know where I’m at in my cycle so that I can figure out my moods and see them coming better

  • Anonymous
    Apr 21

    I don’t know if this helps, but the Kindara app is free (for tracking periods/ovulation). It also has different symbols for protected, unprotected, and withdrawal sex aside from a standard marker for your period. You could use that (or the different discharge options that also populate your fertile window) to track your moods...ex mark a period day anytime you have a particularly bad day and ... More

Anonymous posted in Mental Health Apr 13

Am I the only mom who is still tired and exhausted all the time 3 years later after giving birth!

I have a 3 year old and I have been exhausted since the moment I gave birth. I'm always tired and sleepy. When time permits it on my days off from work I will sleep 9-10 hours through the night but even then I feel exhausted. Does this feeling of exhaustion ever go away and when?

  • Teddy
    Apr 20

    Two things I wanted to note: First: everybody is right about motherhood just being F-big exhausting no matter how much sleep you’re getting. Second : Get that blood work done ASAP. It is super common for you to have some vitamin deficiencies or maybe anemia. Sleep can’t cure any of that. Somebody else mentioned it, but you need to request that they check your ferritin levels when they do your ... More

Birth Control.

So i got my IUD in September of 2016 and I just took it out on the 5th of this month because my husband and I are going to start trying question is how long should I be bleeding? I’m going on day 5 and I am starting to get super irritated. It’s heavy and nasty, I know that the IUD regulates my period to every other month and it was only 3 days long and now it is gone so should I expec... More

Anonymous posted in Parent's Health Apr 07

Tummy Troubles from Iron

My doctor recommended an iron supplement, so I took the first one with dinner yesterday. Today, around 3pm, I started having bad lower stomach/abdoninal pains. The doctor warned me that it may cause constipation, so I thought it was that. Then I began having diarrehea. I feel like I have the flu. The pains come and go but I'm still experiencing this at 10pm. Has this happened to anyone? Upo... More

  • Christa
    Apr 07

    Totally normal actually. My prenatal pills my Midwife put me on are the same way, and it takes about a week to adjust to the iron levels being switched. Mine when I first started them, went from zero to Bridesmaid moment- where she shits her pants in the wedding dress in the street- like it came out of now where. Granted I made it- but barely. So I get you! Lol, it SUCKS! But it does get better... More

Anonymous posted in Parent's Health Apr 05

Deep regrets after breast surgery

Two months after breastfeeding my second for nearly two years, I rushed for breast enlargement surgery. My husband didn’t want it, the two friends I spoke with also disagreed, but I went and did it and now am full of shame and regret. I was trying to claw back a little of the body confidence I had before my body and breasts stretched and sagged. 3 days post-op, I look like I have one of those... More

  • Anonymous
    Apr 06

    Anon, I’ve been thinking about you today. It’s so heartbreaking to hear you talk about yourself this way. As mothers we put ourselves through hell to have children. You breastfed for TWO YEARS. That is a huge, huge personal and physical sacrifice to make for your family. Your desire to regain some of your former shape and confidence after that is SO SO understandable. I hear that you regret t... More

  • Anonymous
    Apr 08

    Thank you Anon. For your comforting and encouraging words. I am slowly stepping away from the extreme self-hate and blame. Have channelled some of my anger at the medical professionals who thought nothing of operating on someone in a somewhat vulnerable position; I calculated having only stopped breastfeeding 5 weeks before operation, plus two emergency c-sections in two years. I’d actually me... More


Looking for some information/insight on radon in homes? We’ve been living in our home in Hamden for 2 years now and the radon levels were very high when we did the inspection before moving in. We took the necessary steps to “fix” the problem at the time but it’s something that still worries us. We know that the couple who lived here for a long time before us both had cancer in recent years, and... More

  • B
    Apr 04

    I would test twice a year to make sure. But basically means making sure your home doesn’t have cracks it can enter. radon is a leading cause of lung cancer. I’d get an expert out to reinsoect and give some advice

  • Stacey
    Apr 23

    We just purchased a home with radon and had a mitigation system installed. The system has a meter on that constantly checks the levels so if it gets high we can call right away and have it checked out.

Anonymous posted in Parent's Health Apr 02

Silent Migraine?

