Parent's Health

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

Anonymous posted in Parent's Health Feb 13

3 days late on Prednisone

My husband and I have been trying to conceive. I am supposed to be having some testing done on specific days of my cycle. I am usually like clock work. I am however this month 3 days late. Took a test two days ago was negative. I have been on prednisone 20mg 2 for 7 days and 1 20mg for 3 days 4 left to go for an unrelated recent surgery. I’ve read this can cause a missed period when prolonged u... More

At how many days late is HCG detected in blood?

I'm 11 days late (as of today), my cycles are 28 days long. I've had all pregnancy symptoms so doctor performed blood serum test despite the fact that I had tubal ligation surgery 14 yrs ago. Has anyone heard of anyone getting pregnant after tubal ligation? Doctor said I was still young for menopause (I just turned 43) and none of the symptoms indicated menopause . I'm so confused.... More

Anonymous posted in Breastfeeding Feb 01

Posportum weight loss

I'm still 20 pounds over my pregnancy weight. I'm 4 months postpartum. With my first I lost most of the pregnancy weight within the first 6 months. This time around I feel like my body is holding on to the extra weight. My struggle is that I'm still breastfeeding and I don't want to compromise it by dieting. Is it possible to diet without affecting my milk supply? When did you ... More

  • Anonymous
    Feb 06

    My daughter is now 2 and I still have my pregnancy weight and the belly. 😅

  • Kaleigh
    Feb 07

    It generally takes your body 18 months to get back to normal (hormone wise). Maybe just try cutting one thing out of your diet that won’t hurt supply, like carbs or sugar drinks. Pounds tend to melt off when one of those is taken away.

Parenting with Pain/Injury/Chronic Illness

To preface, I don't have kids of my own yet. But I am at the stage of life (late 20's/early 30's) when I'm beginning to seriously consider starting a family. One thing that I have always been cautious about is a chronic injury that I have. As a teenager, I was a gymnast/diver and ruptured several discs in my lumbar spine that have left me with chronic pain. I have always been ne... More

  • Gen
    Jan 30

    I have degenerative joint disease and spinal stenosis in my neck and lumbar spine. I do PT once a week and strength training once a week. I have chronic pain, and two children. The first pregnancy wasn’t too bad, but there were definitely some issues after. I had dequirvain’s thumb for a while after, but PT helped that. But my back pain wasn’t any worse. The second pregnancy was harder, I had... More

  • Karen
    Jan 30

    I have an autoimmune disease with inflammation symptoms, as well as a hemangioma on my leg that makes walking or bending my legs hard sometimes. Having a kid is hard with chronic pain and low stamina, but it also pushes to me to be active when I might otherwise be sedentary. It’s a daily struggle, but in the long term for me, having a child is going to help me live a healthier, longer, fuller l... More

Anonymous posted in Breastfeeding Jan 26


Hello Any mamas took Melatonin while breastfeeding is it safe?

Anonymous posted in Parent's Health Jan 24

Postpartum depression

Are you susceptible to PPD if you’re already diagnosed with depression? I’m concerned about how I’m going to react after my first. Also would love to hear what has helped you through it! Thank you!

Body hurts

2 weeks postpartum muscles soreness and weakness still hitting me hard .. is this normal and when does it go away .?

  • Jennie
    Jan 21

    Yes girl you should not expect to be back to normal for 6-8 weeks... more if you had an epidural in my experience (I have 5 kiddos). Go slow.

  • Sara
    Jan 22

    Totally normal! It took 9 months to make the baby so a full recovery isn't going to happen in 2 weeks. With my second daughter I badly injured my tailbone giving birth and it took over a year for it to heal and be able to sit in a chair like a normal person. I'm not saying this to scare you but just to give you confidence that you will eventually heal it just takes time!

Anonymous posted in Parent's Health Jan 17

Feeling down ☹️

I am a mom to a 3 and 5.5 y/o. My oldest was diagnosed as being in the gray area of normal and ASD about six months ago. It has been a really difficult year trying to parent him. I have been in counseling several times since becoming a mom for different reasons. No therapy has really helped long term. Over the past month or two I haven’t been able to sleep well, have been exhausted, ir... More

  • Anonymous
    Jan 18

    You can receive most anti-depressants from your GP (General Practitioner/Primary Care Physician.) I would start there if you're interested in learning about medication-based options. From there, your GP can refer you to a Psychiatrist if necessary, but more than likely you'll be able to receive a low dose prescription from your GP. I also want to add that there is no shame whatsoever ... More

Anonymous posted in Parent's Health Jan 14

Any good organic belly creams out there ?

It’s not just for the stretch creases but for the belly itch that comes with pregnancy. I’m trying to find something that isn’t full of chemicals but don’t know what’s actually worth it brand wise.

  • Ivana
    Jan 15

    I loved burts bees mama bee belly cream!

  • Ariel
    Jan 20

    I just purchased Mustela

Anonymous posted in Parent's Health Jan 11

Pregnant With #2 - Severe Anemia

Anybody have experiences with severe anemia and everything turned out okay? I am 27 weeks pregnant with baby #2 and was told I'm severely anemic and may have to receive iron infusions. Freaking out a bit.

Toddler Emotions

Parents that were raised in an abusive home, how have you learned to cope with your emotions while also teaching your child to cope with theirs? What techniques do you use? I am failing my child and DESPERATELY need some advice. Parents that were not raised in a hostile environment are also welcome to give advice on how they are teaching their children to cope with their emotions.

  • Anonymous
    Jan 09

    I was raised in an emotionally abusive home. I’m in a similar situation. I want to give my kids better than the upbringing I had, but despite common sense, books, and advice, it’s just difficult to raise them better when you aren’t familiar with better. I attend parent-child interaction classes so that I get hands-on training as well as unlearning of my upbringing. It’s basically what the titl... More

  • Ashleigh
    Jan 12

    Overcoming intergenerational abuse is incredibly hard and a very big deal, so I want to point out you are already an awesome parent for wanting this and taking steps to do so! Something that has helped me: having a great relationship with your kids doesn't mean you have to be flawless. It means you make a point to take responsibility and reconnect when you do mess up (like after losing you... More

Anonymous posted in Parent's Health Jan 02

How to keep being healthy in early pregnancy?

Estimating I am about 2-4 weeks pregnant. Any advice for how to keep being healthy?

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
    Dec 05

    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
    Dec 05

    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, 2019

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
    Dec 05

    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, 2019

    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, 2019

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

  • Anonymous
    Oct 08, 2019

    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, 2019

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, 2019

    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, 2019

    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.

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, 2019

    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, 2019

    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, 2019


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, 2019

    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, 2019

    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, 2019

    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

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