Parent's Health

Resources and advice about healthy living and dealing with health issues affecting moms and dads.

Anonymous posted in Breastfeeding Dec 01


Can Mastitis go away without antibiotics? I woke up with a painful warm spot in my breast today. Should I see an OB for antibiotics right away or wait ? (Ps I had a Mastitis at the same spot with my daughter 4 years ago)

  • An

    Hi I would suggest to just check with your OB again. If mastitis is full blown sometime antibiotics will not work. OB will try different methods to remove mastitis. I was on antibiotics for 5 days it didn’t help at all. They had to do surgery to remove abscess

  • Vonda

    I had the boobie tubes by earth mama. Also took super hot showers to try and get clogged ducts taken care of before they turned into mastitis. Had my husband help if I just couldn’t get it out myself. Which helped a lot. I’m a big baby for pain so he’d massage them to get it out. And other ways. ;) But the best helper is your baby! They are born pros. Positioning baby to help get the clogged du... More

Anonymous posted in Food & Cooking Nov 23

Need to gain weight & need help with food ideas!

I have been losing weight drastically and my OB let me know I need to put on some weight, she suggested Ensure and I was all for it until I tried it. It’s too sweet and I just couldn’t do it. Are there any quick recipes or other ways you gained weight the healthy way while being pregnant? TIA! Side note: With this pregnancy I have had no desire to eat, if I do it’s literally because I force my... More

  • Penelope
    Dec 02

    Chocolate milk or hot coco and bananas

  • Vonda

    I ate oatmeal every night before bed to help gain weight. There are tons of recipes. I just do pear, dates and brown sugar.

SAHM migraines and a toddler

Question...what do you do when you have a bad migraine to where you almost cant function and you have a toddler at home? I am lucky I dont get as often but due to kidney issues I'm not suppose to take excedrin or ibuprofen. I will occasionally take the excedrin anyways but at that point it has been hours. What do you do with your toddler? Most of the time I lay in his bed while he plays but... More

  • PK
    Nov 15

    I put the tv on. Like you, I don’t get it often. I’m lucky that I can take medication for it though. But some times it doesn’t work and the tv is on until my husband gets home

Day 4 No period/ negative Aht

I’m never late in my cycle unless I’m pregnant. Well at least it’s worked that way with my 3 LO so far. I should’ve started my cycle Sept 28 , today is oct 2. I’ve used 3 diff brand test several times going mad because I can’t figure out why the tests are all still saying negative. I’m not having many symptoms other than cramping as if my cycle will stay at any min. I also have slight tendernes... More

  • Quay
    Oct 05

    7 days late, cycle finally came. I hate this. I wish there was a baby. I can’t stop crying

  • Anonymous
    Oct 08

    Are you actively trying for a baby? Sorry to hear this. Try to relax and not stress your body too much. You can try again next month. Go treat yourself and avoid stress as much as you can <3

Anonymous posted in Family Planning Sep 17

Pros and cons of birth control shot

I really don’t know where else to post this (I looked at forum options and didn’t see anything related to this, so it’s out in the open, sorry, haha). Do any of you mamas use Depo Provera for birth control? I used it for 3 months right after I gave birth (over a year ago), and I had a rough time using it. I thought maybe it was because my hormones were still out of whack and my body was still... More

  • Anonymous
    Sep 20

    My best friend has the shot and experienced weight gain too. I have the Mirena IUD and honestly dont care for it. My last period lasted 17 days. Its constant, heavy bleeding. It also depends on what side effects your okay with.

  • Melissa
    Oct 17

    I used it many many years ago so it may have changed. I gained like 25-35 pounds. I had my regular cycle and light spotting every other day in between. I didn’t get pregnant on it and only had to take it every 3 months but i much rather take something different.