Has anyone experienced or knows someone who has had silent migraines? Silent migraine has all the symptoms of a migraine without the pain. My doctor believes that’s what I have. For the last two months are so, I have been having 1-3 days of bad nausea and dizziness, which goes away, then comes back. I’m on day four of my 8th episode. During this time I’m extremely irritable and pretty depressed... More

  • Anonymous
    Apr 04

    @Sierra, it is a terrible feeling, it cripples you. I wonder if you are referring to the epley maneuver. They so help with vertigo, which was what I started with in these couples of nausea. @Jess, I read that hormonal change can trigger migraines. In my case, it could have been, but I’m not sure. I stopped taking Lexapro and changed birth control brand about two months ago. Both could have ma... More

  • Jess
    Apr 05

    Stopping lexapro plus starting a new birth control can totally throw your body off balance. I had to stop taking a migraine preventive and I was going through withdrawal for about a month, couldn’t figure out why I was so nauseous and dizzy all the time and then realized it was that. Especially if you don’t slowly change it. Drink a ton of water too. And maybe get a different pcp bc they should... More

Anonymous posted in Parent's Health Apr 01

Probably TMI... postpartum question

Okay so this is probably TMI but I really don’t know what else to do and I’m too embarrassed to call my OB yet. I am 13 months postpartum so I’m obviously cleared for sex, tampons, etc., but I haven’t done any of those things yet (I’m a single mom). I had a vaginal delivery and a 2nd degree tear in both directions and was stitched up. At my six week check up my OB said I was good to resume norm... More

  • Anonymous
    Apr 02

    Thank you everyone! I started bleeding today (not my period) so I did put in a call to my OB and have an appointment for tomorrow. I am still breastfeeding; I had no idea that it could effect healing so I will be sure to mention that! Thanks again!

  • DinaCooney
    Apr 19

    A lot of people don’t know that you can see a physical therapist for pelvic floor issues like vaginal pain, painful intercourse, painful sitting, etc. maybe you should talk to your doctor about that - depending on where you live, your doctor may or may not be aware of it either. I am a pelvic floor PT and these are issues that I treat daily. You may be able to find a pelvic floor PT near you b... More

Ideas when sick

So the stomach bug has taken over my entire family and we are going on about day 8. It has been horrible!! And now I am very sick and the last to get it. I am a stay at home mom with my 13month old and 3 1/2 year old. What ideas does anyone have to pass the time and the pain at home to get though all this? My 13month old doesnt know any better and he is all over the 3 1/2 year old wi... More

  • Olivia
    Mar 21

    This cold and flu season is THE WORST, isn't it? I empathize with your pain. Do either of your kids like to color? I went back and forth about buying Crayola Color Wonder products as they are more costly than standard washable pens and paint BUT they allow my daughter to get creative without me worrying about the potential mess she's making. The pens only work on the accompanying paper.... More

  • Jessie
    Mar 21

    That’s rough, I’m sorry! I’m a stay-at-home mom, and we unfortunately don’t get any sick days. For your 3 1/2 year old I’d suggest a tablet where they can switch through different shows on their own. For your 13 month I suggest Baby Einstein or Mother Goose Club. Anything that has a lot of singing. I know it’s suggested that kids shouldn’t be in front of a screen all day, but hey, mommy needs a... More

I’m 18 weeks pregnant w twins and I’ve been struggling with extreme morning sickness

I’m prescribed Diclegis but it’s kinda pricey and I have to take it religiously in order to keep the nausea away. I’m just hoping that it goes away soon.. Does anybody know when this should go away??

  • K
    Mar 21

    I have 17 mth old twin girls ❤️❤️ and the beginning of my pregnancy with them kicked my ass!!! I barely got sick with my son, 1st born. But, I was extremely nauseous and had killer migraines during their first trimester. It cleared up about a week or two into the second trimester. I’m a big fan of Preggy Pops. Make sure you are resting as much as possible and eat as much as you can stand. Ther... More

  • Chelsea
    Mar 22

    My twins gave me bad morning sickness. A piece of dark chocolate before I even got out of bed and fresh ginger root to chew helped me out

Anonymous posted in Mental Health Mar 20

Anxiety or depression?

So lately I have been dealing with i dont know if it’s anxiety or depression but I have a fear of losing my son. Like I have fears of getting out the car and forgetting him or taking him out the car and forgetting I took him out and walk away n he gets hit by a car or taken. Also me just walking with him and having a fear of someone grabbing him or him running into the street. I’m not sure but... More

  • Anonymous
    Mar 21

    Thank you

  • Jessie
    Mar 21

    “Did I remember to bring my kid?” That question flashes through my head a lot, but that doesn’t always mean anxiety or depression; it’s being a parent. But it’s hard to say what you’re feeling, maybe my experience can help. After I had my first, I’d say, I felt extreme anxiety all the time. My anxiety stemmed from the same thoughts you have. My anxiety even went as far as me avoiding going out ... More

After our fourth child my wife is having issues with her self esteem, how can I help her?

I’ve been going to the gym for the past two month to lose the sympathy weight but I can’t get my wife to participate with me mainly due to the fact that her dad used to punish her as a kid by doing physical activity so her cognition of exercise is twisted.

  • Jair
    Mar 21

    @Jessie Very good advise thank you

  • Jessie
    Mar 21

    @jair You’re so welcome. Good luck!

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