Parent's Health

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

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

    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

    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

    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

    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 put

Anonymous posted in Mental Health Wednesday

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

    Thank you

  • Jessie

    “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

    @Jessie Very good advise thank you

  • Jessie

    @jair You’re so welcome. Good luck!

Depo-Vera Shot

Hi, Has anyone been on the depo shot? How did it affect you? How long before you wanted to get pregnant did you get off of it? Thank you!

  • Lindsey
    Mar 10

    It’s different for everyone. I have been on depo on and off for 15 years. It has always worked great for me. I have a 3 year old daughter and we are now currently trying for baby number 2. I got my last shot back in July, so by October it had worn off and I got my first period. I get regular periods every month and my body went right back to normal. It does take most women about 10 months to a ... More

  • Erica
    Mar 15

    I was on depo for 5 years after I had my daughter and I loved it. I never had any major problems except random bleeding the first year. I gained a little weight over that time but nothing extreme. I was always told to stop a year in advance if I wanted to become pregnant bc it could take some time. I stopped my depo in Mar to prepare for another baby and became pregnant a few months later in J... More

Anonymous posted in Parent's Health Mar 01

Spider veins?

I got some pretty intense spider veins with my first pregnancy and am getting more (and worse/darker) with my second pregnancy. They’re all over my legs and ankles. I’m always asked how I got bruised. I don’t particularly mind them, but I might someday... especially if they get worse. I’m also wondering why I’m getting them so badly. I’m on and off my feet throughout the day and get 10,000 step... More

  • Anonymous

    Wow, that was probably the nicest post I’ve ever read. Thank you for the advice and thank you for the lift up!

  • Nicole

    Lifting each other is how we rise 🙏🏻

Cold/flu or normal pregnancy symptoms?

Hi all, I experienced pretty bad head aches and body aches during the night. Normally when I fall asleep I’m out like a light, but last night I kept tossing and turning and could not for the life of me get comfortable. I was having cold symptoms yesterday, sore throat, runny nose, and cough. I’m just wondering if maybe this will be ongoing thing during the rest of my pregnancy now or if it’s ju... More

  • Holly Garnett-Pedreira
    Feb 28

    Drink some decaf tea with honey or lemon, Gargle salt water for your throat and lay down with a hot and or cold wash cloth on your head to help with pain.. play some white noise (whichever makes you relax) lay down in the complete darkness and see if you can fall asleep then. Also ask your doc about which meds you can take. Hope you feel better momma xo!

  • Kieli
    Feb 28

    Thank you both!! Hopefully tomorrow is a better day

Anonymous posted in Parent's Health Feb 27

Vitamins problems? Making me tired.

I’m taking vitamins d and b-12 and a multi. I started it 3days ago. I’m taking it Bc my doctor things I might be getting depressed and before we start talking bout me being in pills we are trying vitamins first. Well instead of giving me energy like I want it to I getting more tired. Like I said it’s been only 3 days but anybody else had this problem. Will it be the vitamin d or the b-12. I ta... More

Anonymous posted in Family Planning Feb 25

Took Plan B..

My husband and I had a slip up, so we decided I should take the morning after pill. I spotted little bit of light pink for 1-2 days a few days after taking it but never got my period after. I took it on Jan 20th and was supposed to get my period Feb 10th but it hasn’t arrived. Also took 4 pregnancy tests (4 days ago) which all came back negative.. Anyone have experience with Plan B?

  • Anonymous
    Feb 25

    I took it several years ago and all I remember about it was that it messed me up for several months. I used to be super regular with mild cramps but then I was irregular and had severe cramps for several months.

  • Amanda
    Feb 25

    It can throw off your cycle for a bit. I skipped a month when I took one but was back on track the next month. Everyone will handle it a bit different but as long as you took it in the right time frame and the tests are negative it sounds like you are in the clear.