Morgan posted in Nutrition Sep 13

Low carb while pregnant

I saw my primary care doctor today and he put me on a low carb diet to help me lose weight and i was wondering how i can do that when i get pregnant and if any other mothers who were expecting or are expecting right now ate low carb was it hard???? was it easy????? did your obgyn ok it???? FYI i am educating myself for pregnancy and motherhood i am not pregnant right now or even trying i am ju... More

  • Mindy
    Sep 17

    I had to eat low to no carbs my third trimester because I was diagnosed with gestational diabetes. Keeping sugar to a minimum prevented the baby from health issues and growing too large in my womb. It was tough and I was very sad to cut out rice bread cake and eat mostly meat, lots of veggies, lower carb fruits, cheese, etc. it’s possible and I did it for two months. It was tough but I did it f... More

  • Jenn
    Oct 27

    Similar to Mindy, I also had to eat low carb due to gestational diabetes. I'm very thin and struggled at various points in my pregnancy to gain weight, despite eating a crap ton of ice cream pretty much every day (oops?) Getting lots of calories was very important for me but I had to cut the carbs drastically as my 1 hr test was at 205 (so high they didn't even have me do the 3 hr). I a... More

Anonymous posted in Breastfeeding Sep 10


I’m a first time mom, my baby just turned 2 months and I’ve had trouble BF from the start. He gets a good latch because I can hear him gulping and my breasts feel empty after feeding but my nipples are on fire. I started pumping and bottle feeding him to give myself relief. I can only nurse him once maybe twice a day. I’ve tried lanolin nipple cream, coconut oil, aloe Vera. Nothing eases the pa... More

  • AA
    Sep 16

    I had thrush and my doctor said most people have external symptoms like nipple itching. I think it’s worth getting checked. Whatever it is, breastfeeding isn’t supposed to hurt so much.

  • Anonymous
    Sep 24

    Turns out he has a lip tie! It’s preventing a proper latch which is causing the trouble/pain. It’s very common but typically not diagnosed unless you’re specifically looking for it. Also look for a tongue tie. Thank you everyone who replied!

2 weeks late, constant AF feeling, 6 negative tests last week.

I am 14 days late on my period. Last week I took 6 tests and they were all negative. Everyday since my period was due I felt like I was bleeding. I thought my period was finally on. I can’t even tell you how many times I ran into the bathroom because I was 100% positive that my period was on. But there is nothing. I do have cervical fluid when I wipe. That’s it, never any blood. What could it be?

  • Alejandra
    Aug 28

    Any changes to your diet or your routine? Sometimes it's a hormonal change due to that but I would try to take a test again if you dont get your period 3 or 4 weeks after your supposed to get it or go to the doctor to get checked

I’m at day 53 of cycle. 1 neg hpt, but still thinking there’s a possibility

I’m at day 53 of cycle. My periods have been irregular the past year. I’m 45 years young. I have hot flashes. Took a hpt last week which was negative. I’ve considered early menopause as the cause of irregularities, but my dr did an ultrasound and found several “folicals” (eggs) still. I had an ovarian cyst that is no longer present that I was told could have been the cause of irregularities in... More

Anonymous posted in Family Planning Aug 07

Missed period

I'm 8 days late and never have been late before. I spotted the first 2 days and then it stopped. Now I'm starting to get stomach pains. I took a test on the 5th and it said negative. Should I take another test or just wait it out and see if it comes next month?

  • Anonymous
    Aug 07

    Take another in the morning

  • Morgan
    Aug 07

    Take another in the morning

Anonymous posted in Parent's Health Aug 05

Health insurance

I am a stay-at-home single mom (I know... sounds crazy). I have an 18 month old and am hoping to stay home with him until he starts kindergarten. I have the financial means to make this happen, but I am going to lose my current health insurance in about a year. My son is covered under his father, so I will just need it for myself. I have several preexisting conditions that require (expensive) m... More

  • B
    Aug 05

    Check the open market for your state

Gastric bypass surgery

I am having gastric bypass surgery (the sleeve) in September. I have a 13mo right now who still requires a lot of lifting up and down. I have a very supportive husband and mother-in-law who lives in town who would be more than happy to help assist. Has anyone ever gone through this surgery with having such a little one that is still very dependent on you? Did you find the no bending or lifting ... More

Anyone dealing with hyperemesis gravidarum ?

I have been dealing with HG for about 30 weeks now and being on anti nausea meds around the clock. I can’t work, i have trouble keeping up with house chores and my husband has been the sole care taker of our 20 month old and finances. Would love some feed back it can feel so lonely...