Anonymous posted in Family Life Feb 21

Sudden sense of being overwhelmed ? Mood swings maybe just venting

I’m 6 weeks pregnant with our second baby, and over the last two days I’ve had MASSIVE mood swings. Like happy one second and snapping at my husband who did not do anything wrong the next. From laughing with my son, to being totally ticked off because he threw his crayon to the floor... I know they say each pregnancy is different, but I NEVER had this with my son when I was pregnant with him. I... More

  • Kieli
    Feb 21

    Hi, I have a 20 month old girl and currently 29 weeks pregnant with my second girl. I am a SAHM, and I worked retail my first pregnancy. I somehow was able to pull in carts (in the pouring rain), smell all kinds of weird foods, and stand on my feet all day during that pregnancy and this time around I would DIE even just having to get up everyday to go to work. I am super emotional too. I was no... More

  • Nicole

    You are a human before you are a mom. This moodiness is not a defect in your parenting or personality. It is hormonal but only to the extent that a pregnant human’s body reacts to a totally shit situation! Your feelings are real and reasonable. Kill the guilt and listen to your body. Your in law sucks. BOY BYE. Been there. Bum bro in law “visited” for months... kicked him out🙏🏻. Your husband’s ... More

Anonymous posted in Parent's Health Feb 21

Multi-day headache postpartum?

I just had my LO three weeks ago, and for the last 3 days I’ve had some pain and sensitivity on my left ear and left side of the head. I read headaches are common postpartum, but I don’t know if this is normal. I’d hate to deal with arranging a doc appt and taking my baby to the doc where other people may be sick to only be told it’s just a common postpartum issue and to take Tylenol. Any one e... More

  • Sarah
    Feb 21

    It might be due to the after effects of your epidural (if you had one). I’d call the nurse line and ask. You never know! I had shallow breathing right after and wasn’t sure if that was serious but called just in case and I ended up needing a blood transfusion that saved my life.

  • Rachel
    Feb 23

    Try acupuncture! I had the same thing happen. Sorry mama :(

Dealing with PPD

Been having a tough time doctor keeps suggesting starting me on Zoloft but I’m hesitant to take it for numerous reasons. I am breastfeeding my son and even though the doctor says it’s okay for him I just don’t feel comfortable with it. I feel more anxious than depressed even but I do get frustrated to the point of crying a lot. Just feeling really overwhelmed with a toddler and a ba... More

  • Kellyn
    Feb 21

    Carissa do you have any help with the kids? If not can you hire someone?! Or have a relative visit? A few days a week, even if you are also home. Having a toddler and a baby is overwhelming especially if you are doing it yourself. I know this doesn’t address your concern about ppd and the meds, its just an alternative that can offer a lot of relief. I’m sorry for your struggle.

Anonymous posted in Breastfeeding Feb 17

Food poisoning

How long would you wait to nurse again if you’ve had food poisoning?

  • Mama
    Feb 22

    You can definitely still nurse. I would just keep watch on anything different in baby. I still nursed with food poisoning but from what I observed, my babe was definitely affected. Her poop turned green and she herself was more irritable. But it passed.

  • Kristen
    Mar 16

    Most food poisoning is due to a preformed toxin from a bacteria (rather than from a bacterial infection) that irritates the GI tract of the person who consumed it but is not contagious. If your stool is not bloody, it should be fine to keep nursing. Make sure you wash your hands really well, though, in case it is a GI bug and not food poisoning. If your stool is bloody, go see a doctor.

Anonymous posted in Fitness Feb 15

Walk through pain?

This might be a stupid question but my due date is tomorrow with my second child. I’ve been dealing with pelvic pain this entire pregnancy but it’s obvi gotten worse as I’ve gotten bigger. My question is, I’ve been trying to walk and after doing so I am in soo much pain. Dr told me to keep walking but I didn’t really explain the severity when I was there last. Opinions? Push through or cool it?... More

  • Kieli
    Feb 18

    I wouldn’t push myself if I were you. If you want some advice from the dr on how to push things along I would call the dr office and ask how else to do so

  • Cryzana

    The doctor only said that to keep you mobile and to help distract you from the pain. Walk/Move with what's comfortable for you.