  • Jaymie
    Sep 14

    It’s the worst! I’m sorry you’re dealing with this. I had it for my entire pregnancy and was hospitalized a couple of times. It can definitely feel isolating, but during my journey I found that there are A LOT of moms who have this disease, although most are undiagnosed. There are a lot of women in your corner! I started following a few groups on IG just to read the supportive posts. It might s... More

Someone help me please

My period is 5 days late and all pregnancy tests are all negative, my last period was 24th june and normally 31 days. Ive been feeling sick, bloated, lower back ache and cramps. What else could it be

  • Bethany
    Jul 30

    I took pregnancy tests when I was 7 weeks pregnant and it didn’t read positive. I had missed my period for two months. I had to go to urgent care and get the blood draw test and it came back positive. I found out I was eight weeks along. You may need to wait longer to find out. Give it time

Anonymous posted in Parent's Health Jul 22

Were you prescribed oxycodone?

I was prescribed oxycodone after my C-section. How did it make you feel?

  • Sherrie
    Sep 26

    They gave me oxycodone after my C-section with ibuprofen, but the nurse told me try not to take it if I can manage the pain, but I had to take it at the end for the first few days. I didn’t experience any side effect.

Anonymous posted in Parent's Health Jul 13

Virus in early pregnancy

I’m 7 weeks pregnant and had a low grade fever yesterday. It never went above 101 but I did eventually take a dose of Tylenol to bring it down. The fever was due to what seems like an upper respiratory cold. Now the fever is gone today. I’m reading all sorts of scary things on the internet about viruses/fevers/usage of Tylenol in early pregnancy and the potential for it to harm the baby. Anyone... More

2nd trimester nausea?

Did anyone else experience terrible nausea in the 2nd trimester? I had some morning sickness in the first 2 months and it wasn't this bad. I just walked into my bathroom and the smell of our new toilet plunger made me so nauseous! I feel like it's starting mess with my work. Everything I smell makes me feel sick. I do take 25mg of B6 and eat ginger chews to try and help. Any recommendations?

  • Laure
    Jul 10

    My nausea got worse around weeks 11/12, all the natural remedies were useless. The only solution I found was call my doctor so that he gives me some anti nausea meds. I am now at 14 weeks and I feel better already, without medication, so hopefully you’ll get better soon :)

C-section pain 3 years later

Lately my scar from my C-section has been hurting (like a pinching feeling) is this normal? My son will be 3 in October so it was a while ago. I noticed it is fading away. My husband Google it and said it was probably nerve damage healing.

  • omosama
    Sep 10

    I had pain too at my c/s scar .. even when I waxing dowen there I felt very painfull at the scar ..and when I get pregnant again it was very painfull time

Anonymous posted in Breastfeeding Jun 26


Can mastitis go away on its own? I’m not sure if I even have it... I woke up yesterday and my breast felt bruised. Today there is a red coloring and a large lump under. I’m still able to nurse/pump, and it isn’t super painful. I’m not sure if I should go in to the doctor to avoid it getting worse... or just ride it out n see if it’ll go away on its own?

  • PK
    Jun 27

    Don’t wait for mastitis to go away on its own. Once you have a fever or feel the slightest bit under weather, get antibiotics. First time I had it, i thought it would just go away on its own but I ended up waiting too long before seeking medical attention and was hospitalized for 5 days. It might just be a clogged duct at this point so really work at it... use hot towels, hot showers, and mas... More

  • Sara
    Jun 28

    I wouldn’t wait to go get it checked out. The antibiotics work really quickly, and mastitis can get really out of control if not treated right away (I had to ultimately have breast surgery for an abscess caused by a bad case of mastitis, so from experience, I would definitely recommend not messing around with it! From initial signs to abscess was just a couple of days.). Good news is, the diagn... More

Missed period

I need some answers.. so I had a period April 29th and last tell May 2nd. It was short and not that heavy. The last day it was more of spotting.. I’m going on 5 days I haven’t had a period, I took a test couple days ago and it said negative. And I’m not stressed like that. What do you guys think?

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