Quitting the boob

I apologize for the long and a bit personal text ahead but, Does anyone have any tips to help stop breastfeeding? I have a 16month old daughter who is attached to the boob and I need to quit breastfeeding altogether. Before I get any backlash for the age, I have to quit breastfeeding for my own health. I have a sickness(can’t be passed to baby by breastfeeding) and i need to cure the disease b... More

  • Copeley
    Feb 17

    Go on a trip! You really only need to be gone 4 or 5 nights and she’ll forget she needs it! My first was 22 months and still nursing...I went on a trip for 5 days came home and she no longer wanted it. I just wish someone had told me months and months prior that all I needed to do was take a trip!

  • LB
    Mar 05

    Check out your local LA Leche League for other tips too - I found them so incredibly helpful when I was starting out - I haven’t weaned yet (my LO is 9 months). But I want to reiterate what a lot of others said - 16 months! You are AMAZING. That’s so much longer than most babies get, and I can imagine it IS hard, but you’re doing great!!!

Anonymous posted in Milestones & Development Feb 04

Losing my voice (literally!)

For several medical reasons, I’ll have my tonsils removed when our baby is about 9 months old. During recovery I won’t have use of my voice, and I’m concerned about engaging baby. How do/did you engage with baby when you had severe sore throats or laryngitis? We do baby signs, but I’m worried baby won’t get the speaking/reading/singing play she’s used to while I’m “out of commission.” Any s... More

  • Christa
    Feb 05

    Hit the library up for audiobooks, and get a few of them. Just the sound of stories is amazing when you’re unable to read them yourself! There are some great ones!!! Get well soon!!!

  • Lynn
    Feb 05

    Play dates. Children’s museums have areas for crawlers. Science museums have areas for little kids. Farms. Parks. Just get out.

Women’s daily vitamins

So for my New Years resolution I decided I’m going to work hard to finally put myself first and take care of myself (journaling, reading more, work out, spa, etc) but to start I want to take daily vitamins. I’m not sure what to take besides a women’s daily vitamin. I heard milk thistle, vitamin d, collagen, magnesium, vitamin c, etc are important, I’m just not sure where to start. Thanks in adv... More

  • E
    Feb 01

    Raw code ^^ 👌🏻 that’s what my husband and I use and it’s great!

  • Mrs. HHH
    Feb 03

    I got blood work done at the lab per doctors orders and found I was significantly deficient in vitamin D and iron. Maybe some blood tests will help?

Hi ladies does anyone know or experienced kidney pain after vaginal birth?

What’s the cause? Did it go away fast? Thank you.

  • Jess
    Feb 01

    Definitely if I don’t drink a ton of water, I immediately feel kidney pain. I am also breastfeeding.

  • Elle
    Feb 03

    Dehydration. How much water are you drinking/day?

I've been on nexplanon since November 2016.. I've literally been bleeding ever since.

It'll stop for a few days, and then start right back up for a month.. Is this normal whatsoever? Has anyone else experienced it this bad? I am terrified it's going to reduce my chance of having more kids.. Which is why I chose this method was to reduce the possibility of other birth controls making it harder for me to have more. Help please 😔

  • Lisa
    Jan 31

    I had the same issue. Got it in August 2016 and removed May 2018. I hated it!!! Periods were completely unpredictable, constantly spotting, always clotting, it was a nightmare! If you choose to, removal is easy and shouldn’t be an issue since you’ve had it so long. I went back to pills and all is peachy.

  • MCowen
    Jan 31

    I have also experienced issues with nexplanon, had it put in August 2018 and have bleeding non stop since then. In October went back to my OBGYN to discuss my issues and she stated this is very normal and continued to tout the benefits...I told her the bleeding has to stop as I had been feeling awful from the continuous bleeding. She recommended we start using the Nuvaring along side Nexplanon ... More

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